At least one candidate who has the JSU coaching job on his career bucket list would fit that bill.
Tyler Siskey, an Anniston native and 1996 Donoho graduate, has been the subject of much speculation since JSU fired head coach Jack Crowe on Nov. 30. He confirmed his interest in the job to The Star on Thursday, calling it “a fit on both sides.”
“I’ve got a real simple answer for you,” Siskey said. “It’s home, it fits and it’s a fit on both sides. We both share the same vision, and that is to win and to win big and to win now.
“When there are jobs out there, everybody has their list and this is a fit for me. It’s home.”
Although he has followed through, he declined to say if the interest was mutual.
Siskey, 34, certainly has the collegiate coaching background the Gamecocks are seeking, even a little bit of coordinating. He is currently Mississippi’s director of recruiting development — he was in the process of breaking down film on the Rebels’ upcoming bowl opponent when reached by The Star Thursday — and spent the previous four years as Arkansas State’s receivers coach. He served as the Red Wolves’ offensive coordinator for the GoDaddy.com Bowl after then-ASU coach Hugh Freeze and several of his assistants had already left for Ole Miss.
Siskey also has collegiate coaching experience at Troy and Northwestern State, and as a high school coach helped guide St. Paul’s to four straight playoff appearances and the 2007 AHSAA Class 5A state championship.
Under Siskey’s watch at Arkansas State, the receivers set numerous individual, season and career records. During his stay at St. Paul’s, the offense improved nearly 4,000 yards from the time he arrived to the time he left for ASU.
He said Freeze is aware of his interest in the JSU job and has given his blessing.
“I’m a very loyal guy; that’s something I’ve learned in this business,” Siskey said. “I have a great job at the University of Mississippi. I would not have even entertained the idea of pursuing this posiiton if I didn’t have the blessing of coach Freeze. Obviously he knows about it and he’s supporting me 100 percent.”
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