Hawaii men’s basketball: Portnoy no longer part of broadcast team

Jeff Portnoy, a longtime voice on Hawaii basketball broadcasts, will not be part of the ESPN Honolulu coverage this season.

After 27 years, Jeff Portnoy will no longer serve as color analyst for ESPN Honolulu’s broadcasts of UH basketball games.

A spokesman for the all-sports station said the decision was based on maintaining the broadcast “continuity” for home and road productions. Portnoy worked on broadcasts from the Stan Sheriff Center. Bobby Curran, the play-by-play announcer, worked all home and road games.

Portnoy, a Cades Schutte partner, established himself as a prominent lawyer. But he also is known for his work in several fields, including his leadership with the Manoa Valley Theatre and UH’s Board of Regents. Each year, Portnoy contributes columns to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser from the NCAA’s Final Four.

In 2015, Midweek dubbed Portnoy as “The Most Interesting Man In Honolulu.”

There are no plans for another analyst to be added to the broadcasts.


  1. ai-eee-soos October 28, 2019 12:36 pm


  2. Andrew October 28, 2019 1:14 pm

    This season has been a season of ending streaks. Hawaii hasn’t won in Reno since 2007 and trounced them this year. Hawaii hasn’t beaten New Mexico since the early 90s and hasn’t won in New Mexico since the 80s. and then beat them this season. And now this week, Hawaii hasn’t beaten Fresno State at home since 2007. All wins vs Fresno since have come on the road (08, 10, and 2016). Oddly enough the lop sided victories we have had against them have come on the road also. Hopefully this week is a good decisive victory

  3. Stephen Tsai October 28, 2019 1:34 pm

    The New Mexico drought had a lot to do with the teams being in separate leagues for 13 years.
    But, also, each team, each year, should be viewed as a separate entity. What happened last year should have no bearing on what happens this year. Well, at least that’s my rationale for masking my support of the Jets.

  4. Warrior Lifer October 28, 2019 2:06 pm

    This is kind of strange timing, considering we’re pretty much out of the basketball offseason and about to start the regular season soon. There must’ve been someone in line to replace Portnoy. If not, you have to think the broadcast team is scrambling to find a replacement on such short notice right now.

  5. Kawika October 28, 2019 4:39 pm

    Going to miss your excitement was always nice to hear you fight for the team 👍

  6. islandman October 28, 2019 7:34 pm

    4. “There are no plans for another analyst to be added to the broadcasts.”
    5. I second that comment.

  7. clyde October 28, 2019 8:12 pm

    A cost-cutting measure? He’ll be missed.

  8. sackkabooya October 28, 2019 9:50 pm

    He had good chemistry with Curran. Will be different. Too bad

  9. THE burro sabio October 28, 2019 10:51 pm

    I’m not a fan of Portnoy, but they should keep him and get rid of Curran.

  10. Winning October 28, 2019 11:53 pm

    Portnoy was witty and entertaining. He will be missed

  11. ai-eee-soos October 29, 2019 9:59 am

    If you haven’t read ST’s Column …

    Head coach Nick Rolovich confirmed that senior Kohl Levao will redshirt this season, extending his UH career through the 2020 season.

    “That’s the plan going forward,” Rolovich said. “Plans can always change if necessity peeks its head out.”

  12. Maddog50 October 29, 2019 10:55 am

    This will e a very challenging game. FS wil put 6-7 guys in the box and sometimes bring em all. Run game Rivers et al. We will have to come out fast on both sides. They will challenge receivers at LOS and sometimes play soft. This game is winnable for many reasons. CRISP, disciplined, dedicated to gettin stops on D is KEY!

  13. Whitey October 29, 2019 11:47 am

    This week. Us 41. Them 36

  14. jeezy33 October 29, 2019 11:51 am

    I think most of the UH basketball fans are glad we don’t have to hear Portnoy anymore.

  15. sackkabooya October 29, 2019 1:23 pm

    I am going to try and make a case for carrying a Tight End (or two) on this roster. I know coach Jones never had one and Stutz/Rolo had no use (but did they really?) for Dakota sending him to the defense but I think to get to the next level Rolo/Stutz needs a TE going forward.

    Ideally someone 6’4″ to 6’7″ between 245 to 270 with good hands, good mobility, large catch radius, decent speed (no need to be too fast, just kind of quick though) enough to run choice routes (like Sarsh does), ability to block using hand/arm length (not as much with physicality). but the power to catch (and YAC) with physicality so to alter coverage packages defensively allowing other WR’s isolated coverage.

    This TE can also be used as an H back in a wildcat package with Victor as the “QB”. Victor’s ability to throw would keep the defense off balance should Rolo/Stutz use the Wildcat package. A target with a large catch radius would be an easier target to throw to while throwing on the run. Plus this TE could protect/block the edge rushers, that’s where most of the tackles (OLB) occur from vs wildcat.

    This TE could also be used as a slot (Flex TE I think is what they call them in “Air Raid offenses) in red zone, short yardage, “jumbo”, or even standard (every down) packages. Against Boise and BYU (last year) you could see fear as guys like Byrd, Smart, Sarsh, and even (especially; alligator arm game) Ursua. This TE will cause the defense to “alligator” arm tackle.

    This TE can also be used on the Punt return unit. We seen how (senior) Jeff Keene is a valuable member of this unit. Having someone much taller fill the same role (Keene is a special teams specialist) may cause disruption. FG blocking unit as well (disruption). Also as an up man on the hands team with large catch radius and the physicality to catch with contact (Dakota had a big catch on hands team last season).Plus as outside blocker on FG unit (he may prevent a kick 6 like at Fresno last year)

    Get one JC for 2020 then one moldable (good framed kid that you could put weight on or turn into a Mardner type wideout) high schooler 2021. Next level vision. I hope they will consider a TE.

  16. THE burro sabio October 29, 2019 1:42 pm

    #15 – ssshhhhh, we already have one.

  17. sackkabooya October 29, 2019 2:36 pm

    I meant to say (4th paragraph) that vs Boise and BYU (I think we can add Fresno St game last year too) Smart, Byrd, Sarsh, Ursua and even Ward (Boise game) either dropped the catch (footsteps) fumbled (because not physical enough) or did not even try to stretch out an attempt (footsteps too) because of fear (I don’t blame them. they’re small guys). But a big target here and there would cause problems for secondary.

    Stovall was good but he wasn’t as physical as say Victor is/will be. Stovall was more of a speed to balance (hard to arm tackle him because of his balance) runner more than someone who was physical. Haasenritter will be someone who might be similar with his balance and will pair unreal with Victor down the line. Different from Byrd and Ursua. They wont shy away from contact. Neither would the TE. Will compliment perfect with Phillips (speed) next season.

  18. sackkabooya October 29, 2019 2:49 pm

    If you had two TE’s on your roster you could have two big guys on your hands team, bookends on your FG team, and two tall rushers on punt/FG blocking units. Plus your second string TE could be used on the scout team improving the defense’s ability to cover a legit TE (UH always sucked at that).

  19. Stephen Tsai October 29, 2019 3:09 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=51775

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