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UH athletic director Matlin hopes his 2020 vision brings balance

In 2015, just over six months into the job, athletic director David Matlin gave the University of Hawaii Board of Regents a slide show of his plan to balance the department budget by 2020, prompting one of them to dub it, “2020 vision.” Read More

Want an underdog to cheer for at World Cup? Pick Iceland

Picture, if you can, Bill Belichick publicly discussing his game plan and opening wide his strategy to patrons in Brendan Behan’s pub in Boston each week the New England Patriots play a game? Read More

Despite new NCAA rule, student-athletes not totally free

Can we have a round of polite applause, please, for a refreshing whiff of freedom that major colleges finally granted their scholarship athletes Wednesday? Read More

Breaking down the ABCs of the World Cup

A look — from “A” to “Z” — at the 2018 World Cup, which opens Thursday in Russia. Read More

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

Dick Fishback helped usher UH athletics into new era

The athletic offices balanced on creaking wooden planks and the dreams of a major college University of Hawaii athletic program initially weren’t on much more solid ground. 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

NFL’s new anthem policy solves nothing

The NFL had an opportunity to make a real stand on, well, standing for the national anthem. 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

Shifting recruiting landscape leaving University of Hawaii in the dust

Amid Board of Regents discussion of the amount of the University of Hawaii athletic department’s latest projected ($11.4 million) accumulated five-year net deficit, school president David Lassner offered a suggestion. 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

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