Powell, Abercrombie, Rauscher
Soon after arriving in town, newly hired assistant coaches Lewis Powell and Phil Rauscher received an unexpected greeting. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and AD Jim Donovan welcomed both coaches with lei.
After reading of the hirings, Abercrombie called Donovan, asking if it would be a good idea to greet the coaches. Abercrombie then made the arrangements.
Rauscher arrived first, after which they waited in the governor’s lounge until Powell’s arrival.
That, of course, answers two important questions:
1) The governor believes UH football is important.
2) The airport has a governor’s lounge.
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Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said a deal is nearing completion in which Utah and Hawaii would play a home-and-home series as early as the 2014 season.
The teams have not met since 1998, the Utes’ final season in the WAC. Utah was among eight schools that seceded from the WAC to form the Mountain West Conference in 1999. The Utes just completed their inaugural season as Pac-12 members. The Warriors join the MWC in July.
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At today’s volleyball practice, former Warriors Maulia LaBarre and Sean Carney: