JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of Ernest T. Jones' complaint against Alcorn State University after his firing as the Braves' football coach.

Jones was fired as football coach in 2008. A Claiborne County judge sided with the university in dismissing Jones' complaint in 2011.

Jones was fired exactly a year after being hired as the Braves' coach. He signed a three-year, $140,000 contract in December 2007. Alcorn State went 2-10 under Jones.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday denied Jones' arguments that his firing was unjustified.

Appeals Judge Tyree Irving says the university followed property procedures in firing Jones and allowed Jones a hearing during which his attorney could question school officials. Irving says Alcorn State had substantial evidence to support its decision.