Jones, Arizona State discussions cease

After a crazy turn of events - from SMU head coach June Jones going to Arizona State to not in a matter of hours - it appears talks between Jones and the Sun Devils have stopped. Maybe for good.

The talks between June Jones and Arizona State have stopped.

It seemed like everything was signed and sealed, guess just not delivered.

Jones' agent, Leigh Steinberg, even posted on his blog about the crazy turn of events:

"Just had one of the most bizarre endings to a set of productive discussions to bring a client to a new situation. Everything was set, few tweaks left, and the principal decision maker yanks the deal with no real explanation."

Wednesday, reports stated Jones was going to be announced as ASU's new head coach, replacing a recently fired Dennis Erickson.

But as the deal grew closer and closer to becoming a reality, ASU boosters reportedly grew angrier and used their pull in the program to halt the hire.

According to a report from FOX Sports in Arizona, "It's unclear if there were reasons beyond community reaction for Arizona State's sudden reversal. Jones' buyout at SMU is believed to be at least $2 million a year."

Maybe that buyout price wasn't worth it.

The Sun Devils' first target was Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin. Reports surfaced that that deal was near complete, until of course Texas A&M showed an interest after firing Mike Sherman.

So what's next for Jones and SMU?

More news to come.

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