Ernest T. Jones' bid to hang onto his job as head football coach at Alcorn State ended Tuesday after a university committee rejected an appeal of his firing.
Jones was fired Dec. 11, exactly a year after being hired as the Braves' coach. He signed a three-year, $140,000 contract in December 2007.
He appealed the firing to a university grievance committee, which held a hearing on his employment status Jan. 16. Jones remained head coach through that process, but university officials said his termination was complete with Tuesday's announcement.
According to the statement Tuesday from the university, Jones was terminated for "malfeasance and contumacious conduct."
Alcorn State went 2-10 under Jones.
The university said it will name an interim coach soon and a search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.