Picture this

An editor used to insist a poll was a snapshot of a particular time. Today’s team-picture day illustrates the Warriors’ immediate status compared to that of training camp. Among the differences between now and then:

> Graduate assistant John Estes is coaching the offensive line.

> Frank Abreu and Hunter Hughes are on scholarship.

> Wesley Faagau is an offensive lineman.

> Kyle Gallup and Karson Greeley have moved from quarterback to tight end.

> J.R. Hensley and Chris Posa are the starting right-side blockers.

> John Ursua and Metuisela Unga are sidelined for the rest of the season because of injuries.

> Terrence Sayles is a starting cornerback.

> Justice Augafa is redshirting.

> Kicker Ryan Meskell is no longer sharing No. 46 with kicker Alex Trifonovitch.

> MG Montemayor has succeeded Mike Cherry as KITV sports reporter/anchor.

> Dick Tomey is a published author.

> Fresno State is atop the MW’s West standings.


  1. Akamai Okole October 21, 2017 5:45 am

    …And an Okole is #1

    Das it

  2. papajoe2 October 21, 2017 6:36 am

    #1 Das sweet.

  3. papajoe2 October 21, 2017 6:40 am

    Good morning everybody.
    Was getting ready for some Warrior football but, auwe, no moa today. Guess I will watch Kenzie Milton and CFU. LPGA 1st.

  4. ballerz October 21, 2017 6:59 am

    thanks for the updates ST. justice aufaga will be a big help for us next year ie. pr & db… 🙂

  5. ballerz October 21, 2017 7:02 am

    my bad augafa!

  6. Whats up October 21, 2017 7:12 am

    Whats needs to happen is Rolo to get the Football name changed back to the “Warriors” this team needs it’s swag back. Chow and Ben Jay really helped set Hawaii Football back from all that progress of June Jones era.

  7. burro sabio October 21, 2017 7:46 am

    And the favorite beverage of the fair-weather UH football fan is whine.

  8. NotNasti October 21, 2017 8:11 am

    Burro, best concise post in a long while.

  9. H-Man October 21, 2017 8:45 am

    Nice article today on JR Hensley. Looks like he is our RG for the next two years. Will be interesting to see who the tackles will be next season.

  10. NaKoaMike October 21, 2017 8:51 am

    Coach Tomey’s book signing event is today at Barnes & Noble from noon to 1 pm.

    Buy the book, get it signed by Coach Tomey and support the football program. A portion of the net sales today will be donated to Na Koa to support the football program.

    Present the voucher in this link prior to your purchase so that Na Koa will receive a donation from the purchase of your book.

  11. tom-warriornation October 21, 2017 9:36 am

    First place Fresno St @ SDSU (2nd place) live tonight on CBS Sportsnetwork at 7:30 pm PST. Fresno beat New Mexico 38-0 last week; and Nevada 41-21 a few weeks ago.

  12. tom-warriornation October 21, 2017 9:39 am

    Not too late:


    Come join over 525 Hawaii fans at the 50 yard line (Sections 106, 107 & 108) 10-23 rows behind our Warrior bench, for Hawaii fans ONLY!

    Email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com or text 415-324-0585

  13. Whats up October 21, 2017 9:50 am

    If you pay attention Rolo doesn’t say Rainbow Warriors or Rainbows during interviews or pressers. He says Warriors because he was on the team when it was called Hawaii Warriors. He didn’t coin the phase “Live Aloha, Play Rainbow Warrior” he coined, “Live Aloha, Play Warrior”. Because Rolo preference is Hawaii Warriors not Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

    Now if you ask him he will have to sell the company line but he has already made it known what he prefers. Anybody believes Ben Jay and Chow didn’t muck up Hawaii Football need to stop smoking the weed… I rather be with the sober, clear eyed, cerebral whining Hawaii fans who want Hawaii to get the swag back and win games.

  14. tom-warriornation October 21, 2017 9:56 am

    Come meet Dick Tomey (he will sign his new book for you) at the Cal the evening before the game at the Cal, 5pm to 9pm. I will be there also.


  15. A-House October 21, 2017 11:08 am

    not football related

    UH men’s BBT has secured commitments for 2 tall Aussies [ 6′ 10″ and 6′ 11″ now legit 7′ ] plus a true 7′ 240# center from the mainland — OK Coach Rolo, get ‘um the 6′ 10″ Aussie now at a prep school on the east coast — starting LT for 2018 — and with Kapulava (sp) also coming very soon to join 6’ 7″ FG/PAT blocking expert Moana

    unsure how good they are, but if Ganot and staff can coach them up, dang UH will have an exciting BB team in 2019 — dang, must take of my health to see this — I should be here ” God willing and the river don’t rise” – John Wayne in a Western — one of his best movies was High ‘n Mighty which took place in an airplane cockpit from Hawaii to California

    now, if Coach Ah Mow can recruit 2 or 3 6’ 6″ hitters 2018 should be very exciting!!!

  16. islandman October 21, 2017 12:39 pm

    Stephen wrote his blog post real early today

  17. seewhy October 21, 2017 1:46 pm

    Change the name back the Warriors? How about they start winning more games? How about they stop giving up big plays on D and special teams? How about they stop making stupid penalties? The team has more things to worry about then the fricken name!!

  18. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 21, 2017 2:33 pm

    Dick Tomey was at B & N bookstore earlier this afternoon, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. I saw him there. Not sure, did not buy a book. 1977-1986 UH football head coach.

  19. Willie October 21, 2017 2:37 pm

    Not Warrior news, Pearl City grad Jordan Ta’amu now playing for Ole Miss vs LSU. Starting Rebel QB out with injury. He’s got good size and looks good physically.

  20. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 21, 2017 2:40 pm

    I can remember only few players then. David Talaumu. Nuu Faaola. Falaniko Noga. Dana Mclemore. And maybe one or two more.

  21. Inyoface October 21, 2017 3:08 pm

    Milton 6-0. Unreal.

  22. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 21, 2017 3:13 pm

    ND up +28 or + 35, halftime. Versus USC. South Bend, Indiana. There interesting. 5-1.

  23. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs October 21, 2017 3:14 pm

    They are interesting. Notre Dame #13 AP.

  24. islandman October 21, 2017 6:01 pm

    Fresno leading SDSU 17-3. BYU loses 7th straight game.

  25. Inyoface October 21, 2017 7:00 pm

    Seems like ever since Norm Chow was head coach we have an underdog mentality in every game now. Seems like everyone says oh we can win these games but we can’t those games even though they’re in the same conference! I don’t what happen to our mentality of we can beat anyone at anytime but it’s sad how statistical even the hardcore Hawaii fans have become.

  26. Sangamon Keith October 21, 2017 7:24 pm

    No reason for this team to have bad attitude. I haven’t seen the last couple of games on TV but loses to UCLA and Colorado State were expected. Unfortunate loss in Laramie shouldn’t have happen. I have my thoughts on Nevada loss … but key is to get off to better starts. It’s one thing to be too casual in personal confidence and another to be prepared to dominate immediately. Slow starts have been on offense … needs immediate action.

    I don’t understand the problems on defense … we were too committed to pressure in the first half of the Nevada game. We have recruited talent on defense … don’t get why star defensive backs are now so confused within system. Hopefully this week focused on getting coverages straight.

  27. islandman October 21, 2017 7:37 pm

    BYU offensive coordinator is Ty Detmer and he doesn’t have that much experience as a coach in Div I.

  28. islandman October 21, 2017 8:02 pm

    Picture this: Fresno St. over SDSU 27-3 . They were picked for last in the preseason poll.

  29. roygbivs October 21, 2017 8:24 pm

    Goes to show that the media preseason polls means jackcrap. Das why you play da games….

    Every team(s) got chance for da win!!! You gotta show up each and every day….

  30. clyde October 21, 2017 8:55 pm

    Actually, the poll was taken before FSU starting quarterback (McMaryion) transferred in August from Oregon State, where he started several games last year. McMaryion, who threw for 6,000 yards and 70 TDs in his final two years of high school, is a grad transfer with two years of eligibility so FSU scored big time when it landed him. Commentators said he left OSU when Andersen named a JC transfer as the starting QB, and we all know what’s happened to OSU this season.

    But the biggest difference in FSU has to be Tedford. He and his staff have made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs, who at 5-2 have already won more games than they did in the past two seasons combined. It appears UH has a better chance at beating SDSU than FSU.

  31. What? October 21, 2017 9:05 pm

    I guess you just knew Fresno State wouldn’t stay at the bottom of the conference for too long. The Fresno St coaches found the winning formula for their team.

    We can only hope Hawaii doesn’t occupy the last place slot at the end of the year. Maybe the SJSU win is the start of a winning streak for Hawaii.

    Fresno State looks like they will be the west division champs. 2nd or 3rd place in the west division would be a good landing spot for this team.

    Will Hawaii’s defense hold up for the remainder of the season?

  32. islandman October 21, 2017 9:56 pm

    Looks like Tedford hired good coaches, DC, Orlondo Steinauer, from the CFL and OC Kalen DeBoer, a HC at Sioux Falls, then OC at Southern Illinois and Eastern Michigan.

  33. clyde October 21, 2017 10:55 pm

    To secure a Hawaii Bowl berth, UH has to beat UNLV and BYU, and squeeze out one more win from among San Diego State, Fresno State and Utah State. Tall order, but not impossible and it starts Saturday against the Aztecs. Let’s see how Hawaii plays coming off the bye week.

  34. Abunai October 22, 2017 5:14 am

    Tedford might be gone after this year. I believe some head coaches after this season will be fired from different schools. He may not go to some of the bigger schools but some lower P5 schools. He was at Cal for awhile. He did great but they wanted better. I still think he was a good coach at Cal. One thing for sure is he’s a heck of a qb coach.

  35. Maddog50 October 22, 2017 5:40 am

    Doesn’t matter who beat who……the Warriors have a game this week. Concentrate focus and execute.

  36. Old School Dave October 22, 2017 6:47 am

    Agree, hats off to Jeff Tedford for turning around FSU in one year. I wonder if he’ll be around next year in the Valley, (Oregon State is looking for a new HC)?

    BSU’s OC Zak Hill seems to have the offense running on all cylinders now that he’s calling the plays for Harsin. Hill is turning out to be a good hire for the Broncos (and could have been the same for UH, but what’s done is done). Hill reportedly is earning a salary of $285,000 at BSU. Seemed to be some empty seats at Albertsons Stadium vs Wyoming.

    Instead of UH hoping to win 3 of 5 games, I say why not try to win ALL of the the remaining games!

  37. Trunks420 October 22, 2017 7:44 am

    I don’t think Tedford is leaving Fresno Anytime soon he did just sign a multi year contract with bonus incenstives.

    I think we should follow suit and start a fund to hire a Warrior Alum who can take get Hawaii wins if not Rolo Then Miano for next HC

  38. burro sabio October 22, 2017 8:27 am

    Many fans are guilty of abusing an equine corpse by continuing to bring up Miano’s name. That ship sailed when Chow was hired.

  39. NorthShoreFan October 22, 2017 8:57 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!
    burro…true…the ship did sail…….at what point does an observation turn into fine wine?…LOL
    I await this weeks effort and hope it to be a fruitful and exciting one.

  40. Da Punchbowl Kid October 22, 2017 9:11 am

    Picture this – Two Quarterbacks born, raised and played high school ball in Hawaii playing for two nationally ranked teams on national TV at the same time! It was surreal to switch channels and see Tua and Milton playing for Bama and Central Florida. Maybe it’s happened before, but I don’t remember ever seeing that.


  41. Trunks420 October 22, 2017 9:18 am

    If Hawaii loses to San Diego. Then when will we be able to hold on to the fact that our chance of winning the conference anytime soon has sailed away like all the Elite Local kids.

    It would be nice to get a elite Alum Coach to come here to work for penny’s doing a highly demanding job which will make or break your personal job resume.

    Truth is nobody will come here and we are lucky to have Rolo. So with that said

    Just Win Baby

  42. H-Man October 22, 2017 10:13 am

    The fans should not have to fund the hiring of a coach. The state has the ball in their hands to make or break UH Athletics. Fans do their job by showing up at games.

  43. Trunks420 October 22, 2017 10:24 am

    I think it’s neither of their jobs.
    I thinks it’s squarly on the AD Him and his staff job to get athlectics Mostly Football going with money going to the right needs.

    Maybe we need better ADs managing funds and directing them to the proper outlets for maximum results.

    Go Warriors

  44. Old School Dave October 22, 2017 10:32 am

    Good points. Jeff Tedford is the highest paid MWC coach at $1.6 million. Fresno State owes former coach Tim DeRuyer some $3 million for the last 2 years of his contract. Guess they get some $$$ in the Valley.


  45. Inyoface October 22, 2017 11:10 am

    Who cares if Tedford leaves or not!

  46. A-House October 22, 2017 11:23 am

    unless change(s) are made on defense, UH will probably lose 3 or more of last 5 games

    what appeared to be a “win” at Fresno at the start of the season now appears to be a loss

    will Rolo has the alas to make changes or sink with the DC? why the DC? because he is the start and end of all defensive schemes at the position level and must be held accountable for the numerous defensive lapses in 2017.

  47. A-House October 22, 2017 11:24 am

    Rolo has = Rolo have

  48. Old School Dave October 22, 2017 1:05 pm

    Hope the boosters can come up with some money to attract an experienced and proven DC for Rolo.

  49. Maddog50 October 22, 2017 1:47 pm

    Really amused by some “fan” reaction to some recent developments. SDSU loses two, USU clobbers UNLV, FSU is playing well. So what-1 game to play this week, nothing else matters. Still say enough talent n this roster to win this week and beyond period. All the other stuff is noise

  50. DaveLetterMan October 22, 2017 2:34 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    The second season isn’t even over yet and some are already looking to replace Rolo, the DC and Matlin. Give this regime time to get things straightened out. We as fans got spoiled by last year. Even JJ’s second year wasn’t great. Patience, good things will come.
    DPK – imagine if Cordeiro brings us back to the national spotlight. Den there’ll be three local qbs.

  51. tom October 22, 2017 2:49 pm


    The farmers in the Valley contribute big bucks to Fresno – win, lose or draw.

    Buying tickets to Aloha Stadium is not “big bucks”. Contributing big moneys to Na Koa or other programs like Volleyball, Basketball etc is what is needed.

    Fans showing up at the games is good for morale but is small change, money-wise for the various athletic programs. The AD cannot spend dollars when he only gets pennies.

  52. What? October 22, 2017 3:13 pm

    This is Hawaii football for the last 10 years:
    2016: 7-7
    2015: 3-10
    2014: 4-9
    2013: 1-11
    2012: 3-9
    2011: 6-7
    2010: 10-4
    2009: 6-7
    2008: 7-7
    2007: 12-1
    59 wins – 72 losses

    This is a perspective of the talent in players and coaches Hawaii obtained over the past 10 years. With the current financial outlook, you can expect the same outlook for the next 20 years. Of course Hawaii will have the occasional 12-1 or 11-2 seasons. But, I don’t believe we will ever see 90% win – loss picture over the next 20 years. It comes down to money. Hawaii doesn’t have it!

  53. Inyoface October 22, 2017 3:45 pm

    No one in their right mind wants to replace Rolo or Matlin.

  54. What? October 22, 2017 3:45 pm

    There are not enough people in Hawaii willing to give that kind of money to Hawaii athletics. Most people save their money for the entire year to take their families on vacation for that one big trip during the year.

    Do I give my $5000 saved for the entire year to give to UH athletics or do I save it for a rainy day or spend it on a family trip? That is a no brainer. I watch the team at the stadium when they win and watch them when they lose. I enjoy the team when the team wins and is disapponted when they lose.

    The coaches and players try hard. Majority of the athletes get their degrees because of the scholarships they earn. All is good because football is just entertainment. In the end I hope the players take advantage of the education presented to them because almost all of them will not play in the NFL.

  55. Maddog50 October 23, 2017 3:19 am

    This weeks game is a turning point for the season and beyond. Not just another game-SDSU losers of last two is on the road. FSU got all over the QB and did not give up the long ball-FSU did strike on the long ball and was very productive running right at them with little trickeration-The Warriors and the program have a chance to display all the ability they have by staying in this all the way. SDSU gave a very uninspired effort the last two weeks. Getting to the quarterback playing stiff against the run on D and jamming the ball on offense will go along way to a competitive game. I don’t predict anything but would not be at all surprised at a win-

  56. Ipu Man October 23, 2017 6:47 am

    Good Morning, Stephen 🙂

  57. Akamai Okole October 23, 2017 7:11 am


    56 – 14 Akamai Okole

  58. H-Man October 23, 2017 9:17 am

    I couldn’t place Wesley Faagau, , so I looked at the roster. He is listed as a linebacker/6-0/220. That’s a small O-lineman.

  59. H-Man October 23, 2017 9:21 am

    Hawaii has no Napa Valley or Nike in their backyard. So where or whom do you suggest is our “Bigbucks” in our backyard? Us?

  60. Buffoman October 23, 2017 9:21 am

    It is my opinion regarding some of the comments stem from the fact that there was a lot of hype prior to the season on how improved the team was. People tending to give some cautious “slack” early in the season when the defense faltered, even in winning when opponents piled up yardage.

    Much of what appears to be of concern is that mistakes made early on have not or appear to have not been addressed. Chunk yardage still occur, defensive backs appear to be way out of position and massive yardage continue to be surrendered.

    I am guessing that all are holding their collective breaths in hopes that the bye week would result in those matters being properly addressed. I hate to think what would be ensuing comments if it’s the “same old, same old”, when we take the field on Saturday. I am an optimist and believe that what we thought would show up, will and the results would turn our fortunes with the remaining games.

  61. H-Man October 23, 2017 9:24 am

    Maybe the state with $1 billion in surplus?

  62. JesseJames October 23, 2017 10:55 am

    Good morning Tsaikos….long time no see. Hope to see everyone at the T-gate this week. Missed the last one due to unforeseen circumstances.

    DPK, you showing up??? LOL

  63. RatMIn October 23, 2017 11:05 am

    I think after reading all of the comments thus far this season that there are some “fans” that only comment when the football team is not successful. They only know how to be negative and lay the blame. What the team needs are true fans that will be positive even when the time are hard. Coach Rolo and his crew are only in their second full season as a head coach and as a team. Give him and the AD time to work things out. We gave Coach Chow time. We gave Coach McMackin time. I know we are anxious to be back in the hunt every year for a title but with how far we have gone down it will take time to climb back up.

  64. RatMIn October 23, 2017 11:07 am

    Sorry forgot to say

    “GO BOWS!!”

  65. Inyoface October 23, 2017 11:57 am

    Is Tedford leaving after half a season? Lol

  66. Ipu Man October 23, 2017 12:39 pm

    Why am I being suspected as a robot…again?
    Is Tsai captured and held captive by the rogue state?

  67. ai-eee-soos October 23, 2017 1:02 pm

    NFL …

    Former Rainbow Warriors linebacker * Jerrol Garcia-Williams * has been promoted from the Denver Broncos practice squad to their 53-man roster, according to The Denver Post.

    The Broncos promoted Garcia-Williams, offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson and center/guard Dillon Day from the practice squad. Garcia-Williams will take the place of linebacker Corey Nelson, who suffered a biceps tear during practice last week, according to The Denver Post.

  68. Ipu Man October 23, 2017 2:32 pm

    San Diego State and Boise highlights:
    Boise won…

  69. H-Man October 23, 2017 2:43 pm

    Good news about Jerrol Garcia-Williams’ promotion to the 53-man playing roster. Go Warrior….Bronco !!!

  70. ai-eee-soos October 23, 2017 3:29 pm

    Hawaii’s Kahakai Earns Big West Defensive Player of the Week Honors
    By Brandi Higa

    (Hawaii Athletics) – University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball libero Savanah Kahakai earned her first Big West Defensive Player of the Week honor of the year after averaging 4.83 digs per set in a pair of home conference sweeps. It is the third straight week that a Rainbow Wahine has earned Defensive Player of the Week honors as fellow senior Emily Maglio captured the award the previous two weeks.

    For the 5-8 libero from Honolulu, O’ahu (Farrington HS), it was her second career conference weekly honor of her career (Sept. 14, 2015). Kahakai led UH with a combined 29 digs against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. She has now recorded double-digit digs in 17 of UH’s 21 matches this season, including a string of 11 straight.

    Kahakai had 10 digs against the Highlanders and a match-high 19 against the Titans, coming up just one scoop shy of hitting the 20-dig mark for the fifth time this year.

    In the CSUF match, she passed the 1,300 career dig mark and moved within three digs shy of No. 4 on the school’s career list alongside Tara Hittle (2004-08) who recorded 1,315 career kills. Kahakai currently has 311 total digs in her senior year.

    Hawai’i heads to California for their third roadtrip of the season with pivotal matches at Cal Poly on Friday, Oct. 27 and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 28.

  71. Maddog50 October 23, 2017 4:46 pm

    No new blog-no article today. Hope all is okay. According to last ten games or so blowouts at SD. Home games are close. This should be a benchmark event. GoWarriors!!

  72. Derek October 23, 2017 4:58 pm

    Aztecs are not happy campers, losing 2 straight and coming in pissed off as hell. The will want to take it out on Hawaii and crush the coconut and run up the score if they can. After last year’s 55-0 blowout in San Diego I can see the senario repeating itself, especially the way our defense has been playing. Aztecs must be salivating. The line is between 9 to 10, but I can see the line moving higher. Hard to take my home team, but we have not covered the spread since UMass. The way things have gone and how the teams are playing I would be surprised if we win any MWC games, but I think Hawaii has a good chance of beating BYU this year. Cougars are now 1-7 and have lost the last 7 games and were blown out by East Carolina who is one of the worst teams in FBS. Our defense has to show up and play tough. At this point, all kudos to Fresno State and their coaching staff and players. I’m impressed.

  73. cappie the dog October 23, 2017 5:22 pm

    “Picture this, a day in December/Picture this, freezing cold weather”

    -Deborah Harry

    This is a great album track from the 1978 Blondie album “Parallel Lines”.


    Hopefully, one day Hawaii will play in a major bowl again.

    To quote another new wave band, Romeo Void, “Never Say Never”.

  74. BigWave96744 October 23, 2017 5:49 pm

    Picture this:
    Davine Tullis out on disciplinary action again

  75. BigWave96744 October 23, 2017 5:51 pm

    Picture this:
    Vegas only giving Hawaii 9 points this week

  76. BigWave96744 October 23, 2017 5:52 pm

    Picture this:
    No blog entry since Saturday

  77. HawaiiMongoose October 23, 2017 6:15 pm

    What the heck? Davine has a chance to step up and get real playing time at slot and now he may not play for disciplinary reasons? What is wrong with the kids on this year’s team?? I’ve never seen so many disciplinary suspensions in one season.

    Hope everything is okay with ST, it’s not like him to go two days without a new blog entry.

  78. turfwar October 23, 2017 6:32 pm

    This is not like ST as he will usually at least check in and let his bloggers know what’s happening. Hope all is well.

  79. What? October 23, 2017 6:39 pm

    59, Hawaii has no Napa Valley or Nike in their backyard. So where or whom do you suggest is our “Bigbucks” in our backyard? Us?
    No one! We all try to live within our means. I am sure that $1 billion surplus is earmarked for something else. Hawaii is going to win again (12-1 or 11-2). They’re just not going to be consistent winners year in and year out (90% + win percentage every year. I’m glad Hawaii is not a win at all cost state and school.

  80. Trunks420 October 23, 2017 11:46 pm

    I’ll be at the Nov 11 game only game I actually look forward to and expect a win if we lose that game im personally calling our AD and Demand a new Coach I will also stop donating to Na koa.
    Beat. Da Aztecs

  81. ai-eee-soos October 24, 2017 1:54 am

    ST’s column … hope it’s alright to post.

    Chance meeting changes career path for UH DB
    By Stephen Tsai
    October 24, 2017

    Hawaii football player Terrence Sayles’ career might have taken a different path if not for the wisdom of Solomon.
    It was in 2013 when Sayles and his Army friends were spending the evening in Honolulu. “I ran into, at the time, just ‘Solomon,’ ” Sayles, now a junior, recalled. “I didn’t know anything about him. I just knew he was a guy named Solomon. He was cool.”
    After fulfilling his six-year military duty, which included tours in Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan in 2011, Sayles enrolled at UH in January 2014. While on campus, he ran into that old acquaintance — Solomon Elimimian, a former UH linebacker who was training in Hawaii. During their chat, Sayles expressed an interest in trying out for the Rainbow Warriors. Elimimian asked Sayles to follow him to the office of Norm Chow, who was UH’s head coach at the time.

    “In my head, I was saying, ‘Why am I coming with him?’ ” Sayles recalled. “I didn’t know about his (football background). He took me right up to the coach’s office. I talked to Coach Chow. (Elimimian) told him I was a good guy. That’s how I got a tryout.”
    It also was when Sayles learned that Elimimian held the UH record for career tackles and, as a B.C. Lions linebacker, was the Canadian Football League’s most outstanding defensive player.
    Sayles aced the tryout — he ran 40 yards in 4.4 seconds — and was added to the Warriors’ roster. After redshirting in 2014, Sayles moved back to Texas because of the financial constraints of living in Hawaii. A few months later, he returned to Hawaii after learning he had a place to stay and that Army benefits would pay for tuition and expenses. But he missed the deadline to play in 2015, and officially rejoined the Warriors in 2016. He was allowed to practice but not play in games last year while earning enough credits to coincide with his eligibility clock.
    He also moved from wideout to cornerback, where he encountered another a-ha moment. Defensive backs coach Abraham Elimimian is the older brother of Solomon Elimimian.
    “I didn’t tie it together, even with the last name,” Sayles said, laughing. “It wasn’t until I saw them together in the parking lot. I said (to Abraham), ‘You know Solomon?’ He said, ‘This is my brother.’”
    Sayles describes Abraham Elimimian as a mentor who stressed “being a good person, doing right and believing in something.”
    Elimimian said he implored Sayles to play in control. “He had to learn when to show up in a gap and when not to because that wasn’t his gap,” Elimimian said. “When you try to be a hero, that’s when you forget your own job and get into trouble. That’s what we had to clean up with him. He’s fast and he feels he can do his job and help out. But before you know it, he forgets his job. For the most part, he’s come a long way.”
    Ten days ago, Sayles earned his first start since he was a Kerens High senior in 2007, when he opened at cornerback against San Jose State. He made four tackles, including three solo stops.
    “He did a good job,” Abraham Elimimian said. “He’s a great tackler. He loves to tackle. He loves to hit.”

  82. Maddog50 October 24, 2017 6:17 am

    Believe that info regarding suspended player is old news dating back to CSU. Last week it was reported he practiced at two rec positions. He is also listed on the two deep game notes this week at slot behind Collie. Regarding all this stuff about money and support for UH athletics again the UH system has a billion dollar budget-also the economy in Hawaii base on national data is very healthy compared to many other states that support there University programs. Not so much about not having money, more about how you go about spending what you have. To me while others are investing because it drives economic forces some sit idley by. I think Dave Matlin is doing a great job with what he has and is reviewing all options to improve revenue options and fund raising arms. Enuff of that………lets go out and compete on Sat and no surprise if it’s a win…….not to me at least. GoWarriors!!!!

  83. What? October 24, 2017 6:50 am

    “…. Not so much about not having money, more about how you go about spending what you have…”
    That is exactly correct. There are a lot of people in Hawaii who place other things above football. To a lot of people, football is just entertainment. Simple!

    I applaud the state of Hawaii and UH for recognizing that there are more important things in life than football. Football is great. It’s entertainment. This is where it starts and ends with me and many others in Hawaii. That is why money is an issue for some people because you want football to be at the top of the list to receive extra funding.

    Just enjoy football for what it is, entertainment.

  84. A-House October 24, 2017 7:05 am

    posting “negative” comments about the UH football program is my opinion because I am concerned about the program — is the “play” due to poor coaching or poor execution by the player or both?

    after 8 games, the middle of the field is still WIDE OPEN — why no changes to close this huge gap where opponents have taken advantage for huge yardadge including a number of TDs? cannot the DC see this? why is the DC unwilling to make changes? are position coaches afraid to discuss this with the DC? are the players not questioning why?

    to question why does not make a player a person with an attitude — it makes him a better player.

    an older person is not necessarily better than a youngster — an older person may have more experience — nothing more, nothing less

  85. DaveLetterMan October 24, 2017 7:15 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    The middle has been open because of blown assignments by the players – linebacker releasing the receiver instead of covering. Coaches last week emphasized fundamentals and assignments so we’ll see if there’s improvement this weekend.
    Go Warriors!

  86. Trunks420 October 24, 2017 8:04 am

    Heard rumors that Rolo is resigning after season.

  87. burro sabio October 24, 2017 8:13 am

    You heard the rumor in your head when you were partaking at 4:20 this morning.

  88. Ipu Man October 24, 2017 8:24 am

    Well, that post of Stephen’s write-up is a good
    sign he is alive and kicking—but where? In Vegas?
    A good place would be Switzerland with the heat
    going up in North Korea and thus a danger to Hawaii.

  89. islandman October 24, 2017 9:30 am

    82. ” … also the economy in Hawaii base on national data is very healthy compared to many other states …
    Not so much about not having money, more about how you go about spending what you have ”
    Hawaii has the highest homeless population per capita in the nation.
    It has the highest housing costs in the nation including rental rates and suffers from an extreme lack of affordable housing. We have the highest cost of living of all the states.

  90. islandman October 24, 2017 9:32 am

    Per Bobby today, coach Yoro said the open middle of the field is due to 1. Scheme and 2. Execution ,or something to that effect.

  91. A-House October 24, 2017 9:34 am

    the lights were on in the Tsai residence when I passed at 5 am today.

  92. A-House October 24, 2017 9:36 am

    it’s disheartening to hear that after 8 games the middle of the field is wide open based on defensvie scheme and blown assignments

    coaches may have “harped” on it last week, but Saturday will tell a tale of ?????????????????

  93. Trunks420 October 24, 2017 10:42 am

    Everyone is harping on the DC but they don’t realise that It comes down to the fact that Hawaii don’t have the athleats to run the schemes.

    Just watching the team shows we are years away from competing for championship

    Saturday will show how far away we are

  94. Trunks420 October 24, 2017 10:51 am

    The Reason Why Hawaii will Never Be an Elite Football Program is the Fact we are vacation paradise and as such money is spent on tourism amenities and Hawaii Football is not an Attractive Market to try and sway tourist to go to games.

    It would take a Big Time CEO to invest at least 60 million into football program to get state to even consider matching that donation.

  95. Stephen Tsai October 24, 2017 11:19 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=44906

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