Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

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Stephen Tsai covers University of Hawaii football for the Star-Advertiser. Follow him on Twitter @StephenTsai and sign up for the Hawaii football newsletter here: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/email-signup/

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Game Day: Utah State

By Stephen Tsai on November 18, 2017

I’ve been a Jets’ fan for more than half a century, but as a kid, I used to also like to watch the Washington Redskins. The reason, from a childlike brain that has not developed further, is they always played in Baby Bear conditions: Not too cold, not too balmy. Some mainland folks enjoy the changing of the seasons; I liked it when it was so chilly that players were only comfortable when they were playing. In other words, football […]

Snow (flurry) day

By Stephen Tsai on November 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — The Warriors were greeted with snow flurries at the start of this morning’s practice at East High. And then the flurries turned into cold rain. The Warriors splashed their way through an hour-long practice before heading back to the hotel for a shower and quick meal. At the hotel, wideout Kalakaua Timoteo III said it was the first time he had seen a fireplace. The Warriors then made the long drive to Logan, where they will […]

Cool reception for Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on November 16, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — The sky was overcast, the weather was yuck, and the wind was, well, windy. But the Warriors had fun in a 90-minute workout that was part instructional, part get-some-fresh-air time. It was a hurry-up day for the Warriors, who arrived at the hotel at 7:30 a.m., had breakfast, slept for a few hours, and then practiced at noon. Rain is forecast for Friday and the temperature for Saturday’s kickoff is projected to be 41 degrees. “It’s […]

A principal with principles

By Stephen Tsai on November 15, 2017

As Dave Reardon reports, Al Minn has passed away. Thousands knew Minn as a firm but knowledgable swimming coach. Many others knew him as the leader of the Honolulu Quarterback Club, a gathering place for sports figures and the public. He was a man who lived for his family and his faith. For years, his wife ran a not-for-profit thrift shop at Kailua Methodist Church that provided clothing and other support for those in need. He was my principal at […]

Sophomore slumps

By Stephen Tsai on November 13, 2017

Sophomore slumps are real. In sports (Robert Griffin III), on the big screen (“Rocky II”) and music (when’s that second Iggy Azalea album being released?). And so it is with the UH football program: Fred vonAppen > 1996: 2-10 > Offseason: Offensive coordinator Guy Benjamin is reassigned and receivers coach Ken Margerum departs. > 1997: Warriors open with victories over Minnesota and Cal State Northridge, then lose nine of the final 10. June Jones > 1999: 9-4 > Offseason: Defensive […]

No time for regrets

By Stephen Tsai on November 12, 2017

No time to waste for the Warriors, who are recovering from last night’s loss to Fresno State, continuing to recruit and looking ahead to this coming Saturday’s road game against Utah State. The first priority is improved health. Right tackle Matt Norman, who has played well the past three games, exited in the second quarter. Chris Posa moved from left guard to right tackle. J.R. Hensley played left guard. While wideout Isaiah Bernard returned to action, Marcus Armstrong-Brown was unavailable […]

Game Day: Fresno State

By Stephen Tsai on November 11, 2017

The best of foes — Hawaii and Fresno State — meet for the 50th time. Yes, they have had quite a history, particularly in the June Jones-Pat Hill rivalries. There was even that bizarre time when Jones invited Hill to a UH spring practice. Ah, memories … But the past is the past, and here’s the current situation: > The Bulldogs are off to a nice start at 4-1 in the Mountain West. They already are bowl eligible. Although Fresno […]

Coming and going

By Stephen Tsai on November 10, 2017

The Warriors are set to welcome recruits this weekend. The Warriors expect to sign at least 10 players for the three-day commitment period beginning Dec. 20, a group that includes grayshirts, blueshirts and recruits. Offensive lineman Fred Ulu-Perry is scheduled to undergo surgery today for a patella injury. Ulu-Perry is done for this season.