Morgan State athletic director Edward Scott announced that a national search for a permanent head football coach will begin immediately. Ernest T. Jones led the team on an interim basis in 2018, leading the Bears to a 4-7 record, including a 16-13 upset of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina A&T, which will be attending its third Celebration Bowl in four years. “As Interim head coach, Ernest gave his all to the Morgan State Bears football program this year, and moved the program forward in many ways,” Scott said in a statement. “We thank Ernest and his family for their service and commitment to Morgan State student-athletes.” The Bears finished the season with two straight victories, including their first win over Norfolk State since 2006. Jones inherited a team that went 1-10 in 2017 after Morgan fired coach Fred Farrier and promoted Jones, the associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Jones was previously the head coach at ASA Miami, a two-year college, and worked briefly as the running backs coach for Connecticut in 2014. He also served a three-year stint at Notre Dame that began in 2011 as the Fighting Irish’s director of player development and engagement.