Bailey: “Why not Hawaii?”

I’m back from vacation today. First thing will be to go hear Hawaii athletic director David Matlin and football offensive coordinator Don Bailey talk at the Downtown Athletic Club’s luncheon at the Hukilau restaurant.

Update: About 100 people attended the luncheon. Matlin, who pointed out that he just made three months officially on the job, shared 10 principles of athletic administration in a short speech. He received a $30,000 check from Kurt Osaki, representing the We Get ‘Em grassroots campaign started last year to raised money for UH athletics.

Bailey came across as very confident.

“Why not Hawaii for a Mountain West championship?” Bailey told the crowd. “That’s what I say. I’d rather have a challenging preseason than just cupcakes.”

“Spring ball went really well, I think we improved dramatically.”

He said quarterback Max Wittek‘s leadership is among his best qualities. Regarding the new offense, Bailey said it will be “exciting and it will be no-huddle. The strategy is make the defense react to you, not the other way around.”

Bailey said there will be some four-wide in his spread schemes, and there will also be significant use of tight ends.

“I want to go fast and score points. I think you will see a drastic change in that tight end position.”


  1. st. anthony trojan July 28, 2015 7:20 am

    Be nice sum day…to get a AD… to share the 10 great principles of raising funds…along with 10 principles of marketing strategy for an athletic dept.

    Nice he got a check…be double nice if he had a 13 k check from out departed AD…AS A GOING AWAY OMIYAGE…HE HE HE

  2. H-Man July 28, 2015 7:30 am

    I buy in to Don Bailey and his offense (thank you Coach Chow). It all sounds like something we’ve been waiting for. And Max Wittek is the QB with leadership, confidence and experience to get it done. I will be looking for the TE this season. I didn’t last year. Also looking to see what kind of running game Bailey unfolds. Go Warriors!!!

  3. st. anthony trojan July 28, 2015 7:32 am

    This episode reminds me of Yakov Smirnoff….”what a country”….only should be changed to, “what an administration”…

    Imagine you get canned from ur job…for a lack performance…n before you exit you throw ur employer under the bus…then bad-mouth them… n they in turn give you a
    $370 k bonus… amazing…only in hawaii…

  4. amela July 28, 2015 10:00 am

    You know there’s always the wait for next year thinking but with this offense I think next year with Ikaika at QB will really be good. IMO.

  5. jimmy the lock July 28, 2015 11:14 am

    “The strategy is make the offense react to you, not the other way around.”

    Huh? The offensive play is based on the defensive setup?

  6. Kaimiloa July 28, 2015 4:12 pm

    Jimmy, please re-read. Either it was edited or your eyes played a trick on you.

  7. oldtimer808 July 28, 2015 4:59 pm

    Yes Jimmy it read; “The strategy is make the defense react to you, not the other way around.” I’m looking forward to Bailey running the offense.

  8. Roger A Hutchings July 29, 2015 2:53 pm

    If in fact it is time to replace the Aloha Stadium, I would suggest building a world class stadium on the Ali Wai golf course property this would include adequate parking but also several walkway bridges across the Ali Wai canal so Waikiki hotel guest can walk across to the stadium for special events or bowl games. My original idea included a stop at the stadium for HART. A new stadium in that location would be perfect venue for many major events and concerts. As many cities have done, sponsorship by a major corporation could cover much of the costs! Although I now live in Colorado, I lived in Honolulu for over 40 years and during that time had season tickets for UH football and as I sat there in Aloha stadium, I realized how far it was from our fans the of a major stadium in Waikiki came to mind for all reasons I have stated above! If in fact my idea is the cause for a new stadium to be built on the existing Ali Wai properity and I want nothing for the idea except that I will always be a UH fan! SOMEONE NEEDS TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX FOR HAWAIIS’ SPORTS FUTURE!

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