Mac talks about their 2008 season and plans for 2009

About how he’s already started working on their 2009 season, Mac said:
“I’m already thinking about ’09. I’ve already started working on it.” (HSB)

About how he’ll take some time off now (this is a dead period for recruiting) in Vegas, where he and his wife own a home, Mac said:
“I’m going to take about a week to evaluate the season and make some decisions and go from there.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Two days after the season-ending loss to Notre Dame in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, McMackin had already identified two areas of emphasis for next season — sacks and penalties. Hawaii quarterbacks were dropped for losses an NCAA-record 59 times. The Warriors also tied a school record with 122 penalties and broke the UH mark with 1,097 yards in infractions.”

About how recruiting is critical to avoid the big losses on offense and defense that they had over the past two seasons, Mac said:
“Recruiting is a real key because we can’t go year from year and lose one or the other group. We’ve got to stabilize our recruiting.” (HSB)

About how their QBs know the system already, unlike last year, Mac said:
“We won’t have to teach the quarterbacks the package. Greg understands it, Brent understands it. We shouldn’t ever be in that situation again.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Inoke Funaki started six games at quarterback and is expected to compete at running back next season.”

Reflecting on their season, Mac said:
“The players were supportive and loyal and we were all in it together. We had some good things happen and things that weren’t so good. This last game wasn’t so good, so we have to learn from that, recruit some good players and go from there.” (HSB)


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