The following is from the May 12, 2008, edition of The Dallas Morning News.

SMU Mustangs warm up to change

The Dallas Morning News

UNIVERSITY PARK New SMU football coach June Jones stood in the middle of the field during spring camp, setting up the scout-team defense to test what the offense could do with his Run and Shoot magic.

Frank Gansz, the former Kansas City Chiefs coach and NFL special teams guru, sang out coaching instructions and encouragement that everyone could hear. He broadcast through, as the lively 69-year-old called it, a Britney Spears headset and microphone.

Dennis McKnight, the former NFL guard and current offensive line coach who made the move with Jones from Hawaii, looked more like a professional wrestler in his black and white boardshorts and muscle T-shirt.

"We're not the average bunch in college football, and frankly, that's just kind of the way June wants it," said Jeff Reinebold, the receivers coach who is settling into Dallas but admits he misses his surfboard in Hawaii. "He's a guy who thinks outside the box in a lot of ways."

Most important, it is the Mustangs players who noticed and relished, they say the drastic difference around SMU football during Jones' first spring camp, which wrapped up in early April. It wasn't just the "alohas" heard regularly at Ford Stadium. There are new feelings of hope and confidence, qualities lacking last season under former coach Phil Bennett, said senior Andrew McKinney. . .

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