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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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 […]

Late start in Laramie

By Stephen Tsai on September 11, 2017

It was announced today that the Sept. 23 Hawaii-Wyoming game in Laramie will kick off at 8:15 p.m. Mountain time (4:15 in Hawaii). That leaves a real possibility the game could end early Sunday morning. The game will be televised on ESPN2. As noted before, the Mountain West, which is open to any sort of national attention, has been willing to start home games after 8:15 p.m. to accommodate nocturnal viewers on the East Coast. The Nov. 18 UH-Utah State […]

Quarter report

By Stephen Tsai on September 10, 2017

C’mon, admit it, you thought the Warriors would be exactly where they are now. After three games — a fourth of the regular season — the 2-1 Warriors beat the teams they were supposed to beat and lost a road game in which they were heavy underdogs. So here’s the dealio: > Bye week: Seven coaches remained on the road to recruit. The Warriors also can used the next two no-practice days to catch up on school work. > Doing […]

Game day: UCLA

By Stephen Tsai on September 9, 2017

PASADENA — For the first time ever … whoops, scratch that. The Warriors played something called Cal State Los Angeles in 1968. OK, for the first time in 49 years, the Warriors will be playing in the famed Rose Bowl today. It is widely believed the top three quarterback prospects are in the West. The Warriors will face two of them — UCLA’s Josh Rosen today and Wyoming’s Josh Allen in two weeks — on the road. Key matchups: 1) […]

Barker returns to the Rose Bowl

By Stephen Tsai on September 8, 2017

Wideout Ammon Barker has come full circle as he prepares for tomorrow’s game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl. In 2012, Barker made a verbal commitment to sign with UCLA. In November that year, he made his official visit. He stayed with the team in the hotel the night before the rivalry game against USC. He also was on the sideline for that game. After that, his commitment was considered to be a done deal. But then the point recruiter […]