The Pipeline: June Jones Resigns at SMU

Official release: http://www.smumustangs.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090814aaa.htmlToday, June Jones resigned from Southern Methodist. Because of everything else going on today, this is something that will fall to the wayside, but we shouldn’t be under appreciative of what Jones did at SMU. He’s a total out of the box thinker, and in his time at Hawaii was able to guide them to the 2008 Sugar Bowl. Hawaii was smoked by Georgia, 41-10, but hey they were paid well. Jones is 61 years old, and cited health and personal reasons for his departure. I promise no one in Dallas is upset that he’s leaving. It isn’t that he isn’t a good coach, it’s because he accomplished his goal, and knows when it’s time to leave. When Jones arrived at SMU in 2008, the program was in shambles. SMU was about to open a new stadium and previous coach Phil Bennett had run the program into ground. Jones was proven and well known. That obviously helped with recruits. However, as June got older his players started to pay attention less and less. Jones knew it, and so did the administration. Who’s next? The list is long and strong because SMU has tons of money, and if needs more the alumni are typically more than willing to pay. June Jones was paid a very healthy $1.9 million per season. Yes, 1.9 in the income tax-free state of Texas.

Some names I’ve seen so far: Houston Nutt, Butch Davis, Tom Herman, Jake Spavital and ASU Mike Norvell. More to come…