By Stephen Tsai
Kurt Gouveia's hiring as outside linebacker coach is proving to be a wise choice.
There were four finalists for the job, with each receiving face-to-face interviews with coach Norm Chow. It eventually came down to Gouveia, who was raised in Waianae and won two Super Bowl rings during a 13-year NFL career, and Joey Porter, a former All-Pro linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
UH chose Gouveia, who brings football experience, enthusiasm and a Westside-to-riches story that could be inspirational to aspiring football players.
Porter, who has the makings of becoming a good coach, also was in talks with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Porter today was hired as a defensive assistant coach for the Steelers. If Porter were hired by UH, his tenure would have lasted about two days. While Porter and Chow have a good relationship, the Steelers' job was one that Porter could not afford to turn down.
UH ends up with a coach with a local background, and Porter returns to a team/city where he is beloved.
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Former UH slotback Mike Washington is training in Hawaii through the weekend.
In October, Washington was traded from the Arena Football League's Pittsburgh Power to the Spokane Shock. In three seasons, Washington became the Power's career leader in receptions (365), receiving yards (4,446) and touchdowns (105).