Tag:Jim Donovan
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Report: Norm Chow hired as new Hawaii coach

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Hawaii
has reportedly hired widely renowned college and NFL assistant coach Norm Chow as its new head coach.

According to a report by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Chow has emerged as the Warriors' top choice out of a pool of three finalists which is likely to have included former Arizona State head coach Dirk Koetter. Athletic director Jim Donovan has reportedly been "authorized" by Hawaii officials to work out a contract with the current Utah athletic director. 

Chow, 65, is a Honolulu native who began his coaching career at BYU in 1973 and spent 26 seasons with the Cougars before stints as an offensive coordinator at N.C. State, USC, the Tennessee Titans and UCLA as well as Utah. While at USC he won the 2002 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant and played a major role in building the Trojans' national championship- and Heisman-winning offenses.

According to the Star-Advertiser report, an official announcement on Chow's hire could come as soon as Thursday.
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:37 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Honolulu police not investigating point-shaving

Posted by Adam Jacobi

[UPDATE: A statement released by the Honolulu Police Department on Tuesday said that there was not an active investigation into the allegations, as they did not have enough evidence to proceed with one.]

The University of Hawaii announced on Tuesday that its football team was involved in a point-shaving investigation. According to the Hawaii Star-Advertiser, the probe is the result of an anonymous tip to the Hawaii admissions department earlier this month, and school president M.R.C. Greenwood said that school officials immediately notified the police and NCAA.

"UH has alerted the NCAA about the anonymous letter and its contents and, in discussions with them, has been informed it is 'doing exactly what you need to be doing' in this situation," Greenwood said.

The NCAA released a statement Wednesday that reads (in part) as follows:
We are extremely concerned by the point-shaving allegations involving University of Hawaii football student-athletes and have been in contact with the school since early November. We take any allegation of point shaving very seriously as it is a crime that threatens two core NCAA principles – the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport ...

[T]he NCAA is regularly in contact with local, state and federal law enforcement and Nevada gaming officials to identify and rout out [sic] sports wagering and point shaving wherever it may occur.
There was no indication made as to when the alleged point-shaving occurred, or how many players were allegedly involved. No charges have been filed in the nascent investigation. Greenwood would not offer any further comment on the investigation as a whole, as it is ongoing.

As CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy notes, Hawaii is 1-6 against the spread as a favorite this year, and has lost four of those games.

According to the Star-Advertiser, Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan is traveling to Las Vegas for the WAC volleyball tournament and is not immediately available for comment.

This is the first point-shaving scandal in NCAA football since four Toledo football players pled guilty in 2011 to point-shaving in games that occurred from 2003-2006.
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Franchione draws Hawaii ire in scheduling snafu

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Seriously, who wouldn't want to schedule a game at Hawaii?

It's too expensive to make a habit out of it if you don't share a conference with the Warriors, but consider the benefits: you get to visit Hawaii. The NCAA's Hawaii scheduling exception lets you play a 13-game season, perfect for the young, developing team. The game will likely start late enough that it's certain to land on television somewhere, possibly even reach a national audience*. Also, you get to visit Hawaii.

So what kind of coach would not only turn down the Warriors, but do so by first reaching a scheduling agreement with them and then backing out just as most teams are finalizing their 2012 slates? Why, college football's old friend Dennis Franchione, now the head man at newly-minted FBS program (and 2012 WAC member) Texas State.

And no, as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports, the folks at Hawaii are none too thrilled with Franchione's decision (emphasis added):

After "five or six months" of talking, UH said an agreement was worked out to bring the Bobcats here, only to have Franchione scuttle it when contracts were to be sent out.

When Texas State asked for a better financial package, UH said it complied, upping the terms. When the Bobcats requested a home game, UH said it offered a two-for-one deal and would make a later appearance in San Marcos.

Texas State athletic director Lawrence Teis said the Bobcats were interested in UH when they found out they would not be eligible for a bowl or the WAC title in '12 and saw a trip here as "great." But Teis said "we also had not completed (scheduling) our other 12 games yet ... Ideally, if Hawaii would have been in September or October, we probably could have made this work."

Instead, as a 13th game in December, "Coach Fran was concerned that (date) would cut into recruiting, which we desperately need to do moving to (the FBS) level," Teis said ...

[I]t has been taken very personally in Manoa, where athletic director Jim Donovan said, "We won't be working with Texas State anytime in my tenure."

To recap: Franchione could have given his fledgling program an extra week of practice and an extra game at the stage when it needs it the most; a likely television date for a team no doubt desperate for exposure; a home game against a nationally-recognized Mountain West opponent that won 11 games last year; and, oh yes, two visits to Hawaii. He turned it all down to spend one extra week recruiting (at a date on the calendar when most recruits have long since already decided their destinations), and turned it down in such a fashion as to eliminate all possibility of getting it back in the future.

So consider us skeptical this is the best decision for Texas State. To be fair, Franchione has no doubt forgotten more about coaching college football (as the saying goes) than we'll ever know. But we're also pretty sure we'd have known enough to tell him selling a super-secret newsletter to big-money Texas A&M boosters wasn't such a great idea ... and this one doesn't seem all that hot, either.

*A national audience at 1 a.m. Eastern, but still.

 
 
 
 
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