Hawai'i Warriors: A Brief Overview of Their Glory Days

Ryan HealeyCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - AUGUST 30:  Running back Leon Wright-Jackson #4 of the Hawaii Warriors runs for yardage during his game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The University of Hawai'i is in one of the most beautiful states in the United States of America. The University is in Manoa, Oah'u and Aloha Stadium is located in Aiea, Oah'u.

It is also home of the Hawai'i Warriors football team. Hawai'i doesn't have any other big time college football programs or pro football programs so Warrior football is the best the locals can get in the fall. 

The Warriors have had some prolific players and coaches such as Timmy Chang, Colt Brennan, Davone Bess, Jason Rivers, Ashley Lelie and June Jones. 

In 1999 June Jones took over the team went 9-4 and lead one of the quickest turnarounds in NCAA history after the team lost all twelve games the prior season.

Jones came in with the "run n' shoot" attitude on offense and it worked producing Timmy Chang and then later Colt Brennan. Both of them broke and hold numerous NCAA passing records. 

Brennan and Chang were also Heisman candidates. Chang being one in 2003 and Brennan being one in 2007. 

In the 2007 season Jones and Brennan lead the team to it's first perfect 12-0 season and got its first BCS bid. They played in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia and got manhandled 41-10. 

Hawai'i making it to the Sugar Bowl was exciting for the school and state alike along with myself seeing I had just got accepted to the University of Hawai'i. 

Sadly following the 2007 season head coach June Jones left the University of Hawai'i for Southern Methodist University for numerous reasons. The main reason being a lack of good athletic facilities. (Recently the school just got an endowment to build one)

Jones had a record of 75-41 with 5 bowl appearances and three wins. 

Luckily for the University and the football team their Defensive coordinator Greg McMackin took over as head coach. 

Since McMackin took over he is 9-12 with an appearances in the Hawai'i bowl in 2008 which they lost. 

Unfortunately McMakin has all ready been through four different quarterbacks and this is only his second full season. 

So far this season has not gone well for the Warriors especially since Saturday's 54-9 blowout by #4 Boise State. They currently sit at 2-5 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

Time will tell if McMakin can find his Chang or Brennan and bring Hawai'i back to a BCS game.