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Hawaii football: Paul Scott rises to linebacker rotation

By Brian McInnis on August 23, 2019

It’s Paul Scott’s time to shine. Scott, of Oakland, Calif., was UH’s Special Teams MVP last season. That was where the reserve linebacker saw most of his playing time while recording 17 total tackles and forcing two fumbles. But the redshirt sophomore’s role has been elevated considerably heading into the 2019 season opener Saturday against Arizona at Aloha Stadium. Scott (6 feet 1, 210 pounds) will be in the primary rotation of linebackers, along with Solomon Matautia, Jeremiah Pritchard, Penei […]

Hawaii athletics: Compliance officer Richard Greene heading to Auburn

By Stephen Tsai on August 23, 2019

Sometimes, it seems Richard Greene is everywhere. He’s at UH football practices at 7 in the morning and basketball practices at 3. He’s at the Nagatani Center all day. At Les Murakami Stadium, that scoreboard often is being run by … well, Rich. And then when it’s 9:50 on a Thursday morning, and there’s Rich at Ala Moana Center’s Satellite City Hall, you realize, he is everywhere. Especially since an hour-long coffee hour in his honor started at 9 a.m. […]

Hawaii football openers: Best of times and worst of times

By Dave Reardon on August 23, 2019

The memories are foggy 31 years later. Was it one or two seconds left in the game when that freshman from Georgia kicked the 70-yard field goal to give 56-point underdog Hawaii the win over No. 1-ranked Iowa, driving 50,000 fans at Aloha Stadium to delirium? Yes, really foggy. And there are some of you out there who don’t have to look it up to remember that Iowa was not No. 1 in the 1988 preseason: it was 9th in […]

Hawaii football: Wyatt Tucker readies for long snapper debut

By Brian McInnis on August 22, 2019

Wyatt Tucker occasionally misses playing in the trenches. Then he remembers what got him here. “All my best friends played O-line (at Chino Hills High). Everyone on there was my group of friends,” said Tucker, Hawaii’s successor to four-year veteran Noah Borden at long snapper. “But I was the smallest out of all of them by four inches. … I played center so I was right in the middle. We came in like a “V.” I knew I was going […]

Hawaii football: Isaiah Tufaga to transfer from Oregon State to UH

By Stephen Tsai on August 21, 2019

Linebacker Isaiah Tufaga, a former All-State football player from Saint Louis School, is poised to transfer from Oregon State to UH. “I can’t wait,” Isaiah Tufaga told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this morning. Tufaga, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore, said he finalized his decision on Tuesday, the final day of Oregon State’s training camp. “It had nothing to do with football,” Tufaga said of his decision. “It had to do with things off the field. I figured coming back home is the […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football has head-to-toe trial run

By Stephen Tsai on August 20, 2019

In preparation for Saturday’s season opener against Arizona, the Hawaii football team wore their game helmets and game shoes during today’s two-hour practice. Head coach Nick Rolovich said breaking in the black helmets and Under Armour shoes was a “sign” that the first kickoff was approaching. “I think the team is fairly mature in that it doesn’t affect them one way or another,” Rolovich said. “I think it’s a subliminal message we’ve got a few more days.” The Warriors worked […]

Hawaii football: Batoon knows time of the essence dealing with Arizona’s fast break

By Dave Reardon on August 20, 2019

Sometimes, when a football coach says his players are “not thinking,” it’s a good thing. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re making bad decisions. Actually, it’s often a reference to excellent preparation. Because they’ve learned in practices, they don’t have to think during games; things come naturally, instinctively. Conscious thinking during a play can slow you down. Last year, when first-year University of Hawaii defensive coordinator Corey Batoon brought in some new position coaches and a new system, the players had […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii hosts Arizona football, USC soccer

By Brian McInnis on August 19, 2019

Welcome to the very first Rainbow Forecast, your weekly primer for upcoming University of Hawaii sporting events. Check back on Mondays, from now through the spring, for a breakdown on upcoming Rainbow Warrior and Rainbow Wahine games and other notables spanning that Monday through Sunday. So, here we go. To begin the 2019-20 athletic calendar, a couple of Pac-12 opponents — USC and Arizona — come to town for the respective openers of the Hawaii soccer and football teams. UH’s […]