Departing again

The Warriors depart this afternoon on their fifth road trip of the season.

Once again, the Warriors will be short-handed. Head coach Norm Chow announced on his radio show that running back Steven Lakalaka and defensive lineman Marcus Malepeai are not expected to travel while recovering from injuries. Linebacker Julian Gener is expected to make the trip.

San Jose’s big even this weekend is “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” tomorrow and Saturday at the SAP Center.


  1. Marleysdad November 13, 2014 6:40 am


    Don’t sneeze when you eat saimin.

  2. Old Diver November 13, 2014 6:48 am

    Fast healing to our injured Warriors.

  3. d1shima November 13, 2014 6:51 am

    Great Morning All!

    Stay focused and “git ‘er done!” Let’s Go Bows!

  4. d1shima November 13, 2014 6:53 am


    Already got the video feed setup for the NWC showdown.

    GO ‘Cats!

  5. hatakeman November 13, 2014 7:13 am

    Good luck to the “travel Bows.”

  6. ArcumFortis November 13, 2014 7:28 am

    Another Saturday and a possible win against a team with a record not much sportier than ours. I no longer expect wins but at least this one feels possible.

    Based upon what ST has shared and the financial situation at UH I am resigned to (or at least prepared for) the news that coach Chow will be retained another year. In most other programs he would already have been relieved of his position. But we are not most other programs.

    If coach Chow is retained my agony could be reduced by the redesign of the offensive coaching staff. The hiring of a good OC (not another young or old coach who clearly will defer to coach Chow’s offensive vision but someone with mind of their own and the capacity to lead rather than follow). With the offensive players we have coming and coming back from injury we will have many more weapons. We need an offensive coaching staff able to mold them and ignite their abilities. On defense I think we might be OK. We need d-linemen and probably a JC guy or two in that area. I still think coach Clune has the ability. His defense is very linebacker dependent. With our two best linebackers out (JG coming back this week) we have been weaker.

    So if we could create on off season buzz with the hiring of a young dynamic OC I would be placated enough to be interested. Budget wise hiring an OC would be much more economical than firing coach Chow and having to pay another HC. And with the right hire it is possible the fan base would at least be willing to hang in another year and some of those who bailed might be willing to have another look.

  7. Whats Up November 13, 2014 7:40 am

    Warriors play at San Jose. I expect another offense or offensive loss.

    UH 13
    SJSU 35

  8. Tempmanoa November 13, 2014 7:55 am

    Some may remember that after Macmackin our first DC left, JJ played a big role running the defense. He then told us that he was looking to hire a defensive coordinator that was not a yes man, but who could be on equal standing with him. He asked Tomey, but he had committed to coach with Mack Brown at Texas. He then got Glanville an ex NFL head coach like JJ to be our coordinator despite a little history of disagreement between the two of them. And Glanville made points to JJ about both the offense and defense and that made a big positive impact.

  9. tom November 13, 2014 8:28 am


  10. st. anthony trojan November 13, 2014 8:31 am

    me wonders just how much ‘freedom’ ne coach has under chow…as far as offense n defense…. n also recruiting….does coach always have the final say in all things…
    be nice to know what really goes on in them meetings coaches have….n how much they are ‘controlled’…..

  11. tom-warriornation November 13, 2014 8:46 am

    If any of the player’s parents would like to be acknowledged at the Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Football Tailgate at San Jose State University; let me know by text at 415-324-0585. The tailgate chairman said he could do it at 11:30am just at the beginning of their program.

    The 15th annual Road Rainbow Warrior football tailgate, a San Francisco Bay Area tradition, is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, near the San Jose State University Spartan Stadium. In the past, up to 1,500 have attended the Road Rainbow Warrior Tailgate that features live Hawaiian music, ono local Hawaiian style food, and fabulous raffle prizes.

    The tailgate will feature several well known San Francisco Bay area music artists plus Alex Kawakami of Hawaii’s Manoa DNA group. The University of Hawaii band will also make a special appearance with Head Football Coach Norm Chow. Larry Beil, former Hawaii television and ESPN sportscaster, and now Bay Area ABC sportscaster, will emcee the event.

    The event is supported by major sponsors including GEICO, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Hukilau Restaurants, Alaska Airlines, University of Hawaii Alumni Association, University of Hawaii Foundation, Na Koa Football Club, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC) and HZONE.

    The event is from 10 am to 12:30 pm with a major raffle drawing for two Alaska Airlines tickets to Hawaii, a Waikiki weekend stay donated by Outrigger and a Samsung Smart Watch. Many other prizes will be given away.

    According to Daryl Higashi, HCCNC President, “the concept of a Hawaii tailgate at an away football game started in 1999 when HCCNC, a group of expats who were also die hard football fans, teamed with the University of Hawaii in sponsoring a November tailgate attended by 1,000 at San Jose State Stadium.

    A Friday night (November 14) Hawaii football weekend kickoff party will be held at Hukilau San Jose from 6 to 8:30 pm. All information on the tailgate, buying football tickets

  12. Wes'side Warrior November 13, 2014 9:06 am

    Morning, Gang!

    “big even” or big event?

  13. Wes'side Warrior November 13, 2014 9:09 am

    Just looking for consistent play in all phases of the game.

    (My lag is incredibly bad now with these ads and video on the page. I have to backspace on every word to correct what’s missing or bunched together.)

    Good luck, Warriors!

  14. Willie November 13, 2014 9:32 am

    Great article on the walk on Joas this morning. Wishing this young man continued positive progress!

  15. mctruck November 13, 2014 9:38 am

    Good to see one MW team in top 25, with Boise State among to 30, or did I misread?

  16. A-House November 13, 2014 9:58 am


    by chance – did you attend the Rice game?

    99club drove some 6 1/2 hours, one-way, to attend the game

    before we left Hawaii, Midnight and Barbara were at the tailgate and I was under the impression that they would be back in Texas for this game – to our surprise, as we were walking between the Cal and Main Street Station, we hear a voice yelling “Mr. A-House, Mr. A-House” – turned around and we see Midnight running in our direction – great to see them again before they left Vegas that evening for Texas.

  17. Turfwar November 13, 2014 10:00 am

    ST I was wondering when you will be coming out with an article on the men’s volleyball recruiting class. Bobby Curran had Charlie Wade on this morning and he had no idea yesterday was the early signing day for several sports including volleyball. Spent a lot of his time with Charlie asking about short guys who could touch 11 feet. Really? Then as Curran says that’s all the time they had left Charlie interjects and says he would be remiss if he didn’t talk about the signings he received yesterday. Said it was one of the most successful recruiting classes ever for men’s volleyball. And that’s all the time he had. Curran is clueless on anything regarding recruiting. But Charlie did mention they received six signed letters.

  18. jm2375 November 13, 2014 10:26 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    turfwar – #17 – ST has been writing about the new Warrior vb commits for a couple of weeks, the latest being yesterday.

    The Warrior vb team will be hosting a pro team from Cali in an exhibition match on Tues 11/25 @ 7pm. Great way to see the new guys in action before the season starts in Jan.

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid November 13, 2014 10:40 am

    Same message as yesterday… git er done Warriors! Just git er done!!!


  20. Inyoface November 13, 2014 11:31 am

    The last time I saw UH play San Jose State was in 2011 when we screwed up on countless special teams mistakes. We seemed to never have come back from that loss.

  21. Andrew November 13, 2014 11:34 am


    I thought the moments where I really saw the program going downhill was the 2011 loss @UNLV where we were big favorites in that game and got smoked, and then the Utah State game @home that year where we were up by a few touchdowns and lost to that freshmen backup QB they had. Coincidentally, that was the moment that Utah State’s program started to really gain momentum.

  22. bowwar November 13, 2014 11:37 am

    We “get chance” against SJSU, so let’s hope for the best…

    Go Warriors!

  23. SteveM November 13, 2014 11:51 am

    Good morning everyone!

    The pah-tay and tailgate moves to San Jose this weekend…always one of the largest Tsai-ko gatherings since New Orleans. I hear tom-warriornation is so involved in the stadium tailgate he has been drafted to work there. Stop by and say hi. 🙂

  24. Turfwar November 13, 2014 12:14 pm

    jm yeah saw those but now Charlie can talk about these guys and not sure if st mentioned all six guys. Well maybe UH comes out with a press release soon. Men’s volleyball is the one sport that gives UH the best chance at a National Championship. Wahine are competitive every year but even Shoji will you the landscape of Wahine recruiting has changed since the advent of the BCS. Since the BCS and now the Power 5 conferences only two mid-major teams have made the final four. UH and Long Beach State. With men’s volleyball we are in a power conference. Be competitive in the MPSF and a National Championship is well within reach.

  25. st. anthony trojan November 13, 2014 12:14 pm

    steve m… they always pick…the first draft.. as the best..
    he sure puts in a lot of volunteer work for UHAD…

    THEY SHOULD give him the ‘Malasada’ trophy for volunteer of the year…n if no have me will make one..maybe with sum ‘bagong’ inside…he he he


  26. UHfan808 November 13, 2014 12:15 pm

    Good afternoon, Tsai-kos!

    Safe travels to the Warriors and Tsaimeister!


  27. cocobean November 13, 2014 12:28 pm

    #6. AF. That’s always been one of my biggest complaints about Chow, the coaches he’s selected to help him run the offense. There’s no opening for an OC unless he promotes someone or lets someone go. I complained when he brought in a RB coach instead of an OC.

    I have my doubts about the two rookies who handle the WRs and QBs. I have to question their ability to develop the players under their tutelage. Are their students getting better technique wise and have increased this their football IQs? How good are they at evaluating the talent on hand. Do they have a say on who plays and who doesn’t.

    The offensive staff’s collective efforts in game planning, play calling and in game adjustments have been disappointing. It’s Chow’s fault not the assistants. He’s the one the deemed them ready to coach. While they may have shown a high aptitude for breaking down film it’s only a small part of being a coach. Can they teach, can they motivate and just a s important or more so , can they RECRUIT?
    Can these young guys step into someone’s home and sell themselves to a prospective recruit and his parents? This year’s offensive recruits were pretty thin – 8 out of 24. I wonder how they’ll do next year.

  28. Bryson November 13, 2014 1:07 pm

    How come no one remembers Kevin Lempa…

  29. ArcumFortis November 13, 2014 1:18 pm

    #37 CB….couldn’t agree more. I feel for these two young men (WR and QB coaches). They are clearly Chow protege’s and he has given them their start in coaching. But he has also put them in a position to fail (because of their inexperience) and they have done so. Whether the career start coach Chow gave them will turn out to be a blessing or a curse remains to be seen. But there are not many places in the country where the performance of their units would not get them terminated. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds. I feel like they were simply given jobs that they could not yet succeed at. They may get fired and probably should. But at the end of the day it was their boss’s error in judgement that caused the problem and he may well wind up keeping his job.

  30. 3-Prong November 13, 2014 1:50 pm

    d1, thanks for the link. Gotta show em whose boss. cheee!

  31. SC November 13, 2014 2:19 pm

    SJSU 35-UH 17

  32. sofaking_blk November 13, 2014 2:22 pm

    1. the Offense can’t score
    2. the Defense is now completely shot
    3. we’re on the road
    4. Norm Chow is still the HC
    unless SJSUcalled and said they’re forfeitting the game then we have no chance.

  33. Boolakanaka November 13, 2014 2:37 pm

    D1shima nice!!!! That’s like 40 plus local boys..
    In Vegas this weekend, damn I wish they had a line on the game.

  34. Tempmanoa November 13, 2014 2:41 pm

    SJSU is an average or slightly below average team in the MWC, meaning we have a shot. It is not a Utah State, Colorado State, or Nevada, but more like a San Diego State. They have one of the best passing offenses in the MWC, and rank up there in national stats passing, and the challenge will be to stop them and keep up with their scoring output. They have a good pass offense, and an average rush defense– rush defense is close to ours. If we cannot stop their passing attack, then it will be a long night. Once again, it comes down to putting in the best defensive effort of the season, and being able to run and pass– especially off of play action.

  35. 3-Prong November 13, 2014 2:44 pm

    boo, you a downtown or strip guy? Anyway, good luck, break da bank!

  36. Willie November 13, 2014 3:08 pm

    Watching Cinncinati @ East Carolina.

    Check out the , #2, #15, #80 & #84. All catch with their hands and secure the rock before running. All look quick and fast, but most impressive is their basic technique. Looks like they rotate about 6 outside and slot guys.

  37. Willie November 13, 2014 3:16 pm

    That shud be Cinn & E. Carolina; Bearcats at home.

  38. Les November 13, 2014 3:39 pm

    #6 You are a genious. Finally out of the heap of trash a shining light. Good Job.
    #7 Not so on this trip. The UH science department has come up with a special substance for the hands players. Get the ball anywhere close and the ball will stick like glue.
    #8 I am hoping that Chow realizes he needs help. That his days are numbered and bring in his successor. I hope its a former coach or two who has a vested interest in the program.
    #27 On recruit not much better. Hawaii will always get the best of the rest. Walk ons, second chancers
    #32 What else do we have to do. They are the only game in town. Its either support them or do something else. Am I disappointed in the season? It probably can’t get any worse but I’ll still be a supporter till I die.

  39. Boolakanaka November 13, 2014 4:18 pm

    3prong– strip this time around–MGM. When I go with the Hawai’i ohana, I stay downtown.

  40. sofaking_blk November 13, 2014 4:27 pm

    #38.. I will never tell anyone not to support the team but I’m a realist. This team doesn’t have a chance because the HC will not have them or get them prepared for this game. It’s gonna be the same ole routine, every team in the MWC knows our playbook in their sleep. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

  41. Andrew November 13, 2014 5:08 pm

    Breaking news from Star Advertiser by Brian McInnis

    “A day before the 2014-15 season opener, freshman forward Sammis Reyes has rejoined the Hawaii men’s basketball team.”

  42. islandman November 13, 2014 6:40 pm

    Here’s a viewpoint, pointed out on another forum, from a UH newspaper writer, she does give Norm credit for some things , but …

  43. Fei Jai November 13, 2014 7:27 pm

    Good to see the ITT gang back together again. New mantra, get er done.

    He he he.

    Just like befoa time.

  44. 3-Prong November 13, 2014 7:39 pm

    42 Smyczynski: thanks for the jj link. Our company went through that referenced personality assessment program. We used it for succession planning purposes. Didn’t realize jj was so ceribral in his approach. Wonder where Colt was in the quadrant.

  45. jeffdman2000 November 13, 2014 7:56 pm

    Here is another story about June Jones…

    WHY THE HECK DOES HE GET BROUGHT UP DAILY? Who cares…Go read the SMU forums…They hate him.

  46. st. anthony trojan November 13, 2014 8:41 pm

    Smyczynski …..thanks for that link to JJ …that article is interesting stuff…

    wonder if he does coaches…. he he he

  47. 808 November 13, 2014 9:09 pm

    Here is another story about June Jones:

  48. 808 November 13, 2014 9:23 pm

    June Jones is UH’s winningest coach. I hope UH’s next coach breaks June Jones win-loss record and UH gets to go to another New Years day bowl game.

    Of course, UH admin needs to do a better job at running their athletic programs first.

  49. al November 13, 2014 9:39 pm

    I was dea. Mack screwed us with his poor game management. Tomey was furious at him as well as everyone else.

  50. al November 13, 2014 9:41 pm

    50…at post #20

  51. al November 13, 2014 9:42 pm

    48…you beating a dead horse. That story was posted here 3-4 weeks ago. Nuff already.

  52. al November 13, 2014 9:46 pm

    Bola…the line is -10. It’s on the board. Take the points.

  53. al November 13, 2014 9:49 pm

    Boola. Sorry I missed an “o”, actually the “spell check did that. But, yah take the points at least you’ll have a lead early.

  54. st. anthony trojan November 13, 2014 10:07 pm

    have they covered ne games yet this season ?

  55. islandman November 13, 2014 11:18 pm

    #55—st. anthony, they covered the Wyoming game spread .

  56. 808warriorfan November 14, 2014 3:19 am

    Arrived in The Bay Area for the game…#28 I remember Kevin Lempa…saw him in San Diego (East County) a few years after he left…was @ a golf course checking in & was wearing one of my HH hats & golf shirts. ..he sees my, smiles, and says “aloha”…I looked up, recognized him, and said “hey Coach Lempa what are you doing hear”…we started to wala’au & I almost missed my tee time…Hey Norm, give Joas, Duke, & Beau a chance. ..have much worse can they do ???

  57. Stephen Tsai November 14, 2014 5:35 am

    New post:

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