Frazier, FieldTurf, Wilton and more
By Danny Cup Choy
Monday, July 1, 2002
Herman Frazier hired to replace Hugh Yoshida
The University of Hawaii got their guy in new athletic director Herman Frazier. Frazier's credentials include positions on committees for the Fiesta Bowl as well as the Olympics. However, Frazier is not without his question marks. He leaves his post at UAB with a major deficit, and more than a few critics. However, the selection committee members reiterated the feeling that Frazier inherited a sinking ship, and should not take the blame for all the problems in the UAB athletic department. Sources close to Frazier say that he is not an in-your-face type of leader, but he does make it known who is in charge. Frazier stated that he hopes to be directly involved in the recruiting process by meeting the athletes and their parents. Frazier signed a 3-year deal and will be earning approximately $200,000 a year.
FieldTurf approved, but is there enough time?
Stadium Authority and turf officials reached an agreement to install the state of the art FieldTurf at Aloha Stadium. This new turf would be much more player friendly than the current Astroturf. FieldTurf is softer and more forgiving than the current Astroturf, and that will mean less turf-related injuries to our college and high school athletes. However, the ruling might have taken too long due to stalled negotiations with the Stadium Authority. Most agree that FieldTurf is a step in the right direction for the UH program, but we all have to wait and see if politics get in the way. The final chapter of this saga is yet to be written.
UH and Alabama agree to play
UH and Alabama officials have agreed to play a game on November 30 at Aloha Stadium. The game will be shown live on ESPN at 3:05, local time. Alabama will replace Washington State on the Hawaii schedule. The Cougars decided to pull out of the game, saying that the game creates a scheduling conflict and it would be too tiring to play Hawaii in the middle of an important Pac-10 road trip. UH fans can look at this in a half-empty, half-full way. It is unfortunate that the highly anticipated Timmy Chang vs. Jason Gesser reunion will not happen, but playing a team with a tradition like Alabama is a nice consolation prize. Also, it will be the return of Dennis Franchione, who has not endeared himself to UH players, coaches, and fans with his dirty "chop-block" techniques. Expect this game to have a lot of emotion, as UH might find itself playing for a bowl bid.
Wilton named top coach in the nation
After leading Hawaii to their first ever title in men's volleyball, Volleyball Magazine honored Coach Mike Wilton as the nation's top coach. The magazine also named Costas Theocharidis to their All-American team, while senior Dejan Miladinovic was honored as a second team All-American. Also, Delano Thomas was chosen for the All-Freshman team.
K5, UH agree on a 3-year deal
K5 and UH have agreed to maintain their relationship for another three years. K5, which has been the long-time home to local sports in Hawaii, will continue to have broadcasting rights to UH games (expect those taken by ESPN). K5 purchased the right to broadcast UH games for a lower price than in the past, but the introduction of pay-per-view is expected to make up the difference for UH. Many Hawaii games will be shown live on a pay-per-view status, and K5 will continue their free delayed broadcast. Final details about the agreement have not yet been released, but we hope to learn more in the coming days.