Video cuts

A few days ago, former UH wideout Jeremiah Cockheran received a notification letter that he — like the thousands who were Division I basketball players or FBS football players between 2003 and 2012 — was eligible for a payout as part of a settlement involving the NCAA and video-game company.

“I thought that was pretty cool,” said Cockheran, who occasionally followed news accounts of the case initiated by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon.

The lawyers, of course, get a big cut. Then there’s the distribution based on when a player was used, whether there was an avatar or a generic figure, and the popularity (success) of the team or player. A UH starter probably is entitled to several hundred dollars — a nice windfall after all these years. And more money could come depending on the outcome of another class-action suit

It’s a fair result. When I was a kid, I had an electric football game in which the “players” had the same build. I could pretend the “quarterback” was Joe Namath, although that was a reach when he was “throwing” an oval-shaped dustball. Fast-forward to 2004, when I bought my son the NCAA football game because he wanted to call plays for Timmy Chang and Chad Owens (who had a speed rating that was equal to Terrell Owens’). A Colorado-based cohort, who was a freelance consultant for a video-game company, used to call WAC writers for details on teams and players. The video likenesses were not coincidental.

It’s nice that the former players are getting their fair share. Next step would be a way to share the wealth of all those No. 15 UH jerseys sold in 2007.


  1. haka March 17, 2015 8:58 am

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!

  2. tom March 17, 2015 9:04 am


  3. Former UH Athlete March 17, 2015 9:11 am

    Be interesting to find out the size of the checks…

    That’s a lot of years and a lot of players to spread the wealth (minus attorney fees).

  4. tom March 17, 2015 9:12 am

    Here is your chance to put your $ at work:

    COACHES’ CHOICE: Giving Where It Matters Most

    Coaches are constantly faced with program needs that they may or may not have the financial resources for. Securing everyday items to support their practices or athletes’ game experiences may be a struggle during these challenging times. That’s where the UH Coaches’ Choice Donor program comes in. Coaches’ Choice is a way to give donors the ability to contribute as little as $10 directly to program needs. Giving is fast, easy and secure with Coaches’ Choice.

    For further details, google AKA –

  5. A-House March 17, 2015 10:01 am


    past 2 years we have been targeting all the “non-revenue” sports at UH

    guess I can say we started early as track coach, in her thank you note, said our donation will be used to purchase furniture for students to use in their space at Ching Field

  6. Maddog50 March 17, 2015 10:16 am

    Tom #4 you hit the sweet spot. Having ongoing conversation with Na Koa folks about getting more former “Rainbows, Warriors, and Rainbow Warriors” back in the huddle to support the program. I have a personal goal and also want to engage some folks to get involved. Great effort my friend!!! Go Warriors!!!

  7. What??? March 17, 2015 10:27 am

    Cappie the Dog, from yesterday:
    IMHO he gets drafted very low if at all. I really like Kaeo’s bat and smarts but his major obstacle to being drafted is that he throws with the wrong arm so he can’t play middle infield.

  8. hatakeman March 17, 2015 10:34 am

    Tom, I Googled “AKA” but got sites referring to “as known as.” There must be more than simply Googling AKA. An update/clarification would be appreciated. Tnx.

  9. A-joe March 17, 2015 10:40 am

    4- Mahalo Tom, for all your efforts in helping fans help UH, financially.

  10. seewhy March 17, 2015 11:02 am

    Mahalo, Tom!

  11. jimmy the lock March 17, 2015 11:15 am

    AKA – aka

  12. SteveM March 17, 2015 11:20 am

    Good morning everyone!

    RE: #8
    AKA is “Ahahui Koa Anuenue” — the official non-profit fundraising organization for the benefit of UH student-athletes and the UHAD in general. “Today AKA is responsible for the UHAD premium seating and parking program as well as organizational oversight for all Athletic Booster Clubs.”

    The “H CLUB ATHLETIC FUND” is a new membership program from AKA which combines donations and premium seat contributions. NA KOA Football club (boosters) directly supports Rainbow Warrior football only.

    It appears (to me) that the H Club membership and the Na Koa membership are independent of each other. 😕

  13. jimmy the lock March 17, 2015 11:26 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    Enjoy the corned beef and beer.

  14. jimmy the lock March 17, 2015 11:30 am


    My attempt to open in a new tab.

    Ahahui Koa Anuenue

  15. jimmy the lock March 17, 2015 11:31 am

    No workie. Blog parameters rule.

  16. 808bowler March 17, 2015 12:18 pm

    Former UH player investigated for alleged NCAA violations at UCLA

    Yikes let’s hope he gets cleared

  17. Warbow March 17, 2015 1:42 pm

    Hawaii needs to take lessons from UCLA (Adrian Klemm) on how to suspend a coach pending NCAA sanctions they violation.

  18. jimmy the lock March 17, 2015 2:15 pm

    “NCAA sanctions they violation.”


  19. Warbow March 17, 2015 2:25 pm

    18, you know what I mean. 🙂

  20. jimmy the lock March 17, 2015 2:47 pm

    How do you violate a sanction?

  21. Joto March 17, 2015 4:44 pm

    Hope they pick Matlin.

  22. Derek March 17, 2015 4:47 pm

    Down to two. Why does the chancellor has to wait until March 31 to choose an AD. What is he going to do except you know what. And why do you have to wait until April 16 for BOR approval. Get a special meeting earlier. Good God! It’s unbelievable.

  23. Z March 17, 2015 5:04 pm

    Will it be the popular choice? If so, why have a committee?

  24. hitman March 17, 2015 5:50 pm

    aloha everyone !! nice to see AD down to 2 guys !! the people choice or committee choice !!

  25. tom March 17, 2015 6:02 pm

    The Coaches Choice Fundraiser is interesting in that certain programs need stuff that isn’t in their budget.

    Men’s Volleyball has raised the money they have requested but there are lot of programs that need your help and $$, some of them aren’t popular like volleyball, but money is needed like the strength program, training table etc. (Women’s basketball could use a few bucks too)

    Take a look at the webpage See message #12 or #14 for the site.


  26. 3-Prong March 17, 2015 6:38 pm

    Let’s see if I got this straight. Search committee is recommending Maitlan (sp) and granted him an interview. Amemiya is also a consideration but was not interviewed. Bley Vroman did not personally interview Maitlan but is now tasked with making the decision. Why doesn’t Chancellor Vroman also interview all being coonsidered?
    Another question that comes to mind is how would Maitlan spend the time necessary to be an effective AD if he also has to work on his bowl game and basketball tournament?

  27. SteveM March 17, 2015 6:39 pm

    Hmmm, AD prospects down to two: Keith Amemiya and Dave Matlin.

    Re: #22 & 23
    Z and hitman — consider one of Murphy’s Laws: “If a committee makes a bad decision, no one is to blame.” 😐

    If Amemiya is chosen by Chancellor Bley-Vroman–and he doesn’t do well, then Bley-Vroman is solely to blame. If Matlin is chosen and doesn’t do well, then the committee just flopped again. Of course, I hope that either does well if chosen.

  28. Bowwar March 17, 2015 6:45 pm

    I could support either AD choice, but I still wonder why Blangiardi’s wasn’t considered…Also, why does confirmation by the BOR have to wait till April 15!?

  29. Tiki808 March 17, 2015 6:50 pm

    Make sure they include public “AKA”. It’s only fair to see who else people missed over the years. No big deal. It’s just a retake or showing it again. Video-cuts.

  30. cappie the dog March 17, 2015 7:13 pm

    Did anybody see Errol Morris’ “The Underground Stadium”, a short film about electronic football, on ESPN’s “30 for 30”?

  31. Derek March 17, 2015 7:46 pm

    Well, cross Adrian Klemm from any consideration for any possible Head Football coach position here in the future.

  32. A-House March 17, 2015 7:59 pm

    SteveM #27:

    either choice, Bley V will be held accountable because he was the one that made the selection and will present it to the BOR who may or may not approve

    but, knowing the “gutless” BOR, they will all smile, nod their heads, and someone will be approved.

    it’s truly disappointing for me to witness such a “farce” at UH-Manoa – a Pres and Chancellor who were academically trained with little or no leadership experience and I know some will strongly disagree – if you do, then pray tell me when did they took lessons on leadership in their academic career?

  33. A-House March 17, 2015 8:01 pm

    whoa – took lessons? my word, should be “take” lessons

    never boasted or hinted that I was good with da language

  34. Tiki808 March 17, 2015 8:41 pm

    Men’s vb: who did you know in 1984? Personally. [ my name ] [ Errin Edwards ]
    example discussion. What if I didn’t know anyone then?

  35. SteveM March 17, 2015 9:01 pm

    RE: #31
    A-House — as I encountered in Senior petty officer (NCO) leadership school, there are many types of categorized leadership styles. Some styles are more appropriate/effective in certain situations. Military/business/academia situations have all styles, but the ones that rise to high leadership differ greatly in different fields.

    Except for government and nepotism, leaders in all fields have similar traits that allowed them to survive and rise in power. In this regard, I consider UH a private “business” and it’s leaders as capable as those in the military or business– they just have different missions and skill sets. I recognize the leadership style of high UH admin and do not see it lacking.

  36. Old Diver March 17, 2015 9:12 pm


    It is my understanding the person selected to be the next AD does not require approval from the BoR. It is an internal hire which is the sole responsibility of the Chancellor.

  37. 3-Prong March 17, 2015 9:56 pm

    In addition to Norman Okimoto of Hawaiian Tel FCU, here is an article to remind us of who is on the search committee.

  38. Tiki808 March 17, 2015 10:26 pm

    They weren’t remembered. 2002 players were. ??? Mainland players… Whom ?

  39. Winning March 17, 2015 10:51 pm

    Amemiya! Then all is well on the western front. Then disband search committees as they dont have common sense.

  40. Stephen Tsai March 18, 2015 2:26 am

    New post:

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