Jones wants to play Warriors in Hawaii Bowl

After beating Tulane 45-24, SMU is bowl eligible for the third year in a row. June Jones was a little hesitant, but made it known after the game who he'd like to play in a bowl game this year - Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl in his old stomping grounds. Now the Warriors just need one more win to make the post-season.

June Jones was sort of giddy after SMU's 45-24 win over Tulane Saturday.

The victory represented a sigh of relief for the Mustangs after losing their two previous games. The win also means SMU is bowl eligible for the third year in a row.

Though it's a fresh feeling for SMU because of the Death Penalty, getting to bowl games is nothing new for Jones, as he's coached in seven of them.

"Our goal was to win the conference championship and get bowl eligible and we accomplished the bowl eligible goal," Jones said. "Now we're rooting for a particular team to become bowl eligible and for us to continue to win and that would be very good."

Asked if that particular team was Hawaii, the school Jones not only played quarterback at from 1973-74, but also coached at for nine seasons before coming to SMU, he smiled and said, "Well…maybe."

While Jones was at Hawaii, he helped create the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. This year's game will be the 10th anniversary of the bowl's existence and it would be special for Jones to not only coach in it, but to play Hawaii in Aloha Stadium.

"I hate to say it, I don't know who controls who goes [to which bowls], but I do know that if Hawaii is bowl eligible and we're bowl eligible, it's a sell-out and it really helps the state of Hawaii," Jones said. "That's why I'd like to go."

Jones led SMU to its first bowl in 25 years in 2009, which just so happened to be at the Hawaii Bowl, when the Mustangs beat Nevada 45-10.

The Hawaii Bowl typically features a team from Conference USA or the Pac-12 vs. a WAC team. But as part of the agreement with the WAC, Hawaii is guaranteed a bid to this bowl if they're eligible regardless of the standings.

The Warriors are currently 5-3 and would become bowl eligible with a win over Utah State Saturday night.


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