Court Sense

Formerly about Rainbow Warriors basketball, but now covering all University of Hawaii sports.

About the blog host

Brian McInnis has covered sports on Oahu full time since 2007, when he joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin staff as a general reporter. He’s been the UH basketball beat writer since the 2008-09 season. In his free time, Brian enjoys hilarious Internet videos. Follow him on twitter @Brian_McInnis

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Hawaii football: Well-traveled Hekili Keli‘iliki calls upon his life experiences

By Brian McInnis on August 16, 2019

Between stops on his life journey, Hekili Keli‘iliki took all the time he needed to regroup back in familiar environs. “I went home for 10 days and came here,” the Hawaii third-year sophomore running back said. Keli‘iliki, who was born in Utah and came to adult age in Arkansas, did more traveling than most by the time they reach college age. Coming out of high school, Keli‘iliki went on a two-year church mission to Brisbane, Australia, where he was immersed […]

Hawaii men’s tennis: John Nelson retires after 16 years as UH coach

By Brian McInnis on August 15, 2019

Sixteen-year Hawaii men’s tennis coach John Nelson has retired, UH announced on Thursday. Nelson led UH to WAC tournament titles in back-to-back-to-back years (2008, ’09, ’10), and the 2014 Big West regular-season title. In terms of program ranking, UH topped out under Nelson at No. 35 in the ITA poll in the 2010 season. UH also beat Oklahoma State in the NCAA team tournament first round. Two players earned conference player of the year honors under Nelson: Dennis Lajola (2011) […]

Hawaii soccer: Wahine brush off seventh-place prediction

By Brian McInnis on August 15, 2019

Michele Nagamine wondered aloud at the purpose of preseason polls after another hot practice on Thursday morning. The sentiment was not too surprising. UH was picked to finish seventh in the upcoming 2019 season by the Big West’s nine head coaches in the morning’s released poll. “I actually think we will finish higher. But I don’t even know why we do this, to be honest,” the ninth-year coach said. “The preseason polls are one of the most crazy things. Everyone […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Former coach Benjy Taylor lands a head job

By Brian McInnis on August 14, 2019

Former Hawaii interim head coach Benjy Taylor has been tapped to lead a college basketball program once again. Taylor, who headed up the Rainbow Warriors for the 2014-15 season in the wake of Gib Arnold’s firing (and took the ‘Bows within one game of making the NCAA Tournament), has been named the new head coach at Tuskegee University, according to Hoopdirt’s Adam Nelson. CSU Bakersfield Assistant Benjy Taylor to be named head coach at D2 Tuskegee. Was former head coach […]

Hawaii soccer: Rainbow Wahine embrace playing on campus after Waipio field damaged

By Brian McInnis on August 13, 2019

The Hawaii women’s soccer team is determined to make the most of a tough situation. UH has been displaced from its regular home for four games at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium because some chemical resin seeped into the field from the bleachers in late June. The grass — including sections of the field a few yards into play along either sideline — has yet to recover. Breaking: Here’s the current state of Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium’s field, which was damaged by a […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Transfer players spice up first practice

By Brian McInnis on August 10, 2019

It was no typical Day 1 in Gym 1 at Hawaii women’s volleyball practice. And it wasn’t simply the pristine environs of the renovated facility. Saturday morning was crisper than the norm, the consensus seemed to be, despite the fact that there were faces aplenty to learn and three-plus hours to dissect. >> WAHINE VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY Helping raise the level of play among nine newcomers were four Division I transfer players who arrived in the offseason — Bailey Choy […]

Hawaii football: Eugene Ford revs engine at nickel

By Brian McInnis on August 9, 2019

The first time Eugene Ford took the nickelback position out for a spin, it felt like driving on a freshly paved highway. Last Nov. 17, Ford, then a sophomore, slid over from cornerback for the first time on senior night against UNLV. Hawaii came back from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Rebels, 35-28. “First game at a different position, we came back and won. That was big right there,” said Ford, who’s primarily played nickel ever since — the […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: 2019-20 schedule released, ‘Bows to make 2 Power Five road trips

By Brian McInnis on August 9, 2019

In most years, Hawaii men’s basketball might take a single road trip to the mainland during nonconference play. Sometimes no trip at all. Not so this year. The Rainbow Warriors are challenging themselves with two separate excursions to the mainland to take on Illinois (Nov. 18) and Oregon (Dec. 7), interspersed between 12 nonconference home games. Combined with some respectable foes coming in, and only one Division II opponent, this has the potential to be one of the better Rainbow […]