UH is debating whether to follow the lead of three Big Ten schools that will stop printing sports media guides.
Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin cited cost-cutting as the reason behind the move.
The guides are used mostly as recruiting tools.
A UH official said the athletic department would save about $80,000 if it eliminated the hard copies of the guides. If it decided to stop printing guides, it would make the information available at its Web site, where the “guides” could be downloaded by media and fans.
UH publishes media guides for all 19 of its sports. Last year, San Jose State brought only CDs of its football guide to the WAC Media Preview. But a few weeks into the season, the school printed actual guides for distribution.
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Slotback Miah Ostrowski, who grayshirted in 2007 and redshirted last season, is preparing for his first real season as a Warrior. Through intense daily double workouts, he has lost weight, added muscle and improved his quickness. The former Punahou standout — he was All-State in basketball and football — took a couple of minutes to answer questions from the Warrior Beat.
Basketball or football?
“Basketball is my love, but I enjoy football. I thought I was going to play basketball here. If they told me to come out — and I had coach Mack’s approval — I’d come out right away. But I have to focus on football first.”
Kobe or Lebron?
“I’d go with Lebron. He might be able to create more for his teammates than Kobe. He can drive, see over defenders. Kobe is a closer, but he has better players around him. He has Lamar Odom, who could be an all-star on another team. Pau Gasol is an all-star. Lebron doesn’t have an all-star center in Cleveland.
“Jessica Alba. Because she looks more local.”
Jeremiah or Miah?
“Miah. My grandma calls me Jeremiah. Some aunties, too. But Miah is cool.”
“Remember Tim McAndrews? He had the state record in the shot put. He was my neighbor in Kahalu‘u. He recommended I try out over there. I entered in the sixth grade. A couple of my teachers in elementary didn’t think I’d make it (into Punahou). They were shocked when they heard I was applying there. They told me to prepare if I didn’t get in.”
The people you meet on the bus …
“I caught the bus all the way until 10th grade. I sat next to Jasmine Trias. She used to catch the bus with me. That was before ‘American Idol.’ I guess she lived on that side, too. She was older than me. I talked to her. I didn’t know she sang until she was on ‘American Idol.’ I said, ‘I know her.’ And people were like, ‘Uh, OK.’ They didn’t believe me. She’s cool. She let me play ‘Snake’ on her cell phone, the very first ‘Snake.’ That’s how long ago it was.”
Frenz 4 eva?
“I went to school with Michelle Wie. I signed her annual. We knew each other. We talked once in a while. It wasn’t like we were best friends.”
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Today is Charlie Wade’s official start as the Warrior head volleyball coach. (Note: He uses two laptops.)
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From Big Wave:
• Former Warrior kicker Briton Forrester, who punted at Palomar JC last season, will play for Arkansas this year. Big Wave notes: “His new ST coach will be none other than former Michigan St Coach John L. Smith.”
• Former UH receiver Eric Shaffer will be playing for Missouri State Bears this fall.
• Former UH linebacker Kevin Konrath went to Harper JC last season and will play at Portland State this year.
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Today’s sports-bar debate: Name your five-favorite rivals.
Here are mine:
1. Radar guns.
2. Jason Kaneshiro. He’s Brand X’s best sports reporter in the last two decades. Brand X should slap the “franchise” tag on him.
3. Boise State beat writers.
4. McKinley High’s 1978 football team. OK, OK, it’s been 31 years, but McKinley still ruined Roosevelt’s homecoming.
5. Johnson Hall. It was 1980. Led by Alan Yonan, Darryl Huff and Larry Beil, Ka Leo O Hawai‘i qualified for the championship match of the Intramural C Division Volleyball Tournament. Then we got a call. Johnson Hall did not have enough players and would forfeit the title match. The Ka Leo Kangaroos showed up, anyway. Johnson Hall, with a full roster, was there waiting. And laughing.