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  1. Hawaii also sold out of its allotment at the Sugar Bowl. Granted, the AD at the time negotiated for 12,000 instead of 17,500 thinking the department would have a hard time selling the tickets. He was wrong. There were initial requests of over 18,000 tickets and the AD tried to get the remaining allotment. UH was only able to get 2,000 tickets back from the Sugar Bowl. They sold out of those too. Fortunately by that time, many of the remaining UH fans who had initially requested tickets from the AD had purchased them on the secondary market. The fans showed up in force to the most difficult of the BCS destinations to travel to from Hawaii. I just wish June Jones and the offense showed up.
  2. Well, Hawaii's current nickname was inspired by Revelation 10:1. "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars."
  3. They happen to rotate between that and cockfighting depending on location of the game.
  4. Who will manage the gofundme account now?
  5. yeah, but travel is cheap(1 flight on a 2 game road trip) to Big West locales compared to MWC destinations(usually 2 flights on a two game road trip) UH is actually spending as much on oly sports travel as they were in the WAC without travel subs. The big problem is both of the TV deals. The better UH gets on the field the lower they get paid for their TV rights. The MWC controls UH's inventory, but does not pay them. That means ESPN and CBSSN can pick as many UH games as they choose. This past year, UH lost $200k from their PPV deal because UH couldn't provide enough football content as part of their agreement with Spectrum. I would be fine if the MWC gave Tier1,2, and 3 rights back to UH at least until the new MWC media deal is reached. UH earned about $600k from the WAC on top of the PPV deal, and paid no travel subs for football. Now UH gets $0 from the MWC deal and pays $650k annually in travel subsidies. This is about a $1.2 million change.
  6. They do have the poker chips. However, they don't know it. It's like the chips are inside the lining of their jacket because of a hole in the pocket.(It happens. I found $60 in my jacket once.) When they find them, watch out! They are practically already independent. They already have most of the key features that the successful independents have had. They have their own TV deal.(I have a feeling that UH PPV games would again be streamed via ESPN3, like they were before they joined the MWC.) They have some sort of an exemption.(BYU has mission exemption. Service academies have an extra coach and lax recruiting rules, UH has an extra game and/or week 0 exemption.) They pay every team's travel to come to Hawaii. They have their own bowl tie-in. (BYU gets agreements years in advance. ND has access to most of the ACC tie-ins. The service academies can have the military-themed bowls.) The only real difference from independence other than competing for conference championships is that UH has to pay for their own travel on road games. As an independent, travel would be covered by the host school. If done correctly, UH would make a lot more money as an independent, and could realistically have 8-9 home games each year.
  7. Are you sure the puzzle piece isnt blue? Coaches recently have been wearing a blue puzzle piece to raise autism awareness.
  8. Since the NCAA took over in 2005, the NIT is usually only filled with P5 underperformers and mid-major regular season champions who didnt win their conference tournament. For most mid-majors it is impossible to make it to NIT as an at-large as shitty P5 schools seem to have better RPIs just because of their conference association. In most of those mid-major conferences, the #2 team(usually with 20+ wins) is playing in the CIT even though they can beat half of the NIT field handily. The CIT(a mid-major only tournament) was actually created because of the NCAA's bias towards shitty P5 teams. If the NCAA expanded the NIT to 64 and gave each conference an autobid, the CIT would likely shut down.
  9. The women's NIT has a field of 64, but it isn't run by the NCAA. If the NCAA were to go to a 64 team men's NIT, I'd like the women's set up. 32 conferences each get a rep + 32 at-large berths. Regular season champs are automatically the conference rep if they don't make the tourney, but the conferences pick their reps otherwise. Also, teams submit bids to host tourney games.
  10. UMass is independent because the MAC wont take football only schools.
  11. Former UH AD Ben Jay is currently in the Bay Area as an AD for DII Academy of Art in San Francisco. Maybe the Spartans can hire him.
  12. Here are Nevada's options: Option A: Fire Polian and buy out remainder of his contract Option B: Buy blue paint for the cannon. They can only afford to do one.
  13. No, but I think UH's band is also filling in for the Cal Band. Cal is supposedly too broke to send theirs.
  14. Only UMASS is in the same rank range as UH. At worst, UH would be 3rd overall G5 (2nd public)behind Rice and the Minutemen.