Following this morning’s practice at Aloha Stadium, the Western Carolina football team went to Pearl Harbor for the Arizona Memorial tour.
“I think that’s important for our players,” coach Mark Speir said of the visit.
The emphasis has been on football since the Catamounts’ arrival yesterday afternoon. But Speir said the return flight on Sunday afternoon will allow the players some beach time that morning.
Meanwhile, it was Speir’s friendship with a college teammate that helped the Catamounts receive specially made jerseys with aloha-print designs.
“I went to Clemson with our Adidas rep (Nelson Welch),” Speir said. “He’s our regional sales rep. Quite honestly, he said, ‘You’re not going to Hawaii without something special. He came up with the uniform, and Adidas donated it. He gave it to us. We’re going to wear coaches’ shirts that match the shoulder of the jersey. … I said, ‘if you’re buying, we’re wearing.’ Our players are excited to have a different jersey.”
Speir said a special aloha-print hat is being sold at the WCU bookstore.
“They’re trying to make some money off the Hawaii trip,” he said.