H A W A I I _ S P O R T S


Friday, August 29, 1997

Cayetano’s remarks
stun Rainbow coaches

By Paul Arnett

Assistant coaches for the University of Hawaii football team expressed their shock over Gov. Ben Cayetano's remarks yesterday concerning the program. The players remained indifferent.

UH head coach Fred vonAppen addressed the team about it at the end of yesterday's practice at Cooke Field, but wouldn't elaborate on what he said. The players responded with a resounding yell to his remarks.

Lindsey said in all of his years as a coach, he had never heard the governor of any state come out a couple of days before the game and lash out at the head coach.

VonAppen also was surprised by the timing of the attack, but Gov. Cayetano felt vonAppen's recent outbursts required a response.

"We raised roughly $450,000 for him," Cayetano said. "And we probably could have raised a million dollars from the private sector if he would have exhibited some widely accepted practices of courtesy. I think his remarks in (Wednesday's Star-Bulletin) drew the line and deserved some remarks.

"I get four or five people to give about a half-million dollars, not so much as a thank you from the coach. No acknowledgment. Instead, all we get from him are criticisms. I can't go out and raise more money if he continues to do this. That was the point I was trying to get across.

"And we've got the message to him privately and he continues to do this. But we can go on from here. It's up to him."

VonAppen conceded this could hasten his departure from Hawaii, should the governor choose to go that route. But he refused to apologize for previous remarks.

"The governor has his opinion on things and I have mine," vonAppen said. "We're not always going to agree with each other."

INJURY UPDATE: Tight end Armando Morlos suffered a hernia in yesterday's practice and will be out for two to six weeks.

UH trainers aren't sure exactly why it happened, he wasn't lifting weights, but apparently Morlos has experienced some pain the past few practices, but didn't know the extent of the injury.

Morlos was No. 2 on the depth chart behind Lonn Kalama. Senior Gary Ellison moves into the backup role.

The Rainbows also will be without top outside linebacker Rufus Ayeni (sprained knee) and senior wide receiver Jason Mane (sprained knee).

Cornerback Robbie Robinson has moved closer to questionable than doubtful for tomorrow afternoon's game. He sprained his ankle in Tuesday's practice.

The trainers believe he will be available, but aren't sure the coaches will put in the injury-prone senior. The likely starter is senior Blase Austin.

LOCKER ROOM DEDICATION: The new Shannon Smith locker room was officially dedicated this morning at a ceremony attended by Smith's family.

The former UH kicker drowned last spring while saving the life of vonAppen's youngest son, Cody. Smith's locker has remained the same since the last time he used it.

ESPN already has done a big story on Smith this week. Sports Illustrated sent a reporter to do a 6,000-word piece that will appear in late September or October.

Hawaii players will wear SS decals on their helmets. Smith would have had a chance to be the place-kicker on this year's team. He walked on to the program in 1995, the season before vonAppen was hired.

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