Jones resigns during his seventh season and after an 0-2 start, due to personal reasons. Jones’, who also coached at Hawaii and in the NFL at Atlanta, record at SMU is 36-43. Defensive coordinator Tom Mason is named coach for the remainder of the season.
It was a very difficult decision for me to make, as you can imagine. I have devoted my life for the last 50 years to playing and coaching this game and it has been a great journey. This job has a lot of demands, as you know, and along with that journey comes a price that is paid. I have some personal issues I have been dealing with and I need to take a step away so I can address them at this time.