June Jones Clarifies Reports — Would Return to XFL if Asked

June Jones Turns Down Coaching Role at Hawaii

Earlier this week we reported that June Jones was interested in returning to University of Hawaii, where he holds the record of winningest coach. Hawaii has been searching for a new head coach since Todd Graham resigned under controversial circumstances earlier this month.

Not much time has gone by, but it looks like June Jones was not pleased with the offer presented to him. Late Friday, David Matlin (UH athletic director) put out a statement on the situation with Coach Jones via the school’s social media channels.

At the end of the day we couldn’t agree on a succession plan that I felt was important for our student-athletes and supporters of Rainbow Warrior football. We are working tirelessly to get a head coach on board to lead our program and are fully aware of the sensitivity to national signing day on Feb. 2.”

Hawaii offered Jones a two-year contract with a plan in place for former quarterback Timmy Chang to succeed him, Jones’ agent told ESPN’s Pete Thamel and Adam Rittenberg. Matlin said he eventually amended the offer to three years. Still, his agent said the school wanted control over staff decisions, which became a sticking point.

Coach Jones is not one to hold back, and hold back he did not. After the statement was released, he took to social media to put his own spin on the situation.

For now, it seems like June Jones will not be making a return to Hawaii. With the XFL set to relaunch in 2023, you can bet there’s a lot of Houston Roughnecks fans hoping for a return of their own.

XFL co-owner Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has teased that major news should be coming in the next 2-3 weeks. Shortly before the new year, he specifically mentioned broadcast partners and new teams/cities would be among the announcements coming early in the year.

We’ve seen the XFL ramping up more and more, so if they want June Jones back in the mix they may need to execute before someone else snags him up.

This is by no means the end of the discussions between June Jones and Hawaii, but as of now the answer is no.

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