By Stephen Tsai
Congrats to Mike Edwards, who was named the MWC's special teams player of the year. He is the first UH player to win such an honor since kicker Jason Elam in 1992.
Edwards was named to the MWC first team as a specialist and second team as a cornerback.
He was sixth nationally in kickoff returns, averaging 30.4 yards per attempt.
Defensive end Paipai Falemalu and punter Alex Dunnachie were named to the second team.
Center Ben Clarke and defensive end Tavita Woodard were honorable mention.
* * * * *
Two finalists for the athletic director's job will have face-to-face interviews with a UH screening committee today.
Both are associate ADs — one from a Big Ten school, another from a Pac-12 school.
None has an apparent Hawaii tie.
I always felt that bringing in No. 2s (or 2-Bs, 2-Cs) from a big-budget school is like bringing in a high-ranking Ben & Jerry's guy to run a shave-ice stand. Oh, well.
I hope today's interview comes with a tour: "These are your locker rooms. No, just these rooms. That other building is the arena ..."
And a test: "Attendance has fallen in the major sports and you have an eight-figure accumulated deficit, how will you fix it? Hint: You may not propose a concert."
Of course, there is an outside chance that the chancellor could appoint Rockne Freitas, who has moonlighted as acting AD since the summer. Freitas, who did not apply, is in New Zealand today as a guest speaker.
* * * * * *
Interesting exchange at a UH forum yesterday. Here it is (via Twitter):
Audience comment: "We need to get out the word about the good things at UH. People don't know about it but they know about football."
Greenwood: "We started a new communications plan in the spring and have more than 200 stories that have appeared in the news."
Greenwood: "Not one of those stories have generated as much interest as the one story that has dominated the news this year."
* * * * *
Best wishes to tight end Ryan Hall, who is giving up a starting job and a football scholarship to pursue opportunities in music and acting.
The story: Hall leaving.
Hall really is a talented guy. And quite funny. He did a dead-on impersonation of Heath Ledger's Joker and Forrest Gump for the coach's show. Alas, his Gump bit ended up on the proverbial cutting-room floor. But it was really good.
Hall will do well.
* * * * *
Remember that "I Love Lucy" episode where Lucy buys an "original" painting from a street artist in Paris? She goes back to the hotel only to find that Ricky, Ethel and Fred all bought the same "original."
I'm reminded of that when I see that there are three No. 1 jerseys and two No. 2 jerseys at the Wounded Warrior on-line auction.
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up . . .