McMackin plans changes
BY Stephen Tsai
Hawai'i head football coach Greg McMackin said he plans to make two changes to his staff.
One could involve Tony Tuioti, the Warriors' personnel director who oversees recruiting.
The other would involve an assistant coach.
Both positions were posted Monday as job openings in the school's notices.
The assumption is that Tuioti and a current assistant coach would switch positions. By law and the Board of Regents' hiring policy, any move between an assistant coaching position and a non-coaching position must be advertised for 10 work days.
"I'm going to give a fair look at all of the applicants," McMackin said last night.
If Tuioti were an applicant for the assistant coaching vacancy, and a better candidate were found, he could remain at his current position.
Tuioti is a former UH defensive tackle. He has drawn praise for helping to assemble the Warriors' past two recruiting classes.
McMackin said those are the only two vacancies that are posted.
He said a decision will be made after he evaluates the applications.
He said he will not announce the hirings until mid-March.
There were published reports that another move would involve defensive coordinator Cal Lee and defensive line coach Dave Aranda.
There are no public postings for the defensive coordinator's position.
It is possible for McMackin to change a coach's title without a public posting as long as the combined compensation for all of the assistants does not exceed the current total of an estimated $1 million annually.
Regardless of title, such as coordinator or associate, each is considered to be an assistant coach. The NCAA limits each Division I-A football team to nine assistant coaches.
All of the defensive coaches have collaborated on the game plans in McMackin's first two seasons as head coach. But McMackin called the defensive plays during games in 2008. McMackin and Aranda split the play-calling duties in 2009.
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