It’s official: Head coach June Jones returning to Ticats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have agreed to terms on a contract extension with head coach June Jones, the team announced Monday.

The 64-year-old veteran coach took over an 0-8 squad from Kent Austin in late August and has led them to a 6-4 record while making an improbable – and ultimately futile – playoff push. He was praised by players for not just improving the team on the field but changing the culture as well.

The news was first reported on 3DownNation.

Jones has 13 seasons of NFL coaching experience and 16 years at the NCAA level including seven years as head coach at Southern Methodist University. He served as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 1994-1996 and was interim head coach of the San Diego Chargers in 1998.

The 64-year-old played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons from 1977-1981, then spent a year with the Toronto Argonauts in 1982. He also served as the offensive coordinator with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1986. Jones is widely thought of as one of the architects of the run and shoot offence.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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33 Comments on It’s official: Head coach June Jones returning to Ticats

  1. Eddiefelson // December 4, 2017 at 7:54 am //

    Never mind coach- whats up with collaros?

  2. Peter Griffin // December 4, 2017 at 7:58 am //

    This is great news. So glad that he is coming back to a team which clearly saw him as a good motivator and mentor for the players. Drew, is he 61 or 64??

  3. June – free up cash immediately , dump the sideline giggler ( Fantuz )

    Build the team with raw rookie Canadian talent – the men are out there waiting for a call .

    As for Austin and his scouting tactics , I’m sure Bob will step in !

    • Free up cash ?? what would that have to do with the coach? that is the responsibility of the manager and president. The coach is there as a …………coach

    • Jones has credited that “sideline giggler” with helping him with advice and observations during games, while he was recovering from injury. Methinks Fantuz will have a place here, though whether that’s as player or coach is TBD.

    • A camera angle catches a guy one time on the sidelines with a smile on his face, and some anonymous internet idiot decides that is the defining moment in a career that also includes some of the highest stat totals in the history of Canadian receivers. Great contribution, Stage.

  4. The Iceman // December 4, 2017 at 8:08 am //

    You mention June is both 61 and 64 years old? I know coaching ages you but WOW.

  5. Great news!

  6. Drew doesn’t proof read his own work – don’t worry about it….61, 64, who cares?

    This is great news! We have a coach for next season! Anxious to learn the term of this extension.

  7. If June Jones runs into any trouble then Kent Austin can always step in as coach.The Cats have a safety measure built into their organization that few CFL teams can afford.Kudos to Bob Young.

  8. OK Cats didn’t snooze on June Junes, bloody obvious the turn around he brought to the whole team. He made a few tweaks with the players he already had, instilled a new offensive play book. With a resemblance of a running game, in which Austin’s offensive was virtually non existent. Went with speed over size, and Ti-Cats ended up with 3 over 1,000 yard receivers for the 1st time in their history. And all of them under 5-10″ tall. Good to see Cats put out some money to keep a coach who was respected and players played for. Should be interesting when Toliver comes back, and the QB situation to be sorted out. A good move for Ti-Cats and just to see what June Jones can do from training camp through the 18 game schedule. Looking forward to the 2018 season.

    • Well-said CFL FAN! And now that the coach is in place the QB situation can be sorted out. I think fans might see the team – and the kind of results – that they expected to see this past season in 2018.

  9. Some of the comments on here make me SMH.

  10. BigRedMachine // December 4, 2017 at 10:48 am //

    Obviously did a great job under tough circumstances. Things were pretty bleak in Hamilton around mid season. Also think it is good for the CFL coaches pool to have coaches with different backgrounds in order to instill new ideas and approaches.

  11. Mantis Toboggan // December 4, 2017 at 11:03 am //

    Great to have coach Jones back!! Now it’s up to the front office to bring in the players that fit his systems.

  12. This is a no-brainer for the Cats. Do yourself a favour and read the article on the CFL website. Focus on the team and player stats after he took over, and imagine the results if he had coached the full season? Project those stats over the last ten games into a full season, and Hamilton is an elite team in this league, and a Cup contender. Now trade Zack, and free up some cash to sign our quality FAs. I’m OK with bringing Manziel in if it’s a tryout and not a coronation. Even better, trade his rights to Chris Jones. It’s time to get on the Masoli bandwagon! How many great CFL quarterbacks didn’t look like quarterbacks? You don’t have to go farther than roly-poly Danny Mac, but there’s also Calvillo, and Lancaster to consider. In the end, it doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as you get it done!

    • Could not have said it any better, George. I’ve commented before that Masoli did a nice job starting the finally 10 and he wasn’t the reason why the TC’s didn’t advance any further. Give the kid some credit. Watch him take the TC’s to the GC next year and some of these fans will still be whining they wish they had Collaros at QB.

  13. Tiger Chick // December 4, 2017 at 11:57 am //

    Well Thank God head office came to their senses!!! For once, not an angry rebuttle. I feel all is better in the world going forward and some of our FA’s will be more likely to sign. Still not feeling the love on Johnny Football, go with what you know! He would be better off somewhere else. Look at the CFL website to see the stats that Jones put up after he took over. Its unbelievable the turn around. I can only feel good about 2018. Lets get, Masoli, Banks, Tasker, Dean and Laurent on board.

  14. Great news and good to get it done this quickly, so the team can get staff set and start re-signing players and planning for replacements.

    Jones brought the team new energy, a new playbook, a new attitude, and helped them earn respect again (including the self kind).

    Hope to see Lolley return as DC as well; he strengthened a unit that was not playing aggressive football, at a level far below its potential. We’ll likely see shuffling among the staff but some are worth keeping around too… e.g., the secondary started playing much better after the run of injuries stopped, but that also timed with Butler’s transition to coach.

  15. Great news now let’s get Masoli and banks signed and start this campaign off right !

  16. Warm up Collaros, sign Manziel, trade Masoli to the Riders for Carter. Lets go Cats!

  17. Sea of Dead // December 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm //

    That isn’t a safety measure … That’s suicide.

  18. It’s official June Jones says that Johnny Manziel will be a very special player in the cfl and I agree.

  19. June Jones today advised Johnny Manziel can easily fit into his offence. If committed and dedicated he will be able to write his own ticket back to NFL after 3 years. I think Hamilton and cfl can have a marketing super star.

  20. Coach Jones came in and proved himself during the lowest of times for the Ticats. I’m glad he’s signed. Let’s get the others resigned and trade Collaros for a quality QB…one that’s available.

    • Precisely. JJ showed his mettle during the “lowest times”. That’s character for you…not when things are going for you all rosy. Predict he’ll have a hell of a training camp…followed by a hell of a season.

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