Jones welcomes 11-year-old to SMU staff
Kelan Lawson, an 11-year-old student at Curtsinger Elementary in Frisco, joined SMU's staff for the Mustangs' 38-17 win over Central Florida at Ford Stadium.
Lawson loves football and his dream is to one day step into Jones' shoes as head coach of the Mustangs. Lawson has cerebral palsy.
Jones was introduced to Lawson through a report on WFAA, which asked the SMU coach if the youngster could join him on the sidelines for a game. Jones immediately agreed.
Jones felt a bond to Lawson that went back to his time coaching at Hawaii. One of Jones' graduate assistants then was Brian Kajiyama, who also has cerebral palsy.
Lawson saw an ESPN profile on Kajiyama and would go on to befriend him. Lawson spoke to the Mustangs on Thursday, which is when Jones learned that the preteen assistant also knew Kajiyama.
"We go out there and play the game, but it's really about those types of things," Jones said. "I don't even remember the [start of the game], but I'm not going to forget that little kid."
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Part 2 of the articles on OSU's involvment in academic fraud was released. Some claim the expose is unfounded. Ian and Richard warn that there are two sides to all stories.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and all the latest with the Texas Longhorns.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett give you the latest on the Johnny Manziel story and Charles Barkley weighs in. You won't believe who the outspoken NBA Hall of Famer is disappointed in and what he thinks about the autograph allegations.
Play Podcast Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit to preview the 2013 college football season.
Play Podcast Former TCU and current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the expectations for the Bengals this season, give a prediction for the TCU-LSU game and talk about what it's like having the Hard Knocks cameras follow him.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley, and Mark Friedman react to Dez Bryant's comments regarding the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Play Podcast Richard Durrett, Ian Fitzsimmons and Glenn "Stretch" Smith react to Dez Bryant sounding off yesterday after practice about Johnny Manziel and the shadiness of the NCAA.
Play Podcast Former NCAA investigator and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to weigh in on the Johnny Manziel drama and give some insight as to what goes on during an NCAA investigation.