Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Jones Hitches His Ride to the Pony Express

In Hawaii, the natives are restless. June Jones' decision to accept an offer to become Southern Methodist's coach had an immediate impact in Honolulu. Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier, right, was fired, ending his controversial five-year reign.

Deteriorating facilities at Hawaii became a centerpoint behind Jones' departure. The Honolulu Advertiser has a slideshow comparing facilities at SMU to those at Hawaii. You can also view video of Jones being introduced as Mustang coach by clicking here.

Who will replace Jones? Many names are being tossed about, including San Jose State's Dick Tomey, who used to coach at Hawaii, and New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

Back to SMU. It took 71 days for the Mustangs to find their coach, but getting Jones was well worth the wait, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News.

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