You Don't Mess With June Jones

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Suffice it to say, things have not gone as planned in Jones' debut season at SMU. The Mustangs are 1-9 - and now will play their final pair of games minus two of the best receivers in the country after Jones laid the smack down.

Three SMU starters - junior receiver Emmanuel Sanders, sophomore receiver Aldrick Robinson and linebacker Justin Smart - have been suspended for the final two games.

Sanders, Robinson and Smart were suspended under coach June Jones' "three strikes" rule. A player can pick up a strike for missing or being late to practice, team meetings and study halls, among other violations.

SMU doesn't have anything left to play for but pride (the Mustangs close with a game at UTEP, then home vs. Southern Miss), but Jones deserves a round of applause here. It's taking more and more severe circumstances to warrant an in-house suspension in the NCAA football world these days, so Jones' strict adherence to the team rules - especially in the case of his two star players - is a breath of fresh air.

With or without Robinson and Sanders, the Mustangs were looking at a 1-11 finish. But Jones is banking on situations like these making his team better, and certainly more disciplined, down the road.

You Don't Mess With June Jones originally appeared on NCAA Football FanHouse on Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:42:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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