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June Jones Wants Small Schools To Play Football In Spring

In a radio interview with sportstalk station WDAE-AM, June Jones made big waves in the small pond that makes up the mid-major conferences. SMU fans and fans of other schools in the American Athletic Conference listened intently and then muttered a deep sigh.

“I think the have-nots [non-Power Five leagues] should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL did.”

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Tuesday, Dec. 3

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck issued a statement reaffirming his support of head coach Dana Holgorsen.

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck (AP Photo)

West Virginia A,D. Oliver Luck says he believes in Dana Holgorsen. (Photo: AP)

In the statement, Luck said, “I strongly believe in our coaching staff, including the work that our strength and conditioning staff is doing. In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect.”

In reality, there are 11.3 million reasons that Holgorsen’s job is safe — as in the amount it would cost the school to buy out his contract. Holgorsen should get his agent a nice Christmas present this year.

Miami (Ohio) has hired Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin as head coach.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has fired longtime linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and second-year quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher, multiple sources confirmed to Lions247. reports that while former USC coach Lane Kiffin had a strong interest in the Florida offensive coordinator job at, but says that the Gators are unlikely to hire him. Mike Mularkey, Clay Helton and Blake Anderson are among the names we continue to hear. Arizona State’s Mike Norvell and UCLA’s Noel Mazzone are other names being mentioned.

According to AP writer Mark Long, Muschamp plans to scrap the pro-style system and switch to up-tempo an offense in 2014.

Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe has resigned.

Sources tell us Ball State’s Pete Lembo, Rice’s David Bailiff, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason and Tulane’s Curtis Johnson could be candidates for the job.

Multiple sources feel it’s likely June Jones will either leave SMU on his own accord or be fired. The national media is starting to report some chatter as well.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz are expected to be among the candidates to fill the job should it open.

Sources tell us that Hawaii head coach Norm Chow is weary of the job already and that the school might be happy for him to move along. There are strong rumors June Jones could return.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson “has worked with the Tulane Board to reconfigure football coach Curtis Johnson’s contract, as well as those of his assistants.”

Auburn’s Jay Jacobs plans a raise for Gus Malzahn.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says that Brady Hoke will lead the program “well into the future.” We assume that means he’s in no danger of losing his job (not that we ever thought he was).

Hoke says he has no plans to make any staff changes, even though many think he should.

According to the Tampa Tribune’s Joey Johnston, “USF coach Willie Taggart says he doesn’t anticipate any changes to his coaching staff.”

RealDawg reports that Washington athletic director Scott Woodward was “blindsided” by Steve Sarkisian’s move to USC and that defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, once thought to be next in line, is now unlikely to land the job.

Jim Mora would have been a candidate if he had wanted to be, but he reports indicate that he has agreed to a six year extension to stay at UCLA. Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are also rumored to be strong candidates, along with Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Vandy’s James Franklin.

The Seattle Times reports that Sarkisian’s buyout of $1.5 million is due within 30 days. the Times also reports that Wilcox would owe “$1 million, according to his contract. That penalty is triggered only if Wilcox leaves early ‘to take a position at another Pac 12 school, with the exception of Head Coach.'”

Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi would owe $410,000 if he were to leave.

Sports Radio KJR reports that Wilcox is headed to USC with Sarkisian.

Sources tell us that a loss to South Florida this weekend could mean the end of Kyle Flood’s tenure at Rutgers.

Western Kentucky’s Bobby Petrino says he won’t “deal with speculation” when asked if he was a candidate for other jobs.

Air Force’s Troy Calhoun is keeping quiet on possible staff changes.

We continue to hear that Florida International’s Ron Turner could go back to the NFL.

UNLV has given Bobby Hauck an extension.

At USC, Ed Orgeron has resigned and offensive coordinator Clay Helton will coach the Trojans bowl game.

Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage has again voiced his support for his embattled head football coach.

“I firmly believe that Mike London is going to be successful here at the University of Virginia,” Littlepage said.

In other words, London and his big buyout are safe for another year.

Sources tell us that Nebraska’s Bo Pelini still might not be 100% safe.

An ugly bowl performance could make things dicey. In other words, nothing is certain. He probably makes it, but this is still one to watch.

ESPN reports that Pelini will have to pay for his latest rant:

“The Big Ten Conference on Monday issued a public reprimand of the Cornhuskers’ head coach and fined the university $10,000 for Pelini’s comments about the officiating in a loss to Iowa last week. University spokeswoman Chris Anderson said the money will come out of Pelini’s compensation.”

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The Coaching Wire: Friday, March 1, 2013

SMU head coach June Jones announced that assistants Jeff Haering and Bob Palcic will not return.

SMU head coach June Jones announced that assistants Jeff Haering and Bob Palcic will not return.

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]MU head coach June Jones has announced that assistant coaches Joe Haering and Bob Palcic will not return for the 2013 season.

Haering’s contract expires in June while Palcic recently announced his retirement.

“I want to thank Joe and Bob for all their work for our program,” Jones said. “They were both valuable members of our staff and we wish them the best.”

Haering joined the SMU staff in 2009 after spending 12 seasons as a college scout with the Buffalo Bills. He was linebackers coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 1994-96.

Palcic just completed his first season as offensive line coach with the Mustangs.

SMU begins spring practice March 25.

Columbia names Chris Rippon defensive coordinator

Columbia head coach Pete Mangurian has named Chris Rippon secondary coach and defensive coordinator. Rippon spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Marshall. A 29-year coaching veteran, Rippon’s previous stints include special teams coach at Rutgers (2008) and defensive backs and special teams coach at Ole Miss (2005-07). Before that, he spent 12 seasons Syracuse (1993-2004) under Paul Pasqualoni in a variety of roles including defensive coordinator (1999-2003), special teams coordinator (2004, 1995-99), defensive ends (1994) and linebackers (1993) coach.


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Hal Mumme to meet with Jones, SMU staff next week

Hal Mumme will reportedly become the offensive coordinator at SMU. (Photo: Tommy Metthe/Abilene Reporter-News)

Hal Mumme is expected to become offensive coordinator at SMU. (Photo: Tommy Metthe/Abilene Reporter-News)

[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.

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