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Ferd Lewis: Marcus Mariota ready to leave painful 2018 behind

To take in Marcus Mariota’s dour press conference Monday was to hear someone for whom the year 2018 couldn’t give way to the New Year fast enough. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Drammeh bursts out of Ganot’s doghouse

One of the more interesting sights in the University of Hawaii basketball team’s victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday night didn’t exactly fit the description of on-court action. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Hawaii’s basketball schedule presents all risk and little reward

Guard Eddie Stansberry’s best night of the season saved the University of Hawaii basketball team from what surely would have been its most ignominious one. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Tua Tagovailoa gets chance to prove voters wrong

Four hours before he was awarded the Heisman Trophy, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray sat in a New York hotel ballroom in close proximity to the iconic bronze statue and the man who was his closest competition for it, Alabama’s TuaTagovailoa. Read More

Ferd Lewis: ‘Late Clock Brock’ earns Hawaii some extra sleep

For four or five hours — he wasn’t sure which — University of Hawaii guard Brocke Stepteau said he tossed and turned Saturday night and on into Sunday morning, reliving the disappointment of his opening-day performance in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Read More
 

Ferd Lewis: No offense, but there wasn’t any offense without Ursua

Tell us, please, that this isn’t what life after slotback John Ursua is going to look like for the University of Hawaii football team. Read More

Hawaii high school girls still fighting for equal treatment

Gov. David Ige’s plan to allocate $38.2 million on locker room facilities for girls in public high schools is a welcome and, in the historical context, long overdue step toward addressing an enduring inequity in athletics. Read More

Ferd Lewis: If not for injury, UCF’s Milton might have been at the Heisman

As is the custom at Heisman Trophy media events, reporters wedge themselves, sometimes three and four deep, arrayed in round table fashion with one finalist at each table in a question-and-answer format. Read More
 

Tua Tagovailoa finishes second with highest runner-up total in Heisman history

When Tua Tagovailoa chose to accept a football scholarship at Alabama, Nani Vegas, his former religion teacher at Saint Louis School and confidant over the years, questioned him about the decision. Read More

Tua Tagovailoa’s childhood dream becomes reality at Heisman festivities

Nothing, not even ankle surgery earlier this week, it seemed, was going to keep Tua Tagovailoa from a round of Friday’s Heisman festivities. Read More

Ferd Lewis: This Heisman race could see one of closest finishes

When a reporter asked Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon the day before the 2014 Heisman Trophy announcement if he had been working on an acceptance speech, he gave the questioner a bemused look. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Saint Louis could stake claim as Heisman high school

They proudly label it as “Heisman Lane,” an area at the Meruelo Athletic Center at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., that pays tribute to the only school to graduate two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Akebono facing battle of his life

His size 3XL T-shirt reads “Akebono,” but in the rehabilitation facility where Chad Rowan resides, he is widely referred to as “Taisho” (boss or chief). Read More

Ferd Lewis: Johnson’s retirement a relief to defenses

They called his spread offense a backwoods gimmick that would never stand up to the test of time or competition at the highest levels of college football. Read More

Ferd Lewis: McKenzie Milton receives outpouring love from Central Florida

Orlando businessman Sanjay “Sam” Srinivasan has never met quarterback McKenzie Milton, but like a lot of people around the University of Central Florida today, he can tell you something about the now-transplanted concept of “ohana” thanks to the Mililani High graduate. Read More
 

Ferd Lewis: Cole McDonald earns redemption with statement performance

It was altogether appropriate that on his last play of Saturday night’s game that quarterback Cole McDonald found himself flat on the turf at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium. Read More

Ferd Lewis: A Hawaii victory in San Diego is long overdue

It has been so long since the University of Hawaii football team has won here at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium that, well, it wasn’t against San Diego State and it wasn’t SDCCU Stadium, either. Read More

Stephanie Gilmore in control heading into Maui Pro

Winning her first surfing world championship was easier for rookie Stephanie Gilmore than finding the words to express it. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Hawaii’s QB controversy a good sign

We pause on this day of reflection to raise aloft a drumstick and give thanks in the local sporting world that the University of Hawaii has two quarterbacks. Read More

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