Back to UH for Timmy Chang

May 30th, 2009

Jason Kaneshiro and I ran into Timmy Chang today at the PIAA Combine at Saint Louis.

The NCAA record-setting quarterback says he has retired from pro football (he played for Winnipeg of the CFL last year), and will return to UH this fall to complete work on his bachelor’s degree.

“I’m hangin ‘em up,” Chang said.

Chang will also work as a student assistant in the athletic department’s compliance office.

–By Dave Reardon

38 Responses to “Back to UH for Timmy Chang”

  1. ckn:

    I’m curious, Dave, didn’t Timmy spend FIVE years at UH (2000-2004)??? Five years and no Bachelor’s degree? What was he doing for all of those years at UH? On scholarship, I presume. Five years and no bachelor’s degree – unreal.

  2. dreardon:

    There are plenty of people — and not just athletes — who go to college and do not get a degree in five years, and for all kinds of reasons. At least he’s back in school to finish it up. Not all of us do that.

  3. Ron:

    Timmy is still young and going back to school to get his degree shows maturity. Anybody who questions why it takes so long to get a degree never was involved in collage athletics. Timmy, you continue to make us proud!

  4. bungahead:

    . . . Who’s Timmy Chang???

  5. kulafan:

    “Eight years of college down the drain!” (John Beluchi – Animal House)

  6. kent:

    my friends dad saw T.C. working at the subway in downtown honolulu before he left to play pro.

    good luck to timmy and finishing his bachelors. hopefully UH hasn’t changed degree requirements for him to graduate.

  7. OMG PLS!!!!:

    Timmy Chang was one of UH’s best quarterbacks ever! He tried the pro thing, didn’t work out like how he wanted it to, and now is returning to UH to finish school. You gotta respect that. I did the military thing, returned home, and graduated from UH with a Bachelor degree ELEVEN YEARS after graduating from high school! Life doesn’t always go as planned, so you gotta roll with it. Timmy is doing just that. I’ve seen him around Mililani; he’s in good health and starting a life here at home instead of the NFL/CFL. He’s had more life experiences in the past 10 years than most people have in a lifetime…Good luck Tim…

  8. AKAMAI:

    Another of June Jones follies. I feel sorry for Timmy but playing small schools and running up big numbers does not cut it in the real world. Colt will be next to fold.

  9. Warrior Dave:

    Good for Timmy to go back and get his degree. After he graduates, UH should retire his jersey number for being the NCAA passing leader. Probably a record that will never be broken.

    Good luck Timmy!

  10. kev-1:

    How does Ilaoa get a student coaching job and Timmy gets stuck in the compliance office? Is there no room for the both of them? I think Timmy would have a lot to offer the OB’s as some sort of assistant to Rolo.

  11. lori:

    I believe CFN was referring to specific reasons, not “all kinds of reasons”.
    Im sure if u asked either timmy or nasty they would both say they played around, they are big enuff to man up and dont need somone making excuses….but, I do agree the main thing is they come back and finish what they started. Early riser or late bloomer, who cares?…. as long as they make their life a success and contribute back…best wishes and aloha to them both!

  12. mpadello:

    good 4 Timmy Chang…never to late 2 work toward a degree…many have done it b4,,,and others will continue 2 do so…….he is young and has much 2 offer……he has a huge life ahead……….yes, it is time 2 move on to the business of “LIFE”………

    Hang in there Timmy …u will do fine!!!

  13. ckn:


    I know there are a lot of people who play around in college and who don’t graduate in a reasonable amount of time. In fact, I’m one of them. I took 6 years to get my bachelor’s degree, and I flunked several classes and got many D’s. However, I was doing it all on MY dime, so the only time and money I was wasting was my own. However, when one is on scholarship, and he is getting his entire education paid for, that is a different story. That ain’t your money, and I feel you have a very strong obligation to do your part by remembering the word “student” in the term “Student-Athlete”. I’m curious, what’s the current graduation rate for incoming freshman football players?

  14. dreardon:

    ckn, congratulations on completely paying your own way through school. That is a rarity. Most people have some kind of financial aid, either from the government, the school, relatives or some other source. I had aid from several entities and used to feel bad about underachieving because of that. But as I look back on it, I still managed to get a pretty decent education despite working two or three jobs while trying to take classes.

    Many athletes should do better considering all the resources they have at their disposal. Also, though, they have more demands on their time than typical students.

    I don’t know the UH football graduation rate off the top of my head, but I do know they’ve improved in recent years. But in reality, if you expect all your scholarship football players to graduate, you’re better off cheering for Northwestern, Notre Dame or the service academies.

    Educational opportunities are often wasted on young people because they lack discipline or motivation — and this goes beyond athletes, that’s the point I was making.

  15. Denise:

    ckn: In Hawaii it’s too easy to not be able to graduate in a timely manner. After attending for several years myself I still wasn’t able to earn a degree. Because I was supporting myself and with Hawaii’s cost of living while trying to keep a roof over my head while in school full time, I had to “drop out” several times in-between years so that I could work as much as I could. Even though I was working full time while in school I’d still always end up being behind in bills and rent during the years when I was in school trying to earn a degree for a better paying job. So every couple of years I’d have to take yet another break to concentrate on trying to catch up. After going back and forth like that for God knows how many years, I raised my white flag and gave up. I give Tim a great big, “Congratulations!” for an excellent and wise decision because his future will only be better because of it. Otherwise he could end up being in the same boat that I’m in at my age.

  16. Wes:

    The LEAST any school can give a student-athlete whose athletic skills bring in the level of revenue to an athletic program as much as Tim Chang did IS A SCHOLARSHIP! A 5-yr resident scholarship cost approx $30K-$40K. Although it can’t be verified, I think the money that the UH football program earned which can be attributed to Tim playing quarterback was in the $millions$.

  17. longrice:

    AKAMAI said: “Another of June Jones follies. I feel sorry for Timmy but playing small schools and running up big numbers does not cut it in the real world. Colt will be next to fold.”

    Reaaaaaaaaally!!! One question for you….did TC earn a WAC Champ trophy? Did TC go to the Sugar Bowl? Nooooooooooo!!! Your analytic mind is dysfunctional….

  18. lori:

    DR, most preseason polls have selected our warrior team to finish 5th or 6th in the WAC.
    I take that as a barometer of quick-glance perception not gospel, but I do wonder about our off season preparedness heading into AUG camp.
    Do u plan on covering the summer training program by the UH football team?

  19. lori:

    CKN, i second the conkrads 2 u also. lol. Sometimes “second chance” types are the ones who excell the most….once the alarm clock goes off. lol. History is full of their example and great leadership. Adm Nimitz is an example by his own admission, Sen John McCain….the list goes on….

  20. hoppy:

    CKN, first of all, why all the personal negativity? What, did TC steal your girlfriend? You sound like a disgruntled wannabe athlete who would have gladly worn a UH jersey if they just would have wanted you. Second of all, deal with reality, whats the problem with UH paying for TC’s education? He made them a lot more money than it cost to give him a scholarship. Then there’s the intangibles: local boy makes good, breaks national records, and brings UH national attention.

  21. bumbachaMusubi:

    Mr. Timmy Chang…I truly hope you stay in athletics and become a Coach. There’s no question in my mind that you’ll continue to be a terrific role model and now destined to be a great Coach. Hawaii thanks you very much for returning to our very special Islands. AlohandOoutttt….

  22. joe:


  23. Darryl:

    Its not easy to make it in the NFL. Just ask Vince Young, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinhart. Throw in there Jermarcus Russell. Each of them have been in the league a few years and do not nearly have the career like Big Ben. BTW, didnt Big Ben attend a small school? Something like Miami University of Ohio? Whoever said going to a big name college to play football guarantees success in the NFL must have Mel Kiper as a role model.

    Glad to see TC back in the islands with his family, is in good health and has the warmth of the people of the islands to welcome him home.

  24. BigIslandKurt:

    Right on Timmy. Keep your head high bradduh! You will always be a winner in my book. Whether you playing football or working Subway. Keep your head high always be proud of who you are. You will always be one of Hawaii’s greatest QB’s.


  25. Bosco Bear:

    Great for Timmy Chang, I understand Tes Witlock (sorry if spelled wrong) walked in May and got his degree. This is something which people will know of him for years to come. Tim Chang former UH player and Graduate.

  26. Mach5Motorsport:

    Odd to learn that TC never cared about completing his BA degree during the NUMEROUS off-seasons of pro ball he had at his disposal.

    And yeah, being on scholarship all those years while at UH really is disappointing, but confirms how most D1A programs operate. Spare us the excuse how going to school in Hawaii is a distraction….that is a major cop-out. All the locals will tell you that. A lack of accountablity by UH itself and the players themselves are to blame for the low grad rates.

  27. Mayor Wright Intel:

    Reality is getting your degree thru perseverance. Time is not of the essence, learning is. Everyone will have this moment where the decision you make will affect your entire life. This young man’s fork in the road is unfortunately public information and open to much scrutiny, it’s unbelievable, but he gets it! Most people will never get it until it’s too late. He obviously feels that he can still be competitive off the field and by getting a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree; I would certainly have to agree.

    Let’s see, 20 yrs from now as a doctor or lawyer, looking back, playing golf with your buddies, laughing about it and joking around, living in the Kahala hills, happily married with great kids, etc, just enjoying life because you know inside you’ve worked hard to be where you are!!!!! but wait, there are still people talking about how long it took me to graduate 20 yrs ago….that my friend is reality….GO TC, be all you can be………..

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