December 31, 2007 |
June Jones took over a college football show called "Hawaii 0-12." It was 1999, and it was horrible. Jones inherited the nation's longest losing streak and then, in his first game as head coach, lost a 62-7 squeaker to USC. The program wasn't run on a shoestring budget -- it was more an aglet (plastic tip of the shoestring). Less than a decade later, Hawaii has gone from sugar fields to the Sugar Bowl. No one could have seen this coming. "To be quite honest, I did envision this," Jones said.
October 19, 1998 |
There is one slight benefit to switching coaches in the middle of the season. The new guy usually assumes control with little fanfare and no great promises. He doesn't pronounce a sweeping vision for the future, because for all he knows his future might end in December. In his first game after replacing Kevin Gilbride as the San Diego Chargers' head coach on Monday, June Jones didn't need any words to make a statement that had all the boldness of a pair of beige Dockers.
September 13, 2003 |
USC Coach Pete Carroll and Hawaii Coach June Jones squared off several times from the sidelines during their years as NFL assistants and head coaches. So mystery will be lacking when fourth-ranked USC plays host to Hawaii today at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum.
February 25, 2001 |
Roy Jones Jr. did everything but put Derrick Harmon on his back. The undisputed light-heavyweight champion successfully defended his title Saturday night when the little-known Harmon, who had been taken a steady pounding, failed to answer the bell for the 11th round of their scheduled 12-round bout at Tampa, Fla.
August 30, 2008 |
Chase Clement threw six touchdown passes, leading Rice to a 56-27 Conference USA victory over Southern Methodist on Friday night at Houston and spoiling the debut of new Mustangs Coach June Jones. Clement completed 24 of 37 passes for 258 yards, helping the Owls overcome an early 13-point deficit. Three of his six touchdown passes went to Jarrett Dillard. Clement also had 87 rushing yards in 13 carries, helping the Owls win their first season-opening conference game since 2001.
June 30, 1994 |
Sports agent Gary Wishard says that Perry Klein's story, the rags-to-riches tale of a controversial quarterback, will make a best-seller someday. An appropriate title might be "The Post Man Always Rings Twice." Klein, after all, had been knocking on doors for some time until he found a football program that allowed him to showcase his talent. It all came together last season at tiny C.W. Post in Brookville, N.Y.
December 24, 2009
HAWAII BOWL NEVADA (8-4) VS. SOUTHERN METHODIST (7-5) When: 5 PST. Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu. TV: ESPN. About Nevada: The Wolf Pack had three 1,000-yard rushers this season, the first NCAA team to do that. About Southern Methodist: Since receiving the death penalty in 1987, the Mustangs have won two or fewer games in a season nine times. The bowl represents a homecoming for SMU Coach June Jones, a former Hawaii coach. Prediction: Southern Methodist 40, Nevada 38. -- Orlando Sentinel
December 24, 1996 |
"Merry Christmas, you're fired," was the operative phrase Monday in two NFL cities. Dan Reeves, coach of the New York Giants the last four years, and June Jones, who led the Atlanta Falcons the last three, were dismissed after both teams had losing seasons and finished out of the playoffs. They joined Rich Kotite of the 1-15 Jets, who coached his last game Sunday after two disastrous seasons, and Rich Brooks of the 6-10 St.
February 25, 1997 |
The Atlanta Falcons acquired quarterback Chris Chandler, a 10-year pro, from the Houston Oilers for two undisclosed 1997 draft choices Monday. "We believe he gives us a chance where we can win immediately," said Dan Reeves, the Falcons' new coach. "We feel like he gives us the ability to compete." Last year's early season starter, Jeff George, was suspended and subsequently released by the Falcons after a sideline shouting match with then-coach June Jones.
July 7, 2001
The almost-obituary written by Chris Dufresne about June Jones [July 2] reads like a medical miracle after Jones crashed his car into a pole in Honolulu last February. But what caught my attention was the bit about the two-iron in the passenger seat piercing "the steering column like an arrow through an apple." Anyone gutsy enough to carry a two-iron in his golf bag is tough enough to survive a ruptured aorta. Dan Anzel Los Angeles