HA Note: “In what could be its most significant — and fortunate — head coaching hire, UH lured June Jones away from a multi-million dollar contract with the San Diego Chargers to take over a floundering program that had lost 18 games in a row and had some wondering if its days in Division I were numbered.”
Asked why JJ chose far less money to coach at UH instead of the Chargers, Chargers President Dean Spanos said at the time
“I think (June Jones’) heart wasn’t (in San Diego), I think it was in Hawai’i.” (HA)
HA Note: “In a year’s time, Jones, behind his a run-and-shoot offense, led UH to a 9-5 record, a win in the O’ahu Bowl, and set a record for the greatest turnaround in NCAA history.
But he was more than a coach. He was a visionary. Jones incorporated black as part of the team’s colors and encouraged the school to rebrand itself by changing its nickname from Rainbow Warriors or Rainbows to Warriors, and then creating a new “H” logo for sports teams. Almost every change he made — from practice time to travel — Jones had a purpose in mind.”
HA Note: “He left UH with the most victories (76) of any UH coach. His winning percentage of .634 (76-41) ranks second to only Dave Holmes (.722) of UH coaches with more than one season.”
About what he wanted to establish at UH, JJ said:
“I wanted to create a tradition of winning. I think the university had some successful football coaches. Some won, some didn’t. I wanted a program of consistent winning.” (HA)