He’s paid for insight like this.

Stewart Mandel can’t really be as naïve as he comes off sometimes, can he?

… SMU’s interest in Jones makes perfect sense. His run-and-shoot offense helped Hawaii make a dramatic turnaround as soon as he arrived in 1999 (jumping from 0-12 to 9-4) and would almost certainly lift the Mustangs to their first bowl game since 1984 (pre-death penalty). I’m sure the school has some deep-pocketed boosters that could float him a sweetheart deal.

I just don’t understand why Jones would want to go there. Not only is he at home, he’s a guaranteed hero there for as long as he coaches. I could see him leaving to take another stab at the NFL, but not to take over a struggling Conference USA program. Maybe I’m being naïve.

According to Coaches Hot Seat blog, June Jones currently ranks 66th nationally in total compensation, at $800,000.00 per year (his contract is set to expire).  Further, according to USA Today, Jones’ salary at Hawaii ($400,008 ) is less than the salary of fired SMU coach Phil Bennett’s ($495,602).

But that’s not where the story ends.  According to the Dallas Morning News, SMU boosters have reportedly raised something like $10 million for salaries for their new head coach and staff.

So, no, that’s not naïvete, Stewart.  That’s total freaking cluelessness.

By the way, good news for us Dawg fans – Mandel blogs that he’s at “the New Orleans Marriott/Convention Center, media headquarters for Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl and next Monday’s BCS Championship game — and, in turn, my home for the next 10 days.”  We’ve got a lot more keen analysis to look forward to.

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2 responses to “He’s paid for insight like this.

  1. I just hope that the Montana Ranchers’ Association isn’t having its annual convention at the same hotel where Mandel is staying. I’m sure he’d rather not have to spend the entire holiday weekend explaining who all the guys in red “G” jackets are.

  2. I’m kinda hoping Uga pees on his foot. ;)