Alma mater calls

According to people in the know, June Jones is indeed a candidate for the UNLV coaching job and a phone interview is scheduled. Bishop Gorman High coach Tony Sanchez remains as the front-runner.

Jones did not attend UNLV, but he is an alumnus of four other universities.

Those connections have led to another candidacy: Portland State has contacted Jones about its head coach’s job. (Nigel Burton was dismissed at the end of the 2014 season.)

It makes sense because:

> Jones was born and raised in Portland.

> He had success as a quarterback at Portland State in the 1970s after transferring from UH.

> He owns a house in Portland.

> He likes building programs.

Jones is not yet a candidate for the Oregon State job. But he was contacted about the opening when Dennis Erickson departed OSU in 2002.


  1. ArcumFortis December 5, 2014 8:57 am

    It would be fun if Jones took the UNLV job. Chow vs. Jones next year would get everyone fired up. Especially if they took us to the cleaners!

  2. hatakeman December 5, 2014 8:59 am

    Yup, I would think June might be the front runner at Portland State.

  3. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 9:02 am


    I question when a HS coach makes the profound jump to the D1 level. It’s a huge difference, not so much on the coaching level, but would is required behind the scenes with administration, boosters, media and alumni. An entirely different skill set all-together…

    What do we all agree about JJ? I would submit the following: he is a lightning rod (for good and bad); given some slack on the rope and some resources he can coach with some of the best; he is best in the 4-6 year term coaching-marriage; and lastly, he has football ADHD (i.e. at some point he will get bored).

    All that said, if you want to give him some assets and build a program, I personally believe he has the skills ( and a proven track record) to do it better than most…..

  4. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 9:04 am

    There are millions of reasons (dollars) why.
    The UFC owners would bring that much to UNLV in upgrades. Even if it didn’t work out, the program, which needs money more than UH does, would have upgraded facilities.

  5. Andrew December 5, 2014 9:07 am

    If Jones got the UNLV job I think it might be one of the rare instances where the visiting coach is more popular with crowd than the home coach.

  6. hatakeman December 5, 2014 9:08 am

    And who knows, June might bring back Greg McMackin if he’s Portland’s new HC. Same if UNLV instead. Would be fun and interesting to see what these two old guys can do.

  7. MattyBoy December 5, 2014 9:08 am

    And yet Hawaii is stuck with Chow? Unreal!

  8. What??? December 5, 2014 9:11 am

    And yet Hawaii is stuck with rocket-scientist comments? Unreal!

  9. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 9:12 am

    I’m pretty sure McMackin is done coaching.
    But it would be fun to see Glanville back on the sidelines.

  10. letsgowarriors December 5, 2014 9:18 am

    Chow should hire Sanchez so Lorenzo Fertitta donates money to us.

  11. letsgowarriors December 5, 2014 9:18 am

    has Chow been making calls to potential OCs?

  12. Luki December 5, 2014 9:25 am

    We should see if we can get any UAB players…

  13. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 9:25 am

    Sanchez already has a recruiting presence in Hawaii.

  14. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 9:26 am

    The last person UH athletics got from UAB was …

  15. Inyoface December 5, 2014 9:26 am

    Why would he take the job if he quit on his team this season?

  16. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 9:37 am

    #14, good ole Herman Frazier

  17. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 9:42 am

    BTW, Nicco Fertitta already committed to Notre Dame and supposedly is tripping them today.

    With that said UH has been really quite on tripping this fall.
    Also in years past UH tripped some to attend the Nakoa Awards Dinner.
    No word for any trips this weekend.

  18. SteveM December 5, 2014 9:49 am

    Good morning everyone!

    RE: ST’s #9 — OMG! But Glanville could provide a lot of color even in Vegas… 🙂

    hatakeman — my first impression when I read ST’s comment on Portland State was that JJ could probably coax Mouse Davis and McMackin out of retirement for one last fling.

  19. cocobean December 5, 2014 9:49 am

    JJ is good at using what he’s got. He knows how to make lemonade.

  20. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 9:52 am

    BTW Antonio Pierce is finishing his rookie season as the HC at Long Beach Poly. They are 11-2 and his son. DeAndre Pierce is a 5’11” Jr Safety.

    For some odd reason Anthony Pierce, who played as a GS Frosh, never suited up this season.
    Hope this doesnt affect the LBP pipeline

  21. Old Diver December 5, 2014 9:52 am

    Interesting interview on the radio with Bob Wagner. Said with all the people who coached under Tomey, himself, June Jones who have UH connections they picked a BYU guy. Feels without UH ties one really cannot understand the challenge of being a head coach for UH. Also with people in leadership positions at the athletic department without UH ties he no longer feels a connection with the program.

  22. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 9:58 am

    BTW, LBP WR coach is a 12 year NFL vet that goes by the name of TJ Houshmanzadeh.

    And Hawaii has?
    Just saying

  23. bookanaka December 5, 2014 10:00 am

    Coco—that is very true.

    His problem is that sometimes he likes to mix a little cuervo in the lemonade–wink!

  24. Shoko December 5, 2014 10:02 am

    I think Portland State would be a good fit and a nice way to end JJ’s coaching career. Sanchez, if he brings the money with him, would be good for the school. If it doesn’t work out then they can keep the money and terminate. Nothing to lose when you consider the Rebels’ football program have been a cellar dweller for over a decade. It’s not like they have a reputation to protect.

  25. cocobean December 5, 2014 10:02 am

    Old Diver. Did we hear the same interview? I came away with a different take.

  26. Shoko December 5, 2014 10:03 am

    Oregon State also would be a good fit, and probably a more welcomed job placement for JJ.

  27. MattyBoy December 5, 2014 10:04 am

    Wow What?? you’re so smart with your come back. Everyone is laughing. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.

  28. bookanaka December 5, 2014 10:08 am

    I can see JJ in Vegas….I have a more difficult time seeing him at PSU, despite his long history with the city.

    For one thing, the difference in salaries is about 600-650k–and JJ likes to get paid.

  29. Former UH Athlete December 5, 2014 10:10 am

    21… The way around that is having a couple assistance coaches that do have Hawaii ties to inform the HC of what’s kapu.

    I’ve never been a fan of schools hiring “a Univ. of XXX guy”. It’s the easy way to sell a coaching candidate to boosters & fans. Depending on how powerful the boosters are, this becomes more of a factor, but I think the major power schools are realizing that this isn’t the best approach.

    Brady Hoke was a “Michigan Man”, and has been a failure at Michigan. Les Miles, Nick Saban had little to no link to LSU or Alabama previous to taking over.

    Chip Kelly had zero link to Oregon before getting hired as OC in 2007 (promoted to HC in 2009). To Oregon’s credit, they went outside the box to hire Kelly and his version of the spread offense from New Hampshire. Prior to 2009, Kelly had no head coaching experience.

  30. Andrew December 5, 2014 10:10 am

    For UH’s sake I hope if he does get a coaching job its at Portland State. If he got the UNLV job I could see that as a recruiting threat.

  31. 3-Prong December 5, 2014 10:11 am

    If we are making a change, I vote JJ also. Hana Hou on the Laissez Les BonTemps Rouler!!! Hurry before he takes a job…

  32. Former UH Athlete December 5, 2014 10:13 am

    I stand by my stance that universities need to hire the best coach within their budget, regardless of where they come from.

    There’s way more examples of success by hiring the best candidate available vs best candidate with ties to the university.

    Why limit your options?

  33. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 10:28 am

    Free boola–moderation equals chains of submission.

  34. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 10:30 am

    I can’t see him going to Portland State despite a very long historical tie.

    First, its a lower division, two and perhaps more important, the difference in salary, on an annual basis, is at least 600-650K–and JJ likes to get paid.

  35. Tempmanoa December 5, 2014 10:35 am

    No. 11, an NFL coordinator with college coaching experience about to be fired very soon has tried to contact Chow about a job. But so far he has heard nothing back– I heard he has tried intermediaries. Got this from a reliable source last week, but have heard nothing more. Anyone have any info on this?

  36. Former UH Athlete December 5, 2014 10:39 am

    Beau Baldwin (Eastern Washington) would have been my top choice as next UH coach, but I don’t think he’s going to be available… The local media up in Spokane and Cheney says he’s the #1 option for Colorado St and should be on Oregon St’s radar.

    — Since it appears that UH is going to keep Chow for one more year, I suggest that UH take a look at all of the top Offensive coordinators in FCS. All Ben Jay needs to do is go to the NCAA FB stats database and go right down the list of the Top 10 offenses and contact the OC at each one to get their temperature on if they want to come to UH.

    The tricky part is that its not going to be easy to convince a lower level OC to move to an expensive place to live and to a school with the HC that doesn’t look like he will be back for 2016, which puts all assistants in limbo. For assistants, money is an issue, especially in Hawaii.

    I see two solutions to this issue:
    1. Hire an OC and tag it with “Associate Head Coach” title, and put in the contract that he’s next inline should Chow not be back for 2016.
    2. Sign a multi-year contract with the new OC. This settles the worry of having to move to Hawaii for a year, then fear move out if Chow is fired and the new coach not retained.

    I believe Jimbo Fisher had something like option 1 while he was waiting for Bobby Bowden to retire at Florida St.

    Option 2 would probably work to attract an OC, but assistant contracts are normally year-by-year basis. UH would likely have to change policy to do that… policy change is a lengthy process when its a government entity.

  37. letsgowarriors December 5, 2014 10:39 am


  38. Tempmanoa December 5, 2014 10:40 am

    Clarification/correction– he may not be a coordinator in the NFL, but was a coordinator in college– so he may be position coach on the offense. He may have had some coordinator experience in the NFL. The person I talked to did not know who he was or the team, but he is about to be let go and is well known in college coaching.

  39. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2014 10:41 am

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: *** Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford *** will not return next season. Tedford had been on an indefinite medical leave of absence since September.

  40. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2014 10:45 am

    #34. Former UH Athlete December 5, 2014 at 10:39 am.

    ” Option 2 would probably work to attract an OC, but assistant contracts are normally year-by-year basis. UH would likely have to change policy to do that… policy change is a lengthy process when its a government entity. ”

    I think DC Kevin Clue has a 2-year contract at 160K per.

  41. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2014 10:48 am

    Tampa Bay Bucs: Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will not return next season. Tedford says his health is much better and he looks forward to coaching in the future.

  42. AdmrVT December 5, 2014 10:51 am

    My rather radical take on what is happening at UH is that Upper Campus is getting ready to end collegiate athletics. They are just setting up the reasons why. Upper Campus leadership can’t be that blind, or can they?

    The only ones that can stop it is the new Gov., who appoints the members of the BOR, and the BOR. They can set the tone and direction to include the athletic department in their budget and fund allocation from the moneys the Leg. may appropriate, and the BOR can then communicate direction to the UH Pres. and Chancellor. And, if not, then their funding from the Leg. should get reduced, if the UHAD is extinguished. Autonomy should be self-supporting, right?

    A “message” needs to be sent. Without direction and leadership, we will continue to wander lost in the desert and the athletic programs are headed to extinction.

    The University of Chicago let athletics die many years ago, then realized they made a mistake. They now have athletics at a very low level.

  43. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 10:55 am

    My feeling is Chow should go to the coaches’ booth and call the plays. He is a very good offensive coordinator. Put him in the booth, let him spread the sheets and get a better view, and call the plays.
    Then I would put Jordan Wynn on the field because all week he’s near the QBs in practices. So why change that for a game.

  44. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 10:59 am

    With due respect, I think your take is wrong. They’re not going to get rid of athletics.
    They’re not going to get rid of football.
    They’re not going to go down a division.
    There is no plan to get rid of athletics because there is no plan. Checks and balances. These things always correct in the long run.

  45. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 11:02 am

    I’ve learned a long time ago not to panic or go overboard during good or bad times. People can talk all they want about the vonAppen years, but I was there, every day — at every game, every practice — and I never thought they’d ever go down a division or drop football. Hey, I lost a lot of money when the planes hit in 2001 and I lost a lot in 2008 when the market crashed. But you ride it out, and things will get better. They always do.

  46. HawaiiMongoose December 5, 2014 11:03 am

    I doubt June will want to go to Portland State. The president there has stated that the Viking football program will no longer receive any university subsidy and will have to pay for itself or shut down. At the FCS level breaking even in football is very difficult, and for Portland State with its tiny fan base (roughly 5,000 per game attendance) it will be close to impossible. Perhaps June wants to take on a challenge that daunting, but the deck will be stacked against him big time.

  47. Old Diver December 5, 2014 11:06 am

    cocobean, exactly what take did you have?

  48. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 11:08 am

    AdmrVT–while that makes a very interesting talking point for the boards, it not one I consider on any very serious level. The folks that I know both from the BOR level, but moreover prominent alumni (including many legislators), would not let that happe. That said, could it happen–sure, but it is not really something that is on the table.

    As for the U of Chicago, well, now we are talking two entire different species of animals. One being at the very upper margin of scholarly/research pursuits and the rare combination of a private liberal arts college that combines high-end research. To be certain, its endowment is roughly 35 times ours, or about 7 billion in the kitty.

  49. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 11:09 am

    Success at lower levels can be deceiving.
    Case in point, Bobby Hauck was pretty damn successful at Montana, before going to UNLV. He went 80-17, 7 straight conference titles and 3 trips to the FCS championship game.

    Like recruiting, finding the right coach for a school can be a crap shoot

  50. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 11:11 am

    The way I figure it is this: For a couple years, the Warriors were the worst team in the MWC. Now we can talk about how things weren’t so horrible in 2011, but that was the WAC. This past year, UH was better than at least four MWC teams. The next step is to be better than Nevada and as comparable to Fresno. For some reason, San Diego State is just more of a challenge. And that’s nothing new. Because UH has never been better than San Diego State. People always remember Marshall Faulk or George Jones running all over UH. But the memory that is ingrained, for me, is Az-Zahir Hakim, with a pulled hamstring, limp-running away from UH defenders for a touchdown.

  51. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 11:13 am

    ST–you make a very lucid point about staying the course!!

    Even for those who may not be Barry lovers, if you had your money measured since his first day in office and the surrounding horrific market conditions that existed and then persisted for several yeara, and then fast forward today, in the bell-weather S&P index, you would have made over 150% on your return. Averaged over the last 6 years, that is close to 25% a year….not too shabby!

  52. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 11:15 am

    Hows dis one for not letting your guard down?

  53. letsgowarriors December 5, 2014 11:18 am

    any recruiting news?


  54. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 11:18 am

    I remember Artie Wilson told me about the uncertainty of being a Realtor.
    Every month, the financial clock resets to zero. Every month he has to hustle and work to make sales to pay the bills.
    An AD needs to have the mentality of a salesman. Every day, he should wake up thinking he’s going to bust his ass to help pay for a $30 million budget. If you need institutional welfare, fine, but let that be the last resort. Until worse come to worst, go to meetings, go to events, schmooze and work the rooms, because that’s your job.

  55. letsgowarriors December 5, 2014 11:19 am

    thats Ben Jay’s problem. he thinks of ways to save money instead of hustling to make more money!

  56. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 11:23 am

    On the mainland, gas is under $3 a gallon, the jobless rate is down, and stocks are up. Still, a party got its ass kicked in the elections. Why? No publicity. There are enough people who want to help UH, they just need a reason to know why they’re not throwing it down a money pit. UH needs to do a better job of explaining the virtues of the school, and how donations will help it grow and not be used to pay off debts. But I’m preaching to the choir, aren’t I?

  57. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 11:24 am

    I think it’s going to be a little quiet on recruiting until January.

  58. letsgowarriors December 5, 2014 11:25 am

    ugh. guess ill go hibernate then.

  59. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 11:25 am

    Sanchez front runner for UNLV, Maloofs pushing for JJ

  60. bowwar December 5, 2014 11:29 am

    Although I like JJ, he has left bad feelings by how “he left” SMU and UH. Besides that, there are other “unmentionable” things he has done at both spots, that have administrators in a quandry…

    I think JJ would be a good fit for Portland State or OSU because it is in his “home state” and he has a presence there. UNLV would be a possibility, but only if UNLV was willing to fork out ALOT of $$$$, which I don’t think they are inclined to do so…UNLV would be better off hiring Sanchez, as it will be relatively “low risk” and will probably be good PR for the program locally.

    At this point, I don’t see why we’re so interested in what JJ does…I think we should be more focused on where UH is and what they’re doing about it. One way or another, decisions should be made and no one is apparently making them…Did the lights go out in Manoa upper campus??? Dang, if IGE wants to score some major points, he needs to intervene or assert his influence to get things squared away at UH. What ever happened to Donna Kim’s efforts? Did she “shut-up” after losing the election??? Things are still screwed-up at UH, so let’s fix it…

    That being said….Happy Aloha Friday everyone!!!! Let’s cheer on the Women’s volleyball team today and men’s bb team tomorrow.

  61. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 11:30 am

    Bigwave et al….JJ has the comportment and posture of a Vegas guy. From that vantage, I can see why he would be a front-runner. Give him a condo, with a huge view off the strip, a salary close to 7 figures, and some assurances that he can hire “his guys” as assistants, and well, JJ would be halfway to his lawyers office……

  62. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 11:33 am

    Or is Lee Steinberg using this all to up June’s stock as still being a highly sought after coach

  63. Stephen Tsai December 5, 2014 11:33 am

    I think Vegas isn’t about how much UNLV will pay out but how much it will receive. UNLV football needs some $$$

  64. BigWave96744 December 5, 2014 11:34 am

    June and Riley Wallace hanging out in Vegas talking about how messed up Manoa is

  65. bowwar December 5, 2014 11:40 am

    Listened to Wags on the BC show this morning…Has anyone thought about hiring Wags or Riley Wallace as the new AD?? I think both guys have AD experiences (Wag at Kamehameha Hawaii and Wallace at Centenary) that they can be “positive” improvements on what we have going on at Manoa. Both have an affinity and understanding of Hawaii, it’s people, and UH.

    Something has gotta change…The sooner the better…

  66. gigi-hawaii December 5, 2014 11:49 am

    June Jones – I don’t think he will ever return to UH as an employee — been there done that. He would be so bored.

  67. gigi-hawaii December 5, 2014 11:51 am

    So far this year hubby has been contacted twice from UH for a donation and he has said yes twice.

    Smart people to ask to speak to him and not me.

  68. boolakanaka December 5, 2014 11:54 am

    bowwar….spoke to wags, no–he is on permanent retirement–enjoying travel and ohana. I would assume the same for Riley, especially with his attendant health…

  69. Andrew December 5, 2014 11:58 am


    Both good choices, but I think especially with all these “removing Ben Jay as AD” rumors going around now and hinting action soon, that Riley would not be able to physically take the job now. I’m sure he’s still recovering and taking such stressful job on may not be in his best interest health wise.

  70. oneseason December 5, 2014 12:20 pm

    I caught the last 10 minutes or so of the Wagner interview on BC’s 1420 show today & concur with #21. Wagner emphasized that the recruiting challenges are different here and coaches with UH experience would be better equipped to deal with it. But he also pointed out that JJ was only here for a year or so as a player. It is an interview I would like to hear again from the start.

  71. Former UH Athlete December 5, 2014 12:39 pm


    UNLV FB is in much worse shape than UH in terms of support from the fans and from the school itself, however, UNLV has had no issues spending on their basketball program, which got a brand new $10million facilities, the Mendenhall Center, specifically for basketball.

    They complain that their 19,000 seat Thomas and Mack Center is too old, but having been to several games there, it’s fine for the age. Plus you can buy hard liquor there. Vegas baby!

    Not to get too far off topic but I do believe this will be Rebel HC Dave Rice’s last year. Boosters and fans have grown frustrated with his inability to lead the team deep into the postseason with an awesome roster. Rice is a better recruiter than Arnold, but probably worse in the X’s and O’s.

  72. Kanole December 5, 2014 12:42 pm

    Listened to the Bobby Curran show this morning and it was great… no Bobby Curran. Had Dave Reardon and Steve Murray hosting the show. Lots of local issues, like the old days. Very interesting, like the interview with Wags. On Maui the BC show goes head to head with Colin Cowherd. The BC show is spiked with interviews with this person from the Bleacher Report or Sports Nation etc. More better listen to the Herd.

  73. Pomai December 5, 2014 12:42 pm

    #43 Mr. Tsai I have been saying this from day one. Mr. Chow has coached from the booth for over 30 years, there is a very distinct difference from the view from the booth to the view on the filed. I know some say that if you’re the head coach you need to be on the sideline, I disagree. I would hope that he would at least try it once.

  74. Old School Dave December 5, 2014 12:47 pm

    Apparently, word is that one UH assistant may be leaving. Any idea who it might be?

  75. PONO December 5, 2014 12:47 pm

    Wow that is saying a lot when someone is worse than Gib at X’s and O’s. I don’t think Gib knew what an X was. He was just playing with O’s.

  76. Andrew December 5, 2014 1:04 pm


    That would make perfect sense, though that change would have to come from the decision of Chow himself right? I mean I guess the AD could push for something like that when they have their end of season discussion as to what changes may be necessary to become successful but in the end if Chow doesn’t want to I guess it wouldn’t happen.

  77. AdmrVT December 5, 2014 1:34 pm

    #65. As Stephen notes, “These things always correct in the long run.”

    Guess I’m still waiting for the run to “start.”

  78. Andrew December 5, 2014 1:43 pm

    People like Wallace, Wagner, etc would make great ADs especially because of the passion they have for the success of the University. I also would want Shoji when he retires to have some type of associate/assistant AD or some other type of executive position at the Athletic Department.

  79. 3-Prong December 5, 2014 1:46 pm

    ….and if you can’t be, with the one you love, … the one you’re with!

    …and as always, LET’S GO BOWS!

  80. jimmy the lock December 5, 2014 1:53 pm

    Funny that the past topics are about June and the Beaver.


  81. jimmy the lock December 5, 2014 2:03 pm

    Really? Really Kealoha?

  82. d1shima December 5, 2014 2:15 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Walk in my shoes!

    How bad is UNLVAD that their football HC hire is held up because of a high school game???

    …and then the struggle between 2 casino empires to pressure the choice! 😯

  83. st. anthony trojan December 5, 2014 2:33 pm

    ADMR VT…. STOP WAITING FOR THE ‘RUN’ to start…before that can happen..have to make changes for the ‘bad run’ to stop…

    Is always good to look to vegas as an example…if you a no bettor.. n sum dude gets hot…better to step away…or place a ‘kahuna’ on him… or ur bank roll…will vanish in quick time…

    And seems to be the thinking of sum…to just wait it out…is the right way to go…
    well seems to me.. a record roll of 4 hours n sum…is pretty long ‘lunch’ for us losers n fans if we use that analogy…

    Some just want to take the dice n just throw it off the table (fired) while others just will profit…problem in this case…we all losers…fans…state…players…and UH…

  84. SteveM December 5, 2014 3:15 pm

    letsgowarriors December 5, 2014 at 11:19 am
    thats Ben Jay’s problem. he thinks of ways to save money instead of hustling to make more money!

    letsgowarriors — you remind me of my boss 30 years ago. I was a VP in one of several subsidiary corporations. My boss was the Sales and Marketing manager for all. I told him my suggestions to cut expenses since we were losing money. He told me “Don’t cut expenses, increase sales. Make more money”.

    It was the start of a downward spiral.
    I was fired months later. 😐
    Ben Jay needs a big Christmas present.

  85. oneseason December 5, 2014 3:17 pm

    Wahine looking great. Up 15-9 in first set. OC Sports coverage.

  86. oneseason December 5, 2014 4:01 pm

    Wahine up 2 sets to none. Let’s go Bows!

  87. hatakeman December 5, 2014 4:13 pm

    ST & LetsGoWarriors—On point!!!

  88. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2014 4:25 pm

    … 9th Island news …

    UNLV: Former SMU head coach June Jones will interview for the UNLV job by phone on Monday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The paper also reports Ed Orgeron and Houston Nutt have gone through phone interviews, while former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel, who lives in Las Vegas, met with athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.

    I wonder if Rich Miano and Duane Akina will apply.

  89. st. anthony trojan December 5, 2014 4:29 pm

    thanks 4 updates seasone one…much appreciated

  90. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2014 4:30 pm

    What ? – is Tulsa an upgrade from Utah State?

    Mebbe if the money is more, then yes.

    Tulsa: Utah State head coach Matt Wells and Auburn offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Rhett Lashlee are candidates for the Tulsa head-coaching job, according to the Tulsa World.

  91. ai-eee-soos December 5, 2014 4:49 pm

    Hawaii sweeps Duke in NCAA volleyball first round

    No. 23 Rainbow Wahine dominate the No. 21 Blue Devils

    By Cindy Luis

    POSTED: 04:40 p.m. HST, Dec 05, 2014
    LAST UPDATED: 04:45 p.m. HST, Dec 05, 2014

    No. 23 Hawaii swept No. 21 Duke 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 Friday in a NCAA women’s volleyball tournament first round match in Seattle.

  92. 3-Prong December 5, 2014 5:23 pm

    Das da how Wahine!

  93. Kekoa December 5, 2014 5:42 pm

    Wahine Warriors with a very strong opening statement! Hele on Ladies, make them respect the post season Rainbow Wahine!

  94. oneseason December 5, 2014 6:08 pm

    OCSports coverage noted that Hawaii (23) and Duke (21) were the only two top 25 teams (AVCA coaches) to meet in Round 1.

  95. Derek December 5, 2014 6:25 pm

    I will say that the Maloof brothers have a lot of money. Say what you will about June Jones, but he put an exciting product on the field when he was the Coach here. He beat Ben Roethlisberger, he beat Chris Peterson, he beat David Carr, and on and on.
    He beat BYU badly. He beat Oregon St. in a bowl game. He beat Arizona State in a bowl game. He even beat Alabama here, and Michigan State. McMackin and Chow has no signature wins to speak of. And by the way, great column by Dave Reardon today. I’m not saying JJ should get the job here again. Just giving him the credit that he is due, the winningest coach in UH football history, that’s all.

  96. Bryson December 5, 2014 6:36 pm

    Actually Mcmackin did beat a ranked Fresno State team on the road with Inoke Funaki at the helm

  97. Inyoface December 5, 2014 6:51 pm

    Watching the Pac12 championship game, don’t see Anu Soloman playing. Wonder if he got hurt. Mariota is lighting it up in second half now.

  98. Bogeywarrior December 5, 2014 7:32 pm

    Anu got benched, terrible 1st half.

  99. oneseason December 5, 2014 7:35 pm

    Today’s DR article “Lack of real leadership keeps UH running in place” in the SA was good. He mentions UH’s 2015 Ohio State and Wisconsin away games. We get a preview tomorrow at 3 pm on KHON when they play for the Big 10 Championship.

  100. Former UH Athlete December 5, 2014 7:44 pm

    88. Jim Fassell to UNLV makes sense. Probably the best coach UNLV has talked to. Pretty obvious Fassell isn’t getting back to the NFL anytime soon, and I don’t think he’s at the level where UNLV would fear to lose him in 3 years of he does well unless he does something nuts like multiple 9 win seasons.

    Fassell has the look of a guy who could be at a mid-major school for a long time as long as his W-L record is decent. Something like a Chris Ault or Mike Riley’s long stay at OSU or Frank Beamer at VaTech.

  101. d1shima December 5, 2014 7:50 pm

    Hawaii finally gets its first Heisman Trophy Winner!

  102. leron December 5, 2014 8:33 pm

    KHON reporting Milton McKenzie has verbally committed to UH

  103. 3-Prong December 5, 2014 8:35 pm

    #101 d1: I’ll drink to that! Clink…

  104. islandman December 5, 2014 8:53 pm

    73 and 43–on being in the booth. Norm was in the booth at UCLA and Utah. The offense was not tip top. Maybe before those years, yes .

  105. Derek December 5, 2014 9:15 pm

    102, that’s the best news today. Chow might not be here by then. Milton is playing for the Unisersity of Hawaii, whoever is the Coach is? I hope!

  106. Fwith Jai December 5, 2014 9:25 pm

    Time for a young head coach. We tried old, lifetime assistant, washed up, head coach. Let’s give the young guys a chance.

  107. Derek December 5, 2014 9:34 pm

    Chow is old school. Today’s college football is wide open offense with the advantages, especially in the passing game. You don’t see old coaches at the forefront of innovation. Frank Beamer is old school too. Virginia Tech is 6-6 this year. Frankly, they were terrible most of the time. Actually, June Jones is getting up there too. We need younger blood. Rolovich is young.i’m not saying he should be the next HC but he does have Hawaii ties, and he is an offensive coordinator for several years and has done a good job at Nevada. So I guess I’m saying that he is qualified if he’s interested if an opening is available.

  108. beans December 5, 2014 9:44 pm

    Was your reference to JJ and the fiasco in the big easy? I hope not. The good times did not roll.
    That was the worst coaching I had ever witnessed in person. JJ didn’t make any moves to help our left offensive tackle. He was beaten bad all night. No tight end to help? Why not keep another back in to block? Like Nero, He fiddled. 42-10 on the big stage……..embarrassing.

  109. oneseason December 5, 2014 10:48 pm

    There are lots of good options to the status quo (or “Run and Punt” as someone termed it). Getting N. Rolovich and D. Aranda back before the Nevada and Wisconsin games would be great. Also, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) finished their regular season 7-4 and won in the first round of the FCS playoffs. They play Illinois State tomorrow in the second round on ESPN3 at 2PM EST (9AM local). They lost to Iowa 23-31 & UH 27-24. They appeared well coached and were exciting to watch. Their head coach is Mark Farley appears to have a salary of $296K/year (2012 article).

  110. 3-Prong December 5, 2014 11:21 pm

    beans : would gladly settle for that type of year again. Yes we were beaten badly that day by a superior tean, heck maybe some would argue, the best team in the nation. I guess I was talking more about the journey and the party that ended two exciting years of Hawaii Football. yup, sign me up again.

  111. kruzen December 6, 2014 12:01 am

    McKenzie Milton, thanks much for choosing the Warriors.

  112. Gobows December 6, 2014 12:26 am

    JJ Vegas would be fun. Can he rebuild them?
    But really I think he would like to spend his last leg in a Pac 12 conference, with better recruits. just to see how well his system works with 4 and 5 star players. Its something that would keep him from boredom. A spark indeeds is what he needs

  113. Tempmanoa December 6, 2014 12:45 am

    June Jones spoiled us. The most productive college offense from 2005 to 2013 was June’s offense of 2006.– 1,000 yard receivers, and 1,000 yard runner. Our offense with Rolo also spoiled us in 2010 with another 1,000 yard rusher and a national leading passing attack with Moniz at QB. Those are offenses that you just do not see very often and we saw several of them– count yourself lucky that you got to see it. If you look at You Tube highlights you can see excitement in the stands that is something we can hope to see again.

  114. beans December 6, 2014 4:53 am

    3-prong #110
    The fanfare, the excitement of the “big game”, the jambalaya, the gumbo, the mayor’s brother, 6’4″ Nephi, dressed completely in a white down outfit looking like a giant snowman freezing his olos while handing out UH pom-poms to all just outside the superdome, all the faithful green walking the streets of the Big Easy sharing aloha, that was the Good Time. The coaching sucked! 42-10

  115. 3-Prong December 6, 2014 5:19 am

    beans: Maybe he did check out before the game, and did not make the necessary adjustments that day, but if JJ wasn’t our coach, you,me and 20,000+ will still be wondering what it would be like to have our team play in a big time bowl.

  116. Boolakanaka December 6, 2014 5:38 am

    I agree with 3prong, sorry Beans. But, when pretty good talent meets superior talent, well, X and Os are negated. One need only look at the Notre Dame v. Alabama title game of two years ago– Brian Kelly was not so much out-coached, than his players were bullied and outran to the ball.

    Not so much you can do in those situations–nine out of ten, in a big game, stronger, bigger, and faster always wins. The bigger and more crucial question is who has the moxie to get you to that big game? Only JJ has did it in our history…

  117. 3-Prong December 6, 2014 6:44 am

    Just a beautiful Saturday morning in Paradise.

    Go Wahine! …and Go ‘Cats!

  118. Shoko December 6, 2014 7:14 am

    Hope today’s conference championship games turn out to be more competitive than what I witnessed in last night’s PAC12 championship!

    Hope GT wins today. Would be further proof extending Johnson’s contract was a good move.

  119. tom December 6, 2014 7:34 am


    GO BOWS!

  120. Chow Von Appen December 6, 2014 7:37 am

    regarding mckenzie milton: verbal commits don’t really matter. if he’s REALLY as good as some people think he is (good as in how good he is as a major D-I prospect versus just an exceptional high school qb in a good system), we’ll see what he does next year when offers from power-5 schools come in.

  121. oneseason December 6, 2014 8:10 am

    The UH is a flagship university with a total budget over $800 M. It is hard to believe the resources are not available to develop and execute an affordable plan to get UH football out of the mess it has been put in to.

    “FY 2015 BUDGET PRESENTATION”: UH 2013 funding was $841 M (

  122. tom December 6, 2014 8:21 am

    I am happy whenever anyone chooses to play for UH = whether his commitment is verbal or in writing.

    The important thing is that UH is a choice and not an after thought.

  123. oneseason December 6, 2014 8:24 am

    It looks like UH’s recent reduction in the President’s annual salary from $475K, plus $60K for housing, to $375K takes UH out of the running for “Comparative Salaries for Public University System Leaders”. The “UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & ACADEMIC PLANNING” seems to have missed MRC Greenwood from the list. Would have made “Top 16” in base salary.

  124. Chow Von Appen December 6, 2014 8:26 am

    it’s not that UH has NO money. it’s that that they’re not willing to spend the money. i have no doubt that if the powers that be really wanted norm chow fired, they would find the money to do so by fundraising, hitting up the boosters, and allocating funds internally.

  125. Tempmanoa December 6, 2014 8:44 am

    The fundamental problem with Chow is that we have an offense that does not score enough points– on average per game we score only 21.6 points a game, but we give up on average 27.6 points a game. We are next to the worst in the MWC in giving up sacks– only UNLV is worse and that is with our 7 man pass protection counting the tight end, while a lot of teams are doing better with 6 man protection and more receivers. We turn the ball over too much and do not recover turnovers from the other team– our turnover ratio is second worse in the MWC (just ahead of San Jose State). This has gone on for several years now with Chow’s offense before coming here and it has happened all three years he has been here. Fix this by Chow hiring a new coordinator who will implement a modern productive offense to go with our defense.

  126. el burro sabio December 6, 2014 9:12 am

    It would have been better to invest in the team when Chow took over instead of thinking about where to find money to buy him out. It accomplishes nothing except to get rid of him.

  127. oneseason December 6, 2014 9:26 am

    The 2007 Sugar Bowl was more of a punishment for both UH and Georgia than a recognition of excellence. Before the game, Georgia was ranked #4 (2 Dec: AP, Coaches, Harris) and #5 (BCS). After the dust settled (7/8 Jan), the AP had them at #2, and Coaches at #3. If the matchup would have been against USC, there wouldn’t have been the appearance of setting up a blowout.

  128. Stephen Tsai December 6, 2014 9:27 am

    And here’s the new post:

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