Archive for March 5th, 2008

Clapp talks about how UH is improving

March 5, 2008

HSB Note: “Yesterday, the state House of Representatives passed a bill that would give UH $600 million over six years for repair and maintenance projects on the Manoa campus, both academic and athletic. The bill moves to the Senate for consideration.”

About the House Bill that passed yesterday, Clapp said:
“I’ve done some testifying on various bills. That’s good news for the entire University of Hawaii.” (HSB)

About how he considers replacing Cooke Field’s turf a priority, Clapp said:
“We want to do that as quickly as possible and get it functioning.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Hawaii was scheduled to trot out its new look for football at a news conference this afternoon, part of the athletic department’s $4.1 million, eight-year deal with Under Armour. However, the deals for television and radio remain unfinished. KFVE’s proposal deadline has been extended to next week and discussions with KKEA 1420-AM are ongoing. The contracts for both expire June 30. Both contracts also had a clause for an exclusive negotiating period, which originally ended Feb. 29.”

John McNamara said that they had a meeting with KHNL/KFVE GM John Fink and:
“he informed us about the direction KFVE is heading with its extension proposal. They are still finalizing certain details so, in the spirit of partnership, we are allowing them some extra time to submit their official proposal. John estimates that he will have it in our hands by the middle of March.” (HSB)

About their radio negotiations, McNamara said:
“With (1420-AM) we’ve discussed exposure and promotional opportunities. We want to give them the latitude that, when they put something on the table, it will be a benefit to the university and the (athletic) department.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “A bill that would give UH $600 million over six years for repair and maintenance projects on the Manoa campus, both academic and athletic, would also be beneficial. Yesterday, the state House of Representatives passed it and it now moves to the state Senate for consideration.”

About how it is good that the bill passed the House, Clapp said:
“Obviously, anything that will benefit the department is a positive. The need has clearly been demonstrated.” (HSB)

About the importance of replacing the turf at Cooke Field, Clapp said:
“It is a priority. Cooke Field is used by so many. ROTC, soccer, football, kinesiology, band. We want to get it done as quickly as possible.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Clapp said one item involving the department at next week’s Board of Regents meeting will be a review of the ticket pricing and premium seat charges. He stressed that this was a review of the current situation, not a discussion of raising or lowering prices. Any request to change pricing has to go through the Board of Regents. The Thursday and Friday meetings could also be quite eventful for another reason: It is expected Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw’s recommendation for a new athletic director will be presented to the BOR for approval.”

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Feature on walk ons Quentin Beaver and Les Soloai

March 5, 2008

HA Note: “Two opposites have been attractions during the University of Hawai’i football team’s offseason conditioning sessions. Defensive tackle Quentin Beaver and defensive end Les Soloai have drawn raves for their workouts. The Warriors open spring training March 31. Both players have polar backgrounds. Beaver played for Kahuku High, one of the state’s football powers. Soloai said the next game of organized football will be his first. Beaver recently completed a 2 1/2-year church mission in Boston. Soloai was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. Beaver speaks in a soft voice. Soloai speaks with an Australian accent. But both have demonstrated enough raw skills that will enable them to compete for playing time.”

About how he regularly lifts 405 pounds (and reportedly bench pressed more than 500 pounds), the 6’1″, 330-pound Beaver said:
“I haven’t maxed out for a while.” (HA)

HA Note: “During last month’s tryouts for walk-ons, he benched 225 pounds 32 times.”

About how he was limited to push-ups and crunches during his mission, Beaver said:
“Mostly, it was cold, so we didn’t want to go out and run. I came back a little out of shape. I’m working to get it back.” (HA)

Beaver chose UH because:
“I wanted to stay home, play in front of my family and friends. And it’s cheaper.” (HA)

HA Note: “Soloai, who is married, walked away from a basketball scholarship to join the Warriors as a walk-on. Soloai, who is 6 feet 4 and 290 pounds, was recruited to play for the Brigham Young-Hawai’i basketball team. But he suffered a knee injury, and while undergoing treatment, he spoke with a doctor who also helped the UH football team. After hearing about the Warriors, Soloai decided he wanted to try out. At first, Soloai was prepared to compete on the offensive line. But yesterday morning he worked out with the defensive ends.”

About how Soloai is a great athlete, Mel deLaura (who is coordinating UH’s offseason conditioning program) said:
“Physically, he can play any sport.” (HA)

About how Soloai is amazing at all of the various Super Game competitions, deLaura said:
“All of those games we play, he’s the MVP. Water polo, dodgeball — you name it, he can do it. He’s a big-time athlete, and he’s getting bigger and stronger.” (HA)

HA Note: “Associate head coach Rich Miano likened Soloai to former UH defensive lineman Colin Scotts.”

Praising Soloai, Rich Miano said:
“What you’re looking for in an athlete, he possesses all of those things. It’s Ikaika Alama-Francis all over again. This guy is a good athlete. He has a chance.” (HA)

About how he played rugby but not football in Australia, Soloai said:
“I’m just learning the game. I’ve seen it on TV before.” (HA)

HA Note: “When he first arrived in Hawai’i last year, he admitted to “not knowing a thing about” football.”

About how he didn’t know much about football, Soloai said:
“I knew it was big with fans here. I didn’t know much at all about it.” (HA)

About how teammates have been helpful in teaching him about the game, Soloai said:
“It’s coming along.” (HA)

HA Note: “Most of all, it has been an adjustment for his wife, who still attends BYUH. The couple lives in a UH dormitory, and his wife makes the roundtrip commute every weekday.”