Arizona is the hot spot

Add Colt Brennan to the growing list of Warrior-tied football players training in Arizona. The weather, easy travel access and numerous training facilities make Arizona an attractive workout area.

Brennan, who has successfully recovered from three surgeries in the past 18 months, said he finally is healthy for the first time since September 2007.

Brennan said he will continue training in Arizona for two months, then participate in the Washington Redskins’ two-month training program.

He said he now weighs 216.

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Former Kamehameha Schools offensive linemen Elmer Lim and Scott Collins have been added to the Warriors’ spring roster.

Also, Casey Purdy, a Word of Life graduate, will compete in spring training.


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Bright and early, several UH football players headed to Ching field to practice footwork and skill drills.


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Here are cousins Mana Lolotai and Kapono Rawlins-Crivello:


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From UH’s Derek Inouchi:

University of Hawai‘i Athletics Director Jim Donovan announced the addition of Western Kentucky, which is now Division I-A, to almost complete the 2012 football schedule. The Warriors and Hilltoppers will close out the regular season with a game on Dec. 1, 2012 at Aloha Stadium.

With the addition of Western Kentucky, the Warriors need one more opponent to complete the 2012 schedule. UH has already filled the upcoming 2010 schedule as well as 2011.

“We’re pleased that Western Kentucky has filled one of the open slots for the 2012 schedule,” Donovan said. “I’m sure their coaches, players and fans are very excited for the opportunity to play an FBS opponent on the road to finish the regular season. Having already completed the 2010 and ’11 schedules and needing one more game for ’12 and ’13, we’re meeting one of our goals to have the football schedule complete several years out.”

Hawai‘i and Western Kentucky will play for the first time on the football field.

The 2012 schedule includes road games at USC (Sept. 1) and Brigham Young (Sept. 8) to open the season and a home game against UNLV (Sept. 22).

Since last year, UH has announced new games with Army, Brigham Young (2012 & 2013), and UC Davis and extended series with USC, Oregon State, Washington, and UNLV.


  1. bb January 29, 2010 9:24 am

    Colt in Arizona? He could stay there and beat out Leinart.

  2. Garret January 29, 2010 9:24 am

    Best wishes to all the Warriors training in Arizona!

  3. SteveM January 29, 2010 9:24 am

    Good morning everyone!

  4. haka January 29, 2010 9:25 am

    Go Warriors!

  5. cheepono January 29, 2010 9:26 am

    top 10!!!!

    cheepono out.

  6. SteveM January 29, 2010 9:30 am

    Wishing the best for Colt and will follow him closely this year (as in the past 2 years). Appreciate any news on him! …or maybe should just track LizKauai. 🙂

    Sorry…distracted this morning…I hear the ol’ cowbell ringing in the distance…

  7. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:30 am

    M-I-H ~

    (Dragged this over from the other side).

    Recruiting is nasty business. Consider the BYU recruiting coach who told a young Hawaii recruit’s dad. “if your son goes thru with his visit to Notre Dame, his offer comes off the table!” The coach then purportedly went on to demean local kids in general, saying they cannot meet the academic rigors of ND.

    The Hawaii recruit & father are enroute to ND & UW as I post this, which shows they could not be intimidated by BYU arrogance. This sad situation is gold for UH, who will benefit from BYU’s impending loss of recruiting goodwill in Hawaii & connected Polynesian families. All local families are connected…quietly word spreads from parent to parent, from recruit to their up and coming cousins. Aloha BYU. Tofa soifua Cougars.

    Doesn’t that sound part racist, and part condescending?

  8. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 9:35 am


    Heh… had to go back to yesteday’s blog again to try and figure out what I posted that spawned that response…

    But yeah.. it does sound condescending, derogatory, and very possibly racist towards Hawai’i student athletes (since they gravitate towards Polynesian athletes from Hawai’i) in general.

  9. Old Diver January 29, 2010 9:35 am

    Another reason to hate BYU. Ha!

  10. d1島 January 29, 2010 9:36 am

    I hope W. Ky. brings their mascot – Big Red!

    Better have extra Porta-potty’s available for that game…. 😆

  11. Stephen Tsai January 29, 2010 9:37 am

    Recruiting is an ugly business.

  12. koakane January 29, 2010 9:38 am

    alojah and good sunny morning tsaiko country. its aloha furlough friday. nice way to start off the weekend. 8)

    enjoy the cc today and leave the place in good shape bwhaaaaaaaaaaaa

    yesterdays bball game just got out of hand and slipped quickly away from the warriors. sending good vibes their way while still on the continent. good hunting to the vball men on their mission tonight ……… go warriors.

    cheers to the AD jdonovan on adding wkentucky and completing the 2011, 2012 schedule so quickly. helps on planning the road treks.

  13. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:39 am

    So we get to play Western Kentucky in 2012…Hmmm…where’s my Davey Crockett Coonskin Cap?

  14. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 9:40 am

    Looks like we’ll have a full complement of capable walk-ons. This will be an interesting off-season battle to see who makes it into fall camp and practice.

  15. d1島 January 29, 2010 9:40 am

    Old Diver,

    Put ’em back on the schedule (in any sport)! UH could use the ticket sales!

  16. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:42 am

    Jeez!…dat cap almost 3 times olda den Jason!

  17. d1島 January 29, 2010 9:42 am

    Have a great time at the Feast fo’ Da Beast!
    Just got word that I got a meeting early this afternoon… 🙁

  18. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:43 am

    ST ~ Is it true that of the 21 walk-on, only 10 will actually get the invite to come out in the fall?

  19. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:47 am

    D-1 ~ I save you one leffova *hubcap* Scrape da meat off ‘um and make one bowl rice. Hey!…what are frenz for?

  20. A-House January 29, 2010 9:48 am

    Thank you to Jim D and his continued efforts to bring teams to Hawaii which should peak interest of fans.

    Better still, would have been a “home-n-home” series with Western Kentucky so I can take the family to see our property in Murray, KY. About a quarter mile from Kentucky Lake created during the CCC in the late 1930s.

    More places to visit in years to come!

  21. d1島 January 29, 2010 9:49 am


    Thanks but I wouldn’t want you to risk the ire of the wait staff. Just be sure to check out the “facilities” for any uninvited “guests” 😳 😯 😛

  22. jm2375 January 29, 2010 10:00 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    ST – what’s the date for the 2012 BYwho game? Get one 😎 instead of a number

  23. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 10:03 am


    “wait staff”? Isn’t that the road kill that you were supposed to scrape off the hub cap?

  24. Buffoman January 29, 2010 10:04 am

    Have we asked Grambling for a return trip to the islands? I remember seeing them at the old stadium. That band was simply outstanding. Imagine if they or Southern came and brought their bands. That would sell tickets.

  25. al January 29, 2010 10:11 am

    “Recruiting is an ugly business.”

    oh, oh, oh.
    bad news on the horizon?

  26. addahknowjoe January 29, 2010 10:13 am

    once again, I’m simply swimming in the wonderful friendship I have with each and every one of you. It’s beautiful!

    Thank you all for taking the time to come here and share your warm aloha and well wishes with me yesterday.

    I am truly humbled to be a part of the Tsaiko ‘Ohana and have you all call me, “friend.”

  27. al January 29, 2010 10:13 am

    on another note………..


    to keep it simple so that my friend the old korean man can understand.

    today reservation is under “al”

    anyway one could not miss it just look for some twenty odd beefy folks.

  28. al January 29, 2010 10:15 am

    good morning ajoe….
    whoa you was one handsome buggah some 100 lbs ago eh?

    (okay, nothing unusual since most of us have gained that much since the days of our youth)

    nah, you still good looking.

  29. paperchampion January 29, 2010 10:18 am

    I think Stephen was referencing the ugly BYU story that Kekoa wrote about.

  30. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 29, 2010 10:18 am

    Sorry that I cannot make the Cattle Call today – have a 1 pm appointment in Kane`ohe with a potential client. A few days ago, I asked if Camellia has other menu items besides a buffet. Did someone respond and I miss it? If so, I’d appreciate a repeat response.

    A quick followup to yesterday’s Aloha Stadium update. There are a lot of major projects going on and replacing the turf is towards the end. Although no one used this metaphor in explaining why the replacement won’t begin until late spring 2011, I suspect that it’s like doing a major remodeling project in your own house. You do the carpentry and the electrical stuff and the painting BEFORE you put down new carpeting.

    The NFL knows that the current turf will still be in place in 2011.

    As reported earlier, over $64 MILLION through issuing bonds has been allocated by the Legilsature; however, I’m still tracking down how much was sold on the bond market and how quickly the funding has been or will be released. Capital projects are paid by issuing long-term bonds, not out of tax revenues, so there’s no argument about teacher furloughs, etc., which could be used as a justification for not issuing the bonds.

    Instead, if I were a state administrator, I’d definitely market these projects as stimulus packages helping to get unemployed construction workers back to work.

    Before I forget – does someone want a set of our basketball tickets on February 6 and February 20? It’s a two-4-the-price-of-1 deal – women’s basketball followed by men’s basketball. Since we have season tickets for both sports, if you want one set, let me know. E-mail address is swood at hoku dot com. Be sure to include a daytime or cell phone number.

    There are also conflicts with baseball and basketball or volleyball coming up in February and with baseball & volleyball in March as well. Obviously, we can only attend one event so if you’d like to use one or the other set of tickets, please let me know.

    Have to get ready for my meeting. Hope to see some of you at tonight or tomorrow night’s men’s volleyball matches.

  31. Pauoa Boy January 29, 2010 10:22 am

    *Scratching Head* So what does playing Western Kentucky really do for us besides nothing???

    1. We dont recruit in Kentucky…
    2. Late season game against a sub caliber opponent, when our conference is already weak…hmm, great for SOS?
    3. Road game at that in Kentucky…

  32. A-House January 29, 2010 10:22 am


    UH tried to get the Granbling Band to stop and entertain on their way back from Japan and the price was $100,000.

    This was after the Honolulu Stadium debacle where they kicked our ass. Got to see the legendary Coach Robinson!

    Do you remember if any on that team went to the NFL?

  33. A-House January 29, 2010 10:32 am

    Hello, Pauoa Boy:

    Happy New Year and our best to you and your family!

    Maybe this game will be a catalyst in opening football recruiting in Kentucky. Maybe basketball too?

    Also, good for any “east–coast” player who may become interested in becoming a Warrior. We do have several players from the East Coast on roster ( georgia, florida ( WR visiting this weekend). Nasty Nate was from Virginia and a former DE from Alabama.

    Now, all we need is for Coach Tormey to “crack” the Big 10 with recruits from Minnesota – maybe a new pipeline for OL?

  34. mctruck January 29, 2010 10:32 am

    So, what’s next for former UH center, Mr. Estes????, don’t believe I’ve read anything of late….surprised he wasn’t invited to the senior bowl?

    A lot of talk especially by espn pundits that they see qb Tebow as the 5th/6th best qb out of six qb’s at the senior bowl, mock draft. Questions Tebow being qualified as a starter, and maybe more suited as a slot, etc.
    So, what are these guys saying?, Tebow was actually, a “system-qb”…..ouch!!!, did I say that??

  35. A-House January 29, 2010 10:34 am

    Wassup Doc:

    Was hoping that the new field would be ready for the 2010 Warrior season, but must agree, from a construction point of view, one does not lay the carpet and then decide to paint ceiling and walls or install electircal fixtures. Carpet goes in last!

  36. Pauoa Boy January 29, 2010 10:38 am

    Howzit Mr. A-House…

    Well I hope we can get something out of this game in Kentucky. Exciting times with LOI day coming up, cannot wait to see how this recruiting class shapes up. Regardless, Coaches got work to do to get us back to the top of the WAC and into a Bowl Game.

  37. Cheyah! January 29, 2010 10:39 am

    Hey ST,
    Isn’t Lolotai’s first name Mana? Not trying to nitpick, its just that Mala is sort of a reference to Mahu in the Samoan language. Wouldn’t want you to be tackled by Mr. Lolotai and not know why. Have a great weekend Tsaikos!

    Go Warriors!

  38. A-House January 29, 2010 10:39 am


    rated 5th or last of the QBs at the Senior Bowl surely sends a message to Tebow that his calling in the NFL does not rest at QB – especially for a Heisman winner and National Championship – know some teams were interested in his talent/skills for TE.

    The “system QB” has been attached by several writers/analysts already!

  39. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 29, 2010 10:39 am

    is it too late to add my name to the cattle call?

    er, “fuud”

  40. Pauoa Boy January 29, 2010 10:41 am


    Estes has been getting good reviews from East-West Shrine game coaches. I think they are projecting him as a mid-late round pick. Supposedly he is holding his own against the big boys.

  41. al January 29, 2010 10:46 am

    iwonder….see you there.

    note: to all….just come on down.

  42. Old Diver January 29, 2010 10:47 am

    Regarding # 31

    What Western Kentucky does for us is fill out our schedule, something no other school was willing to do.

  43. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 29, 2010 10:49 am


    thanks. looking forward to it.

  44. Old Diver January 29, 2010 10:49 am

    Regarding # 15

    I agree, let’s play BYU again, nothing puts butts in the seats like hate. j/k

  45. Pauoa Boy January 29, 2010 10:58 am

    Fill out our schedule… So you mean to tell me out of over a 100 colleges we choose Western Kentucky to fill out our schedule??? No other school willing, then how come we still get one more spot to fill on the schedule? No make sense filling our schedule with a lesser opponent. How can you gain respect playing Western Kentucky at the end of the season??? How is that going to help us? What, a so called easy win to play in the Hawaii Bowl in case we need that 7th win to make it, ah c’mon. Besides looking at our track record with these lesser schools, that ain’t a guaranteed win, which makes it even worse…sad.

  46. bstunna2002 January 29, 2010 11:03 am

    I hope the news on the recruiting front isn’t going to be bad news…

  47. Old Diver January 29, 2010 11:09 am

    Pauoa Boy:

    You made my point, we are having a hard time filling out the schedule.

    {“No other school willing, then how come we still get one more spot to fill on the schedule?”}

    I’m not sure how to respond to this statement other than to say due to travel costs and the NCAA allowing a twelve game schedule UH finds itself in a situation with few teams willing to come here. If you think this is bad, if we lose Boise State and Fresno State to the MWC we will really be in a pinch.

  48. Garret January 29, 2010 11:54 am

    Pauoa Boy,

    When you look for a team to end the season at Aloha Stadium, you have to cross out ALL of the teams that play conference championship games. That means that well over half of the teams are out of the question. The Pac-10 and other conferences are also trying to go to a schedule of having all nonconference games in September, to give maximum flexibility for conference scheduling. That means that UH plays a team like USC at the beginning of the season or not at all.

    You also have to consider that most D-IA teams with competent ADs do their scheduling years in advance. For example, Navy and Army are scheduling games for 2020 and 2021! HF failed to fill the holes, so JD is doing the best he can to play catch-up.

  49. Committed Road Warrior January 29, 2010 11:55 am

    If Western Kentucky was scheduled earlier in the season (read: after the USC/BYU roadtrip), I wouldn’t think much of it. But scheduling a Sun Belt bottom-feeder to round off the season is almost like how some schools schedule a I-AA (FCS) team for Senior Day.

    What will really start to irk people is if the fifth and final non-conference spot for 2012 is occupied by a true 1-AA team. That”s gonna be a rather weak home schedule if that comes to fruition.

  50. rage777 January 29, 2010 11:57 am

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc,

    I remember a really long time ago when we went to Camellia, somebody ordered sushi. I don’t know if it was in the line or they ordered it from the waitress though. I just remember grilling it because I don’t like raw fish. I don’t know how many items (or if) they have in a menu.

    Why do all athletes always say they are in the “best shape of their lives” or “100% injury free”, when we usually learn about something later on.

  51. Garret January 29, 2010 12:01 pm

    Here are some statements about the UH-WKU game from WKU’s perspective.

    “This is tremendous for our football program in many ways,” Selig said in a statement. “It gives us an extra regular season game with the benefits of a post-season bowl game.

    “This will be the farthest we have ever traveled for a football game and marks another milestone in our program’s continued development.”

    “I am really excited about this game,” WKU Willie Taggart said in a statement. “It gives us an extra regular season game and a chance to compete against a very good football program in a great environment.

    “The experience will also resemble a bowl game in many ways. We will be about chasing greatness and catching excellence in the process and playing this game in this setting will be a great experience for our players, coaches, administration and fans.”

  52. Garret January 29, 2010 12:06 pm

    Article about the Nike combine being held this weekend in Hawaii. I didn’t realize that there would be a prominent recruit named Walter Santiago–I knew his Dad back when I taught sports & games in summer fun at Hauula and Walter Sr.’s Mom was my boss.

    Hawaii has been an under-appreciated location for football as the state annually puts out between 25-30 Division I prospects every year. In just the past few years, Hawaii has sent players to prominent programs such as USC, Notre Dame, UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Brigham Young University, Washington and Colorado.

    One of the more intriguing players expected to work out is freshman defensive tackle Reeve Kohler of St. Louis (Honolulu, Hawaii). The younger brother of Arizona tackle Solomon Kohler, Reeve is 6-foot-2, 285 pounds and had a scholarship offer from Hawaii when he was still in the 8th grade.

    Kahuku (Hawaii) is another strong program and Ben Mamea has a chance to be one of the top linebackers in the West region next year. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound athlete has been a two-way starter for the Red Raiders since his sophomore season but projects on the defensive side of the ball. BYU, Colorado, UCLA and Utah are already showing interest.

    Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii) knocked off Kahuku for the state title last year and defensive back Walter Santiago was a big reason why. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound defensive back locked down his side of the field and earned second-team all-state honors. Ironically, Kahuku’s offensive coordinator is Walter Santiago Sr., father of the talented defensive back.

  53. Garret January 29, 2010 12:19 pm

    So, I’m guessing the 2012 schedule will look like this:

    Road: USC, BYU, BSU, Fresno State, Utah State, NMSU
    Home: UNLV, Western Kentucky, D-IAA, SJSU, La Tech, Idaho, Nevada

    That home schedule will not be very compelling and USC/BYU/BSU is a really tough group of road games. Hopefully UH will be a deep and tough team then, because I could see UH sweeping those home games which will hopefully bring out the crowds despite the perceived quality of the opponents.

  54. r b January 29, 2010 12:27 pm

    #7 Kekoa
    Sounds racist to me.Anyone know any positive recruit stories ie UH

  55. Coqui poke January 29, 2010 12:37 pm

    Thanks to JD for scheduling WK in 2012. Yes, a higher profile team may have been better. Or, what is worse, no team to play…been there.
    At first, I also went “Who dat?” But then I read what the coach of WK said and recognized the Warrior football program for what it has achieved and seemed happy for the opportunity to play here (we should hire this guy to head the HVB). If the players reflect the personality of the coach, we are going to have a great game.
    I also hope that WK will bring a host of fans to the game and spend some money, too. Given the economy the way it is, we should welcome anyone that has not visited here, and give them any reason to come. They may end up forming friendships with the the locals, too.
    Give it a chance

  56. ai-eee-soos January 29, 2010 1:11 pm

    A-House: re #32

    Grambling vs Hawaii at Honolulu Stadium

    “… Do you remember if any on that team went to the NFL? …”

    Hal Stringert went on to the Chargers; same time as Kellen Winslow Sr.

    ( If I remember correctly. )

  57. jm2375 January 29, 2010 1:28 pm

    *burp* Just back from the cattle call honoring The Beast. Good friends and good fuuud. Probably about 25 including Bulla’s guests.
    The only bad thing was I had to go back to work smelling like smoke. oh well. Noticeably absent (without a good excuse) were Rob25 and Homey. They’ve been AWOL from the blog for a while too.

  58. A-House January 29, 2010 1:34 pm


    forgot about Winslow, Sr who was their TE.

    was not Jeris White on that team too? Miami, 3rd rd as DB.

  59. LizKauai m/ January 29, 2010 1:56 pm

    Mahalo for the Colt news, ST!
    I reposted to ES…


  60. Pauoa Boy January 29, 2010 1:59 pm

    Old Diver, Garret…

    Noted…just sucks having to settle for what we can because of failure to be proactive. Oh well, that road schedule is tuff so hopefully it will carry some weight. Anyway, at least JD bringing back BYU to the schedule, I love them Cougs…NOT!!!

  61. Pauoa Boy January 29, 2010 2:03 pm

    So thinking about Colt Brennan, I wonder what his situation will be like in Washington now that Shanahan is there. Hope he gets his chance soon or get traded somewhere so we can see him play.

  62. bb January 29, 2010 2:07 pm

    what ever happened to Scott Robb’s afternoon show?

  63. Bulla January 29, 2010 2:23 pm

    For those that were at the Cattle Call, mahalo, so good to see all of you….good way to start the New Year is with good friends.

    for those of you who were wondering who the statuesque beauty in the black and white dress was….that is aunty dawn, our dear friend who is the morning DJ for 95.5 Christian Radio called ‘The Fish’…….the other couple was the Athletic Director for Christian Academy Robert Helsham and his lovely wife…the other gal by Lyn is aunty Kristie, party planner extraordinairre…she did ryan’s grad party at rumors…..oh what a night.

    dropped ‘the beast’ off at UH to check in with everyone……all is good….

    make memories, make memories, make memories……. a hui hou

  64. Kekoa (iPhone) January 29, 2010 2:27 pm

    Howzit PB!
    You think Colt will benefit from the coaching change? I’m thinking they will expect him to step up.

    First, give him protection. Then, Colt just needs to do what he does best…play ball! We all know he can do it.

  65. AZWARRIOR22 January 29, 2010 2:34 pm

    Where can I find Colt to sign my Tsaikos “Colt for Heisman” sign? Why Western Kentucky…don’t make sense? When do we hear more good recruiting news?

  66. Pomai January 29, 2010 2:42 pm

    Sitting here staring at the screen an da Hawaiian Paralysis is setting in!!! you think I would have learned by now…….

  67. ai-eee-soos January 29, 2010 2:42 pm

    A-House: RE # 58

    “… January 29th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    forgot about Winslow, Sr who was their TE.
    was not Jeris White on that team too? Miami, 3rd rd as DB…. ”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Don’t remember what year the Hawaii-Grambling game was played.

    Jeris White was drafted in 1974.

    Stringert was signed in 1975 – don’t remember if he was drafted.

    So depending on what year the game was played, yes, they could have been team mates in that game.

  68. Pauoa Boy January 29, 2010 2:45 pm

    Howzit Kekoa,

    I think Shanahan is a way better coach then Zorn and smarter. He’s more run oriented/play action kind of guy but Elway, Plummer, and Cutler flourished under him. I think he could do Colt some good as long as Campbell is out of the question. Plus when he was OC for the 49ers, Steve Young flourished as well. If not hope Colt goes to the Dolphins and reunites with 50% of the dreadheads.

  69. mctruck January 29, 2010 2:52 pm

    Pauoa Boy/ A-House……mahalo’s for your information, appreciate it.

  70. tommui January 29, 2010 2:57 pm

    BULLA, JM et al: Sorry I missed you at the CC.

    A 93-year old friend of mine called me this morning to have lunch with him.

    After lunch I dropped by (about 1:30) to “talk story” and missed you guys and Don Weirs et al.

    Best to the Eastman clan and to all of you.

  71. jm2375 January 29, 2010 3:21 pm

    Epenesa to UCLA. So no UH visit?

  72. bstunna2002 January 29, 2010 3:38 pm

    It also looks like Fifita committed to Fresno St. I know he was supposed to visit this weekend though so we’ll see what happens.

  73. al January 29, 2010 3:48 pm

    tommui, pride., ralph

  74. al January 29, 2010 3:51 pm

    bs….where were you?

    i think fifita’s visit was kanked awhile back after we got two excellent ones from kapolei.

  75. Tae Bo Jackson January 29, 2010 3:55 pm

    Congrats to Jeff Ulbrich, new special teams coach for the Seahawks

  76. Richie January 29, 2010 4:05 pm

    The news story stated that Epenesa got a late offer from UH. I am trying to figure out why we would be “late” in extending an offer to a local kid who is good enough to get offers from UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, Colorado, and Texas Tech. Sounds pretty inexcusable to me.

  77. wafan January 29, 2010 4:12 pm

    WOW. The Paralysis must have really settled in deep. That is always a good sign!

    A long day of appointments capped off with a one hour massage. Ahhhhh, wonderful.

  78. wafan January 29, 2010 4:14 pm

    Western Kentucky. Might be just what we need to end the season and as a last tune up for a bowl game. Looks to be a rough season on the road!

    Warriors should not overlook them.

  79. koakane January 29, 2010 4:14 pm

    if my memory is still functioning another person on that team that played grambling in the old stadium was golden richards. he played one play and broke his leg on the opening kickoff. he was supposed to be the equalizer but as we know warriors took it in the short that day. like ahouse said the band did put on a good show at half time.

  80. koakane January 29, 2010 4:17 pm

    another note of interest on the grabling vs uh that day was the one haole boy that was on the team. he got to play in the second half.

  81. wafan January 29, 2010 4:19 pm

    I think it was yesterday someone mentioned that recruits going away say they were ignored or offered late. Yet, Mr. Tsai says different. Hmmmm.

    Might be a way for them to save face and make someone else the bad guy. Seems to be the trend with a lot of the teens — blame someone or something else.

    They are not the bad guys. It is tough to make a life long and life altering decision at 17 or 18. Especially when family, friends, and perception come into play.

  82. ai-eee-soos January 29, 2010 4:22 pm

    Koakane: re #80.

    Yes, I remember that too.

    I think he was mentioned in Sports Illustrated;

    he went to Grambling because he wanted to play under Eddie Robinson.

  83. wafan January 29, 2010 4:23 pm

    I went to the Tiger/Bows game. Heck, I even went to the Tiger Band show the next day! What a clinic. They explained their philosophy and mechanics clearly.

  84. bstunna2002 January 29, 2010 4:38 pm

    My deepest apologies for missing the CC Al, I’m still trying to figure out why you make appts to see the Dr when they see you an hour after your appt time go figure….but I’m sure I missed out on some good food and company and some inside scoops….maybe next time….

  85. LizKauai m/ January 29, 2010 4:40 pm


  86. Kekoa January 29, 2010 4:56 pm

    PB ~ Sorry took so long to answer your post! I went into a deep state of schock when I realized how much I ate at the CC! Plus, Aunty Lyn put me in charge of the leffova cup cakes! (Ended up giving ’em all away to the wait help, apologies to D-1).

    I agree with what you say about the likelyhood of Shanahan tweaking the offense. My only concern is with the O-line. Those guys couldn’t stop a riotous group of campfire girls! Colt can’t afford anymore down time due to injuries.

    I too would love to see him get together with his fave receivers at Miami. BTW, I wish Jason Rivers could try again.

  87. RedZone January 29, 2010 4:56 pm

    I went to the Grambling St game. I think it was their oline that was huge. It was bigger than a lot of the NFL teams at that time. Their band was awesome. One of the best I have seen.

  88. Kekoa January 29, 2010 4:58 pm

    Wafan ~ We buried a few *hubcaps* for you at table #6!

  89. wafan January 29, 2010 5:04 pm

    Kekoa . . .

    Awesome! Just so long as I got my money’s worth.


  90. Don Weir January 29, 2010 5:10 pm

    UH of 1972 season played Grambling
    Jeris White, Hal Stringert, Golden Richards, maybe even our good friend Charlie Aiu who passed on
    Levi Stanley to WFL as well

    Winslow and some Guy nicknamed Big Hands I thought

    It was a very long afternoon for many of us.

  91. Irse January 29, 2010 5:22 pm

    Would that be DT Gary “Big Hands” Johnson?

  92. ai-eee-soos January 29, 2010 5:34 pm

    re # 87

    more about Grambling

    Yeah that team was big big big, and fas’ fas’ fas’.

    Their coach(es) described their team as


    that said it all.

  93. d1島 January 29, 2010 6:47 pm

    All we do is pay
    Attention to Intention
    Letter of Intent

  94. d1島 January 29, 2010 6:57 pm

    Play the reigning champ
    Time to crush the coconut
    Go hard VolleyBows!

  95. Ralph January 29, 2010 7:47 pm

    Teams like Western Kentucky are a safety net for the coach and AD, it is easier to qualify for the Hawaii Bowl having to beat W.K. than a team like Wisconsin on the last day of the regular season. JD is hedging his bet to improve UH chances of making it to the Hawaii Bowl, same reason he was willing to play Central Arkansas for a winnable game and he wants to continue scheduling at least one D1 AA team each season. He is looking at his balance sheet and its in red for the UHAD-6 million plus. The 2012 home schedule for fb sucks, especially when he asked for a higher maximum for ticket prices that can be introduced later, where is the value.

  96. Mrs. A-House January 29, 2010 8:01 pm

    Grambling Band:

    We were seated about the 40 yd line on the Makai sideline. Suddenly, you could hear the drums under the bleachers and out of the Diamond Head makai entry they made their famous entry – their famous movements moving side to side, down and up until the entire band was on the field. Precision plus!!!

    Then, it was all showmanship and a show many of us cannot forget.

  97. whitey January 29, 2010 8:17 pm

    ralph, no get too far ahead and upset, we neva even play the 2010 season and we don’t know what the WAC schedule is. right now, we don’t know who signed the loi except for sapolu and bright.

  98. Garret January 29, 2010 8:47 pm


    Before you complain about the 2012 nonconference home schedule, maybe UH plans to increase ticket prices in 2011 or 2013. Both years have a *very* good home schedule for UH fans.

    2011 home games:
    Oregon State
    Fresno State
    Utah State

    Colorado, Oregon State, BSU, and Fresno State are an *excellent* group of teams and tickets will be in greater demand that year.

    2013 home games:
    Fresno State
    Utah State
    D-IAA team to be named later

    ALL nonconference games in 2013 are at Aloha Stadium! I repeat, *no* nonconference games on the road. USC is a HUGE draw. BYU is an amazing draw. Army and Washington will get great interest. BSU and Fresno State are probably the best WAC draws for ticket sales. And UH has all of them at Aloha Stadium in one season!

    USC, BYU, Army, U-Dub, BSU, and Fresno State all at Aloha Stadium in one season…wow.
    I *guarantee* that ticket prices will be higher by 2013. Plus, UH has 2 extra home games that season, so revenue will be even greater.

  99. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 8:48 pm

    Yep.. and after 2011, We may be breaking in a new QB and a set of receivers, eh?

  100. Garret January 29, 2010 8:50 pm


    We actually *do* know which WAC teams will come to Aloha Stadium in 2012…see my post #53. The 2012 home schedule isn’t that compelling for UH fans…but 2013 might be the best home schedule UH ever has. Since teams are going to home-and-home deals, I seriously doubt that we’ll ever again see a season where all of UH’s nonconference games are at home.

  101. Garret January 29, 2010 8:53 pm

    The CB that Al was hoping for (Acker) was going to choose Idaho…but JJ came to him with a late scholarship offer and he just committed to SMU. His final 2 was Idaho and SMU, so at least JJ took him away from Idaho instead of UH.

  102. Garret January 29, 2010 9:00 pm

    So, it appears that VJ Feheko is on a recruiting trip to UH this weekend. The eyewitness from WSN said that VJ, Allen Sampson and Lawrence Lagafuaina seemed like they were getting the most attention from UH coaches. He said that those three recruits were put in the same car…Inoke took the first batch of recruits away to wherever their next stop was.

    Other recruits this weekend: Corey Lau, Marcus Umu, and a couple of other recruits he couldn’t identify.

    He mentioned that Inoke was very involved with the recruiting of Lagafuaina and Gordy Shaw was talking with Sampson’s Mom.

  103. Pride. January 29, 2010 9:03 pm

    Congratulations to Jeff Ulbrich. That’s just awesome news.

  104. Ralph January 29, 2010 9:05 pm

    is it plausible that JD raises prices one year, 2011, lowers the next in 2012 because of the schedule, then raises it even higher because of the brand names coming to Aloha Stadium. Once it goes up, rarely will it come down, especially since the premium seats and ticket prices were introduced by HF and adjustments have already been made.

  105. al January 29, 2010 9:28 pm

    It was a different
    CB actually.

  106. bstunna2002 January 29, 2010 9:55 pm

    Al is the cb you were hoping for still uncommitted?

  107. Ralph January 29, 2010 10:09 pm

    Rob was on tv next to charlie

  108. Ralph January 29, 2010 10:18 pm

    Western Kentucky finished the season 0-12, hopefully they find a season changing coach like June Jones and show up in 2012 ready to play football.

  109. SteveM January 29, 2010 10:22 pm

    I must out of Camellia Cattle Call shape… fell asleep at the computer at 1500 and woke up in bed. Almost skipped dinner.

    No sign of jojo today, my favorite BBQ pork partner, but the first time I grilled with myki & sj-macro. My kind of people…turn the flames up high and if it’s not char-broiled color, it’s not done! Yum.

    I was impressed (hard to do nowadays) that Al was still cooking while most of us were trying to stand up and move. 🙂

  110. Da Punchbowl Kid January 29, 2010 10:49 pm

    That C_C was terrific! Most food I’ve eaten in a long time, specially since I been tryin’ not eat so much.

    I was honored to sit on the same table as Da Beast and the Hon. Rev. Joe Onosai. Excellent conversation with those guys and no one stealing each other’s food. (Not that I would have grumbled at Joe or Da Beast if they wanted my food. 😆 )

    The cupcakes which Monsignor Kekoa mentioned were truly awesome. Nice crowd, great to see so many friends again. 🙂

    Still no sign of homey… 🙁

  111. Da Punchbowl Kid January 29, 2010 10:51 pm

    Yah, I mighta had a long nap when I got home…

  112. bighilofan2 January 29, 2010 11:03 pm

    Good evening Tsaikos everywhere.

    Howzit Howzit. read you loud and clear. you are absolutely correcto mundo. i wuzza knee jerkin to Justin. The Justin I know hangs with
    Abe’s pop, and he’s usuallly pretty knowledgeable about back room rumors. i wuz just saying, hoping, wishing those two guyz Tormey and Shaw don’t leave for awhile. Coach Mack did us real good in getting that kinda help for our Warriors.

    and you’re right, being nice is the best way to go all the way around.

  113. Ralph January 29, 2010 11:04 pm

    ESPNU televising UH vs Nevada on Saturday, 5 p.m. HST

  114. al January 29, 2010 11:06 pm

    the cb is john hardy-tuilau and he’s a warrior.

  115. al January 29, 2010 11:19 pm

    for the record….aside from pride. who came well after we were all done. i was the last one to go grab some kalbi and then when i sat down ralph had taken all of the grill space.

  116. al January 29, 2010 11:25 pm

    that cc was fun.
    the korean man and the korean waitress really missed us.
    i think some of the tsaikos missed the korean fuud.

    except bulla. he was so excited he forgot to eat.

  117. Ralph January 29, 2010 11:29 pm

    Kazz was Amanda Gil in the house tonight?

  118. BG January 29, 2010 11:31 pm

    Dang…you sure one night hawk! I can barely keep my eyes open already. BTW, I do agree with you 100% that Tormey and Shaw were great additions to the staff. I look forward to them building on their initial work. Would be wunderbar to see a couple of blocked kicks next season, and the O-line continue to improve.

    Another great day today! G’nite!

  119. al January 29, 2010 11:40 pm

    i ran into new wr recruit, darius bright.
    nice guy and yes he is every bit the 6’5″/225lbs.

  120. Bigislandkurt January 30, 2010 12:16 am

    RE: Grambling

    I always knew that we had played Grambling State when the Great Eddie Robinson was Coach. What I did not know was that they brought their band along! What an experience that must have been.

    I’ve always been on multiple boards advocating for UH to schedule games with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). I would have much rather seen more teams like Grambling, Southern, Florida A&M (FamU), and even the suddenly resurgent Prairie View A&M. These teams always field a good squad and once got all the top athletes when racist practices kept them from going to some of the more “storied” programs in the BCS. Today, they still play at a high level and come with some great traditions……including those GREAT bands and dancers. One of my Fraternity bro’s who went to Jackson State University in Jackson, MS told me that people wouldn’t go to the game to watch the game…..they went to watch the band!

    I think the UH band can rock it too……but only when they are in the stands. Kinda boring when they on the field at halftime. They need to youtube some clips from the HBCU’s and start droppin’ it like it’s HOT!


  121. al January 30, 2010 12:17 am

    according to tomboahi….that aussie blake muir will accept an offer from the warriors for january 2011.

    he will compete as an olineman. he is currently 6’5 1/2″/260 lbs.

  122. RedZone January 30, 2010 12:20 am

    oi, oi , oi.

  123. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 30, 2010 12:36 am

    Saw at least six Tsai-kos at the volleyball match earlier this evening sitting across from us.

    Tonight’s match was the best one so far this season – UH and UC-Irvine had to fight it out big time, but DaBoyz finally pulled it off in Set Five.

    Mahalo to Coach Charlie and a bunch of Big Handz to Josh and Jonas and Ric for their incredible playing. Wish I’d recorded it.

    Please attend tomorrow night’s match – our team is a Winna BeegTime.

  124. LizKauai (iPhone) January 30, 2010 12:43 am

    Nitey nite and sweet volleybows dreams!

  125. Bulla January 30, 2010 4:09 am

    Good morning Tsaikos,

    Hope all is well and that today is a restful day for each and every one of you.

    Sooooooooooooo good seeing all of the familiar faces yesterday, long time no see……the 4 F club was in full swing.

    mahalo for making Ryan feel special, he loves the picture of him and aunty Dawn O’Brien, the lovely lass in the white/black dress that dropped by….she’s our Tongan/Irish sister, beautiful as ever (you missed out Homey)

    Friday night Ryan was speaking to about 50 10th graders from St. Louis who were on a 3 day retreat for school…..and the question asked, ‘why did you leave a full scholarship at Weber?’ the answer was plain and simple, “I want to be a Warrior, I want to represent my family, Saint Louis, this state and wear the Green & Black. This is my home and I am grateful to be able to participate in Spring Ball….. Going away was a good experience, I had to grow up real fast and that was good. But now it’s time to help the Warriors win games”

    someone said once, money can’t buy you happiness, but it’ll rent some joy for awhile, haha

    have a good day, and Don Weir, nice to see you at the CC, we’ll be online soon completing our application.

  126. wafan January 30, 2010 4:33 am

    Good morning!

    I hope everyone has a wonderfully pleasant and fulfilling day (and night)!!!

  127. Garret January 30, 2010 4:44 am


    I was wrong about the CB then. I thought I had heard about Acker from your post awhile back, but I’m glad if you were talking about Hardy-Tuilau.

  128. Garret January 30, 2010 4:47 am

    Regarding Ferd’s column today, if the rumors come true and the BCS requires that all AQ conferences are required to have a conference championship game, then *no* AQ team will be available to end the season in Hawaii.

    When the conference shuffling goes on in 2 years or so, UH will have stop having the late nonconference games anyway if it is in a conference with a championship game.

  129. bighilofan2 January 30, 2010 4:47 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Don Weir,

    I’ll be online kinda soon to complete my application. 😀

    and i’ll be a season tix holder kinda soon too. 😀

    yelling at the games beats going to a therapist. 😆

  130. bighilofan2 January 30, 2010 4:59 am


    good morning. my best to the Beast.
    sorry couldn’t attend the cc yesterday.
    glad you all had a good time.

  131. bighilofan2 January 30, 2010 5:18 am


    you provide a great service. Thank You.

  132. NYUH January 30, 2010 5:41 am

    I think we should point to the fallacy of Miami whenever we can.

    Go Dolphins!

    Typically, the Pro Bowl is held after the Super Bowl has ended, and it is usually in Hawaii. Just imagine, you’ve just finished playing a grueling 16-plus game season and you are rewarded a selection as one of the best players in the league. Now you can go to Hawaii, bring your family, soak in your favorite sport in a relaxed atmosphere. Sounds nice. I can see Peyton Manning and Drew Brees laughing about their recent Super Bowl game while taking in the surf.

    Too bad that won’t happen.

    The NFL, for apparently revenue-related reasons, has moved the Pro Bowl from its traditional home in Hawaii to the comparatively mundane Miami – a place players go regularly. No fun. Not only that, they moved it from the week after the Super Bowl to the week before. This means that the best two quarterbacks from the NFC (Drew Brees for the New Orleans Saints and Peyton Manning from the Indianapolis Colts, who will meet in the Super Bowl in Miami on Feb 7th) will, instead of playing, be watching the Pro Bowl from the sidelines.

  133. Committed Road Warrior January 30, 2010 7:55 am

    I wonder where everybody went? Must be the Saturday downs.

  134. wafan January 30, 2010 8:04 am




    Slow day.

  135. wafan January 30, 2010 8:05 am

    Still recovering from yesterday’s Beast Feast Feeding Frenzy?

  136. el guapo January 30, 2010 8:07 am

    2013 home games:
    Fresno State
    Utah State
    D-IAA team to be named later

    Then Nevada, LaTech, Idaho, and SJSU on the road.

    That is indeed a great schedule. The team needs to be up for the challenge and next week’s HS recruits will be key in how that season plays out.

  137. wafan January 30, 2010 8:09 am

    The other Warriors must be wondering when they will have the opportunity to have participate in a feeding frenzy with the Beast’s uncles and aunties.

  138. wafan January 30, 2010 8:13 am

    The new Hawai’i DL’s sure look . . . gaudy.

    As in gawd-awful-ugly.

  139. wafan January 30, 2010 8:16 am

    Not that Washington’s looks any better or worse.

  140. Kekoa (iPhone) January 30, 2010 8:17 am

    Wafan…off da lite ‘n go back sleep!

  141. wafan January 30, 2010 8:20 am

    Kekoa . . .

    Sun is out. Blue skies. Birds are singing.

    Somewhere else.

  142. Pomai January 30, 2010 8:47 am

    wafan our dear friend Kekoa said we had to eat your share at the cc, please in the future eat your own share, cause I’m still suffering, but hey we tried an we did!!!! en it’s da last time I listen to dat buggah…………

  143. A-House January 30, 2010 8:57 am


    I make it a habit to look at the “temps” from cities we have visited on trips and truly amazed that the temp in the Seattle area is very constant with only 5 – 9 degree difference. Most places will have a 17 – 28 degree change from high to low.

    also missed out on yesterday’s cattle call due to a previously arranged business meeting.

    enjoy your day!

  144. A-House January 30, 2010 9:04 am

    al & tomboahi:

    thanks for the news about Blake Muir – class of 2011, eh!

    good size and can fill out with 30#s of muscles – hey, Russell, where U?

    hope he is a qualifier and UH will not encounter the same problems with Jesse Williams.

    speaking of OL, I did not realize the number of OL that were “hidden” and soon to be walk-ons for Spring or Fall practice – no wonder Coach Mack and staff concentrated so much on the defensive side.

    Opinion: if a local student athlete really wanted to stay home and play before family and friends and Tsaikos, when an offer is made should not have any bearing on accepting.

  145. d1島 January 30, 2010 9:10 am

    Great Morning All!

    Excellent results yesterday….

    Sounds like another awesome Cattle Call and congratulations to the VolleyBows!

  146. Bulla January 30, 2010 9:39 am

    funny thing,
    you know when you do a CC you have a lot of long lasting memories……that’s a given….but being the doting daddy, i didn’t eat yesterday, and i could stand to lose a meal or two or three, ok that’s enough.

    but i was wondering, if i still smelled like a korean bbq this morning, and we were there for less than 1 1/2 hours….how does the staff handle that……just a crazy thought, but i had to really wash my nostrils out to get the smell out, and even my shiny head had residue, haha

    just a thought…………but it was just good to see everyone on a happier note 🙂

  147. Bulla January 30, 2010 9:44 am

    On the Men’s VB….Coach Charlie is cooking up something special i think…..great victory for the team and the program…….unreal

  148. jm2375 January 30, 2010 9:44 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Where’s brew?

    HOYA SAXA!! #7 Hoyas crushing #8 Blue Devils.

    Had a good conversation with protector and iwwthm. All non-sports related topics though. For those who haven’t yet met iwwthm, he’s not much older than our resident mathematics teacher, Jason.

  149. Pomai January 30, 2010 9:54 am

    jm2375 I was surprised at that too!!!! Sorry iwwthm you sound older on the blog.. LOL

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  152. protector January 31, 2010 6:38 am

    Congrats to Coach Wade & the men’s VB team!

    Had a nice time at the cc. Great fuud & greater company. It’s always interesting to match more faces to the names on the blog. Started off the day with a ‘senior’ moment; at the wrong Camellia at noontime. I was at the wrong place at the right time.

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