MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Curtis Jones, West Virginia University's associate athletic director for academic support, died Wednesday morning.The cause of death was not immediately known.Jones was 40 years old. He was hired by WVU in June of 2012 to administer the operation of the student services division for the athletic department, and to directly oversee academic support for the school's football program."The Mountaineer athletic family is overwhelmed with sorrow at the sudden passing of Curtis Jones,'' WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck said in a statement on the school's website. "In his brief time with West Virginia University he brought passion and professionalism to his position as the head of academic support for all of our WVU student-athletes.
"He was a beloved figure among the coaches, fellow administrators and student-athletes. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, particularly with his wife, Mary Ellen Jones, a valued member of our Mountaineer family."Mary Ellen Jones is WVU's director of sports administration."Curtis Jones was a close friend, a role model to our players and a true professional,'' said head football coach Dana Holgorsen. "His loss will be felt by all of us in many ways. On behalf of WVU football, I offer my deepest sympathies to Mary Ellen and all of Curtis' family.''Jones came to WVU from Texas, where he spent three years coordinating the Longhorns' football academic support services program as the school's assistant athletic director. He also worked at South Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri, as well as for Nike. His brother, Corby, was a quarterback at Missouri.