Jones Leaving; Gundy, Spencer Looking

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said it was a move that Jason Jones had to make and he had no problem with his cornerbacks coach heading to Ole Miss. "His parents are getting older and that gets him back home and close to family," said Gundy, who has always been strong on moves that benefit family.

"He's a good coach, but Ole Miss is going to pay him well and he's done a good job here and he has turned down multiple offers in the past. This one makes sense."

Jones has been with Gundy and Oklahoma State since the spring of 2008. He has coached the Cowboys cornerbacks for the past five seasons, including players such as Perrish Cox, Andrew McGee, and Brodrick Brown.

Prior to coming to OSU, Jones coached at Tulsa and Rice and started out as a graduate assistant at Alabama, where he was a two-year starter for the Crimson Tide.

Jones said he has a great appreciation for Oklahoma State and that the move to Ole Miss and closer to home and family is a good one for him. The only negative is having to leave Oklahoma State.

Glenn Spencer, the Cowboys new defensive coordinator, said he is looking and has some names and candidates to share with Gundy. He felt that if they could hire somebody they knew the process could go fast, but if not they would take their time to get the right person and the right fit.

Safeties coach Van Malone is experienced at coaching cornerbacks and can handle both positions. Malone, who was a four-year starter at Texas and also was a starter with the Detroit Lions in the NFL, coached corners at Western Michigan, the entire secondary at North Texas, Texas A&M, and Tulsa before coming to Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys begin spring practice next Monday.

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