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McMackin, Jones Best of Friends

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- One of the reasons for the Warriors' success is former head coach June Jones. He left Hawaii as the school's winningest coach.

Jones is taking some aloha spirit with him, but he also wants to bring some Texas charm back to the islands.

June Jones may be in big D, but he's bringing some Hawaii with him.

"I wear (aloha shirts) up there actually," said Jones, head coach at Southern Methodist University. "We instituted Aloha Fridays."

Jones was back in the islands just for the weekend, helping old friends.

"We're best friends," said Warriors coach Greg McMackin. "And he's best friends with Hawaii."

McMackin and Jones have known and worked with each other for more than 20 years. From Oregon, to the USFL, to the 1999 and 2007 Warriors -- two of the program's biggest years under Jones.

"He's a good football coach, good person, good man," said Jones about his former defensive coordinator. "I'm excited for him to lead this program."

"He's just a special guy," said McMackin, about his former boss. "He's been a good friend of mine forever. He supports me in anything I do, and I support him in anything he does."

That includes trying to set up games between the new teams for these two new head coaches. And who'd win?

"We're gonna kick their ass," said McMackin. "You know that."

"UH, UH," Jones laughed. "It's hard to come over here and win, I know that."

"I don't think you can shut down the run and shoot," said McMackin. "But I just believe in our guys, and I'm sure he feels the same way."

Jones says the Mustangs have openings in their schedule in the 2009, 2012 and 2013 seasons. But ultimately, scheduling is not up to the coaches -- it's up to the Athletics Director.

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