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So, you think you know the WAC? Take our Trivia Quiz

By Ferd Lewis

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A drum roll, please, as the University of Hawaii opens its 32nd -- and, quite possibly, penultimate -- Western Athletic Conference football season tonight against Louisiana Tech at Aloha Stadium.

Time (and members) sure fly when you're having fun.

Why, it seems like just yesterday we were asking if the addition of Boise State would drag the WAC down. And, where in the name of Google Maps, we wondered, was Ruston, La.?

The answer on the latter is still pending.

Meanwhile, we were hoping to save the WAC Trivia Quiz for the big 35th anniversary celebration. But since that may not happen, please take this opportunity to test your knowledge of the only intercollegiate conference UH has ever played football in.

Please keep your eyes on your own paper and grade yourself this way: 10-12 correct answers means you may move to the Pac-10; 7-9 means you may leave the WAC when UH does; 6 or less suggests you report to the Southland Conference next year.

1. How many schools have already departed the WAC during UH's tenure (not counting Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada, who have their luggage packed)?

2. Who are the two head football coaches that have beaten UH with two different WAC members?

3. Which coach vowed to "jump off Mt. Timpanogos" if UH beat him at home?

4. Who was the first WAC coach to complain loudly about the rigors of the trip to Hawaii?

5. Which UH head coach was in danger of missing a 1979 road game because he went jogging without his passport?

6. Which coach ran the "duck" offense and had formations named after "Huey" "Dewey" and "Louie?"

7. For which WAC team was Greg McMackin the defensive coordinator against UH?

8. Who was UH's first WAC victim in conference play?

9. In 1978 the WAC was one of two conferences that offered membership invitations to UH. What was the other?

10. Who was the only WAC foe UH has beaten on the road in a conference game without scoring a touchdown?

11. Which former WAC member is on the Warriors' 2010 schedule?

12. Which WAC coach said there was nobody on the UH roster he would trade for -- just before Hawaii beat him?

Answers: 1. 13; 2. Ken Hatfield (Air Force and Rice) and Dennis Franchione (New Mexico and TCU); 3. LaVell Edwards (BYU); 4. Sark Arslanian (Colorado St.); 5. Dick Tomey in El Paso; 6. Jim Fassel (Utah); 7. Utah (1990-91); 8. New Mexico (1979); 9. Pacific Coast Athletic Association, now known as the Big West; 10. Air Force (1992); 11. Nevada-Las Vegas.; 12. Denny Stolz (San Diego State, 1988).

Reach Ferd Lewis at flewis@staradvertiser.com.






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