UH responds to June Jones hiring claims
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — The University of Hawaii has responded to inquiries from June Jones about hiring the program’s next football coach after she turned down their offer.
On Friday, Jones and UH athletic director David Matlin met to discuss an offer to Jones, which would have included a two-year contract and no control over who he could hire on his coaching staff. .
“It’s pilau. When Matlin met Coach Jones, it wasn’t about returning to past glory and giving him the keys to the castle,” UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said.
“It was about the future of the short-term and long-term program, which despite Jones’ questionable strategy to trade publicly. We still wanted to find a way for him to help lead this effort.
The university said Jones refused to continue negotiations and walked out of their meeting.
“Coach and AD Matlin met for about 30 minutes. Yesterday was their second meeting and UH had already increased their contract length from two to three years,” Meisenzahl said.
“Imagine what could have been accomplished if they put hours into this conversation, and instead Jones came out and it became public. And the complaints about the micromanagement of hiring assistant coaches are a fake. Every hire requires the approval of at least one level above the supervisor.Football teams are no exception to this.
The university then took aim at Jones’ public campaign for the job – to pressure the UH administration to hire him.
“Soon after the post was published, he began lobbying publicly, a full court press in the media and behind the scenes,” Meisenzahl said.
“Now it’s not unheard of, but it’s very unusual and it was deliberate, and he publicly lobbied for the job. Why? It’s June Jones. He doesn’t need introductions. Why not apply and respect the process?
UH also said Jones demanded marketing control to drop the Rainbow Warriors name and revert to the Warriors moniker.
When the university was asked about the initial two-year contract — which is far less than the four- or five-year contracts given to head coaches since 1999 — UH responded by saying each candidate is unique.
“Contract offers for any coach depend on the candidate, the situation and everything, so I can’t check if he’s ever tried to do something like this before, although it makes absolute sense now, at least in the spirit of HU,” Meisenzahl said.
The university also said it considered Jones’ exit from UH in 2008, his move to SMU, and Arizona State withdrawing their offer for their vacant coaching position in 2017 when negotiating their OK.
“When you’re hiring someone, work history is important,” Meisenzahl said.
This statement contradicts how the university found its last head coach – given his background.
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