No offer -- yet
Jones denies report that Ga. Tech offered him a jobPosted: Thursday December 20, 2001 8:38 PM
Updated: Saturday December 22, 2001 4:26 AM
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii coach June Jones on Thursday denied a report that he has been offered the head coaching job at Georgia Tech, but his agent said if Tech calls, they'll listen.
The Honolulu Advertiser, quoting two anonymous sources, reported on its Web site that Jones had been contacted about a six-year contract to coach at the school in Atlanta. The job would reportedly pay, with bonuses, $1 million per year.
"That's not accurate," Jones said, when asked about the report.
Jones has been mentioned as a replacement for George O'Leary, who resigned from Georgia Tech to become head coach at Notre Dame. O'Leary resigned from that job after five days because he had told lies about his playing career and education on his resume for decades.
Jones is currently renegotiating his contract with Hawaii after leading the Warriors to a 9-3 season.
"We're in the process of that right now," he said.
His agent, Leigh Steinberg, is seeking a contract extension.
"June is happy at the University of Hawaii, but Atlanta is a place that he enjoyed being greatly," Steinberg said Thursday. "If they happen to call, we'll listen."
Steinberg said he's had no calls from anyone officially connected with Georgia Tech, only some informal calls from boosters.
Jones has two years remaining on a five-year contract he signed in December 1998. The Board of Regents in 1999 had extended Jones' contract by five years, but Jones did not sign off on the extension.
Jones has lived in Atlanta before. He was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 1994 to 1996 before serving as an interim head coach for the San Diego Chargers in 1998.
He turned down a multimillion-dollar contract to continue coaching the Chargers to come back to Hawaii, where he played quarterback in the early 1970s and began his coaching career in 1983.
He reportedly receives a compensation package at Hawaii totaling $400,000 a year.