June 9th, 2008

Representatives for June Jones and the University of Hawaii began mediation proceedings today.

At issue is $400,008 UH claims Jones owes the school for leaving as head football coach before his contract ended. Jones claims he had a verbal agreement (and an email) from then-athletic director Herman Frazier saying Jones wouldn’t have to pay the money if he left early.

The mediation proceedings are private, but we’re promised a report when they’re done.


Reply to Zolte: No, I haven’t seen Mana Rosa play. But just by the name, he sounds like a stud.


Answer to Mokie the Warrior: No, June Jones was not paid anything for the time after he resigned from UH in January. The $400,008 in question is a penalty, per the contract, that happens to be half-a-year’s salary. That’s why some people were confused, thinking the money was his salary and he was being asked to give it back (he was not paid ahead of time).

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  • Poidog1 June 10, 2008 at 5:41 am

    UH should quit bugging June Jones. He did a great job and completed the season. JJ was under paid for all these years and could have left a long time ago. So give the guy a break and give it a rest its only $400K of HGEA’s money anyways.

  • guardian June 10, 2008 at 5:52 am

    I really wish that UH would let “sleeping dogs lie” on this one. Yes, it’s true contractually that Jones owes the money. Still, although he left us somewhat in the lurch by leaving after the Sugar Bowl (it seems many will hold a grudge for this and
    conveniently forget just what he accomplished durng his tenure here), Greg McMackin “righted the ship” & all is well. June Jones finished all obligations for the season & led us to the Sugar Bowl, which has been the pinacle of accomplishment for UH Football.
    Just let it go, let bygones be bygones & let’s have an easy time scheduling the annual UH vs. SMU
    football match so we can “whip their
    butts” on the field.

  • Warrior Dave June 10, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I really hope this mediation process can settle this matter once and for all.

    It’s time to put all of this behind us so the healing process can begin for both sides.

    Don’t burn your bridges UH as there’s no doubt in my mind that JJ will be a major booster to UH one day and who knows, we may need him back one day. Maybe he and Mack will want to join forces again so they can retire together!

  • IsleStyle June 10, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Typical Hawaii Fans ^

    Colt Brennan had to beg for soap, Cooke Field was condemned, the weight room and locker room is outdated, the blocking sleds are rusting, but hey, let’s give away $400,008 dollars because it will make us feel better ourselves and we can all sing “Kumbaya” together at tailgates.

  • Not an Expert June 10, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Don’t know the specifics about the contract. Both sides have certain points however debatable.

    In the business world many situations that are successful are not met in a timeline. What one has done is 5 to 6 months can be much more than one may do in a year. Granted a timeline is needed to minimize overcost in many type of business situations.

    Being that half of his salary came from boosters basically wealthy business types, a compromise is most logical. The university should only ask for their percentage back base on the contract timeline and the booster should make it 100% good on their part. I’m pretty sure many business have profited from the 2007 season.

  • zolte June 10, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    D: Have you seen Mana Rosa play? Looks like a stud.

  • Mokie the Warrior June 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    JJ left with approx 5-6 months left. Did we pay him for that time? Didn’t he give his 100K bonus to the assistant coaches. We had a weak AD in HF and unfortunately he represented the University at the time all this was happening. If JJ has the e-mail backing up the verbal agreement, case closed. So stop wasting paper space end this and let’s figure out what $4.00 a gallon gas is going to do to Hawai’i.

  • Manoa June 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    A mediation is a good way to get this settled and can help narrow the arbitration as well.
    I have settled these cases professionally and have seen cases on these points go to court. A written agreement can always be modified by the parties verbally or in writing or simply by how they actually conduct themselves (example, X signs a lease for a warehouse at a certain rent, but Landlord verbally agrees to accept repairs to the roof for rent. X does the work to the roof– X wins when landlord tries to collect rent). A lot will depend on what the Email says– nowadays an email can be as good as a written agreement. The mediator will see the actual email and hear all the arguments and facts.

  • 808Warrior June 11, 2008 at 6:00 am

    If UH owes Herman Frazier $300K, have him to collect it from June.

  • bumbuchaMusubi June 11, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    June Jones deserves every cent! He earned all of it and finally aroused enough attention to raise the entire State’s reputation. Football is a money sport; like it or not, the revenues come in from football to help to fund all sports! June was the leader of a tremendous turn around. If anyone thinks it is easy to accomplish what he did, you need to check your medication! Ask the many teams that were defeated under his watch! Bring on Florida, let’s move on and focus on this year.

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