UH will only print a limited number of media guides this year

HSB Note: “The school will print its normal run for football and women’s volleyball. The UH sports media relations department will continue to produce media guide content for 17 other sports as well, but those will be available on the UH athletic department Web site only. UH posted all of its media guides online last year along with producing printed versions. By not printing the guides, the department is expected to save about $50,000 this year. Along with being tools for the media covering the teams and collector’s items for some fans, media guides have become part of the recruiting process, providing prospects a glimpse of the program.”

About continuing to print media guides for football for recruiting purposes, JD said:
“In football we bring in a large number of recruits and with our location in the middle of the Pacific, we felt producing the printed guide was important for football.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “With volleyball firmly entrenched as the school’s top-drawing women’s sport, Donovan said it was decided to publish guides for the Rainbow Wahine as well. The availability of information online also factored into the decision to stop printing schedule posters — which will also save close to $30,000 — as part of the department’s “going green” effort. The media relations department instead designed computer wallpapers which are available online. Among Western Athletic Conference schools, Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada will not have printed guides this year. The WAC office will also move some of its publications online as part of its cost containment plan.”

HSB Note: “Donovan noted there is a proposal going before the NCAA that would eliminate printed media guides. If the legislation passes, this year’s football guide — commemorating the program’s 100th anniversary — could become a collectible in more ways than one.”

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