Current SMU head coach June Jones is meeting with Arizona State officials and is likely to accept their offer to become head coach of the Sun Devils, according to a Tweet from CoachingSearch.com. Jones would replace Dennis Erickson, who was fired last week after consecutive 6-6 seasons in Tempe. Laken Litman, a SMU beat writer with Fox Sports, also reported that Jones contacted his coaching staff to return from recruiting for a meeting and that an announcement regarding ASU is "imminent."
SMU finished the 2011 season 7-5. Jones is currently 23-28 as the Mustangs' head coach after four seasons, including three bowl appearances (SMU is scheduled to play in the BBVA Compass Bowl against Pittsburgh January 7). His arrival from Hawaii, where he guided the Rainbow Warriors to national attention over nine seasons, including a BCS appearance against Georgia in the 2008 Sugar Bowl, brought new life to a SMU program unable to recover from the NCAA "Death Penalty" it received in 1987. After a 1-11 season in 2008, the Mustangs finished 8-5 in 2009, tied for the C-USA Western Division title.