UH hires Inouchi as SID
Derek Inouchi was named director of media relations for the University of Hawaii athletic department yesterday.
"Derek has demonstrated all of the skills necessary to ascend to this important position," athletic director Herman Frazier said. "He is a proud graduate of UH and has served it faithfully for many years."
Inouchi, 32, will coordinate publicity for the department's 19 programs. During his 10 years in the UH media relations office, he has spent the last eight as the primary media contact for the men's basketball program.
"It's an honor to be able to advance my career at the university I've grown up with my entire life," Inouchi said. "This is a tremendous opportunity and I am especially excited to oversee a nationally ranked football team and Heisman Trophy candidate."
Inouchi succeeds Lois Manin, who resigned to accept the position of deputy manager of Aloha Stadium.
In other UH news, Frazier said he has made proposals to six Division I-A schools to fill the two remaining openings in the 2008 football schedule, on Sept. 6 and Nov. 6.
"The first ones to send it back, we'll sign them," Frazier said.
He said the proposals are all for home games for UH, and two of the three proposals for Nov. 6 are to BCS conference teams.
A deal to move the Washington State game to Dec. 6 in order to host Baylor Nov. 29 fell through, Frazier added.
Also, receiver Daniel Lofton (6-3, 199) has transferred from Cal to UH. Lofton, the son of former NFL Hall of Famer James Lofton, is 6-feet-3 and 199 pounds. Lofton redshirted last year at Cal, but must sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years to play three beginning in 2008.
Jenkins puts down Hilo women
Cindy Jenkins scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Embry-Riddle shut out UH-Hilo 1-0 in women's soccer last night.
The Vulcans put only five shots on goal in dropping to 2-3.
Silverswords stop Sonoma State
Trina Kauliakamoa put down 20 kills and had 17 digs as Chaminade beat Sonoma State in four games last night 30-24, 22-30, 30-24, 30-25.
The Silverswords improved to 5-1 for the season.
UH opener not only game tonight
As some families know all too well, the University of Hawaii's season opener against Northern Colorado isn't the only ticket in town tonight.
Six high school football games -- including three interleague matchups between the Oahu Interscholastic Association and the Interscholastic League of Honolulu -- kick off at about the same time as the Warriors do, putting football fans at both levels at a crossroads.
"We're aware of the realities of other events happening," said UH associate athletic director John McNamara. "We recognize it'll put people in a tough situation."
The reality is, it simply can't be helped, OIA executive director Dwight Toyama said. A combination of factors -- primarily a shortage of suitable high school fields -- makes it impossible to schedule all games on the traditional high school night, Friday. When interleague action happens early in the season, it gets even more complicated.
The six games is a season high for high school games the same night as a UH home game, although there were equal and greater numbers in recent years.
"Basically, it's officials and fields," Toyama said. "It's a good problem, though. More participation."