The old joke in our former news room was that when it came to interview subjects, Rich Miano was worth five Kafentzis brothers and a Lyndell Jones.
Miano is smart, funny, glib and thoughtful — useful traits for his new assignment as color analyst for OC Sports' telecasts of UH football games. Because of scheduling conflicts, Dick Tomey, who handled that position last year, will be only available for at least two UH games as an analyst.
Miano said he is "excited" to be part of the telecasts, noting, "I can continue to talk and analyze football. (The sport) has been good to me my whole life."
Miano's football circle appeared completed when Kaiser won the Division II state championship last season — 34 years after helping the Cougars win the 1979 Oahu Prep Bowl. In between, Miano played at UH, accrued 11 seasons in the NFL, then coached the Warriors for 13 years. He was the Warriors' head coach — on an interim basis — for 17 days in December 2011.
He resigned as Kaiser's coach in April to work as safety manager for Hawaii Stevedores. Last month, he received a call of inquiry from Dan Schmidt, OC Sports' general manager and executive producer. Typical of Miano's shark-like-move-or-die pace, he was hiking Mariner's Ridge when his cell rang.
Despite not being rehired to UH's staff two years ago, Miano retained his Letter Winners' membership. "I'll always bleed green," he said.
Still, he is expected to provide objective critiques. UH head coach Norm Chow and athletic director Ben Jay both approved Miano's hiring.
Of his new broadcast cohort, play-by-play announcer Robert Kekaula said: "Some people have passion about some things they do. Rich has passion about everything he does, and I love that."