Hawaii coaching search: Rainbow Warriors closing in on hiring new coach, per report
Hawaii is looking to fill its head coaching vacancy after Todd Graham resigned recently amid turmoil in the program and unrest among the players.
A familiar face is set to become the new coach, as Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that he’s hearing June Jones is close to becoming the head coach at Hawaii again, per source. Jones, now 68, is the winningest coach in school history, going 76-41, including a 23-4 mark in his final two seasons before he left for SMU.
Hawaii News Now reported that the university is moving quickly on the process as Wednesday was the deadline for applications.
Jones is one of the applicants for the position and support for his return continues to build in the community and among those close to the program
Jones expects a decision to be made by athletics director David Matlin sometime this week. The UH Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss issues with the football program at its meeting Thursday.
Jones coached at Hawaii from 1999-07, and later went on to SMU, where he coached from 2008-14, then was an assistant for a high school program in Hawaii, later the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and 2 years ago as the Houston Roughnecks head coach in the XFL.