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No Aloha for SMU Football Coach June Jones

SMU Coach June Jones

NO ALOHA FOR JUNE JONES

The Hawaii Bowl takes place on Christmas Eve with the match up of the Nevada Wolf Pack going against the Mustangs of SMU.

SMU was invited several weeks ago because of their coach, June Jones, was the former Hawaii football coach that led the Rainbows to an undefeated season, before leaving for SMU and more money.

When Jones came into town the first thing he did was change the Rainbows to the Warriors as he felt that “Rainbows” was not befitting a tough college football team.

What a shame that the long tradition of having many proud Rainbow teams disappear with what may be called a “homophobic” coach.

I am still disappointed in the University of Hawaii Athletic Department and administration for allowing nearly one hundred years of Rainbow tradition to vanish with one “DISLOYAL” coach.

Since the football team switched to the Warriors I have refused to continue my annual monetary donations to the University of Hawaii Foundation and the  College of Education.

I am disappointed that we were so shallow that we would allow a fly by night coach to come in and make us into something so common that a dozen high schools and several professional teams already have…….”Warriors.”

Jones gets his way and destroys tradition and then leaves for more money to coach at SMU.

I predict that Nevada will destroy SMU by 30 plus points and I will enjoy every moment of it.

BRING BACK THE RAINBOWS!

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Editorial, Events | , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Bring back the Rainbows!

UH Rainbows were special, let's bring them back!

UH Rainbows were special, let's bring them back!

     Go Bows!   That is something I’ve been chanting for more than four decades and it won’t change anytime soon.

   As a die-hard alumnus I have spent countless hours in front of the television watching the Rainbows football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, including attending several Rainbow Classic basketball tournaments.

   I was glued to my TV in 1992 when the Rainbow football team beat Illinois in the Holliday Bowl, 27-17.

   So why do we allow a football coach (June Jones) to come in and change the name to Warriors?

   Go on the internet and type in “Warriors” on your search engine.  You will find every type of Warrior imaginable, including Cal State, Wayne State, Wisconsin, Lutheran and the Hawaii football team.

   If you type in “Rainbows” you are limited to the UH athletic department.  The nick-name Rainbows are unique.

  I watched every game of Rainbow basketball during their dismal 1-26 season which was many moons ago, and that loyalty has earned me the lifetime right to call them the ‘Bows.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , | 1 Comment