Warriors New Head Coach Still Up in the Air

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin
Rich Miano
Rich Miano
Adam Leonard
Adam Leonard

MANOA (KHNL) -- Tuesday night, KHNL News 8 reported that defensive coordinator Greg McMackin has risen to the top of the list to replace June Jones.

Wednesday, we staked out the football offices to get some reaction from coach Mack on this developing story.

"Talk about your thoughts about being the head coach, though?"

"I just have no comment right now, it's just not the right time, but I appreciate everybody, thank you very much," said McMackin.

And with those words, Greg McMackin slips into his office and has no more comments.

However, the same is not true for secondary coach Rich Miano, who has plenty to say regarding the future of the Warriors.

"We need to continue what we have, continue June's offense, continue Greg's defense," said Miano.  "There's rumor and speculation that it will be Greg McMackin that would be wonderful, it's just a matter of somebody who understands Hawaii and continues with the success we've had."

Improving upon a 12-1 record won't be easy, but the coaches know they need to get a jump on things as soon as possible.

"Time is of the essence, we need to start recruiting, we need to understand who our bosses are and what direction we're going in and so the next two or three or four days, I think, are crucial to the University of Hawaii football program," Miano said.

Not only does the program need to replace it's athletics director and head football coach, the poor state of the facilities still need to be addressed.

"It's just disappointing to know that everybody wants a great team, the University wants a great team, but they don't want to invest into having a great program, but hopefully what's gone on in the past week will change things," said Warrior linebacker Adam Leonard.

And it looks like at least one thing has changed thus far.

"Well, I came back from vacation and I had a new phone on my desk, so that was a step in the right direction," said Miano.

But there's still a long way to go. And one last football note. Receiver Ryan Grice-Mullins announcing he's forgoing his senior year and he will in fact enter the NFL draft.

Mullins is the last member from the Warriors potent offense to leave.

Davone Bess declared for the draft last week, and Colt Brennan, CJ Hawthorne and Jason Rivers completed their eligibility after the Sugar Bowl.