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Houston should consider UNT's Jones

Johnny Jones deserves to be considered for more high-profile job after what he's done in the last nine seasons at North Texas.

Houston, which has an opening after Tom Penders' resignation, could be a good fit for Jones.

Houston would appeal to Jones in large part due to location. He's done well recruiting the Houston area at UNT, but he's had the most success in his native Louisiana. It's reasonable to believe that Jones would be able to convince several talented kids to make the trip down I-10 from the Bayou to Houston.

Jones, who has been mentioned as a candidate for the Auburn job, took over a terrible situation at North Texas, which was a total of 20 games in four seasons before his arrival. The Mean Green have won at least 20 games in the last four seasons, twice winning the Sun Belt tournament and playing in the NCAA tourney during that span.

UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal anticipates that there will be interest in Jones from other schools this offseason. Villarreal hopes to keep Jones, who recently signed a five-year contract extension, but wouldn't panic if Jones got another job. That's because Jones has made North Texas a place that would attract a long list of impressive candidates.

But Houston's a better job, because of tradition, location and conference. It's a job that would fit Jones well.