Statement from UH President M.R.C. Greenwood
November 22, 2011
On November 3, 2011, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Office of Admissions received an anonymous letter alleging “point shaving” by unnamed football players of UH football games.
Recognizing the seriousness of these allegations, UH leadership acted promptly and responsibly by immediately alerting the Honolulu Police Department and providing the letter to them.
Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson and President M.R.C. Greenwood met personally with Chief Louis Kealoha to offer UH’s full cooperation with HPD’s inquiry.
UH has alerted the NCAA about the anonymous letter and its contents and, in discussions with them, has been informed that it is “doing exactly what you need to be doing” in this situation.
Out of respect for the police investigation, UH will not comment further at this point.
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So how many extra points did Hawaii get for doing the “Haka” in their home Bowl game versus Notre Dame?
According to Coach McMackin the Warriors have a more superior dance called the Haka which they perform prior to all their football games.
McMackin Warriors were trounced by the mediocre Fighting Irish 49-21 at Aloha Stadium yet they had the more masculine dance routine, according to our head coach.
I guess McMackin $1.1 million salary is more about being a dance critic than it is about being a good football coach.
You lose the game and you call the team that humbled you on the playing field gay slurs. Perhaps McMackin would better serve himself and the people of Hawaii by taking a job as the new judge of “So you think you can dance?”
According to Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal, McMackin said Notre Dame players performed “this little faggot dance” during a banquet prior to last year’s Hawaii Bowl.
This from Hinxman’s report:
McMackin, speaking at the Western Athletic Conference’s annual football media preview on Thursday morning (July 30), said the teams gathered the night before the game for a banquet when Irish coach Charlie Weis introduced the players and a ritual they do.
“I know most of the coaches in the country are rooting for us to beat Notre Dame,” McMackin said. “Charlie gives this talk, ‘We do something special at Notre Dame,’ and (the players) get up and they do this little cheer … this little faggot dance.”
McMackin said he felt he made a mistake by then having the Hawaii players do a Ha’a (Haka), a ritual Polynesian dance that McMackin believed made the Irish players take notice and get them to play at a higher level the following day. Notre Dame won, 49-21.
After describing the dances, McMackin asked reporters not to write about it and made a reference to Karl Benson, the WAC commissioner who was in the room.
“Don’t write that ‘faggot’ down. I was misquoted,” he said. “Just please … cover for me,” McMackin said Thursday. “Go ahead, say ‘faggot dance.’ No. Please cover for me on that, too — right Karl? I’ll deny it. Anything else?”
According to the report, McMackin returned to the room 15 minutes later and apologized.
I’ve been a big fan of Rainbow sports for more than four decades. I’ve gone to many basketball, baseball and volleyball games and have attended a few football games.
As a graduate of UH I love my ‘Bows. But a word of advice for our football coach, concentrate more on teaching football skills and positive life lessons and less on dance routines.
Say it isn’t so Greg. How can someone that gets paid $1 million per year to represent the University of Hawaii open his mouth and let negative words come out?
I’m a proud graduate of UH Manoa and a longtime supporter of UH sports. I was angered when the macho football coaches, under then June Jones, switched the proud Rainbow name to the current Warriors in an effort to make the football program more in tune to the agressive style of play that Jones believed came with a name.
Rainbows were never good enough for this football teams coaching staff and perhaps this morning current football coach Greg McMakin revealed why.
In an obvious prejudicial slant against homosexuals McMackin made slurs towards the Notre Dame football teams dance by calling them “f……..ts,” a word that I choose not to repeat.
Even the local television media downplayed McMackin’s press release by making it seem that he only said the word once, when in fact he repeated it three times.
I am ashamed to be connected to the Warrior football team. After these slurs lets prove that football isn’t homophobic by giving the UH team back their true name – Rainbows – for which we can all be proud.
The following is a press release that was written by Ross von Metzke:
Hawaii Warriors football coach Greg McMackin used the word “faggot” three times when discussing rival team Notre Dame at a media preview on Thursday, then turned around and asked the press not to use the word in quoting him because he didn’t “want to…have every homosexual ticked off at [him].”
McMackin told the press that Notre Dame did “this little faggot dance” at a banquet the night before last year’s Hawaii Bowl. He then went on to use the word two more times while explaining why Notre Dame was so fired up to play Hawaii in the game, which the Fighting Irish won 49-21.
Then he stopped and attempted to remedy the situation. “Just please … cover for me,” McMackin said Thursday. “Go ahead, say ‘faggot dance.’ No. Please cover for me on that too…. I’ll deny it. Anything else?”
Moments later McMackin returned to the press room to reiterate his plea for the reporters’ help in censoring his language.
“I want to officially, officially apologize. Please don’t write that statement I said as far as Notre Dame. The reason is, I don’t care about Notre Dame. But I’m not a — I don’t want to come out and have every homosexual ticked off at me. You know what I mean. Because I don’t have any problem with homosexuals. But I apologize for saying that and I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t run that word. If you said ‘dance,’ that’s OK. But don’t use the bad term that I chose, please. Thank you.”
Later, when it was clear the media would be reporting on the incident, McMackin issued a formal apology.
“I would sincerely like to apologize for the inappropriate verbiage, words that I used,” he said. “I’m really ticked off at myself for saying that. I don’t have any prejudices and it really makes me mad that I even said that and I’m disappointed in myself. … What I was trying to do was be funny and it’s not funny and even more it isn’t funny to me. I was trying to make a joke and it was a bad choice of words and I really — I really, really — feel bad about it and I wanted to apologize. I’m going to apologize to my team. I’m going to apologize to the people in Hawaii.”
A Notre Dame spokesman told the Idaho Statesman the school would likely not comment.
McMackin, others to share focus on inspiring success
Greg McMackin, head football coach at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will deliver the keynote address at a youth sports conference at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Tuesday, June 2.
Reservations are being accepted for “Facilitating Extraordinary Accomplishments in Hawaii’s Youth (FEAHY),” a community conference designed to examine the local youth sports culture.
Registration deadline is May 15. Cost is a $10 fee, which will be waived for Big Island Interscholastic Federation students and coaches. (Deadline to register has been extended).
Request registration forms by email from PCABigIsland@hawaiiantel.net or at the County’s Recreation Division office at 799 Piilani Street in Hilo.
The community conference is being organized by the County of Hawaii’s Recreation Division, UH-Hilo’s Campus Center and Athletic Department, and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Big Island.
Conference participants will hear from a panel of local sports and education leaders including Randy Hirokawa, dean of the UHH College of Arts and Sciences, Vulcans head volleyball coach Bruce Atkinson, Mason Souza, County recreation specialist and basketball official, Doug Connors, Hamakua community activist, and others.
The panel moderator will be ESPN Hawaii radio show host Josh Pacheco, a St. Joseph High School graduate.
According to organizers, the conference’s purpose is to “create and facilitate an opportunity for interscholastic and youth sports leaders, coaches, students and parents to hear success stories — and descriptions of various sports cultures — and to design their own enhancing plans to facilitate extraordinary accomplishments in Hawaii’s youth.”
Two PCA workshops — “Becoming a Triple Impact Competitor” for high school student-athletes, and “Developing Competitors” for coaches — will be provided for participants.