Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Joins Mustang

SMU Head Coach June Jones today announced the hiring of former NFL lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner Adrian Klemm as the Mustangs' new offensive line coach. Klemm, who was a four-year starter at Hawaii for Jones, began volunteering with the SMU program in 2008 after spending seven seasons in the NFL and winning three Super Bowls as a member of the New England Patriots.

DALLAS (SMU) - SMU Head Coach June Jones today announced the hiring of former NFL lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner Adrian Klemm as the Mustangs' new offensive line coach. Klemm, who was a four-year starter at Hawaii for Jones, began volunteering with the SMU program in 2008 after spending seven seasons in the NFL and winning three Super Bowls as a member of the New England Patriots.

Klemm was the 46th overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft after a standout career as a four-year starter at Hawaii. He played under Jones during his senior season (1999), and was a part of the biggest turnaround in NCAA history, as Hawaii improved from 0-12 to 9-4, and won a bowl game that season. Following the season, Klemm was selected as the starting left tackle at the Senior Bowl and also earned invitations to the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl.

"I'm happy that we were able to hire a talented, up-and-coming coach like Adrian," said Jones. "Adrian was a positive, impact player and I know he will be a positive, impact coach. Having played in the NFL, he knows what it takes to get to the next level and he will relate well to our young players."

As part of finalizing the coaching staff, SMU assistant Dennis McKnight will take over as SMU's special teams coach. McKnight was SMU's offensive line coach in 2008 and will assume special teams duties following the passing SMU assistant and coaching legend Frank Gansz. McKnight previously coached special teams while at Hawaii, and helped the Warriors have one of the top special teams units in the nation in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.

"Dennis not only has a great knowledge of special teams' schemes, but he also will carry on the spirit and fire that Coach Gansz brought to our special teams units."

SMU players reported for fall camp today, with the opener scheduled for Sept. 5 when the Mustangs host Stephen F. Austin.


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