June Jones says he’s not interested in AD post

June Jones said for the record Friday he is not interested in being University of Hawaii athletic director.

“I won’t be applying,” said Jones, who was at Waialae Country Club following rookie Tony Finau at the Sony Open in Hawaii’s second round.

Jones did say, however, that he would possibly like to coach football at UH again. He was the Warriors head coach from 1999 to 2007, taking the program to unprecedented heights.

Sources had said in recent weeks Jones might be interested in the AD job, as well as coach. Potential local candidates for AD include Keith Amemiya, Rick Blangiardi, Mufi Hannemann and John McNamara.

A search advisory committee was announced earlier this week and interviews of finalists are expected to be conducted in March.


  1. kev-1 January 16, 2015 9:20 pm

    That’s interesting. I think that’s the first time that Jones as publically stated he wants to coach at UH again. Last time he was asked, he said “no, because that would mean that Norm is gone.”

    I know this conversation is played out already, but I feel like I’d take JJ over Chow any day. I’m done giving Chow the benefit of the doubt already. I am completely in favor of his ouster. Whenever. I don’t care if it is one day before the season.

  2. Old Diver January 16, 2015 9:41 pm

    It’s my guess Jones would coach the 2015 season for free if Norm was fired today. In any case It looks like Jones will be in contention for the 2016 season.

  3. hitman January 16, 2015 11:51 pm

    that some good new !! lol just need to clean house know !! not old for the fans but the kids to !!

  4. Charles January 17, 2015 6:42 am

    June Jones has always been a free thinker, so I don’t think he would make a good AD because he would be frustrated and hamstrung by State regulations on hiring, procurement, etc. I’m not too keen about Jones returning to coach at UH either. I watched his extended interview on Leahey & Leahey and he looked and sounded old and tired. No disrespect intended against older coaches, but I think UH would benefit by hiring a younger high energy head coach–someone like a Dick Tomey when he was first hired back in 1977. Finally, Jones’ distaste for recruiting is well known. Hawaii and Dallas-Fort Worth high school coaches complained about Jones’ absence on the local recruiting scene. UH needs a coach who is a good recruiter.

  5. hatakeman January 17, 2015 7:36 am

    This is an interesting twist. I feel a coaching change is necessary, only because we need a coach that can build a staff with coaching experience. Coach Chow, for whatever inexplicable reason, brought in three GAs that are now assistant coaches. The problem is not their ability to coach, but their inability to recruit effectively. Just look at the recruiting results at the quarterback, defensive interior line, and receivers’ positions. The numbers are strikingly low, especially quality numbers. Plus there have been critical out transfers that hurt the receivers’ position. So I don’t have confidence Chow can build or is building a championship team. Chasing championships is a dream, not a reality.

  6. Bigislandkurt January 17, 2015 8:18 am

    On the contrary — despite a woeful win-loss record, I think the Chow years have brought in some good recruits. Great recruits? No, but certainly on par with what we need in the MWC. Unfortunately for the most visible, critical position — QB, his recruiting efforts have fallen short. But for more reasons than none.

  7. Mr Pacheco January 17, 2015 8:20 am

    2016 UH Coaching Staff – Let the good times roll, again!!
    June Jones HC/OC
    Wes Suan RBs
    Dan Morrison QBs
    Ron Lee WRs
    Dennis McKnight
    Al Noga DL
    Rich Miano DBs/DC
    Cal Lee LBs
    George Lumpkin Special teams

  8. Mr Pacheco January 17, 2015 8:31 am

    Bring back June Jones, so he can get rid of the rainbow and make them WARRIORS again!!

  9. Ikaika January 17, 2015 9:01 am

    Kev-one, the interesting thing is there are probably things going on behind the scenes to make this happen! If I’m looking to see how much support we would have by hiring Jones back, I would time it perfectly right around Season Ticket renewals. Better times are ahead for the #WARRIORFAITHFUL.

  10. 4-Prong January 17, 2015 9:05 am

    bigislandkurt: even if norm chow was bringing in 5 star recruits, it doesn’t matter if he can’t develop them and coach them to do anything. the thing that matters at the end of the day is the win/loss record while at the same time, paying lip service to education and graduation.

  11. Ponojr January 17, 2015 9:25 am

    JJ as OC or consultant?

  12. Kaukau808 January 17, 2015 9:30 am


    I totally agree with that. Hawaii needs a OC because lately the offense has been really slacking in these past years with norm chow. so why not give JJ a chance at that?

  13. st. anthony trojan January 17, 2015 10:21 am

    Hatakeman….me disagree with you…. all the positions you mention…are not important..in his scheme of…RUN…RUN…PASS…PUNT… he is the best at that… n the past few seasons proves it… let the record show his schemes works wonders for the UHAD….we are on record pace for season tickets sold…this year….

    He is the ‘guru’ on arm to arm walking in stadium….he is the ‘guru’ on practice stations….while at BYU… THEY RAN IN STADIUM….THEY NOT HAVE STATIONS IN PRACTICE…n they won….

    Reminds me of a principal of Mountain View school on big island…brand new… comes to school n orders the custodian to uproot all the Calla lilies front the school…n there by fractured the community…be like board of water supply.. having all the Poinsettias removed on Pali hwy…

    With apologies to al….some 60 + old folks…. at times have egos n like to have it their way…instead of changing his mature mind…similiar to one like sum younger dudes…PASS…PASS… RUN…FIRST DOWN…REPEAT TILL SCORE… 6 or 7 TD’s a game…. = mucho happy fans….mucho tickets sold… auwe…now 2 late…BJ’s body bag games will ensure that…

  14. Mr Pacheco January 17, 2015 10:54 am

    2016 UH Football Coaching Staff:

    June Jones HC/OC
    Dan Morrison QBs
    Wes Suan RBs
    Ron Lee WRs
    Dennis McKnight OL
    Al Noga DL
    Cal Lee LBs/DC
    Rich Miano DBs
    Jeff Reinbold Special Teams

    Get rid of that Rainbow and return to WARRIORS!!


  15. Not an Expert January 17, 2015 11:40 am

    No Offensive coordinator and now no defensive coordinator. Also a loss in another defensive coach. The coaches must see the writing on the wall and are taking the opportunity to leave when someone comes calling.

  16. Not an Expert January 17, 2015 11:42 am

    How many months of the year does Chow live in Hawaii? Question asked because his family lives in Cali and he rents a place here.

  17. Mike Barnette January 17, 2015 11:52 am

    The people that want JJ back have sold their souls to the devil.
    Jones is not the role model or example that we need at UH and everyone knows why without the sordid details being explained once again.
    We can win and do it with a coach that has character and be someone that you’d trust with your daughter.

  18. Not an Expert January 17, 2015 11:56 am

    An observation about Jones. He will give his best effort when he has the support of the school and administrators. Once that is lacking or those above him does not seem committed or keep their promises, he will throw in the towel.

    If he was to be hired again be sure the commitment is across the board and things be put in writing to assure him what will get done and in what length of time. That there will be no broken promises.

  19. hatakeman January 17, 2015 1:29 pm

    saj, it is always healthy to disagree. Otherwise, what will the would be like?

  20. kev-1 January 17, 2015 11:23 pm

    17. Here come the old rumors again. You know, the unsubstantiated ones about an affair and a child. Well here’s something to ponder, since you brought up the whole “trust with your daughter” argument:

    If the bogus rumors were true … and your daughter is in college and decides to have an affair with a married man and gets knocked up …? Oh well. You have to talk to your daughter.

    Get over it already. It was a bs rumor. He is a good football coach for a program like Hawaii. Way better than the delusional, stubborn one we have now.

  21. kev-1 January 17, 2015 11:27 pm

    and btw … If all I had to do was sell my soul to the devil to get rid of Chow, tell me where to sign.

  22. No Jones January 18, 2015 9:14 am

    My season tickets would be insignificant to all of yours but I would even give up my volleyball tickets (men and women), football, and mens basketball season tickets if June Jones came back. He gave up on SMU. He gave up on us at the bowl in New Orleans (he already knew he was going to SMU and we know even if his contract was late that it would def. have gotten reviewed). He’s a loser in my eyes.

  23. Roger Hutchings January 18, 2015 11:31 am

    June Jones as Head Coach, with a new stadium on the Ali Wai golf course property would lead Uh to a national power!

  24. Jiujitsu_Fighter January 18, 2015 4:16 pm

    2016 Hawaii Warriors Coaching Staff
    June Jones – Head Coach
    Nick Rolovich – Offensive Coordinator
    Dick Tomey – Defensive Coordinator
    Colt Brennan – QB Coach
    Gary Allen – RB Coach
    Golden Richards – WR Coach
    Jessie Sapolu – OL Coach
    Niko Noga – DL Coach
    Jeff Ulbrich – LB Coach
    Jeris White – DB Coach
    Dana McLemore – Special Teams

  25. gobows January 19, 2015 9:41 am

    ST already told us the rumors were bogus. I believed those rumors for years . But when ST said it’s not true, then I started to think who I heard em from. I heard em from people that don’t know.

    I prefer to believe ST.

  26. Boolakanaka January 20, 2015 6:03 am

    24-I know you were posting in jest, but Golden has severe Parkinson’s disease and spent much of his post NFL life with a bad drug addiction.

  27. cullyG January 20, 2015 7:07 am

    If UH is really serious about going to the next level, then you hire Dick Tomey as AD, bring in Rich Ellerson as he DC and at the appropriate time, try and hire Duane Akina as the HC.

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