University of Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin has resigned after just 4-years at the helm. McMackin – who came into the program to replace June Jones, fell short of expectations, and most thought he would have been fired anyway if he hadn’t resigned.
McMackin had one season left on a five-year deal worth $1.1 million annually. As part of the agreement, McMackin accepted a buyout for less. The university will begin a search for McMackin’s replacement immediately. The $1.1 million annually was just not worth it anymore, as UH officials would have probably had to make a move no matter what. McMackin failed to ever win a bowl game, and really only had one good season, 2010 when the Warriors went 10-3, but lost their bowl game.
In his four years as head coach, McMackin had a 29-25 record, taking Hawaii to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl twice, losing both to Notre Dame and Tulsa. The Warriors needed a victory Saturday against Brigham Young to be eligible for the Christmas Eve bowl, but lost to the Cougars 41-20. Not only did that trounce our bowl game hopes, but we also lost to archrival BYU, which most fans didn’t like.
A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon after McMackin meets with his coaches and players. He met for more than an hour Sunday night with UH-Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and athletic director Jim Donovan just after the team’s annual awards banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki. None of the three would comment after the impromptu session broke up.
So what’s next for Hawaii football. There is a lot to do, as Hawaii is heading to a tougher conference, and needs to have a coach in place. The rest of the coaches are all under 1-year contracts that end in March 2012.
More as this develops.