Brian Jenkins will interview at Southern on Thursday; James Spady is up first

Bethune-Cookman football coach Brian Jenkins will have an on-campus interview Thursday at Southern University, wrapping up what is now a three-person race to become the Jaguars’ next football coach.

Jenkins will be the third candidate to meet face-to-face with athletic director William Broussard, who confirmed the interview schedule Sunday night.

Nevada offensive tackles and tight ends coach James Spady is scheduled to interview Monday, and SU interim coach Dawson Odums will interview Tuesday.

Broussard has said he intends to present his final choice and recommendation to SU System Board of Supervisors at their meeting Friday.

Asked if anyone else will come to campus for an interview, Broussard replied: “Not at this time. These are the confirmed finalists.”

Spady is up first. Sunday night, he was on the way to catch a red-eye flight to Baton Rouge.

A native of Biloxi, Miss., and a former center at UTEP, Spady has made several stops in a coaching career that has spanned almost 20 years. He was offensive coordinator at Grambling from 2007-09.

“I’ve been watching the Southern program from afar for as long as I can remember,” Spady said Sunday. “For me, it’s not a stop on the way somewhere. It’s a destination.”

Jenkins has won two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles in three years at Bethune-Cookman, going 27-8.

“My No. 1 thing is just getting over there and sitting and talking with Dr. Broussard and seeing his vision, then sharing my views and opinions. ... I want to see what the alumni are interested in and what they want,” Jenkins said. “Then I want to voice my ability and my system to them and see if it all matches up.”