Florida A&M University soon will be interviewing four finalists for its open head football coaching job. The Tallahassee Democrat learned that two candidates are current interim Head Coach Earl Holmes and former Florida State assistant and current Georgia player development director John Eason. FootballScoop.com had those two names, plus two more — former Alcorn State Head Coach Melvin Spears and current Alabama State special teams coordinator John Hendrick.
According to the Democrat, one of the other applicants for the job was Marshall recruiting coordinator/running back Coach JaJuan Seider. That not much of a surprise. He was the MEAC offensive player of the year and won the Gaither Trophy, considered the Heisman Trophy of black colleges, as the Rattlers’ quarterback in 1999. The 35-year-old also is an assistant coach on the rise. As recruiting coordinator, the Herd has reeled in a ton of standout players during his tenure. Plus, his running backs boosted Marshall’s rushing average from 120.1 yards per game in 2011, ninth best in Conference USA, to 169.1 yards per game, fourth best in the conference. One, Kevin Grooms, was named C-USA freshman of the year.
I know plenty of Marshall fans like having him around. As Seider grows as a coach, he’ll likely be a guy whose name enters the mix in plenty of places. Good resumes have a penchant for doing that.