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Lance Williams
Lance Williams

A couple weeks ago, we detailed how freshman nickel-linebacker Solomon Matautia cut the hair he had grown since the fourth grade to meet team requirements.

Most recently, Lance Williams, a senior linebacker and co-captain, also cut off the tail he had been growing out this spring.

Williams said he loved his long hair, but, as he proved, he was more committed to his leadership role.

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Every year, football official George Gusman invites the media to his house for a session detailing the new rule changes in college football. The workshop includes a folder of the new rules, a video (and quiz) showing controversial plays, and lectures from referees who work on the field and in the replay booth. This time, Gusman also distributed four footballs that were inflated to slightly different pressures. It was easy to rank the football from most inflated to least.

We learned:

> College football averaged 183 plays per game last year.

> In MWC games, officials were perfect on calls at 98.2 percent.

Here are some stats to impress your friends:





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  1. H-Man July 19, 2015 9:17 am

    Nice Sunday morning. Great Open Championship. Waiting for football.

  2. Shoko July 19, 2015 9:29 am

    Would be interesting to see PAC12 officiating statistics.

    Nine more days till MWC Football Media day starts.

  3. Shoko July 19, 2015 9:31 am

    I guess my comments have to be moderated now since I haven’t been posting as much nowadays!

  4. A-House July 19, 2015 10:02 am

    great day in the valley – bright sunshine for hot water and electricity – with a very slight breeze, but getting stronger with every hour – great to dry clothes faster

  5. Manoa Mist July 19, 2015 10:16 am

    I am not a fan of Mr. Chow, but I’ll always back the boys who put on the University of Hawaii uniform. This is for Solomon and Lance. Have always liked Williams, the kid plays with a lot of heart out there. Sorry about the hair fellas…


    She asks me why, I’m just a hairy guy
    I’m hairy noon and night, hair that’s a fright
    I’m hairy high and low, don’t ask me why, don’t know
    It’s not for lack of bread, like the Greatful Dead, darlin’

    Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair
    Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
    Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer
    Here baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy

    Hair, flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow, my hair

    Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
    Give a home to the fleas, in my hair
    A home for fleas, a hive for the buzzing bees
    A nest for birds, there ain’t no words
    For the beauty, splendor, the wonder of my hair

    Flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow, my hair

    I want long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
    Oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
    Knotted, polka dotted, twisted, beaded, braided
    Powered, flowered and confettied
    Bangled, tangled, spangled and spahettied

    Oh say, can you see my eyes if you can
    Then my hair’s too short
    Down with here, down to there
    Down till there, down to where it’s stuck by itself

    They’ll be ga-ga at the go-go, when they see me in my toga
    My toga made of blond, brilliantined, biblical hair
    My hair like Jesus wore it, Hallelujah I adore it
    Hallelujah Mary loved her son, why don’t my mother love me?

    Hair, flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow
    My hair, flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow
    My hair, flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow
    My hair

  6. A-House July 19, 2015 10:39 am

    interesting comment made by Ferd Lewis in his column this am regarding the UH BOR and the number of attorneys on the board and why their continued scratching the head when it comes to athletic contracts

    Ferd, just because they are attorneys it does not necessarily translate to their wondering why the UH General Counsel’s Office is inept at creating good/solid coaches contracts that will not be used against UH when a coach is fired; it just says that they have a law degree and passed the Hawaii Bar exam

    an attorney my tell you to create a “WILL” which is correct, but just ask that attorney do you have one? in my experience, most will so NO!

    any intelligent person on the street can do that! just ask the “why” until all the language is “tight” – just like little ripples of water when you drop a pebble into a bucket – watch all the “rings” go outward and look at each to determine how solid your contract is – have I considered this? what about this? how can it be interpreted? why! why!! why!!!

    but, only BOR member Simeon Acoba openly voiced his concern in the last BOR meeting that others may have just mumbled about under their breath before

    BOR should send a directive to Lassner for a full report in 21 days { just following the chain of command } – why are the contracts constantly challenged with UH losing – who is responsible for drafting the contract(s)? ( General Counsel can delegate authority , but not responsibility ) – why are only the athletic contracts being challenged? – dispose of the “model” they are using and find/create a new one

    continued expenses for poor language within a contract should be borne by the General Counsel’s Office and/or Administration budget; NOT the athletic department!!!!!!!!!!!! why, you ask? because the Administration hires the General Counsel and/or any attorneys therein – and I ask, why are they so incompetent??? Is this the reason for the last one leaving?

    because we spend trillions of dollars fighting wars, the cost should be chargeable against the Executive and/or Congressional budget; not the Department of Defense – who decides to make war? not the military who is the “final” poi pounder for political blunders; the last extension of the political will/decision(s)

    just an analogy to nail the UH coffin

  7. z July 19, 2015 11:08 am

    Wish they would work on the non-calls. Like the ones where corners look like backpacks on our receivers.

  8. SteveM July 19, 2015 11:22 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Nice photo of RK!

    The number of penalties called look very even. Very fair if the teams actually committed the same number of fouls. Like z implies, the non-calls hurt. I don’t think you’ll find official statistics on non-calls.

  9. SteveM July 19, 2015 11:39 am

    RE: #3
    Manoa Mist — our generation with UH games in the termite palace… ?


  10. Tiki808 July 19, 2015 11:55 am

    Calls should go to the home team. Last season vs. UNLV Rebels. Clearly a good tackle by Rebels secondary defender last few seconds of game, time ran out, UH got the TD call 6 points. UH win game.

  11. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2015 12:00 pm

    I can save us all a lot of time and energy by spelling out the problem:
    > UH spends more than it makes.
    > None of the women’s sports is profitable.
    > UH needs women’s sports to comply with Title IX, which is a federal law.
    > Without compliance, the Manoa campus isn’t eligible for federal funding.
    > Without federal funding, UH is screwed.
    > Solution: UH and state need to subsidize women’s sports.

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid July 19, 2015 12:01 pm

    Oh my garsh! Lookit them statisticseseses! Somebody let JM4321 know immediately!


  13. bowwar July 19, 2015 12:22 pm

    ST: That’s a simple, but correct assessment of the UH athletics problem…Aside from UH having its own football stadium or keeping concession revenue, your summary makes sense. We should all “cut and paste it” and send it to our legislators…The State needs to subsidize Title IX compliance.

  14. Tiki808 July 19, 2015 12:24 pm

    “No more you!” actually I didn’t feel any thing was/is imperative. Easy!

  15. Old School Dave July 19, 2015 12:27 pm

    Call me old school and I used to not like long hair, but now the other side of me says that if a player has a good attitude, is coachable, takes care of business off the field, goes to class, is a good student and citizen, I don’t see how long hair will hurt. Unless it’s a safety or hygiene issue, it should be no problem. This isn’t BYU-Honolulu. That’s just me, though.

    Stephen: I agree, completely, that UH Athletics needs the Upper Campus and State Govt for subsidies to fund women’s programs, the majority are non-revenue. It’s the law and failure to comply and offer the required number of wahine sports will result in losing Federal funding (and lawsuits).

    BTW, when is the last time that a men’s sports was added? I’d like to see Men’s Track & Field added at UH, but will probably never happen.

  16. Cindy Luis July 19, 2015 12:30 pm

    11. Also that conference membership requires a certain number of sports.
    Wahine volleyball makes money. one of two programs in the country that do.
    but then again out of the 12 women’s sports at UH only volleyball and basketball charge admission.
    of the 7 men’s sports, 4 charge.

  17. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2015 1:02 pm

    In a hearing this past February, Ben Jay told Rep. Isaac Choy (chairman of the House Higher Education Committee) that only football among UH’s 21 teams makes money. Jay testified women’s volleyball breaks even and other 19 teams run in the red.

  18. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2015 1:10 pm

    This isn’t about entertainment or community importance. I think all UH sports are entertaining and provide value to the community. This is about money. A community needs schools, zoos, a symphony, museums and, yes, sports. They also need funding. Let’s go to the extreme and say, hypothetically, they shut down UH football. Well, then all sports go because none is financially sustainable. UH and the state need to pay for sports, just as they subsidize the Burns Medical School, Richardson school of law and Ka Leo O Hawaii.

  19. Derek July 19, 2015 2:17 pm

    Just my opinion, I thing women’s softball should charge admission. At least $3.00 for each game, and $5.00 for a doubleheader. To me, that’s a nominal amount, but added up could help the softball for much needed equipment and other needs for Coolen’s program.

  20. SteveM July 19, 2015 2:59 pm

    RE: #19
    Derek — I remember reading that charging admission of such small amounts would not be worth the administration cost. Typically (and cynically), I believe this to be true. By the time you pay for the ticket printing and the employees to sell the tickets, account for the tickets and the monies collected, the bureaucratic expenses will exceed revenue.

    We are fortunate that the Wahine softball booster club has been more proactive in collecting donation “admission” for each game. Perhaps Pomai could elaborate. This could carry over to other non-revenue sports.

  21. H-Man July 19, 2015 4:00 pm

    Thank you ST for your comments regarding State funding for UH Athletics, just as the State funds other activities including marina/sailing/canoeing/fishing activities, state parks/picnicking and other outdoor recreational activities such as softball. I don’t recall ever having to pay an admission fee to enjoy Kapiolani Park, Ala Moana Beach Park, Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park or Haleiwa/Alii Beach Parks, among others. And yes, I cannot forget that the State supports the John A. Burns Medical School which is recognized as an individual and distinct item on the University’s operating budget. Yet, UH Athletics is not shown, not recognized nor found anywhere in the budget. I believe the expectation is that UH Athletics must be self sustaining.

  22. Cindy Luis July 19, 2015 4:01 pm

    17. then I stand corrected. If that is true, then it would mean that 2014 was the first time they didn’t turn a profit since moving into the SSC in 1994.

  23. Tiki808 July 19, 2015 4:03 pm

    “I think they’re slow. KIF. ” Always wanting to known. Who is Sean Shigematsu then. What’s with NFL. Weird residence on Kaua’i. From one sports blog fan anyway.

  24. H-Man July 19, 2015 4:07 pm

    Cindy/ST, additionally, I believe the NCAA requires a D1 school to maintain a minimum number of men’s and women sports (seven each). UH meets the minimum with seven Men’s and twelve women’s sports (there are two co-ed sports).

  25. oneseason July 19, 2015 4:30 pm

    #11, #22 … As I recall, UH called and told me they were refunding 10% of on our Wahine VB season ticket cost as thanks for buying season tickets in more than one sport. I could be wrong on the percentage, and it might have been Warrior VB, but there was definitely a refund. I am certain it wasn’t a refund Football season ticket cost though. I don’t know if that happens every year, but depending upon their bookkeeping, the revenue numbers reported for Wahine VB might be artificially low.

  26. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2015 4:43 pm

    Anyway, this isn’t about which sport is more popular or successful. It’s about improving a business model. Matlin is on the right track when he says there needs to be more of an influx of sponsorships and donations. The NBA and NFL don’t rely solely on ticket sales for income. That source is too fickle. UH needs more donations, sponsorships and help from the state. It also would help if it stopped getting sued.

  27. islandman July 19, 2015 5:12 pm

    18. Wichita St. does not have a football team, but apparently doesn’t lose money. They have 6 men’s and about 7 women’s sports.

  28. Hank July 19, 2015 5:52 pm

    #11 Not even women’s volleyball?

  29. oneseason July 19, 2015 6:01 pm

    A UH Athletics report with lots of financial numbers and a status quo approach to a lot of things (page 12 & 13). Not much hope for a winning football team was evident in the report as far as I could see.

    Over 13 years from FY2002-2014, the average deficit was about $1.35M with $24.4M of revenue (5.5% deficit). Over the past 6 years from FY2009-2014, the average deficit was about $1.88M with $28.2M of revenue (6.7% deficit); see Table 1 of reference.

    Football went from a budgeted FY12 revenue of $ 5,050,000 to an actual FY14 revenue of $3,578,612 and a projected actual FY15 revenue of $3,475,000. Projected FY18 revenue is by the previous AD was $3,560,149. (Table 2B).

    Wahine VB went from a budgeted FY12 revenue of $832,527 to an actual FY14 revenue of $952,795. Budgeted FY15 revenue was an even $1M with a projected actual FY15 revenue of an even $900,000. It is interesting how the sub-elements that contribute to this number are good to 6 figure (e.g. $584,724 + $315,276). Funny how number (or accountants) work sometimes; same thing for other sports.

    Table 1 … actual total revenue and expenses 2001-2002 through 2013-2014 seasons
    Table 2B … budgeted and actual revenue by sport f0r FY 2012-2014 (plus projections)

  30. islandman July 19, 2015 6:25 pm

    I can’t find a recent article, but this SA article in 2010 says these sports made money: Football,basketball, men’s volleyball , baseball and women’s volleyball.

  31. oneseason July 19, 2015 6:56 pm

    #31 … the devil must be in the details (gross revenue vs. revenue?)
    “Nothing but net: Basketball dollars by school”
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Revenue: $1,452,297
    Expenses: $2,208,703
    Profit: (756,406)
    Margin: -52.1%

  32. PONO July 19, 2015 7:40 pm

    Isn’t it sad that just a couple of years ago we’d average 300 or so posts in the off season. Now there are barely 20-30 posts a day.

  33. ai-eee-soos July 19, 2015 8:11 pm

    testing … just logging in

  34. cappie the dog July 19, 2015 8:12 pm

    That intro music to “Pardon the Interruption” is an inside joke. It’s Pavement’s “Cut Your Hair”, an ironic nod to the two hosts’ bald pates.

    I was told by a co-worker that the Atlanta Braves organization held open tryouts for Hawaii-based players, and that Kaeo Aliviado was one of the guys they liked.

    Can anybody confirm this?

  35. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2015 9:19 pm

    In what was supposed to be his final act as AD, Ben Jay produced a report on the future of UH athletics. He issued three worst-case scenarios that involved dropping sports. Of course, it was short-sighted to suggest dropping sports that charge admission because they have the potential to earn money. Anyway, it was during that hearing, in front of regents and lawmakers, that Jay said only football was profitable. My desk mates — Ferd Lewis and Nanea Kalani — co-wrote the article in February.

  36. Old School Dave July 19, 2015 10:10 pm

    In the new Sporting News’ College Football magazine the writer covering Hawaii says that UH Football is a money loser and risks being eliminated by administration.

  37. st. anthony trojan July 20, 2015 1:24 am

    Well the way they are think up there in admin is ok.. they have a millions to pay out for cancelled games..n to the conference…

    When all they truly need to do is get sum bucks for the women sports programs from the legislature.

  38. Maddog50 July 20, 2015 2:42 am

    Regarding some of the coverage UH Football receives nationally and locally. So-called writers and journalists typically use whatever comes out of someone’s mouth regardless of the accuracy or validity. I have read numerous articles that paint a bleak picture yet no one bothers to say that UH has an annual spend of 1.5 billions dollars! To have a deficit of a mere couple of million is not exactly devastating. The hurdles confronting the AD is absurd in the light of the annual budget. Would love to see the balance sheet of some of the campuses in the UH system—Go Warriors!

  39. ALLAN July 20, 2015 3:46 am


  40. 3-Prong July 20, 2015 6:56 am

    38 Maddog50, Agree with your perspective on the budget issue…

  41. AdmrVT July 20, 2015 7:43 am

    #27. The usa today link is curious. The vast number of schools are in the black, as “total revenues” exceeds their expenses. Likely includes the subsidy amount. Does it sound right that ALL those schools are making money or breaking even? Looks fishy.

  42. Ipu Man July 20, 2015 8:07 am

    Instead of a “State” government run lottery, let’s have a
    “UH Football” privately run lottery—and all the other
    sports can go begging the guv.

  43. jm2375 July 20, 2015 8:33 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Just another thing to think about – a UH coach has opined that the “Cost of Attendance” issue will put men’s Olympic sports in peril nationwide, particularly, swimming and diving, even among the Power 5 schools.

    Would like to see those stats broken down by school. Would be interesting to see if the prevailing preception that the refs hate UH is actually true.

    BTW, does the BWC do this kind of breakdown? I wanna see the stats for basketball!

  44. Da Punchbowl Kid July 20, 2015 10:14 am

    #38 and #40

    Hear, hear or read, read as it were. Great POV Maddog50.

  45. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2015 11:07 am

    New post:

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