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June Jones no longer a candidate at Arizona State

Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 5:05 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: June Jones is no longer believed to be a candidate for the Arizona State head coaching job.

"A source close to the football program said talks with June Jones to become the program's next coach have broken off and "he is out" as a candidate," wrote's Craig Morgan. "It's unclear whether widespread fan opposition, Jones' buyout at SMU or another factor led to the breakdown in negotiations."

SMU's June Jones will follow Dennis Erickson as the next Arizona State football coach, according to a source close to the program.'s Craig Morgan is reporting that Jones will be named the team's next head coach, with the official announcement likely this week. Jones has helped pull the Mustangs out of the shadow of the NCAA's "Death Penalty" in 1987, which crippled the program for almost two decades. After a 1-11 season in his first year at SMU, Jones has compiled a 22-17 record over the last three seasons and delivered three straight bowl appearances - their first postseason trips since the sanctions.

Jones' wide-open offensive style falls right in line with the recent Pac-12 hires of Mike Leach at Washington State and Rich Rodriguez to in-state rival Arizona. He has a history of reviving programs, and after the Sun Devils have arguably underachieved under Erickson he will be asked to take on a similar challenge. The move also comes at the same time as SMU's move to the Big East, which will be made official in a conference call late Wednesday afternoon.

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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:39 pm

June Jones no longer a candidate at Arizona State

I think it's more SMU and the fans not wanting to let him go.  People at Microchip in Chandler AZ are happy about the outcome.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:56 pm

Report: June Jones next Arizona State coach

I am hearing from sources the June Jones deal is no longer on the table. Boosters and alumni were enraged. Sun Devil nation is still hanging their hopes on Kevin Sumlin.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:44 pm

Report: June Jones next Arizona State coach

And if he hadn't been there, you would still be the most pathetic program in the nation ;)   ... Losing to Navy these days is not a big shocker.  They got a good program there now.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:44 pm


I am an Arizona State Alum here is Dallas and was shocked to hear of the hiring of Jones... Why not make a stab at Tressel????

Lisa Love has a hard time trying to "make a statement" when it comes to ASU Football. Might as well hire Bum Phillips. 

June Jones does not make any statements and is a complete bore and has really not proven anything at SMU. I believe his biggest win was this year against TCU. I have lived in Dallas most of my life and I rarely hear any news of him. Not sure he excites potential recruits. 

Get ready for Jones to wear Hawaiian flowers on the sideline. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:38 pm

Report: June Jones next Arizona State coach

As an ASU alum, here we go again. An older guy who has successes who loses interest after he does. It is time to speculate who the NEXT coach will be in four years. If they'd taken Danny White, the tradition would be restored and the program would turn around. Sure, Jones helped SMU recover from the sanctions but will he even get close to living down Sport's Illustrated's moniker for us -- the most disappointimg program in college football.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:22 pm

Holy Bleep...

Rich Rod, the Pirate, and June Jones in the same conference?  Oregon, USC, and Stanford's schedules are about to become considerably more diifficult.  The Pac 12 might soon be the most entertaining conference in the country, especially if Utah upgrades their personnel.  It's great to watch football continue to evolve.  

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:15 pm

Report: June Jones next Arizona State coach

Chip Kelly (Oregon) is going to have plenty of competition in the category of "Wide Open Offenses" in the PAC 12, which make take away some of their competitive edge over the long haul. With so many teams running these fast tempo spread offenses, the defenses will have to be in good shape and will have the chance to prepare for a similar defense for all of these teams. Where the BIG Conference might be known for "plodders," (big linemen who will run the ball down your throat), and the SEC for the stellar defense, it appears the PAC 12 will be known for their "fast break" offenses.

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:11 pm

Report: June Jones next Arizona State coach

As an SMU alum and fan I am grateful for all June did for the program. That being said, I am anything but sad to see him go and I were an ASU fan I would be cautious about any optimism you might have. His "laid back" style was great but at SMU it began to unfortunately manifest itself on the field. It was almost like "aw shucks we lost to Navy again" by the end. Don't get me wrong, he did an amazing job of taking one of the most pathetic programs in the country, if not the most pathetic, and turning it around, but after he did that he seemed to lose interest really fast.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:05 pm

Report: June Jones next Arizona State coach

I guess if the triple option can work its way back into a major conference (Georgia Tech) then so can the run and shoot.  

Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:35 pm

Report: June Jones next Arizona State coach

If the trend continues, it looks like the Big East (Conference USA II) will have 5 new teams with 5 new coaches.

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