Arnold out as hoops coach

As first reported by Brian McInnis, “Ferd” Lewis and Dave Reardon, Warrior basketball coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana have been relieved of their coaching duties.

Here’s the link: Arnold out
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The football train does not stop for injuries, losses, and so forth. The Warriors are back at practice this morning.

At this point in the season, the goals are to get prepared and get healthy. Or relatively healthy. As quarterback Ikaika Woolsey said after the Nevada game: “This late in the season, no one is truly 100 percent. Everyone is a little banged up. As of now, I feel great.”

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A reader reminds us to think about Pahoa:



  1. Miri October 28, 2014 6:02 am

    Prayers go out to our Big Island ‘ohana affected by the lava flow.

  2. letsgowarriors October 28, 2014 6:03 am

    our current QB situation AND USU’s QB situation are perfect examples of why Chow should be recruiting a QB for this class. yet he is going to pass and go all IN on Wittek like he did Graham then Woolsey. look how that has turned out. DUMB! STUBBORN!

  3. Kifi October 28, 2014 6:04 am

    I believe!

  4. Kifi October 28, 2014 6:11 am

    Was good to see Leo Koloamatangi in the game against Nevada. I hope he scored high enough to get another start at left guard. He’s a nice big body in the game but needs time to develop. He reminds me of the 49ers Mike Iupati.

  5. oneseason October 28, 2014 6:38 am

    To me, bowl eligibility after year #3 demonstrates that the HC coach has learned sufficiently from any prior mistakes and put together a system that is competitive. So 7 wins. I could see it argued that winning a majority of the season’s conference games could also be acceptable. That would be 5 conference wins plus the FBS win, so 6 wins. Anything less seems insufficient IMO to have reasonable confidence of every approaching the success level under coaches Jones and McMackin.

  6. pollypicador October 28, 2014 6:40 am

    How can one support a coach that is weird/indifferent/wishy washy/lacking in have a good image/lacking in having respect? With newspapers articles (SA) today putting Chow’s future under the microscope, I thought I would offer my turn offs of Chow as a head coach. I don’t need to get into his coaching.

    Buy-out money: Use the monies gained by the conference for the BCS teams going to a 4 team playoff this season (it’s a lot-USA article said around 75 million for the non BCS teams). Or use the body bag money from playing the teams on the road (Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State) that the team is going play in the next two seasons. It will be money well spent to get rid of Chow, build a new foundation, right this ship and reestablish better morale and outlook for supporters/fans of the program.

    1. First season here coach names all the virtues as to why it’s important in not having names on the player’s uniforms. Second year names reappear on the uniforms.

    2. First season here coach wants to cultivate unity among his team by having his players locked arm in arm as the team appears on the field before the game…walking. Second year that idea is scratched.

    3. Fall out with the former mascot and family. Doesn’t have the courtesy to return calls. pro day has some controversies.

    4. Summer football camp during year one incurred NCAA violations.

    5. Athletic report pointed wrongdoing of unauthorized expenditures by someone on Chow’s staff during Chow’s second year.

    6. In year one coach hires a video person as his >GA.

    7. With the ouster of his OC in year 2 coach uses no initiative in trying to fill the position.

    8. Runs off key starters from his team in year one and two that went on to bigger programs and started.

    9. Gives his 4 players that were convicted of DUI’s due process but doesn’t use the same judgement with his RB that was convicted of a lesser offense of a student infraction that resulted in that player being booted from the team by Chow.

    10.During conference calls with the media in year one Chow publically bemoans how overwhelming the job is. Exposes himself.

    11. During media day in year two and three and in other interviews Chow openly exposes himself to his hot seat status. His attitude: “I’ll work there as long as they will have me.” That was one question he should have deflected.

    12. Selects so many team captains in year two that the whole process is diluted.

    13. After the third day of fall camp in year one his returning starting QB is demoted to WR and then stripped of his voted captain status by his team mates.

    14. In year one Chow anointed his transfer QB with star status, rave reviews and a starting job only to see it all backfire. In this situation Chow’s creditability took a hit as people began to ask what does he see that’s good in this QB?

    15. Alienated key longtime supporters of the program. One was banished from the sidelines. The other handed in his resignation as a fundraiser/supporter of the program?

    16. Customarily/weekly Monday morning press conferences following games was stopped by the coach. The one fault Chow has is that he’s not comfortable appearing out in the public. More of an introvert (not conducive with maintaining an image with the public). >Or were the Monday press conferences canceled by Chow to allow him to race back in forth to visit his wife in LA (prior to her being ill)?

    17. Eyewitness reports of assistant coache(s)swearing and verbal abusing players during practices is tolerated by Chow. I can vouch for this. Chow’s also is a screamer and verbal abuser.

    18. On road trips Chow takes his players on the most extended routes possible. Coach uses a hub along the way and usually arrives at the opponents’ venue less than 24 hours before game time. He absolutely kills his players by travelling this way. It was not until the last two road trips this season that the coach elected to fly directly and then arriving 1-2 days prior to the game…this way is normal.

    19. Of his initial hires as assistant coaches two coaches (LB, TE) coached positions that they had little experience with. On the surface it looks like nepotism, religious affiliation, Utah and BYU connections were taken into consideration by Chow over other applicants.

    20. Chow runs practices in segment of 5 minute stations/20 some total in practices/ where to the observer it looks like the players are not getting detailed/in depth instruction but are gaining good marching skills as the players run/march from station to station.

    21. Run-ins with the media. Coach has a fuss on day one of fall camp this year. Holds animosity towards certain members of the media.

    22. Chow’s personality is inspirited, drab, unemotional. One can see this on the sidelines during the game. It reflects on the players as the players take on the personification of their head coach. This you can really see. With Chow you see no outward motivation, inspiration and leadership.

    23. Doesn’t bond with the fans, solicit advice or welcomes critiques. There’s no open transparency with Chow on how he run things or answers to questions that are pointed. His attitude: “It’s my way.”

  7. 3-Prong October 28, 2014 6:42 am

    Positive energy to the Team. Let’s Go Bows. Keep working hard.

  8. ArcumFortis October 28, 2014 6:51 am

    I read Ferd’s article about NC with interest this morning. The article seemed to imply that NC was not going to quit and the athletic dept may not be in a position for a buy out. I am imagining many will be bothered by this possibility and some enraged. I actually would be ok with this scenario if it indeed happened. Still think next year is a brighter year for us. Hope we can finish strong with a little swag going into the off season. If we lose most of the rest of our games and Ferd’s scenario plays out it will be a long and grim off season with many finding other ways to entertain themselves on a Saturday evening. But I an haven’t lost hope. I still think NC is a very intelligent man who can make the adjustments that are needed. He may make them more slowly than I or others wish but he does seem to make them. So we shall see. It certainly makes for fiery blog commentsry. Dave Reardon’s blog yesterday was flaming with emotion about the issue of coach Chow’s tenure. Maybe we will get a little fire here today too.

  9. Kifi October 28, 2014 7:09 am

    After reading #6. I have a difficult time believing now.

  10. Kifi October 28, 2014 7:12 am

    Quite honestly the only person with any past head coaching experience on Chow’s staff, is relegated to checking up on the players’ academics. What a waste of talent.

  11. Kifi October 28, 2014 7:14 am

    #8 – Meant to say after reading #5 I’m very depressed.

  12. Kifi October 28, 2014 7:16 am

    We gettum campaign may turn into a fundraiser to buy out Chow.

  13. tom October 28, 2014 7:20 am


  14. Kifi October 28, 2014 7:20 am

    Although I’m not advocating we get rid of coach Chow. I believe year 4 will be his breakout year.

  15. Markazulu October 28, 2014 7:22 am

    Well if we can’t buy chow out can we at least get some experience offense coordinator. In 3 seasons its obvious that chow shouldn’t be doing both.

  16. thomas ip6 October 28, 2014 7:49 am

    kifi like bet lunch on your #13 post

  17. thomas ip6 October 28, 2014 7:50 am

    kifi was that break out or break pipi

  18. hatakeman October 28, 2014 7:54 am

    Hawaii’s football outlook will remain moderately pessimistic simply because recruiting has been sub-par over the past three recruiting seasons. I know there are those that will staunchly argue otherwise because of players like Kennedy Tulimasealii, Keelan Ewaliko, and Devan Stubblefield that signed with Hawaii although they had other mainland options. But there has not been enough of these good players, especially in the key, offensive skill positions. But to their credit, the current coaching staff has recruited well on the defensive side at the linebacker and secondary positions, and you can see the results on the field. The questions are whether the current coaching staff can turn around recruiting for key positions like quarterback and wide receiver and develop an offensive scheme that will generate 30-35 points a game. The current offensive output is dismal and the defensive unit is stressed to keep Hawaii in the game. Currently, Hawaii’s recruiting for the 2015 season looks like the previous three seasons and are ranked very low by national football recruiting web sites.

  19. Andrew October 28, 2014 7:56 am

    I just hope that if for some reason it comes down to the AD needing to make a change in coaching, that they do the selection process correctly. It seems that people here go for more of the emotional “good story” hire rather than maybe sometimes someone who would be better fit for the job. Not to mention the people in the business community that has way too much influence and say when they probably don’t have the credentials or knowledge for selecting a division one football coach.

  20. Andrew October 28, 2014 7:58 am

    But until that day comes 100% behind Coach Chow and the team. I admire the comments he made about the questions regarding his job status and his no quit attitude. Its easy to see that is where the team has gotten their no quit, it’s never over attitude as well.

  21. al October 28, 2014 7:59 am

    13…breakout or breakaway?

  22. al October 28, 2014 8:02 am

    Bust out or buy out?

  23. MattyBoy October 28, 2014 8:07 am

    If UH really cannot afford to buy out Chows contract then that’s going to suck big time! UH can’t afford to have Chow on board as head coach any longer.

  24. tom-warriornation October 28, 2014 8:07 am

    Dear Mr. Chow: You keep telling us that you will not quit; but can’t you see what you have done to our once proud Football program? In case you don’t know; you have a 6-26 record in the last 2 1/2 years. You made a promise to us that you will “chase Championships” but we are now chasing the title of the “worst football program” in the country. If you were an employee of a private company; you would have been let go a long time ago.

    Please do the honorable thing, and resign; and give up your remaining salary so that we won’t go into more financial trouble. You have done enough financial damage by decling attendance, viewership, etc.

    Not to mention you have caused many of us fans to become alcoholics (and depressed) by watching your boring, conservative offense.

    If you care about your team, the State of Hawaii, and the entire Warrior Nation across the world, please do the right thing!

  25. A-house October 28, 2014 8:21 am

    someone within the UH administration must take a very close,hard look to determine what the true consequences will be IF football keeps Chow and they keep losing year after year.

    I may be wrong, but I doubt Chow will change his offensive philosophy or play calling which, so far, has been a ticket to disaster.

    how will this affect the very old time fans? younger fans? corporate sponsors? recruiting?

    will a change bring back the Kauai road trip fans? how about fans who stopped buying season tickets?

    IIRC, the football $$$ sharing agreement with UH/MWC is UH does not receive a share until each WMC member share exceeds the PPV $$$ UH collects – last year, MWC members earned about $1,75 million from football

  26. papajoe2 October 28, 2014 8:36 am

    Since we cannot afford to buy our coach’s contract (although imo, I think we cannot afford not to), since coach has a doctorate degree, maybe UH could “reassign” him to be a teacher at UH Manoa or a UH community college, or even give him a desk job (assist. athletic director?). Didn’t they do that with Jim Donovan? May not be possible with his rate of pay and unions.

  27. Maddog50 October 28, 2014 8:48 am

    Old school Dave….thanks for the compliment. The old adage “part of the solution or??? Watched the Jay Shidler u tube. Truly inspiring. Time to get on to worthwhile endeavors support the program and just like the Phoenix. Rise from the ashes!!!!! Go Warriors!!!!

  28. 808WarriorFan October 28, 2014 9:00 am

    Dear Coach Chow…please add my name to the list agreeing with #21 (“Tom-WarriorNation).

  29. 808WarriorFan October 28, 2014 9:01 am

    BTW…I hope June Jones is safe @ home in Pahoa; hopefully his home is out of harms way…

  30. 808WarriorFan October 28, 2014 9:07 am

    One more thing here…if AD Ben Jay does not have the “cajones” to “relieve” Norm Chow of his duties, then I say FIRE BEN JAY & get an AD who recognizes our situation and gets the job done.

  31. Boolakanaka October 28, 2014 9:09 am

    Kifi’ dat Iupati has one nice mean streak; he doesn’t block, he manhandles…

  32. islandman October 28, 2014 9:19 am

    Someone on another blog suggested starting a campaign to raise outside funds for the buyout. I doubt the posters will put up enough money to match their griping.

  33. Kifi October 28, 2014 9:22 am

    Yes Boola. Leo looks like Iupati but still got a long way to go.mni e to have a big body out there though.

  34. Kifi October 28, 2014 9:27 am

    7500 people times $100.00 each equals $750,000.

    Not from me though.

    “I still believe.”

    Haha. Me and BJ anyway. And Norm.

  35. UHfan808 October 28, 2014 9:27 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos!

    Practice well and use those jugs machines, please! One never knows when one will need to confidently and securely …catch!



  36. UHfan808 October 28, 2014 9:46 am

    Well, in my opinion, I think this is just like voting

    If you don’t vote, you no can complain

    That said lol ๐Ÿ™ If you don’t contribute to fb program or buy season tickets (PPV no count bc UH gets no revenue from this route), you no can complain

    To those thinking that voting (withholding) with their wallets is akin to helping our overall program overall? That thinking is the equivalent of seriously and divisively working to get rid of UH football permanently here in our community.

    When consumers withhold and don’t buy anything from a business, what happens? Either the business changes to meet needs and expectations of consumers or They fold!

    Our UH sports teams are not this kind of business that we would ever want it to fold. Right?

    If we want it around, we just have to support it thru being there (buying tickets), contributing funds if not enough ppl show up to be there (buying tickets) and donations, then provide encouragement for every little thing good (this is the one true way to get what you want – no one likes to listen to complaining and swearing all the time, they like hearing about what they’re doing right. Key is to get them to do what you want – at first – even if it’s just the little things – then progressively encourage them to change what they’re not doing what you want, but first you have to establish the “in”).

    If you love UH fb here in Hawai’i Nei, think beyond the current situation for the longevity of the program to keep it in existence beyond any current coaches, AD, or players, for years and decades to come.

  37. SteveM October 28, 2014 9:46 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Yesterday’s news, in case you missed it: UH-Colorado State game time has been announced as 5:00 pm MST (2:00 pm HST) and will be televised on ESPNU.

  38. 4-Prong October 28, 2014 9:53 am

    #23: There is no way chow should be reassigned to some kind of teaching position at UH as a substitute to buying out his contract. UH is an academic institution, and is actually a pretty good one (one of the only Tier I research institutions in the pacific). UH doesn’t exist to support the football program. If chow wants a tenure track professorship, then he needs to apply for a position, just like everyone else, and get evaluated on his publications, his work in the field, and so on and so forth.

    You don’t undermine the academic integrity of an institution (becuase god knows, the legislature and UH upper campus leadership is doing that enough already) for a failed football coach.

  39. letsgowarriors October 28, 2014 9:57 am

    just wondering how Leo Koloamatangi leapfrogged both Waa and Tupai?

    did the other 2 regress and/or injured?

  40. SteveM October 28, 2014 10:00 am

    RE: #33

    UHfan808 has a point– if you withhold support and walk away, there might not be anything for you to return to in the future– or nothing you’d like to return to. Do what you can. I’m still going to all Aloha stadium games (did I mention all the tailgates are great?)

  41. cocobean October 28, 2014 10:00 am

    BJ knows it may come down to him or Chow. I can see him making an argument for keeping Chow if he wins 5 games. Anything less and there’s no way he can keep Chow and his own job.

    I have no animosity towards Chow as a person but am highly critical of his head coaching style. I don;t blame Chow for the mess we’re in I blame the process that was used to select him. He applied along with others and the process deemed him to the best suited for the job.

    Chow was one of the leading candidates to fill Von Appen’s vacancy. Imagine what our program would be like today if JJ didn’t fall into Hugh’s lap and Chow was selected. Man, Hurricane Fred followed by Stormin Norman, I shudder at the thought.

  42. Andrew October 28, 2014 10:00 am


    I’m surprised this is even being brought up. We all know that even if given the option, Chow would not take it. He’s a coach.

  43. KL Ching October 28, 2014 10:11 am

    Coach Chow has a proven successful football coaching career in college football and the NFL. Someone with this stellar record definitely has reasons for poor seasons at Hawaii. I submit that 1) The major college football conferences have discovered and now intensely recruit our best 3 star and 4 star high school players and we do not counter with compelling, competitive offers. We even see head coaches in the islands. 2) our legislature does not support UH facilities funding comparable to other major college football programs, 3) the UH alumni is passive and disinterested in supporting the UH football program, 4) Hawaii fans have mediocre loyalty to the states only college football team and do not show up for games, 5) State political and business leadership necessary to inspire support and participation in the football program is lacking. Correct 4 of the 5 above and we can have a top 25 team EVERY YEAR. Attacking coach Chow is petty and misses the big picture. Come on guys, let’s focus on advocating critical change for the good. Otherwise, we will perennially end up whining instead of celebrate big wins. KL

  44. Old School Dave October 28, 2014 10:34 am

    What if Larry Tuileta had honored his commitment and signed with UH. He may be seeing playing time now for we know.

    Go Warriors!! Keep believing and get that “W”

  45. 808WarriorFan October 28, 2014 10:39 am

    #31…”Kifi”…count me in for a donation of $100.

  46. Buffoman October 28, 2014 10:44 am

    #33 I believe that you are mistaken on a point. UH does realize a revenue stream from PPV ($2.3 million seemed like a number that was tossed about). It would be interesting to see how many subscribe to PPV, how many view in multiples (on Oahu) and what that approximate total would be.

  47. pollypicador October 28, 2014 10:46 am

    UH is open to suggestions on new costumed mascot

    June Watanabe writes in today’s SA about the schools search for a new mascot.

    For two odd years now UH has been without a mascot and now somebody from the media knocks on UH’s door, seeks answers, and this prompts the school (Jay) with a little more urgency in replacing Vili.

    This is incomprehensible.

    This is a crying shame.

    It begs the question what has Jay been doing (besides tweeting) for the past odd two years in his search of replacing Vili? Where’s Jay’s wherewithal on this matter? Leadership? Responsibility?

    The void of not having a mascot for the past odd two years is sad.

    It’s a spirit induced, enriching experience lost for the departing seniors and fans that can’t be replaced. The sad message here is how Jay values the departing seniors, fans and community by depriving them of this experience (mascot) by not coming up with a mascot within a timely period. Two years and counting is pure negligence.

    The proverbial ball started rolling today, good, but it should have started rolling a long time ago. Jay had the ball in his court and just sat on it. Bad.

  48. cocobean October 28, 2014 10:53 am

    A caller had an interesting idea for the “we getum fund raiser. He suggested that a program could be worked out with Reynold’s Recycling where a bin would be set aside for people who wanted to donate their recyclables to the UH fund. A twist on that idea would be to have a bin labeled – recyclables to recycle Chow.

  49. ArcumFortis October 28, 2014 11:02 am

    #33 #37….good points. I think we should remember that when we walk away we are walking away from OUR program. Not BJ’s program, not Norm’s program. We were here before they came and we will be here after they have gone. I understand and respect those who have walked away because they find the experience of going to the games so frustrating and disappointing. But we shouldn’t confuse that walking away with some sort of “vote” that has an impact. The only impact it has is to reduce the funds available for the AD to act and narrow his choices. Only rudimentary math is needed to know we have a failing football program. But it will not always be this way. The turn will come with or without Norm and BJ.

  50. tom October 28, 2014 11:06 am


    Depending on the day and the time, my thoughts range from:

    Keep the faith!
    Hope burns eternal!
    You got to have hope!


    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds – i.e. the small-minded are crippled by the feeling that they have to be consistent – never to change their minds on the basis of new information – because they’re afraid of offending the kind of people who like certainties and think someone changing their opinion is bad.

    The thought also occurs to me about people complaining about the downtown boys.
    If we donate money to the UH AD instead of words, maybe we would have some influence. I get tired of people saying that the Punahou Mafia, the Iolani Mafia, the Sicilian Mafia or Ellison or Case etc should throw in a whole bunch of money to bail out the AD or buy out Chow or hire some big-name coach.

    Maybe we should look at our wallets before pick-pocketing someone else’s wallet.

  51. sofaking_blk October 28, 2014 11:15 am

    Chow won’t quit until the progam is completely dead.

  52. UHfan808 October 28, 2014 11:19 am

    42 Buffoman:

    I stand corrected; Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. UHfan808 October 28, 2014 11:22 am

    Regarding PPV, From

    [June 28, 2013]
    TV suitor says UH should dump pay-per-view in its next rights deal
    Jun 28, 2013 (The Honolulu Star-Advertiser – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) —

    The University of Hawaii enters the final year of its contract with Oceanic Time Warner Cable on Monday and an announced competitor for the rights says the school should do away with pay-per-view of its sports events in the future.

    Revenue from pay-per-view and Aloha Stadium ticket sales have dropped in recent years and Rick Blangiardi, general manager of KHNL/KGMB, said “What is going on now cannot be sustained. The arrows are all going in one direction. I think we can help.” The stations are a news partner of the Star-Advertiser.

    Blangiardi said, “The (UH athletic) program has lost its soul and identity mired in a sea of cable programs that most people are confused, if not clueless as to ‘live,’ ‘delayed’ or date and time for that matter. UH has been relegated to sharing a platform with Hawaii’s high schools, in and of itself, not a bad partner, but only adding more confusion and dilution of the UH brand.” Two years into a three-year deal, Blangiardi asked, “What comes to mind as a ‘value proposition’ offered by Oceanic to the enhancement of UH sports to the people of Hawaii? If you can think of one, I would be curious to hear.” Oceanic president Bob Barlow said in an email response, “We will take the high road in regards to Mr. B’s comments by not commenting.” Blangiardi and then-athletic director Stan Sheriff began offering a wide slate of UH sports in 1984. KHNL and KFVE (with which KHNL and KGMB have a shared services agreement) remained a partner until 2011, when Oceanic took over sole operation. The deal guarantees UH $2.3 million per year for the rights with an opportunity to make more if sales hit various targets. UH said it received $2.45 million for 2012.

    The current contract expires June 30, 2014, and gives Oceanic exclusive rights to begin negotiating an extension Nov. 1, 2013. The agreement says if no deal is reached by Feb. 28, 2014, the school may open talks to other parties.

    Blangiardi said, “I’m saying openly and publicly, we want UH back and we are prepared to do whatever we need to make that happen.” He said he has notified athletic director Ben Jay of his interest in competing for the contract.

    Jay and UH officials declined comment.

    “Just our news presence alone and what we do online with Hawaii News Now, our combination of our over-the-air and our digital, they have nothing that compares to that,” Blangiardi said. “Then you add the promotional platforms that we have (with) KGMB and KHNL and our ability to create top-of-the-mind awareness and to direct people to the events or to the telecasts. What I see us being able to do is a lot of promotion creating top of mind on stations people are watching. And that is part of what is needed in this equation, winning back hearts and minds of the people” According to recent Nielsen reports, there are 438,000 TV households in Hawaii, while cable has 87 percent penetration and satellite 9 percent.

    “Given not only our history but our strength of what we’ve become right now and what we represent for the university as voice to the state of Hawaii, we’re much stronger than anything they have to offer,” Blangiardi said. “The only thing I would give Time Warner in this occasion is the ability to write a larger check. After that, the scales tip considerably.”
    (c)2013 The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

  54. UHfan808 October 28, 2014 11:24 am


    UH-Oceanic deal extends pay-per-view football through 2019

    By Ferd Lewis

    POSTED: 06:18 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

    Oceanic Time Warner Cable will remain the exclusive TV rights holder for University of Hawaii sports through June 30, 2020, under an agreement announced today.

    The pay-per-view airing of Rainbow Warrior football will continue through the 2019 season.

    The six-year extension with Oceanic calls for UH to receive a minimum payment of $2.3 million this year escalating to $2,539,386 at the contract’s conclusion as long as at least seven football games are made available to Oceanic each year, according to the agreement. UH can earn a higher fee if specified net revenue targets are reached.

    UH had been receiving a minimum $2.3 million per year for live TV and PPV rights and received as much as $2.6 million in 2008.

    Oceanic is mandated to do at least 60 events a year, the same threshold as in previous contracts.

    Under terms of the existing agreement, Friday was the final day of an exclusive four-month window for Oceanic to negotiate an extension with UH. Had a deal not been reached, UH would have been free to open up bidding to other parties.

    KHNL/KGMB, which has a “shared services agreement” with KFVE, had sought an opportunity to make a proposal.

  55. Andrew October 28, 2014 11:24 am


    Why should they even have influence on the coaching hires if they donate money? Just because they donate x amount of money to the program or a successful businessman, they are all of a sudden qualified to pick a coach?

  56. UHfan808 October 28, 2014 11:26 am

    37 and 45

    Yes! This is our program to lose…or not!

  57. Andrew October 28, 2014 11:31 am


    or are a successful businessman*

  58. Buffoman October 28, 2014 11:38 am

    #55 Huh?

    All did was let #33 know that UH got dollars from the PPV deal. I did not mention anything about picking a coach. I’ll check my post again.

  59. d1shima October 28, 2014 11:38 am



  60. 4-Prong October 28, 2014 11:40 am

    #55. Because money speaks. If you are donating a bunch of money to the program, or have connections that can make the university and the football program a lot of money through lucrative contracts, then you have pull, because what if you decided to stop donating?

  61. Andrew October 28, 2014 11:42 am


    Sorry! my mistake. I mean #50

  62. Andrew October 28, 2014 11:51 am


    Yeah that’s true although they still aren’t qualified to do so. I guess we will just have to see who the donators pick as our next head coach whenever that may be. Funny though that they pick the coach but in the end Ben Jay will take the heat if the pick doesn’t workout.

  63. obachan October 28, 2014 12:01 pm

    To me the most disturbing thing about #6’s comment if accurate is:
    17. Eyewitness reports of assistant coache(s)swearing and verbal abusing players during practices is tolerated by Chow. I can vouch for this. Chowโ€™s also is a screamer and verbal abuser.
    In public Chow expresses much admiration for his team, as he should and often characterizes them as fine young men, which they are. Why then the need for swearing at them? I’m no Pollyanna but for a coach who is a Mormon – isn’t swearing a practice that shouldn’t be tolerated? Coach Chow I ask you – shouldn’t you treat others, even though they are your players, the same way how you would wish to be treated?

  64. cocobean October 28, 2014 12:15 pm

    #63. Obachan. What was Mike Cavanaugh known for?

    When you say you can vouch for this were you present or did you hear it from someone else?

  65. A-house October 28, 2014 12:15 pm

    I would not make a mascot suggestion even tho BJ said so.

    Every suggestion we made at the Tsaiko only meeting with BJ was shot down even after he said how well it worked at OSU.

  66. 808WarriorFan October 28, 2014 12:17 pm

    What cracks me up about the upcoming game with Utah State are the stories about USU having 2 true freshmen as their 1 & 2 QBs due to injuries. The articles should focus on their defense which is still good which our “inept” offensive leadership must contend with.

  67. cocobean October 28, 2014 12:18 pm

    #63. The boys at the Downtown Athletic Club do raise a lot of private money for UH. At the time Chow was selected do you remember who the Godfather of UH athletics was. Hint RF.

  68. begreen October 28, 2014 12:27 pm

    #2 he has a qb coming in for the 2014 class. look up aaron zwalen

    #24 chow must be hurting your ticket sales huh?

  69. begreen October 28, 2014 12:27 pm

    oops I meant 2015

  70. Marleysdad October 28, 2014 12:51 pm

    Gib Arnold out as MBB HC.

  71. amela October 28, 2014 12:52 pm

    Utah State will start 2 new QB’s with no experience? How can we lose. Lose this and it’s all on coach Chow and his assistants not the players. They better come up with a good game plan.

  72. Branz October 28, 2014 12:53 pm

    just heard UH men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold is out as head coach!!!

    Story developing….

  73. letsgowarriors October 28, 2014 1:04 pm

    u really think someone that is returning from a 2 year mission is going to be ready to play next season?

  74. haka October 28, 2014 1:13 pm

    Gibb Arnold gone?

  75. st. anthony trojan October 28, 2014 1:13 pm

    kifi… capt. edward j. smith…with ur attitude n faith… maybe we have another
    TITANIC here coming up…

  76. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 1:17 pm

    70… oh damn

  77. st. anthony trojan October 28, 2014 1:18 pm

    808… me agree you on # 30…an second that motion..with enthusiasm… mucho motivation.. n emphatically he he he

    is all his fault.. he is to negative…the team can see it…

  78. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 1:20 pm

    Well… enjoy this year’s BB talented team while you can because surely this will be Isaac Fotu’s last year here at UH.

  79. 3-Prong October 28, 2014 1:20 pm

    School must have gotten results of investigation?

  80. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 1:25 pm

    What a sad day for our basketball team. Gib tried so hard to live down the Arnold name from his father’s tenure as a basketball coach but unfortunately the legacy continues. I thought he was doing a fairly good job as a coach. It was mentioned Wallace might be brought back to coach the rest of the season or Benji Taylor as the interim. Please no more Wallace.

  81. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 1:27 pm

    This is what’s F’d up with college athletics…

    Jaemis Winston has been accused of sexual assault, shoplifting seafood, yelling obscene things in public, and now in hot water over getting paid for autographs… Result: he’s is still playing football. No NCAA investigation.

    Todd Gurley, tells the truth and admitted to getting paid by same company that is selling Winston’s merchandise… Result: Suspended indefinitely. No NCAA investigation.

    UH self reports a minor infraction (at least appears to be much less serious than Winston and Gurley’s infractions)… Result: NCAA investigates BB program and Athletic Department. No accusations have been made as of now. UH appears to be firing their head BB coach.

    — That’s messed up.

  82. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 1:30 pm

    Looks like the BB program is going back into the tank in a couple years. Gib as assembled some nice talent this year, but if UH doesn’t do a good job finding the replacement, all the upward momentum Gib has built and surely the recruiting will crash back to the Bob Nash days and the last few years of Wallace.

  83. duffer October 28, 2014 1:30 pm

    No worries, Riley not coming back……….

    Unless there’s bingo after the games! ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 1:31 pm

    You’re so right Former UH Athlete. It is really messed up especially the NCAA for using their gestapo powers.

  85. papajoe2 October 28, 2014 1:31 pm

    amela #71~ in the last few years, we have seen many 1st time players starting against UH and put up All-American type of numbers against us. We just have to wait and see. I hope our defense has a game plan to rattle the qb.

  86. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 1:33 pm

    IT’S OFFICIAL: Gib Arnold and Branyn Akana are out.

    UH had suspended Akana for a month last year which stayed under wraps, but now looks like that situation has gotten both him and boss Arnold fired. I’m thinking Arnold either turned a blind eye or covered up. However, they Arnold suspended Akana so I’m not sure what the role Arnold played in this.

  87. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 1:34 pm

    I sure would like to see the report by the NCAA that is causing Arnold to lose his coaching position.

  88. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 1:36 pm

    Put me in the no thanks to Reilly Wallace camp. I don’t want to see our 85+ ppg team score in the low 60’s with the flex motion.

  89. Andrew October 28, 2014 1:40 pm

    Regardless of what they found or what they did, I am sad to see Coach Arnold go. He may not have had the best records or got us a conference championship, but he brought excitement back to a program that was lacking it for a few years. I don’t see Riley coming back either. I think he enjoys his current job too much to go back to coaching.

  90. ArcumFortis October 28, 2014 1:43 pm

    Perhaps the UH athletic dept should hire Barnum and Bailey and rebrand themselves.

  91. st. anthony trojan October 28, 2014 1:44 pm

    A-house… his blood is red n white.. not green n white…

  92. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 1:51 pm

    This whole firing of Arnold stinks. This UH Athletic’s department fiasco smells awfully bad.

  93. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 1:57 pm

    89. agreed… Gib did a great job in re-energizing the fan base and bringing the program out of the ashes after Wallace (the last few years) and Nash torched it.

    The BB program is right at the doorstep to doing some special things with some special athletes, now it’s all in jeopardy in falling back down come 2015-2016 season.

  94. AdmrVT October 28, 2014 1:57 pm

    What is wrong with college athletics? The NCAA. As oldtimer 808 labeled them, they are a draconian bully that uses gestapo like tactics.

    From a self-reporting, they don’t just investigate the reported violation, but use that as an excuse to do a fishing expedition. Imagine if HPD did this — using a traffic violation to begin an inquisition. No probable cause to justify such an apparent wide ranging inquiry. And, you think the IRS is bad.

    And they use lawyers to do this. Guess they didn’t learn about due process. Ooops. That only applies on a non-collegiate context.

    I expect at least the death penalty for UNC. But, let’s see what they do.

  95. Andrew October 28, 2014 2:04 pm

    I hope they let Taylor coach the season. I don’t know much about him or how he is as a coach, but at least there would be continuity in the team considering how close the start of the season is.

  96. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 2:12 pm

    #24 Nice letter but email it to Coach Chow and CC Ben Jay and any one else along the food chain. You can get all the email addresses from the UH Athletics website.

  97. Buffoman October 28, 2014 2:13 pm

    Well with this on Ben’s plate, it may be safe to say that there are probably no dollars, where there was none to start with, to possibly buy out any contracts. There cannot be any more red ink with this event (payouts, plus lawyer’s fees, etc.).

    This could be one of the reasons he could not spend more time getting UH a new mascot.

  98. Z October 28, 2014 2:15 pm

    But Riley wants back in.

  99. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 2:15 pm

    96… I’m sure all coaches and AD’s get plenty of emails when things aren’t going perfect.

  100. letsgowarriors October 28, 2014 2:16 pm


    gib is as dirty as they come. im happy hes gone.

  101. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 2:17 pm

    If you investigate the core of the University up thru the state legislature than you will find the choke hold put on UH Athletics that goes back decades in time to the old boy network.

  102. Ipu Man October 28, 2014 2:17 pm

    Much Mahalo to Arnold and Akana.
    Your sweat, blood and tears were appreciated by the fans.
    You went above and beyond the call of duty.
    And now you fall on the grenade…
    Hope you soar on eagle’s wings in the future.

  103. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 2:18 pm

    I’m fishing for answers because I’m almost laughing at the situation.

  104. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 2:19 pm

    Ipu man send them an email expressing your sentiments.

  105. oldtimer808 October 28, 2014 2:21 pm

    Former UH Athlete I did send an email to Coach Chow and CC BJ and got a response back from Coach Chow or from someone in his office.

  106. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 2:23 pm

    Promote Beeman to MBB coach.

  107. 3-Prong October 28, 2014 2:24 pm

    Yes, NCAA is like a bully picking on the little guy, but running and hiding when a bigger guy (Power 5) is in the picture. Come on NCAA make a decision already. Probably will hit us hard to show the big guys they are still relavent, then issue wrist slaps to them to stay in their good graces.

  108. Kanole October 28, 2014 2:24 pm

    Benjy Taylor’s head coach record is 67-109. North Central (28-46) and Chicago State (39-53). Yikes!

  109. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 2:25 pm

    94… The NCAA doesn’t have the spine to “death penalty” UNC, which is the most storied college basketball program in the nation. UNC basketball is one of the largest revenue generators for the NCAA outside of football, possibly the biggest.

    UNC absolutely deserves to have all athletics shut down since it appears most of the sports had athletes take part in the fraud at some point along with a few thousand general students.

    My guess is that the NCAA will probably vacate UNC’s records and titles during the period in question and suspend them from post-season and call it good, maybe sprinkle in some scholarship penalties also. Again, the NCAA doesn’t have the balls to death penalty UNC.

  110. st. anthony trojan October 28, 2014 2:32 pm

    they fire gib… to get heat off coach chow..

  111. whitey October 28, 2014 2:34 pm

    Firing before knowing what the problems were and consequences is poor management and if the AD thinks this solves or give relief, he should be fired too. Assumption is not grounds for firing and whatever facts the AD has, he should have checked with his counsel, then called Coach Gib in to explain to him what was wrong. He could have asked Coach Gib to resign instead of using the media to make it sound like Coach Gib was a criminal. Best solution for UH is to fire Ben Jay and find an AD who understands life in Hawaii.

  112. Andrew October 28, 2014 2:35 pm



  113. st. anthony trojan October 28, 2014 2:36 pm

    it is the democrats fault.. n ther ‘old’ taxi driver… vote hannemann or akiona..or that other dude…

  114. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 2:38 pm

    Sure like to know if Arnold directed Akana to alter a document.

    Sooner or later UH needs to get rid of the football anchor and though I’d like to see it I don’t think there’ll be any difference the next 5 games. I expect the same-o same-o.

  115. st. anthony trojan October 28, 2014 2:38 pm

    should be a 3 for one deal…seems as how the sentiment is on here…2 coaches n one AD ? WAIT.. SHoJII NOT DOiNG SO WELL.. THROW HIM under also..

  116. 808WarriorFan October 28, 2014 2:39 pm

    Amazing how Ben Jay found the money to get rid of Arnold & Akana but not Norm. Talk about lousy timing. I AM NOW TOTALLY CONVINCED BEN JAY NEEDS TO BE SHOWN THE DOOR !!!!!

  117. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 2:40 pm

    Who’s akiona?

  118. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 2:41 pm

    108… different time, different place, different school, different players…

    Bill Belichick was 36-44 and was run out after producing 1 winning season in 5 seasons in Cleveland. Take away his 1994 (11-5) season and he was 14 games under 0.500. He turned out ok after that.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might have heard of a coach named June Jones. After going 76-41 at UH, he went 36-43 before abruptly retiring after 2 games this year at SMU. Had he rode out 2014, he’d likely end up with over 50 losses at SMU in 6+ years.

  119. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 2:42 pm

    The mafia can’t pay for all the alum coaches? ๐Ÿ˜†

  120. st. anthony trojan October 28, 2014 2:45 pm

    change from football to golf…try check this out… John Daly next to YaoMing..

  121. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 2:46 pm

    In the meantime, looking forward to the Mililani vs. Kahuku game this Friday. No can forget Nanakuli vs. Pearl City for the Div. II OIA championship on Friday too.

  122. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 2:47 pm

    116… It’s all about contract terms… UH doesn’t lose any money if they don’t hire another coach.

    Gib’s contract ends this season. So UH only owes him for this year’s salary. Assistant coaches are typically a year by year contract, so schools usually don’t have to pay future salaries when they fire them.

    Chow’s contract runs through 2016, so UH would owe Chow a reported $750k ($550k for next season + a reduced buyout in the final season).

    Also, Gib’s contract is somewhere in the mid-$300k range, and they have already received services from Gib (training camp and practice up to now) for this season so it’s not a huge hit.

  123. Manoa Mist October 28, 2014 2:49 pm

    Tried to tell you boys about Fib for years but many of you Kool Aiders shouted me down. Fib is no good people. He can go back to selling used cars now. From the beginning could not believe Donovan would of hired someone just coming off an NCAA investigation at USC. Glad he is gone now I can go back cheering for the Green and White.

  124. Andrew October 28, 2014 2:49 pm


    Go Chargers

  125. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 2:49 pm

    UH is going to need to find an assistant coach to help what’s left of the BB staff.

    There’s no realistic way 2 assistant coaches can carry the load. Looks like the graduate managers are going to be extremely busy…

  126. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 2:52 pm

    Maybe Fib Arnold can be a weatherman like Lie Hagi.

  127. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 2:54 pm

    Since they are similar in uniform color I’m going with the Trojans and the Golden Hawks.

  128. Manoa Mist October 28, 2014 2:55 pm

    I’m hearing Fotu will be suspended as well. Receiving extra benefits. Worst thing of all is that Fib is a terrible hoops coach – he is consistently outcoached in the Big West – yet for all the cheating he no can finish higher than fourth. Cheat good cuz.

  129. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 3:00 pm

    I wonder if Ben Jay already has a coaching replacement in mind? That’s the $350,000-$450,000/yr question.

    According to reports back when UH self-reported the infraction(s), it appeared to be minor, so firing the HC seemed highly unlikely since they already suspended Akana last year.

    I think the investigation is being used as a convenient excuse to bring on-board Jay’s preferred BB coach to make his mark on the UH Athletics. Both Chow and Arnold were Jim Donovan hires. We have to wait and see.

  130. cocobean October 28, 2014 3:00 pm

    I didn’t renew my BB tix yet. Anybody want’s to sell two of theirs for 25% off. Upper level preferred. I think I’ll change my blog name to da vulture.

    JK of course. But now I’ll wait before deciding to purchase or not. I’m also getting hooked on WBB. There’s a lot of senior couples (65+) that attend WBB. Must be a good date night event for that age bracket.

  131. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 3:04 pm

    129.. .please elaborate on Fotu’s status.

    There’s not a single thing out there that implicates him at this point.

  132. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 3:07 pm

    121… yeah, that picture is ridiculous.

    Also ridiculous, watching a 7’6″ man try to hit a golf ball

  133. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 3:11 pm

    Now if a 7’6″ person consistently hits the fairway @ a 300+ yard clip would that look ridiculous?

  134. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 3:14 pm

    Royals jump out to a 7-0 lead in the 2nd inning…

  135. Old School Dave October 28, 2014 3:20 pm

    Any good, young, up n comers on the Ohio State BB staff?

  136. kakaako kid October 28, 2014 3:24 pm

    I fell asleep, woke up and was told June Jones and Riley Wallace were candidates to coach at UH. How long was I asleep? Is it 1999 already?

  137. jimmy the lock October 28, 2014 3:26 pm

    No, no, no. No going back to Jones or Wallace.

  138. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 3:44 pm

    Aforementioned 7’6″ man trying to hit a golf ball:

    This video was from 2 years ago, so I would think he’s taken more lessons to get better by now.

  139. cocobean October 28, 2014 3:45 pm

    Gib was known to work outside of the system when it came to funding. The China trip didn’t cost UHAD a penny. Gib found a way for private donations to cover it. When you look at the amount of time he spends recruiting there’s no way his apportioned recruiting budget from the UHAD would be able to cover all his expenses let alone for the entire staff.

  140. ArcumFortis October 28, 2014 3:46 pm

    I am getting more and more impressed with the innovative and “out of the box” thinking going on at UH. I bet there are hardly any college athletic departments that have the innovative vision to bring back coaches they have run off to give them another try. This Riley Wallace idea is shear brilliance! It’s a strategy that is bound to have our opponents off balance just thinking about it. Now I’m not sure of this but I’ll bet BJ is already having secret talks with Greg McMackin to see if we can cycle him through again when we run off coach Chow. I know BJ hasn’t been here that long but with his kinda savvy I’ll bet he’s searching for a spot for Fred Von Appen. You gotta be impressed with this kind of innovation.

  141. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 3:56 pm

    New Playoff Poll was released a few minutes ago…

    No real surprises. I think Notre Dame deserves to be higher considering their one loss was at FSU and the refs took away the would-be winning score.

    Other than that, I don’t have too many issues. Most of the 1-loss teams seem to be pegged in the proper order. It’s too early to splice the DNA of each 1-loss team to justify their exact rank.

    There’s going to be a lot of shake up in the coming month, so no need get too excited right now.

  142. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 4:01 pm

    141.. I like your sarcastic enthusiasm!

  143. Former UH Athlete October 28, 2014 4:03 pm

    1st time I checked the Bottom 10… UH isn’t there yet, but I did see this brilliant entry:

    2. SMU (0-5)
    SMU escaped Week 7 without a loss to Open Date, though sources tell me the Fighting Byes did return the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

  144. Andrew October 28, 2014 4:10 pm


    That was an old one. They haven’t updated it from this past weekend’s games. Maybe they might make it this weeek

  145. ArcumFortis October 28, 2014 4:15 pm

    And I love the idea of self imposed sanctions. We find a problem, report ourselves and then deliver the death penalty before those wimps at NCAA even have a chance to mess with us. By the time they get here with their puny sanctions they will be shamed all the way back across the Pacific. I hope those entitled folks at North Carolina are paying attention and can follow our lead. They run a phony school for athletes for years and then pretend “hey we didn’t know.” Then the NCAA can give them a pass because they are such nice people and really had no idea that college athletes were supposed to go to school. It’s good that we can lead the nation in this way!

  146. ArcumFortis October 28, 2014 4:50 pm

    Shoots we don’t even need a head basketball coach. We have two assistants left and that should do fine. I am sure BJ has consulted with Norm and had a tutorial about using grad assistants as coaches. Money can be saved and look at our undeniable success.

  147. Don Weir October 28, 2014 5:22 pm

    Chow was hired by MRC and the interim AD not Jim Donovan.

  148. gobows October 28, 2014 6:00 pm

    finallyโ€ฆaloha gib.

  149. shoichi84 October 28, 2014 6:04 pm

    Very irritated with that other blog’s host making up his own news by tweeting about putting UH putting together a search committee for a new head coach and the blogging about the non-issue of the AD standing behind Chow. Regardless of if I think Chow should stay or go, it’s just irresponsible journalism for him to try to push his own agenda using newspaper resources. He can write editorials all he wants when he’s not a newspaper employee.

  150. AdmrVT October 28, 2014 6:13 pm

    At this point, it’s all “water under the bridge” so to speak, as Coach Arnold has been relieve to his duties.

    But, none of us really knows that the violations are that the NCAA will allege that this self-imposed punishment is for. The school is sacrificing its coach to save itself from ? Everyone here thinks they know what happened, but we don’t as the NCAA has not stated what their investigators found, and UH has not commissioned its own investigation as UNC did (the Wanstein report). I guess not severe enough to warrant it, but severe enough to impose penalties before anyone knows what the problem(s) are. UH may know factually what transpired, but what is the charge(s)?

    Even an innuendo that a player will also be suspended by info on the “coconut wireless.” Akin to entering a plea before a judge to a 20-year sentence before you find out if you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony based on the fact uncovered. Why? Not unless the UH Admin knows, but is not sharing. Maybe need to file an OIP request?

    As noted in a Fox sport article, Minnesota’s basketball program was penalized by the NCAA with a 1 year ban from postseason, a reduction of scholarships, and vacating (from records) of its Final Four appearance because its coach knowingly wrote papers for 18 players over a 5-year period.

    Now comes UNC — bogus class scheme involving 3,100 players (47.4% athletes) over an 18 year period. If there is not “death penalty” for this that covers all of their athletics, don’t know what would trigger this, except for repeat offenders. If this is the case, then “go big, or go home.” Rob Fort Knox.

    The bigger issues is it only involved 47.4% of the athletes. Talk about compromising the credibility of your academic institution.

  151. jm2375 October 28, 2014 6:25 pm


    I, for one, am glad that Gib Arnold is gone. I’ve heard stories about him throwing tantrums when he doesn’t like something. Too bad it happened so close to the beginning of the season. Perhaps future schedules will feature far fewer cupcake teams.

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!

  152. seewhy October 28, 2014 6:43 pm

    Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. No going back to Jones or Wallace. The athletic department need to progress and bring in new blood (the up and coming coaches).

  153. hatakeman October 28, 2014 6:50 pm

    “Wallace… said he has not been contacted by UH…” Disparaging comments regarding UH Athletics’ job offer to former coach Riley Wallace are inaccurate. SA reported that Wallace has not been contacted by UH. It is simply an article by the SA that suggests Riley Wallace might be an option to consider.

  154. Ipu Man October 28, 2014 6:56 pm

    This is a chance for the new interim bb coach to open things up.
    Go for over 100 points a game.
    Now that would be interesting.

  155. oneseason October 28, 2014 7:18 pm

    It looks like UH is not repeating the actionable mistakes that were made in dealing with Jim Donovan & Rich Sheriff after the Wonder-Blunder news broke. Hopefully UH had good reason for acting almost immediately after the NCAA report was made delivered.

  156. 808WarriorFan October 28, 2014 7:47 pm

    #111 … “whitey”…AMEN BRO !!!!!

  157. pollypicador October 28, 2014 7:53 pm

    Jay’s counterparts have to be laughing.

    With the NCAA investigation hovering over the basketball program it didn’t send any red flags to Jay as the athletic director gave his basketball coach a 3 year extension, rollovers, and a 21k raise in salary. This was reported back in July.

    Where else do you see an employee, who’s deep in hot water with an ongoing investigation, get rewarded? UH. Jay surprisingly gave his basketball coach all the bells and whistles. Yet a wiser athletic director, I would think, would have limited Arnold’s options because of the NCAA investigation and have the basketball coach sign a provisional contract.

    How this plays out will be interesting…Jay’s timely (or untimely) course of action in finding a new basketball coach and the bottom line of how much tax payer dollars were wasted when the basketball coach was signed to a 3 year contract extension…and of course, Jay’s future.

  158. Z October 28, 2014 8:01 pm

    No to Wallace. I would give a call to Anthony Carter.

  159. cappie the dog October 28, 2014 8:18 pm

    This is the wrong move. This is just conjecture, but when the facts come out, I think it’s going to look like the athletic department overreacted. How about self-imposed post-season ban? Doesn’t that sound more reasonable? Hawaii isn’t exactly setting the basketball world on fire, but I just hate the idea of starting all over from ground zero. After the Bob Nash regime, all I wanted was a competitive team, and that’s what Arnold delivered. What it comes down to is that our current athletic director didn’t hire Coach Arnold. Had he, I think we wouldn’t be looking for a replacement. If Hawaii doesn’t qualify for the NCAA, or NIT, this hasty dismissal is going to look stupid. To be fair to UH, I do wonder why so many players kept leaving our program on a yearly basis.

  160. Buffoman October 28, 2014 8:46 pm

    I like the suggestion of seeing if Anthony Carter is interested. He has some experience, albeit not a whole lot.

  161. el burro sabio October 28, 2014 8:46 pm

    BJ and those higher up were already told what the violations are, garans. Firing Gib was the self-imposed penalty.

  162. kev-1 October 28, 2014 8:56 pm

    Dude, there BETTER be some serious claims against Gib for him to get fired. As of right now, this seems like a knee jerk reaction to save face by our dysfunctional athletic department.

    How can the football coach run the program into the ground and keep his job while the basketball coach gets fired for an assistant fudging a form and being hard on his players?

    Does anyone else find it unreasonable to base your investigation on interviews with disgruntled former players who are sour they didn’t get the playing time they wanted?

  163. champ October 28, 2014 9:11 pm

    Lets look at the board of regents or rodents (excuse Jeff Portnoy, he is one of the goodguys). As I had said before, disband those lolo’s. They have a lot to do with this mess we are in! And to the foots team, try let Wools run around, what do you have to lose? A game? The problem is our HC doesnt know how to run that type of offense. Well, we could of had Paul Johnson, kept JJ, hired Rolo, hired Miano, and many others. Its sickening!! Hope I dont grind my teeth too much as I dream of our Warriors trying to kick butt!

  164. Warrior Dave October 28, 2014 9:13 pm


    There’s nothing illegal about securing private funds for the China trip and recruiting trips.

  165. Warrior Dave October 28, 2014 9:17 pm


    Dave Reardon posted on his FB page the old article that a selection committee was formed to search for Mack’s replacement.

    Please read carefully before you attack someone.

  166. oneseason October 28, 2014 9:29 pm

    #163 … kev-1 … I wonder why UH decided not to release the NCAA report at the same time they took personnel actions. I wonder why immediate and pretty much irreversible actions were felt to be needed. Without the details, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to use past decisions by UH leadership as a predictor for the eventual assessment of this one.

  167. champ October 28, 2014 9:32 pm

    By the way, Ben Jay was a fiscal person with OSU buckeyes not an assistant AD. So far its showing. Should have hired Dick Tomey! DT reminds me of Stan Sheriff who in my opinion was the best AD Hawaii ever had bar none!!! Nagel was pretty good too. Too bad Hawaii doesnt have those billionaire backers that the big conferences have, they would have pressured the school to no end and get things done correctly or pull their millions for the whole school. And what the heck is wrong in charging more athletic fees to the students? Look at the other schools, if they dont like it go to HPU, Chaminade, BYU-Laie, etc. What the Hey!! Gee Whiz!!

  168. champ October 28, 2014 10:01 pm

    To #130. Jim Donovan wanted Dirk Koetter as HC for the foots, not Chow! Get your facts straight!

  169. kev-1 October 28, 2014 10:01 pm

    oneseason … by not releasing the reasons for termination, you encourage and breed speculation and negative talk. IMO, if there was something flagrant and intolerable of Gib, it would be easy to come out and say it. People are always accusing UH of not being transparent enough. Here we go again, right?

    Unless I am blown away with information that has not been shared, I will be pretty disappointed with this move.

  170. cappiethedog October 28, 2014 10:04 pm

    Person who posted at #164 and #168, I’d like to add Navy’s offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper to your list. As for Paul Johnson, I think he would have eventually been UH’s head coach, had Carlton Oswalt connected from 19 yards at Provo in, I think, 1993. Bob Wagner would never have been fired.

  171. kev-1 October 28, 2014 10:06 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! Just heard on the news that other coaches on the staff heard about Gib being terminated before even HE DID. That is pretty eff’d up. No class.

  172. champ October 28, 2014 10:07 pm

    To #141 Arcus focus better. VonAppen recruited some great players. You think J. Jones could have gone 9-5 without good players? Come on!! Remember Jeff Ulbrich, Dan Robinson, and those great O linemen.

  173. Bryson October 28, 2014 10:08 pm

    Some may share my opinion some may not though to each their own…In regards to hiring coaches going forward Hawaii needs to hire young energetic coaches who are able to sell the program to students, recruits and fans..I think that is 1 thing that we lack we need coaches who connect not only to student athletes but regular students and the general public

  174. obachan October 28, 2014 10:10 pm

    How in the world is it possible for UH to screw up the firing of coach Arnold? Benjy Taylor stated he was with Arnold when Arnold’s wife called and broke the news to her husband. Way to go UH – demonstrating once again how incompetently run this university is.

  175. kev-1 October 28, 2014 10:14 pm

    Bryson … I agree that they should go after young, energetic coaches. But if we’re talking football, I think there should be experience at the assistant positions. You want a young HC on the upward trend with experience around him to draw from. Right now we have the reverse.

  176. champ October 28, 2014 10:25 pm

    To all you bloggers, try find out who hired Even Dobelle, who hired Herm Frazier. Also who hired MRC Greenthang and Applejelly, Norm the storm, Gib the “Fib”, and whoever else screws things up. Think Im supporting Miz Beeman’s Wahine. Go Wahine!!

  177. champ October 28, 2014 10:27 pm

    Riley Wallace’s golf game sucks but could coach BB a little as long as he doesnt yell too much.

  178. Fei Jai October 28, 2014 10:44 pm

    Who gives a dam re gib.

    Our football team sucks b/c of chow. That is the real problem at uh.

    Gib and firing is bird poop considering what bj and norm have done to uh.

  179. Fei Jai October 28, 2014 10:47 pm

    Even if gib got canned because he oofed a donkey at Klum gym that wouldn’t be as bad as what bj and norm did to uh.

  180. kev-1 October 28, 2014 10:49 pm

    Fei Jai … that’s the point. Gib is out, while Chow is not.

    Ben Jay probably got phone call or email from his boss telling him “YOU BETTER FIRE THAT D_MN COACH!!!” and fired the wrong one.

  181. cocobean October 28, 2014 11:34 pm

    #165. WD. Never said Gib did anything illegal. He had a way of working outside of the system to get funds. He was his own man in many regards. I have a feeling his firing had more to do with issues of a personal nature. Something along the lines of what someone would deem as insubordination, doing things you were asked not to do.

    The party line on the NCAA investigation was no comment until they know what the allegations were. Jay, the Chancellor and their “advisors” were in the process to were making a list of possible self imposed penalties they could impose once they knew the severity of the charges. Gib for whatever reason broke the party line and issued a statement in defense of himself and his staff. That may have been the last straw as far as someone(s) was concerned.

  182. cocobean October 28, 2014 11:36 pm

    damn should proof read before hitting enter.

  183. st. anthony trojan October 29, 2014 12:44 am

    ths is really hilarous…

    with all going on at UH now.. me get a mail.. same 0ld .. same old
    News and discounts from us Athletics.. need to can sumne up there also..

  184. islandman October 29, 2014 3:35 am

    #168 — Ben Jay had a six-year tenure as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Finance and Operations at Ohio State University

  185. Tempmanoa October 29, 2014 5:06 am

    The spending to get rid of Gib will make Chow’s job more secure.
    But this really is Chow’s peak year. Next year he loses senior leadership on both offense and defense and key players– especially on defense. We lose our most valuable player in Harding who is really irreplaceable.
    It will be a rebuilding next year until 2016, when we hit another peak like this year (it should be a peak this year), but we will need to have a QB ready to go in 2016 assuming that we use Witeck next year.
    More important, Chow must be open to changes in the offense in 2016 that will allow us to take advantage of Witeck’s ability as a QB (assuming he plays up to his reputation)– play this year’s offense, and we use half of what Witeck might be able to do.

  186. cappie the dog October 29, 2014 5:18 am

    The NCAA, by their actions, will discourage other schools from self-reporting any possible transgression.

  187. Tempmanoa October 29, 2014 5:30 am

    Cappie, it was not the NCAA that imposed the “sanction”– it was UH who got rid of Gib and Akana. We will need to await the NCAA’s actions. However, it has been rumored that the NCAA was expected to reduce scholarships– this may have come from our NCAA specialist attorney. Firing Gib may have prevented some of these tougher sanctions.

  188. UHfan808 October 29, 2014 5:36 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos!

    Sigh for the unrest ๐Ÿ™

  189. UHfan808 October 29, 2014 5:37 am

    Well, try to have a nice day…

  190. Stephen Tsai October 29, 2014 6:09 am

    Moving along to this post:

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