The chant rolled through Aloha Stadium like claps of rising thunder: "Dee-fense! Dee-fense!" For the first time in years it was again a rallying cry of the University of Hawaii football faithful, not some longshot prayer to the heavens.
The mandate and, indeed, a slogan around University of Hawaii football for this year has been to "finish." After losing five games by a touchdown or less in 2013, it is a worthy goal. But the financial and emotional imperative at UH these days is for the Rainbow Warriors to start well, too.
At the start of his first meeting as chair of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents Intercollegiate Athletic Committee, Jeff Portnoy slammed the opening gavel to the table with an exuberance that caused some people to recoil.
Contrary to what's been floating around the Twitterverse and even some mainstream mainland sports media outlets, the University of Hawaii football team isn't going anywhere in the immediate future ... except to Aloha Stadium and six venues on the continent to play football games over the next few months.
Before the first volleyball is served or football kicked off this season, the University of Hawaii is already waging fierce competition. With itself. The battleground is shirts, hats and other newly minted athletic logowear being sold at both the campus bookstore and the newly created H-Zone.
It seems that Dave Shoji's volleyball national coaching brethren have two messages for his coming milestone 40th season. One for the celebratory cake and one for the court: On one hand, "Congratulations!"
Luxury high-rise condos sprouting in Kakaako, taxing pensions, preschool education, the excise tax surcharge... Sure, those are among the hot-button topics of the day as voters go to the polls. But what about the compelling issues of the local sports world?
Sacking an Ohio State quarterback in front of 104,719 predominantly scarlet and gray partisans at the Horseshoe remains a moment of considerable pride for Quinlinn Ka'uakeanihinawelau Onapaliulioke Koolau Adolpho.
Loved your insightful-as-usual annual state-of-the-Big 12 address at Monday's media day in Dallas -- right up until the point where you reached into your golf bag, took out the Big Bertha driver and started whacking the NCAA enforcement gumshoes about the head with it.
In announcing deepening budget cuts and a hiring freeze, University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay grimly told coaches and staff in an internal email Thursday, "Suffice to say, these next two years will not be easy."
Commissioner Mike Slive began his annual state-of-the-Southeastern Conference address Monday in Alabama with a shout-out to his wife on their 46th wedding anniversary. Sweet and sentimental then quickly gave way to calculated and demanding.
Manti Te'o reclined in a beach chair in the middle of a large makeshift photo studio in Waipahu where sand was spread around his feet and props were arranged to give the appearance of a man on his own island.
As a 14-year-old on the way to surfing competitions at Huntington Beach, Calif., Carissa Moore would pause and inspect with awe the hand imprints of the legendary surfers pressed into the concrete along Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
They say that soccer star Lionel Andres Messi is so quick and nimble of foot, especially the left one, that he can dribble in circles in a phone booth. But for him the most meaningful change of direction, one that he is on the verge of with a victory in the World Cup finale Sunday, has been 13 often-arduous years in the making.
A good part of sports is about believing in the unlikely and clinging to hope in the face of long odds. In Cleveland the enduring faithful have surely had their belief heavily trampled upon and tested more than most.
When Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji signed his latest deal in 2008, there was little fanfare over what became the longest contract — six years, eight months — in University of Hawaii athletic history.
When parting the cobwebs of nearly 45 years of Aloha Stadium history and lore, you never know what you might find. Just like the Aloha Stadium Authority, which has been given plenty to consider by the Aloha Stadium Comprehensive Site Summary released Thursday.
In five seasons pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Chuck Crim enjoyed few nights off. But it wasn't until he saw his numbers etched in a bronze plaque among the first wave of players enshrined on the Brewers' Wall of Honor this month that the former University of Hawaii star realized just how rare they really were.
They say the prestigious Harton S. Semple Trophy weighs about 10 pounds. When it isn't filled to its gleaming brim with beer, that is. The trophy that is toted by a white-gloved custodian before being handed over to the winner of the U.S. Women's Open found another use Sunday night.
The most compelling commercial -- in any language -- of this World Cup belongs to the Bank of Chile. It is less an advertisement than an emotional exhortation for La Roja, Chile's team, to accomplish the remarkable.
Sure, March is when madness overtakes the NCAA and January is when football crowns its champion, but history tells us that June is when the foundation of college athletics tends to undergo seismic shifts.
It started innocently enough in 1984 when Mark Stewart went to sign up a 6-year-old son for soccer in Kailua. And now, 30 years later, he's left to marvel at how he has ended up with nearly 500,000 kids.
Famous for his front-and-center role in the NFL Draft, where he announces the next team up for a selection, it is Commissioner Roger Goodell's turn to make a decision. And a lot of eyes are on him in the Jim Irsay case.
Ever since Colt Brennan providentially landed in our midst, we've been waiting for the next big passer to drop into the University of Hawaii huddle from the heavens. Or, in the latest installment, from Los Angeles.
The Academic Progress Rate scores for UH, announced Wednesday by the NCAA, suggest a turnover in athletes is the biggest barrier to the athletic department reaching its avowed goal of breaking into the top 50 percent of Division I institutions in the APR.
The University of Hawaii had a pretty good haul at the American Volleyball Coaches Association Sand Volleyball Championships over the weekend, and the Rainbow Wahine's head coach didn't do badly, either.
Their budgets and head-coaching records are almost as far apart as their campuses, but today, Hawaii's Norm Chow and Washington's Chris Petersen have more in common than just their Aug. 30 season opener.
The standard measures of the growing success of the men's tennis team, of course, are the Sea Warriors' 20-0 record, Saturday's second consecutive Pacific West Conference championship and a No. 3 ranking in NCAA Division II.
Watching quarterback Jeremy Higgins flip a pass to receiver Quinton Pedroza as linebacker Jeremy Castro tries to break up the play this spring makes for a revealing snapshot of the changing look of the University of Hawaii football team.
No matter how deep her struggles, how ragged her putting or how many cuts she missed, Michelle Wie always seemed able to talk about closing the gap on winning as if it was right around the corner even, when her body language said otherwise.
Early last fall when a visitor noted the life-sized mannequin in the display window of the campus Duck Store modeling his popular No. 8 jersey, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota lowered his head, humbly.
The picture took some getting used to and it wasn't the quality of the video streamed from Chris Petersen's Seattle press conference. No amount of fiddling could make up for -- get this -- Petersen in a purple sweater.
Last season, debuting University of Hawaii women's basketball coach Laura Beeman probably deserved to be the coach of the year in the Big West Conference. This season she looks to be doing an even better job.
A little more than a month ago, the prospect of another letter from the NCAA regarding the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex would have sent shivers through the University of Hawaii administration from Hawaii Hall to the quarry. Today, UH officials await one, hopefully.
The more you see the University of Hawaii men's basketball team succumb to the top teams in the Big West Conference, the more you have to wonder if the Rainbow Warriors are being betrayed by their choice of nonconference schedule.
You need only look at the University of Hawaii's future nonconference schedules to see where the Rainbow Warriors line up in college football's hottest debate of the moment -- the proposed defensive substitution rule.
Every day of quarterback Max Wittek’s high school football career at Mater Dei brought him face to face with Colt Brennan. Never mind that they played at the Santa Ana, Calif., football powerhouse billed as “Quarterback High” nine years apart, the reminders were frequent and hard to miss.
On the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 2012, three Miami Dolphins offensive linemen "jokingly threatened to harm" an assistant trainer of Japanese ancestry "in retaliation for Pearl Harbor."
The visitor's roster featured first baseman Mark McGwire, who would lead college baseball in home runs, and imposing 6-foot, 10-inch pitcher Randy Johnson, who led the nation in making batters nervous.
At the NFL Draft combine this month, teams will time Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam in the 40-yard dash, measure his vertical leap, assess his agility and check his blood pressure. But make no mistake, it will be the NFL that will really be tested.
Beating the University of Hawaii has apparently been a whole lot easier for Joe Callero than explaining his growing mastery of the Rainbow Warriors. Callero is the head basketball coach at Cal Poly and he has had UH’s number, which, right now, is a head-shaking 5-0.
Like a kindergarten teacher, athletic director Ben Jay will sit down and essentially write report cards for each of the 14 University of Hawaii head coaches whose contracts he is recommending for extensions.
Decades ago, prescient NCAA leader Walter Byers foresaw that college athletes might not be content with just tuition, books, room and board in exchange for their labors and would come looking for — shudder — compensation or a voice in association affairs.
Quarterback Philip Rivers said his fifth Pro Bowl Sunday "felt a lot different" from the first four.
"This is the first time I got touched," Rivers admitted, smiling.
Not only touched, but really pressured and, get this, even sacked.
When Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy was selected to the Pro Bowl, he offered a prayer. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles thanked the fans. But when teammate Evan Mathis got his invitation to Sunday's Pro Bowl, he ... called off Tonya Harding?
Invariably before the morning sun could peek into Manoa or teammates and coaches trudged up the hill, a solitary figure could be seen on the dew-dampened University of Hawaii football practice field painstakingly catching passes from an automatic machine.
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