Lots of people talk about how things “hurt recruiting.”

Well, it can’t help recruiting defensive players when you lose your defensive coordinator and your secondary coach (who was also associate head coach) in the space of about a week.

Hawaii football is down to Kurt Gouveia (linebackers) and Lewis Powell (linemen) right now as full-time defensive coaches.

UH’s defense was much improved in 2014 under DC Kevin Clune, despite injuries exposing a lack of depth and the general failure of the offense to move the chains, forcing the defense to be on the field too long in games often resulting in wearing it down.

In my opinion, Clune and Daronte’ Jones are both solid coaches, as well as good men. They will be missed.


  1. wow January 18, 2015 1:27 pm


  2. oldyobo January 18, 2015 1:55 pm

    All cured once Chow leaves

  3. BJ. January 18, 2015 2:12 pm

    University of Hawaii should just make it happen!. Drop the football program and keep the rest of other sports program. Just like the other teams in the Big West Conference. Because people have been online it really show that they don’t have any pride in University of Hawaii football!. Even coach Chow trying his best to bring back the football program! I bet you a lot’s of you can talk but never show up to there games at all!

  4. AdmrVT January 18, 2015 4:43 pm

    #3. Now, that’s a novel approach. Make a “deal” with the Leg. UH drops football & the MWC, they appropriate $10+ million a year to support 17 or 18 of the remaining 20 sports that don’t generate enough revenue to cover expenses.

    Women’s VB and in a good year (winning), men’s basketball & baseball may be in the black. So, the Leg. will likely need to subsidize the rest: women’s basketball, men’s VB, golf, tennis, swimming, water polo, track & field, sailing, softball, soccer, . . ..

    And, you lose PPV.

    Part of the problem is leadership has no clue how a vibrant athletic program aids & enhances the academic mission, & promotes YH as an institution of higher learning. Until they understand & appreciates the symbiotic relationship, the UHAD is unfortunately like a raft adrift at sea.

  5. Luki January 18, 2015 5:03 pm

    Promote coach Gouveia to DC, the only local guy I know who was a champion at every level of football (Prep bowl-Waianae, NCAA-BYU, and Superbowl-Washington Redskins) would be a solid sell to recruits, and linebacker play improved over 2013 season…

  6. Former UH Athlete January 18, 2015 5:12 pm

    #2… Not really….

    Looking at the pros, there’s a reason why the Jets, Browns, Raiders, Jaguars, a Washington and Tampa Bay are bad year after year… Its not that they always have bad coaching staffs, their problems are all because the people in the front office are terrible at their jobs.

    The incompetence of owners/GMs that plague bad NFL franchises are comparable to the incompetence of UH at the president/chancellor/AD level.

    Need I bring up Lassner’s total lack of control over the UH Cancer Center’s finances??? Something like $10 million in the hole!?! That issue is way bigger than any problem within the Athletic Department or certain coaches performances.

  7. Dave Reardon January 18, 2015 6:02 pm

    I like Kurt Gouveia a lot. But being a championship player doesn’t mean he’s ready to be defensive coordinator yet.

  8. oldyobo January 18, 2015 8:24 pm

    #6 – how is it that a Former UH Athlete (if you are that) fail to recognize that UH had GOOD athletic successes in several sports, in direct contradiction to your premise of blame laying with the higher ups. In football, even McMackin enjoyed success on the field that us fans would now die for. Direct correlation between lousy football performance and coach Chow is indisputable, it has nothing to do with who the chancellor or AD is/was, although BJ is extending the misery.

  9. oldyobo January 18, 2015 8:28 pm

    Luki – do we need to remind you that Chow is “local boy”? If being “local” is the main criteria for being good – well, you just shot your theory to kingdom come.

  10. Warrior Dave January 18, 2015 8:35 pm

    #7 Spot on Dave.

    Don’t know why some people continue to think a successful college or pro player can automatically be a world class coach. The football program is on bad shape not only financially but incoming talent may be lean. 2 better coaches leaving and no AD to support all coaches. Any their programs. Administration don’t care since it’s better to fund a loss of $4 million vs having to come up with $10 million to fund all other athletic programs if football was gone.

  11. FormerOLB10 January 18, 2015 9:33 pm

    I just thought of something. Did you all realize that UH has something to gain next season? UH is technically in the hunt for the national title. Don’t believe me? Well, Ohio St. is now the number one team in all of college football, and if Hawaii beats them and everyone else, they could be in the playoffs next season! Just something to think about. Hmmmm. Anyways regarding this article, the solution is a new coaching staff, period. This team does have talent, but the coaches can’t make the best of them. By all means, look at what June Jones did with what he had! If Jones does coach again Milton Mckenzie would fit in perfectly with his offense.

  12. Warrior football fan January 19, 2015 1:17 am

    Im surprised they have ohio state on their schedule next year! Urban meyer and 3 quarterbacks that are all nfl prospects..Watching Ohio state smash Wisconsin than Oregon! Then wisconsin beating auburn…which is also on their schedule. Hawaii better be ready to make some plays………………….If you can take it you can make it.

  13. maddog50 January 19, 2015 4:51 am

    How boutsome good news for once…….. Go Warriors.

  14. Les January 19, 2015 7:40 am

    The constant belittling of the program is not conducive to our culture. I believe we should give credit to the “supporters” who engage in this activity. The reason why the program is in bad shape is because of the culture or lack of it. Urban Meyer said if our program doesn’t have culture we will fail. No truer words.

  15. Shoko January 19, 2015 8:28 am

    I like the idea of Gouveia being promoted to DC not because of his successful playing career but his familiarity with existing players and experience in the scheme that was used last year. I think it would be an easier transition instead of an outsider who would be faced with a learning curve. Not to mention Chow’s hot seat status which would limit the possibilities for Clune’s replacement. Just need to find a secondary coach that’s willing to take on the task knowing that a coaching change at the end of next season might happen.

  16. Shoko January 19, 2015 8:31 am

    Another option is to make both Gouveia and Powell co-coordinators.

  17. cullyG January 19, 2015 8:33 am

    A great Hire for UH would be Rich Ellerson if he is still available for the DC position.

  18. warrior dog January 19, 2015 9:14 am

    At least Chow keeps giving you guys stories. Now we will have a bad recruiting season and he will blame the coaches for leaving. Next we will be down in season tickets and he will blame the fan support. He can be proud of taking a good mid major program to the bottom in four short years. He like a bad car that you keep because you still have payments on it. Sorry if anyone in upper campus really cares time to change that car.

  19. Dave Reardon January 19, 2015 10:25 am

    Yes, cullyG, I thought after the 2013 season Rich Ellerson could’ve been a great hire after Army let him go as UH’s DC/Associate head coach … and then maybe eventually interim head coach, with the possibility of becoming the next permanent head coach.

  20. oldyobo January 19, 2015 1:02 pm

    Dave, Clune did fine as DC, probably as good or better than what Ellison could have done. Why Clune left is because he has no faith that Chow will be around after this season, and Clune (or Ellison) would be out on the streets again. Finally, hiring of Clune was not based only on his coaching ability – you know that.

  21. Dave Reardon January 19, 2015 4:25 pm


  22. gobows January 19, 2015 11:05 pm

    I can see more coaches leaving. If opportunity knocks, they would go. Not a very good situation to be in as a UH football coach. Not knowing if you’ll be employed the next year. Also must be awkward knowing that your HC is only here because UH can’t afford to by him out.

    How the heck do you get fired up?

  23. Jiujitsu_Fighter January 20, 2015 4:45 pm

    I would go back to the games if UH hired June Jones. At least the Run & Shoot is fun to watch.

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