Nick Rolovich is UH’s new football coach

by Dave Reardon on November 27, 2015

Just got an email from UH. Rolovich, the former Warriors quarterback and assistant coach, will be introduced Monday at a news conference on campus.

I think this is a good choice.

-Rolovich has experience with multiple offenses. He learned the run-and-shoot from June Jones, Mouse Davis and Ron Lee, and the pistol from Chris Ault.

-He isn’t as exciting a pick as Jones, but he isn’t as polarizing, either. He is a coach the state can rally around, and he will help rebuild the season-tickets base.

-He can recruit, and he can coach quarterbacks: He turned Bryant Moniz from a walk-on into a star who led UH to its last winning season, when the Warriors were co-WAC champions in 2010.

1 Sickman Fraud November 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Young and cheap. Dave, top two reasons?. Hope the administration hired someone that knows how to write contracts? Maybe instead of hiring inept lawyers, Matlin can go to Legal Zoom.

2 nomu November 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Look forward to your reasoning. Fan choice appeared to be JJ. Many also liked RM. What is most interesting are the different POV offered by each tv station’s sportsperson, as to why they felt Rolo was chosen. Maybe a bit premature on their views for whatever reason? Let’s see who ends up on NR’s coaching staff. The important thing is to get this program back on its feet and get people back into the stadium.

3 Derek November 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Who recruited Corey Neilson. Rolo? Or was it Mac?

4 Bumbuchas November 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Dave, Fred, Steve, dont start a campaign in the media to get Rolo fired like how the 3 of you did with Chow. Give Rolo a chance to get it going in the right direction.

5 HALAWA 4 LIFE November 27, 2015 at 9:15 pm

UH hired cheap and that’s exactly how their season is going to end up!!

6 Old Diver November 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Corey Neilson was offered by Mack. The rest of the staff did not support this.

7 Old Diver November 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Many fans aren’t impressed with Rolo mainly because he’s a boring interview. He is very smart and will bring back pride to the program.

8 kkv3000 November 27, 2015 at 10:07 pm

I like Rolo, I loved him as a player. I am not so sure about him as a head coach. He is smart, but does he have enough public relations ability to be a head coach, we will find out. I do not know about his recruiting ability. I do think that the talent JJ had was to recognize talent and to get those players into the right position. For hawaii to be really good we need a coach that uncover and develop talent.

9 nomu November 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Congratulations to Rolo. Looks like all of Hawaii is excited. With the experience he has gained these past years, he comes back to Hawaii better than when he left.

10 808 November 27, 2015 at 11:32 pm

I don’t think it was a campaign by the SA media that got Chow fired. His 10-36 win-loss record and the rapid decline in fan support at the stadium did him in.

Matlin too will be graded by how well Rolovich does during his tenure as HC at UH.

I just hope they give Rolovich time to build the program. After all, Chow got 3 seasons, 9 games (4th season) to turn the program around.

Now he needs to hire the best assistant coaches to make this team successful. First order of business, make sure the WR’s coach is not a grad assistant this year before becoming an assistant for next year.

11 HALAWA 4 LIFE November 28, 2015 at 5:37 am

808,
I can’t beleive a lot of (so called) UH die hards are happy with Rolo hire and hoping AD gives him 3-4 years to turn around the program. 4 years with Chow was bad enough now you want 4 more losing or average seasons? Any real football person would hire JJ, who else can take an 0-12 team with average talent, put in a new offense, new staff and beat Oregon State in a bowl game in his 1st year! Thats what UH needs results now not 3-4 years!!!

12 808 November 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

Matlin’s choice showed that he is his own person. I was sure that June Jones would be the next coach.

I think Matlin was thinking long term. I also don’t think June Jones likes staying at one program long enough to see the kind of turn around Matlin wants.

However, it would have been nice to see a second turn around with June Jones. But, it is not to be.

It would have been interesting to see Matlin’s reaction if he made a call to Jones previous employer at SMU.

I hope UH Warrior does well under Rolovich. He would have to hit the ground running because their first game for next year is against the Cal Bears in Australia.

Like any AD, Matlin will be judged by how well he moves the athletic program forward, more importantly how well he moves the football program forward. With Matlin, I get the sense he is not going to say something like what Ben Jay said in regards to the finances of the athletic program.

13 John R December 7, 2015 at 3:22 am

Was June Jones really in the running? Did it come down to money? Can’t see why JJ was not offered the job. Good luck to Rolo, really would like to see him succeed.

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