Archive for June, 2008

Jim Donovan’s contract is still not done!

June 29, 2008

Praising JD, KFVE/KHNL VP and GM John Fink said:
“He’s been great for the job. He bleeds green and black and has the best interests of the university and state at heart. He’ll do the best job anyone could ask for.” (HA)

HA Note: “Today is the 108th day since Jim Donovan was officially named University of Hawai’i athletic director. But, who’s counting? Well, you might be if you still didn’t have a contract. And, Donovan doesn’t. Officially, according to a spokesman for the Manoa Chancellor’s Office, Donovan’s contract is, “still pending.” Pending what, exactly? Someone untying red tape surrounding it? Someone growing tired of playing power games?”

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The tough economy has affected UH’s corporate sponsors

June 29, 2008

About how some of UH’s corporate partners (78 businesses that contribute from $4k to more than $100k each) have had to reduce their sponsorship of UH due to the economy, McNamara said:
“Some have indicated a need to scale back or take a hiatus because of their situations.” (HA)

About how they are looking to hit their financial goals despite the tough economy, McNamara said:
“Basically what I’ve told Jim (Donovan), is we’re committed to hitting that $2.4 million goal and getting well over $500,000 in trade.” (HA)

“We’ve tried to work with all of our corporate partners to tailor their packages in such a way that it works for them and mirrors their marketing strategy. Plus, we’re doing a lot more prospecting for new partners than ever before.” (HA)

HA Note: “Football season-ticket sales contribute approximately 16 percent of UH’s projected $28 million to $30 million budget. The corporate partner program represents about 8 percent.”

About how their corporate partners want to keep supporting UH, McNamara said:
“Things have been getting tough for (the corporate partners) but they really feel a real strong affinity for the university and are trying to stay involved.” (HA)

About the benefit to their corporate partners for sponsoring UH, JD said:
“We think being partnered with UH is a positive experience and we appreciate our sponsors’ loyalty in these tough times.” (HA)

PPV and ticket prices deals being offered for UH

June 29, 2008

About how they adjusted PPV and season-ticket prices to reflect the challenging economy, JD said:
“We’re concerned about the economy, which is one big reason why we took a good look at what we could do to give our customers more value. That’s why we asked our pay-per-view partners, KFVE/KHNL and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, to take a hard look at coming up with a good package and discounts for our season-ticket holders and why we have instituted changes in our football ticket sales.” (HA)

“In these tough economic times, we want to be responsive to the additional financial hurdles facing our fans. We feel these price reductions will help people better afford season tickets and enjoy fun family outings to UH football games.” (HA)

HA Note: “UH has dropped ticket prices in six selected end zone areas for football, and froze other prices. In addition, Donovan said season-ticket holders who purchase their tickets by July 18 will receive 65 percent off on a special road football pay-per-view package.”

About dropping season-ticket prices in certain sections at Aloha Stadium, JD said:
“We want to make UH football affordable for as many of our fans as possible and provide added value to our season-ticket holders.” (HSB)

“We hope this will encourage more families to buy season tickets.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Adult season tickets in the red and yellow levels of the north end zone dropped $24 from last year to $75. Youth (4 years old to high school) season tickets in the north end zone are $60, a drop of $17 from 2007. Senior citizens also will be paying $17 less from last season for tickets in these same areas. Season tickets in the south end zone’s red and yellow sections dropped $17 to $110 for the season.”

HSB Note: “Pay-per-view prices for Hawaii sports events have been tinkered with every year. Partners UH, KHNL/KFVE and Oceanic Time-Warner try to come up with what will maximize attendance and revenue through a combination of ticket and TV sales. They officially released their pricing today for football this fall (along with volleyball and basketball pay per view), with the highlight being lower prices for some seats in the stadium (as previously reported), and a 65 percent discount on road game pay per view for season-ticket purchasers”.

About having the 5-game road PPV package costing just $99 for season-ticket holders instead of $280, JD said:
“My main concern was that we come up with a package for the season-ticket holders, the people who actually fill the stadium for the home games, so they can watch the road games (live). I think $99 for all those road games is a great introductory rate. Secondly, we wanted to have something affordable (for home games), yet make you consider being a season-ticket holder. I think we’re there. On a game-to-game basis, it’s about the same (price).” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The price for a complete 11-game pay-per-view package is $580 for Oahu and $295 for neighbor islands (renewals from 2007 are $380 and $185). Single-game prices are $50 or $60 on Oahu and $25 or $30 depending on the opponent. Last year, Oahu viewers paid $385 as new subscribers and $330 if renewing.”

HA Note: ”

UH and its partners, KFVE/KHNL and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, will offer 21 events — the largest pay-per-view package in the plan’s seven-year history. It will include the most football selections ever, 11 of the 13 regular season games, five Rainbow Wahine volleyball matches and five men’s basketball events. Last year UH had a 19-event package, which included eight football games. The package will include UH’s first two road games, Aug. 30 at Florida and Sept. 13 at Oregon State. The only exclusions are the Oct. 17 game at Boise State and either the Nov. 29 Washington State or Dec. 6 Cincinnati home games, which ESPN has selected.”

About the increased number of games for PPV this year, KHNL/KFVE GM John Fink said:
“If you do the math, last year there were eight games, this year there are 11. So it’s actually less expensive per game this year. And if you look at the games we’ve got, it’s the best package we’ve ever had.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The pay-per-view road games are Florida, Oregon State, Fresno State, Utah State and New Mexico State. The home games are Weber State, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, Idaho and either Washington State or Cincinnati. ESPN plans on televising the Washington State or Cincinnati game.”

About how PPV subscribers will get a rebate (like in past year) if other games are picked up by networks that won’t black out the game locally, Fink said:
“We deal with that every year and we’ll deal with that as it comes along.” (HSB)

About how season-ticket holders have to purchase the road PPV by July 18 if they want the discount, Fink said:
“I want to make it clear that after we beat Florida and then we beat Weber State the guy wants to buy the pay-per-view package and says I’m a season-ticket holder, (well), you don’t get the discount any more.” (HA)

About their projection of a gain of 2000 season-ticket packages sold from last year, JD said:
“That’s a vote of confidence in (new coach) Greg McMackin and because of what happened last season.” (HSB)

About how not everyone can go to games so PPV lets them see the games, JD said:
“A lot of people who moved over from old Honolulu Stadium in 1975, they’re now retired. So If you’re 65 to 70-plus, it can be very difficult moving up and down numerous steps without rails (at the stadium). Pay per view becomes an option for them .There’s a lot of people working on Saturdays now. They work shifts that don’t let them get off on time to get out there, tailgate, but they can get home and grab the pay per view. That’s where society is today. Pay per view is a necessity for a portion of our fans. For others it’s an option. KFVE and Oceanic come in with about 10 percent of our budget for the year, and it’s primarily through pay per view. People who watch pay per view support us. We’d just like those who can to strongly consider coming out to a game.” (HSB)

About how advertising sales are encouraging so far for their broadcasts, Fink said:
“We’re just starting. We’ve had great response so far. We’re real happy with what we’re presenting and we expect it to be another good year. As far as pay per view goes, the numbers were actually slipping on the season package (last year). But because the price went up we were able to maintain our revenue. We’ll see what happens this year. As the team does better, you get more individual game buys, based on the team’s performance. That’s going to be a wait-and-see as the season goes along.” (HSB)

About how UH games will not be in HD yet, John McNamara said:
“It is on the horizon, just not this time around.” (HA)

About how they want to go to HD sometime in the near future, Fink said:
“We’re looking at the possibility down the road. There’s no question we will gravitate toward it but right now it is prohibitively expensive and we’re just not prepared, at this point, to put everything into HD.” (HA)

HA Note: “Norman Santos, Oceanic’s vice president of operations, said approximately 17 per cent of Oceanic’s 420,000 subscribers have HD capability and people in the industry say the number grows by about 2,000 a month. Oceanic’s OC-16 will show high school football in HD this fall.”

About how adding HD would cost about $2 mil, Fink said:
“We have to weigh the cost involved. We’re in the process of putting in a whole new facility (on Waiakamilo Road), which is costing is multi-millions.” (HA)

About the concern that people might prefer HD on TV over going to Aloha Stadium, JD said:
“I believe we are going to create an environment at the facility itself that people will want to be a part of.” (HA)

HA Note: “Nate Smith, Oceanic president, has said it is no longer a case of “if” for HD on UH games, “but when.” “

Feature on Dylan Linkner

June 29, 2008

About people who recognize him when he is bussing tables, Linkner said:
“Our restaurant has a lot of Japanese tourists, so when that happens, they’re looking and wondering, ‘Who’s that?’ This one guy says, ‘I remember when you almost scored that touchdown against USC.’ Talk about a hard-core fan. Some people say ‘What are you doing bussing?’ I explain I’m a regular person trying to make ends meet.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Dylan Linkner busses tables at a restaurant in Waikiki. After summer school, he works an 8-hour shift, finishing at midnight, and is up at 5 the next morning so he can get from his Kailua home in time for early-morning workouts at the University of Hawaii.”

HSB Note: “Linkner’s father, Jim, is an award-winning sound engineer with a long history of working with local recording artists. Willie K and Keali’i Reichel to us are Uncle Willie and Uncle Keali’i to Dylan Linkner.”

About the famous singers that he grew up around, Linkner said:
“When you meet them when you’re a little kid, it’s like, ‘This is blah, blah, blah,’ and you’re like OK, but you don’t really understand who they are. For me, it wasn’t really like an awe-ing experience. It was more like, this is just my dad’s friend. And they’re down-to-earth, like any normal guy off the street. Recently one person I’ve been seeing a lot because he’s been doing a lot of stuff on Oahu is Willie K. That guy’s the most impressive instrument player I’ve ever seen. Then you see him after the show and he’s the most regular, cool guy. Keali’i Reichel, just this guy from Maui who wanted to play music. Then he blew up, and everybody”s like, ‘Man, I can’t believe you know him.'” (HSB)

About playing trombone at Kailua High School, Linkner said:
“I can say I’m knowledgeable about music. I’m not very good at singing. I played high school band, trombone. I felt I did pretty good in high school band, but nothing like I could come to college and play. Henry Fu, the band director, he understood I couldn’t be good at everything. People think band is for dorks, but he would tell us about music theory and how music relates to life. Not only through football, but through band you learn discipline. To get good at a song, you’ve got to practice. Through high school I would say Henry Fu was my mentor and a guy I wanted to live up to. To me, he’s one of the top teachers in the state, not just band. He takes the extra time to help you solve things.” (HSB)

About how Linkner has been helping the younger WRs despite how that could hurt his playing time, Linkner said:
“His teammates love and respect him for it. He never complains, never takes a day off. He’s always trying to improve, but he knows his role.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “That role expanded during spring practice, when Linkner was No. 1 on the depth chart at right wide receiver after Malcolm Lane was injured. He will get a chance to regain it again in fall camp, or at least get into a playing rotation — especially if he cuts 5 pounds as the coaches have requested.”

About how he needs to get faster, Linkner said:
“College sports is speed. Everyone can work on their speed. I know that’s one thing I need to do. I’m not the fastest guy out there, so that’s my biggest thing.” (HSB)

About how he didn’t give up despite limited playing time, Linkner said:
“Some guys, I know, in my situation would get discouraged. I know some who have quit or wanted to transfer. For me it’s like football is my love, football is my passion. I love the sport. I’m hoping after I graduate to do something in football like broadcasting. To me it’s just a love for it. I come out here, it’s the brotherhood, all these guys. After college you step into the world, you have to start real life. I think of it as you can still have your fun before you step into real life.” (HSB)

Feature article about Reagan going to the Samoa camp

June 27, 2008

About going to Samoa to help with the camp, Reagan said:
“I want to show the kids there that anything is possible.” (HA)

About joining UH in 2005 as a walk-on 360-pound nose tackle, Reagan said:
“Man, those were tough times.” (HA)

Note: “Reagan took out loans, received financial aid and worked to pay for his UH tuition and help support his son.”

HA Note: “Near the end of the 2005 season, he moved to running back and made a commitment to physical fitness. He weighed 295 pounds when he reported to spring training in March 2006. Sharing the running back’s job with Nate Ilaoa, Mauia had a productive 2006 season. That merited selection, by the Dolphins, in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. Mauia, despite suffering a fracture in his left hand in the final preseason game, played in all 16 games, starting nine times.”

About reaching the NFL, Reagan said:
“I struggled. When you want something so bad in life, you’ll do whatever it takes to get it. You keep at it and you keep at it. You don’t give up. If it’s in your heart, go for it. That’s what I want to show those kids (in American Samoa).” (HA)

HA Note: “Mauia, who is 6 feet, now weighs 270 pounds. He said his body fat is 9.6 percent. He also will relate his story of overcoming adversity and mistakes. In April, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.”

About his arrest in April, Reagan said:
“Can’t talk about it now. I hope you understand.” (HA)

About fulfilling a childhood dream, Reagan said:
“Playing in the pros was my dream. I remember a teacher told me to stand up and say what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said: ‘An NFL player.’ … This is what I wanted all of my life. I didn’t want to be a lawyer. I didn’t want to be a teacher. I didn’t want to be anything else but a pro player, and I’m here today as testimony.” (HA)

About his passion for football can be traced to his Dad, who was a great rugby player, Reagan said:
“I used to go with him to my uncle’s house to watch the football games. I didn’t understand it. I thought there were bricks (instead of shoulder pads) under their jerseys. Just to see how football made my dad so happy, I wanted to do that for him. I wanted to play football so he could watch and enjoy it.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mauia said this three-day trip, which includes a clinic co-produced by coaches from Southern Methodist and Hawai’i, completes his life’s circle. Until he was 10, Mauia lived in American Samoa, a territory in which there is no Pop Warner program and the high school football teams share a rugby field.”

Happy to a part of this camp, Reagan said:
“I’m glad I can help.” (HA)

HA Note: “A few years ago, Jones decided he wanted to establish a football clinic in American Samoa. UH had successfully recruited players from American Samoa, including Isa’ako Sopoaga, Melila Purcell III, Amani Purcell, Larry Sauafea and Keith AhSoon. The spark, Jones said, came from a meeting several years ago with High Paramount Chief Letuli Letuli, who died in 2006.”

About how his idea to hold a football clinic in Samoa came after he met with High Paramount Chief Letuli Letuli, JJ said:
“We sat around and talked all night. I saw so many things. I heard the stories. It was a connection right away.” (HA)

HA Note: “Jones and McMackin decided to lead a group that included Mauia, Purcell and Jesse Sapolu, a UH alum who won four Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers. Then Ellie Taft, wife of former UH assistant coach Jeff Reinebold, asked Jones if it would be possible to bring over doctors and deliver medical supplies.”

About the medical mission that is part of their Samoa trip, JJ said:
“There is so much need down there in some of the emergency areas.” (HA)

HA Note: “Jones said about 550 athletes and 100 coaches will attend the football clinic. The June Jones Foundation will award five $2,000 scholarships that may be used at any U.S. college.”

About the camp, scholarships, and medical mission, JJ said:
“It’s a way to give back. I want to give back to those kids.” (HA)

JJ and Mack are off to Samoa

June 27, 2008

HSB Note: “June Jones was telling some folks in Dallas about his upcoming trip to American Samoa. Afterward, he was told that the first football gear brought there from the United States was from SMU. Although Jones no longer coaches in Hawaii, he’s maintaining a high profile throughout Polynesia. He and four SMU assistants, Warriors coach Greg McMackin and four of his assistants, and several NFL players, past and present of Polynesian descent, are conducting the June Jones American Samoa Football Academy today and tomorrow.”

About Samoa, JJ said:
“I hold a special affection for the Polynesian culture and I know that this terrific group of coaches and players will make a real difference in helping to develop the game of football in American Samoa.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded, and the undertaking also includes a medical mission with $100,000 in supplies and the expertise of eight health care professionals.”

HSB Note: “In the big picture, the most important part of the undertaking is its medical mission component.”

About the importance of the medical mission to Samoa, Kevin Kaplan (executive director of the June Jones Foundation that is sponsoring the trip along with some other charities) said:
“They need a lot of help there.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Five doctors and three other medical professionals, led by Ellie Taft, the wife of SMU and former UH assistant coach Jeff Reinebold, are volunteering their expertise and bringing $100,000 worth of medical supplies donated by Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.”

About how Samoa needs the medical help, Reagan Mauia said:
“They need all the help medically that they can get. There are a lot of elderly people there who are in need of medical assistance. For June Jones and everyone to do this, it means a lot. It shows that people really care.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “It will be a very emotional trip for Mauia. He was born in American Samoa, but moved when he was 13. This is his first time back after leaving in 1995.”

Happy to be part of the trip, Reagan said:
“I’m very grateful to be involved.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Another former UH player from American Samoa, defensive lineman Melila Purcell, now plays for the Cleveland Browns. He looks forward to tomorrow’s clinic, where the coaches and players will share their knowledge with 550 youths. There will also be a clinic for American Samoa coaches.”

About being involved with the Samoa camp, Mel Purcell said:
“I’m excited to go back home, but even more, to go back and spend some time with the young players. We hardly had any NFL players or camps. I went to one camp. I told myself I want to be in that position some day to come back and help out. Teaching the kids and telling them what I went through will be great. I want to give them the idea, ‘You can do anything.’ The road I took was tough, but very exciting.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Former UH greats and NFL players Jesse Sapolu and Leo Goeas are also on the trip. So is Paul Soliai, a former Utah player now in the NFL. Warriors head coach Greg McMackin and assistants Alex Gerke, Nick Rolovich, Brian Smith and Craig Stutzmann were slated to make the trip. They were joined by Dennis McKnight, Wes Suan, Frank Gansz and Reinebold of Jones’ SMU staff. All coached at UH, even Gansz, who was a guest coach one spring.”

About the Samoa trip, Mack said:
“There are two special things about this. It’s great for Samoa to have these superstar guys come back. And our staffs are very close. We have brothers on the SMU staff. It’s really a joint venture.” (HSB)

About the camp, which he plans to do every year, JJ said:
“Originally I was going to take the UH staff, but then I left for SMU (in January). I’m really excited Mack has joined us.” (HSB)

Aloha Stadium will get a $185 mil overhaul

June 27, 2008

About the renovation of Aloha Stadium, state Comptroller Russ Saito said:
“It’ll be just like when you walked into the stadium the first time. The seats were all shiny. The colors were bright. The steps you walked on were all solid. All of that will be refurbished. It will be like a new stadium.” (HA)

HA Note: “The renovation project — aimed at extending the lifespan of the 50,000-seat multi-purpose facility for another 30 years — will entail several phases.”

Stadium Authority Chairman Kevin Chong Kee said that the first stage is aimed at fixing:
“the health and safety issues of the stadium.” (HA)

HA Note: “Later stages, aimed at enhancing “the spectator experience” and generating revenue, will explore adding luxury suites and several other amenities. Saito said the project will start in March, with major work being done between the end of the NFL’s 2009 Pro Bowl and the University of Hawai’i football season. The makeover is expected to be completed in 2013.”

About what needs to be fixed first, Saito said:
“The roof deck is the most corroded and the one most in need of attention.” (HA)

HA Note: “Other highlights of the initial project include strengthening roof supports, controlling rust, replacing seats, repairing the parking lot, stabilizing pedestrian bridges and recommendations to add at least eight elevators and 300 women’s toilets. Since opening in 1975 at a cost of $32 million, the state’s largest facility has been dogged by costly repairs and lawsuits. From 1985 to 1995, rust treatment cost $80 million. By comparison, building a new stadium will cost an estimated $278 million in 2005 dollars, according to a study released yesterday by SSFM International, and Wiss, Janney, Elstner and Associates Inc.”

A state environmental assessment draft said that new private elevators could take fans to suites, which will:
“enhance the spectator experience to a level on par with other venues of its size and, hence, its revenue-producing potential, thereby offsetting future maintenance costs.” (HA)

HA Note: “The study explored the idea of adding 12 suites across the 50-yard line of the middle level of the stadium. The suites will have a total of 248 seats. The upgrades will displace 308 upper-field seats along the 50-yard line, according to the study. Since the stadium will be locked in football configuration, another proposal calls for adding an enclosed lounge on the four open corners of the stadium. This “loge level corner and sideline club addition” will have 960 total seats. Another proposal will be the “sideline club lounge and amenities addition,” which will have 1,454 padded seats. The report also suggested converting the baseball press box into a super suite with 270 seats. It was unclear if more stadium seats would have to be displaced for this project to be completed.”

About how structural improvements will take priority over seating amenities, Chong Kee said:
“I want the stadium to be structurally fit.” (HA)

Downplaying the way the stadium vibrates when the crowd goes crazy, Saito said:
“The vibration is perceived to be a lot larger than it is. Its like .01 inch of displacement. It’s safe.” (HA)

HA Note: “Starting next year, workers will “stiffen” the eight pedestrian bridges that connect the corners of the stadium. The plan will attach stabilizing struts to the walkways, Saito said.”

Feature article on John Fonoti

June 25, 2008

HA Note: “John Fonoti’s commitment to the offseason conditioning program is a slam dunk. That was evident yesterday morning, when he performed a taxing drill in the University of Hawai’i’s Klum Gym. Starting in a back-to-the-ground position, Fonoti was required to spring to his feet, catch a rubber ball on the second bounce, and then soar for a dunk. Swish!”

Praising John Fonoti’s condition, David Veikune said:
“He’s in shape.” (HA)

HA Note: “This offseason, middle linebacker Brashton Satele and Fonoti, who is listed as the No. 1 defensive right end, are workout partners. Their day begins with a 5 a.m. wake-up call.”

About how Fonoti has been motivated for his workouts, Satele said:
“I used to have to call him. Now, the majority of the time he’s waking up on his own. Now he’s calling me. He’s way more committed this year. He’s taking on a leadership role.” (HA)

HA Note: “It is a remarkable change from last season, when Fonoti’s career was in retreat. After a promising freshman season in 2005, Fonoti was forced to redshirt in 2006. Although he was academically eligible by UH and NCAA standards, the coaches felt he needed to focus more on his academics. He was not allowed to practice with the team or attend meetings. What’s more, his football scholarship was revoked. Last summer, he was told he would be reinstated to the team. But without a scholarship, he had to work in construction.”

About working in construction, Fonoti said:
“It was hard work. I had to carry some heavy stuff.” (HA)

About how working in construction left him little time to train with his teammates, Fonoti said:
“I used to walk in here and see everybody training. I’d say, ‘Good job.’ ” (HA)

About how his poor preparation showed up in the first practice, where ever player is asked to run ten 22-yard sprints, Fonoti said:
“I did three. Last year, I was so out of shape. I couldn’t do anything. I wasn’t that committed. I was slacking off.” (HA)

HA Note: “He suffered another setback when he injured his heels after falling off a roof. But, by the end of the season, Fonoti worked his way into the rotation at defensive end. He also emerged as a physical player on special teams. During spring practice, head coach Greg McMackin, who was the defensive coordinator last season, declared open competition at all of the positions. By the end of spring training, Veikune and Fonoti established themselves as the No. 1 defensive ends.”

About being the #1 DE at the end of Spring Training, Fonoti said:
“I don’t take it as a starting job. Everybody is equal. All I can do is work hard and train hard.” (HA)

About how his Mom wakes up early to drop him off, Fonoti said:
“I have to wake up my mom to drop me off (at UH). She has the hard job. She has to wake up early.” (HA)

HA Note: “Fonoti then spends the next several hours competing running and agility drills, lifting weights, and competing in more running and agility drills. The 6-foot-3 junior said he now weighs “a solid 265,” up from last season, when he was 240.”

About the weight that Fonoti has gained, Veikune said:
“He’s heavier than me. He’s always in the weight room.” (HA)

About his workouts, Fonoti said:
“I’m trying to bust my butt, trying to stay in shape.” (HA)

About how he will receive a football scholarship in the fall, Fonoti said:
“I’m very thankful.” (HA)

Financial contrast between Florida and UH

June 25, 2008

From Ferd’s article in the Honolulu Advertiser:

HA Note: “The athletic department budget UF has announced for the upcoming fiscal year is a record $84 million, according to an executive summary. Or, about three times what UH is expected to operate on. It is a sign of UH’s current financial plight that, currently occupied by the furious bailing of red ink, the Warriors have yet to release a forecast for the fiscal year that starts Tuesday. But estimates are that the Warriors will come in at about $28 million to $29 million, a record by UH standards.

Clearly, the North American continent isn’t the only thing that separates them. Football is credited with producing $54.6 million in revenue for the Gators, or nearly 65 percent of the total budget. At UH, football might do $11.5 million all things considered, or about 41 percent.

Florida projects a $1.39 million surplus. UH, at last report, was staring at a $1.1 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. Even after the $600,000 guarantee, from which they might hope to bank half.

UF reports an athletic endowment of $39.3 million; UH is at $4 million.”

Article about it is expected to be hot and humid during the Florida game

June 25, 2008

About playing in the hottest time of the day in Florida, JD said:
“(Florida head coach) Urban Meyer probably figured it would be a nice environment for the University of Hawai’i. (That) it is not on national television means it was set locally, which goes to show you the kind of great fans Florida has because there were no complaints. My guess is it will be about 92 to 97 degrees — and about 106 percent humidity. We may need to issue snorkels.” (HA)

HA Note: “Florida has announced a set of what it terms “heat initiatives” for fans attending the game at The Swamp, including “misting tents” and free cups of ice to help take the edge of what is expected to be sweltering conditions. The 12:30 p.m. Eastern time (6:30 a.m. Hawai’i) kickoff will be only the second game at that hour for the Gators in 16 years.”

A Florida spokeswoman said that their last 12:30 game came in last year’s opener vs. Western Kentucky where:
“it was only 83 (degrees). Humidity was 80 percent.” (HA)

HA Note: “With Florida leading, 49-3, the game was terminated with 8 minutes, 23 seconds remaining because of what UF described as “severe weather in the area.” Attendance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was announced as 90,086.”

HA Note: “The UF athletic department received a $282,000 increase this year for what was described as increased heat initiative and security expenses. Florida said “cool misting tents” will be set up on concourses on the north, south and west sides of the stadium. In addition, fans will be installed on the east concourse, 12-ounce containers of water will sell for $1 and “cooling buses” will be employed on the east and west sides of the stadium to supplement aid stations. Florida officials are recommending spectators use sunscreen of “at least 30 SPF,” wear hats and loose fitting clothing and “avoid excess alcohol.” The UF release noted, “officers at gates (will be) looking out for fans in heat distress and directing (them) to aid stations.” “