Alcorn’s coach Thomas fired

Published 12:32 am Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Alcorn State — Alcorn State University’s head football coach, Johnny Thomas, was fired Monday after going 2-8 this season.

In a press release, Alcorn State said Thomas’ contract would end Dec. 31.

According to the press release, Thomas was thanked in a private meeting Monday for his “unwavering services to the University.”

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“The university’s aspiration for its football program has led to its decision to seek another coach for the next season.”

Messages left for interim athletic director Wiley Jones were not returned.

Thomas, on his way to do his weekly radio show in Natchez Monday night, said he was not at liberty to discuss the matter at that time.

“I will not comment on the actions taken today by the university,” Thomas said. “I still have obligations to the university. As soon as those obligations have been met, I will discuss it.”

Thomas was in his 10th season as head coach for his alma mater. Since going 0-11 in 2000, he led the Braves to six consecutive winning seasons but was unable to break the seven-win mark.

“The university wishes coach Thomas much success in his future endeavors and expects that he will continue to be a loyal alumnus, strong advocate and dedicated supporter of his alma mater — Alcorn State University,” the statement said.