Sweet home-and-home Alabama?

May 17th, 2008

Don’t get too excited … these are just some minor rumblings to tickle on a slow day — make that slow week. But at least one guy is trying his best to get another Hawaii and Alabama football series going, and Jim Donovan and Greg McMackin are open to the idea.

Peter Kim, who scored the final points of Bear Bryant’s coaching career, has the ear of Alabama AD Mal Moore, and has been campaigning for more Warrior-Tide games after ‘Bama took 2 out of 3 in the series in 2002, 2003 (the UH win) and 2006 (at Tuscaloosa to open the season).

Donovan said he’s fine with the idea, as long as it includes at least one game here. McMackin said he’s cool with it, too, but points out that the price of oil will probably dictate how far UH will go in the future for road games.

As for the Alabama perspective, it would be difficult for it to play a game at Hawaii late in the season because of the SEC championship game (remember, last time they played here was because they were on probation and ineligible for postseason).

But Peter Kim — he of Yummy BBQ and now Liliha Bakery fame — is a guy with a track record of making things happen. So don’t be too surprised if there’s another Hawaii-Alabama series somewhere down the line.


McMackin is unhappy with a new NCAA rule that disallows head coaches from visiting high schools during the spring recruiting season. His plan was to hit every high school in the state this month in person.

“Since I can’t do that I’m sending two of my (assistant) coaches to each school,” McMackin said.

As for mainland recruiting, McMackin said UH will hit California hard, “from Sacramento to San Diego,” as well as Las Vegas, Utah and other areas with Polynesian kids.

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  • Wayne O. May 17, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Wow! The thought of beating Alabama and Nick Saban is music to my ears. At the same time, beating Notre Dame now doesn’t seem to have the impact than it did before. N.D. has been terrible the last 5 to 7 years. Then again, UH can probably beat Notre Dame right now which would be a good thing. I’m just waiting for the Gators. Urban Meyer understands very well the impact of Polynisian players because the had plenty at Utah and he won’t under estimate Hawaii. He knows that UH will be tough. I’m encouraged because UH played Georgia and our defense fared very well. And Georgia really beat up on Florida last year. Florida’s defense wasn’t as good at Georgia’s defense. Maybe Georgia was the best team last year, better then LSU. I would really like to see UH play UCLA.

  • bumbuchaMusubi May 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Bring’um on…the last time we played Alabama in Alabama, we ran out of time! We can beat them on the road! Schedule the game and we can prove it!

  • guardian May 17, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    At times it seems like the NCAA spends much of its waking moments toward “shafting “Hawaii and other less well-endowed institutions in any way they can. It’s a shame that there are no “watch-dog” agencies to rein-in the NCAA on some of its practices. Why is it that the NCAA doesn’t seem to get audited bot financially & otherwise??
    Ah, forget them. At least it’s exciting to contemplate a potential victory in the Swamp or at the very least, a solid showing against a rspected SEC team that could open up some eyes both nationally & (specifically) on the very-biased East Coast.

  • Souf Coast Coalition May 18, 2008 at 3:52 am

    If you believe that UH can beat Alabama in Honolala or in Tuscaloosa, you must be hitting lines. Alabama, who is clearly one of the worst teams in the “Mighty SEC” will run up the score on the Rainbows. You want to gain respect play LSU, TENN, AUBURN, or FLA (who clearly will play you like a J.V. team). Georgia wasted their time with the ‘BOWS. You can’t schedule one of the weakest opponents in the NCAA and expect to play with the big boys in Texas, LA, MISS, ALABAMA, FLA, GA. Come to the Souf and recruit higher than our practice squad, maybe you will only lose by 15 points. Until then Colt Brennan will be a good backup in the CFL

    • mdn201 May 18, 2008 at 9:52 am

      First of all,Hawaii is a ‘Soufern’ as a state gets in the union (you paying attention in Geography class, or hitting lines again?) Secondly, on any given day nearly any time can win in D1 football. Bring your vaunted Souf teems ofer to Hanalolo an you”’ be eatin crow wif your ‘lines’!

    • wes May 18, 2008 at 10:04 am

      The biggest challenge for us Warriors will be heat, humidity, traveling commercial most of the way and time difference flying east. It’s hard enough flying there on vacation or business. Despite the obvious challenges, my prediction is that after August 30th we will have gained FL’s respect:-).

  • NYUH May 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    What about the Saban Rule, where coaches can use teleconferencing to visit schools? What about a nice auditorium big screen visit with the ha’a and UH highlights, then a videoconference with McMackin.

  • Real Southener May 18, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Please excuse the guy putting down Hawaii and claiming to know southern football. His credibility went out the window when he said Alabama is one of the worst teams in the SEC. He apparently is around five years old and hasn’t been around long enough to see what Alabama is capable of. This is coming from an Arkansas fan that knows how dangerous the Crimson Tide will be once Nick Saban get’s them headed back in the right direction. You might want to get them on the schedule soon before that number one ranked recruiting class goes on it’s national championship run…

    • RDEKONEN May 19, 2008 at 11:03 am

      Thanks “Real Southerner”. And what a gentleman you are. As a Crimson Tide Fan let me tell y’all that he’s right. Bama’s coming back – and soon. That said I went to the lovely islands in 2001 and had a great experience with Hawaii fans and the attractions were outstanding! Bama fans look forward to the days when we’ll play anyone at the drop of a hat…and throw the hat down ourselves.

      • Crimson Tide May 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm

        Foolish statements by another sub par conference’s lower echelon team. We’re Alabama, so we are unfortunately used to crap like that. I only give respect where respect is due and you aren’t showing Alabama any (wow, here’s a new one). I hope we steamroll you guys from here to Honolulu and back again. ROLL TIDE!

  • Jack May 19, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    As an Alabama fan, I remember Peter Kim and what an asset he was for our team. I remember hearing during one broadcast that he grew up wanting to play for the Bear. He was a spectacular place kicker. I wouldn’t mind playing Hawaii at all. And by the way, I think you guys have garnered a lot of respect nationally over the past couple of years, and I hope that your success continues. And if a home and home series comes to fruition, let the best team win. Roll Tide!!

  • Al May 20, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I went to both Hawaii games in Tuscaloosa, and the Warriors played my Crimson Tide tough. But MY hat’s off to all those loyal fans from Hawai’i who travelled all that way to support their team. We would love to have y’all come back and visit. Hawai’i fans are probably the best in NCAA football. Aloha!

  • bamacm May 20, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Oh my, big belly laugh. Let me see if I’ve got this straight. UH cathes us after the NCAA beat down and during their long gone June Jones glory years; you take 1 out of 3 and suddenly “I’m a contender”. On the other hand I thought the games with UH were fun and exciting. I really enjoyed the interaction with your fans and developed respect for your players, I think they fought hard and had no quit in them – but this is big time college football and the cream always rises. In our case it’s been a little butter lately but you would have to had your head in the sand not to see what’s happening at Alabama.

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