Football: June Jones Press Conference

Nate Ilaoa is doubtful, Thero Mitchell questionable, and the University of Alabama will return for another battle at Aloha Stadium next year.

Alabama commits
to 2003 rematch

By Paul Honda
Senior Writer
Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, 11:59 a.m.

HONOLULU--The Crimson Tide will touch Hawaiian waters twice in the next 13 months.

University of Hawaii football coach June Jones announced the news Monday morning during his weekly press conference at Stan Sheriff Center. Alabama, which will travel to Hawaii later this season, has agreed to return for a Nov. 29, 2003 date with the Warriors.

"They'll not only bring in fans, but they'll buy a lot of hotel rooms," Jones said.

Jones was concise, if not terse, about the Warriors' 58-31 loss at
Boise State over the weekend.

"We got our asses beat," he said.

On the injury front, wide receiver Nate Ilaoa is doubtful for Saturday's game against another WAC title contender,
Nevada. Ilaoa, who sustained a shoulder injury, will undergo an MRI today.

Running back Thero Mitchell, who is questionable for the game, will also undergo an MRI.

Read the press conference transcript this afternoon on RSN.


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