Contenders lining up to replace UHs Nash
Doug Howe, an engineer-turned-teacher at Lanikai Elementary, is helping infuse concepts from his former profession into the classroom in hopes of engaging students in the so-called STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.
The head of the U.S. Army in the Pacific said Hawaii is expected to keep its 22,500 active-duty soldiers as the Army downsizes, but it makes sense to re-evaluate whether the Stryker Brigade should keep its 320 armored vehicles or revert to a light infantry unit without Strykers.
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the city by members of a protest group that has been camping on the sidewalks around Thomas Square.
The city's aging Neal S. Blaisdell Center could be a site of one of three proposed 700-foot residential towers under a draft plan proposed by a state agency regulating development in Kakaako.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is in discussions with Moanalua Golf Club to acquire 10 acres of the course adjacent to its flagship Oahu hospital for $4 million.
Some people crave the food they grew up eating. Not me. Familiarity doesn't breed contempt, but it does breed a certain amount of indifference.
For the first time in eight years, the Hawaii baseball team enters the final week of the season with no hope for a postseason berth.
By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer
Not long after the news that the University of Hawai'i wasn't retaining Bob Nash as its men's basketball coach hit the Internet yesterday, Southern California assistant coach Gib Arnold said he noted a trend.
"A lot of 808 (area code) numbers began popping up on my cell," he said. "Dan Hale gave me a call and I haven't heard the end (since)."
Hale and Arnold are Punahou School graduates and former basketball players. Arnold played for the Buffanblu in 1986 and '87 when his father, Frank, was the Rainbow Warriors' head basketball coach.
Gib, now a 40-year old with a lengthy resume, is being touted by friends as a candidate for the UH job and is among the first to publicly express an interest in it.
Other names speculated upon include NBA scout and UH graduate Jarinn Akana, UH-Hilo coach Jeff Law, former UH and Kentucky assistant Scott Rigot and former New Mexico State and Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus, who is now an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Athletic director Jim Donovan said he has been contacted by agents on behalf of some possible candidates and by some prospective applicants for the position.
The job has a listed salary range of $185,000 to $400,000 but can be exceeded by 25 percent with the approval of the UH president without going to the Board of Regents.
Arnold, however, expressed more than an interest calling it a "dream job." He said he'd probably be the only candidate that has ever "cried over UH basketball losses. And, there was a lot of crying in those times."
Frank Arnold, a former UCLA assistant and Brigham Young head coach, was 11-45 at UH before resigning to become an assistant at Arizona State. He is currently retired and living in Idaho.
Gib, a 6-foot-2-inch guard who averaged 14.2 points per game was an Advertiser All-State pick and Gatorade state player of the year as a senior.
He signed a letter of intent to play at UH but followed his father to ASU. After a church mission he played at Dixie State and UC San Diego.
Gib has been an an assistant coach at USC for five seasons. Prior to that he was an assistant at Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Vanderbilt. He was 57-14 as a head coach at the College of Southern Idaho. CSI was 33-3 in 2005 and finished third in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.
Speculation is that some of the $100,000 that Donovan said had been donated to help underwrite the buyout of Bob Nash's $240,000 salary might have come from Punahou alums.
But Arnold said he had no knowledge of that. Donovan said the donors are people who "want to try and help out (financially) and they want to remain anonymous and I'm going to respect that."
Gib said he has maintained his ties and friends here and, "even though I only lived there a couple of years, that's where I tell people I'm from."
Gib acknowledged that his father was poorly matched for UH but said there are major differences between them. "He was a little more meat and potatoes and (suit and tie) and I'm maybe a little more slippers and T-shirt, chili and rice at Zippy's."
Law, a former UH assistant, is in his 12th season with the Vulcans and said, "I would love to be considered for the (Mānoa) job."
Law is 178-138 since rebuilding the UH-Hilo program and was the 2004-05 NCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year.
Former UH player and TV analyst Artie Wilson has been been speculated upon but declined comment. Former UH point guard Mark Campbell is in his first season as an assistant at Saint Mary's. He was a starter at UH from 2001-03.
Some UH boosters were high on Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett, whose Gaels defeated the 'Bows, 84-75, in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in December. The Gaels are 26-5 in the West Coast Conference.
Bennett was hired there by Carl Clapp, current UH associate athletic director. But indications are that Bennett, the Gaels' all-time leader in victories (181), may be out of UH's price range even if he isn't offered a Pac-10 job.
2010 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Sept. 2||USC||5:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 11||at Army||TBA|
|Sept. 18||at Colorado||TBA|
|Sept. 25||Charleston Southern||TBA|
|Oct. 2||Louisiana Tech *||TBA|
|Oct. 9||at Fresno State *||TBA|
|Oct. 16||Nevada *||TBA|
|Oct. 23||at Utah State *||TBA|
|Oct. 30||Idaho *||TBA|
|Nov. 6||at Boise State *||TBA|
|Nov. 20||San Jose State *||TBA|
|Nov. 27||at New Mexico State *||TBA|