Two groups helping to pay coach's salary identified

Updated: October 10, 2003, 3:48 AM ET

HONOLULU -- The University of Hawaii on Thursday released the names of two groups that are paying 25 percent of football coach June Jones' annual salary of $800,000.

The nonprofit Na Koa Football Club is putting up $175,000 and First Hawaiian Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, is donating $25,000 per year over the life of Jones' new five-year contract, university officials said.

Na Koa, the UH football support club, helps the program in various ways, including purchasing equipment that benefits players, according to the group's Web site. Last year, First Hawaiian Bank and its foundation contributed nearly $2.2 million to more than 300 nonprofits.

The donors supplying the remaining $200,000 per year in private funding don't want to be identified publicly, the officials said.

The university is paying half of the cost of the contract, or $400,000 per year.

The private donations weren't made specifically for Jones, because Internal Revenue Service and NCAA rules forbid donors from earmarking contributions for specific individuals, the university officials said.

The five-year contract was made public Sept. 18.

Beverly Keever, a University of Hawaii journalism professor, later asked the state Ethics Commission to review the legality of the contract. She also asked the state Office of Information Practices to compel the university to disclose the names of the private donors.

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