Alcorn State drops interim tag for new head coach Fred McNair

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

Interim Alcorn State coach Fred McNair will be the program's new head coach, according to a source.

A formal announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon, per the source.

McNair became the Braves' interim coach Saturday after Jay Hopson left to become Southern Miss's new coach. This past season was McNair's third as the program's assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.

Like his late brother, Steve, McNair played at Alcorn State (1986–89).

As a coach, he was instrumental in the development of graduating Braves quarterback John Gibbs Jr., the Southwestern Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2014.

Prior to McNair's return to Alcorn State, he was coach and athletic director at Collins (Miss.) High for two seasons. That was after winning state championships in each of his two seasons as offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Mount Olive (Miss.) High.

The 47-year-old McNair got his start in coaching in 2005 as an assistant at Millsaps, a position he held for four years.

He had a lengthy professional career as a quarterback that included him signing with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys in 1990. A Mount Olive, Miss., native, he later played in the CFL, World League of American Football and Arena Football League.

McNair takes over an Alcorn State program that has won back-to-back SWAC championships and went 9­–4 this past season.

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