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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Mike Jones has been relieved of his duties as the head football coach at Lincoln (Mo) University. John Moseley, Lincoln's Director of Athletics, made the announcement on Sunday (Sept. 25).lumo mike jonesJones

"Making a change at head coach at any point, much less in the middle of the season, is never an easy decision," Moseley said. "In terms of our goals for the football program, however, Coach Jones and I agree that we are not where we need to be, and I believe that making this decision now will put us on a path towards reaching those goals."

"I want to thank Dr. Kevin Rome and the Lincoln University family for the honor of being the Blue Tigers' head football coach," said Mike Jones. "I want to thank all of the young men that I've had the distinct honor of coaching. I love you guys and I wish nothing but the best for you."

"You would be hard-pressed to find a better person than Mike Jones," Moseley said. "He has cared deeply for his players, and that feeling is mutual. We thank him for all that he has done for our university and our football program. We are committed to success in all of our athletic programs and we are confident that we will identify and select a head coach that can get us there."

Lincoln University President Dr. Kevin Rome stated, "We thank Mike for his nearly six years of service to the university and we credit him for taking on the challenge of rebuilding this program. He has been committed to their academic success and preparing them for life."

Assistant coach Lee Johnson has been promoted to the role of Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season. A national search will begin immediately for Jones' replacement.

~Lincoln Athletic Communications

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