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Rainbow Tennis Program has best Graduation Rate in Nation


UH Athletic Graduation Rates vs. National Average

Graduation rates

Team Nation average UH team rate Head Coach
Rainbow Baseball 65% 67% Mike Trapasso
Rainbow Warrior Basketball 58% 25% Bob Nash
Warrior Football 64% 40% Greg McMackin
Warrior Golf 77% 64% Ronn Miyashiro
Rainbow Warrior Swimming & Diving 81% 60% Victor Wales
Rainbow Warrior Tennis 83% 100% John Nelson
Warrior Volleyball 73% 50% Mike Wilton

 I wonder why the Rainbows donot provide stats for their cross-country and track & field teams

One hundred percent graduation rate for UH tennis program

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

McMackin new Judge on “So you think you can Dance?”

UH won the dance contest vs. Notre Dame but lost the game 49-21

UH won the dance contest vs. Notre Dame but lost the game 49-21

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?”

But at least we have better dancers!
But at least we have better dancers!

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.

Fight Irish can't dance, but beat Hawaii 49-21
Fight Irish can’t dance, but beat Hawaii 49-21

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.


August 7, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

McMackin suspension SHIBAI

UH Head Coach Greg McMackin continues to work with the team despite being suspended

UH Head Coach Greg McMackin continues to work with the team despite being suspended

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin

The University of Hawaii handed out penalties to Head Football Coach Greg McMackin which included, amongst other things, a 30 day suspension for his saying and then repeating a gay slur at a conference coaches meeting attended by the media.

  But was it really a “suspension”?

  In a UH press release the University stated the following:

“We have completed the investigation with the cooperation of Coach McMackin. * Coach McMackin will be suspended without pay for 30 days. However, Coach McMackin has agreed to volunteer to coach the team for those 30 days because he doesn’t want the team or the university to be harmed by his mistake.

   So where is the suspension?  McMackin continues to practice with the team.  He will continue to coach from the sidelines at all the UH games.  But he forfeits a month’s pay.  And therein lays the penalty – forfeiture of pay for 30 days.

   Blogger Damon Tucker had it right when he said, “I don’t think people are getting it.  He’s (McMackin) not suspended at all?  He’s fined.  If he was suspended he wouldn’t be allowed to coach.  You don’t suspend someone and then still allow them to participate.  Big Deal…a person making a million a year loses 30 days pay from that million.  Slap on the wrist.”

  I agree with Damon.  Why is the University putting up a smokescreen for their coach?  Why tell us he’s been suspended, but allowed to practice with the team?  Where is the suspension? 

  The UH Public Relations Team is trying to fill the stadium during the upcoming season, but at what expense?  Subterfuge tactics seem to be at the forefront of this escapade.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , | 2 Comments

Is McMackin’s Punishment Enough?

Coach Greg McMackin has seen better days

Coach Greg McMackin has seen better days

By now you may have heard of the University’s sanctions against Head Football Coach, Greg McMackin, for making inappropriate slurs during a WAC press conference.

   Coach McMackin used a derogatory slur in demeaning Notre Dame’s dance prior to their football game against Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl. (Read the blog entry below for the full details).

   But did the University of Hawaii administration take the appropriate steps in disciplining their coach?

“We have completed the investigation with the cooperation of Coach McMackin. Because of violations of University policies, I have decided, with the approval of Chancellor Hinshaw, on the following actions:

* Coach McMackin will be suspended without pay for 30 days. However, Coach McMackin has agreed to volunteer to coach the team for those 30 days because he doesn’t want the team or the university to be harmed by his mistake.

* In addition, Coach McMackin will be voluntarily participating in the salary reduction at the same level as myself.

There are other steps we have discussed that Coach McMackin has agreed to accomplish so I’ll ask Chancellor Hinshaw to present those.” (UH)

Chancellor Hinshaw then detailed additional measures:
“We all recognize that yesterday Coach McMackin made a serious mistake that has hurt many people and brought negative attention to our State and our University. He is clearly remorseful – as well he should be. This has been a painful experience for all involved, but we must now consider actions that will help everyone learn from this very negative event and improve for the future.

Warrior (Rainbow?) coach
Warrior (Rainbow?) coach

* Coach McMackin will personally participate in activities directed at improving the environment for our community through working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community on campus. Camaron Miyamoto, coordinator for our LGBT services, has discussed with us how we can turn this into a learning experience for the whole campus.

* That will include Coach’s participating in a public service announcement describing how words can hurt, presenting during student orientations, and supporting awareness training for the athletics program.

* Also, a part of the money from his salary reduction will be used by the University to support a student intern for LGBT to assist in conducting campus-wide workshops in awareness training.

   I applaud UH’s quick and rapid dealing with McMackin’s inexcusable actions.   Public relations damage control was quick on this matter and the punishment seems to have fit the crime in this instance.

   But I believe the UH should have gone one step further by returning the proud “Rainbow” logo back to the Hawaii football team.

  It was the homophobic mentality by then coach, June Jones, and his staff that banished the Rainbow in favor of the Warrior symbol.

   UH should have acted to restore the Rainbow’s proud heritage to a football team and Coach McMackin, in order to redeem himself, should be the leader in insisting or its reinstatement.

August 1, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , | 3 Comments

McMackin Discolors Rainbows

UH football coach, Greg McMackin, puts his foot in his mouth

UH football coach, Greg McMackin, puts his foot in his mouth

     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.

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , | 17 Comments