Jackson State fires Comegy after 8 seasons


JACKSON, Miss. — Rick Comegy was dismissed as Jackson State’s football coach after eight seasons, the school announced Wednesday.

The move was announced 11 days after Jackson State lost its second straight SWAC championship game to Southern in overtime. Jackson State fell in the 2012 final to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in OT as well.

According to The Clarion-Ledger, Comegy had one year remaining on his contract and was paid $200,000 annually with escalators. His contract calls for a $50,000 buyout if terminated, the newspaper added.

Comegy went 55-35 at Jackson State. He spent the previous 10 season at Tuskegee (Ala.), where he went 90-26.

Jackson State is the fourth SWAC school to let go of its head coach. Grambling State fired Doug Williams early in the season and, after two interim coaches, replaced him with Broderick Fobbs. Alabama A&M’s Anthony Jones and Mississippi Valley State’s Karl Morgan are not retained after their contracts expired.

— I.C. Murrell