The following is from the Jan. 25, 2008, edition of Sports Illustrated. June Jones, SMU's new football coach, is the focus of this story.
It was Dec. 1 and Steve Orsini was sitting in his Dallas home watching unbeaten Hawaii, which had designs on crashing the BCS party, clawing its way back from a three-touchdown deficit against Washington.
"I'm like, 'If they win, they'd be the only undefeated team in the nation and our society would love to see that team get a chance to move up to a BCS bowl,' " he said.
That, of course, was the fan in Orsini speaking. But he just so happens to be SMU's athletic director, and from that standpoint, this comeback was what he called "the fly in the ointment."
"I started to say to myself, 'Wait a minute Hawaii, don't win,' " he said.
That was because June Jones, the coach leading the Warriors back from that 21-0 deficit was at the top of Orsini's list of candidates for the Mustangs' next coach -- and a BCS bowl berth for Hawaii would only further draw out Orsini's search.
"One thing I said to myself was, 'I am not going to hurt the opportunity of a coach and the student-athletes at that university,' " he said. " 'Let's let them finish out the year because SMU is in this for the long run.' "
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