Report: DC Clune returns to Utah State

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that defensive coordinator Kevin Clune is leaving the Warriors to become Utah State’s DC. Clune was with the Aggies before joining the Warriors last year.

Here’s the story: Clune leaving


  1. azwarrior22 January 17, 2015 10:04 am


  2. jeezy33 January 17, 2015 10:05 am

    Not sure if it’s unethical but what makes it worse is Clune already trying to poach Tommy Woo and Christian Cronk. It would be bad if he was recruiting them while being employed by Hawaii.

  3. Warbow January 17, 2015 10:11 am

    It has become a pretty sad state under Chow when the likes of Utah St takes his coaches and pays a buy-out. Hope the rest of the Hawaii D-coaches learned a thing or two under Clune to continue his system.

  4. warriorsanddolphins January 17, 2015 10:25 am

    Because of the timing and recruiting season in full tilt, he should just hire Miano as defensive coordinator. Clune leaving at this time shows he has no loyalty even if he is getting a pay raise.

  5. PONO January 17, 2015 10:28 am

    Ouch that hurts. Hard to recruit when there is no DC or DB coach.

  6. orioles4eva January 17, 2015 10:33 am

    Does not look good for the football program, the coaches with options are leaving Chow’s sinking ship.

  7. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 17, 2015 10:39 am

    It’s like we are rebuilding our program every year. If not with players, with key coaches. Jones, Klune and shortly Powell.

    Good thing we have an easy schedule this year 0_o

  8. Old School Dave January 17, 2015 10:40 am

    This guy might might be a good replacement for Clune:

  9. Nanakuli January 17, 2015 10:41 am

    You cannot blame the UH coaches for leaving. Who can be dedicated to Norm Chow. He yells at them during the game. He seems confused as a head coach. He demands long hours but he lives in Manhattan Beach in the off season. He is stubborn and often contradicts earlier statements. Is Powell and Demo the only coach’s left from Chow’s original staff? The football players of Hawaii want to work hard and deserve better than what Chow can offer.

  10. SteveM January 17, 2015 10:43 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Gonna wait until it’s confirmed, but good luck to coach Clune! He should take advantage of success and opportunity when it happens (which is sometimes rare) so I can understand his leaving. Besides, he’s going back to the team he came from.

    Why does the man in black and big bag, credited with being one of the NFL architects of the 3-4 scheme, come to mind? Just an idle thought…he might not play well with other coaches. 🙂

  11. Old Diver January 17, 2015 10:48 am

    Poaching by definition is an illegal act. Trying to persuade a recruit to sign with your team is not an illegal act or even and unethical act since verbals are not binding. If anything it violates an unwritten coaches code of conduct and even that with the pressure to win has gone by the wayside.

  12. Old School Dave January 17, 2015 10:49 am

    Sorry to see Kevin Clune leave. He seemed to have a good rapport with the players. Assistant coaches have no stability and have to jump at better opportunities they see fit. Clune has coached for many years in the State of Utah (Utah – GA, Southern Utah – DC, Weber State – DC, USU – LBs). Earning $160,000 (if that’s what he’ll be making as DC at USU) will go a lot farther in Utah with their lower cost of living compared to Hawaii.

  13. warbow January 17, 2015 10:52 am

    Think of it as good news, that’s 2 less coaches we have to pay until fall practice.

  14. hatakeman January 17, 2015 10:54 am

    A sinking ship!!!

  15. markazulu January 17, 2015 10:55 am

    Whos the new AD or who is the new DC? I dont know which one im more eager to find out.

  16. tom January 17, 2015 10:56 am


    Sorry to hear about Coach Clune leaving. But coaching is a business

  17. st. anthony trojan January 17, 2015 10:56 am

    Sometimes….well most of the time…is a great big difference in ‘friends’ n working with sumone…

    On another post sumone mentioned Cal Lee to go back to UH…the Lee brothers are long time friends…but working with sumone sum time will show you, just how difficult it may be to work with that person…Like a gf…followed by marriage.. to get to know the real person…not saying this is the case…but with Jones n now Clune both leaving…seems puzzling to say the least…n of course timing is very bad…am sure he will wait to hire a replacement 4 both..

  18. bowwar January 17, 2015 11:00 am

    It “sucks” no matter how you look at it, but it’s common-place in college football…Good luck to Clune…He did a good job in his one year and we had hopes for further improvement…Now, it’s back to the drawing board.

    It’s getting pretty pathetic when Chow can’t even secure and keep coaches aside from overpaid GAs. As much as I don’t like him, I think it’s a good idea to offer Miano the DC and let him find a DB coach. Miano has never been a DC, so it’s his chance to show what he can do and besides, he has a vested interest to stay in the islands.

  19. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2015 11:04 am

    I think either Woo or Cronk was considered a real “soft” commit. It should be interesting to see how it all turns out.

  20. Hank January 17, 2015 11:05 am

    Haven’t we suffered enough?

  21. warriorsanddolphins January 17, 2015 11:05 am

    We cannot wait to 30 days to put a posting for a Defensive Coordinator and then another 2 weeks to go to the board of directors. We need a replacement now. Its the only way to save the recruiting season. Miano or June Jones now will ease the loss of Clunk.

  22. Old School Dave January 17, 2015 11:05 am

    Doesn’t look very promising at the moment, but just have to move on ahead.

    Rich Miano said that he would never work for Chow, after Tony Tuioti was let go after the 2013 season. On the other hand, stranger things have happened and Miano does bleed UH Green. Just hope that Chow doesn’t some inexperienced GA from Utah or BYU to coach the secondary.

  23. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2015 11:05 am

    At least Jones and Clune are going to better-paying jobs.

  24. jeezy33 January 17, 2015 11:06 am

    13. We??? No offense but no money comes out of your pocket regardless of us having a coach or not.

  25. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2015 11:12 am

    I think it’s always sad when a coach leaves, mostly because of the relationships with players and staff and such. But as the recent convention showed, there are more than enough people willing to fill coaching jobs. Say what you want about UH, it’s a good coaching job. It’s Hawaii. It’s football. The facilities might not be as good as some other schools in the MWC, but they’re way better than when past players were at UH. Jones and Clune are great guys and good coaches. But they’re also single guys. There’s nothing keeping them tied to Hawaii. For the rest of us, it would be hard to convince our spouses to spend winters in Madison and Logan.

  26. ponojr January 17, 2015 11:31 am

    Take Ikaika Malloe from Utah State for the DC position at UH.

  27. papajoe2 January 17, 2015 11:32 am

    Is it too late to offer the coaches more money? I meen coaching in Logan? I can see Madison because its an upgrade, but Utah State?

  28. SteveM January 17, 2015 11:33 am

    In my seriously flawed fantasy coaching dreams, I see June Jones coming in as a part-time mostly volunteer QB coach who runs the sidelines in actual games with Chow up in the booth. Pay him $1 per year (or whatever he wants) so that he is a legal employee of UH. Then, if you really want a 3-4 defense and since JJ is the probably the only one the Man in Black will listen to… coax him out of retirement. 🙂

    Don’t know what success they would have on the field, but the national news media would start hanging around again and a lot of curious fans would return to the stadium.

  29. turfwar January 17, 2015 11:35 am

    Losing Powell would be far more devastating than losing Clune for Chow. As a DC he was an improvement over Kaumeyer but that doesn’t put him in the class of other great DC who have worked at UH. And they did it over several seasons.

  30. Casual Observer January 17, 2015 11:45 am

    Yep, would like to see Miano as the next DC and perhaps one step away from HC. He has NFL experience, and more importantly, coaching experience both as a position coach and as a head man. Believe Clune did a creditable job with the opportunity to establish his credentials as a DC. Since he hasn’t had much vesting in Hawaii, its a good time for him to leave especially when advancing his career. Perhaps there are other coaches out there that want the opportunity to establish themselves.

  31. jeezy33 January 17, 2015 11:48 am

    29. I agree. I actually think our current personnel might be better suited for a 4-3 type defense anyway. We don’t really have a true NT and Shawley, Tolu, Kauhi, Castro might be suited for 4-3 ends… LB position would have depth with gener, poti, mageo capable mlb. Matautia, Jgw, Russell Williams, Mageo rotating outside. I’m sure I might have left off a few.. KT, Wily, Gifford, rasmussen are probably better suited 4-3 DTs with intention of adding a couple more jc kids during recruiting.

  32. Boolakanaka January 17, 2015 11:50 am

    Wow. Sort of breathtaking. So, what’s Norm’s next move??!

    I take talk Richie Rich returning, always with a grain of salt. Things have been said, actions have been taken, that would make it seemingly, a river too high to cross.

    That said, and all the events going-on, no DB coach, no DC, in the midst of the recruiting season and several men down–shoots, it would not entirely surprise me if “e kala mai” was extended by both parties and a new partnership was forged. Is it a super-long-shot, most certainly. Given the budget, the timing, and the urgency, well–all legitimate positions need to be explored. Rich would certainly provide a bunch of check-offs on the criteria list—so, with that in mind, here here to strange bed-fellows!!

  33. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2015 12:00 pm

    UH apparently has some contingency plans. Clune interviewed at Washington State recently, so there was more than an inkling he was ready to move.

  34. NorthShoreFan January 17, 2015 12:00 pm

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Good Luck Coach Clune. You’ve done good.

    Somehow I get the feeling that UH football is like those motorcycle contest where they put the front tire against a fence and full throttle the bike. Lots of smoke..and noise…impressive…then the big bang!…lol

    We might get somewhere when we get a committee together who knows some thing about athletics and not just someone in the administration.

  35. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2015 12:01 pm

    Clune’s a good coach. It actually would have been disappointing if he wasn’t pursued by others.
    I thought Utah State should have promoted him after Aranda went to Wisconsin.

  36. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2015 12:02 pm

    For UH, the good news — sort of — is it doesn’t play Utah State the next two years.
    The bad news — sort of — is UH plays Boise State the next two years.

  37. Willie January 17, 2015 12:06 pm

    With a sinking ship you either help and bail water to keep it afloat or you abandon ship while you still can. As the season approaches for what might be the current coaching staffs last season, can’t really fault those choosing to take a seat on the lifeboat.

    #9 got it right on the money. Chow’s negative demeanor and constipated look during times of diversity does not foster a positive or a supportive atmosphere for the team. Think back to Wags or Tomey, they had lots of fire but little yelling at other coaches or players on the sideline. JJ was more cool and reserved, but maintained class on the sidelines.

  38. NorthShoreFan January 17, 2015 12:06 pm

    Most years the road to a championship is through Boise State.

  39. Shoko January 17, 2015 12:12 pm

    I get the feeling Chow would probably promote Kurt Gouveia to coordinator before he reaches out to Miano.

  40. FormerOLB10 January 17, 2015 12:18 pm

    Wow. I’m not surprised at all that he’s leaving UH. I’m sure Clune is aware that UH is in deep trouble this upcoming season with the schedule they have. Clean knows that this could be Chow’s last season with UH. He’s thinking ahead on what’s better for him. If anybody thinks that Hawaii will have a winning season this year is dreaming! Ohio ST, Boise ST, Wisconsin, etc? Let’s get real. Whoever is in charge should already have clean house and get rid of Chow the end of last season!

  41. Boolakanaka January 17, 2015 12:22 pm

    37 willie -oh Dick was a yeller-but not so much at an individual player, but rather at the group. Both Wags and JJ were more measured n modulated, but no doubt had sharp tongues and tone behind closed doors.

    Don’t get me started on the story on when Dick threw a very large film projector during a Monday game review…..classic.

  42. ai-eee-soos January 17, 2015 12:22 pm

    Lest you forget …

    Miano and Lumpkin were “co-DC’s” under JJ.

    I FORGOT, but I think it was in the disaster of that year #2.

  43. clyde January 17, 2015 12:39 pm

    Boolakanaka: Were you also there when he threw a cup of punch at the editor/columnist in the Aloha Stadium locker room? OK, the guy probably deserved it, but it was … quite stunning.

  44. Willie January 17, 2015 12:48 pm

    #41, understand your thoughts, thanks.

    Chow Chow needs to learn that you praise in public and clean your dirty laundry in private. Basic Management 101, one of the areas that a good and experienced head coach understands. 3 years now and Chow still has no clue here.

    How can you even think of yelling or showing disdain to a fellow coach in front of the team or the fans. Yeah it’s a though job but you are the supposed leader ; show some class and be a LEADER!

  45. mctruck January 17, 2015 12:50 pm

    I think hiring people already familiar with UH football, etc., would be the best move at this point; but what the hey?, HC gotta go as well.

  46. mctruck January 17, 2015 1:03 pm

    I enjoyed reading an article on why Urban Meyer is such a successful coach is that he is a very good listener; he isn’t stuck on himself. For example, he went up to Oregon during his brief retirement to learn about the Ducks program. Prior to that, he’d learn how other successful programs operated and used ideas which would benefit his teams success; in other words, a very flexible man.
    Quite different than many other HC’s who are stuck on themselves and their own ideas….”a very good listener.”

  47. st. anthony trojan January 17, 2015 1:12 pm

    Spot on McTruck….there are reasons sum coaches are always on the top tiers…of coaching n in the coaches hall of fame…

  48. kev-1 January 17, 2015 1:21 pm

    wow . . . kinda feels like the football program (and the fans) is getting kicked while its down.

    For those of you that think not having either a DB coach or a DC is no big deal at this point, you are kidding yourself. This will have some implications on recruiting and the play this year.

    Someone earlier said it simply . . . the ship is sinking for sure.

    But not to worry. The UH administration is waiting until June to hire an AD, who will then have to accept the fact that he has a coach that is driving this program into the ground and he can’t do anything about it. Admin has already declared that Chow is staying.

    I was hopeful that we were already at rock bottom. I seriously don’t think we have seen that yet, but will this year and the next.

  49. kev-1 January 17, 2015 1:24 pm

    There isn’t a defensive coach on the staff that is ready to take over as DC. So I can’t imagine what ST thinks the contingency plan is.

  50. BigWave96744 January 17, 2015 1:25 pm

    When did Miano say he would never work for Chow????
    Was is on the Radio, TV or in the paper?
    Or was it heard from a friend of a friend?

  51. kapakahi January 17, 2015 1:39 pm


    This is going to sound totally far-fetched……but maybe not so much after all…..given UH’s financial situation……and Chow’s current situation (entering 4th year of 5 year contract)……and considering some other related-circumstances……

    Given that this coming season is gonna be Chow’s make-or-break season (i.e., either renewed or fired after this coming season), there really is no incentive for any currently employed college assistant coach to take the DC position and/or even the DB assistant coach position……since they would have to relocate to the islands……potentially just for 1 year (if Chow fired after this coming season)…..with limited assistant coaching salaries under the UH system…….coupled with Hawaii’s high-cost of living.

    Consider the following facts……
    – Cal Lee was employed under the UH system for 9 years (from 2003 through 2011)……and still needs 1 more year of UH service to become vested for retirement benefits under the UH system……which is the one of the reasons why he was hoping to be retained by Chow.
    – Cal Lee is personal friend of Chow.
    – Cal Lee is a defensive coach who is still actively coaching as the HC at Saint Louis School.
    – Cal Lee remains highly respected among the local HS football community.
    – Cal Lee also coached Rich Miano at Kaiser HS.
    – Cal Lee coached together with Rich Miano at UH for 9 years.
    – Rich Miano remains in touch with Cal Lee.
    – Rich Miano has a desire to remain close to the UH football scene.
    – As a former player, Rich Miano wants to the see the UH football program succeed.
    – Rich Miano does not desire to coach at any other FBS school on the mainland.
    – Both Cal Lee and Rich Miano will continue be life-long residents of the State of Hawaii.

    Given these facts, it’s maybe not so far-fetched that…….Cal Lee might be able to convince Rich Miano to take the DB assistant coach position…….IF he himself were offered the DC position by Chow.

    Not saying that this is what Chow should be aiming for……but don’t really see that he will have many desirable alternative options…….since no obvious incentives as to why any desirable and currently employed college coaches……that Chow knows and/or has worked with……would be willing to risk taking the DC and DB coaching positions for potentially just 1 year.

    Just saying that…….this just might end up being the scenario……so maybe no so far-fetched as it sounds……once the facts are collectively considered.

  52. oldyobo January 17, 2015 2:03 pm

    Lot of comments about “sinking ship” but the fact is Chow and Jay sunk this ship a while back. Jay helped to keep it unsalvageable by his lack of fortitude in insisting Chow is still his man. Since Chow had a grad assistant promoted to a qb coach and defacto offensive coordinator, I’m sure he can do the same with the DC position. By the way, there’s been a defining silence about ANY worthwhile recruits with ONLY news being about returning missionaries, transfers with only one year eligibility left and no-name JC transfers. This is the lasting legacy of Chow and Jay!

  53. oldyobo January 17, 2015 2:06 pm

    Cal Lee? You GOT to be kidding.

  54. Z January 17, 2015 2:07 pm

    For short term quick fix for a DC call coach Ellerson.

  55. warriorsanddolphins January 17, 2015 2:07 pm

    Its the timing of his depature that really pisses me off. 3 weeks until signing day. At the very least our awesome administration better hire somebody by next week. Thanks again Kevin Clunk.

  56. kapakahi January 17, 2015 2:16 pm


    Given the UH system hiring procedures, don’t expect anyone hired as DC and/or DB coach until well past NLI Day!

  57. kapakahi January 17, 2015 2:20 pm

    The timing couldn’t have been worse…..right after the end of the “dead period”!

  58. Former UH Athlete January 17, 2015 2:21 pm

    I’m not too surprised Clune is leaving. He did a good job with the players he had. Until injuries and lack of depth issues arose in the 2nd half of this past season, the defense was vastly improved over the previous 3-4 years.

    Clune proved to be a good coach. More often than not the defense played better after halftime (several 2nd half shutouts this year).

    I don’t blame him or any good assistant leaving for greener pastures. Same feelings apply to coach Cav when he left for Oregon St in 2004 or 2005. They successfully used UH as a spring board to a better paying job. UH isn’t going to have the budget to keep good assistants for very long. I was hoping UH could get 3-4 years out of Clune but that didn’t happen.

    With Chow presumably only going to be around one more year, it makes all the assistants future murky. Considering UH asst coach pay is pretty poor vs their peers, leaving is an easy decision when the future of the head coach is in question.

    Going back to Clune, I’m happy that he got an interview for the Wazzu DC position. Now that there’s been interest by a Power 5 school, he’s probably only one or two good years away from landing a major conference DC job. My guess is that he doesn’t have a long enough track record as a DC for WSU to offer him the job. Things are looking good for Clune’s future.

  59. Former UH Athlete January 17, 2015 2:30 pm

    I’m a little surprised that people are this surprised Clune or any assistant coach leaves.

    UH Only gives assistant coaches annual contracts. With the low pay (reletive to peers) and every year being a de facto free agent year, coaches will move around. The only assistant coaches UH can expect to keep long term are the ones who are from here or truly love living in Hawai‘i.

  60. jeezy33 January 17, 2015 2:48 pm

    10. pisa, u should apply

  61. islandman January 17, 2015 2:49 pm

    51. kapakahi — Cal would be vested in ERS, i think, with 5 years of service, if he chose the Hybrid plan option.

    58. FUHA — Although Clune’s pay was $160,000, Kaumeyer’s pay was $250,000 , not too poor .

  62. shoichi84 January 17, 2015 2:51 pm

    I know it’s only a few people in here, but please stop talking about Clune as if he screwed us over. He’s getting a $40,000 pay raise. He’s probably more emotionally attached to Logan since he spent four or five years there before coming here for just one year. He’s spent a lot more time with many of the players at USU than he did here. Geez, you guy’s can’t just wish him the best? He’s just making what he thinks is the best decision for him.

  63. islandman January 17, 2015 2:51 pm

    59. FUHA — Clune had a two year contract.

  64. HawaiiMongoose January 17, 2015 3:43 pm

    Assistant coaches normally get one-year contracts. In Clune’s case, UH gave him his first shot a being a DC after USU passed over him for the same position, and UH gave him a two-year deal. Regardless of the issues and uncertainties swirling around UH football and the financial considerations, for Cline to high-tail it back to USU after one year, and to do so less than three weeks before signing day, shows a disappointing lack of class.

    Having said that, Clune wouldn’t be so quick to leave a UH program that was once considered far superior to USU’s if not for Chow running it into the ground, and the UH administration being too blind and incompetent to pull the plug on Chow.

  65. HawaiiMongoose January 17, 2015 3:45 pm

    Clune not Cline. Darn touchscreen keyboards…

  66. A-House January 17, 2015 3:46 pm

    well, well, well – has the sky fallen on UH football?

    with all the decisions by upper campus, it should NOT strike any fan that they are in a direct course to undermine athletics so “acamaia” can rule UH!!!

    ha, what is so great academically at UH that puts its name locally, on the mainland, or internationally? has it “drawn” in students who are attracted to its numerous ciricula?

    UH sorely lacks “leadership” at the highest levels – from the BOR, to the President, to the acting chancellor, and throw in the UHAD.

    OK, Pinociho, what is your game plan now? how are you goin to “right the ship” before it sinks??????????

  67. Old Diver January 17, 2015 4:04 pm


    Is Cal Lee back on talking terms with Norm Chow. Lee was hopping mad after Chow let Lee go without personally talking to him. Cal felt hearing a message on his answering machine that he would not be retained on staff was classless.

  68. Mokihana January 17, 2015 4:09 pm

    #51- Now we know. It’s bachi. Personal friend?


  69. st. anthony trojan January 17, 2015 4:19 pm

    Remember not to long ago…a certain sports reporter stated that JJ would never ever come back to coach here…tda …tda…

    Well it seems like most coaches are like sum women… change their minds 10 times in 9 seconds or less… no offense to the ladies on here…well n maybe 4 FJ…he still has faith in coach chow…he he he….

    Guess the ‘dead period’ is definitely over huh…..

  70. hatakeman January 17, 2015 4:22 pm

    Hummmm. Lots written and food for thought. Next couple weeks should be interesting.

  71. hatakeman January 17, 2015 4:32 pm

    This may explain why Ronley Lakalaka verbally committed to San Diego State. I thought it was a strange decision, but this latest situation on the defensive side gives reason for Ronley to go elsewhere. Now it will be brother playing against brother. So Ronley going lay a big hit on Steven and mom going clap and cheer? Awkward, no?

  72. nutmegger January 17, 2015 4:34 pm

    Maybe instead of looking for young up-and-coming coaches UH should be knocking on the doors of older coaches in their twilight years. Ones that may not be successful in the power conferences but willing to take an extreme pay cut to coach in Hawaii. Maybe Coach Chow would be better behaved with someone that has been around as long as he.

  73. andy January 17, 2015 4:35 pm

    just poor character in my book leaving the program after one year be cuz he thinks it’s tanking. Help build this program and be part of something. Can’t wait till we get our winning ways back. Still have faith… Hawaii BB is giving me hope right now

  74. st. anthony trojan January 17, 2015 5:01 pm

    Hey A-House… they got pink mice up there..or was it green ?

  75. Old School Dave January 17, 2015 5:15 pm

    Bob Wagner, Rich Ellerson, and Duane Akina come to mind.

  76. kapakahi January 17, 2015 5:40 pm

    According to my friend…..who also played under Cal and Ron Lee at Kaiser HS…..and keeps in regular touch with them both… well as Rich Miano, Cal still needs that 1 more year of UH service to be vested for retirement benefit.

    However, don’t know how much Cal really wants the retirement benefits though.

  77. Big Blue January 17, 2015 5:45 pm

    So what’s the bottom line ,financially for the 2015 season. They won’t buy Chow out but they’re willing to lose another 3.5 to 4 million because no one wants to spend a lot of money to watch.
    I keep hoping but things will turn around but with a grad assistant turned offensive co-ordinator, who should be at a high school or DII program working on his plays , he’s at DI, that not to long was at the Sugar Bowl.
    It is discouraging. I’m hoping against hope he takes the suggestions on this blog and hires some of the Hawaii coaches.

  78. tony man January 17, 2015 5:45 pm

    No problem Brah. Chow, he can be D-Coach, Head Coach, O-Coach. Chow is DA MAN!

  79. Boolakanaka January 17, 2015 5:51 pm

    This is an idea on the outskirts of left field, but a nice two-pher would be Duane Akina. DB coach and DC has a nice ring to it….with the unwritten promise that he takes over when Chow moves on…

    Hmmmn, for a guy that has placed close to 20 DBs in the NFL, that is already at a major program, who already gets paid in Chows neighborhood, and has recruiting bona fides on the entire west coast all the way down to Texas, seems like it might be rather difficult to convince him. I told you this idea was way way out in left field…

  80. BigWave96744 January 17, 2015 5:51 pm

    Still waiting for the source of the remark, “Miano said he will never coach under Chow “

  81. st. anthony trojan January 17, 2015 5:56 pm

    That must be a really bad ‘stinger’ to be informed by a message on ur phone..ur no longer wanted…n just one year more to go for qualify for retirement…if all is true…

  82. Old School Dave January 17, 2015 6:01 pm

    Miano made those remarks on he Sports Animals radio show when To nyTuioti was let go by Chow. He was very upset with Chow’s decision. As were many others. It had people talk g for a couple of days and I was surprised Chow later agreed with Miano being the color guy on OC 16.

  83. WhatNow January 17, 2015 6:17 pm

    So when are we going to hire some coaches? What is our plan B?

  84. hatakeman January 17, 2015 6:41 pm

    Eat crow and bring a former Warrior like Tony Tuioti back. Really need someone like him to sell the program to recruits and have a Poly presence.

  85. Manoa#1 January 17, 2015 6:59 pm

    Bottom Line Chow Sucks that’s why Coaches Jumping Ship Told you guys 3 yrs ago. Another losing Season.

  86. oneseason January 17, 2015 7:00 pm

    MBB doesn’t seem to be streaming on ESPNU.

  87. Tanman January 17, 2015 7:20 pm

    Shocked but not surprised about him leaving. It’s the timing. My shock, as some other bloggers have pointed out he may be poaching our recruits or was recruiting for himself instead of Hawaii.

  88. st. anthony trojan January 17, 2015 7:23 pm

    Yea Manoa # 1… players will jump also…n sum will not get on board also…with so many leaving….

  89. 808WarriorFan January 17, 2015 7:30 pm

    Duane Akina won’t come here unless it’s as the HC; he’s making more than $160K as an assistant at Stanford. I like the idea of maybe a Dick Tomey, Rich Ellerson, Cal & Rich or even Tony Tuioti. We need coaches that bleed green and have Hawaii in their hearts. Guys from the mainland will bolt back. Had Norm offered Cal a job and not released Tony Tuioti those 2 would still be here any maybe we’d have continuity on “D”

  90. S1526C January 17, 2015 7:40 pm

    We are now in year 4 of Chow’s 5 year plan. I guess the learning curve for HC’s differ for each potential HC. Maybe Chow needs another three years to learn and improve (Sarcasm).

    Even if people don’t like it, Jones and Clune did the right thing for their careers. I just hope he doesn’t hire or promote more GA’s.

  91. oneseason January 17, 2015 8:16 pm

    On the bright side, UH MVB beat #3 UCSB in 4 sets last night and UH MBB is competitive in tonight’s game against UC Riverside. Some prompt & inspired leadership from UH regarding Football would be really nice to see.

  92. David J. January 17, 2015 8:26 pm

    I’m really sorry that coach Clune is leaving the University of Hawaii football program!. Now that happen let’s see what coach Chow will get to replace him?. I hope he goes out and get a really great defensive mind coach!. But not a high school, division two or three coach!. But if Chow goes out that way he should thinking of Mount Union or North Dakota coaching staff. Maybe someone in the NFL not the Cleveland Browns!. But other teams who been in a big game before!. So he can give the University of Hawaii football players a great step into the next’s level!. Just like what Johnny Manziel had said when he got hurt! Boy, those 300 lb. defensive players are faster in the NFL then college players!. If the new coach could do that at the University of Hawaii. It will make it really big time at Hawaii!. Picture this that Hawaii upset Ohio State next year!. Because of their defense! But Hawaii really need to open up their offensive schemes!. But if coach Chow don’t go out that way!. It’s really time to change the whole coaching staff and get a really great coach somewhere out there!. How about the defensive coordinator at UCLA?!. He is a former UH football player and he played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers for nine years. He was really a great linebacker at UH and also in the NFL too!.

  93. BJ. January 17, 2015 8:34 pm

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII! It’s only $1,56 per gallon of gas in Oklahoma! How much it’s over there now?

  94. kapakahi January 17, 2015 9:08 pm


    Won’t happen…..since JU scheduled to make $475K as the Bruin DC in 2015…..then $500K in 2016……

  95. A-House January 17, 2015 9:19 pm


    green mice brought “fleeting” fame to UH and now several other universities have gone beyond that accomplishment

    academic fame is very short lived and most people don’t really care about it – only those on campus

    and, that’s what, IMHO, was most impressive about the Oregon story on how they cherish their sports programs which being much recognition to the school and increases their enrollment

    also, IMHO, the “ducks” will NOT be as successful next year or two as it was the past 3 years.

  96. A-House January 17, 2015 9:22 pm

    all quiet on the “western front”!

    like the “lull” before the hurricane strikes – yikes!

  97. islandman January 17, 2015 10:04 pm

    86.– 808– UH can pay at least up to $250,000 to someone, since they paid that much to Kaumeyer.

  98. hitman January 17, 2015 10:09 pm

    oh well good move for him!! timing sucks !! know coach chow got something new answers why we lossing again this season !! i would not be shock that chow steps down before the start of the season for health reasons!!

  99. kev-1 January 17, 2015 11:03 pm

    As recall the way Clone behaved towards the cameraman on the field after the Utah St. game, I can’t say that i’m surprised that he left. I could care less that I was him. I just care that another coach left period.

    Chow, come out of fricken hiding and tell the fans that the program has left what you plan to do.

  100. kev-1 January 17, 2015 11:12 pm

    A-house … its not quiet at all. Don’t you hear the sound of crumpling paper? That’s the sound of what few recruits we did have changing their minds and crumpling up their future signing papers.

    Who the hell would want to play for this program? No AD. No DB coach. No DC. No OC (just some recent college guy in the booth calling three plays that some old man tells him to call). No head coach. Well, real head coach anyway. I mean really? What’s next?

  101. kakaako kid January 18, 2015 5:22 am

    Patience folks. It all will make more sense in the next few weeks.

  102. al January 18, 2015 5:55 am

    Demo to DC?

  103. Tempmanoa January 18, 2015 7:07 am

    Chow is unable to make up for all the mistakes he has made on coaches– two offensive coordinators who did not last– Tommy Lee and Price, a defensive coordinator who left after just two years– offensive line and other coordinators who did not last beyond the first year, also loss of our best receiver and best offensive lineman to P5 teams– and on and on. Things keep getting worse. A rebuilding year in 2015 now looks like more of the same collapsing. Pressure is on Chow to make some great moves to save things.

  104. Maddog50 January 18, 2015 7:23 am

    Hope something starts to make sense soon. As far as a Clune……no comment

  105. kev-1 January 18, 2015 7:30 am

    kakaako kid … It would take something pretty spectacular for me to change my current frame of mind. I am pretty disappointed with the way this program is being run at this point.

  106. kapakahi January 18, 2015 7:31 am

    Good to get some positive news……on the commitment from a big power RB…..Santa Monica College RB Melvin Davis……to replace Joey……

  107. kev-1 January 18, 2015 7:31 am

    It is nice to read about the signing of a big RB. I hope he is as good as he seems on paper.

  108. kapakahi January 18, 2015 7:32 am

    Good to get some positive news……on the commitment from a big power RB…..Santa Monica College RB Melvin Davis……to replace Joey……

  109. kapakahi January 18, 2015 7:32 am

  110. oneseason January 18, 2015 7:40 am

    Tonight the MVB team is going to play # 3 ranked UCSB at the Stan Sheriff Center. About 2000 fans will cheer on a very good UH team, one that defeated UCSB on Friday, in this rematch.

  111. kapakahi January 18, 2015 8:33 am

    Even with Davis’ commit, wonder if UH still trying to land another RB……who is also a KR/PR specialist……to replace Scott Harding……

    This JC RB/KR/PR scatback looks to be an intriguing prospect…….since a frosh qualifier out of HS……with 4 to play 3……

  112. Stephen Tsai January 18, 2015 8:52 am

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