When June Jones took over SMU in 2008, the program hadn’t made a bowl game since receiving the death penalty in the 1980s. After a 1-11 opening season, Jones led SMU to 30 wins and four straight bowl games from 2009-2012.
Despite a disappointing 5-7 inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, SMU is set to announce a contract extension for Jones, according to Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News.
It’s a smart move for SMU, seeing as Jones is the best coach the program has had in decades. And for Jones, it gives him job security as he continues to build the program from the ground up.
SMU was a truly awful program when Jones took over, with the cloud of the 1986 death penalty lingering. After returning to play in 1989 after a two-year ban, SMU had nine seasons with two wins or less in its next 20 seasons. Despite being located in the talent-rich state of Texas, SMU never was able to recover from the death penalty until Jones came to campus.
So even with a 5-7 season this year, Jones earned that contract extension — and SMU would’ve been foolish to let him go.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports it’s a three-year extension for Jones.