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Larry Jackson talks A&M hiring his mentor Jerry Schmidt as S&C coach

January 11, 2018
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Key notes from Larry Jackson interview

  • The team is going to learn that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger real quick with Jerry Schmidt. I’m pretty charged up with what is going at Texas A&M right now. I think they are assembling a great staff.
     
  • First, when I was at A&M the first time under Mike Clark, he kind of taught me about how the business worked. Then I got the offer from Oklahoma and I didn’t even know how much money I was going to make it. Mike told me that it doesn’t matter how much money I was making, I just needed to go learn from Jerry, who was one of the best in the business. I left sight unseen and didn’t look back. 
     
  • What I learned from Jerry was that it’s all about getting guys stronger and faster. Jerry is a guy who knows how to put everything together under the direction of the head coach. In the SEC, you want to be as big and strong as you can be without slowing guys down. Jerry knows how to get his coach exactly what he needs. This guy is the epitome of Ol' Sarge. He was a drill sergeant from day one when I arrived at Oklahoma.
     
  • This is a guy who has been one of my mentors, he and Mike Clark, in this business and I still to this day bounce information and ideas off of him. He is my think tank. This guy has championships and multiple Heisman Trophy winners on his resume. I think this staff that Jimbo is putting together is elite and I can see exactly why he wanted to bring in Jerry Schmidt. 
     
  • I’m an Aggie through and through, no matter the coaching situation. Coaching is a business and at the end of the day I just want Texas A&M to win and compete in the SEC. Jimbo has kept Jim Turner, he’s kept Terry Price and I think he rounded out the staff in a perfect way with Schmidt. It won’t take long for people to see these changes on the field. Don’t worry about the recruiting right now, this team is going to win.
     
  • With training, you have to push the guys to a point that practice and training is always harder than the game, that way playing the game is easy compared to the work that they’ve done. Look at the championship pedigree that Schmidt brings, it speaks for itself.  And that’s not even looking at the near-misses at championships he has had. His training is very football and position specific. He has trained some of the best in the game, guys like Adrian Peterson.
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Larry Jackson talks A&M hiring his mentor Jerry Schmidt as S&C coach

Jbob04
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Great interview. LJ is a damn good Ag
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Thank you for this interview with LJ. Have always liked him. Agree that he is a good Ag.
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Schmidt should hire him back as an assistant SC coach
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Gig 'em, Larry Jackson!
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Where is LJ now?
Jbob04
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Matsui said:

Where is LJ now?


I believe he is the assistant strength coach with the Chargers.
Chesapeake Ag
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Larry Jackson is a classy guy
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Coach Jackson is also an honorary member of the Medina County A&M Club. Still one of the best Musters we ever had.
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Love Larry Jackson. Clearly he was not the issue under Sumlin.
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Lateralus Ag
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I agree. Jackson has always been a good Ag. And I don't think he was the problem here.
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Tamu_mgm said:

Love Larry Jackson. Clearly he was not the issue under Sumlin.

We're sorry Sumlin made him the scapegoat. Hopefully he can comeback in the future.
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hunter2012 said:

Tamu_mgm said:

Love Larry Jackson. Clearly he was not the issue under Sumlin.

We're sorry Sumlin made him the scapegoat. Hopefully he can comeback in the future.


Careful with the Sumlin bashing, that is now a reason to be banned.... well, unless the mod's like you!
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http://www.chargers.com/team/coaches/roster/larry-jackson
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I still laugh that he was nick named black death and that somehow got a pass on the racism scale.
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