The HONOLULU ADVERTISER leis downs the news that June Jones has bid aloha to Hawaii:
A close friend of Jones said that the Warriors coach resigned from his position on Saturday, apparently frustrated by “a lack of loyalty and commitment” from the school’s athletic department. June had sent out a letter to friends listing his reasons for leaving but also thanking them for his support.
KGMB-TV has also learned some details of a document sent by Jones to Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier.
In the letter, Jones said his decision to leave has been a difficult one, but when he had earlier talked to Frazier about problems with the program, “None of those things that concerned me were addressed.”
Jones also seems upset that despite the best season in Hawaii history, no contract extension was offered on a deal that would have expired on, appropriately enough, June 30:
“It would have meant a lot to me…had this offer come after the bowl game last year or even before the season…or had it come to me as late as the Washington game it would have said to me…’Thanks, June, for a job well done’.
“…There would have been no negotiating…I probably would have signed it and never let it get to this point…Hawaii will always have my heart and that is why this is so hard for me…but just the fact I am going to get on that plane to Dallas…says it all…
“I do not want to go…believe me…but it is time to go…Mahalo, June.”
The sudden departure leaves the door open for SMU, who’ve been actively courting Jones to take over their program. The DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports that June is expected to arrive in Big D Sunday morning to meet with officials of the Conference USA school.
A deal with the Mustangs could fetch Jones up to $2 million a year, more than the $800,000 he’s been getting on the islands. June may also have had enough of the other financial limitations that have plagued his now-previous program.
It’s a shame to see June jettison from the South Pacific. Just when all those Hawaii fans were starting to ponying up for HDTV, too.
And think of all the great scenery he’s going to miss.