Catamounts prepare for game

Following this morning’s practice at Aloha Stadium, the Western Carolina football team went to Pearl Harbor for the Arizona Memorial tour.

“I think that’s important for our players,” coach Mark Speir said of the visit.

The emphasis has been on football since the Catamounts’ arrival yesterday afternoon. But Speir said the return flight on Sunday afternoon will allow the players some beach time that morning.

Meanwhile, it was Speir’s friendship with a college teammate that helped the Catamounts receive specially made jerseys with aloha-print designs.

“I went to Clemson with our Adidas rep (Nelson Welch),” Speir said. “He’s our regional sales rep. Quite honestly, he said, ‘You’re not going to Hawaii without something special. He came up with the uniform, and Adidas donated it. He gave it to us. We’re going to wear coaches’ shirts that match the shoulder of the jersey. … I said, ‘if you’re buying, we’re wearing.’ Our players are excited to have a different jersey.”

Speir said a special aloha-print hat is being sold at the WCU bookstore.

“They’re trying to make some money off the Hawaii trip,” he said.


  1. ai-eee-soos September 1, 2017 1:29 pm


    BEAT the ‘CATS !!!


  2. Chicken Grease September 1, 2017 1:37 pm

    “Catamount”: “cat of the mountain.”

  3. Bowwar September 1, 2017 1:59 pm

    I’m envious…Why doesn’t Under Armor provide special jerseys for BIG games to gain exposure for the school & manufacturer.

  4. Chicken Grease September 1, 2017 2:13 pm

    Try not to worry about that too much, Bowwar. Marketing can be such a slippery, moist thing.

    Ah. Good football matchup going on right now: U. of Wahinton vs. Rutgers on FE1. Just started.

  5. Chicken Grease September 1, 2017 2:16 pm

    Bowwar September 1, 2017 1:59 pm
    I’m envious…Why doesn’t Under Armor provide special jerseys for BIG games to gain exposure for the school & manufacturer.

    Anyway, you watch. Will simply look like a glorified swap meet aloha shirt/jersey. With Catamount faces one it. Growl. 🐅

  6. BigWave96744 September 1, 2017 2:40 pm

    I guess the WCU football coach didmt introduce his friend to their women’s vball team who is also here

  7. ai-eee-soos September 1, 2017 2:54 pm

    FYI …

    Hawaii is supplying WCU with 110 round-trip airplane tickets, a total of 165 hotel room nights, most of the necessary ground transportation and $150,000. After covering other travel-related expenses, WCU athletic director Randy Eaton expects the school will pretty much to break even or come out a little ahead.

    “All in all, it is expensive,” Eaton said. “Meals are very expensive, and we’ll need an extra bus in addition to what they got for us. We’ll need a handful of extra nights in the hotel. We’re bringing a few folks the day before, and we’ll have some staying a day later – all support staff.”

    WCU football coach Mark Speir said he’s taking 64 players, so the competition for some of those spots has been fierce in preseason camp.

    “We’ve got guys asking to be on special teams who never wanted to be on special teams before,” Speir said.

    The remaining tickets are for coaches and football support staff such as trainers, equipment managers and the video crew, Eaton said. Some administrators also will go, though Eaton said he’s paying his own way.

  8. Tofuzuke September 1, 2017 2:58 pm

    Warriors come out to pppllllllaaaayyyyyyy…….

  9. islandman September 1, 2017 3:11 pm

    ” Video Streaming: The game will be distributed outside the state of Hawai’i via the Mountain West Network and through the MW’s digital media partner Stadium on ”

    I don’t see the UH game listed on the below:

    Anyone can figure that out for the mainland fans ?
    Right now the MWC site has a link to a download for iTunes.

  10. H-Man September 1, 2017 3:15 pm

    Well, Warriors will have NEW helmets matched with previously used uniforms.

  11. Chicken Grease September 1, 2017 3:22 pm

    H-Man, once they see the Warriors’ Ha`a and Polynesian design on Hawaii’s helmets and uniforms, they will know the real Hawaii is not umbrellas in drinks, overcolored aloha shirts, and coconuts.

    Then they can go tell the rest of the Carolinas.

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeee ‘ O!!!!!!

  12. Ipu Man September 1, 2017 3:40 pm

    So far:
    UH WC
    72 17 Joel
    63 10 Da Gr808
    63 24 Whats up
    56 14 Akamai Okole
    56 24 TChang
    56 20 Lowtone123
    56 38 Sangamon Keith
    52 0 Derek
    52 17 BigWave96744
    52 24 Orioles4eva
    51 13 Haleakala
    51 21 Kapahulu
    49 10 WarriorNY
    49 21 justin
    49 24 What?
    48 17 M L Warrior
    48 23 hilorain
    48 24 DaMenehune
    47 14 Petey808
    45 13 Hilo-Warrior
    45 17 Da Punchbowl Kid
    45 21 Ipu Man
    45 24 bowwar
    45 28 raider dog
    44 13 one season
    42 10 H-man
    42 17 UH4eva
    42 20 G (China)
    42 21 Oldtimer808
    42 24 akuhead2
    42 38 islandman
    41 20 RoyGBivs
    41 17 bg
    38 26 SteveM
    38 28 cappie the dog
    37 24 Boolakanaka
    35 14 Chicken Grease
    35 28 Glenn
    34 14 Tarheel Warrior
    31 24 A View From Afar

  13. Peskadot September 1, 2017 3:42 pm

    Purple Panteh uniforms and a name like cat, come Hawaii get lickens, flew here but swim back!

  14. Ipu Man September 1, 2017 3:50 pm

    #9 Wisconsin getting dirty licken by Utah State. Badgers trying to pass instead of relying on their returning offensive linemen for power runs which they are famous for…

  15. islandman September 1, 2017 3:59 pm

    Here are instructions for mainland viewers and i think you can only use your phone or iPad.

  16. Chicken Grease September 1, 2017 4:04 pm

    Ipu Man. Score is only 10-0, no?

    However, FAU (first year head coach Lane Kiffin—yeah, THAT big mouth Lane Kiffin) getting wuite Niumatalolo’d by Navy right now.

  17. Chicken Grease September 1, 2017 4:06 pm

    I am really going to watch ANY college football on TV this season with the MUTE button on. All these overpaid announcers . . . just talking nonsense!!!!

    This is BEST reason why you should watch football LIVE and in a stadium!

  18. Tmoto September 1, 2017 4:15 pm

    Island man I checked out your link. I went back to the watch stadium app and the game is not listed. So I guess we all got bad info????

  19. Ipu Man September 1, 2017 4:18 pm

    Chicken Grease, thanks for posting Navy info. Just found this:
    “Jasper’s 14-year-old son, Jarren, is in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Jarren Jasper’s situation is day-to-day, and he could receive a new heart at any time. “I want Ivin not to be here because that means his son got a heart,” Niumatalolo said. Should Jasper stay behind, run game coordinator Ashley Ingram would call the plays.” Prayers…

  20. akuhead2 September 1, 2017 5:00 pm

    WOW ! Big A L O H A !! to Western Carolina and Nelson Welsh and Adidas. Dat’s How! Really nice work on the uniforms ! Hope they have a great trip. Aloha !

  21. cappie the dog September 1, 2017 5:09 pm

    Josh Rojas got promoted to AAA.

  22. kalua pig September 1, 2017 5:37 pm

    i hope they wear those jerseys all year.

  23. NaKoaMike September 1, 2017 8:40 pm

    Want to win 2 field passes for the BYU game? Enter the contest each week on the Na Koa Facebook page.

  24. H-Man September 1, 2017 8:58 pm

    Pattern for Western Carolina’s Hawaii uniform reminds me of the old “Kabe” shirt, esp the colors.

  25. Chicken Grease September 1, 2017 9:26 pm

    Think something wrong with your link, NotNasti.

  26. cappie the dog September 1, 2017 10:50 pm

    Scott Kuzminsky got promoted to AAA.

    Alex Capaul made one start at AAA and never pitched again.

  27. Maddog50 September 2, 2017 3:33 am

    Ok so I’m prepared-got app loaded, for my gear laid out now gotta stay busy till 11pm! Looking for DSJ to have a really productive night along with at least 1 other back-Looking for ball distribution from Dru to several receivers. On D a push and clog from Kiki, Zeno and Samuela, funneling inside by Meffy and Manoa to Jahlani Russell Matautia-finally just like and Easter Egg hunt we find some footballs in the secondary I.e. Turnovers. To top it off a home crowd of 25K plus-the team and staff deserve that for all they have done

  28. Maddog50 September 2, 2017 4:00 am

    For those outside of Hawaii looking to see the game on the Stadium app! The game is now listed on the Live Events Schedule in the lower right hand corner of the screen!!!!

  29. A-House September 2, 2017 8:27 am

    at the 9/11 memorial this thought entered my head as I bowed my head:

    ” oh hear all that rest within, may you be blessed with eternal peace”

    then flash back to 9/11/01 — brushing teeth and watching both planes crash into each tower — tears running down my face for people I did not even know

    certain events one can never forget!

  30. A-House September 2, 2017 8:31 am

    got to scratch 2 items off my bucket list on the UMass trip:

    1] going to Foxwoods Hotel & Casino
    2] going to Yankee Stadium only to see them lose to Cleveland.

  31. Stephen Tsai September 2, 2017 9:05 am

    New post:

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