It’s been six years since the University of Hawaii has had a winning football season, and even longer since quarterback Colt Brennan set NCAA passing records under the tutelage of head coach June Jones. In fact, since 2008, the year after Jones left for SMU, Hawaii has had just one winning season, while rummaging through three coaches over that time span.
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The Rainbow Warriors are trudging through another ho-hum season, and in the midst of a blowout loss to No. 22 Boise State over the weekend, Nick Rolovich, their latest head coach, got fed up. Down 42-3 in the third quarter, Rolovich had the team benches removed from the sidelines, forcing his players to stand for the remainder of the game. A few brave souls popped a squat in the some of chairs that had been left behind, but everyone else remained on their feet.
Rolovich was clearly sending message as he watched his team drop to 4-7, ensuring that they wouldn’t be playing in a bowl game for the sixth straight season. Fatiguing your players by forbidding them to sit when you’re down 39 points might be counter-productive; but Rolovich had had enough. We’ll be interested to see if his team responds to the bench removal when they take on Fresno State this coming Saturday.