SMU Mustangs (Football)

  • News

    March 14, 2013

    Larry Brown Just Can't Stop

    The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Larry Brown Has SMU Basketball 7-1, Which is Good Enough for the Wall Street Journal

    For more than two decades now, SMU's men's basketball program has languished in mediocrity. It saw moderate regular-season success during the Mike Dement era of the late '90s and early '00s but made the postseason only once, and that was a berth in the lowly NIT. Its last trip to the NCAA tournament ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    If SMU is "Dallas' Team," Then Why Do They Play in University Park?

    Last Saturday, a few hours before SMU's football team kicked off its season with a miserable loss to Baylor, I was driving down Lovers when I noticed scattered yard signs proclaiming "SMU is Dallas, Texas." I scratched my head at why the school had chosen such a terrible slogan, since SMU is very cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Apparently June Jones Is (Update: Not?) Leaving SMU for ASU, Which Is Apparently Great (Update: Awkward!) for SMU

    "They wear Hawaiian shirts in Arizona, don't they?"​Update, 3:42 p.m.: This could get awkward. Yahoo! is now reporting that several sources are saying June Jones will not be ASU's next coach, because -- well, basically because of all those Tweets below, or whatever the big-money-booster equiva ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    SMU, Packers and Cowboys Great Forrest Gregg Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

    ​An old friends passes along this story from the Associated Press: Former SMU great Forrest Gregg -- Birthright, Texas's own, and a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection in 1954 and '55 -- has disclosed that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Gregg, a first-round draft pick of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    SMU Alum Has Idea for Boosting Student Attendence at Games: No More Tailgating!

    FlickrThe Alumni Guy is watching you student section, and he doesn't like what he sees. ​SMU is inching closer to admission into one of college football's hallowed BCS conferences, which will mark the latest milestone on what the school and its alumni hope is the road back to football relevanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    They Must Be Ice Skating in Hades Because SMU is Laying Three Touchdowns. On the Road.

    ​With the Big 12 seemingly back together since the Pac 12 didn't want 'em, SMU is back in play as a potential member in the wake of Texas A&M's expected departure. But before the Mustangs play with the big boys, they need to beat the little ones. They have a chance to do that Saturday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Go, Local College Sports Team! (Um, Doesn't Mayor Mike Have Anything Better to Do?)

    ​I was waiting for Dallas's new mayor, Mike Rawlings, to tell us what he has decided about building a new expressway out between the flood control levees along the Trinity River -- where it floods -- but instead today he has told us how he feels about SMU football. And I guess, from what I rea ... More >>

  • News

    July 21, 2011

    The Seventh Annual 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports

    Sorry, Cubes, but that goofy German just leapfrogged you.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took ... More >>

  • News

    July 7, 2011

    For SMU Football, Adrian Klemm's L.A. Story is Paying Off (But Not Like That)

    And a little movie about the Mustangs' downfall isn't hurting either.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Whitt's End: 2.4.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *So, what's harder to predict: Weather or sports? Coulda sworn Ron Jackson, Pete Delkus and the boys said there was a 30-percent chance of 1-2 inches of snow on Friday. But I drove home l ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    July 19, 2010

    The Top 10 Things I Learned on Staycation

    ​10. Going to Vegas, London, Mexico, etc. is nice and all, but sometimes staying put feels right. 9. 36 holes of golf in one day is plenty. 8. SMU worked hard to attract a special coach like June Jones. I hope they work just as hard to keep him. 7. We're finally about to find out what ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Whitt's End: 7.2.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Like you, I'm beyond frustration at the Texas Rangers' financial state. Chuck Greenberg, as I wrote in April, is the best man for the job. And I still believe he and Nolan Ryan will wind up ownin ... More >>

  • News

    April 8, 2010
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    March 11, 2010

    If SMU Has Grown Tired of Matt Doherty, I Got a Name For You

    ​Make it 17 years and counting that SMU won't be invited to March Madness. With head coach Matt Doherty's rebuilding program on a pace that's as slow as refrigerated honey - or is it simply a treadmill? - is it time for a change? SMU's latest losing season was buried last night in a disappoin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    SMU in a Bowl Game, a Christmas Miracle

    Robert Bobo/SMU​The SMU contingent stationed in Waikiki this holiday week appears to be having a fine time, judging by director of media relations Robert Bobo's ecstatic Aloha SMU blog. Tonight's the big game: the Hawaii Bowl, kick-off 7 p.m. Maybe not big to most, but huge to some -- say, SMU alu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    At Long Last, SMU Kills Its Death Penalty Now everyone - including Jason Garrett's nephew, Jake Flaherty - wants a piece of SMU football.​For his role, Dale Hansen got death threats, extortion ploys and, um, a dead bird. "It was a black crow delivered right to our office," recalls Hansen, WFAA-Channel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Is June Jones Going Back to Hawaii? And Is Cowboys Stadium Bad for Football's Future?

    June Jones​Two brief football notes of interest, the first involving SMU, where there's been little interesting football of note in recent years. The Honolulu Advertiser is reporting today that David Matlin, the Hawaii Bowl's exec director, will be at Gerald J. Ford Stadium this Saturday when the ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2009
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    November 19, 2009

    June Jones Prefers Hawaii ... Over Hardware?

    SMU wasn't ready to let fans storm the field. Are the Mustangs ready to bypass Memphis for Honolulu?​As I write in this week's Dallas Observer column, SMU picked a bad year to have a good year. And now - on the verge of his school's first bowl bid in 25 years - Mustangs' head coach Jun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Don't Worry, SMU Mustangs: They Ain't Puttin' Peruna Out to Pasture After All

    Courtesy Southern Methodist UniversityThe mustangs made their bow during halftime of SMU-Navy on October 17.​A couple of weeks back, during halftime of the SMU-Navy game at Ford Stadium, the university debuted two new mustangs donated by the National Wild Horse Foundation, on behalf of Madeleine a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Yes, But Does a "Classic" Bowl Game Really Involve Conference "Also-Rans"?

    ​God knows the city's been talking about it since forever -- you know, finding another bowl game to stick in the Cotton Bowl, since the actual New Year's Day Cotton Bowl Classic will now be played at the EnormoDome in Arlington, which is about 389 shades of ain't-right, but, whatever. So, maybe yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Whitt's End: 10.23.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Last night I got a foot massage. By a guy. And thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, now. Settle down. It's not what you think. Friend of mine tells me of a place where at 11 p.m. you can get an hour-l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    BREAKING NEWS: Former SMU Star Justin Willis Quits Football Team

    So now what do we do with all these Justin Willis schedules?​Almost a year ago to the day I wrote this column about the spiraling, once-promising career of SMU quarterback Justin Willis. I'm told that when Willis - who last season was moved to receiver by head coach June Jones - found out t ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Whitt's End: 4.17.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If I were I am a betting man, and I am plunking down $1 that 105.3 The Fan and the Dallas Cowboys officially announce their flagship radio station partnership next week. Trust me when I say the deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    SMU To Finally Retire "Dandy" Don Meredith's No. 17

    In real football news -- pretty sure SMU qualifies -- the Mustangs today announced that come October 18, Don Meredith would be accorded the same honor given the likes of Doak Walker, Eric Dickerson, Lamar Hunt, Raymond Berry and Forrest Gregg. During the SMU-Houston game, the university at which Dan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    You Betcha: Week 1

    Run 'n Shootin' the wad? SMU’s June Jones era starts tonight in Houston. New uniforms (back to the white helmets of the Pony Express). New quarterback (Katy freshman Bo Levi Mitchell is in and two-year starter and record-setter Justin Willis is kaput.) New results?

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    August 20, 2008

    June Jones Already Making Big Changes. Big, Weird Changes.

    Thought we'd see a lot -- and I mean a lot -- of this in 2008. Thought wrong. I’ll have much more on this in next week’s column in the dead-tree version of The Sportatorium, but it commands addressing right here and right about now. Justin Willis won’t be SMU’s starting quarterback n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    Pony Express to Ride Again, If Only For Charity Auction This Month

    Eric Dickerson, whose e-mail address still contains the word "ponyexpress," no kidding. If nothing else, SMU's trying awful hard to get the old ponies back into the stable after what's felt like centuries of losing records. A month ago, the school announced that for the upcoming football season, Jun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    You Gotta Pay to Play, Say SMU's President and Head Football Man

    Observer contributing photographer Brian Harkin contributes the photos for USA Today's stories today on SMU and head football man June Jones, who figures he can get the Mustangs to a BCS bowl within the next five years. (Optimism tastes just like pineapple!) There's also the piece headlined: "SMU sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    June Jones is Smarter Than Your Average Pineapple

    Wonder if SMU AD Steve Orsini has an extra $400k laying around. Just in case. SMU football coach June Jones is going back to Hawaii. Relax. It’s just so he can avoid re-paying his former employer a cool $400,000. The University of Hawaii thinks Jones owes it the cash – half his annual p ... More >>

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    May 27, 2008

    Here’s To You, SM-Who?

    David Stanley When you think Penn State football, it’s Joe Paterno. Texas? Gotta go with Earl Campbell. Boise State? Blue astroturf. Boston College? Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary in the Orange Bowl. SMU? Hmmm. Can I phone a friend? In a confusing-yet-intriguing promo, CBS College Sports ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008

    Scooch a Bit SMU, You (May) Finally Have Company

    The NCAA might wipe off the SMU dust and fire up ol' Sparky one more time. Since the NCAA sentenced SMU’s football program to the death penalty 22 years ago, the organization has admitted its error by pardoning more than 30 schools that committed similarly egregious violations. Thanks to ... More >>

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    May 5, 2008

    Monday Morning Meanderings

    While most of you were sleeping, this guy scored. Exciting. Excruciating. Exhausting. … Exalting. In an epic hockey game that climaxed a fantastic series and prompted lots of bleary eyes, Brenden Morrow scored in the fourth overtime — at 1:23 a.m. thank you very much — to ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    June in April: Catching Up With the New SMU Head Coach

    June Jones The Honolulu Star-Bulletin hired college ball writer Mark Wangrin to spend a few days with SMU football head coach June Jones -- to see how, ya know, he was digging life on the mainland. Turned into a two-part piece that started yesterday and ends today. Probably the most interesting item ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008

    Pony Up, Power Down

    SMU's football team (and, really, how cute) is prepping for its annual Red-Blue Scrimmage, which takes place April 5 at 1 p.m. at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. And this is how the Mustangs are trying to get you there. June Jones, you are so fired. --Robert Wilonsky

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    February 13, 2008

    Three Dots and a Cloud Of Dust …

    Eric Dickerson's mentioned somewhere in this item, and in a nice way. Hard to top last week, when we said goodbye to two assholes (Bill Belichick and Bobby Knight) and hello to a hero (Nolan Ryan). Today, however, could be just as delicious as sports climbs atop Capitol Hill. NFL commish Roger Goode ... More >>

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    January 8, 2008

    SMU and June Jones: They're Both Back From the Dead

    The real question is, what will June Jones do with his no doubt estimable collection of Hawaiian shirts? New SMU coach June Jones is the 15th highest-paid coach in college football. Fifteenth. Let that sink in for a second. At five years and $10 million, the Mustangs are paying for -- and actually e ... More >>

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    January 8, 2008

    June Jones: Must Be the Carpet

    So why did June Jones leave Hawaii for SMU -- besides the money? Apparently, it had something to do with the carpet. Yesterday at his press conference, typically a colorless affair, Jones veered from tradition and dumped a bit on the school he just left when he was asked to compare facilities. "The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    Ballad of a Head Coach

    June Jones said on Christmas Day he wasn't coming to SMU. What's he thinking today? Coulda sworn over the Christmas break that Hawaii head coach June Jones said no way he was interested in the SMU gig -- as in, "I'm not gonna hear from them." Two weeks later, and still no one's quite sure whether Jo ... More >>

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    January 7, 2008

    June in January

    This just in from "June Jones will be introduced at a news conference today as the head coach at SMU, according to three sources familiar with the decision." And if three people said it, it must be true. --Robert Wilonsky

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    December 26, 2007

    SMU Can't Pony Up a Single Coach Willing to Take On Its Football Program

    The Dallas Morning News and Sporting News say SMU wants June Jones as its next head coach. He says, "Nuh-unh." Very confusing news regarding SMU's hunt for a new football coach. According to The Dallas Morning News yesterday, the school was looking at University of Hawaii head coach June Jones to re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    Cotton Pickin’ Crazy

    I can only sum up the college football season thusly: WTF?! Capping a year that was crazier than Evel Knievel, No. 1-ranked Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia lost over the weekend to send the sport into utter chaos. After the humans and computers digested and translated a season in which four No. 1s ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007

    Beating A Dead Mustang

    WFAA-Channel 8 Sorry to disappoint, but I’m talking about this deceased equine, not that one. As I wrote in this week’s paper version of Unfair Park, Dale Hansen’s role in the 1980s SMU pay-for-play scandal made him more pariah than Peruna. He broke the story, which, coupled with the death o ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    The Fab Fifty

    Or, half a hundred folks with way better seats than you

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    Life After Death?

    SMU may get rid of Phil Bennett, but it's likely to extend a two-year deal to his mustache. Unfortunately for SMU, notsamuch. But almost. The Mustangs came within four points of a remarkable resurrection this season, but their 31-27 loss at Rice Saturday afternoon dropped them to 6-6 and off the ... More >>

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    September 12, 2006

    Mess on Mockingbird

    While former Dallas-area quarterbacks are leading ranked teams to record performances, SMU's Justin Willis is suffering through life on the Hilltop. Willis, the former standout at Denton Ryan High School, threw for a paltry 112 yards and was benched during Saturday's abysmal 24-6 loss to North Texas ... More >>

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