Busy weekend for Warriors

It will be a hectic weekend for the Warriors, who will host a couple recruits.

The Warriors’ wish is to sign mid-academic-year transfers on Thursday, the first day of the signing period for JC players seeking to enroll in January.

Sunday also is the final day (of this recruiting period) for coaches to conduct home visits with high school prospects.

And, of course, new offensive coordinator Zak Hill arrives tomorrow.

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Nick Rolovich and Scott Harding
Nick Rolovich and Scott Harding

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The first official member of the 2016 recruiting class — Fred Ulu-Perry
The first official member of the 2016 recruiting class — Fred Ulu-Perry


  1. seewhy December 11, 2015 8:51 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

  2. Bugaz December 11, 2015 8:52 am

    Couple of big dlinemen and a great QB transfer would be spectacular

  3. seewhy December 11, 2015 8:52 am

    Good luck to Rolo and staff with the recruiting!

  4. Bugaz December 11, 2015 8:55 am

    Ulu-Perry and KT should be the lead hostesses for recruiting visits.

  5. Bugaz December 11, 2015 9:00 am

    will we be benefiting from the North Shore visit? Hope so!!!

  6. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2015 9:03 am

    The key is going to be the final weekend in January. Local kids like visits.

  7. seewhy December 11, 2015 9:06 am

    ST: Is Scott going to be a GA?

  8. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 11, 2015 9:12 am

    The OC hire looks to have some potential. Hopefully we will be able to recruit players that can fit the system he implements, especially some better receivers.

    Two things that stick out, no one on staff is over 40, and besides Hawaii, no one on staff has coached at a D1 school before. Lots of potential and risk there. But when plummet near the bottom of the MWC in terms of coaching salaries, you can’t be too picky.

    Really disappointed in Matlin reducing the budget for coaching salaries. The salary universe seems to be trending upwards and we can’t even manage to sustain the same levels. Then again, it’s not his all his fault.

  9. Inyoface December 11, 2015 9:12 am

    Wonder where Don Bailey will go. Would like to see him play for another D-1 team with a defensive minded head coach to see what his offense can really do. I don’t believe he had 100 percent play calling duties or played his own drawn up plays, I don’t care what anyone says.

  10. Legistlature December 11, 2015 9:15 am

    Have a feeling a couple of players commit news is being delayed to keep the fans jonesing for more. Just a feeling……feelings come and go…they stay go..they stay come

  11. al December 11, 2015 9:23 am

    8…aren’t Nevada, Hawaii (Naeole, Abe, Smith). D1?

  12. kanak December 11, 2015 9:25 am

    So we’ve got an aggressive OC backed by an aggressive HC who want a high-powered offense, please Santa give us a QB to run it. Live Aloha, Play Warrior.

  13. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2015 9:33 am

    I think he’s trying to be a GA.
    There are a lot of more steps before anything can happen.

  14. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2015 9:35 am

    I hope Don Bailey finds something.
    Nice guy, good coach, four kids.

  15. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2015 9:35 am

    I wonder …
    Chris Naeole is 40.

  16. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2015 9:37 am

    If they hire a certain coach who has more than 40 years coaching experience, I imagine he’s over 40, too.

  17. truegreen December 11, 2015 9:42 am

    #16 ST: Rich Ellerson for DC? That would be great!

  18. Crankit December 11, 2015 9:43 am

    So Rice and UTEP might be back in the MWC?

  19. jeezy33 December 11, 2015 9:44 am

    Need a Isi Holani Hanapaa this weekend.

  20. kanak December 11, 2015 9:50 am

    Is he wavering on his commit to Kansas? Def would fill the need for big body DT.

  21. Old School Dave December 11, 2015 9:54 am

    Rich Ellerson as DC would be a good choice. Youth may need to be tempered with experience and wisdom, from time to time. I wonder if former UH assistant Ikaika Malloe (USU D-Line Coach) is in the mix?

  22. winning December 11, 2015 9:55 am

    Vote for political candidates that have actually tried or have helped UH athletics. Not the ones that “talk the talk but don’t walk the walk”. Tired already about promises being made and nothing said or done. On another front, forgot that a certain individual that was once a well publicized political guy is the figurehead for the “Stadium Authority”. No wonder UH hardly gets a crumb from them. Job security is the word of the day I guess. Gotta change!

  23. Gobows December 11, 2015 10:01 am

    9 Im thinking the same as you. I hope Don Baily gets his chance somewhere. He and Norm were opposites in offensive philosophy. A very bad match.
    Good Luck to Don Baily .. I hope you find success.

  24. NotNasti December 11, 2015 10:05 am

    Isi Holani and Abe Reinhardt visiting UH this weekend?

  25. jeezy33 December 11, 2015 10:05 am

    19. Commitments dont mean a whole lot in my opinion these days. Pretty sure he is visiting as we speak though.

  26. jeezy33 December 11, 2015 10:11 am

    Kansas might be one of the worst football schools to commit to in the country if you are a pretty good football player. That program is so behind the rest of their conference that you will definitely get used to losing if you play there.
    At least at Hawaii, we play in a conference where there is a lot of parity. You can be New Mexico and turn it around quickly. Hawaii is 1 good recruiting class away from being very competitive if they plug in the right needs. D line is a must. No secret there. A good QB that can bring instant competition is a must. a LT would be ideal. A quality LB that can replace Gener would be big. Combine that with getting high school kids who can help in 2 years would be a big boost.
    Personally, I think a quality JR WR that can play the X would help big time. A RB that can grind out short yardage and block would help.

  27. Waikapu December 11, 2015 10:16 am

    My sister got her master’s from Eastern Washington so we follow them pretty closely. Their offense is masterful. This is a great young hire by Rolo. To the other dude who bragged about 75 touchdowns he can take a hike.

  28. jeezy33 December 11, 2015 10:24 am

    26. The QB is the person that mentioned 75 TDs. I don’t think we can fairly judge Don Bailey.

    1. He wasn’t even given a year to recruit the type of players he wanted.
    2. Chow still wanted things his way.
    3. It wasn’t the system that failed Hawaii. It was players not executing at any point. I can pin point a ton of plays where the right play was called and players couldn’t execute a basic completion.

  29. cheepono December 11, 2015 10:28 am

    rolo’s hiring has been a true breath of fresh air and infused new life into a program in severe disrepair. couple weeks into the job and he’s done and said all the right things.

    definitely feels like there’s a buzz around hawaii with the football program right now…something we haven’t felt in over 4 years.

    his quotes in the traditional media and on social media have all contributed to this new sense of getting this thing turned around and a sense of restored pride in the program.

    tsai had an awesome article on hill’s hiring today but one quote by rolo really piqued my interest:

    The goal, Rolovich said, is to build an offense immune to coaching changes.

    “If anybody leaves for any reason, this system won’t go away,” Rolovich said. “I don’t want these players to learn a new system every year.”

    that does not sound like a rookie first year head coach but someone that actually gets it. he’s following the boise blueprint for success that can continue beyond the tenure of any one coach with the goal of sustained excellence. I was a little skeptical when he first got hired but with only a couple weeks on the job, he’s restored my faith and most importantly opened up my wallet because he’s someone I can get behind and support not just with words but with donations to the program because I trust he’ll get this turned around. #priderock

  30. Mauian5 December 11, 2015 10:29 am

    Word on Maui is Reinhardt will commit to UH, Close friends with Ewaliko.
    He’s gotten bigger then in that Oc16 high school commercial, were he wins
    the state hurdles and helped Baldwin win state title in track

  31. Legistlature December 11, 2015 10:30 am

    A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
    Rolo’s lead into planting and building this up…Let’s Roll it Coach

  32. (Jesse)James December 11, 2015 10:51 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos….

    Lot’s of buzz around UH right now…At least interest has increased in the program.

  33. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2015 11:32 am

    I think there are family/medical issues that would prevent Ellerson from accepting a job in Hawaii. Prayers for his family.

  34. BigFan December 11, 2015 11:55 am

    I hope things get better for the Ellerson Ohana.

    So, If it’s not Ellerson it’s gotta be Kevin Lempa as he probably would qualify as far as 40 plus years of experience.

  35. Tempmanoa December 11, 2015 12:11 pm

    Mack made some good hiring decisions. Hired a young assistant and promoted him to OC without any experience. That OC helped win a WAC championship, coached a QB who ended the year as the national leader in passing yards, and had his offense nationally ranked in the top 25 in total yardage. Developed an offense for a running back into a 1,000 yard rusher and NFL draftee. Mack also hired a DC that is now the DC at Wisconsin and is one of best DC’s in the country.

  36. Legistlature December 11, 2015 12:25 pm

    Nice…….regarding the MAC….soft spoken….remember his grandson…soft spoken like grandpa

  37. hitmanhart December 11, 2015 12:38 pm

    aloha everyone !! prayer for Ellerson Ohana !!

  38. cheepono December 11, 2015 12:56 pm

    with all the newfound excitement around uh fball, wish the decision makers would do a warriorinsider type of site for football to capitalize on the momentum. that is and probably will be gib’s biggest contribution to uh given his tarnished legacy. connects fans with the team, players with their families, and is a huge recruiting tool.

  39. seewhy December 11, 2015 1:01 pm


    Thanks for letting us know ST! I really hope Scott can become a GA. He would surly be helpful in creating a pipeline down under when they play their season opener.

  40. seewhy December 11, 2015 1:03 pm


    Jeezy is right. He is committed to Kansas, but he said he is still weighing out his options. Hope Rolo and staff can convince him to come back home.

  41. seewhy December 11, 2015 1:04 pm


    He said he’s pretty sure he’s going to UH.

  42. seewhy December 11, 2015 1:05 pm

    Get well soon, Rich!!

  43. kanak December 11, 2015 1:23 pm

    Ya I hear you, “commitments” only ring true on signing day. It’s actually unfair to these kids to ask them to commit to schools and for people to question their integrity when the coaches recruiting them are coming and going.

  44. al December 11, 2015 1:29 pm

    A lot of chirping about Lempa.

  45. seewhy December 11, 2015 1:37 pm


    So true. And yes, you can’t get mad at the kid if he flips his decision. This is one of the toughest decisions they may make, so it is easy to have a change in heart. Just hope Rolo and staff can continue to sell their new envisions for UH. They been doing pretty good so far.

  46. z December 11, 2015 2:50 pm

    What about off-island recruiting?

  47. obachan December 11, 2015 3:22 pm

    #28 I agree with your assessment of Rolo’s coaching philosophy. That’s exactly how Boise State built their football program and sustains it to this day. Coaches come and go and when Chris Petersen left to go to UW, the remaining Boise coaches continued his philosophy as far as I know making for a stable and successful program.

  48. seewhy December 11, 2015 3:28 pm

    Good luck to the Rainbow Wahine!! Huge match tonight!!

  49. dannyp December 11, 2015 3:47 pm

    If anyone wants to read about the roots of our new offense.


  50. Hilo-Warrior December 11, 2015 4:07 pm

    Wahine get set 1 25-22.

    Cheering my cousin McKenna Granato and Rainbow Wahine on.

    Go Bows!!!

  51. ai-eee-soos December 11, 2015 4:13 pm

    #14. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2015 at 9:35 am
    I hope Don Bailey finds something.
    Nice guy, good coach, four kids.

    UNR has an opening ….

  52. ai-eee-soos December 11, 2015 4:18 pm

    EWU also has an opening for an OC.

  53. 3-Prong December 11, 2015 4:21 pm

    Shame on ESPN for not even televising and now not even showing it via internet on ESPN3. Go Bows Beat The Lions Gunfunnit!

  54. Tanman December 11, 2015 4:27 pm

    #34. Mack also made a good hire for DC – Dave Aranda, who is now making so much that we won’t be able to get him back to Hawaii.

  55. ponojr December 11, 2015 4:42 pm

    #52 it’s on now ESPN3

  56. Old School Dave December 11, 2015 4:43 pm

    Dave Aranda may become USC’s next DC. For a Power-5 coordinator he’s underpaid at $520,000 at Wisconsin. USC was paying fired DC Justin Wilcox over $1 million.

  57. cappie the dog December 11, 2015 4:45 pm


    I think the shame goes to KFVE for not putting up the money to televise the webcast. I’ve seen it done before.

  58. z December 11, 2015 5:17 pm

    Wahine sweeps PennSt.


  59. z December 11, 2015 5:18 pm

    Hawaii sweeps Penn St.

  60. cappie the dog December 11, 2015 5:20 pm


    We beat the school who cares about football too much.

  61. Hilo-Warrior December 11, 2015 5:21 pm

    Great Job Wahine. Way to take down the 2 time defending national champs.

    It looks like the girls are improving every match.

  62. 3-Prong December 11, 2015 5:30 pm

    Unseeded Eh!
    Minnesota does not look like they have that much size too.
    Dis is gonna be good….

  63. Tofuzuke December 11, 2015 5:31 pm

    Congratulations Wahine Vball!!!!! How Sweep it is!!

  64. 3-Prong December 11, 2015 5:32 pm

    Eh ponojr. Thanks, caught it after the second set.

  65. BigFan December 11, 2015 5:41 pm

    When Tai is on the wahine are tough to beat!! Congrats.

  66. Warrior Dave December 11, 2015 5:56 pm

    #56, OC 16 wanted to televise but ESPN owns the TV rights. They exercised those rights and chose to put it only on Internet only. Tomorrow is also questionable if it’s on TV or Internet only.

  67. Frannyk December 11, 2015 6:02 pm

    Rolo can take a page out of Shoji’s book.

    Here’s a school in the middle of the Pacific, a non Power 5 school who is a perennial powerhouse. All the Power 5 schools have all the money for recruiting and facilities. And then there’s Shoji, who continues to recruit smart, he’s consistent and his student athletes graduate. He’s built a following by putting a great product on the floor year in and year out.

    Rolo should model Shoji. Rolo is doing a great job so far.


  68. clyde December 11, 2015 6:31 pm

    #56: I believe tomorrow’s Wahine game will be on ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. Hawaii time.

  69. kapakahi December 11, 2015 7:33 pm

    JC QB tripping?


  70. cappie the dog December 11, 2015 7:37 pm

    Carrying the banner for mid-majors.

    Basically, we’re Butler(when Butler was still in the horizon) taking on the power conferences.

    This is even more impressive, because the gap between the haves and have-nots has gotten wider since the Bulldogs bewilderingly made back-to-back final appearances.

    Dave Shoji and his team has already made a statement, but I want more.

    I admit it.

    I thought they were going to lose today.

  71. 3-Prong December 11, 2015 8:34 pm

    Yah, Waerior Dave, I heard that OC16 had Kanoa lined up and ready to go before ESPN exercised their rights 2 days before and chose to show on ESPN3 only.

  72. 3-Prong December 11, 2015 8:42 pm

    Toying with the idea of following the team to Final4 if they win tomorrow. Looking for other things to do. Creighton is playing away about that time.

  73. rundown808 December 11, 2015 11:33 pm

    Yippie kayay!! Off and rolling Rolo! Welcome home! Great start! Recruiting MATTERS! Grades and character first. Then projecting talent is vital. Doesn’t matter the stats, accolades, or school they came from. Can the player get the job done? Many players go unnoticed for whatever reason. If you’re lucky enough to find a diamond in the rough more power to the university and job well done. Happy recruiting! Imua UH!

  74. UKU@LA December 12, 2015 5:04 am

    Aloha, from LA!!
    Hi guys checking IN

    MANEO !!!

  75. A-House December 12, 2015 7:43 am

    Aloha Uku from LA!

    see your grand daughter finally got “hitched”! congrats, Grandpa!

  76. Ipu Man December 12, 2015 7:47 am

    A local boy who went to Nebraska or Kansas, can’t remember, as it was a while back, telling me, he used to hate going to “frozen” practices, in frigid weather and getting beat up in the cold, cold temperatures. He often times asked himself, “What am I doing here?”, he told me. Attention all local boys, the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence. You will freeze your okole night and day…

  77. A-House December 12, 2015 7:50 am


    they must be smiling broadly and having their own conversation about UH football new direction, its HC, player commitments ( local and mainland ) with more to come!

    I do hope that other local players heard and, hopefully, keep hearing from Timoteo, McKenzie, and other players who have already committed and will sign on NLOI day — no NCAA violation when committed players encourage their peers to join them
    while some are skeptical of 2016 – me say 8 and 5, at the worst, with a win in the Hawaii Bowl

  78. islandman December 12, 2015 8:02 am

    Greg Biggins ‏@GregBiggins 14h
    Palm Desert (Calif) College of the Desert QB Stephen Johnson will take an official visit to #Hawaii this weekend http://www.scout.com/player/165254-stephen-johnson?s=73

  79. Ipu Man December 12, 2015 8:03 am

    Hawaii 56
    Cal 28

  80. Tempmanoa December 12, 2015 8:05 am

    One of the coaches mentioned in the article, Noel Mazzone, is credited by June Jones as a major source of the ideas for his offense, particularly as he moved to dilute the run and shoot with Air Raid concepts. Mazzone provided ideas to June on pass protection. Hal Mumme was another source of ideas from air raid systems that June credited, and Mumme was eventually hired as a coordinator at SMU.

  81. Legistlature December 12, 2015 8:38 am

    12/17/15 UH Athletic Lecture Hall 241
    Then Ed Wong Hospitality Room $5 big bills per person OUCH
    Me my Wife and three kids…that’s $25hundred…my monthly income after taxes..If our landlord..Heco and oceanic would waive this months bill maybe we can attend. Oh wait a minute…I forgot the grocery shopping…maybe times can waive this months food bill.

  82. tom-warriornation December 12, 2015 8:38 am

    Today’s wahine volleyball game is Live on ESPNU:


    Let’s go Bows; bring home the bacon to the Final Four!

  83. Legistlature December 12, 2015 8:41 am

    High Rollers roll the dice on the table…
    Low Rollers we roll it under the table..

  84. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2015 8:54 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=34864

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