First June Jones is going to Arizona State, then he's not, then he is, now he's…not?
The final answer remains to be seen.
Just nine days after firing head coach Dennis Erickson, ASU appeared to have found itself a new leading man.
Jones met with ASU officials in Dallas on Saturday in the midst of hosting SMU's biggest recruiting weekend in 25 years. The Mustangs had 12 recruits on campus, seven of which were undecided with offers from other Division I programs. A few of those recruits currently hold offers from Arizona State and UCLA – the other school Jones was rumored to be flirting with.
After reports of Jones meeting with ASU came out over the weekend, the campaign was halted due to booster opposition. Why? Because he supposedly shares too many of the same characteristics as Erickson—not having disciplined players and being "over the hill" so to speak, being a couple of them.
With all the booster rioting, it appeared Jones would be staying at SMU. Today he was back in the mix.
Jones is a program rebuilder. He spent nine seasons at Hawaii, becoming the school's all-time winningest coach, leading the Warriors to the Sugar Bowl in 2007.
In four years at SMU, Jones is 23-28. But that record doesn't do him justice as he inherited a decrepit program unfortunately still feeling the effects from the 1985 Death Penalty.
In his first season, the Mustangs went 1-11 but have since gone to three straight bowl games (the third is set for Jan. 7 vs. Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl).
Before making the post-season in 2009, SMU hadn't been to a bowl in 25 years.
Jones called his assistants back from their respective recruiting trips on Tuesday for an urgent meeting on Wednesday at the SMU facilities, likely regarding the ASU hoopla.
As of right now, Jones and Arizona State have not reached an agreement. The best reason being boosters are completely against this hire.
First Jones meets with ASU in the middle of a crucial recruiting weekend and now his departure might come on the day SMU is announced as one of the newest members of the Big East.
The timing could not be worse.
Stay tuned for more.
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