10. Turner Replaces Howard
Recap: Bill Self and Kansas hired away assistant basketball coach Jerrance Howard after just one year with SMU. Less than a month later, the Mustangs brought on K.T. Turner as his replacement. Turner wasn't necessarily a sexy hire, but he helped Wichita State reach the Final Four and had a proven track on the recruiting trail. Although he has yet to land his first recruit, he just missed on big man William Lee and is making plenty of inroads in the south and out in Cali. It should also be noted that SMU hasn't missed a beat in Chicago.
9. Jalen Jones Transfers
Recap: When SMU opened up against TCU at the American Airlines Center, Jalen Jones, last year's leading scorer and rebounder, did not dress out. After the game, Larry Brown said it had to do with Jones complaining about minutes. A few days later, he announced his intentions to transfer. The whole series of events was sudden and surprising since it appeared Jones was emerging as one of the key leaders of the team. The Mustangs are off to a 10-2 start without him, but there is no doubt they could have used him.
8. Tyler Harris Decommits
Recap: June Jones has whiffed on quite a few quarterbacks during his tenure at SMU. But the commitment of Pierce County (GA) quarterback Tyler Harris gave Mustang fans hope. After all, he was rated as a four-star prospect and held offers from the likes of Alabama and Mississippi State. But Harris took a couple of official visits in November and eventually switched his commitment to UCF, leaving SMU with two quarterback commits with a combined zero offers.
7. Moody Renovation Complete
Recap: After a $47 million renovation, Moody Coliseum opened its doors --again-- for an event for season ticket holders and December graduation. While Moody was under construction, the basketball team played all their ‘home' games at the Culwell Center in Garland. The Mustangs will host their first home game in Moody on January 4 vs. UConn.
6. Garrett Gilbert's Revival
Recap: A highly touted transfer from Texas, Gilbert struggled during his first season on the Hilltop. But he the former five-star prospect finally broke through with a monster season, passing for 3,528 yard and 21 touchdowns. Gilbert silenced some of his critics and will likely get a shot in the NFL. Unfortunately, his season ended with a leg injury and he missed the final two games.
5. The Mumme Effect
Recap: With June Jones' offenses failing to produce as many fireworks as they did in Hawaii, Hal Mumme, the father of the Air Raid offense, was brought in as the passing game coordinator to provide a spark. At first, it was somewhat of a dud, but the newly form ‘Run N' Raid' caught fire against Rutgers, and the Mustangs put up eye-popping offensive statistics. But big stats don't equate to big wins.
4. SMU Misses Bowl
Recap: Even with Gilbert and the offense lighting up the scoreboard, SMU missed a bowl for the first time since Jones took over the program in 2008. The Mustangs started the season 1-4 and failed to dig themselves out of that hole despite playing in one of the worst conferences in college football. SMU finished 5-7 overall – those five wins came against FBS teams that won a combined 10 games and an FCS team.
3. Frazier Signs
Recap: Larry Brown made a major splash on the recruiting trail when he landed five-star shooting guard Keith Frazier. The McDonald's All-American out of Dallas Kimball helped legitimize SMU and opened the doors for other top flight recruits to consider SMU including this guy…
2. Mudiay Signs
Recap: After Frazier signed with SMU in the spring, Brown reeled in the top point guard in the nation in the fall. Prime Prep's Emmanuel Mudiay picked the Ponies over offers from the likes of Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville. Brown went head to head with the powers of college basketball and won. And now the future of SMU basketball looks brighter than ever.
1. June Jones Extended
Recap: Despite failing to reach a bowl game, failing to ignite the fan base and failing to do an adequate job on the recruiting trail, SMU rewarded June Jones with a three-year contract extension-- at least on paper. Jones deserves credit for getting SMU back on the right track, but the program has plateaued under his leadership.
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