Bailey, Mason hired as play-callers

As expected, Don Bailey and Tom Mason have been hired to run the Warriors’ offense and defense, respectively. Here’s the skinny:

> It will remain a collective effort to craft the offensive game plan. Bailey will be the play-caller. He also will coach the quarterbacks.

> In addition to calling the defensive plays, Mason is expected to coach either the safeties or cornerbacks. UH is expected to use both a 4-3 and a 3-4 as bases.

> Bailey and Mason are expected to be on board March 1, more than a month ahead of the start of spring practice.

> The Warriors are close to completing the staff with the addition of a coach to coordinate special teams and help with the defensive secondary. Staff assignments probably won’t be finalized for another week.

Here’s the online story: UH hires play-callers

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What to do on a Thursday night in Riverside?

The volleyball Warriors rooted for the Rainbow Wahine basketball team.

Laura Beeman tweeted that the volleyball team is “our 6th Man of the Year! They rocked the house. Awesome support on the road. What a great win!”

No word on whether Warrior associate head coach Mila Zarkovic sang “Hawaiโ€˜i Ponoโ€˜i.”


  1. d1shima February 13, 2015 7:22 am

    Great Morning All!


  2. d1shima February 13, 2015 7:22 am

    Aloha to the new OC and DC (in no particular order)

  3. d1shima February 13, 2015 7:24 am

    “collective effort”

    Eh, as long as he not taking suggestions from fans on call-in radio shows…


  4. Akamai Okole February 13, 2015 7:25 am

    Tinking about a new blog handle.

    Watchu tink? ๐Ÿ˜†

  5. BigWave96744 February 13, 2015 7:26 am

    Welcome aboard Coaches… Finally a real OC… Been a while, no?

  6. Bugaz February 13, 2015 7:34 am

    Best of luck to the new coaches. Hope all coaches and players come together and gel. Welcome to Hawaii

  7. jm2375 February 13, 2015 7:38 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the new coaches!

    Good job, Charlie Wade and team! You guys rock! Now, back to work and sweeping the court. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Congrats to the basketball teams on their wins last night.


  8. beans February 13, 2015 7:46 am


  9. Ipu Man February 13, 2015 7:48 am

    Well, we got two cylinders firing up now.
    Got to get the rest of the engine tuned.
    Stay tuned.

  10. mytake February 13, 2015 7:53 am

    Who decided to offer Benji a month to month extension? Talk about insults. Maybe had he been a Mormon from Punahou he would have gotten more respect.
    I remember talk of dropping football down to D2 during Von Appens time. If that had happened we would have never witnessed the June Jones era.

  11. ArcumFortis February 13, 2015 7:58 am

    It’s good to have the coordinators in place and all things considered these seem like good hires. I am more hopeful about our offense. I wonder what the role of Jordan and Luke will be. I wish them well in their young coaching careers but feel they were put in roles beyond their capacities last year and things did not go well. As for coach Chow I hope he can lose his critical nature and learn to be a support for this coordinators rather than a grouchy curmudgeon. We have very little to lose this year. If we are awful then the coaches will be gone and we hit the restart button. So turn it loose Norm, lighten up, smile more, play a little Benjy ball and let’s make Aloha Stadium a fun place to be again.

  12. seewhy February 13, 2015 8:01 am

    So where does Wynn go?

  13. oneseason February 13, 2015 8:05 am

    Bowl eligibility just got a lot more real. 5 wins should be practically gimmes; 2 FCS + 3 MWC teams with 1 or 2 conference wins in 2014. Coach Chow needs just 2 more. Colorado should be beatable. That just means one more conference win.

  14. gigi-hawaii February 13, 2015 8:11 am

    I don’t know much about the new coordinators, but do wish them well.

    As for JJ wanting to be a head coach again, I don’t think he would be a good fit for Hawaii. After all, he left UH and SMU in the lurch. What makes you think he won’t do it again?

  15. Tofuzuke February 13, 2015 8:12 am

    Glad we finally have more pieces to the coaching puzzle completed. Things looking much better now. Eh, ST how u figure? Why doesn’t Coach hire Miyano or car wash guy from SD, he went call u da other day? These guys have the missing ingredients; the passion, love, and aloha for the state/program. Don’t we need a special teams, and DB coach, hard head bugga. Aloha new coaches welcome to the 50th state!

  16. tom February 13, 2015 8:15 am


  17. bowwar February 13, 2015 8:17 am

    Hiring McKnight for the special teams and help on the OL or tight ends would be a prudent move for Chow…However, I am sure there are other mitigating issues, so hopefully, they’ll find another person with passion for Hawaii football.

  18. seewhy February 13, 2015 8:23 am

    RE: oneseason #12

    2 FCS teams? UC Davis is the only FCS team next year.

  19. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 8:28 am

    Good to hear some positive news with the new coordinators Tom Mason and Don Bailey coming aboard with some time before spring ball. Chow needs to let Coach Bailey do his job.

    All of this “Manuela Boy, no mo 5 cents, no mo house, go Aala Park” talk about UH the last few day has given me a headache.

  20. ponojr February 13, 2015 8:48 am

    When did UH schedule ULM? Didn’t realize they play here on 11/28.

  21. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 8:53 am

    Here’s a guy I’d like to see hired at UH to coach the secondary:

  22. Maddog50 February 13, 2015 9:03 am

    Welcome to Coaches Bailey and Mason. Build some excitement win some games and you will have Friends for life by the thousands!!!!! Welcome!!!!

  23. Warbow February 13, 2015 9:09 am

    Something sound fishy here. Hired to call the plays but not officially given the Coordinator title yet? Let’s hope Bailey is allowed to install his own offense and call his own plays or we’ll be in the same poor situation offensively. Doesn’t matter who calls the plays for “Chow’s offense”, you’ll get the same results.

  24. boolakanaka February 13, 2015 9:18 am

    10–Totally agree. Sometimes with the advent of potential loss, it allows for the liberation of much greater freedom. So, cut it loose, play to win, and most of all, reinforce that the players should have fun in the process…

  25. Andrew February 13, 2015 9:20 am


    I was about to ask the same. When I heard that there were rumors of couple other staff members leaving, I figured Wynn would be one of them esp with the new hire. I think he is a very talented upcoming coach and it seemed like he didn’t always have full reign of the offense play calling at times.

  26. Old Diver February 13, 2015 9:25 am


    I believe all programs use a collective effort to map out offensive and defensive strategies for each game. The question is how much influence will the head coach have on offensive strategy. Spring practice has been a poor indicator of what Chow will run during the season meaning we won’t know how this plays out until the season begins.

  27. ponojr February 13, 2015 9:28 am

    To give Chow credit, the O did evolve from year 1. I’m sure he’ll be open to suggestions, he has nothing to lose.

  28. ai-eee-soos February 13, 2015 9:28 am

    # 14 and # 16.

    Yeah I like Kamikaze McKnight as S.T.,

    but we REALLY need a DB coach.

    We shall see what we shall see.

  29. Warbow February 13, 2015 9:34 am

    26, ..Chow’s to stubborn to take suggestions or change. As Aaron Price found out, it’s his way or the highway.

  30. Andrew February 13, 2015 9:36 am


    Give him credit though at least he has been evolving since he started

  31. al February 13, 2015 9:39 am

    Aaron Price had a personal issue that resulted in his never seeing the field. Don’t be running at the mouth if you don’t know the facts.

  32. NotNasti February 13, 2015 9:40 am

    Warbow: That’s not the reason Price was let go. Chow’s too much of a gentleman to air his dirty laundry.

  33. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 13, 2015 9:41 am

    How silly for us fans to think Chow would have given up the reigns of the offense to the offensive coordinator.

    Hahaha haha ha ha ugh…

  34. hitman February 13, 2015 9:44 am

    aloha and morning everyone!! well lets all hope that these coaches are able to do there thing at the UH under chow !!
    so ST who did you dress up as at last night UH Mans basketball game? was back to 80 night !!

  35. NorthShoreFan February 13, 2015 9:44 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    E komo mai Coach Baily and Mason. Got some great kids hungry to be coached up. Much success in this new endeavor.

  36. 808WarriorFan February 13, 2015 9:45 am

    #30 “AL” … calm down brah; we’re all Warrior Fans here and want nothing but the best for our boys in Green. That being said, per #11 “seewhy”, where does Jordan Wynn figure into all this or has he been quietly “not retained”

  37. NorthShoreFan February 13, 2015 9:46 am

    the smell of leather is in the air…

  38. seewhy February 13, 2015 9:57 am

    RE: 808WarriorFan #35

    That’s what I want to know. Did he get moved to another coaching position or did they not renew his contract?

  39. seewhy February 13, 2015 10:04 am

    RE: Andrew #24

    Or that too. He could have left during the mass migration. But I agree with you. I doubt he was calling those run, run, pass, punt plays.

  40. 3-Prong February 13, 2015 10:09 am

    Welcome new Rainbow Warrior coaches.

    Hoping the weather holds up Saturday night at The Les. Finance Factors providing the victory meal after the game like we’vve done the last few years. Let’s Go Bows!

  41. Stephen Tsai February 13, 2015 10:13 am

    They’re both serving roles as coordinators. It’s a paperwork thing that they’re unclassified at the moment. But Bailey is calling the offensive plays. The setup is the same everywhere. At Boise and Nevada, game plan is joint effort but play-calling belongs to OC, although HC has veto power.

  42. seewhy February 13, 2015 10:15 am

    RE: ponojr #19

    They scheduled them on September 19, 2014 to take advantage of the “Hawaii Exemption”. UH should not take ULM lightly. They play at the Dawgs for their opener and then play at Bama 2 weeks later.

  43. A-House February 13, 2015 10:18 am

    at this moment, it is vey refreshing to have 2 experienced OC and DC on board –
    there is hope in the air and smiles all around!!!

    we’ll have to wait and see how this translates into winning games or at least exciting games in 2015

    let the strings go, Coach Chow – you may catch much larger fish than anticipated

  44. seewhy February 13, 2015 10:21 am

    RE: ST #40

    So no more run, run, pass, punt calls?

  45. Stephen Tsai February 13, 2015 10:29 am

    I was listening to a local sports show this week, and the caller says UH always runs on third-and-long. And the host agrees. So I went through the play-by-play sheets and found UH passed 71 percent of the time on third-and-7-or-more.

  46. seewhy February 13, 2015 10:33 am

    I appreciate people who do their homework. Thanks for the stats, ST!

  47. tom February 13, 2015 10:34 am

    #30 AL said: “Donโ€™t be running at the mouth if you donโ€™t know the facts.”

    Really AL, since when did facts on this board overrule opinion? Facts?, we don’t need no stinkin’ facts!

  48. islandman February 13, 2015 10:40 am

    11. seewhy—Stephen had said on the radio that Wynn may become the tight ends coach.

    I was wondering who that real wild group cheering in the bleachers behind the Wahine basketball bench was in the Riverside game on the mainland. Must have been the Men’s volleyball team, mentioned by Stephen.

  49. Tempmanoa February 13, 2015 10:41 am

    The offense has been bad every year and has shown almost no improvement except for a teeny bit in 2013 when Schroeder started to hit great numbers. In the conference for conference games only: In 2012, UH last at 20.9 Points Per Game, In 2013 Hawaii next to last at 21.6 Points per game, and in 2014 next to last at 21.6 points per game. This in a conference where teams are scoring 30 plus and even 40 plus points per game. In modern college football, the teams that win have the most explosive offensenses in points per game, points per play, and yards per play– like Oregon, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida State. A new Offensive Coordinator is a strong and admirable step by Chow.

  50. Warbow February 13, 2015 10:47 am

    30…Who’s the guy who always makes posts about non factual stuff using “little Birdie” as an excuse to make stuff up. I know what I know about the Aaron Price situation from people in the know. There’s more that what you claim to know from your “little birdie”. Just put it this way, Price came in thinking he was going to run and control the offense, he was wrong. Why do you think he continued to draw a paycheck after he was let go?

  51. seewhy February 13, 2015 10:47 am

    RE: islandman #47

    Ahhh… Thank you.

  52. Inyoface February 13, 2015 10:50 am

    Can’t wait see Wittek, or whoever the QB is, throwing the pigskin around. Hopefully the receivers will have faith, be in sync and catch them.

  53. Stephen Tsai February 13, 2015 10:51 am

    Just spoke with Bailey. Interesting guy. I’ll have a story on his plans in tmw’s paper.

  54. seewhy February 13, 2015 10:54 am

    RE: Tempmanoa #48

    So true. I sure hope UH can increase their PPG to at least 30s. Can’t win games if your offense only scores 21 per, but your defense allows 27 per.

  55. seewhy February 13, 2015 10:56 am

    RE: ST #52

    Looking forward to tomorrows article.

  56. al February 13, 2015 10:56 am

    49…too funny.
    I guess somebody don’t know.
    He was paid off rather than go through a legal battle. It was a non-football issue.
    But, you may believe what you want.

    …nuff said!

  57. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 10:58 am

    Many of those Big Sky OCs have a penchant for opening it up on offense resulting in some prolific numbers. Should be an interesting spring on both offense and defense.

    Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams will transfer to Oregon to play his one remaining year after he graduates this Spring. Problem is that he’s been barred from using any of the training or practice facilities at EWU.

  58. oldtimer808 February 13, 2015 11:00 am

    #9 Coach Taylor was offered a one year extension not month to month.

  59. seewhy February 13, 2015 11:07 am

    Post season play will determine Taylor’s future.

  60. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 11:08 am

    How can? How can it be that one private construction crew can build and complete a brand new condo on top of Nordstrom’s at Ala Moana SC, faster it takes the City and County to renovate and fix a pavilion and basketball courts at Kanewai Park on Dole Street near UH? You have kids at the nearby elementary school (Hokulani) wondering aloud, too.

  61. seewhy February 13, 2015 11:14 am

    RE: Old School Dave #59

    I know right? Sadly, it’s all about the $$$.

  62. NotNasti February 13, 2015 11:15 am

    55 & 49: A “little birdie” told me that ignorance is bliss.

  63. cappie the dog February 13, 2015 11:35 am

    Idaho State doesn’t sound very impressive, but at least they play in a conference that includes Montana and Eastern Washington. 655 yards against Weber State. Hawaii should be grateful to get anybody on such short notice.

    Pass, pass, and pass. That’s what I want to see.

    So cross your fingers and pray for a 7-6 season.

    Is it too late to cancel the Ohio State game? THERE IS NO BENEFIT IN PLAYING THIS GAME.

  64. boolakanaka February 13, 2015 11:36 am

    Not Nasti–ignorance is not only bliss, its my constant companion, and my only Valentine.

  65. st. anthony trojan February 13, 2015 11:42 am

    OLD SCHOOL DAVE… it depends how many you put on the job…
    Here in Manila…many medium to high rise projects n sewer line projects…the men work …eat…n sleep at the project….not unusual to see them working 7 days a week… n 12 hour days…from sun-up to sun-down…one dude is designated as cook.. n works also n cooks the rice…n main dish….washes up…then back to work…most if not all eat with hands…in a clear plastic…like a bag….seems to work 4 them…

    Sleeping is just a tarp over sum 2×4’s…laundry they do right there by hand…usually no holidays are celebrated…maybe just the major ones…
    n for most that are married…wifey comes by n picks up the kala 4 the family needs…some government projects are done this way also…

    Congrats to the Lunas n Wildcats on their wins last nite….seems like an all outside island teams 4 the title…

    Here is Valentines Day….don’t 4-get to get wifey sum flowers n Chocolate now…n 2 all the ladies here…best wishes…for a good one…

  66. cappie the dog February 13, 2015 11:44 am

    Check out the poll question on the ESPN website.

    Who would you rather have: Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston?

    It’s 71-29 percent in favor of the St. Louis alumnus.

    Even the state of Florida is in Mariota’s corner.

  67. seewhy February 13, 2015 11:46 am

    Thanks for reminding me st. anthony trojan. GO LADY LUNAS!!!

  68. SteveM February 13, 2015 11:47 am

    Good morning everyone!

    RE: #13
    gigi — If JJ came back and could lead Hawaii to the football promised land (bowls) again, I would not think badly if he left/retired again. It’s been “feast or famine” since, and I (as usual) am getting very hungry… ๐Ÿ˜

  69. Da Punchbowl Kid February 13, 2015 11:48 am

    Welcome Coaches Mason and Bailey! Best of luck to both of you!

    Really looking forward to seeing the new faces on the team and among the coaches at spring ball!

  70. seewhy February 13, 2015 11:48 am

    RE: cappie the dog #65

    I saw that too. I think it’s because of Winston’s off field issues.

  71. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 13, 2015 11:51 am

    If they have to cancel a game, I hope its the Wisconsin one. I really want to experience a game in the Horseshoe. And it’s not every season you can say you are playing the defending National Champions.

  72. Shoko February 13, 2015 11:53 am

    There are coordinators who have play-calling duties or control of the offense written into their contract. If that’s the case, it’s plausible that Chow didn’t have any other recourse than to fulfill the terms of the contract or let Price go with full pay. But its also plausible that Price had personal issues unrelated to a disagreement about who is running the offense, too.

    Guess it depends on who you want to believe.

  73. SteveM February 13, 2015 11:56 am

    RE: #62
    cappie the dog — there is no benefit in playing Ohio State if you need 7 wins to go bowling. However, their $1.2 million in our piggy bank is badly needed… and what would be our $ penalty if be backed out of the game?

  74. Shoko February 13, 2015 11:56 am

    So, is that figure of $250,000 an accurate number of what they are paying Mason?

    Is UH thinking about canceling either the Wisconsin or Ohio State game?

  75. Shoko February 13, 2015 11:58 am

    If the UH is considering hiring JJ, one has to ask what is his asking price to take the job. I’m thinking over a million to become head coach again.

  76. Warbow February 13, 2015 11:59 am

    49..Non Football issue lol…Believe what you want or what your “little birdie” tells you. I know that wasn’t the whole story as to why he was dismissed. If you think those issues didn’t carry over to the football field and created havoc on the field with other offensive coaches then that explains why you rely on “little birdies” a for your truth.

  77. Pete Jek February 13, 2015 11:59 am

    This is good news…

    Re: offense…the problem hasn’t been the playcalling. The issue has been and continues to be a lack of play makers on offense, specifically at the WR position. The slots haven’t been particularly quick on the inside, and the wideouts have neither speed nor quickness.

    If the RB is your best player, then I wouldn’t blame the coach if they ran on every single play.

    …and we haven’t even talked about the QB position…

  78. seewhy February 13, 2015 12:00 pm

    UH shouldn’t pay anyone over $500,000 until they show concrete results. Do a good job, get rewarded.

  79. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 12:02 pm

    St. Anthony Trojan: I passed by the State Capital a few weeks ago and saw a crew cleaning the pond there. One guy was doing the cleaning, while 3 others were “supervising.” I should have taken a picture with that backdrop.

    BTW, was on the Valley Isle recently and drove by the “Imu” at Lahainaluna High. That’s has to be one of the most scenic places to play a high school football game. I understand that a wealthy resident, originally from the mainland, donated the $$$ for that project.

  80. st. anthony trojan February 13, 2015 12:08 pm

    Ha Ha…Sumone on here is getting very funny n making joke…when the dust settles…that L on the hill be changed to a big K….GO WILDCATS…me born Maui.. but last voting residence is KONA…so still vote there…unlike say…’SAY’
    he he he

  81. seewhy February 13, 2015 12:09 pm

    RE: Old School Dave #78

    Gotta thank Ms. Sue D. Cooley.

  82. Whats up February 13, 2015 12:12 pm

    Hopefully Chow lets the new OC due his job and get this offense clicking or doing something… I mean anything to score touchdowns. I think this past season that when the Hawaii offense could move the ball into to red zone, a touch down was pretty rare. Hawaii usually scored on big plays and when they drove (Or recoverd a turnover) inside the 15 yard line the offense had difficulty punch it in the end zone and usually ended up with a field goal. This has got to change or the Warriors will lose pretty much every game next season.

    No offense to Jordan Wynn and Luke Matthews but they are not ready to coach OC/QB/Play Caller/WR at the FBS level, yet. This is great experience for both of them to build on but they need more experience under their belt first.

  83. oneseason February 13, 2015 12:16 pm

    #17 … seewhy … my bad. Louisiana-Monroe is FBS in Sun Belt. 4W-8L in conference. Hoping that will be the 5th “should-win pretty easily if all goes well”.

  84. Whats up February 13, 2015 12:17 pm


    GiGi, I would be so cynical about June Jones leaving UH and SMU in the fashion he did. JJ did coach at UH for 9 seasons before leaving and he did coach at SMU for 7 seasons before leaving. It’s not like JJ coached and turned both those programs around and bolted for the money in 2-3 seasons. Ask Colorado State how it feels to lose and coach that turned it around and bolted so quickly.

    Listen, everybody has their reasons for moving on but JJ stuck around for almost a decade with UH and a very long time with SMU. And thats pretty rare in todays cut throat, money driven business of College/NFL Coaching.

    It understandable that JJ leaving Hawaii hurt all of us and the Football program has falling ever since. But to think that any coach or player is going to be loyal to any football program for the long haul is not realistic. The Joe Paterno’s, Frank Beemer’s and Bobby Bowden type coaches that stay at program forever is pretty rare.

    I like June Jones or Dino Babers as Hawaii next head coach but if June or Babers came in and turned the Hawaii Football Program around and some other school or the NFL came offering alot of $$$$$$$ or a more favorable opportunity, I expect Babers or any Hawaii coach to leave. It’s the nature of the beast/business, don’t take it personal.

  85. seewhy February 13, 2015 12:21 pm

    RE: oneseason#82

    I hope so too. UH “should” have the upper hand since it is a home game.

  86. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 12:24 pm

    Seewhy #80: Thanks for the info. Thanks to Ms. Cooley for her generosity to the West Maui community.

  87. A-House February 13, 2015 12:26 pm

    I am disappointed in Gov. Ige’s remarks that UH has “autonomy” and it has to decide how to divvy up the $$$ given to UH by the State of Hawaii. His statement has merit because it was UH Administration who approached the Legislature to create the “autonomy” status. It was, IMHO, the easy way out.

    Is this an example of creating something, but never/truly go back and review if it is working at intended?

    People who represented UH and the Legislature in the discussion/decision may no longer be in the same positions and their endeavor may not be effective as intended. Why not check it out by both sides?? Only loss is to the students at UH-Manoa and branches on Maui and Hawaii and all the Community Colleges in our state.

    Truly a sad situation when so many have large egos they are unwilling to communicate and fix broken items!!!!!!!!

  88. Shoko February 13, 2015 12:28 pm

    Pretty amazing a small high school could attract such a big donation totaling more than 7 million. I wonder what the connection is between Cooley and LHS aside from her living part-time on Maui.

  89. st. anthony trojan February 13, 2015 12:30 pm

    Ne one can guestimate…how much UHAD NET…. after Ohio State game….who pays hotel n travel n meals at Wendy’s ?

  90. Boolakanaka February 13, 2015 12:37 pm

    83–what’s up-Tru dat. I crack up on the entire loyalty thing with some fans. Loyalty is a two-way street and the university holds the controls for the turn signals. You notch up any amount of consecutive loss seasons, and well, the loyalty disappears like a rain cloud over Nanakuli.

    Coaching is the hardest of professions and by it’s very nature is very mercenary …..

  91. seewhy February 13, 2015 12:37 pm

    RE: Old School Dave #85

    No problem Dave! I have to say, Maui has some very scenic HS football fields. King Kekaulike HS and Kamehameha Maui both have bi-coastal views with amazing sunsets during JV games. I am stoked to attend a Luna game when the stadium is opened.

  92. A-House February 13, 2015 12:52 pm

    Ohio State game:

    to maximize on “capital gains” – leave all the NON-ESSENTIAL folks home and take only the team, coaches, and medical staff.

    Leave at home the UHAD, President, acting chancellor any fund raising heads, members of the BOR and any other who make very little or no contribution to game preparation and execution.

    Also, Panda Travel, team does not need to stay at some fancy hotel – we need the $$$ more than the fancy hotels!!!!!!!!!

  93. Arcumfortis February 13, 2015 1:01 pm

    The men’s BB team is having a good year in the midst of what otherwise could have been a disaster. They are also a very young team. If players don’t transfer out they will be better and better the next two years. Add a couple of key recruits and we will have a formidable team moving ahead. They also play a very entertaining brand of basketball. Benji Taylor has been at the helm during all of this. My view is that this is a rather remarkable accomplishment for a coach given all the baggage he inherited. I am not sure if coach Taylor is a good recruiter but aside from that I think he has done a great job. I don’t really know why UH would be looking anywhere else. Give the man a three year deal, let him develop the players he has further and let’s play Benji ball.

  94. Rodney February 13, 2015 1:16 pm

    We need June Jones to reestabilish
    Program.I wanna see this new offense
    that he meantioned that he has planning.
    If we get 5-6 years great and he can retire.
    Best to coach Chow and team for 2015!

  95. SteveM February 13, 2015 1:19 pm

    RE: #74
    Shoko — good question. I dunno, but if JJ came back, I don’t think it would be about money (he has plenty already). It would be for legacy… he turned around rock bottom UH program and led them to a BCS bowl. He turned a rock bottom SMU team (that defined “rock bottom” for decades) to bowl games. He proved his “Run-n-Shoot” offense and history will remember him for that and the 2 historic turnarounds.

    Can JJ go back to Hawaii and orchestrate a 3rd greatest turnaround in NCAA history? This might be the bigger motivation than $$$. But I dunno….

    RE: #75
    Warbow — Al’s “little birdies” is an oxymoron. I avoid speaking of them because their veracity is high and if three of them crowded into a 10 passenger elevator, the overload alarm would sound. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  96. hitman February 13, 2015 1:35 pm

    should be a good high school basketball games tonight on oc12 starting at 5pm where honokaa trys to make it 2 in a row in div. 2 girls basketball
    then at 7pm on oc12 kona trys to make it 2 in a row in dis. 1 girls basketball

  97. Shoko February 13, 2015 1:48 pm

    Well, I wouldn’t be surprised that JJ’s price is in one million range. Howver, I don’t see UH being in a position to agree to that kind of base salary given the financial obstacles it’s presently facing. Now if it’s a contract that is heavily based in performance bonus’ such as an increase in attendance, postseason eligibility and championships with a base salary in the range of what Chow is making, they might be able to work something out.

    Who knows…but JJ isn’t going to come cheap.

  98. Shoko February 13, 2015 1:51 pm

    The familiar expression is, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

    Here’s the disturbing coaching tree: Tim Floyd (NCAA violation)- Gib Arnold (NCAA violation) – Benji Taylor (?).

    One has to ask if its worth taking the risk.

    I think it would be better for Taylor if he removed himself from his last place of employment and start anew after the season. If he’s a good a coach as he’s proving to be, there should be lots of offers at other schools.

  99. al February 13, 2015 2:14 pm

    Not for those who don’t think that little birdies exist.
    So don’t read this.
    But, a little birdie did tell me that a major donation will soon land at the lower campus. It will be disbursed amongst most of the programs. By the end of the tally it will amount to a couple of million
    A tsaiko will be the hero!

  100. Fei Jai February 13, 2015 2:15 pm

    Glad norm was able to offer these two formerly unemployed guys a gig for one year. For the two new coaches, this is a great opportunity. Great weather, a job, and a chance to do some good, maybe even produce a winning season.

    For us, the fans, the two new coaches is a good thing. There is no where to go but up, and for the coaches, they have nothing to lose (only one year contract) and everything to gain (if do good here in 2015, can use that fact when looking for new job in 2016).

    Only down side to today’s news is that two college coaching opportunities for two mainland guys could have gone to two qualified local guys. Norm could not and would not have gone local first anyway, and that is ok because this will likely be norm’s last season anyway.

    So, welcome, new coaches, and best of luck to the team for the 2015 season!

  101. SC February 13, 2015 2:18 pm

    Gigi. I believe that June Jones’ new contract was not addressed by Herman Frazier until it was too late.

  102. al February 13, 2015 2:19 pm

    My guess is that IF jj were offered and did accept the job it would be no more than 500k. He won’t take more.

  103. Fei Jai February 13, 2015 2:19 pm


  104. al February 13, 2015 2:19 pm

    But, benjy is clean.

  105. Andrew February 13, 2015 2:24 pm


    They didn’t really announce who the other candidates were so can’t really judge him on why he didn’t hire someone local. Maybe the local candidates were not the right ones for the job.

  106. Shoko February 13, 2015 2:27 pm

    Offering JJ $500k and no more without heavy performance bonus’ seems like low-balling him given his record as a head coach. Chow I can understand that price but not JJ.

    Actually, I can see him getting paid what he was getting when he left UH for SMU.

  107. Shoko February 13, 2015 2:28 pm

    Gib was clean when he walked from USC, too.

  108. al February 13, 2015 2:29 pm

    JJ will only take a job here if the right AD is in place as well as the university’s vision for athletics.

  109. Willie February 13, 2015 2:29 pm

    #44 ST, can you provide stats on running on 1st & 2nd downs?

    Remembering the season, those two guys got it wrong as I recall passing on 3rd down was a regularity.

  110. al February 13, 2015 2:30 pm

    Gib was implicated in several issues at usc.

  111. David J. February 13, 2015 2:32 pm

    That’s the way University of Hawaii!. Danm about time that you forks made a headlines news around the state!. My girlfriend parents had email me that hired two new coaches and they live in North Carolina. Her also email me to and they live in Norman, Oklahoma. He his son is planning to walk on to Hawaii next year for baseball. He is just 6’7 left hander pitcher and play TE in high school. But he had five University looking at him. But he wants to come to Hawaii. Because of the baseball coaching staff and Chow! . Because Chow care and make sure we get our college degree!. Not only sports! Go warriors!

  112. Shoko February 13, 2015 2:39 pm

    If that was the case, why did USC and the new incoming head coach Kevin O’neill keep Gib when Floyd was forced to resign.

  113. true fan February 13, 2015 2:50 pm

    #3 Agree with you. This site has me laughing with so many “pseudo experts” that base their opinions and facts on “call in gossips.” I wonder how many of us actually even attend and observe the team practice and see who can/no can perform. Like I have a brother who just prefers more running plays and thinks some 2 or 3 QB was not given fair chance and should be playing more.

    #76 That’s my observation too. But then I’m just a fan that don’t go to see the team practice too.

    Used to sit in front of an elderly Japanese man who was acting like a know it all about the players/team. All he was doing is repeating virtually verbatim what was written in the newspaper.

    That’s us Hawaii fans eh? he he he

  114. oldie February 13, 2015 2:51 pm

    So who took up Stephen’s suggestion and watched the unsupervised workouts on Tuesday and Thursday? And what’s the feeling as to how the QBs performed?

    Any info would be much appreciated.

  115. Trunks420 February 13, 2015 2:52 pm

    Hopefully Woosley Learns the new Scheme we all know he is our QB This Season Right Just look at how awesome he did last game

  116. jmor56 February 13, 2015 2:55 pm

    If I remember correctly JJ was pushing for more money for his assistant coaches and not so much himself.

    Im all for JJ coaching again

  117. oldtimer808 February 13, 2015 2:59 pm

    #97 As far as I’m concerned Coach Taylor deserves a multi year contract so he can go out and recruit. I think he has learned from all this adversity with Coach Arnold. I think the style that Coach Taylor has installed is what we needed.

  118. Shoko February 13, 2015 3:02 pm

    I’m all for JJ, too, if UH can afford. I think he’s the only one that can bring back the fans. If they bring in a new head coach that doesn’t have much of a track record, I think rebuilding the fan base is going to take awhile, in my opinion.

  119. bouncingball February 13, 2015 3:07 pm

    The new hires are about as good as we can hope for given the remaining duration of Chow’s tenure, which will be this year and bye-bye. However they won’t make a dent in another disastrous season. For those who disagree, just check last season’s hires and the resultant record. Chow, after this season, will have a lock on most losses by a coach after four seasons (Von Appen lasted only 3 seasons) and will be responsible for most revenue losses and season ticket losses by any head coach at UH. It’s a season everyone at UH hopes will result in at least a slowdown of the bleeding and a season where the new AD, regents, and behind the scenes power brokers will use to plan out the following season and who they want to lead the revival of the football program. Also, I will be surprised if they hire Benji Taylor as basketball head coach. His record in conference is average at best and his unfortunate tie to the stench of Gib is not easily dismissed. The current players won’t bolt if a respectable new coach is hired, and they really are not that good individually where they will shine elsewhere.

  120. bouncingball February 13, 2015 3:20 pm

    if JJ comes back next year, I think he will accept one year near what Chow gets paid with performance incentives that bump the pay up (much like how Chow’s pay is structured). That will ease the pain of still having to pay Chow $200k to buy out his last year. Higher base for the following years than can be structured based on how much increased season tickets sales can be achieved. Losing over 10000 season ticket holder since Chow came on board is hard to reverse, especially given the fact that the season ticket holder tend to be older, Asian males who will not be won back easily. Lot of them are disgusted with Chow and UH AD and administrators and rightfully so. It took JJ years to slowly increase attendance and it still wasn’t up to old Tomey days (probably will never get back to it). More realistic is season ticket sales climbing back up to about 25,000 and total average attendance of around 35,000, which is optimistic given that general ticket sales do not exceed 20% of season tickets (except for against really big name teams).

  121. islandman February 13, 2015 3:56 pm

    99. fei jei –What you mean two formerly unemployed coaches ? I thought Don Bailey was the Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach for Idaho St., until he accepted his UH job.

  122. 3-Prong February 13, 2015 4:22 pm

    I heard the freshman pitcher is starting tonite. Anyone know who is on the hill tomorrow night?

  123. 3-Prong February 13, 2015 4:23 pm

    Moderation Mania Again?

  124. true fan February 13, 2015 4:24 pm

    #97 Why? With the athletics program in dire monetary straits, why resort to the same old same old and possibly cost us more money needlessly again. If coach Taylor is worth his salt he should take the one year extension. He has nearly all the players coming back and would have one year under his tutelage so the team should be even better next year. He won’t have to mass recruit and that should test his recruiting ability too. He can talk turkey after that. I’m not knocking the guy. I think he’s doing a real commendable and respectable job. Hey he gotta get his players to respect him and get them under control. E.g. smoking incident and too many unnecessary jawing can become costly.

  125. true fan February 13, 2015 4:26 pm

    mistake meant for #116

  126. HOSSASNA February 13, 2015 4:42 pm

    It’s just plain idiocy for all of you wanting JJ to return as UH HC. I don’ t blame him for leaving UH due to the A.D.’s incompetence in not extending his contract but he abandoned SMU after the 2nd or 3rd game this year and don’t forget, he applied w/o telling the SMU A.D. to Arizona State and they were going to hire him but chg. their minds at the last minute and it was due to character issues and so JJ returned to SMU and from then on became very unpopular by the alumni, donors, and fans.
    SMU was on a downward spiral the past 3 yrs. and for him to leave SMU in midseason was really out of character and to those of you wanting JJ to be the next UH HC…..that’s JUST PLAIN IDIOCY. JJ is playing the white knight card as he returns and people start petitioning or mentioning him as the next H.C. THAT WOULD BE JUST PLAIN STUPID ON UH’S PART BUT STUPID = STUPID and that’s the way UH operates.

  127. jmor56 February 13, 2015 5:05 pm

    126- Why wouldn’t you want back the guy that not only over came the same situation winning wise the UH football program is in now but also took the program to heights it never reached before?

    I’m not sure what happened with JJ at SMU but I do know that while he was here he was good for UH football.

  128. Derek February 13, 2015 5:39 pm

    I’m not convinced Wittek is #1. The fact he played at USC and was a 4 star HS recruit means nothing to me. First of all, he didn’t play that well at USC and got beat out by Cody Kessler for the starting job after backing up Matt Barkley. It’s all about performance on game day. As far as I’m concerned I’m from Missouri, SHOW ME!

    All the QBs in camp has a chance and if when Aaron Zwahlen shows up he should have a chance to show what he can do too. In football, QB is the most important, second, left tackle and third, pass rusher. That’s according of Hall of Famer to be, Bill Polian. It is all about making plays, moving the chains, and scoring. To win in college football and to have a winning record, I think you have to average scored more than 35 points per game. The game now features more scoring and
    more innovative coaches and offenses.

    For me, I’m waiting for McKenzie Milton to see what he can do. Playmaking, decision making, running speed, and throwing. He has all the tools and he will get better and bigger and stronger this coming senior season at Mililani. If you saw him all season last year in the regular season, the playoffs, and the 7 touchdown passes he threw in the state championship you have to believe it yourself. It took all of that to beat Punahou who was I thought to be very, very good and I didn’t think Mililani could beat them, but they did. If you don’t believe me, just coach Rod York himself who was the best player in the State last year.

  129. 3-Prong February 13, 2015 5:39 pm

    June Jones’ offer to coach at Arizona State was pulled in late 2011. My feeling is that that stated a recruiting slide as the best players were not confident that he would be sticking around. I’m sure he upset a few people at SMU with his decision to head to ASU too. Lack of support at SMU and eroding recruiting lead to his leaving. Bottom line, the guy won where ever he went. I’d love to have him back.

  130. graham February 13, 2015 5:49 pm

    Why do people keep saying Bailey was unemployed?

  131. Ralph February 13, 2015 6:21 pm

    Powell is leaving the program for Utah, anyone left from the original staff?

  132. Ralph February 13, 2015 6:27 pm

    I think JJ misfortune started with the firing of Orsini the AD who hired JJ. He delivered for JJ to improve SMU football, after he was gone, I think JJ found himself in the same situation he had with Frazier. If I remember correctly, JJ mentioned that it is tough to run a program in Texas where his budget and facilities do not measure up to those FB programs found in Texas.

  133. jm2375 February 13, 2015 6:40 pm

    Congrats to the Warrior Volleyball team on getting the job done, sweeping Cal Baptist. A little too close for comfort, but a win nonetheless. 25-23, 25-16, 25-23. Up next, CSUN, next Fri & Sun.

  134. Buffoman February 13, 2015 6:49 pm

    Was there an announcement of Powell’s departure?

  135. BigFan February 13, 2015 6:53 pm

    #131, Ralph, are you speculating or is it confirmed? I know the Utah boards were saying it was Steve Fifita or Powell for DL but I haven’t seen anything concrete.

  136. Ralph February 13, 2015 7:05 pm

    buffoman and bigfan Star Advertiser breaking news, also Kekaula tweeted Powell’s move to Utah as a TE coach

  137. BigFan February 13, 2015 7:19 pm

    Ralph, thx for the confirmation. That’s bad news. Chow better get a great recruiter in place or maybe it doesn’t matter for him?

  138. islandman February 13, 2015 7:29 pm

    136. ralph –where is it on breaking news ? I see it on the twitter , though.

  139. islandman February 13, 2015 7:49 pm

    ralph, the story came back on the on line newspaper.

    The story says a grad asst or intern will likely fill the position on an emergency basis …

  140. Ralph February 13, 2015 7:50 pm

    islandman #136 I read it on the online addition of the SA, it’s there. fo’real! ๐Ÿ˜€

  141. el burro sabio February 13, 2015 7:57 pm

    Lance Samuseva?

  142. Tempmanoa February 13, 2015 8:05 pm

    I was about to post that a birdie told me a coach was leaving, but did not know who it was. But you guys picked it up from news already. Powell was our best recruiter. But there is more birdie news– another of our coaches is looking for a job– maybe one of you guys knows who it is. We should hear soon.

  143. Akamai Okole February 13, 2015 8:15 pm

    Dat Pete Jek is one smaht buggah!

  144. Akamai Okole February 13, 2015 8:17 pm

    Eh, who wen move all the bases at the Les? The trows all flying lillo bit off! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  145. al February 13, 2015 8:19 pm

    Losing Powell is HUGE.

  146. Akamai Okole February 13, 2015 8:23 pm

    Aloha Coach Powell

  147. Tempmanoa February 13, 2015 8:27 pm

    He will now be using his relatives here and his connections at Kahuku and eslewhere on the island to recruit for Utah. Tough to lose our best recruiter.

  148. BigWave96744 February 13, 2015 8:29 pm

    Just throwing out some names of guys who could be available within a week of the job being posted..
    Jeff Reinbold
    Lance Samuseva
    Maa Tanuvasa
    Darren Hernandez
    Al Noga
    Rod York
    Cal Lee
    Rich Miano
    Maake Kemoeatu
    Someone from the SMU or UAB staff

  149. BigWave96744 February 13, 2015 8:32 pm

    Wonder if a new AD will come in with some corporate backing and Fire Chow. I mean the coaching cupboards are empty and recruiting didn’t fill the pressing needs..

  150. Akamai Okole February 13, 2015 8:33 pm


  151. kapakahi February 13, 2015 8:39 pm


    Ma’a would be a good choice…….since still with name recognition on the mainland from NFL days (i.e., Naeole, Gouveia)…….and a well-respected among the local HS football coaching community…….but also someone already with strong UH ties……who bleeds green……and always will.

  152. kapakahi February 13, 2015 8:42 pm


    Plus……already knows the HS football programs and coaches in American Samoa.

  153. kapakahi February 13, 2015 8:45 pm

    Odds looking slimmer now…….for UH to land any DL signees (not counting potentially Lavaka and/or Kauhi) during this signing period.

  154. al February 13, 2015 8:49 pm

    148…three have no experience coaching. Two never at the collegiate level.
    More importantly we need someone who can recruit NorCal.

  155. makai February 13, 2015 8:55 pm

    Mahalo Coach Powell for everything! Our best recruiter and last from the original staff! Writing was on the wall sinking ship! GAME OVER…FIRE CHOW NOW

  156. BigWave96744 February 13, 2015 8:59 pm

    Al, at this point we just need coaches to be here for Spring camp.
    Once we get lost #7, Chow will be all but gone.
    Who is actually thinking about recruiting at this point

  157. BigWave96744 February 13, 2015 9:01 pm

    This is the worst for UH football.
    Yes even worse than Von Appen.

  158. st. anthony trojan February 13, 2015 9:03 pm

    ne one watching oceanic…konawaena n lahainaluna…score please….???

  159. graham February 13, 2015 9:04 pm

    Really upset about losing Powell. I don’t really understand how he and jones get these promotions when the team hasn’t won many games and it’s not like we are getting highly rated recruiting classes. With that said coach Powell was very important to this program. Big loss

  160. makai February 13, 2015 9:05 pm

    B.I. Rules the state for wahine basketball #158..Honoka’a and Konawaena

  161. st. anthony trojan February 13, 2015 9:10 pm

    thanks makai….

  162. beans February 13, 2015 9:22 pm

    WHAT? I thought that we had all smoked the peace pipe and were going to be optimistic and support the team and Chow going forward? We got 2 good new hires in important positions to correct our last year’s weaknesses. I think that we are going to be better. Sorry to lose some coaches however it was their choice right?
    Got to go forward with the hand that we are dealt. Maybe a win-win for all involved?
    Let’s rally around that thought.

  163. kev-1 February 13, 2015 9:23 pm

    I know that coaches move on all the time. But to have this many bail in one year is NOT normal. It says a lot.

    Sick already.

  164. kev-1 February 13, 2015 9:24 pm

    I feel better about the offensive coaching hire than I do the defensive hire. What has Tom Mason done that would get people excited that he is here?

  165. NotNasti February 13, 2015 9:35 pm

    Powell returning to his alma mater for twice his current salary? Good for him. Hope we can get someone just as good or better.

  166. 3-Prong February 13, 2015 9:42 pm

    3 Molina sisters were impressive for Konawaena….and they all return next year.

  167. Inyoface February 13, 2015 9:57 pm

    Just as long as the new DC teaches zone coverage instead of man-to-man coverage, we should be ok on that side of the ball. Hope Chow picks the right QB to start this season. There is no time to build a QB, we need a lights out guy from the get go.

  168. hitman February 13, 2015 9:57 pm

    great high school girl basketball game div 2 honokaa won 33-31 and kona won div 1 51-41 both teams from big island state camps !!
    one more football coach leaving UH Def. Line Asst coach Lewis Powell accepted tight-ends asst coach spot with Utah Utes.

  169. kahuna February 13, 2015 9:59 pm

    Is it possible that Powell wanted the DC job and when he didn’t get it he was looking for the first job to accept? Moving to Utah might be step up for him as far as prestige of the PAC 12 but he was assigned to coach TE…..which I don’t think is a step up in terms of position coaching. Some school don’t even have TE or TE coaches so he is moving to a position that he really need to learn. A Qb coach to a TE coach is hard but moving from a DL to TE will be even tougher.

    Looks like Chow is taking the Benjy Taylor approach and trying to rebuild. with a whole new staff. Maybe this could work. One thing for sure….there will be more experience on the coordinator side than in past and hopefully(for the program sake) it will work out.

  170. st. anthony trojan February 13, 2015 10:05 pm

    easy to say now of course… he should have kept the staff he had there…they would all be in rack now …or then.. n maybe just hire sum new coaches after the first year…

    seems like no coach he hired has ne loyalty to him….kinda sad….most know this probably be his last year anyway…….but sure puts lots of pressure..on the ones who are staying…..naoele n gouveia especially…

  171. makai February 13, 2015 10:15 pm

    I hope the new coach keeps Naoele and Goveia

  172. cocobean February 13, 2015 10:28 pm

    #170. The Benjamins trumped loyalty. All got a big bump in pay and two returned closer to their roots.

  173. el burro sabio February 13, 2015 10:31 pm

    D1 – good name!

  174. BigWave96744 February 13, 2015 10:33 pm

    Bean #162:
    “I think that we are going to be better. Sorry to lose some coaches however it was their choice right?
    Got to go forward with the hand that we are dealt. Maybe a win-win for all involved?”

    WTH??? We are going to be better? It’s a win-win for all????
    You do know we still don’t have a DB, ST and now DL coach.
    We still have 2 young inexperienced guys as our WR and now TE coach.

    Now we plan on replacing our best recruiter and the coach who most players felt was the glue that held the defense together with the following:

    “The move was expected, and UH had set in motion a plan to fill Powell’s spot on the coaching staff. With UH’s hiring procedures, a replacement will be named before the start of spring training in April. A likely scenario is that a graduate assistant or intern will fill the role on an emergency basis.”

  175. hitman February 13, 2015 10:35 pm

    UH is lucky that naoele and goveia are local boi and will stay and ride it out !! but if something good comes up you cant blame the coaches from going !! because it really look like its only for a year more !!

  176. st. anthony trojan February 13, 2015 10:42 pm

    yea good to see loyalty…. seems like JJ been around a few years…so he had sum loyalty…n it showed in his selected style of play..n win n loss record…to the positive feedback his UH teams had…

  177. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 10:49 pm

    Chow should go after Ikaika Malloe at USU to replace Powell. Tit for tat.

  178. islandman February 13, 2015 10:51 pm

    169. kahuna –Powell played on offense too in the AFL :

    — Playing Experience
    2006-08: Utah (AFL), Offensive/Defensive Line
    2005: Memphis (AFL), Offensive/Defensive Line
    2001-04: Utah, Defensive Line

  179. hitman February 13, 2015 10:52 pm

    if you have the time try look up norm chow deal at the UH for 5 year and all the exrta he could be making if he was winning game and people are coming to the games

  180. Old School Dave February 13, 2015 11:01 pm

    Possibility of another Idaho State assistant being hired by UH?

  181. beans February 13, 2015 11:41 pm

    #174 /96744 IMO the play calling was the our achilles heel last season. If we improve on that……………….. we will be absolutely better this year! The new bloods will step up. You’ll see.
    How’s the wind out your way tonight?

  182. Da Punchbowl Kid February 14, 2015 12:26 am

    Akamai Okole for a new blog handle? Clever! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Some birdies are better than others – I’m just gonna wait and see what happens on the field next year.

  183. BigFan February 14, 2015 1:06 am

    #180, it was Powell and him up for the job at Utah so I guess it’s a trade off.

  184. Akamai Okole February 14, 2015 4:44 am

    Great Morning All!

    For good or bad… Coaches lose games, Players win them.

    el burro/DPK ๐Ÿ˜‰

  185. Akamai Okole February 14, 2015 4:45 am

    Hope the BaseBows shake the yips and bounce back today.


  186. moocher February 14, 2015 7:04 am

    Ben Jay… about this before u leave….fire chow and hire June Jones. That would be classic.

  187. Boolakanaka February 14, 2015 7:09 am

    As to my short list of Powell replacements, they are as follows: Doug Semones, Ikaika Malloe and Ma’a Tanuvasa.

    The first two are very versed in both recruiting and are two-pher s as they have also coached special teams. Doug is the closest thing to a haole fellow that is actually Samoan. Poly families love him, and as 2-3 time coach of the year, he still would have a direct access to the north shore. I fear that his last go round with FVA left a sour taste in his mouth, but he might be up for it, if the salary could reach into the 120-150 range.

    Ikaika is someone I already mentioned, and should now be seriously pursued. Has ties to both Hawai’i and the NW–and he might be ready to come home.

    Ma’a is great, but the one feature that many are missing is whether wants to do this?? College during season is at minimum a 60-70 hour job, and then you factor off-season recruiting. In other words if you have a family, and some dough socked away(which I’m sure he does) the job becomes, less and less appealing.

  188. papajoe2 February 14, 2015 7:59 am

    Did coach Trap get a new contract?

  189. Ralph February 14, 2015 8:12 am

    papajoe #188 a sportswriter wrote that Trapasso got a 3 year extension, assuming he got it recently and from Jay. Earlier this year his contract, Beeman’s and Gib’s were forwarded by Jay to upper campus or BOR for approval but no official announcement by UH, and surprisingly I haven’t seen an announcement that Beeman’s contract has been finalized. duh.

  190. C-Pop February 14, 2015 8:38 am

    169-Kahuna: Powell top recruiter for Chow since staff assembled, as for aspirations of being D coordinator I don’t think was even a factor, he wanted to coach D line at Utah but is happy for bump in pay and security/stability of Utah with Kyle Whittingham new contract etc. Utah his alma mater, I would not be surprised to see Lewis end up coaching along DL eventually, I also saw a report on ffotballscoop that Alfred Pupunu was hired as TE coach away from Idaho?

  191. NorthShoreFan February 14, 2015 9:11 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    do we have a hurricane warning?…dang it’s blowing hard on this Valentines Day.

    Good fortune to coach Powell. your work product was great!

  192. Bryson February 14, 2015 9:12 am

    Losing Powell is a huge blow for us as far as coaching goes on the recruiting side not so much seeing as this could be Chow’s last year at the helm if he can’t right the ship we would have a new coaching staff with their own recruiting board.As for Powell taking the Utah job I feel Hawaii was always a stepping stone for him and can’t blame him for taking a job that is offering twice current salary and job security

  193. Andrew February 14, 2015 9:48 am

    Can’t blame him for leaving. Utah is a step up and he’s getting more pay. We shall see what kind of recruiters the new guys are.

  194. Stephen Tsai February 14, 2015 10:01 am

    New post:

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