CFL

June Jones bolts Tiger-Cats coaching staff for XFL: reports

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Monday confirmed that former head coach June Jones has stepped down as assistant head coach/offensive co-ordinator to pursue other opportunities, reportedly in the XFL.

Ex-receivers coach Tommy Condell to oversee offence as CFL club prepares for camp

Former Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones reportedly is joining the XFL. He became Hamilton’s assistant head coach/offensive co-ordinator when Orlondo Steinauer was named head coach in December. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press/File)

June Jones is leaving the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the XFL.

The Ticats confirmed Monday that Jones has stepped down as their assistant head coach/offensive co-ordinator to pursue other opportunities. Both the Houston Chronicle and Pro Football Talk reported that Jones would become the head coach of the XFL's franchise in Houston.

The Ticats promoted receivers coach Tommy Condell to offensive co-ordinator.

Jones, 66, stepped down as Ticats coach in December so that assistant head coach Orlondo Steinauer could take the top job. Jones stayed on as the club's offensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach.

Jones became Hamilton's interim head coach in 2017 following the club's 0-8 start to the season. The Ticats finished the season winning six-of-10 games under Jones, who became the full-time head coach in the off-season.

Training camp opens May 19

Last year, the Ticats posted an 8-10 record to finish second in the East Division standings. After dispatching the B.C. Lions 48-8 in the conference semifinal, Hamilton's season ended with a 46-27 road loss to the Ottawa Redblacks in the division final.

The timing of Jones' departure is hardly ideal with the Ticats scheduled to open training camp May 19.

He has an extensive football resume south of the border in both the NCAA and NFL. Most notably, he served as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons (1994-1996) and San Diego Chargers (1998).

Jones also spent time as a quarterback in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts (1982).

He becomes the second former CFL head coach to head to the XFL. Marc Trestman, who earned Grey Cups as the head coach in Montreal and Toronto, is coach/GM of the league's Tampa franchise.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.