When things are going bad, one of University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow's favorite lines is, "nobody is going to feel sorry for us." It is a statement meant to rally the Warriors around themselves.
In a game where their Colorado State opponents wore orange and much of the sparse Hughes Stadium crowd of 16,573 came similarly attired, the fright was all the Warriors' doing. Or, more exactly, undoing.
With 38 seconds left in a 2-point exhibition game the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team was desperately trying to hold onto, senior Zane Johnson wrapped a brotherly arm around freshman point guard Shaquille Stokes.
Does membership in the Mountain West Conference come with a money-back guarantee? If you are the University of Hawaii, that is not only the $650,000 question but should be reason to begin consulting with counsel.
When Tim Chang set the NCAA career record for passing yardage in 2004, it seemed a mark likely to endure for decades. And a lot of people said as much, including then-University of Hawaii head football coach June Jones, who predicted it would remain on the books at least "45 years."
Legend has it that at their final Western Athletic Conference football media day before bolting for the then-Pac-8, Arizona and Arizona State found themselves publicly chided as "(bleeping) turncoats."
On the way to the Holiday Bowl in 1992, visionary athletic director Stan Sheriff began exploring the then-radical idea that the University of Hawaii could bring radio broadcasts of its sports teams in-house instead of contracting out the rights.
Some of the keenest minds of our time — the Western Athletic Conference football coaches and the intrepid media who cover them — have weighed in, and Thursday at the WAC Football Media Preview in Las Vegas, the conference office will reveal that annual summer conversation piece — the preseason polls.
In Manoa they wait anxiously and with fingers crossed to see if basketball recruits Gerry Blakes and Dillon Biggs will come up with the requisite academic records to be eligible to play for the University of Hawaii this season.
When the members of Punahou School's class of 2010 listed their post-graduation destinations for the Punahou Bulletin, there was the usual sprinkling of Ivy League schools — Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc.
If the University of Hawaii is to be a “second chance,” as quarterback Robert “Tate” Forcier has termed it, think of it also as a seventh or eighth one for the “QB Force” as the family website, qbforce.com, bills itself.
The 114 longest days in University of Hawaii athletic history were the anxious ones between the time Fresno State and Nevada announced they were joining Boise State in the Mountain West last summer and the conference finally inviting the Warriors on Dec. 10, 2010.
Until last year about this time, the Ohio State football team’s deepening NCAA problems, such as the ones that led to Terrelle Pryor’s departure Tuesday, would have presented a considerable opportunity for the University of Hawaii.
The wide-eyed youngster of, maybe 7 or 8 years in age, warily contemplated the empty pair of Sasquatch-sized sneakers before him, not sure what to make of something so outrageous, as their owner looked on from afar.
Jim Tressel wasn't just another college coach. He told us so. He peddled the message of integrity and honor along with a series of inspirational books such as “The Winners Manual For the Game of Life” and “Life Promises For Success: Promises From God On Achieving Your Best” while touting doing “the right thing.”
Fifteen months ago when Howard Karr rose at a University of Hawaii Board of Regents meeting to declare that the athletic department should operate “more like a business” there was an immediate hush across the room.
When Jessica Iwata flied out to right field to conclude the University of Hawaii's stay in the Western Athletic Conference Softball Tournament Thursday in Fresno, Calif., you wonder if the idea of charging for admission to Rainbow Wahine games next season expired with it.
Even with a head set clamped on tight, sportscaster and KHNL station manager Rick Blangiardi did not miss athletic director Stan Sheriff’s terse message during the 1984 University of Hawaii football season opener.
Perhaps you remember the TV commercial where the auto mechanic holds up an oil filter saying, “You can pay me now” and the mechanic behind him rebuilding an engine warns, “... or you can pay me later.”
For all the decades of University of Hawaii sports on television, the mainstay play-by-play voices who have brought them to us have been few.
You’ve got Jim Leahey now and nearly forever, it seems, but also back, back, back in the day, Mel Proctor, Hank Greenwald, Gary Sprinkle, Joe Moore ...
As he packed boxes yesterday for this month's move to Hawaii, the incoming president of Hawaii Pacific University said the goal for the Sea Warriors is "to be as good in Division II as Butler is in Division I."
To glimpse wide receiver Darius Bright go up and over frustrated defensive backs to make catches and then bolt down the sideline this spring is to appreciate the luxury he was for the University of Hawaii football team last season.
You don't suppose it really was, as officials maintain, a coincidence that on the day the Western Athletic Conference revealed its 2011 football schedule, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl also trumpeted the date and time of its game, do you?
Barely had Oceanic Time Warner Cable finished telling us that Tuesday night's University of Hawaii basketball game was being shown "only on OC 16" when three "K-5" logos popped up slot machine-like on the revolving courtside signage.
After the debacle with June Jones' contract, you would hope the University of Hawaii would be very proactive — and protective — about securing the services of its coaches.
But, you might be disappointed.
So palpable was the tension between Riley Wallace and Gib Arnold 11 months ago that a group of concerned coaches at the NCAA Final Four sought a neutral party to sit between them as a human Switzerland, lest some of the elbows being thrown not be confined to the court.
A show of hands, please, from all those who believed in October that the University of Hawaii men's basketball team would go into its final regular-season game with a chance at flip-flopping last year's 10-20 record to 20-10.
When Hawaii's Wally Yonamine initially went to Japan to play professional baseball, friendly faces from home were as rare as loco mocos. But within two years, teammates on the Yomiuri Giants suggested, probably only half tongue-in-cheek, that Yonamine no longer needed to return home to see his friends because he was importing all of them to Japan.
We've known since he set foot on the Stan Sheriff Center court three months ago in a powerful debut that forward Joston Thomas was capable of putting up big points for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team.
In his last official appearance at the University of Hawaii before leaving to become head football coach at Arizona, a tearful, emotion-choked Dick Tomey vowed "... someday, when it is all over, we'll come back."
Oceanic Time Warner Cable says it plans to begin a University of Hawaii channel, perhaps as soon as this fall, dedicated to being "all things UH."
Although a UH spokesman said the project "remains in the formative stage," we have learned discussions include offering a lot more than just the school's athletic events to subscribers.
Sometimes after a parent-teacher conference, but more often when a Super Bowl rolls around, the question comes up:
"Mr. Gerela," high school students inquire of their teacher, "do you really have three Super Bowl rings?"
At 7 a.m., when Juda Parker, Paulay Asiata and K.T. Tuumalo raised their pens to sign national letters of intent to attend the University of Colorado, it was 68 degrees outside the Sheraton Waikiki, where the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance ceremonies were held.
There was a point in the second half of Saturday night's basketball game when members of the University of Hawaii bench looked up at the Stan Sheriff Center crowd as if wondering where the rising din was coming from.
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