Ursua named to All-MW first team; UH and LaTech in Hawaii Bowl

Slotback John Ursua was named to the All-Mountain West first team. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

The nation’s leader in touchdown receptions — John Ursua — scored a big honor, being named to the 2018 All-Mountain West first team.

Here’s why:
> No. 1 nationally in touchdown receptions (16)
> No. 5 in receiving yards (1,343)
> No. 5 total touchdowns (17)
> No. 10 receiving yards per game (103.3)

Rush end Kaimana Padello was named to the second team. Here’s why:
> Leads team with 11.5 tackles for loss
> Leads team with 7.5 sacks

Honorable mention to:
> QB Cole McDonald — 5th nationally in passing yards (3,790), total offense (346.7), passing yards per game (315.8); 7th in passing TDs (35), points responsible for per game (20.0), and 10th in completions per game (22.92).

> LB Jahlani Tavai — 81 tackles in eight games; second in career tackles (391).

> DE Zeno Choi — Senior co-captain.

> CB Rojesterman Farris II — Leads Warriors with 11 pass breakups, 12 passes defended.

> RG Solo Vaipulu — Started every game as a true freshman.

* * * * *

It will be Hawaii and Louisiana Tech in the Dec. 22 Hawaii Bowl.

And, yep, that means Daniel Lewis gets to face his former teammates


  1. truegreen November 28, 2018 8:50 am

    First first in a while. Congrats to all honorees! Funny how Cole can be top 10 in the nation in all those categories and still only make honorable mention for the conference…

  2. wafan November 28, 2018 8:56 am

    Congratulations to the honored ‘Bows. ‘Attaway!

  3. Jeezy33 November 28, 2018 9:00 am

    1. Simple answer. Hawaii passes the most in the country and the top 2 QBs in the MW were Brett Rypien and Jordan Love. Having the best fantasy stats doesn’t make you the best QB. Marcus McMariyon was probably 3rd best QB. The job of a QB is to run an efficient offense, not put up the most passing yards

  4. H-Man November 28, 2018 9:17 am

    Totally agree. Passing stats are misleading. Cole, however, is at a disadvantage in that Hawaii does not have the running game to complement its passing game. The coaching staff’s offensive play calling depended upon their strength. I would like to see what Hawaii can do with an improved rushing game.

  5. Inyoface November 28, 2018 9:29 am

    We would’ve blown San Diego away if it wasn’t for those 2 key fumbles.

  6. Derek November 28, 2018 10:00 am

    Want to get more recognition?
    1) Start improving your conference standing.
    2) Play better defense, both against the rush and the pass. Just look at the statistics and amounts of points allowed. Horrendous.
    3) Run the ball better. The ideal of an very good offense is to score at least 40 points per game, and average at least 450 yards per game. A good pass/run option is 325 yards passing and 125 yards rushing in this type of offense. But you have to score, period.

    Rolo and coaches need to greatly improve the defense if we want to be a serious championship contender. Just look at Boise St., Fresno State, and Utah St. this year. Get the recruits, man! But it’s a good year to get to a bowl game and that should help get some good players if they do their jobs well. So, congratulations is in order, but there is lots of work to do.

  7. iGrokSpock November 28, 2018 10:40 am

    Congrats to the honored Warriors! And congrats to all of the Warrior staff and players for a successful regular season. On to the bowl game (whichever one that may be).

  8. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2018 11:02 am

    Congrats to all.


    One more win for 2018 – Hawaii Bowl.

  9. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2018 11:03 am

    other news …

    Paul Johnson steps down as HC at Ga Tech.

  10. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2018 11:05 am

    HC job openings:



    Ga Tech

    Kansas (Les Miles)

  11. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2018 11:11 am

    there are more HC jobs available:
    • Bowling Green: Mike Jinks (1-6)
    • Central Michigan: John Bonamego (1-11)
    • Charlotte: Brad Lambert (4-7)
    • Colorado: Mike MacIntyre (5-6)
    • Kansas: David Beaty (3-8). Kansas hired Les Miles to replace Beaty.
    • Louisville: Bobby Petrino (2-8)
    • Maryland: D.J. Durkin (0-0). Durkin, who was serving a season-long suspension following the death of a player in spring, was dismissed Oct. 1.
    • Massachusetts: Mark Whipple (4-8)
    • North Carolina: Larry Fedora (2-9). Mack Brown will return to coach the Tar Heels.
    • Texas State: Everett Withers (3-8)
    • Texas Tech: Kliff Kingsbury (5-7)
    • Western Kentucky: Mike Sanford (3-9)
    • Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson (7-5). Retired after 11 seasons

  12. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2018 11:13 am

    La Tech vs. Hawaii in Hawaii Bowl

    in SA @ 10:57 am.

  13. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2018 11:17 am

    The University of Hawaii athletic department had a $1.905 million deficit for the last fiscal year, requiring additional borrowing from the Manoa campus, an audit disclosed.

    Ferd Lewis.

  14. Dan-O November 28, 2018 11:21 am

    Individual recognition comes with team success…….its no secret. The top teams get the most players on the all-star teams.

  15. jeezy33 November 28, 2018 11:30 am

    14. Part true but this Hawaii team really did win games as a team and didn’t have many individual standouts besides Ursua and Padello. Josh Oliver got 1st team TE and San Jose St didn’t win much.

    All Conference teams get weighted heavier on how well you play in conference games. There’s really no strong argument for Cole to beat out Rypien, McMaryion, or Love. He played 2 really good conference games in Colorado St and San Diego St. He played average vs Fresno St, Nevada, and San Jose St. He didn’t play vs Wyoming. He played poorly vs Utah St and UNLV. McMaryion and Love destroyed us to the point they didn’t have to play full games. So I don’t really care about overall stats when if you just watch the games, MW got it right at QB.

    The guys who got snubbed were Byrd and Ward. There should be 3 WRs on each team instead of 2 and I definitely think Byrd should have gotten 2nd team if they had 6 total WRs. Ward probably honorable mention. Fresno could probably complain the most about KeeSean Johnson not getting 1st team because of this. They aren’t a pass first team and Johnson was probably the best WR in the league.

  16. islandman November 28, 2018 11:32 am

    LaTech team reaction on the invitation in the link. Daniel Lewis is on the team but i see he only played in 5 games:

  17. islandman November 28, 2018 11:54 am

    NCAA Active Career Sacks Leader (42.5)
    Leads all college football players with 15.0 sacks in 2018
    🏆2018 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist

  18. islandman November 28, 2018 12:07 pm

    13. ..In 2016-17, UH athletics received $19 million in “School Funds ” which is from upper campus and the state. Together with student fees of $1.4 million, this accounts for 42.8 % of the UH athletic dept. operating revenues (USA Today on school finances).

  19. Derek November 28, 2018 12:28 pm

    It ain’t going to get any easier! Next year’s schedule
    Home – Arizona
    Home – Oregon State
    Road – Washington
    Home – Central Arkansas
    Home- Army
    Road – Nevada
    Road – UNLV
    Home- San Jose State
    Home – Fresno State
    Home – San Diego State
    Air Force – site unknown *
    New Mexico – site unknown *
    Boise State – site unknown *

    *Two of these teams will be on the road. There has to be 4 home games, and 4 road games in conference.

    I can see 5 to 7 losses. I can see 5 to 7 wins. We can be happy we’re 8-5 and going bowling this year. Let’s not forget that out of the 8 wins, we beat only 1 team winning team (San Diego St.) when we played the teams. We lost to a running team (Army), we were trashed by BYU, Nevada, Fresno, and Utah State who ran the ball at will against us. The last 2 times we won a conference championship was when Paul Johnson ran the spread offense in which we ran the ball well and controlled the clock and Wagner’s defense was good. The other time was when June Jones had Colt Brennan (Heisman 2nd runner up) and those receivers and Illaoa scored at will and the defense played well enough to make the big
    plays. Even when we went 12-0 and the Sugar Bowl some of those games were nail biters, so it ain’t easy. I marvel how Central Florida has won 23 straight games in a row, maybe 24 now. But they might lose this Saturday against Memphis without Milton. He’s just a special player, just like Tua (a great special player). He going to win the Heisman for sure. Hard to believe, man, 2 QBs former St. Louis alums, that are Heisman Trophy winners from Hawaii. Simply amazing. You have to credit Vinnie Passas.

  20. kekaha_boy November 28, 2018 12:42 pm

    #19 so much insight in your post! You sure know your stuff!

  21. Inyoface November 28, 2018 12:47 pm

    You can’t compare next years team to this years team. With returning players and experience we will have to be better next year.

  22. Inyoface November 28, 2018 12:48 pm

    Hopefully we will recruit D-Linemen like its going out of style.

  23. Chicken Grease November 28, 2018 12:55 pm

    Looks like confirmed:
    Hawaii vs. LA. Tech for the Hawaii Bowl:

    Don’t forget to bring your favorite 1970s-1980s favorite WAC memories.


  24. suckkabooya November 28, 2018 1:50 pm

    I think if we played this years schedule next year (with all these returnees, an unbelievable amount) UH could go undefeated in my opinion. Utah St, Fresno St (because on the road) and BYU (because on the road) would be close games but next years defense would be more physical than this year’s team. And I think Batoon would be ready for Utah St’s tempo (with his own tempo scheme), Army’s power game (with an aggressive counter scheme) and Navy’s finesse (with sheer physicality and depth, front and back end).

    This was the first year of this “New Era”. Lots of underclassmen and lots of “growing pains”. But lots of “maturity” was acquired as the season went along. Point is I don’t think you will be able to compare not only the personnel to this years team, but also the Coaching; applied strategy, scheme, proficiency and playbook to this year as well. We will see a different product for sure. The schedule is much tougher next year but totally reasonable to manage for this Staff (especially with guidance from veteran guys like Logo, Webber, Batoon and Banker) to oversee the development and maturation of their groups. I have high expectations. Hopefully more of us can see what is possible moving forward. With the upcoming schedule being what it is, next year has a chance to be “special”. Hard to believe. They just have to be prepared for these challenges. So good. So lucky for us.

  25. Akamai Okole November 28, 2018 2:38 pm

    Foe is confirmed…

    Did I miss sumting?

    Wen wuz Hawaii confirmed???

  26. Akamai Okole November 28, 2018 2:39 pm

    Congratulations to all the honorees.

    …and all their teammates!

  27. Akamai Okole November 28, 2018 2:39 pm

    15 more practices…

    …make ’em count!

  28. Na Alii Pride November 28, 2018 2:54 pm

    #19 – I love your comments. Spot on! I hope Oregon State is still junk next year. They tried to steal our players so payback is in order.

  29. islandman November 28, 2018 3:00 pm

    25. ” On behalf of the Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Committee, I’m proud to announce this thrilling match-up between Louisiana Tech University and the University of Hawai‘i and congratulate both teams on successful seasons,”
    Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin said.” (Wednesday November 28, 2018)

  30. Akamai Okole November 28, 2018 3:14 pm

    Mahalo I-man.

    Na Alii, Y? Beat ’em wen dey guud! 😉 (Or wen dey tink dey guud)

  31. Chicken Grease November 28, 2018 3:15 pm

    Akamai Okole
    November 28, 2018 2:38 pm

    Foe is confirmed…

    Did I miss sumting?

    Wen wuz Hawaii confirmed???

    Did you the link at about “23.” above? Thought you supposed to be akamai.

    Maybe Ferd should simply zip it mext time.

    Sigh. La. Tech. How they market this?! “THE SON OF LOU HOLTZ VERSUS . . .


  32. Akamai Okole November 28, 2018 3:20 pm

    No, I’m Akamai Okole

  33. Akamai Okole November 28, 2018 3:20 pm

    Mext time

  34. Stephen Tsai November 28, 2018 3:25 pm

    I voted for Oliver because of the way he plays. Big, physical tight end. Just like the old days. I might have been influenced by reading The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Football, written by the late, great Paul Zimmerman. Dr. Z loved lineman types.
    By the way, go order that book on Amazon. It was revised in 1984, but it stands the test of time.

  35. Stephen Tsai November 28, 2018 3:27 pm

    It’s true that stats aren’t a true measurement.
    But I always thought run-and-shoot QBs had challenges because opponents know they’re going to pass. Most of the time.
    Which is why I thought Solo — Fa‘asolo, to family members — did a terrific job this year.

  36. burro sabio November 28, 2018 4:12 pm

    I am burro sabio, not a robot

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid November 28, 2018 5:15 pm

    Happy for all of our honorees! Well deserved! Some of our honorable mentions maybe shoulda got second team?

    We can expect to get less than our fair share of accolades from national media – I call it the “Hawai’i Syndrome” – out of sight, out of mind. It’s not as bad as it used to be, but it’s still a thing.

    The best news is that we have a strong group of returnees, some promising red-shirts and a program on the rise. The schedule will be tougher next year, but so will we!

    We have a chance to end up 9 and 5 – see everybody at the Aloha Bowl!

    Live Aloha/Play Warrior! GO WARRIORS!!!

    I’m DPK, I’m still not a bot and I approve of these Warriors!!!

  38. Jeezy33 November 28, 2018 5:35 pm

    35. It is challenging. There there are flawed stats involved though. If Fresno, Boise st, or Utah St get up 3 scores plus which they have a lot this year, it’s very likely they’ll run more or bring in a back up. I wouldn’t punish QBs who play extremely well for handing off the call in a game that has been decided..

    For Hawaii, the offense is the run n shoot so even with a bigger lead, Hawaii will still pass. And when you’re in tight match up or trailing in lot of games, you will pass more. Cole has a great first season. But his numbers weren’t going to fool voters in thinking he was better than the top 3 guys.

  39. Derek November 28, 2018 6:35 pm

    Hawaii’s offensive efficiency – 68 which is average.
    Hawaii’s defensive efficiency- 116 which is very bad.
    Hawaii’s special teams efficiency – 89 which is a grade of D.

    Remember, there are 130 teams in FBS. Rolo knows this very well. The question is: What is he going to do about it? And, can he do it, along with the coaches. We’ll see.

    We did poor in causing turnovers and very poorly in tackling. Everybody knows that too. If you ask me it’s amazing we had a winning season and going to a bowl game. That’s a credit to the entire football program.

    But, I’m with Chow. We are still chasing championship!!!!! Happy Holidays!

  40. cappie the dog November 28, 2018 7:16 pm


    The spread offense was awesome.

    The 1988 team beat two Power 5 conference teams.

    3-0 on the road.

    I don’t understand why the Aloha Bowl snubbed them.

    If Brian Gordon hangs onto that potential go-ahead TD pass at BYU in 1993, the narrative of head coaches changes. I was stupefied when June Jones left UH to take the SMU job. Until the softball team beat Alabama on a walk-off home run in the Super Regionals, I thought the season-ending win over BYU was the greatest game in UH sports. All I’m saying is that Paul Johnson could have been our coach, followed by Ken Niumatalolo.

    No Sugar Bowl, but no abyss either.

    A lot of 7-6 seasons. But no 0-12.

  41. Chicken Grease November 28, 2018 7:38 pm


    November 28, 2018 6:35 pm
    Hawaii’s offensive efficiency – 68 which is average.
    Hawaii’s defensive efficiency- 116 which is very bad.
    Hawaii’s special teams efficiency – 89 which is a grade of D.

    Remember, there are 130 teams in FBS. Rolo knows this very well. The question is: What is he going to do about it? And, can he do it, along with the coaches. We’ll see.

    We did poor in causing turnovers and very poorly in tackling. Everybody knows that too. If you ask me it’s amazing we had a winning season and going to a bowl game. That’s a credit to the entire football program.

    But, I’m with Chow. We are still chasing championship!!!!! Happy Holidays!

    Wow. After all that, your conclusion is “That’s a credit to the entire football program.” Rolo needs to hire you as “Bring Positivity, Joy, and Motivation Coach”. That’s right after he gives you free tickets to the Hawaii Bowl. 🙄

  42. suckkabooya November 28, 2018 7:53 pm

    Seems like a good, even match-up. Rice would be the standard of comparison between the two. A good pass rusher would certainly allow them to drop eight into coverage. Cole ate up San Diego St when six (and sometimes less) was in coverage first half. A good barometer (final exam) for UH’s “exit interview” evaluation to conclude this season. Lots of time to “cram” before “finals”. Work.

  43. Savich November 28, 2018 7:58 pm

    Go Warriors. Jack Purchase is NBA material. I’m sure they sign Jack Purchase somewhere. He has the built. And Go Cole. He’s our man. He can do it. Hawai’i Bowl.

  44. Savich November 28, 2018 8:03 pm

    Defensively, they’ll need to be more aggressive versus La. Tech. They’ll probably see the run more often used. So they’ll need to be on the ball every play. #33 Penei Pavihi, 6-3, LB, he’ll need to be on a all time high. 13 tackles. This would give them a chance to win. So defense is important.

  45. Savich November 28, 2018 8:11 pm

    Conference teams all lost to their opponents, PAC 12, Big 12, Big 10 teams. So Cole cannot be honorable mention for the conference.

  46. Savich November 28, 2018 8:16 pm

    We cannot be chasing championships. 13-0 is chasing for championships. #4 or #3 RPI ranked. 8-5 is not championship caliber.

  47. suckkabooya November 28, 2018 8:26 pm

    Chicken Grease

    I think what Derek was pointing out was that despite being young, over matched, and inexperienced (some Coaches too) as the numbers exhibited, the Entire Program (including the early presence of Colt and Mouse; and the later “presence” of Vince Manuai) managed to persevere. Definitely a credit to all of them.

    They never gave up and certainly appreciated the “Fan Support” by playing hard as they could and preparing best they could (especially defense technique adjustments made at bye week, I think we all appreciated the effort). And despite all the “noise” and doubters, managed to reach the Bowl Game. Maybe a little lucky some games but when you play hard “anything can happen”. I think you will find that you feel same as Derek does after all. I do.

  48. cappie the dog November 28, 2018 8:41 pm

    Do you think Boise State can leapfrog Central Florida if the Broncos and Memphis wins?

  49. Chicken Grease November 28, 2018 10:29 pm

    Yet at some point, ‘booya, a Derek type will eventually outright state, “trust the coaches. Leave it up to the coaches.” To such types, same thing—leave it up to the coaches to number crunch all of that. Had as much odds against the Warriors this season and look at what happened. Winning season.

    I’m sure coaching staff do not even bring ip sass when planning for games.

  50. winning November 28, 2018 11:11 pm

    Just outscore em! then can win. simple formula. notice uh not scoring too much. gotta find ways. should be better next year with more recruits. I think

  51. cappie the dog November 29, 2018 4:43 am

    There are two sources of dissonance on this blog.

    One is a provocateur.

    The other is a troll.

    At least the former stays on point and doesn’t throw in a bunch of non-sequitirs.

    I don’t know why I have Hawaiian Tel cable.

    Example of a non-sequitir.

    David Byrne’s “True Stories” is available on Criterion Blu-Ray.


  52. Boolakanaka November 29, 2018 6:59 am

    It begs for the more germane question: have you been part of a coaching strategy session and critiques on a division one level?

    If not, it is mere speculation and balderdash. Sort of like wondering if my mechanic talks to my carburetor as he works on it : “ she goin need more WD 40?” To wit, who really cares and what does it really matter?

  53. A-House November 29, 2018 7:10 am

    with 3 DL rushing and 8 DBs — how effective is the “dump pass” to the RB in the flats be?

    how effective would it be for the RB to go between the “tackles” with 4 positioned at the LB position?

    also, with only 3 rushing, 5 UH OL must hold them back to allow the QB time to find an open receiver

  54. Da Punchbowl Kid November 29, 2018 8:31 am

    51 – cappie –

    You are correct sir! Mahalo!

  55. truegreen November 29, 2018 9:02 am

    #48 Cappie: Boise (or Fresno St.) doesn’t even have to leap frog UCF to get to the NY6 Bowl. The rule is that the highest ranked G5 conference champion gets the bid. So if UCF loses, the MWC winner just has to be higher than Memphis (or any other G5 conference champ). They would go even if UCF is still ranked higher.

  56. Ichyboy November 29, 2018 11:51 am

    Hawaii Bowl tickets must be selling well and close to sell out ?? What’s available online is not very good seats. Will probably not go.

  57. islandman November 29, 2018 12:50 pm

    56. Somebody said the yellow and red sections were closed by the stadium people.

  58. winning November 29, 2018 1:21 pm

    Cole was only honorable mention cause he was inconsistent. Decision making lagged many times. Also, “non-sequitir” WHOA !! Could we get back to common lay language. I only get bachelor’s degree you know. Pidgin is my predominant language.

  59. winning November 29, 2018 1:24 pm

    If they close off red and yellow sections I wont be going. At least open the red (below the yellow). Red section is premium. Come on Stadium Authority wake up !!

  60. H-Man November 29, 2018 1:28 pm

    Congratulations Cole “University of Hawai’i sophomore quarterback Cole McDonald was selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. “

  61. NotNasti November 29, 2018 2:18 pm

    Winning: That makes you bilingual.

  62. Old School Dave November 29, 2018 2:48 pm

    Congrats to the team, (players, coaches, staff) for a successful, for a winning season (8-5). Even sweeter when everyone, including local fans were predicting a 2-3 win season. It’s been some 7 years since the last regular season winning record – way too long of a drought. Hope the people in charge at Manoa are listening to Rolo regarding what will be needed to continue the upward climb. Rolo is not one to openly complain about what they don’t have, but I’m sure he has a list of areas that need improvement from facilities, training, meals, resources, COA, travel, etc. All of these things will be needed in order for UH to be competitive with the teams such as Fresno State, Boise State, Utah State, and even Reno.

    Saw the ad for the full-time strength coach at UH. Salary is around $53,700 (APT Class B). Hmmm………

    USU’s Matt Wells will become Texas Tech’s new coach and will likely take OC David Yost with him. Wells earned over $900,000 at USU and will make considerably more at a P5 School.

  63. cappie the dog November 29, 2018 7:10 pm


    Do you know anybody who is hard of hearing?

    This is part of an actual conversation I had with a co-worker.

    ME: My mother was in a car accident.

    HIM: You see that crack in the middle of that wall?

    ME: She called me up and said, “Sorry, son, I’m still alive. Can you pick me up at the Mililani Mauka

    HIM: The architect put the beam in the wrong place.

    This happened all the time. It’s debatable who is off-topic; who is uttering the non-sequitir.

  64. Kahuna November 29, 2018 9:16 pm

    #59…the bowl people want to make the stadium look packed for TV. If they allows for fans to be scattered all over the stadium, it will look empty. There is also the situation of clean up after the game, hiring less ushers, and not having to open up bathrooms and concessions on the upper level. Less area to clean up, less expenses.

    I can understand the bowl people doing this. They invested a lot of money to run this event and only have one shot to make money. It’s not like UH games where they have 15,000 season ticket holders to collect money from.

    Go to the game,!!! You and your family/friends can truly put up with this for one game. It’s not like we go to bowl games a lot so when the opportunity presents itself, you should take advantage of it and go.

    Enjoy the Warrior for the final time this season and a chance to see them go from 9 losses in one season to 9 wins the next.

  65. suckkabooya November 29, 2018 11:46 pm

    Should have seen Army vs San Jose St on ESPNU. That stadium (Levi’s Stadium 68000 capacity) looked empty. Most of the fans were in a section right next to the Army sideline. Kind of embarrassing for ESPN I think. I can understand the concern. However they should reconsider and open up sections as necessary. The game is not on Christmas Eve plus it’s on a Saturday, so people may have the spare time. Might outsell Bruno Mars. (Well…maybe not right now, but sometime pretty soon. Be ready everybody). See you guys at the game.

  66. Ichyboy November 30, 2018 12:05 am

    #64 & 65

    For Hawaii bowl, currently decent sideline seats (Mauka & Makai) not available. North end zone not available. In South End Zone, looks like orange section is designated as “General Admission”/Open Seating. Would you purchase a ticket not knowing where you will end up ? Blue section mostly not available, what is available are some seats in lower rows.

    For the record, my friends and I have been season ticket holders for over 20+ years, and paying members of the Na Koa Football club. We don’t expect much and have not gotten much even during the Von Appen and Chow years where we endured but continued to support. It would have been nice to have a opportunity to purchase decent seats for a bowl game in Hawaii. In the past Hawaii Bowls, the blocked off areas in the lower sections were not as extensive as this year. I would bet that if Hawaii had to travel to a bowl game, UH would be begging for fans to travel to and offer tickets (sell) to the game……

  67. Boolakanaka November 30, 2018 4:18 am

    And just to clarify, the term non sequitur refers to a conclusion that isn’t aligned with previous statements or evidence….for me, it’s the latter that is more concerning,

  68. Kahuna November 30, 2018 4:30 am

    Season ticket holders had first crack at tickets. You missed the deadline so your seats got opened up to the public. You cannot blame others for your hesitation.

    I know they emailed me my chance to buy early. I would not have gotten my seats since I sit in the red section during regular season but I did get an invite to by early.and find otther good seats.

    I have no problem sitting in the endzone for just one game. Don’t understand the reluctance to attend just because you don’t get to sit where you want.

    Would you not go to your favorite restaurant if they don’t give your your preferred seat? Would you skip a concert from your favorite band just because you cannot sit where you want?

    It shouldn’t matter you are a long time season ticket holder. You are not entitled to anything. This is not UH’s business. It is run by ESPN and a separate entity.

  69. NotNasti November 30, 2018 6:28 am

    I purchased my seats right after the conclusion of the San Diego State game. There weren’t many “good” sideline seats available, but there were a decent amount of 30 – 50 yard seats for the taking. I bought 4 in the 50 yard line section (KK). Kahuna is right. For bowl games, the early bird gets the worm. My sister has been buying Hawai’i Bowl tickets since its inception. They have first crack at seats and are now at the 50 yd line loge level. However, that means buying tickets even when UH is not playing.

  70. A-House November 30, 2018 7:04 am


    season ticket holder ,but no offer to purchase early because we sit in the “lodge”, next to the Jumbo Tron — we got tickets in mauka, blue, under the canopy — let it rain, let it rain!!!

    north end zone is closed off for the Hawaii Bowl.

  71. A-House November 30, 2018 7:07 am

    btw, any one know who invented the I’m not a robot thingy!!

    it’s a royal pain!!

    received a “special” email with the “robot” and went through 12 different pictures and each time saw a response that I was wrong — how can one be wrong with clicking on a picture of a car or store front or a cross walk or a bus, etc, etc???

  72. Chicken Grease November 30, 2018 11:09 am

    Anyone know if we’re gonna get a new Warrior Beat discussion anytime soon? Hurry up!

  73. Chicken Grease November 30, 2018 11:12 am

    November 30, 2018 4:18 am
    And just to clarify, the term non sequitur refers to a conclusion that isn’t aligned with previous statements or evidence….for me, it’s the latter that is more concerning,

    You finally spelled “non sequitur” correctly.

    Nice to learn new things, ehy, Bool? I knew of THAT device since high school (freshman) 🙄.

  74. Da Punchbowl Kid November 30, 2018 11:40 am

    We got our bowl tickets on around the 30 yard line. Thanks BG, for picking them up for us! The good news is, it’s looking like the stadium will be pretty full. I understand that the top most sections might be closed. Can’t wait for the game!

    Interesting article in today’s SA about moving ahead with new stadium plans. They envision having a facility with a 30,000 to 35.000 seating capacity. What does everybody think of that size? I feel it should be higher. What if we were asked to play football in PAC 12. Is the size of our new stadium a factor there? Would it be too small?

    ICYMI – http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/11/30/hawaii-news/aloha-stadium-upgrade-plan-moves-forward/?HSA=8992b843cd6d586c5ad69ef65f14526a0c61675e

  75. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 12:03 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    …I kinda like dis thread.


  76. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 12:04 pm


    After da tailgate, all da stadium seats are too schmedium fo me! 😯

  77. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 12:11 pm

    was dat a non sequitur?

  78. wafan November 30, 2018 12:20 pm

    Dat means no mo sequins.

  79. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 12:21 pm


  80. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 12:26 pm

    So lotsa discussion about if UCF fails then MWC champion gets into NY Bowl.

    Is either B.S. U or Fresneck worthy?

  81. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 12:28 pm

    Which QB would do better against B.S. U? QB1 or QB1a?

  82. Chicken Grease November 30, 2018 1:00 pm

    Think you’re the new non sequiturer, Akamai.

  83. suckkabooya November 30, 2018 1:04 pm

    Nice looking Stadium but too small. There is more to consider than just UH Football as it stands in it’s current state. Have some vision. Think of the possibilities when combined with the rail. The Bruno Mars concert was an example of how important this decision is. Hawaii can be the premier destination for many events (better than Vegas for international functions), not only Mountain West Football.
    I hope they can imagine what is possible.

  84. Chicken Grease November 30, 2018 1:15 pm


    Just keep it at 30,000-35,000 capacity max. This town has proved its inabilty to pack the stadium for non-Pro Bowl (never coming back) sports.

    PPV factors in also.

  85. burro sabio November 30, 2018 1:25 pm

    Let’s ignore the thoughts of idiots.

    When does the team start practicing again?

  86. A-House November 30, 2018 1:39 pm

    new stadium:

    better to build on the smaller size such as 30-35,000 seats? or, better build bigger such as the Stan Sheriff which was originally for 4,000 or 5,000 seats — those with better vision wanted and got a 10,000 seat arena — never looked back with the many sold-out crowds — just a few since the Wahine VB teams of years past

    35,000 with possibility of expansion to 40 or 45,000 with “box-seats” available for rent or purchase

    on-campus will be best — owned by UH, not State of Hawaii; if not, build at the current stadium site utilizing the lower parking area for the new stadium which may require a bottom floor “raised” structure with concrete supports — that’s why we got structural engineers for – to make this possible — when completed, tear down the old stadium for multi-level parking and commercial use space — build raised roads to enter/exit the structure — build large, raised walk-ways over Salt Lake Blvd to the stadium — allow commercial entities to open restaurants attached to the exterior of the stadium; open year round — sell parking stalls to businesses and individuals

    as we traveled to many away games with the football teams — many, if not most, were built in “tight” commercial areas or in/close to residential areas with limited parking spaces — yet, tens of thousands of fans find a way to reach the stadium — by foot, taxi, trolley, rail, bus, etc — at Michigan, fans parked as far as 2 miles away and walked

  87. burro sabio November 30, 2018 3:02 pm

    Mr. A-House, that’s why I said they should have used the TC Ching money to start on a new on-campus stadium. Wasted opportunity.

  88. Kahuna November 30, 2018 3:24 pm

    I believe the stadium size is fine. Even San Diego State’s new stadium plan have a similar capacity and San Diego have a bigger population than Oahu.

    Pro Bowl is not coming back. Its not a viable option in the future. We not only have to pay them to come but the players are not even putting forth the effort to play hard. I don’t think it worth the effort to bring them back. Maybe better to get big name concerts like Hawaii are getting this year.

    We have had BYU and Boise play here recently and we could not even reach 40,000. The era of 50,000 seats have past us by. I don’t see us every drawing 50,000 into Aloha Stadium anymore. Many have given up going and are watching on TV. Others have altogether given up watch football and are doing other things on Saturday night. I know because I have neighbors who used to go but now just stay home and watch videos, play video games or go to the movies.

    Football tickets are expensive, going to the stadium is a hassle and the product itself is not always that great.

    Its a brand new era and 35,000 should suffice.

  89. hilorain November 30, 2018 3:36 pm

    Funny that all the proponents of an on campus stadium fail to realize there are not really that many students that actually live on campus. Last i read, only got about 3,500 beds on campus. Most students commute to campus. So the argument for an on campus stadium for this reason is short sited. Besides, when there are events at the Sheriff and at Les on the same night, traffic is terrible getting in and out. Imagine what would happen if you triple that car count. Also, where would you park? I could go on and on…

  90. H-Man November 30, 2018 3:56 pm

    Hiloran, you need to think outside of the box.

  91. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 4:25 pm

    Here’s a thought: buy a calendar.

    15 practices. The game is on 12/22.

  92. Akamai Okole November 30, 2018 4:27 pm

    But you can just ignore that…


  93. Chicken Grease November 30, 2018 4:51 pm

    Akamai Okole
    November 30, 2018 4:25 pm
    Here’s a thought: buy a calendar.

    15 practices. The game is on 12/22.

    Heheh. Too funny. Or some should learn to use the calendar on their phone.

  94. islandman November 30, 2018 5:02 pm

    86. If the stadium is owned by UH, they will be responsible for all maintenance and repairs. Costly as the stadium ages.

  95. Old School Dave November 30, 2018 5:46 pm

    Ah, more bettah just build one 20,000 seat stadium. Going sound loud when da bugah is packed with 17,000 fans. Save $$$ on construction costs, too! Reduce the SSC arena to 5,000 like the original plan in the 1980s. Think “MANINI” and be realistic!

  96. Old School Dave November 30, 2018 5:48 pm

    No forget da Swap Meet, yeah! While their at it, build one Sky Slide and Castle Park!

  97. Da Punchbowl Kid November 30, 2018 6:03 pm

    I like the stadium on campus idea, but where would the tailgating take place? Let’s build a place which would be a tailgater dream! Lots of trees and no porta-potties. It would be nice to have something with a light retractable roof to mitigate rains, for both sporting events and concerts. Remember the old Waikiki Theaters with the clouds on the ceiling? Let’s have a place that shouts “THIS IS HAWAI”I”. It won’t take a lot of extra costs, just a bold vision for our sense of place. Imagine entertainers or teams wanting to be here just because of our stadiums visual back drops.

    It’s true that stadium capacities trend smaller these days, but I think if we ever hope to play in a higher level conference we should build bigger. Maybe more like 45K to 55K, but with upper levels closed for smaller events. The opportunity to have world class events here is very strong. MMA, music, dirt bike racing, soccer, rugby, pro-wrestling are just a few.

    The new stadium will be built to serve our state for decades to come – imagine what the world will look like 30 years from now? Where would our new stadium fit into that world?

  98. cappie the dog November 30, 2018 6:05 pm

    I am sorry.


    The sky slide!

    Waipahu, right?

  99. cappie the dog November 30, 2018 6:07 pm

    burro sabio: There is another TC Ching-sponsored building right across from the Kaimuki Public Library.

  100. cappie the dog November 30, 2018 6:15 pm

    islandman: NET is accurate. The NCAA had Radford ranked #24 and they beat Texas in Austin.

  101. Chicken Grease November 30, 2018 7:08 pm

    George H.W. Bush, dead at 94.

    [ https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/george-hw-bush-41st-president-of-the-united-states-dies-at-94/2018/11/30/42fa2ea2-61e2-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html ]

    Be classy, folks. Even Obama liked him

  102. wafan November 30, 2018 8:00 pm

    Aloha President H.W. Bush forever with the love of your life.

  103. burro sabio November 30, 2018 10:38 pm

    There is no 15 practice rule.

    Cappie, ainokea. More concerning is that UH spent $15 million on an end, not a means.

    Fleegle is the smartest guy in the room. Just ask him.

  104. winning November 30, 2018 10:55 pm


  105. winning November 30, 2018 11:01 pm

    If parking is limited tell everybody to catch the bus, shuttle and our luxury rail (hope that white elephant wont be $12 one way yikes !!!)

  106. Ichyboy November 30, 2018 11:47 pm

    Re: Na Koa Football Club

    Just got letter signed by Nick Rolovich. Annual Gift fund raising now in progress, to help
    support UH Football. If anyone is interested, mail donations to University of Hawaii Foundation, P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270. On note section of your check write UHM Na Koa Football Club 120-4560-4. This goes directly into the football program. Mahalo.

  107. suckkabooya December 1, 2018 3:56 am

    This is my wish for the New Stadium.

    The New Stadium has to have a similar number of parking spaces as there is (or was as in 2007) now. The parking area has to be large (and level) enough to accommodate events such as carnivals, fairs, and a (slightly more “sensational” than current swap meet) high quality, multifaceted retail flea market. The grounds should have comfort stations, a good sized pavilion (similar to Waikiki Shell) and large volume restroom areas. The perimeter should have the ability to allow access to food trucks as well. These “amenities” would allow for possible year-round usage just for the “grounds” area itself and attract larger volume of pre-game attendees (non driving tailgaters) and tailgaters during the six to eight UH home games, possibly increasing the game’s attendance.

    The Stadium itself should be able to seat at least 38000 fans. It should however be able to accommodate 45 to 50 thousand viewers via rental suites and viewing rooms. Luxury boxes and fully enclosed Luxury loge sections could be built and made available if a market for “Luxury” exists.

    The idea is to profit through the year-round usage of the “grounds” area. With the completion of the rail this would have the potential be a premiere “Marketplace”. With food trucks (shave ice truck too), a produce (open market) section, a handmade crafts section, and some specialty retailers if possible (such as maybe H Zone, Reyn’s, HIC, T&C, Roxy, and Volcano eCigs for example) on top of the usual vendors selling Hawaii souvenirs and omiyage. The more attractive (to the vendors and to the public) the more profit for the State.

    But the Stadium’s (actual venue) main purpose would be to accommodate stadium based concert tours year round (including Asian pop bands). Lots of opportunity for visiting tour “tourists”. As for football UH would be a vendor ideally, renting the Stadium (percentage fee?) for the 6 to 8 game home dates. MMA cards, FIBA International (Asia Host) Friendlies, Boxing cards, NFL preseason games (no Pro Bowl), and of course the Hawaii Bowl, which could have a better chance at 30000 fans regardless of Hawaii being one of the teams.

    My hope is that the “powers that be” can imagine the possibilities and not restrict themselves (and all of the State) because of the lack of “vision”. It is a divisive, debatable, and controversial subject with a lot to contemplate. Ultimately the decision will be irreversible (unless expansion is in the planning) so they have to do what they think is best. UH Football will be on the rise either way. But even with a “perfect” stadium it would still be hard to get invited into the PAC 12. Maybe get chance? IDK, just got to start beating them on the field.

  108. Akamai Okole December 1, 2018 4:51 am

    Great Morning All!

    The Box…

    No-Aloha opened 40 years ago. Errybody had a car. We all drove and tail-gated and waited around all day because nevah had nuttin’ else fo do.

    Now get less people wit dea own car…dey “sharing”; dey get internet and ADD and itchy pants so no can stay in one place for more than one hour

    …and yet, get folks who like spend $B+ (of kala we no mo) fo one noddah one like da old one 🙄

    Annodah non sequittah

  109. Akamai Okole December 1, 2018 4:54 am

    ….and someone wondering why the Blog Host not putting a new post. 😆

  110. Da Punchbowl Kid December 1, 2018 8:32 am

    #107 suckkabooya – Dat’s what I’m talking about!

    Akamai Okole – The blog host covers a couple of other UH sports. He is a busy guy. Maybe that’s why there’s no new post.

    And speaking of the stadium: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/12/01/hawaii-news/pent-up-demand-drives-a-recent-series-of-sold-out-concerts-at-aloha-stadium/?HSA=6809889dd6f34ea6f42969f1f71638487de9ba42

    The possibilities are endless. Just make sure the build costs aren’t

  111. Akamai Okole December 1, 2018 9:26 am

    I thot I was done but Okies going ween neway.

    ***Non Sequitah ALERT!

    Elections have consequences.

    Hizzoner thinks the most important ting about the parking lot is that it will be under water due to global warming so he is not going to give up a dime to make it.

    If you can clear that hurdle, Top Gov thinks if there is a parking lot, the attendants should be paid $25 per hour so the parking rates will be astronomical.

  112. Akamai Okole December 1, 2018 9:29 am

    Wat da next game?

    (I no mo money….no can buy TV Guide.)

  113. Chicken Grease December 1, 2018 9:58 am

    Akamai Okole

    December 1, 2018 4:54 am
    ….and someone wondering why the Blog Host not putting a new post. 😆

    Don’t laugh. Hope Mr. Tsai is O.K. It is now December. His most recent blog entry is November.

  114. Akamai Okole December 1, 2018 10:13 am

    No laughin’…he get calendar,

    Team was practicing this morning. 😯

  115. Old School Dave December 1, 2018 11:36 am

    Dave Aranda mentioned as a possible candidate for the USU job. He may have to take a paycut to take a head coach, as being the highest paid FBS assistant. Read that USU will likely increase the HC salary to $1 million.

    Would feel better if they build a 38,000 seat stadium with an additional 3,000 – 4,000 in luxury suites (total = over 40,000) modeled after CSU’s stadium.

  116. winning December 1, 2018 12:40 pm

    Parking is and will always be a problem in Hawaii. Simply put, cost of land is and will always be prohibitive. Aloha should have gone hi-rise prkg a long time ago to help attendance and build stuff around it. Also, If attendance was ok they would be talking about preserving Aloha. Before Aloha gets inundated with salt water we will all be maki, die , dead. Also can ask UH geologists what lies ahead for the area- part of due diligence.

  117. winning December 1, 2018 12:48 pm

    Forgot, problem is we got no other stadium to use while Aloha was to be renovated or vice-versa. Well, they could put up 30,000 seat bleachers at Waipio Soccer field. Heh Heh !

  118. Stephen Tsai December 1, 2018 1:16 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47674

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