A month after being named GM/head coach of the XFL’s Houston franchise, June Jones is bringing aloha ball to the Lone Star State. Jones said he is adding these coaches with UH ties:
> John Estes: The former UH standout offensive lineman who played with the Jacksonville Jaguars will serve as Houston’s O-line coach. Estes spent a month coaching with Jones at Hamilton last year.
> Dan Morrison: The long-time coach will serve as an offensive assistant, a role he had under Jones at UH, SMU and the CFL.
> Tom Mason: Mason was Jones’ DC at SMU, and then served a year as UH’s DC under Norm Chow. Most recently, Mason was UTEP’s DC.
> Wes Suan: He was Jones’ running backs coach at UH and then at SMU. He will hold the same role with Houston.
Jones also said he is in discussions to hire former UH running back Michael Brewster as an intern/scout and Mel deLaura in the strength/conditioning department. DeLaura and Jones were teammates at UH. DeLaura then went on to become Jones’ S/C coordinator for football at UH and SMU. His nephew is Jayden deLaura, Saint Louis School’s starting quarterback.
The XFL’s inaugural season launches in February.