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Utah State's Kevin Clune named Hawaii's defensive coordinator, per report

Hawaii has named Utah State linebackers coach Kevin Clune to be their new defensive coordinator, per the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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Last month, the Hawaii Warriors have decided to part ways with defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer, and lets his contract expire at the end of March. The news has been quiet on who Hawaii would hire to hopefully turnaround their defense, and make them somewhat competitive.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is reporting that they have hired Utah State's Kevin Clune to take over as their new defensive coordinator. Hawaii head coach Norm Chow is quoted as saying "I'm fired up," about the hire. The salary for Clune is reportedly about $90,000 less than his predecessor and which comes out to $160,000 per year.

However, Coaching Search has a conflicting report saying that Clune has been offered and is likely to accept, but it is not official just yet. However, with salary being mentioned in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser report makes this seem like a done deal.

Clune has been part of the Utah State staff for the past five years and helped make the Aggies defense a top-10 unit over the past two seasons. Turning around this Hawaii defense will be difficult, but Chow is banking on him being able to make Hawaii a force on the defensive side of the ball.