Go ahead, admit it. When you play a game on EA Sport’s NCAA Football, you run a high octane, pass happy kind of offense. You employ a four, five receiver shot gun formation and sling the ball around a like a laser. You probably don’t use a huddle. You pretend your the “Mad Scientist” playing mind games with the opposing team’s coach. And your final scores are 82-35. It’s a rush. Your QB probably passed for 650 yards, and you had two receivers with over 150 yards receiving. Don’t you just love video games?
Well, the original “Mad Scientist” has arrived in Dallas, and he didn’t just bring his A-Game. June Jones, the mastermind behind the University of Hawaii’s advance to the BCS Sugar Bowl was hired in January by SMU. The Mustang alumni Ponied up the cash to hire Jones away from the Warriors. And, Jones’ system is similar to playing a video game. At least, that is what Mustang receiver Emmanuel Sanders thought.
June Jones played for “Mouse” Davis in the early 70′s, the coach who took the Run and Shoot offense and turned it into a offensive phenomenon. Then Jones took the offense with him when he began coaching. The Run and Shoot, which employs a spread the field type of formation, is an offense which uses a series of reads and “hot reads” to exploit the defenses weakness or tendencies. The offense was used at the University of Houston in the 80′s where Andre Ware became a Heisman Trophy winner. In short, the Run and Shoot is the type of offense we use when we play EA Sports’ NCAA Football.
In Dallas, Jones should have the ability to recruit better talent to play in his system, which is scary. Jones doesn’t have to convince a young man, and even more, his mom, to come across the ocean to play football. While in Hawaii, players only played on the mainland a few times a year. In Dallas, players will be playing close to home almost every game. And, Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas, has some good fares as Coach Mangino reminded us.
Furthermore, Texas is a gold mine for college football talent. Other teams already come to North Texas to recruit top notch talent. With Jones in Dallas, players like Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree might not leave to play football. Crabtree was a stand out player for Dallas’ Carter High School. Add to the mix that Jones has a BCS Bowl on his resume, and he should see his share of big time recruit signings. Mike Leach, the coach of Texas’ only other Run and Shoot type of offense (Air Raid), does not have that BCS Bowl on his resume. All of these variables, I think, should make for a success at SMU with Jones as the head Pony for the fist time since returning from the “death penalty.”