According to this article from the USA Today, University of Hawaii head football coach June Jones resigned this morning from his position with the school, furthering speculation that Jones may be the man to fill the postion left vacant after SMU head coach Phil Bennett’s firing on October 28. Apparently Jones is en route to Dallas to discuss the job with SMU Athletic Director Steve Orsini. Not long after Hawaii’s bowl game loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, SMU went public with an aggressive offer to Jones, but Hawaii counter-offered, culminating ultimately in his resignation from the school. Jones cited unhappiness with the level of commitment and loyalty the athletic department had shown him at Hawaii. (Many of you familiar with SMU athletics will wonder how on earth this makes the Hilltop a worthy destination.)
Let’s hope that this deal gets done and that this horrible distraction will go away. Furthermore, I’m looking forward to see how Jones’ advanced offensive tactics will be suited for talented SMU quarterback Justin Willis. Good luck Mustangs!