By Brian McInnis
Aside from Gib Arnold's brief line in today's newspaper — "I'm excited for the football team. We will wait and see what the next move is for the other sports" — the Hawaii basketball coach wanted to withhold comment on a potential switch to the Big West Conference until something official is announced.
The Big West, with all of its schools currently located in California, isn't known as a power hoops conference. It's best team in recent years has been Pacific, though UC Santa Barbara was the team to emerge from the Big West tournament last year and make the NCAAs.
It would, however, make travel much, much easier than in the spread-out WAC, which is adding two teams from Texas — Texas State and Texas-San Antonio. Getting to Louisiana Tech was tough enough already.
The Rainbows' recent opponents in the ESPN BracketBusters annual game have been from the Big West: Cal Poly, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Long Beach State.
UH is set to tip off against Central Arkansas following the Hawaii-Cal State Northridge women's basketball game.
Former Hawaii point guard Mark Campbell is here in Hawaii for the Wahine Jack in the Box Classic tournament. Campbell, formerly an assistant coach for the Saint Mary's men's team, is an assistant with the Oregon State women's team. Oregon State defeated Eastern Michigan to open the Wahine tournament.
Another note about the Wahine, who defeated Cal State Northridge 66-58 in their season opener:
Junior point guard Keianna (Keke) Evans has left the team for what coach Dana Takahara-Dias said were "personal reasons."
Evans appeared in spot duty off the bench in both of UH's exhibition wins.
Evans, a junior college transfer and native of Fayetteville, N.C., was playing behind seniors Keisha Kanekoa and Mai Ayabe at the point. She was one of four new players to the Wahine roster this season.
Here's an update on former UH coach Bob Nash, who coaches the Saitama Broncos in Japan's bj league, courtesy of the Japan Times newspaper. Scroll down a little to see it.