Such bittersweet sorrow

June Jones watches from the sidelines as the Warriors get intercepted again and again during their loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

After expressing interest in the University of Hawaiʻi football coaching vacancy earlier in the week, former UH coach June Jones has turned down the university’s offer. Jones, the winningest coach in program history, took to Twitter and said that he is still interested in the job but cited the short two-year contract offer and lack of control on who would be on his staff as factors for declining the position.

According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, the university wanted former UH quarterback and current Colorado State wide receivers coach Timmy Chang on Jones’s staff as his successor, but Jones’s agent Leigh Steinberg said Jones wants full control of staff hiring.

The program’s Twitter account released a statement from athletic director David Matlin, who said that the two parties could not come to a succession plan, and that they would move forward in their search.