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Film needed for ‘College GameDay’ thrown out by former Jackson State coach

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Jackson State Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcasting and Video Services Rob Jay recently revealed in an interview on MidDays with Gerard Gibert that one former football coach’s actions have made it incredibly difficult to prepare for ESPN’s College GameDay.

According to Jay, ESPN reached out after it was announced that JSU would be the Week 9 host of the popular college football pregame show and asked for game clips of some of the Tigers’ greatest players – including Walter Payton, Robert Brazile, Jackie Slater, and Lem Barney.

The only problem was that James Bell, who was the school’s head coach from 2003 to 2005 compiling an overall record of 8-23, had thrown away most of the program’s game film.

“[James Bell] was the worst coach in the history of coaching. He threw away all of that footage when he was the coach,” Jay said.

Fortunately enough, Jay was able to find enough film to suffice.

“I was up all night finding videos,” he said. “I had to find the footage they wanted.”

College GameDay will air from 8-11 a.m. on ESPN with Jackson State and Southern University kicking off shortly thereafter at 1 p.m.

The full interview with Jay can be watched below.

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