Bring Back The Rainbows

Don Chapman
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January 16, 2008
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Good luck to June Jones, and thanks a ton for the season that none of us who lived through it will ever forget, but ...

Can we please have the Rainbows back now?

As much as Coach Jones accomplished, he was also a sometimes divisive force - just ask Joe Moore and Larry Price. The coach’s banning of Rainbows as our team’s name, and even of the rainbow logo, because for him it conjured up images of a gay rights parade is one of the silliest and most insecure things I’ve ever heard.

Whoever the new coach is - and if so many assistant coaches and players want Greg McMackin, then I’m all for him - I hope that we can return to the Rainbow Warriors.

And as much as I like the H logo and the modern uniforms, how about at least once a season bringing back the retro kelly green jerseys and somehow incorporating a rainbow onto the black/dark green unis?

And please, please, can we get rid of the silver pants and helmets? When did that become an official school color? (Only June knows.) And what does silver have to do with Hawaii? To quote the band War (which is coming to town), “Absolutely nothing!”

Another question: Why did state legislators wait so darn long to actually check out facilities on campus? It’s been nearly a year since Colt Brennan first starting talking publicly about the decrepit conditions on campus, and it was a topic for commentators on every ESPN broadcast of a UH game this season as well as during the Sugar Bowl on Fox. And as former hoops coach Riley Wallace said on Jeff Portnoy’s radio talk show on 1500AM last week, when athletic director Herman Frazier came in he was presented a poll of UH coaches and at the top of everyone’s list of priorities was facilities. Frazier promised to improve facilities and obviously failed. So the problem wasn’t exactly a secret, and legislators and the governor dropped the ball long ago.

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