SMU's Jones turns down Maryland advances

December, 28, 2010
12/28/10
9:27
PM CT
Reports have surfaced that SMU coach June Jones met with Maryland officials about taking over the Terrapins' job. Statements by SMU athletic director Steve Orsini and agent Leigh Steinberg, however, seem to show that Jones is committed to staying with the Mustangs.

Jones is busy preparing the Mustangs for Thursday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, but SMU provided the following statement on the situation from Steve Orsini.
"He is a former National Coach of the Year and has taken our program to heights not seen in a quarter of a century. This is a part of managing a successful football program. When you have a coach of Coach Jones’ stature, other programs are going to show interest. That said, Coach Jones has reiterated his commitment to building a big-time football program on the Hilltop, and SMU, as an institution, is committed to building a top-25 program as well."

Steinberg, Jones' agent, tweeted that his client "turned down riches to continue building SMU FB program." Steinberg did not say what school offered those "riches," but Comcast SportsNet reported Tuesday that Jones had met with Maryland.

Maryland fired coach Ralph Friedgen last week. Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has also been mentioned as a prime candidate for the opening.

You can read more about the Maryland search here.

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