Sophomore slumps are real. In sports (Robert Griffin III), on the big screen (“Rocky II”) and music (when’s that second Iggy Azalea album being released?).
And so it is with the UH football program:
> 1996: 2-10
> Offseason: Offensive coordinator Guy Benjamin is reassigned and receivers coach Ken Margerum departs.
> 1997: Warriors open with victories over Minnesota and Cal State Northridge, then lose nine of the final 10.
> 1999: 9-4
> Offseason: Defensive coordinator Greg McMackin departs for DC job at Texas Tech
> 2000: Warriors open with four consecutive losses, including to I-AA Portland State, and finish 3-9.
> Greg McMackin
> 2008: 7-7
> Offseason: Offensive line coach Alex Gerke leaves for coaching job at Utah State. Then after the 2009 opener, McMackin shuffles the coaching assignments, with Nick Rolovich and Dave Aranda handed the play-calling duties for offense and defense, respectively.
> 2009: After upsetting Washington State at what is now known as CenturyLink Field, the Warriors lost six in a row. Still, they managed to win four consecutive games after that, including a 24-17 victor over Navy that defined Aranda as skilled defensive coordinator. But the Warriors lost the regular-season finale to Wisconsin to finish at 6-7 and miss the Hawaii Bowl.
> 2012: 3-9
> Offseason: Aaron Price replaces Tommy Lee as offensive coordinator, but then was released on the eve of the 2013 training camp. Chow and graduate assistant Jordan Wynn handle play-calling duties. Chris Naeole is hired as offensive line coach, replacing Keith Uperesa, who is reassigned to academic coordinator.
> 2013: The Warriors beat Army in the finale to finish at 1-11 and avoid the doughnut.