Clune to lead UH defense

Utah State linebacker coach Kevin Clune has been named the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive coordinator.

Thom Kaumeyer, who served as DC the past two seasons, was told last month his one-year contract would not be renewed when it expires in March.

Clune completed his fifth season with the Aggies, who ranked 12th nationally in total defense this past season.


  1. Inyoface January 7, 2014 9:08 am


  2. 808Fringe January 7, 2014 9:09 am

    Interesting…although, anything better than what we’ve seen so far is always welcome in my book.

  3. jm2375 January 7, 2014 9:10 am

    Good morning Tsaikos (again)!

    What happened to the previous post??? jus’ asking. Verrrry strange.

  4. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2014 9:11 am

    Heh, heh. Had to repost because of the possibility the announcement was coming today.

  5. Jellybean January 7, 2014 9:12 am

    ST, do you know if Clune will hold double duty as both DC and linebacker coach?

  6. haka January 7, 2014 9:13 am

    Verrrry Interestinnnng…..stay cluned!

  7. Shoko January 7, 2014 9:14 am

    Think Manoa #1 needs an apology. HaHa!

  8. Inyoface January 7, 2014 9:14 am

    He looks pretty good!

  9. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 9:15 am

    If Kevin Clune, current USU LB coach is hired, I wonder how Drake Miller will feel.
    He left Hawaii seeking to transfer to USU and play under Clune.

  10. Shoko January 7, 2014 9:17 am

    Was looking at his salary earlier and noticed in 2013 he was getting paid $79,000 as the LB coach. Will be interesting to see what salary, if hired, he’s going to get at UH. I assume as the DC it should be a lot higher.

  11. al January 7, 2014 9:18 am

    bigwave…maybe he’ll do a 180?

  12. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 9:19 am

    Twitter announcement?

  13. Jellybean January 7, 2014 9:19 am

    So this means we got an OC (Jordan Wynn, former Utah qb), DC (Kevin Clune, former USU linebacker coach) and the HC (Norm Chow, former Utah OC) managing the top 3 position in the staff. YIKES!!!

  14. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 9:20 am

    Nah, Miller should play for the school, not the coach.

  15. al January 7, 2014 9:21 am


  16. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 9:22 am

    Al, if didn’t already enroll for the spring….
    But if so, will Norm him back his scholie?

  17. al January 7, 2014 9:23 am

    oc…wynn? nah. qb coach perhaps.

  18. al January 7, 2014 9:25 am

    bigwave…if he had a future, why not? no differ than a bounceback transfer.

  19. jm2375 January 7, 2014 9:26 am

    Hmmmm, wonder if this will happen… Hope so, but not too optimistic.

  20. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 9:28 am

    WR coach also from Utah

  21. Maile Tsai–Russ January 7, 2014 9:28 am

    #14: Yes, that’s right…time to change our name to the University of Utah – Pacific Campus.

  22. al January 7, 2014 9:29 am

    okay then mark…you’ll have my vote.

  23. Maile Tsai–Russ January 7, 2014 9:29 am

    Correction: #13

  24. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 9:32 am

    Al, bounce back transfers don’t bounce back to the school they just left.

  25. Maile Tsai–Russ January 7, 2014 9:33 am

    Hope this is not another ‘Aaron Price’ situation where he gets let go before the beginning of the season…hope there is a proper vetting this time and he passes the ‘fit’ test.

  26. Inyoface January 7, 2014 9:33 am

    Miano as secondary coach?

  27. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 9:34 am

    That’s more like ping-pong transferring.

  28. al January 7, 2014 9:34 am

    for byu, utah, and utah state we are now looked upon as poachers of there states’ best football players. something that we never did even though it was a natural for us to do.

    what with lots of family ties and a mormon presence…something we should have been doing all along.

  29. al January 7, 2014 9:36 am

    26…please don’t go there

  30. al January 7, 2014 9:37 am

    bigwave…okay so we’ll call it yoyo or richochet recruits?

  31. al January 7, 2014 9:39 am

    didn’t the eastman beast play for clune?

  32. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 9:40 am

    If Drake Miller is still enrolled and in classes, I would assume he could rescind he desire to transfer and it would be up to Chow to say yes or no. If Drake is the real deal and will contribute next year, Chow would be a fool to let his ego get in the way in allowing Drake to stay and remain under scholarship.

    And to Manoa1 breaking this news, I don’t think he was entirely wrong regarding Benny’s unhappiness and possibly wanting to leave.

  33. 808bowler January 7, 2014 9:42 am

    miano already stated on the radio that he would never work for chow. he wasn’t happy they let tuioti go

  34. lowtone123 January 7, 2014 9:42 am

    Hope it works out for Chow and the program. They both have been ripped enough. Chow has to show significant progress or he is gone.

  35. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 9:43 am

    Drake is currently in Utah and UH starts next week so he still got time to re-enroll

  36. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 9:47 am


    Is the $200K salary a guess or inside info? Also, do you remember how much UH paid Aaron Price? Thanks.

  37. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 9:48 am

    Miano is the pied piper of Kaiser.

  38. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 9:49 am

    Drake being in Utah makes it harder to come back. I was think all the players that chose to transfer would do so after completing the spring semester.

  39. A-House January 7, 2014 9:54 am

    what is this fascination with players or former players from Utah or ties with the state of Utah?

    surely, there must be other qualified or more qualified applicants from another school

    new nick name for Hawaii – Pacific Utes.

  40. tommui January 7, 2014 9:55 am

    Interesting news.

    If the Florida State or Alabama coaching staff all ended up at UH, would there be the same consternation that we are getting coaches from Utah?

    If the prospective coaches can coach effectively, can recruit, I frankly don’t care if they are from Utah or Timbuktu.

  41. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 9:58 am

    I agree Tommui!

  42. Inyoface January 7, 2014 9:58 am

    If Chow doesn’t look good 5 games into the season, I see another Kiffin type situation happening.

  43. graham January 7, 2014 10:03 am

    Any word on who he beat out for the job?

  44. Whats up January 7, 2014 10:03 am

    If dismissed OC Aaron Price got $120K-$130K I bet the new DC Kevin Clune will be getting around the same.

  45. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 10:07 am

    Any other familiar names that applied for the DC position?

  46. Bryson January 7, 2014 10:10 am

    What kind of D-Co are we getting in Clune?

  47. Rodney January 7, 2014 10:20 am

    Meeeee Mmeee MIANO!!!!
    Who cares what he has to say!!

  48. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 10:26 am

    Does Ben Jay have to bless the hire and isn’t he responsible to negotiate the contract?

  49. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 10:29 am

    Miano will never coach with Chow and Chow will never offer Miano a job. He bridge has been burned and blown up!

  50. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2014 10:34 am

    Rainbow Warriors set to name new defensive coordinator

    By Stephen Tsai

    POSTED: 09:04 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014
    LAST UPDATED: 09:10 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

    Utah State linebacker coach Kevin Clune is the frontrunner to be named the University of Hawaii football team’s next defensive coordinator.

    An announcement could be made as early as today.

    Thom Kaumeyer, who was the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons, was told his contract will not be extended after it expires in March.

    Clune completed his fifth season with the Aggies.

    This past season, the Aggies ranked 12th in total defense, allowing 332.1 yards per game.

    There were 39 official applicants for the UH defensive coordinator’s job.

  51. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 10:36 am

    Would you say the same if the coaching names were Urban Meyer, Gary Anderson, Kurt Gouveia, Mark Atuaia

  52. st. anthony trojan January 7, 2014 10:45 am

    if all that is said on here about miano…is true… then he is like a spoiled child..n losing respect..he should have kept his mouth zipped from the start when he was let go.. makes it sound like really very very sour grapes.. n he has hate in his heart for mr. chow…seems like it ne way…he keeps making comments about uh football.. guess he has not bought into the idea..he is gone from the scene…move on …already…IMUA MR. CLUNE

  53. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 10:49 am

    So this is Clune’s shot at being a DC. If hired, best of luck.

  54. justcurious January 7, 2014 10:52 am

    ST.. just wondering .. noticed that whenever the DC position is mentioned on the main blog we’re reminded that Kaumeyer was let go. is this journalism practice? thanks.

  55. Hanabata Boy January 7, 2014 10:53 am

    From various internet sources:

    Utah State Aggies defense allowed an average of:
    34 points per game in 2009
    33.9 points per game in 2010
    28.3 points per game in 2011
    15.4 points per game in 2012
    17.3 points per game in 2013

    Again, thats information from the internet…Hopefully, if Clune gets the gig…we will get 2012 and 2013 results sooner rather than later

  56. Bryson January 7, 2014 10:57 am

    Re 55: What im more curious about was how his production was as a D-Co…Those stats which are great actually fall under 3 Different D-Co’s which Clune was not one of…

  57. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 10:58 am

    Could be that better defensive players were recruited…and Clune was just in the right place at the right time. We’ll see, if he is hired, where UH will be defensively in the next couple of years.

  58. PaulCrewe January 7, 2014 11:01 am

    Kevin Clune File
    Coaching History:
    2009- Utah State — Linebackers
    2005-08 Weber State — Defensive Coordinator
    2003-04 Southern Utah — Defensive Coordinator
    2001-02 Utah — Graduate Assistant
    2000 Occidental College — Defensive Line
    1996-99 Fullerton JC — Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
    1993-94 Dos Pueblos (Calif.) HS — Linebackers
    1991-92 Palma (Calif.) HS — Defensive Line/Receivers
    Bowl Games:
    Utah State – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2012; Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2011

    Conference Championships:
    Utah State – WAC, 2012; Weber State – Big Sky, 2008.

    Playing Experience:
    1990 San Diego — Linebacker/Defensive Lineman
    1995 Fullerton JC — Defensive Lineman

    2000 Cal State Fullerton — Kinesiology

    Birthdate: Aug. 6, 1972 in Carmel, Calif.

    Video of Coach Clune – LB Coach, Utah State University

  59. Rodney January 7, 2014 11:02 am

    Like fact that he has experience
    defending read option offenses

  60. Bucknasstee January 7, 2014 11:02 am

    Here’s an article about his time at Weber State: Weber State

  61. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 11:03 am

    Just read the breaking news and I find it odd that it took a year to charge someone going in the wrong direction with hitting a pickup truck…duh.

  62. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 11:10 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos..

    Good news so now time to IMUA!…

    Interesting stats…will it take 5 years to get the D going?…erry body no like him around after next year so no mo time fo da D to get guud.
    personnel, learning a new scheme, time for the D to “buy in”/”get the big picture” to the system, lots of thing need to come together.
    Time for the D to, (to borrow an expression from a wise one)..”make memories” of their own for next year.

  63. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 11:13 am

    Interesting tidbit about Auburn’s OC…likes to be on the side line now, where he used to be in the booth. Coach told him to get his butt down to the field during a game and “fix” problems they were having. Been on the sidelines ever since. Says he watches the DB’s closely…very interesting stuff last night.

  64. Bulla January 7, 2014 11:19 am

    Coach Clune was at Weber State in 2008 when ‘The Beast’ was a freshman. By God’s grace they were Co-Champions for the Big Sky that year and it was a memorable year. Personally, he is a straight up guy, and he left the next season with Coach Chad Kauhaahaa (from Baldwin and Weber State Dline coach) to go to Utah State. Coach Chad has hooked up with Coach Dave Aranda at Wisonsin and they had a great season.

    2 WORDS…. IMUA WARRIORS>/b> You don’t get if you don’t go……gotta beef up our line on both sides of the ball and be deep enough to play balls to the walls every play….every play is your last play….leave it on the field, there are no tomorrows….. let’s GO!!!

  65. Shoko January 7, 2014 11:20 am

    Fresno’s offensive coordinator, Dave Schramm, walks the sideline, too.

  66. Bulla January 7, 2014 11:20 am

    i apologize for last post, error in my coding, out of practice….lol

  67. Gumby January 7, 2014 11:22 am

    Hoping for the best but not fully sold on this hire–actually hoping it is not for real. Interesting how Chow let go of Dave Aranda who became DC at Utah State while Clune was LB Coach. Aranda leaves for Wisconsin while Clune is still position coach. Wouldn’t it have been better to have kept Aranda? Don’t know if Clune is an improvement over TK and TT. Like I said, hoping for the best but have some reservations. Chow had a chance to make a great hire but this leaves more questions. Maybe he knows something not readily apparent to UH fans and the public.

  68. Hanabata Boy January 7, 2014 11:23 am

    #56, good point! forgot to look at those facts. I guess what I was pointing out is that we have to temper our expectations and know that it will take time for our team, offense and defense to get better no matter who we bring in. It’ll take time for the team to buy into a certain scheme. Although it can be frustrating at times, it is one of those “rome wasn’t built in a day” things…

  69. Shoko January 7, 2014 11:23 am

    Clune coached under a 3-4 scheme at USU. Rush defense was ranked 8th in the country. Hawaii ranked 107th in rush defense. Hope Clune doesn’t go through any growing pains of adjusting to a new team, running a new defense and scheming opposing teams as a coordinator. One positive is that he comes from a team that practices against an offense that runs a spread option.

  70. Old School Dave January 7, 2014 11:24 am

    With the hiring of an experienced linebacker coach and DC in Kevin Clune, it wouldn’t hurt for someone to give Drake Miller a call and ask him to reconsider. UH doesn’t start up until next week. Miller can’t go on scholarship anywhere this semester and has to wait until summer or fall at his new school, I believe. Remember Steve Lehor (UH linebacker 79-82)? He left school and went home during the fall of 78, but was convinced that returning to UH was in his best interest, which it was.

  71. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 11:26 am

    Aloha all! Being an attorney, taking the position of devil’s advocate is sometimes, something I enjoy. Thus, in regards to Rich Miano (full disclosure–he is someone I know personally), please consider the following:

    Played college ball at UH, as a walk-on, and eventually became a two time, All-WAC during, arguably the golden age of Rainbow football;

    A 11 year career in the NFL with the Jets, Eagles and Falcons (at all, he started at various times);

    A 11 year stint as a UH Assistant Coach.

    My point to all that, when we look at the principals involved: Norm, Ben J, and most any in leadership up on upper campus–Rich has by a wide margin the most delineated history, and well from my perspective, the most loyalty. All of the others, are either new to the party or pseudo carpetbaggers. 20 plus years is a large amount of time to give any institution, and he did it with some distinction.

    So, while he probably will never get a position again in lower campus, he has more earned the right to throw the occasional grip, and if he wants, to burn bridges which he help build. Just 2 cents….

  72. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 11:33 am

    Some really big puppies (frosh) on the Auburn roster…
    68 Kyle Bolstad OL 6-4 262 RS FR Brentwood, Tenn. (Ravenwood)
    70 Robert Leff OL 6-6 284 RS FR Fairhope, Ala. (Fairhope)
    72 Shon Coleman OL 6-6 299 RS FR Memphis, Tenn. (Olive Branch)
    73 Greg Robinson OL 6-5 320 SO Thibodaux, La. (Thibodaux)
    74 Will Adams OL 6-7 297 RS FR Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek)
    75 Deon Mix OL 6-4 310 FR Batesville, Miss. (South Panola)
    76 Jordan Diamond OL 6-6 315 RS FR Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)
    77 Shane Callahan OL 6-6 275 RS FR Parker, Colo. (Chaparral)

  73. My take January 7, 2014 11:38 am

    Is being Mormon given high priority with UH?

  74. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 11:38 am

    They grow um big down south

  75. Shoko January 7, 2014 11:40 am

    What I find interesting is that Miano is probably qualified to coach elsewhere, yet perplexed as to why he hasn’t been offered a position on the mainland. Unless, of course, he hasn’t applied because he simply has no interest to leave the islands to pursue other coaching opportunities at the college level.

  76. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 11:42 am

    iircc…Miano has some business interest here.

  77. Shoko January 7, 2014 11:44 am

    Well, if I was applying for a coaching position under Chow, I would probably consider converting to increase my chances.

  78. Shoko January 7, 2014 11:45 am

    Okay, that makes sense that Miano prefers staying in Hawaii.

  79. leron January 7, 2014 11:45 am

    Utah State Linebackers had a great day against Hawaii last year, including a 99 yd INT return for a TD. The also allowed UH the fewest points it had all year. Clune has a pretty solid resume as a position coach. Judgement on his ability as a DC should come after the season.

  80. sofaking_blk January 7, 2014 11:55 am

    People shouldn’t get their hope up too high. This might be a “one and done” season for Clune, And it might not even last that long, especially if we lose 3 or our first 4 games which is a possibility. This could be just like the start of last year, the Defense is playing lights out but the Offense can’t score. Remember, out top QB is gone, our top WR is gone. All we have is a RB who will be ran into the ground be week 4. And there’s still the BIG issue of season ticket sales and getting people to the stadium and if we start losing games right out the gate then you can forget it. Even with the new DC I’m not confident that things will get better. I’m not trying to be a downer, I’m just looking at reality here. Things were suppose to improve last year, how’d that turn out?

  81. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 11:58 am

    76– Ditto on what North Shore said, also from what I have heard through the grapevine, he could have had gone the NFL route very easily….

  82. Rodney January 7, 2014 11:59 am

    #71 What good is of it to gripe.
    He only hurts himself.Take the high road.
    He must remember that he has
    been a winner.Would rather hear
    of new and future accomplishments
    from him.

  83. st. anthony trojan January 7, 2014 12:04 pm

    well counselor…here is my cent and one half…old podogee saying.. stolen from sumone.. “when you throw loose ground”…just saying.. no need to show your disdain 4 sum one in public…maybe if mr. miano had sum hawaiian blood.. like say say a larry price..(who did more to save football at uh.. when oliver lee wanted to “junk it”) n keep it to your self…there would be no need to burn hurts “the bridge” no matter who starts the fire..maybe if he had a Hawaiian tutu.. she would have thought him…ho ho manao nui…which me needs sum times also..he he he….says the “gambler” you have to know when to hold em…n know to fold em they will be time etc..etc….LIKE MR. RILEY WOULD SAY…WHAT SAY YOU….you have the last say…counselor…IMUA CLUNE

  84. Shoko January 7, 2014 12:08 pm

    Perhaps, being a sports media analyst might be more of Miano’s calling. He does a decent job on that HNN football show he does with Mike Cherry and that other guy (Sorry, his name escapes me).

  85. HODAD January 7, 2014 12:08 pm


    In addition to business interests here, Miano has a fully vested NFL pension. I do not think he takes a salary for coaching Kaiser. Instead it goes to his assistants. He has no desire to be a journeyman coach moving his family around the mainland every few years. It is worse than being in the military.

  86. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 12:16 pm

    83…on the other hand, being a kanaka maoli, did not assist in anyway from Mr. Price being let go by UH during his tenure. My point is that Rich has earned more street cred than all of the others currently on staff combined, as applied to service and duty to UH., and so if he chooses to vent, he earned the air time.

  87. Old School Dave January 7, 2014 12:20 pm

    I like his Fujitsu AC commercials.

    BTW, Larry Price resigned after spring practice in 1977 (the varsity lost to the Alumni team in the spring game), citing a lack of support and broken promises given to him to lead the program from Div II to Div I. I remember his farewell speech at the old Chuckwagon restaurant on Kapiolani. Dick Tomey was offered the job, in spite of being told not to by many, including his former player Mike Pavich (Kamehameha, UCLA, and later Punahou coach).

  88. Shoko January 7, 2014 12:20 pm

    Yep, I’m sure it takes a toll traveling from location to location especially if you have a young family.

  89. Fan January 7, 2014 12:22 pm

    I am not sure there are many UH coaches over the years who have transitioned out of their positions (either moving on to greener pastures or being fired) that have a very good feeling about it. It seems like most leave with some sense of bitterness and shaking their heads about how they have been treated. At the end of the day the institution seems to be poorly run and this problem will reflect itself in the athletics department and further on the playing field. Coach Chow may be unable to generate success and be forced to leave. Even if he is successful he may leave out of frustration with the running of the place. Same for Ben Jay.

  90. Old School Dave January 7, 2014 12:25 pm

    Re: #89 – Have to agree with you. Players still sleeping on cots in the dance studio during fall camp – not much has changed, in many respects at UH.

  91. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 12:32 pm

    90–having slept a couple summer practices in the old dance studios, it does amaze and perplex me that we have not moved the chess pieces any further up the board…..

  92. Old Diver January 7, 2014 12:36 pm


    Actually Miano was getting several offers every year (pro and college) while coaching at UH. He was offered to restart a college FB program on the mainland after he was let go by Chow.

  93. Old Diver January 7, 2014 12:40 pm


    UH beating out BYU, Utah and Utah State for Utah’s best recruits? Not a chance.

  94. Old Diver January 7, 2014 12:42 pm


    Don’t see that happening with the current staff. Can’t name one who I would feel comfortable calling interim head coach.

  95. Old Diver January 7, 2014 12:45 pm


    Actually you need to move on. Miano will not likely coach at UH again.

  96. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 12:46 pm

    #91, wasn’t that exercise part of a team bonding, “kumbaya” type of event? You know to establish the “pecking” order?
    If it was just because of a lack of facilities then I agree not much progress ahs been made in that regard.

  97. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 12:55 pm

    Great article on Shawana Lei in today’s paper. Good example of a quiet leader who realized that she need to step up and be more vocal. Typical local girl. Amazing how she handles being a mom, student and athlete. Takes a really focused person to do that.

  98. al January 7, 2014 12:56 pm


  99. al January 7, 2014 12:56 pm


  100. bowwar January 7, 2014 12:58 pm

    Just saying…I applaud Miano for his playing and coaching at UH. However, the biggest knock on Miano is that he never elevated himself to DC or OC and was primarily DB coach. During his coaching years, the DBs never were stellar or highlights of the program, so he never distinguished himself there.

    Also, Miano always seem to be bent on “self-promotion” versus team…I think there were alot of folks who felt Miano should have concentrated on “coaching” versus his commercial interests (Weekend training classes). You either are or aren’t a coach…In Miano’s case, I think he could have done better had he focused solely on his coaching.

    I wish Miano the best, but I thought he could have supported MAC better and may have even undermined him. Miano’s ticket would have been succeeding MAC after successful winning seasons and MAC retiring…MAC spoke well of Miano, but I don’t think Miano ever tried to support MAC. Just saying…

  101. al January 7, 2014 12:59 pm

    93…not saying we’ll beat them out consistently. but having a presence will turn up a gem every now and then.

  102. A-House January 7, 2014 1:00 pm

    tom mui/Warrior Dave/Big Wave:

    yep, it should not matter if the person is a good coach, but are they good coaches in terms of personal relationships (ability to transmit knowledge to students) or technicians ( no one has all the knowledge or experience ) to be a good position coach, etc.

    for example, in all his 30+ years as an assistant Chow, did not know or never learned what a “HC” position entailed? like dealing with the media or parents or obligations to donors or being a leader/coordinator to all his assistant coaches or verbalizing with the media and NOT what to say on TV (even if it was a joke)?

    I would think someone looking “up” to a higher position would make/take the time to learn what is involved and why – as I aspired to be an officer, I looked at other officers and remembered what was best and what I would not do and counting on my up bringing and character to be the best I could be to successfully complete any task assigned – set the example

    yet, in UH current status, why are all the grad assistants and coaches all with ties to Utah?

    would I argue if all the coaches were from Florida? I would question why? no one school or State can produce all the individuals to be coaches.

    besides, I don’t believe the entire coaching staff at Florida St or Auburn or Alabama or Oregon or USC or Ohio St are all from the same state or predominantly from the same college/university – yes, it is the HC decision on selecting an applicant and submitting his name to the UHAD for approval – is this really necessary? why does the UH BOR have to approve the selection of a HC? leave it up to the UHAD and if that person falls, then so does the UHAD – does this border on “micro-management”? hell, they have a more difficult task in being the “rudder” for the UH boat. let the UH President, Chancellors, etc. be the oarsmen

    I am more of a practical person – select who you want and if they fail it’s your neck!

  103. al January 7, 2014 1:00 pm


  104. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 1:01 pm

    Reardon saying Gouveia is leading candidate for LB coach

  105. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 1:05 pm

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

  106. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 1:07 pm

    always someone have to repeat the same news twice..

  107. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 1:07 pm

    anyone else want to report Daves tweet? feel free. lol

  108. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 1:09 pm

    Sorry Jeezy but it takes me long to type so I didn’t see your post.
    Congrats for being the first to report it!! You feel better now that you got your props???

  109. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 1:10 pm

    109. It’s not about getting props… its about repeating something that’s right in front of you…. Just like people starting new threads on boards that are already out….

    But don’t worry, someone else will post it again..

  110. NotNasti January 7, 2014 1:17 pm

    I think what Warrior Dave was saying was that while he was typing his post, he couldn’t see your post . . . never mind.

  111. Rodney January 7, 2014 1:19 pm

    #101 exactly!

  112. Manoa Mist January 7, 2014 1:20 pm

    Okay would love to get Gouveia. The hiring of Clune will not put one more butt in a seat. Doesn’t matter. With next year’s schedule Chow will be gone about halfway thru the season.

  113. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 1:20 pm

    Thank you NotNasti! At least you understand.

  114. el burro sabio January 7, 2014 1:22 pm

    Chow’s choice of Gouveia has nothing to do with him playing on 2 Super Bowl Champions, being a student assistant here a few years ago, or being an assistant coach in NFL Europe, it’s only because he played at BYU.

  115. Kevin January 7, 2014 1:23 pm

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

    Dave Reardon is reporting that his source is telling him that Kurt Gouveia is the leading candidate for linebackers coach.

  116. Kevin January 7, 2014 1:24 pm

    All you guys.. too cute. Too cute. Like high school again. HA!

  117. NotNasti January 7, 2014 1:24 pm

    103. A-House, regarding your post, that in all his years as an assistant Chow didn’t learn what the HC position entailed . . . verbalizing with the media what not to say on TV?
    The same could be said about Mack, who probably sealed his fate during the WAC preseason press conference, when he referred to the Notre Dame players doing the “F_____t” dance. Some assistants become very successful head coaches, some don’t. We’ve had our share of don’ts, however, its happened to the big name schools as well. Notre Dame (Jerry Faust, Charlie Weiss), Washington (Ty Willingham), Alabama (Mike Shula), etc.

  118. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 1:25 pm

    4 minutes later? ok…

  119. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 1:25 pm

    117. Trolling for papio….

  120. NotNasti January 7, 2014 1:27 pm

    119. Jeezy, they call it slow hand, or two finger typist.

  121. Rodney January 7, 2014 1:28 pm

    #103 not sure I agree totally.
    While at Ending yrs at BYu
    Chow doing a lot of HC responsiabiltys
    Being practical at an impractical uh is
    Tough.Uh system is broken!!!!
    #89 right on the money!!!!!

  122. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 1:28 pm

    121. Wasn’t trying to make that big deal of it… All I said was someone always has to repeat something already posted…. I would delete my post if I could ..

  123. bowwar January 7, 2014 1:33 pm

    #118: I agree about the outcome for Mack…However, what few people realize is that Mac thought he could talk “casually” with the press here. In fact, he immediately realized his indiscretion and asked the local press to delete or exclude his remark. However, like “vultures” our press decided to “screw the bastard” and thus, a “nice guy” met his fate…

    Too bad, as aside from some bad luck and the forementioned indiscretion, Mack did well enough to succeed if given a chance. But, as you know, nice guys finish last in places like Hawaii where everything is under the microscope.

  124. Pete Jek January 7, 2014 1:39 pm

    Given the current state of UH football & the Athletic Dept. in general, Mr. Clune would be a solid pick-up. UH can’t afford any big-name coaches. The D-Coord. job at this point in time does not qualify as a step-up for most, if not all, position coaches at BCS programs. And it makes little to no sense for a current mid-major coordinator to switch schools (to UH). Unless there are “local” ties, which means nothing if he cannot recruit. Clune’s resume meets the existing need & budget. He has coordinator experience at the FCS level. This means that he has the experience needed to manage assistants/staff on the defensive end, and more importantly, knows how to put together a game plan & scheme on a weekly basis as well as in terms of a general mindset/philosophy. Impressively, under his tutelage, Bobby Wagner excelled as a MLB in the WAC, eventually garnering DPOY honors prior to being drafted high in the NFL in 2012. Wagner is well regarded as an up-and-coming MLB at the pro level during his first couple years with the Seahawks. He is probably more fundamentally sound has igh football IQ more thsn

  125. Chee Hoo January 7, 2014 1:42 pm

    Jeez, no get all hoo hoo? Sour Grapes? Sounding like Miano!

  126. Pete Jek January 7, 2014 1:45 pm

    ****125 cont’d…

    He (Wagner) is probably more fundamentally sound & has high football IQ more than he is athletically gifted, which is a testament to Clune’s ability to coach-up & develop players. So overall not a bad choice.

    The question is – who are the other candidates? i.e. who did Clore presumably “beat out” for the job?

  127. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 1:51 pm

    No harm in repeating or reporting things multiple times. This blog is famous for repeating opinions and posts, over and over and over again.

    No harm in repeating or reporting things multiple times. This blog is famous for repeating opinions and posts, over and over and over again.


  128. tommui January 7, 2014 2:05 pm

    A-House: I have no real disagreement with you. Obviously, if someone is much superior, he should be chosen. I wouldn’t mind someone in So. Cal who is close to the Samoan community down there and perhaps to the big high schools like Mater Dei.

    But, that being said, if Coach Chow doesn’t know John Doe, but knows Robert Smith, he will choose the person he knows. (Of course he did that when he took the job but again, maybe it was the time pressure).

    You may recall that there was a LtCol who was an aide to Gen. MacArthur.
    He was picked over a bunch of people much senior to him and commanded Torch and Overlord in WWII. He was a known commodity to the CinC and got picked. Of course it may be going back to the “it’s who you know and not what you know”! 🙂

  129. Luki January 7, 2014 2:07 pm

    Gouveia would be a great hire along with Mike Smith who helped coach linebackers here in the early 2000’s

  130. Bu January 7, 2014 2:08 pm

    Clune sounds like a good choice for DC. What Boise St. was to the WAC/MWC, Utah St. is the next up and coming program now that Chris Peterson has moved on to UW. Aggies weren’t a juggernaut on the offensive side in 2013, it’s their defense that kept them in games. When Keaton went down at QB, Wells leaned on his defense to hold them through while that frosh QB gained experience. All three LB’s that Clune coached this past year, gained 1st/2nd team all MWC honors. Had Chow had any decent defense, UH would have had a handful more of wins on the ledger. Geez, giving up 59 pts to Wyoming will get any coach fired! TK defense this year started out on fire but ended on a whimper. Daley, Tavita, Williams, etc. all went AWOL in the middle of the season. Nothing wrong with tapping the Bee Hive pipeline, at least Chow will be poaching the right school this time around!

  131. Shoko January 7, 2014 2:09 pm

    Clune’s primary recruiting area while at USU is Houston, Texas according to his bio.

  132. Marleysdad January 7, 2014 2:12 pm

    Gouveia went to BYU…..

    BYU is in Utah…….

    Uh oh……..

  133. sdbowfan January 7, 2014 2:15 pm

    Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher or Pete Carroll would NEVER be successful as a UH Head Coach. The coaches that were successful understands the Hawaii culture and the different variables it presents. Chow is a coconut and does not prepare his recruits or coaches about the difficulties of Hawaii. JJ’s formula was perfect for recruits and prepared his coaches about Hawaii. Mack and Aranda were the most successful defensive coordinators we had. They knew how deal with UH. Chow and his chosen staff will never be successful here.

  134. Chee Hoo January 7, 2014 2:35 pm

    #134. That’s comparing apples to oranges. Saban, Fisher, Carroll, wouldn’t even consider UH as a serious coaching gig. Chow is that stray black sheep who thinks he can do it all on his own. My way or the highway mentality. It don’t work with athletes now days. Desperate times call for desperate measures, bet Chow doesn’t stick with the annointed one (Graham) as the QB in 2014. Bugga needs to win now or it’s aloha oi! Ikaika or Tui better step up to the plate and sock a homerun.

  135. Jellybean January 7, 2014 2:37 pm

    If Kurt gets hired, here are coaches on Chow’s staff that have the State of Utah ties:

    Lewis Powell – Defensive Line
    Philip Rauscher – Tight Ends
    Keith Uperesa – Director of Player Personnel
    Kevin Clune – Defensive Coordinator
    Jordan Wynn – OC/Qb coach
    Kurt Gouviea – Linebackers
    Luke Matthews – Wide receivers

  136. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 2:38 pm

    Per Kekaula, Clune signed

  137. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 2:38 pm

    127…. I agree that Bobby Wagner has a high football acumen. But, to say he is not athletically gifted is an understatement of large proportions. The 242 pounder has a recorded 4.42 40 time, that’s moving at that weight.

  138. Pete Jek January 7, 2014 3:01 pm

    #138 – to clarify, i wasn’t trying to say that Wagner is not athletically gifted. He is a certified beast with superior natural ability. Just like the majority of professional football players. What i meant was that, in addition to all of that, he is fundamentally sound. He proved more than able to adapt to the NFL game almost immediately. This is probably more a credit to his own character, IQ, & work ethic. But i think his LB coach, who is looking like our next DC, deserves praise in that aspect as well. In helping him develop & hone his skills.

  139. hossana January 7, 2014 3:01 pm

    Geezus, who are the idiots that keep mentioning Miano should be on the UH staff…I want to regurgitate everytime Miano’s name comes up for asst. coach or should have been head coach at uh…give me a break….urg! urg! just threw up again!!

  140. Inyoface January 7, 2014 3:04 pm

    I’ve never been to Utah…

  141. WarriorMojo January 7, 2014 3:07 pm

    So interesting how so many posters are Aranda fans… now.

    I remember many, many people wanted Aranda’s head on a stake, particularly after the UNLV losses.

  142. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 3:09 pm

    141…with all due respect to Utah natives, you haven’t missed too much.

  143. Former UH Athlete January 7, 2014 3:25 pm

    I like the hire. Clune gets his shot and there is talent here. So it’s not like the cupboards are bare.

    Anybody know if Clune was a heavy lifter on recruiting at USU?

  144. gobows January 7, 2014 3:26 pm

    Kevin Clune File
    Coaching History:
    2009- Utah State — Linebackers
    2005-08 Weber State — Defensive Coordinator
    2003-04 Southern Utah — Defensive Coordinator
    2001-02 Utah — Graduate Assistant
    2000 Occidental College — Defensive Line
    1996-99 Fullerton JC — Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
    1993-94 Dos Pueblos (Calif.) HS — Linebackers
    1991-92 Palma (Calif.) HS — Defensive Line/Receivers
    Bowl Games:
    Utah State – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2012; Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2011

    Conference Championships:
    Utah State – WAC, 2012; Weber State – Big Sky, 2008.

    Playing Experience:
    1990 San Diego — Linebacker/Defensive Lineman
    1995 Fullerton JC — Defensive Lineman

    2000 Cal State Fullerton — Kinesiology

    Birthdate: Aug. 6, 1972 in Carmel, Calif.

  145. gobows January 7, 2014 3:31 pm


    Who is the wr coach?

  146. jimmy the lock January 7, 2014 3:37 pm

    $160k a year. Good deal money wise.

  147. Former UH Athlete January 7, 2014 3:42 pm

    145… I like that Clune has had DC experience at the lower level. At least he’s been involved with Gameplanning and playcalling before. He won’t have to learn how to be a DC on the fly. That was probably one factor in him getting the job.

  148. Former UH Athlete January 7, 2014 3:45 pm

    141… Utah has great skiing. Not the best place to go bar hopping (although there are some really good microbreweries in Utah).

  149. Haleakala January 7, 2014 3:52 pm

    Looking at his bio, Kevin Clune worked as DC for several years with the well respected Ron McBride at Weber State and his defense had great results. I for one will welcome him with Aloha!

  150. Kaimuki Kid January 7, 2014 3:53 pm

    I wondered why I don’t read the WB so much anymore and why a lot of regulars just lurk. The WB has turned into a negative, wah, wah, wah place. It is bad enough we haven’t done well these past 2 seasons, but it seems that we are turning on each other. It use to be fun, now it’s not. What happened to the 5 f’s? Very, very sad. Aloha

  151. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 7, 2014 3:54 pm

    The new U – U. U know? 😉

  152. Bulla January 7, 2014 3:55 pm

    Haleakala, Coach Clune was there when our son played there. He was a straight shooter, got the most he could out of the players he had to work with, and was a players’ coach. In Ryan’s sophomore season was the big exodus for Coach McBride’s staff, and that was the beginning of the end of Weber State’s football program sad to day 🙁

    Good luck to Coach Clune…..just bring it Coach!!!

  153. Manoa#1 January 7, 2014 4:02 pm

    #7 shoko No Need Apologize I knew couple days ago I don’t know y they took so long to Announce it. Now Benny Will Be Happy cause Clune Knows about Benny. Clune will be the Defense Coordinator and Linebacker Coach.

  154. leron January 7, 2014 4:08 pm

    The Utah State defense was one of the best in the MWC last season

    How much their losing Clune remains to be seen, but the new DC being familiar with conference opponents is a plus.

  155. Manoa#1 January 7, 2014 4:08 pm

    #32 warrior Dave…. thanks brah.!! …I think benny will be happy Now with Clune.

  156. ALLAN January 7, 2014 4:14 pm


  157. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 4:15 pm

    Manoa #1,

    Do you hear that Clune will be both DC and Linebackers Coach. Kurt Gouveia’s has been mentioned as front runner for Linebackers Coach.

  158. st. anthony trojan January 7, 2014 4:17 pm

    st is A who watch n no type..

  159. 76SOUTH January 7, 2014 4:27 pm

    It’s funny, none of them are from the state of Utah
    coach/home town

    Lewis Powell/ East Palo Alto, CALI
    Phil Rausher/ Carlsbad, CALI
    Keith Uperesa/ Honolulu
    Kevin Clune/ Carmel, CALI
    Jordan Wynn/ Oceanside, CALI
    Luke Matthews/ Phoenix, AZ
    Kurt Gouveia/ WAIANAE

  160. old808 January 7, 2014 4:27 pm

    Welcome Clune

  161. old808 January 7, 2014 4:30 pm

    #160 He did not say these coaches were from Utah but has ties to the State of Utah.

  162. Sdbowfan January 7, 2014 4:33 pm


    Utah “Ties” not born and raised in Utah.

    We need coaches with UH ties. Not Utah ties. Hawaii is a unique place to play and coach. We need coaches who can convey the message.

  163. Da Punchbowl Kid January 7, 2014 4:33 pm

    Welcome and best wishes to the new DC, Coach Clune!

  164. Manoa#1 January 7, 2014 4:34 pm

    I heard Clune will be the Linebacker Coach and DC.i don’t know about Gouveia.

  165. el burro sabio January 7, 2014 4:41 pm

    Let us all give praise to the Boy Who Cries Wolf.

    Let us all wonder how players and coaches with Hawaii and/or California ties managed to be a part of the program despite Chow’s obvious preferences for all things Utah.

  166. kitsunegari January 7, 2014 4:42 pm

    114. manoa#1:
    December 29th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Word on the streets Benny Fonua Want’s Out And Chow will Give him His Release

  167. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 4:53 pm

    Pomaika’i Coach Clune!

  168. My take January 7, 2014 5:03 pm

    Is Gouveia Mormon? I bet he is

  169. sdbowfan January 7, 2014 5:12 pm

    This staff has zero coaches with UH ties. Chow is a douche.

  170. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2014 5:12 pm

    Gouveia is Waianae !!!

    SMASH UM !!!

  171. Haleakala January 7, 2014 5:14 pm

    Bulla, Ryan should know best of anyone here what kind of coach, Kevin Cline is. It sounds like we got a good one.

    Too bad, Ron McBride retired. He was respected by even the Hawaii high school coaches. But that is the circle of life.

  172. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 5:15 pm

    Braddha Kurt is not Mormon, ask any of the boys in Waianae….

  173. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2014 5:20 pm

    … if you haven’t seen the article yet …

    Rainbow Warriors hire Utah State coach as defensive coordinator

    By Stephen Tsai

    POSTED: 09:04 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014
    LAST UPDATED: 03:21 p.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

    Utah State assistant coach Kevin Clune has accepted an offer to become the University of Hawaii football team’s defensive coordinator, UH head coach Norm Chow announced today.

    He will replace Thom Kaumeyer, who was the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Kaumeyer was told his one-year contract would not be extended after it expires in March.

    “I’m fired up,” Chow said of the hire.

    Clune is expected to be paid about $160,000 a year, compared with the $250,000 that Kaumeyer was paid.

    Clune has coached Utah State’s linebackers the past five seasons. This past season, the Aggies were ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (17.1 points per game) and 12th in total defense (330.9 yards a game). In contrast, UH was 113th in scoring defense (38.8 points) and 115th in total defense (494.7 yards) in 2013.

    Chow said Clune brings experience in facing the multiple offenses from the Mountain West Conference. UH and Utah State are MWC members.

    He was chosen from among 39 candidates who officially applied.

  174. Boolakanaka January 7, 2014 5:22 pm

    I’m not sure If Kurt still has this scholarship at Waianae HS, but he use to fund a scholarship for a Waianae senior athlete, with one of the stipulations is that the school be on the mainland. Buddha use to be wild in HS, so he thought, going away sometimes, might lend some maika’i results….

  175. Former UH Athlete January 7, 2014 5:23 pm

    Coach – University connection is the most overrated and asinine reason to hire a D1 coach.

    Bob Nash has a long history with UH basketball and was probably the worst BB coach UH ever had next to Gib’s dad.

    Saban has no ties to Alabama. Kelly had no ties to Oregon when he was hired at Oregon as OC. Deruyter certainly has no ties to Fresno. McIntyre had not ties to SJSU or with Colorado.

  176. AllG January 7, 2014 5:25 pm

    Don’t like the Clune hire…definitely not gonna getting anyone excited for UH Football with this no name hire…I do like the Kurt Gouveia hire if that is true. But heard we had some good applicants for DC and this no name hire is a let down. Good news is he and Chow will most likely be gone after next season

  177. kitsunegari January 7, 2014 6:18 pm

    Norm Chow has stronger ties to Hawaii than June Jones and now what?

  178. innocent observer January 7, 2014 6:27 pm

    this guy will only coach only one year at uh as chow will be fired next year and the new coach will get his own DC. that is why they could not get a better candidate, nobody wants to work only for one year.

  179. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 6:36 pm

    Thanks Manoa#1 for the confirming info.

    Kekaula is reporting Clune’s contract will be 2 years. I guess he was willing to take less per year for the 2 year deal. Smart move incase Chow is gone after next year.

  180. Warrior Dave January 7, 2014 6:39 pm

    #179, Chow is more successful in getting local boys to stay home but JJ and his offense was better than what Chow has presented so far.

    The reason for local presence/tie is to help in local recruiting. Nash had local ties but it’s not like Hawaii is a hotbed for basketball players playing D1.

  181. 3-Prong January 7, 2014 6:44 pm

    Big Time College Athletics. Student Athletes or Athletic Students?

    Illiterates in big time college sports

  182. sdbowfan January 7, 2014 7:12 pm


    The colleges you mentioned have coaches on the staff that played for the school. So that debunks your argument.

  183. NorthShoreFan January 7, 2014 7:15 pm


  184. PurpleMaple January 7, 2014 7:26 pm

    I read on another post that Hawaii should change it’s nickname to “Pacific Utes.” I kinda like that.

  185. BigWave96744 January 7, 2014 7:36 pm

    Ivin Jasper in the top 4 for the Georgia Southern HC

  186. Manoa2 January 7, 2014 7:56 pm

    Chow might make up for his mistake in not hiring Aranda. He is hiring one of his assistants he left behind after he went to Wisconsin.

  187. Truman January 7, 2014 8:15 pm

    #182-That is stunning but not too surprising although the details are. Just another example of misplaced priorities in our society but not really complaining because of all the freedoms we enjoy. The blame is on us for having situations where athletes are paid exorbitant salaries while our teachers who should be part of our strong foundation are paid much less.
    It will probably show past my lifetime where other countries will leave us behind if we do not wake up and re-prioritize some things.

  188. Manoa#1 January 7, 2014 8:17 pm

    #167 kitsunegary….. Yup that was me that posted that…and i only post what i know. i guess Benny and his mom had a change of mind.

  189. Fei Jai January 7, 2014 8:19 pm

    When chow sent packing, which will happen, the next coach send the Utah coaches from chow packing too. Too much bad luck this chow.

    When chow sent packing, which will happen, the next coach send the Utah coaches from chow packing too. Too much bad luck this chow.

    When chow sent packing, which will happen, the next coach send the Utah coaches from chow packing too. Too much bad luck this chow.

  190. Slugger January 7, 2014 8:44 pm

    Good luck, Coach Clune!

  191. kitsunegari January 7, 2014 8:45 pm

    nice to see people admit they dont know anything

  192. Inyoface January 7, 2014 8:51 pm

    Some athletes can’t read, so it ain’t so!

  193. Inyoface January 7, 2014 8:52 pm

    Good thing we got a DC in place. We needed that much more than an OC, I think Chow is getting the hang of calling plays from the sideline now, especially with a good back in the game.

  194. Manoa#1 January 7, 2014 9:00 pm

    ok whatevas.

  195. Inyoface January 7, 2014 9:04 pm

    Seems like a solid pick.

  196. Manoa#1 January 7, 2014 9:07 pm

    #192 kitsunegary I know 1 Thing for Sure I know you got your head up Chows Ass.

  197. UH4eva January 7, 2014 9:13 pm

    #71. Good post and with a lot of class. Everyone does not have to like Miano’s outspoken opinion but he bleeds green for the right reasons and I believe his heart is not self served or hard headed like the present coach. I wish Chow and UH nothing but the best and realize programs move forward. In our case as we move forward we also keep moving down to the worst in history. Chow has nothing to be proud of and has accomplished nothing positive yet. I pray Mr. Clune can bring life to the defense not to save Chow but to save our program. Best of luck next season.

  198. My take January 7, 2014 9:28 pm

    If the QB’s don’t drastically improve its going to be a long season.

  199. Bugaz January 7, 2014 9:29 pm


  200. 3-Prong January 7, 2014 9:44 pm

    Vote for this guy!
    Lawmaker wants state to give $10M ‘boost’ to UH athletics

    ….but not for Sam Slom who feels it’s a waste of money.

  201. UHfan808 January 7, 2014 10:03 pm

    Good evening, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers!

  202. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 10:03 pm

    192. Get a life…. Do you know how many times things get posted and didn’t happen???? Manoa1 is def credible and just because Fonua stayed doesn’t mean there wasn’t truth to his post.

    Naim Mustafaa was supposed to transfer here and it didn’t happen. Don’t always hate the messenger… Sometimes things just work out differently.

    Some people can seriously only handle good news and can’t face the truth..

  203. UHfan808 January 7, 2014 10:04 pm

    Congratulations and welcome to the Rainbow Warrior program, Mr. Klune!

    Do what you gotta do!


  204. al January 7, 2014 10:14 pm

    clune sounds like a good hire given our resources. pretty nice resume for a 41 yr old.

    i wonder if he’ll drag some prospective lb’ers across the pond?

  205. kev-1 January 7, 2014 11:02 pm

    I hope the Clune hire turns out to be good one. Unfortunately, it can only currently be seen as a (monetary) value hire. Don’t forget that Chow agreed to a lower base pay to allow for higher pay for his assistants. A drop in assistant pay indicates that UH AD has abandoned the original ‘higher pay for assistants’ plan.

    I will hope for the best, but on paper it just shows a continued downward trend for the program. I will also hope that the “you get what you pay for” saying doesn’t apply here and now.

  206. kev-1 January 7, 2014 11:03 pm

    Sorry to sound so negative, but I really had my hopes set a bit higher than promotion job for a LB coach from another school.

  207. kruzen January 7, 2014 11:23 pm

  208. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 11:29 pm

    208. All good coaches start from the bottom and work their way up. Not saying he is good or bad but the LB unit was the best in the MWC.

    Most DCs with a high background won’t take the pay cut to come to HAwaii or are washed up has been coaches…

  209. kev-1 January 7, 2014 11:35 pm

    210 . . . that is true. I guess what I am thinking is that he would be a great LB coach since he is proven there. As a DC, it will be a wait and see.

    I guess I just need to accept how far UH football has fallen. It is now a stepping stone team where new coaches come to prove themselves and move on. I hope Clune will be one of those success stories.

  210. jeezy33 January 7, 2014 11:48 pm

    211. From what I been hearing/reading, he was valued very highly at Utah St. and the only way to get him would be as DC.

    Just putting things in perspective, Gary Anderson was a DL coach at Utah. They promoted him from DL coach to DC. Then worked his way up to HC at Utah St.

    Clune has a track record of coaching some big time LBs at Utah St in Bobby Wagner, Kyler Fackrell, and both Vigil brothers. All of them has no big offers coming out of high school. His next gig was going to be a DC somewhere….

    Trust me on this one…. It’s better to get a young, hungry coach that is ready to take a big step in his career versus a coach who has had success in the past, but is at the end of his career where he is close to retiring. The great DCs aren’t going to take a pay cut to come to Hawaii for possibly 1-2 years depending on how the team does…

    Given the circumstances our program is in, I think this is a solid hire…. I think we will see an upgrade in LB recruits and the guys we get are going to be faster and be able to run sideline to sideline. I expect Clune to recruit more high school safeties/athletes and convert them into LBs….

  211. kifi January 8, 2014 12:17 am

    Unfortunately, Utah St. just signed LB Ian Togiai and DE Siua Taufa who would have fit in real well at the University of Hawaii. Hopefully Clune can bring guys like them in to Honolulu.

  212. Manoa#1 January 8, 2014 12:45 am

    Clune is going to be good the Aggies Linebackers were Killa’s he will do the same for the warriors Linebackers Also.

  213. Fei Jai January 8, 2014 4:40 am

    Chow got new chess piece, but person playing chess match is still the same bad luck guy — chow. Changing the chess piece will not change the outcome. Chess pieces from Utah not make chow better chess master if chow weak chess player.

  214. Steve P January 8, 2014 5:54 am

    clune is probably a good hire, maybe even a good fit. What is needed right now is someone who is really committed to making the defense a tough flexible foe against any offense. Clune has a track record, seems to want to be in Hawaii..and do doubt respects the culture. After the last two years he certainly has the chance to make improvements.

  215. boolakanaka January 8, 2014 6:58 am

    182-3 Prong– Thanks for the great clip. This is also coincides with the abysmal graduation rates at UH, in regards to football and basketball athletes. In fact, we are currently on the bottom ten of ALL D1 programs for this most dubious distinction, see the following:

    op 15 GSR Scores (Football Bowl Subdivision programs)
    Score – School

    97 – Northwestern
    97 – Notre Dame
    94 – Boston College
    94 – Miami
    93 – Rice
    92 – Duke
    91 – Penn State
    91 – Rutgers
    90 – Stanford
    88 – Army
    87 – Navy
    86 – Air Force
    86 – Wake Foresr
    85 – Vanderbilt
    84 – Miami (Ohio)
    83 – Northern Illinois
    82 – Iowa
    81 – Boise State
    81 – Central Florida
    80 – Utah State

    Bottom 10 GSR Scores (Football Bowl Subdivision)
    (Score – School, in Ascending GSR order)

    47 – Central Michigan
    47 – Oklahoma
    48 – San Jose State
    48 – California
    52 – Eastern Michigan
    53 – Arizona
    53 – South Florida
    53 – Washington State
    54 – Louisiana Monroe
    55 – Arkansas
    55 – Florida State
    55 – Georgia Tech
    55 – Houston
    55 – South Carolina
    57 – Akron
    57 – Alabama Birmingham
    57 – Ball State
    57 – Southern California
    57 – Troy
    58 – Hawaii
    58 – Kansas State
    58 – Tennessee
    58 – Texas
    58 – UTEP
    59 – Mississippi
    59 – Purdue
    59 – Louisiana Lafayette

    Now, couple that with the fact that HPU has one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation for private universities, (see; and well, it does not paint a picture of stout academics or scholarly pursuits and objectives. While there are certainly exceptions to these numbers, it an area that we need to assign long-term planning and resources to correct, as it is utterly unacceptable and embarrassing –period.

  216. kimo browner January 8, 2014 7:02 am

    as they say, let’s take it one recruit at a time. Interestingly, Clune was in charge of Aggie recruiting for the Houston area. Don’t know if that will play out at Hawaii, but we need speed on the perimeters. next will be his coaching abilities. Chow is under pressure and whether any of his staff can advance our D in one year is a tough challenge…too little too late?

  217. Shoko January 8, 2014 7:45 am

    I don’t think Clune needs to transform the defense into a top 20 in his first year. All he needs is to improve just enough where it results into wins. Sometimes it has less to do with coaching experience and scheme, and more to do with a different coaching (teaching) philosophy that players are better able to grasp. Hopefully, Clune brings that quality to the program.

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