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Sunday, March 02, 2008

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Stephen Tsai writes that Jim Donovan appears to be the leading candidate for UH athletic director.
The word on the street is that Jim Donovan is the leading candidate to become the next UH athletic director.
According to sources, Donovan received the majority of support from the nine-member selection committee. It was not unanimous, though. Carl Clapp also received some support.
Paul Arnett looks at the list of five candidates and asks:
Even though all these candidates are properly credentialed, the list feels more like the usual suspects than the obvious choice.

Which begs the question: Isn't there someone out there who has been part of a successful mainland program with fresh ideas and high connections willing to come here and say, "We're going to fix this mess -- together?"
Did he just endorse Herman Frazier for AD? Anyway, Arnett goes on to list some pros for each candidate.

Here's an interesting article by Kevin Hampton of the Corvallis Gazette-Times about the Beavers recruiting in Hawaii.
OSU linebacker David Pa’aluhi hails from Waianae, a small town on the southwest coast of Oahu. He said going to the mainland to play football is considered to be a big deal, although it was a tough decision to leave.

“It was kind of scary at first because I didn’t know what to expect,” Pa’aluhi said. “I kind of wanted to stay home, but then I got an offer from here. When I came on the visit, I liked it.”

Pa’aluhi said people expect the top players to leave Hawaii and the players look at playing on the mainland as a better opportunity.

“We see the mainland colleges as better,” he said. “Better athletics and academics. Playing in the Pac-10, you’re playing big colleges like SC and big bowl games, too.”
Put that on the bulletin board. Anyway, got a good feeling that Mack, the Lees and the UH coaching staff will continue to turn the tide in local recruiting.

And finally a paragliding chihuahua is safe after his owner crashed them into a tree.

Look at that frickin rock star!


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