Je’Ney Jackson accepts job with Kansas football

  • 12/30/2014 1:06 pm in

Indiana announced on Tuesday afternoon that strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson is leaving the program to take over as the strength and conditioning program for the football program at the University of Kansas.

The full release, including quotes from Tom Crean, is available below:

Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that men’s basketball strength coach Je’Ney Jackson will become the new Director of Strength and Conditioning  for the football program at the University of Kansas.  He will leave the team followingWednesday night’s game at the University of Nebraska.

 “When you have talented people there is never a good time to see a staff member go, but Je’Ney has a wonderful opportunity in front of him to become a head strength coach for a BCS football program,” said Crean.  “He will work with two of his best friends in David Beaty and Clint Bowen and will continue his growth as one of the elite strength coaches on the collegiate level.”

 A former All-WAC cornerback at the University of Wyoming, Jackson has been with the Hoosiers since July, 2010 and was a strength coach at Kansas from 2005-06 and a cornerbacks coach for the Jayhawks from 2007-09.  He began his career as a strength coach at Wyoming from 1999-2004 and he also served as an assistant football coach at Southern Miss in 2010.

 “Je’Ney had a tremendous impact in helping us achieve the successes we have had since his arrival,” said Crean.  “He has had true ownership of our program.  We wish he, his wife, Audra and his children all the best in the future.”

 On an interim basis, Chris Virtue, who has spent eight years on the strength and conditioning staff at IU, will oversee the Hoosiers  strength program.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    Best of luck to Mr. Jackson and thanks for all of your positive contributions over the past several seasons. Also, here’s to hoping the next guy can adequately fill the role and pick up where Je’Ney Jackson left off.

    Happy New Year fellow Hoosier fans, let’s hope 2014 ends with a Hoosier victory in Lincoln.

  • VAHoosier

    Uh-Oh. I admit I don’t fully appreciate the impact of this, but I know folks on ITH are about to go crazy…

  • 4 the Leaders

    Ohhhhh no. Je’Ney is the reason any of the players have gotten to where they are at! A terribly undersized team in every year except for Zeller’s years, and yet they competed hard because Jackson did absolute work with them in the weight room. I’m telling ya, if I ever need a trainer, Je’Ney Jackson would be my #1 choice.

    Good luck, Je’Ney! Prayers for you and your family as you start your career in another area. Watch out, Kansas football is about to be the strongest team. 😉

  • Hoosier Hall

    The days when Kansas football (Seriously??!!) is more appealing than Indiana basketball… I can’t believe this would ever come true.

  • Arch Puddington

    Je’Ney Jackson is a fine strength coach, I’m sure of it. I’m also sure there will be a good bit of hand-wringing here on ITH, so let me just get my two cents in: his departure will have no impact on this program. It’s strength training, not molecular biology. Other than a charismatic personality, which I’m sure is a fine thing for recruiting, he possess no special skill or knowledge that all other strength coaches don’t possess. A sort of cult has developed around him in recent years that is all out of proportion to his impact. (Quick: how many of you can name the IU football strength coach without looking it up? If you’re honest, I’ll bet not 1 in 3. Maybe not 1 in 10; in any case, I cannot), and I am sure there are those who will claim that his loss represents some kind of blow to the program.

    I’m not trying to put the man down, just trying to make the point that more has been made of him over the years than is justified. Someone will take his place, and our players will still be in good shape. I know that flies in the face of the whole Je’Ney Jackson cult, but it is true nonetheless.

  • whomikewho

    One of our recruiting “strengths” gone. He worked well with our players and was bright spot in our program. Good luck Je’Ney.

    On a side note. Thomas Bryant is out of the question after reading some Syracuse forums last night. All the off court issues really hurt us with him, well at least his mother. Thomas will ultimately make the dicision but his mom’s comments look bad for us and good for ‘Cuse. Where will our future front court come from? besides Holt..April and Priller?

  • indianaourindiana

    You’re joking right? He played football in college. He coached football at Kansas, then was a football strength coach. His passion is football. Let’s be glad he helped us while he did. We’ll miss him but you can’t fault anyone for this move

  • edwardkchase

    Where have you been whomikewho? What you stated about Bryant has been reported for over a month now. His mother bad mouthed IU and blah blah blah. I’m still under the assumption we have some hope but not too much. I think it will come down to playing time and although he (and definitely his family) wants to play at SU, if there is still a line stretching all the way to Terre Haute (too much Christmas Story over the holidays) in his position there, I see him going elsewhere. And I think that is what we have to wait on now with him.

  • ATG08

    I don’t know…I don’t necessarily disagree with you, I have often wondered if my knowledge of Coach Jackson is really just a byproduct of knowing more about the program with the proliferation of sites like this in the past several years. This type of access has changed how we as fans see into our Program of choice (for better or for worse). so from that standpoint I get what you are saying. Should we even care who this guy is????

    But I do know that under Coach Jackson IU has been a “no dough-boy” club. Look around the Big Ten, around the country. IU players pass the “eye test.” They have become physical specimens under Jackson. It isn’t just me: pro scouts and coaches know it too. Hell even Brad Stevens (who’s name elicits angel singing each time his name is typed, it seems) commented how IU players come out of the program physically more ready for the rigors of the NBA than many others. You don’t think today’s recruits notice that??

    So, Arch, I fully understand you are not taking a shot at the guy. I don’t think you are either. But to say his absence “will have no impact on this program.”? I hope you are right. I’m not hand wringing, but Jackson was one of the bright spots for me on the so-so state of things currently with IU. Go Hoosiers.

  • whomikewho

    Sorry been wrapped up with work. Lol. They were dated. It was new to me and never read anything on ITH!

  • Hoosier Hall

    No, I’m not joking. Of course I don’t wish him any ill will and I appreciate what he did for us but Kansas football? Their football program is considered a joke. Everyone knows Kansas is a basketball school. Losing someone of his caliber stings regardless of the where but for Kansas football…?

  • inLinE6

    I’ve seen interview with Bryant’s mom from at least a month ago, about our off-court issues. I understand her frustration but didn’t buy all of her points. She said:

    1. She was not told about the failed drug test when they were visiting Indiana campus. So she considered it misleading. That’s BS. Indiana has always been strict and self-disciplined with violations, but it’s just not an obligation to release the information to future recruits before officially made known to public.

    2. She’s worried about the off-court issues and didn’t want her son to be around any of those. Off-court issues may happen but that’s not what it defines Indiana basketball. Indiana has one of the cleanest programs in the country, but unfortunately young men can make mistakes. I hope she’s aware that Syracuse is under NCAA investigation on both football and basketball programs with possible violations of extra player benefit, and academic scandal.

  • indianaourindiana

    It doesn’t matter where he left to go. It is he left to go coach football instead of basketball. That is probably what he is passionate about since he has been doing that his whole life. It is possible his family liked Lawrence and head football strength coach became an option. I could be wrong but I would think the head strength coach of 100 football players probably pays better than 12 basketball players as well (I really don’t know the answer to this).

  • edwardkchase

    Make it a daily habit! Your knowledge of IU’s team will drastically improve because of it. Check out the Forum too if you really want the good stuff.

  • ForeverIU

    I agree with you completely, and the measure of a great strength and conditioning program (facilities, resources, personnel, s&c paradigms/culture) is in how it outlives any one man who runs it. It is always nice to have the congenial face with the program, and for that I thank Je’Ney, and we’ll miss him but hopefully not because we can’t replace him with someone just as competent.

  • inLinE6

    I have great respect to Coach Jackson, and wish him nothing but the best in the future. But it’s just not appropriate to give all credit to one person. I didn’t quite know how his name powered to the front of the entire strength & conditioning program, but he was not the only coach. I can’t believe nobody else in the program makes quality contributions.

  • inLinE6

    I don’t think it’s between football versus basketball. It’s about being the “Director” of the entire strength and conditioning program. That’s one level up in his career. You just can’t turn down such offer from any BCS schools.

  • CreamandCrimson

    According to the press release, he is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the football program. I don’t think he’s in charge of all strength and conditioning for Kansas (I don’t think any athletic department is structured that way).

  • ForeverIU

    Syracuse has bigger off-court issues/lawsuits than ours. We are not guilty of any violations. We dealt with a given reality according to proper protocol, and that’s the end of it. I think Bryant’s mom will come around, and I certainly hope our staff are reaching out to her. Parents often speak out of emotion and pride. Legally we were bound by confidentiality issues and could not have possibly divulged anything to her beforehand.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    not sure why this should be an alarming story and/or a slight to iu basketball. seems pretty obvious he saw an opportunity for career advancement and more importantly a pay raise. who wouldn’t want that!

    so anyway, best of luck to him. no doubt he’s great at his profession, but i daresay he’s not irreplaceable.


    I’ve commented more than once or twice on her so called rationale on where she thinks it would be best for him to play bball, so I’ll just add this. If she is so worried about her son and what is truly best for ” him ” she might want to compare the academic records of bball players at IU and SU, since what can look like a, for sure NBA career, is pretty much always just an injury or two away from being a thing of the past. While a degree from IU is not a guarantee of making a bunch of money, I think several past players would tell him that it definitely increases the chances of it, especially when one has been a part of the bball team for four years.

  • whomikewho

    When was the post on Bryant? I do read daily 😉 but must have missed the thread.

  • Brklynhoosier

    I’ll add that I’m fairly sure that the university isn’t allowed to release personal info regarding students to anyone. To this day, I believe all we’ve been told re Stan and Troy (officially) is that they were suspended multiple failures to follow school/team policy — everything else is off the record. So even if CTC had wanted to say something to Bryant’s mom — I don’t think he legally could.

  • whomikewho

    Coach Martin, get after him!!

  • ForeverIU

    I bet he is.

  • marcusgresham

    Read his bio. When he previously coached at Kansas he worked with a guy named Aqib Talib. Ever heard of him? I think he knows what he’s doing. IU’s going to miss him, but he’s a football guy, plus it’s closer to home

  • marcusgresham

    Not to take a dig, but I’d bet she’s far less concerned with “extra benefit” than with weed.

  • marcusgresham

    Hanz & Franz are available. Have you seen how friggin’ big they made Aaron Rodgers?

  • ATG08

    That’s fair. I just don’t know who all of the s&c coaches are, do you?

    I just know that the players, and coaching staff gave a lot of credit to Coach Jackson. So I am hopeful that whoever comes next is as motivated and helpful to the players as Coach Jackson seemed to be, in my limited knowledge of the s&c program.

  • enickman

    I hear about him every time he gets arrested on gun charges. LOL!

  • enickman

    Good for Je’ Ney! Best of luck and hopefully our strength program will continue unabated.

  • SCHoosier

    Je’ney did a great job..but there have to be a lot of good trainers out there?? Always use to tickle me how involved he got in each game….on his feet….waving his arms..shouting instructions like the head coach. Good man..good luck to him.

  • whomikewho

    Serious question..if no Bryant..we just go at next season with the same problem?

    One thing my mind can’t grasp just yet. I know I’m forward thinking and we are even half way through this season but to compete at a high level we need a big or bigs.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Well, crud. My wife actually saw a s&c posting on the IU boards and asked if it was Jackson. I thought surely not. Good luck to him.

  • ForeverIU

    We wouldn’t have the ideal size, but we have Hanner and Troy returning and hopefully even better than they are now. We have a great freshman in Juwan, and maybe Devin is back (fingers crossed). Then there’s Jeremiah if his health is good; hopefully he’ll some game experience this season.

  • Dagwoods

    My guess, he’s actually from a football background, Kansas is closer to home, he gets to work with 2 best friends, & he’s going to get paid more. I don’t think so much IU Basketball vs. Kansas Football, though, generally speaking, football has a bigger budget than basketball.

  • Dagwoods

    I actually agree. Remember when Jeff Watkins left? People thought that would be the end of the world, but Je’Ney did just fine. The guy to actually thank is Jeff Watkins. He was the one who changed our program and set the standard that they all follow now. Jeff & Je’Ney have set the standard the the next guy is going to have to pick up from.

  • Dagwoods

    I believe Holt has the biggest upside and the real sleeper of the bunch. Also very disappointed in losing Devin, I bet he was about to show a significant jump this year.

  • Dave Roland

    And Chris Harris.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, how could I have forgotten about Holt. Of course! I place him third next to Hanner and Troy.

  • Ole Man

    It has been reported that he will also be working some with the basketball program.

  • Ole Man

    Nonsense. First of all, there was no “cult”. Secondly, our strength and conditioning program has become known nationwide, even among the pros.

    The latter doesn’t just happen.

    That charismatic personality certainly did help recruiting and cannot necessarily be replaced as part of that overall recruiting experience by those young men.

    Next, while it may not be molecular biology, strength training isn’t just “pumping iron” and pushing tires over.

    You’re entitled to an opinion, but this statement which you state as if fact: “more has been made of him over the years than is justified”, is in fact nothing more than your personal opinion.

    I certainly don’t understand your over-the-top post with regard to this news. It’s almost as if you have some personal vendetta. Frankly, your use of the word cult, not once but twice, is distasteful. As to your last clause. No, you said nothing that made it “true nonetheless.”

  • FinEndNow

    Indiana should have used him for football too.

  • TomJameson

    Chris Virtue, who was named the interim strength & conditioning coach, has been on the staff 8 years. Hopefully there won’t be too much of a let down there. Remember, a lot of it is also the work and the drive the players put into it. I pray that doesn’t go away!

  • b_side

    I thought a member of the forum brought up a great point which I’ll use to reference our glory days and underline Arch’s point:

    Without using Google, can any of us even name one of RMK’s s&c coaches?

    To me there’s no personal vendetta. More of a “life will go on” mentality much like Chuck Martin replacing Kenny Johnson.

  • whomikewho

    Still undersized. I do like what Holt has shown through the non conference schedule. Devin will bring toughness. When will be have that ancor? This is what will drive fans crazy. I love the up and down tempo, I really do. But we need a big 6-10 or bigger that can run. Is that too much to ask for…

    They all go elsewhere!

  • Kyl470

    I agree. It’s not like he was a great recruiter or offered great insight into the teams offense or defense. I’m sure IU will be able to find someone who also knows what it takes to build guys up and get them stronger.

  • phaluska

    But what if he could make them into ‘not a joke’? What if you could point a finger at him to say he was a critical component to turning a program around? Knowing what he did for IU basketball, that would seem like a reasonable challenge and goal. What if he were able to accomplish that goal. Sounds like he would be in a pretty good position to do whatever he wanted…

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    I think Je’Ney brought energy, passion, and character to his job and it positively affected everyone in his work arena! One such as he will be missed and is hard to replace. He set quality standards that will continue after he leaves, he leaves a void to be filled. Congratulations Je’Ney and continued success in all your endeavors!