Ex-JSU Football Coach Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Former Jackson State football coach Robert "Judge" Hughes has died at the age of 68.

Jackson State says in a news release Hughes died Wednesday from complications of diabetes. Services are pending.

Hughes was head coach from 1999-2003 with a career record of 30-15. Services are pending.

Hughes was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach W.C. Gorden.

In his first year as head coach, Hughes started with a 9-2 record, en route to the SWAC Eastern Division title and a trip to Birmingham for the inaugural SWAC Championship game. The Tigers lost 31-30 to the Southern Jaguars. A former Tiger player, Hughes was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1967 and played for the Atlanta Falcons as well.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, and three children.

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