Alcorn State hires Fred McNair as new football coach

Alcorn State football coach Fred McNair is presented to fans and alumni in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday. McNair was the interim head coach, replacing Jay Hopson who was hired as Southern Mississippi's head coach this past weekend. Prior to the appointment, McNair was the team's quarterbacks coach, helping lead the Braves to back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference championships.

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JACKSON, Miss. — Alcorn State has named Fred McNair as its next football coach, promoting him after four seasons as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.

The 47-year-old McNair is the older brother of the late Steve McNair, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons. Both brothers played quarterback at Alcorn State.

McNair replaces Jay Hopson, who led the Braves to back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference titles over the past two seasons before taking the Southern Mississippi job on Saturday.

McNair was quickly named the interim coach and promoted on a full-time basis just a few days later. He was introduced Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, saying ”just being able to come back and be the leader of this football program means a lot to me.”