Cincinnati Assistant Ernest Jones Hired As Alcorn State Coach

He replaces Johnny Thomas

Dec. 11, 2007

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Cincinnati assistant Ernest Jones was hired as Alcorn State's football coach Tuesday, returning to the school where he was a wide receiver.

He replaces Johnny Thomas, whose team went 2-8 in 2007 and had the second-worst record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Thomas was 48-61 during 10 years as the Braves' coach.

Jones, a 1995 Alcorn State graduate, coached running backs at Cincinnati this season, his first with the Bearcats. He also coached defensive backs at Central Michigan in 2005 and running backs in 2006. In 2004, he was defensive coordinator at Division III Oberlin College.

Jones has ties to George Ross, Alcorn's incoming president. Ross was vice president of finance and administrative services at Central Michigan.