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How I voted in the AP poll after Week 3, with comments

By Dave Reardon on September 18, 2017

Yes, I was “on” Mississippi State ahead of the crowd (because I like their quarterback, Nick Fitzgerald, and their defense). But I was also “on” Tulsa and Appalachian State in the preseason poll … and I was “on” LSU, which MSU trounced, ranking it higher than just about everyone else. And who knows? Georgia could crush the Bulldogs this week. For the full Associated Press Top 25, go here. 1. Alabama (3-0) The Tide’s SEC opener didn’t look very challenging […]

Back in action

By Stephen Tsai on September 18, 2017

Following the bye weekend, the Warriors were back on the practice field today, competing against the scout units ahead of Saturday’s road game against Wyoming. Two significant things happened: 1) there were several ailing players who missed treatments, and 2) as punishment, the Warriors had to run a series of 110-yard sprints after practice. The extra-curricular workout served as punishment, as it turned out, for the players who missed the treatments. They had to stand in the middle of the […]

Going back to Paniolo Country

By Stephen Tsai on September 17, 2017

Sure, it might not be the original Paniolo Trophy. But so what? Nobody’s complaining about Arnel Pineda singing Journey songs. “I think it’s a beautiful trophy,” head coach Nick Rolovich said of the prize for the winner of the UH-Wyoming game. “I’m excited to get an opportunity to defend the ownership of it.” The trophy rests in the display case at the foyer of the UH locker room. “Where it should be,” Rolovich said. But this Wednesday it will be […]

A wife’s tale

By Stephen Tsai on September 16, 2017

Sometimes the zaniest Hawaii football plans come from … an assistant coach’s wife. It was Meredith Yoro, wife of safeties coach Jacob Yoro, who learned that the WWE was going to have a show in the Blaisdell Arena during the Warriors’ bye week. She suggested that, perhaps, that would be another unique way for head coach Nick Rolovich to award a scholarship. Rolovich agreed. During Rolovich’s visit with Dave Aranda, LSU’s defensive coordinator and a former UH coach, the idea […]

Warriors move ahead from “devil loss”

By Stephen Tsai on September 15, 2017

UCLA game? What UCLA game? Following the UCLA game, seven assistant coaches remained on the mainland to recruit. They returned Wednesday, and by yesterday evening they had pored over every image of that game’s video. “I expunged that devil loss from their brains this morning before practice,” head coach Nick Rolovich said of the meeting with players. The Warriors devoted today’s 2-hour practice to working against Wyoming’s offensive and defensive concepts. The Warriors have a bye this weekend ahead of […]

Rolo goes to the mat to reward QB Hughes

By Stephen Tsai on September 14, 2017

Quarterback Hunter Hughes could have danced all night. In an elaborate scheme concocted by that mad genius — head coach Nick Rolovich — Hughes was brought into the ring during last night’s WWE show in the Blaisdell Arena. It was there where Rolovich, who had accompanied New Day, pulled out the manila folder containing a football scholarship. But Rolovich said Hughes would have to dance for it. It evoked memories of three years ago, when Hughes was asked to dance […]

Going Green again

By Stephen Tsai on September 13, 2017

Former UH running back Alex Green is set to rejoin the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. “He was in camp with us,” said June Jones, who had joined the Tiger-Cats a month ago as offensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach soon after. “I said, ‘sign him back. I think he already knows what we’re doing and everything.’” Jones said there is a possibility Green might be activated for this weekend’s game against Saskatchewan. This will be the first […]

GAs set for Scout Bowl

By Stephen Tsai on September 12, 2017

While seven assistant coaches are recruiting on the mainland and two others are working the local circuit, the four graduate assistant coaches are preparing for the upcoming game. John Estes, Mikahael Waters, Marc Moody and Makana Garrigan will be calling the plays for Thursday’s Scout Bowl,which involves redshirts and development players. This assignment is in addition to scouting, evaluating videos, aiding the assistant coaches, running the scout teams and, of course, attending classes. All four have proven to be quality […]