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Discovering Japan

February 27th, 2009
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Greg McMackin and Jim Donovan leave today for Japan. It’s a four-day marketing trip for both the football coach and the athletic director. McMackin said he wants to try to find players in Japan, and that the level of competition has improved to the point where there are viable prospects. … It’s technically NOT a recruiting trip. Both will have speaking engagements, McMackin to coaches, Donovan to athletic administrators. … Donovan is hoping to make deals with at least two schools that want to come to Hawaii to learn more about football and would pay UH for the opportunity to do it at Manoa. … “There are a lot of avenues for us in Japan,” says McMackin, who, like his predecessor, June Jones, sees the entire Pacific as fertile ground for UH in terms of marketing and recruiting. … One of Jones’ dreams was a game in Japan.   McMackin says that’s a possibility, but not in the immediate future. … Donovan, who has long believed in the potential of expanding UH’s brand to Asia, stresses that no state funds are being used for this trip. It was organized by the Pacific Rim Sports Initiative, which is headed by former UH football player Ross Yamasaki.JAL, the Oahu Visitors Bureau, Marriott and Panda are sponsors, McMackin said. 

More proactive recruiting from McMackin

February 25th, 2009
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Greg McMackin once again shows he’s serious about recruiting. Yesterday he told me of plans to host a “junior day,” a recruiting concept which several of you have brought up and is growing in popularity. The event will be held in conjunction with the April 25 spring game and will include a tour of the program for the high school prospects, as well as a barbecue (the prospects will have to pay for the food per NCAA rules).Other upcoming dates to remember: UH’s Pro Day will again be at the Home Depot center in Carson, Calif., April 2; Spring practice starts March 30, with scrimmages on Saturdays (including, likely one on Maui, April 11). And the Na Koa golf tournament is set for April 14 at the Hawaii Prince.  Also, Dr. Don Weir has been named executive director of Na Koa.

Definitely qualified

February 20th, 2009
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I always felt like Chris Tormey got a raw deal when he was fired as Nevada’s head coach. Now he’s a UH assistant. This is a strong pick.

Happy with the new O-line coach?

February 18th, 2009
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Of course, time will tell. Gordon Shaw has coached some great players and has plenty of experience. That experience includes being on the Minnesota staff that lost 17-3 to Fred vonAppen’s Hawaii team in 1997.

Rate the class

February 6th, 2009
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What do you folks think about the UH football recruiting class?I think the Warriors need to get more of the top local players. It’s tough to compete with BCS conferences and the allure of the mainland, but the coaches have to find a way to keep more of the great talent home.