Warriors are No. 1
The volleyball Warriors are No. 1.
1. Hawaii (9) — 255 points
2. Loyola-Chicago (6) — 249
3. Lewis (2) — 230
4. Pepperdine — 218
5. UC Irvine (1) — 216
So, let’s see, Irvine loses, falls behind Hawaii in the MPSF standings, and gets a No. 1 vote?
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Marcus Malepeai is one of those guys who is quick to volunteer.
Need a defensive tackle? He filled a shortage there in 2012, despite weighing just north of 250 pounds.
Despite a knee injury initially suffered in the 2014 season opener, Malepeai played in eight games as an interior lineman. Malepeai could have opted for mid-season surgery, but instead decided to bite his mouthpiece and grit it out as long as possible.
After the season ended, Malepeai underwent knee surgery. He was told the rehabilitation period would be six months. The timetable meant Malepeai would not be able to participate in this week’s pro day.
Malepeai probably would have tested well. He was one of the strongest Warriors. His workout intensity mirrors that of future brother-in-law Brashton Satele. Whether that would have translated into a free-agent tryout somewhere is a what-if question that might be addressed in the future. Or not. Malepeai, who earned a bachelor’s degree in December, works for a nutritional company when he’s not in physical-therapy sessions.
Malepeai did not win any awards at the post-season luau. But his sacrifice and commitment were valuable.
Ichi! Good luck Marcus!
Now that UH’s men’s hoops season is over, it makes me wonder why UH spends more time discussing the cost of a pay-for-play tournament rather than promoting its team.
The bottom line is UH officials can walk around with their pockets inside-out crying poverty, but they’ll always get bailed out. UH is AIG. There’s a projected $3 million deficit and, so far, nobody has lost a job.
Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.
sent my donation $’s to UH Foundation…for Na Wahine SB…
IMUA WAHINE, IMUA WARRIORS!
ST…BJ is gone albeit voluntarily
2. Wouldn’t want Ben Jay making any more athletics related decisions for 1.
And off the court, I don’t think Benjy is the guy I’d want leading this program moving forward. Fun season though.
when is the spring game scheduled for?
Benjy will need to recruit at least one 7 footer.
From yesterdays post…to hatakeman….
What u do is the way to go hatakeman….many give in a brodacious n showy fashion…for all the world to see…while others do in a diarrhea fashion…quiet n effective…he he he…me like that way so much better n just give to a designated program..money gifts or time…
Hawaii self imposes a post season tourney ban and declines CIT. Lets’ pull a Syracuse release this.
nORTH SHORE FA….PONO WILL LOVE TO SEE THAT ONE WHAT U DID…
Jeezy33, I agree. Head coach on and off the court is two different things. Some loved GA, now some love BT. Me, I just love the University of Hawaii. Ok, ok I do do love Coach Beeman too. Hehe!
That would be a pretty funny headline.
why is the chancellor allowing ben jay to decide on anything?
oh wait, he could be allowed to sharpen pencils, dust the furniture, and have lunch at the East-West center.
The Na Koa golf tournament is on April 7th and we have a couple of slots left for teams. For more information click on the link or call the Na Koa office at 956-4513.
I would give Taylor a nice bonus that would have been given to Gib had he not been fired for the 22-13 season. Thank him for a job well done and wish him the best in the future.
Besides, I think a new AD would probably prefer to hire a new MBB coach at the beginning of his tenure. It’s a lot easier then coming in and having to fire someone, which might be around the corner after the football season.
In any case, it should be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.
Inyoface — Here’s a 6-10 kid whose father played at Hawaii. Dad hopes UH will consider his son who had breakout games late in the Chicago prep season and likely to grow past 7-feet.
aloha and good morning everyone !! we need to get BT sign real soon for the man basketball team!! both he and his player should have a chance to be togetter for 2 or 3 year deal !!! all coach need is a big man in the middle that can bang with the big boys !! let hope that BJ & da chancellor can see the light and just sign BT to a deal aready!!
I think the we should have learned from the mack fire n chow hire is. If it’s not broke there’s no need to revamp it. I for one saw that during macks last year we had quality young people returning and I could’ve seen a winning program again. But sounds like you wanna try that scenario again with the bball program. If for one see a young team that just put up 22 wins and a big west title shot lead by a 1 senior and 1 junior the rest sophmores n freshmen. Why would we wanna screw with that?? Apparently we have a very good recruiter on staff and if I’m not mistaken there’s one more coaching spot to be filled. Players learned what is expected of them this season and will only grow. I just think we were one big shy of taking that title game
I’m not high on any of the top 3 AD candidates mentioned, McNamara, Matlin, or that AD from Pan American. That’s just my opinion, which doesn’t really count anyway. What was interesting is that the Chancellor is not bound by the search committee recommendations. This give me hope that Amemiya is still in the picture since he did apply. Blangiardi did not apply I understand. That fact that you can throw around resumes that people work at places like Ohio State (B. Jan) or Alabama (Pan AmericanAD) means nothing to me. This is Hawaii and it’s different like no other. Stan Sheriff came from Northern Iowa right!! Ray Nagal came from Utah right!! At that time, Utah was not considered big time. For right now, the right choice to me is Amemiya and we need a steadying hand. And another thing, Mike Trapasso is not doing the job. Les Murakami must be shaking his head, his long time program is not doing well. Trapasso had had 13 plus years at the helm and how many conference championships and regionals have we gone to, maybe 1 or 2 at best. Our baseball program and many fans expect us to be in the hunt for the conference championship and go the regionals every year with the kind of schedule and facilities we have there. Yeah, losing is sickening.
One a happier note, congrats to Charlie Wade and his Men of War for being named #1 this week. Keep going! This is an excellent team all around.
BT proved he and his BB team are winners. The MBB team is poised to do the same or better for the next couple of years. Why mess with the formula over BT’s personal issues?
Bottom line the coach and team got the job done and then some despite the adversity that the team had at the beginning of the season.
I don’t know about everyone else but it felt good seeing a UH men’s team winning and looking good on national TV.
Unless we live in bizarro world (which I think most who run UH live in) BT should get a year contract to see what he can do and if he does well then get him a multi year contract.
Congrats to Coach Wade and the #1 VB Warriors!
Maybe Charlie is the one who voted for Irvine because he can’t vote for the home team.
18. Sorry to break it to u but things are a lot more messy off the court than u think. Pot smoking incident is just 1 of many. I believe in integrity and leadership as much as I love winning. From the public point of view, everything looks perfect because this is a young team and they think everyone is coming back.. But I’m pretty sure at least more than 1 of these guys are gone..
21. You can absolutely vote for your own team #1 in the coaches pool. And yes Wade was the one how gave Irvine their lone 1st place vote.
Congrats to the Warriors. It’s been a long 11 year since the last time the climbed to the top. Well done.
Adrian Klemm suspended by UCLA.
Today’s newspaper article says it costs about $35,000 per ROUND, to play in the CIT. Fleming on another blog said the whole team agreed they don’t want to play in the CIT; it’s not worth it.
#5 I humbly disagree with your statement and #11 but I do agree about Coach Beeman. Coach Taylor deserves a multi year contract and not a pat on his okole and out the door. He did a remarkable job of coaching a team with all the adversities and confusion after Gibb was let go. He also changed the whole system on offense and defense from what Gibb installed so to win 22 games is a heck of a job. If this team stays together, we will see another exciting season. This is the kind of attacking offense and defense for a mid level program that can create havoc for any team.
Nicky, you think we have a chance at this guy? http://basketball.dailyherald.com/article/20150306/sports/150309054/ Can’t find video but do you know the name of his dad?
#22 unless you are privy to all that goes on internally at the UH basketball program, I don’t it’s fair to make these kind of judgements without knowing all the facts. There is no program when you are dealing with young individuals that won’t make mistakes. I don’t know Coach Taylor personally but watching the progress of this team and hearing him speak humbly about his wins and losses and his love of his players, I think he deserves a chance to do what he loves. There are always individuals out there willing to throw stones without looking at themselves first.
#8 St. Anthony Trojan “many give in a brodacious n showy fashion…for all the world to see”
Sometimes you have to consider the public relations angle. My client, for example, was Anonymous, but hoped to get the ball rolling so other people might consider giving.
It has had some positive effects.
I hope Benji Taylor gets “his opportunity” to coach the MBB program or perhaps, another opportunity elsewhere. He surely is deserving of the opportunity considering his dedication to the University and efforts this season in preventing an outright disaster…
IMHO…It bothers me that some folks dwell in “negativity” by intimating that they have “inside information” or are experts on the matter. Everyone is entitled to their “opinion” and leave it at that. If these “insiders” are spilling the beans, then they should be removed and no longer allowed to be intimately associated with the UH program.
If I recall correctly, these are the same folks who ushered out Mack and look where we are now…
22. IMO, if there were actionable problems, then UH Athletics should have taken action. I don’t have the connections to get an inside scoop beyond what ST provides. If UH Athletics doesn’t take action, the team and coach demonstrate great commitment and appeal in sync, and the team is winning … a one year contract sounds like a pretty reasonable period for both sides to assess the situation.
#27 Turfwar: I don’t know for sure, but perhaps the dad is Garland Hughes, who played for UH in the early 1980s.
Me was not inferring in any way…shape…or form to ur client…she was not what I mentioned…for she was ‘anonymous….as per her wishes…n so nice for it to have a ripple effect as you… stated…that is called ‘exposure’….n a marketing strategy what we need more of…as long as anonymous…it definitely serves the UHAD in a very POSITIVE LIGHT…
Doing that in front of a very rabid 50,000 plus fans at aloha stadium would have a tidal wave effect maybe huh…???
Just a point to ponder…for those…with a negative view on RB’s proposal that never even got a listen to….suppose a new AD comes in n is capable n experienced n akamai to raise 4 to 6 million…n put warm bodies in the seats at all venues…maybe not sold out… but a big increase…that should be a very very big help in reducing the deficit…then his plan…with maybe not as much up-front…but FREE for the entire state to watch…(even on sundays) more of the other sports that the people of Hawaii are not able to see now…n build up a bigger customer base…but auwe…no one up there wanted to listen…like ST said…should at least listen to all offers…
it,s shame that we are saying stay and coach here for the rest of year and make due with this players !! and the coach goes 22-11 ,takes this to championship game !! in his 1st season and you tell him nice job !! come on jeezy wheres da love !! people change , kids grow let him grow with his boys !! and about the pot smoking in the room. no one charge because all hotel that have nonsmoking there a charge if a room smell like smoke!! so it might not of been pot !!
Well if was his room… then should be definitely considered…me not know whose room was…but if was his…he should be confronted…if was other in room with him… n open up…n hear what he says…so for me….me cannot make innuendo…not know the facts…
Congrats to the VolleyBows!!! Hope we get a chance to host post season!
Give BT the job without the golden parachutes we have been giving to others in athletics. Give him a chance, and if he earns it, give him a nice multi-year contract. I would be very interested to see what he does as recruiter. Agree with the earlier post – he needs one or two power bigs, and his team will play with anybody next year.
Breland Almadova is on Arizona’s 40-man roster.
He overschedules, like LBSU basketball coach Dan Monson, and ex-Fresno State football coach Pat Hill.
Thanks Clyde. Forgot all about Garland. Garland was a great kid. Very well spoken. I know we also had a 6’10” kid from Chicago who only lasted about a year.
cappie where did you hear that? I don’t see his name on Arizona’s 40-man roster or non-roster invitees.
Congrats to volleyball warriors, hope people go see them, could be a long time before we have a mens team at number one again. They lose two of the best players in the country next year.
IMO UH should look for a basketball coach who has a better grasp at running a half cour offense that will get UH within the top of the conference in the the regular season as well as post season, and who has no baggage in his personal life either ( because that’s important to set up an example to the student athletes)
I too agree w/those who favor Benjy & staff. What the team has accomplished is phenomenal.
The coaches, players, & staff have proven themselves in the face of fire. That’s worth far more than having a pretty resume or “impressive” job interview.
Every coach that the Warriors have faced will tell you the same. Benjy & co. deserve UH support & need to get on with it to get ready for the future.
Wahine will play an away game against St Marys on Friday.
Hopefully we get some TV coverage
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Was Benjy’s success a flash in the pan? Well the proof is in the pudding and his recipe turned out to be a pretty darn good one this year. He, the staff, and the players definitely over achieved. I believe that is the consensus of everyone. They deserve our support going forward, so I say………. hana hou and give him/them another year to prove that they are the real deal.
Congrats to my boys, da Warrior volleyballers!! I’d love to see them host not only a first-round conference play-off game, but also the semis & finals. To do that, they need to take care of business and win the regular season title, and that road runs through Provo and their stupid gym where the fans are 5 ft away from the servers.
Beat the Gaels! GO WAHINE.
The basketball Wahine will play at St. Mary’s
To those who say Benjy Taylor is not the guy for the MBB HC job you are so wrong. It would have been very easy for this team to fold after the fiasco of the firing of Gib and Brendyn, and the departures of Fotu and Reyes. It was Benjy who kept this team together and got them to play for him … if that doesn’t warrant a shot at the HC job I don’t know what does …
Great Afternoon All!
With respect to Stephen’s Jets, I know there are 49er fans out there … rather shocking news that linebacker Chris Borland, the rookie who filled in well for Patrick Willis, is retiring because of concerns for long-term effects related to concussions. He’s like 23 years old.
Why did, we stop pushing the tempo when we were ahead by 13?…. and why was the hottest player(Valdes) on the bench for so long in the first half?….anyway, we always build a big lead then when we slow tempo the other team catches up…Our key for Irvine was to make their bigs run and get tired or get into foul trouble…once they slowed tempo, everything went South
Hiring a coach is a big deal no question. But any coach we hire for men’s BB other than Benjy will be an unknown to us. Benjy is known and did an exemplary job this year under difficult circumstances. One unknown (at least to me) is whether he can recruit. Gib was a good recruiter and these are his recruits. If I was in charge I would offer Benjy a solid 2 to 3 year contract. It will become obvious over these next year’s whether he can take our program to the next level. If not we move on. But to hire someone new at this stage seems unwise. We have a bright future these next years if (big if) the team stays together and we add a beast or two for the low post. From the beginning of the season this team was fun to watch. I was disappointed any time I couldn’t get to a game. Benjy ball is entertaining and Benjy ball was successful this year. To me hiring Benjy is an obvious call unless Rick Petino (or equivalent) is knocking at the door (that’s a joke).
Next head coach should have a multi-year contract.
Congrats to Wahine Bball !!!!
Thank you Coach!!!!!
Mens Bball mahalo!
Coach Taylor 2 scoops of aloha!
The next Chancellor should only have an one year contract.
I enjoyed watching the Rainbow Warrior Basketball team! Coach Benjy Taylor did a great job with his young men! They played hard for him! National win versus Pittsburg early and Championship game to end the season, great job by coach Taylor and his overachieving team. Hire the man, team accomplishments are a direct reflection of the head coach.
I did not get a chance to watch the Wahine basketball team play during the season, only able to follow via Star-Advertiser. Congrats on regular season championship!
I did make sure to catch their Tournament Championship game on Prime Ticket, the girls played hard throughout the contest, turnovers and inability to convert should make baskets in the paint hurt Wahine, also fouls led to opponents living at the free throw line. Hoped for a victory for the Wahine but instead I was miserable, I really wanted the Wahine to win the Championship, sickening feeling watching the sad looks on the girls faces…They can hold their heads up! Had a great season.
Benjy is not getting hired, it would have been announced already if he was.
I mislabeled Breland Almadova’s status on the Diamonback roster.
He is a non-roster invitee.
Still cool, though.
Since you care enough about Almadova, I presume you care about Hawaii baseball.
I pose you this question, which has been a subject of debate among my small coterie of baseball aficianados. It’s a two-part question: Is Kaeo Aliviado draftable, and if he is, where would you project him?
Me thinks, yes, and I have him going in the mid-to-late thirties. I go to the games, cheifly, to watch him play.
People change?? Thats a good one… Does that happen in your 50s or what? I guess Norm Chow can change too… Did that scar on Valdes face just magically appear???
Fans don’t realize that there are more to being a HC than what you see on the court. Hiring Benjy would be a reactive disaster in the making.
Re Valdes, I thought it was some burns myself. Whatever, Jeezy33, I’m with you. I hope the full truth comes out. The people that make the final decisions should have the full information. We are talking about the most important part of the job, integrity.
Warriorfan, you may be right, but I think UH Administration is perhaps leaving the decision on naming/selecting the new head basketball coach for the new AD.
U trying to say benjy had something to do with that scar on Valdez fface??
Idk of a year that at least one person hasnt left. So to say something like that really doesn’t mean squat! Give the guy credit. He put out an exciting product under unexciting circumstances!!
jeezy 33 that scar on Valdes face is that not from there 1st playoff game? seen tape up on the 2nd game !! then was removed on there last game . just hate to see i nice team get taking apart because a coach !!
I really enjoyed men’s bball this yr. Great exciting team! Yet, I think everyone who is saying hire Benji is missing some pts. Being a coach is more then just the gm. Its bout being on top of and held accountable for the teams grades, discipline, behavior, etc. Not jus GMs won or how exciting the team is. I think a full background check and digging will get us the right coach. If the checks turn up good for Benji then hire him. Right now, he looks shaky. Mary Jane smell from hotel rooms, not paying his rent and his child support, etc. All things to consider. Seriously, would you send your kid over seas to be looked after by someone who doesn’t care enough to support his own kids? I don’t know the full details of it, but on the surface that is not a good role model to want. Everyone screaming for Benji cause of our season. But step back n wait. Don’t be pressured cause some kids may leave. So be it. I don’t think anyone here gave in to their kids cause they said give me this or else. Who knows maybe a new coach will do just as good or better. Last gm showed we have no offense against a zone. My thoughts.
Wow! The enemy is us……………………….
Benjy is already an employee of UH. Wasn’t he subject to a background check when he was hired? Come not to bury the man but to praise him when he should be praised. If the facts show otherwise, state them! Don’t throw out sketchy unconfirmed and possibly erroneous, information. If you really know…….then tell.
Yes! I’m there too. #1
Live stats is the only way I keep up with the men’s vb matches. It’s really another way to view the match and see who’s playing well. Congratulations. Keep it up.
Good for MVB being ranked number 1. Loyola of Chicago is up there and Lewis is essentially right around the corner from my home. Good friend of mine is in Lewis Basketball HOF. He is totally unaware of his schools success. Around these part if it’s not Football or Basketball interest is almost nonexistent.
Garland Hughes is a name that is blast from the past—super nice guy, polite, articulate, sort of the Joe Nobles of basketball.
Now, lest I wade too deep into this BT discussion, while I wonʻt say unequivocally “he is the guy”, he deserves to be part of the serious discussion going forward. So, while its true, that a HC wears many hats, lets judge this with perspective.
For instance, back in my day, the iconic Les Murakami, if I am not mistaken, at one point, was graduating less than 1/3 of his team (within 5 years)–which is incredibly paltry and mediocre. Where is the indignation on that poor showing??
Or that the legendary Tomey who everyone greatly admires, and rightfully so, had his own skeletons, and we had more than a couple players that were coming out of legal situations (e.g. convicted on assault, robbery, sexual assualt..etc) So, for all the great stories of people making it in life, there were an alarming amount of us, that fell through the cracks–folks who are doing time for murder, major drug trafficking, extortion, and some even murdered themselves…
At the end of the day, its an academic institution, and so, whatever liabilities BT has (I donʻt them), he will have to squarely get them in order. That said, if he was good enough to be tapped the interim, and basically get UH out of a bad pinch, it stands to reason, that he then should be at least considered as the permanent HC.
Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya…
Hey boo, I’m on the same page with you and all the other “give BT a chance crowd”. Many of us have cobwebs in the closet and in his case the pay raise will help solve his problems. Keep the team intact, bring in a big rebounder and its on to the Big Dance!
Garland Hughes – a really outstanding gentlemen and a scholar to boot. I remember him, not only as a player, but as a hard working guy working at the airport while doing some post-grad work.
The fact that coach Taylor was not implicated in the NCAA investigation indicates to me that he wasn’t willing to go down the cheat and lie path that the NCAA identified. When you have a coach that pulled the team together after a last minute HC firing, reached out to local community to reintroduce alumni game, lead team to 22 win season, lead team to it’s first Big West Championship game, that means a lot more than rumors and a general lack of support from the UH leadership. Coach Taylor said on the Sports Animals yesterday that he has two recruits lined up and would have 2 additional scholarships for later recruiting, so where’s the beef on the “how do we know he can recruit” concern? Coach Taylor has both head coaching experience and assistant experience. His record for UH looks to be his best ever as a head coach, so he would hopefully want to stay and build the program further.
64. Directly no… But when you are on the road and your kids can do whatever they want because no one on the staff cares, then yeah… But people change right?? You would have thought so after kids get caught smoking pot in their hotel room and someone(the university) had to pay those fines… Benjy don’t give a F
Jonj, If you only care about on court product, then i understand where u r coming from. I on the other hand believe in integrity and and doing things the right way. I want a coach who can bring both. Teach kids valuable of court life lessons, responsibility, going to school, etc. As well as on court success..
3 prong, as my wife says ” my husband does not have skeletons in his closet, he has an entire graveyard”.
75. So a coach says he has 2 recruits lined up, you have no idea who they are, therefore the guy can recruit?? Sure!!! That’s worse than guys on here getting excited over a random commit because they saw HUDL highlights… You already know the kids are good and don’t even know their names.. lol
Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.
interesting how court, field experiences mirror daily life challenges…more so at the college level.
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