June 26, 2012
By Stephen Tsai
June Jones was ready to move.
It appeared to be a done deal this past December that Jones, a former Hawaii quarterback and head coach, would leave Southern Methodist to become Arizona State's head football coach.
Jones said his agent "called me, and they said they agreed to terms."
But the day the deal was to be finalized, the offer was pulled.
"The good Lord didn't want me to go there at this moment," said Jones, who was in Hawaii recently before going on a goodwill trip to American Samoa.
There were reports that negative reaction from fans and boosters helped squash the offer.
Jones said the ASU job "appealed to me," but did not specify what ended negotiations.
"It's over and behind me," said Jones, who was allowed back at SMU. "I don't really deal with all of that stuff. I'm happy to be where I'm at."...