DeLaura, Jones reunited

The SMU football program starts its offseason conditioning program tomorrow — under former UH strength/conditioning coach Mel deLaura.

June Jones told the Warrior Beat that deLaura will be in charge of SMU’s overall strength and conditioning program with an emphasis on football. The offer came after 1) Vic Viloria left SMU, 2) it was learned that deLaura had been reassigned from leading UH football’s conditioning program.

Delaura will earn “close to six figures” annually, Jones said.

“He’s been the best I’ve been around,” Jones said. “He gets players ready, and he gets results on the field.”

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The Warriors, meanwhile, begin their weekly Super Games Wednesday. The games, such as dodgeball and water polo — are designed to build camaraderie.

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It’s not always easy to get things right the first time. We all make mistakes (which, I suppose, is why the NCAA created men’s volleyball officials.)

And if you can’t correct it — there were 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution in 23 years — then you get innovative.

If I’m running Boise State, I declare the undefeated Bronos national champions, order title rings and hang banners where recruits can see them. Who’s going to argue? The NCAA? The NCAA doesn’t even control its football postseason. The BCS? It doesn’t care as long as it cashes the TV checks. Just put a spam filter on the key word “Alabama.”

And that’s the same with UH’s Circle of Honor. We’ve heard the debates and reasoning and blah, blah, blah. But another class has been announced, and I still don’t see the names Garrett Gabriel, Anthony Carter, Alika Smith, MIchael Carter, Allen Allen, Niko Noga or Al Noga.

So, from now on, I’m declaring an amendment to the Circle. So, welcome aboard the late and great Patsy Mink. It doesn’t matter if she didn’t suit up; apparently that’s not a requirement. There’s a law named after her, and she’s the reason UH is fielding soccer and track teams. Welcome Garrett Gabriel for sticking it to BYU twice. Welcome Michael, Anthony Carter and, if we get really annoyed, Dwight Carter, Jason Carter and June Carter Cash. (Sorry, I’m a Reese Witherspoon fan.) And, yes, the Circle is extended to the Noga brothers. Al Noga was a a first-team All-America and, more importantly, he made one of the greatest plays: knocking out two players on one play.


  1. jm2375 February 7, 2010 8:56 am


  2. jm2375 February 7, 2010 8:57 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Happy SuperBowl Sunday. Hope it’s a good game.

  3. Pomai February 7, 2010 9:00 am

    Will be heading to Bayview to watch the game, an of course do some damage to their kitchen…….

  4. jm2375 February 7, 2010 9:06 am

    From last post:

    February 7th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Time to get the chips, pop, and assorted munchies for the game! Hmmmm, maybe subsandwiches?

    Sorry, wafan, can’t resist… pop? You been on the continent toooooo looong. Besides, I thought that was a Midwest term.

  5. jm2375 February 7, 2010 9:06 am

    Pomai – see you there!

  6. Stretch February 7, 2010 9:07 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Not surprising news of DeLaura going over to SMU. Good luck to him with his new job.

    Happy SuperBowl Day to everyone.

  7. madeinhawaii February 7, 2010 9:08 am

    The best to Mel DeLaura! Got to admire the way JJ takes care of his group.

    Morning all!

  8. d1島 February 7, 2010 9:08 am

    Best wishes Mel deLaura! Pony up!

  9. Pomai February 7, 2010 9:09 am

    Phone conversation between JJ and Mack three months ago:

    JJ: Mack is Mel getting a raise this year?
    Mack: Your kidding right. Heck it looks like we are going to be taking a pay cut.
    JJ: Wow that’s too bad, say why don’t you move Tommy to the head of football conditioning then move Mel to a lower position. Then he looks upset and quits, I’ve wanted to bring him here all along, plus he gets a good raise.
    Mack: Hey that sounds like a plan. I’ll do it this week. Talk to you later. LOL

  10. Derek February 7, 2010 9:12 am

    I don’t get it. If Jones says DeLaura was the best he’s been around, then why did DeLaura get re-assigned in UHs dept. in the first place? Something is fishy! Something happened!

    I watch a ton of college basketball games on all the channels. Great games. Yesterday, I was particularly interested in UNLV/BYU so I watched it on Versus. What a game! No comparison compared to UH.
    My wife will not watch UH men’s basketball game because she’s frustrated. I watch, but I’m frustrated too. I don’t like the way this team plays…very sloppy handling the ball. I like to watch players play hard, with a lot of energy and w/ a mission. I also prefer an uptembo game like Villanova, UNLV, and New Mexico. Sadly, for UH, I’m just dreaming.
    Run out the string already…there is no WAC tournament to go to as we will not win another conference game and will finish 2-14. On to baseball.

  11. jm2375 February 7, 2010 9:18 am

    Derek – #10 – watch the Wahine instead. Even though they have a lot to work on, they play basketball like it’s supposed to be played.

  12. d1島 February 7, 2010 9:23 am


    they play “above the rim”?

  13. buffoman February 7, 2010 9:26 am

    You”re correct, it is extremely frustrating watching the BB team. If effort comes from belief, I am not seeing it. Watching facial expression by players, it is almost telegraphed that the players do not operate as a team. When one sees exasperation on the faces, it says a lot about chemistry, or the lack of it.

    There is no team and that is on the coaches. A very wise, winning coach once told me, you can have talented individuals on the floor but if they have chemistry, believe in the philosophy and perform selflessly success will be hard to come by. If we have, as a radio talk host states that we do not have the talent that others have, the lack of chemistry makes things even worse.

    I doubt that we will climb out of the situation we now find oursleves in and that makes for a bleak 2011 season. The evaluation of the coach is going to have to be very honest.

  14. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 7, 2010 9:27 am

    YOU GO- ST!!!

    Aloha Kakahiaka and HiHo!

  15. jm2375 February 7, 2010 9:29 am

    d1 – do we need to have a conversation at the t-gate? They are playing as a team and much more uptempo offense than the men, which put me to sleep. I think Nash has a year left. Can we start looking for someone now?

  16. koakane February 7, 2010 9:39 am

    gooda morning tsaiko country what a beautiful day it is

    a great one for watching the supa bowl with family, friends, fuud plus mucho fun enjoy your day whatever you doing

    jm# sent you email

    best wishes to mel and being reunited with jjones. to me it was only a matter of time before they got hooked up again.

    valiant effort by the women and men bball team. just pushing the envelope and not quite getting over the hump yet

    congrats to pack5 for taking d2 and punahou claiming d1 state hs soccer championships. good games by all 4 teams that played. kudos also to kailua and mililani for battling the whole time.

  17. d1島 February 7, 2010 9:41 am


    😆 j/k

  18. koakane February 7, 2010 9:42 am

    d1 will sit with jm# and discuss wball with her. you will lose now cause I think she is right bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  19. d1島 February 7, 2010 9:42 am

    Who Dat? or Hoosiers?

    Who ya got?

  20. djmitcho February 7, 2010 9:48 am

    Well, the best thing about da SB is the food. When you get a bunch of Hawaiians together like we do, you know the food will be ono. I know on our menu will be some kalua pig, adobo, fried noodles and Im making some chicken long rice…that seems to be what everyone wants me to make all the time. Just hope I don’t go comatose after grinding and miss the game…lol
    For entertainment purposes, I would like to see the Saints win, but if they lose by 4 or less, I will be entertained too. Oh I need it to be a shootout too!

  21. djmitcho February 7, 2010 9:49 am

    On another note, I kinda had a feeling that Mel DeLaura would be moving out to Dallas after being “demoted”. Best of luck to him.

  22. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 7, 2010 9:50 am

    I have a suggestion which I’d like to run past folks here before submitting it in writing.

    There have been comments over the past several years about the Warrior mascot. Last night I watched closely as the men cheeleaders walked up the stairs to greet fans. They are incredibly athletic and strong. Why not create the mascot to be part of the cheerleading squad? These young men would be good on the eyes, entertaining, AND they’re all students!!

    Perhaps the Hawaiian Studies folks could help design the costume as well as the types of cheers, chants and drumming patterns.

    I look at these guys and wonder why they weren’t ever directed into some sport – track & field, football, baseball, etc – given their incredubke athletic abilities. Ahyone here know amything about their background

    Where else are folks going to watch today’s game besides Bayview?

  23. Stephen Tsai February 7, 2010 9:58 am

    To counter the post-Christmas blues, and because my kids are spoiled, we created the extra opening.
    So after all of the presents are unwrapped, and it’s Christmas night then … we bring out the bonus presents.
    Bad analogy, but that was the Pro Bowl for me.
    Game was meaningless. But it extended the season and alleviated the post-Super Bowl blues.
    And, of course, Hawaii got to say goodbye to the season.
    Sort of like the musical groups that used to close their worldwide tours in Hawaii.

  24. NYUH February 7, 2010 10:02 am

    Do we have another big guy at RB? Love to see another “K Street” option.

    Dustin Elisara (LB, 6-2, 245, Fr., Kapolei, O‘ahu/Kapolei HS)
    Two-way player who played linebacker and fullback…rated the 32nd best middle linebacker and ninth best fullback in the country by one scouting service.

  25. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 7, 2010 10:02 am

    To buy out the remainder of Coach Nash’s contract and conduct a decent search would take about $600,000. That certainly is not going to come from the taxpayers. Any ideas where to get the money?

    Given his age and his experience level, I wonder if he would consider applying for another coaching job or retire or would he move into some sort of administrative work such as heading the WAC or one of the other conferences.

    CHANGE OF SUBJECT: Be sure to buy a t-shirt from the band which is raising funds to go to the WAC tournament next month.

    The band is also investigating the possibility of going to the Army game and/or the Colorado game as well in September. That will cost about $1500 per student at a barebones minimum

    I know some people here don’t think that this is an appropriate Tsai-ko fundraising activity so I won’t suggest putting together a drive; however, if you plan to be at any on-campus athletic event in the next two weeks – volleyball, men’s or women’s basketball, softball, or baseball, please buy a t-shirt to help get the band to Reno.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid February 7, 2010 10:05 am

    Good Morning Gangeez!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Good luck to Mel, and a super big mahalo for his years of service to Warrior Football team. He was here when the Warriors shined their brightest and deserves some of the credit for that.

    God bless and keep you always, Mel.

  27. Stretch February 7, 2010 10:06 am

    WDoc – I agree that they should have a student take care of the mascot duties. Giving a student a scholarship is beneficial for a student to get an education AND it is probably a lot cheaper than paying a contract mascot.

    See the youtube video of the Rah competition that UH competed. About the 1:36 mark, it shows a UH student dressed up. (thanks CC for posting the video)

  28. Da Punchbowl Kid February 7, 2010 10:06 am

    Happy Super Bowl to every body in the Warrior Nation!

  29. RedZone February 7, 2010 10:08 am

    Congrats to Mel DeLaura. Must be nice to go to a place with state of the art facility.

    After watching Heffernan on WB I thought they were shorthanded. Now they really will be hurting.

    I don’t know about the wbb refs. If they allow some players to do what they are doing coach Dana needs to recruit some football players. Fresno St coach was really sucking up to one of the refs and she was eating it all up.

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid February 7, 2010 10:13 am


    Perhaps they need to expand the number of COH inductees each year. Surely it wouldn’t be much more expensive to do so. I agree that all of those names you mentioned should be included ASAP.

  31. whitey February 7, 2010 10:14 am

    Good afternoon Tsaiko. I said good morning to the lady downstairs and she said no it’s the afternoon, so who am i to argue???

  32. Stephen Tsai February 7, 2010 10:16 am

    Doesn’t seem to matter.
    If you combined last year with this year, that’s eight picks. Of that, zero modern-day football players.

  33. whitey February 7, 2010 10:19 am

    Coach Nash is a good guy, came thru the UH program, went on to the NBA, came back to the program, and now leads the mbb program. That is a story in itself, but unfortunately the story is turning ugly. Of the Fab 5, that was a great team and maybe the coach we were looking for in that group was none other than the “Hook”. A lot of pressure on the fans of coach nash, but right now his team and coaching leaves very much to be desired. Is it time to end the story?????

  34. al February 7, 2010 10:21 am

    congrats to mel delaura and family!

  35. Hoohiki February 7, 2010 10:24 am

    I missed something…Why did DeLaura’s position change and Heffernan take his place?

  36. al February 7, 2010 10:24 am

    mbb’s is losing big money.
    not privileged to the numbers, but, i wouldn’t doubt that the annual losses are more than 600k.

    it’s a business.

    jd needs to evaluate and may have to cut ties sooner than later or the program will tumble even further. i suspect we will not make a profit or very little this year on mbb and in this day and age no program can continue to survive.

  37. el guapo February 7, 2010 10:25 am


    Coach Nash makes 60 this year if my info is correct. According to the media guide he did not become an assistant coach until 1984 (he was a grad assistant before that). He needs to be 62 to retire with the number of years that he has.

  38. whitey February 7, 2010 10:27 am

    Any school’s circle of honor is huge and those that should be honored, should be on there!!! Without mentioning the word “marketing”, this honor does more for UH than just words. JD should look at how the committee is set up and if he needs to expand the nominating committee, lhe should do it. Somehow, politics always shows up and the nominating committee should really not limit the numbers of honorees each year. We are not the baseball hof or the nfl, but this is the Univeristy of HAWAII who truly cares about their athletes past, present, and future!!!

  39. whitey February 7, 2010 10:30 am

    Congrats to Mel d on his newest position with the ponies. My interest now is, will the number of hamstring injuries go down under TH and my deep down feeling says yes. TH will take the Warriors to the next level in conditioning, strength, coordination, and speed.

  40. whitey February 7, 2010 10:31 am

    ok, time to get ready for the big show. have a great day, enjoy the game, and get home safely. aloha!!!!!

  41. protector February 7, 2010 10:42 am


    Totally agree it’s a disgrace that those you mentioned weren’trecognized.


    Gotta agree that the Wahine got it going on (the right way)!


    We’re on the same wavelength about Elisara and mentioned him
    on # 98 on the previous blog.

    re: Super Bowl

    Although I had hoped for a Vikings & Jets match-up, I acknowledge that the BEST teams made it. For once I can sit back and cheer to have a good game since I’m not pulling for a favorite; I like both teams. If someone held me to a cognitive prediction, I’d have to give the Colts the nod.

  42. Garret February 7, 2010 10:48 am

    SMU’s former S/C coach got a HUGE offer from Florida State that was reported before the Hawaii Bowl. Vic left SMU two weeks before Mel was demoted at UH, so I always figured that the demotion news at UH was just to put Tommy in charge of planning the offseason conditioning program because Mel wasn’t going to be around.

    Best wishes to Mel and his family. I’m sure that he’ll do a good job at SMU and Tommy will do a good job at UH. UH *really* needs another full-time S/C coach if they are down to having just Heffernan for all of their athletes. Two S/C trainers meant that UH was already shorthanded…having just 1 would really make it hard to customize every workout for every team.

  43. RedZone February 7, 2010 10:51 am

    I think uH should give fullback Moses Samia a look too.

  44. RedZone February 7, 2010 10:55 am

    Mel will have 4 assistants at SMU.

  45. Ralph February 7, 2010 10:56 am

    Whitey fb is a physical game where contact to the leg area can cause a hamstring injury. Jonathan Cluett, M.D. excerpt from his article on hamstring injury.
    “Muscle strains and tears most commonly occur because of what is called an “eccentric contraction.” When this occurs, the muscle is trying to contract while another force (the ground, another player, etc.) is forcing the muscle in the opposite direction. This creates tremendous force on the muscle, and if the force is strong enough, it will tear the muscle fibers” Other known causes, poor conditioning, inadequate stretching, just happens when someone trys to accelerate-sprinters, etc
    As Heffernan alluded to, not everyone puts in the same effort and time in S/C regimen.

  46. whitey February 7, 2010 11:04 am

    ralph, but at the same time, no s/c coach is proud to have so many “hammies” during the preseason like we had last yr and the yrs before. also if an athlete does not do what the s/c coach asks of them, he should get after their arses and no give them break. you watch a lot of conditioning programs like martial arts and do you see the sensei give the grasshoppers a break??? hell no, braddah, do what you need to do till it hurts, then take it to the next level. excuses are easy, execution if mucho hard, but end product is priceless!!!!

  47. whitey February 7, 2010 11:05 am

    if = is

  48. Bulla February 7, 2010 11:14 am


    sometimes, and i’m no expert, with a hamstring pull/tear, it is a direct result of the quadriceps being overdeveloped. that might be the case, but i know that TH is a maniac about stretching both pre and post lifting, so that should help.

    good luck to Mel, mahalo for the good times and the hard work over the years.


  49. Stephen Tsai February 7, 2010 11:22 am

    I actually had the pleasure of attending every one of AC’s UH games, at home and on the road, as well as almost every practice, at home and on the road. He’s deserving of being in the Circle.
    And, as far as I’m concerned, he’s in the Circle.
    At least in my world.

  50. bstunna2002 February 7, 2010 11:24 am

    Any word on if Hawaii did offer rb Larry Dixon….This kid is a beast speed and power likes to run people over ala Nate Illaoa

  51. Stephen Tsai February 7, 2010 11:33 am

    re: deLaura.
    I think they wanted him to do things a different way, and he didn’t.
    So they went in a different direction, as they say.
    I’ll miss Mel. He’s a good guy.

  52. A-House February 7, 2010 11:37 am

    ST has stated twice that UH is done with the 2010 recruiting.

    However, the latest on Dixon at 6’1″ and 255# is very intriguing. Washington state POY. Why is he still not committed? Injuries? Did the Washington and Oregon schools offer?

    Is UH planning to look at some new LBs to fill in the need of a power back?

  53. Stephen Tsai February 7, 2010 11:41 am

    UH says it’s done with recruiting.
    I don’t believe it.
    But that’s something you may ask Tuesday’s guest … Greg McMackin.

  54. Kazz February 7, 2010 11:44 am

    I’ve never seen two players get knocked out on one play.

    With that being said, I would of loved to see Rainbow Wahine Katie Wilson knock out just ONE Fresno State _____ last night.

    Typical thugs in their basketball program… Even the “women”.

  55. A-House February 7, 2010 11:45 am


    From your post yesterday, it appears total disregard continues to rear its ugly head again that those in power will “abuse” the system until someone/something clamps down and changes the rule.

    The SEC appears to be the champion in this matter as you described in your post. Yet, why do athletes continue to be drawn to these schools knowing what they do and it could happen to them or is it the proverbial, it will not happen to me!!

    BTW, saw your parents at the Wahine BB game and “talked story” after the game. They were seated in the first row, just behind the “broadcasters”. Wahine games are general addmission and first come, first serve. Later, they moved to their regular seats for the men’s game.

  56. SteveM February 7, 2010 11:46 am

    Good noon everyone!

    Best wishes for Mel deLaura!

  57. bstunna2002 February 7, 2010 11:48 am

    Well Mack said there was to be a visitor this weekend who would boost this class even moe and I dont think he was talking about the kicker from Tx,and the numbers don’t seem to add up even more now that two didn’t qualify and they were planning on gray shirting a few….more surprises on the horizon maybe….

  58. Stephen Tsai February 7, 2010 11:49 am

    I think the visitor he spoke of was the kicker.
    And the kicker’s parents.

  59. postmanke February 7, 2010 11:51 am

    I grew up and played along side Allen Allen – watched him develop or should I say transform. He is very deserving as well to be in the Circle. You want a feel good story – Allen Allen is an amazing story! They need to find a way to get him in..

    #9 – lol, you think Mack asked for a recruiting bone or two from JJ in the deal?

  60. Kazz February 7, 2010 11:51 am

    Only in the NFL can they throw a convicted criminal on TV and give him airtime in a Superbowl pregame show.

  61. Kazz February 7, 2010 11:55 am

    “This should be a PSA for all pro athletes to not have an un-licensed hand gun” -Boomer Esiason


    These morons need a PSA to know they’re not supposed to carry an un-licensed weapon?

    Wow… Just wow… 😆

    Get these monkeys off the air and start the damn game already!!!

  62. wafan February 7, 2010 11:56 am

    W-Doc . . .

    Cheerleading really is a sport. They put in as much, if not more, time as the other athletes. I have fought for years up here to have cheerleading recognized by the WIAA.

    In Hawai’i, it took a lot of years at schools to get marching band recognized as a PE credit. Some of those bands train as hard as their football teams. And, their “season” runs most of the school year with sports and assorted parades.

  63. Committed Road Warrior February 7, 2010 11:57 am

    I don’t know whether I’ll be able to stay up to watch the entire Super Bowl.

    Spent the majority of the afternoon digging out the rest of my car from the snow, as well as helping out three other folks in the same predicament.

    The worst comes when I leave to go to the grocery store. I got my car out of with ease, only to come back and find myself stuck trying to park back in it. Needed three people to help maneuver me back into place. Oh, and FYI, the roads are horrid, the secondary streets are barely plowed out and the slush that’s present is gonna freeze over tonight, as the low is expected to go single digits.

    Throughout all this, I just threw down a few shots of whiskey with some neighbors to help erase the thought of this horrid weekend.

  64. wafan February 7, 2010 11:58 am

    Best of luck to Mel at SMU!

  65. madeinhawaii February 7, 2010 11:59 am


    I wouldn’t be surprised if DeLaura ends up being one S/C coach that we really miss. Just like JJ… we might end up really appreciating the things he did only after his departure.

  66. wafan February 7, 2010 12:03 pm

    CRW . . .

    Last year I bought a couple bags of de-icer — kept ond in my car and the other in the garage. I would spread it when I parked at school so I would not be frozen in, and again when I got home. Thankfully, it is not bad at all this year.

  67. chawan_cut February 7, 2010 12:06 pm

    last day of football for awhile….

  68. chawan_cut February 7, 2010 12:11 pm

    i think i saw the moanalua hs bball player that’s been dunking over everyone at last night’s uh men’s game with his family. his dad was wearing a uh hat.
    unfortunately not a good showing by uh if they expect to be in the running for his loi.

  69. Committed Road Warrior February 7, 2010 12:17 pm


    That’s a good idea! My issue today wasn’t so much being frozen in, but the snow piles were so close-knit in regards to my parking spot that you couldn’t get back into the spot without some maneuvering. Truly makes me wonder how I got my car out of my parking space to begin with.

    Oh, and I (still) drive a little Corolla, so imagine the problems that would ensue with a minivan or SUV…..

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  71. Committed Road Warrior February 7, 2010 12:29 pm

    Snow day tomorrow for me. Second time in two months.

    The federal government will be closed on Monday in the Washington area, according to the Office of Personnel Management, as the region continues to plow out of an historic snowstorm.

    OPM Director John Berry decides when to close federal offices in the Washington area. He convened a conference call with local and state government and transportation officials Sunday afternoon during which they determined a Monday morning commute would be too unsafe, officials said.

  72. Kazz February 7, 2010 12:37 pm

    If people have problems with many of us here speaking of men’s volleyball and Wahine basketball in such a postive light while downing the men’s basketball team well, too bad…

    There is no shame in being proud of two programs improving respectively regardless of what some people’s chauvinistic attitudes are that won’t allow for the acceptance that a woman’s sport is showing improvement over a man’s sport and that a stereotypical non-macho sport (men’s volleyball) is generating excitement. Hey, I didn’t create the stigma!

    It’s quite disrespectful to the coaches and the student athletes of such under-appreciated sports like softball, men’s volleyball, and women’s basketball to gripe when people wanna talk about these sports more than your tradionally popular ones.

    Yes, the popular ones can bring in more money if they sell out the venues, but where is the logic that one sport that is “supposed” to be the #2 sport (behind Wahine Volleyball???? 😯 ) in the state “SHOULD” be the #2 sport??? Shoot, may the top spectator UH sports be the ones drawing excitement and fans REGARDLESS of pre-set ideals and biases. Wanna talk money? Well Wahine volleyball has continously made a profit every season and they are NOT adding to the deficit in that sense, yet people cannot give them the respect they deserve.

    HECK! If men’s volleyball or even women’s basketball ends up eventually drawing 5K – 7K who in their right mind is gonna complain????

    OH WAIT!!! There already are!!! I’ve even heard the gripes about “we only had women’s volleyball to be happy about and that’s sad”…. HOW STUPID OF A STATEMENT IS THAT?

    No… The only thing SAD is not being able to be happy for those that have accomplished such goals while being busy bringing down those not doing so well.

    That is what you call “fan politics”. If the UH sport fan culture shifts away from men’s basketball to men’s volleyball or heck, even Wahine basketball, then logically I cannot see no wrong in this.

    People in Hawaii say they “deserve” ( 🙄 ) winners. Well you deserve what you put in, but anyway… Seems like some or most people are only interested in seeing winners in certain sports and merely shrugging off others.

    Neglect and discrimination make for a ignorant and stupid combination.

  73. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 7, 2010 1:07 pm


    No worries, I have a feeling all this pomp and circumstance stuff before the actual kick-off will last about another week or so.

    Well, it feels like it…

  74. postmanke February 7, 2010 1:08 pm

    Well said Kazz!

    Heck if UH had a Ice Hockey team now that would be something… now there’s a sport you can make some money at.. what fan would not want to sit in cozy 55 degree arena when it’s a humid 85 degrees outside?? Curling team would off the charts!

  75. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 7, 2010 2:18 pm


    A curling team? It may not catch on as much as the Warriors switching to a triple option offense right?

    Sarcasm noted. 🙄

  76. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 7, 2010 2:28 pm

    Hawaii is a football and volleyball town and soon the men’s volleyball team will start drawing larger crowds on a consistent basis and already the crowds are more energetic and younger.

    If the volleyball part of this statement bothers some to think it’s lame instead of respecting volleyball for both mens and womens then their misery is their problem.

  77. Old Diver February 7, 2010 4:25 pm

    Well the Super Bowl again reinforced the argument that modern football is a passing game and is why the quarterback is not just another player.

  78. madeinhawaii February 7, 2010 4:32 pm

    Oh when the Saints.. come marching home….. Oh when the Saints Come Marching home..

    What a game! Much closer than the scores indicate.

  79. postmanke February 7, 2010 4:36 pm

    Kazz, lol =)

    dont count Kenny out.. It’s all about winning in the end..

  80. postmanke February 7, 2010 4:43 pm

    JJ’s offense surely will have another chance in the NFL?? Wonder if Clark Hunt will start pursing him in a couple years

  81. whitey February 7, 2010 5:16 pm

    With the mention of only men, what about the women in the Circle of Honor. My first athlete would be Dietre C

  82. whitey February 7, 2010 5:19 pm

    Where do you find info about all the members of the UH Circle of Honor??????

  83. whitey February 7, 2010 5:20 pm

    Congrats to the NO Saints for doing a great job and winning the Super Bowl!!!!

  84. wafan February 7, 2010 5:22 pm

    YAY for the Saints. No longer the ‘aints!!!

  85. madeinhawaii February 7, 2010 5:29 pm

    The Saints prove again, there’s always a ‘First Time’! Sometimes it just takes a little longer!

    C’mon Warriors… National Champions! Set your sights now!


  86. wafan February 7, 2010 5:40 pm

    Now if only the See-Balks can get their act together. May be with Pete? At least now he does not have to worry about his players receiving under the table payments and underhanded boosters.

  87. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 7, 2010 6:08 pm

    For more information about the Circle of Honor, click

    Honorees are listed alphabetically.

  88. A-House February 7, 2010 6:45 pm


    Like your idea of using a male cheer leader to be the next UH “mascot”.

    Now, to get the idea put into motion by advising Villi that his services are being terminated effective 6/30/2010. Meanwhile, get some ideas from the student body, fans, etc. for a costume for the Warrior!! Perhaps, the old,traditional warriors headgear used during Kamehameha’s time would be a start.

  89. SteveM February 7, 2010 6:54 pm

    Peaches and I decided to have lunch and watch the Super Bowl in HD at Genji’s. No reservations. To my surprise, the place was packed…both bar and lounge side and the private rooms. Even the bar stools and chairs. Tina was devastated that she thought she missed our reservations.

    Fortunately, the owner interceded and we got the absolute last table in the house. My next surprise was after the regular pupus, the servers brought everyone plates of ham, potato salad, and tofu/watercress dish, followed by BBQ ribs… compliments of Art and Gaye. But I bought lunch anyway. 🙂

    Art gave away around 40 prizes on his usual post-game wheel of fortune and 10 people had a chance to win a 32″ Sony plasma. The wheel is not suspect since it was made by Allan A., who provided the karaoke setup at Kiku Hana in Las Vegas last September.

    So thus ended this football season. I renewed my season table(s) reservations for next year. 😐

  90. SteveM February 7, 2010 7:06 pm

    RE: #89 should read:
    “season table reservations for AWAY games”

    I will be renewing season tickets for the football home games, despite the sun in the face… 😡

  91. d1島 February 7, 2010 8:33 pm

    Congratulations to the World Champion New Orleans Saints! What a way to kick-off Mardi Gras!

  92. Slugger February 7, 2010 8:35 pm

    #72 ~ Kazz, Right on!

    There are other UH student athletes who “play for you” and they are not all football players.

    It was nice to watch the SuperBowl today at Genji since it was close to home. Good food!

  93. Bigislandkurt February 7, 2010 8:38 pm

    Postings about the mascot. Postings on SMU’s new strength coach. Makes me wonder……how many more weeks until spring ball? At least we got the super games now. Whew. It’s going to be a long off season.


  94. al February 7, 2010 10:38 pm

    so wasn’t manning blocked from the back on that pick six?

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  100. ai-eee-soos February 7, 2010 11:26 pm

    wahng hundrehd.


  101. Dobbs Ferry Dude February 8, 2010 12:02 am

    The state of Hawaii is the same size or population as places like Rhode Island, Delaware, Vermont, or Montana and none of them has a Division One program. It is a constant struggle for us just to maintain mid-level success.

  102. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 8, 2010 12:31 am


    SAINTS came marching in!

    Nitey nite and SWEET supergames dreams!

  103. ai-eee-soos February 8, 2010 12:42 am

    re # 101.

    add N Dak, S Dak, New Hamp, Maine.

  104. Lopaka43 February 8, 2010 1:56 am

    Idaho has about the same size of population, and it hasn’t stopped Boise from consistently beating everybody in the WAC and giving the big boys everything they can handle.

    and Idaho has two Division 1 schools.

  105. Kekoa (iPhone) February 8, 2010 2:18 am

    Howzit Lopaka43!

    Missed seeing you and your boss at da Tsaiko Tsupah Bowl partay. The usual suspects were there, but it was also nice to see the Colomaohana’s.

    Jm2375 brought over some ‘killah’ bread pudding, but we waited to see if Protector survived before we dug in to the rest of da pan.

    When the Blogmeister arrived, we all thought he came with prizes. I think he knew that if he brought MBB tickets, nobody would want them. Not to worry, Mrs Sailor Blue won the top (for
    entertainment only *donation* prize)

  106. wafan February 8, 2010 3:45 am

    Good Monday morning!

    Only four more wakeups until the next weekend.


  107. Loa February 8, 2010 5:47 am

    morning gang!

    congrats to Coach Mel
    really appreciated the work with the kids via the S&Q camps
    wonder if now he gotta start wearing sleeves 🙂

  108. d1島 February 8, 2010 5:49 am

    Great Morning All!

    Glad the Tsaiko Tsupah Bowl Party went well.

    Unlike the Big Easy, it’s Back-to-Work Monday here 🙁

    Have a terrific day anyway…


  109. Loa February 8, 2010 5:51 am

    would be nice to see the Noga family recognized in the circle of honor as well as some of the other modern day studs

  110. Garret February 8, 2010 5:59 am

    I do not understand how Anthony Carter and the Noga family could be left out of the Circle of Honor.

  111. jm2375 February 8, 2010 6:01 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Nice to see everyone yesterday. (J)J and Koakane were in rare form.

    Myki & Midori7 – you got mail. If anyone else wants the bread pudding recipe, let me know.

    OK, off to work. bbl.

  112. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 8, 2010 6:56 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


  113. 702WarriorFan February 8, 2010 6:58 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos – great win by Saints.

    Would apprec getting your bread pudding recipe.

  114. Pauoa Boy February 8, 2010 6:59 am

    Did I just read an article with Coach Nash stating that he needs Hiram Thompson on the floor in order to have a chance at winning??? Are you kidding me? WOW, I seriously give up watching this lame excuse for a Head Coach!

  115. Pauoa Boy February 8, 2010 7:04 am

    Great win for the Saints but I can’t believe how many bandwagoners I’ve met at work today…unreal! To me, it was kind of a dull Superbowl but was a great display of two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Despite Peyton Manning’s miscue on the pick for six, I think he and Brees played at an MVP caliber all night. Yes, he did get nailed in the back on that one too, but ah its all good. I thought Jonathan Vilma of the Saints should’ve gotten co-MVP, he was beastin all over the place on defense!

  116. rage777 February 8, 2010 7:13 am

    Why isn’t Vince Goo, Riley Wallace or Dave Shoji on the Circle of Honor??

  117. jm2375 February 8, 2010 7:21 am

    702WF – #114 – email me at jm2375 at

  118. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 8, 2010 7:33 am

    Vince Goo was inducted over the weekend. Riley Wallace hasn’t been gone long enough and Dave Shoji is still working for UH. Only those who die can be inducted before the usual minimum.

    Pauoa Boy – why the cracks about Hiram Thompson? Is he a superstar player – no – but he generally plays well and consistently when not dealing with physical injuries – except at the free throw line. Obviously, you haven’t watched him play in person so you don’t get a chance to see him interact with his teammates on and off the court. K-5’s television coverage is not the greatest.

    Yes, I’m frustrated, but I would never turn my back on these student athletes. It’s definitely time to re-evaluate the entire program and its coaching leadership,

    Still cannot read without a magnifying glass, but I cannot take any more time off from work. Time to get dressed and head into town. Have a great day.

  119. Pauoa Boy February 8, 2010 8:15 am

    I’ve been around basketball all my life and played everywhere. I saw Hiram play in person many a times in Sacramento when he played at Oak Ridge High and I’ve been to a couple UH games. I used to help Coach at Cordova High and playing against him, I never thought he was D1 material. Coach Nash acts like Hiram is the best player he has and saying things like he needs him on the floor to have a chance at winning??? Wow, really what is that saying about the rest of the guys on the team? I mean if Hiram is the best you got than yup I know why there record is the way it is. He’s injured, banged up, blah blah blah, then let him get healthy and play someone else. This just shows me Coach Nash has no faith in players that he himself recruited to the team…sad. Besides the point guard has the ball in his hands at all times, he’s the leader that directs the offense, gets things going. If Hiram was really playing well and consistently than UH wouldn’t be where its at continuously losing. Am I saying Hiram is only to blame, no there are 5 guys on the court, but Coach is, then again, the point guard is the Coach on the court. He can’t create, suspect jumper, suspect free throws, gets beat on defense alot, I mean seriously… Like RainbowCliff said, they lack true D1 talent on this team…especially at point guard.

  120. BG February 8, 2010 8:29 am

    PB…you and W-Doc may be arguing over semantics. You’re talking about Hiram’s bb ability, W-Doc talks about his personality characteristics, and Nash’s comment was about Hiram’s contribution to the team relative to any other point guard. Three different things. Objectively, what Nash said is probably correct. Even with a bum shoulder, Hiram is still better than the other pg’s…sad. When Hiram goes out, the team goes from bad to worse and there’s no hope at all.

    You and W-Doc can chose to argue this, but it’s tough when you’re talking guavas and pineapples.

    PB, hope you and family are doing well. What did you think of that marine who came out for walk on tryouts and will be invited to the team next year? Makes you think, doesn’t it? hehehehe

  121. BG February 8, 2010 8:33 am

    BTW…Good morning Tsaikos

    I’ve been wrong a lot lately…before it used to be only once a year! LOL But, I thought Mel was going to stay because of his family roots and S&Q clinics. But, I guess doubling his salary and being able to do more things for his family, and rejoining JJ was attractive enough to go through the trials of relocating.

    Good luck to you, Mel!!! Gonna miss you!

  122. Garret February 8, 2010 8:38 am

    Remember how UH practiced at Euless Trinity and established ties with that school? Well, in 2011 Euless Trinity once again has a lot of high-quality football recruits…it would be nice for UH to get a pipeline there with all the Polynesian players at that school.

    This list of the top 50 recruits in the Dallas Fort-Worth area includes:
    RB Tevin Williams (rated #36 in the DFW region)
    WR Brandon Carter (#17)
    TE Chris Barnett (#21)
    LB Jonathan Yenga (#39)

    Recruiting in Texas goes *really* early, so if UH is interested they will have to make their evaluations (I’m sure that they took note of the Trinity players when they were out there) and offer early. There are a number of 2011 recruits on this list that have *already* made their commitments! Every school in Texas will have at least 1 Junior Day this month, with some like Texas having 2 this month, so the offers and commits may have been already done a month from now.

  123. uhwarriors February 8, 2010 8:56 am

    Jim Donovan will be chatting on Sports Hawaii. If you have a question for Jim, post them in this link:

  124. Derek February 8, 2010 5:11 pm

    There should be exceptions or waivers for being considered into the UH Circle of Honors. I say put the 2007 undefeated Warriors – 12-0 and the BSC team that went to the Sugar Bowl in right now. Also, put Colt Brennan in right now too. Nobody would question that. Nobody. Come On, Man! Your rules are too rigid. Many times, people get in after they are dead. Some good does that do for the honoree!!!! We should celebrate the honoree(s) while they are still living. Wouldn’t that be more meaninful. What a novel idea! Sometimes, common sense should prevail. Oh, sorry, commen sense isn’t allowed!!! Boing!

    I proposoe Keith Amemiya take a look at this and if he can do anything about it. He’s a man of action who gets things done.

  125. Derek February 8, 2010 5:15 pm

    One more nomination that I forget. June Jones should be in too, already!
    For what he did for the program and his record. No question, as Coach Murakami would say! Hey, common sense!

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