UH lands all-state safety

Campbell High strong-safety Solomon Matautia told the Star-Adveriser/Warrior Beat he will accept a football scholarship from the Warriors. He initially made an oral commitment to Oregon State.

Here’s the early story: Matautia to join UH

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Associated Press photo.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Associated Press photo.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer:

“I think the culture that Oregon has created is something I’ve studied in great detail, and I say culture because that’s what it is. Ohio State has this culture, and so does Oregon, and so do all the great programs. Programs without culture, that’s when you start to see failure.”

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During today’s news conference, Meyer was asked about preparing for Oregon’s tempo.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich: “Be specific, please.”

Meyer: “Without getting into too much detail — next question.”

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Both teams are scheduled to have walk-through sessions at what Meyer calls “Jerry Jones Stadium.”

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There was a hold-me-back scuffle when a photographer stood on a chair in the front, blocking the view of other photographers and videographers. They pulled down the photographer. Crabs-in-the-bucket mentality thrives in North Texas, too.


  1. mano1 January 11, 2015 5:51 am

    1st. Go Oregon……!

  2. d1shima January 11, 2015 7:18 am

    Mornin’, Y’all! (Dallas version)

    Me love crabs inna pot! đŸ˜ˆ

  3. duffer January 11, 2015 7:51 am


  4. hatakeman January 11, 2015 8:02 am

    I would agree with Urban Meyer about culture, or the lack of culture. Just look at UH’s empty student section at Aloha Stadium. I wonder what happened.

  5. 3-Prong January 11, 2015 8:31 am

    One Word…Cowboys.

  6. 3-Prong January 11, 2015 8:33 am

    What a Clutts!

  7. kev-1 January 11, 2015 8:50 am

    Nice article by Ferd this morning about Mariota and his place among Hawaii’s great athletes. However, someone needs to remind Mr. Lewis about the accomplishments of BJ Penn and add him to the list of notable Hawaii born athletes (at the end of the article). He has Carissa Moore on the list but not Penn? Come on man!

  8. Boolakanaka January 11, 2015 9:11 am

    Kev-1 good point. I would also say that Derek Tatsuno also has a place on that list. Entirely dominated high school baseball, and then had strikeout, wins, win-loss, percentage, records for the NCAA that stood for decades.

    While I would not say, single handly, as it was a team effort, he was the marquee player that placed Hawai’i on the map, and a game away from the national championship. Pro career never panned out, but Tats ruled baseball for a decade.

  9. Boolakanaka January 11, 2015 9:13 am

    3 prong–I think it’s the boys day…..

  10. kev-1 January 11, 2015 9:17 am

    Boolakanaka … I know when making lists people are bound to get left off, but in terms of championships, Penn should be on that list. Viloria too?

  11. Boolakanaka January 11, 2015 9:36 am

    Agreed, you mean Ben Villaflor….my man was quicker than quick. Was he the first world champion boxer from Hawai’i, not sure….

  12. 3-Prong January 11, 2015 9:39 am

    boo: Hope the checkoff of the 3rd and 1 to go for the homerun doesn’t cost them the game. 21-7 at half vs 14-10 would have sounded better.

  13. Da Punchbowl Kid January 11, 2015 11:24 am

    Bryan Clay.

  14. BigFan January 11, 2015 12:50 pm

    I believe kev is talking about Brian Viloria not Ben Villaflor.

  15. SteveM January 11, 2015 1:28 pm

    So, how much to buy more culture for UH football? đŸ˜•

  16. Z January 11, 2015 1:42 pm


  17. wow January 11, 2015 2:31 pm

    Solomon Matautia has officially committed to Hawaii


  18. ai-eee-soos January 11, 2015 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the good news.

    # 17. wow January 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm
    Solomon Matautia has officially committed to Hawaii

  19. oneseason January 11, 2015 2:52 pm

    #17 … that sounds great. ESPN stats don’t seem to paint a rosy picture for Hawaii recruiting relative to the MWC, but I have no idea about the accuracy of their information … http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/scorecard/_/class/2015/id/17

  20. oneseason January 11, 2015 3:08 pm

    With only 2 years of signed recruit data (again, according to ESPN ), it is hard to put much confidence in a trend but it appears that Hawaii’s recruiting competitiveness with respect to rest of the MWC may have declined since 2013.

    For 2013, Hawaii was ranked #3 of 9 in the MWC for signed recruits
    For 2014, Hawaii was ranked #6 of 11 in the MWC for signed recruits
    For 2015, Hawaii is currently ranked #10 of 12 in the MWC for commits


  21. hitman January 11, 2015 4:45 pm

    nice to to see the hawaii boys staying home !! know if we can some of the other to change there minds !! i wounder what making them change there minds ? could be there seeing a light that chow turning things around this year or they thinking red shirt this year and be ready for next year new head coach jj coming in!!

  22. Warrior Dave January 11, 2015 5:15 pm

    The Head Football coach, some Assistants and Administration has instilled a culture of losing at UH. The football teams revenue has been redirected to the general fund and much needed funds to upkeep facilities have been neglected for years. Of course the debt was forgiven as there wouldn’t have been any deficit if the program received all the revenues they are generating.

    The Legislators know this and will not provide additional funding. UH cannot run autonomously any more. The Administration is running amok.

  23. ai-eee=soos January 11, 2015 5:25 pm

    Tulsa: Baylor safeties / associate head coach *** Brian Norwood *** will join the

    Tulsa staff as co-defensive coordinator, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans

  24. ai-eee-soos January 11, 2015 5:27 pm

    re-try …

    Tulsa: Baylor safeties / associate head coach *** Brian Norwood *** will join the

    Tulsa staff as co-defensive coordinator, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans

  25. kapakahi January 11, 2015 7:02 pm

    Hope that…..the UH coaches are at least taking a look at the other Matautia…..also a LB…..Ronald……as least as a possible invited walk-on…..

    Nothing against Kapolei……but you can take the player out of Waianae……but JMHO that you can’t take that Waianae toughness out of the player.

  26. Fei jai January 11, 2015 7:12 pm

    Go ducks!!!

  27. al January 11, 2015 8:39 pm

    world boxing champs…from hawaii nei
    plenty of them.
    dado marino, bobo olson, jesus salud, andy ganigan, ben villaflor, ben villoria, paul fujii.

    dennis alexio a kickboxer world champ, too. well, part time hawaiian.
    rolando navarette fought out of honolulu as well.

  28. al January 11, 2015 8:43 pm

    welcome solomon matautia!

  29. John Cole January 12, 2015 6:13 am

    What org does the rude photographer work for, and where is he from?

  30. jeezy33 January 12, 2015 7:42 am

    25. I didn’t give Miano enough credit for how Hawaii attracted so many solid walk ons while he was here. Maybe it was just lucky but it seemed like we brought in a lot of good ones. I would def hope Ronald gets offered a walk on spot to go with Piceno, Mamiya, Sharsh, Suapaia, and that Damien WR /TE you mentioned.

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