Frazier has doomed Warrior football
Once again athletic director Herman Frazier has fumbled, and this time it happened when UH football was poised to become a nationally recognized program. It's bad enough that he didn't upgrade the facilities during June Jones' tenure. He didn't even recognize that it wasn't June's salary that was the issue. It was the facilities for the athletes.
He should have been embarrassed when the athletes didn't have soap, but he should have come out committing to June and the athletes that he was going to keep all the BCS money for facility improvements. If he had done that, June would not have left. He has doomed UH football and possible the whole athletic program to being a second-class program.
Chow and Lee would be fine replacements
First of all we all have to say mahalo plenty to coach June Jones for all the joys he brought to us the past nine years. Good fun! Coach, we salute you. But for those about to rock (especially against Florida this year), may I suggest two coaches who were instrumental in developing talent and offensive schemes that influenced modern-day football locally and nationally? The first being Norm Chow, who helped develop the West Coast offense while coaching at Wailua High School back in 1973 and brought what he knew to BYU and USC. The second being Cal Lee, who has developed local talent while at Saint Louis that made it possible for many of his former and current athletes to be successful at major college football programs and in the NFL.
Let's give these two bruddahs the job. I know they can do it. They've been doing it and winning games the past 30-plus years! Even June Jones suggested we hire Chow or Lee. Quick, hurry up, no dilly-dally!
White River Junction, Vt.
Great elation fades as sadness grips fans
It is a sad day for all of Warrior fans. The time to act, fix, repair, replace, support and take the football program to the next level by athletic director Herman Frazier, the university administration and the state is gone. Did you not listen? Did you really think that a program like June Jones built would continue without finance for facilities, recruiting and, yes, soap for our team?
Please don't find fault with any one but yourselves. The program needed you to step up and make it stronger and better. Instead you turned your backs. You let the state and the fans down, again. Nine years was too long for you to sit back and enjoy Jones' and others' hard work. How long did you think Jones would take the lack of commitment and support he had requested of you? June is a winner; so was his program.
The rest of the country can once again look and shake their heads in bewilderment.
Opportunity for growth has been squandered
Congratulations to the Warriors for a fantastic season, and good luck to coach June Jones in Dallas.
It is unfortunate that the University of Hawaii, the state and particularly the athletic director all continue to squander opportunities by consistently operating with the philosophy of "too little, too late." What could have continued to be a tremendous opportunity to continue to grow the program and recognition for the university has been wasted.
Karl B. Holfeld
UH football program, 1977-81
Find the money to buy soap, maintain campus
Will UH administrators find the millions to buy soap dispensers for student athletes -- and to hire June Jones' successor?
I hope so. Then, with fewer distractions, they can move on to patch Hamilton Library's leaky roof. Indeed, less essential educational priorities like equipping Manoa campus classrooms in Watanabe, Miller, Keller, Physical Sciences and elsewhere with the full range of multimedia and computer support might receive greater attention.
More tuition waivers for diligent and deserving students seeking to graduate in less than five years would also be nice.
Vincent K. Pollard
Locally grown program gone up in smoke
This is unbelievable. I refuse to accept it. What did the University of Hawaii do to make coach June Jones leave? Or not do? The last two years have been the best two years of UH football, ever. And a BCS appearance, a first.
Over nine years the team has changed for the best, filling its ranks with local talent and talent from all over the Pacific. And how many have gone on to NFL careers? Jones filled his coaching staff with local coaches. This was as home-grown a team as any in college football and a program that was gaining respect as a viable college program with a growing body of fans from all over the country.
Yeah, I'll continue to be a fan, and I'll watch even if they go 0-and-11 again. But the anger and frustration I have for the ineptness and lack of support of the UH athletic department and the UH administration leave a bad taste in my mouth. You can stop calling my house for my alumni donation. Support the community and they will support you.
Hawaii fans made bowl so much sweeter
I was lucky enough to cover the Sugar Bowl for a local daily newspaper, the Daily Review out of Morgan City, La. My father, from South Carolina, flew down to go with me after buying a ticket online. We both have seen many college football games in our day, so we were going to New Orleans expecting about the same. Last year's Sugar Bowl between LSU and Notre Dame was fun, albeit uneventful.
Both myself and my father were unbelievably impressed with the Hawaii fans in New Orleans. From the moment we got there, we were greeted by fans who wanted to know more about the area and the people. We were given honorary leaves to wave during the game (although I was supposed to be neutral).
Inside the stadium, the fans showed an amazing amount of support for their team, staying until the final whistle. They were loyal, excited and a blast to interact with. I was so impressed that I'm planning on writing a column for the paper soon about my trip, urging people to take notice of Hawaii football as a high-level experience.
Going in knowing very little about the Hawaii fan base, I am pleased to say I was blown away. Much success to your team, and your university, in the future. You have a converted fan on the mainland.
The Daily Review
Morgan City, La.
Team needs more variety in strategy
I am a student at the University of Hawaii and am saddened to see such a one-sided loss to Georgia. I am very proud of the UH football team for their season and efforts and will always cheer on the Warriors.
Unfortunately, the Sugar Bowl showed that running only one offensive set does not always work out for a team. As much as I love watching the run-and-shoot offense, I wish the coach would install several offensive sets, such as having one tight end with three receivers; two tight ends, two receivers; two running backs with receivers; and so on. They could even bring in two tight ends and two receivers, then split out the tight ends in slot receiver positions and hope for a mismatch against a linebacker or defensive linemen.
This game showed a need to have two running backs in the backfield to block for Colt Brennan. The Georgia defensive line was strong, and Hawaii could have used two running backs to defend against their aggressive pass rush. Or they could have used one or two tight ends to block the line. Brennan had no time to throw, and an extra blocker could have made a huge difference in giving him extra time.
When you have only one offensive set, you make it so much easier for an opposing team to defend against you. I am hoping UH installs more offensive sets, even though I really do enjoy watching the run-and-shoot offense. If I could design their offense, I'd run the run-and-shoot 50-75 percent of the time, then mix it up with other offensive packages. Nevertheless, I am not a coach, just a faithful fan who wants to see them win every game. Go, Warriors.
University and state officials fumbled big
Words cannot begin to express how angry I am that University of Hawaii officials (aka bumbling idiots) have allowed June Jones to slip away. The winningest coach in UH history is leaving Hawaii and taking his best and brightest with him. And why? Because of the incompetence and small-mindedness of Gov. Linda Lingle, the UH president, the UH vice chancellor, the Board of Regents and athletic director Herman Frazier. They have "dropped the ball" big time; letting down the whole UH athletic program, the remaining football players, loyal fans and the entire state.
Enough drama -- other things matter
Athletics are an important part of a well-rounded education. But our news media, politicians and booster clubs seem to believe football is the be-all and end-all of the University of Hawaii's existence.
There is some really serious stuff going on out there in the world. How about paying attention to that? If the university is important to you, how about raising some money to address the overall deteriorating state of its facilities -- not just the athletic ones? Or how about raising some money to fund a faculty position? Is our entire identity and self-esteem as a state wrapped up in the status of our football team and coach?
My father was once a math professor at the University of Colorado. He was constantly being pressured by coaches and university administration to pass failing football players. That says a lot about what athletics has become at large universities. By contrast, the athletes I knew in the little liberal arts college I attended were among the best scholars. They went on to make a real difference in the world around them.
We can be proud of what our football team and coach June Jones have accomplished. But let's keep things in perspective. It is time to get back to things that really matter.
Football team doesn't need mainland coach
Coach June Jones set the University of Hawaii football program up already. All UH needs is a good local coach for the team who will work for one-fourth the price and be just as effective. Why should my income tax subsidize another settler coach from the U.S.A. who could care less if the UH team, Hawaii and the fans live or die and receives an astronomical commission while Hawaiian students can't even afford to attend UH?
The bewildered herd Americans have lost their ability to reason independently because of the influence of the U.S. network media, the entertainment industry and the sports industry. June Jones can get lost!
Lots of coaching experts out there
If June Jones is leaving the University of Hawaii, there is no need to go too far. Every Monday morning after a game, I could hear dozens of people telling me how the team should have been played.
One of those "wannabe coaches" could become a real one soon.
Resignation a shock after great season
I am most grateful to June Jones and his Warriors for this year's inspirational season. Reading about them all of last year makes it an uplifting story for me. However, the disheartening news of Jones resigning came as a shock to me.
What Jones did for the University of Hawaii and the Warriors was above and beyond. He taught them the characters of life, how to work as a team and more. This made an impact on the players' lives that they will carry on.
As for UH and athletic director Herman Frazier, communication is the problem. Why wasn't this resolved sooner? They should set an example of leadership that Jones showed as a coach for the Warriors.