UH will get many benefits from playing USC

HSB Note: “National exposure. Probable sellouts. The financial guarantees.”

About how playing USC will help UH recruit, JD said:
“The intangible is it’s attractive for players from Hawaii to know they’ll get to play a team like USC. So it helps us in recruiting.” (HSB)

About how Mac wants to play teams in the western part of the US, JD said:
“Normally, Coach Mack wants to play in the West. He doesn’t mind any Pac-10 team, sees it as a positive for recruiting. As long as it’s a home-and-home. We’ll consider east of the Mississippi, but not very often.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Such an exception is Army. That home-and-home series was booked because former UH player and assistant Rich Ellerson is coach of the Black Knights, and — as Jones pointed out — it makes sense for Hawaii to play the service academies.”

HSB Note: “The new contract includes guarantees of $350,000 for each team.”

About playing USC, Mac said:
“We’re really excited about this series and for the opportunity to play a perennial national championship contender. It’ll be good for our fans to be able to see us play one of the top teams in the country, which will be an indication of where our program is at.” (HSB)

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