Archive for February, 2008

Wagner among the interviewees … Tomey declined … All wet … That DeMello fellow

February 27th, 2008

Bob Wagner won’t comment, but we have confirmed that he has interviewed for the AD job.

That makes it a gang of five.

Carl Clapp, Jim Donovan, Rockne Freitas and Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano have also met with the search committee.


According to the San Jose Mercury News, Dick Tomey was asked to apply for the UH AD job, but declined, deciding to stay as San Jose State football coach.


UH offensive lineman Aaron Kia got back to his roots today … in the swimming pool. Before becoming a great football player at Mililani High School, Kia was an outstanding swimmer. He displayed his water skill at today’s Super Games event, water polo.

“You could tell he really knew what he was doing,” UH offensive line coach Brian Smith said. “I think he scored the only goal for his team.”

The Warriors accomplished their main objective today: No one drowned.


Reporter and weekend anchor Rob DeMello just signed a two-year extension with KITV. Rob is one of the most experienced 25-year-olds you’ll ever meet in sports media, and he has a rare combination of smarts and heart.


Tom Sadler is applying for AD … at North Dakota.

This from the North Dakota alumni newsletter, courtesy of former SB sports editor Joe Edwards.

AD search committee meets tonight

February 26th, 2008

The search committee for the new UH athletic director is scheduled to meet for the second time tonight.

The first meeting last week was organizational.

Known applicants include Keith Amemiya, interim AD Carl Clapp, Jim Donovan, Rockne Freitas, Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano and Bob Wagner.

A UH spokesman declined to say how many applications the school had received.

Hawaii at UOP Monday

February 25th, 2008

Pretty even Game 1 again. Hawaii pulled away behind Walker’s serves. It was 20-20. UH went ahead 25-20. Grgas and Walker combined on a block to end it. UH wins 30-25.

Regarding rumors on VT

February 25th, 2008

I’d be interesting in finding out the “sources” for the rumors on VolleyTalk regarding serveral of the Wahine not returning.
Have talked to Stephanie Brandt and she said as far as she knows everyone expected to return will. And that includes Dani Mafu, Tara Hittle, Jayme Lee and herself.
Also spoke with Kari Ambrozich who said I should know better than to believe VT. Not that I did, but wanted it verified from their office.
As to the late commit on Sarah Prather from Bishop Montgomery, no letter of intent has been signed so until then Coach Shoji won’t comment.

UH and Under Armour make deal

February 25th, 2008

This information is from a release from Under Armour.

The University of Hawaii and Under Armour, Inc. today announced a multi-faceted eight-year partnership that designates Under Armour as the performance apparel and footwear outfitter for the University of Hawaii Warrior football team. In addition to providing technologically advanced performance apparel and footwear, the partnership includes Under Armour marketing rights.

The partnership is slated to begin in July. In addition to the Warriors, the brand has official outfitter relationships in The Atlantic Coast Conference, The Big 12, and The Southeastern Conference, including agreements with USC and Auburn.

“We’re thrilled to add Hawaii to the very select list of football programs we’re outfitting,” said Kevin Plank, Under Armour Chairman and CEO. “We identified UH as a team we wanted to outfit with our state-of-the-art performance apparel, uniforms and footwear, and we look forward to giving their student-athletes an advantage on field while also using the relationship to showcase our latest innovations in footwear, uniform designs, fabrics and textiles.”

The Warriors will debut their new uniforms when they take on Florida in their season opener on Aug. 30.

“Under Armour offers a quality line of football products and our players will be thrilled to wear its apparel,” coach Greg McMackin said. “Additionally, they have successfully positioned themselves as the aggressive new brand in this field, so we will benefit from having them as an apparel and footwear supplier as well as a marketing partner.”

Under Armour has incorporated coaches, facilities and former players from some of its other partnerships in its previous marketing and advertising campaigns, including “Protect This House(TM)” and “Click-Clack(TM).” Past commercials have featured coaches Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Ralph Friedgen (University of Maryland) and Tommy Tuberville (Auburn).

“This is certainly a landmark deal for UH Athletics,” said Carl Clapp, interim athletic director. “It will provide our football student-athletes with quality game and practice products, while also providing UH with an outstanding marketing partner. The revenue that Under Armour has committed will enhance our financial situation and we are thrilled to be aligned with such an exciting and progressive company.”