Coach Jones served as head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1984 to 1994 after five years as an assistant under Jimmy Johnson. Coach Jones was the Big 8 Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1992. From 1984 to 1988, Coach 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.