Edwards is MWC’s special teams player of the year

Congrats to Mike Edwards, who was named the MWC’s special teams player of the year. He is the first UH player to win such an honor since kicker Jason Elam in 1992.

Edwards was named to the MWC first team as a specialist and second team as a cornerback.

He was sixth nationally in kickoff returns, averaging 30.4 yards per attempt.

Defensive end Paipai Falemalu and punter Alex Dunnachie were named to the second team.

Center Ben Clarke and defensive end Tavita Woodard were honorable mention.

* * * * *

Two finalists for the athletic director’s job will have face-to-face interviews with a UH screening committee today.

Both are associate ADs β€” one from a Big Ten school, another from a Pac-12 school.

None has an apparent Hawaii tie.

I always felt that bringing in No. 2s (or 2-Bs, 2-Cs) from a big-budget school is like bringing in a high-ranking Ben & Jerry’s guy to run a shave-ice stand. Oh, well.

I hope today’s interview comes with a tour: “These are your locker rooms. No, just these rooms. That other building is the arena …”

And a test: “Attendance has fallen in the major sports and you have an eight-figure accumulated deficit, how will you fix it? Hint: You may not propose a concert.”

Of course, there is an outside chance that the chancellor could appoint Rockne Freitas, who has moonlighted as acting AD since the summer. Freitas, who did not apply, is in New Zealand today as a guest speaker.

* * * * * *

Interesting exchange at a UH forum yesterday. Here it is (via Twitter):

Audience comment: “We need to get out the word about the good things at UH. People don’t know about it but they know about football.”

Greenwood: “We started a new communications plan in the spring and have more than 200 stories that have appeared in the news.”

Greenwood: “Not one of those stories have generated as much interest as the one story that has dominated the news this year.”

* * * * *

Best wishes to tight end Ryan Hall, who is giving up a starting job and a football scholarship to pursue opportunities in music and acting.

The story: Hall leaving.

Hall really is a talented guy. And quite funny. He did a dead-on impersonation of Heath Ledger’s Joker and Forrest Gump for the coach’s show. Alas, his Gump bit ended up on the proverbial cutting-room floor. But it was really good.

Hall will do well.

* * * * *

Remember that “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy buys an “original” painting from a street artist in Paris? She goes back to the hotel only to find that Ricky, Ethel and Fred all bought the same “original.”

I’m reminded of that when I see that there are three No. 1 jerseys and two No. 2 jerseys at the Wounded Warrior on-line auction.

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up . . .


  1. haka December 4, 2012 6:47 am

    Go Warriors!

    Go Wahine!

  2. haka December 4, 2012 6:50 am


  3. haka December 4, 2012 6:50 am

    or three?

  4. haka December 4, 2012 6:51 am

    no wonder…..

  5. haka December 4, 2012 6:52 am

    rockne and a hard place…..

  6. postmanke December 4, 2012 6:53 am

    I trust in the temp agency method of hiring.. good luck to the new AD.

  7. Don Weir (We-Ah) December 4, 2012 6:57 am

    I wish all of the best to the new AD.

    The transition to a system that has a recent past history of being dysfunctional will be a challenge and it is my hope that he/she will navigate the charted, and especially the uncharted waters, successfully.

  8. Bugaz December 4, 2012 7:00 am

    Good morning! Thought maybe your title was about our QBs

  9. papajoe2 December 4, 2012 7:00 am

    top 10? good morning.

  10. 3-Prong December 4, 2012 7:03 am

    Go Rockne! Hehe. Choose wisely. Bigger decision than selecting a coach.

  11. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 7:03 am


    Oh, no. A quarterback story would be bigger news.

  12. laulau head December 4, 2012 7:04 am

    Nice analogies ST…speaking of AD’s how did JD’s interview go?

  13. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 7:04 am

    I think the over/under is two news conferences before the new AD uses ‘ohana.

  14. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 7:05 am


    Not sure. It’s supposed to be between Donovan and an associate not named HF from Syracuse.

  15. tommui December 4, 2012 7:08 am


    I hope that the coaches have had some input as to the proposed ADs.

  16. Shoko December 4, 2012 7:08 am

    Last interview was yesterday. The guy to interview was a towel boy from Syracuse.

    Might be an announcement today or sometime this week.

  17. tommui December 4, 2012 7:09 am

    ST #15 – sly …

  18. haka December 4, 2012 7:12 am

    deck the hall with lei of aloha…

  19. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 7:14 am

    Speaking of towels . . .

    Several years ago as the basketball beat writer, I interviewed Rick Majerus after a game.

    Fifteen minutes later, he poked his head out of the locker room, drenched, and asked me to go get him a towel.

    I said, “Sure.”

    And then kept walking.

  20. tommui December 4, 2012 7:17 am

    Happy birthday to Jim Leahy and Dave Shoji!

  21. WarriorNY December 4, 2012 7:20 am

    A Grease, (from yesterday’s blog post)

    Haha, yes the Jets are awful this year but I’d love for Manti to play on the Jets or Giants cuz I think he’s gonna be a great player in the NFL. I watched a few Notre Dame games and he is just fun to watch on D. He always seems to be in a good position to make a play…

  22. Shoko December 4, 2012 7:23 am

    Hmm, UH made the 50 best journalism schools in the US. Who would have thunk..or is it thought? Apparently, I didn’t attend any of those schools.


  23. WarriorNY December 4, 2012 7:25 am

    GL to Ryan Hall again! LA is a tough place but kudos to you for chasing your dreams…

  24. postmanke December 4, 2012 7:31 am

    Good Luck to Hall! Man, that is a tough choice. I guess not as hard as a descision if you already have a degree from Duke. But still, all the time in the world to pursue. scratching my head.. wonering if he wished he purchased that ’round trip ticket’

  25. HawaiiMongoose December 4, 2012 7:36 am

    Interesting. Finalists from Big 10 and Pac 12 schools. Seems to me we’d be better off with someone who has Pac 12 connections. I don’t see UH as a candidate for Big 10 membership anytime soon.

  26. Shoko December 4, 2012 7:38 am

    Jeez, everyone’s an expert that writes for The Bleacher Report.

  27. Shoko December 4, 2012 7:43 am

    Here’s a map of the Manziel, Te’o and Klein Heisman race. Te’o takes Hawaii, Utah, Vermont, Rhode Island, Indiana, Maine and Alaska. Sort of remind me of the past presidential race.


  28. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2012 7:44 am

    I actually hope UH doesn’t hire an AD with direct Hawaii/UH ties. The last two AD’s have been bumbling disasters. JD wasn’t nearly as bad as Frazier with his hires, but he left UH with a black eye. HF was responsible for three of the worst hires in UH history (Greg McMackin, Bob Nash and Jim Bolla) along with incompetence with football scheduling and fundraising.

    McMackin inherited the football program at it’s absolute highest and produced 1 winning season in 4 years and left Chow a mess to clean up… Bob Nash completely train-wrecked the basketball program… Jim Bolla’s poor coaching was a highlight of his tenure as he was fired for verbally and physically abusing the Rainbow Wahine players. All three sports suffered through declining ticket sales/attendance under these coaches.

    Time for a fresh point of view. Time to remove the old excuses: “we’re in a small conference… we’re a state school with financial problems… poor us because we don’t have funding.” That attitude must end.

  29. oldie December 4, 2012 7:50 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Did Stan Sheriff have any Hawaii ties when he took the job?

    He was one of the better ADs. Whoever gets the job should study what he did.

  30. WarriorNY December 4, 2012 7:53 am

    Frazier didn’t hire Mack. I believe he was let go a day or two after JJ signed with SMU. (I remember watching it on PTI.)

  31. Bleed Green and White December 4, 2012 8:04 am

    Mr. Tsai – so funny, I’m with you with the new AD using ohana!!! They always do right…?

  32. Annoddah Dave December 4, 2012 8:10 am

    @#30, oldie: Stan Sheriff was born in Hawaii and family moved to mainland when he was 10.

  33. D December 4, 2012 8:13 am

    #25 Postmanke:

    If I were an accomplished pianist and an OK tight-end, I would be worried about my fingers and choose to pursue my musical career.

    There as a (I think) pro-football player with the Cincinnati Bengals who was a concert-pianist and I recall he left the pro-ranks to pursue his musical career.

    Famous for breaking a couple of concert grands while playing!

  34. postmanke December 4, 2012 8:15 am

    I hope the new AD will have some cash grabbing private donor skills. Leadership meh.. Go get some cash!

  35. (Jesse) James December 4, 2012 8:17 am

    Good morning to my Tsaiko Ohana!!! LOL

    Hope all goes well today!!!

    Good luck to Ryan Hall on all your future endeavors.

    Just want the new AD to lead us in the right direction and work hard and not take C#$P from upper campus….LOL

  36. postmanke December 4, 2012 8:19 am

    Thats one big piano player.

  37. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 8:22 am

    Bleed Green:

    And always remember that locals never refer to themselves as kamaaina. Well, except on staycations when we ask for the kamaaina rate.

  38. koakane ip5 December 4, 2012 8:24 am

    morning 😎 don’t quite know what the day will be like but do whatever to be in good health

    talked to kinda shy πŸ™‚ at Uh luau and she was very upbeat about JD …. again only the da best for Jim

  39. Annoddah Dave December 4, 2012 8:25 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    The $64 question in a lot of Management 300 series classes is: What is the difference between a leader and a manager? Leader manages people and a manager manages systems is one answer. I think for an AD, we need a leader, one who has a vision and the will to pursue it. Managers abound by the thousands…only a few are leaders. I don’t care if it is a male or female, as long as they don’t step on their dork or get wrapped up in their panties!

  40. gobows December 4, 2012 8:27 am

    Audience comment: “We need to get out the word about the good things at UH. People don’t know about it but they know about football.”

    2 words: wahine volleyball. make that 4 words: wahine volleyball and softball.

    what else is a “good thing” at UH?

  41. SteveM December 4, 2012 8:29 am

    Good morning everyone!

    ST wrote above:

    I always felt that bringing in No. 2s (or 2-Bs, 2-Cs) from a big-budget school is like bringing in a high-ranking Ben & Jerry’s guy to run a shave-ice stand. Oh, well.

    Ouch. Right on as usual, but still “ouch”.

  42. Na Koa Mike December 4, 2012 8:29 am

    South Alabama game photos are up.


  43. mo808 December 4, 2012 8:35 am

    Good Tuesday Folks! All the best to Ryan Hall! Hope things go well for new AD and UH–whoever it is!

    Happy Birthday Wishes to Jim Leahy and Dave Shoji!

  44. SteveM December 4, 2012 8:38 am

    Best of luck to Ryan Hall!


  45. Wes'side Warrior December 4, 2012 8:39 am

    Howzit, Gang!

    Hope you all are doing well. Been a little under the weather myself, lately. Long days with my coughing waking me up every several minutes.

    Lots of varied news coming from all sorts of directions.

    Mahalo to the Seniors, and best wishes to all of you in your future! Good luck, Ryan Hall!

    Gratz to everyone on whatevas accomplishments have been achieved.

    For those still in school… time to ace some finals! Or at least pass them, and not just squeak by. This is part of your future as well! Do your best!

    As for our new AD… Hmmm… I just want someone who is truly qualified to run the show cleanly, and produce positive results in every facet of the job. Don’t matter if local or not, just please move us in the right direction, and not let us march in quicksand while collecting your check.

  46. Independent Thinker December 4, 2012 8:41 am

    Nice find, Shoko, and it’s okay you didn’t go to any of those schools. You are still good at finding useful information for all of us.

  47. Rodney December 4, 2012 8:48 am

    Hope it’s the PAC 12 AD!!!

    Would be something if he

    was from. USC !!!!!

    Hope who ever comes is

    at a good price!!!

  48. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 8:49 am

    Congrats to Mike Edwards, Alex Dunnachie, Paipai Falemalu, Ben Clarke and Tavita Woodard.

  49. Shoko December 4, 2012 8:49 am

    Congrats to Mike Edwards (special teams POY, first team KR, second team DB)), Paipai Falemalu (second team DL) and Alex Dunnachie (second team P) for making All-Mountain West team.


  50. Shoko December 4, 2012 8:50 am

    Argh, thought I could beat ST at posting that! He fast!

  51. Shoko December 4, 2012 8:52 am

    Surprising that JHT didn’t get honorable mentions.

  52. jm2375 December 4, 2012 9:00 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Happy Birthday to Coach Shoji and Papa Leahy!

    Best wishes to Ryan Hall on his pursuing his dreams. When he becomes a star, we can say we knew him back in the day…

    One of the first things the new AD will need to learn is how to deal with Upper Campus, including the Regents and the Legislature. Also looks like the OOC fb schedule for 2014 and beyond needs completing.

  53. A-House December 4, 2012 9:01 am

    Good luck to Ryan Hall!!

    Ooppps, now, UH has 14 scholarships for 2013.

  54. A-House December 4, 2012 9:04 am


    yep, you are correct – believe his hands were insured for $1 million.

    don’t recall players name, bu he was the starting L/tackle and I believe graduated from Notre Dame – in school, he was already a celebrated concert pianist

  55. haka December 4, 2012 9:07 am

    Congrats Mike Edwards!

    And congrats to Defensive end Paipai Falemalu, punter Alex Dunnachie,

    Center Ben Clarke and defensive end Tavita Woodard.

    Go Warriors!

  56. jm2375 December 4, 2012 9:08 am

    Congrats to the All-MWC honorees!

  57. oldie December 4, 2012 9:09 am

    Thanks, Annoddah Dave. Stan was really good for UH.

    I guess it just shows that local tie is important.

  58. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 9:09 am


    The blog host got a head’s up because he might have been a voter.

  59. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 9:11 am


    JHT wasn’t on the ballot.

  60. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 9:12 am

    I hope the weight room was crowded on Monday. The off-season is a crucial time to heal up, get bigger, faster, and stronger. Spring ball is only 3-months from now (give or take a week or so).

  61. Da Punchbowl Kid December 4, 2012 9:13 am

    Good luck to Ryan!

    happy Birthday “Pops”!

  62. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2012 9:14 am

    #31, I said Frazier was responsible for McMackin’s hiring. Mack was hired about a week or two after Frazier was canned.

    Frazier had 18 months to negotiate an extension with Jones, but failed to get a deal done. Maybe ST can confirm, but I don’t think Frazier/UH even made an offer to Jones until after SMU made their offer.

  63. Da Punchbowl Kid December 4, 2012 9:18 am

    Gratz to all the MWC honorees! Big ups for Edwards.

  64. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 9:21 am

    Former UH Athlete is correct.

    SMU makes $2 million a year offer to JJ.

    UH counters with $1.1m

    Then $1.3m

    Then $1.5m

    Some say up to $1.7m.

    JJ says he’s going to SMU.

    Chancellor picks GM.

    He says, how about the first offer to JJ? They say OK.

    What everyone forgot was JJ’s last contract was $800,000, not $1.1m.

  65. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 9:25 am

    Dobelle would have been a good president except his ties were with the Democratic party and when he came to UH there was a Republican in the White House. So much for the big dollars he was going to bring.

    HF would have been a good AD because he was quite charismatic. But he just didn’t focus enough. In life’s relays, it’s better to be the anchor.

  66. Shoko December 4, 2012 9:25 am

    60. Guess that would explain it. Doesn’t the coaching staff select candidates and the voters (25) get to pick and choose?

  67. Da Punchbowl Kid December 4, 2012 9:26 am

    Number 65 – Stephen ~


  68. Shoko December 4, 2012 9:28 am

    59. Would it be unethical of me to ask how you voted?

  69. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2012 9:29 am


    Not sure how it works.

    I just received a notice that I would be a voter.

    They told me how special I was.

    Then then spelled my name Stephan.

  70. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 9:32 am

    Dobelle’s disdain for female administrators, namely those of Asian descent, was well documented during his time at UH.


    “Look at me, I drive a Porsche!”

  71. westwind December 4, 2012 9:33 am

    MRC Greenwood, Rockne Freitas and the BOR are the reason why we are where we are now. And why would you want to hav RF for the AD? The deal that they made to get UH into the MW was not beneficial to UH. They put us in the hole finacially. (Don’t forget the recent flip-flop on the Temple game). RF is now “crossing the T’s and dotting the i’s”, with respect to the public’s money. This is after being rather carefree with it.

  72. Shoko December 4, 2012 9:37 am

    70. Stephan sounds European. Go with that spelling, you might pick up more chicks. πŸ˜‰

  73. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 9:39 am

    UH needs someone with a vision, a plan, is organized, pays attention to detail, who communicates well, has good management/people skills, who can get everyone who works in the AD on the same page.

    I remember when Stan Sheriff was interviewing for the UH AD job back in the early 80s. The thing that impressed the committee members was that Sheriff moved his seat so that he was sitting next to the members instead of across from them.

  74. d1shima December 4, 2012 9:40 am

    What everyone forgot was JJ’s last contract was $800,000, not $1.1m.

    ….and that GM was making about $200k.

  75. d1shima December 4, 2012 9:41 am

    Congratulations to Mike Edwards and all the other All-Conference selections! πŸ™‚

  76. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 9:41 am

    BTW, did Dobelle ever finish and submit that book or extensive paper he was supposed to write as part of his golden handshake deal with UH? Last I heard a few years ago, is that he had completed a page and a half.

  77. Shoko December 4, 2012 9:51 am

    Pretty touching story about Colin Kaepernick’s biological mother and her attempt at trying to establish communication with Kap when he went to college at Nevada. She resembles him quite a bit.

    “Heidi Russo has watched her son from the stands, half of her desperately wanting to rise and wave her arms with excitement in hopes that Colin Kaepernick might finally recognize her.”

    “I kept looking at him, thinking our eyes might meet. He might finally see me. I kept thinking it happened, but he never came to see me after the game.” she said while watching Colin play against Colorado State.


  78. cocobean December 4, 2012 9:51 am

    D: Mike Reid.

  79. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2012 9:51 am

    What’s great about all the award winners/mentions is that everybody except Falemalu is projected to be back for 2013. Edwards is on the fence if he’s leaving for the NFL or not, but 2013 will be his senior year.

    Clarke looks like he’s going to be a real good player. Tavita is solid and Edwards is great.

    Gregory, Iosefa, Graham, and a senior Stutzman and the offense looks pretty good at the skill positions. Hopefully Chow can recruit/develop a deep threat to round out the skill positions. Justin Vele looks like a nice player once he develops. Ikaika Woosley also looks promising. UH should have a healthy QB battle with Graham and Woosley in the spring. Graham has the edge because of size/arm and 2 years under Jim Tressel’s development at OSU, but both QBs will be in their 2nd year at UH and both don’t have any game experience.

    Defensively, just being healthy at the start of 2013 will be a huge boost to the defense. Chow has focused on def linemen in recruiting and looks like he’s landed a couple immediate contributors. If UH’s freshmen LB corp puts on some weight, they will be a solid group. The secondary (UH’s best unit in 2012) pretty is pretty much unchanged for next year.

    UH had one of the youngest 2-deep depth charts in all of FBS, so that should bode well for the next few years as they develop and improve. UH doesn’t lose any key players for next year, except for Falemalu (Hanohano and Correa aren’t big losses with the returning players and committed recruits) and the overall talent will be better next season.

    2013’s non-conference schedule looks like this:

    08/29 – USC — Loss

    09/07 – at Oregon State — Loss

    11/09 – at Navy — Toss up

    11/30 – Army — Win

    12/07 – BYU — Toss up (revenge game at home + senior night = elevated play by UH)

    2013 MWC teams include: Air Force, Colorado St, New Mexico, UNLV, Wyoming, Fresno, Reno, San Jose St, Utah St, Hawaii.

    Not sure how the MWC schedule will lineup, because they can’t play everybody in one season, but I think if UH progresses how I think they will, UH should beat CSU, UNM, UNLV, Wyoming. Air Force is a maybe depending on location. Fresno, Reno, SJSU and Utah St are clearly better than UH now, and all their QB’s return for 2013

    Given the adjustments Kaumeyer made for Air Force, I think UH performs much better vs the option teams next year. Kind of a crazy, but UH will play 4 option offenses + Reno’s Pistol Read-Option in 2013.

    So I guess I’m saying UH will have a 6-7 season (assuming 8 MWC games). There’s some wiggle room up or down depending how the MWC schedule lines up.

  80. d1shima December 4, 2012 9:51 am

    Ray Nagel did a pretty good job of guiding UHAD to a new level.

  81. westwind December 4, 2012 9:52 am

    It won’t matter who you hire as AD unless they change Upper Campus. There has been too much interference from the Manoa Administration. A new AD would face the same challenges as JD. So hiring someone new would accomplish nothing. There would be the appearance of things moving ahead, but then things would revert back to how things would be manipulated in the past.

  82. PurpleMaple December 4, 2012 10:02 am

    The new AD will have to have real thick skin to fend off critics. Hawaii has small TV market and cost of travel a negative. PAC 12 membership out of the cost/revenue model. UH lucky to be in MWC.

  83. PurpleMaple December 4, 2012 10:02 am

    Just ask Idaho and New Mexico St.

  84. SteveM December 4, 2012 10:04 am

    The only thing I remember about Dobelle was that he supported having UH’s baseball stadium named after Les Murakami– and not wait until after his passing, as was traditional. It passed his “common sense” test.

  85. hightide December 4, 2012 10:06 am

    The tight end ,the Hall kid is stopping, probably because the chance of getting unwanted knocks to the head.

    Art and music is more about the mind than hands.

    Edwards should turn pro and never look back; think Colt B. Junior year 2nd round , senior year what.

    UH should be looking at a AD prospect from a mid major conf. Why? Budgeting and scheduling. someone who can work with the probs UH has. Pac 12 ,Big 10 dream on we will never get there. Why ? simple just look around.

    Look at the sources for revenue, how much support is the community willing to

    give, when all the private schools consider UH a second or last option.

  86. d1shima December 4, 2012 10:12 am

    Thankful that these poles didn’t come down three days earlier! 😯


  87. tommui December 4, 2012 10:13 am

    #53 A-House.

    Actually Mike Reid graduated from Penn State and was a two-time All Pro.

    Since he left pro-football to pursue a music career, he has written songs, musicals/operas and even won several Grammy Awards for songs.

  88. WarriorNY December 4, 2012 10:27 am

    Congrats to Mike Edwards… Hard to believe he’s our first conference Special Teams POY since 1992. I would’ve thought Chad Owens would have won the award at some point…

    I can’t believe Edwards didn’t make the MWC First Team on Defense as a DB. People didn’t even throw the ball in his direction, and when they did he made them pay. I want to see how many yards receivers put up against Edwards… I bet its better than all four of the guys on the 1st team… They are probably just going by number of INTs…

  89. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 10:27 am


    I agree. I thought a assistant/vice commish from the actual conference office itself could have been good candidate. Then again, they probably make a ton of money already.

    Whoever it is, the staff they pick will be just as important. If we go the mainland route, gotta get at least one associate AD with Hawaii smarts to help navigate the local channels. Hey Vice Chancellor and Associate AD…Nah nah.

  90. A-House December 4, 2012 10:29 am


    thank you for the correction and I do recall Mike Reid – Penn State eh?

    he was a BIG fella with soft hands – didn’t pro team call special plays for him as a wide receiver?

  91. Townie December 4, 2012 10:39 am

    Big Island scored one of those “Baskin and Robins” guys to head up their city IT Department. A former Microsoft/Dell exec that is insanely overqualified for the position. I hope one of those AD guys decides to take on a “vacation in hell kind of job” in Hawaii. Never know!

  92. Shoko December 4, 2012 10:39 am

    Pretty interesting stuff about Mike Reid. There are a few songs he co-wrote that I’ve heard of, such as the Bonnie Rait song thats replayed on the airwaves till this day.


  93. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 10:41 am

    Former UH D-lineman Tony Hollyfield (78-81) was a pretty good painter/artist and I read somewhere that his work would be on display in the football office back in the day. His son, Marcus (Pac-5) is now playing football for JJ at SMU.

  94. Shoko December 4, 2012 10:44 am

    Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema headed to Arkansas.

    Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn headed to Auburn.

  95. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 11:05 am

    Interesting hire by Arkansas. Guess they couldn’t afford $10m/year offer for Miles haha.

  96. gobows December 4, 2012 11:11 am

    #70 they gave you an “a” congrats…btw were there any other warriors on the ballot? kind of hard to substantiate any others with the way the season went and low stats.

  97. RedZone December 4, 2012 11:13 am

    wow Arkansas St went out of their way to hire Malzahn. They even got the governor involved. They must be hurting right now. Another stone gets stepped on.

  98. gobows December 4, 2012 11:24 am

    #75 but only $400,005 was from the state, the rest came from wealthy guys. whereas all of macks paycheck came from tax dollars.

  99. d1shima December 4, 2012 11:25 am

    Barry Alvarez shoulda given up his office. πŸ˜‰

  100. d1shima December 4, 2012 11:27 am

    #75 but only $400,005 was from the state, the rest came from wealthy guys. whereas all of macks paycheck came from tax dollars.

    the “wealthy guys” musta known sumting…they usually do!

  101. A-House December 4, 2012 11:32 am

    I still find it interesting how the mainland schools can “hire” a new coach within 2 or 4 days while it takes “forever” to hire one at UH Manoa.

    Perhaps, someone should relook the “hiring” statutes for a “state” job as the current law, I believe, was formulated in the 40s to protect Hawaii from whatever that was lurking away from the islands. This “paternalistic” view is old and went by the wayside along with the sugar and pineapple plantations of yester year along with the Big 5 commercial establishments.

    Can any one name the Big 5 companies that dominated Hawaii for years – history quiz and no googling please!!!!!!!!!

  102. cocobean December 4, 2012 11:35 am

    The new AD should have a freer hand than JD did. The last thing the UH Admin can afford is to be accused of meddling in Athletic affairs.

    Heard the top of the to-do list for the new AD is a get-to-know lunch with Mercado-Kom and Slom.

  103. cocobean December 4, 2012 11:36 am


  104. Shoko December 4, 2012 11:37 am

    97. I heard that each team selects players and submits them into a pool of other players from other MW schools. The 24 voters (sportswriters) go online and pick players from that group for POY, first and second team honors, and COY. Similar to how they vote for preseason selections.

  105. jjay December 4, 2012 11:41 am

    about time upper campus show transparancy in this forever search for an athletic director, and upper admin. stay out of his way and let him run the dept the way it should!

  106. Shoko December 4, 2012 11:41 am

    Oops, forgot to say that I’m sure there were other UH players that were in that pool. Its just that none of them warranted any recognition compared to the other players in the conference.

  107. cocobean December 4, 2012 11:42 am

    #102. Bishop , Baldwin, Rewald, Dillingham and Wong.

  108. Independent Thinker December 4, 2012 11:42 am

    I prefer we give the job to a local administrator. Doesn’t matter who. I don’t have a preference. The regents can decide that. Lots of capable local administrators available. We only need look. If you can run a city or state government, you can run a little athletic department like the UH’s department, all things being relative.

    The skill sets needed to run our little athletic department are the same skill sets needed to run a medium to large corporation. If you can do that, run a medium to large corporation or government successfully, you should be able to run a little athletic department like the UH.

    Former mayors, governors, house speakers, senate presidents, business executives from BOH, Hawaii Electric, First Hawaiian, etc., are well qualified to handle this position. Because they have already retired and are there likely monied already, they wouldn’t be doing the job for the money. We wouldn’t have to pay these kinds of guys insane amounts of money because most of them already have money. We get a seasoned business executive for a fair price, and the business executive, who as strong ties to the community, gets to use his or her skills one more time to help the community. These would be the ideal kinds of guys and gals, for me, to hold the AD post next.

    If you can run those kinds of large, complex entities, you should have all the necessary skills, training, and experience needed to run our little athletic department.

  109. Shoko December 4, 2012 11:44 am

    If they were transparent, I would think they would state who the two running candidates are for the job.

    Cal State Fullerton reported who the final four candidates were for their AD position.

  110. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 11:48 am


    Old School Dave, you do realize that the piece you cite actually classifies the accusation of Dobelle’s disdain for Asian women as a mere ploy to incite anger against him? The implication is that the accusation was false, although no evidence is provided to prove such falsity.

    Taken as a whole, the piece is intended to question the critics and criticisms of Dobelle rather Dobelle himself. In other words it is critical of the process behind Dobelle’s removal rather than being critical of Dobelle.

    Not saying the allegation is accurate or inaccurate, but we should have clarity about what any quoted or referenced material actually says.

  111. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 11:50 am

    ST: any truth to the post yesterday that Ben Dew has been shown the door? I would be very upset if so.

  112. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 11:51 am

    Warrior Mojo: Points well taken.

    There was also the “you people” remark by Dobelle in reference to people from Hawaii. It was also documented. Subject to debate?? He is free to defend himself.

  113. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 11:54 am

    Is it okay to cite my own post? Dug this up and found it kind of interesting. I mean at least to me it is. Because I love me some me.


    August 13th, 2012 at 1:01 pm Some random thoughts from Saturday’s scrimmage:

    I wasn’t too concerned about the lack of polish on offense. The O-line, which I focused on watching, was pretty much a revolving door as different combinations of players were tried out. For instance, Muir, Milovale, Sai, Koloamatangi and Shigematsu (I think) all got time at LT. Hard to develop cohesion with that amount of substitution.

    The guy who stood out for me on the O-line was Ben Dew. He was solid in pass pro and showed good ability to pull and to line up blocks with LBs or DBs off the line of scrimmage. Also, seems to have a bit of a nasty streak that all really good guards seem to have. Like him a lot.

    Muir seemed to have the best practice of the LTs that I saw. Milovale didn’t seem to have the physical presence that I was expecting, but he’s just getting into practice so maybe that will come. Ditto for Sai, who seems better suited for G. Wonder who the coaches start at G out of Dew, Lefotu, Sai, and Winchester-Makainai. Koloamatangi seems to be very athletic, but I’m guessing he will RS as he looks like he can (and should) pack on 20 or 25 more pounds of muscle.

    Didn’t really focus on the centers and couldn’t really see the right side of the O-line as offense was always moving right to left. I recall Hunter Hollowed having a nice block on that side, though.

    Other guys who stood out to me:

    Haku Correa. He’s such a BULL in the middle and seems like he will have a great year. Calen Friel also looked like he’ll get quality minutes.

    Benny Fonua. Awesome to see a true frosh calling signals as the MLB.

    Steven Lakalaka. Again, nice to see a true frosh in the active mix. Runs hard.

    Mike Edwards. He’s fearless (little crazy?) as a return man. No dancing with him, just one cut and go. Doesn’t matter how many guys are barreling down on him. On the other hand, not sure about having smaller guys like the receivers used as wedge blockers.

    Marrell Jackson and Jerrol Garcia-Williams. Wasn’t really focusing on the defense, but those two always seemed to be around the ball.

    David Graves. Perhaps showed the most out of the receivers on this day. Speed, moves, and hands. Gotta get him some minutes. Still a Graves Digger.

  114. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 11:57 am

    Does anyone know if the player’s have a special training table during spring ball? Correct me if I’m wrong, but come Spring Semester, there are no training table meals. Is that correct?

  115. Independent Thinker December 4, 2012 11:59 am

    Only other requirement I would add: the retired exec/administrator must be a sports fanatic.

    Jeff Portnoy is a good example. Lawyer during the day, sports fanatic at night, talking basketball with knowledge and passion for the game on his program. Portnoy is nearing retirement age from his practice, he is skilled in the ways of business and human relations, and he loves sports and has strong ties to the community. If a person like him were to be enticed to be AD, he likely would not be doing the job for the money, after retirement, of course.

    There are many in our community like Portnoy who would make an ideal AD.

    Basically, my criteria: retired business/government exec, local, strong ties to the community, monied already, with a passion for collegiate sports and a desire to contribute once more to the community, post retirement, by building our athletic programs in nationally recognized and respected programs.

  116. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 12:01 pm

    Old School Dave, thank for your reply. Believe me I was no fan of Dobelle either.

    Not sure about Dobelle’s “you people” comment, but I seems to remember Frazier using that term while trying to respond to criticisms. Really sad if they both used that term.

  117. d1shima December 4, 2012 12:02 pm

    I like you people.


  118. Shoko December 4, 2012 12:07 pm

    The “you people” is an interesting comment. Seems to always have negative cannotations when used in a heated argument.

  119. Independent Thinker December 4, 2012 12:08 pm

    I liked Dobelle. Met with him a number of times for business-related matters. He was accessible, approachable, and open-minded about new approaches to solving long standing problems at the UH and new initiatives to improve access to higher education for all.

  120. A-House December 4, 2012 12:10 pm


    sounds like a law firm, but Bishop and Baldwin ( A&B ) and Dillingham are part of the 5.

    for the life of me I cannot remember the other 2 – Kaneohe Ranch was a small part and drilled the first fresh water well in Hawaii – remember Charleston Heston in the movie Hawaiians?

  121. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 12:13 pm

    My biggest criticism of Dobelle was his proclaiming that the WAC was dead in the water and that UH would be bailing for the MWC at the first opportunity. Jeez, that is still one of the stupidest statements in human history. Talk about giving away leverage.

  122. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 12:15 pm

    C Brewer

  123. cocobean December 4, 2012 12:16 pm

    A-House. Sorry. Another of my sad attempts at humor. That’s the name of the company Ron Rewald, the con man, founded to bilk local investors.

    Castle & Cooke and maybe Amfac.

  124. A-House December 4, 2012 12:17 pm

    Ok, that’s 4 down with one to go: Bishop, Baldwin, Dillingham, and C Brewer.

    Oh oh, Campbell just popped into my head – is this the 5th?

  125. Old School Dave December 4, 2012 12:19 pm

    E. Dobelle: “Hi Linda. Just wanted to clarify my support of Mazie for governor.”

    Gov Lingle: “CLICK…………”


    Anyway, back to UH Football/Athletics.

  126. Kevin December 4, 2012 12:25 pm

    Portnoy as AD? Would be easy transition then. I remember in 2008, Portnoy and Riley Wallace on the radio saying how they couldn’t believe a guy like Norm Chow was looked over the UH football head coaching job and Greg McMackin was hired for $1.1 million.

    AM 1500 The Jeff Portnoy Show on Wednesdays…

  127. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 12:26 pm

    Anyone want to take a guess at who these two candidates are?

    I’m narrowing it down to someone from the Arizona schools or Wazzu.

    No idea with the Big 10. Maybe Minnesota or Purdue.

  128. A-House December 4, 2012 12:26 pm


    I recognized the name of the law firm – good one!

    Castle & Cooke I believe was an off-shoot of Harold Castle’s Kaneohe Ranch estate and Amfac was a subsidiary of Dillingham (?)

    oh my, how easy to forget how they controlled Hawaii from the turn of the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century because of their connection to King Kamehmeha and his successors and the vast amounts of land granted to them for helping the Hawaiian Kingdom.

    Yet, during the Great Mahele, the common folks blamed the “haoles” for stealing their land and yet it was their “royalty” that gave the land to the white missionaries for services rendered.

    I really enjoyed the book “The Disenchaneted Islands” written by some one who people claimed to be racist.

  129. koakane December 4, 2012 12:31 pm


    alexander and baldwin, c brewer, castle and cook, amfact, cbrewer

  130. Shoko December 4, 2012 12:33 pm

    128. Shoots!

    I would say USC and Michigan, with one of the two candidates being a woman.

  131. koakane December 4, 2012 12:34 pm

    oops theo davies my bad about putting cbrewer twice

  132. koakane December 4, 2012 12:42 pm

    wow shane victorino singns deal with Boston red sox for 39 mil. congrats to da bruddah

  133. papajoe2 December 4, 2012 12:58 pm

    Actually, this is the first time we have anybody on the MWC allstar team. We were never in the MWC. We were in the WAC for 20+ years. The MWC was formed when they split from the WAC and we weren’t invited. So Owens and Colt and the others were not in the MWC.

  134. papajoe2 December 4, 2012 12:59 pm

    Congrats Shane!

  135. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 1:02 pm


    Do you have names? I’m sure they will be surprised with our facilities in comparison

  136. cocobean December 4, 2012 1:04 pm

    #132. Theo Davis, never would have gotten that. Wouldn’t have gotten C. Brewer either. Don’t know why but I’ve always associated Dillingham with the Big 5, but I guess not.

  137. cocobean December 4, 2012 1:09 pm

    Shoko. Do you know for sure if one candidate is a woman? I wouldn’t mind a woman for AD. That way anytime the Wahine go 29-2 they’ll host.

  138. Independent Thinker December 4, 2012 1:13 pm

    No one understands the needs of our athletic programs, and the hopes of the community regarding these programs, better than our very own people, and this is why I advocate hiring locally someone who already understands the concerns and needs of the community, as opposed to someone we need to put on the payroll for two to three years while he or she is on the job learning about our community, its wants, and its needs, as regards our programs.

    Yet our current approach is we bring in an outsider, give him or her two to three years to learn our community’s needs and desires for our programs, and then we fire him or her a year later for not understanding our school, its needs, the community’s desires and objectives for the programs, etc., and for not moving fast enough to accomplish the objectives the community wanted to see accomplished. This is a foolish approach to hiring an AD and improving our programs and this is the approach we are now taking with the interviews of the mainland guys.

  139. madeinhawaii December 4, 2012 1:21 pm

    OOps nevermind.. looks like that one might be an old post… got fooled by the changing date on the website.. it’s a monthly… looks like Gary Gray got the position … Our former AD and Associate AD’s not doing well in the job hunt.

  140. casas con encato en Ibiza December 4, 2012 1:34 pm

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  141. d1shima December 4, 2012 1:35 pm

    The Five Signs of Laziness:


  142. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2012 1:38 pm

    #82… good point.

    The UH admin will pick who THEY want, not necessarily the best qualified for the job.

    Local people often go with their hearts, not always with their heads. In the case of selecting an AD, you must take an objective approach and see which candidate can raise funds and improve the athletic department moving forward.

    Look at what Jim Livengood has done at UNLV… The football program is still struggling, but has shown improvement. The basketball team is doing very well and has a brand new, state-of-the art facilities. UNLV’s other athletic programs are on the rise and Livengood has done a great job at putting UNLV at the forefront of Las Vegas media again.

  143. Shoko December 4, 2012 1:38 pm

    136 and 138.

    Of course, this is just a guess with no logical reasoning other than the fact the schools are from the PAC12 and Big10. However, I was thinking one of the candidates might be a woman who has held an associate AD position as senior womens administrator. Since there are very few woman in AD positions at the Division I level, I thought UH would be the perfect institution that might hire their first woman athletic director.

    As for my Mchigan guess, I figured since Hawaii just scheduled a game with them for 2016 there might be someone there that is interested.

  144. Bowwar December 4, 2012 1:53 pm

    #141 Is that the same Gary Gray from UH Basketball days?

  145. Na Koa Mike December 4, 2012 2:00 pm

    2012 Season highlight video from the Na Koa Awards Luau.


  146. d1shima December 4, 2012 2:22 pm


    Offensive Player of the Year: Reece Foy, QB, Iolani

    Defensive Player of the Year: Isaac Savaiinaea,, LB, Punahou



    OL – Spencer Kiehm, Iolani

    OL – Dane Chung, Kamehameha

    OL – Tyman Hayashi, Pac-Five

    OL – Semisi Uluave, Punahou

    OL – Reeve Koehler, Saint Louis

    R – Tanner Nishioka, Iolani

    R – Austin Gerard, Kamehameha

    R – Kanawai Noa, Punahou

    R – Jeremy Tabuyo, Saint Louis

    RB – Ryan Tuiasoa, Punahou

    RB – Adam Noga, Saint Louis

    QB – Larry Tuileta, Punahou


  147. d1shima December 4, 2012 2:25 pm

    Chy wait…

    da rest is “moderating”

  148. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:29 pm

    The criteria for AD shouldn’t be who can raise funds. To an extent, the issue of fund raising is self-perpetuating, at least on the local level. Companies like FHB, BOH, HA, Time Warner, Chevron, etc. will always be UH contributors. Their customers demand it, and where else would they put their as money? The amounts available may vary from year to year, but that’s more a function of the economy than a desire or lack of desire to donate to UH, IMHO.

    OF course, if you are talking about new sources of funding then that is a different issue, but people who can direct that kind of rain to UH are few and far between. You think JJ could get Boone Pickens to donate $5,000,000 a year to UH? Not gonna happen. Someone like Almidyar wouldn’t donate big bucks unless he took an interest in the school, in which case he would want to be on the BOR or some such. Hiring an AD on the belief that they can make rain for UH is a set up for disaster. That’s how you get Dobelles.

    TO me, the more important thing for our next AD is a strong tie to the major power conferences and/or the NCAA. Such a person should be able to pick up the phone and find out why Wahine Vball was short-changed and get guarantees that it will never happen again. Or to call the MWC commissioner to find out why we are paying travel subsidies to schools joing the conference AFTER us.

    If a candidate does not possess the ability to make those kinds of calls initially, that person MUST show promise in being able to DEVELOP that ability on a NATIONAL — not local level.

    That is how Stan Sheriff did it. Ray Nagle too. Yoshida had problems in this area, at least initially, as did Frazier throughout his term. I think JD probably was better than Yoshida or Frazier, but the money game changed so quickly with the BCS and conference realignment, that he had his hands full playing catch up. It’s difficult to plot a course to safety when the map keeps changing.

  149. wasabi December 4, 2012 2:34 pm

    144…yeah just like the time they picked a head coach cause he was from da island!

  150. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:36 pm

    So, for those saying Portnoy, I say “seriously?” He’s smart and passionate, no question, but does he have any ties to the NCAA? Don’t think so.

    Oh, and another name that keeps coming up, Keith Amemiya. No question he did a great job at HHSAA. He’s sincere, hard working, passionate, but connected to the NCAA? Not to my knowledge. Even locally, his ability to generate funding was tied in significant part to the man behind him. THAT’s the guy with ties to FHB, etc.

  151. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:45 pm

    Re MWC All-Stars:

    Great that Tavita Woodard was named. Very deserving. I was disappointed to see that he’s going to be a senior next year.

    Bummer that Beau Yap was not named. I thought he had a very productive year.

  152. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:48 pm

    Re ILH All-Stars:

    Foy over Tuileta, hmmm? Must be a senior vs. underclassman thing. But, hey, go Raiders!

  153. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:48 pm

    I like green eggs and spam.

  154. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:48 pm

    This is MY board and you all are just reading it.

  155. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:49 pm

    No one can stop me.

  156. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:49 pm

    Except myself.

  157. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 2:49 pm


  158. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 2:53 pm

    I would really like an AD that has very strong connections to the west coast schools we schedule our OOC games with. Someone from the PAC12 will obviously have those connections in the PAC and probably with a conference like the WCC as well. That might help in scheduling some basketball games too.

    The associate AD’s should be from here or at least have local connections to keep the relationships going with local donors, business, politicians etc.

    If we can find one person with all of the above, great. If Tomey were a few years younger he may have been a good candidate for the job.

  159. Thomas Grier December 4, 2012 3:55 pm

    Hello, I am interested in buying a text link on your blog, I’d be willing to pay monthly. Please contact me at thomasgrier44@hotmail.com if you’re intereseted, thanks

  160. Kapoei Doc December 4, 2012 4:23 pm

    #80- Former UH Athlete

    Interesting analysis. You put a lot of thought into it and I tend to agree with your insight.

    However, if Chow doesn’t have a winning season his job maybe on the line.

  161. wafan December 4, 2012 4:33 pm


  162. WarriorNY December 4, 2012 4:38 pm

    How about one criteria for the AD’s… Have an ear to the most vocal UH fans out there… In other words, let the tsaikos grill you…

  163. Shoko December 4, 2012 5:39 pm

    Well, that counts me out.

  164. jm2375 (iPad) December 4, 2012 6:08 pm

    Do Portnoy and Amemiya meet the minimum quals, such as DI admin experience? Seriously doubt Portnoy does.

    Congrats to Shane Victorino on his new contract. Wonder if the Red Sox are still using the Moneyball paradigm.

  165. Shoko December 4, 2012 6:13 pm

    Chow will not show recruits on official visits the UH bathrooms.

    Are they that bad?

  166. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 6:37 pm

    But what if they have to go?

  167. tommui December 4, 2012 6:41 pm

    #168 jm2375

    I believe Portnoy is/was managing partner for his law firm.

    (One of the big legal factories in the State).

  168. jm2375 (iPad) December 4, 2012 7:10 pm

    Watching a “Real Sports” segment on concussions in football. Once again, the NoClueAtAll has its head in the sand. Even the NFL has put limits on hitting in practice (1x/wk). One study showed that if a player gets over 700 hits over the course of a season, the damage could be permanent. Most of the hits occur in practice. Many are calling for the NCAA to assist former players with their medical bills for football-related injuries.

  169. Slugger December 4, 2012 7:25 pm

    Congratulations to Mike Edwards! Well deserved.

    Great to hear that Tyler Hadden is the MW Special Teams POW!

    Congrats to Paipai, Alex, Ben & Tavita!

    Good luck to Ryan Hall in the world of entertainment!

    There are a few guys on the team who are musically inclined and very entertaining. Wish them all good times & success in achieving their dreams.

    It’s nice to have positive things to post.

  170. kapakahi December 4, 2012 7:36 pm

    #147 – 149,

    JMHO but how ironic….IF Jared Leaf is indeed shown the door…..successfully this time…..after a failed attempt following Spring Ball…..considering that his rendition from “Remember The Titans” opened the 2012 Season highlight video for the Na Koa Awards Luau.

  171. laulau head December 4, 2012 8:10 pm

    3 reasons to stand up…

    1) to go bathroom

    2) to get the remote

    3) because you’re the real slim shady

  172. christmas beats by dre December 4, 2012 8:46 pm


  173. Chikcen Grease December 4, 2012 9:10 pm


    December 4th, 2012 at 4:33 pm


    A Grease has trouble figgering this one out. Looks like Nytol — the night-time, sneezing, coughing, aching, etc. — are having trouble sleeping (nemasu) there, wafan? πŸ˜‰

  174. sean December 4, 2012 9:40 pm

    Kauai getting some rain and a light show. 3 flights cancelled and maybe a fourth. Dang

  175. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 10:16 pm

    According to Robert Kekaula the finalist for the UHAD job are…….

    Ben Jay, Senior Associate AD – The Ohio State University


    Solly Fulp, Deputy Director of Athletics/COO – California Berkeley


  176. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 10:24 pm

    Below is the profile of Ben Jay taken from OSU’s athletics website. I noticed that he served as associate commissioner for business and finance at the PAC10 Conference office for 12.5 years.


    Columbus native Ben Jay has been the senior associate athletics director for finance and operations at Ohio State since 2006. He served as associate commissioner for business and finance at the Pacific-10 Conference for 12 and a half years before returning to Columbus to join the Ohio State staff.

    As the department of athletics’ chief financial officer, Jay’s duties include the planning and implementation of all aspects of its $109 million operating budget. He also oversees the athletics business office, facility operations, event management, human resources, information technology and the OSU golf course and OSU Ice Rink. Additionally, Jay oversees facilities construction projects for the athletics department and monitors other special projects such as the Equity and Athletics Disclosure Act.

    Jay earned two degrees from Ohio State, including a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1981 and a master’s degree in athletics administration in 1989. Between degrees, he served as general manager for the Redwood Pioneers, a minor league baseball team affiliated with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and then was director of operations for the Cleveland Indians. After receiving his master’s degree, Jay served as an assistant athletics director at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., before moving on to the Pac-10.

    “Jay has served on a number of committees, including the NCAA Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, the NCAA Business and Finance Cabinet and the NCAA Finance Subcommittee to Review NCAA Student-Athlete Catastrophic Insurance Program. Jay also served on the Collegiate Commissioners Association and Bowl Championship Series committees and is a national policy advisory board member for the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sports Business Management Program.

    Jay and his wife, Ling, also a Columbus native and an Ohio State graduate, have three children, Taylor, Olivia and Bryan.

  177. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 10:27 pm

    Below is the profile of Solly Fulp taken from the Cal athletics website. He also has PAC12 conference experience formally working as vice president of for IMG College’s PAC12 properties.


    After serving in a senior capacity with mutli-media marketing rights holders ISP Sports and IMG College, Solly Fulp rejoined Cal Athletics as Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer. Fulp began his new position on Nov. 7, 2011.

    Already very familiar with the Cal campus, Fulp returns to Berkeley where he worked from 2003-08, first as assistant athletic director for corporate development from 2003-05 and later as vice president and general manager for the Cal ISP Sports Network from 2005-08.

    In his new role at Cal, Fulp will manage both internal and external areas, overseeing marketing and business development efforts, the Athletic Ticket Office, event and gameday management, and facilities and operations, as well as serve as the sports supervisor for football, baseball, men’s gymnastics, lacrosse and rugby.

    Prior to moving his career back to Berkeley, Fulp was conference vice president for IMG College’s Pac-12 properties. Previously at ISP Sports before it was acquired by IMG College, he was senior vice president/conference relationship manager for the Pac-10. In both positions, he was responsible for managing outsourced sponsorships for seven conference athletic programs – Cal, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA – and the Rose Bowl. In addition, he administered IMG College’s West Coast regional sales operations. He led a staff of 47 full-time employees and oversaw annual revenue and operating budgets in excess of $60 million.

    During his tenure with the Cal ISP Sports Network, Fulp supervised all sponsorship development efforts and managed the fulfillment of more than 100 partnership accounts. As assistant AD, he led Cal Athletics’ strategy and cultivation for regional and national corporations. Fulp also interacted closely with University Relations and the California Alumni Association, among other units, on campus.

    From 1996-2003, Fulp worked at Sacramento State, moving from director of athletic events and facilities to marketing director to associate athletic director for external affairs.

    Fulp received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon and he earned a master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies from Sac State. He has also recently served as an adjunct professor with the University of San Francisco’s Sports Management program teaching a course on “The Business of College Athletics.”

  178. gobows December 4, 2012 10:31 pm

    somebody’s bound to call the guy from ohio ben gay

  179. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 10:32 pm

    Solly Fulp is a cool name. He gets the job if we only had to consider names. Lol.

  180. Kekoa December 4, 2012 10:34 pm

    #179 ~ Great…one from Bazerkley, just what we need.

    The other sounds like a pain relief creme. Lord help us.

  181. gobows December 4, 2012 10:36 pm

    it can’t be difficult at all to run a program when your revenue is way more than your expenses like at ohio state. dude doesn’t know what he’s getting into. the UH position is a step down from where he’s at now. so what’s the dirt on this jay?

  182. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 10:38 pm

    Both look like solid candidates with PAC12 experience. Hopefully that will help us with scheduling some quality OOC games.

    I’m hoping that his staff will be comprised of some good candidates with strong local ties to burn the opposite end of the candle.

    Quite excited! πŸ™‚

  183. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 10:39 pm

    Wow, if those are indeed the candidates, that’s impressive on paper. Jay sounds particularly interesting. NCAA ties all over. Not sure why Fulp is leaving Cal after only one year on the job.

  184. jm2375 (iPad) December 4, 2012 10:42 pm

    Is a bean counter really the best choice?

  185. WarriorMojo December 4, 2012 10:45 pm

    In these financially-challenged times, yes, being a bean counter is a plus. He’s also got experience with fund raising and pinching pennies as a minor league baseball manager. Liking him on paper.

  186. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2012 10:46 pm


    i am liking Solly better. seems like he has a wider area of experience that touches media/marketing deals in addition to the daily business operations of a athletics department.

  187. AlaWai December 4, 2012 11:05 pm

    Solly Fulp https://twitter.com/sollyfulp

    Ben Jay http://www.linkedin.com/in/benjay

  188. AlaWai December 4, 2012 11:08 pm


  189. Ralph December 4, 2012 11:54 pm

    On paper I like the candidate from OSU, money talks in these dire times for UHAD. He has the business acumen we need to run the department like a business.

    Fulp is a person Apple could use to rebrand UH, his IMG experience improves UH marketing potential. But we need a businessman to run a sports program.

    It would be nice if someone would post the names of the other candidates, the short list, I’d like to know who got eliminated and why.

  190. Moocher December 5, 2012 2:18 am

    what did JD look like on paper in comparison?

  191. wafan December 5, 2012 3:14 am

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh . . . Hump Day!

    Have a good one!!!

  192. wafan December 5, 2012 3:16 am

    I can hear the questions already, “So, Solly . . .”

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  194. 99club December 5, 2012 4:07 am


    You beat me to it! Good morning wafan.

    Solly Fulp is a great name to use in K-bars. Not as good as Leslie Lewellyn, but close. πŸ™‚

  195. 99club December 5, 2012 4:07 am


  196. mo808 December 5, 2012 4:10 am

    200 πŸ™‚

  197. rage777 December 5, 2012 4:18 am

    Didn’t people want JD because he was really good at fundraising and could bring in a lot of money? In my view, I would like to know what their vision is to turn things around knowing what the roadblocks are (mainly State funding and upper campus management). How are they going to work around those roadblocks to get the UH Athletics into the red and bring world class athletics to UH? How are they going to get more UH students involved in UH sports? That’s the kind of things I am more interested in, not if they can make money or schedule PAC 12 schools.

  198. gobows December 5, 2012 4:26 am

    #201 black, UH athletics IS in the red.

  199. rage777 December 5, 2012 4:38 am

    Dang it, you’re right gobows. Meant black.

  200. westwind December 5, 2012 4:43 am

    You just don’t get it. Too many Kool-Aid drinkers here.It won’t matter who you hire as AD unless they change Upper Campus. There has been too much interference from the Manoa Administration. A new AD would face the same challenges as JD. So hiring someone new would accomplish nothing. There would be the appearance of things moving ahead, but then things would revert back to how things would be manipulated in the past. Ohio State, Cal Berkley, doesn’t matter. Sounds impressive but the people on the top as it stands call the shots. The new AD for all intents and purpose would just be a figurehead.

  201. westwind December 5, 2012 5:02 am

    Reading between the lines, one can only conclude that the present coaching staff would prefer that the majority of the football team be walk-ons (non-scholarship) players. Thereby freeing up scholarships for the new recruits. So it should not be a surprise that we are hearing that players are being weeded out. “We don’t need you.” “We will not be renewing you scholarship.” We have been told by some of the posts on this blog that this is the business of college football. You can’t help but feel for the young man who commits to a program and now has to face the stark reality that his football days may be over.

  202. 3-Prong December 5, 2012 5:23 am

    Was the release of the finalists’ names authorized? Wouldn’t the person not getting the job be put in an uncomfortable position with hie (her) current employer?

  203. 3-Prong December 5, 2012 5:24 am


  204. d1shima December 5, 2012 6:31 am

    Great Morning All!

    Is Hawaii a “step” or a “landing”?

    Is it desirable to move from being one to the other?

    If a step, how does one get it to be a landing?

    If a landing, what’s the next step?

  205. kapakahi December 5, 2012 6:37 am


    For now, Ben appears safe….but maybe not some other local high school OL products….recruited by the previous coaching staff.

    Otherwise, mostly non-line positions being targeted……even some former one-time starters this past season. This process looks it will be gradual….from now….’til Fall Camp.


  206. Kekoa December 5, 2012 6:53 am

    The investigations uncovered the fact that even with help from legal counsel, the UH administrators all looked and sounded helpless. They couldn’t even provide Donna Kim with answers to simple procedural questions!

    The qualifications (on paper) of the AD candidates look great. Now if they could pass an 8 hour grilling from Donna…

  207. Kekoa December 5, 2012 6:53 am

    The investigations uncovered the fact that even with help from legal counsel, the UH administrators all looked and sounded helpless. They couldn’t even provide Donna Kim with answers to simple procedural questions!

    The qualifications (on paper) of the AD candidates look great. Now if they could pass an 8 hour grilling from Donna…

  208. Kekoa December 5, 2012 6:55 am

    Was so nice, they chose to tell it twice!

  209. tommui December 5, 2012 7:14 am


    Job seeking is nothing new in the athletic world and am certain that the institutions know that the two were looking into possibilities of newer worlds, titles etc – so long as the salary was the same if not higher.

    Both people sounds good to me – even Mr. Jay has PAC-10 experience in addition to the fact that he is over at Ohio State.

    Being pake, he should be good with money!

  210. tommui December 5, 2012 7:27 am

    My only question about Mr. Flup is why the short tenure at his present job?

    I assume we would want an AD that would stick around for a while – unless he was another HF!

  211. Pomai December 5, 2012 7:50 am

    They will hire a yes man to Greenwood and Freitas. It’s all about power.

  212. (Jesse) James December 5, 2012 7:56 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!!

  213. RedZone December 5, 2012 7:58 am

    I doh no but i think they have to show Jay our locker room, say no mo money…. now what you still want the job?

  214. al December 5, 2012 8:01 am

    because you can’t judge a book by its cover it is only after the interview process can one make a choice of candidates.

    then, the next hurdle would be would he accept our financial compensation package?

    or if he is still in fact a candidate?

    so, in the end, it could still be the “rock”.

  215. RedZone December 5, 2012 8:08 am

    i hope new director will look at the department structure and reorg otherwise it will just be the same with a new head.

  216. Bugaz December 5, 2012 8:18 am

    Tommui spells Flup instead of Fulp, and it just looks too much like Flop…no disrespect may the best person win

  217. tommui December 5, 2012 8:23 am

    My bad #220

    Then I used to think of Guy Haji as the whether guy = bad spell of weather

  218. jimmy the lock December 5, 2012 8:31 am

    Dwayne Johnson as AD!

    What has Freitas done during his interim period as AD? I don’t know, someone enlighten me.

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