At Ole Miss, Jones replaces Wesley McGriff, who was announced as the new defensive backs coach of the New Orleans Saints on Feb. 25. Jones will join a program that has garnered plenty of recent buzz after raking in a top-10 recruiting class following Hugh Freeze’s first season as head coach. Jones joined OSU prior to the 2008 season and coached three Cowboys to first-team All-Big 12 honors: Perish Cox in 2009, Andrew McGee in 2010 and Brown in 2011. Cox and Brown were also semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation’s outstanding defensive back.
But the Cowboy cornerbacks took much of the outside blame for OSU’s defensive breakdowns during the stretch run of the 2012 season, often because of the large cushions they gave opposing receivers to catch the football. OSU ranked 110th out of 120 teams nationally in passing defense, allowing 280 yards per game.
Staff Writer John Helsley contributed to this report.