Wednesday, December 11, 1996
Hard critiqueBy Paul Arnett
begins at UH
Fred vonAppen asked each of his assistants to review film of the 12 games this season, and come up with a evaluation of the players at each position.
"Obviously, we weren't a very good football team," the University of Hawaii head football coach said. "We were woeful on offense, abysmal on special teams and we gave up way too many points."
VonAppen also has requested that the assistants critique themselves before meeting with them individually the next few days.
"We've been so busy around here in recruiting, we haven't had a chance to really sit down and talk one-on-one," vonAppen said.
"We've already met with the players to see if we're on the same page. Obviously, some players already have left the program. There will be even more before we're through."
VonAppen wasn't prepared to say who those players may be. He also said he wasn't ready to announce any possible changes with his staff.
Offensive and defensive coordinators Guy Benjamin and Don Lindsey will remain with vonAppen for at least another year.
There is always the possibility of the other assistants leaving for better jobs or being let go. VonAppen wouldn't say if he planned to fire anyone on his staff.
"I want to meet with everybody on a one-on-one basis before an-nouncing any possible decisions," vonAppen said. "I've also asked my assistants to let me know if they have any job interviews."
Benjamin said that defensive lineman Morrie Roe will switch to fullback next season if he loses enough weight to play the position.
Roe was recruited as a fullback out of high school, but when he entered UH at 240 pounds, former head coach Bob Wagner decided to make him a lineman.
"If Morrie loses enough weight each week, we'll use him at fullback," Benjamin said. "I've seen film of him in high school as a running back, and he was good.
"Right now, he weighs entirely too much to play the position. But he has good moves and quickness. We'd love to have him."
Benjamin wouldn't mind having Eddie Klaneski at wide receiver, either. The problem is, Lindsey probably won't be too keen losing his top defensive player.
When asked if Klaneski could play both ways, Benjamin said, "We're not interested in a Deion Sanders. We would want him at receiver full time."
Klaneski wasn't sure what position he preferred, but he will likely remain at free safety entering spring ball. If someone proves he can play the position, it's possible Klaneski will switch sides again.
"It's still early in the game," Benjamin said. "We'll have to see how things develop."
PROVO, Utah - A group of Brigham Young fans, angry that the Cougars were not picked for the Tostito Fiesta Bowl, burned a stack of the chips and called for a boycott of the product.
BYU fans burn their TostitosAssociated Press
"Hey, the Boston Tea Party worked, too," said Dennis Martin, a BYU professor who staged the Tostito-torching party last night.
About 20 fans piled up three dozen bags of Tostitos, splashed them with lighter fluid and struck a match.
The fans believe the No. 5 Cougars should have been chosen over No. 7 Penn State for an $8.5 million payday in Fiesta Bowl. Instead, BYU (13-1)) will get $2 million for a Cotton Bowl appearance against Kansas State.
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