Fighting Words: June Jones Knocks Tim Tebow

Tim PollockSenior Writer IDecember 3, 2007

IconLast night on ESPN’s Bowl Selection Special, Rece Davis caught up with Hawaii coach June Jones to talk about the Warriors' Sugar Bowl matchup with Georgia—and QB Colt Brennan’s Heisman chances.

June did what any coach would do when asked about a Heisman candidate on his team—he lobbied for Brennan to win.

But then Jones did the unthinkable:

He labeled Heisman frontrunner Tim Tebow a “system quarterback”—and said Tebow’s success was due in large part to Florida's spread offense.

Umm...the pot calling the kettle black, anyone?

Where is Timmy Chang these days, anyway?

The entire panel of ESPN analysts had just finished saying Tebow had all but wrapped up the trophy. None of them seemed too concerned with the UF system—and I doubt any team that Florida faced this season would share Jones' sentiments. 

Davis, for his part, seemed shocked by the comment—and probed further in an attempt to give Jones some wiggle room. But the coach pressed on, saying Tebow wouldn't succeed in Hawaii’s system.

When asked why, Jones responded that the quarterback leading the nation in passing efficiency isn’t a good enough passer. 

As it stands, June might want to consider taking those comments back. After all...

On August 30th of next year, Hawaii is slated to travel to Gainesville to meet the Gators in their season-opener.

Jones just provided bulletin board material 10 months ahead of time.

Given Urban Meyer’s unique ability to prepare his teams for big games, expect the Warriors to be nothing more than sacrificial lambs. Something tells me June Jones might be singing a different tune about Tim Tebow’s passing ability after the game.

First things first, though: Hawaii has to face Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Here’s hoping Jones gets a taste of SEC football come New Year’s Day.