Should UH Say Aloha To Football?10/11/2012
On Oct. 28, 1989, the University of Hawaii football team upset 18th-ranked Brigham Young University 56-14. It was a glorious moment.
UH head coach Bob Wagner said that the win over BYU was "the most perfect game, execution-wise, that I've ever been involved with."
Aloha Stadium was sold out. Heisman candidate and future NFL starter Ty Detmer was humbled, and everyone in the state was proud to be a ’Bow.
(Remember? They were the Rainbows back then, yet to be rebranded as Warriors in black.)
At the time, I was in my first year of graduate school at UH. The Berlin Wall would fall that November, but the only thing folks in Hawaii could talk about was the BYU game, which was rebroadcast several times on local television.
It's now 23 years later. The Warriors have posted a 1-4 record so far, with those losses amounting to a 217-48 point drubbing.
The lone UH win was a 54-2 romp over the Lamar University Cardinals, a team whose 2012 schedule includes other football "powerhouses" like Prairie View A&M and McNeese State.
Over the past 14 years, UH has witnessed a carousel of athletic directors and head coaches, only one of whom had a strong winning record: June Jones, the man who walked on water. During that time, stadium attendance has spiraled downward and the athletic department has rung up deficits.
One solution has been fundraisers, including the botched Stevie Wonder "concert" that has cost the university $1.3 million and counting. The story has dominated local media for months, and not just on the sports page. It's even found its way into the elections and government, with lawmakers pressuring school officials.
This Friday, the UH Board of Regents will meet Friday to discuss firing President M.R.C. Greenwood in part because of her handling of the Wonder fiasco.
Someone has to ask the question: Should UH get rid of its football program instead of its president?