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Brown: Akina to interview for UH coach

December 16, 2011
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas coach Mack Brown says defensive assistant Duane Akina will interview for the head coaching job at the University of Hawaii.

Akina, a Punahou School graduate who played collegiately at Washington, has 33 years of coaching experience, though none as a head coach.

Brown said Thursday he would like Akina to stay with the Longhorns but would support the move.

Warriors coach Greg McMackin retired after going 6-7 this year, missing out on a bowl game for the second time in his four seasons.

Akina has spent the last 11 seasons at Texas coaching the secondary. His players have included Thorpe Award winners Michael Huff and Aaron Ross.

Since 2004, four Texas defensive assistants have left the Longhorns for head coaching jobs.

As of Wednesday afternoon, UH said it had received 42 applications for its head coaching vacancy. The school's six-member search committee is reviewing the applicants.

Akina was a defensive assistant at Hawaii from 1981 to 1985 under Dick Tomey. He has also been an assistant at Arizona (1987-2000).



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