Original gold rush

The recent success of quarterbacks who grew up in Hawaii has evoked descriptions of a “golden age.”

But a generation ago, in 2000, three Saint Louis School graduates were starting college quarterbacks — Darnell Arceneaux at Utah, Jason Gesser at Washington State, and Tim Chang at Hawaii. All three went on to become college coaches. (A year earlier, a fourth former Crusader quarterback, Joe Correia, was UH’s starting defensive end.)

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The debate over whether Central Florida should be No. 1 is fun. Of course, Alabama has better talent and would be heavily favored against UCF. But consider this:

> The College Football Playoffs is not an NCAA-sanctioned championship. It was created mostly by the TV networks and the conferences that dubbed themselves Power 5. (The real Division I champion is FCS winner North Dakota State.) So, if five conferences can nickname themselves Power 5 and set up a playoff that heavily favors their participation, what’s the harm in an undefeated team crowning itself national champion?

> Again, Alabama should easily beat anyone on its schedule, right? The thing is, the Tide does not book true non-conference road games. The last true road game out of the South was at Penn State in 2011. Playing on the road should not be a problem for Alabama. But it sure would be interesting to see the Tide play on a blue turf against a team wearing all-blue uniforms or at 7,200 feet above sea level or staying in a hotel where you have to wade past tourists and casinos to get to the team bus.

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A former colleague once expanded on the 15-minutes-of-fame theory, noting that every person has a moment. The moment could be winning a spelling contest in Ms. Lee’s third-grade class or scoring an AYSO goal. And sometimes that’s it. Even with the best returning talent, there are no assurances that a runner-up will win a championship or even make it back to the title game. I’ve lived long enough to see that being close is maybe the highlight.

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While pretending to clean, I inadvertently came across the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s 2013 All-State team. It turns out that seven of the 24 players on the first team are now Warriors, including the players of the year — Larry Tuileta and KK Padello.

> Larry Tuileta, QB, Punahou
> KK Padello DE, Mililani
> Kaiwi Chung, OL, Kamehameha
> Fred Ulu-Perry, OL, Saint Louis
> Devan Stubblefield, WR, Saint Louis
> Dayton Furuta, LB, Mililani
> Solomon Matautia, S, Campbell


  1. azwarrior22 January 10, 2018 8:58 am


  2. Akamai Okole January 10, 2018 9:25 am

    Great Morning All!

    Interesting to note…A generation, I recall reading somewhere, can be delineated by the passing of 16 years.

  3. Akamai Okole January 10, 2018 9:25 am



  4. islandman January 10, 2018 9:34 am

    Milton’s back up QB at UCF, Noah Vedral, is transferring to Nebraska which is his home state.

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid January 10, 2018 9:47 am

    This is why I don’t get as excited as I used to when I watch the our recruiting efforts. Don’t get me wrong, I love when we land a big recruit, but I also know that things change. It’s great to see those names above – great palyers all – but nobody really knows how things will end up until the games are played. Meanwhile, mahalo to the stars who stay home! That is key. And mahalo to the stars who come from elsewhere!

  6. A-House January 10, 2018 10:05 am

    for consideration:

    have UH men’s VB team middle blocker, 6′ 10″, or Rado right side hitter, at 6′ 9″ be a TE for football

    their specialty can be positioned in the middle to block field goals — imagine the kicker looking at both of them, side by side, ready to jump and smack the football — put speedy guys on the outside and be ready to scoop up the ball and go “all the way”

  7. A-House January 10, 2018 10:05 am

    I want Genta, I want Genta!!!

  8. Warrior Dave January 10, 2018 10:21 am

    Hi A-House,

    I can’t rememb the last time UH “properly” used a TE. JJ has much success without one in his 10 years here. Chow and Rolo has TE’s but very underutilized. How I long for the R&S days.

  9. A-House January 10, 2018 10:39 am

    Warrior Dave:

    it was very exciting back in those days — something that has been lacking since 2011 — exciting football be it on the ground or in the air or a combination thereof

    like the days of “student body right, student body left” to open offensive plays until the defense stopped it — we all new it was coming and that was exciting to see opponent’s defense trying to stop the run – Gary Allen was very good at it and so were his successors

    whenever I see the Patriots use Gronknowski (sp) as a major weapon either from a “slotted position or wide out or TE” and with great success I dream of how nice to see UH do the same

  10. jm2375 January 10, 2018 10:39 am

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Mr. A-house – leave my MVB boys out of it. For the most part, they aren’t built for football. The 2 you mentioned can become All-Americans. For Rado, football means soccer. 😀

    That being said, it’ll be interesting to see how much playing time Tui gets this season, if he moves to OH. He missed most of fall camp and is on the watch list for the Erik Shoji award for best libero.

    I’m still not a robot.

  11. islandman January 10, 2018 10:48 am

    If Run and Shoot is so good, how come no one uses it completely in college nowadays ? They do use parts of it though, i think.

  12. Tempmanoa January 10, 2018 11:31 am

    Cordeiro is a good thrower with arm strength and accuracy– very high percentage of completions and he sees the field well. Hopefully we use our quarterbacks to throw more and less as dual threat players. Mobility and occasionally running the ball like Moniz did is enough. Concentrate on throwing, reading the defense, routes and open men. Adding too much option and RPO and too many run pass decisions on each snap hurts execution and slows development as a good passer.

  13. A-House January 10, 2018 11:51 am


    both have the size, height and weight, to be good tight ends and possibly great field goal blockers in the nation — also, powerful arms to swing so many times during a game and practice!!

    nothing personal — just tinking owe’seigh da box

  14. Akamai Okole January 10, 2018 12:39 pm

    RnS is something borne out of necessity by “Tiger” Ellison who needed to develop an offense to counter the size of his opponents.
    If your skoo no need worry about that, you no need the RnS.

    BTW, as originally conceived, it was a run-oriented offense.

    “Lonesome Polecat”

  15. Akamai Okole January 10, 2018 12:40 pm

    Every offense uses a “Choice” route

  16. A-House January 10, 2018 2:09 pm

    play book:

    wonder how many plays are in Rolo’s book with each play diagrammed for initial contact and 1st 2-3 yards? beyond that it’s up to each player? instructions are: hit your man and thereafter hit any defensive player around you w/o creating a foul/penalty?

    new coaches to be declared on 1/14/18? some one posted don’t be surprised if other coaches left — hmmmmm, makes one wonder who will remain — ie, Yoro

  17. islandman January 10, 2018 2:20 pm

    That person who posted earlier was thinking that the DC would bring in some people with him. I doubt it.

  18. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2018 2:22 pm

    UH probably could have used a tight end in the Sugar Bowl to block Marcus Howard.
    Metuisela ‘Unga was a true tight end this past season before being injured.

  19. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2018 2:24 pm

    Re: “Don’t be surprised …”?
    Rolo already indicated he would hire coaches after the convention, which ends today.

  20. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2018 3:24 pm

    the convention is also a JOBS FAIR.

    I hope that the fishing was good.

  21. BigWave96744 January 10, 2018 3:37 pm

    After the convention is very vague.
    1 day, 1 week, 1 month?
    Other school fill entire staff in weeks.
    Only in Hawaii can filling pukas take months.

    I found this tweet interesting from a reporter covering the coaches convention.
    “James Franklin says he has a binder of 15 coordinators, position coaches he’d consider hiring if he has an opening. Says he’s constantly evaluating other coaches.”
    4:17 AM – Jan 8, 2018

  22. suckkabooya January 10, 2018 3:51 pm

    It seems that Yoro has a lot of value as a recruiter. If Batoon does bring in his own safeties coach then Rolo should consider reassigning Yoro in my opinion. Safety was one position that underperformed last year, so he should be at least partly accountable for their inefficiency (injuries as well). He is a young guy that is in the learning phase of his division 1 career. Maybe he can assist the secondary’s and the special teams coaches to get more experience, but being able to recruit is such a gift, and this years recruiting season seemed so different (successful) than past years. Would be tough to see him dismissed.

  23. clyde January 10, 2018 4:02 pm

    #22: Or Yoro could stay put and be mentored by Batoon, who coached safeties at FAU.

  24. suckkabooya January 10, 2018 4:19 pm


    I hope that is a consideration for Batoon.

  25. UH Fan for Life January 10, 2018 4:43 pm

    Re: UH tight ends – I thought Metuisela Unga developed into an dangerous offensive weapon in the 2016 season (5 TD catches) and was a red zone threat that gave opposing defenses matchup problems. Having Unga, Kemp and Ursua on the field at the same time made it hard for the defenses to key in on just one receiver and Dru had multiple targets who could get separation.

    2017 was a different story with Kemp’s graduation, and injuries to both Ursua and Unga.

    For 2018, hopefully Ursua fully recovers, Noa continues his development and we have WRs with sticky hands that can stretch the defenses to make the passing offense more productive.

  26. islandman January 10, 2018 5:41 pm

    Looks like no funds for tickets or donations for athletics from almost half of Hawaii households. An article in today’s paper local section says 48 % of the households cannot fully cover their basic needs even though many hold more than one job. Also, low skilled job growth is expected to outpace that of medium and high skilled jobs.
    62 % of jobs in Hawaii pay less than $20 an hour.

  27. Upchurch January 10, 2018 6:13 pm

    Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana, all way worst off than Hawaii, but their programs are some of most well endowed in the nation.

  28. burro sabio January 10, 2018 6:32 pm

    #27 – doesn’t matter if they’re worse off. It depends on how much the rich give, not how many families can’t afford to give anything.

  29. kama krab January 10, 2018 7:36 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    islandman #26, I was once one of those people but you know what, I still bought my season tickets for football, was able to pay my bills and still had money to go watch other UH games. That was with 2 kids already.

    It’s all about setting budgets for yourself and living within your means. That’s a big problem for people. Living within your means and setting budgets.

  30. kama krab January 10, 2018 7:41 pm

    Now I have 4 but I also make more than I did couple of years ago. I guess it really comes down to commitment. I think that’s what where missing here more than anything. We have a bunch of people that have the means to give but none are committed enough to give as much as they can. Oh well.

  31. islandman January 10, 2018 8:04 pm

    You’re a good man, Charlie Brown, i mean kama krab.
    ” The household survival budget covers basic housing, food, transportation, child care and health care costs but does not allow for any savings.
    People in the ALICE category include retail and restaurant workers, child care providers, landscapers, teaching assistants, laborers and office workers.”

  32. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2018 8:46 pm

    The problem with hiring is the state policy, which actually is a good thing. There’s an extensive vetting process. So, UH can agree on a hire but it could be a while before it can be finalized and announced. But Rolo already has his choices and backups.

  33. Warrior Dave January 10, 2018 10:13 pm


    When UH played Alabama in 2006, we stopped by a diner and started talking to the waitress. She said she currently had 4 season tickets but wanted more foing forward. She said her premium for each ticket was $2,500!!! She didn’t grumble or say anything negative about paying attention it on a Waitress salary. She said that Bama fans live for football. Hawaii season ticket holders have it good. $7 parking is a steal compared to $40 for Washington Stadium.

  34. H-Man January 11, 2018 6:36 am

    The State’s extensive vetting process produced Herman Frazier, Gib Arnold, Fred von Appen, Norm Chow and Ben Jay. Their track record is not so good.
    I like your write-up citing the SEC’s propensity to avoid non-conference road games. But I guess in their defense. the SEC schools cannot afford to risk too much because of the gauntlet they face in their own conference. Besides, the SEC, Big Ten, etc. affords an opportunity for David to face Goliath and get a fat paycheck. And sometimes David wins.

  35. Stephen Tsai January 11, 2018 7:36 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45281

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