Dual role for JJ

June Jones yesterday made official what he confirmed last week when he signed a three-year contract to remain as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

Jones told us he also will keep his position as Saint Louis School’s director of athletic programs and development. It’s a long title that essentially means fund-raiser.

And while Jones’ CFL salary was not disclosed, it has been confirmed his Saint Louis salary is zero. Nada. Zippo.

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Lavar Ball is a thoughtless man.

It has nothing to do with his empty boasts, or his ball-hogging coaching (no wonder he has a son nicknamed “Melo”) or his parenting. He actually has done a wonderful job of securing college scholarships for two of his sons, and that is significant. (My mantra: “Sallie Mae is not your friend.” And my plea to FAFSA: “Gimme $10, $5, a Jamba Juice coupon, anything …”)

No, he is thoughtless because, by forcing his middle son to withdraw from UCLA (and give up scholarship valued at $33,604 for a California resident), he is depriving him of a college experience.Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know there are a lot of successful people who have never attended college. I also know a lot of people who can’t get state jobs because they don’t have a degree. I don’t even think it’s important to earn the degree. But attending college — meeting people from different backgrounds and experiencing life without parental restrictions — is valuable in a person’s development. LiAngelo Ball will not be an NBA player, and chances are great he would not be a UCLA starter. But LiAngelo will never get to experience what his father did at four different colleges. And that’s a shame.

As I tell every UH student-athlete who asks (or doesn’t ask), enjoy college. It’s more fun than the real world.


  1. truegreen December 5, 2017 9:03 am

    First! Been a while. Title piqued my interest…thought it might be some other dual role for JJ…

  2. wafan December 5, 2017 9:03 am


    Son needs to divorce his dad.

  3. wafan December 5, 2017 9:04 am

    1st to be 2nd!

  4. wafan December 5, 2017 9:05 am

    Too bad he is not, can not, will not raise money for the ‘Bows.

  5. NotNasti December 5, 2017 9:32 am

    For years, my wife accused me of having a mistress, because every month, I would send a check to “Sallie Mae.”

  6. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2017 9:51 am

    Worst part about a student loan?
    Can’t default on it.
    Can’t include it as part of bankruptcy.
    It’s there for … ev … er

  7. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2017 9:59 am

    I don’t think NCAA rules permit a pro coach from being a fund-raiser for a college.
    But I think JJ, Miano and Amemiya would make excellent fund-raisers for UH.

  8. PONO December 5, 2017 10:59 am

    Lavar Ball is using his son’s and only looking out for Lavar Ball. His son should get a college education since he is clearly not a sure shot professional basketball player. His dad is doing outlandish things for publicity but eventually BBB will die and Gelo Ball will be left without an education and basketball. It’s sad what this dad is doing to his kids. He lives by the mantra that all PR is good PR.

  9. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2017 12:56 pm


    Willie Taggart leaves Oregon for florida state.

    anyone locally interested in applying for Ore ?

    looks like JJ just missed out.

  10. Paniolo December 5, 2017 1:27 pm

    That seals it. Any suggestion by a lot of Warrior fans to have Former Warrior head coach June jones return to the University of Hawaii Campus as either head football coach or as Offensive Coordinator for Nick Rolovich.
    As long as Nick Rolovich is the current Warrior head football coach, June jones I am sure will not entertain any questions or interview about taking over Rolo’s job. The call is still out there to “Fire Nick Rolovich.”
    Even if stayed in Hawaii and was asked ( I doubt it) to be a Offensive Coordinator for the Warrior football team, it would be a mismatch. We all know Rolo has changed. His tenure at Nevada has change him from Run and Shoot (June Jones offense) to Nevada’s playbook which I consider “Stinks.”

  11. Willie December 5, 2017 1:27 pm

    Golden State Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr had a great comment about a month ago. He said that the public would be a lot better off if the press stopped covering clowns like Donald Trump and Lavar Ball. I agree!

  12. Ipu Man December 5, 2017 2:18 pm

    Can’t we just get along with one another…
    “… comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. “

  13. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2017 2:26 pm

    I’m confident they’ll be better in 2018.

  14. kama krab December 5, 2017 3:46 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    Howzit Stephen. Any updates on how recruiting is going. I now there trying to keep things under wraps but was wondering if you could give some insight on how the recruiting class is coming along, maybe by position and how much they intend to sign during this early signing period.

    Also got any updates on the changes that will be happening with regards to coaching assignments and maybe new hires.

    Hope all is well with you and the family.

  15. SteveM December 5, 2017 4:15 pm

    I just learned today that original Tsai-ko and Blog Party 1 attendee, Annoddah Dave (Dave Yanigahara) passed away on October 20, 2017 from leukemia. He was 72 and a UH football and basketball season ticket holder.

    He joins the first year blogging Tsai-kos “Long Time UH fan”, “las vegas”, and Florida Ted in the best seats in the house.

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid December 5, 2017 4:50 pm

    SteveM – So sorry to read about Annodah Dave. 🙁 He was a really sweet guy as I recall. May he rest in peace.

    Sad about Ball and sons. Nuff said.

    Glad to see JJ still giving back to Hawai’i. Saint Louis is lucky to have him.

  17. Whats up December 5, 2017 5:23 pm

    I don’t think June Jones would leave a head coaching job until the Hawaii Head coaching job become available. I don’t know the details of JJ 3 year contract, but I bet in… lets say Rolo year 4 or 5 which is 2 or 3 years from now… which might be just coincidental… June Jones might be available for the Hawaii head coaching job.

    Just saying, Junes Jones is a proven Head Coach that can rebuild losing programs, not an Offensive Coordinator under a Rookie Head Coach (Hawaii hired back to back rookie head coaches, Chow and Rolo). Lets be serious, asking for June Jones to work under Rolo at University of Hawaii would not an option.

    Rolo probably doesn’t want June Jones to be his OC, because all of the us will give June Jones credit for the success and that won’t work. Rolo has some coaching changes needed on his staff same as Chow needed to do during his tenure. Hopefully, history doesn’t repeat itself.

  18. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2017 5:26 pm

    One less coaching candidate for our staff …

    Oregon State: Sources tell us that quality control coach

    *** Jake Cookus *** will be retained and work as special teams

    coordinator, and may also coach the safeties.

  19. islandman December 5, 2017 5:51 pm

    Jones was good, but what happened later at SMU ? Somebody else had to come in to try to rebuild that program after JJ had revived it earlier.

  20. john December 5, 2017 8:27 pm

    LiAngelo Ball is a thief. That’s why he left UCLA.

  21. cappie the dog December 6, 2017 5:16 am

    I used to think Lavar Ball’s persona was some sort of performance art.

    This guy can’t be for real, I thought, making Kristine Leahy cry on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”.

    Maybe, I reasoned, he was trying to emulate our president as a way of revealing people’s biases.

    A large proportion of people can put up with Gronk’s showmanship, but if Cam Newton does the same thing, he gets killed on social media.

    What he is doing at UCLA reveals his true colors. He deserves all the criticism. But people should despise him for the right reasons.

    A jerk is a jerk.

  22. cappie the dog December 6, 2017 5:19 am


  23. Boolakanaka December 6, 2017 5:39 am

    JJ can coach period. He is a proven quality, people in the know, well, they know. Sometimes either burnout or they might be in different learning curves, or incompatible systems, effectuates the situation.

    Just look at folks like Bill Belicheck, Pete Carroll, Dick Vermile, all were asked to leave positions at some point. The thing about sports, is that at some point, stay long enough, and you will get burned….

  24. islandman December 6, 2017 5:49 am

    Cappie….Wahine basketball lost their assistant coach Larsen indefinitely.
    Fleming is at ECU and their HC resigned about 3 games ago. but since then they won 3 straight for a 5-4 record, so far.

  25. Old School Dave December 6, 2017 6:08 am

    SMU’s Chad Morris, who rebuilt SMU’s program to respectability, will likely be named the head coach at Arkansas. Morris inherited a program in disarray and brought the Mustangs back to a 7-5 record and a bowl game in his third year. Morris had to overcome numerous problems, including poor recruiting and the lack of Texas high school players (the most out-of-state players of all DI schools in Texas) on the roster. High School coaches in Texas said that they never saw any SMU coaches recruiting during the previous coaching regime (June Jones). This was Morris’ most posing challenge
    when he took over at SMU and righted the ship. Morris coached high school ball for 15 years in Texas, before becoming a college assistant.

    Not a criticism of Jones, just stating the facts. He will always be revered in Hawaii due to the 2007 Sugar Bowl appearance.


    Jones last SMU team before he resigned after this game:

  26. Ipu Man December 6, 2017 6:34 am

    #15 Steve M…re: Annoddah Davein …now
    “in the best seat in the house….”
    Well said.
    Rest in Peace, fellow Tsaiko.

  27. A-House December 6, 2017 7:01 am


    let us add Big Hilo Fan, Curve Ball, and Calvin from Kona to the best seats in the sky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    look kindly on us fans who are suffering with the team

    Aloha, my brothers!

    to the family of Annoddah Dave, our sincerest condolences for your loss.

  28. A-House December 6, 2017 7:03 am

    btw, how many commits from St Louis?

    QB, WR, lineman(?) and another WR who was offered by Stuz in locker room at half time

  29. burro sabio December 6, 2017 7:46 am

    Mr. A-House, from the other day – no worry, we still love you 😉

  30. A-House December 6, 2017 9:24 am


    me tot you saw me going into the office for testing!!!!

    he he.

    hope things are rolling along at work and 2018 looks much brighter!!

  31. Stephen Tsai December 6, 2017 9:30 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45141

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