June Jones promises improved version of run-and-shoot if hired as Hawaii football coach


June Jones has promised to implement a new and improved version of the run-and-shoot offense if he is hired as the next University of Hawaii football coach.

Jones, 68, the winningest head coach in the UH program’s Division I history, submitted his candidacy Monday night for the coaching job left vacant when Todd Graham stepped down last week.

Jones also earned the endorsement of football analyst Rich Miano, a former UH assistant coach and all-league safety who played 11 seasons in the NFL. Miano said he pulled out of the UH job to support Jones.

In nine seasons under Jones, the Warriors went 76-41, punctuated by a 12-0 regular season in 2007. That year, the Warriors were invited to the 2008 Sugar Bowl and quarterback Colt Brennan was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. A week after the Sugar Bowl, Jones resigned to UH to become SMU’s head coach.

Graham resigned following publicly aired complaints from players that received national attention and prompted some state senators to call an informational hearing.

“I’m passionate about the program and I hate to see it in the state it is,” Jones said today. “I know I’ve done it before. I know I can do it again. At least hopefully get another chance to do so.

Jones has served as a head coach in the NFL, Canadian Football League and XFL.

Jones acknowledged that the emergence of the transfer portal, which allows players a one-time transfer without spending a season, is among the challenges UH faces.

“But, really, after watching it and going through it for the last 30 days for me, it’s kind of like NFL free agency,” Jones said. “We had a lot of success with free agency and we did it. I would apply this to the transfer portal.

If hired, he would also implement a version of run-and-shoot that he had originally learned under Mouse Davis, the project’s co-architect, and used successfully during several tenures.

“We would run an updated (and) improved (run-and-shoot),” Jones said. “Every year if you don’t improve the offense by 15, 16 percent, you know, the defenses win over you. We touched on a lot of stuff, from then coaching the CFL, coaching the XFL and SMU. … You’ll recognize it when we run it, but there are a lot of unique settings that are different.

Brian Smith, a former UH offensive coordinator and center, and Timmy Chang, a former UH record quarterback who now coaches receivers at Colorado State, seem like the best candidates.

A decision could be made this week.

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