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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 11, 2002

Isle File
Tomey to be an assistant at Hula Bowl

Advertiser Staff

Former University of Hawai'i football coach Dick Tomey will be an assistant coach in the Hula Bowl Maui game.

The game will be played Feb. 2 in War Memorial Stadium at Wailuku, Maui.

Tomey replaces Bobby Johnson, a former Furman coach who is taking over at Vanderbilt and cannot attend.

Tomey, who coached at UH from 1977-86, will join the 'Aina team, which features University of Hawai'i quarterback Nick Rolovich.

The 'Aina head coach is Bob Stoops (Oklahoma); the other assistants are Steve Spurrier, who recently resigned from Florida to pursue an NFL job, and Joe Taylor (Hampton).

Coaching the other team will be Dennis Erickson (Oregon State), Sonny Lubick (Colorado State), Larry Kehres (Mountain Union) and Dale Lennon (North Dakota), coach of the year in Division II.

Next year's Hula Bowl Maui game, scheduled for Feb. 1, will feature coaches Larry Coker (Miami), Ralph Friedgen (Maryland) and Mack Brown (Texas).


• Olson seriously ill: Carl "Bobo" Olson, the first Hawai'i boxer to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, is gravely ill and is at The Queen's Medical Center.

Olson's wife of 53 years, Judy, said well-wishers can drop by the hospital. Olson is in room 736.

Olson, 73, who has suffered from Alzheimer's disease and pugilistic dementia, was a middleweight champion in the 1950s.

In July Olson celebrated his 73rd birthday. At the time, Judy said she organized his birthday party because her husband was "in the last stages of Alzheimer's and might have six months."

Olson was inducted into the hall in June 2000 in New York. He compiled a 98-16-2 record with 48 knockouts before retiring in 1966.