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June Jones' spring football concept is a phenomenal idea

SMU head football coach June Jones' recent comments about spring football make perfect sense, columnist Denton Ramsey writes.
SMU head football coach June Jones' recent comments about spring football make perfect sense, columnist Denton Ramsey writes.
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Call me crazy, but I agree with June Jones.

SMU Mustangs head football coach Jones' latest comments about spring pigskin action make perfect sense in my opinion.

“I’ll go ahead and say it right now,” Jones said in a recent interview with WDEA-AM. “I think the have-nots should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL [United States Football League] did. I think that there’s an opportunity to do a complete other side of that division, and I think that if we don’t think that way as a group of have-nots, we’re going to get left behind.

“I can see in five to seven years, possibly, the public would demand to have the two leagues play, just like I think the USFL had in mind, originally, of the winner of the USFL playing the winner of the National Football League.”

Phenomenal idea.

Jones, who began his career in the USFL with the Houston Gamblers as the wide receivers coach before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Denver Gold, believes the old and now defunct league had some positive points when it comes to gridiron action.

And although the NFL Draft occurs in the spring, Jones says a newly implemented system could still work.

“All those things would have to be figured out,” Jones said. “You make your own rules at that point.

“Football is the number one sport on television right now, and the advertisers want live programming. They don’t want Hollywood shows because you can TiVo out the commercials. Live programming is a hot topic right now and I think there’s a market for bigger numbers for the non-BCS teams.”

The current college football playoff system guarantees a spot for one of the “Group of Five” mid-major conferences (American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) to play in at least one of the six premier bowls.

But I still tend to agree with Jones' concept of spring football.

Especially considering Jones' Mustangs are part of those so-called “have-nots” as members of the American Athletic Conference.

Sure, we could have a mid-major team reach an elite bowl – but the idea of spring action should at least be considered.

And if something doesn't change soon, mid-major conferences could simply “start dropping football,” according to Jones.

He's exactly right.

I know some people may be offended by the idea of spring football, or that Jones refers to schools in the mid-majors as “have-nots,” but I still agree with the general concept.

It makes sense.

The NCAA should at least CONSIDER the idea.

It's worth a shot.

What's your view? Sound off below.

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