May 21st, 2014
By Dave Reardon
From a reader who requests anonymity:
To me, your recent writing points to UH becoming a D-II school (e.g. UH can't even do a little bending of the rules and get away with it, the travel costs associated with D-I schools limit many scheduling possibilities, and NCAA investigations could limit recruiting success).
In addition, the failure of the football team to recruit more than a few local blue chip players over the last several years shows that UH has made little progress in this area, and the declining attendance at most venues (which adds to the deficit) shows lessening local interest in some areas--even recognizing that wins in any sport has an effect on attendance, the UH athletic department can't do much to remedy the situation.
Given the above factors and others unknown to me, it seems that UH is on a very slippery slope toward sliding into D-II with little or no choice in the matter--this possibility is known to be vehemently opposed by some in UH, the government, and the community, but it seems the handwriting is on the wall.
In response to Monday's column about UH basketball coming under NCAA scrutiny despite lack of postseason success. (This reader also requested anonymity.)
Hi Dave.U.H. must be real honest then.
I think it's a cultural thing.In Hawaii,everybody like show aloha.What better way then to let the other guy win?
Notice how Hawaii is getting overrun with "foreigners" and the local culture is getting "watered down",like U.H. teams.No more local pride like some good mainland teams that recruit players from their own areas.They get "local pride".Most of our good local players take their local pride elsewhere.
Trepasso and Chow must go now,or maybe U.H. needs to go to a lower division.