June Jones to Arizona State: Why Quality of Life Played a Big Role in Decision

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 7, 2011

Recently the Sun Devils fired Dennis Erickson, who coached Arizona State for five seasons.

During his time, he completed a sub-par 31-30 record and only made a bowl game once.

It didn't take long for Arizona State to find their new head coach, as June Jones will announce that he will be running the team from now on. 

Jones is a great offensive coach and has coached SMU for the last four seasons, leading them to a 23-28 record. He led the Mustangs in 2009 to their first bowl game since 1984.

His overall coaching record is 99-96 as he coached Hawaii for nine seasons as well.

Jones should help bring excitement to the Sun Devils offense as his teams rarely ever run the ball. They're extremely pass-heavy and that really works well with the conference he is going to. His offenses usually score a ton of points.

This news comes after the Big East is expected to bring in five new schools, including the one he just coached at SMU.

You have to believe that this decision played a huge role in his choice to coach Arizona State. The Big East is going to be a mess and will require a lot of traveling. SMU is in Texas and will be taking several trips to the East Coast to play football games in November and December.

I'm sure when Jones heard the words freezing and snow, he remembered his coaching days in Hawaii and found the first flight out. In fact, every place Jones has coached in for the most part has great weather, including San Diego when he was a quarterbacks coach for the Chargers.

Of course, Arizona State presents better opportunities to succeed. The Pac-12 is a great conference to run his high-scoring offense in. It's a lot easier to recruit out west. He'll have a fair shot to compete in BCS bowl games and there's more money. 

But when the option is cold weather or beautiful Arizona weather, the choice is easy for most of us.


Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com