Leigh Steinberg believed he had a deal for Southern Methodist's June Jones to become the next coach at Arizona State. When the deal fell...
TEMPE, Ariz. — Leigh Steinberg believed he had a deal for Southern Methodist’s June Jones to become the next coach at Arizona State.
When the deal fell through at the last second, the super agent started lashing out on Twitter.
“Just had one of the most bizarre endings to a set of productive discussions to bring a client to a new situation,” Steinberg said on his Twitter feed. “Everything was set, few tweaks left,and the principal decision maker yanks the deal w no real explanation.”
Arizona State had no comment, but chief operating officer Steve Patterson told Houston TV station KRIV that Jones wouldn’t be the Sun Devils’ coach and that the search continues.
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SMU president R. Gerald Turner told The Dallas Morning News that Jones will remain as the Mustangs’ coach for 2012.
Arizona State has been searching for a coach since Dennis Erickson was fired Nov. 28. The Sun Devils started this season 6-2 to become bowl eligible but lost their final four.
Erickson is slated to coach Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl against Boise State in Las Vegas on Dec. 22.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed after new child sex-abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, one of whom said he screamed in vain for help while Sandusky attacked him in a basement bedroom.
The latest accusers are the ninth and 10th described as victims in grand-jury reports that claim Sandusky befriended and then molested boys he met through his charity for troubled youths.
Sandusky, 67, has said repeatedly he is innocent and has vowed to fight the case.
Sandusky could not immediately pay $250,000 cash bail and was driven to jail.
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