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Boston’s ‘new’ Victorino has some big shoes to fill

By Ferd Lewis
The Boston Red Sox liked what Shane Victorino brought to Fenway Park so much they went looking for version 2.0. In one of those curious circuitous compliments in the bottom line business of baseball, that meant making way for the imagined new one Monday by trading the celebrated, prime-time-proven original.

Mariota already on his way to being Hawaii’s money man

By Ferd Lewis
With a few strokes of a ceremonial pen last week in Nashville, Marcus Mariota became not only an official Tennessee Titan but one of Hawaii’s highest-salaried athletes.

NFL officials leave town hoping for Pro Bowl sellout

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2015
If this is to be the last Pro Bowl in Aloha Stadium, the NFL apparently wants it to go out with a loud, full house. Two elements the game has struggled to maintain here lately.

Molokai High School to be honored with Golden Footballs

By Ferd Lewis
To help celebrate its golden anniversary 50th Super Bowl and the players who have made the event what it has become, the NFL will pay homage to…Molokai High School?

UH, Under Armour deal may prove lucrative

By Ferd Lewis
What is good enough for Jordan Spieth, Stephen Curry, Bryce Harper, Tom Brady, Andy Murray and, yes, Paul Dunne, apparently rates a second go-around for the University of Hawaii.

UH coaching contracts cause more than head scratching

By Ferd Lewis
As the Board of Regents prepares for an extensive review of the University of Hawaii athletic program, Regent Simeon Acoba Jr. would like some light shined into one of its most curious corners: coaching contracts.

Boogie board beach days no longer in Mariota script

By Ferd Lewis
As the sunrise began illuminating the sky behind him and the waves lapped at his feet, Marcus Mariota jogged along Oahu’s south shore Thursday, something he’d done hundreds of times previously.

Athletic committee may be 'downgraded' in restructure

By Ferd Lewis
Two years ago the University of Hawaii Board of Regents came up with what was generally acknowledged as a beneficial, long-overdue idea: a committee specifically to oversee its athletics.

Time has not eased Taylor’s disappointment over UH

By Ferd Lewis
In interviews over the past month, former interim University of Hawaii men’s basketball coach Benjy Taylor has continued to bemoan the school’s April decision not to hire him.

Chow near top of MWC coach seniority list

By Ferd Lewis
Mountain West Conference football teams did pretty well limiting turnovers on the field in 2014, but as a new season approaches, we are reminded that the coaching box remains another story. The conference is rated one of the most transient in all of major college football.

Coach Ganot primed to raise bar for UH hoops schedule

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2015
Faster than you can Google “the University of Tennessee-Martin” — yes, those Skyhawks — Hawaii has just filled the last puka of its 2016 football nonconference schedule.

At ‘Iolani, this ‘Snake’ was a charismatic, gentle giant

Posted 1:52 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2015
At 6 feet, 6 inches, Jerry Lafaele Scanlan towered above classmates at ‘Iolani School in the 1970s but the esteem in which he was held rose even higher.

UH faces challenge in filling 2016 football schedule puka

By Ferd Lewis
You are the University of Hawaii and your football team will be between a rock and a hard place early in 2016, metaphorically speaking.

Bochy botches All-Star pick by passing on Cards’ Wong

By Ferd Lewis
You can blame San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy for the omission of Kolten Wong from the National League All-Star team, but bigger culprits are Wong’s peers, the players and the whole convoluted process.

Titans hardball negotiating could offset Mariota’s talent

By Ferd Lewis
When notoriously tight-fisted Tennessee retained the No. 2 pick of the NFL Draft and selected Marcus Mariota, it made for an eye-opening statement by the downtrodden Titans.

Matlin tasked with making exemption relevant again

By Ferd Lewis
Perhaps the closest thing the University of Hawaii athletic department has to an heirloom is a cobweb-covered, soon-to-be 60-year-old NCAA bylaw.

Mink, Title IX kick-started U.S. soccer prowess

By Ferd Lewis
Of all the bills enacted in a legislative career spanning parts of five decades, the late Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink liked to speak of one especially close to her heart.

Fiscal year lightens financial load at UH athletic department

By Ferd Lewis
Beginning Wednesday the University of Hawaii athletic department turns a pricey page on its financial ledger. In short order no longer will it be simultaneously paying two athletic directors, carrying the fiscal burden of three men’s basketball head coaches and four assistants.

Kuhaulua enjoys the fruit of a lifetime given to sumo

By Ferd Lewis
The waiter bows reverently to his famous guest and then pulls out a notepad to jot down the lunch order. But after the guest orders a small bowl of vegetables and chicken the waiter remains poised for more.

UH’s football competitors millions ahead in revenue

By Ferd Lewis
We’re at that point on the calendar when major college athletic programs eagerly await cashing their biggest checks of the year.

Electronic voting helping Royals fans stuff MLB votes

By Ferd Lewis
A lot of people are quick to rip Kansas City fans for the preponderance of Royals (seven) currently leading in the balloting for the American League All-Star team.

UH should make it habit of getting Maui-bound teams

By Ferd Lewis
Early in the 31-year existence of the Maui Invitational, the University of Hawaii tended to look upon the event more as a clump of crabgrass in its backyard than as an opportunity.

Mariota ready for some time at Sandy's

By Ferd Lewis
It was a sticky 93 degrees in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday and if Marcus Mariota couldn't exactly see Sandy Beach from Saint Thomas Sports Park, you got the feeling that its waves were beckoning him.

UH athletic director Matlin proving he’s more than talk

By Ferd Lewis
Athletic director David Matlin talked a good game about academics in April when he was introduced at a University of Hawaii press conference. But, then, don’t most ADs, especially when the chancellor, who did the hiring, is standing next to them at the press conference podium?

Still no ‘fully executed’ deal with Ganot

By Ferd Lewis
After two months on the job, we’re told men’s basketball coach Eran Ganot still does not have what the University of Hawaii calls a “fully executed contract.”

Rainbow baseball crowds, at least, are highly ranked

By Ferd Lewis
Maybe, before they introduce the University of Hawaii baseball team at next season’s opener, the fans ought to stand up and clap for themselves.

Arnold's reply to NCAA notice may raise more issues at UH

By Ferd Lewis
Does the University of Hawaii athletic department have more to fear from the NCAA than just the pending judgment against the men's basketball program?

Wong is second in All-Star voting, and charging hard

By Ferd Lewis
If this were an election for political office, instead of for National League’s starting second baseman in the MLB All-Star Game, the networks might soon be preparing to call it for Kolten Wong.

Magazines see QB Wittek and not much else for UH

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 4, 2015
How do you measure hope for the University of Hawaii football team this season? The preseason college football magazines tell us it weighs in at 6-feet, 4 inches and 240 pounds in the form of the much-anticipated quarterback Max Wittek.

Ganot tasked to fill Bows' 2015-16 schedule holes

By Ferd Lewis
When Riley Wallace thought he had a good men’s basketball team coming back at the University of Hawaii you’d often see it reflected in the schedule. Which was how Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina, among others, found their way onto the floor at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The business of sumo

By Ferd Lewis
An attendant helps him put on his coat and another deferentially holds open the door of a waiting van while the driver bows.

Byers built the NCAA on a few well-chosen words

By Ferd Lewis
Had Walter Byers received a nickel in royalties every time the term "student-athlete" was used, he might have been worth as much as the NCAA, which he put on the path to becoming a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

No matter where he goes, Atisanoe cuts a wide swath

By Ferd Lewis
One by one the camera phones come out to snap pictures as Salevaa Atisanoe, deep in conversation, sits in the expansive lobby of a luxury apartment building in Roppongi.

Warriors football schedule a tad too tough, new AD says

By Ferd Lewis
It is too late for football coach Norm Chow, of course, but his new boss, athletic director David Matlin, is decidedly against schedules like the one the University of Hawaii will undertake in 100 days.

Matlin knows fundraising is key to athlete stipends

By Ferd Lewis
In his first appearance before the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, athletic director David Matlin proudly told the panel this week that he had been on the job exactly "18 days and six hours."

Mariota’s likeability getting endorsement deals lined up

By Ferd Lewis
Quarterback Marcus Mariota is an NFL rookie but his growing portfolio of endorsements is hardly beginner’s luck.

Committee on Infractions hearing has courtroom feel

By Ferd Lewis
More than likely they will gather in a well-appointed, high-end hotel, but there will be no mistaking where the University of Hawaii is when it goes before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on July 16-17.

Mariota welcomes extreme challenge by Mettenberger

By Ferd Lewis
It was only Marcus Mariota's first on-the-field day of rookie minicamp in Tennessee Friday and already the battle for the Titans' starting quarterback job is officially on.

Suit against UH kick-started Smith’s future career in law

By Ferd Lewis
Eight years ago Daniel Smith dreamed of playing in the NFL and saw the University of Hawaii taking him there. These days he marvels at how UH instead started him on the path to an unimagined career in law.

Goodell walks the hard line with Pats, Brady punishment

By Ferd Lewis
The embattled commissioner turned a deaf ear to the caterwauling of the Patriots' billionaire owner and league powerbroker, Robert Kraft, while staying remarkably resolute on what he likes to term the "integrity of the game."

For ‘Mamu’ Penitani, sumo has been the right choice

By Ferd Lewis
Nearly three years later, Fiamalu "Mamu" Penitani still vividly recalls the disbelief in the college recruiter's voice. "When I told him I was going to Japan for sumo instead of the mainland to play football," he didn't believe me, Mamo said. "He said, 'Are you sure you're not just chickening out?'"

Cost-of-attendance funding will challenge Matlin

By Ferd Lewis
One of the biggest decisions David Matlin will have to make in his first year as University of Hawaii athletic director is rapidly bearing down on him.

Iosefa looks for spot in NFL as fullback -- 'a dying breed'

By Ferd Lewis
A hearty round of applause, please, for former University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa, who has the opportunity to join a select fraternity in the NFL. And not just because, by virtue of being a seventh-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was the first Rainbow Warrior drafted since 2012.

Fans in Nashville haven’t been this happy in years

By Ferd Lewis
He is the franchise's highest NFL Draft pick in 31 years, the bright new face of the downtrodden Tennessee Titans, and all that anyone expects of him is to start the first game and eventually "win some Super Bowls.

Mariota: It is all still surreal. Each and every day that I wake up, I am grateful.

By Ferd Lewis
You are 21 years old and about to get your first real job -- full- or part-time -- Thursday. Only this won't be at the neighborhood mall. You have interviewed with six widely known national brands who are not only eager to hire you but also to make you the youthful face of the company.

Embracing the UH challenge

By Ferd Lewis
Your first suggestion that David Matlin has an inkling of the challenges he is undertaking as the University of Hawaii's new athletic director is in how he prepared for his first day on the job Monday.

ESPN’s Smith picks up right where she left off

By Ferd Lewis
The opportunity to come to Honolulu and report Marcus Mariota's NFL Draft saga is, as might be imagined, a much-coveted assignment around ESPN.

Mariota is a natural pitch man

By Ferd Lewis
Forget what the ESPN analysts say about Marcus Mariota's inexperience taking the snap from center, on this day it was the Swiss cheese that was baffling.

Speculation gains traction for Chargers' Mariota grab

By Ferd Lewis
It is the rumor that won't die, the speculation that continues to soar: Marcus Mariota for Philip Rivers. Quarterback of the future for one of the present.

Sei Young Kim out to prove something to herself

By Ferd Lewis
You could say the rest of the Lotte Championship field has Sei Young Kim right where they want her. In the tournament lead.

Hawaii loses out in MLB broadcast decision

By Ferd Lewis
A new baseball season, a new commissioner ... and the same-old hustle being perpetrated upon baseball fans in Hawaii. Bud Selig is gone, but one of the more lamentable legacies of his tenure, the infernal TV blackout of some West Coast teams, endures here.

Matlin just fine spending some time on the bench

By Ferd Lewis
At his introductory press conference two weeks ago, incoming athletic director David Matlin promised his office door would always be open to athletes at the University of Hawaii.

Where many see difficulty, Ganot heeds his calling

By Ferd Lewis
The day after Eran Ganot first arrived here in 2006, University of Hawaii basketball coach Riley Wallace assigned him to help out at the team's golf fundraiser. "I got (sun) burned," Ganot recalled.

Mariota's highlights, humor part of 'Gruden's QB Camp'

By Ferd Lewis
Like a skilled interrogator baiting a witness, Jon Gruden asks Marcus Mariota to diagram, step by step, the quarterback's progressions on one of the University of Oregon's trademark pass plays, "Bubble Y Over."

‘Bounty’ games might be a fixture in UH’s future

By Ferd Lewis
When the University of Hawaii football team travels to Ohio State and Wisconsin in September, it might be a preview of things to come for men's basketball.

Despite 3-year deal, Shoji not sure he’ll stay to the end

By Ferd Lewis
Penn State’s Russ Rose is the all-time winningest major college coach in women’s volleyball, having supplanted Dave Shoji for the distinction in 2014.

Welcome to Bizarro World ... wait, it's just April Fools' Day

By Ferd Lewis

You should probably suspect an April Fools' Day setup today, if .

Matlin can set tone early in his tenure as Hawaii AD

By Ferd Lewis
Herman Frazier waited nearly five years before getting to make his first — and only — major hire as University of Hawaii athletic director, basketball coach Bob Nash.

UH compliance chief gains the chancellor’s trust

By Ferd Lewis
In a 1996 soccer match against nationally ranked Brigham Young, Amanda Paterson fielded 36 shots on goal, a figure that still stands as a record siege for University of Hawaii goalkeepers.

Voice from the past will call Rainbow baseball on radio

By Ferd Lewis
The snow was deep and the lock was frozen on the car door a November 1978 morning when sportscaster Mel Proctor was preparing to go to work at Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP.

MWC TV deal more burden than blessing for Warriors

By Ferd Lewis
On one hand UH is being told it may be forced to move its most lucrative Mountain West Conference football home game this season, an Oct. 31 meeting with the Air Force Academy, from Saturday night to a Thursday or Friday night to accommodate television.

'Bows' miserable schedule should be AD's top priority

By Ferd Lewis
One of the first things the new University of Hawaii athletic director, whoever it might be, needs to do is take charge of the men's basketball schedule. With both hands. Because the schedule is failing the Rainbow Warriors. Miserably.

Bley-Vroman can take AD panel’s advice — or leave it

By Ferd Lewis
In 2002, take-it-to-the-bank word around town was that the University of Hawaii athletic director’s job was Dick Tomey’s. Right up until the time that UH President Evan Dobelle saw Herman Frazier’s Olympic medalist resume, that is.

Your guess is good as most on next UH athletic director

By Ferd Lewis
Can we please have a show of hands from all the folks confident in the University of Hawaii’s ability to wisely select the next athletic director? That’s what we thought.

Standout Kuehu shunned as Big West player of the year

By Ferd Lewis
Big West Conference women's basketball coaches hardly knew what to do with the versatile Shawna-Lei Kuehu coming off the University of Hawaii bench during the regular season.

Goo and Cockett relishing Wahine hoops revival

By Ferd Lewis
Sometimes, when the Rainbow Wahine basketball team is on a roll, the band plays and the crowd is wound up, Vince Goo and Nani Cockett will trade a look for which no words are necessary.

Rainbows to embark on daunting 2015 schedule

By Ferd Lewis
Not only are the Rainbow Warriors booked to play three teams that finished the 2014 season among the top 16 -- national champion Ohio State, No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 16 Boise State -- they get to play them all on the road.

UH should keep its options open in basketball search

By Ferd Lewis
The University of Hawaii’s plan to begin advertising the head basketball coaching position is some of the best off-the-court news about the program’s future to emerge from Manoa in a while.

'Bounty games' a way of life for UH football these days

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2015
After the University of Hawaii football team had collected the biggest check in its history ($650,000) for a 2008 pummeling at Florida, head coach Greg McMackin expressed relief at the absence of any additional "bounty" games on the schedule.

Larry Little guided Rainbow basketball through chaos with class

By Ferd Lewis
Larry Little first set foot in Hawaii as coach of the Centenary Gentlemen, but not even a subsequent courtside seat to the most turbulent period in University of Hawaii athletics as the Rainbow Warriors’ basketball coach ever changed the gentleman part.

Possibilities limitless for Mariota

By Ferd Lewis
Gentlemen, start your machinations. If Marcus Mariota's breeze through the NFL Combine this past week did anything, it opened up rather than limited the possibilities of where the former Oregon quarterback could land when the NFL Draft runs its course.

‘Quiet guy' Al Espinda knew how get his point across

By Dave Reardon
For Hawaii sports fans around my age, the name Al "Eki" Espinda is mostly associated with Farrington football. But with Espinda's death last week at age 78, his classmate Paul Wysgard reminds us that Espinda was also an outstanding all-around athlete.

Mariota is well prepared for the NFL job market

By Ferd Lewis
Job interviews can be torturous events even at entry-level positions. Now, imagine auditioning for one when the stakes are a $12 million to $20 million contract, which is, in essence, what Marcus Mariota is doing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis

Beeman able to share her bonuses with other coaches

By Ferd Lewis
As a point guard at Cal State San Bernardino in the early 1990s Laura Beeman set several school season and career records for assists.

Wahine hoopsters poised for NCAA tournament play

By Ferd Lewis
When the University of Hawaii women's basketball team chose to open its season with a Colorado road swing in November, the schedule was viewed as challenging. And when the Rainbow Wahine followed it up with games against three nationally ranked teams, it looked ambitious.

Hawaii goes from Fab Five to Super Six at the end

By Dave Reardon
Superman and Captain America were upstaged by four members of the Fabulous Five on Superhero Night at the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday — and then by the current Rainbow Warriors, who were nearly down to just five players themselves.

Cut the talk about cutting sports unless it’s time to cut

By Ferd Lewis
The Board of Regents Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics quickly agreed Thursday it wasn't interested in eliminating any University of Hawaii athletic teams, at this time.

Hawaii fans loved to loathe Tark like no other coach

By Ferd Lewis
After a particularly gnawing loss at the Stan Sheriff Center one night, Fresno State basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian rolled his big hound-dog eyes and sighed, "this league would be a lot more fun if I didn't have to come over here every year."

Smith shared his stars and his aloha while on islands

By Ferd Lewis
Reporters wanted to talk about his No. 1-ranked North Carolina basketball team, but coach Dean Smith was still going on about the night's exuberant crowd. He was asked about UNC's Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace and the 88-76 victory over Hawaii.

UH football caught between a rock and the Jayhawks

By Ferd Lewis
If the University of Hawaii's attorneys have any spare time these days, the athletic department could soon be asking for it. Beyond dealing with NCAA allegations and looking for loopholes in Gib Arnold's contract, there is the potential matter of the University of Kansas.

UH barely holds its own against Mountain West

By Ferd Lewis
One by one the cream of the crop of Hawaii high school football players signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning to attend their choice of colleges.

UH athletics needs leaders, not another committee

By Ferd Lewis
The quick and easy conclusion as the University of Hawaii athletic department has seemingly wandered from one crisis to another is that Manoa is in need of more helping hands at the top.

Why does UH have a policy against retiring numbers?

By Ferd Lewis
Saturday the University of Hawaii athletic department will pay tribute to the late Judy Mosley-McAfee, the most dominating basketball player in the school's history.

Kikaha tries to find his niche

By Ferd Lewis
NFL teams now face a version of the question that confronted University of Washington opponents this year: What to do with Hau‘oli Kikaha? The Kahuku High graduate plays in Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (11 a.m. NFL Network), and how — and where — he performs will likely go a long way toward helping determine where he is taken in April's NFL Draft.

Nagel helped UH believe it could play in the big time

By Ferd Lewis
The University of Hawaii football team went 3-8 and lost its spring game to an alumni team, whereupon the coaches quit and 33 players threatened to leave.

Only fools rush in, and UH shouldn’t in hiring practice

By Ferd Lewis
If there is one thing the University of Hawaii has a curious propensity to do above all else, it is negotiate against itself.

Others could only observe as Walker was star of show

By Ferd Lewis
In astrophotographer/PGA Tour pro Jimmy Walker's diverse world there is wonder in using his $30,000 telescope to gaze upon Orion's Sword, the Andromeda Galaxy, Iris Nebula and Antares in the darkened skies. Sunday in broad daylight there was another remarkable sighting.

Ohio State will have QB options when UH comes to town

By Ferd Lewis
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says quarterback Cardale Jones could play in the NFL. Unfortunately for the University of Hawaii, Jones said he has no plans to try anytime soon.

Mariota, Ducks gave all they had up to the very end

By Ferd Lewis
As the waning seconds on the clock high above the end zone at AT&T Stadium ticked down on the foregone conclusion of a 42-20 loss to Ohio State, quarterback Marcus Mariota looked at his University of Oregon linemen, and they looked back at their leader's eyes.

For both teams, 16 seconds could decide a play, a title

By Ferd Lewis
Sixteen seconds. The time it takes to send a text. To pour a beer. Or, maybe, decide a national championship today. It is also the time in which quarterback Marcus Mariota and the University of Oregon football team can line up and get an offensive play off.

Jones’ maturation key to Buckeyes’ success

By Ferd Lewis
Ohio State's Cardale Jones gingerly folded his 6-foot, 5-inch, 250-pound frame into a telephone-booth-sized interview stand Saturday at the College Football Playoff National Championship media day and somebody marveled at how quarterbacks have grown.

Mariota’s decision to come back paid off

By Ferd Lewis
Not that there was much likelihood of Marcus Mariota's head getting too big for one of the custom, Nike-designed helmets, but he underlined where his focus is this week.

It’s a matter of time before college playoffs expand

By Ferd Lewis
As Oregon and Ohio State arrive in North Texas Friday night for Monday's inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game there will be no pause to lament the passing of its predecessors, the late Bowl Championship Series, Bowl Alliance and Bowl Coalition.

Precocious Ohio State surprised even its coach

By Ferd Lewis
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, it turns out, did not have this football season figured out. He thought, in his heart of hearts, it would be next season's team that really went places such as, well, Arlington, Texas, the site of Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Chow’s 2015 resolutions: Be less grumpy, win more

By Ferd Lewis
Imagine the old coach stirring from his slumber Thursday morning, awakened by the rays of 2015's first sunlight reaching into his Manhattan Beach, Calif., home instead of the pre-dawn din of an alarm clock for once.

Rice exposes weaknesses of Fresno State and MWC

By Ferd Lewis
Now that wasn't so difficult, was it? Watching Rice thoroughly dominate Fresno State 30-6 in the Hawaii Bowl Wednesday night it was hard to imagine how the Bulldogs could have won the West Division of the MWC this year, much less somehow found their way into the postseason.

Hawaii Bowl still a TV draw without UH

By Ferd Lewis
When Norm Chow was announced as the UH football coach in 2012, ESPN Events' Pete Derzis said, "Tell Norm we here in Charlotte (N.C.) will be his biggest fans." Chow has yet to deliver the hoped-for revival. The Fresno State and Rice match will be the fourth in a row without UH.

Santa Claus is coming, but he'll probably skip UH

By Ferd Lewis
Gov. David Ige is scheduled to send his executive budget to the Legislature on Monday and unless the University of Hawaii alum is overflowing with Christmas spirit, it could portend a bleak year for the school's struggling athletic department.

Once nearly extinct, these Owls are thriving

By Ferd Lewis
Their nickname is the "Owls" and the last time the Rice University football team appeared in Aloha Stadium it seemed as much an endangered species as its Texas neighbor, the Mexican spotted owl.

Now is never

By Ferd Lewis
In University of Hawaii basketball terms, the definition of "never" is apparently 32 years. We know this because the last time the Rainbow Warriors played Chaminade in Blaisdell Center UH officials tersely vowed to "never play Chaminade here again."

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