End of Nash era

Athletic director Jim Donovan today dismissed Bob Nash as UH’s basketball coach.

Nash as a year remaining on a contract that was extended last year. Boosters have contributed $100,000 to offset Nash’s $240,000 buyout.

Donovan and Nash met last night, and Nash was asked to come up with a compelling plan to remain. Donovan said he decided this morning to make the move based purely on business — losing record, dwindling attendance.

We’ve heard all sorts of names being dropped: Randy Bennett, Reggie Theus, Cameron Dollar, Gib Arnold, Jarinn Akana.

Your thoughts?

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Riley Wallace, who likely will be one of Donovan’s advisers in the selection process, said the position needs to be filled by an established coach who can recruit. Such a coach would cost about $500,000 to $600,000. Thing is, UH paid Nash $240,000 annually and the position’s ceiling is $400,000.

“They need seven spots to fill,” Wallace said. “You’re going to have to pay. The price is going up.”

When Wallace was hired as UH’s head coach in 1997, he earned $55,000 annually. “We couldn’t afford furniture in our living room,” he said.

Through most of his UH tenure, he earned less than $100,000. But his final season, he earned $330,000, which included radio money and other perks.

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Overshadowed by the basketball situation is that volleyball coach Dave Shoji was set to announce his new associate head coach today, presumably Scott Wong.

But UH’s human-relations director was busy, obviously, with other paper work this morning.


  1. Jun Tao March 8, 2010 9:52 am

    not surprising. Best of luck to Coach Nash.

  2. cheepono March 8, 2010 9:56 am

    good luck to coach nash in his future endeavors~!

  3. tommui March 8, 2010 9:57 am

    Sorry to hear the news about Bob Nash. Good man and his dedication to UH was never in doubt. Best of luck to him in the future and God bless him and the Nash ohana.

  4. Pomai March 8, 2010 9:58 am

    It’s a shame that Coach Nash’s stint as the head coach turned out this way, he has given a lot to the University and the state of Hawaii. I wish him the best in whatever is down the road for him.

    The problem is that we are at least two years away from turning things around.

  5. AlaWaiPipeLayer March 8, 2010 10:02 am

    Very sorry to hear of this development. Bob is a good man. The demise of the program is not entirely his doing. It was a perfect storm that overtook the program. God Bless You, Coach. Hold your head up high. You gave it your best effort. Mahalo.

  6. al March 8, 2010 10:05 am

    wishing the best to bob nash and his family.
    God bless you.

  7. al March 8, 2010 10:07 am

    mahalo for all the years of heart and dedication.

    and also to the assistant coaches and staff members.

  8. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 10:09 am

    You won’t find a guy more dedicated to UH BBall than Nash. Best of luck to him. Prayers for his family and he.

  9. papajoe2 March 8, 2010 10:10 am

    May God bless you and your family Coach Nash, You gave UH most of your life. Good luck in whatever the future brings.

  10. Tae Bo Jackson March 8, 2010 10:11 am

    Best of luck to Coach Nash and family.

  11. OTTO March 8, 2010 10:15 am

    I guess Ferd Lewis will have to find something else to write about now… it seems like he wrote about firing Coach Nash at least once a week for the past two months. I guess Coach Dana has to look over her shoulder. She has two years to win or else… Ferd Lewis will start writing up getting a new Wahine BBall coach

  12. uhfan March 8, 2010 10:15 am

    Im more interested in Shoji’s hire to replace Sealy

  13. chopsueyboy March 8, 2010 10:18 am

    top twenty

  14. bb March 8, 2010 10:23 am

    Any names of replacements yet?

  15. Old Diver March 8, 2010 10:28 am

    Regarding # 11

    Maybe Ferd can start writing about politics.

  16. Slugger March 8, 2010 10:32 am

    Mahalo to Coach Nash for the work he’s put in at UH and good luck in the future.

    I hope UH has enough time to hire a coach who will have an opportunity to recruit. The hiring process seems to take a long time.

    When will Coach Mack be back in town to make his hiring announcements?

  17. jm2375 March 8, 2010 10:44 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Sorry to hear about Nash’s firing, but not surprised. Hope the hiring doesn’t take too long.

    Congrats to Stephanie Ricketts and Josh Slaats on their WAC Pitcher of the Week awards.

  18. Kekoa March 8, 2010 10:44 am

    Mahalo for your dedication to the UH basketball program for the better part of your life. Best of luck too you in your future endeavors.

    Aloha Coach Nash…the sands of time has run out.

  19. Pomai March 8, 2010 10:48 am

    Wouldn’t it be a kick if the news conference was to say that he will finish his contract. LOL

  20. koakane March 8, 2010 10:51 am

    best wishes to bob nash for his time and dedication to the UH bball program. a fine person, husband and father. sorry he could not expand the basketball program to accomplish better things. may the good lord shower blessings upon him and his family.

    good morning tsaiko country, a chilly day to coincide with the news.

  21. LizKauai m/ March 8, 2010 11:02 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka-
    Mahalo to Coach Nash – and good luck and God Bless!

  22. B March 8, 2010 11:02 am

    mahalos coach Nash for the loyalty and dedication to UH all these years.

  23. Mad Dog March 8, 2010 11:08 am

    It’s tough to see Coach Nash leave under these trying circumstances. He has given so much to enhance the basketball program, as a player and as a coach. His loyalty and integrity to the university is unmatched.

    May his future be filled with the best.

  24. Kazz March 8, 2010 11:08 am

    Jim Donovan had to pull the band aid. Band aids hurt a bit when you pull them, but sometimes you gotta let the air in to heal a wound.

    Everyone.. EVERYONE wanted to see Nash succeed and perhaps had things gone smoother then the public opinion wouldn’t have been so harsh and the whole circumstance would have been more forgiving.

    Everytime I have run into Bob Nash in person and shared a handshake or a brief “well-wish” for the season with him he has been nothing but a complete gentleman and a FINE representative of the University of Hawaii. I cannot comment on the basketball woes and the Xs and Os, but it has been frustrating.

    There is nothing more that I can add that hasn’t already been said or written. It is my hope that the legacy of Bob Nash’s contributions to UH goes FAR beyond his struggles as a head coach.

    The future is now the focus. I’ve said before that no one man or woman is above the university and so it shall remain.

  25. JK March 8, 2010 11:10 am

    Aloha Coach Nash….you did the best you could under the circumstances.

    I wonder who are some candidates. I always hear Reggie Theus’ name being mentioned. I think we need a strong recruiter as a coach or some up and coming assistant willing to get his feet wet. Creighton and Butler always get great coaches following each other…we need to follow that system.

  26. Palolo March 8, 2010 11:15 am

    No one loves Hawaii basketball more than Artie Wilson. I hope he gets to be on the coach selection committee with Stephen Tsai and Bobby Curren.

  27. BigIslandkurt March 8, 2010 11:18 am

    Mahalo Coach Nash.

    31 years service to the UH? Sounds like a good retirement to me……and a nice $250k parting gift to go with it.

    Enjoy it Bob Nash. Don’t sweat the small stuff. No go on and enjoy retirement.


  28. papajoe2 March 8, 2010 11:25 am

    maybe bob nash can do color for the UH basketball games. not trying to get rid of artie wilson, but jim leahey seems to be slipping in basketball. he’s still good at volleyball, football, and especially baseball though.

  29. Kazz March 8, 2010 11:35 am

    Stephanie Ricketts, despite getting pulled a bit too early against UW (in my opinion), had a very good weekend and while the loss to UW was hard fans, her teammates, and herself included should take much solace in knowing that against the #1 team in the country, she gave us a helluva a chance to pull a big upset on Saturday night. She played up to her own standards on Saturday despite starting out the year a bit sluggish in her stats.

    It’s a balancing act right now. Against stiff competition whether it’s Parnaby or Ricketts on the mound, our offense needs to support them better. Against slightly better, equal and lesser competition, we’re pretty dominant overall and there is no issue so far. I expected the games against UW to be a test to see where we are and if I’d had to describe it, we’d be a slightly above-average team at this point with the BIGGEST concerns stemming from infield communication and if I had to single out a position it would be SS, but it’s not just that, really it’s the ability of the entire infield to maintain the focus that Bob Coolen mentioned in Stephen’s article today. However early on Iwata took what seemed like a slightly deflected line drive as she was coming off 1st to 2nd off of Gonzalez’s single to right field. She seemed ok, but it went off her helmet and she stumbled a bit before refusing to come off the field, hopefully it didn’t effect her down the stretch.

    One breakdown yesterday was when Majam ran in to field a pop fly and she did an AWESOME job of it, but as Ralph pointed out, there was no communication from the infielders to let Majam know that UW’s runner was WAAAYYY off base and that would have resulted into a nice double play had it been executed, but at the same time the coaches made wholesale changes to the infield with Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu at 1st and Sarah Robinson at 3rd as while the game seemed out of reach Coach Coolen decided to get the reserves a taste of the #1 team, which is good in the long run.

    After the marathon battle with UW on Saturday night, the team went to the outfield to meet as they usually do after everygame, win or lose. I noticed no coaches to be found, perhaps off doing media stuff first, BUT then I realized, perhaps it was by design. The “huddle” was being led by the seniors, Pu’u-Warren and Taualii I think, of course I couldn’t hear what was being said but if that was done by design then I liked it.

    They just seemed flat from the 10am game all the way through. While they started out well through 3.5 innings, the mental fatigue and possibly the physical fatigue kicked in as there was a 4 hour difference from their first early morning game.

    We had UW on their collective Husky okoles for 7.5 innings on Saturday and I was so damn proud of them in doing so, but in the back of my mind I knew that a national-championship caliber team would come back ROARING the next day. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the fact that UW didn’t come out exactly “ROARING” on Sunday, we just gave them all the opportunity in the world in one inning and that’s all UW needed.

    Oh well… MOVIN’ on!!!

  30. Derek March 8, 2010 11:37 am

    The new coach should be a leader who knows how to run a team. I’ll be blunt. The new coach, to me, should be one who played guard in college. Some examples of very good coaches who were either point or shooting guard are Steve Alford at New Mexico, Travis Ford at Oklahoma St., Lon Kruger at K-State, Tommy Amaker formerly at Michigan and so on and so forth. What about Johnny Dawkins? Rick Pitino was a guard.
    So was John Wooden. Even Coach K. Above all, the new coach must be a good recruiter and be able to get the black athlete. Who are we kidding. Name Freeman, Holiday, Penebacker, Davis, and Nash. Who are Ray Reed, Pop Dickerson, Trever Ruffin, Anthony Carter, Anthony Harris, Melton Werts, Erin Galloway, Phil Lott, Marvin Vittatoe, Reggie Cater, and Tom Henderson. And Artie Wilson. Come on, man! You gotta recruit from California, Texas, PA, and New York, and even overseas. How about the Head Coach from Findley Prep in Vegas? He can bring in several of his top players to join the program! I remember one year, Riley Wallace got Terry Houston and Cliff Beaubrun from a JC in Florida and they were very good players. And he got Vincent Smalls and A.C. from Saddleback CC. The new head coach must have an eye for Division I talent, not Divsion II talent. Getting good students and graduating them are a given of course.

  31. whitey March 8, 2010 11:51 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Catching up with the news and I have mixed feelings about Coach Nash. I want to wish him and his family the best and may you have much happiness in your future endeavors.

  32. BigWave96744 March 8, 2010 11:51 am

    Thank You Bob Nash for all you’ve done during your time here.

    Thank You Jim Donovan for making the tough decision.
    Keeping Nash for 1 more year could have killed the program.
    I mean when WVBall is more popular and profitable than a D1 MBBall team, then a change definitely needs to be made.

    In this tough economic times, not many people making 250K are kept on the payroll after 3 losing seasons and not making any progress.

    As they say in corporate America, Friends are Friends but Business is Business.

  33. Kazz March 8, 2010 11:53 am


    In Sunday’s paper, Ferd and Morinaga’s article mentioned the booster membership continually increasing under Nash’s reign and some were adamantly in support of Nash continuing as head coach. You think this will effect booster club membership negatively?

    Get one “hui” with the booster club for basketball?

  34. whitey March 8, 2010 11:55 am

    Spring is a great time of the year and the UH Spring Sports add much sunshine to all of us. The school year started with a lot of enthusiasm and had its ups and downs going into winter, but it looks like there is much to cheer about in the coming months.

  35. whitey March 8, 2010 11:58 am

    BigWave, got to throw out one more name in surfing, Ilima Kalama. Do you know him????

  36. Kazz March 8, 2010 11:58 am

    Bruddah BigWave,

    Howzit! EH! Nothing wrong with Wahine Volleyball!!! :mrgreen:

  37. ai-eee-soos March 8, 2010 12:04 pm

    re # 11 and #15:

    methinks Ferd should be doing obits.

  38. whitey March 8, 2010 12:05 pm

    this is not to make fun or joke about Coach Nash, but the headline to today’s blog, End of Nash Era, brought back memories from the past. At our work place we had many cars made by Nash and some of them are classics, Ramblers, Marlins, Rebels, etc.

  39. al March 8, 2010 12:12 pm

    whoa whitey…are those cars or sport team’s nicknames?

  40. whitey March 8, 2010 12:12 pm

    not defending Ferd, but I respect his work because he writes and gives his articles a different view of sports. this is what we need from different jounalist, various views of the same topic to make the people aware that what you hear or read, may be interpeted in many ways.

  41. al March 8, 2010 12:13 pm

    meanwhile back at the farm…
    any word on brashton satele?
    isn’t the ncaa a week behind schedule now?

  42. whitey March 8, 2010 12:14 pm

    al, that is a good one. sports team names neva dawn on me, but Nash was ahead of their time in naming their cars. could you imagine the Florida Marlins as being the Nash Marlins??? I have no idea how it would pan out, but right now, am laughing about it.

  43. whitey March 8, 2010 12:16 pm

    al, #2 formula is ok, but needs tweeking and know that the #3 formula will hit the spot. It has been fun working the formulas because it is so easy to do.

  44. whitey March 8, 2010 12:18 pm

    al, #3 formula is 1-1-2. 1 Tbs-1 Cup-2 Slices.

  45. BigWave96744 March 8, 2010 12:18 pm

    Aloha Whitey,
    I don’t know the Kalama Ohana, but I do know then are excellent Watermen.

    Aloha Kazz,
    True Dat…

  46. haka March 8, 2010 12:19 pm

    Mahalo Coach Nash, best wishes and a hui hou!

  47. BigWave96744 March 8, 2010 12:19 pm

    they say an AD is always remembered by his “Signature Hires”
    I have confidence in Jim that good things are in store for the MBBall program

  48. Kekoa March 8, 2010 12:20 pm

    Whitey ~ Rebel!?…my uncle went to da mainland to buy one at the factory when they 1st came out! Had it about 2 years and then his son totaled it!

  49. d1島 March 8, 2010 12:20 pm

    Best Wishes to Coach Nash and the members of his staff. Mahalo for your dedication throughout the years.

  50. whitey March 8, 2010 12:23 pm

    Kekoa, that Rebel was the last of the mohicans for Nash and me. After that, I switched jobs and got one ford truck.

  51. Dan-O March 8, 2010 12:30 pm

    Bottom line……any coach that doesn’t win, doesn’t have a job. Fact of the sports world.

  52. Old School Dave March 8, 2010 12:44 pm

    Thank you for your service and dedication to UH, Coach Nash. Best of luck in the future.

    Unfortunately, in Div-I BB the bottom-line are Wins & Losses. Turnaround in basketball is a lot shorter than in football. If you can land a couple of “players” in your recruiting class, it can be done. They need a coach who has that “fire”, can recruit, can make adjustments, and who knows his Xs & Os.

    UH also needs a coach who can use the lure of Hawaii to recruits. Would you rather spend 2-4 years in Logan, Las Cruces, or Honolulu?

  53. al March 8, 2010 12:46 pm

    the old man had a nash rambler.
    built like a tank.
    beep, beep.

  54. al March 8, 2010 12:49 pm

    jarrin akana would be a prime candidate at this time.


    could be the first molokai d1 bb coach ever.

  55. al March 8, 2010 12:55 pm

    besides he has oft mentioned that he would like to one day be the rainbow warrior hc.

    has great knowledge of the game, the state, the university, and has recruiting reaches from the far east to the west coast of california.
    has much credibility within the basketball circles of the nba which will light up the eyes of some young recruits.
    has enough contacts to assemble a great staff.
    he could bring in an ac carter when the latter retires.
    he has seen the university get to the big dance during his playing days and has coached here as well.

    does he fit like a glove?

  56. al March 8, 2010 1:21 pm

    oh, and jarrin has been to nigeria to conduct clinics.

  57. protector March 8, 2010 1:23 pm

    Regrettable news about Coach Nash; I hope for the best for he & his family. He showed great loyalty to the school. Unfortunately, this school is not always known for reciprocating in terms of respect, class or courtesy. What do you know..it’s a microcosm of the NCAA.

  58. al March 8, 2010 1:25 pm

    interestingly the position was posted this morning and the closing date is at the end of the day friday. candidates will be reviewed or even interviewed as early as saturday 12:01 am.

    we could get a hire by next monday.

    glad to see hinshaw and donovan break the rice bowls to move quickly.

  59. NorthShoreFan March 8, 2010 1:27 pm

    Interesting developments today. Much of it was expected.
    Why do we offer someone a contract for X number of years then fire them before the contract is pau?
    IMHO, I would have let his contract run out then after 3/4 of the season is over and the record is still unacceptable, let him know he is not going to be renewed and start the search. This way the new coach can get going with his program and has enough time to kick start the program. With the redshirts and returning players, we could have seen a different result and at least get something for the 240k we got to dish out. Then again it might be a good early retirement package for Nash.
    I wonder if Coach Mack will be under the same kind of scrutiny/pressure this year. Bowl game or else? WAC championship or else?
    Anyhoo, I’d like to see who wants to coach here. I just hope it’s not a one or two and outta here kind of coach.

  60. Kazz March 8, 2010 1:27 pm

    No rest for the weary…

    If Jim Donovan thinks he bought himself some ‘breathing room’ from the disillusioned UH fans by doing what they wanted in firing Bob Nash then Donovan got it all wrong. I said “IF” so with that, I know Donovan never thought this at all and he did what he had to do, but now, more than ever all eyes will be and will remain on him with his upcoming 3rd hire into the UH athletic department.

    So far Donovan has been on the money with Charlie Wade and considering the situation with the women and what was needed to be done as opposed to what was expected, they final jury remains out on Coach Dana as she will need two more years at LEAST.

    Questions from radio callers and trolls alike will dump all over Jim Donovan as each passing millisecond goes by that we are without a head coach for the men’s basketball program and as each passing moment continues I am sure the “Fire Donovan” internet message board topics will replace those for Bob Nash.

    In reality, one can NEVER win as the UH athletic director, well, unless you do think it is a popularity contest.

    However, I for one would like to see an official posting for the position up… um… now. 😎

  61. al March 8, 2010 1:29 pm

    i think that bob nash was treated fairly by today’s standards.

    he is eligible for a state retirement and still young enough to pursue other career developments. he’ll even find the time to go watch bobby play in japan.

    nash doesn’t need to hang his head and will always become a welcomed sight on campus or anywhere in the state of hawaii. he will still remain as one of the most recognized sport icons of this state.

  62. Kazz March 8, 2010 1:29 pm


    I thought they had to post the position and give it a deadline of 10 days at least?

    Or was I thinking of something else?

  63. Pride. March 8, 2010 1:30 pm

    Coach Nash is good people.

  64. NorthShoreFan March 8, 2010 1:31 pm

    Protector,…interesting..30+ years as player coach, 3 years as coach. Can’t give him one more year.

    Al…such a short posting time? Do they have someone in the pipeline already? Good to see the recognized need to get a coah in place quickly.

  65. Pride. March 8, 2010 1:31 pm

    Jim Donovan is good people too.

  66. al March 8, 2010 1:34 pm

    kazz….job vacancy has been up since this morning.


  67. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 1:34 pm

    Hey Pride. Long time no see!

  68. al March 8, 2010 1:35 pm

    a month ago a new job posting requirement was passed, i think by the bor.

    this is the first vacancy to take advantage of the shorter time frame.

  69. NorthShoreFan March 8, 2010 1:38 pm

    I wonder how many applicants we can get in one week.

  70. Pride. March 8, 2010 1:38 pm

    # Da Punchbowl Kid:
    March 8th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hey Pride. Long time no see!

    Eh DPK. you goin’ apply for da job?

  71. al March 8, 2010 1:39 pm

    nsf…typically it would be hard to recruit any players if you have no contract or at the end of your contract with no guarantee of the future. unless you are north carolina, duke, etc. recruits will want to make sure that the guy “in love with me” aka the coach will be around during my stay.

    parents also would be concerned as to what will happen to their child.

    this is a practice played out at all d1 levels of all sports.

  72. al March 8, 2010 1:42 pm

    a better analogy would be…
    say you are hired by company xyz that depends upon say, government contracts to maintain their business. however, you are hired but the company has only one year left on their current outsourced contract.

    would you take this job over company abc which has just signed a five year contract?

  73. al March 8, 2010 1:44 pm

    i, for one, feel that donovan is doing a very good job with the tools he has to work with.

    he has made some very good hires and is starting to rebuild the bridges between the university of hawaii and the business community.

    many of those bridges were burning when he came aboard.

    and papa always says, “don’t burn the bridges behind you.”

  74. al March 8, 2010 1:46 pm

    hi pride.

    good to see you surfacing.
    i was beginning to wonder about you.

  75. NorthShoreFan March 8, 2010 1:46 pm

    Al, just what we were discussing over here. If my kin was going off someplace to play ball for 4 years, I would need to trust the staff completely and the new coach really has got have some “reputation” or history at other places for me to be comfortable. After all he is going to be my kids’ “father” for the next 4 years.
    Nash ran a pretty good ship as far as keeping the kids focused…except for the current problem child…
    Anyhoo, GOOD LUCK to the next coach..who ever it is…

  76. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 1:51 pm


    March 8th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    # Da Punchbowl Kid:
    March 8th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hey Pride. Long time no see!

    Eh DPK. you goin’ apply for da job?


    I have a job. Writin’s hard work. Are you?

  77. kama krab March 8, 2010 1:52 pm

    First of all I would like to thank Coach Nash for his many years of dedication to the University.

    It must have been hard to pull the trigger on this one, but when you look at the body of work, this needed to happen. Business wise letting go of Nash made sense.

  78. al March 8, 2010 1:59 pm

    kama k…you right. i think it pained jd to do this. you could see the expression on his face as it reflected the weight on his chest.

  79. Derek March 8, 2010 1:59 pm

    Cross out Amaker and Dawkins. Amaker is at Harvard and Dawkins is at Stanford. Another name was mentioned by my son….Steve Lavin!
    Another, Doug Gottlieb! They can talk but can they coach? Leon Rice is the Associate Head Coach at Gonzaga.

  80. Pomai March 8, 2010 2:02 pm

    NSF should be quite a few, heck just look at all the HC’s we have on the blog.

  81. Buffoman March 8, 2010 2:03 pm

    I am in agreement with Al, I believe. Jarrin Akana would be an excellent fit for all the reason he stated, including the fact that he is from the islands. His experience in the NBA has given him a wide angle view of what it takes to get in the game and make it work. If he’s been a scout he’ll know how to translate those elements to the court (if he can teach).

    I was a Theus guy, but this makes too much sense to not go after.

    Great call.

  82. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 2:06 pm

    LOL@ Pomai’s #80.

    I no keed you, brah! 😆

  83. kama krab March 8, 2010 2:09 pm

    Speaking of Jarinn,

    I brought his name up sometime last year when discussion first came up about a coaching change. I brought his name up because he has slowly but surely risen up the professional coaching ranks to now become an assistant coach. He has proven himself and it shows with his gradual climb from scout to now assistant coach. He has a connection to Hawaii that not even Nash had. He was born and raised here. Everyone knows who he is. Even those that don’t follow basketball know who Jarinn Akana is. To me the glove fits all to well. The thing would now be if he really wants the job or does he want to continue climbing up the professional ranks. I say if Jarinn wants the job JD should give it to him.

  84. papajoe2 March 8, 2010 2:10 pm

    a few years ago, Mike Montgomery, Hubie Brown and some other top coaches applied for the UH job. we got Frank Arnold. Montgomery was my favorite. UH wanted some one with D1 experience. he eventually got the Stanford Cardinal job. lead them to the NCAA final 4. got a hc job in the NBA. hopefully we get some applicants of that caliber.

  85. kama krab March 8, 2010 2:12 pm

    Not to mention,

    But all of the things that al stated in #55 to me makes Jarinn a slam dunk. Hopefully Jarinn wants the job and JD learns how to dunk.

  86. al March 8, 2010 2:21 pm

    kama k….he will apply.
    jd can dunk (at aliiolani elementary school’s 8 foot baskets.)

  87. al March 8, 2010 2:22 pm

    yah, who hired frank a. over montgomery?
    i couldn’t believe that one at all.

  88. al March 8, 2010 2:24 pm

    and for those of you wondering?

    i think dave shoji, out of respect for his long time friend bob nash will not announce today who he has selected as his asst coach.

  89. bb March 8, 2010 2:25 pm

    Tony Sellito baby!

    Or Bobby Knight in a Green Sweater!

  90. A-House March 8, 2010 2:29 pm

    Karate Kid and Killing Fields.

    Avatar and Hurt Locker.

    Coach Nash and termination.

    What’s the common denominator? Sign of the time. Fan favorite versus current political/military situation. Is this a factor in selecting an Academy Award? Voters must have learned about the Heisman committee setting up a new category just to fit Tim Tebow in 2007 so he wins the award.

    jus spouting off!

  91. Pomai March 8, 2010 2:33 pm

    As far as Jarinn Akana taking the HC job, that’s a tough call, stay an progress in the ranks of the NBA or come home to a college HC job. Thing is if he could pull a JJ then it’s a good move, but then if he follows with what has happened to Nash, bad choice for his career. Hard choice for him..

  92. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 2:40 pm


    Avatar and Hurt Locker…

    Wuts up with that?!

    I thought Hurt Locker was good, but…

  93. Old Diver March 8, 2010 2:41 pm

    Not sure who the best candidate for Basketball Head Coach of the University of Hawaii should be. I do know it is the toughest recruiting sell in the nation. Maybe we should settle for someone who we won’t mind firing in three years.

  94. Bobo March 8, 2010 2:43 pm

    Thanks for dedicating yourself to UH Basketball Bob Nash! Unfortunately this year we just didn’t seem to have the talent to be competitive. When Coach Frank Arnold left UH Men’s Basketball he was quoted as saying he didn’t want to coach anymore because to win in Hawaii you had to recruit JC transfers and that wasn’t his style of coaching. If it is extremely difficult to recruit good freshmen basketball prospects to come and play here in Hawaii shouldn’t we be seriously considering whether or not its worth continuing with basketball.

  95. kama krab March 8, 2010 2:46 pm

    Pomai #91,

    I totally agree that it will be a tough decision for Jarinn to make. For me I would think he would want to try the HC job at his alma mater to see if he can bring them back to respectability. The thing is if it does not work out, I think he has done enough in the pro ranks that he would be able to continue his climb up the pro ranks if he decided to go back. But of course it will be all up to him to see where his career goes from here. For us, we’ll just have to wait and see.

  96. PurpleisGold March 8, 2010 2:46 pm

    #88. al:

    What’s the big deal??? An assistant coach’s name being dropped is not going to bring down the roof on all at the Manoa Campus…

  97. LizKauai m/ March 8, 2010 2:55 pm

    Prayers for Sungod who goes into surgery again tomorrow morning at 7.

    God Bless!

  98. LizKauai m/ March 8, 2010 2:59 pm

    The good news is- Mouton is working out again…

  99. kama krab March 8, 2010 3:04 pm

    But just in case Jarinn Akana does not apply,

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Randy Bennet or Reggie Theus on the sidelines either. Both have shown that they can create winners.

    But of course this is just IF Jarinn Akana does not apply.

  100. Kevin March 8, 2010 3:05 pm

    Wasn’t Riley hired in 1987??? Not 1997?

  101. ai-eee-soos March 8, 2010 3:06 pm

    Re # 84 & # 87

    Yeah, Mike Montgomery was my favorite too.

    and Merv Lopes was my dark horse.

    Man, that seemed like a long time ago; how time flies.

  102. Tae Bo Jackson March 8, 2010 3:06 pm

    Cameron Dollar would be a perfect hire. Lots of recruiting experience at Washington, head coaching experience at Seattle U.

  103. NorthShoreFan March 8, 2010 3:14 pm

    Pomai…#80…I completely over looked this!…LOL!..

    Anyhoo, #91, I think it would be a really difficult situation for JA. Leave a budding career and come to back home. Would anybody want to do that? Unless you got offered something you “can’t refuse”, it might not be all that great.

    I hope this don’t become a BN situation too. I remember all the excitement and lobbying when he was selected and 3 years later, out the door. I wonder how long this contract will be for the new coach. 3 – 4 years?

  104. al March 8, 2010 3:17 pm


    purely out of respect for bob nash.

  105. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 3:19 pm

    Where’s Professor Garret when we need him?!

  106. al March 8, 2010 3:27 pm

    things that make you go hmmmm…

    mvb sweeps #4 byu. then, the split with #3 csnu including a 3 set sweep in the second match.

    so, the warriors move up from #8 to #5 great news.
    #3 csnu stay put at #3.
    byu also stays put at #4.


  107. Manoa Mist March 8, 2010 3:30 pm

    #61 Well said Al.
    I was in seventh and eighth grade during the Fab Five years. Those guys, led by Nash, will always be my hoops heroes no matter what.

  108. Bulla March 8, 2010 3:31 pm

    good luck to Bob Nash,

    great guy, horrible record…and that’s business.

    Akana has done well along the years, but it’s a cross road…coming home might close the door on future NBA opportunities….however, the pay here should be able to attract him if it gets up to $400+

    you never know til you go.

  109. chopsueyboy March 8, 2010 3:35 pm

    Mahalo and best wishes Coach Nash and the rest of the coaching staff.

  110. 206Re$iding March 8, 2010 4:01 pm

    I think CAMERON DOLLAR would be a great pick-up. As an old UW assistant, his recruiting ties on the west coast and specifically talent rich Seattle are superb. He would bring fire and optimism that’s been gone from the program for a while. Yet, he’s a long shot to lure away from Seattle U. He loves it there and honestly would have a better shot of making the NCAA tourney with Seattle U than UH for the next couple years. One can dream though….

  111. lopaka43 March 8, 2010 4:01 pm

    Aloha Tsaikos,

    I’d like to join others who expressed their appreciation for Coach Nash. It is puzzling why he could not make a successful transition to this level, but Artie Wilson put it best in an interview earlier today on 1420. He said that Coach Nash’s teams, especially this year, never played with the all out intensity that Bob Nash (and the Fab Five) brought to the court. It was particularly mysterious to me why a guy who has the record for rebounds for UH could not teach his guys to block out and go get that ball.

    A sad day for UH’s basketball tradition. But I have faith that Jim Donovan will do his best to find somebody who can turn this around.

    Back to lurking…esme whoosh..

  112. NorthShoreFan March 8, 2010 4:12 pm

    Me thinks UH was amonst the leaders in rebounding….but you got to put the ball in the hole after and it wasn’t happening.

  113. bb March 8, 2010 4:15 pm

    maybe find a current coach at another school and find a way to have him bring his recruits with him.

    after all, it “is a business right?”

  114. whitey March 8, 2010 4:29 pm

    maybe there is sum truth that HI does not produce many mbb players for D1 schools, but I am sure there are many reasons why. Organized year round programs and teams could be a factor; too many sports, but not enough athletes; good coaching at basic level; not a glamorous sport for boys in HI; etc. I don’t keep stats, but on the average how many hs mbb players to we send to D1 schools????? We may need more local role models. Plenty of questions, but can HI produce more D1 mbb players in the future?????

  115. whitey March 8, 2010 4:33 pm

    With many D1 schools dropping various scholarship sports, how will this affect our hs athletes????

  116. whitey March 8, 2010 4:37 pm

    Doris Sullivan does a fantastic job to find schools for our hs athletes and media publicity (like the HA) truly helps them. What is truly a huge plus is how UH does cause this helps publicize HI and in turn the hs athletes.

  117. r b i March 8, 2010 5:11 pm

    aloha Bob, Hire the gonzaga coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  118. Emily Brightly March 8, 2010 5:11 pm


  119. al March 8, 2010 5:15 pm

    gib arnold…
    now here’s a resume for you. widely known as the next head coach for someone. he has all the stuff you want to see on his resume. former gatorade poy for hawaii during his days at punahou.

    one of the top recruiters nationwide. has reaches nationally and on the foreign market as well. at 40, he is ready to move on.

    but, will he be satisfied with hawaii as his stepping stone?

    you know if he suceeds here he will be gone before his contract is up.

    does he want to come here?

    i know st keeps surfacing his name so there may be some substance to this.

    the thing is, will he be able to withstand the early pundits who will make analogies with himself and his dad frank?

    that is the big if. however, if he can say that all that will not affect him and then he could be a good one.

  120. Kekoa (iPhone) March 8, 2010 5:16 pm

    JD looked like he was trapped inside the *Hurt Locker.* Tuff love is whenever you have to pull that trigger.

  121. al March 8, 2010 5:17 pm

    reggie theus….
    his name will say it all. instant name recognition and would be able to recruit his great grandma to play for hawaii.

    but, does he want it?

    i know his name keeps surfacing. i would say yah that is one to strongly consider, however, what ties would anchor this high profile candidate?

  122. wafan March 8, 2010 5:19 pm

    Thank you to Nash who displayed dedication and love for the state, university and people.

    Best wishes for a most fulfilling life!

  123. Kekoa (iPhone) March 8, 2010 5:19 pm

    Al ~

    What does Gaterade poy taste like with Kalua pig?

  124. RedZone March 8, 2010 5:19 pm

    Sad day today. My best to coach Nash and Family.

  125. al March 8, 2010 5:19 pm

    forgot this link on gib arnold.


  126. RedZone March 8, 2010 5:21 pm

    Regarding the new coach unless you get to pick him why worry about it?

  127. lopaka43 March 8, 2010 6:00 pm

    Re Reggie Theus

    He left New Mexico State in the lurch after two years, and then didn’t last long with Sacremento. Doesn’t seem like a good candidate for somebody to stay long, even if he would take the Hawaii job.

  128. Kazz March 8, 2010 6:11 pm

    While WAC softball inter-conference play has not yet started, here is a look at how our ENEMIES are doing. Hitting and pitching steady as she goes… FIELDING, well… YIKES.

    It hurts to see the errors in person, it really HURTS to see it on paper. 🙁

    WAC Team Batting Average

    1. New Mexico State .338
    2. San Jose State .329
    3. Hawai’i .302
    4. Fresno State .285
    5. Utah State .274
    6. Boise State .249
    7. Louisiana Tech .239
    8. Nevada .219

    WAC Team Pitching ERA

    1. Fresno State 2.81
    2. Hawai’i 2.87
    3. Louisiana Tech 3.20
    4. San Jose State 3.87
    5. Utah State 4.34
    6. Nevada 4.77
    7. New Mexico State 5.72
    8. Boise State 6.07

    WAC Team Fielding:

    1. Fresno State .966
    2. San Jose State .963
    3. New Mexico State .956
    4. Utah State .954
    5. Boise State .954
    6. Louisiana Tech .952
    7. Nevada .944
    8. Hawai’i .940

  129. Slugger March 8, 2010 6:40 pm

    4.4 magnitude earthquake on the Big Island…13 mi. from Laupahoehoe.


    You feel it?

  130. whitey March 8, 2010 6:48 pm

    Slugger, thnxs for info. Called my sis in Hilo and she said no effect and didn’t know there was an equake.

  131. Ralph March 8, 2010 6:58 pm

    K State signs Frank Martin to a contract extension for mbb at 1.55 million per year. He gets a $250K bonus if he coaches thru 2011-12, a $500K bonus if he is still coaching in the 2014-15 season. He got a $462, 800 bonus by signing his contract renewal by March 8, today. K State is the same size as UH. K State is Martin’s first HC job at a D1 college, he came in as an assistant to Huggins who left for West Virginia.

    Let’s find an newbie assistant who works for a bona fide D1 coach at a basketball powerhouse. So what if he stays only 3 years, he sets the foundation, the next coach can build it up further. No more nice guys hire, we need someone with fire who can recruit. Watch Martin or Huggins on the sidelines during a game, lots, and lots of energy.

  132. Ralph March 8, 2010 7:01 pm

    slugger that was BigHilo stumping his foot, alright, JD has left an indelible impression on coach mac to ponder, start winning baby and look like you know what is happening on the field cuz Bighilo is watching from the side of the tunnel.

  133. Ralph March 8, 2010 7:07 pm

    RedSkins Haslet switching to a 3-4 defense. I remember when Glanville was here and he used the 3-4 to the chagrin of many UH fans, why, don’t know, but he knew our personnel by their number and knew what they could or couldn’t do and felt that his defense would work at UH. It improved, we knocked a lot of players out of the game, gang tackled, hit hard, played with the passion and intensity of Glanville but he was much maligned when he was here and when he left. What am I missing about the 3-4 defense that many felt our Poly players are suited for the 4-3 or that particular team of Polys suited the 4-3.

  134. Ralph March 8, 2010 7:09 pm

    I’m sure to get BigHilo out of the woods with my analysis of his subliminal consciousness.

  135. COPO March 8, 2010 7:10 pm

    Aloha to Bob Nash for all of his hard work and commitment to the University of Hawaii for the past 3 decades!

  136. Ralph March 8, 2010 7:15 pm

    Ricketts is doing just fine, every pitcher goes through some tough innings and they can recover like Lawrie did for UW. Lawrie has the confidence in herself to excel, she knows her defense will hold for her, and she knows if she keeps her focus her offense will come thru and finish the game for UW. But Ricketts doesn’t have that luxury at this time, nor does Kaia, UH infield defense is questionable and lacks quickness and speed, the team hits very well against average teams, lots of homers, but they are 1-6 against ranked or above board BCS conference teams. If Stephanie or Kaia gets early run support, and the team anwers when the other team surges forward, the ladies will pitch more relaxed and their confidence will definitely build with each passing game. Doubleheader on Wednesday against Troy.

  137. SteveM March 8, 2010 7:15 pm

    Best wishes and good luck to Bob Nash.

  138. SteveM March 8, 2010 7:18 pm

    Watching “House” on TV now. This week’s mystery patient is a blog host who posts from the hospital bed, describing everything. Even asking advice on medical options. The husband says she shouldn’t take advice from people she never met, or something like that… 😐

  139. Ralph March 8, 2010 7:21 pm

    mvb lost in 4 to USC

  140. RainbowCliff March 8, 2010 7:31 pm

    Good evening Tsaiko Nation, Rainbow Basketball needs a BIG fix in terms of ANY Coach who takes the job must have a desire to put Hawaii basketball back into respectability where it has always belonged because of talented players, the DESIRE to play defense and the BEST fans around to fill up the home court as to make it difficult for opposing teams to even hear there “heart beat” because of the loud roar and raucous cheer of Hawaii fans !

    To say Hawaii is far and cannot get quality players to come and play is just one word “HOG WOSH” as the new coach who knows how to recruit can sell paradise to top notch players IF he brings compassion to the game and sell it to the homes of players / parents and make his mark with HS and JC coaches on the mainland. Need to go back and recruit in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. Many players came from those cities over the years playing for Hawaii as who ever the new Coach will be need to reach out to them and make them feel an IMPORTANT part of the program as what better resource you have then have former Bows scouting GREAT players for you and speaking on Hawaii behalf.

    Bows need “ATHLETES” players who can run, jump and play “DEFENSE” ! as this phase of the game was LOST for what ever reason as being a former Bow during my time we played tough, hard nose man to man defense and full court press 2-2-1 zone and half court trap just to show a different look to keep our opponents off balance.

    Who ever coaches Hawaii must have a LOVE for the Islands and want to bring this once respectable program back to prominance as it does have history with some GREAT players who have dawn the “Big Green Machine” uniform over the years and “ALWAYS” played hard regardless of winning or losing.

    Great place to live, home arena on campus, outstanding educational institution, variety of good food and the best tropical weather to work out as well as the “GREATEST SPORT FANS” to support the ONLY game in town with the most beautiful women of all cultures to cheer you on !

    I am ready to sign all over as I petition the NCAA for elgibility !


  141. snow white March 8, 2010 8:20 pm

    mirror mirror on the wall

  142. OldDiver March 8, 2010 8:28 pm

    Regarding # 133

    Glanville was not liked by the defensive coaches because of his ( you guys don’t know squat like me, so if you don’t mind please stand aside and let me coach the defense by myself ) attitude. I don’t believe the 4-3 or 3-4 defense had anything to do with being “much maligned”.

  143. el guapo March 8, 2010 8:38 pm

    This is becoming a dangerous precedent. First boosters bought out the fumbler. Now they are helping to buy out Bob Nash. In the future the big donors are going to be accustomed to having strings attached to all of their contributions and whomever is AD is not going to have control over the program. Then again, maybe I am naive to think that JD ever had any control.

  144. oldie March 8, 2010 8:59 pm

    I admire JD’s courage in making a tough decision. As he said, the decision was especially hard because BN has always been a class act. Bob Nash will forever be the face of UH basketball.

  145. Pride. March 8, 2010 9:13 pm


    March 8th, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    RedSkins Haslet switching to a 3-4 defense. I remember when Glanville was here and he used the 3-4 to the chagrin of many UH fans, why, don’t know, but he knew our personnel by their number and knew what they could or couldn’t do and felt that his defense would work at UH. It improved, we knocked a lot of players out of the game, gang tackled, hit hard, played with the passion and intensity of Glanville but he was much maligned when he was here and when he left. What am I missing about the 3-4 defense that many felt our Poly players are suited for the 4-3 or that particular team of Polys suited the 4-3.

    Ahhhh Ralph, to me no mattah da 3-4, 4-3, 5-2, 6-1, 24, 26, Okie, Diamond, 46. Most important ting I tink is dat wen you go tackle da guy he go down. Das dad most important ting. Tackle da guy wit da ball and make shuah he no run anymoa. 3-4, 4-3, no mattah.

  146. Kazz March 8, 2010 9:15 pm


    Not much in the way of more “tests” in the pre-conference schedule.

    I dunno how good Troy, LMU, DePaul, and Lipscomb are but CAL should be decent enough right?

    Unless more repeats of the 4th inning in last night’s game occur, there should be NO reason we shouldn’t be on a roll before opening the WAC schedule against SJSU at the end of the month.

    Sure hope the SS and 2nd base positions are settled by then. Again, I don’t care WHO it is, just as long as it’s what will help us out defensively, if Iwata and Yoshikawa handle their business then so be it, BUT… Pagaduan sent a nice litttle reminder at the end of last night’s game that if she pulls herself out of her hitting slump we may get some lateral speed returning to the infield….

  147. Pride. March 8, 2010 9:16 pm

    Gotta get one coach who knows da secret to success in basketball. Da secret to success in basketball is to scoah moah points den da uddah team.

  148. Cliffsanchezfan March 8, 2010 9:42 pm


    March 8th, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    Good evening Tsaiko Nation, Rainbow Basketball needs a BIG fix in terms of ANY Coach who takes the job must have a desire to put Hawaii basketball back into respectability where it has always belonged because of talented players, the DESIRE to play defense and the BEST fans around to fill up the home court as to make it difficult for opposing teams to even hear there “heart beat” because of the loud roar and raucous cheer of Hawaii fans !

    To say Hawaii is far and cannot get quality players to come and play is just one word “HOG WOSH” as the new coach who knows how to recruit can sell paradise to top notch players IF he brings compassion to the game and sell it to the homes of players / parents and make his mark with HS and JC coaches on the mainland. Need to go back and recruit in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. Many players came from those cities over the years playing for Hawaii as who ever the new Coach will be need to reach out to them and make them feel an IMPORTANT part of the program as what better resource you have then have former Bows scouting GREAT players for you and speaking on Hawaii behalf.

    Bows need “ATHLETES” players who can run, jump and play “DEFENSE” ! as this phase of the game was LOST for what ever reason as being a former Bow during my time we played tough, hard nose man to man defense and full court press 2-2-1 zone and half court trap just to show a different look to keep our opponents off balance.

    Who ever coaches Hawaii must have a LOVE for the Islands and want to bring this once respectable program back to prominance as it does have history with some GREAT players who have dawn the “Big Green Machine” uniform over the years and “ALWAYS” played hard regardless of winning or losing.

    Great place to live, home arena on campus, outstanding educational institution, variety of good food and the best tropical weather to work out as well as the “GREATEST SPORT FANS” to support the ONLY game in town with the most beautiful women of all cultures to cheer you on !

    I am ready to sign all over as I petition the NCAA for elgibility !


    To say Hawaii is far and cannot get quality players to come and play is just one word “HOG WOSH”. It is definitely hogwosh, rainbow cliff, aloha my friend once again. we all know riley wants everyone to believe this b.s since after all he was a marginal 50% coach. Too bad Bob learned under this guy, if he learned anything at all and the sorry flex offense.
    The program could use a 51 year old stud like you, mr Sanchez, playing like your life depended on it, throwing your body around with reckless abandon. Lets hope whoever the new coach is, that recruits will be bonafide d1 players, hope the athletes come and prove bobs predecessor how screwed up his thinking really is. Com’n Mr. Sanchez, the state of hawaii is counting on you to help the bb program rise to prominence, use your network, lets make this happen. aloha rainbowcliff.

  149. what? March 8, 2010 9:54 pm

    snow white,

    I get it!

  150. al March 8, 2010 9:58 pm

    mr. pride.

    is it who can score more
    or who can stop each other from scoring more?

  151. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 10:06 pm

    More or less, score more, I guess… 😉

  152. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 10:07 pm

    I don’t get it…

  153. Ralph March 8, 2010 10:12 pm

    old diver maybe a reason we had mac run the defense as HC, or micromanage by some accounts, or the changing of the guard with aranda being named DC, and rumor of Lumpkin being switched to recruiting coordinator after 30 years of utility coach-wherever there is an opening. Lots of folks wanted the local flavor as coaches and coordinators, glanville to me was proactive and wanted to get it done and so did June. Had he been otherwise, June wouldn’t have backed him, then again, we don’t know what is said behind closed doors, or do you.

  154. whitey March 8, 2010 10:13 pm

    I wonder who will be the guest on THE SHOW tomorrow. Maybe Colt, if he neva go back to Washington yet.

  155. whitey March 8, 2010 10:16 pm

    No prediction, but when Coach Mc comes back from Japan, he will let us know who will be the new coaches. Somehow I get the feeling that Coach Lumpkin may retire, but this is just a my own feelings.

  156. Kazz March 8, 2010 10:16 pm

    My goodness…

    KHON’s sports report listed UH winning the vball match over SC in 4….

    Odda way around!!!

  157. whitey March 8, 2010 10:18 pm

    Will Coach Shoji make his announcement tomorrow about the new asst????????

  158. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 10:29 pm

    Sure is cold tonight. Made chili for Sweety and da #2 son.

  159. Da Punchbowl Kid March 8, 2010 10:32 pm

    What a day… Good night all.

  160. SteveM March 8, 2010 10:36 pm

    Good night, Kid!

  161. LizKauai [iMac] m/ March 8, 2010 10:37 pm

    Nitey nite, DPK!

    Sweet Warrior Dreams

  162. Kazz March 8, 2010 10:40 pm

    Ok so the RETARDED poll comes out again huh?

    The front of the Advertiser asks fans of their opinions of Bob Nash’s firing and places these options in front of us:

    -Didn’t give Nash enough time.
    -Good luck in finding a decent replacement.
    -Pay more to get top coach.
    -Scrap basketball program.


    -Don’t agree
    -I don’t care.
    -No chance in getting a top coach.
    -DON’T CARE EVEN more.

    Has the tabloid style appearance of the Star Bulletin infected the Advertiser already in such a way to throw unnecessary ____ into the fan?

    Seriously who’s the a-hole or a-holes that included such wording as “good luck in finding a decent replacement” or “scrap basketball program”. Unnecessary and pathetic.


  163. Kazz March 8, 2010 10:46 pm

    Results of the Advertiser’s most recent piece of trash poll indicates:

    -20.5% of people believe Coach Nash didn’t get enough time.
    -34.3% essentially believe that Coach Nash was the best we could do.
    -27.1% believe to make $$$ gotta spend $$$$.

    and (drumroll)

    -18.1% represent a lot of people that know someone that wasn’t offered a scholarship to UH for men’s basketball… 😆

  164. LizKauai [iMac] m/ March 8, 2010 11:17 pm


    ST- do we have a video show tomorrow???

  165. Pomai March 8, 2010 11:53 pm

    Kazz that means at least 18% of those who took the poll don’t know anything about the NCAA.

  166. Ralph March 9, 2010 12:21 am

    Kazz normally DePaul is a softball power in the midwest, this season they are off to a slow start, 7-6. They usually make it to the NCAA regional by the end of the season, not sure if this is an off year or rebuilding.

  167. Ralph March 9, 2010 12:29 am

    Cal and Fresno State are the only teams left to beat that will impress the NCAA, but UH got to improve themselves and beat the rest of the WAC teams. UH needs to win at least 40 games if it doesn’t win the WAC, its current rpi is very low and the WAC is not a power conference. Its crucial for UH to win the Cal and FSU series.

  168. Kekoa (iPhone) March 9, 2010 12:36 am

    Rainbow Cliff ~ I believe that a man of your stature, who rules the courts in LA, and is a well known man about town…This man is held in high esteem by the young lion cubs ready to break out of the jungle.

    You should just very casually drop a hint to the cream of the crop to visit Doris Sullivan’s PIAA site for the 411 on how to get next to the BB program. That could start the pipeline of players we need to get these hungry lions to think about creating a Fab Five of their own. The top HS players know each other. They play all star games either with or against each other. It’s only natural for them to want to play together…make a name for themselves.

    Put the bug in their ear about how cool it would be
    to build a team here. Give them the reasons you
    always harp on that inspired you to don the UH

    Just a thought R/C. I know how passionate you are, but just keep it on the down low so that *50* doesn’t bust you for recruiting violations! Hehehe…

  169. generic pharmacy March 9, 2010 12:51 am

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  170. RainbowCliff March 9, 2010 1:46 am

    cliffsanchezfan: HOWZ IT kind sir and once again mahalo for your accolades and respect. First and foremost Hawaii is a SPECIAL place to play with TREMENDOUS beaches, beautiful greenary and the most endearing fans to support UH athletics. I signed with UH for one reason I was SOLD that this basketball program way out in the pacific was a GREAT place to play hoops as the competition was “AWESOME” with a TOUGH schedule to play every year and competitive athletes coming from all walk ways of life to be a “BOW” !

    The Rainbows have TRADITION and has had BIG TIME wins and some tough losses BUT always played HARD regardless of the score as it was certainly lacking with this team for so many reasons that has been mentioned. The inner city were I work has a LARGE arena of young basketball studs playing in Rec Leagues, CYO and Laker YMCA basketball programs. Will be attending games over the course of summer as I have two of my 6th graders asking me to come and watch them play.

    My summer program will have over 100 kids attending as my duracourt basketball playground will be filled with fast playing elementary and middle school boys and girls who “LOVE” to hoop and play in a safe area in which my facility the Al Wooten Center provides. Will be observing very closely and reconnecting with my basketball roots here in Los Angeles as Gary McKnight of Mater Dei and Tony Thomas of Compton High School are former coaching friend and player that have successful programs and good student athetes who I have not seen in years as I have been watching or hearing about their rise to fame in the coaching ranks.

    Finally cliffsanchezfan the time has come to be pro active in a silent way BUT the leader of the basketball office and his command force MUST have a line open of communication and to return phone calls or e-mail replies as this has been a “BIG PROBLEM” over the years and one MAIN reason why Hawaii has not received prime time studs or jumpin jack leapers !

    We will watch and see what comes next in terms of the NEW Hawaii Head Coach and what his coaching philosophy is and players that he recruits and how well he is connected with HS or JC Coaches on the mainland who will roll out the red carpet treatment !

    Take care my fan and thank you ALWAYS for your support and acknowledgement to me when I played as a BOW as still today I got game with NO more tendonitis but only fire and desire !

    Aloha Kind Sir !

  171. RainbowCliff March 9, 2010 2:14 am

    Kekoa, always a pleasure to read your words of wisdom and flourish me with your kind remarks. I am up EARLY morning reading your post as well as other Warrior Beat Bloggers who make vaild points and concerns to the basketball program.

    Will take ALL your information to heart and for sure sir I will be “PRO ACTIVE” this spring and summer as “PARADISE” will be seen with me as I wear it “every day” and the name of Hawaii is displayed in large letters and causes interest from young and old alike. This NCAA violation of ex-players being hands off in recruting is a PAIN in the okole as of today I have not spoken to ANY potential student athlete coming to play for Hawaii.

    Don’t really know how to address this situation as I gather the best thing for me is to watch and see what the NEW Coach will be and how much experience he will bring to the table and what type of player he recruits to fit his type of game that he brings to Rainbow Basketball.

    I am in the “MECCA” of HS athletics here in South Central Los Angeles as the doors are wide open for Hawaii to come in with a big pipeline as I hang 10 supporting North Shore and BIG BAD MAKAPU !

    Take care Kekoa and send me that pic of you in that Hawaii green reebok golf polo as I know you look good in it “KIND SIR’ !

  172. wafan March 9, 2010 3:40 am

    Good frozen morning!

  173. wafan March 9, 2010 4:06 am

    Whoa. Just checked — 25 with a light dusting of snow. Time to clear the windows.

  174. Brad March 9, 2010 4:25 am

    It seems so. Great blog by the way!

  175. d1島 March 9, 2010 6:01 am

    Great Morning All!

    The shortened time period for posting the job may have the benefit of displaying which candidate understands “urgency” and how to run a “fast break”.


  176. d1島 March 9, 2010 6:04 am


    #2 son reports samui in McMinn, too! But not as cold as THAT! 🙁

  177. d1島 March 9, 2010 6:06 am

    Hope the strong winds didn’t break your umbrellla, you still going need ’em!


  178. EH NO MAKE ! March 9, 2010 6:07 am

    – Here’s the deal, Gib Arnold as the new head coach of UH men’s basketball…? HELL to the NO!

    By the way, he just got FIRED at USC Monday (03-08-10).

    If Jim Donovan even CONSIDERS the son of TERRIBLE man, HORRIBLE man, I will NEVER AGAIN financially support University of Hawaii Athletics, NEVER! Not a ticket, not a t-shirt, not a “School Kine Cookie” as a fund raiser, NOTHING.

    I know it’s not the kid who once was head coach at UH, the Fred vonAppen of basketball, but seriously, can the apple fall that far from the tree?
    Frank ripped on Hawaii, the people of Hawaii, to me, some of his remarks were racist, most importantly his teams absolutely SUCKED!

    – Jeff Law, I like him, nice guy, good guy, but did hasn’t won at UH-Hilo, never put together a Pac West D2 Championship team. I’m not sure if he couldn’t do it there he could do it here.

    – Reggie Theus, nah, no need.

    I think Al has me sold on the Jarinn Akana idea. Great story, great guy who was a great player who’s gone abroad and built a resume in the NBA.

  179. whitey March 9, 2010 6:16 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Yeah, d1 is up and running.

  180. whitey March 9, 2010 6:18 am

    Whomever is selected to be the next mbb coach, my best to you and look forward to seeing how the rainbows will evolve.

  181. Bigislandkurt March 9, 2010 6:23 am

    +1 @ Guapo’s 143.


  182. Bigislandkurt March 9, 2010 6:30 am

    I know it is all speculation at this point, but I’m always up for a good conspiracy theory.

    So the Big money donors who are helping to “off set” the Nash Buy out — they must have their hands in on the next coach’s decision right? And if they are donors with connections to big money, doesn’t it logically make sense that such connections would come from a place like Punahou as opposed to Molokai? 🙂 I mean, we couldn’t buy out Nash’s contract with donations of Molokai bread right?

    Let the speculation continue……but if Arnold is hired…..hmmmmm. After all, JD would not want to bite the hand that feeds him (and the program) right?


  183. Bigislandkurt March 9, 2010 6:39 am

    By the way, all day we kept hearing “poor Nash” or “I feel for him and his family.”

    I do not feel sorry for Bob Nash. And this has nothing to do with basketball.

    Why don’t I feel sorry for Nash? Bottom line: He will be OK. His 31 years as a State employee…..as well as his 31 years of Hawaii connections will make sure that he is ok from here on out. Bob Nash will not be suffering. As a matter of fact, he will be quite comfortable for the foreseeable future. Bob Nash has friends and when you have friends in Hawaii, you are taken care of…….and he got a $240k check to go with it.

    Why don’t I feel sorry for Bob Nash? I live in Hilo, where masses and masses of people are out of work. Many running out of their unemployment benefits with no job on the horizon. Some have lost their homes and have had their cars repossessed. Hardship and despair is a reality in many parts of our state these days. Trust me, Coach Nash will not be in this situation.

    With all that said, I have nothing but respect for Coach Nash and have great appreciation for his love of UH basketball. But as we get so caught up in feeling bad for him, let us not forget the masses of bradduhs and sistas in Hawaii who do not have the luxury of a buy out.

  184. LizKauai [iMac] m/ March 9, 2010 6:40 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Have an interesting day 😆

  185. postmanke March 9, 2010 6:43 am

    eh no make – lol

    someone mentioned to me couple months ago Gib might have been interested.. one-and-done’s in manoa??

    Jarinn is a friend, would love to see him get the job. he is one of the all-time good guys!

  186. LizKauai [iMac] m/ March 9, 2010 6:52 am

    Please remember Coach Reinebold in your thoughts and prayers today:
    From facebook.

    Jeff ReineBold

  187. whitey March 9, 2010 7:03 am

    Speedy recovery and my best to Coach Reinbold.

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