HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
He hasn't been on the University of Hawaii sidelines for nearly a decade now, but June Jones' name has always hovered over the school's athletics program.
Since leaving SMU three months ago, Jones is being seen a lot more around town, and Friday morning, he gave his take on one of the most high-profile job vacancies in the state.
The man who led the Warriors to the program's only perfect regular season was at the Pacific Club this morning for an event with the Positive Coaching alliance.
He still maintains strong Hawaii ties, and has a home on the Big Island.
His appearance, coincidentally, comes days after the resignation of athletics director Ben Jay.
Jones wouldn't say if he's already been contacted about the job, but if an offer came, he wouldn't dismiss it.
"You know, if the opportunity came, I'd certainly look at it. I want to coach somewhere, I've got a couple of opportunities that I'm still talking with some people on," Jones said. "hopefully, something will work. If it doesn't, I'm perfectly fine playing golf at Waialae."
Jones coached at UH for nine seasons and resigned from SMU back in September after seven years with the Mustangs.
As of now, he has no solid offers and so when asked, where would he like his next spot to be, it seems like he doesn't want to stray far from the islands.
"When you're a coach, it's like a military family," Jones said. "You're moving everywhere all the time. Hawaii, for 45 years, has been my home base. Even when I was playing in the NFL, I came here in the summer. Two of my children were born here, I got married here, so this to me is, you know, home."
UH has yet to reveal a plan for the hiring process of its next AD.