OT: June Jones to Arizona State (or not??)

Submitted by wolverine2003 on December 7th, 2011 at 1:55 PM

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7327205/june-jones-smu-mustangs-coach-arizona-state-sun-devils-sources-say 

Going to be quite entertaining to watch the late night games in the Pac-12 with RR, Leach, and June Jones.  There won't be a defense as far as the eye can see, except possibly at USC.

Now the offer has apparently been pulled:

schadjoe Joe Schad
 
June Jones had agreed to coach Arizona State when call came that offer had been pulled
 
 

Comments

BRCE

December 7th, 2011 at 11:05 PM ^

DC is inconsequential to MGoBloggers when it comes to Gibson. None of them have ever been inside a Michigan practice, video room or sideline huddle. Hell, most of them don't even know lingo a DB coaches uses to his players. But they think they can assess exactly who's fault something is. Don't question them.

 

 

Philbert

December 7th, 2011 at 2:11 PM ^

after the SMU 30 for 30, I really started to like jones. Kind of sad he's leaving SMU. O well. Looks like the PAC 12 is trying to be like the BIG 12. All offense no defense.

BayWolves

December 7th, 2011 at 2:12 PM ^

This is a spread dominated conference.  RR will probably continue the 3-3-5 which is probably more suited to this conference except when playing Stanford and USC.

A minimum of 7 Spread teams out of 12: OR, OSU, WSU, CAL, UT, AZ, ASU, and am I missing anyone?

Lots of games going into the wee hours in quadruple overtime.

denardogasm

December 7th, 2011 at 2:19 PM ^

Am I wrong in assuming Oregon is just going to take all the best spread players from the west half of the country and all the rest of these teams will be left to pick up the scraps?  I gotta think this will be true with a few exceptions.  I don't see much changing in the Pac hierarchy.

BrownJuggernaut

December 7th, 2011 at 2:38 PM ^

A lot of the other Pac-12 schools are investing money into their programs. Furthermore, some of the new coaches, Rich Rod and Mike Leach, are pretty good recruiters. I think Oregon will get the best spread prospects, but I don't think they'll get all of them. I think both of those guys can lure some of these players away. 

stankoniaks

December 7th, 2011 at 2:18 PM ^

I feel like June Jones' career has been awfully similar to Dennis Erickson who they just fired. Except Erickson was probably more successful.

I guess that makes Jones a poor man's Erickson.

onlyblue1982

December 7th, 2011 at 2:25 PM ^

The winner of ASU vs. AZ will defeat Oregon 77-73 in the PAC championship game. They then go on to lose in the Rose Bowl 27-12 to the B10 champion. Also, WSU is the PAC North runner up, falling to Ore. by a score of 63-52.

Sambojangles

December 7th, 2011 at 2:31 PM ^

Why does everyone assume that just because the Pac-12 has all these great offensive coaches means that the whole conference automatically will forget to play defense. It seems to me that the best way to be successful in the conference will be to find a way to match an offense that can keep up with UO, WSU, ASU, plus Stanford and USC with a defense that can consistently slow them down.

yeahrice

December 7th, 2011 at 3:37 PM ^

I would argue that  the teams will not forget to play defense, but they will never be taught so to speak. Unless all of the offensive minded coaches make good DC hires (IMO not likely), the box scores will have 85+ points routinely. Anyways you don't need a defense, you just need to score more points than the other team. 

The Baughz

December 7th, 2011 at 2:31 PM ^

This is also an interesting hire. I like it. I think Jones will do well in time. I guess the next hire will be Kevin Sumlin at either A&M or Illinois. Recent talk is that he will not be the next coach at Illinois, so who knows where he will end up. My money is on A&M. 

gobluehtown

December 7th, 2011 at 2:52 PM ^

Kid is committed to SMU, but he is a beast. This kid is a three star, but he reminds me so much of Mike Martin with the wrestling background. He is animal when he runs the ball too. Would be a great physical player if we could get him as a preferred walk-on. Get an instate kid who knows how to be a wrecking ball.

Chi-Blue

December 7th, 2011 at 3:07 PM ^

More spread teams out west!!! Hoke, Funk and the crew have a bunch of great connections out in Cali from coaching at SDSU. Stanford will soon slip back to being a meh team leaving only the scholarship-less Trojans as the only real "prostyle type team" left in the PAC 10, 12, 14, or 16 or whatever it is now. I'll bet we take 2-3 lineman from the state of California next year.

Wonder where all this spread and coaching changes puts a guy like Andrus Peat??

Tater

December 7th, 2011 at 3:36 PM ^

The Pac 12 could be the most entertaining conference in college football in a year or two.  This offseason has at least made USC, Stanford, and Oregon have to consider the possibility that their conference won't be as easy as it has been the last few years.  

Butterfield

December 7th, 2011 at 4:20 PM ^

I live in Phoenix and literally everyone is pissed about this hire.  From radio hosts to callers to ASU alums I work with, they are universally disappointed.  Listed to talk radio over lunch and an hour of calls produced a grand total of one guy in support of the move. 

Everything from age (old, too similar to Erickson who was percieved to be mentally checked out), over-reliance on a system, and lack of success at SMU (overall losing record since he got there, but not a coach in the country could have produced a better result inheriting that mess).  Being a neutral party, I personally like the hire but I can tell you Jones will not be given a warm welcome in the Valley.  For some reason, the locals think the ASU job carries more prestige than the rest of the college football world realizes. 

shorts

December 7th, 2011 at 4:39 PM ^

June Jones is an underrated coach and would be a fine hire for ASU -- if he were 49, he'd be at the top of everybody's list with Sumlin, Fedora, et al.

But this story is getting weird: ASU beat writer Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic is now reporting that they've pulled out of talks with Jones. I was briefly covering ASU early in the year but don't have the contacts built up to really know what's going on. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in Lisa Love's office.

 

shorts

December 7th, 2011 at 6:14 PM ^

ESPN says he accepted the deal and was working out contract details when he was called and informed the the offer had been pulled because "it took too long." 

The ASU administration has no idea what it's doing. I already knew this but just had it confirmed.

Needs

December 7th, 2011 at 7:16 PM ^

Probably couldn't raise the booster money for his contract. I know that SMU had 20 boosters that pledged $100k per year for 5 years to fund his contract. 

Now why boosters are willing to spend that kind of money on SMU football is another question entirely.

FrankMurphy

December 7th, 2011 at 6:29 PM ^

Kind of a dick move to pull an offer after the guy had already accepted it and word had already leaked to the press. I hope they don't get anyone better than Jones.