UH can fit the bills

Every month, I like to put all the bills in a nice pile (resisting the urge to start a mini bonfire) and then yell: “Ouch!” But after a while, I realize it’s not so bad. (OK, paying for the Mayweather-Pacquiao telecast was bad.) And then I pay off the bills. Live for another day, as volleyball coaches say when instructing servers to just put it over the net.

I’m sure David Matlin probably said “ouch” more than a few times when calculating the cost-of-attendance bills ā€” expenses not covered by a scholarship. And, sure, he will have to find some partners from the Upper Campus and private sector to help pay for the COAs. But after a while, he might realize it’s not so bad. Here’s why:

> Transportation (Air): Unlike other schools, UH travels exclusively on commercial flights. That’s an asset because the NCAA allows each student-athlete to keep the frequent-flier miles. So, while opponents might have more leg room on flights, they don’t get frequent-private-jet miles. If you’re a UH player on a travel roster, you’ll probably earn enough for a free round-trip ticket. That’s $600, which UH doesn’t have to pay, that should be used in the COA calculations.

> Transportation (Ground): A U-Pass is included in the student fees, which are covered by a full scholarship. A monthly TheBus pass is $60 for an adult. The value of a U-Pass ā€” $540 for nine months ā€” should be factored in COA.

> Laundry: The best laundry service in Honolulu is run by equipment specialist Al Ginoza. If you practice on a Monday morning, by Monday evening your practice clothes will be washed, dried and then neatly folded. Since Ginoza and his staff already are overworked and underpaid, just extend the service. Let scholarship athletes add their non-sports clothes into the laundry. One stipulation: Fold your own clothes. Al is not your mother.

> iPads: What got UH into a lava-hot mess is that one player received an iPad. That’s a perk. It’s not a perk if everyone receives an iPad. So here’s the deal: UH should lend each student-athlete an iPad. It will help in studying videos and plays. It also could be used for schoolwork. And if a player wants to add music or videos, so be it. At the end of the career, the player could return the device or buy it for the depreciated price of, say, $50. Sure, it’s a pricey investment. But it’s part of the COA wish list, anyway. And, at least, it can help in a player’s preparation.

> Debit card: UH should give each scholarship athlete a special debit card that only can be used at the school’s book store or sundry store. Let’s say, $1,000 is put on each card, which is non-transferrable and must be used during the academic year. At the end of school year, the book store and sundry store send the bills to the athletic department. One of the reasons why the Punahou Carnival sells scrips is because that’s money in bank, people don’t use all the scrips, and there are no refunds. Unless a student-athlete wants to buy 40 bags of Hot Cheetos on the last day of finals, chances are the player won’t spend to the limit on the card. UH will realize a savings on the COA money it budgeted.


  1. tom May 23, 2015 7:36 am


  2. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2015 7:37 am

    Cindy deserves to go to Europe.
    She does a great job with the Wahine volleyball beat.

  3. ai-eee-soos May 23, 2015 8:28 am


    Yes, Iā€™m sure David Matlin knew what he was getting into, and
    will do his best to get the Dept. into a “decent” condition.

  4. A-House May 23, 2015 9:00 am


    like you and thousands of other UHAD supporters we would like upper campus to give more to UHAD – however, reading paper this am, Portnoy’s comment about Lassner sitting next to him already told the BOR the athletics will NOT receive any additional funding – BTW, how much does upper campus allocate to UHAD?

    if this is Lassner’s personal opinion, he should refuse any “free” tickets to any game including any away and/or bowl games and not take any credit for how well a team is doing – u know, like making “boroto” – it’s all about integrity — JMHO – reminds me of squiring hearman taking credit for UH women’s VB while he was top puppy.

  5. A-House May 23, 2015 9:11 am

    Matlin’s push to get private donors to cover the COA will be an ever lasting battle as I doubt, and hope I’m wrong, that 6 figure donations from individuals will not be a “forever” thing

    HI legislators always, including the Gov, hide behind the “automony” wall to refuse discussing more $$ to cover travel expenses and COA – if you are truly a supporter, change the damn law!!!!!!!!!!

    and if you still hide, do NOT ASK FOR OR ACCEPT ANY FREE RIDES TO ANY UH GAMES – such as tickets, or bowl trips, etc. many of us supporters pay our own way to games – here or away including bowl games

    being a legislator includes free rides for UH games? in my book, you are not entitled to any free perks from UH. do you get free perks from the travel/hotel industry? or interisland travel? or any off-island travel? restaurants?

    being a legislator in NOT about getting “perks”, but working for all people in the state of Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Arcumfortis May 23, 2015 9:33 am

    5. OK Jeezy you encouraged him to come out of hibernation the other day. Now he is your responsibility. Perhaps the two of you can now discuss intellegently while the rest of us of lesser capacity (including ST apparently) sit back and marvel at the extraordinary intellegence. The perspectives on coach Chow are particularly new and exciting. If I can understand what is being said (of course straining my every firing neuron to do so) apparently he is not a good coach and has created a losing team and this directly translates to poor attendance and reduced revenues. I can hardly wait for this to be repeated another hundred times so that those of us with low mental capacity can finally get this incredibly subtle analysis. This is truly an amazing perspective that no one else gets. Wow!

  7. Jalansky May 23, 2015 9:41 am

    The blog meister’s positive tone, and intelligent take on things, is always so refreshing!

  8. Old School Dave May 23, 2015 9:47 am

    Simple kine idea:
    UH Carnival in the Lower Campus, plus concerts in the SSC arena. Proceeds go to the UH Athletic Dept. How much does the Punahou Carnival generate every year?

    I like Dave Matlin’s approach and attitude towards all of this. No threats of cutting sports or downgrading to Div II if the $$$ is not received or generated.

  9. Rodney May 23, 2015 9:59 am

    Kanikapila $$$$$$

  10. Rodney May 23, 2015 10:03 am

    Bring back the run n shoot,spread em
    shred m JUNE JONES!!!!! N Company!

  11. jeezy33 May 23, 2015 10:24 am

    7. Truth hurts… bouncing ball is one of the few posters who lays out the facts that support his opinion. Numbers never lie… Norm Chow has set this program so far back from the day he said we will chase championships. Players and coaches are dropping like flies. Money is being loss. Ws and attendance are decreasing… while all this is occurring, at no point has Norm Chow came out to the public to promote the team and tell us how he is going to turn things around.. Just a awful business model from the get go…

  12. 3-Prong May 23, 2015 10:33 am

    Old School Dave: you might have something there. Anyone knows what the Punahou Carnival nets? Is there a problem with having the scholarship student athletes that benefit, work the event?

  13. 3-Prong May 23, 2015 10:50 am

    Oh, and nice “grazing” with the other Cattle Callers yesterday. (First Timer) A pleasure putting a face and personality to the Blognames. Fellow Fanantics should come out too,

    Go Bows!

  14. nutmegger May 23, 2015 10:58 am

    #9 Old School Dave’s ideas are the great. I think I read somewhere that Punahou’s take on carnival is about $1,000,000.

  15. Arcumfortis May 23, 2015 10:58 am

    12. You are missing the point my friend. I believe that what bouncingball is articulating is simple, self evident and very very old news. It hurts yes but the truth of things does hurt at times. It is best that we face this hurt square on and deal with it. Here I agree completely.

    The part that I am confronting is the implication that this simple analysis is beyond the intellectual reach of everyone but a few (like bouncingball). So that he insults many with the implication that his analytic capacity is somehow superior. This is inaccurate, narcissistic and obnoxious. If that’s the stuff you want to read be my guest. But I would challenge that it provides nothing new or interesting. It simply rehashes what is obvious to everyone but packages this tired rehash with the same old obnoxious drivel. I find it very unappealing. If you like it and want him to post his analysis (along with the insults and put downs) then be my guest. I find nothing that is new, intelligent or insightful.

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2015 11:06 am

    The blog host has a lot of sensible ideas. And since he is around players, coaches, and the UH Athletics Department more than all of us combined, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Arcum Fortis – nice post.

    3-prong! Howzit?

  17. 3-Prong May 23, 2015 11:29 am

    Howzit DPK!

  18. lopaka43 May 23, 2015 11:43 am

    Please don’t feed the trolls.

    They are always absolutely right.

    And they are not here for the reasons most of us long timers got on the blog and still lurk after all these years.

    Just down arrow past them.

    This blog always rights itself. The trolls come and go like bugs at the picnic.

    Aloha, Tsaikos! See you at the first tailgate!

  19. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2015 11:47 am


  20. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2015 11:53 am

    Somebody’s balls got bounced

  21. Akamai Okole May 23, 2015 12:25 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Never a dull moment…

  22. BigFan May 23, 2015 12:30 pm

    #2, ST, is the men’s vb team planning anything similar? Would be a nice trip for you too. :).

  23. Don Weir May 23, 2015 12:31 pm

    Artie Wilson once floated the idea of UH Athletics (NOT UH Admin) purchasing a small hotel. This could be via Na Koa, or AKA possibly.
    Visiting teams stay in the hotel, UH players (and students) families stay in the hotel, UH sponsored seminar/conference/visiting professors stay in the hotel,
    and the rest of the open rooms are open to the public.
    Good return on investment while keeping UH costs down.

    Ideas like this need to be considered and the pros and cons discussed.

  24. BigFan May 23, 2015 12:31 pm

    #13, Arcumfortis, Always like your viewpoints. I couldn’t have articulated that any better.

  25. BigFan May 23, 2015 12:34 pm

    #20, I like the idea of thinking outside of the box. It may work but I don’t think the “big boys” like Alabama would want to stay there unless it was a pretty plush type setup.

  26. Old School Dave May 23, 2015 1:09 pm

    Back in the day, UH used to have their own Kanikapila in Andrews Ampitheatre. Some really good ones, too like Peter Moon and the Sunday Manoa back in the 70s.

  27. wow May 23, 2015 1:51 pm

    What I don’t understand is that why do people like Jeezy and the ball less one continue to visit this blog if they think the people here are idiots? No life, no friends, no one listens to then because they repeat the same rant over and over?

  28. BigFan May 23, 2015 4:34 pm

    #26, OSD, I Went to those.

  29. AdmrVT May 23, 2015 6:25 pm

    #4: A-House. It is more than Lassner’s personal opinion. He just proved what I suspected when he started as the Pres. and claimed he supported UH athletics and recognized how important it was to the U, and Hawaii.

    Two-faced and as native americans said — speaks with a forked-tongue. Cannot be trusted.

  30. lawaia May 23, 2015 8:02 pm

    Thank you Tsaikos for your courtesy and consideration shown to this writer while at the cattle call. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Imua Na Koa Anuenue.

  31. 3-Prong May 23, 2015 8:55 pm

    Dea him! Eh lawaia, pleasure meeting you yesterday.

  32. lawaia May 23, 2015 9:13 pm

    3-prong: Mahalo for your response, pleasures all mine. Hanapaa on your future fishing endeavors. Imua Na Koa Anuenue.

  33. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2015 10:42 pm

    Dea dem! Was good to meet both of you folks yesterday. šŸ˜‰

  34. 3-Prong May 24, 2015 7:56 am

    Yup! Thanks again DPK and Akamai Okole and the rest of the gang for welcoming lawaia and me as first timers. Wondering what happens when you add beers to the equation. Thing that make you say “Hmmmm?”.

  35. NorthShoreFan May 24, 2015 8:42 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    A-House, I hope legislators don’t accept “freebies”. Since they fund UH, it might be considered a conflict.


    Don Weir, it was suggested a while back that the TIM program build/purchase a hotel and have graduates/interns manage it. A partnerships with local trades that offer certification would need to be worked out too. Interns would get paid of course. They would staff everything from management, room service to maintenance. The whole nine yards of service to run a hotel.
    The project would need to large enough to accommodate traveling football teams along with the entourage.
    Not holding my breath though.

  36. NorthShoreFan May 24, 2015 8:47 am

    3 Prong,U want to see what happens when you add beer to the equation? Tailgate or a Karaoke Kall…..das the place to see.lol!

  37. NorthShoreFan May 24, 2015 8:50 am

    Also wanted KCC Culinary school to provide grinds for the Stanley, Les, RWSS but no can….we stuck with chili, hot dog, saimin …..

  38. 3-Prong May 24, 2015 8:58 am

    NorthShoreFan: May have to shop by the Tailgate. Our group usually sets up in the Koa Bus Lot. Is it a far walk across the highway?

  39. Stephen Tsai May 24, 2015 9:00 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=31201

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