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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Glanville will join Warriors' staff

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Jerry Glanville, a former National Football League head coach, could be named the University of Hawai'i football team's new associate coach as early as the end of the week.

UH head football coach June Jones and Jerry Glanville worked together with the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.

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According to three people familiar with the situation, Glanville is UH head coach June Jones' top choice for the position, which has an annual salary range topping out at $125,988.

Jones introduced Glanville to the UH assistant coaches yesterday and, according to three UH employees, Glanville was assigned the office previously occupied by Mike Cavanaugh. Earlier this month, Cavanaugh resigned as UH's offensive line coach to accept a similar job at Oregon State.

Glanville is expected to attend today's start of spring practice.

ESPN and ESPN.com yesterday announced that Glanville has been hired as the Warriors' defensive coordinator — a job currently shared by associate coach George Lumpkin (run defense) and defensive backs coach Rich Miano (pass defense).

Jones said Glanville is "interviewing as an associate coach, which means he can coach anything."

But university policy prohibits Jones or athletic director Herman Frazier from filling the advertised associate coaching job until at least the end of the week. Yesterday was the closing date to accept applications for the position.

Jim Manke, the assistant to the chancellor at the Manoa campus, said the "normal practice is to wait a few days after the closing date" to allow for the arrival of applications postmarked before the deadline.


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After that, the job may be filled as long as the athletic department complies with the position's salary range and work description, and that all qualified applicants are interviewed. If the employer goes outside the parameters, approval from the UH Board of Regents is needed. The board's involvement could extend the process up to three months.

Jones said Glanville was the only candidate brought in for an in-face interview. Jones said he already has conducted interviews with three other candidates.

Jones said Glanville "did not pay his own way, and the school did not pay for" the visit, indicating a booster or Jones paid for the trip.

Told about ESPN's report that Glanville had been offered the job, Jones said: "That's for you to find out. I can't comment."

Two people familiar with the situation said Glanville, if hired, will only live in Hawai'i during the football season. UH had a similar arrangement with former special teams coach Dennis McKnight, who spent the offseasons living in San Diego.

Glanville is expected to be the defensive coordinator, with Lumpkin overseeing the outside linebackers and Cal Lee handling the inside linebackers. Lumpkin and Lee held those roles during the 2003 season. Last year, Lee was in charge of all of the linebackers while Lumpkin contributed to each of the defensive positions.

Jones and Glanville have deep ties. Jones served two stints under Glanville, as the Houston Oilers' quarterbacks coach in 1987 and 1988, and as the Atlanta Falcons' assistant head coach from 1991 to 1993. Jones succeeded Glanville as the Falcons' head coach in 1994.

Since then, Glanville has worked as a commentator on NFL telecasts, a motivational speaker and race car driver and owner.

Asked why Glanville is interested in the UH job, Jones said: "He's a football coach. He loves football."

Reminded of a promise to replace Cavanaugh with an experienced line coach, Jones said of Glanville, "he coached (the offensive line) in high school."

Jones said if the coaching vacancy were to be filled with someone taking the defensive coordinator title, then Jones and special teams coach Mouse Davis would oversee the offensive line.

Jones said he is exploring the possibility of elevating the other assistants to associate coaches, a strategy that would boost their salaries without the time-consuming process of going to the Board of Regents to reconstruct the pay ranges.

"Everybody is going to be an associate coach," Jones said. "I'm trying to flip those so we don't have to deal with those deals. We're trying to put everybody in that category."

Reach Stephen Tsai at stsai@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8051.