It’s warm in Fort Collins … for now

Three words we are very happy about right now: enclosed press box. Sunny here at Hughes Stadium, but when the sun sets it will get very cold.

Temperature on field is 57 degrees 15 minutes before kickoff, but the mercury will go down fast.

While the Rainbow Warriors have had their problems on the road in recent years, cold weather hasn’t seemed to add to the aggravations too much. Last year in Laramie, Wyo., freezing temperatures didn’t slow down the UH offense … but the Warriors defense couldn’t stop anyone and Wyoming won 59-56.

Colorado State — 8-1 and unbeaten at home — is favored by between two and three touchdowns. UH (2-7) has not won on the road in its last 16 games and is coming off a 35-14 loss at home to Utah State.

While the dialogue around the program has been there is no money to fund a $750,000 buyout of Norm Chow (6-27 in three years), a surprise win here would help legitimize retaining him for a fourth season.

Hawaii should get a boost with the return of running back Joey Iosefa. But a UH win does not seem likely without some major breaks.

Wide receiver Rashard Higgins is warming up for the Aggies and we expect the nation’s leader in receiving yardage will at least try to play.


  1. AlaWai November 8, 2014 5:10 pm

    Playing for pride is the most humiliating aspect of this season. Chow should resign to show some Aloha for Hawai’i and the team. He should do it now, so the successor search can begin.

  2. 808 November 8, 2014 9:11 pm

    Fred Von Appen: 5-31 (3 seasons)
    Norm Chow: 6-28 (in 3rd season)

    UH not being able to buy out Chow’s contract may be true. But, that never stopped UH admin from spending money.


    Wonder blunder.
    Lawyers hired to help UH admin with the Wonder blunder.
    Firing of Gib Arnold
    Firing of Tom Apple

    Who really is in charge at UH? It sounds like the power brokers at UH mentioned in an article is anyone who can push their weight around can influence the decisions of the AD and UH president.

    Like it or not, this same type of approach to UH is here to stay at the upper campus and at the athletic department.

    Here’s hoping that 2017 football season will be better than under Chow’s era.

  3. Chicken Grease November 9, 2014 12:44 am

    Chow has emphasized that he is not a quitter. Deal with it. Don’t expect him to resign.

    You COULD send a message by not attending games and/or not pruchasing the PPV. But, oh, wait, you need your tailgate, right?

    Send the message. Don’t support. Don’t let the whole, “oh, wait, what about the student-athletes?” Now’s not the time to let things get in the way. Stop supporting UH football. You’d be HELPING them.

  4. kev-1 November 9, 2014 8:33 am

    CG . . . I get where you are coming from, but I strongly believe the its those that still support have the best claim to demand change.

    I am critical of the coach, but never wavered in my support of the TEAM. That gives me the right to say I want a change. Supporters should be entitled to a product that they are satisfied paying to watch.

  5. AlaWai November 9, 2014 8:50 am

    The Rainbow Warrior fans have found its mojo. It is apathy. They now just don’t care. Watching the game at a sports bar, fans were more interested in watching Marcus Mariota lead Oregon to another win. Or watching Alabama tussle with LSU.
    Even the post game radio show echoed disgust. More and more fans have given up and will readily stay away from the games. The inability to rally anyone willing to raise buyout monies shows just how low the program has descended. We don’t have the dollars and the coach is not a quitter. It’s time to make a move, but none will. Stalemate.

  6. 808 November 9, 2014 9:26 am

    UH football isn’t life or death. It is entertainment. If UH admin is unwilling or unable to buyout chow’s contract, then it is only natural the fans will stay away. Why pay and use your hard earned money to watch a substandard product? The strongest message someone can send to any business is don’t buy their product. I hope this is a teaching and learning lesson to the power brokers that influence the decision makers at UH. Next time a HC is chosen, make sure to do your HW before choosing someone to be the HC.

    I look forward to the 2017 football season because of the change it will bring.

  7. Chicken Grease November 10, 2014 8:27 am

    kev-1 November 9, 2014 at 8:33 am
    CG . . . I get where you are coming from, but I strongly believe the its those that still support have the best claim to demand change.

    Ah, kev-1. The voice of reason, always. A Grease was just kind of pointing to how we just got off the election season . . . and that fans can easily vote with their dollars whether to still attend or not. If attendance goes way down, UHAD may ignore like nothing’s happening; deep down, he will know that it sends a strong message.

    At this time . . . I make a long-distance dedication to Coach Chow. Adele’s Skyfall (yes, the James Bond movie theme) . . . because it starts with, “This is the end . . .”

    Can we send Bond after Chow? Bwahahaha, joke, joke.

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