SMU coach June Jones has resigned after an 0-2 start this year. Jones is the first coach of the season to be fired or resign.
Defensive coordinator Tom Mason will be promoted to interim coach, with Dan Morrison and Jason Phillips sharing play-calling duties on offense.
Jones was a key hire for SMU, as he arrived in Dallas after recording a 76-41 record during his nine-year tenure at Hawaii. The Warriors showed immediate improvement under Jones, going from 0-12 in the year prior to his arrival, to a 9-4 mark and a bowl victory in 1999.
Jones also guided Hawaii to a BCS bowl appearance in 2007.
However, Jones left Hawaii for Dallas after that season and struggled to find early success with the Mustangs.
SMU went 1-11 in Jones’ debut and finished winless in conference play in 2008.
The Mustangs rebounded by playing in four consecutive bowl games from 2009-12 and finished 5-7 in their first season of American Athletic play in 2013.
Despite making four consecutive bowl games for a program that has struggled to maintain success since the death penalty in 1987, there were plenty of rumblings from the SMU fanbase about Jones’ tenure.
And those rumblings only grew louder once the Mustangs started 2014 with an 0-2 record, which included a 45-0 loss to Baylor and a 43-6 defeat at the hands of North Texas.
SMU is a job with plenty of potential, as its located in a fertile recruiting area and has a history of success. With an opportunity to play in the American Athletic Conference, there's also good exposure on key television networks.
Names to watch in SMU’s coaching search:
David Beaty, wide receivers coach, Texas A&M
Philip Montgomery, offensive coordinator, Baylor
Chad Morris, offensive coordinator, Clemson
Rick Neuheisel, former UCLA coach
Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator, East Carolina
Jake Spavital, offensive coordinator, Texas A&M