A view from the other side

A long, long, long time ago, Ferd Lewis and I were sitting in Norm Chow’s BYU office. He asked a guy to get us bottled water. The gofer was Steve Sarkisian, who was friendly, funny and personable.

The point is, sometimes we get a view different from the public’s.

I have no clue who will be the next UH head coach. I’m not even sure who really applied. But of three names I’ve heard tossed around, these are some memories:

> There was the time in the UH head coach’s office when June Jones was watching a golf tournament on television while searching for paper work for his parents while being interviewed. There was the practice when Jones praised Marquez Jackson … who was taking reps 40 yards in the opposite direction. Then there was the time when we both happened to be in the San Francisco airport awaiting a flight to Honolulu. Jones said: “Let’s get something to eat.” I noted that there wasn’t enough time, that boarding would start in about 10 minutes. Jones said, no, the flight would be delayed. He was right. I think he scanned the waiting area, calculated the number of passengers and the plane’s seating capacity, and figured the flight was not full enough to depart. At least, I think that’s what he thought. He didn’t say anything. He just knew.

> It was during pre-game warmups at a road game in 2001 when a fan was harassing a female member of the UH party. The fan went on and on until he was struck by an errant throw. Whoops. The ball “slipped.” The quarterback was No. 12.

> If Rich Miano seems like he has it all — great family, solid investments (including part-ownership of a cemetery), eclectic mix of friends — it also should be noted he lost so much. His mother died when he was 4. His younger brother died when he was 17. He turned down plans to attend a mainland college to help his family. He was told he needed to earn B’s in two summer school classes to join UH as a walk-on. He aced those classes, then when he reported to training camp his name was not on the dorm list, the roster … I talk to him a couple times a week, always in the morning, always when he’s dropping off his son and daughter at school. Life can be tough, situations can be tough. But he’s one of the few people I know who is genuinely happy.


  1. wow November 23, 2015 8:41 am


  2. Ipu Man November 23, 2015 8:44 am

    A view from the other side…
    San Jose pr man running across field to stop ST
    from talking to a SJ player… 🙂

  3. H-Man November 23, 2015 8:55 am

    Aron Ganot, 33 years old, head basketball coach. Beau Baldwin, 43 years old, successful head football coach, Eastern Washington. Successful, proven head football coach. Young and affordable. Fits the profile.

  4. cocobean November 23, 2015 8:57 am

    Those three are the dream combo several bloggers have tossed out here. I think for that to happen Miano would have to approach JJ and say he’d be willing to work under him again and they both try to recruit Rolo. It’ll be a hard offer for Matlin to turn down if they came in as a united front rather than applying as three individuals.

  5. Legistlature November 23, 2015 8:58 am

    A view from within:
    The people/persons in power schemes and crafts their statement as to why our next coach is the best candidate to lead the university in moving forward.
    WHO WILL IT BE….I smell something brewing in Manoa

  6. Legistlature November 23, 2015 9:01 am

    Sorta like how Kentucky Basketball recruits one and done players, maybe we could be the university that recruits one and done coaches…hehehe

  7. Stephen Tsai November 23, 2015 9:22 am

    Ipu Man:
    Hah, Lawrence Fan isn’t that fast. I still got my interview.

  8. kanak November 23, 2015 9:43 am

    Currently the view in Aloha Stadium from all sides is empty seats, we need wins. GO BOWS!!!

  9. hitmanhart November 23, 2015 10:16 am

    aloha everyone !! nice story ST !!
    head coach was upset last night on the tv news !! cant wait to watch ST them on OC16 tonight !! should be a good one !!

  10. mileHIwarrior November 23, 2015 10:58 am

    Hmmm…JJ, Rolo, or Miano. Wonder if that’s the top 3. Who to choose.

  11. Shoko November 23, 2015 10:58 am

    Hawaii favored by .5 points. 🙂

  12. amela November 23, 2015 11:04 am

    Wouldn’t JJ, Rolo and Miano make a good foundation for a rebuild?

  13. Da Punchbowl Kid November 23, 2015 11:07 am

    Three peas in a pod. And what do they have in common? All were part of the greatest era in UH Football history.

    Let us pray…


  14. WWF November 23, 2015 11:14 am


    JJ, Rolo and Miano would make a good rebuilding team, with consistency and legacy building for future years.

  15. boolakanaka November 23, 2015 11:33 am

    While I don’t know whether he is the right guy to be the next HC, I appreciate STs comments on Richie Rich. He is easy to dislike: in-shape like he is still in his 20s, almost handsome as Boola, confident, successful, etc…..but, the thing about Rich he is your ultimate underachiever.

    He played at a time in UH football lore, that despite all of the success of later periods, the late 70s and early 80s produced the most in number of players and productivity (if you mark it by games started, just between Jesse, Mark and Rich, I think the number exceeds 300) in the NFL (DBs alone, right during is era were Blaine, Mark K, Lndell Jones, Dana Mac….). His work ethic is legendary, and Tomey would tell everyone and anyone listening, about how a walkon, probably less talented than his contemporaries (not as athletic as the brothers Kurt and Kent), but managed the NFL longest career.

    Kifi, tells the story of Fri or Saturday nights, vets going to the old Atlantis or Red Lion, would see a light in the weight-room, around, 1100pm (everyone went out late then), and sure enough, its the haole boy walkon from Kaiser, putting in his work. Rich never had anything handed to him, he earned everything, and if he gets the job this time around–it will be earned.

  16. Legistlature November 23, 2015 11:43 am

    H.B. NO.
    SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $10,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2014-2015 to support the University of Hawaii at Manoa athletics program; provided that the sum appropriated shall be in addition to the base budget of the University of Hawaii athletics program; provided further that funds shall be released under this Act as a two-to-one, State-to-University of Hawaii athletics department match, up to the maximum amount appropriated by this Act.
    The sum appropriated shall be expended by the University of Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.
    SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2014.


    Report Title:
    University of Hawaii at Manoa; Athletics; Appropriation

    Provides a two-to-one match for funds to support the University of Hawaii at Manoa Athletics Program, up to a maximum of $10,000,000. Effective July 1, 2014.

  17. Frannyk November 23, 2015 11:47 am

    I would encourage all to go to YouTube and watch UH comeback wins over Northwestern and Michigan State.

    Aloha Stadium was packed. And it was ROCKIN’!!!

    JJ is my choice!

  18. Jack Flash November 23, 2015 11:55 am

    Last chance this Saturday to send the team off with a win. We will be there to toast the final chapter of the Norm Chow debacle.

  19. Makai November 23, 2015 11:55 am

    So it’s reported Les Miles might be out of a job soon. LSU boosters have agreed to pay his 15-20 MILLION buy out. Isn’t it crazy how football programs work at elite schools?

  20. Legistlature November 23, 2015 12:00 pm

    H.B. NO.
    H.D. 3
    SECTION 1. The legislature finds that taxpayers paid $34,900,000 last year for the University of Hawaii’s annual electric bill. Together with the rest of the University of Hawaii system, the energy expenses for university facilities exceed $40,000,000 per year. The rising cost of energy has resulted in increasing costs and repeated tuition increases for students.
    The legislature also finds that the University of Hawaii system has many crumbling buildings and a deferred maintenance backlog nearing $1,000,000,000, which has left many facilities long out-of-date and, in some cases, unusable.

  21. Legistlature November 23, 2015 12:06 pm

    The rising cost of energy has resulted in increasing costs and repeated tuition increases for students.
    Had to laugh at this
    The chain of demand not command

  22. rage777 November 23, 2015 12:17 pm

    Legistlature, did you use to use another name? I remember a wahine that use to always kept us informed on what was going on in the legislature.

    ST, what happened to the quotation marks around Ferd’s name? Is he not “Ferd” anymore? Did he prove that his name is “Ferd”?

  23. Legistlature November 23, 2015 1:02 pm

    Hawaii wins big on final home stand
    Kahuku football team congratulated at half time for their State Championship by that Johnson guy

  24. kanak November 23, 2015 1:03 pm

    #19 – The Power 5 are playing on a completely different football universe from the rest of us. The term “mid-major” is almost laughable in terms of money in college ball. Power 5 >>>>>> everybody else

  25. Legistlature November 23, 2015 1:11 pm

    No.16 HB was introduced by:____________??????I ain’t signing that, he said and she said…

  26. Come on, man! November 23, 2015 1:12 pm

    someone said before that ikaika woolsey was the 7th ranked pro style qb in the country. is there a source for this? Woolsey is not very good and apparently the coaching staff was ineffective in developing him into an effective quarterback.

  27. Legistlature November 23, 2015 1:14 pm

    Excuse me, I porgot and Shim said. We can’t discriminate you know as some may say what about equality here

  28. Legistlature November 23, 2015 1:16 pm

    Now that’s a catchy name Woolsey
    Kinda like how all the fans felt after every game…a little woosey

  29. JustAsking November 23, 2015 1:35 pm

    #25- I didn’t post the original comment, but it looks like 247 Sports ranked Woolsey as the #8 Pro Style QB for the JUCO class of 2012, and gave him 2 stars.

  30. Former UH Athlete November 23, 2015 1:59 pm

    So Rolo did put his name in the hat…

    Nevada Offensive Ranks (teamrankings dot com):
    2015 Rk – Stat (2015); 3 yr trend (up/down)
    113 – Passing YPG (167); Up
    20 – Rushing YPG (220); Down
    66 – Total Offense (387); Down
    72 – Points per Game (26.8); Down
    67 – 3rd Down Conversions (38.6%); Down

    Basically mediocre in most of the key offensive stats. I understand a slight drop off in 2015 because they needed to replace Fajardo, but the three year trend is not encouraging. To me, the downward trend shows that Polian and Rolo haven’t been able to maintain recruiting as well as Chris Ault’s staff did. As Ault’s players graduate, so to has the team’s overall performance. Add to it that Rolo doesn’t have HC experience and hasn’t ever had to deal with HC responsibilities just makes it too risky to give him the HC job when UH absolutely needs to get this coaching decision correct.

  31. cocobean November 23, 2015 2:04 pm

    #25. The UH football site. Look up his bio, it’s in there.

  32. Former UH Athlete November 23, 2015 2:20 pm

    28. I saw that Woosley was a 60% passer in his senior year in high school in a pro style offense. HS completion % isn’t the be all, end all in recruiting and projecting into the future, but low 60’s and below should raise some caution if “pro-style” QB is going into a “pro style” offense in college. At each level up of ball, the throwing windows get much tighter and average time to throw shrinks. Presumably, completion % should drop a little as a QB goes from HS to FBS. Then you hope to see progression as the years go by.

    Not counting 2013 because of low sample size, Woosley’s numbers haven’t improved from being the #1 QB in 2014 and his last few starts retaking the #1 QB in 2015.

    Just for reference sake, Kellen Moore (probably one of the most accurate passers I’ve seen in college) was a 70% passer in HS. At Boise St, his worst year was 64% as a sophomore. Jr year was 71% and Sr year was 74% which is ridiculous in a “pro style offense”. I couldn’t find Colt Brennan’s HS stats, but he was 68%, 72% and 70% from 2005-2007 at UH, also ridiculous, but completion % is inflated in RnS and Air Raid offenses because of the high volume of screens, and routes in the flats.

    I guess my point is that college coaches need to pay attention to the film to verify the QB’s natural accuracy… Not all 60% completions are created equally. You need to adjust up for for drops on good throws and discount completions on inaccurate throws as well as discounting if the offense involves a disproportionate share of underneath throws. What you want to evaluate is how the QB does on the 10-25 yd throws and if he has some understanding of reading coverage and progressions, and if the ball is released on time. Obviously good touch on the 9 route is a big plus.

    Ok. sorry. i’m starting to ramble again…

  33. Come on, man! November 23, 2015 3:00 pm

    “#25- I didn’t post the original comment, but it looks like 247 Sports ranked Woolsey as the #8 Pro Style QB for the JUCO class of 2012, and gave him 2 stars.”

    So I checked this site. They only ranked 9 pro-style quarterbacks, and he’s ranked 8 out of 9. It also says there were no ranked recruits coming out of the state of Hawaii or Florida in 2012.

    I question the reliability of this site.

  34. RainboWarrior November 23, 2015 3:01 pm

    Obviously Norm Chow didn’t get the most out of the team this year and maybe someone like Jim Harbaugh would have won 8 or 9 games with this roster but at least he’s setting the program up for success. The outlook of players we have next year as freshman alone makes me excited. Norm did a decent job of recruiting and all these guys redshirting will make our program stronger for the next coach. Go BOWS!!!

  35. Derek November 23, 2015 3:05 pm

    There are a lot of ways to evaluate a good QB. Completion % is one good indicator, but different QBs throws the ball a variety of ways too. That’s why coaches and evaluators need to look at the film closely. One things I look for is if the QB is throwing a catchable ball. In my mind, Wittek and Woolsey a lot times throws the ball too hard and without touch, not to mention their throws are also not accurate. Receivers drop a lot of balls but some of that is also the QB fault too (hard to catch).

    Guys that throw very well and easy are people are Brady, Brees, Manning, Brennan, and yes Kellen Moore. Vernon Adams at Oregon throws a nice ball and so does Falk from Wazzu and that QB from California. I like the way that Western Kentucky QB Doughty throws too. I don’t like the way Kaepernick throws. His touch is terrible.

    JJ has a good eye for QBs and how people throw the ball. One of the best, Steve Young, is so accurate and he didn’t necessarily throw very hard, but good enough.
    Marcus Mariota’s throws are very nice. I think Tony Romo throws the ball terrific
    and easy to catch. Milton throws well and accurate, but sometimes his ball is wobbly. Maybe he has small hands, but he can be taught to throw the ball the correct way and with proper instruction and repetition he should do better. He’s pretty good on the deep ball.

  36. Legistlature November 23, 2015 4:25 pm

    No. 89
    Kahuku, HI
    SOS: 1553POW: 100 OFF: 915DEF: 13

    Rank School City State Rating Record
    1 St. John Bosco Bellflower CA 80.3 12-0
    2 Centennial Corona CA 79.1 12-0
    3 Colerain Cincinnati OH 77.8 12-1
    4 DeMatha Hyattsville MD 74.1 10-1
    5 IMG Academy Bradenton FL 74 8-0
    6 St. Edward Lakewood OH 73.3 12-1
    7 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas NV 73.1 13-0
    8 Wayne Huber Heights OH 73.1 13-0
    9 Allen Allen TX 72.3 12-0
    10 De La Salle Concord CA 71.7 10-1
    11 Bishop Amat La Puente CA 71.6 10-2
    12 Center Grove Greenwood IN 71.1 13-0
    13 Mater Dei Santa Ana CA 70.8 10-2
    14 La Salle Cincinnati OH 69.8 11-2
    15 Gilman Baltimore MD 69.5 10-1
    16 Male Louisville KY 68.2 13-0
    17 Lake Travis Austin TX 67.3 12-0
    18 Colquitt County Moultrie GA 67.1 12-0
    19 Steele Cibolo TX 67.1 12-0
    20 Grayson Loganville GA 66.9 12-0
    21 Don Bosco Prep Ramsey NJ 66.7 8-3
    22 Jenks Jenks OK 66.4 10-1
    23 Loyola Academy Wilmette IL 65.6 13-0
    24 Kahuku Kahuku HI 65.1 13-0
    25 Mission Viejo Mission Viejo CA 64.9 12-0
    26 Centennial Peoria AZ 64.9 11-2
    27 Roswell Roswell GA 64.8 12-0
    28 Westlake Austin TX 64.7 11-1
    29 Maryville Maryville TN 64.4 13-0
    30 Starkville Starkville MS 64.3 12-1
    31 Folsom Folsom CA 64.1 12-0
    32 Brentwood Academy Brentwood TN 63.9 11-1
    33 Archbishop Rummel Metairie LA 63.9 10-1
    34 Archer Lawrenceville GA 63.8 11-1
    35 St. Joseph Regional Montvale NJ 63.7 8-3
    36 Christian Brothers St. Louis MO 63.5 13-0
    37 Lowell Lowell MI 63.4 12-1
    38 Independence Thompson’s Station TN 63.3 13-0
    39 Ryan Denton TX 63.3 12-0
    40 St. Thomas Aquinas Fort Lauderdale FL 63.2 10-1
    41 Avon Avon IN 63.1 10-3
    42 Clay-Chalkville Pinson AL 63.1 13-0
    43 Hermitage Richmond VA 62.9 12-0
    44 Trinity Louisville KY 62.8 11-2
    45 Katy Katy TX 62.8 12-0
    46 Herriman West Herriman UT 62.7 11-3
    47 Lone Peak Highland UT 62.6 13-1
    48 Central Miami FL 62.5 9-2
    49 Chandler Chandler AZ 62.5 11-2
    50 Desert Ridge Mesa AZ 62.5 11-2
    51 Mansfield Mansfield TX 62.5 10-2
    52 Bergen Catholic Oradell NJ 62.4 7-4
    53 Trinity Euless TX 62.4 10-1
    54 Spartanburg Spartanburg SC 62.2 11-1
    55 Elder Cincinnati OH 62.2 9-4
    56 Cedar Park Cedar Park TX 61.8 12-0
    57 Spain Park Hoover AL 61.7 12-1
    58 Rocky Mountain Meridian ID 61.5 11-1
    59 Steubenville Steubenville OH 61.2 12-0
    60 Trinity Christian Academy Jacksonville FL 61.2 12-0
    61 Warren Central Indianapolis IN 61.1 8-4
    62 Blue Springs South Blue Springs MO 60.9 13-0
    63 Carmel Carmel IN 60.8 10-3
    64 Archbishop Hoban Akron OH 60.8 12-1
    65 Webb City Webb City MO 60.7 14-0
    66 Hamilton Chandler AZ 60.6 10-2
    67 Northwestern Rock Hill SC 60.6 11-1
    68 Byrnes Duncan SC 60.6 11-1
    69 Montgomery Bell Academy Nashville TN 60.6 11-1
    70 Cathedral Indianapolis IN 60.3 8-4
    71 Helix La Mesa CA 60.3 9-1
    72 Perrysburg Perrysburg OH 60.2 13-0
    73 Mill Creek Hoschton GA 60.2 12-0
    74 Lake Ridge Mansfield TX 60.2 12-0
    75 St. Mary Prep Orchard Lake MI 60.1 11-1
    76 Our Lady of Good Counsel Olney MD 59.9 7-4
    77 Hoover Hoover AL 59.8 10-3
    78 Mill Valley Shawnee KS 59.8 11-1
    79 St. Xavier Cincinnati OH 59.6 7-5
    80 Bingham South Jordan UT 59.6 11-2
    81 Highland Springs Highland Springs VA 59.6 11-1
    82 Bentonville Bentonville AR 59.5 10-1
    83 Eastside Catholic Sammamish WA 59.4 11-0
    84 Mainland Daytona Beach FL 59.4 11-1
    85 Columbia Lake City FL 59.4 11-1
    86 King Detroit MI 59.2 13-0
    87 Har-Ber Springdale AR 59.2 10-1
    88 Glenbard West Glen Ellyn IL 59 13-0
    89 Mountain Pointe Phoenix AZ 59 12-1
    90 Skyline Sammamish WA 58.8 11-1
    91 Xaverian Brothers Westwood MA 58.8 10-0
    92 Elk Grove Elk Grove CA 58.8 12-0
    93 American Heritage Plantation FL 58.7 9-2
    94 Flanagan Pembroke Pines FL 58.7 9-2
    95 West Orange Winter Garden FL 58.7 11-1
    96 Greenwood Greenwood AR 58.6 11-0
    97 Serra Gardena CA 58.6 9-3
    98 South Panola Batesville MS 58.6 11-1
    99 George Ranch Richmond TX 58.5 12-0
    100 Armwood Seffner FL 58.4 12-0
    High School Football’s Xcellent 25 – MaxPreps Writers’ Poll
    Read about this week’s movement
    # Team
    1 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)
    2 Centennial (Corona, CA)
    3 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
    4 Colquitt County (Moultrie, GA)
    5 Allen (TX)
    6 Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA)
    7 Katy (TX)
    8 Grayson (Loganville, GA)
    9 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
    10 De La Salle (Concord, CA)
    11 Colerain (Cincinnati, OH)
    12 Male (Louisville, KY)
    13 Roswell (GA)
    14 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)
    15 St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
    16 Gilman (Baltimore, MD)
    17 DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)
    18 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
    19 Archer (Lawrenceville, GA)
    20 Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL)
    21 Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, AL)
    22 Center Grove (Greenwood, IN)
    23 Wayne (Huber Heights, OH)
    24 Steele (Cibolo, TX)
    25 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, WA)
    Updated on: 11/23/2015Read Article
    High School Football Rankings
    View high school football rankings
    # Team
    1 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)
    2 Centennial (Corona, CA)
    3 Colerain (Cincinnati, OH)
    4 DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)
    5 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
    6 St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
    7 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
    8 Wayne (Huber Heights, OH)
    9 Allen (TX)
    10 De La Salle (Concord, CA)
    11 Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA)
    12 Center Grove (Greenwood, IN)
    13 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
    14 La Salle (Cincinnati, OH)
    15 Gilman (Baltimore, MD)
    16 Male (Louisville, KY)
    17 Lake Travis (Austin, TX)
    18 Colquitt County (Moultrie, GA)
    19 Steele (Cibolo, TX)
    20 Grayson (Loganville, GA)
    21 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ)
    22 Jenks (OK)
    23 Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL)
    24 Kahuku (HI)
    25 Mission Viejo (CA)
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  37. Come on, Man! November 23, 2015 4:41 pm

    Christ, Legislature. Why are you spamming the board with the complete list of high school rankings from different polls? and on another note, is there anything more useless than national rankings for high school teams?

  38. Legistlature November 23, 2015 5:05 pm

    STOP No.36 It’s for the fans on the North Shore not for you. I need not have to respond to you. Same for you. You wanna fight hehehe. Not me.

  39. Fei Jai November 23, 2015 5:49 pm



    In the same discussion with Mariota.

    Not even close.

    Redskins said so. Practice squad at best.

  40. winning November 23, 2015 6:35 pm

    #39 “Turkey Jook” or turkey jai? Colt Brennan never hit the weights. Muscles couldnt protect em from injuries. It never does a 100% but it helps. Plus had distractions in his personal life. Give the guy a break! 70% plus completion rate is not lucky, its talent!! That’s what UH didn’t have this year in bunches. Perhaps the wrong schemes but neva had too much talent and some speed. JJ can correct that with better schemes to match talent.

  41. Legistlature November 23, 2015 6:40 pm

    Frannyk thanks for sharing those moments. My eyes are wide-open now after watching that thriller. JUUUUUUNNNNE JOOOOONNNNESSSSS sign the dotted line where no one else wanted to sign No.16 introduced by__________

  42. SteveM November 23, 2015 6:41 pm

    As I recall, Colt Brennan being drafted by Washington was the worse thing that could have happened. The head coach was an ex-NFL quarterback (I forget his name) who tried to change Brennan’s throwing motion into the more overhead style of the the typical NFL quarterback. He put him on the practice squad until he could change his motion.

    Stupid. You take one of the most accurate passers of the decade and try to change his throwing motion. Didn’t Brennan score a perfect score of 25 different throws at the NFL Combine– one ball fell to the ground but the judges unanimously ruled that was a drop and gave him a perfect score. JJ knew better than to mess with it and just let Colt pass his way into the NCAA record books.

  43. Not Sean November 23, 2015 6:54 pm

    Jim Zorn and the Redskins did to Brennan what the Japan Prince Hotel coaches did to Derek Tatsuno. Who knows what could have been if their situations had been different.

  44. A-House November 23, 2015 6:55 pm

    i got moderated last nite and my moniker became “A” — damn, did not see many of those at UH — dummy, wrong topic!!!

    who will talk to a possible recruit if he should call UHAD tomorrow? most of the coaches are done and in cruise control and collect a paycheck until 3/1/2016 – hot diggity dog — nice way to get a paycheck for doing nothing!!

  45. A-House November 23, 2015 7:01 pm

    SteveM #42:

    reminds me of what the Japan coaches did to Tats – they wanted a more “over-hand” motion because the catcher could not catch Tats’ pitch

    stupid – all they had to do was sign Ron Nomura for $1,000/game to catch for Tats

  46. cappie the dog November 23, 2015 7:06 pm


    Love this comment.

    Some revisionists blame Coach Murakami for leaving him out on the mound too long.

  47. cappie the dog November 23, 2015 7:09 pm

    Rich Miano was my P.E. teacher at Kalani for one day.

    “Hi. My name is Rich Miano.”

    He never returned.

    Sometimes I wonder if I dreamt that.

    Mr. Miano, if you are reading this, can you confirm that you taught physical education at Kalani for one day in 1989?

  48. JustAsking November 23, 2015 7:11 pm

    #33- 247 Sports seems to compile rankings from other services. Your comment about the limited rankings (8 out 9 Pro Style QBs) is because Woolsey was ranked as a JUCO player in 2012. Most JUCO players come from the west coast.

  49. Come on, Man! November 23, 2015 7:24 pm

    justasking: okay. so it makes sense. he’s not the 8th ranked pro-style qb as a recruit. He was the 8th ranked pro style recruit (out of 9) in JUCO.

  50. Fei Jai November 23, 2015 8:52 pm


    Name how many 21 year olds can you name who have an athletic complex named after that person?

    Brennan? Don’t think so. Brees? Nope. Only one. Brady? Nope.

    Keep going. Nope.

  51. Old Diver November 23, 2015 9:11 pm


    Miano was on an NFL roster at the time. Would be cool if that was him.

  52. kruzen November 23, 2015 10:43 pm

    The next head coach?


  53. David J. November 24, 2015 3:47 am

    I hope that in 2016 the University of Hawaii football program will hired a Great Head Coach from the mainland!. Because the biggest thing is getting players from the whole countries from west coast, mind east and west and east coast of the USA. Plus other countries around the world too!. Because local coaches would do that at all!. But anyway good luck and get one great one now!.

  54. cappie the dog November 24, 2015 5:26 am


    Joe Salave’a?

    And he doesn’t even have a Hawaii connection.

    Your link depressed me. But thanks for sharing.

    I would be okay with Dave Aranda.

  55. cappie the dog November 24, 2015 6:13 am

    “BOWS and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air”

    “Moons and JUNES and ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way that you feel”

    from “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell

  56. Old School Dave November 24, 2015 6:27 am

    My feeling is that AD Dave Matlin will hire his “own guy” just like with Eran Ganot. It should be the AD’s call. People will get huhu with the decision, but the bottom line is to get a coach who has a proven record, is currently coaching college football, and doing it well. Defense seems to be overlooked by many fans.

    My favorite line on candidate’s Hawaii Connections: “OSU’s Kalani Sitake attended elementary school in Laie.”

  57. 3-Prong November 24, 2015 7:05 am

    I would bet that many in the Top 25 High School list would not be able to handle Kahuku’s physicality on both sides of the ball. We’ll never know.

  58. Steve P November 24, 2015 7:25 am

    JJ is my choice as well. His reputation alone will put bodies in the seats at Aloha stadium, not to mention he’s the type of coach that is offensive minded and will install what works. He’s not habit ridden, but innovative.

  59. Kryon November 24, 2015 7:43 am

    What reputation does JJ have? Never mentioned on ESPN or media for the jobs that r out there. If he was so great why isn’t he mentioned or linked for a HC job at like a Miami flo or other big programs? Only Hawaii stuck in the past fans r talking bout him. Here, it sounds like JJ is the same caliber as saban, Kelly, Meyers. I’d b more excited finding a diamond in the rough. A young up n comer.

  60. Kryon November 24, 2015 7:51 am

    His reputation in Texas is probably terrible. after he bad talked smu while he was there n how he abandoned his team that he recruited. It was everyone else’s fault except his. Probably won’t b able to recruit in Texas wit his rep. Broken promises n burnt bridges wit high school coaches.

  61. Boolakanaka November 24, 2015 7:59 am

    3 prong, I would love to see those north shore boys play someone in the top 20. I have a buddy, his son plays for LaSalle out of Ohio, he told me, last years senior class, had 12 kids on D1. Schollies, thats a ton of talent….

  62. papayalips November 24, 2015 8:44 am

    How does Ryan Bartow out scoop out local sports workers on the HD applicants? Nice read on Dave Aranda. Thanks Kruzen.

  63. Former UH Athlete November 24, 2015 8:59 am

    RE: Brennan being drafted by Washington…

    The other aspect of why Brennan wasn’t going to make it in Washington was because they had their “franchise QB” in Jason Campbell.

    I believe Zorn was working hard to develop Colt, but owner/dictator Dan Snyder was dead set with Campbell, who was as average as they come, but he has the big size, arm and decently mobile, as their #1 QB no questions asked. In other words, Colt was never going to get a chance to play with Washington.

    The other reason Colt couldn’t make it was because he was constantly hurt. Dating back to the 2007 season, he was hit a lot more because of a few key linemen graduating in 2006. Colt had a bad ankle for most of the first 6 games and then got KO’d by Fresno St later in the season, resulting in a concussion. The wear and tear from all the hits in 2007 probably let to his hip problem he was dealing with all throughout his NFL time.

    I still recall his NFL combine throwing drills and he put on a show. Ultimately, the poor Senior Bowl practice week, “system QB” label, and injuries led to him not making it. The other factor that may have effected him would have been the interviews. If a mid-round QB prospect doesn’t interview well, their draft stock will drop significantly.

  64. Former UH Athlete November 24, 2015 9:00 am

    I don’t recall hearing anything about Colt’s one-on-one interviews leading into the draft.

  65. Former UH Athlete November 24, 2015 9:13 am

    I just don’t see Babers or Aranda taking the UH job.

    The problem with Babers is that UH needs to buyout Baber’s contract at Bowling Green. According to one source, his contract dated 2014 has a $200k buyout if before 12/1/2017. The tricky part is that, according to this source, there’s a $2M guarantee, which I’m sure Bowling Green/Babers/UH would need to workout, pending language of the contract.

    I haven’t read the contract, so I can’t verify what the early termination and/or buyout clauses are.

    Ultimately the UH job would be lateral change at best for Babers, which lessens his chances. Aranda may take it, but it’s up to him if he wants to take more responsibility and massive pressure of UH Athletics survival for similar pay than he’s getting now, plus much higher living expenses which eats into his take home pay vs what he gets now. If he has a big ego, then UH has a shot at landing Aranda, because it’s going to take a big ego/self confidence overcome the reality and cost of uprooting his family and move to Oahu and fix the program quickly.

  66. josbun808 November 24, 2015 9:13 am

    The latest from ESPN…all familiar names, with the mention that UH is narrowing their list and JJ is the frontrunner. ST, you hearing anything similar or contra to this?


  67. Boolakanaka November 24, 2015 9:15 am

    FUHA you also touch on something that has now proven itself in its own way…I was told front office types had Qs about his background, and it made them lukewarm…..

  68. Former UH Athlete November 24, 2015 9:16 am


    JJ probably has no interest in coaching again unless it’s UH. He’s basically retired already. He’s made his money and doesn’t need to work. JJ does have an ego to maintain, which is probably the main motivation for him applying. Basically all coaches of his experience would never look at taking under $500k for HC job unless ego is involved or they are desperate. I certainly don’t think he’s desperate for money.

  69. Former UH Athlete November 24, 2015 9:20 am

    66.. It all started from the incident that led to his dismissal from CU as a freshman.

  70. Legistlature November 24, 2015 9:26 am

    Must be some fly in that room where Matlin is discussing his desires out of the next coach. Come out of that room fly in deliver some insight as to what’s being said.
    Any subliminal guesses

  71. Legistlature November 24, 2015 9:51 am

    With JJ being named coach I can see us making the college football playoffs in 2019…………………..see you in New Orleans 2020, this time with a different outcome
    Playoff Semifinals
    Peach Bowl
    Dec. 31
    Fiesta Bowl
    Dec. 31
    National Championship
    New Orleans, LA
    Monday, Jan. 13

  72. Buffoman November 24, 2015 10:07 am

    #67 to Kryon’ s point, even he was not interested in other offers, if he was a hot item, like some who were speculated but deemed out of reach, wouldn’t his name come up as a candidate?

    He may only want the UH job, but what we were curious about was, why aren’t others interested. Maybe they are and we have not heard, but aside from Hawaii, it appears very quiet for his services.

  73. Legistlature November 24, 2015 10:45 am

    C’mon Man…Kahuku field goal

  74. Boolakanaka November 24, 2015 10:57 am

    FUHA, yup. What most folks dont realize is that your backup QB needs to be the most responsible and dependable guy on the team–one injury, and you’re in the huddle.

  75. BigFan November 24, 2015 11:07 am

    Didn’t I read somewhere that June applied for the Las Vegas job?

  76. Shoko November 24, 2015 11:14 am

    I think it was the Vegas paper (or Rebel Beat Writer) reported that JJ applied for the job.

  77. Legistlature November 24, 2015 11:22 am

    Louisiana-Monroe do you want this game more than our boys?Then you gotta take it away from us…were gonna rock this town..rock it inside out..were gonna rock this town..make you scream and shout.

  78. Shoko November 24, 2015 11:23 am

    Mike McIntyre must be in the hot seat. That might be the first PAC-12 vacancy that opens up. His conference record the past three years: 1-8, 0-9 and 1-8

  79. Stephen Tsai November 24, 2015 11:46 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=34517

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