Warriors' Mountain West invite draws mixed fan reaction

Trudie Punohu
Trudie Punohu
Alex Whitner
Alex Whitner
Pierre Wats
Pierre Wats

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - What better place to find diehard University of Hawaii (UH) fans than at the Stan Sheriff Center where the notorious Wahine Volleyball team played Thursday night.

Reaction was mixed when it came to the Warrior football team's invite to the Mountain West Conference.

"I'm so enthusiastic! Go Bows!" said Trudie Punohu, a UH fan.

For some it's a no-brainer, as the Warriors' rivals, Fresno, Boise State and Nevada jump ship and bolt for the Mountain West.

"How can you stay when everything good around you is leaving?" asked Pierre Wats, a UH fan.

But some UH fans say leaving the WAC is like saying goodbye to an old friend.

"I'm a little disappointed because I do like the WAC Conference. They've been a part of it a long time, but I'm excited that we're getting the recognition that we deserve now," said Alex Whitner, a UH Senior.

"I do think they should stay in the WAC just so that it brings more credibility to our own conference," said Rhoda Baria, a UH Junior.

"It kind of surprised me that they may be changing to the Mountain West. I was kind of hoping we'd stay in the WAC," said Jeremy Dacanay, a UH Junior.

And then there's the rest of UH sports.

"I did a survey of the 18 sports besides football and 16 of them said their first choice would be to join the Big West Conference," said Jim Donovan, UH Athletics Director.

"That's great, because we're blowing them out of the WAC we need to get some better competition," said Punohu.

And though nothing is signed on the dotted line yet, the possibility of moving out of the WAC, has spirits among UH's leaders high.

Bottom line, it appears it's a case of loyalty versus rivalry, but fans Hawaii News Now spoke with say no matter what happens, no matter what direction UH takes, they say they will support the Warriors and other UH sports teams all the way.

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