I am an Southern University grad and an avid football fan. I have followed the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the last three years due to the tremendous growth and positive change brought about in the football program under the leadership of Coach Brian Jenkins. He is respected highly for his professionalism, his rapport with his players, staff and the community. He is concerned with winning but more importantly with ensuring that all players maintain academic eligibility.

He is a perfect example of a family man and maintains an open-door policy for faculty, staff and player/personnel. I hope Athletic Director William Broussard will make Coach Jenkins his choice for the position of head coach at Southern. Coach Jenkins’ winning record and his meritorious awards from his peers make him highly qualified.

Lovetta Farrington-Pickens

retired high school educator

Orlando, Fla.