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Jones surprisingly resigns at SMU

 (Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

SMU football coach June Jones resigned Monday two games into his seventh season at the school, citing “some personal reasons.” The resignation, effective immediately, came after the Mustangs scored only one touchdown while losing their first two games. “It was a very difficult decision for me to make, as you can imagine. I have devoted my life for the last 50 years to playing and coaching this game and it has been a great journey,” Jones said in a statement. “This job has a lot of demands, as you know, and along with that journey comes a price that is paid. I have some personal issues I have been dealing with and I need to take a step away so I can address them at this time.” The 61-year-old, 36-43 at SMU after nine seasons at Hawaii, didn’t elaborate. Defensive coordinator Tom Mason, Jones’ associate head coach, was elevated to the top job for the rest of the season. Mason played high school ball at Walla Walla and began his coaching career as an assistant at Eastern Washington from 1981-85. The Mustangs are off this week before their home opener Sept. 20, against No. 7 Texas A&M. SMU hadn’t been to a bowl in 25 years before 2009 but went to four straight under Jones, a streak that ended last season when they were 5-7. Even after missing a bowl, Jones was given a three-year contract extension through 2017. “June’s decision to resign was his own, and we thank him for his efforts and wish him the best,” A.D. Rick Hart said. – AP

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