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Former JSU basketball coach passes away

Dr. Harrison Wilson Jr. Photo courtesy of Russell Wilson/Twitter

A former Jackson State basketball coach passed away over the weekend. 

Dr. Harrison Wilson Jr., who coached the men’s basketball team at JSU from 1951-1960, passed away on Sunday at the age of 95. 

“Jackson State University offers its sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Harrison Wilson Jr.,” said JSU Vice President & Director of Athletics, Ashley Robinson. “Dr. Wilson played a very important role in establishing Jackson State basketball and laid its foundation. We will keep the Wilson family in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.”

After his time on the court, Dr. Wilson served as the chairman of the JSU Department of Health and Physical Education from 1960-1967. He then went on to serve as the President of Norfolk State University for 22 years. 

Dr. Wilson was the grandfather of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. On Sunday, Wilson tweeted a message honoring his late grandfather. 

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