By Danny Cup Choy
Thursday, August 1 2002
Herman Frazier begins his new job
Newly appointed Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier arrived at the University of Hawaii campus this morning, eager to start his new job.
Frazier told The Honolulu Advertiser that he is "glad to finally get behind the desk and start getting some work done."
Frazier hopes to begin meeting with UH coaches and staff throughout the week.
Warriors receive votes in ESPN/Coaches poll
Hawaii received 14 votes in the preseason ESPN/Coaches poll, which makes them the 47th ranked team in the country. The Warriors received the second most votes of any WAC team, trailing only Fresno State who compiled 42 votes. Other WAC teams receiving votes were Boise State (seven votes) and Louisiana Tech (one vote). BYU is Hawaii's highest ranked opponent, starting the season ranked 31st in the country. Washington State, who pulled out of a game with the Warriors earlier this year, is the 14th ranked team in this poll. They are also the preseason picks to win the PAC-10.
Sopoaga cleared to play
Highly recruited defensive tackle Isaak Sopoaga, a former junior college All-American, was declared academically eligible to play for the Warriors this season. Sopoaga will report to the Warriors first day of practice with two years of eligibility to play two seasons.
Sopoaga was a dominating player at the College of the Canyons in California. During his sophomore season alone he tallied 31 sacks. Coming out of high school in American Samoa, Sopoaga was ready to play for Hawaii, but needed to go the junior college route to make his dream come true. After his performance at the College of Canyons, he was getting interest from schools like Florida State, Nebraska, Washington State, Texas A&M, and Kansas State. For Hawaii fans, it looks like Sopoaga will finally get to show the talent that has all the UH coaches very excited.
Hawaii volleyball denied Final Four
The UH men's volleyball team was informed that they had been passed over as a host school to the 2003 Final Four. Instead, Long Beach State will be hosting the event.
"It's very disappointing," Coach Mike Wilton told The Honolulu Advertiser. "I can't imagine a better volleyball venue than Hawaii."
With the NCAA's rotating system with the Final Four tournaments, the next opportunity for Hawaii to host a Final Four will be in 2006.
In related volleyball news, Hawaii has upgrade a part-time assistant coach position to a full-time assistant coaching position. The leader for this post is Aaron Wilton, former All-American for UH, current part-time assistant coach, and son of head coach Mike Wilton.