Transition is where the University of Hawaii football program is at Saturday night, as fans expressed mixed reactions to the hiring of Nick Rolovich as the new head football coach at the team’s last game of the losing season.
“Well it’s exciting, you know, I think, renewed energy, you know we’re excited about Nick, he’s a character guy, he’s worked hard and wants to be, who is a Warrior and is excited to come back,” said UH Athletic Director David Matlin. “I believe he’ll work his competition and I think you know it’s just an exciting day.”
Matlin is not the only one excited. KHON2 was at the game at Aloha Stadium Saturday to follow up with fans about the change ahead.
Many fans agreed that it’s been a rough season for the Rainbow Warriors, but for Saturday’s game, it seemed different.
“I think it will be good,” said fan Chad Peace. “Good choice. He was a cold quarterback. So, we’ll see what he can do!”
Fans shared the same opinion as Peace, looking forward to a more positive winning season for the team.
“I remember Nick Rolovich,” said fan Lei Kema. “Nick Rolovich comes from old school. He was one of our best quarterbacks out of University of Hawaii. He made history. Given this chance, he will make history again.”
On the other hand, some fans were hoping for a different choice.
“I don’t know,” said Romalyn Peace. “I was a June Jones fan.”
Despite the variety of opinions, fans KHON2 talked to put their differences aside to enjoy this season’s last home game, while looking forward to the future.
“I just wanna see good football,” said fan Mike Souza. “That’s what I wanna see. I wanna see a lot of offense, defense. More local boys out on the field too.”