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June Jones resigns as Hawaii HC

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  1. Jens1893

    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    espn.com

    HONOLULU -- June Jones has resigned as Hawaii's football coach, reports said Saturday.

    Kent Untermann, a former Hawaii player and member of Na Koa, the school's booster club, told KHNL that Jones' was leaving because of frustration with how the athletic department was run, not because he felt his salary was too low.

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    "He wants to be here but he has come to the point where he feels nothing is going to change," Untermann said. "He feels he has done his part but hasn't gotten the support and leadership from the administration."

    Jones, 54, who just finished coaching the most successful season in Hawaii history, is being courted by SMU for its head coach opening.

    Jones was en route to Dallas on Saturday to talk to SMU officials and could not be reached for comment.

    The Dallas Morning News reported SMU has offered Jones between $1.7 million and $2 million a year.

    Jones currently earns $800,016 a year under a five-year contract with Hawaii that expires June 30.

    The Honolulu Advertiser, citing Jones' friend Al Souza, reported Jones resigned Saturday morning.

    Jones said he would leave the university because of a lack of commitment from athletic department leaders, among other reasons, the paper said.

    "This breaks his heart," Souza said.

    Jones also sent letters to friends announcing that he is resigning, the Advertiser and television reports said.

    He thanked his friends for their support in the letter, in which he listed several reasons why he would no longer coach at the school. Full details of the letter were not available.

    Untermann held on to the hope Jones could still be persuaded to remain in Hawaii.

    "I don't give up easily. Even if he semiofficially resigned, if he hasn't taken the job with SMU there's always a last-minute hope there's something we can do," Untermann said.

    Reports of the resignation came even though Hawaii offered Jones a new contract that would make him the highest paid coach in the Western Athletic Conference.

    Hawaii would not say how much it offered Jones. But figures provided by the university show Fresno State's Pat Hill, who earns an annual salary of $1,229,996, is currently the highest-paid WAC coach.

    Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier said he asked Jones to call him before deciding on SMU's offer.

    The Warriors finished this season 12-0 before losing to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl -- the school's first bowl appearance on the mainland since 1992.

    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
     
  2. DBT

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    Will he take the SMU job? I get the feeling SMU is putting together a war chest with the hope of getting back to the big time.
     
  3. Varsity

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    I think he will. He's looking to cash in on that Sugar Bowl success and the SMU people are tired of losing.
     
  4. Clean Undies

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    Ahh. Now the pieces are fitting together. Hawaii can now offer the coaching job to Gary Barnett.:smile:
     
  5. MSBuff

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    :wow:Inside information :huh::smile2:
     
  6. sackman

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    This should help recruiting on the islands.

    I've said this before, and I'll say it again - coaching at Hawaii must be about the toughest job in D-1 football. No administrative support, horrible facilities, gawd awful travel, poor compensation. The only thing they have going for them is Hawaii itself, and Honolulu isn't any great shakes. I'm not surprised at this move.
     
  7. RalphieMalph

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    At least they don't have those ultra-fruity Elam era uniforms anymore.
     
  8. 2HellNback

    2HellNback Well-Known Member

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    SMU, no offense to their history, etc... But couldn't Jones use his appearance in the Sugar Bowl and get a... well.. better job?
     
  9. SJBuff

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    I just got back from Hawaii and according to the rumors I heard that's not really it. Apparently June really wants to stay at UH but facilities and budget are completely sub-standard for a D-1A program. He has been fighting the administration for years to get improvements and he was told "once you get some success on the field we'll be able to make some improvements". Well he's been successful (especially this year) and the administration is not making good on their end so he's walking. I think it's more of a case of June getting fed up with the empty promises.
     
  10. stampy

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    According to ESPN, SMU has offered a 5 yr $2 mil a yr deal. Based on last season's salaries, that would have made Jones one of the 10 highest paid coaches in college.:wow:
     
  11. sackman

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    The biggest budgetary obstacle that UH faces is travel costs. They have to take a 5 hour plane ride for every away game. That's not just football, but everything. I bet travel costs are more than half of their total budget. That's insane. It's not like UH is swimming in alumni dollars or public support from the state, either. Anybody who takes that job is going to have to go into it with his eyes wide open.
     

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