Sources: Hawaii likely to promote McMackin to head coach

Updated: January 16, 2008, 12:04 AM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

Hawaii is expected to announce Greg McMackin as the successor to June Jones at a news conference on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the situation said Monday.

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An official announcement will not come until Wednesday, at the earliest. Barring anything "highly unusual" occurring between today and Wednesday, as one source stated, McMackin will be named coach.

McMackin is Hawaii's defensive coordinator and was endorsed on Sunday by Jones for the position.

Defensive line coach Jeff Reinebold told The Associated Press he would be "shocked" if McMackin was not hired.

"Continuity is so important in a program where a culture has already been developed and there's already a winning attitude and belief system,'' he said. "There's a proven way of doing things and that would continue with Greg."

According to The Associated Press, Reinebold and defensive backs coach Rich Miano considered the job until McMackin, who initially was to join Jones at SMU, decided to apply.

"I don't think there's any question that every single guy here feels that's the best direction to go," Reinebold said.

McMackin could have joined Jones as SMU's defensive coordinator.

New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is among the coaches a committee considered but his team is still playing and with national signing day approaching, time is of the essence.

McMackin has coached at Hawaii, Texas Tech, Miami, Navy, Utah, Oregon Tech, Stanford, San Jose State and Idaho.

He has also coached in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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