Six years ago when June Jones landed on the Hilltop, nobody knew if he would be able to turn around a program which had not seen any sustained success since before the death penalty. He quickly answered that question with having the Mustangs on the brink of a Conference championship in consecutive years. While SMU has not blown the doors off, they have consistently been a team on the brink of breaking through, but just can’t seem to catch that one break a team needs to go from good, too great.
June Jones led the Mustangs to four straight bowl games until this season, and some feel they would have made it five had Garrett Gilbert not gotten injured late in the year. Besides getting the Mustangs to some winning ways, he has also led 14 SMU players into the NFL currently. While SMU has never been known as an NFL factory, it has become a stop for scouts to check out players who have the talent to make it at the next level.
While most fans didn’t expect Jones to last this long at SMU, it is welcome news to see him extended three more years and there are hopes on the hilltop to see a conference championship in those coming years.