Figuring great luck rarely makes an encore, the Hawai‘i Bowl is doing the smart thing in deciding to reach an agreement with Conference USA.
Instead of the Pac-10’s seventh-place team, the Hawai‘i Bowl gets the second choice of bowl-eligible C-USA teams. Yes, the letters S-M-U can be read between the lines.
Hawai‘i Bowl officials noted that only five Pac-10 teams were eligible last year. Fortunately, it worked out that 6-6 Notre Dame was available. The chances of a seventh-place Pac-10 team qualifying are as slim as another 6-6 marquee team like Notre Dame being available.
This is the best move for the Hawai‘i Bowl. Well, unless UCLA finishes seventh and is bowl eligible …
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Let’s assume that cheerleading and swimming/diving are considered to be co-ed sports, and cross-country and track and field are one program. Then at UH, two of eight women’s teams currently have female head coaches. A step toward gender equity could be achieved in the hiring of the head coach of a ninth UH women’s sport, women’s basketball.
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It’s a good move that quarterback Shane Austin is getting reps as a holder.
Inoke Funaki, who handled the duty a couple of years ago, is listed as the No. 1 holder. But Funaki is competing at running back this spring, and the rigors of that position might not always make for a smooth transition in game situations.
It would be ideal for the punter to serve as holder. The kicker and punter often work out separately from their teammates during practices. But it might be asking too much for incoming Australian punter Alex Dummachie, who has never played organized American football, to learn another skill.
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Happy birthday to (Florida)Patti.