Football auditions

It’s time for football hopefuls to start editing those highlight videos. Here are the important dates for future and former Warriors:

> Walk-on tryouts: They’re tentatively scheduled for the Feb. 20. Participants much be full-time UH students if they want to be considered for the offseason conditioning program and spring training. Sign-ups are at the UH football office.

> UH pro day: The combine-like event will be March 19 at San Diego State. Officials from every NFL team will be in attendance.

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The volleyball Warriors depart today in advance of Wednesday’s road match against California Baptist.


  1. islandman February 9, 2015 7:23 am

    1st ? Interesting regarding the AD candidates, mentioned yesterday.

  2. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 7:31 am

    I didn’t see that about the AD candidates. Who are the candidates?

  3. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 7:33 am

    Are you actually talking about the Offensive and Defensive coordinators?

  4. letsgowarriors February 9, 2015 7:33 am

    when is junior day?

    and big man/skills camps?

  5. Shoko February 9, 2015 7:34 am

    Is UH only focusing on candidates that are in-state rather than out of state in filling the athletic director position?

  6. A-House February 9, 2015 7:36 am


    Thanks for the update on Keith Amemiya! Wish he had told me that last night.

    BTW, he reads this blog and is very knowledgeable about who posts what. Recognized my blog name immediately.

    Yep, he is my first choice also!!

  7. A-House February 9, 2015 7:44 am

    Ben Jay was not received with much enthusiasm last night – I kept mutter under my breath – just leave already and, as usual, got scoldings from Mrs A-House!!!

    I do hope acting chancellor excels the selection process so we can all move on to a brighter future. Never thought I would see such a long lame duck situation – only other would be the last year of the US President (but, only if he allows it to happen)

  8. tanman February 9, 2015 7:53 am

    How many games must Norm Chow win this season in order to keep his head coaching job?

    My thought: a minimum of 7 games plus appearance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

    What do you think?

  9. Bryson February 9, 2015 7:58 am

    I think Keith Amemiya is the man for the job he had a successful fundraising campaign with the SOS initiative he’s connected to some very important business people and most of all he understands the plight of Hawaii athletics…We won’t hear the “If I Knew Then What I Know Now”Excuse

  10. Shoko February 9, 2015 7:59 am

    I think BJ was overly-sensitive and took things personally. Got to have thick skin if you’re going to be a UH athletic director.

  11. Ipu Man February 9, 2015 8:00 am

    I hope all the “foreign” students try out for the heck of it.

  12. Sofaking_blk February 9, 2015 8:00 am

    The OC and DC hires has generated some buzz amongst the UH faithful and that’s good because we need it right now. Any kind of excitement to bring the fans back is always good. But Chow’s breakout year should’ve happened last year. Instead of working with the players he already had he chose to get rid of them, I’m still pissed off about Graves and Muir. You can say what you want about Coach Mack but it only took him 3 years to show dividends. That 2010 team was one of the most well-balanced teams in recent memory. We had a 5000 yard passer, a 1100 yard rusher and two 1000 yard receivers. And the so-called experts said that we would finished between 4th and 7th in the WAC that year. Maybe Chow has finally realize that his style of Offense just won’t work here, something most of us already knew about a year and a half ago. IMHO I think it’s too little too late, this change should have happened after the 2013 season. But never say never because WINNING changes everything.

  13. Shoko February 9, 2015 8:01 am

    You need 7 wins to get to the postseason with a 13-game schedule.

  14. Sofaking_blk February 9, 2015 8:02 am

    If they really intended on firing Chow then it should’ve happened after last year. He’s gonna be here the full 5 years of his contract.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid February 9, 2015 8:08 am

    Good Morning Gangeez!

    All the drama about the AD and coaching hires serves to make things more interesting as spring ball approaches. Some great posts here.

    And yes, SFB, winning does change everything.

    Love the idea of getting Amemiya into the UHAD in any shape, from or fashion.

    GO WAHINE!!!

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid February 9, 2015 8:10 am

    Gotta make it over to the Tues. and Thurs. passing show – want to see what we’re working with.

  17. ArcumFortis February 9, 2015 8:12 am

    I think coach Chow needs 7 wins to keep his job. Much will depend on the new AD. I really feel the new AD needs to have a familiarity with the community and local politics. We do not have time for a learning curve in our present circumstances. If the team reaches a point in the season where it is clear we will not be bowl eligible coach Chow should be relieved of his duties immediately and an interim HC named. Then (for once) we can recruit a new HC in a timely way and not waste a recruiting class. The best outcome is a bowl eligible team this year and the redemption of coach Chow. It would make a good story of fortitude in the midst of doubt and critsism. Hanging on behind this year (if we are not bowl eligible) would be a story of stubbornness and desperation. Not a good story.

  18. ArcumFortis February 9, 2015 8:13 am

    “Beyond” not behind

  19. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 8:14 am

    Has Keith Amemiya applied for the AD position? Where you guys getting all this information? Mahalo.

  20. truegreen February 9, 2015 8:15 am

    Put me down as supporting Keith Amemiya for AD too. I think right now he and Blangiardi are the only ones that could turn things around and do it right. Praying one of them gets the job. ST’s suggestion yesterday of Dave Matlin from the Hawaii Bowl might be a good one too.

  21. islandman February 9, 2015 8:18 am

    2. Oldtimer, see the blog yesterday. Keith A, Rick B, Mufi, . . .

    Someone mentioned that Keith is from Punahou, …

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid February 9, 2015 8:19 am

    Hope we get some keepers in the walk on try outs!

  23. islandman February 9, 2015 8:21 am

    19.–oldtimer — See post 84, last night, when you were sleeping .

  24. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 8:21 am

    Mahalo islandman I just did a minute ago. I missed it yesterday. I think Keith would be an excellent choice and I’m glad he applied. He knows the landscape and knows the problems and to apply with that understanding….takes guts which means he wants the challenge as well as Rick but Mufi scares me

  25. Na Alii Pride February 9, 2015 8:21 am

    Glad to hear that Amemiya is interested, and is the “clubhouse” leader for the job. He’s got ties to UH upper campus and the business community, which is critical for success. I could also live with Blangiardi. I think he could make things happen too.

    #14 SFB – I agree that Chow will be around for year five no matter what happens this season. $200,000 is still a lot of money for UH. That is unless, our new AD can find a way to get him out mid-season if they get off to an 0-6 or 1-5 start. Jus saying.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid February 9, 2015 8:23 am

    truegreen –

    It would be great to see both RB and KA in the Athletics Department. The idea of RB as AD and Keith as Asst. AD/ AD in training has been mentioned before. Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see that play out.

  27. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 8:24 am

    I’m getting excited if Keith or Rick are hired for the AD position. I hope the admin has the fore sight and vision to make the right choice and not someone from the mainland.

  28. gigi-hawaii February 9, 2015 8:35 am

    I wonder if Keith Amemiya is related to Ron Amemiya, who was the Attorney General in 1978, when I was a legal secretary.

    Hasn’t Blangiardi stated that Taylor should not be retained as basketball head coach due to his inability to make child support payments as required? If so, Blangiardi certainly has strong opinions about such things.

    It will be interesting to see who becomes the next AD. Hopefully, it will be someone who has local ties in the community.

  29. PONO February 9, 2015 8:53 am

    Keith has the right mix of UH connections and local connections from his days at HHSAA. Also doesn’t hurt that he’s connected to a lot of Punahou Alumni.

  30. tom February 9, 2015 8:59 am

    #21 – Keith is Punahou grad.

    But there must be something about the water up there – Kamehameha School, for example, the CEO, the Principal of the Middle School, faculty members, all are Punahou grads.

    It is a good school like St. Louis, Iolani, Damien etc. So why should “Punahou” be singled out almost like a curse?

  31. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 9, 2015 9:07 am

    The calls now are to “keep it local”. If that doesn’t work out, the calls will be to “look outside the box (Hawaii).”

    Good thing I like popcorn.

  32. hatakeman February 9, 2015 9:10 am

    Whether Norm Chow remains as head coach will depend on the new AD and how the team plays this season. It won’t be based solely on the number of wins. Of course if he wins seven, he will see year five of his contract, but winning less than seven will not mean he automatically is out. Winning only two or three games will usher in a new head coach. But replacing Norm Chow won’t suddenly result in a winning program. A couple of good recruiting classes will. It is essential that a new AD be named as soon as possible. It is essential that the two football coaching coordinators be named quickly. It has to be a cohesive effort with all pieces in place.

  33. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2015 9:23 am

    2010 also is when New Mexico State, Idaho and a bad Utah State were in the WAC; when Nevada beat Boise State after a kicker missed; and when three UH starters were suspended for the Hawaii Bowl (two for academics, one for steroids).

  34. NorthShoreFan February 9, 2015 9:25 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Good to hear lots of candidates for AD. To identify and understand where problems are is one thing. It’s another to have the ability to get all the “moving” parts to start fixing things together. Hope we find one who can do that.

  35. Shoko February 9, 2015 9:34 am

    Will the new coordinators be given two-year contracts?

  36. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 9:35 am

    #31 UH has gone there twice with Ben Jay and Frazier and never worked out. Donovan had the love for UH and bleed green but had to take the heat for the Wonder Blunder. It is time to look local and why not when there are viable candidates.

  37. ArcumFortis February 9, 2015 9:48 am

    31. Popcorn and a comfortable chair with feet elevated is probably the best way to observe the unfolding of the many dramas. But it does feel to me that the athletic dept is at a critical juncture and the AD hire is the most critical piece. There may be “non local” candidates that have attractive resumes. But history seems to suggest that their will be a learning curve in terms of any such person figuring out the lay of the land, who the main players are administratively and politically etc. I don’t think the athletic dept has time for a learning curve. It doesn’t really matter who says what if the hire doesn’t work out. There will always be those who will retrospectively second guess and criticise the decision. But that is rather easy. Most of those who relish that activity have probably never been in a decision making place. They seem to think such things are easy. They are not.

  38. hitman February 9, 2015 9:56 am

    aloha and morning everyone!! i really think UH needs to clean the house !! Blangiardi is the man for that !! looking at it in short term !! long term !! Amemiya is the man for the job !! if we could get the two guys all the better !!

  39. papajoe2 February 9, 2015 10:00 am

    Getting Rick or Keith as AD sounds good to me, but I have to wonder if hiring local will bring the same old, same old. With the new AD I hope things do change for the better.

  40. Derek February 9, 2015 10:10 am

    Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington’s prolific and exciting QB, is transferring to Oregon. Holy Duck! Adams is graduating this spring and can transfer to any team and play immediately as a graduate student. Hawaii couldn’t get lucky. Adams will be in competition with 5 other QBs for spring training, but he is the favorite to land the starting job to replace Mariota. The rich get richer. And UH is UH. UH is like the middle class. Obama wants to help UH!!!!

    P.S. The Amemiyas are all related and are well connected in local politics and in business.

  41. Shoko February 9, 2015 10:12 am

    I think hiring local helps in raising funds for a financially strapped athletic department but as far as the other skills needed to be a Division athletic director….we’ll see.

    Then again, it’s hard to find a candidate that possesses both experience in college athletics and have local ties to Hawaii.

  42. A-House February 9, 2015 10:15 am

    last week, I purchased a brand new roll of “forever” stamps and when I tried to use it last night the stamps would not peel off

    took it to the Nuuanu sub-station and was promptly told that US Postal Service will NOT exchange for a new roll or refund the customer

    is that why they call it “forever stamps”?

    the postal clerk says use what you can and return the rest, but I will be penalized 10% of the value for the unusable stamps – WAHAAAAAAAAT???


  43. Shoko February 9, 2015 10:28 am

    Just use transparent tape or glue. I did it before and had no problems

  44. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 9, 2015 10:30 am

    Replacing the top man at the UHAD and hoping for completely different results is like changing the emblem on your Kia with one from Porsche and expecting to compete in the Le Mans.

    Whether you believe it or not, whether you love or hate Ben Jay, there are a whole host of factors that go into why things are the way they are. And unfortunately it’s not just the man at the top.

  45. RS February 9, 2015 10:30 am

    A-House, I wonder if you could cut the stamps and just glue them onto the envelopes. it would be extra work, but at least you wouldn’t have to lose 10% of the purchase value

  46. Shoko February 9, 2015 10:31 am

    I dunno but Adams going from a spread attack to a spread-option has a learning curve. And since he’s sitting out of Spring practice and joining in the Summer puts him back of the learning curve compared to the other quarterbacks.

    Anyway, should be interesting how it unfolds.

  47. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 9, 2015 10:36 am

    Glue the back but don’t put tape over it.

  48. BigFan February 9, 2015 10:50 am

    Yup, I don’t think tape is allowed because they need to cancel the stamp and also not have someone trying to remove the tape later to reuse it.

  49. Shoko February 9, 2015 10:55 am

    I used tape before, and even got mail that used tape that was stamped by the post office.

    Hmm, better ask that question next time I head to the post office.

  50. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 11:00 am

    #44 You make a good point but it is important for the new AD to understand the inner workings of the politics behind the scene. We need someone who understands this and can manage the internal pressures that comes with this job. The AD has to have the skills to deal with this pressure and have the internal fortitude to move forward with his own agenda.

  51. wake up February 9, 2015 11:01 am

    Here we go again with theHire Local crowd all fired up. Hire the person best qualified for the job. All this talk about the mysterious “culture” and “island ways” that is espoused as if an outsider can’t break the secret code is rubbish.

    This misplaced fear or rivalry or mis-trust of the mainland is what contributes to UH athletics being the laughingstock of the rest of the collegiate world. Enough already…go to the mainland and find the right person, doesn’t have to have lived in Hawaii or have gone to school in Hawaii, or, the worst of all, attended Punahou.

  52. NorthShoreFan February 9, 2015 11:03 am

    A-House, glue back of stamp. I know your frustrations. I found a old age of stamps when it was .33. I wanted to turn them in and buy the current ones. Was told to stick them on envelopes or boxes along with the difference. Well, I gonna mail a express box pretty soon and the wrapping will be the stamps! Might get scoldings when I take it to the post office but so what…lol


  53. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 9, 2015 11:05 am

    #50 Oldtimer,

    I agree. The new AD would probably have the opportunity more or different kinds of success if he/she knew how to navigate the complexities of government and political system.

    Here’s to hoping they find a replacement soon.

  54. NorthShoreFan February 9, 2015 11:11 am

    It takes a lot of stakeholders to move the program forward. Not all are on board. If there was a ton of supporters, like at those schools with successful programs, it would make things easier but we not even close to having the amount of supporters that will move things along. Smaller the core group, the easier they can control things.

  55. NorthShoreFan February 9, 2015 11:13 am

    Program reliant on the peeps in the square house because of money. If they didn’t have to go begging every time, it would be a different culture at UH.

  56. Old School Dave February 9, 2015 11:14 am

    I like Rick Blangiardi as the new AD. He has that ex-linebacker, former Defensive Coordinator demeanor that is needed at the moment at UH to get things in order. Some have criticized Blangiardi’s management style (at HNN), but he seems to produce positive results wherever he’s been in the corporate world.

  57. SteveM February 9, 2015 11:24 am

    Good morning everyone!

    UH (and Chow) would need only 6 wins to go to the Hawaii Bowl if you don’t count the National Champs Ohio State road game. Don’t want to sound pessimistic, but thats one highly probable loss and one more win needed for Hawaii Bowl… thats a 2 game obstacle to go bowling. But $1.2 million helps the piggy bank immensely so I would think 6 wins should endorse Chow enough.

    I’m for an AD who doesn’t need a “Pidgin to the Max” book to translate all fans.

  58. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 9, 2015 11:25 am

    #54 and #55,

    Yes and yes.

  59. Shoko February 9, 2015 11:30 am

    The question to tape or not to tape was bothering me so I called the post office.

    The person I talked with said they tell folks not to use tape because it voids the stamp. However, she said that if the tape is partially covering the stamp, the postal worker will go ahead and stamp it. However, she says the post office does have the right to just return it back to the sender anytime tape is used to secure the stamp on the envelope.

    So, I suppose if you use tape, do so at your own risk of having the letter returned. It might go through the hands of a postal worker that’s a stickler for the rules.

  60. al February 9, 2015 11:32 am

    Amemiya for AD.
    Maitlin as his assistant handling/developing a new marketing and to work with coaches on scheduling.

  61. al February 9, 2015 11:34 am

    Shouldn’t stamps be discussed on “incidental lives”?

    Sorry Mike.

  62. DaveLetterMan February 9, 2015 11:36 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    A-House, my postmaster said to go to the Downtown Post Office on Richards St. and speak to a supervisor there about your defective stamps. The Uptown Post Office has no supervisor there.

  63. Old Diver February 9, 2015 11:43 am

    If Rick B is the next AD Chow’s leash will be short. Both a winning season and fans returning to Aloha Stadium will be a requirement for year five.

  64. cocobean February 9, 2015 11:51 am

    Finally. Some encouraging news about the UHAD. I’ve been so disheartened with UH athletics since the end of football season. I followed the blog but didn’tpost much because I was following the – “if you don’t have anything nice to say rule.” The only thoughts I had were the football team “stay broke” and the athletic dept. “stay broke.” UH in general “stay broke.”

    News about hiring an OC and Amemiya in the running for AD has perked me up a bit. I was at the point where I had decided not to renew my season tix for football. Maybe I’ll change my mind.

    One of the first steps in fixing a problem is admitting a problem exists. The news leak that Chow was in the process of hiring an OC shows me Chow finally sees not having a full time OC during his tenure here has been one of his biggest problems.
    His move the chains philosophy hasn’t worked. Getting yards in “chunks” and scoring have been our biggest problem. Hiring an OC should help.

    In my mind Amemiya is the best short term solution for the UHAD. What the Department needs is stability which I believe Amemiya can bring. He stabilized the HHSAA and left it in better shape than he found it.

  65. nutmegger February 9, 2015 11:57 am

    As a mainland guy that moved to HI in 1978, attended UH, married a local girl and worked here – I’ve seen guys from the mainland that “get it” and some that don’t. There is a management style of consensus that the ones that “get it” seem to have a natural understanding of and can smoothly work here. It requires a little effort to explain one’s ideas and garner support then to just command or demand one’s team to do it your way.

    Unfortunately, in a job interview situation one can never know for sure what kine guy you got. Therefore it may be better at this stage to get a local guy like KA. I don’t think RB would leave his TV gig to be the UH AD. KA has the respect already, so his word will carry weight.

  66. hatakeman February 9, 2015 12:12 pm

    It’s time that a qualified local candidate get the AD job.

  67. graham February 9, 2015 12:14 pm

    Who is the UH player that is the best pro prospect?

  68. al February 9, 2015 12:19 pm

    Ricky B. might favor Richy M. as his new HC.

  69. cheepono February 9, 2015 12:19 pm

    joey iosefa based on his invitation to the NFL combine

  70. al February 9, 2015 12:21 pm

    two rainbow warriors who grad from UH after their football careers here. both love the island state and both very good salesmen.

  71. sofaking_blk February 9, 2015 12:34 pm

    True, but you can’t deny the fact that we were putting up monster numbers on Offense nearly every weekend and the Defense wasn’t bad either. As for the bad teams in the WAC that year, well it’s like taking a test in school, make sure you ALWAYS get the easy questions right. With the exception of Nevada and Boise St we beat everybody else in the WAC by double digits that year.

  72. papajoe2 February 9, 2015 12:46 pm

    nutmegger~ ST said that RB did apply via yesterday’s blog, so he must be interested.

  73. Da Punchbowl Kid February 9, 2015 12:53 pm

    # 65 – nutmegger –

    Amen to that! There are lots of “outside” folks who do get it. Let’s not forget that Rick Blangiardi is a “mainland guy” – a kamaaina for sure – but originally from the mainland. Stan Sherrif was a “mainland guy” too, wasn’t he?

    In this particular instance, given UHAD’s recent past, it just so happens that a combination of RB and KA, with their particular connections, histories and skill sets may be just what the Athletics Program at UH needs.

  74. Rodney February 9, 2015 1:00 pm

    Joey, Graham,Yap,Taz,TJ,

  75. A-House February 9, 2015 1:00 pm


    Thanks, will try the main post office.

    BTW, the “backing” on current stamps is very “slick”, like wax paper, and glue will not stick – per the postal clerk.

    thanks for all the suggestions!

  76. nutmegger February 9, 2015 1:05 pm

    72 Papajoe – I missed that RB applied, thanks for the info. Either one would have immediate credibility and it would be a tough decision to pick one over the other. Part of being successful is having your heart in the job, both these guys got heart.

  77. Rodney February 9, 2015 1:08 pm

    Is it really possiable Miano as HC???

  78. DaveLetterMan February 9, 2015 1:17 pm

    A-House, no problem. Sounds like the backing strip was put on backwards.

  79. What??? February 9, 2015 1:27 pm

    KA shouldn’t have to play second chair to RB. IMHO.

    If RB really wants RM as head coach, that’s a red flag on RB’s judgement. IMHO.

  80. Tanman February 9, 2015 1:30 pm

    I do not remember UH system changing President/UH Manoa changing Chancellor and AD as frequent as it does these past few years. We are living in an age of technology and information are readily available. Information can quickly spread and become news. Bad news and bad moves can be devastating… In the past, things can be kept confidential for a while before public finds out (or covered up forever). Today, news travel in the speed of light. Besides that, people are having shorter and shorter attention spans. One bad move may not be tolerated as much as years ago and can become your downfall and ended up causing you your job… We have Dobelle, Greenwood, Hinshaw, Apple, Fraiser, Donovan, Jay, in the past decade… The Lassner and Bley-Vroman team, hopefully, will be here for a while… Since Lassner has been with UH since 1977, he may last longer… But who knows. But, if we can have a stable regime and if we can bring in a good AD, things may change.

  81. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 1:35 pm

    What is the UH waiting for on the AD job offer? LOL it seems that the people in this blog gets it but the UH so called powers are ahhhhh ahhhh ok fil in the ahhhhs

  82. Turfwar February 9, 2015 1:41 pm

    Al, would Kent Unterman be one of the guys you are referring to? Certainly can’t argue with his success. But Amemiya is a homerun in my view. We would be lucky to have him steward the program into the future. Having worked with Blangiardi at KHON I have seen Rick destroy a news organization that had dominated the ratings since the 70’s. Did people already forget his one man campaign to accuse the UH leaders of incompetency for not taking his bid when none of his ideas actually included significant monies. Last I checked bills were not paid by ideas. “Think about it.”

  83. hitman February 9, 2015 1:41 pm

    ST also said mufi and name that pop up was someone that heads the hawaii bowl for the AD job

  84. What??? February 9, 2015 1:49 pm

    #81 what do people on this blog get? There is no consensus on one candidate.

  85. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 1:58 pm

    What the people get is a sense of finding the right person from our own back yard to become the athletic director. I never mentioned any consensus on one candidate.

  86. WarriorMojo February 9, 2015 2:06 pm

    Just curious: did you guys calling for Keith to be the next AD do any research on him?

    Did you do any digging regarding WHY Keith was so successful at HHSAA (or whatever its acronym is)?

    Not saying I’m against him, but doors don’t just open magically. Money doesn’t appear out of thin air.

    Once you understand that part, then the next question becomes: would the same factors that he rode to success previously still exist if he were AD?

    Again, I’m not against him at all. He may be the perfect guy for the job. But there are no guarantees and this might just be our last chance to get it right.

  87. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2015 2:23 pm

    The next AD needs support/ties from downtown and Upper Campus. Yoshida was solid until Mortimer left. Frazier was secure until Dobelle left. Donovan was fine until Hinshaw left. Jay was bailed out by Apple.

  88. Turfwar February 9, 2015 2:31 pm

    Mojo if you think UH has a money problem you should see the needs of the public school athletic programs. I took care of a baseball field at a local high school for 10 years with my own equipment and supplies including fuel and fertilizer which is basically a dollar per pound and labor that included at least 3-4 days per week. I never received a dime in all that time. And it’s not like I didn’t ask. So when Keith found a way to make things work when all public sports programs were in danger of being eliminated I had to take notice. I don’t know if Keith is the answer but he and his staff got almost every sector of society to notice and many responded. Banks, downtown lawyers, the corporate sector, media members, airlines, politicians, private schools, heck Zippy’s even. People responded in a way that was unprecedented at least in my lifetime. It may or may not be directly associated with Keith but he was the leader at the time. I haven’t done any homework per say but I think most people remember when someone accomplishes something on a subject that is dear to their hearts.

  89. al February 9, 2015 2:37 pm


  90. al February 9, 2015 2:39 pm

    82…no not him.. However, we do depend on his support.

  91. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 9, 2015 2:41 pm


    stop trying to make sense. it’s working.

  92. Boolakanaka February 9, 2015 2:54 pm

    ST….you are indeed correct–as they say on the east coast, everyone needs a rabbi–that is especially true with the politics and dynamics between upper and lower campus.

  93. islandman February 9, 2015 2:58 pm

    30. tom — Some ask about Keith A and Punahou because we are asking whether he was part of the Punahou group that (supposedly) helped get Gib and Norm their UH jobs. If not, okay. If so, then maybe still okay, but it may be hard to release a fellow alumnus from the same high school, IF necessary. Or maybe it won’t affect decisions to be made.

    Or maybe there is no Punahou m_____ .

  94. st. anthony trojan February 9, 2015 2:58 pm

    # 82…Turfwar….seems like RB… WAS right about what you say as ‘INCOMPETENCE’ up there at UH…BJ and few others have a walking papers…

    Not sure about APPLE….(APPLE MUST HAVE BEEN RIGHT… CANCER SCHOOL IS BLEEDING BAD…) seems to me he stepped on sum big toes…(political) n paid…like Mr. Donovan did…remember Donovan…he was against the hiring of Mr. Chow…wonder where we would be now if all listened to him….at least one of the fall outs of that is…BJ…going…some times blessings come in a strange…to bad at Mr. Donovan’s expense…..

    Last I looked…P & P still leading the pack by almost double….
    Don’t know about the TV side…

  95. jm2375 February 9, 2015 3:18 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Best wishes to those wishing to become future Rainbow Warriors and those former Rainbow Warriors hoping to get to the next level.

    Congrats to Brook Sedore on his MPSF POW award!
    Those 2 games vs USC were epic.
    I know I’m late to the party, but you guys know how much I love the team.
    They had to open the upper bowl for Friday’s game and I’m glad to see they only opened the sections that would good on TV. Charlie Wade, at one point, wanted to “flip” the court so that the crowd would look bigger on TV. Don’t know why, but looks like it’s not going to happen. It would mean less work for the SSC staff, since they wouldn’t have to move the benches from one side to the other.

    I’d like to know why there was no one directing traffic Friday night. It took me over 20 minutes to get to University Ave from the parking structure.

    UH is still #6 in the rankings and USC now tied for #2 with Lewis.

    I have other comments for the trolls but I will keep them to myself in the interest of keeping this blog PG.

  96. cocobean February 9, 2015 3:20 pm

    WMojo. Amemiya was successful because he was able to make friends and influence people. He didn’t have revolutionary new ideas in fund raising or how to structure competitive balance among the schools. He took ideas that were bandied about for years and made them work. How? You got to ask him.

    He worked with the business community, the media and the general public tobuy into his fund raising efforts. He got the various league officials, the school principals and school ADs to come agreements on school classifications and on running State Championships. Things people have talked about for years but could never get done.

    He’s intelligent and I think he’s a big picture kind of guy.

  97. slenzi February 9, 2015 3:28 pm

    Wow, we do like our drama! I better stop now before I get big whoopin from ya’ll.

  98. islandman February 9, 2015 3:35 pm

    94. st. anthony trojan –Donovan was the one for Gib, i think. Also, Gib had some backing from a wealthy group, the story goes.

    Even with a winning football program in the past, UH had red ink for athletics, i think. Can Rick B or anyone else get the needed funds ? Why not obtain some from the HTA , as a start. The legislature will not designate funds for the athletic department. The UH admin may not allocate more funds for athletics.

  99. Big Blue February 9, 2015 3:36 pm

    We need a AD that can get us into the PAC 16.
    Whoever he or she is that should be the number one priority. Our flagship program has been floundering,to put it mildly. Excitement and wins will turn the ship around in no time flat.
    In other words the AD must know football, not dollars and sense and bottomlines
    And support for the program will come from only half the community as the recruits leaving for other programs shows.
    I refuse to think this is the new normal, that the best should go away. The new AD must address this,simply because winning the recruiting battle is winning the war.
    The new AD has to address this.

  100. jimmy the lock February 9, 2015 3:41 pm

    “And support for the program will come from only half the community”


  101. Wabow February 9, 2015 3:43 pm

    What ever happened to the 5 star QB who wanted to transfer to Hawaii. We seem to have a few scholarships open and they turned him down? Was it this guy?

  102. Da Punchbowl Kid February 9, 2015 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the reminder, JM2375!

    Good luck to all of our Warriors as they strive for the next level!


  103. st. anthony trojan February 9, 2015 3:47 pm

    Mr. Amemiya….knows how to empower people to rally around him for a common cause…n he does it like diarrhea…quiet n effective…to his credit…no need to go on shows n yap away…or on twitter n let all know what ur doing…

    Mr. BJ…knows how to alienate people for a common cause…
    Mr. BJ… never asked people to help him the way Mr. Amemiya does…he goes not have the skills…

    Notice in your life…the things you do…as a group as…family or sports or entertainment…usually same one…asking you to pot luck for family…etc…or for a foursome for golf…or go movie…etc…those are the kind of people we need up there in spades…

    He be my first choice for AD…second be RB…BUT ONLY CUZ HE IS Italian n talk with his hands 2 much…….give us podogees A BAD NAME… he he he


    As ST found out…BJ is really not a ‘nice guy’…like most he meets…I do like old yobo n FJ….at least we all know where they are coming from…FJ did not like chow from day 1…n he was not ashamed to say it…wish he would be less vicious at times…but have to accept good n bad….WHAT WE LISTENED TO HIM….HE HE HE

  104. st. anthony trojan February 9, 2015 3:56 pm


    # 94…ISLANDMAN.not know that…to far only know what me read here n in the papers…no more gossip here about UHAD…HE HE HE

    Mr not agree you ‘BIGBLUE’ …. have associate AD…THAT CAN CARE 4 THAT…BUT IT SURE HELPS…

    But definitely have a mucho ‘people skills’ almost like a politician… (politician skills = have to lie…or talk both sides of mouth)…

  105. what??? February 9, 2015 4:02 pm

    Oldtimer you wrote “What is the UH waiting for on the AD job offer?” How do you make an offer without deciding on a candidate?

  106. mytake February 9, 2015 4:11 pm

    UH AD has turned into a puppet position. Doesn’t matter who it is. He’s going to be a “YES MAN”. Play ball or there’s going to be retribution.

  107. Derek February 9, 2015 4:43 pm

    First and foremost, the AD must understand that football is the sport the drives the engine for the entire athletic program. Putting more fans into the seats to bring in an exciting product and winning more than losing is #1. Blangiardi was a former defensive coordinator at Hawaii and has the business acumen and has some mainland connections in his long work experience. Amemiya would be a nice Asst. AD and will be assumed to take over when RB retires (RB will be 69 this year). John Fink can be promoted to take charge for RB at Hawaii News Now as they work close together now. Some good examples of football men who were athletic directors are Frank Broyles, Darrell Royal, Chris Ault, and Barry Alvarez, and of course, UHs Ray Nagel.

  108. st. anthony trojan February 9, 2015 4:52 pm

    Wow…did not realize he was so old…(rb)

    Can just close my eyes n remember him n Larry Price at flamingo chuck-wagon…at the quarterback club there…during the season…was always entertaining…winj or lose…

  109. WarriorMojo February 9, 2015 5:50 pm

    Okay, for anyone disgusted by kanye west’s antics, this video is for you. Funniest thing I’ve seen in way too long. NOTE: bad language involved so not for kids or the easily offended, but funny, funny, funny.

  110. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2015 5:58 pm

    He’s right. Kanye and Kim need to smile more.

  111. cocobean February 9, 2015 6:14 pm

    Derek. no forget Paul Durham, Stan Sheriff, Hugh Yoshida and Jim Donovan.

  112. islandman February 9, 2015 7:26 pm

    Jordan W. may be the TE coach, per Stephen on the radio today.

  113. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 7:31 pm

    #104 you have to read between the lines. It was a dig at the UH Admin. It is obvious UH has to decide on someone before an offer is made.

  114. beans February 9, 2015 7:41 pm

    potentially losing 10% of the face value of postage stamps. Wow how do you cope with that?
    In reality pretty unfair for any identity not to stand behind its product. This happened in the USA?
    My vote is for Mufi. He was a very hard working mayor who corrected a lot of our cities problems inherited from Harris. He was always on the job. He was here, there, everywhere. If only he had his brother Nephi’s voice he would be governor today.

  115. islandman February 9, 2015 8:05 pm

    113. beans —I remember Nephi at QB for UH (under Jimmy Asato, per research). He’s listed as playing one year in 1964. He had no pass protection, if i remember correctly. That guy bleeds green, i think .

  116. ai-eee-soos February 9, 2015 8:17 pm

    111 islandman February 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm
    Jordan W. may be the TE coach, per Stephen on the radio today.

    Was anything mentioned about the WR Coach?

    If he is kept, that means there will be 5 Offensive coaches,

    leaving only 4 spots on defense, including Special Teams coach.

    Let’s see what happens.

  117. Fei Jai February 9, 2015 8:20 pm


    I like any coach who helps us win. If if we lose, I like to see coaches making adjustments the next game. Norm not this kind guy. Das why I was not pleased with Norm.

    I respect and like all the players. Only time I might say something negative about a player – and its not an attack on the player – it’s an attack on Norm’s inability to pick talent. When Norm annoints his favorites at QB, plays his favorites, benching the guys with talent, even if it means it will cost us the game, that it what I no like about norm.

  118. islandman February 9, 2015 8:23 pm

    115. ai-eee-soos; –No mention on WR coach. Only that Demo is going to Morgan State.

    A quick glance of last year’s coaching staff shows 4 defensive coaches, too ? I wonder how many other MWC teams have ?

  119. islandman February 9, 2015 8:28 pm

    117. Correction, i see five defensive coaches, including Powell .

  120. ai-eee-soos February 9, 2015 8:38 pm

    117. islandman February 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Yes, Def side had 4 coaches + Demo (DC, LB, DL, CB) – that’s 5.

    Off. had 4 coaches: OL, QB, WR, RB.

    HC was the OC (10th guy).

    If only 4 DC coaches, one of them will have to double up as Spec Teams.

    Let’s see what happens.

    But if our Blog Host is still up, maybe he can spill the beans.

  121. st. anthony trojan February 9, 2015 9:08 pm

    Me hear u FJ… n u were right…have to admit that to you… just ur ‘rooster’ type of fighting… not accepted by all on here…ur going 4 a blood…all times he he he

  122. oldtimer808 February 9, 2015 9:11 pm

    #119 This is the first time I agree with you. I’ve always liked Cal Lee but he was never given the chance to become the head coach at UH because as it was put back then “he lacked college coaching experience” and the other head coach was hired and can’t remember his name too painful lol.

  123. beans February 9, 2015 9:14 pm

    Fei jai I think that some of your observations are accurate however the constant Chow bashing pegs you as an utter downer. Eliminate your references to Chow and your comments will be judged on their merits alone which some make sense and are palatable.
    Islandman #114
    The gut wrenching disappointment of the bad coaching in the Sugar Bowl is etched in my mind along with the uplifting sight of seeing Nephi dressed in an all white down outfit standing outside the Super Dome pre- game with a big smile on his face and shivering, handing out ti leaves to the Hawaii fans. He looked like the Michlen Man. It was priceless! He and his whole family were/are fans. Mufi would do a great job. He knows people with potential monies to spend
    and can get people motivated to act for the betterment of the state. He bleeds green and will call a spade a spade when warranted. He would let everyone know what is happening up there. What’s the word with Rockne? Very silent lately. He seemed to be in the thick of things a while back. Has he decided to fade away from the limelight?

  124. Ben A Lurker February 9, 2015 9:16 pm

    Like to see when the UH of the past get signed. Seattle signed LS Luke Ingram and seven other free agents today.

  125. BigFan February 9, 2015 9:19 pm

    I thought it was mentioned that Chow was looking for a DB coach who could also handle ST.

  126. beans February 9, 2015 9:33 pm

    St meaning Special Teams or Stephen Tsai?

  127. BigFan February 9, 2015 9:34 pm

    Special Teams.

  128. BigFan February 9, 2015 9:36 pm

    Though it could have been ST who mentioned it on radio.

  129. beans February 9, 2015 9:39 pm

    Big Fan
    Who can handle Stephen?

  130. tom February 9, 2015 9:51 pm

    AD search:

    I think Mufi may have too many distractors and baggage. You get that kind of people whenever you are in politics.

    Keith probably is the least objectionable probably due to his not being very prominent in the public’s eye. I think of him as quiet and effective like his Dad

    When Rick was in San Francisco – some kind of Radio/TV executive, I did write to him encouraging him to apply for UHAD but the timing (for him) wasn’t right. Being in the public’s eye with his commentaries on TV may have made him somewhat controversial.

    But Keith or Rick would do well as UHAD.

  131. amela February 9, 2015 10:11 pm

    I want to know who can get Oracle’s Ellison as a donor, that’s the man. Add the Ebay guy too.

  132. amela February 9, 2015 10:13 pm

    Why are there so many comments about the stupid stamps, go to the US postal website for that. By the way never figured you could use glue what a brilliant idea.

  133. SteveM February 9, 2015 10:54 pm

    RE: #131
    In the spirit of the old “Ask the Blog” resource. I will answer…

    Using the “9:00 pm Rule”, I “asked the blog” a variety of questions I could never find the answer for (stuff you won’t find in Google) … and amazingly, most of them were answered. So it’s after 9:00 pm now…”Ask the blog”… might learn something. Bonafide Tsai-kos, like A-House, know it’s always 9:00 pm somewhere in the world. 🙂

    Many here today probably have not seen the number of comments on bubbling tofu soup, 52″ Bravia TVs, jokes, and food. Back in the day when the blog had 300-600 comments a day, it was a national community center… The 5F’s (Football, Food, Friends, Family, and Fun) charter. Yeah, we been missing the “Fun” part a lot the last year… and for those who think I’m just ranting, take it from Rev. Bulla:

    Tsai-ko Culture:

  134. champ February 9, 2015 11:25 pm

    Ahh! #129. Notice our roads today? all messed and looks like they will never be fixed. MH promised the Realtors luncheon a while back that he was going to fix the roads that the previous administration never did. AHH, Nothing was done. Just ask Artie Wilson what happened to his BMW one day due to treacherous roads that were and still are conducive to easily made potholes.

  135. beans February 9, 2015 11:32 pm

    Yes. Glue on the back of stamps…..brilliant! I agree.
    Next subject!
    I understand that there are a few graduates working out hard everyday getting prepared for Pro Day in San Diego. Hopefully some will be able to pursue their dream. Go for it Warriors. Give it your all and see where it takes you. This the time!

  136. ai-eee-soos February 10, 2015 2:28 am

    UH advertising for hoops opening

    By Brian McInnis and Ferd Lewis
    POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 10, 2015

    The University of Hawaii is moving toward advertising an opening for a head coach for its men’s basketball team.

    “I would guess that the position is going to get posted and a national search will begin,” athletic director Ben Jay said Monday. Jay said it could be done shortly.

  137. Maddog50 February 10, 2015 4:21 am

    Let’s just get these coaches and AD in place. Get the donation and fundraising going and get this thing back on track. Stephen, a little off track but what about some new uniforms for the “New Look” Warriors!!!!

  138. Tanman February 10, 2015 6:16 am

    Not too impressed with the recruits. There are a few good ones but not sure about others… too many good ones slipped through and went to other schools. I hope that they are trying to sign more quality players.

    I wonder if they could have better players if they’ve hired DC and OC earlier. If they are quality DC and OC hires, my thought is they could have got us at lease one or two good players each if they were hired early enough…

    Anyway, now, we need them to use the coaches’ sharp eyes to identify quality walk-on players. It’ll be nice if we can get more than half a dozen good ones to build depth. If a few of these can become the next all stars like Chad Owen, Colt Brennen…

  139. Tempmanoa February 10, 2015 6:24 am

    Ages ago, I tried to walk on to the football team. I was the fastest trying out, but that was it– the other guys were slow more than I was fast. About a third of the way, I pulled a hamstring and that was it.

  140. Pomai February 10, 2015 6:45 am

    In the matter of the AD position at UH:

    Those of you who think things will change with the hiring of Amemiya, Blangiardi or whoever have never worked within the bureaucracy of the Athletic Department or Upper Campus. Why do you think June Jones does not want the job? Because he knows that things will remain the same if the only change is the AD position. It is what is it is folks.

  141. 3-Prong February 10, 2015 7:09 am

    Amemiya’s track record with high school athletics holds weight with the athletic community. If upper campus constrains or hampers his efforts everyone will know for sure where changes need to be made.

  142. tom February 10, 2015 7:43 am

    Pass the buck to somebody else!

    Maybe instead of relying on Pierre or Ellison, maybe we should donate a couple of bucks out of our pockets instead. It may not be as much, but every penny helps.

  143. boolakanaka February 10, 2015 7:57 am

    Tom–spot-on as usual. Pierre and Ellison, have no ties to either UH or their respective athletic departments. All because they are fabulously wealthy, does not mean we should target their pocketbooks.

    It is, at best presumptuous, and at worse, says we don’t have the where-with-all and smarts to create our own solutions. If you lived on a block with a really wealthy person on the corner, would you bang on their door to ask them to pay your mortgage? Certainly not.

    They have no interest, per se in UH or football, that said, we have the ability to resolve our own problems.

  144. Stephen Tsai February 10, 2015 8:30 am

    New post:

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