Hal Mumme to meet with Jones, SMU staff next week
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e reported this morning that SMU coach June Jones would reportedly hire Hal Mumme as offensive coordinator, citing Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch who first reported the news via Twitter.
Jones has confirmed that he will meet Mumme next week and he is expected to join the staff, but it will not be as offensive coordinator.
“It’s accurate we’re going to talk but the coordinator thing is not,” Jones told Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News on Saturday.
Mumme was offered the offensive coordinator job at James Madison last month, but turned it down presumably because of the SMU opportunity. He resigned as head coach of McMurry University last month.
In 2009, Mumme took over a program that had lost 13-consecutive games competing in Division III. Mumme led the War Hawks to three straight winning seasons, a 27-16 record and a transition to a Division II Independent.
The innovator of the “Air Raid” offense, Mumme’s 22-year head coaching career began at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989, peaked at Kentucky in the mid-1990s and also included stops at Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State and Valdosta State.
At SMU, Jones will remain the primary offensive coordinator and continue to call plays.
Before the 2012 season, Jones hired Jason Phillips, who was co-offensive coordinator with Kliff Kingsbury at Houston, as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He hopes the addition of Mumme to the mix will help bolster the Mustangs’ passing attack.
“He believes the same things I do about offense,” Jones said. “I tried to hire him three years ago but it didn’t work out. I want him to sit down and talk with all the offensive guys.’’
Bob Palcic, who was hired as offensive line coach last season, will retire, creating a vacancy for Mumme.