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Hall of Fame Jackson State coach W.C. Gorden, 90, dies

Considered JSU's winningest coach, Gorden went 119-47-5 from 1976-1991.
Credit: Jackson State University
W.C. Gorden

JACKSON, Miss — W.C. Gorden, a Hall of Fame coach who led Jackson State to a 28-game Southwestern Athletic Conference winning streak while building a league power in the late 1980s, has died. He was 90. 

The school announced on its athletics website that Gorden died Friday night after being informed by his family.

Considered JSU's winningest coach, Gorden went 119-47-5 from 1976-91 after serving as defensive coordinator and head baseball coach. 

The Tigers won eight SWAC titles and reached the NCAA playoffs nine times under Gorden. 

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Football Dennis Driscoll, JSU Associate Athletic Director The Jackson State Division of Athletics was saddened to learn about the passing of legendary football coach W.C. Gorden Friday evening. Coach Gorden is a legend among alumni and supporters of Jackson State University as the most successful coach in the history of the school's renowned football program.