Before arriving at OU, he was Missouri's director of football operations in 1999-2000.
Jones' brother, Corby Jones, played quarterback at Missouri. Their father, Curtis Jones Sr., was an assistant coach for the Tigers. Jones Sr. suffered a fatal heart attack just before the 1998 season.
“The Mountaineer athletic family is overwhelmed with sorrow at the sudden passing of Curtis Jones,” West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement. “In his brief time with West Virginia University, he brought passion and professionalism to his position as the head of academic support for all of our WVU student-athletes. He was a beloved figure among the coaches, fellow administrators and student-athletes. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, particularly with his wife, Mary Ellen Jones, a valued member of our Mountaineer family.”
IKARD HAPPY FOR DREW ALLEN
Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard admitted it was a little “awkward” when his longtime roommate and friend Drew Allen chose to transfer to Syracuse for his final season of eligibility.
“It was kind of different,” Ikard said. “I just gave him a hug, a little exchange. But I'll see that kid again. It'll be all right.”
Allen was a backup quarterback for four years, but he fell down the depth chart when coach Bob Stoops announced Blake Bell would be the Sooners' second quarterback behind Landry Jones last August.
Allen took advantage of NCAA rules that allow players who graduate with eligibility remaining to transfer and play immediately at their new school. He started Syracuse's season-opening loss to Penn State last weekend.
“He let me know he got the starting job when the coaches told him,” Ikard said. “I'm very happy for him. I know they lost a close one up there against Penn State, but I'm really happy he's getting an opportunity to play and an opportunity to show the skills he has on the football field.”
Oklahoma senior running back Damien Williams, asked if quarterback Trevor Knight will lead the Sooners in rushing in every game:
“Nah. No sir.”