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Texas assistant Akina to interview for Hawaii coaching job

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:46 a.m. HST, Dec 15, 2011

 Texas  assistant head coach/defensive backs Duane Akina is shouts during the Longhorns team practice Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in Austin, Texas.  (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

AUSTIN, Texas >> Texas coach Mack Brown says defensive assistant Duane Akina will interview for the head coaching job at Hawaii.

Akina is a Hawaii native. Brown said Thursday he would like Akina to stay but would support the move.

Hawaii coach Greg McMackin retired after going 6-7 this year. The Warriors missed a bowl game for the second time in his four seasons.

Akina has spent the last 11 seasons at Texas coaching the secondary. His players have included Thorpe Award winners Michael Huff and Aaron Ross.

Since 2004, four Texas defensive assistants have left the Longhorns for head coaching jobs.


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1local wrote:
its good to see a lot of interest and applicants.
on December 15,2011 | 10:49AM
kei wrote:
"Hawaii coach Greg McMackin retired..."? After having the last year of his contract bought out? Come on!
on December 15,2011 | 11:09AM
EyeKea wrote:
Put it to rest already, the man is GONE, get past it already and look forward, not backwards.
on December 15,2011 | 11:39AM
808warriorfan wrote:
on December 15,2011 | 12:34PM
CriticalReader wrote:
on December 15,2011 | 11:22AM
EyeKea wrote:
Hmmm. 11 seasons as a defensive assistant. I guess he wasn't good enough to be brought up to at least a defensive coordinator position. One has to wonder how come...
on December 15,2011 | 11:42AM
808warriorfan wrote:
I think at one point he might have been. I could be wrong and it could be he had the title of Asst. Head Coach.
on December 15,2011 | 12:35PM
UHFAN1984 wrote:
your correct his title is Asst Head Coach
on December 15,2011 | 06:21PM
tkcohana wrote:
uummm....you would think they would hire a head coach for the head coach position....
on December 15,2011 | 01:11PM
connie wrote:
Duane Akina-- Punahou. Chad Konishi -- Punahou. Scott Wong -- Punahou. We already got Gib Arnold -- Punahou. Its possible the biggest sports in the UHawaii Athletic Dept. could all have Punahou alums as their head coaches.
on December 15,2011 | 01:37PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Isnt Norm Chow from Punahou too?
on December 15,2011 | 04:17PM
allie wrote:
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on December 15,2011 | 02:29PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Isnt Norm Chow from Punahou too?
on December 15,2011 | 04:17PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Actually not true. At one point he was a co-defensive coordinator as well as Asst. Head coach. He is well respected in the BCS. Is he the answer, I don't know, but then again, there is no one here that can predict how any coach will do. Sit back, let it happen and see what happens.
on December 15,2011 | 05:14PM
SOLID3 wrote:
on December 15,2011 | 02:46PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Good Luck Skip
on December 15,2011 | 03:35PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
I want either a head coach or offensive coordinator to be the next UH coach. The identity of the program is one of a high scoring offense that allows our usually less talented team to stay in games because of the offense's potency. Even though Norm Chow hasn't done too well the last few years, he is a big name that will bring credibilty to the program. Whomever UH chooses good luck and may they choose the best person for the job! GO WARRIORS!!!
on December 15,2011 | 04:16PM
BTO wrote:
Akina is hard working, has been around. I believe he was also with Dick Tomey at Arizona. However, defensive coordinators have never been real succesful at the head coaching position. Some do become good coaches, but not at the rate of offensive coordinators. I believe it is because the offense dictates the approach to the game. THe best defense is a good offense.... A head coach who is involved in the offense is always in the game. A defensive minded coach usually will have his offensive coordinator run total control of that phase. The HC becomes less involved in the ebb and flow of the game. Last three defensive coordinators hired as UH head coaches were Von Appen, Wagner and McMackin. Akina must be one of the finalist as he was quickly flown in. The decision must be close at hand!! JJ was an offensive coordinator and NFL HC. Why are we going down road one again. We know road two works.
on December 15,2011 | 09:07PM
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