Archive for May, 2008

Kaufman sixth at regional

May 31st, 2008


Hawaii’s Amber Kaufman tied for sixth in the high jump today at the NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships Northridge, Calif. Kaufman cleared 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches.

Revenue streaming via the stadium. Who thought it possible?

May 30th, 2008

Slow day today for Jim Donovan … After Thursday’s announcement of an unprecedented $5 million donation from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation to refurbish athletic facilities on campus, today’s release regarding an Aloha Stadium parking lot deal nets UH a measly potential $100,000 for athletic scholarships. (For those of you who don’t get it, I’m making a joke — $5.1 million in two days is great by anyone’s standards, and cooperation between UH and the stadium? What a concept!)

Actually, Donovan finalized the stadium deal yesterday at the authority’s monthly meeting before heading to Kapolei for the Board of Regents session and press conference to collect the outsized Happy Gilmore-style Ching check.

Donovan had glowing words today for Aloha Stadium.

“In my time period of working with the stadium via the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and my first two and a half months (as UH athletic director) Aloha Stadium’s management and the stadium authority has been as cooperative as any entity. They understand that it’s about making the product viable and better.”

As for the swap meet, don’t expect any miracles, but Donovan and stadium manager Scott Chan have had some discussions about how UH football and the other big-money tenant can “co-exist” (the AD’s word).

Bring water and an extra shirt

May 30th, 2008

Outside is no place to be at noon in August in Gainesville, Fla.

But that’s where the Hawaii football team and its most stalwart fans will be Aug. 30. The Warriors open against the Gators in The Swamp, and the game starts at 12:30 p.m.

Gainesville is one of the most humid places I’ve ever experienced, and it’s at its sticky, muggy worst in the summer.

AVCA Showcase teams set for Omaha

May 29th, 2008

 Runza® Restaurants has signed an agreement to become the title sponsor of the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s College Volleyball Showcase

Teams are Nebraska, Texas, USC and Stanford. 

the event will return to Qwest Center Omaha in 2008, for the first of a new three-year contract through 2010.

Tickets to the event will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, May 31 exclusively through Qwest Center Omaha and Ticketmaster.  All-session ticket prices are $39 and $32.

For the first time,  the Showcase will be played in a Conference Challenge format.  The Conference Challenge will feature four of the elite teams in the country, in a showdown of schools from two of the top conferences in the NCAA, the Big 12 and Pac-10.  Under the Conference Challenge format, each school will play the two teams from the other conference, and not play the other school from its own league.


The 2008 Runza/AVCA College Volleyball Showcase will begin on Friday, August 29 with Nebraska going up against Stanford at  7 p.m. CDT, andTexas squaring off against USC at 9:30.  On Sunday, August 31,  Texas will tangle with Stanford at 12:30 p.m. CDT , and  Nebraska will face off with USC at 3,.  Tickets for the 2008 Runza/AVCA College Volleyball Showcase will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, May 31 at noon CDT, exclusively through Qwest Center Omaha and Ticketmaster.  All four matches will be shown live on CBS College Sports Network.

Contact Qwest Center Omaha by telephone at (402) 341-1500, or on the Web at  



LaCount working toward AA on mainland

May 29th, 2008

I spoke with Kainoa LaCount a few minutes ago. He said he will remain on the mainland at College of the Canyons (Calif.) to complete work on his associate’s degree the next couple of months.

He said he has two classes remaining, and plans to arrive in Hawaii in time for the start of fall camp.

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Kailua High graduate was recruited by Pac-10 schools and is considered a key member of UH’s 2008 class of incoming players. He is expected to contend for a starting spot at one of the tackles, but it was hoped he’d be back in the islands sooner.

Re UH Warriors’ question below: Kainoa said he doesn’t expect to be back in Hawaii until the end of July, near the start of camp. So I guess they either have one session that ends around that time, or he has to go to second session for some reason.