Al Muskewitz's In My Opinion: JSU's Grass will face comparisons
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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John Grass is Jacksonville State's new head football coach. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
John Grass is Jacksonville State's new head football coach. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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Fair or not, as he begins his first season as a college head football coach, Jacksonville State’s John Grass finds himself squarely in the middle of two comparisons. How successful he is in balancing them will go a long way toward determining his legacy as a college coach.

The immediate comparison will be with his friend and former boss, ex-JSU head coach Bill Clark.

Clark was in his first year as a college head coach last year and directed the Gamecocks to unprecedented Division I success. He, of course, had five years as a coordinator at a fledgling Division I program after a championship high school head coaching career before getting the JSU job.

Grass was in his first year as a college coach last year as Clark’s offensive coordinator, one year removed as Oxford High’s head coach.

The second comparison will be with Bill Burgess, the only coach to guide the JSU program to a national championship. Burgess stepped right off the field at Oxford to become the Gamecocks’ head coach in 1985.

None of this has been lost on Grass. During his introductory news conference he mentioned telling Burgess how he is taking his chair for the second time in his career.

Big shoes to fill indeed.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Al Muskewitz at amuskewitz@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @almusky_star.
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