MANOA (KHNL) -- Jones says he finally came to the decision to leave Hawaii when he woke up Monday morning.
Some of the first people he contacted were his coaching staff at Manoa.
Everyone says they know Jones would do what's best for him and his family. But it still shocking that the man who took Hawaii to unprecedented heights is gone.
"Obviously, it's a sad day. It feels like the end of an era. But at the same time, I understand what coach Jones had to do," said Colt Brennan, former Warriors quarterback.
"When I went to bed last night, I said to my wife that I fully expect that he's gonna stay," said Jeff Reinebold, Warriors defensive line coach. "Then at four o'clock in the morning, the phone call came and he was on the other line and he said he was going. And you know, still even at that point, was, part of me said this is not gonna happen. June has so much aloha for this state, the people, the players everybody. So to say goodbye to all that, must be really really tough for him."
"I just hope that the school does all the right things, gets the right people in here, that UH can just get going and get ready for next year, cause there's just, they're gonna have a great team next year, I just don't want any of this to hurt them down the road," Brennan said.
Jones says every member of his current staff is welcome to join him in Dallas.