Alabama State fires football coach Brian Jenkins after 0-5 start

( -- Alabama State has fired head football coach Brian Jenkins after an 0-5 start, the school announced Friday.

Jenkins, 46, has been the Hornets' head coach since 2015. He went 9-17 in two-plus years at Alabama State.

Jenkins went 46-14 with four conference championships or co-championships in five seasons at Bethune-Cookman before taking over at Alabama State. His first Hornets team went 6-5 and finished second in the SWAC East Division, but slipped to 3-7 in 2016 and lost its first five games this season.

"We would like to thank Brian Jenkins for his time at Alabama State," Alabama State interim athletics director Jennifer Lynne Williams said. "It was a tough three years in terms of wins and losses for coach; but I am comfortable that he will have success in his future endeavors and will end up on a sideline soon."

Associate head coach Donald Hill-Eley -- formerly head coach at Morgan State -- has been installed as interim head coach. Alabama State has a bye this weekend before traveling to Texas Southern on Oct. 14.