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UH Acts Fast to Replace June Jones

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MANOA (KHNL) -- The University acted quickly after June Jones, the winningest coach in UH football history, resigned last week.

Here's a timeline of the events leading up to Wednesday's announcement.

On New Year's day, the UH Warrior football team loses its Sugar Bowl matchup to the University of Georgia, 41 to 10.

Three days later, Jones heads to Dallas to interview for the head coaching job at Southern Methodist University.

Then another three days and Jones lands the job.

The next day, UH Athletics Director Herman Frazier is fired, and accepts a contract buyout, of more than $300,000.

On January 11th, a selection committee of people deeply involved in university athletics is named to review applications and recommend a head coach.

That process happened Tuesday.

The committee reportedly interviewed two candidates; Associate head coach George Lumpkin and Defensive Coordinator Greg McMackin.

And Wednesday morning, McMackin became the University of Hawaii's new football head coach.

The 58-year-old's career has taken him to nine universities and three pro teams.

McMackin first took the clipboard in 1971 at "Aloha High School" in Oregon.

He became Defensive Coordinator at Western Oregon State in 1973.

Then McMackin had college stints at Idaho, San Jose State, Stanford, Oregon Tech, Utah, Navy, Miami and Texas Tech. He began his professional career with the Denver Gold of the defunct USFL.

He also coached in the NFL, with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

McMackin came to Hawaii in 1999, then left for Texas Tech.

He returned to UH last year.

When June Jones left Hawaii for SMU last week, McMackin immediately became the leading candidate.

 

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