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SMU Head Coach June Jones Resigns

After a dismal 0-2 start to the year, the celebrated coach departs from the Hilltop

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After an 0-2 start which saw the Mustangs suffer a scoreless streak until the final play of the second game, SMU head football coach June Jones has resigned.

The former Mustangs coach came to Dallas amid much pomp and circumstance, and turned around a once proud program that had fallen on hard times, taking the team to four straight bowl games, and SMU's first bowl victory since the early 1980's.

After twenty years in which Southern Methodist University never reached more than 6 wins, SMU's board of trustees "ponied up" and offered a contract to Jones, who turned the University of Hawaii into a celebrated football program, worth over $2 million per year. While the Mustangs finished 1-11 in 2008, Jones's first year,they reached a bowl game in 2009 finishing with a record of 8-5 with a victory over Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl, the program's first bowl win since 1984.

Jones fell out of favor with some SMU students and alums with his flirtation and almost acceptance of the Arizona State job in 2011, which ultimately fell to Todd Graham.

A search will begin immediately.

Source: Dallas Morning News