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Don't underestimate Idaho, says McMackin

By Ferd Lewis

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LAST UPDATED: 08:24 p.m. HST, Oct 24, 2011


University of Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin said the 1-6 record of this week's opponent, last place-Idaho, is deceiving.

"I don't think their record (1-6 overall, 0-3 in the Western Athletic Conference) speaks for the football team they have, so we know we have our work cut out for us," McMackin said today on the WAC coaches' teleconference."

 UH plays the Vandals in Moscow, Idaho Saturday. Idaho has lost five games in a row since a victory over North Dakota. UH is a 10 1/2-point favorite on some betting lines.

"Coach (Robb) Akey and (offensive coordinator) Steve Axman are two of the best coaches in our league, so they are always ready to play and are always really tough in Moscow," McMackin said.






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SMUUG wrote:
I think the caption should be..."Don't overestimate UH"
on October 24,2011 | 07:39AM
omd111 wrote:
or "Don't Overestimate the UH Coaching"
on October 24,2011 | 07:41AM
CriticalReader wrote:
I'm looking for Donovan to show some leadership and bring the football program out of the doldrums by replacing Coach McMackin. I don't expect to see it happen. I'm just looking for it. It would seem to be an appropriate and in the big picture, fiscally responsible move at this point. One way to gauge the actual health of the UH football program, the quality of its donors, and the effectiveness of Donovan would be whether or not he could put together a fundraising package to make changes that would kick start fan interest and support, and simply see if UH can be a better football team. To the extent Donovan can't or won't, the discussion really may have to be expanded to include whether or not the leadership of UHAD, and then UH Manoa, and then UH as a whole is effective and/or capable.
on October 24,2011 | 09:48AM
fairgame947 wrote:
The Na Koa Football Club is always looking for fundraising promotions that will provide dontations of benefit to the program. What have you come up with lately, CriticalReader? How much have you donated to the program? if you have been a part of the fan support, I apologize and thank you for your generosity.. Unfortunately, Hawaii fans are not particularly supportive in a financial way to the UH athletic program even if we are winning. If you have any suggestions please forward them to either the UH Athletic Dept. or Na Koa Football Club. I am just a fan like you, not part of the department. I am, however, a Na Koa member. GO WARRIORS!
on October 24,2011 | 05:38PM
CriticalReader wrote:
I think your attitude is classic Na Koa. I really don't care for that attitude, and I'm pretty sure it makes me NOT want to contribute to UH football in great part because Na Koa tries to monopolize donation avenues TO UH football. I don't respond to the finger pointing, turf protection techniques. But, you have to ask yourself whether it's just me who doesn't like that kind of stuff or others too. Here's a good place to start. Look at the Na Koa bank account balance.
on October 24,2011 | 10:15PM
CriticalReader wrote:
I'm looking for Donovan to show some leadership and bring the football program out of the doldrums by replacing Coach McMackin. I don't expect to see it happen. I'm just looking for it. It would seem to be an appropriate and in the big picture, fiscally responsible move at this point. One way to gauge the actual health of the UH football program, the quality of its donors, and the effectiveness of Donovan would be whether or not he could put together a fundraising package to make changes that would kick start fan interest and support. To the extent he can't or won't, the discussion really has to be expanded to include whether or not the leadership of UHAD, and then UH Manoa, and then UH as a whole is effective and/or capable.
on October 24,2011 | 09:50AM
Sunny wrote:
Oklahoma underestimated Texas Tech!
on October 24,2011 | 11:29AM
Sunny wrote:
Oklahoma underestimated Texas Tech!
on October 24,2011 | 11:29AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Your point is well taken. Hawaii shares some of the same concerns as Oklahoma going into this week. 1) UH and Oklahoma are the Universities "of" their respective states (e.g. U "of" Oklahoma, U "of" Hawaii). I don't know how that matters, but it must; 2) Can't think of anything else, so if you could help me out on this.
on October 24,2011 | 01:35PM
frontman wrote:
UH has NOT beat a team even close to having a winning record and they think they are a great football team...........what are they smoking, pass it along.
on October 24,2011 | 03:46PM
4cents wrote:
don't underestimate anybody!
on October 24,2011 | 07:39AM
waianae94 wrote:
Do we have to go through this every week? We shouldn't underestimate ANYBODY, period!
on October 24,2011 | 07:41AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Same song every week nowadays. Beginning to sound like Coach McMackin has no confidence in the program's ability. What UH as an institution has to understand is that the public is following the Coach's self-serving example, and will continue to. It's becoming clear that Coach McMackin should be replaced in order to salvage what's left of UH's football program, and begin building as soon as possible.
on October 24,2011 | 09:04AM
dalawyer wrote:
I sure hope so Coach! Look what happened at UNLV and San Jose St? Geez, losing to the bottom feeders in the WAC and MWC will only lead to job security at the state unemployment department!
on October 24,2011 | 07:43AM
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on October 24,2011 | 08:04AM
Bdpapa wrote:
They wonʻt play Hawaii!
on October 24,2011 | 08:13AM
gshilo wrote:
Preparing us for another upset?
on October 24,2011 | 08:05AM
Sunny wrote:
Place-Kicker wanted; no desperately needed! Still need to fix kicking game.
on October 24,2011 | 08:05AM
vernchs wrote:
this is covering your okole in case you lose. Nothing like saying see I told you so that they could beat us. Another cliche' by another typical coach knowing that a well coached team when favored should win the game. Look for the "we get plenty people hurt" excuse.
on October 24,2011 | 08:10AM
akuman808 wrote:
Coach McLacking is finally statiing the obvious, other coaches in the league with perhaps less talent out scheme Hawaii like what UNLV and San Jose did.
on October 24,2011 | 08:16AM
CouchPotato wrote:
McMackin is right to say that they can't overlook Idaho and it's not because they are that good at 1-6 but more that we are not that much better than them at 4-3. Remember, these coaches said that the gave it their all and that they put it all on the line and look we still got pounded by UNLV for their only win of the season. Big deal, we beat Colorado who is 1-7, we beat UC Davis, and we beat San Jose State the bottom dweller of the WAC. We haven't beat anybody that is half way good and they all have losing records. It shouldn't be this way! Even on our worst day we should pound the daylight out of them. Not even close ... don't give them any respect.
on October 24,2011 | 08:46AM
waianae94 wrote:
We lost to SJSU
on October 24,2011 | 09:18AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Probably the most overworked headline in sportswriting - "Don't underestimate ..... blah, blah, blah" Time to solicit new sportswriters that can write. Most obvious, worrisome factor is the incredible incapacity of the PAT and field goal "team". If that is the best we have, don't look forward to a winning season. Differences of a field goal or a single PAT will doom UH. Wirter should have gotten into that and beat up the UH coaches on that particular weakness, but I guess it was easier to go in with the "don't underestimate ..." headline. Doesn't take effort to write that. Agree with SMUUG that UH shouldn't get too full of itself.
on October 24,2011 | 08:55AM
nj24 wrote:
The game that Hawaii was favored they SUCKED. (UNLV, SJSU) They need to play like they are the underdogs.
on October 24,2011 | 09:14AM
inverse wrote:
They ARE the underdogs!
on October 24,2011 | 12:19PM
waianae94 wrote:
If Mac's contract gets renewed, it should come with a dramatic pay cut, and should be year to year.
on October 24,2011 | 09:19AM
Anonymous wrote:
In fact, I believe ALL coaching salaries should be based on performance. The head football coach should get paid something like 200-400K, and get bonuses for win-loss record, bowl game, national ranking, graduation rate, player's GPA, BCS games, etc. No more 1.1 million dollar gambles. Oh, and pay coach Shoji way more. We are lucky that he doesn't want a higher salary. If he went to any other decent volleyball school, he would get paid twice as much.
on October 24,2011 | 09:22AM
LizKauai wrote:
If college football were still a pure sport- intended, as pure athletics is- to provide student-athlete development- in character and skill, Coach Mack and his fellow teacher/coaches might be seen more clearly as a benefit to the students, the school, the community and the sport. Today's sporting world seems to be repositioned for an emphasis on money, winning, money, betting, money, entertainment, money, money and did I mention money? In this world, perhaps purveyors of pure college athletics may be overtaken temporarily by those who put money and the rest of the above before student-athlete development. IMHO, Hawaii is fortunate to have a program that stands for the big-picture success of its student-athletes. I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. GO WARRIORS!
on October 24,2011 | 09:24AM
jpeezy31 wrote:
Ferd, is Mack serious? All season are we gonna have to hear about teams being better than record shows? Such a joke Is Nevada gonna be considered a national powerhouse when we play them?
on October 24,2011 | 10:53AM
cajaybird wrote:
Very true. But the coaches statement sounds disingenuous because UH has lost to teams they should have beaten. I believe the problem is more serious than we think. The team doesn't seem ready for the next play; that's all coaching. Watch Boise play. Now that's a coordinated effort. If they lose, it's because the other team has better talent . You're not likely to see a blowout.
on October 24,2011 | 01:35PM
kailua1044 wrote:
You people take everything out of context and twist it to fit your negativism. The media asked coach about Idaho and he answered. Every coach in the NCAA gets asked the same thing every week in regards to their next opponent and they ALL say the same thing, applying and implying respect for the opposing team.
on October 24,2011 | 12:03PM
Ponopride wrote:
Thank you
on October 24,2011 | 01:52PM
amg17 wrote:
Take Idaho and the points!
on October 24,2011 | 12:56PM
lopelani wrote:
Is he getting us ready for another scoring assault by the other team. Hawaii';s defense is a joke. Every team has scored big time against Hawaii's vaunted defense. Stop interviewing the defensive players on TV. They can't play defense,look at the scores of every game. In all their games the other teams are scoring 28 or more points. Look at the kicking game, points after TD's are usually automatic, they can't even kick field goals. Get real McMackin, a lot of UH's woes this year is because of poor coaching and team discipline. Fix the obviou....s
on October 24,2011 | 01:01PM
jkjones wrote:
mac must be talking to himself. it wasnt fans who underestimated unlv and san jose state on the road. here we go again.... hawaii taxpayers are fools. donovan is a crony-clown.
on October 24,2011 | 03:23PM
BigOpu wrote:
Don't underestimate...then redemption game...don't underestimate...then redemption game....don't underestimate...what you guys think will come next in this song?
on October 24,2011 | 03:35PM
frontman wrote:
This UH team should NOT underestimate Kailua HS.
on October 24,2011 | 03:43PM
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