- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Hue Jackson interviewed yesterday for the coaching position at Duke University, a Redskins source said.

The Blue Devils are led by interim coach Ted Roof, who is a candidate to stay after snapping the program’s streak of 30 straight ACC losses.

Redskins coach Steve Spurrier, who coached Duke from 1987 to 1989, apparently recommended Jackson, whose profile rose following the Nov.9 win over Seattle. In that game Jackson called plays, and the night before he gave an inspirational speech to the team.

Jackson, arriving at Redskin Park last night wearing a suit, declined to say where he had been. Spurrier acknowledged Jackson had been at an interview but wouldn’t say where. A team source later confirmed it was Duke. A message to the Duke public relations office was not returned, and Jackson did not return a later message.

Taking over Duke would be a huge challenge. The Blue Devils are a perennial ACC doormat, posting one winning season (1994) since Spurrier left for Florida. Roof’s 2-3 record after replacing Carl Franks was considered a major achievement.

Franks was fired Oct.19, a day after his team trailed Wake Forest 42-0 at halftime. Roof, the defensive coordinator, was promoted to interim coach.

It is unclear whether any other candidates exist.

With Washington, Jackson’s profile rose rapidly. He was one of two assistant coaches held over when Spurrier replaced Marty Schottenheimer in 2002, and at the end of the season Spurrier elevated Jackson to offensive coordinator. Then, after four straight losses this season, Jackson was given play-calling duties.

Success in that endeavor was mixed. Against Seattle, the Redskins generated 379 yards and 27 points, but in a loss the following week at Carolina, the unit had 41 yards in the first half and failed to convert turnovers into points. Spurrier reassumed play-calling duties last week.

Fourteen years in the college ranks preceded Jackson’s hiring by the Redskins in 2001, when Schottenheimer made him running backs coach. Jackson spent 1997 to 2000 as Southern California’s offensive coordinator and 1996 as California’s coordinator. Earlier he assisted at Arizona State (1992-95), Cal State Fullerton (1990-91) and University of the Pacific (1987-89).


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