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.”