I just thank the Lord Liberty and Justice weren't here to witness this.
"This afternoon, I talked to my staff and players and notified them that I have decided to resign as SMU head football coach effective immediately," said Jones. "It was a very difficult decision for me to make, as you can imagine. I have devoted my life for the last 50 years to playing and coaching this game and it has been a great journey. This job has a lot of demands, as you know, and along with that journey comes a price that is paid. I have some personal issues I have been dealing with and I need to take a step away so I can address them at this time.
"We have some talented and really good kids, who just happen to be young. Tom Mason will take over the head coaching duties. Tom has done a great job with the defense since coming to SMU. This being a bye week will give all the coaches and players a chance to evaluate themselves and make the changes needed for their preparation in getting ready for the next couple games and conference play the rest of the way. I would like to thank all the people here at SMU that have supported the vision we have had here. I feel we have made SMU relevant again in football by going to four bowls in my six years as a Mustang. I am very thankful for the opportunity I was given and wish only the best for the players, coaches and administration at SMU."First, let's get this out of the way. To the extent June Jones has health or personal issues that he needs to resolve, I wish him only the best and hope he pulls through or works out his issues. While I concede there were many days since December 2011 I wanted to chip away the mortar around a brick at Ford Stadium and throw it at June, I wish the man no ill will. Now, maybe if you had asked me about that around noon today, I might have given you a different answer.
Fox Southwest Article (written by SMU alum Keith Whitmire)
KEvin Sherrington (Column better than the headline)
The Money Quote:
June didn’t all of a sudden become lousy at Xs and Os. He lost a little desire, apparently. Or maybe a lot. Symptoms of this affliction surface first in recruiting. There’s the usual complaint about a disconnect with South Dallas, which goes back to the Death Penalty days. How much of that is June’s fault, I couldn’t say. But he didn’t do much to correct it, either. In fact, he went opposite field.
According to Mark Followill, whose researcher came up with this number while doing play-by-play for the Oklahoma State-Texas-San Antonio game this week, there are 68 Texans on SMU’s roster, lowest total of any of the 12 FBS schools in Texas.If anyone asks why SMU fans are unhappy with June and why June is not winning, direct them here. Honestly, I can't believe it. If you had bet me June Jones would not coach until the end of the season, I would have lost a lot of money.