June Jones Resignation, Timing is Strange

Was June Jones forced out at SMU? (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

In December of 2013, the SMU Mustangs football program signed June Jones to a three-year contract extension that would keep him as the head man through the 2017 season.

Less than a year later, Jones has resigned as the head coach leaving his current, and former, players scratching their heads as to why their coach would leave the program. Jones would say nothing about his reasons other than they were personal, but there were some who wondered if the program wanted to move in another direction after the Mustangs disappointing 0-2 start to the 2014 campaign.

There’s no question the school has the money to bring in whoever they want, all you have to do is look at the basketball program luring former NBA coach, Larry Brown, to be their new head man and he’s turned them into a national story and potential recruiting powerhouse.

But the timing leaves more questions than answers. Why leave after two games? Was he pressured to leave the program because the university, and the boosters, didn’t see any improvement coming especially after getting blown out by North Texas this past weekend? Were his players and coaches upset about being left high and dry especially with the season just beginning?

At this point, the rumor mill will circulate about who will take over for Jones as the new full time head coach. Are the Mustangs after a big name or just the right name?

They got both with Brown, can they get lucky a second time?


About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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