No time for regrets

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 because of an ailment. Armstrong-Brown should be good to go against Utah State.

The Warriors will have video sessions and conditioning drills tomorrow, then resume practicing on Tuesday. They depart Wednesday for Logan.


  1. Maddog50 November 12, 2017 2:27 pm

    Get a win

  2. Akamai Okole November 12, 2017 2:40 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    No rest for the weary.

    And then again even the Niners won today! 😈

    Ipu Man

    56 – 14 Akamai Okole’

    Das it

  3. A View From Afar November 12, 2017 2:48 pm

    From prior thread #53 Ipu Man,
    I believe you are mistaken, I am not the winner as I was off by 7 total points (actual score UH 21 – FSU 31, my guess UH 21 – FSU 38).
    As recorded in the prior thread at #18, What’s up guessed UH 24 – FSU 34, so he was off by only 6.
    So as I see it, What’s up is the winner.

    Sorry, I’m not June Jones.
    I first attended UH in 1973, didn’t graduate till 1980.
    Life gets in the way sometimes.

  4. JH Balko November 12, 2017 3:24 pm

    There are two issues with Rolo that are concerning:

    1. He bought into his own hype last year. Much of his success last year rested on novelty. Opposing coaches rely on a “book” of statistical tendencies to game plan against a team (in this case UH). Because Rolo was new last year, there was no “book” to guide coaches on how to game plan to defeat Rolo. As the games piled up, and the stats became codified in tendencies that coaches could exploit, they did so week by week. Rolo never took notice of the fact that opposing coaches were ahead of his plays enough to out maneuver UH in games.

    This has become more problematic this year as opposing coaches have, and have articulated cogent game plans before the game as to how they will counter UH: and they mostly have done so.

    This is largely why UH has “regressed” this year. And if Rolo doesn’t address this issue next year, the QB, squad, and team play will deteriorate more because the “book” on UH plays is now longer, and thus, more predictive of how Rolo’s team will execute game plans.

    2. UH signed Rolo to a potentially detrimental contract for the UH AD program. The contract contains a clause that “The Term to be extended by 1 Year if team participates in the bowl game at the end of 2016.” So, the bowl game last year committed the program to another year of salary before the results of this year’s performance. If this year’s performance is more indicative of Rolo’s skills, UH is either stuck with him for the long haul, or on the hook for a large pay out. His contract can be viewed here:

  5. Kev-1 November 12, 2017 3:29 pm

    When the offense went 5 wide, they showed signs of life. However, o-line woes ended that experiment. Inadequate protection off the edge + DB poor pocket presence = return to running the ball.

    The offense has shown the ability to do well, but lacks consistency. Starts with DB’s inconsistent play.

  6. Kev-1 November 12, 2017 3:31 pm

    I give the o-line props, though. As depleted as they are because of injury, they have hung in there as a unit. Posa had a tough night.

  7. Ipu Man November 12, 2017 4:00 pm

    Per #3 A View From Afar honestly pointing out
    his guess was off by 7 points whereas What’s up
    was closer by six. Missed that, sorry, guys.
    So What’s up is da winnah…

  8. Ipu Man November 12, 2017 4:05 pm

    What? was foist with his prediction…
    UH UTAH State
    56 14 What?
    56 14 Akamai Okole
    21 56 Derek

  9. H-Man November 12, 2017 4:39 pm

    Nothing positive to write today after last night’s loss, so I guess it’s best I leave it at that. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel better.

  10. Honu888 November 12, 2017 5:31 pm

    #5 You are absolutely correct on that. The offensive line has been thru a lot this season and so much adversity, injuries, line up changes and not to mention losing their coach mid season. I’m sure that must have been a lot of stress for these young Warriors but they keep on truck’n. Hats off to the O-Line!

  11. z November 12, 2017 5:39 pm

    De ja vu. Looking forward to next season. They haven’t fixed it by now so I don’t think that they will. Hope Rolo changes it up in the spring. Right now it ain’t working.

  12. What? November 12, 2017 6:23 pm

    The score was just humor in reference to Akamai Okole. I realize he used the same guess score of 56-14 for years.

    It would be nice to get to the days of winning again. I just think it’s a little harder now for the coaches the that coach here.

    I do believe Rolo should see year 3. During year 3, maybe get a 1 year extension so recruits know he is staying at least one more year. Let year 3 and 4 be the money years for him in terms of winning. If he is extremely successful in year 3 and 4, look for other schools to poach him to be their coach. If not, we’ll the football program will need to rebound with a coaching change again.

    The absence of Unga, Ursua and a couple of d-linemen really hurt Hawaii. If all were healthy and playing, we would see a different outcome. But, this is football and injuries happen all the time. The team is 3-7. Even though they have seven losses this season, it still feels better than the Chow or Von Appen years.

    I take back my prediction. I have no prediction. Just win. That would be nice. Looking at the players last night after the game, they deserve a win. I hope Rolo can get the team ready for the next two games.

  13. SteveM November 12, 2017 7:24 pm

    I usually wait 2 days after a loss to comment, but two things disturbed me last night: (1) on fourth-and 1 in the first quarter, we punted. We were having some run success and Vince Lombardi’s paraphrased words came back to me. “If you guys can’t get me 1 yard when we need it…”.

    (2) with around 12 (?) seconds left in the half, we take a knee. I booed…the stadium booed. I figured at least run DSJ one more time while the Fresno defense is looking for the hail mary.

    In both cases, we were playing not to lose. I was disappointed because I thought Rolo would play to win. 😐

  14. clyde November 12, 2017 7:34 pm

    @#12: Respectfully, have to disagree on both points.

    (1) They ran Tuiasoa for no gain on 3rd-and-1, the score is 0-0 and you’re on your own 46. A bit early to gamble, and risk giving up field position.

    (2) 2nd-and-12 from your own 23 with seconds left in the half. You’re getting the second-half kickoff, and there aren’t too many plays that will get you 77 yards. Didn’t have a problem to end the that possession.

    Just my two cents.

  15. SteveM November 12, 2017 7:43 pm

    …and I don’t like the implication that we lost because of key injuries. This also implies that the other 40 or so guys suited up for the game have no chance of winning.

    You play the guys you got. A good coach gives the players schemes and plays that maximize their abilities. JJ came in with his Run-n-Shoot and utilized smallish receivers who were “quick” rather than fast. His QB’s were not great scramblers or particularly tall but they were accurate. His walk-on running backs became legendary as defenses aligned to stop the pass.

    Rolo played and lived through this era and then some with multiple formations. He surely knows how to adjust and offense to his 2nd and 3rd team abilities.

    The defense is another story, but the 3-4 scheme seems to work better for the personnel available. Just the opinion of a fan, anyway.

  16. Warrior55 November 12, 2017 8:21 pm

    I’d have to disagree. The only two drives we scored on last night were when the offense went no huddle and ran the ball up the gut. You could see the panic on Fresno’s defense. Weren’t getting their calls in, d-linemen getting tired, not being able to sub, etc. We should have stuck with the run in my opinion, as a fan. When we lined up 5 wide, that is when the o-line starting giving up sacks. It’s much harder to pass block as an offensive linemen when the defense knows it’s going to be a pass because DSJ isn’t in the back field. The kid is less than two hundred yards from the all time season record, feed him the rock!

  17. What? November 12, 2017 8:25 pm

    Respectfully, that is true, next man up. But, there is a reason why the first team players are playing on the first team and the second and third team players are playing on the second and third team. It’s because the first team probably has more grasp of the offense or defense at that point in time. Any changes to the first team therefore would definitely see a drop in production.

    When these second and third team players become more seasoned, they will probably be more productive. Unfortunately, UH cannot stockpile the same level of talents at the same time and see minimal to no drop off between the starters and reserves. The next man up may not be ready. Maybe it takes two years for the reserve to develop. If UH could stockpile some 3 star athletes, then I can see the drop off wouldn’t be as significant. The coaches unfortunately have to work with the players they have and they will have to wait while some of the backup players develop into starters.

  18. What? November 12, 2017 8:52 pm

    I was also quick to point and say this team is not doing well. But, after seeing the players and the families of the players last night, it got me thinking, yes this is entertainment. But, these players are student athletes and they are not getting paid a salary. They are here to entertain the fans.

    Some of them are scholarship players and some are walk on players with part time jobs. They are trying their best. When most of them leave UH, they will take with them hopefully their degrees and their memories knowing they were college football players.

    In some way, I’m glad UH is not the type of school that needs to win at all cost. If that happens, then I think it would take away the human side of some of these players. It would send them a wrong message and say to the student athletes that don’t make it, “you’re only as good as what you can do on the field.” Some schools as soon as the eligibility clock for the athletes end or they get injured, they get pushed aside.

    I haven’t decided yet to get season tickets again next year. PPV is nice. But, you don’t get to see these student athletes in person. All you see is the wins and losses. In a sense I’m glad I went to the game on Saturday because I would never have seen the players after the game. All I would have seen was 3-7 and another losing season.

  19. Tom-warriornation November 12, 2017 9:50 pm

    Why such a boring offense again, at least last week there were a few jet sweeps. Fresno St did some great screen plays that went for big plays and TD’s; why didn’t we do it also? Dru Brown did not do one run on a run-pass option. Where are the trick plays to entertain the fans–flea flicker or end arounds or any mis-direction plays? Keelan Ewaliko was a high school QB, how about using him for a lateral pass then have him throw downfield, or anyone else who has a good arm?

  20. Tom-warriornation November 12, 2017 9:58 pm

    I again will say, if a QB is not moving the team, make a QB change to find that SPARK that will fire up the team and the fans! We need a QB that can become a gamer under the lights when the team needs it the most, and we will never know if he is not given the chance!

  21. Tom-warriornation November 12, 2017 10:02 pm

    Why didn’t we do a run-pass option on our 2nd two point conversion–we were on the 1 yard line after that Fresno offside. Had we made it, the score would have been only 31-23, and that is huge (psychologically and emotionally) being only one score down!

  22. BigWave96744 November 12, 2017 10:59 pm

    Team did not do the Haka last night

  23. Maukamom November 12, 2017 11:16 pm

    I have to say that although last night’s loss was a tough one, I sure didn’t leave feeling too bad. The run at the end of the 3rd quarter, starting with the pick 6 and 2-pt conversion, was sure exciting to watch. I thought that “just maybe” a miracle comeback could happen. That fire in the players during that time was what they needed. Too bad no miracle though. Perhaps if the team could start the next two games with that same intensity, they might turn some heads.
    I do think that the weather postponement did cause some lethargic playing. I thought that the team started relatively strong, and was doing well. But, after they came back out of the locker room, I didn’t sense that same spirit. Heck, my son fell asleep on my lap during that dreaded 45 minutes. I know that the coaches will never place blame on that, but I think that it did make a difference.
    Good luck to the team this week. I’ll still be watching and rooting no matter.

  24. Maddog50 November 13, 2017 3:25 am

    Not much to say-2 games left. It is apparent that we need at least 15-17 OL with 10 available with no drop off. The DL is in same boat. Kipper actually did ok for time he was in. Receivers? Blocking effort to catch and really ridiculous errors caused offensive breakdowns. Gonna miss some of theses seniors, but not all. Need a solid signing class to get this thing headed in right direction. Taala and Maama should help but need some JC talent for immediate impact. I would love at least one more win

  25. cappie the dog November 13, 2017 6:04 am

    “You take the good/You take the bad/You take them both and there you have/The facts of life/The facts of life”

    -Alan Thicke-

    If your team is a low mid-major, these are good words to live by.

  26. Paniolo November 13, 2017 6:29 am

    Head Warrior football coach Nick Rolovich is simply not a “division one” head football coach at this point. Just about every game, including the opener against UMASS, He has been literally outcoached. His Defensive Coordinator and his entire Defenseive coaches most definetley need to be replaced, “pronto” after this season is over.
    Rolo’s playbook whether he is calling the plays or not – “STINKS.” In more than a few games, our Warriors were down by as much as 3 touchdowns, and he still keeps Dru Brown in there and not giving his back-up a chance. The back-up keeps on warming the bench and sucking wind. An experienced Div one head coach, will not hesitate to bring in his back-up into the game. Rolo might say he is not ready. I say pure baloney. They all trained during the spring, fall opening training than every week preparing for a game, all backup just don’t simply sit on the side during practice, I am sure they are involved with getting to know the playbook.
    Your at Aloha Stadium, watching your warriors fall behind again (the Warrior Defense has been so bad), and watching the same running plays to the same person, yet we are down by more than two touchdowns. Like many others, we simply leave and not stay for till the end of the game.
    I say again, Rolo’s offensive play book “stinks.”: It is very bored to say the least.
    If he doesn’t improve next year, I hope David Matlin (UHAD) start looking for his replacement. Maybe Rolo needs to read Former Hawaii Coach Dick Tomey’s book, The Rise of the Rainbow Warriors.” Read about how to be a “real Division one coach. Right now, he is simply not qualified. Just about every game, Rolo and his staff has been outcoached.
    I am so pissed off now – I would call the Firing of Nick Rolovich.

  27. Maddog50 November 13, 2017 6:43 am

    What happened-not that one this one!
    Kevin Lempa departs. A wily capable experienced coach, leaving a void in three spots D.C., DB Coach and can only assume still mentoring Coach Scanlon. Big adjustment followed.
    Tupac and Taylor depart. Fred U-P is out of spring and has an injury riddled year. Had an effect on an already shallow OL.
    KT KG and JT dismissed/suspended. Had an effect on an already undermanned DL.
    Give game to Wyoming because “we got a little too cute”
    Gave game to Nevada with a ridiculous sequence of penalties and miscues.
    Coach Chris Naole abruptly resigns causing distraction and disruption.
    Losing Ursula and Unga as weapons with a group to thin to replace the talent.
    Well deserved disciplinary suspensions for several games dating back to UCLA game.
    All this adds up to a perfect storm and it did not help losing strong positive personalities that influence all teams Leo K and RJ Hollis.
    We can recuperate from all of this, and I believe that members of this team and staff will remember all of things that occurred all of the missed opportunities and rebound from this lost year.
    So there had my say and this is not making excuses but teams do have situations like this and the real mark will be the strength of the rebound. I have total faith in Coach Rolovich and a lot of these kids putting it solidly behind them very soon whether it be in the next few weeks or next season but it will wind up in the rear view mirror as an ugly reminder or what coulda/shoulda been-GoWarriors!!!!!

  28. cappie the dog November 13, 2017 6:51 am

    Coach Rolovich tried to hire good coaches.

    Let’s not forget Boise State offensive coordinator Zak Hill.

    If Hill was Hawaii’s OC, we’re not having this dialogue.

  29. cappie the dog November 13, 2017 6:54 am

    I keep repeating this.

    I can’t let it go.

    The only bone I have to pick with Coach Rolovich is that he invited Lou Holtz to spring practice.

    I’ll just leave it at that.

  30. Ipu Man November 13, 2017 7:04 am

    UH UTAH State

    56 14 Akamai Okole
    21 56 Derek
    14 12 Ipu Man

  31. Ipu Man November 13, 2017 7:14 am

    Remember the Alamo…
    Remember the Maine…
    Remember the game when
    Hawaii 6 Nebraska 0
    Sept. 17, 1955 …

  32. mctruck November 13, 2017 7:45 am

    Just wanted to point out; Tennessee just fired their HC, so there’s no such thing as, “it ain’t the right time.” Any coach, bingo!!

  33. Lopaka43 November 13, 2017 8:14 am

    Agree with Maukamom and Maddog50

    Just not our season. “If this team didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all”

    Delay killed the team’s momentum and gave Fresno State coaches time to see what Hawaii was doing and coach up their players.

    Proud of the team spirit and not giving up

    And the Tsaiko tailgate was exceptional. Sorry we missed you Dean and Juliette. One more chance to show up and join the hardcore Tsaikos, gang.

    Go Warriors
    Go Wahine
    Go Bows

  34. Stephen Tsai November 13, 2017 8:19 am

    New post:

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