Nick Rolovich Brings Elvis To Mountain West Media Days
Elvis makes an appearance at media days courtesy of Hawaii.
Nick Rolovich wanted to bring a monkey but settled with Elvis
Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich is one of the more eccentric coaching characters in the Mountain West and is a complete flip from former head coach Norm Chow. Last year, at his first media days Rolovich engaged a lot with @FakeCoachHarsin with some fun back-and-forth, and overall the Hawaii coach is a great follow on Twitter.
He also engaged with everyone at media days in a game of Pokémon Go when the game first launched last summer.
For an encore to his second media day appearance — which Hawaii is predicted second in the West Division — Rolovich showed up with an Elvis impersonator at his side. The King followed the Hawaii coach around for two hours to radio, print and TV hits at a cost of $350 per hour which came out of his own pocket.
“It’s probably been a little over the top, but that’s to get attention to the program, to get people talking about Hawaii, that’s what I thought we needed,” Rolovich said via the Idaho Statesman. “I told the players when I first got there, I said: ‘Listen, I plan on doing a bunch of crazy stuff. Don’t listen, don’t buy in, just trying to get people talking about us. When we get on the field, that’s when we really need to make our mark.’”
While Elvis was a brilliant move but it was not the first item of choice for Rolovich. He actually wanted to bring a monkey with him in Las Vegas. However, there were a few snags starting with costs as a monkey would cost $2,000 and there was a lot of paperwork and permits to be able to tote a monkey around.
Rolovich is doing his job as the Hawaii coach by bringing a lot of attention to the Warriors football program and it is backing up this bold personality by getting the Warriors back from the dead to a bowl-winning team in his first year and the goal is the least heading into the 2017 season.