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UH contracts include new buyout protections

When men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade signed a two-year extension in the wake of a 19-8 season, his agreement symbolized the University of Hawaii’s attempts to have the best of both contractual worlds — coaches under long-term deals and an avenue to lessen financial exposure in case of a buyout. Read More

UH mulls its future TV options in football

For UH, the expiration of the MWC’s deals with ESPN and CBS Sports also coincides with the June 30, 2020, end of its exclusive local pay-per-view and broadcast television rights contract with Spectrum. Read More

’Bows still waiting for College Hall of Fame breakthrough

For all their deserving credentials, you still won’t find Tommy Kaulukukui, Jason Elam, Al Noga, Jeris White, or any other recognizable University of Hawaii greats in the College Football Hall of Fame. Read More

Legendary voice of local sports calls it a career

The first time it was suggested that he get behind a radio microphone by himself, Jim Leahey was, for one of the few instances in his career, rendered momentarily speechless. Read More

Athletic directors have chance to improve football overtime rules

Lahainaluna’s Division II state football championship victory over Konawaena last November was definitely one for the record books. And it is time to assure that the longest football game in our state’s history stays there. Read More

Magazines tout year of the Hawaii quarterback

A few months ago it was hard to miss the emergence of local college quarterbacks across your television and mobile device screens in what came to be termed the “Year of the Hawaii quarterback.” Read More

WAC’s blowup 20 years ago changed University of Hawaii sports

Some of where University of Hawaii athletics finds itself today can be traced to an event that quietly marked its 20th anniversary Saturday. Read More

Lenn Sakata honored for legacy as a teacher

Lenn Sakata gained a heartfelt, first-hand appreciation for what a savvy baseball manager could mean for a player’s career. Read More

UH men’s volleyball becoming a smash at the box office

The University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team didn’t get the NCAA Tournament berth it coveted — and deserved — but the Rainbow Warriors might achieve a distinction still unreachable by any of its NCAA peers. Read More

UH athletics could learn lessons from its med school

In an effort to regain its financial health, the University of Hawaii athletic program is looking to … its medical school? Read More

UH Regents seeking to find proper balance in oversight

Through an NCAA investigation, a costly series of contract buyouts and escalating debt, the University of Hawaii has increasingly sought to calculate a proper level of Board of Regents oversight of athletics. Read More

Hawaii needs to make wagering on local games off-limits

When University of Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown’s 2-point conversion pass attempt failed in the fourth quarter against Fresno State last season, the disappointment was surprisingly loud from the meager Aloha Stadium gathering of 13,714. Read More

John John Florence credits his mom for all his success

John John might occasionally forget his dates, but it never slips his mind that his mother was in the forefront of helping put him where he is, on top of the surfing world as defending two-time World Surf League champion. Read More

Stepteau deserves leftover University of Hawaii scholarship

The rapidly approaching close of the official Division I men’s basketball signing period Wednesday brings up an interesting, still publicly unresolved, question for the University of Hawaii. Read More

Hawaii Bowl moves date to Dec. 22 to avoid NFL conflict

The Hawaii Bowl won’t be crowding Christmas on the calendar this year and, for that, holiday purists and late shoppers can thank Monday Night Football. Read More

In dusty California, a surfing oasis appeared

Three-time world champion Carissa Moore, who modestly describes herself as a “shower singer at best,” was nevertheless called upon to belt out a few songs at a World Surfing League event over the weekend. Read More

Topgolf breathing life into the sport

You need only look at the flickering fortunes of the Olomana Golf Course in particular and trends in the industry in general to understand why the city is promoting a proposed partnership with Topgolf at the Ala Wai Golf Course. Read More

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