Archive for June, 2009

UH’s Athletic Department deficit expected to grow by $2.58 million

June 30, 2009

HA Note: “Battered by what he termed “one of the toughest economies we’ve ever faced as an athletic department,” University of Hawai’i athletic director Jim Donovan said he expects to report a $2.58 million deficit for the fiscal year that closes today. Based upon unaudited figures through May 31, Donovan said UH forecasts spending of $28.34 million on the 19-team program and revenue of $25.75 million The deficit will add to what independent auditors said earlier this year was $5.4 million in debt accumulated over the previous five years.”

HA Note: “Earlier projections for the current fiscal year had been for as much as a $3.2 million loss, but Donovan said cutbacks, leaving some vacant positions unfilled and a slight upturn in baseball revenues helped reduce the deficit.”

JD said that the baseball team increased their revenue over the previous year an:
“estimated $100,000 more in total ticket and concession revenue.” (HA)

HA Note: “The athletic department self generates approximately 82 percent of its operating funds, mainly through ticket sales, television rights and sponsorships. Assistance from the school’s general fund is used to fund upkeep of lower campus facilities and tuition support. Donovan has told the Board of Regents he aims to have the upcoming fiscal year deficit “under $2 million” and get to a break-even point in the 2011 fiscal year. Breaking even in fiscal year 2011 “is realistic, at this point,” Donovan reiterated yesterday.”

Supporting JD, Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw said:
“Jim Donovan has my full support for leading our UH sports program. Jim and our athletics program need the community’s support as well. Some of the factors in the department shortfall are beyond his control — football attendance was dampened by rain at several home games; high travel costs; and turnout at all events has been hurt by the economic downturn. Jim has exciting plans for boosting fan support during our upcoming 100th athletics anniversary, expanding donations and private partnerships, and better connecting UH sports to our community. I hope everyone will join me in supporting UH athletics and Jim.” (HA)

HA Note: “In a tightening economy, UH’s three money-producing sports — football, men’s basketball and women’s volleyball — showed a combined $1.3 million drop in ticket revenue from the previous year, according to UH. Football, which went from 12-1 to 7-7, was down $1.2 million at the box office while men’s basketball was down $55,701 and Rainbow Wahine volleyball was off $55,000. In addition, men’s volleyball, once a money maker, was expected to lose $275,000 and women’s basketball, coming off the most losses in the school’s history (8-23) took in just $19,529 in ticket sales, a more than 30 percent drop, UH said.”

JD said that they do not plan to cut a sport “at this time”, only doing that:
“as a last-resort.” (HA)

About how they have cut expenses significantly, JD said:
“We’ve made $1.3 million in cutbacks, we have open positions that aren’t being filled. We’re doing everything we can do to lower our expenses without doing any long-term damage to the athletic programs.” (HSB)

JD said that UH’s long-term goal is to balance the budget and start paying off the deficit:
“but these are the worst economic times our state has seen since statehood.” (HSB)

About how the Athletic Department generates about $21 million of their $25 million in revenue, JD said:
“So when the economy’s really tough it has an effect on how much we can generate.” (HSB)

About how they are cutting expenses in a way to try to avoid hurting athletic performance on the field (which would hurt attendance and reduce revenue), JD said:
“It’s all predicated on (being) successful on the field and court. That’s what all of our coaches are trying to do. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not cutting the sports budgets. If you cut their budgets, it just makes it that much harder for them to win and winning’s so important right now as far as getting revenue.” (HSB)

JD is asking the athletic programs:
“to spend only what they absolutely have to.” (HSB)

About how they will not increase ticket prices this year, and will only increase prices if the economy improves, JD said:
“The most important thing for us right now is to be affordable to the masses.” (HSB)

About how their outlook will not be clear until the state budget is resolved, JD said:
“Everyone’s waiting to see what guidance we get over the next couple of weeks with furloughs vs. other cuts.” (HSB)

JD said that discussions about adding an athletic fee to the UH tuition will continue:
“to see if we can come up with a model that makes sense for everyone involved.” (HSB)

The Just Win and All-Poly camps have brought a lot of recruiters to Hawaii

June 30, 2009

About how the Just Win football camp last week and the All-Poly Camp (which started yesterday) brought the recruiters to Hawaii, Keith Amemiya (executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association) said:
“it is incredible the people that come through here now.” (HA)

“We’ve never had this kind of exposure before.” (HA)

UHA Note: “UCLA, Colorado, Washington, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Utah, Nevada-Las Vegas, with USC and Stanford on the way, are among those with representatives joining UH in its well-contested backyard., and are among the major recruiting services that have made the state a must-check out destination.”

About the increased interest in local recruits, Norm Chow said that when he started recruiting Hawaii for BYU in 1976 there were:
“maybe two or three schools recruiting here regularly. It used to be a big deal to have two scholarship offers.” (HA)

HA Note: “Until recently, several of the local prospects who sought to put their talents on display had to go to Mainland camps. Those that could afford the considerable airfare and expenses, anyway. But no longer. From Game Plan Football, to UH coach Greg McMackin’s camps to “Just Win” and All-Poly, the showcases now abound.”

About having the All-Poly Camp in Hawaii, Sam Papali’i (former Kealakehe High School coach who was an assistant at UH, Utah, UNLV, and Iowa State) said:
“This is the biggest thing we’ve had here. There hasn’t been anything better for the prospects of this state.” (HA)

HA Note: “The three-day camp at Kapi’olani Park features such notable instructors as UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Colorado assistant head coach Brian Cabral and Brigham Young defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, along with several others with strong Hawai’i ties, like Oregon State defensive line coach and Radford High graduate Joe Seumalo, Utah State defensive line coach Chad Kaha’aha’a (Baldwin) and Central Arkansas defensive backs coach Corey Batoon (Saint Louis). Hawai’i associate coach Rich Miano and director of football player personnel Tony Tuioti also are serving as instructors.”

HA Note: “Camp spokesperson Linda Fehoko estimated about 90 percent of yesterday’s 300-plus participants were from Hawai’i, including several from the Neighbor Islands.”

HA Note: “Greg Ladky and Barton Simmons of gathered data from 150 camp participants yesterday, and said they expect to eventually post prospect profiles of “about 75” All-Poly prospects on their Web site, which he said “fluctuates between fourth and sixth” among the internet’s most-visited sports sites. Ladky said in the past, about 50 Hawai’i kids per year would get their profiles posted, and many would not appear until later in the football season.”

About the importance of having rivals come to Hawaii in the offseason, Ladky said:
“What this does ( coming to Hawai’i) is get these kids into our database earlier. Before, we would learn about the Hawai’i kids, but the information was not as quick. The process of a ‘sleeper’ getting noticed would happen really late. This is a tremendous opportunity for these kids, even way beyond the 50-75 whose profiles will be posted. It’s huge, especially for the ‘second-tier’ guys who might get noticed.” (HA)

About how ESPN brought 6 representatives from its high school recruiting division to the All-Poly camp, ESPN senior director David Geaslen said:
“We follow the top recruits in the country, and when you look at the number of Division I prospects every year, the Hawai’i kids stack up well.” (HA)

The NFL approved Colt Brennan’s uniform donation to a Hau’ula Pop Warner team

June 30, 2009

About donating uniforms to the Koolauloa Red Raiders, a Pop Warner team in Hau’ula, Colt said:
“I wanted to give back.” (HA)

HA Note: “[Brennan] stays on the North Shore when he visits Hawai‘i.”

Chad Owens signs with Montreal in the CFL!

June 30, 2009

About going to Montreal Wednesday for a shot to make their CFL team, Chad Owens said:
“I’m just looking forward to playing football again. Just trying to continue to live my dream and continue to do what I love to do.” (HA)

HA Note: “Owens has recovered from a torn ACL that abbreviated his indoor-league season last year.”

Davone Besss is upset about his Twitter imposter

June 29, 2009

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About how he called NFL security due to the impostor who twittered claiming to be Bess, Bess’ agent Kenny Zuckerman said:
“The Twitter site is a 100-percent fake. We have contacted all the proper authorities and plan to prosecute this impostor to the fullest extent of the law. Fraud is fraud and we are going to protect Davone and his reputation at any cost. He is very upset about this incident and wants everyone to know that he is the victim of an unfortunate scam.” (Fox)

Fox Note: “The con was first chronicled by Dolphins blogs that included, and Claiming he was Bess, “Lambo_Weezy” was “Tweeting” braggadocios statements — like challenging Tennessee running back Chris Johnson to a footrace — that belie the wide receiver’s humble personality. “Lambo_Weezy” even conducted an online chat posing as Bess through noticed Twitter posts from the fake Bess were being made while the real Bess was on the field participating in offseason practices. The web site alerted Zuckerman to the situation.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said NFL security
“will get involved to help any NFL employee being victimized by impersonation.” (Fox)

Fox Note: “Dolphins security also is investigating the matter, team spokesman Harvey Greene said Monday night. The “Lambo_Weezy” Twitter account had 1,228 followers as of Monday afternoon.”

Fox Note: “But since Twitter doesn’t ask for identification proof to start an account, a bevy of imposters has emerged. A fake “Peyton Manning” — complete with a mug shot of the Colts quarterback and hometown listing of Indianapolis in the Twitter profile — has almost 14,000 followers. A bogus DeMarcus Ware “tweeted” that he was close to signing a contract extension, forcing the Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker to later disclaim the false posting. St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa sued Twitter because an impostor sent out derogatory statements under his name. A settlement was reached earlier this month.”

Samson Satele feels that the Raiders will turn things around this season

June 28, 2009

About how he feels the Raiders will turn things around this season, Samson said:
“If Tom Cable sees it, he’s been in there for about four years now and the rest of the guys have been there for about six years. He’s saying that these guys are working the hardest since he’s been there. He always talks about we’re not going to be like how we were the last five or six years, we’re not going to be like those teams last year or the year before. It’s the same things that Sporano said and it worked out good. The guys in Oakland we just got to believe in it and good things will happen.” (KGMB)

KGMB Note: “Although Satele was a pass blocker at UH, he’s become more of a run blocking center in the pros. It’s a skill that fits in Oakland and a style that he looks forward to. ”

Feature article on Amosa Amosa

June 28, 2009

HSB Note: “In early 1984, Dick Tomey lured an 18-year-old lineman from Campbell High School into the memorabilia room of his house. Amosa Amosa, attending a recruiting barbecue held by the University of Hawaii’s coach at the time, looked in awe at the gleaming trophies, signed footballs and yellowed newspaper clippings. When Tomey plucked a jersey from a shelf and held it up — Jesse Sapolu’s old No. 76 — the kid from Campbell was sold.

“You come here, this is your number,” Amosa was told by Tomey, who clearly did his homework more than 25 years ago. See, you leave Western Samoa at age 12 and your athletic hero isn’t Joe Montana or Walter Payton. It’s someone who looked like you, a future Pro Bowler of Samoan ancestry, who would block for Montana and Steve Young and win Super Bowls for Bill Walsh’s 49ers.”

About how the offer of Jesse Sapolu’s number made him decide to go to UH, Amosa said:
“Jesse Sapolu was my idol, I was almost shaking. I called home that night and said, ‘Dad, I think I’m going Hawaii already.’ ” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Condolences were quickly sent to BYU, Utah, Washington and Portland State, which, now it can be told, was never in the running.”

About how he never planned to go to Portland State, Amosa said:
“As a senior at Campbell, I didn’t even know where Portland was. I was like, ‘Portland, is that a state?’ ” (HSB)

About being named one of the 100 greatest players to play UH football, Amosa said:
“All those great players, I just didn’t know if they would put me on that incredible list. I am so honored, I can’t even tell you.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “His football accomplishments — first-team All-Western Athletic Conference, named twice to the prestigious Warrior Club and to the 1988 Hula Bowl, member of the first all-Polynesian line in NCAA history”

A Campbell high school teacher talked about how Amosa had affected the student body at Campbell High School:
“It’s one thing when you used to walk across campus with your books under your arms. But they still see you as haole. With Amosa, it’s different. The kids, they relate to him. They watch and follow. Some have even stopped holding up D-building with their feet. Now they go to class.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The words partially stung then, but I know now what he meant — how a hulking Samoan kid, who deigned to carry his bulky algebra books under his arm and held his head high and proud like the honor student he became, well, a young man like that could effect real change at Campbell.”

About Campbell’s QB Lalo Respicio, Amosa said:
“Da buggah get one heart as big as anybody. Talk about great character. 3.6 GPA. Humble. Works hard. So coachable. Always picking up people. The wins are nice. But to have good character, to have pride in your community, that’s the vision and philosophy.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Good Amosa trivia: As a Campbell assistant, Amosa Amosa once coached Kaleopa Kaleopa. (The oldest boy in a Samoan family often is bestowed a double name). His roommate at UH: volleyball star Allen Allen.”

About how Amosa once showed up in a muddy downpour at Leilehua in bare feet, then-Campbell coach Darren Hernandez said:
“You had to see him. His pants were rolled up and he said his shoes were soaked. I finally told him, ‘Amosa, you can’t coach in bare feet. Put your shoes on.’ So unassuming, so humble, you would never know Amosa accomplished what he did as an athlete or a coach.” (HSB)

Article about UH commits Viliami Fonokalafi and David Lefotu

June 28, 2009

About facing Fonokalafi in a one-on-one drill during UH’s Big Man’s Camp last week, Lefotu said:
“He’s a great guy, very explosive defensive lineman. We were really getting at it, but at the end of the day we shook hands and we’re really proud that we both committed to UH.” (HSB)

About how he had planned to go to the mainland to play until UH’s junior day, Fonokalafi said:
“The junior day made a great impression on me. It changed the way I was thinking. I thought going to the mainland would be the best thing for me. But going to the Junior Day, (UH) seemed like a great fit.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Fonokalafi said working with former UH and Kaimuki lineman Matt Faga, now a Bulldogs assistant coach, motivated him to work toward college.”

Lefotu said that his Pearl City coaches had told him that the Warriors were interested in him, but when the offer came:
“it was a big relief to commit to UH and become a future Warrior.” (HSB)

Kalani Brackenridge will decide between UH and MLB by August 17

June 28, 2009

About choosing between grayshirting with UH (joining the program in the spring) or signing with the Tampa Bay Rays, Kalani Brackenridge said:
“It’s a great opportunity with these choices I have. It’s incredible.” (HSB)

About the August 17 deadline for draft picks to sign MLB contracts, Brackenridge said:
“It’s a hard decision, because if I sign that means I have to give up football.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Brackenridge’s former Kapolei teammate, linebacker Chad Lopati, also signed with UH but will attend Arizona Western College this fall, Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez said. Joey Iosefa, a signee out of Fagaitua High School in American Samoa, is also expected to grayshirt this season.”

UH offers 15-year-old Kamalei Correa!

June 28, 2009

About how her son was destined to be a Warrior, Lani Correa (who has worked for UH’s athletic department for more than two decades) said:
“I was working while I was pregnant with him. He was born to be a Warrior.” (HA)

HA Note: “Kamalei Correa has received a scholarship offer from the Warriors. The offer is postdated to 2013. That’s because Correa, who turned 15 in April, will be entering the ninth grade at Saint Louis School.”

About her son getting an offer from UH before he even began high school, Lani said:
“We’re in awe.” (HA)

HA Note: “Recruits may not verbally accept offers until their junior years, but the Correas have been assured that head coach coach Greg McMackin will honor the offer. Last year, McMackin made national news when he offered a scholarship to Reeve Koehler, then an eight-grader. Correa and Koehler will be Saint Louis classmates this year.”

HA Note: “The Correas have long ties to the Warriors. Kamalei Correa’s eldest brother, La’anui Correa, was a standout defensive end for the Warriors Haku Correa, also a defensive lineman, will be a second-year freshman this season.”

About how her sons have always been around the UH campus, Lani said:
“My sons grew up on campus. They’ve always been around.” (HA)

About how La’anui (who is 6’4″) sometimes would pick on Kamalei when they were younger, Lani laughed and said:
“I told La’anui, ‘You’d better watch out, he’s going to be bigger than you one day.’ ” (HA)

About how Kamalei is now 6’1″ and 232 pounds, Lani said:
“And he’s growing.” (HA)

HA Note: “Kamalei also is a gifted baseball player. One coach told Lani that Kamalei “is a freak of nature” athletically.”

About how she tells her son that success comes from hard work, Lani said:
“This is what happens when you work hard. You need to keep applying yourself, especially in school. He’s learning that hard work pays off.” (HA)

HA Note: “Lani said Kamalei was named after Lee Michael Goeas, who was a family friend and organizer of PAL events. Goeas died in March 1994, a month before Kamalei was born . Kamalei translates to “my beloved.” Leilani named her son Kamalei Lee Michael Correa in memory of Goeas.”