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.
Officially, it is known as Bachman Hall, the administrative headquarters of the University of Hawaii system. Unofficially, it has a reputation as a black hole, the labyrinthine ivory tower at University Avenue and Dole Street where contracts have been known to disappear for months, if not die slow deaths altogether.
It was altogether fitting that when University of Nebraska-Omaha guard CJ Carter's last-gasp shot missed the basket, it was Isaac Fotu who hauled in the rebound and gave the ball a high, jubilant toss at the final buzzer.
This is where it finally starts to get interesting for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team. After whipping up on the folks from the Big Sky, Pac-West, Southland and Ohio Valley conferences (average margin of victory 24.2 points), the Rainbow Warriors (7-2) wade into the promise of some stiffer competition in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
Job One in the University of Hawaii athletic department right now, athletic director Ben Jay pledged to a Board of Regents committee Wednesday, is meeting fiscal guidelines imposed by the Manoa Chancellor's office.
Devon Kell walked on at Oregon State, but the Beavers are giving him a memorable ride home today. Five years and 51 pounds after he set out from Hilo devoid of any major college football scholarship offers, Kell returns today a compensated mainstay of the defensive line and poster player for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl-bound Beavers.
When University of Hawaii volleyball coach Dave Shoji says he appreciates the animated students who show up at Rainbow Wahine matches, he isn’t just mouthing empty platitudes from the coaches’ handbook.
With 15 minutes left in the game Friday night University of Hawaii guard Brandon Spearman crouched down near midcourt, looked his adversary in the eyes and slapped the Stan Sheriff Center floor resoundingly.
From an office that overlooks West Point's 89-year-old Michie Stadium, head football coach Rich Ellerson sits amid reminders of Army's rich history.
But tucked in among the memorabilia, he will tell you proudly, is a game ball close to his heart that speaks to his past.
LARAMIE, Wyo. » That the University of Hawaii had running back Joey Iosefa pounding away on fourth-and-1 from the 4-yard line in overtime Saturday told you a lot about why the Rainbow Warriors are 0-11.
Things have been tough for a University of Wyoming football team of late, and the sign above the First Interstate Bank building in downtown Laramie, Wyo., this week isn't inspiring any cheer, either. That's where the temperatures are posted in neon numerals.
After what could be their Ohio Valley Conference championship-clinching victory today, the Charleston, Ill., chapter of the University of Hawaii football alumni association, better known as members of the Eastern Illinois University coaching staff, will gather around the TV tonight.
It took guard Garrett Nevels all of 1 minute and 23 seconds to introduce himself at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday night. About as fast as you could say Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic, Nevels propelled the University of Hawaii to a 5-0 lead en route to an eventual 85-55 thumping of Tennessee State in the season opener.
For several weeks Mariota has been the betting favorite, but as Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel showed last year and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III illustrated the year before, November is where the most prestigious award in college athletics is secured.
University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow, hands pressed on his hips, looked up at the numbers illuminated on the Sam Boyd Stadium scoreboard — Nevada-Las Vegas 39, Hawaii 37 — and stared as though if he glared at them long enough and hard enough they might change.
Well, this time the University of Hawaii fans -- what there were of them, anyway -- did stick around at Aloha Stadium.
But the football team was another matter.
A matter of growing concern, as it turned out.
Welcome to the 2013 Rainbow Warriors football season, where you never know, from one game to the next, whether you’ll be flirting with a record pace for fame or keeping pace with a standard for futility.
Newly expanded to 12 teams, this is the biggest alignment the Mountain West Conference has ever had for football.
But bigger sure hasn’t meant better, so far, for a conference that is taking its nonconference lumps regularly in 2013.
Don Robbs is 76 years old, yet these days find him driven to get in shape for a University of Hawaii baseball season opener five months hence. In this task he is as determined as any walk-on candidate for a UH roster spot a quarter of his age.
SAN DIEGO » Manti Te'o's features grew taut as he pounded his meaty fists and pawed at the artificial turf, something he'd done hundreds
of times before in preparation for a crucial fourth-down defensive stand.
EUGENE Ore. >> The gleaming, new $68 million Hatfield-Dowling Complex for football at the University of Oregon, replete with Brazilian hardwood floors, Ferrari leather chairs and European urinals, speaks to opulent entitlement.
Everybody knows University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine coach Dave Shoji sits at 1,105 victories and needs just two more to surpass an old friend, ex-UCLA coach Andy Banachowski, and become the career victory leader in women’s volleyball.
Leading up to Thursday's game, USC football coach Lane Kiffin recalled how, at one point, he and Hawaii's Norm Chow used to ride to work together from Manhattan Beach to Heritage Hall when they were on the Trojans' coaching staff.
Over dinner at Wo Fat's restaurant in Chinatown in 1978, USC football coach John Robinson declared, "we're here to have a good time," and pledged to spread the fun among most of the 96 players the Trojans had brought for the next day's game against Hawaii.
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