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Pat Jones (American football)

Pat Jones
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1947-11-04) November 4, 1947
Memphis, Tennessee
Playing career
1965–1967 Arkansas Tech, Arkansas
Position(s) Linebacker, nose guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Arkansas (DL)
Pittsburgh (DE)
Oklahoma State (assistant)
Oklahoma State
Miami Dolphins (assistant)
Oakland Raiders (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 62–60–3
Bowls 3–1
College Football Data Warehouse

Pat Jones (born November 4, 1947) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater from 1984 to 1994, compiling a record of 62–60–3.

Jones grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he developed an intense interest in football at an early age. In junior high he was a lineman for the Forest Heights Eagles. He played guard for the Hall High Warriors and made All-State Honorable Mention in his senior year. In college he played linebacker and nose guard at Arkansas Tech before transferring to Arkansas. Jones' coaching stops include Arkansas, SMU, Pittsburgh, and Oklahoma State where he coached Hall of Fame running backs Thurman Thomas and 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders.

Jones served as head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1984 to 1994 after five years as an assistant under Jimmy Johnson. In 11 years at Oklahoma State, he compiled a 62–60–3 record, including three wins in four bowl games. Jones was the Big 8 Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1992. [1] From 1984 to 1988, Jones led the Cowboys to the most successful period in school history at the time. With a talented roster that included running backs Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas, wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes and quarterback and current Cowboy coach Mike Gundy, they went 44–15 over this five-year stretch, including the school's first three ten-win seasons.

Days after the 1988 season, Oklahoma State and the NCAA released the results of an unusual joint investigation into the football program. The investigation revealed several major violations dating prior to Johnson's tenure, principally involvement in a "bidding war" for Dykes out of high school. The Cowboys were banned from bowl games for three years and from live television for two years, and they were also limited to 20 scholarships from 1989 to 1992.[2] Jones was not directly implicated in any wrongdoing; indeed, the investigation found that no violations had taken place in two years.[3] He was unable to put together another winning team due to the sanctions, and left OSU after the 1994 season. In Jones' last six years, the Cowboys won only seven games in Big Eight play, including three winless conference records. As it turned out, they would need almost the entire decade of the 1990s to recover; they would only have one winning season from 1989 to 2001.

Jones was also a NFL assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins from 1996 to 2003 and Oakland Raiders from 2004 to 2006. He is a member of the Gator Bowl, Arkansas and Oklahoma Halls of Fame.

Jones can be heard on weekdays on KWPN "The Sports Animal" in Oklahoma City, and on KYAL "The Sports Animal" in Tulsa. Pat also provides in-studio gameday commentary for Fox Sports Southwest college football programming.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big Eight Conference) (1984–1994)
1984 Oklahoma State 10–2 5–2 3rd W Gator 5 7
1985 Oklahoma State 8–4 4–3 T–3rd L Gator
1986 Oklahoma State 6–5 4–3 4th
1987 Oklahoma State 10–2 5–2 3rd W Sun 12 11
1988 Oklahoma State 10–2 5–2 3rd W Holiday 11 11
1989 Oklahoma State 4–7 3–4 5th
1990 Oklahoma State 4–7 2–5 T–6th
1991 Oklahoma State 0–10–1 0–6–1 8th
1992 Oklahoma State 4–6–1 2–4–1 5th
1993 Oklahoma State 3–8 0–7 8th
1994 Oklahoma State 3–7–1 0–6–1 T–7th
Oklahoma State: 62–60–3 19–21–2
Total: 62–60–3
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ All-Time Coaching Records by Year
  2. ^ 1989 probation announcement
  3. ^ Powers,Erin. Oklahoma St. gets 4-year probation. Houston Chronicle, 1989-01-07.

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