Colorado Mesa has hired Tremaine Jackson as its next head football coach.

Jackson just finished his first season as the defensive line coach at Division I Texas State University and previously was the defensive coordinator at Abilene Christian and the University of Sioux Falls.

Seeing CMU on video while preparing to play Azusa Pacific in the 2016 playoffs, he was intrigued by the caliber of athletes on the Mavs' roster. When CMU parted ways with Russ Martin and his staff after this past season, Jackson was quick to apply.

“I've watched all the You Tube videos, the highlights, I saw all the kids coming back and got to meet with a few players,” Jackson said Monday of his on-campus interview. “Here's what I sensed when I was there: Everybody at Colorado Mesa University is hungry to win and be consistent with winning. That excited me even more.

“I knew walking in it was a pretty good opportunity. I left knowing it was the only opportunity for me.”

Jackson said he plans to be in Grand Junction on Jan. 2 to get started recruiting and planning for his first season as a head coach. Bryan Rooks, CMU's co-athletic director, said Jackson will be formally introduced after the first of the year.

For more on Jackson's hiring, read Tuesday's edition of The Daily Sentinel.

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