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UH athletic director responds to June Jones resignation

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Athletic director Ben Jay said there are no plans to talk to June Jones about returning to the University of Hawaii.

Jay said he was “surprised” to see news of Jones’ resignation at Southern Methodist University “when it came across Twitter today.”

Jay said, “I’m sticking with Norm (Chow). Norm deserves our support and we’ll see how the season goes.”

Jones, 61, remains UH’s winningest football coach with a 76-41 record in nine seasons (1999-2007) and two conference championships.

Jones resigned for undisclosed “personal issues” according to an SMU statement today, two days after the Mustangs fell to 0-2 with a 43-6 loss to North Texas.

Jones is 36-43 in seven seasons at SMU. He took the Mustangs to their first bowl game in 25 years with an appearance in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

SMU has gone to the postseason three more times but was 5-7 in 2013.

Chow, who is 4-22, has a contract that takes him through the 2016 season.

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