Jones says privacy issue holding up contract signing

Updated: August 5, 2003, 9:14 PM ET

HONOLULU -- University of Hawaii football coach June Jones, set to become the state's highest-paid employee, says he will not sign his new five-year contract until he is assured that parts of it will remain private.

"There are a lot of media people trying to get access to that," Jones told members of the Honolulu Quarterback Club. "To be honest, that's more the reason I haven't signed it."

The UH Board of Regents in June approved the contract that will pay Jones $800,000 annually. Athletic director Herman Frazier and other UH officials said individuals from the private sector would pay for half of Jones' salary, but they refused to identify those people or reveal other terms of the contract.

Jones said that before he signed his original UH contract in 1999, he received a promise from then-athletic director Hugh Yoshida that details would not be made public. Since then, his agent, Leigh Steinberg, confirmed that Jones earns $320,000 in salary and housing allowances.

Jones said he made a similar confidentiality agreement with Frazier before verbally accepting the latest contract that was approved by the regents.

"It's really not that big an issue," Jones said. "But it is an issue because I was given word ... that that's the way it would be."

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