Archive for May, 2008

Aloha Stadium parking deal will raise money for UH

May 31, 2008

About the parking deal at Aloha Stadium for football games, JD said:
“To me, it’s a really positive thing. It’s going to mean raising revenue. The only downside is some people have been parking in that area for years. They might be eligible to buy the passes, but maybe some will have to go park elsewhere.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Season-ticket holders with prime seats will have more access to prime parking spots at Aloha Stadium this fall, as the University of Hawaii athletic department hopes to raise $100,000 through a new parking deal with the stadium. The Stadium Authority and management have agreed to make more than 1,000 parking spaces at the stadium available to UH to sell for Warrior home games. The money the school makes will go toward athletic scholarships. Season-ticket holders who pay premium seat contributions of $400 or more will be eligible to purchase passes for the spaces, which are in the inner ring of the parking lot, closest to the stadium entrances.”

About how they haven’t figured out yet how Aloha Stadium (which normally gets the parking money) will be compensated by UH, Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan said:
“A request was made by the university. They wanted to see how we could help support their program, particularly in funding scholarships. This will also assist us by improving the traffic situation.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Donovan and Chan both said there have been only informal discussions so far about the swap meet that also uses the parking lot during game days – and is also a big money-maker for the stadium. As executive director of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Donovan was able to work a deal last year in which the swap meet was not held the day of the game.”

About not having swap meets on game days, JD said:
“It’s among many things we’ve talked about. I wouldn’t frame it as getting rid of the swap meet, but how to co-exist with it in a better way.” (HSB)

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Warrior Quotes from the blogs from the local papers

May 30, 2008

About the arrival of QBs Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch, Inoke said:
“It’s good. There’s strength in numbers.” (HA)

Alexander said that the open competition for a QB starter was:
“a big factor in me wanting to come here.” (HA)

About being recruited by UH after Rausch gave his verbal commitment, Alexander said:
“There’s going to be competition everywhere you go. I don’t mind it.” (HA)

About the late recruiting interest he got from SMU, Rausch said:
“They gave me a call the day before I signed here. I didn’t even call them back.” (HA)

Rausch said that he chose UH because of:
“the offense. The people out here are really nice. It’s paradise.” (HA)

About how he’s been a fan of UH’s offense for awhile, Alexander said:
“I watched them sling it around (on TV).” (HA)

Impressed with the new QBs (Rausch is listed at 6’4″ and Alexander is listed at 6’5″, 240 pounds), Inoke said:
“They have something you can’t teach: height.” (HA)

About the first time he saw Alexander, Inoke said:
“When I first saw him, I wanted to know: Who’s the d-end?” (HA)

Inoke said that Rolo responded:
” ‘This is Greg. A quarterback.’ He’s a big boy.” (HA)

HA Note: “Rausch and Alexander kept busy working out with their JC teams this past spring.”

About working out this spring, Rausch said:
“I was lifting and throwing.” (HA)

About his workout regimen this spring, Alexander said:
“I would lift three days a week, run three days a week.” (HA)

About how roommates Shane Austin, Joe Avery, and Royce Pollard are living in the North Shore this summer, Inoke (who used to commute daily from the North Shore) said:
“They have to drive in every day.” (HA)

HSB Note: “Got a look at some of the new players yesterday. Quarterbacks Brent Rausch and Greg Alexander and receivers Mike Tinoco and Craig Bell threw passes and ran routes. The QBs were both mostly shotgun guys, so they have the same challenge the UH veterans did in the spring … work on dropbacks and timing. Rausch’s passes were stunningly and consistently accurate yesterday. Inoke Funaki, Aaron Bain, Mike Washington, Jameel Dowling, Viliami Nauahi and Leon Wright-Jackson were all out there for the first day of involuntary pass-and-catch.”

About how more players will work out on Wednesday, Bain said:
“We’ll have more out here on Friday.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “You can watch: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3 p.m.”

About his tatoos, Rausch said:
“This one’s (on his back is) my last name. This one, (on his chest) is a warrior. Got to be a warrior all the time when you’re a football player. I’m going to get something tribal while I’m out here.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Alexander was offered by Bowling Green and Alabama State. Hard to imagine he went under the radar with his huge physique and stats. He’s thrilled to be here.”

Happy to be with UH, Alexander said:
“It’s Hawaii. The offense is a huge factor. Throwing the ball is always good.” (HSB)

About how he’s been in Hawaii since the weekend, Tinoco said:
“It’s been great. Hung out and went to the beach on Monday (Memorial Day) Yesterday (Tuesday) me and Brent threw a little bit.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Tinoco is 6-2 and Bell is 6-1. Good height, and neither is what you’d call too thin.”

About how Ryan Keomaka will be joining Tim Chang with the CFL Hamilton TigerCats, Player liaison Jon Nielson said:
“They weren’t real impressed with one of the guys they brought in, and Ryan was on the short list. He’ll be on the team in a day or two.” (HSB)

$5 mil donation for the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex

May 30, 2008

JD said that resurfacing of Cooke Field (to be renamed the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex) might be done by the end of October:
“But we’ll be seeing if we can’t push that up.” (HSB)

About how he had hoped that the practice field would be ready for the start of football practice in August, Mack said:
“It’s scheduled to be ready when we really need it, when it starts raining a lot.” (HSB)

At the Press Conference after the $5 mil donation was approved by the Board of Regents, Ching’s brother Bernard said:
“This was a great, very enjoyable day. (Clarence) was a big fan.” (HA)

HA Note: “The donation was the largest in history provided by the charitable foundation, and the largest the university has received specifically for its athletics program.”

About how Clarence Ching would have strongly approved of this donation, his granddaughter Cathy Ching siad:
“In the old days, back at Honolulu Stadium, he sponsored football teams. He was also into boxing.” (HSB)

“We’re trying to fulfill (Clarence Ching’s) wishes of helping out the community. He was very, very generous to his family and his extended family.” (HSB)

HA Note: “The new Ching Athletic Complex is slated for 2,000 additional seats, bringing the total number of seats to as many as 3,500. It will also include two lockers rooms, a storage facility, offices, a press box and scoreboard.”

About the new Athletic Complex, Mack said:
“It’s going to give our department a big boost.” (HA)

HA Note: “McMackin said the new field will allow his team to prepare for games played on artificial turf and help preserve the grass practice field in rainy weather.”

About how this show the players that the community supports them, Mack said:
“Aside from our great fan support, it’s the first message our players have gotten that the community supports them and is looking out for them.” (HA)

HA Note: “The shoddy state of Cooke Field (originally constructed in 1915 for $1,500) and other facilities received national attention last year as the UH football team rose to prominence. The donation grew out of talks between UH President David McClain and retired banker and Panda Group founder Jack Tsui, who met in January in an effort to raise funds to retain former head football coach June Jones. When Jones resigned to take over at SMU, McClain faxed Tsui a list of high-priority items, topped by the Cooke Field renovation. Tsui, who sits on the Ching Foundation board of directors, then put UH officials in touch with the foundation.”

Tsui said that the Foundation has just completed a $130 mil sale of Kukui Gardens and was looking to:
“to get the foundation into the 21st century. Colt (Brennan, the former UH quarterback) brought public attention to some of the UH facilities. Should we have inquired about it more? Probably. But chances are the athletic director or the administration usually brings these things to the public. I don’t want to cast aspersions on (former athletic director Herman Frazier) but if the athletic director has his signals around town, we can get a lot done.” (HA)

“We think it will be a great beginning to private-public partnerships.” (HSB)

HA Note: “Tsui said he hopes the donation will be a “transformative gift” that spurs further private-public support of UH athletics.”

HSB Note: “Tsui said he received the blessings of a member of the Cooke family in changing the name of the facility.”

About the $5 mil donation, Chancellor Hinshaw said:
“Ever since I first stepped on campus, I’ve heard of problems that this donation will solve.” (HA)

HSB Note: “The first construction phase is resurfacing of the football field, which UH athletic director Jim Donovan hopes to have done during the upcoming season. Eventually, there will be locker rooms, offices, storage areas, a press box and a scoreboard, Donovan said. The field will be used by several sports teams as well as for intramural, band and ROTC activities.”

HA Note: “Hinshaw said the facility will serve not just UH athletic teams, but intramural sports, the ROTC, the UH marching band, high school sports programs and other community groups. Hawai’i High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Amemiya said he was pleased that high school sports will soon return to the Manoa campus. He said he hopes high school soccer and track and field championships will be held at the new facility.”

Price cuts for tickets approved by the Board of Regents

May 30, 2008

About reducing ticket prices in certain seating sections, JD said:
“This allowed us to lower the minimum (cost) in tickets so we can make a family package and simplify the number of (pricing) tiers. Our No. 1 source of untapped revenue are those empty seats. It’s like they teach you in first-year economics: lower the price and increase demand.” (HA)

“This allows us to lower our minimum prices and create a family package and simplify the number of pricing tiers. The bottom line is we want more people to come to our events. Economics 101 says if you lower the price point, you’ll increase the demand.” (HSB)

Clapp was one of those who repaid UH to keep his name off the List

May 29, 2008

HA Note: “Although Carl Clapp was invited to bring a spouse and two children with him at UH’s expense under the athletic department’s policy, Clapp said he was the only one who ended up traveling on the school’s dime. Clapp was in charge of implementing then-athletic director Herman Frazier’s travel policy and his name was listed among the 550 on the list released Friday, more than two months after an open records law request by The Advertiser. But UH staffers said no members of Clapp’s family were listed among the UH travel party or in the group of 45 redacted entries.”

Declining to say how many family members he personally paid for or how much money was involved, Clapp said:
“I have taken care of my obligations. I took care of what I wanted to take care of.” (HA)

Declining to say how many others paid their way off the List, Clapp said:
“There is a group of people who have handled their responsibilities.” (HA)

HA Note: “The 45 redactions, UH said, came at the request of the Hawai’i Government Employees Association, which demanded that names of its members and their children not be released. In addition to the redactions, UH said six names were omitted but athletic department staffers have suggested the number might be more than that.”

About how it is not acceptable to retroactively remove names from the List, Hawaii’s Office of Information Practices wrote on May 22:
“because an agency may not retroactively dispose of or alter requested records after receiving and prior to responding to a record request, persons on that list may not pay UH for the expense of their trip in order to have their names ‘removed’ from that list.” (HA)

About how his 6-member family used the Sugar Bowl as a family reunion, as they are spread between Hawaii, California, and Washington state, Clapp said:
“To us it was a vacation and an opportunity to get together at an outstanding event. We don’t get together too often, and we don’t know when the next time will be.” (HA)

HA Note: “Dan Mollway, executive director of the state Ethics Commission, said because of the unique nature of the Sugar Bowl, UH was advised in December “there was justification for staff members, who had to go for their duties, to take their spouses.” But Mollway said, “with regard to children, we were told children would be going” because it would be a hardship on some families to leave them behind, “but university (funds) would not be spent for children.””

About how he paid afterward for his family members (but would not say when, or if it was before the Advertiser lawsuit), Clapp said:
“because nobody could tell me the exact expense before we went.” (HA)

Claiming that he did nothing wrong, Clapp said:
“It was my intention (to pay) all along. As far as what I have done, I have always planned to do what I have done, (which) I did a while ago. That’s what I felt most comfortable with doing. So, that’s what we did. I’m very confident that I’ve done nothing wrong.” (HA)

Feature article on Colt

May 29, 2008

R = redskins.com

About being drafted by Washington in the 6th round, Colt said:
“I was hoping to be a high draft pick just because of the success I had. As I went through the draft process, I went through a lot of adversity and I realized that the possibility of me dropping was there. It started happening, and I really started figuring, ‘Maybe I may not even get drafted.’ So just to get the phone call and hear that I am a Washington Redskin–it was a tremendous feeling. Growing up as a kid, wanting to play in the NFL, it is just a dream come true.” (R)

About wanting to pay Washington back for drafting him, Colt said:
“Washington stepped up and I owe them so much. I can’t wait to get out there and show them it was worth it.” (R)

Hoping to be cleared to participate in Washington’s June 2 OTAs, Colt said:
“I’m going to work hard with the rehab and training, and hopefully get cleared to participate in the OTAs. And then I’ll just take it from there. I don’t want to push it and I don’t want to set myself back. I want to let the doctors keep me steady and going in the right direction.” (R)

About Colt’s accuracy, Jim Zorn said:
“The thing I look for in a quarterback is, can he hit what he is throwing at? Colt has done that. He has been a 70 percent passer. Whatever level and whatever type of defense you are going against, to have a 70 percent completion, that is great accuracy. You can see that in many of Colt’s games in the last couple of seasons. You can see his accuracy. He has the ability to move around, too. He is a 4.7 runner in the 40. His lateral movement and his ability to get himself in the position to throw the ball after a play breaks down–it’s tremendous.” (R)

About playing in the West Coast offense at Mater Dei and Colorado, Colt said:
“I have some background in it. I can’t wait to get back to it. I know I can run it. It’s the offense I grew up in out in Southern California. I have some background in it. I know I can run it.” (R)

Looking forward to practicing with Washington, Colt said:
“I think I am just a really diverse kid who has a lot of passion for the game of football. I’ve been through some ups and downs in life, and I have a lot to prove. I can’t wait to get out there and show the team and the community that I can be a great football player.” (R)

New QBs work out with the Warriors

May 29, 2008

About his first workout with the Warriors, Greg Alexander said:
“It was good work, good to finally get started. The (dropbacks) are a little different than what I’m used to. Getting some timing down. It was a good first day.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Yesterday they were just two new guys from California trying to learn as much as they could about the UH offense. The junior college transfer quarterbacks spent an hour and a half under the afternoon sun throwing passes to some of their new teammates, under the tutelage of veteran quarterback Inoke Funaki.”

HSB Note: “At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Alexander is one of the biggest Warriors quarterbacks in recent years – and he arrives at UH with some gaudy stats. But the second-team JC All-American didn’t draw heavy recruiting despite passing for a school-record 3,876 yards and 43 touchdowns as a sophomore at Santa Rosa College last year.”

About the workout, Brent Rausch said:
“It was real good. This was definitely a workout for me. It was an eye-opener for the drops I have to learn. Inoke was teaching me a lot, so that helped. It was coming along pretty good, and I’ll be working on it in the coming weeks.” (HSB)

About the competition for the starting QB spot, Rausch said:
“There’s going to be a lot of competition and I’m going to have to work hard, get some weight on me. I’m looking forward to it. I always look forward to competition.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Two other JC transfers, receivers Mike Tinoco and Craig Bell, joined yesterday’s unsupervised workout.”

About his first workout with the Warriors, Tinoco said:
“I’ve got to get back in shape, start running, get used to the quarterbacks.” (HSB)

About his first workout with the Warriors, Bell said:
“I already learned a little bit, looking at the film they sent to me back home. I just have to get out here and get a chance to catch a few balls.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The newcomers were joined by several veterans in addition to Funaki: running back Leon Wright-Jackson, slotbacks Aaron Bain and Mike Washington and defensive backs Jameel Dowling and Viliami Nauahi.”

Warrior Updates from Stephen Tsai

May 28, 2008

About new Warrior QB Greg Alexander, Inoke said:
“When I first saw him, I wanted to know, who’s the D-end?” (HA)

HA Note: “The Warriors had their first unsupervised field drills today. Inoke Funaki served as the unofficial coach. Mike Washington, Aaron Bain, Leon Wright-Jackson, Vili Nauahi and Jameel Dowling also had leadership roles.”

About transferring to a DII or DIII team (he’s considering Midwestern State, Chapman or Occidental), RB Camron Carmona said:
“I spoke with coach (Greg) McMackin, and he was really helpful. It’s an easy break. I’d love to stay here, but for me, it’s not the best place for me as far as football situation.” (HA)

HA Note: “Carmona joined the Warriors last summer, reuniting with his Mater Dei High teammate, Colt Brennan. At the suggestion of the coaches, he moved from cornerback to running back. He served on the scout team last season. Carmona was not invited to training camp, which has a 105-player roster limit. But he was asked to join the team on Aug. 25, the first day of the fall semester, when rosters may expand.”

About leaving Hawaii, Carmona said:
“I love the camaraderie and friends I made in Hawai’i. I met people I’ll be friends with for the rest of my life. I’m sad about leaving, but I have to look out for myself and my situation.” (HA)

HA Note: “Carmona leaves in good academic standing. Because he was not on scholarship, he will not impact UH’s APR rating.”

HA Note: “Quarterbacks Kiran Kepo’o and Bryce Kalauokaaea will report to the Warriors on Aug. 25. That’s also when quarterback Bryant Moniz will report. Moniz, a Leilehua High graduate, played at Fresno City College last season.”

HA Note: “Shane Austin is on schedule for a full recovery from a broken right foot suffered on the final play of the Warrior Bowl. The cast was removed Monday.”

HA Note: “Mike Wedge found this great football video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4kyKPnuKjE”

HA Note: “Colt Brennan took a short break to attend his agent Ryan Tollner’s wedding this past weekend in Irvine, Calif. Among the guests were Ben Roethlisberger and Trent Edwards.”

Mediator will rule on the $400k with JJ’s contract

May 28, 2008

HA Note: “Clyde Matsui, who helped settle the Bishop Estate trustees conflict and several other high profile issues, begins hearing the contract dispute between the University of Hawai’i and former head football coach June Jones today. Under terms of Jones’ last contract with UH, the parties were to go to “final and binding arbitration” to settle the differences arising out of UH’s demand for liquidated damages following his departure for Southern Methodist University in January.”

About going to mediation over JJ’s contract dispute, UH spokesman Gregg Takayama said:
“Jones requested, and the Chancellor (Virginia Hinshaw) agreed to, mediation prior to a ‘final and binding arbitration.’ If the parties cannot resolve the matter in mediation, then the parties will proceed to arbitration.” (HA)

Takayama said that Matsui was chosen as the mediator and:
“a pre-mediation meeting is scheduled for (today). Mediation begins on June 9.” (HA)

HA Note: “Matsui, 60, a prominent attorney, is a UH graduate and Warrior sports fan.”

About his stance on the contract dispute, JJ’s agent Leigh Steinberg said:
“We had an explicit agreement with (ex-athletic director) Herman Frazier that, after three years, there would be no penalty if coach Jones were to leave the university. If that were not the case, coach Jones would always honor a contractual obligation.” (HA)

HA Note: “Moreover, Steinberg said he has e-mails reaffirming the agreement. UH has claimed the original contract is unchanged with no record on file allowing an early exit without liquidated damages. Frazier was terminated a day after Jones’ departure to SMU. UH notes the contract “…may be amended only in writing signed by both parties.” The contract says an arbitrator’s fee will be shared and each party is responsible for their own attorney fees.”

The Sugar Bowl List (or most of it) was released

May 24, 2008

HA Note: “Before going public yesterday with a list of people identified as the University of Hawai’i’s official travel party to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the school blacked out 45 of the 550 names. The release, and the estimate of $1.9 million in expenses for the game, came in response to a request filed by The Honolulu Advertiser March 13 under the state’s open records law, the Uniform Information Practices Act.”

HA Note: “The list was delivered to The Advertiser shortly before 4 p.m., and just after the newspaper filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court to obtain Sugar Bowl travel records.”

About the lawsuit that was filed by HA attorney Jeff Portnoy, UH spokesman Gregg Takayama said he:
“was informed this morning by attorneys for the University of Hawai’i that the documents would be released this afternoon. So, we don’t understand why the lawsuit was filed by Mr. Portnoy.” (HA)

About why the lawsuit was filed, Portnoy said:
“After having been informed this morning that some list — with redactions — would be provided to the newspaper in the early afternoon, we waited until after 3:30 to see what might be on the list. When no list was provided as represented, the lawsuit was filed. More importantly, even if the list provided had been made available prior to the filing of the lawsuit, the lawsuit would still have been filed because the list failed to comply with the legal requirements as it contained unwarranted redactions and did not explain whether anyone was able to have their name removed from the list as a result of any repayment to the university. Moreover, providing the list more than two and a half months after it was required to be produced is, in itself, a violation. Finally, The Advertiser has spent significant sums on attorney’s fees, which would not have been required had the list been produced in March or even as late as last week.” (HA)

HA Note “UH told 20 to 25 staff members and others on Tuesday that they could have the option to keep their names off the list and from being made public by paying for what their charges would be, an action the state’s Office of Information Practices quickly said Thursday was not allowed.”

Takayama said that the HGEA employees and their family members were redacted because:
“disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” (HA)

HA Note: “Under NCAA rules, players were allowed to take spouses and children, as were coaches. Some UH athletic department staffers were offered the opportunity to take a spouse and up to two children. At least five children of UH staff members were on the list, and department sources said some others who were said to have made the trip did not appear on the list. Then-athletic director Herman Frazier’s long-time fiancee, Caroline Beal, was on the list. UH paid an average of $341 per person in per diem and incidentals.”

HA Note: “The names of six regents whom UH paid Sugar Bowl expenses for were also released yesterday. A total of $18,030 in Sugar Bowl-related costs was incurred by the six as of May 1, but $9,963 was paid back to the school, according to UH. Costs included airfare, hotel, tickets and gifts. Regent Michael Dahilig was listed as taking his brother and a friend on the trip. He paid back $2,777 of $5,285 in costs. UH footed the bill for Dahilig’s costs and a $125 ticket for his brother, according to UH. Regents Ramon de la Pena and Marlene Hapai were listed as having costs paid for themselves and spouses ($3,834), but both reimbursed the school for their spouses’ costs. Regent James Haynes II reimbursed UH the total cost for himself and his spouse ($3,934). Regent Jane Tatibouet ($795) and Chairman Allan Landon ($350) incurred partial costs for themselves and spouses. Landon reimbursed the school for the total amount, while Tatibouet did not make any reimbursement, UH said.”

HSB Note: “UH’s total expenses for its participation in the Bowl Championship Series game were projected at $1.94 million. The school’s Sugar Bowl payment is projected at $4.39 million for net revenues of $2.49 million.”

HSB Note: “Of the 45 people on the redacted Sugar Bowl list, 43 were in the athletic department. The other two were in the band, including the band director.”

HSB Note: “The names of 45 members of the Hawaii Government Employees Association were blacked out on the list due to a request from the union, which contended the disclosure would constitute “a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” Most of the names fell under “UH Manoa and Athletics Department Staff,” with two under the band.”

About blacking out the 45 names, Carl Clapp said:
“This was done on the advice of our legal counsel. We have released what amounts to our official party. We’ve made that available as best we can.” (HSB)

About the 6 people who paid back UH for their trip and are not on the list, Takayama said:
“They decided to pay their own personal expenses for the trip, and it is not considered a state expense. The list that was made available today includes only those for whom the state paid their way. So they were not on the list.” (HSB)

About releasing the list now instead of the first week of June, Takayama said:
“She wanted to try to clear the air at this point.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The list was drawn up under the direction of former athletic director Herman Frazier, who was fired later in January. Current athletic director Jim Donovan was hired in March.

Happy that the list of names was released, JD said:
“I’m glad we’re releasing this information. We’re a public entity, and so we need to be transparent and provide the information. This was an issue that existed before I came on board and needs to be taken care of.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “According to “Travel Guidelines” provided by UH, the school offered to pay for immediate family members (spouses and children) of coaches, players, full-time trainers and equipment managers. The Warriors’ roster included 111 players, and the student-athlete and staff list was made of 178 people. Also making the trip were 263 band members, 21 cheerleaders and Rainbow Dancers, 82 athletic department staff members and six from the UH system, including President David McClain. UH paid $753,645 for three charter flights and another $46,381 for domestic air travel. Housing the travel party at the New Orleans Marriott cost $250,467, and the school distributed $187,591 in per diems and incidentals. The school spent $39,761 on player gifts (aloha shirts and iPod Touch personal Internet and multimedia devices), and coaches were paid $137,968 in bonuses. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia spent about $2.2 million for a travel party of 745 for the game.”