Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

About the blog host

Stephen Tsai covers University of Hawaii football for the Star-Advertiser. Follow him on Twitter @StephenTsai and sign up for the Hawaii football newsletter here: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/email-signup/

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Warrior Beat: Rolovich completes Hawaii football staff

By Stephen Tsai on May 20, 2019

Nick Rolovich completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Johnnie Mack as a quality-control coach for offense. Mack will work under receivers coach Andre Allen. Allen coached Mack at City College of San Francisco in 2000 and 2001. After that, Mack was a running back and kickoff returner at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. Several years later, Mack, who was living in Dallas at the time, joined SMU as a strength/conditioning assistant. At the time, former UH head coach […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Jack Purchase joins pro league

By Stephen Tsai on May 16, 2019

Former UH forward Jack Purchase has signed with the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League 1. The NBL1 is a level below the premier NBL. “Feels pretty good to be back home playing,” Purchase texted to the Warrior Beat. “Played for the Tigers in the juniors and feels good to be able to put the Tigers’ jersey back on again.” The NBL1’s games are played in Melbourne and Tasmania, Purchase said. Purchase earned a bachelor’s degree this past weekend. […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii athletics graduation day

By Stephen Tsai on May 11, 2019

Three former UH basketball players — Sheriff Drammeh, Brocke Stepteau and Jack Purchase — earned degrees today and are ready for the next phase of their lives. Drammeh has reached an agreement with a sports agency in Europe and is expected to play professionally over there. Purchase is headed back to his native Australia to audition for the professional league over there. The free-agent period is coming up. Stepteau is exploring options in basketball and music. He is accompanying Purchase […]

Dick Tomey was a Hawaii football legend

By Stephen Tsai on May 11, 2019

Dick Tomey taught us that football is a microcosm of life … What Division I football meant … The pursuit to Beat BYU … The importance of winning it in the fourth quarter … That there are different ways to measure things, like apples and oranges … That walk-ons matter … The importance of the name Noga … The muddle huddle … Desert Swarm … The four Fs of football, family, food and friends … Failure is another opportunity to […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football adds California prep pass rusher Mark Blocker

By Stephen Tsai on May 10, 2019

The top pass rusher from California’s 2A state championship team is joining the Warriors. Mark Blocker of Lawndale High (Inglewood, Calif.) announced it on Twitter this morning and confirmed his decision during an interview with the Warrior Beat today. Here’s the skinny: > Blocker is 6-3, 230 pounds. He played D-end in Lawndale’s 4-3 and outside linebacker in the 3-4. He’s expected to compete at hybrid end for the Warriors. > He attended Downey High in L.A. through his junior […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii athletics all about the keiki on Thursday

By Stephen Tsai on May 9, 2019

In a state surrounded by water, it’s always refreshing to see UH’s coaches wade into the community to volunteer their time for a worthy cause. Once again, the Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine helped sell Keiki Day newspapers to raise funds for Parents and Children Together (PACT).

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football gets commit from Kamehameha end

By Stephen Tsai on May 8, 2019

As a birthday present to his mother, Kamehameha’s Ezra Evaimalo announced his oral commitment to accept a 2020 football scholarship from the Rainbow Warriors. “Basically, I tried to pay her back,” Evaimalo told the Warrior Beat today. “It doesn’t add to up what she’s done for me.” Evaimalo, a junior, said he is 6 feet 2 and 225 pounds. He will play a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position for Kamehameha during his senior season this fall. As a 2020 recruit, […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football graduate assistant impressed

By Stephen Tsai on May 7, 2019

It’s UH’s final-exam week, but Rafael Aguilar already has earned high marks for his football work this spring. Aguilar was hired as a graduate assistant to replace Numi Lolohea, who joined Tennessee as a GA. “We were worried about the timing of losing Numi, but we were really blessed to get Rafael,” defensive coordinator Corey Batoon said. Aguilar coached on both sides of the line at American River College. In 2018, he was ARC’s assistant offensive line coach/offensive and special […]