Thursday, January 03, 2008

June Jones says Thank You to the Warrior Nation...

Thank you for supporting our outstanding student-athletes during our 12-0 regular season, Western Athletic Conference Championship, and our first-ever appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game, the 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl. These young men worked tirelessly during the course of the 2007 campaign in order to represent the entire state of Hawai`i in first-class fashion and I certainly could not be more proud of them.

It was my great honor to be associated with such a quality group of coaches and players. They demonstrated teamwork, sacrifice, grit, determination, unselfishness, humility, and an unrelenting commitment to success. Meanwhile, they were superior individuals off the field and represented Hawai`i with class, dignity, and honor.

I want to extend a special mahalo to the fans of Hawai`i. You were there for us during the course of the season and traveled with us in great numbers to New Orleans, making incredible personal sacrifices. That really touched our hearts in ways that can never be accurately communicated. The level of energy, excitement, and passion you demonstrated truly helped make this a wonderful experience for everyone involved.

Mahalo,

June Jones
Head Coach


Notice what is missing? Any reference at all to next year. Also notice every reference to Hawaii football is in the past tense.

Just saying.

The Chancellor of the University of Hawaii says an offer is on the way.

But will it come in time?

This is from a release from UH today. The speaker is Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.

“I know that there is a great deal of interest in ensuring that June Jones remains here as our football coach – and that is definitely our goal as well. We truly appreciate his outstanding efforts in leading us to the Sugar Bowl and producing successful student-athletes. It has always been our intent to make Coach Jones a firm offer that will keep him here, and I want to assure everyone that Athletics Director Herman Frazier is moving expeditiously to do just that,” said Hinshaw.


Reading the Hawaii message board, one gets a sense that Hawaii fans really hate this AD Herman Frazier. I am just dumbfounded that Hawaii doesn't seem to have anything in place yet.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am hard pressed to recall any Div.1-A program ever allowing the head football coach to work through his last year. The schools always offer an extension that basically means 3 or 4 years from the current season "for recruiting purposes". If a contract is down to the next season as far as duration goes, the AD and coach are "in discussions about an extension".

The Hawaii situation looks to me like the AD and chancellor are "out to lunch".

Anonymous said...

anonymous said, "The Hawaii situation looks to me like the AD and chancellor are "out to lunch"."

That is a VERY ACCURATE observation.

franksabunch said...

Our athletic director and administration have shown that they have never supported the football team (50K recruiting budget), now (plans to divert the sugar bowl money to things besides the football team) or ever (not offering June Jones right away an equivalent offer). Herman Frazier is an idiot who has never accepted any culpability in his bungling of the no-soap-in-locker-rooms fiasco, the cream puff schedule, or giving away thousands of Hawaii's sugar bowl allotment of tickets away before putting them on sale.

While I think Jones did not prep the team as well as he should have for the sugar bowl and made some bad coaching decisions during the game, he is practically solely responsible for Hawaii's fortunes in football. If SMU hires him, I wish him and your program all the best and I don't blame him for walking away from a program which receives anemic support from the higher ups because they are too full from feeding their own pride.

Coach Holmes said...

Well that all sounds great but, the truth be told that June Jones is a Great coach and If the money is not right in Hawaii he should "THINK ABOUT SMU?" But, SMU is a hard job to take and a Big Name Coach will not save SMU...I applied also for the job and am willing to take a GIANT PAY cut to show the College Nation that SMU can win and you don't have to be a BIG NAME to do so....Just know X's and O's....AND A TRUE LOVE FOR THE GAME AND THE KIDS??? I'm just saying

Coach Holmes said...

Well that all sounds great but, the truth be told that June Jones is a Great coach and If the money is not right in Hawaii he should "THINK ABOUT SMU?" But, SMU is a hard job to take and a Big Name Coach will not save SMU...I applied also for the job and am willing to take a GIANT PAY cut to show the College Nation that SMU can win and you don't have to be a BIG NAME to do so....Just know X's and O's....AND A TRUE LOVE FOR THE GAME AND THE KIDS??? I'm just saying

Anonymous said...

Coach Holmes, where do you coach? what's your resume? I could coach a team to 0-12 for 1/2 the money PB got.