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UH had some rare leverage in scheduling with Temple

By Dave Reardon

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The last thing the University of Hawaii wants to do is follow up the Wonder Blunder with the Temple of Doom.

So when the Owls came a-hootin' around again recently about playing a football game here — in little more than a month from now — the Warriors brass was rightfully cautious, even more than then-AD Jim Donovan was back in the summer upon the first denied overture.

That's when it was originally determined that a middle-of-the-road Big East team might not be enough of a draw at Aloha Stadium to make money. And also that such a team might knock a middle-of-the road UH team out of the Hawaii Bowl.

Well, that second part's not a problem, since the only way the 1-6 Warriors are going bowling this year is on a team outing to Pali Lanes.

And that might be a better way for them to spend the evening of Dec. 7 than at Aloha Stadium hosting Temple, which may or may not be playing for its sixth win and bowl eligibility.

When the Owls asked again a couple of weeks ago, UH did the prudent thing and said words to the effect of, "No, sorry, we can't pay you a couple of hundred thousand dollars to come here and try to beat us and extend your season."

Plus there were the roadblocks of conference and NCAA approval, and finding a time and place since Aloha Stadium was booked for Saturday, Dec. 8.

Those hurdles were cleared, but it still didn't add up financially for Hawaii. As the bean counters like to say these days, the numbers didn't pencil-out well … meaning UH would lose money.

But Temple must really want this game. AD Bill Bradshaw called back with a better proposal for Hawaii — one that has the Owls paying their own expenses (I wonder if they penciled-out hotel rates, considering it's the weekend of the Honolulu Marathon).

UH acting athletic director Rockne Freitas liked it enough to come to an agreement in principle with Temple and get to work on those devilish details.

We're hearing that season-ticket holders will not be asked to ante up for this one, since they were promised no increase in prices from last year and this would be the seventh home game, matching the number for 2011 (I still want to be assured of a signed contract before I go from "would" to "will").

UH GOT OUT of the calculated-risk business after that $200,000 it thought was going toward a deposit for a Stevie Wonder concert here disappeared, most of it now in the college fund jars of exotic dancers in the greater Miami area.

That high-profile error, compounded many times by months of damage control miscues, put the school on notice that is has to be much more careful with public resources.

Some of you have asked, and, yes, you can rest assured: No six-figure sum has been wired to a purported representative of Bill Cosby … nor to former UH and Temple administrator Herman Frazier.

In this case with the Owls, it looks like UH's initial caution may lead to a money-making venture for the financially struggling athletic department.

Maybe.

People still have to show up and buy some tickets. They're not coming from Philadelphia; perhaps a very few well-heeled Temple alums will fly to Hawaii on short notice. But the diehard college football fans will be staying put for the Army-Navy game Dec. 8.

As for walk-up UH fans, to see this team? I don't know. Unless the game is scheduled well in advance, people tend to have other things to do on Friday nights in early December, like attend Christmas parties … or watch it on pay-per-view.

THE OWLS want this game a lot more than most of us here in Hawaii do, and UH has rare scheduling leverage. The Big East wants Temple bowl-eligible because if it isn't, the conference might not have enough teams to fill its affiliations, and that's embarrassing.

I hope the agreement in principle includes the booking of future games with Temple … some of them against their sporty basketball team. College scheduling is a "you-take-care-of-me, I'll-take-care-of-you" world. It's no mystery who's scratching who's back with this game.

There's history here; not much, but memorable.

In 1979, one of 10-2 Temple's wins was a 34-31 victory at Hawaii. It was the 6-5 Rainbows' only nonconference loss during its first WAC season.

A crowd of 33,742 fans showed up at Aloha Stadium.

They had Gary Allen, Niko Noga and Jesse Sapolu to watch.

And they had more than five weeks' notice to plan to attend.

Reach Dave Reardon at dreardon@staradvertiser.com or 529-4783.






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wizard417 wrote:
Lets see, you have a team that in all likelyhood will be 1 and 11 have a crowd willing to watch them become 1 and 12. maybe, but it wouldn't be me
on November 2,2012 | 03:18AM
ehowzit wrote:
AS SOON AS YOU MENTIONED GARY ALLEN, I REMEMBERED THAT GAME. U.H. WAS ON ITS WAY TO WINNING THAT GAME TOWARDS THE END OF THE 4TH QTR. GARY HAD BROKEN LOOSE FOR A LONG GAIN MID-FIELD; HE WAS TACKLED, AND WHEN HE HIT THE GROUND, THE BALL WAS JARRED FROM HIS GRASP BY THE TURF. THE REFEREE CALLED IT A FUMBLE. TEMPLE STARTED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, BUT HAWAII'S DEFENSE WAS ABOUT TO GET THE BALL BACK. HOWEVER, A DEFENDER WAS CALLED FOR SPEARING, GIVING TEMPLE A FRESH 1ST DOWN, AND FROM THERE, TEMPLE WAS ABLE TO RETAIN THE BALL, AND THUS, WIN THE GAME. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED WAS THAT THE TEMPLE BALL CARRIER WAS ALREADY DOWN, BUT A U.H. PLAYER, TRYING TO AVOID HITTING THE RUNNER ON THE GROUND ACTUALLY WAS ABLE TO HIT THE TURF ADJACENT TO HIM...BUT HE SLID INTO HIM. THE CONTACT WAS JUST INCIDENTAL, NOT A HARD HIT...SIDE OF ONE PLAYER JUST BARELY TOUCHING THE OTHER'S BODY...DEFINITELY NOT SPEARING, MORE LIKE BARELY ROLLING INTO HIM. I'M PRETTY SURE THE SAME REF CALLED THE FOUL. THE U.H. PLAYERS AND ALL OF HAWAII GOT SCREWED...BIG TIME. DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT...THERE MUST BE TAPES OF THAT GAME SOMEWHERE. A PEARL HARBOR NAVAL SHIPYARD TYPE DESK OFFICER SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK AND DIED IN THE STANDS AT THAT VERY SAME MOMENT.
on November 2,2012 | 05:13AM
hunebasami wrote:
To bad Temple is not a Div 2 team. End results Temple goes bowling and Hawaii goes 1-12.
on November 2,2012 | 05:29AM
allie wrote:
Temple is a minor league team. Please stop exaggerating. Close this bad program down and concentrate on academics.
on November 2,2012 | 10:14AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
You're just sick. You know nothing about anything but you try to sound intelligent about the same subject. Blah, blah, blah. Go on to a new tune. You are just a pizza girl. Nothing major. You don't have much to be proud of and you've never accomplished ANYTHING in your life. Every person you criticize has achieved far more than you will ever do in your sad life. They are COLLEGE athlets at any level, are you. They are college adminisrators, what is your Doctorate or even Master's degree in? That's what I thought!!! When you actually have a position where people care about what you say, then comment. Small town nothing. Never was and never will be.
on November 2,2012 | 10:44AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Jimmy cool it. Alfred/Albert/Allie aka DUDE PRETENDING TO BE A GIRL is just a high school drop out wanting to sound like IT could even pass a BASIC High School English course in Composition. "IT" keeps getting caught in lie after lie and quoting false sources. Most 13-14 year olds at least know to have their facts straight before handing in their homework. "IT" is nothing but a not too bright wanna be that couldn't even finish basic education requirements so now the only way IT can feel some source of "accomplishment" is to put others down. In short...Trailer trash without the Trailer.
on November 2,2012 | 02:25PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Albert/Alfred/Alle aka DUDE PRETENDING TO BE A GIRL. It's all relative. Compared to you however there is absolutely nothing that could be termed minor league. Go back to school and get your GED!! Maybe then you'll learn to not make an A** out of yourself.
on November 2,2012 | 02:32PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Five weeks, five days, I'll be at the game.
on November 2,2012 | 05:49AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Open the gates, give the public free admission!
on November 2,2012 | 05:50AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Temple pays their own travel cost, no gaurantee $$, season ticket holders get in free and PPV season package subscribers get game free. That would make it work.
on November 2,2012 | 10:18AM
lowtone123 wrote:
33.742 to watch UH play Temple. Those were the days. I remember as a kid going to UH games when 30,000-35,000 would come to watch UH play the likes of Santa Clara and Prairie View A&M.
on November 2,2012 | 10:23AM
NotNasti wrote:
ehowzit, thanks for the memories, but you do not need to shout.
on November 2,2012 | 12:34PM
NOTSHEEP wrote:
looking forward to the game. I will be there. I hope that we also took the opportunity to discuss a few games in basketball (mens and womens) and possibly baseball and volleyball too (if they have them). if we treat them well, I hope we establish a connection with a major conference that will result in future benefits for UH. Even if we lose the football game, BFD. We get another game to go to. Go Bows!
on November 2,2012 | 11:32PM
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