Southern football coach Stump Mitchell said Wednesday he is “not looking” for another job and that he is “happy” to be where he is.
Addressing questions as to whether he was considering a job offer in the NFL, Mitchell replied: “All I know is, I’m here at Southern, and that’s where I plan on being.”
Asked if he knew of anything that could alter that, Mitchell replied: “All I can say is that this is the coaching business. I don’t know if anything’s going to alter that. I’m not looking for no jobs. I know I’ve got a job, and I’m happy that I have the job here at Southern University. I mean, I have players in here. I think we can win, and again: I’m here at Southern University.”
Mitchell, a tailback and kick returner for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals from 1981-89, spent 11 seasons as an NFL assistant before taking his current job at Southern.
Mitchell was running backs coach under Mike Holmgren at Seattle from 1999-2007, then spent two seasons as assistant head coach and running backs coach with the Washington Redskins, serving under Jim Zorn.
He enters the third and final guaranteed year of his contract with a 6-16 overall record at Southern.
The Jaguars went 4-7 last season, losing four games by five or fewer points.
Mitchell confirmed late Monday night that the team begins spring practice next Wednesday. Players spent Monday afternoon in a team meeting to install schemes for spring drills.
“Unfortunately, things change from second to second, minute to minute, day to day,” Mitchell said Wednesday. “A lot of (coaches) that have gotten hired at other places — coordinators at D-I schools, two weeks later, they’re back in the NFL. So you just never know. You just never know. That’s the coaching profession. All I know is that I’m glad to be here today.”
Asked if he planned on being at Southern tomorrow, Mitchell replied: “What’s tomorrow? Thursday? We’ll be here at 6 o’clock in the morning, and we start spring ball Wednesday.”