Report: Arizona State to Hire June Jones as New Head Coach

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

ASUDevils.com has reports from multiple sources that June Jones has not signed a deal to coach the Sun Devils.

According to Doug Haller talks broke down between the school and the current SMU Mustangs coach.

We will keep you updated here with any breaking information on the ongoing Junes and ASU coaching saga.

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Arizona State University has found a new coach for its Sun Devil football program.

John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix is reporting that the team has inked June Jones to a contract and will announce the move at a press conference later this week.

Jones is best known for being the head coach of the Hawaii Warriors and Southern Methodist Mustangs and will now be moving on to his third school in five years.

The 58-year-old coach has a career record of 99-69 and is a solid 5-2 in bowl games.

Does he make sense for the Sun Devils?

As an offensive-oriented coach that employs a pass-heavy offense, he will help the Devils continue their high-scoring ways. But will he be able to inspire his team and teach them not to lapse on the defensive end?

That is what doomed former coach Dennis Erickson and led to his dismissal at the end of November.

June definitely has had success working with programs with a lot less talent than ASU, and he took his undefeated 2007 Hawaii team to the Sugar Bowl where they lost to Georgia.

After that blowout, Jones left the team because he felt he didn’t have enough support, and he helped turn the SMU Mustangs around in his second season with the team.

Now he will be working in one of the “big six” conferences with a big-time program that needs all the help it can get to compete against USC. The Trojans are looking like a lock to win the Pac-12 South every year now that they are postseason eligible.

ASU is a solid football program with good facilities and a great location, so it’s up to Jones to screw this job up.

He’s been given all the tools he needs to succeed; let’s see if he can take ASU back to prominence. 

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