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Hawaii's Greg McMackin retires

Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:47 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 8:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Hawaii announced on Monday that head football coach Greg McMackin has retired and stepped down from his position with the football program.

"Hawaii has meant a lot to my family and me," said McMackin in a release. "I appreciate Chancellor Hinshaw giving me the opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Hawai'i. I have decided to retire from my position at this time. I believe in my players and their potential for success. In their honor, I am foregoing $500,000 in the final year of my contract which I hope will help strengthen the UH football program. I want to thank my players, coaches, staff and the good people of Hawai'i."

McMackin had served as Hawaii's head coach since 2008 after having spent the previous years as an assistant coach on a multitude of teams in both college and the NFL. His teams went 29-25 over those four seasons, with two bowl berths. Hawaii was 6-7 this season.

Hawaii announced two weeks ago that its football team was part of a point-shaving investigation, though Honolulu police said that there wasn't an active investigation into the allegations because there just wasn't enough evidence to proceed with one.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:40 am

Hawaii's Greg McMackin "retires"

McMacklin didn't "retire" of his own free will.  He deserved better, but so do a lot of coaches nowadays.  Coaches are expected to turn tomato cans into bona fide top ten programs.  When they don't, they are outta there.  They should have given him his money, but schools are doing their best to weasel out of contracts in this era.  I am guessing it was "negotiated" behind the scenes. 

As for the "point-shaving scandal," there wasn't one.  The "anonymous source" was probably some loser who lost his house betting on a mediocre team to cover the spread.  Police and District Attorneys love nothing more than the chance to investigate and prosecute athletes, because it gets them their "fifteen minutes of fame."  If there was any substance whatsoever, they would have gone with it.  
The fact that the police and DA didn't have enough to continue with the case is a great indicator that it didn't happen. 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:28 am

Hawaii's Greg McMackin retires

I guess you two clowns commenting before me didn't get a chance to read on national websites when this "story" broke that the point shaving scandal was "reported" by an anonymous person and did not name any names.  No PD on the planet would waste their time with that.  And protect the University?  Give me a break.  Yeah, all the corruption and scandal to protect that powerhouse of a school. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:03 pm

Hawaii's Greg McMackin retires

So true....lived there for five years.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:41 pm

Hawaii's Greg McMackin retires

Has anyone that writes for you been to Hawaii? There is probably plenty of evidence but HPD just wont do anything. Hawaii is as crooked as 1970's Louisiana politics. They just wont do anything to the university is all and dont want to know more than they know. Period.

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