Clarence McKinney Not Returning as Texas Southern Head Coach

In addition to the three FCS coaching changes on Monday, there is yet another change to report although this one had been reported a week earlier. Clarence McKinney of Texas Southern will not be returning in 2024. HBCU Sports reported the contract would not be renewed on Monday, November 13.

McKinney was hired by Texas Southern in December 2018 after the Tigers wrapped up a 2-9 campaign. McKinney spent over a decade at the FBS level with Houston, Texas A&M, and Arizona prior to his hiring. Texas Southern went 0-11 in McKinney’s first year in 2019 followed by a 1-2 record in the 2020-21 season. The team improved in 2021 going 3-8 and made another jump up to 5-6 during 2022.

The expectations were higher for the 2023 season but the Tigers finished 3-8 overall with wins over non-affiliated Lincoln and SWAC foes Bethune-Cookman and Alcorn State. In his five seasons as head coach, McKinney went 12-35 overall and 9-26 in the SWAC. Texas Southern wrapped up the 2023 campaign against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at home with a 35-34 loss, which was the fourth loss by a touchdown or less.

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