As part of NCAA sanctions, Alabama must forfeit unspecified victories in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
It appears one of the overturned outcomes would be the Tide’s season-opening victory over UH in 2006.
“Without question, we’ll take it,” said Portland State head coach Jerry Glanville, who was the Warriors’ defensive coordinator that year. “Once we get the official word, I’m going to throw a parade.”
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On Mouse Davis’ retirement, Glanville said: “He got married. He got married at Christmastime in Las Vegas. (Davis’ retirement is) all about love.”
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Congratulations, M.R.C. Greenwood, and welcome to the University of Hawai‘i.
To help you get started, here are a few tips:
• Become a fan of UH athletics. That’s something every UH leader eventually learns is a necessary part of the job. Every leader needs to be heard, and the sports arena is the best forum. Here’s the math: the two O‘ahu daily newspapers and four major television stations have a combined 20 reporters covering UH sports but only two covering the UH Board of Regents regularly.
• Make friends with the Legislature. The lawmakers control the money, and the UH system needs money. But when you visit, go alone. You’re not Vincent Chase.
• Your first public speech should include an apology. For what? It doesn’t matter. Every new hire has done something controversial that has drawn criticism. Just apologize to those who might have been offended, even if you don’t think you did anything wrong. Hawai‘i embraces humble newcomers (see the Colt Brennan and Davone Bess stories).
• Ask athletic department administrative assistants Erika Buder-Nakasone and Jeannie Lee for advice. They created a calendar listing the birthdays of every athletic department employee and coach. Everybody enjoys a birthday greeting.
• Get to know the custodians. They are some of the most interesting people. In the athletic department, they are parent of a football player, an important figure in the hula world, a once famed long-distance runner, and so forth.
• And one favor: forgive the athletic department’s revolving deficit. In theory, the money already has been paid off; I mean, the electricity is still on and the athletes are getting scholarships. Now wipe it from the books. (And after that, if a deficit is incurred, then slap around the AD.) Besides, UH benefits from the extra parking revenue generated from on-campus sporting events and sales of H apparel. Uncle isn’t wearing an H hat because he really likes the engineering program.
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Welcome back, Dave Austin.
The father of quarterback Shane Austin attended Punahou School as a freshman and sophomore before moving to California. But he made enough close friends at Punahou that he decided to attend the Punahou class of 1969’s 40th reunion dinner last night. Shane also attended the dinner.
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Big Wave reports that former UH defensive end/running back Korey Reynolds will play for East Carolina this year.