It’s summer (at least it feels like it), we’re restless, so we’re taking over.
Here are the plans:
• Make the UH Manoa students another offer.
This time, in exchange for approving a student athletic fee, offer the students the first 10 rows on a sideline section at Aloha Stadium. The students will be closer to the action, and it won’t be much of a sacrifice for the university. First, you can’t see from that height and, second, those are giveaway seats, anyway. For basketball, give the students the seats behind the visiting team’s bench. Sure, the visiting fans will gripe when they’re relocated, but so what? Ever been to a road game? UH fans always get the nosebleed seats.
What? Long-time UH fans might grumble about ceding their seats to students? Hey, they can always enroll at UH.
And if UH Manoa students reject the plan, impose it on the community college students. Their student leaders won’t be around long enough to take a survey.
• K5’s replays of the past academic year are nice, but let’s go further. For a modest pay-per-view fee, open up the archives. Wouldn’t you pay $5 to watch Chad Owens run back a punt and kickoff for touchdowns against BYU? Or see Michael Carter run the option again? This is the 100th anniversary of UH football and 50th of statehood, so everybody is feeling nostalgic. New motto: Turn memories into money.
• Time to finally produce a Rainbow Marching Band CD.
• Hire the guy who owns Blazin’ Steaks as the financial officer. Anybody who can turn a profit with $6 steak plates needs to be on the staff.
• Impose a scholarship cap on schools. For instance, if the cap is $6 million, then it gets split evenly — women get $3 million, men get $3 million. The scholarships can be distributed anyway a school chooses, as long as the cap is not exceeded. If a school wants to use 60 scholarships for football and 25 for swimming so be it.
• College is about learning from mistakes. And, sometimtes, one of the mistakes is the choice of college. It’s time to revise the transfer rule. The NCAA requires a player who transfers to sit out a season before playing for his second school. Let’s have a one-time waiver of that rule.
• There’s no sense fighting the BCS. So excluding the 12 teams that will play in the six BCS games, how about creating a 16-team tournament that would replace the other bowls? The tournament would create a playoff-like atmosphere, and I bet it would be more entertaining than some of the BCS matchups.
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Happy birthday to Bulla.
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Wishing a speedy recovery to Mrs. Koakane.