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Hawaii football: Longtime booster Ben Yee dies at 88

By Ferd Lewis on April 17, 2020

Ben Yee, a booster and volunteer fixture around the University of Hawaii football program for the better part of four decades, died today, friends said. He was 88. Yee had recently been hospitalized and had undergone surgery. His death was not related to COVID-19, a spokesman said. A veteran of the Korean War and a retired worker at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Yee’s passion was Rainbow Warrior football, a cause he devoted himself to during the reign of five (CORRECTED) […]

Hawaii football: New Mexico suspends starting quarterback

By Ferd Lewis on October 22, 2019

For the third consecutive game the University of Hawaii will face an opponent’s backup quarterback. And, the Rainbow Warriors didn’t even have to knock the previous starter out of the game this time. Four days before it is scheduled to play the University of Hawaii, New Mexico announced today that it has suspended its starter, senior Sheriron Jones. Jone is suspended “indefinitely,” head coach Bob Davie said at today’s press conference in Albuquerque, N.M.,where the 2-5 Lobos (0-3 conference) play […]

Hawaii football: National TV ratings are in for rout of Nevada

By Ferd Lewis on October 1, 2019

Despite being the latest game of the day and one-sided from the beginning, the University of Hawaii’s 54-3 victory over Nevada Saturday drew 254,000 viewers. The game on ESPN2 kicked off at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday and concluded at 1:41 a.m. Eastern Time Sunday morning. UH led 28-0 in the second quarter and 31-3 at halftime. It out-drew the Wyoming-Nevada and Kansas-TCU games earlier on ESPNU and FS1 respectively, according to figures from Sports Media Watch. It was the […]

Hawaii football: Nevada hopes to rain on UH’s parade

By Ferd Lewis on September 23, 2019

University of Nevada football coach Jay Norvell is hoping it will rain on the Wolf Pack’s homecoming game Saturday against Hawaii and it looks like he might get his wish. The advance forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s and a 40 percent chance of rain for the 7:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. Hawaii time) kickoff at Mackay Stadium in Reno. “It is going to be a little colder this week, which is good,” Norvell said at his Monday press conference. […]

Remembering former Hawaii football, basketball standout Dr. Richard Mamiya

By Ferd Lewis on September 18, 2019

Decades before Tim Chang, John Hao and Chevan Cordeiro ever took aim at an end zone for the University of Hawaii, there was another quarterback from Saint Louis School who starred for the Rainbows. Athletics was but one remarkable facet of the widely successful life of Dr. Richard Mamiya, who died last month at age 94. Mamiya is internationally known as a pioneering heart surgeon and humanitarian. Locally, he was honored as a philanthropist as well as one of the […]

Hawaii football: Wisconsin dropped from future schedules, more moves to come

By Ferd Lewis on September 14, 2019

SEATTLE >> Cancellation of two upcoming football games with Wisconsin is apparently a precursor to more scheduling moves, University of Hawaii officials said. UH and Wisconsin said they “mutually” agreed to cancel a 2022 game at Madison, Wis. and a 2024 game at Aloha Stadium, confirming a report by The games were part of an initial three-game series. The opener was played in 2015 at Wisconsin where the Badgers won 28-0. “There are more chips to fall,” athletic director […]

Hawaii athletics facilities: Stan Sheriff Center floor resurfacing underway

By Ferd Lewis on August 2, 2019

“We can hardly wait to get out on our new floor, it is going to be something,” University of Hawaii women’s basketball coach Laura Beeman said today as workers have begun the refinishing of the Stan Sheriff Center court. The floor that the Rainbow Wahine and Rainbow Warriors basketball teams call home was last resurfaced nearly 20 years ago. The Stan Sheriff Center itself is about to enter its 25th year of athletics. The approximately $90,000 project is scheduled to […]

Hawaii athletics: UH benefits from $350M for future stadium plus $5M appropriation

By Ferd Lewis on July 8, 2019

University of Hawaii athletics had a lucrative banner day Monday and none of its teams were playing. In the space of 20 minutes at the state Capitol, UH got a $5 million annual appropriation ($4.6 million for Manoa and $400,000 for UH Hilo) from the Legislature and the promise of a new $350 million stadium to replace soon-to-be 45-year old Aloha Stadium signed into law. Both measures passed the Legislature in May and were signed by Gov. David Ige in […]