Warrior Beat: 48-hour rule

The Warriors had a walk-through session today at Ching Athletic Complex. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

This football season, the Warriors are employing their version of Casual Thursday.

In previous years, the Warriors would have a regular practice on Thursday morning and a walk-through session on Friday afternoon. This year, the Warriors are in Under Armour dry-fit shirts during extended walk-throughs on Thursdays. A more intensive practice is held on Fridays.

“It’s good for home games,” UH coach Nick Rolovich said of the new practice schedule. In the past “you practiced on Thursday morning — that’s your last practice — you walk through Friday afternoon. It’s a really long time before game time (and the last full practice). This way, we clean everything up today, and perfect it tomorrow with a little more speed. They’re running around on Friday afternoon, and 24 hours later, they’re playing a game.”

Defensive coordinator Corey Batoon suggested the revised practice schedule. It was a schedule used at Alabama, where Lane Kiffin was an assistant coach. Batoon worked under Kiffin at Florida Atlantic last season.

The format follows Olympic athletes’ timetable. The theory is two days before an event is the most important time to hydrate. Olympians usually ease up two days before an event, and then work hard the day before.

Of UH’s schedule, Batoon said, “It gives them a chance to really absorb the game plan in a walk-through setting, and we come out on Friday full speed, and it’s a regular practice.”


  1. Bugaz September 6, 2018 3:14 pm

    Whatever little bit helps. This coaching staff adapting well to current trends and the dividends seem to be paying off. Best of luck on Saturday! Aloha

  2. Maddog50 September 6, 2018 3:17 pm

    My personal opinion-Rice has more overall talent than Navy and CSU. They big talented and fast. This game is gonna be a battle. We should overcome but only if we avoid costly turnovers and play with same intensity of the prior weeks:-GoWarriors!

  3. burro sabio September 6, 2018 3:26 pm

    People are analyzing this to death, but the simple stat is that if you are scoring 4 touchdowns more per game than last year, games become a little bit easier.

  4. kalua pig September 6, 2018 4:24 pm

    the o line is getting a lot of love.they deserve it.the blocking the backs are doing is a big part of our success.

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid September 6, 2018 4:30 pm

    It looks as though that practice schedule works to their benefit. And it makes sense, the guys are flyin’ around come game time. Good coaching, good playing.

    How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time. How do you win a championship? One game at a time! I’m seeing the Warriors doing big things this year as long as they do their best, every down, every game, regardless of who they play!


  6. Bowsforever September 6, 2018 4:44 pm

    Glad to see the coaches or trying new things to improve. I think the offense will get better and better. Looking forward to another exciting game against Rice and hopefully we will leave the stadium with another win. Then will get up early to watch Marcus and the Titans. Anyone have any recommendations on best place to watch this game?

  7. SA-WarBeat September 6, 2018 5:07 pm

    #3 Ha…you are so right
    Stats also show that if you score more points than the other team…you win 🙂

  8. SailorBlue September 6, 2018 5:59 pm

    Aloha everybody ~ It’s time for FOOTBALL and T-GATE again. Mrs SB & I have reserved ***Cabana B*** at Rainbow Bay Marina. The routine remains the same: early crew arrive/set-up ~9AM, grill crew fires-up ~10-10:30, eat ono grindz until clean-up ~1.5 hours prior to the game. Donations to pay for the Cabana, pop-up tent and common items (paper & plastic items, charcoal, etc.) are always welcome. Remember, everybody (locals and visitors) are welcome. Questions – email me at jboster(at)yahoo.com. Hope to see everybody there. Cheers, SB

  9. tom-warriornation September 6, 2018 6:51 pm

    Not too late to get road game tickets at Army, San Jose or SDSU; sitting with 200+ other Hawaii fans on the sidelines behind the Warrior bench. tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com or text 415-324-0585.

  10. tom-warriornation September 6, 2018 8:15 pm

    To watch UH football home games on the mainland, read this:


  11. JR September 6, 2018 9:06 pm

    Rice barely beat Prairie View, ran over by the other UH. This will be a win and a warmup for Army, a tougher test than Navy compounded by the fact that it is in West Point.

  12. seewhy September 6, 2018 10:08 pm

    I’m glad the coaches are adopting new practice regiments and incorporate it towards the team. The results are really showing on the field this year.

  13. Spidey September 6, 2018 11:21 pm

    Glad to see we’re catching up to successful mainland programs/techniques. If we can build off this season (and not squander potential bowl money), I believe Rolo will make sure a good chunk of that money gets allocated for football facilities and the program in general. Something Herman Frazier didn’t do, and therefore squandered the success/revenue of the ’06-’08 era.

    SO happy to see the RnS back, and the fact that not only do we have a great QB and group of receivers – but the team seems to believe in themselves and their ability to win, and that starts from the coaching. Kudos to all!

    On an unrelated note – Stephen, have you ever explored shifting the UH Fball portion of coverage to an SB Nation affiliate? I truly enjoy your content, but the SB Nation platform is far superior in numerous ways. If you’d be open to it, let me know; as a ’11 grad, huge UH fan, and someone who has somewhat of an aptitude for writing, I’d be more than happy to contribute. I’m sure many UH fans would appreciate the change, even if they don’t know what they’re missing.

    If not, I may look into starting a UH SB Nation site. I know several UH grads that studied journalism and have tremendous interest in UH sports.

    Anyway, just some things to think about.

    Cheers and Aloha!

  14. Savich September 7, 2018 6:22 am

    Only to blog on and go to home games. Who cares about traveling with the team? Is this a big traveling club or is the club made up of family members?

  15. A-House September 7, 2018 7:13 am


    before and after the Amherst game — many UH players thanked us for traveling and cheering them on — win or lose!

    they all say, “it makes a big difference and happy to see UH fans in the stands”

  16. burro sabio September 7, 2018 11:13 am

    Don’t take Rice lightly, they are much improved and run a much different offense than in the past.

  17. Rodney September 7, 2018 11:58 am

    Rice scares me!!!
    We need defense defense defense!!!!!

  18. haka September 7, 2018 12:10 pm

    Take lightly
    Win hardly
    Warriors know
    Live Aloha
    Play Warrior!

  19. A-House September 7, 2018 12:49 pm

    rice will not be an easy musubi to deal with

    then comes Army — 4 tough games to open the season!

  20. Andrew September 7, 2018 1:06 pm


    I agree Rice is going to be a lot tougher than I think some people are predicting. At least with Army though, they have already had experience this season in preparing for the option. It’s not the same option attack as Navy but still similarities

  21. Stephen Tsai September 7, 2018 2:10 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46674

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