June Jones adds Hal Mumme to SMU coaching staff

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Hal Mumme has been named SMU's passing game coordinator. (Getty Images)
Hal Mumme has been named SMU's passing game coordinator. (Getty Images)

Hal Mumme, the longtime coach and innovator of the "Air Raid" offense, has joined the SMU staff as an assistant coach/passing game coordinator, Mustangs coach June Jones announced Wednesday.

Jones' wide-open, run-and-shoot offense has taken different forms since the former Hawai'i coach made the move to SMU. Teaming with Mumme gives the Mustangs a great opportunity to add wrinkles to the offense as they prepare for the first season of Big East play. SMU enters the new league on a streak of four consecutive bowl bids (3-1), but the offense -- which ranked near the middle of Conference USA under Jones -- could benefit from Mumme's experience as the Mustangs prepare for tougher defenses in the Big East.

Mumme's legacy in college football has been carried on by his impressive coaching tree. Mike Leach, Dana Holgorsen, Sonny Dykes, Art Briles, Kliff Kingsbury, David Dean, Greg McMackin, Ruffin McNeill, Will Muschamp and Chris Hatcher are all either direct descendants or second-generation Mumme products.

Mumme has served as head coach at Kentucky, New Mexico State, Southeastern Louisiana, Valdosta State, Iowa Wesleyan and, most recently, McMurry University. When Mumme was hired by the Abilene, Texas school, the program had lost 13 consecutive games and had not recorded a winning season in eight years of D-III play.

Under Mumme's leadership, McMurry successfully made the jump from D-III to D-II, recording the program's first postseason victory since 1949 in the 2011 D-III playoffs and recording an 8-3 record as a D-II independent in 2012. The War Hawks went 8-3 last fall and defeated Southern Arkansas in the Champs Heart of Texas Bowl.

At Kentucky, Mumme became the first coach to take the Wildcats to a New Year's Day bowl since Bear Bryant in 1951. He mentored Heisman Trophy finalist Tim Couch that season, and the No. 1 NFL draft pick completed 400 of 533 passes (72.3 percent) for 4,275 yards and 36 touchdowns.

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