O-lineman from JC champions to join UH

Offensive lineman Emil Graves of Fullerton College will sign with the Warriors.

He joins in June, and will have three years to play two UH seasons. He also can play all five line spots.

Here’s the story: Emil Graves to UH

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UH media relations director Derek Inouchi called yesterday, accusing me of not reading his football releases.

I said, of course, I read his releases, every last one of them.

He said if I read his releases, why didn’t I write about UH’s future football schedule? He said they were included in the Hawaii Bowl release he distributed to the media four weeks ago.

So I told him there was a simple explanation: I didn’t read his release.

So here’s the list of non-conference opponents/dates:

Sept. 2 — Western Carolina
Sept. 9 — At UCLA
Oct. 7 — At UMass
Nov. 25 — Brigham Young

Sept. 1 — Navy
Sept 8 — Rice
Sept. 15 — At Army
Sept. 22 — Duquesne
Nov. 17 — At Brigham Young

Aug. 24 — Arizona
Sept. 7 — Oregon State
Sept. 14 — At Washington
Sept. 21 — Central Arkansas
Nov. 30 — Army

Sept. 5 — At Arizona
Sept. 12 — Fordham
Sept. 19 — At Oregon

Sept. 11 — At Oregon State

Aug. 27 — Vanderbilt
Sept. 3 — Western Kentucky
Sept. 17 — At Wisconsin

Sept. 16 — At Oregon
Sept. .30 — At Vanderbilt

Aug. 31 — Wisconsin
Sept. 21 — Oregon
Nov. 30 — Army

Aug. 30 — Arizona


  1. hilosupaman January 5, 2017 2:35 am

    I think that’s my first time!

    The out of conference schedule seems much more manageable going forward (both opponent and distance traveled in period of time )

    Are there any other games being planned out of country?

  2. azwarrior22 January 5, 2017 4:31 am

    ST – you’re an early bird.

    I’d like to see a home & home with ASU since that is close to home. Also, like to see USC again so we can pay them back for the awful Chow years 🙂

    I think scheduling more PAC-12 teams bodes well if there is future expansion.

    And since we played in Australia last year, it wouldn’t surprise me if Maitlin is working future out of country match-ups.

  3. A-House January 5, 2017 6:04 am


    your 2017 schedule may have a change for the UMass game if they have their way as they are trying to move the game back into Sept

    travel companies are going crazy because they already canceled any air hotel reservations they had for the 10/7/2017 date.

    or, is it now set again for 10/7/2017???

  4. cappie the dog January 5, 2017 6:11 am

    Finally, a reasonable schedule.

    Norm Chow could still be Hawaii’s coach if he had a non-conference schedule like this.

    It’s a schedule where you don’t automatically concede three losses.

    9-3, a real possibility.

    Now, somebody needs to sit down with Coach Beeman.

    If they, however, defeat Long Beach State at “The Pyramid” today, disregard this comment.

  5. islandman January 5, 2017 7:05 am

    Stephen, how come you are up or writing so early nowadays ? For Coast to Coast show ?
    2017 Home Football Opponents
    Non-Conference Games
    Sept. 2 Western Carolina
    Nov. 25 Brigham Young
    Mountain West Games*
    Colorado State (No Boise or AF for the next 2 years)
    Fresno State
    San Diego State
    San Jose State

  6. Ipu Man January 5, 2017 7:20 am

    How do you pronounce “Duquesne”
    and where is it?

  7. Maddog50 January 5, 2017 7:26 am

    Doo-kane. Pittsburgh PA

  8. Ipu Man January 5, 2017 7:37 am

    Thanks Maddog. Sounds like a basketball power house.
    Hope not too talented in the field of pigskins.

  9. Maddog50 January 5, 2017 8:00 am

    No matter who you play to win in college football requires a full effort but this is not Ohio State or Wisconsin

  10. Ipu Man January 5, 2017 8:07 am

    Clemson would be a nice test for UH…

  11. Annoddah Dave January 5, 2017 8:11 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:
    I hope I am around for the Aug 30, 2025 date, that means I would have made my 80th birthday! Life is good.
    Go Warriors!

  12. Andrew January 5, 2017 8:31 am


    No it would not. UH would get slaughtered in that game.

  13. Thomas January 5, 2017 8:33 am

    Aloha 808, 3 f’er (if your not a long time Bolger so neva mind)
    A sunny and chilly but snuggled up to my grandbebe equals everything.
    How’s you kope this am.
    Kudo’s to UH for putting out fball schedule away non conference games so early. Helps plenty to schedule which was a huge problem. Maybe 2017 is a future look at thinking outside of box. Keep it going.
    Back to my mo’opuna have a supa day

  14. Andrew January 5, 2017 8:35 am


    Scheduling PAC-12 opponents will have no effect on chances of getting in if expansion were to occur. The only way UH will have a chance if they start winning those games and get back to the 2006/2007 success along with proving they can grab the TV audiences in the pacific (Australia/NZ, Asia) and of course the mainland.

  15. HawaiiMongoose January 5, 2017 8:35 am

    The sooner the date of the 2017 UMass game is settled the better, as it seems a lot of us are already looking to make travel plans for that game. Personally I would like to see it moved one or two weeks earlier.

  16. Thomas January 5, 2017 8:37 am

    Clearing up my post. Early notice of away non conference game help peeps with making arrangements for attending those games.

  17. Thomas January 5, 2017 8:43 am

    My last comment
    It’s a new year with a promising future. Good foundation established in wbb, mbb and mfb. Let the past be and embrace the new.
    Like I remember if can can if no can still can so chance’um
    Aloha gangie

  18. Stephen Tsai January 5, 2017 9:33 am

    They wanted to move the UMass game to Week Zero. But that exemption only applies to teams playing in Hawaii. For instance, BYU could play a Week Zero game, here or in Provo, but UCLA can’t.

  19. Stephen Tsai January 5, 2017 9:35 am

    Ipu Man
    I think the UH faithful would love to see UH play Clemson … in men’s volleyball.

  20. Andrew January 5, 2017 10:05 am


    Or women’s


    So I guess that week zero rule also only applies if UH plays an opponent abroad internationally?

  21. jm2375 January 5, 2017 10:24 am

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Nice to see the schedule fill out far in advance.

    Come on down to the SSC tonight! Let’s get back to #1 in attendance.
    From the “Game Notes”:
    Hawai‘i averaged 3,644 per contest last season, second nationally to BYU
    (3,980). UH drew a season-high 5,436 against No. 1 UCLA. In 2015, Hawai‘i regained the title as national attendance leader (3,671), posting the program’s highest average since 2006 (4,231). BYU led the nation in attendance from 2012-14. Previously, UH was the nation’s leader for 17 straight seasons from 1995-2011.


  22. clyde January 5, 2017 10:25 am

    If they don’t move the UMass game to September, UH will be looking at three open dates in that month (Sept. 16, 23, 30). Would the Mountain West accommodate UH to fill two of those dates? Not likely. For 2016, conference play did not start until Oct. 1.
    Something’s gotta give, unless UH is OK with having two bye weeks (16th, 23rd) early in the season.

  23. H-Man January 5, 2017 11:22 am

    Recruiting. It dawned upon me that the dead period ends on Jan 11 and not on Jan 4, 5 or 6 because it would be “unfair” to the two schools whose coaching staff is busy preparing for the national championship game on Jan 9. So all the other schools have to wait to begin scheduling on-campus visits. I feel rather than extending the dead period, the NCAA should consider scheduling the national championship game in the first week of the year.

  24. ai-eee-soos January 5, 2017 11:41 am

    Other news …

    Minnesota has reached out to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo about their head coaching job.

    Also, Minnesota KSTP reports Minnesota AD Mark Coyle met with Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck on Wednesday.

  25. ai-eee-soos January 5, 2017 11:49 am

    ESPN: Chris Berman will step down as host of ESPN’s Sunday and Monday NFL preview shows, its NFL Draft coverage and the MLB Home Run Derby, reports John Ourand of Sports Business Journal. An original ESPNer, Ourand notes Berman, 61, has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Worldwide Leader in a reduced role.

  26. ai-eee-soos January 5, 2017 11:53 am

    About Ken …

    Minnesota has reached out to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. This would be the second time Minnesota has reached out to Ken, in fact, it is our understanding Minnesota previously offered Niumatalolo the head job a few years back (when Jerry Kill was hired).

  27. Da Punchbowl Kid January 5, 2017 12:06 pm

    If things continue as they have, the Warriors may once again become the team that none of the big schools want to play at Aloha Stadium. Happened with JJ and it might happen again.


  28. boolakanaka January 5, 2017 12:42 pm

    Hmmmn, Ole Kenny in the land of Paul Bunyan?? Ordinarily, I would say peeshawwww–but here are a couple of items, that might make the Radford sole take a second look:

    One, by all accounts he has reached his ceiling, in terms of football accomplishments–that is to say, I am sure he often wonders how he would do in the straight college football world, playing in a major conference;

    Two, his last salary was around 1.6, the last HC at Minnesota had a total comp package of almost 2.5 million;

    Three; Minnesota is a good employer and the only college game in town or the state. Further, it is very well footed from a financial perspective, with an endowment of over 3.2 billion or what is about 11 times what UH has in its cookie jar; and finally,

    Four, ten years is a huge run in football years, and well, if he wanted to make a change and has the yearning for a new challenge, this would not be a bad one, as the expectations are measured and many of the other ancillary ingredients are present.

    But as always, just my lousy halawa two cents, which would be actually less than once cents….

  29. A-House January 5, 2017 1:01 pm


    so, is UMass still trying to move their game into September or is this a dead issue?

  30. SteveM January 5, 2017 1:11 pm

    Has the possibility of moving Western Carolina from Sep. 2 to week zero and playing UMass on Sep. 2 already fallen through. It would be beneficial if UH had bye on October 7, before the start of the MWC season. Probably has fallen through since it is so obvious and beneficial to us… 😕

  31. clyde January 5, 2017 1:25 pm

    SteveM: Can’t take a bye on Oct. 7. As it is, for UH’s purposes, MWC season has to start Sept. 30 because that leaves eight consecutive weeks of conference play before the Nov. 25 BYU game. Heck, they should try to move BYU to the Zero Week game. That would allow for a bye week during conference play.

  32. A-House January 5, 2017 1:32 pm


    is not the BYU game the last of the season?

    if so, moving it to the “zero week” would mean UH season ends weekend before Thanksgiving?

    hope the MWC schedule is out soon to put all the pieces together.

  33. clyde January 5, 2017 1:40 pm

    A-House. There are nine weekends from Sept. 30 to Nov. 25. I just figured if BYU is moved to Week Zero, that will allow UH to play eight conference games in nine weeks, with the possibility of a bye week during that span. The alternative is eight consecutive weeks of MWC play, followed by BYU. I’m assuming Dec. 2 is when the MWC championship game would be scheduled.

    Anyway, probably much to do about nothing since “we” have no control over scheduling. Fun to speculate, though.

  34. ai-eee-soos January 5, 2017 1:53 pm

    #28 – boola. I lived/worked in the Rochester/MSP area in the 80’s.

    Enjoyed life there; very nice people/low crime rate.

    However, the “demographics” has changed/changing, and things appear to be not
    the same as it was; but nonetheless, better than many metropolitan areas.

    As for Kenny – “local boy makes good”. Yeah, I agree – 10 years is a long time in the
    coaching business. A change in scenery, and 2.5 mill$ is enticing. (Don’t know what Kenny
    was offered by BYU, a year or two ago.)

  35. turfwar January 5, 2017 1:56 pm

    During their bowl game the announcers were saying Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo was the highest paid government employee at something like 4 times what the President gets paid. He would be fun to follow in the Big Ten but has also stated his next job would be in retirement.

  36. DaveLetterMan January 5, 2017 1:58 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

  37. SteveM January 5, 2017 2:23 pm

    RE: #31
    That’s a better idea, Clyde. I wonder how UMass got placed after the MWC season start. In any event, it would be better if UMass could move into September. The prospect of BYU being the week zero opener should fill the stadium!

  38. SteveM January 5, 2017 2:51 pm

    I am also wondering if we are going to have a 13th game this year.

    If I recall correctly, the last time we had a 12 game season was when we turned down a last minute $500,000 certain-loss road game. I suspected it was to have a chance for a 6-6 record for the Hawaii Bowl under Norm Chow. The time before that was a 12 game perfect record in 2007 that took us to the Sugar Bowl.

    I hope that kind of optimism does not mean discarding the revenue from one home game. Just my opinion as a guy who buys season tickets regardless.

  39. NorthShoreFan January 5, 2017 4:30 pm

    Guud Afternoon Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!

    E Komo Mai Emil! Welcome to the Warriors! Let the Christmas presents keep coming in!

  40. NorthShoreFan January 5, 2017 4:36 pm

    Interesting take on Kenny N.
    Random thoughts…at Navy, his “recruits” are some of the nations best in terms of character and discipline.
    Will he be able to get the same or equivalent commitments? What kind of offense will he run? Same? Can it succeed in the Big 10?
    The pressure cooker is of a different mold and temperature….imho.
    Anyhoo, IMUA!

  41. A-House January 5, 2017 6:53 pm

    like that not so little now, kid said on tv, “things are looking up!” with Emil’s commitment

    dead week or not, a heck of a haul for UH!

    now, some good news about two or three DL “anchors” who can plug the middle — true frosh or JC — don’t matter — should be great competition among the returnees, red-shirt players, and “newbees”

    kinda excited to see UH’s 6′ 10″ MB tonight on the tube

  42. M L Warrior January 5, 2017 7:07 pm

    36 Dave

    This young man is a very good o-linemen, I would like to see is the QB Jordan Hoy’s come out here, he is very good, and after talking to him he is interested in Hawaii.

  43. Maddog50 January 6, 2017 6:32 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Emil! So PJ Fleck is going to row his boat to Minnesota after 4 years at WMU. We will see how that goes-the sledding/boating is just a little tougher than in the MAC. Teams in the middle and lower end of that conference can pop to the top for a year or two and be competitive or even Champs-sustaining that is difficult because the conference is dominated by Michigan Ohio State and Wisconsin. The resurgence of PSU and Nebraska along with programs that have been on hiatus i.e. Illinois Purdue Indiana et al will provide him with a challenge but at 3.5 mil a year well there you go-

  44. Maddog50 January 6, 2017 6:55 am

    Something tells me we will be getting a steady stream of commits in the next 10 days. The actual accounting of current years will be somewhat difficult to follow for example Tago is not an initial and a couple others are grey shirts so I am not sure anybody can keep track outside of the staff. 2 Qbs left the program along with medical retirement Clements so that is 3 freed up for internal usage, I do understand a walk on has to be with the team 2 years before getting scholarshipped to avoid being considered an initial. Roughly by my count we have somewhere between 12 and 15 scholarships left (I think!). GoWarriors!!!!!!

  45. mileHIwarrior January 6, 2017 7:40 am

    Hard to believe that LOI day is coming up fast. Anyone got a running list of commits going?

  46. A-House January 6, 2017 8:56 am

    no MVB on the tube last night — tonight against Princeton

    2 travel agencies we use confirm that the UMass game date is still pending with no clear vision when game will be played — one confirmed with UHAD.

  47. A-House January 6, 2017 8:59 am

    for the first time in days or weeks, the Koolau range is sparkling in the sunlight — a few wispy high clouds

    a beautiful sight compared to the barren, granite mountains surrounding Vegas

  48. 5280Warrior January 6, 2017 9:08 am

    #46 Check out: http://www.scout.com/college/hawaii/2017-football-prospects. Looks like you may be in Colorado. Check out the UHAA and Friends Colorado Chapter website, https://uhalumni.org/uhaa/chapters/colorado, and shoot me an email. If you’re not already involved with our Chapter Ohana, it would be great to have you join us cheering on our Warriors/Bows! We’re put plans together for the warm game in Larimie.

  49. Maddog50 January 6, 2017 9:39 am

    Hey A-House we are basking in sunshine here also-in zero degree weather!!!! #this s**ks!!!!!!

  50. 5280 Warrior January 6, 2017 9:51 am

    Maddog – I’ll send warmth your way–we’re up from -3 to 15 today in CO. Hope to see you in Larimie this coming season. Happy New Year! LT

  51. Stephen Tsai January 6, 2017 10:49 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=40920

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