Expanded role for Morimoto

Jimmy Morimoto, the director of football operations, has been approved to recruit.

The Warriors were down a recruiter after Chris Naeole resigned as offensive line coach four weeks ago.

Morimoto fulfilled a similar role at Fresno State last year after head coach Tim DeRuyter was fired.

Morimoto coached at Baldwin High for 15 years, the last two as head coach, before working at UNLV and then Fresno State.

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This is the inaugural Island Showdown Trophy that will go to the winner of Saturday’s UH-UNLV game.


  1. A-House October 31, 2017 12:55 pm

    very nice trophy!!!

    great picture contrast

    go UH — bring the lau lau home!!!

  2. Ipu Man October 31, 2017 1:01 pm

    Someone commented a few blogs back to play
    more local boys because of their inner fire being
    from here. Maybe Jimmy Morimoto can bring
    more of that…more local mojo. 🙂

  3. islandman October 31, 2017 1:03 pm

    30 & 31. previous posts. …Our punter is doing good. Although the first punt in the last game was not too far, the next one was for 51 yards.
    He is averaging 42.4 yds on 35 punts, so far this season. Last year, Rigo averaged 44.6 on 70 punts.

  4. z October 31, 2017 1:03 pm

    Do we still have pineapple plantations? Should be bag of gold coins.

  5. H-Man October 31, 2017 1:21 pm

    Hawaii Pineapple Company is the last family owned and operated commercial-scale pineapple farm in the state. Located in Kunia on the island of Oahu, we are dedicated to growing Hawaiian Crown™ Sweet Gold™ Pineapple for Hawaii and export markets.

  6. A-House October 31, 2017 1:31 pm


    love your pineapples!!! sweet and juicy — not a bad one in the bunch.

  7. Ipu Man October 31, 2017 2:43 pm

    Team gotta get the juice flowing.
    Pineapple power punch plays.

  8. Petey808 October 31, 2017 4:21 pm

    Any injury updates on our Oline guys?

  9. ai-eee-soos October 31, 2017 4:45 pm

    Shawna Kuehu.

    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

    Former Punahou and University of Hawaii hoops star Shawna Kuehu has been named head coach of the Buff ‘n Blue girls basketball program, a Punahou spokesperson announced on Tuesday.

    Kuehu was a two-time state basketball player of the year and helped Punahou win three straight state basketball championships.

    She helped Hawaii win a regular season Big West championship in 2015.

    As head coach, Kuehu will opversee the intermediate, junior varsity and varsity basketball programs.

  10. Z October 31, 2017 8:21 pm

    I hope Shawna will steer some players to the wahine. The team is not the same without her.

  11. amela October 31, 2017 8:30 pm

    When a blogger said Fresno & UNLV was just average where does that put UH?

  12. Maddog50 November 1, 2017 2:44 am

    #11 As much as it pains me the largest power rankings for the MW pretty accurately put us at 11 out of twelve teams with SJSU number 12. Are we deservedly there, I guess so. Do I think we should be? Nope, but right now numbers don’t lie. My point is I watch tons of College football and that is what I see. This week against UNLV I believe that UNLV will score at least 3 TD’s and have a good FG kicker. We gonna have to put up at least 4 scores(TD) to compete. They do have weapons with 2 QB 2 red and a scatback. Looking at the remaining schedules of our opponents should decide how accurate my assessment of them is-might as well throw in USU in that category-still believe we got a coupla wins in us. The defensive effort we have to have is similar to the AF game of a year ago-solid tackling high energy and jutting jaw attitude! GoWarriors!!!!!!

  13. Maddog50 November 1, 2017 2:46 am

    Red should be-rec—largest should be latest to early here to get some of this right

  14. Chicken Grease November 1, 2017 7:35 am

    Wait. There’s a Director of Football Operations?! Between Dave Matlin and Coach Rolo, I figured “UH football operations” would be taken care of.

    Can we blame Morimoto for the football Warriors’ recent string of losses/performance also?

    Director of Football Operations. Thought UH was considered mid-major.

  15. UH Fan for Life November 1, 2017 8:24 am

    #14 – the director of football operations handles team logistics such as making travel arrangements for the road games, buses, scheduling team meals, getting all the equipment in shape and trucked or shipped, laundry after practice and games, etc. I recall they did a story in how much work is involved for a team of 100+ players. This position is assisted by student interns and volunteers like the owner of SKY painting but it’s still a lot of work.

    We can all be grateful to Jimmy and the volunteers for doing all the behind the scenes work. Mahalo to Jimmy and his team for all you do.

  16. azwarrior22 November 1, 2017 9:22 am


    Seems like these last few postings are just deflecting from answering the hard questions on the state of the football program. The natives are restless. What is being done to change things?

  17. azwarrior22 November 1, 2017 9:27 am

    At the beginning of the season, I looked forward to going to Vegas. Now, I’m not so confident that UH won’t get pounded again by a team that lost to Howard (you know, the duck).

    QB play needs to be re-evaluated. OC needs to be re-evaluated. Defense keeps getting torched. DC needs to be re-evaluated.

    The buck stops at the HC…what are we doing to improve our play? And get the fans back into the game.

  18. H-Man November 1, 2017 9:30 am

    I sure hope there are a couple of wins left in the Warriors, but my confidence was not reassured while listening to Rolo on “Call the Coach Show” last night. Per Rolo, his thoughts are to stick with the offensive game plan; not a matter of planning, but execution. They knew how San Diego State would align their defense, but managed to shut down our running game, leaving little options. Huh? All you football gurus, is this how the game is managed? I thought teams prepared for “what if” situations. But I guess not.

  19. Inyoface November 1, 2017 9:33 am

    Would like to see Ulu-Perry play at center where he belongs, if he can play.

  20. azwarrior22 November 1, 2017 9:33 am

    If a square peg doesn’t fit in a round hole, you find a round hole.

  21. tom-warriornation November 1, 2017 10:51 am

    The ticket office told me the Cal hotel bought 1300 game tix (upper sections 105-106); the UH ticket office has about 1000 (sections 102-104 endzone); and our Warrior Nation group has 550 in the best lower sections at the 50 yard line right behind our team bench (Sect 106-108); so right here is over 3000 Hawaii fans cheering for our team–everyone cheer loud so we can help our team get the Win!


  22. A-House November 1, 2017 10:57 am


    perhaps the word ” innovation ” has little meaning to certain UH football coaching.

    execution, not plays called? cannot agree when the OC was aware of how SDSU was going to defend their turf and still sends DSJ up the middle for nearly 6 or 7 consecutive plays to open the 1st qtr

    play action fake to commit LBers and a quick 5-7 yards flat passes or anything FROWARD — not to the sides

    perhaps certain football coaches are convinced that if the “pros” can throw flat passes and succeed so can UH — dah, NFL talent and mid-level D1 are quite different, IMHO.

    that being said, I truly do not look forward to watching any more UH football games if Rolo is set on execution and play calling — loyalty to certain position coaches may spell the demise as a HC.

  23. KOH I NOR November 1, 2017 11:55 am

    UH football in Vegas has been popular since 1970s, when Jackie’s travel opened the routes via an office so that all fans can travel to Las Vegas. I think politics has played its role in UH football also. Being a fan of UH football or fan of Las Vegas, runs deep. So putting politics aside is the issue UH faces when dealing with travel, income, title IX, recruiting, and building a better football program. Is the price worth it? Making UH football in this political equation? Las Vegas to Hawai’i connection.

  24. Inyoface November 1, 2017 12:12 pm

    Would like to see Trifonovitch do the field goal kicking.

  25. KOH I NOR November 1, 2017 12:19 pm

    And I vote: no.

    On this public policy, if there ever or is one for this purpose. UH football

  26. KOH I NOR November 1, 2017 12:26 pm

    5 times to Las Vegas, Nevada. Just a Hawai’i fan. Fremont hotel, overlooking Ogden Avenue, Downtown sauare. From the hotel room.

  27. Buffoman November 1, 2017 1:09 pm

    When it is said that the planning is fine but the execution is flawed, the assumption that all things have been assessed and adjustments have been addressed in the planning phase to create either equality or advantage to the planners. If that is the case, then all of the blog assessments of a less than equal quality of talent on the field is moot. Our players plus planning equal advantage – us. The flaw as was stated is in execution, not quality of personnel. So, if execution continues to be the issue, what could be a contributing factor may be in the ability to teach the plan such that execution is achieved on more occasions than not, which appears to be the case thus far.

  28. A-House November 1, 2017 1:18 pm

    a great player does not translate to a great coach nor does a great technician make a great supervisor — it’s people skills with knowledge [ from books or experience ] and patience

    something that Rolo has to look for in recruiting/selecting a position coach — friendship is great, but does not translate to success

    also, he has the responsibility of selecting/training another coach to take his place — most leaders refuse to do this as they are afraid that that coach may be better and replace him sooner than later

  29. A-House November 1, 2017 1:20 pm

    ah, Kona winds have arrived and making the valleys look hazy —- in A/C, but affecting my throat!

  30. Jota November 1, 2017 3:56 pm

    Coaches low pay-unproven 1st time head coach…not an issue.

    Rolo only as good as his OC &DC.

    Concerned that when running game didn’t work…didn’t seem like they had the ability to make relevant adjustments.

    Statistics used too much to quantify teams success. Who cares how many yards offense gets, or how efficient Brown is. If those numbers don’t translate to scoring and winning games…just fluff to show something positive.

    Seems while Rolo QBed here, he has decided that what he learned at Nevada only way to go. While ok to use running as basis for offense….If not working maybe use passing to spread the field to open up the run.

    Really scary…Rolo said they thought about changing offensive philosophy after missed field goal. Wow….they had all that time and couldn’t figure it out.

  31. NotNasti November 1, 2017 4:11 pm

    24. Trifonovitch was the place kicker last week. Meskell only kicks off. They also no longer have the same jersey number.

  32. Ipu Man November 1, 2017 4:28 pm

    Feels like a hundred degrees in the sun.
    How can UH practice in weather like this?
    Coach should take the team to the beach.

  33. Stephen Tsai November 1, 2017 7:07 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=44970

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