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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, September 6, 2003

Jones' deal formally approved

By Timothy Hurley
Advertiser Staff Writer

KAHULUI, Maui — The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents has formally approved a new five-year contract for football coach June Jones, the final step before the document goes to Jones for his signature.

Jones has said he plans to sign the contract next week.

A compensation package that includes annual pay of $800,016 was initially approved by the board in June with the understanding that details and contract language would have to be worked out.

Half of Jones' annual salary will be paid by private donations. The rest will be paid by the UH athletic department.

"All the T's have been crossed and the I's have been dotted," university spokes-man Jim Manke said yesterday.

The final contract, approved by the board in executive session here yesterday, was also signed off by a handful of parties, including the HGEA union, Manke said.

Jones' original five-year contract, signed in January 1999 and worth $320,000 annually plus incentives, was set to expire in January 2004. Jones is being paid under the terms of that contract until he signs the new deal.

The coach last month said that he would delay signing the new deal, in part, because he did not want terms of that contract or the 1999 deal made public. UH released the 1999 contract following a directive from the Office of Information Practices, and plans to release the new one after Jones signs it.

Reach Timothy Hurley at thurley@honoluluadvertiser.com or (808) 244-4880.