Kahuku High linebacker Bennetton “Benny” Fonua, the state’s 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, told the WB he made an oral commitment to “Uncle Norm” — Norm Chow — to accept a scholarship offer from the Warriors. Fonua said Chow visited his home this morning.
Fonua said he is 6 feet 1, 220 pounds and is capable of running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
Fonua’s late grandfather, John Farley, and Chow were good friends.
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Answer: Adrian Klemm.
The question: Who was the last person to play tight end for UH in a game?
In 1998, the last time UH ran a variation of the pro-set offense, Klemm, Jimmy McClain and Zeff Ah Quinn were tight ends. June Jones implemented his version of the run-and-shoot the next year, moving Klemm to tackle. Later, Klemm was drafted by the New England Patriots, where he won a Super Bowl ring, and, years later, became an assistant coach under Jones at SMU.
The lessons are: 1) A seldom-used player can flourish in another system, and 2) ya never know.
For the coming reversal, from four-wide offense to pro set, Waylon Lolotai and Darius Bright could benefit in the newly created tight end position, and Jared Leaf and John LIster have added value as potential blocking backs. And, for fun’s sake, it would be easy to envision Craig Cofer and Desmond Dean as tight ends, and Darryl McBride and Beau Yap as fullbacks.
New staff, new system, new possibilities.
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Tonight’s volleyball match between UH and UCLA is more than a leg on the Al Scates Farewell Tour. (The teams meet here twice in February.)
For UH fans, Scates’ retirement after 50 seasons — 50! — is the end of an era of villain coaches. Scates has been able to beat UH on the court and in the recruits’ living rooms.
The Warriors have had their share of mustache-twirlers in the past, such as Fresno State’s mustached Pat Hill. But Fresno was never a threat in recruiting, and, after a while, not so much a threat on the field. Besides: 1) He did attend a UH spring practice, 2) he was released by Fresno.
LaVelle Edwards’ BYU teams were a source of annoyance for UH. But the rivalry was with the football program, not with the leader, who never smiled and, as it turned out, was a pretty good guy who did a church mission after retiring. And, of course, UH ended up hiring Edwards’ offensive coordinator.
In basketball, BYU’s Roger Reid and Fresno State’s Jerry Tarkanian had limited stretches as villainous coaches. Tarkanian was helped by Chris Herren and samurai swords.
San Diego State’s Jim Dietz, who fostered the rooting section known as Raggers’ Rail, was a source of irritation for baseball coach Les Murakami.
And then there is Scates, whose persuasive debating skills with officials earned him the chant: “Sit down, Al!”
After successful knee surgery, Scates is able to stand for an entire match once again. His ability to rise to an occasion has never been questioned.