John Simon replaces Art Briles as offensive coordinator

Another week, another offensive coordinator at Grambling State Football. 

Grambling State head coach for football Hue Jackson has promoted John Simon to the position of offensive coordinator. 

Jackson made the revelation on March 4,  after the team’s commencement of spring training.. 

Simon, a former University of Memphis assistant coach and Louisiana Tech graduate, is assuming a role left vacant by former Baylor head coach Art Briles, who resigned four days after his appointment.

Jackson told he felt good about where the team is with Simon guiding the offense.

“I feel good about where we are. John Simon will be our offensive coordinator,” Jackson said. “I trust John wholeheartedly. Obviously, I’m going to be totally involved in the offense and looking forward to just moving things forward. I think our staff has done a great job.”

Referring to Briles’ resignation, Jackson said the team has already moved on.

“We don’t flinch when things happen. We just kind of move on, circle the wagon, and keep on moving,” Jackson said.

CJackson will be hoping that it’s a case of three times a charm, given the fact Simon is the third person to occupy the offensive coordinator position for the G-Men since Jackson took over the reins at Grambling last December.

Jackson’s first choice, Ted Washington, left the program in February after taking over the same role for the NFL’s Houston Texans.

Simon has previously coached at Arizona State, Southern Miss and Memphis.

The Tigers will begin their 2022 season on Sept. 3 at Arkansas State.


John Simon (photo courtesy of Memphis State University)