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Monday, March 12, 2001


Coach Jones might be
released this week

The UH head football coach was
hospitalized following a
freeway collision

By Paul Arnett

University of Hawaii head football coach June Jones could be released from the hospital as early as this week.

After this morning's practice, Warriors associate head coach George Lumpkin said Diane Jones told him over the weekend her husband had a good chance of getting out of Queen's Medical Center if he continues to heal at his present rate.

"He keeps getting better every day," Lumpkin said. "He can talk, walk around, that sort of thing. He wants to know what's going on out here.

"To be honest with you, I wouldn't be surprised if he makes it out to a spring practice or two. ... Many, many prayers were answered for him and his family the last couple of weeks."

Jones was involved in a one-car accident on the H-1 freeway nearly three weeks ago. He was listed in critical condition after suffering internal injuries.

Doctors stopped the bleeding in his abdomen, repaired a ruptured aorta and later performed minor surgery for a fractured elbow. His physicians say they are amazed at how well he is doing.

"I think we all are," quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison said.

Ka Leo O Hawaii
University of Hawaii

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