By Stephen Tsai
With Oceanic set to officially take over the rights to UH sportscasts this week, here are some updates:
• Candace Fujishima, who was a director of KFVE sportscasts, was recently hired. There is one opening — for now — remaining: Coordinating producer. That position was posted last week. Steve Jackson, considered one of the best in the business in coordinating local sportscasts, should be considered a top candidate. He has done wonders at KFVE the past two decades.
• Because Oceanic does not own its own production truck — and there are no immediate plans to purchase one — the production crew for UH sportscasts will be on a contractual-hire basis. At least for the 2011-2012 academic year.
• There have been no firm decisions made on the commentators for UH sportscasts.
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New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will not be able to make his annual visit with the UH coaches this year. But UH head coach Greg McMackin has brought in a couple of speakers, including former Nebraska assistant coach Marvin Sanders.
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Remember Kawika Borden, a defensive back from Pearl City High?
He aced the walk-on tryout in February 2010, but then suffered a leg injury. While rehabbing, he was removed from the active roster. But Borden kept working out on his own, and he often watched practices.
Now he is healthy again. He will join the team the first day of the fall semester.