Anthony Jones Out at Alabama A&M

Alabama A&M University yesterday announced that it would not renew the contract of head football coach Anthony Jones, and named offensive coordinator Cedric Pearl as the Bulldogs’ interim head coach.

In a statement, A&M Athletic Director Bryan Hicks expressed appreciation for Jones’ 12 years of leadership at the university.

“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 at Alabama A&M and led the Bulldogs to three SWAC championship game appearances, including a conference title in 2006.

  • Michael

    For those familiar with how higher education institutions function, we have to be mindful that the head coach serves at “the pleasure” of the Athletic Director, the President and tangentially with its alumni(a) and definitely corporate sponsors (e.g., they influence the university decision makers).

    Based upon this article, head football coach Anthony Jones contract was not renewed due to two very suspect and questionable factors: (1) the football team lost at homecoming to Mississippi Valley State University(how many other football teams lose “their homecoming”?). Has it ever crossed anyone’s mind that Mississippi Valley State University merely outplayed them on that given Saturday. Whatever happened to supporting your beloved HBCU regardless of their record. Of course everybody wants “their team to win”., and (2) they “lost back-to-back to archrival Alabama State”. Again, how many football teams across this country lose to their in-state rival for years and yet the coach still retain their position?

    The Athletic Director, President, and alumni(a) should be as equally or more concerned with the overall GPAs and graduation rate for the men’s football team. However, in major college sports, the only thing that matters to those most unfamiliar with the sport and nuances is “wins and losses”.