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What Led to Such a Complete 180 Between June Jones, Arizona State?

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 29:  Flags for he Arizona State Sun Devils before the college football game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Sun Devil Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Sun Devils defeated the Buffaloes 48-14.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 8, 2011

Just when you thought one of the top coaching positions was filled, something very bizarre happened. 

After Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson was fired last week, it appeared the Sun Devils were hiring SMU's June Jones as he new head coach.

And just when it looked like the Sun Devils and Jones were about to complete the deal, something crazy happened. Jones' agent, Leigh Steinberg, took to Twitter to explain the situation.

"Just had one of the most bizarre endings to a set of productive discussions to bring a client to a new situation," Steinberg said on his Twitter account.

"Everything was set, few tweaks left, and the principal decision maker yanks the deal w no real explanation."

Yep, that sounds pretty bizarre.

According to, a serious outcry from Sun Devils boosters is the reason for the two parties splitting up.

Jones is expected to release a statement soon, but until then we won't really know what happened to a deal that was so close to being finished.

Jones has coached at SMU the last few seasons and has done a solid job at turning that program around; he is expected to return to SMU for the 2012 season.

Jones looked to be a good fit for Arizona State and the Pac-12 because of the way he runs his offense. It involves very few running plays and is extremely pass heavy. He's had success everywhere he has gone and helped turn around programs such as SMU and Hawaii.

Looks like we can once again add Arizona State to the list of programs looking for a head coach.


Randy Chambers is a B/R featured columnist that covers college football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or

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