Petersen principle


Boise State’s Chris Petersen is going to Washington. Here’s what the move means:

• Hawaii — No immediate  impact. Unless both win their divisions next year, the Broncos and Rainbow Warriors aren’t scheduled to meet until 2015.

• Mountain West Conference — The league loses its marquee coach. At the MWC media preview in July, the line was long for television one-on-one interviews. Petersen was on a platform, literally and figuratively, with the scene reminiscent of favors being sought at a Godfather wedding. Let’s pretend the MWC is a morphism of the WAC, then Petersen is the league’s true home-grown attraction. It would be as if Robinson Cano were to leave the Yankees and go to Seattle. Wait … that’s happening, too.

• Boise State  —Welcome back to the real world. Sure, with the’ talent and mesmerizing blue turf, the Broncos still will be good. But they won’t be the same. The common thread to success was Petersen, which is why the Broncos became even better after Dan Hawkins departed for Colorado. Petersen is built from the Bill Belichick mode, a workaholic innovator. It would be difficult to replicate his system because his system is an offense with a playbook as thick as the White Pages. The Patriots could afford to lose assistant coaches and everyone but Tom Brady. This year, the Broncos had so-so production from their quarterback. They won’t be the same without Petersen, similar to if the Patriots were to lose Belichick. Look at Nevada a year after Chris Alt’s departure.

• Media — The Broncos had the Garbo-esque media policy that was confounding even to the Idaho Statesman. When a kicker missed a BCS-busting attempt a few years ago, it would be months before he was available for an interview. BSU officials made Petersen unavailable from last week’s post-game news conference through, at least, this morning.

• Utah State — The Aggies, with few obstacles in the Mountain Division, become the new Broncos.


  1. cocobean December 6, 2013 7:32 am

    I think Boise will land on its feet.

  2. boolakanaka December 6, 2013 7:37 am

    One door opens, Petersen, and another closes, Kubiak. Perhaps, Gary Kubiak, can be the qb coach for JJ, when he makes his fictional phoenixesque return to the islands, as he saves both the program and Hawai’i–not.

  3. papajoe2 December 6, 2013 7:38 am

    Good morning everybody!
    Top 5.

  4. tom mui December 6, 2013 7:38 am


    Please vote for Emily.

    The vote between Em and the player from Florida is now tied. Every vote by us is needed.


  5. papajoe2 December 6, 2013 7:49 am

    Although Peterson is mentioned by almost every BCS school that has an opening for a head coach, I think this is the 1st time went as far as being interviewed. Congrats to him. See you next year!

  6. koakane ip5 December 6, 2013 7:49 am

    morning 808

  7. papajoe2 December 6, 2013 7:50 am

    *he went as far

  8. jeezy33 December 6, 2013 7:50 am

    Time to offer Brandon Lewis a scholarship…

  9. Stephen Tsai December 6, 2013 7:50 am

    Timing is everything, too.
    When a guy says, “no, no, no,” to so many offers through the years, then all of a sudden agrees to interview for jobs and, then finally accepts an offer, the question is: Why now?
    Aside from needing “new challenges” — because face it, I’ve been to Boise, and if its about restlessness it would have happened years ago — it must be: 1) It’s too difficult to get to the BCS playoffs through the MWC’s 12-team, two-division maze, or 2) The MWC is in trouble.
    There’s always concern when a guy who didn’t want to leave for years decides to leave.

  10. Haleakala December 6, 2013 7:58 am

    We’ll see how the Huskies and the Broncos do going forward.

  11. Dennis Halloran December 6, 2013 7:58 am

    Seems a perfect place for Ed Orgeron

  12. (Jesse)James December 6, 2013 8:01 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!

    Woo Hoo…Top ten.

    Good Luck to Coach Peterson…Hope he doesn’t go the way of Dan Hawkins…We’ll see him next year back at Aloha…. 🙂

  13. (Jesse)James December 6, 2013 8:01 am

    Oops….top twenny

  14. Shoko December 6, 2013 8:16 am

    Like Ault, I think Petersen realized he could take Boise State only so far.

  15. Drew December 6, 2013 8:16 am

    Boise State may go after Norm Chow to take Chris Petersen’s place because Norm Chow is an excellent head coach. Who wouldn’t want Coach Chow as their head coach?

  16. Aaron December 6, 2013 8:26 am

    Drew, I agree. I sure hope they don’t go after him…

  17. Shoko December 6, 2013 8:27 am

    Anyway, the list of potential candidates could include Brent Pease who was recently let go from Florida and Bryan Harsin who is still in his first year as a head coach at Arkansas State. Of course, Boise could head in a totally different direction and hire someone with no school ties.

  18. Bugaz December 6, 2013 8:28 am

    Coach Chow is going to lead us to a seven plus win season next year and a bowl game victory.

  19. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 8:34 am

    14… right on. Boise has peaked under Peterson. I didn’t think Peterson would ever leave unless somebody convinced the family on the move. UW and the city of Seattle have done that.

    I didn’t hear on terms yet, but I’m guessing $3 or 3.5million/year.

    Boise better be very careful who they next. The past two BSU teams have declined on talent for Peterson-led teams. Peterson’s coaching got them to 8 wins this year. They only have talent for 6 wins this year. I see Boise struggling to make 7 wins next year if they don’t hire right.

    The MWC takes the biggest hit with the one marquee coach leaving. Boise’s reputation will surely take a hit and will probably won’t climb the polls as fast as years past when they are good. Peterson and Boise was the MWC’s best chance to punch a ticket to the playoff, or at least the stepping stone team for someone else to make it.

  20. pu'uwai December 6, 2013 8:34 am

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  21. Marleysdad December 6, 2013 8:38 am

    Hartong behind 41%-41.1%

    Go vote, vote, vote!!

    You can vote from every device you have. I’ve been voting from work, home, & mobile daily.

  22. chawan_cut December 6, 2013 8:40 am

    sad/glad to see him go. sorry boise, you had your glory years. you’re just not a final destination for coaches. and unlike when Hawkins left, (and Peterson stayed). not sure who Peterson will take with him to UW and who will remain behind. If boise is lucky, they’ll try to keep the OC and that crazy playbook. if not, good luck starting from scratch.
    the mwc will indeed suffer. fresno’s success this year was due to Carr, who is gone. San Jose’s was also due to their QB in Fales. USU will get Chucky back after his injury, but they’re not the ESPN draw that the ugly blue turf was.
    wonder if Peterson will bring the trickery to UW and how that’ll work in the PAC-12. will he be able to get the 100% participation in offseason work outs all summer long? I don’t think so. boise is not seattle.
    I guess we’ll find out in August next year!

  23. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 8:40 am

    12… Peterson is way more level headed than Hawkins.

    Just a refresher….

    “THIS IS DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL!!!, ITS’S THE BIG 12!!! THIS AIN’T INTRAMURALS!!! You’ve got two weeks after finals. You’ve got a week at July 4th. You’ve got a week before camp starts. That’s a month! That’s probably more vacation than you guys (reporters) get. And we’re a little bummed out that we don’t get three weeks? Go play intramurals, brother. Go play intramurals.”

    –One of the best rants of all time.

  24. 808WarriorFan December 6, 2013 8:43 am

    #11 that is a very interesting thought…..#15 please don’t forget to take Thom Kaumeyer as well…..#18 needs to take a drug test or become a stand up comedian…..

  25. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 8:46 am

    22.. Peterson hasn’t reached into the bag of tricks too much the past several years as the teams have gotten better. Just here and there when the time is right.

    Peterson runs a power run game using multi TE sets and lots of formation shifts. The downfield passing game has gone away for the most part because Southwick wasn’t a good deep thrower.

    Peterson inherits stud QB Keith Price, stud RB Bishop Sankey and stud TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and a pretty good OLine. WR corp is so-so and defense also just so-so. Peterson has very good tools on offense to make an immediate impact. Defense may take a 1-2 years to build up.

  26. RedZone December 6, 2013 8:47 am

    Keith Bhonapha.

  27. gobows December 6, 2013 8:49 am


    petterson had an interview with pat haden prior to the sark hiring.

  28. Labowfan December 6, 2013 8:51 am

    Hawaii – The Warriors, with Chow, becomes the new Idaho Vandals

  29. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 6, 2013 8:55 am

    Great hire for UW.

  30. kev-1 December 6, 2013 9:00 am

    Great hire for Washington. Great move for Peterson. UW will be immediately better. They are a good team now. They just became really good. Watch out Pac12.

  31. kev-1 December 6, 2013 9:00 am

    So much for UW recruits jumping ship. If I were a recruit, I’d probably be pretty darned happy.

  32. gobows December 6, 2013 9:01 am


    mike gundy’s “I’m a man, i’m 40” is a good one too, but my fav is dennis green’s “they are who we thought they were, and we let them off the hook”

  33. jeezy33 December 6, 2013 9:03 am

    Price is a senior……

  34. kev-1 December 6, 2013 9:03 am

    Drew . . . Chow isn’t going to take the Boise job. He’s gonna take the Texans job. They just fired Kubiak.

  35. kev-1 December 6, 2013 9:08 am

    As crazy as it sounds (and not going to happen), I could see June Jones having an immediate impact with the Texans. The tools are in place there. Keenum is a very similar QB to Colt Brennen and comes from a similar college system.

    Again, not gonna happen, but why not hope for it.

  36. gobows December 6, 2013 9:08 am

    sark is the 1st coach to voluntarily leave uw since darrell royal left for texas in 1956.

  37. kev-1 December 6, 2013 9:10 am

    Did Price ever fulfill the hype though? I wouldn’t be surprised if they had someone better in the wings.

  38. kimo browner December 6, 2013 9:10 am

    Kamalei Correa headed home? He has 4 to play 3.

  39. gobows December 6, 2013 9:11 am


    whew, at least they won’t be the new mexico state aggies.

  40. Fan December 6, 2013 9:14 am

    Well the landscape of college football coaching is one in which the very big dollars at the very big programs rules the day. Loyalty and allegiance doesn’t seem to mean much. Good for coach Petersen and bad for Boise. I guess they will be having thier own “June Jones has left the building” sort of experience. I was impressed by Boise’s rise to prominence but have to admit finding their eventual inflated sense of themselves a little tiresome with all of the conference changing and the like. They actually seemed a rather boring team this last year. Maybe coach Petersen could feel the decline of the program and didn’t want to associated with the down draft. I suspect that was part of June Jones’ reason for departure. There was no where to go but down and in coaching that means your wallet gets thinner.

    The MWC conference is ripe and ready for a new dominant team. I hope it can be us. At least coach Chow wants to be in Hawaii and is not looking for the next big pay day. Despite coach Jones’ proclamations of love for Hawaii he left and left the program reeling. I’m not sure we have yet recovered from his departure. The idea of the great new upcoming coach riding into town and transforming the program seems unrealistic to me. Even if it happened it would be a flash in the pan as the same person would ride out of town seeking a bigger sack of gold elsewhere. So I say go coach Chow. Find a way to be successful and build a stable program. Let the great new up and coming coaches be our assistants who are here to learn from coach Chow before they depart. All we need is a winning program. And we need it now. There is no more time for losing seasons but I do feel a sense of opportunity.

  41. Leahi2 December 6, 2013 9:14 am

    #15 DREW and#16 AARON: Thanks, you gave me a good laugh this morning! Here’s wishing you both a very nice day!

  42. ai-eee-soos December 6, 2013 9:19 am

    hmmm …. I wonder if Dirk Koetter and Dan Hawkins going apply for Boise State job.

  43. Shoko December 6, 2013 9:19 am

    UW has a very good freshman QB in Cyler Miles when Price leaves. Was voted the top dual-threat in his recruiting class and fairly accurate, if not mistaken. The cabinet will not be empty when Petersen takes over.

  44. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 9:25 am

    Agree that Utah St may become the new power of MWC. Keeton is back for senior year and the backup showed he’s got some game also, so they’re good at QB for years to come.

    Lots of MWC teams with a ton of question marks heading into 2014.

    -Boise is on some thin ice with the transition and not gamebreaker at QB.
    -Fresno will have some serious rebuilding after Carr is gone and the defense as big of mess as UH’s.
    -SJSU took a step back this year vs better competition, and I think they will be ok until Fales is gone. Then look out below.
    -SDSU took a big step back this year, don’t think Rocky Long is a good recruiter.
    -Wyoming is in disarray.
    -Nevada-Reno too a big step back A.A. (After Ault) with a good returning cast on offense. Polian/Rolo tbd on if they can right the ship.
    -New Mexico is bad
    -Air Force is bad
    -Hawaii is bad defensively, but showed signs of life offensively.

    2014 MWC is looking like they are going to be really soft again, like this year.

    Hard to believe, but the MWC did not defeat a single non-conference team with a winning record this year.

  45. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 9:26 am

    36… wow, nice stat.

  46. blunite December 6, 2013 9:27 am

    Did Boise State’s Defensive Coordinator go with Petersen; if not, Chow should inquire. As good as Boise’s offense performed, it was their defense that made a difference.

  47. Leron December 6, 2013 9:28 am

    Petersen’s hire does have an immediate impact on Hawaii….first game of the season!

  48. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 9:31 am

    With Peterson’s hiring, I don’t think there will be too many UW players wanting to transfer out. I would think the UW players are probably fired up to play for Peterson.

    Peterson’s scheme won’t require any roster transformation other than a few tweaks here and there.

    Jeezy… totally forgot Price was senior. Didn’t seem like he was there very long, but just checked that he was a 3 year starter. Time is going way too fast now.

  49. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 9:32 am

    46.. money problems… but worth a phone call.

  50. Shoko December 6, 2013 9:42 am

    Last I heard is that Justin Wilcox hasn’t decided to leave with Sark. Could be reunited with Petersen if he decides to stay, or Petersen could decide to take Kwiatkowski with him.

  51. tom mui December 6, 2013 9:49 am

    Lot of bloggers today

    But have you voted yet? Emily needs your vote.

  52. Jeezy33 December 6, 2013 9:49 am

    Also seferian jenkins is 90% going into the draft.. Hawaii will be facing a lot of new personnel in my opinion…

  53. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 9:52 am

    52… Was wondering about him… Makes sense for him to leave with Price graduating. He’s got that modern NFL TE body that’s so hard to defend at the NFL.

    I’ll have to ask my UW friend to see what they have coming back.

  54. innocent observer December 6, 2013 9:53 am

    hey, maybe chow can apply for the boise job and take his coaches with him. jay, please encourage him to apply. we need a change and quickly. how come TK is not fired yet?

  55. NotNasti December 6, 2013 10:00 am

    49. People forget (or don’t know) how little we pay our assistant coaches here. Their position coaches make more than our coordinators. At many other schools, their coordinators make more than our head coaches. Aaron Price was hired at $130,000. Keith Bhonapha, Boise’s running backs coach makes $160,000, their DC makes $340,000, and o-line coach makes $324,000. UW is another story. A mid-level PAC-12 team, Justin Wilcox, BSU’s former DC, made $750,000 last year. I HI, it seem like the fans want high-grade sashimi for canned tuna prices.

  56. Shoko December 6, 2013 10:02 am

    UW will probably be thin at the DB position. Not sure who they have coming in but they’re losing a lot of experience in that area.

  57. NotNasti December 6, 2013 10:03 am

    @HI, not I HI.

  58. markazulu December 6, 2013 10:06 am

    Maybe him leaving finally is the fact they had 3 loses this year and him finally feeling he should go to a bcs school now before boise starts losing its luster.

  59. Whats up December 6, 2013 10:09 am

    About the Hawaii first game with Chris Petersons Washington Hukies.

    The Good? Hawaii knows Peterson style of football.
    The Bad? Peterson knows Hawaii style of football.

  60. Old School Dave December 6, 2013 10:16 am

    I think that UW got the better deal compared to USC.

  61. cocobean December 6, 2013 10:16 am

    Stephen, you’ve been to Boise so you should have a feel for the place. Correct me if I’m wrong but here’s my impression of Boise.

    Boise is a place where everyone is all in when it comes to football. Everyone. The players, the coaches, the AD, Upper campus, the politicians, the business community and the local residents. Boise has a football culture that’s committed to winning. This culture was in place before Petersen arrived. He took advantage of what was already in place and took the program to the proverbial next level. The challenge for Boise will be to find the right coach to maintain that level. They’ve been pretty good at identifying coaching talent from Nutt, to Koetter,to Hawkins, to Peterson.

    Finding the righnt guy has been a double edged sword for Boise. Find the right guy to produce wins and he’s out of there after a few seasons.

  62. Shoko December 6, 2013 10:22 am

    I thought this was interesting: Petersen once told former Oregon coach and mentor Mike Bellotti years ago he was eyeing UW, not Oregon.

  63. dannyp December 6, 2013 10:30 am

    I’m really hoping we can poach Sean Modster. We need slots.

  64. cocobean December 6, 2013 10:32 am

    Said this before, will say it again. Chow should hit up the Punahou mafia for some extra cash to pay for a decent OC. JW may be an up-and-comer but he mainly knows what Chow has taught him. Chow should get someone who has his own play book. Someone who can bring another prespective forChow to look at.

  65. markazulu December 6, 2013 10:35 am

    I think Boise State is capable of hiring BCS caliber coaches i would think. But I pretty sure Boise State is now kicking themselves in the butt for not going to the big East now

  66. Warrior Dave December 6, 2013 10:36 am

    I think Washington made a great hire. Imagine what Peterson will do with a upgrade in talent. One thing he needs to change is players egos. Under his blueprint, everyone played a specific roll and had to accept that. Looking forward to our first game against them in 2014.

  67. Warrior Dave December 6, 2013 10:38 am

    #58, I’m sure that was a factor in his decision. Surprised BSU didn’t match the offer.

  68. Warrior Dave December 6, 2013 10:40 am

    Wonder if the TV agreement with BSU will change as they start to turn into a average. MWC team?

  69. A-House December 6, 2013 10:41 am

    why is it that I cannot get to the blog from home or my laptop!

    hey, who eva sta put da kahuna on me, kindly let go!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. Pete Jek December 6, 2013 10:42 am

    Good hire.

  71. islandman December 6, 2013 11:13 am

    Isn’t there an impact re: Petersen, in that Washington is Hawaii’s first game in 2014 ?

    Or it would have been a tough game with either Sarkisian or Petersen ?

  72. boolakanaka December 6, 2013 11:38 am

    The thing with the “punahou mafia”, and most of those usual suspects, did not attend UH and have only a marginal interest in the program, at least at present.

    As for Boise, who can tell us about its long history with Hawai’i–I’ll provide some clues, maybe folks like coco and nasti remember these blasts from the past: Eddie Chung (all state at Kailua) and David Hughes (All State Kamehameha and Seahawks). Boola sometimes pulls a nice rabbit out of the hat.

  73. madeinhawaii December 6, 2013 11:38 am

    I suppose Washington has some special kind of facilities for Petersen’s son. I can’t imagine him moving otherwise.

    Utah State as the new Powerhouse? Amazing what a change in coaches can do… one way or the other.

  74. NotNasti December 6, 2013 11:42 am

    67. Peterson was slated to earn 2.1 million next year at Boise, so factoring in cost of living, the 2.2 million he is getting from UW is not much (if at all) more than if he had stayed.

  75. NotNasti December 6, 2013 11:44 am

    73. MIH: Hard to believe that just a few short years ago, USU was our doormat.

  76. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 11:48 am


    Better press Control + Ault + Delete on the spell checker….

  77. Shoko December 6, 2013 11:48 am

    Thought terms of Petersen’s contract have yet to be disclosed. All I heard is speculation that his salary might be the largest in the PAC-12.

  78. Kapahulu December 6, 2013 11:50 am

    I voted again, but Emily is falling behind by .02%. Need everyone’s vote!

  79. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 11:52 am

    73… UW Medical Center is one of the best medical facilities in the nation, along with a top medical school. Peterson’s boy will be in great hands.

    73, 75… USU is going to be the top program by default. The MWC is pretty weak next year.

  80. Shoko December 6, 2013 11:55 am

    Was reading the Vegas paper and according to UNLV AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Notre Dame is considering the Hawaii Bowl.

  81. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 11:59 am

    Heck, UNLV might be one of the favorites to win the West Division next year. As mentioned earlier, Fresno is losing Carr (maybe Deruyter), plus Nevada, SJSU, and SDSU all regressed this year. UH is what it is for now.

    77. That’s what I saw also… He’ll probably be up there with Mora Jr’s new pay level. I think Sark will have the highest salary in Pac 12 because it is USC. I haven’t seen any details yet on either contracts.

  82. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 12:09 pm

    81.. .Check my last statement… UNLV loses game manager QB Herring and their stud RB Cornett. Davonte Davis is back but UNLV loses a big one with Cornett.

    QB Nick Sherry is like Taylor Graham’s brother from another mother.

  83. Kevin December 6, 2013 12:14 pm

    Good luck to Chris Pedersen and his new job at Washington State.

    Anyway… onto UH-related matters.

    Cindy Luis and Dave Reardon reporting on UH “crafting” some sort of administrative role for Dave Shoji apparently following his impending retirement from coaching…

    Whatever that role maybe he should have HEAVY say in who succeeds him. Once Shoji hangs it up, this is ONE position UH cannot stumble on in hiring a new coach. Hate it or not, the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Program itself deserves a place in the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame and the UH Circle of Honor. The program has been what all other sports at UH strives to be – consistent fan base, brand recognition (most people think of volleyball when they hear “Rainbow Wahine”- ZERO confusion there), national media respect, national championships, deep appearances in the post season, and a Top 10 product year in and year out.

  84. NotNasti December 6, 2013 12:17 pm

    77. Shoko: heard the salary on the radio and thought it was odd that 2.2 million would be near the top of PAC-12 salaries. Makes sense now. The 2.2 million probably was reported as his current salary. Must be the sea water in my ears.

  85. Shoko December 6, 2013 12:25 pm

    I read somewhere that Sark’s contract involved a base salary of a little over 2.5 million with a max bonus (incentives) in the range of 1.5 million for a total compensation of 4 million. Considering Petersen’s record, it could a little more or a similar deal.

  86. jeezy33 December 6, 2013 12:26 pm

    SDSU is going to be good next year. They lost a lot last year and return some studs next year. Utah St should continue to be a powerhouse in the other division.

    Kaehler will be much improved. Pumphrey and Muema are a dynamic 1,2 combo at RB. Ruffin is one of the Top WRs in the MWC.

    Defensively, SDSU is always physical and good at blitzing under Long.

    If Hawaii can find a QB or develop Woolsey, they should win some games. Wyoming, Fresno, San Jose, Nevada at home, UNLV at home are definitely winnable.

  87. jeezy33 December 6, 2013 12:26 pm

    Colorado St is the real sleeper to be the next powerhouse as long as McElwain stays. Young QB with a power running game and that Freshman WR was legit…

  88. madeinhawaii December 6, 2013 12:43 pm

    At Nevada, Rolo will have his hands full next season breaking in a new QB and sorting out his game plan. It will probably take him another year or two to mesh the Pistol and RnS the way he wants it and make it a system that his players can pick up quickly. They will probably be middle of the “Pack.”

  89. boolakanaka December 6, 2013 12:45 pm

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  90. Shoko December 6, 2013 12:53 pm

    Cody Fajardo returns next year.

  91. Shoko December 6, 2013 12:55 pm

    Well, forget about Notre Dame heading to the Hawaii Bowl. Just heard that they accepted an invite to the Pinstripe Bowl. Would have been nice since ND fans travel well and would be a boost in terms of revenue.

  92. 99club December 6, 2013 1:04 pm

    If next season’s Washington game wasn’t going to be on national TV before Petersen’s move, it will be now.

    My lasting impression of Boise? Beer sold in plastic one-gallon jugs in the supermarket.

  93. A-House December 6, 2013 1:05 pm

    the NCAA should reduce the number of bowl games – some games seem to have less than 15,000 in the stands

    what happens to the “other schools” left out of the new BCS only bowl games and will the NCAA truly have a strong “hand” in controlling the Big 5 – yikes that smells of something from old Hawaii.

  94. A-House December 6, 2013 1:07 pm

    2 non-descript teams in the Hawaii bowl from the MWC and Conf USA will NOT help attendance figures

    Nevada was awfully pathetic the last 2 times they were here – heck, counted less than 200 Nevada fans

    Teams from Conf USA is even worse – ESPN must truly count on the Hawaii fans to show up!

  95. Shoko December 6, 2013 1:26 pm

    Last year when San Jose State went 11-2, they were invited to the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium to play Bowling Green in the nations capitol. The upper deck of the stadium was virtually empty and had an announced attendance of 17,000.

  96. tom mui December 6, 2013 1:42 pm

    Did you vote for Emily today?

  97. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 2:03 pm

    94.. .I think the ESPN network is praying for Notre Dame to be inserted into the Hawaii Bowl.

  98. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 2:09 pm

    93… The answer is yes they should. Won’t happen until bowl sponsors stop paying for advertising on games nobody outside of sports bettors care about.

    If Sheraton pulls out, some other company will step in, thus continuing the joy of football at Aloha Stadium on Christmas Eve. Just pretend that it’s an Orange, Blue, Brown, Red and Yellow out promotion for attendees if UH isn’t playing.

  99. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 2:11 pm

    Just hope cheerleaders don’t try to start the wave on said Orange, Blue, Brown, Red and Yellow out day. Waves will be flatter than Salt Lake.

  100. woo hoo December 6, 2013 2:15 pm

    woo hoo

  101. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 6, 2013 2:21 pm

    So what is Peterson getting paid? $3M-$3.5M range perhaps.

  102. ai-eee-soos December 6, 2013 2:24 pm

    Washington: According to CBS Sports, Chris Petersen is signing a five-year deal at $3.6

    million annually, making him the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12.

  103. ai-eee-soos December 6, 2013 2:28 pm

    CBS Sports, Chris Petersen is signing a five-year deal at $3.6

    million annually.

  104. boolakanaka December 6, 2013 2:29 pm

    Yesterday, we were talking about defenses, and I mentioned the 84 squad which did a yeoman’s job with 181 allowed for the season. Accordingly, it was mentioned, and rightfully so, that the game has changed and is much more wide open. That said,here are the top Ds in terms of points allowed per game:

    Rank Team 2013 Last 3 Last 1 Home Away 2012
    1 Michigan St 11.3 12.3 3.0 9.3 13.6 16.3
    2 Florida St 11.5 8.0 7.0 9.2 14.2 16.9
    3 Alabama 12.4 19.3 34.0 6.0 20.0 11.8
    4 Louisville 12.9 18.0 24.0 14.2 11.4 25.2
    5 Bowling Grn 14.4 4.7 7.0 11.2 17.0 17.5
    6 Wisconsin 16.2 13.7 31.0 11.2 22.2 19.0
    7 Utah State 17.7 10.3 7.0 16.4 18.8 16.4
    8 North Texas 18.1 12.7 10.0 14.0 22.2 29.7
    9 VA Tech 18.7 19.0 6.0 17.4 19.8 24.2
    10 Stanford 19.0 17.7 20.0 18.9 19.2 17.2

    Hawai’i by the way is at 112 at just under 39 points per game. The 84 squad would have been the 6th ranked D, in this category.

  105. Shoko December 6, 2013 2:41 pm

    That five-year contract for 18 million is guaranteed according to CBS Sports, not including bonus’. So, essentially he could end up making more.

    It would make Petersen the 11th highest paid FBS head coach right behind Louisville’s Charlie Strong who makes 3.7 million.

  106. Derek December 6, 2013 2:54 pm

    Jeezy, I think WR Elroy Masters is at Colorado State. I didn’t see him with any stats this year so he may have redshirted the first year.

    P.S. I love UW. Liked them since the days of Jim Owens and Bob Schloredt and George Fleming, etc. Then Don James era with Napoleon Kauffman, Mark Brunell, etc. then I actually like Neuheisal and Tuiasosopo teams. My son went to UW during Tuiasosopo was playing and they went to the Rose Bowl. Not to mention, I went to the Pacific Coast Banking School for 3 years at UW so I love the area. Went to college at Central Washington and always visited Seattle. Now, with Petersen there, I think things are looking up. Look for them to begin 2014 in the top 25 and I see them beating us bad in the first game. Just too much speed, too much talent, too many athletes, better coaching too.
    I’m already making my early prediction, UW 56, Hawaii 10.

  107. Shoko December 6, 2013 3:07 pm

    Incidentally, I heard that UW made Marques Tuiasosopo the interim coach for the final game and Bob Gregory (AHC and linebackers) interim for Boise State’s final game.

  108. primo123 December 6, 2013 3:46 pm

    is the UH men’s basketball game on tv somewhere? link?

  109. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 3:48 pm

    Doubtful Boise could match that offer without a solid tv deal through the MWC.

  110. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 3:50 pm

    108.. Lots of UH games are live streamed on

  111. willie boy December 6, 2013 4:02 pm

    so I wonder when the purple turf is going in?

  112. primo123 December 6, 2013 4:03 pm

    110. thanks will check it out tomorrow.

  113. Shoko December 6, 2013 4:22 pm

    UH Basketball against Northern Arizona won’t be streamed by Big West TV. It will be covered by Fox Sports Arizona, though. But I assume you don’t get Fox Sports AZ.

    Bowling Green looking good. If its true what they say (defense wins championships), then NIU might be looking at their first loss and be persona non grata in any BCS bowl.

  114. Inyoface December 6, 2013 4:49 pm

    If we don’t start winning, we’ll be majorly responsible for the downfall of the MWC, if it happens. The conference will always need a strong showing from Hawaii, Fresno, Nevada & Boise St., year in and year out. We’re pretty much weakening the overall rate of the MWC if we’re not considered a tough team to win against. I have a feeling everything will click next year, forget being competitive, that was this year. Next year we have know the feeling of how to win.

  115. madeinhawaii December 6, 2013 4:58 pm


    My bad.. I keep thinking Fajardo was a senior. Wonder if he’ll heal in time for Spring? They need to work on their defense, too. He’ll have three somewhat experienced QBs, then. Interesting. If Fajardo can come back in time to learn some new tricks, they might be an interesting team to watch next season, too.

  116. madeinhawaii December 6, 2013 5:00 pm

    Hmmm.. just this past season, Boise adopted the Pistol. Rolo is making a low 6-figure and pretty much knows the pistol …

  117. NotNasti December 6, 2013 5:17 pm

    Rolo’s 2013 salary was $240,000.

  118. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 5:32 pm

    117… No kidding? Nice gig for him at this stage of his career.

  119. ai-eee-soos December 6, 2013 5:36 pm

    117. where did you get that info – 240K?

  120. Shoko December 6, 2013 5:52 pm

    I was wondering about that, too. Seemed a little high. Think its more in the 175k range.

  121. Shoko December 6, 2013 6:01 pm

    115. Fajardo wasn’t 100% this season, but he should be ready by Spring.

    Their defense was the weak link specifically the rush defense. Think they are ranked last in the conference. Might be because of the transition to the Tampa 2 scheme.

  122. Jeezy33 December 6, 2013 6:08 pm

    106. Masters is very talented. But i was referring to Higgins who had a big year

  123. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 6:26 pm

    NiU QB Lynch is being exposed on national tv…

    BGSU finally figured out that you don’t have to respect the RB in NIU’s offense. They’ve contained Lynch for the most part the ground and took the lead to force NIU to throw.

    Also Lynch is getting exposed as a very pedestrian passer. He’s got a decent arm, but like many “dual threat” QBs they can’t read coverage, they predetermine where they throw pre-snap and mechanics are sloppy. In these modern read option, high tempo offenses, the QB are only asked to make quick easy throws, mainly an array of quick screens, 3 step routes and horizontal throws. The only deep balls these QBs can hit are the wide open routes when DBs bite on the decoy screen.

    Lynch is clearly having problems now that he’s forced to use his eyes and his arm.

    On that last 4th down incompletion, Lynch threw the ball off balance (falling back to his left)… Subsequently pulling the ball too far left and led the WR out of bounds… Not mention he stared down the WR, allowing the CB to break with the WR to the sideline.

  124. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 6:29 pm

    121.. Unless you’re Boise or Utah St, the defense is more like 2 or 3 weak links on every team in conference.

  125. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 6:35 pm

    121… Are you referring to the vaunted Monte Kiffen Tampa 2? The defense that absolutely cannot stop a modern offense?

    RE MAC championship game… Sad to see NIU’s defense quit like that in the 4th quarter… Sour way to end a good season. They still had chance after Lynch’s 2nd INT, but the defense offered little resistance after that play. Then the camera panned over to the defensive players on bench (while offense was back on) and they were completely out of the game mentally.

  126. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 6:37 pm

    BCS just popped a bottle of bubbly… No mid-majors taking a piece of the pie this year…

  127. Shoko December 6, 2013 6:42 pm

    124. True, but the Pack rush defense was really bad this year. They were giving up on average 6.57 yards per carry. At one point during the season, they were giving up 7 yards per carry.

  128. Shoko December 6, 2013 6:47 pm

    125. Yep, that same Tampa 2 that Papa Kiffin was running at SC. In fact, the Packs defensive coordinator was the linbackers coach under Monte before taking the job at Nevada.

    Not too many team that I know of that use the Tampa 2 at the FBS level. Only other team I know of is Auburn during Chizik era.

  129. Derek December 6, 2013 6:52 pm

    #108 UH basketball tomorrow at 2 p.m. on TV, digital channel 246. It’s in the Star Advertiser TV listing.

    I knew Bowling Green was going to win. First of all, they have the best defense in the MAC, by far. Two, their QB Johnson is very efficient. Three, I watched the entire game between Bowling Green and Mississippi State at MSU. Miss. St. won 21-20, but Bowling Green had a chance to win. That told me something right there that they could stay with an SEC team. Down the stretch in the conference Bowling Green was dominating their foes including beating Ohio, 49-0. That was impressive. So, I’m not surprised BGSU won at all.

  130. NotNasti December 6, 2013 7:07 pm

    119. Rolo’s salary mentioned in article Jan. 2013 explaining why he backed out of the Temple job. Article states that Nevada doubled his salary to $240,000 in order to get him to stay.

  131. Former UH Athlete December 6, 2013 7:14 pm

    129… BGSU’s QB played very well. Fun to a QB that knows what to do when throwing the ball.

  132. Marleysdad December 6, 2013 7:31 pm

    Florida girl pulling away, up by .3% now.

  133. gobows December 6, 2013 7:32 pm

    byu beats asu in 5

  134. Shoko December 6, 2013 7:38 pm

    Could see a repeat in the Fresno State – Utah State matchup. In other words, a good offense against a good defense. There seems to be a lot of similarities between those two matchups.

  135. Shoko December 6, 2013 7:57 pm

    After a little bit of hunting, I realized I was wrong about Rolo’s salary being in the 175k range. Apparently, he’s getting less than that and not much more than what he was getting paid when he was hired by Ault.

    Nick Rolovich, Offensive coordinator/QBs $125,975

  136. Shoko December 6, 2013 8:07 pm

    Strange, they were streaming the AZ State – BYU game but now Big West TV not showing the UH game?

  137. gobows December 6, 2013 10:13 pm

    wahine win in 4

  138. wafan December 6, 2013 10:23 pm

    ‘Attaway, Wahine!

  139. gobows December 6, 2013 10:23 pm


    garans someone will predict hawaii to win 56-0.

  140. gobows December 6, 2013 10:24 pm


  141. Derek December 6, 2013 10:34 pm

    Fresno St. and Utah State should be a good one. Common opponents, Utah State dominated San Jose State (with Chuckie Keeton), San Jose St. beat Fresno State. Fresno State beat Boise St. and Boise St. beat Utah State. Fresno St. has the better offense, Utah State has the better defense. Fresno State is at home where they are undefeated at home. The edge is at Fresno, but if the spread is 3 1/2 or more, I would go with Utah State to keep it close.

  142. AlaWai December 6, 2013 10:43 pm

    Before you go sleep. Vote for Emily Hartong

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