Alabama State hires Brian Jenkins as coach

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Brian Jenkins has agreed to become Alabama State's new coach following a successful run at Bethune-Cookman.

Interim Athletic Director Melvin Hines announced the Jenkins' hiring on Tuesday. Jenkins posted a 46-14 record in five seasons with the Wildcats.

He led Bethune-Cookman to at least a share of four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles, along with three FCS playoff berths and a pair of 10-win seasons.

The 43-year-old Jenkins was the MEAC coach of the year three times.

He replaces Reggie Barlow, who was fired after going 7-5 in his eighth season at Alabama State.

Jenkins also has been an assistant at a number of schools, including Western Kentucky and Bowling Green.

Jenkins played wide receiver and running back at the University of Cincinnati.

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