Archive for July, 2009

Warrior Players are Supporting Coach McMackin

July 31, 2009

Supporting Mac, John Estes said:
“We wanted to support Coach Mac. He’s a great person on and off the field. You can see how he cares and that came out in the press conference.” (HA)

Feeling that the punishment was fair to Mac, Raphael Ieru said:
“It was hard to watch him break down. I think the punishment was fair. We’ve got to support our coach. We’re here for him no matter what. I know it was tough for him.” (HA)

About the emotions before and during the press conference, Ray Hisatake said:
“I was just as emotional as Coach Mac. We all say stupid things and I think Coach Mac really regrets it. Before we went in (into the press conference), we all met with Coach Mac and he was balling. We all feel his pain. I’ve never seen coach so vulnerable.” (HA)

About how he went to the Press Conference to show his support for Mac, Aaron Kia said:
“It was very emotional for him, and for us. (Came) to show support for Coach. To let him know we’re here for him in times of trouble. Things happen in life that don’t go your way. People in need of help need to know people are here for them. It was hard to see your leader taking heat.” (HA)

Feeling that the punishment was fair, Billy Ray Stutzmann said:
“I think it was fair. Everyone makes mistakes and you’ve got to pay for your mistakes. I feel for him. We all forgive him. We, as a team, forgive him. I’m glad he came out and apologized.” (HA)

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090731/BREAKING02/90731082/UH+players+reactions+to+McMackin+s+suspension++pay+reduction

UH Suspended Coach McMakin for 30 Days

July 31, 2009

About Mac’s punishment, JD said:
“We have completed the investigation with the cooperation of Coach McMackin. Because of violations of University policies, I have decided, with the approval of Chancellor Hinshaw, on the following actions:

* Coach McMackin will be suspended without pay for 30 days. However, Coach McMackin has agreed to volunteer to coach the team for those 30 days because he doesn’t want the team or the university to be harmed by his mistake.

* In addition, Coach McMackin will be voluntarily participating in the salary reduction at the same level as myself.

There are other steps we have discussed that Coach McMackin has agreed to accomplish so I’ll ask Chancellor Hinshaw to present those.” (UH)

Chancellor Hinshaw then detailed additional measures:
“We all recognize that yesterday Coach McMackin made a serious mistake that has hurt many people and brought negative attention to our State and our University. He is clearly remorseful – as well he should be. This has been a painful experience for all involved, but we must now consider actions that will help everyone learn from this very negative event and improve for the future.

In my own interactions with Coach McMackin, he has always been respectful in dealing with all people and set an excellent example for our student-athletes. Yet he still made a serious mistake and we all know that words carry painful consequences so we are all striving to deal with the damage that was done. To lead the healing process, in addition to the actions described by Athletics Director Donovan:

* Coach McMackin will personally participate in activities directed at improving the environment for our community through working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community on campus. Camaron Miyamoto, coordinator for our LGBT services, has discussed with us how we can turn this into a learning experience for the whole campus.

* That will include Coach’s participating in a public service announcement describing how words can hurt, presenting during student orientations, and supporting awareness training for the athletics program.

* Also, a part of the money from his salary reduction will be used by the University to support a student intern for LGBT to assist in conducting campus-wide workshops in awareness training.

We believe these steps will move us forward by making this painful experience into a positive learning experience for Greg McMackin, our UH Manoa campus, and our community. I can assure you that UH Manoa is truly committed to providing an inclusive, supportive environment for all members of our community.” (UH)

HA Note: “McMackin will be allowed to coach the team “as a volunteer” during the suspension, and the money from his suspension will be used to fund an intern for a gay/lesbian group.”

Very positive about the measures taken by UH, Camaron Miyamoto, Coordinator, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services said:
“Today will strengthen a positive and on-going working relationship between LGBT Student Services, the UH Commission on the Status of LGBTI Equality and the Department of Athletics.

Continued collaboration between LGBT Student Services, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Department of Athletics is a necessary and needed first step to address homophobia and to promote institutionalized change at our university.

I am entirely devoted to providing every opportunity for Coach McMackin and the Department of Athletics to serve as advocates for change in support of LGBT people in Hawai`i.

It is my hope that our combined resources and efforts will build a more respectful and inclusive campus.” (UH)

Ending the press conference with an apology, Mac said:
“I made a big mistake. I want to apologize to everyone that I offended with my remarks. I’m committed to do whatever I can to use this as a life lesson and to learn from my mistake. When we make mistakes we have to learn from it and make better people of ourselves.

I talked to Charlie (Weis) at Notre Dame and apologized to him and his outstanding football team. I should have never brought the Notre Dame program up in my interview.

I’m sorry I said something so hurtful and I’m very remorseful. I’ve offended the gay and lesbian community and now I’m going to work with the LGBT community on campus to use this as a teachable moment for me and hopefully others. I’m very pained and disappointment in myself and hope to make up for some of the pain I’ve caused others. I’ve made a mistake and now I have to show the leadership in dealing with both the football program and building respect for all people in our community.” (UH)

About the disciplinary actions taken against Mac, Chancellor Hinshaw said:
“We all recognize that yesterday Coach McMackin made a serious mistake that has hurt many people and brought negative attention to our state and university. He is clearly remorseful — as well as he should be. This has been a painful experience for all involved, but we must now consider actions that will help everyone learn from this very negative event.” (HA)

HA Note: “Members of some of the campus gay/lesbian groups were at today’s athletic department press conference at the Stan Sheriff Center.”

About the actions taken today, Camaron Miyamoto (UH coordinator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services) said:
“Today will strengthen a positive and on-going working relationship between LGBT Student Services, the UH commission on the status of LGBTI Equality and the Department of Athletics.” (HA)

Supporting his coach, Jayson Rego said:
“Coach is a great guy, I truly believe he is sorry.” (HA)

JD said that Mac will coach during his 30-day suspension:
“because he doesn’t want the team or the university to be harmed from his mistake.” (HA)

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090731/BREAKING01/90731054/UH+suspends+McMackin

http://www.hawaiiathletics.com/news/2009/7/31/GEN_0731094027.aspx

Notre Dame’s Charlie Weis accepted McMackin’s apology

July 31, 2009

Accepting Mac’s apology, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis said:
“Our media day is not until next Friday so I believe it is in the best
interests of the Notre Dame football program to address this issue promptly
then put it to rest.

Yesterday, Coach McMackin demonstrated poor judgment when, while making comments critical of our football program, he used a derogatory word. Speaking only for our football program, we were offended by the remarks.

This afternoon I received a phone call from Coach McMackin and he
apologized to me and asked I pass that along to my players and coaches. We accept his apology and we will move on.

As a parent of a daughter with global developmental delays, I am especially sensitive to offensive characterizations like the one at issue here. But in no way do I believe Coach McMackin¹s comments were intended to be offensive. In our phone conversation today, I expressed those sentiments.

It is now time to put this incident behind us and return focus to the 2009
season.” (HsB)

http://www.starbulletin.com/news/breaking/52214842.html

Pisa Tinoisamoa explains why he wanted a one-year contract with Chicago

July 31, 2009

CST = Chicago Sun-Times

CST Note: “Speaking of linebackers, the expected starter on the strong side is Pisa Tinoisamoa. He’s already up to speed in the defense and said it’s virtually the same as what he was used to as a rookie in St. Louis in 2003.”

About how he’s comfortable wiht the Bears’ defense even though today was just the first day of training camp, Pisa talked about how similar the system is to the system he was in as a rookie:
“It’s the exact same thing.” (CST)

CST Note: “Tinoisamoa signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million ($1 million base, $500,000 signing bonus). He was released by the St. Louis Rams in late May and acknowledged the thought process was that a one-year deal allowed him to enter the free market at a more opportune time.”

About why he wanted a contract for just one year instead of a longer deal, Pisa said:
“We tossed around the idea of a two-year deal, at least, and we talked about what happened because I got released at that time. There were different options. Weighing it out and looking at free agency and the potential that we have there, and looking at the teams we had interested, it only made sense to sign the one-year [contract]. Hopefully, things work out [longterm]. But if not, you’re with a good defense, an established defense and one I am familiar with, and I’m with a team that likes me. Why not?” (CST)

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2009/07/bear_tracks_recapping_a_busy_f.html

More quotes about the Mac controversy

July 31, 2009

Hours after his press conference, as he was about to board a shuttle for the airport, Mac said:
“I’m so disappointed in myself. So disappointed.” (HA)

About Mac’s statements, JD said:
“Coach McMackin is a good man and cares for the University of Hawaii and the football program. He made a statement he shouldn’t have made. I believe one of Hawaii’s greatest strengths and the University of Hawaii’s greatest strengths is our diversity and we’re very proud of that and we wouldn’t want to say or do anything that would hurt anyone.” (HSB)

“Obviously we don’t condone his remarks, particularly since we take such great pride in the diversity of our state and university. I’ve conveyed my disappointment to him and he has expressed deep regret for showing such poor judgment.” (HA)

“I cannot comment on personnel matters. We’ll go through the normal university procedures.” (HA)

About Mac’s inappropriate language, Gov. Lingle said:
“I think anybody who’s in public life that talks a lot in public faces this problem. I’ve certainly said things I wish I could take back and I know the Coach is feeling that way right now. Nobody’s going be harder on him than he’s going be on himself in this situation. I read his remarks in the paper. I know he’s just kicking himself right now about it. I believe him when he says this is not who he is as a person and his players have backed that up.” (HSB)

UH President David McClain said that he was:
“angered and disappointed by the statement attributed to Coach McMackin. It certainly does not represent the values of the University of Hawaii. I’m glad to learn that Coach has apologized; this is the first step in the healing process.” (HSB)

Declining comment, incoming UH President MRC Greenwood said:
“I think (McClain) should be the one to issue anything on behalf of the university.” (HSB)

UH Manoa Chancellor Hinsaw said:
“Coach Greg McMackin’s use of a derogatory term (f—– dance) during his remarks at today’s WAC event is highly regrettable, offensive and surprising to those of us who know him. I know that Coach McMackin deeply regrets his comments because they do not represent his personal beliefs nor those of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which supports an inclusive campus environment for all students. Hurtful language like this has no place in our community, and particularly not among leaders of our UH Manoa campus. Athletic Director Jim Donovan and I will be discussing with Coach McMackin further steps that will be taken to reaffirm his and our commitment to fair and equal treatment of all.” (HA, HSB)

Letting UH handle things for now, WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said:
“There is a sportsmanship piece in our code that may apply and at the appropriate time we’ll address it. As far as this matter today, it’s going to be a University of Hawaii matter.” (HSB)

About not posting Mac’s press conference online, Benson said:
“Obviously his remarks were offensive and he showed his sincerity just his last couple minutes in terms of his regret. I don’t know if there’s any useful purpose to put that type of remark out there online.” (HSB)

About how this became big news quickly, UH sports information director Derek Inouchi said:
“Seeing it on ESPN as soon as we got on the plane said it was pretty big news.” (HA)

HA Note: ”

Under the headline, “Hawaii’s McMackin exposed at WAC media preview,” ESPN.com said the coach’s comments “and then his string of apologies were like a snowball running out of control. You kind of wanted someone to tell him to stop talking. Then, in his final apology, he sounded like a child who got caught doing something he shouldn’t have.” The Chicago Tribune called McMackin’s comments “stupendously unfortunate” and compared his initial bumbling apology to “… a guy carrying a flower pot full of water to a five-alarm fire …””

In addition to diversity training for athletic department employees and a donation from Mac to a gay support group, PFLAG-Oahu, a local gay rights group, wants Mac to fund a public service announcement on:
“the dangers of abusive language on the field, in the classroom and elsewhere.” (HSB)

“PFLAG O’ahu is appalled that the head coach at UH-M would be so unprofessional, so homophobic and so prejudicial that he would voice a gay slur even in jest. Behind closed doors is bad, but to voice the ‘F’ at a press conference at the Western Athletic Conference Football Preview is unacceptable.” (HA)

About Mac’s unfortunate use of words, Carolyn Martinez Golojuch, president of the Oahu chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays said:
“Behind closed doors is bad, but to voice the ‘F’ at a press conference at the Western Athletic Conference Football Preview is unacceptable. This discriminatory incident is a reflection of widespread verbal abuse that many times leads to assaults in our society.” (HA)

“If we let this coach slide on through, he won’t have learned a lesson and neither will any other coach or students standing there listening.” (HA)

HA Note: “Martinez Golojuch said McMackin needs to do more than apologize. Her organization called for the UH president to ensure McMackin funds a public service announcement on the dangers of abusive language on the field and classroom, donates $10,000 to a gay support group for LGBT youth, and that the UH athletics staff attend diversity training with a professional trainer.”

Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said:
“These comments as reported are an outrage and we urge the University of Hawai’i to act swiftly to take the proper steps to ensure this does not happen again.” (HA)

HSB Note: “Perhaps a huge public firestorm ensues in the wake of McMackin’s triple faux pas (that’s what is most remarkable: in trying to recover from his error, he utters the offending word twice more, cameras and tape recorders still running).”

HSB Note: “McMackin loves his job. He worked all his career to become a head coach, and therein lies a problem. When assistant coaches talk to reporters, they’re often off the record.

Still, no excuse. McMackin had to be in a daze to realize he wasn’t speaking to every major newspaper in the WAC yesterday, not to mention ESPN.”

The Orlando Sentinel noted that C-USA has just had a videoconference and said:
“Ouch. McMackin is going to wish the WAC held a videoconference like Conference USA, which had multiple technical difficulties.” (HA)

Idaho Statesman columnist Brian Murphy said:
“… I know I looked at my Statesman colleagues with a ‘Can you believe he just said that?’ look. As he repeated the word, it was obvious that this was news.” (HA)

Reno Gazette Journal writer Dan Hinxman wrote on his blog:
“McMackin has endeared himself to much of the WAC press because of his politeness. He’s just a genuinely nice guy who enjoys making people laugh. Does that excuse or make up for what he said? Of course not. But it was abundantly clear, and he said so later in his press conference, that he was attempting to be glib. There was no evil in his intent. There is no doubt about this: (McMackin’s) demeanor in the couple hours that followed his comments was rather forlorn and somber. He most definitely learned a lesson, and he won’t do that again.” (HA)

On ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” cable show, host Tony Kornheiser said Mac:
“could be fired (yesterday).” (HA)

Ferd wrote:
“Why McMackin chose to not only resurrect but compound it yesterday tossing around a term offensive to gays we’ll never know and he will undoubtedly long regret. But in using — and repeating — “f—–” yesterday at the Western Athletic Conference Football Media Preview, McMackin went beyond a forgettable football game to something more regrettable, intolerance, in the worst of forums.

Before a room full of reporters and tape recorders in Salt Lake City he attempted to make light of his own failing and ended up, by reflection, disparaging the school that employs him instead. This before what became, in the age of the internet, a national audience.

Then, stumbling through an apology, he proceeded to dig the hole deeper telling reporters to “just, please … cover for me” or he would “deny it.”

Eventually, McMackin returned and made a full and heartfelt apology.”

Brashton Satele is back at LB

July 31, 2009

About how he wants to play LB, Brashton Satele said:
“That’s my house, I feel comfortable there. I guess Coach McMackin appreciated it and considered taking me back. … My goal was just to get in shape for the season and do what was best for the team.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Satele weighed close to 265 pounds during spring practice while practicing at middle linebacker along with Mana Lolotai. After the Warriors closed the spring, Satele was listed as a defensive end on the Warriors’ depth chart with Lolotai slated to start at middle linebacker. Satele and Lolotai then spent much of their summer working with trainer Chad Ikei in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ikei, a Hawaii product who runs Ikei Sports Performance, also lists NFL players among his clientele and put the linebackers through a daily regimen that had them at the gym from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

About working out with Chad Ikei, Brashton said:
“That routine is killer. My goal was just to get in shape for the season and do what was best for the team. If I moved back to middle linebacker, I would. If not I’d play where coach wanted me.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Now at 238 pounds, Satele said he’s at his lowest playing weight since his freshman year at UH, while Lolotai — who could still be a starter at outside linebacker — also returned in improved condition.”

About how Mana Lolotai was with him in Arizona, Brashton said:
“It was a good thing that we were there pushing each other.” (HSB)

About learning from Sol and Adam last year, Brashton said:
“I learned the position and I got to learn from the best.” (HSB)

About the most significant lesson he learned from Sol, Brashton said:
“You have to be the man, you have to make those tough calls. You just have to take charge of that defense because they’ll need somebody to look at.” (HSB)

http://www.starbulletin.com/sports/sportsnews/20090731_satele_back_to_linebacker.html

Quotes from the KHON feature on the controversy

July 31, 2009

KHON Note: “At a million dollars a year, Mcmackin is the state’s top paid employee. According to the coach’s contract, termination for cause could be based on anything that disregards the character of the university or causes notorious and public scandal. He would have to pay back about a half million dollars if let go. Mcmackin arrives back in Hawaii Thursday night.”

About the controversy, UH President David McClain said:
“I’m angered and disappointed by the statement attributed to coach Mcmackin this morning, it certainly does not represent the values of the University of Hawaii.” (KHON)

About the controversy, RachelMckenna (UH Manoa XYZ Gay Straight Alliance) said:
“Whether he intended to promote personal homophobia or now, his actions had the same result, because his actions sent that same message and I don’t think that’s acceptable in any way.” (KHON)

About the controversy, UH student Sabine Lowrey said:
“You know, if you can’t stand by your school’s coach, then you’re not gonna really want to go out there and support the team because the coach is a reflection of the team.” (KHON)

About the controversy, UH student Shawna Espere said:
“I think a lot of low attendance and maybe a lot of protesting, a lot of boycotts, I do feel so.” (KHON)

KHON Note: “The Board of Regents will be taking up the matter in executive session at its next meeting.”

http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/University-of-Hawaii-Football-Coach-in-Hot-Water/ECdGEu70XU-n7_4OYwE-Ag.cspx

Statements by Chancellor Hinshaw and Jim Donovan on the controversy

July 30, 2009

Statement by UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw:
“Coach Greg McMackin’s use of a derogatory term during his remarks at today’s WAC event is highly regrettable, offensive and surprising to those of us who know him.

I know that Coach McMackin deeply regrets his comments because they do not represent his personal beliefs nor those of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, which supports an inclusive campus environment for all students.

Hurtful language like this has no place in our community, and particularly not among leaders of our UH Mānoa campus. Athletic Director Jim Donovan and I will be discussing with Coach McMackin further steps that will be taken to reaffirm his and our commitment to fair and equal treatment of all.

We have a strong relationship with our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community, including Student Services Coordinator Camaron Miyamoto, so we are already working with them as to the best approach to address this issue.” (Idaho Statesman)

Statement by Athletics Director Jim Donovan:
“We’re very disappointed regarding the comments Coach Greg McMackin made at the WAC Media Preview earlier today in Salt Lake City. Obviously we don’t condone his remarks, particularly since we take such great pride in the diversity of our state and university. I’ve conveyed my disappointment to him and he has expressed deep regret for showing such poor judgment. Aside from today’s inexcusable statement, Coach McMackin has been a steadfast ambassador for the University and the state of Hawai`i. He has shared with me his anguish and remorse regarding what he said. Further, I have called Notre Dame Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick and apologized on behalf of our athletic department and university. I plan to meet with Coach McMackin tomorrow.” (Idaho Statesman)

http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/story/851337.html

The WAC will not discipline Mac for now

July 30, 2009

HJ = Herald Journal

Mac returned to talk to the media after his press conference was over and said:
“I want to officially, officially apologize. Please don’t write that statement I said as far as Notre Dame. The reason is, I don’t care about Notre Dame, but I don’t want every homosexual ticked off at me. You know what I mean? I don’t have any problems with homosexuals, but I apologize for saying that and I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t run that particular word. If you said dance, that’s OK. But don’t use the bad term that I chose, please. Thank you.” (HJ)

About 90 minutes after he made his comments, Mac issued this formal apology:
“I would sincerely like to apologize for the inappropriate verbiage and the words that I used. … I have nothing against the University of Notre Dame. … I don’t talk like that and I’m really ticked off at myself for saying that. I don’t have any prejudices and it really makes me mad that I even said that and I’m disappointed in myself.

… What I was trying to do was be funny and it wasn’t funny, and it’s not funny. Even more, it isn’t funny to me. I was trying to make a joke and it was a bad choice of words and I really, really, really feel bad about it and I wanted to apologize.

I’m going to apologize to my team, I’m going to apologize to the people in Hawaii … All I can do is apologize and I feel bad that I used those words and it was really stupid. I just feel really bad about it and I apologize.” (HJ)

About how the WAC will not discipline Mac now and will leave things up to UH, WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said:
“This primarily will be a University of Hawaii issue. There is a sportsmanship piece in our code that may apply and at the appropriate time, we will address it.” (HJ)

http://hjnews.townnews.com/articles/2009/07/30/breaking_news/breakingnews001-07-30-09.txt

Colt appreciates having a former QB as a coach

July 30, 2009

About the difference between last year and this year and the benefit of having a head coach who used to be a QB, Colt said:
“It’s a progression I think. Last year he was trying to progress me into the league, going from being a college quarterback to being a pro quarterback. Now he’s starting to coach me up as if, ‘ok what would you do if you were the starter.’ I think it’s just part of being a young quarterback. It helps when your coach played the position you play. When he is telling you something he knows exactly how to do it, he’s been there before.” (warpathconfidential.com)

http://www.warpathconfidential.com/?p=235#more-235