Trouble In Paradise: Hawaii Set to Lose June Jones

Nino Colla@TheTribeDailySenior Writer IJanuary 6, 2008

Colt Brennan is graduating.

Davone Bess is leaving early.

June Jones is close to finding out if things really are bigger in Texas.

Anyone else want to jump off this sinking ship?

Hawaii's football program isn't very good, and it's very close to becoming obsolete.

The one good thing it has...the one person who truly believes in the days, if not hours, away from leaving Hawaii to take a job at SMU.

How is this possible?

In a word: money.

It's not what June Jones wants in his pocket, though. This is about more than a contract extension.

Jones is in an enviable spot. He coaches football in a vacation paradise. He has the love of an entire state. What reason does he have to leave?

The fact that the University Hawaii is unwilling to help its football program would be the reason—and it’s a pretty big one too.

Jones has gone on record several times voicing his displeasure with the funding Hawaii allocates to athletics.

He's said he wishes he had carpeting in his office—the same office that hasn't been touched since the Dick Tomey years.

Imagine Jones bringing in recruits to a ramshackle meeting room. Who's going to be impressed with that?

Jones has also said that ESPN does most of his recruiting—ESPN and prisons that is.

Some of Jones' best players at Hawaii have been kids in trouble with the law—like Bess and Brennan.

No one else wants to come. Sure it's Hawaii, but the facilities are atrocious.

Brennan could have gone to the NFL, but he decided to take another year to help the program. Too bad the university isn't doing its part.

In May of 2007, Brennan spoke out about the lack of soap in the football locker rooms.

The lack of soap?

Yes, the lack of soap. Don't worry though—he janitors recycle the empty shampoo bottles as soap dispensers.

If you really want to know what life is like for Hawaii players, just use Google. You can find plenty of lovely details.

All told, the situation at UH resembles that of a high school football program.

Hawaii didn't have DVD equipment until 2006. The only thing they used was a handheld camera Jones had won at a golf tournament.

This has to be a joke right?

No one loves Hawaii more than June Jones. When he arrived, the program was 0-12. Now it's coming off its best season ever. But given the facts on the ground, only a fool would want to take over the reins.

Jerry Glanville, the guy who gave Jones his first job in the NFL, said that Jones is the best coach in the country.

It's hard to argue with that after looking at what Jones has had to work with.

Hawaii administrators have a choice: They can buckle down, pump some money into the program, keep their coach, and get even better...

Or they can be forgotten once again.

Let's hope they make the right decision.