RCS Sidelines

January 7, 2008 2:00 PM

Aloha Means Goodbye

June Jones, the head coach at Hawaii for the past nine seasons, has decided to move onto to bigger and better things, taking the job at Southern Methodist University.

Saying he is looking forward to the "next challenge," June Jones today accepted an offer to become new head football coach at Southern Methodist University.

Jones said it was an opportunity he could not refuse.

"I'll always love Hawai'i," Jones said. "Hawai'i will always be a part of me. But it's time to move on."

Jones took over the Warriors in '98, following a season in which they finished 0-12. He finished with an overall record of 76-41, setting the record for most victories by a coach at Hawaii.

The past days saw Jones waiver, as he received phone calls, e-mails and text messages from Hawaiians, encouraging him to stay.

He said he turned off his cell phone last night at his Dallas hotel, and prayed for a decision.

"I woke up with such a peace," he said, realizing he would accept the SMU job.

It should be noted that in this case, "peace" equals $2 million over five years.

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