The SMU job came open with the resignation of June Jones earlier this month after just two games, both blowout losses. The Mustangs currently have Tom Mason as the interim coach. He will make his debut on the sidelines this Saturday against Texas A&M.
Per EJ Holland of the Dallas Morning News, SMU is looking at Oklahoma Sooners co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel to fill it’s head coaching vacancy.
A revered figure in Sooner-land for quarterbacking the 2000 National Championship team, Heupel was a first team All-American that year, and finished second to Florida State’s Chris Weinke in the Heisman balloting. The Sooners did get the last laugh by beating the Seminoles in the Championship game.
Josh Heupel was a two year starter at Oklahoma both years under Bob Stoops. He threw for 7,066 yards, completed 63% of his passes, to go with 50 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
The Miami Dolphins selected Heupel in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, but due to shoulder problems in minicamp, he was never able to escape fourth string duty, and was cut before the season. The Green Bay Packers signed him in the 2002 offseason, but again Heupel was unable to make the team. After that, he gave up on a playing career to coach.
He first job was in 2004 as a graduate assistant under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. When Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops left to take the head coaching job at Arizona, he took Heupel along to be the tight end coach for the 2005 season.
In 2006, Heupel returned to Oklahoma as the quarterbacks coach, where he tutored 2008 Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford, among others. He left that post when he became the co-offensive coordinator.