((HT: WLBT-TV Jackson))
Alcorn State hired Jay Hopson as its football coach, making the former Memphis defensive coordinator the first "non-black" head coach in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Hopson was hired Monday and the news conference was held on the lawn of school president M. Christopher Brown II. Hopson replaces Melvin Spears who was fired in February after going 2-8 in his only season.
"I don't see black or white, we're all purple and gold," Hopson told reporters. Hopson said he had withdrawn his name from consideration for the job but Brown convinced him to reconsider.
"Today's historical appointment will require us to walk hand in hand to disrupt naysayers wedded to a racist past," Brown said at the presser.
Here's the presser and coverage from WLBT...