Mixed Reaction To Coach McMackin's Departure

Published On: Dec 05 2011 04:15:57 AM HST   Updated On: Dec 05 2011 06:29:16 AM HST

Despite the University of Hawaii?s football team?s losing season, an apology for a gay slur during a 2009 press conference and the recent anonymous point shaving accusation, there are University of Hawaii students who stand by coach Greg McMackin.

McMackin retired Monday after a 6-7 season and missing the postseason for the second time in his four years.

?He knows the players, he knows their abilities and what they are capable of I say he should stay,? said UH freshman Iokepa Waiwaiole.

?Coaching is obviously a big part but that coach has does done good work here in Hawaii but I think that it could just be an off year,? said UH sophomore Zak Mayo.

Then there are the majority of the students we asked who don't pay attention to UH football.

?More people care about the volleyball team than they do about the football team,? said UH junior Catherine Ligaya.

For those who are Warrior fans, some said it comes down to basic coaching skills, which Troy Biggs said coach Mac lacks.

?They've lost games that they've should have won, that shouldn't have come down to BYU. They shouldn't have come down to we have to beat BYU to get into the bowl,? said Bigggs.

There is also mixed opinions on how much the new head coach should be paid. McMackin was the highest-paid government employee at around $1 million a year. ?Is very sad considering the state of our buildings and our departments and the funding that could be used there,? said UH student Max Shakely.

?If it takes the money to get the good coach then ya, it?s all about what the coach has to offer," said Biggs.


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