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Timmy and June ride again

The record-setting Warriors QB and the inimitable coach have the SMU Mustangs poised for more glory in the Hawaii Bowl

By Jason Kaneshiro


cindy ellen russell / crussell@staradvertiser.comJune Jones and Timmy Chang guided Southern Methodist through its first workout for the Hawaii Bowl on Thursday.

The last time they shared a sideline in Aloha Stadium, June Jones and Timmy Chang helped orchestrate a late-season charge that sent the University of Hawaii football team into a bowl game.

A somewhat similar scenario this fall in Dallas led to their return to Halawa this week.

The former UH head coach and Warrior quarterback reunited this season on the Southern Methodist staff and found themselves back on the Aloha Stadium turf Thursday for the Mustangs' practice in advance of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

SMU got off to a 2-4 start this season, giving the Mustangs little room for error in pursuit of bowl eligibility. They went 4-2 the rest of the way, closing the regular season with a win over eventual Conference USA champion Tulsa in win-or-stay-home game.

Back in 2004, Chang's senior year at UH, the Warriors were a loss away from bowl elimination before stringing together three wins to qualify for the Hawaii Bowl.

"Coach Jones pointed that out in one of the team meetings, that we had to go a stretch and beat Northwestern and Michigan State" said Chang, now a graduate assistant. "The kids knew what they had to do against Tulsa. We had a lot of confidence and a lot of pride in these players. They didn't just hand it in."

Where the 2004 finish gave UH a third straight postseason appearance, SMU's second-half surge led to a school-record fourth consecutive bowl trip since breaking a 25-year postseason drought and winning the 2009 Hawaii Bowl. The Mustangs will be seeking a third win in that span when they face Fresno State — a former Western Athletic Conference nemesis for Jones and Chang — on Monday.

"Whenever you win and go to bowls, expectations go higher," Jones said. "Same thing happened in Hawaii. You just expect to win, the fans and the players."

Chang, who averaged 399 yards and threw 14 touchdowns in his final three regular-season games at UH, played in three Hawaii Bowls and exited the program as the NCAA's career passing yardage leader.


>> Who: Southern Methodist (6-6) vs. Fresno State (9-3)
>> Where:
Aloha Stadium
>> When: 3 p.m. Monday

The Saint Louis graduate will complete his first season at SMU in the stadium where he racked up many of his 16,910 yards.

"I thought I was spending Christmas in Dallas with my family and we were blessed to have a chance to come here and be (bowl) eligible. So it's amazing," Chang said.

"This is home. This is where a lot of my high school games were played and a lot of our college games. Very excited and very grateful to be back here."

The trip also brings former UH staff members Dan Morrison (associate head coach), Wes Suan (running backs) and Mel deLaura (strength and conditioning coach) back to Hawaii.

Chang's initial plan for this season would have brought him back to Aloha Stadium much earlier this fall. He'd signed on as offensive coordinator at Mililani, where he helped implement the run-and-shoot with the Trojans before getting a call in April offering him a shot at the GA position at SMU.

"It was hard for me to talk to Coach Rod (York), but he understood what I wanted to do," Chang said. "I think it was even harder telling the players because we were working really hard."

Chang said he got to watch several of the Trojans games this season as quarterback Jarin Morikawa threw for 3,583 yards and 36 touchdowns.

"Jarin was a great quarterback before I got there. I got lucky being able to coach him," Chang said.

Chang's spot on the Mustangs staff served as a step toward his goal of being a college coach. He assisted Jones and Morrison in working with the SMU quarterbacks.

"He's grown up a lot; he's matured and he's going to be a good coach," Jones said. "He has a good feel for the kids and he's applying himself."

For his part, this season has given Chang a different perspective on working with Jones after spending five years playing for him.

"He's not like any other coach. He does things differently, so I've been really blessed to have this opportunity so I'm just taking full advantage of it," Chang said.

"It's unbelieveable getting both sides of it. Hearing him talk to the players and then going into meetings and putting the game plan together."

Homecoming for Holyfield

SMU receiver Marcus Holyfield is enjoying a second holiday homecoming in his college career. The Mid-Pacific graduate made the Hawaii Bowl trip as a redshirt on the 2009 team and is back to close his junior season.

"It's definitely a big blessing to be down here and see my family for free," Holyfield said. "Everyone knows how much that ticket costs."

Holyfield was an all-state basketball player at MPI and will join the SMU basketball team upon returning to Dallas, where he'll play for legendary coach Larry Brown.

"I'm blessed to be in the situation I am right now. Two pro coaches, there's not a lot of people who get that kind of opportunity," Holyfield said.

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ehowzit wrote:
on December 21,2012 | 03:42AM
frontman wrote:
What????? How to get close to a star womens volleyball player??? How to try and commit suicide and fail??? How to beat NCAA regulations??? Yes, he could learn a lot.
on December 21,2012 | 01:08PM
Spear wrote:
No... How to be a niche program and still win consistently.
on December 21,2012 | 02:45PM
HanamauluBoy wrote:
At least Norm Chow is "local"...born and raised in Hawaii. JJ bailed Hawaii and left for Texas (more money or for the "honey"?).
on December 21,2012 | 05:56PM
niimi wrote:
If I were treated the way Frazier treated Jones, I would have left, too.
on December 21,2012 | 10:21PM
kailuaboys wrote:
Welcome home, JJ and Timmy. We wish you continued success.
on December 21,2012 | 04:13AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
NOOOO!!! They should be roaming the sidelines as UH coaches!!! Damn I miss the Run & Shoot. Good times!!!
on December 21,2012 | 04:24AM
frontman wrote:
Timmy, june bug.....................where is the third little pig, Colt?????
on December 21,2012 | 05:05AM
HanamauluBoy wrote:
Ha...ha...ha...LOL. I love it! Over-rated...all of them. Never made it "big"'.
on December 21,2012 | 05:50PM
frontman wrote:
Chang, who averaged 399 yards and threw 14 touchdowns in his final three regular-season games at UH, played in three Hawaii Bowls and exited the program as the NCAA's career passing yardage leader. What a joke. He also had the most interceptions record and in games where UH was behind by 30 points, june left him in to pad the record, so lets not pass out the cigars.
on December 21,2012 | 05:08AM
busterb wrote:
Yeah and if Jim Thome doesn't retire soon, he will beat out Reggie Jackson as the all time strikeout king. What a couple of losers.
on December 21,2012 | 06:46AM
pcman wrote:
Actually, June Jones did not leave Timmy Chang in to pad the yardage and scores.. Check the record. In fact Timmy got benched several times and the backups played a lot. It's not Jones style to pad the scores as does Norm Chow and others.
on December 21,2012 | 12:35PM
frontman wrote:
Learn to read........... chang was left in to pad his record and NO he wasn't taken out of blowout games.
on December 21,2012 | 05:04PM
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on December 21,2012 | 05:22AM
frontman wrote:
The only difference between SMU and UH is that June scheduled 3 more Lamar's than UH did.
on December 21,2012 | 06:18PM
nitpikker wrote:
never cared for jones, still don't.
on December 21,2012 | 06:00AM
pcman wrote:
I never cared for June Jones but let's keep emotions aside. He took over very lousy teams and did wonders, both at UH and SMU. He was not great in the Pros, as well, but he also coached lousy teams to mediocity, which were improvements.
on December 21,2012 | 12:38PM
808comp wrote:
Didn't care for him either. I'll be cheering for Fresno because they are in the same confrence with UH.
on December 21,2012 | 02:38PM
niimi wrote:
How many mid-major coaches got their team into a BCS bowl game?
on December 21,2012 | 10:23PM
Anonymous wrote:
Interesting that there was an AP article on steroid use in college football yesterday. JJ sounded like Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault in Casablanca where Rains was shocked, simply shocked to find that gambling was occurring at Bogart's nightclub. Bagman deLaura - the "strength and conditioning" is still with JJ.
on December 21,2012 | 06:18AM
HanamauluBoy wrote:
June Jones welcome "home"? The guy is not even from Hawaii. Remember...he bailed to Texas and left Hawaii on his own (maybe to follow his "honey"?). He left "home" for more money...not for the love of Hawaii. His "home" should be in Texas. Go back and stay there!
on December 21,2012 | 05:37PM
niimi wrote:
Jones asked Herman if he could give half his salary to his assistants. Squirmin' Herman said, "No!". Jones tried to negotiate but Frazier just blew him off, saying to just finish the season first. If I had no contract I would have been looking, too. So, as a fan did you bail on the UH football team during this trying season? Or do you own season tickets like me?
on December 21,2012 | 10:26PM
jussayin wrote:
Father and son back in Hawaii. I never liked Jones but I give him credit for the offense that he developed for us. And there's no question he wanted Chang to get the records.
on December 21,2012 | 08:39PM
niimi wrote:
Colt needs to get into coaching.
on December 21,2012 | 10:20PM
Changalang wrote:
June still has Timmy "red shirted" in the picture. Reliving the good ole days I guess.
on December 21,2012 | 10:33PM