June Jones was in the house Friday night, and it’s possible he might be in that house a lot more next football season.
Jones, the highly successful football coach at the University of Hawaii from 1999 to 2007, was on the sideline not far from the Saint Louis bench during the Crusaders’ 56-30 victory over Mililani in the Division I state semifinals.
He appeared to be enjoying himself, talking to many well-wishers and saying hello to people he hasn’t seen in a long time. He was also overheard giving a report on one of the players on the field.
No, not Crusaders junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who he has been working with at Saint Louis practices, and not Trojans senior quarterback McKenzie Milton, who committed to play for Hawaii next season.
Jones was keenly aware of senior receiver Jahvin Spear.
“He’s like Chad Owens,” Jones told a friend. “And I don’t think anyone is recruiting him.”
Owens was an exciting slotback and kick returner for the Warriors who is doing the same kind of stuff with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was the CFL’s player of the year in 2012.
It’s possible Spear might get recruited now just because of Jones’ casual words, and, you never know, it might even be by Jones, who is a candidate for the open UH job.
Not to jump too far ahead, but if Jones does get the job, would it be possible that Tagovailoa, who is being recruited by many Division I schools, decides to play here?
Milton and Tagovailoa, both at UH?
Jones watched Tagovailoa throw for 376 yards and three touchdowns and rush for another 58 yards and two TDs.
Sure, Tagovailoa had a much better game than Milton.
But, don’t forget, Jones also watched the sheer quickness and especially speed of Milton, who burned his way for 90 rushing yards. Milton had probably his worst game as a three-year Trojans starter, going 5-for-14 for 82 yards and a touchdown. That was all in one half because he re-injured his shoulder late in the second quarter and sat out the whole second half. That injured right, throwing shoulder kept him out for six weeks before he returned to lead Mililani past Hilo in the opening round of the states a week earlier.
Jones was in the house. He was on the sideline at Aloha Stadium. The only things missing were the headset, the aloha shirt, the playbook that he covers his mouth with when giving his quarterback instructions — and the mustache.
It might be an illusion, but it sure looks like he’s coming back.