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The South Methodist Mustangs team competes in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as a member the American Athletic Conference (The American). SMU moved to the American Athletic Conference in 2013 along with Houston, Memphis, and UCF for all sports.

In 2008 SMU hired Steve Orsini away from the University of Central Florida (UCF) to be the SMU Athletic Director. Orsini then hired June Jones from the University of Hawai’i to be the team’s new head coach at SMU and currently the 5th coach in the post death penalty time since 1989. In Jones’ first season at SMU the team had a 1-11 record. In 2009, Coach Jones’ second season at SMU, the Mustangs had a turnaround season, compiling an improved regular season record of 7-5. Although finishing unranked in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings, SMU was invited to its first bowl game in 25 years, defeating the unranked Nevada Wolf Pack with a final score 45-10 in the 2009 Hawai’i Bowl, the teams first bowl win since 1984.

In 2010, the Mustangs again compiled a regular season record of 7-5, with a 6-2 in-conference record to earn their first chance at winning a conference title in 26 years, securing a berth in the Conference USA Championship game. SMU lost the conference title game, 17-7, against UCF. Once again unranked in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings, SMU was invited to its second consecutive bowl game, the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl, where it lost against the unranked Army Black Knights.

Following Texas A&M’s move to the SEC in August and September 2011, SMU have made it known that they would like to replace them in the Big 12. On September 3, 2011, Athletic Director Steve Orsini stated: “We want stability in the regional conference that meets our objective,” Orsini said, “and that right now would be defined as the Big 12.”

“Regionalism is a sign of strength, and we feel expansion, especially in the latest trends, is a sign of strength,” Orsini said. “And we feel we can help an AQ conference in both of those areas.” Orsini made it clear that SMU isn’t solely interested in the Big 12, but in finding an AQ home. Should the Mustangs’ current league, Conference USA, achieve AQ status someday, that would work just fine. Maybe the Mountain West earns an AQ distinction and decides to dip back into the Metroplex again.

“When we were affiliated with those schools in this region [Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech], we were competing very successfully,” Orsini reminded. “We have a lot of conference championships in the Southwest Conference to show for it”. “We’re ready. It took us a long time to rebound from the historic low that hit here, but that was 25 years ago. There are no signs of that anymore.”

SMU’s interest in the Big 12 was never reciprocated, and the Big 12 instead added TCU and West Virginia University.

SMU went on to win back-to-back bowl games in the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl and the 2012 Hawaii Bowl.


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