Monday, December 2, 2013

Alabama A&M fires football coach Anthony Jones

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Anthony Jones, whose Alabama A&M team suffered through its third losing season in his 12-year tenure, will not have his contract renewed, the school announced Sunday afternoon.

Director of athletics Bryan Hicks was not available for comment on the decision. He did issue a statement in a press release emailed to local media at 4:30 Sunday.

"We are very grateful and appreciative of the work he has done with A&M athletics. We thank Coach Jones for his efforts and leadership of the football program and wish him much success in his future endeavors," Hicks said.

Jones was 83-57 in his 12 seasons at A&M, with the third-highest winning percentage of any coach in A&M history. His team had the highest academic scores in a conference where a number of teams have recently been ineligible for postseason play because of academics.

Offensive coordinator Cedric Pearl will serve as interim head coach until a replacement is named. The remainder of the staff will be in limbo until the replacement arrives.


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