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Pitino sidesteps controversy by winning

Pitino sidesteps controversy by winning

The cover-up is always worse than the crime. That has been a catchphrase in American politics, sports, and life in general since Richard Nixon was caught covering up Watergate crimes and resigned as president in 1974.Rick Pitino didn’t understand that lesson in 1977 when he was a...

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Dino Babers and Duane Coleman met as wide-eyed college freshmen in 1979 at the University of Hawaii. They were football teammates and roommates that formed a fast and enduring friendship.“My kids call him uncle and his kids call me uncle,” Babers said. “They look at us and ask...

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Miami – Ohio, not Florida – once widely enjoyed a college football reputation as the “Cradle of Coaches.”That was especially true in the 1970s, when three perennial national title contenders were directed by former Miami head coaches: Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, who was Miami’s...

Pitino finds ways to survive in coaching

Pitino finds ways to survive in coaching

“I will not resign and let you down. Someday I will walk away in celebration of many memorable years but that time is not now. I do not fight these accusations by others but rather turn the other cheek. Couldn’t do it at 33, but at 63 it’s the wise thing to do. Let’s let the...

Kale Ane followed footsteps of father to coaching

Kale Ane followed footsteps of father to coaching

Charles Teetai Ane Jr.’s recent enshrinement with the Polynesian Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was an opportunity to celebrate Hawaii’s first NFL Pro Bowl player as well as a father-son football bond long famed on the islands.Ane Jr. was inducted posthumously in a ceremony at the...

Hawaiian Pipeline legacy enjoys Heisman view

Hawaiian Pipeline legacy enjoys Heisman view

Charles “Kale” Ane knows the look of a Heisman Trophy candidate. He faced enough of them as Michigan State’s starting center from 1972 to 1974 upon legendary coach Duffy Daugherty recruiting him through his famed Hawaiian Pipeline. Among them were Ohio State running back...

Mariota path to Heisman began with Bob Apisa

Mariota path to Heisman began with Bob Apisa

Marcus Mariota’s Heisman Trophy acceptance speech was touching and soon popular on Youtube. Fans listened to words spoken with humility that have been missing from recent Heisman winners of questionable character. The Oregon All-American quarterback thanked his college,...