Warrior Beat

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

About the blog host

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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Warrior Beat: Former sprint champ joins Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on January 15, 2019

Grey Ihu, a former Pac-Five sprint champion, has joined the Warriors as an inside receiver. Here’s the skinny: > He is 6 feet and 180 pounds. > He will have three years to play three UH seasons. > As a junior in 2016, Ihu won the state championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He did not defend his title in 2017 because of a hamstring injury. Ihu said he competed in track as a way to train for football. […]

Warrior Beat: Former All-State cager joining football team

By Stephen Tsai on January 13, 2019

Chance Kalaugher, a former two-time All-State basketball player, has joined the UH football team. Kalaugher, a 2016 Kaiser High graduate, is 6 feet 6 and 230 pounds. He is projected to compete at defensive end. He also is a consideration as a jump-ball receiver in goal-line situations. As a Kaiser junior and senior, Kalaugher was named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Fab 15 team. He earned a reputation as an active defender and vicious dunker. Kalaugher played basketball the past two […]

Warrior Beat: Another Higgins joins UH

By Stephen Tsai on January 11, 2019

Parker Higgins is the latest member of the athletic Higgins family to join the UH athletics. Higgins, a 2016 Kaiser High graduate, is a linebacker transferring from Arizona State. Here’s the skinny: > Family ties: Higgins follows his father (Jim Higgins), brother (quarterback Jeremy Higgins) and sister (volleyball setter Tayler Higgins) on the Manoa path. Jeremy Higgins, a Saint Louis School graduate, played at Utah State before transferring to UH in 2011. > Versatility: Higgins is most comfortable as an […]

Game Day: UH vs. Fullerton

By Stephen Tsai on January 9, 2019

UH and Cal State Fullerton open Big West play tonight in the Stan Sheriff Center. Here’s the skinny on the Titans: >> The Titans are 4-10, but they’ve played the seventh-toughest pre-conference schedule. Their 10 losses have come against teams with a combined 105-40. “One of the tough parts about going to the NCAA Tournament (last year) having four of five starters back, nobody wants to come play you at your place,” CSUF coach Dedrique Taylor said. “We had to […]

Warrior Beat: Rolo Effect

By Stephen Tsai on January 8, 2019

What was talked about for a while became a reality when Nick Rolovich agreed to a two-year contract extension that will run at least through the 2022 season. Here’s what it means: > Security: Rolo likes UH. UH likes Rolo. It made sense to lengthen a contract that was set to expire at the end of the 2020 season. A fifth year — 2023 — will automatically trigger if the Warriors qualify for a bowl in 2019 or 2020. Rolo […]

Warrior Beat: Conventional approach

By Stephen Tsai on January 7, 2019

It’s the first day of UH’s spring semester, which means … several Warrior football coaches are attending the American Football Coaches Association’s convention in San Antonio. The event is an opportunity for coaches to attend clinics, learn new techniques and strategies, and network. Thursday is the last day of the recruiting dead period. Beginning Friday, teams are permitted to host on-campus recruiting visits through the last Sunday in January.

Warrior Beat: Former All-State lineman transfers to UH

By Stephen Tsai on January 6, 2019

UH’s student body is gaining a big body when the spring semester begins tomorrow morning. Eliki Tanuvasa, a former All-State center from Saint Louis School, has completed his transfer from Eastern Illinois and will be joining the Rainbow Warriors. Tanuvasa was named to the FCS’s 2018 All-Freshman third team as true first-year player this past season. Tanuvasa, who is 6 feet 2 and 315 pounds, said he decided to transfer because 1) he wanted to help his father, who has […]

Warrior Beat: Hoops captains

By Stephen Tsai on January 5, 2019

Call me a paleontologist because here’s some old news: Brocke Stepteau and Drew Buggs are this season’s basketball captains. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I missed the news. But both are good players with tremendous leadership qualities.