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Tremaine Jackson reflects on coaching, racism, and social justice

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Grand Junction Police Chief Doug Shoemaker talks to protesters on Monday, June 1, 2020. Colorado Mesa University football coach Tremaine Jackson, in a maroon shirt on the left, watches.

He was the first Black head football coach at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. And after just two successful seasons, Tremaine Jackson is moving on. His tenure coincided both with the pandemic and the protests over police brutality -- issues that made it into locker rooms and onto playing fields. Jackson is moving on to Valdosta State in Georgia. He spoke with Nathan Heffel from his new home there to reflect on his time on the Western Slope.