During a presentation of the athletic department’s financial situation, athletic director Jim Donovan showed a data chart with two lines. The dark line was the department’s net budget for the past six fiscal years; the lighter line showed the budget excluding the more than $2 million earned from the Warrior football team’s participation in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. The designations were to emphasize that the Sugar Bowl season was an economic aberration.
Which brings us to this season’s Rainbow Warrior basketball team. Did injuries and suspensions force a change in the coaching style and, subsequently, the team’s performance and tactics? Or, despite those circumstances, was this the team’s usual method of operation?
If the circumstances created an aberration, then head coach Bob Nash should be judged less harshly. If not, if this style is what was to be expected regardless of the injury situation, then he should be judged more critically.
Donovan must decide the appropriate line.
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No, Hugh Yoshida is not planning a comeback. He has been helping the transition process at Saint Louis School.
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As far as I can tell, Wayne Hunter is the only player with Hawaii ties who received a “tender” designation from his NFL team.
The New York Jets designated Hunter, who is a restricted free agent, an original pick tender. That means any team that signs Hunter would have to exchange a third-round pick. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Hunter in the third round in 2003.
No team is expected to bid on Hunter, who is a backup guard/tackle. He also is used as a tight end in the jumbo schemes.
What’s interesting is that Hunter is used as the model for Ray Hisatake, who also made the move from defensive lineman to offensive lineman.
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Don’t forget that the Field of Legends football clinic is tomorrow at Aloha Stadium.
Colt Brennan, Davone Bess, Chris Naeole, Jake Ingram and Chad Owens are among the guest instructors.
For ages 7-12, the session is from 9 a.m. to noon. For ages 13-18, sessions are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Call the Barefoot League store at 734-0200 for details.