Game day: Nevada

Reno — It’s another must-win game … for both Nevada and Hawaii.

The Warriors, who practiced at Hug High yesterday, had to adjust to today’s early start. Instead of separate breakfast and pre-game meal, it was lumped into one buffet.

But, like all games, it began with the morning walk:

Defensive end Ka‘au Gifford is set to make his first UH start.
Defensive end Ka‘au Gifford is set to make his first UH start.
Running back Jason Muraoka and co-captain/left tackle Ben Clarke
Running back Jason Muraoka and co-captain/left tackle Ben Clarke
Quarterbacks Max Wittek and Aaron Zwahlen
Quarterbacks Max Wittek and Aaron Zwahlen

And the longest line was at the hotel’s Starbucks …



  1. Bryson October 24, 2015 8:54 am

    My guess is based on the fact that we have not put a great product on the field at home and especially on the road…We have scored a whopping total of 27pts on the road in 4 games and all of those points came against a porous defense…I hope the Warriors turn it around today and get the W but I can’t go against facts…sorry if my guess makes me less of a fan cause I can’t drink the proverbial Kool aid any longer

  2. Rodney October 24, 2015 8:54 am

    Go warriors!!

  3. A-House October 24, 2015 9:00 am

    I wish the Warriors well in trying to control and win the game using a “running attack”, but, IMHO, they do NOT have the personnel to be successful to win the game.

    Defensive secondary will give up too pass completions and TDs.

    But, off we to to Windward Mall.

  4. wow October 24, 2015 9:12 am

    #1, no one is asking you to drink the kool aid, we get your point since you repeat it over and over and over every day. Give the blog a break and stop spamming and wait until you have a new point to make……

  5. Bryson October 24, 2015 9:15 am must have me confused with another poster because I rarely ever post….lol..nice try though…

  6. el burro sabio October 24, 2015 9:28 am

    SAT from last post – Mark May’s point, not mine 😉 . I’m just a donkey with a laptop.

  7. oneseason October 24, 2015 9:38 am

    The glass of Kool-Aid (TM) is half full 🙂
    Let’s Go Bows!

  8. greenthumb October 24, 2015 9:40 am

    Double whammy in recent posts about two great people 🙂 Good people are everywhere, just need to have eyes to see them. Remarkable people are out there, too. People like these give so much of themselves, whether on the court/field or moreso after the game clock runs out. UH is lucky to have you.

    * Cliff Sanchez (RainbowCliff)
    * Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea

  9. z October 24, 2015 9:49 am

    We get chance.
    Go Warriors!

  10. Sugar07 October 24, 2015 9:53 am

    Go bows!!

  11. oneseason October 24, 2015 9:53 am

    Probability is on our side … “It’s another must-win game”
    If this is “another must-win” game, there must have been at least one previous “must win-game”.
    We have lost games, but are still playing, so none of those were must “must-win” games.
    So we must have won all our previous “must-win” games.
    By the virtue of conditional probability, we should win this, our next “must-win” game.
    It’s a lock! 🙂
    Let’s Go Bows!

  12. z October 24, 2015 10:07 am

    Our defense has been slow to start early and Nevada’s offense have started slow in games. Will the difference be who starts earlier?

  13. z October 24, 2015 10:14 am

    Alright defense. Wittek needs to settle down.

  14. Former UH Athlete October 24, 2015 10:16 am

    Random note…. But is it true Utah is getting 6.5pts from USC???

    I know the game is in LA, but how is this possible? Did the whole Utah front 7 miss the airplane?

  15. Former UH Athlete October 24, 2015 10:18 am

    On paper, UH v Nevada should be an pretty even matchup, however, UH has a horrendous record when playing in Reno so it’s like Nevada is already up 7-0 before the game kicks off

  16. z October 24, 2015 10:21 am

    Alright Benny is back.

  17. z October 24, 2015 10:32 am

    Nice play calling. The plays are there. Just poor execution.

  18. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 10:33 am

    nah…el burro…. me know was ur point… u see things that no ‘kona nightingale’ can see he he he

  19. z October 24, 2015 10:33 am


  20. Hank October 24, 2015 10:36 am

    It’s obvious Wittek is off today.

  21. H-Man October 24, 2015 10:43 am

    True to form, Warrior unable to establish offensive consistency. But a least the defense doing good. I wonder if Norm will stay with Wittek if he can’t get it going?

  22. Hank October 24, 2015 10:45 am

    #18 if history repeat itself … NC will bring in IW in the 4th quarter when the game is out of reach.

  23. Inyoface October 24, 2015 10:47 am

    Can wittek score a touchdown on da mainland?

  24. Hank October 24, 2015 10:50 am


  25. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 10:51 am

    Chhhheeeeeee! 10-0

  26. oneseason October 24, 2015 10:51 am

    10 to zip early in the 2nd ain’t half bad. Keep it rolling!

  27. z October 24, 2015 10:51 am

    Wittek answers the call.

  28. Inyoface October 24, 2015 10:53 am

    Time to grab an IPA. 10-0 lets go!

  29. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 11:01 am

    Max showing better accuracy and touch early.

  30. Hank October 24, 2015 11:06 am

    Stubbs again!

  31. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 11:06 am


  32. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 11:07 am

    O-Line Protecting.

  33. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 11:20 am

    Just wait second half..we will manage the clock.. n run on them rebels to death…he he he

  34. MattO October 24, 2015 11:21 am

    Man… I’m still not sure how that was a TD. Ugh.

  35. Hank October 24, 2015 11:27 am

    Unbelievable ….

  36. MattO October 24, 2015 11:27 am


  37. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 11:29 am

    Not smart Coach. Not smart.

  38. z October 24, 2015 11:30 am

    Out of control Chow. Penalty not good.

  39. MattO October 24, 2015 11:30 am

    15 yard penalty = 3 points

  40. H-Man October 24, 2015 11:31 am

    If Chow’s emotional continual outbursts against the officials is not enough to cause a coaching change, I don’t know what is. It’s embarrassing and unacceptable.

  41. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 11:31 am

    Wonder if the refs work for the mafia…
    Chow has a point.
    Camera does not lie.
    Ref lies.

  42. Hank October 24, 2015 11:33 am

    Our clock management is … whew.

  43. MattO October 24, 2015 11:35 am

    Hank – you said it. That’s insane.

  44. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 11:38 am

    Unsportsmanlike on Coach Chow following an additional penalty on the point after, allows Nevada to go for onside kick which they turn ino another 3 points.

  45. oneseason October 24, 2015 11:43 am

    On the positive side, with only a 7 point lead, hopefully the second half play calling for UH will stay aggressive.

  46. z October 24, 2015 11:45 am

    Except for Rigo our special teams struggling. What happened to our hands team?

  47. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 11:46 am

    Go Bows!
    Go Chow!
    If the refs are gonna screw you
    go down fighting mad.

  48. Arcumfortis October 24, 2015 11:48 am

    Well ok……familiar scenario…..will we employ our “prevent offense” ithe second half or will we break the mold and come out gunning? Drinking turpentine will be needed if it is the former!!

  49. Rodney October 24, 2015 11:48 am

    Go warriors beat the pack and the refs!!
    Pound the ball,cut down penalties and
    and keep up special team play!
    Rolo no so good????

  50. z October 24, 2015 11:52 am

    Nevada offense starting to wear down our defense. Need to keep scoring.

  51. z October 24, 2015 11:53 am

    They said that these are the same refs from the Colorado game.

  52. MattO October 24, 2015 11:56 am

    Yeah, I guess those scores will keep them in “aggressive” mode, which is a good thing. Stubblefied looking like Julian Edelman out there.

  53. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 11:56 am

    Leaping lizards…
    They did not call it for Hawaii last week.
    But call it when Hawaii leaps over the line
    to attempt a block.
    Got to have consistency for refs, too.

  54. z October 24, 2015 11:57 am

    Nice kickoff by Rigo.

  55. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 12:12 pm

    Who gonna win the cheese cake?

    17 – 14 = Ipu Man
    20 – 17 = Tarheel warrior
    24 – 21 = nutmegger
    25 – 24 = Rodney
    26 – 22 = hilorain
    27 – 17 = DaMenehune
    27 – 24 = greenthumb

    You got chance…

  56. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 12:14 pm

    For exact score, maybe nutmegger.

  57. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 12:20 pm


  58. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 12:20 pm

    :Maybe …
    27 – 17 = DaMenehune
    27 – 24 = greenthumb

  59. MattO October 24, 2015 12:21 pm

    That kid’s got a leg, man… nice

  60. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 12:24 pm

    Remember we in altitude…the sun is closer to all…could that make a difference late in game ?

  61. oneseason October 24, 2015 12:30 pm

    #57 … so 93 million miles and 4,500 ft 🙂

  62. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 12:39 pm

    31 – 27 = ML Warrior
    31 – 30 = oneseason

  63. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 12:41 pm

    Or Reno win…
    Reno 28 – 27 UH = Inyoface

  64. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 12:45 pm

    Fantasy Football…

  65. Inyoface October 24, 2015 12:46 pm

    Here we go again…

  66. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 12:57 pm

    4th quarter…is usually…with winnable games for us…we get stupid n out-coached…big time…hope it don’t happen 2-day

  67. nutmegger October 24, 2015 1:03 pm

    If we get the ball back put in Ikaika.

  68. H-Man October 24, 2015 1:04 pm

    Intercepted!!! Wolf Pack driving, Game over. As Chow gives this one away.

  69. mytake October 24, 2015 1:06 pm


  70. azwarrior22 October 24, 2015 1:07 pm

    Fire the head coach, after losing another winnable game. Leadership starts at the top…It’s time for a change !!

  71. z October 24, 2015 1:11 pm

    Looked good to me.

  72. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 1:14 pm

    Refs are on the mafia payroll…

  73. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 1:15 pm

    Even Bobby Curran says UH player clearly had a foot down
    for touchdown in pass play called out of bounds…

  74. mytake October 24, 2015 1:16 pm

    Why fire the head coach when u have the same people influencing the next head coach. In Hawaii its who u know.

  75. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 1:16 pm

    31 – 21 = Come on, Man!
    You almost win…

  76. z October 24, 2015 1:17 pm

    Refs o like Chow.

  77. mo808 October 24, 2015 1:17 pm

    Why am I not surprised at the outcome?! Thank you to our University of Hawaii Football Team. Can we fiyah Chow now? Someone please post the Go Fund Me link to fund Chow’s removal.

    Go Bows!

  78. azwarrior22 October 24, 2015 1:21 pm

    Kemp’s catch looked like a TD to me too but still fire the head coach. We need change now. Do not wait any longer. I cannot even get excited about making predictions because it’s the same result…another loss. I’m tired of hearing the same old excuses: we need to do better and try harder…what we need is a new head coach with a vision.

  79. mytake October 24, 2015 1:22 pm

    I hope the powers that forced Chow on us are proud of themselves. Thanks foe giving Chow a chance at our expense.

  80. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 1:22 pm

    Thank you MacDonalds for giving UH money for their touchdowns.

  81. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 1:25 pm

    Boys fought hard again today. Offense needs to sustain drives and score in second half to spell Defense. Absolute must win at home.

  82. Ipu Man October 24, 2015 1:26 pm

    UH next opponent, Air Force, beat Fresno 42 to 14.

  83. mytake October 24, 2015 1:27 pm

    Hey Micky D’s, can u up the ante cause the touchdowns are far and few between?

  84. z October 24, 2015 1:27 pm

    OC needs to give Clarke help with players like Seau.

  85. 808 October 24, 2015 1:30 pm

    Chow’s overall record (mid 4th year): 10 W – 35 L.

    They blew a 17 – 0 lead.

    UH is at their place in the standings again. Last place! From Chow, “we’re going to chase championships.” That’s good chow. Keep chasing. You have one year left on your contract.

  86. Makai October 24, 2015 1:31 pm

    Hawaii is the perfect homecoming opponent for other teams. Guaranteed win!

  87. mytake October 24, 2015 1:31 pm

    Hey AD, don’t be a puppet and fire Chow. Sure you’ll lose your job but do it anyway.

  88. cappie the dog October 24, 2015 1:32 pm

    Congratulations Ken Niumatalolo and Ivin Jasper.

    Congratulations Dino Babers.

    Congratulations Nick Rolovich.

    C’mon, Paul Johnson.

  89. mytake October 24, 2015 1:33 pm

    I didn’t know chasing championships meant chasing it from last place!?!

  90. mytake October 24, 2015 1:39 pm

    I think the powers that pressured the AD to hire Chow should step up and take the credit so we can all thank them.

  91. 808 October 24, 2015 1:54 pm

    Unfortunately, I see UH winning one more game this season.

    During Chow’s announcement of being UH’s next coach in December 2011, maybe he meant to say”we are going to chase championships from the back of the line.” I think UH will honor his contract. I don’t believe 0 – 13 season would have made a difference. Chow is here to stay for his 5th year.

  92. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 1:55 pm

    From ST…..working on rushing 2 DAYS GAME….. hmmm 24 Rushing plays for 34 yards… seems like they need a lot more work there huh…Rebels…56 plays for 324 YARDS….Passing…40 attempts 27 completes 3 int for us….Rebels 23-12 complete 1 int…139 yards…total plays…us 64…rebels 79…Penalties …us 10…Rebels 4…Possession 24 min…Rebels 36 min…our d-fence on to long huh…RUSHING QB’S… us -27…Rebels 50…

  93. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 2:03 pm

    Well with today’s math…we are still mathematically eligible for a bowl game…does the bottom 25 have a bowl scheduled sum where ?

    Sad…seems like boys played hard… but can’t win if no score points…
    Max can’t plant I guess…so 3 int’s…is not acceptable 4 a struggling team…

    They back tomorrow.. n me still say….give them 2 days off…just lock the weight room.. n let them rest up…

  94. kev-1 October 24, 2015 2:04 pm

    Tough one … again. Hate to say it, but who cares already?

  95. Bring Back JJ now October 24, 2015 2:07 pm

    #89, that would be the Wolfpack we played, not the rebels, but once again numbers don’t lie. It just continues to amaze me how we keep seeing the same thing every week, why again did we fire MacMakin?

    Tell the truth, did you even have any confidence that Chow would coach not to lose?

  96. mytake October 24, 2015 2:10 pm

    Is there Punahou grad morman guy who wants to coach football?

  97. David J. October 24, 2015 2:14 pm

    It’s another lost again! It’s really seriously look like the University of Hawaii football program. They’re will be in up 2-11 this season. Worst part of it if university of hawaii still keep Norm Chow they will be 0-13 next year!. And the University will be losing more money!.

  98. A-House October 24, 2015 2:14 pm


    1] offense seemed to start and play with “fire in their bellies” for the first qtr and slowly lose it until the 4th qtr when they played like going through the motions – WHY????????? — is it the players themselves? or, the coaches be it play calling or arguing with the refs or ?????

    2] UH punts the ball and it’s picked up on the 4 yard line — ref puts the ball on the 5 yard line – what’s up with that and all the NONE calls for pulling Witek’s helmet off or interference or whatever – yea, yea, I blame the refs for changing the direction of the game to favor Rena — you believe what you want!!!!!!!!!

    3] clock management by UH really and totally SUCKS!!!!!!!! no time out to slow Reno’s momentum – Chow, why are you saving the time out?????? so you can call them when the game’s outcome is determined????????? to prolong your stay as HC????????????

    4] again, the UH defense cannot stop the opponent’s charge in the second half while UH offense goes into deep freeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    if Matlin keeps Chow after the loss to the Air Force, then UH is doomed to it’s 4th consecutive losing season and Chow will finish his 5th year with UH — so sad — how deep will the fan support dwindle??????????????? by numbers and donations?????????

    only the Devil knows!!!!!!!!

  99. Old Diver October 24, 2015 2:14 pm

    You know things are bad when people start to use “mathematically” when talking about the team.

  100. ML Warrior October 24, 2015 2:18 pm

    This one is on Chow, coach must keep there composure. Nice start but can’t finish, and Wittek again can not finish, should have played Wosely. Sanchez is the team MVP!

  101. Fei Jai October 24, 2015 2:20 pm

    Cry for the land; cry for the people.

  102. Tempmanoa October 24, 2015 2:22 pm

    I still think that Woolsey is the better quarterback and should start. Wittek has played one good game vs a team ranked 200th with a 1-6 record (UC Davis). Woolsey had much better games than Wittek last year and in his one start this year.

  103. Come on, Man! October 24, 2015 2:43 pm

    i can’t believe i lost the prize off of two total points.

  104. beans October 24, 2015 2:48 pm

    Have to admit that Wittek didn’t have it today. He no longer deserves to be the starter. Ikaika suit up!
    The Wolfpack, not the Rebels, gained most of their yards on pass action with the quarterback throwing to the right flat NUMEROUS times. Why weren’t we able to solve that problem? Didn’t anyone notice? disappointing. Another win that was squandered. The head coach cannot demand that his player show discipline when he
    loses it with the refs which turns into 3 point for the foe. Again, disappointing.

  105. Arcumfortis October 24, 2015 3:11 pm

    All that can be said is that this is indeed a sad state of affairs. There comes a time when one just has to accept that things are bad and have little chance of getting better. We have descended from an interesting high flying and exciting team to a boring and chronicically losing team. I don’t know coach Chow personally but I am very fatigued with his tirades. He presents himself in public as a man of dignity and principles but behaves like a child indulging himself in tantrums on the sidelines. If this truly his his nature then he is not fit for a leadership position. If this behavior is a result of the extreme and unrelenting failure and frustration he has faced then he better quit because he will have a stroke soon. Over to you Dave Matlin… is time to save coach Chow (and us) from himself.

  106. Warrior Dave October 24, 2015 3:11 pm

    I love Ikaika as a person. Gutty, tough to play injured last year. But I think he was given too much credit for his performance last week. He was MIA in the 2nd half and New Mexico is a bad team.

  107. rundown808 October 24, 2015 3:30 pm

    #57 I can appreciate the scientific research and reason. The player has a year to plan and prepare his body to perform for battle. The goal is to perform at 100%. Not always the case. Injury or sickness can hinder the athlete. But nonetheless they are their to perform.
    That depends on ability, performance training, preparation and mindset. No matter. Game Day is THE day. Perfect example, Micheal Jordan in 1997 playoffs scored 38 points while battling a 103 fever. He had the flu. Watching him in the game only made me appreciate his gift even more. His performance was based on mind over body. Making his body do something it didn’t want to do and still perform.
    I say all this because that is the type of athlete he is. Above average, highest level, gifted athlete. There are the above average athletes who train, perform, and execute at that level.
    However, unfortunately as stated on national TV vs OH and WI. Something we lack at UH. However, you have a HC trying to execute plays based on that type of athlete. No, change your plays based on what they can do. They may not be creme of the crop but they can still perform with the right coaching.
    A performance coach knows how to get his athlete to perform even if not at 100%. However, trying to play with that NFL or USC mindset with players who are not at that level only proves you are the nail and not the hammer.

  108. Ala Wai October 24, 2015 3:33 pm

    Looking forward to the half time show next week. Halloween always brings an entertaining band performance. As for the Rainbow Warriors, the coaches have lost the players. They are going through the motions, but are speaking with their performance. The fans now DO NOT CARE!

  109. oldtimer808 October 24, 2015 3:33 pm

    I support the UH Football program but the time is now not later to let Coach Chow go. This team needs a huge dose of change to breath again. This team is a reflection of our coach and we need our players to let go of all this tension. AD Matlin has done a disappearing act so far. He needs to be accountable and have the guts to make a change now and not later.

  110. Warrior Dave October 24, 2015 3:42 pm

    Something tells me Matlin has to wait for the end of the season to fire Chow. Any earlier and UH might not be able to exercise the $200K buyout. To do so now may guarantee Chow the full $550K. I can wait, but Matlin has to be looking for a replacement now. Right after the final gun, Chow should be let go

  111. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 4:20 pm

    yea stupid what happen…when ur really not into it ne more..

    me used to go through ro change my isp.. n get a vpn service to make like my computer is in Florida etc…to be able to watch… not do ne more…just not worth that trouble…but not give up on the men who play the game…


    Cant expect the boys to play harder….they have to play smarter now…10 penalties is just to much…most major teams have a bye week…they all know that is important…our schedule is what it is… but can try n compensate…give the boys 2 days off for gods sake…let them heal n repair…why does the NFL have bue weeks ??

    Yes must agree with sum here… Max is not the one…but is he 100%…???
    But guess sum cant see that…

  112. oneseason October 24, 2015 4:24 pm

    I heard sports repeatedly that universities don’t just keep coaches for their last contract year, that they either extend them or fire them. Recently, I heard it reported that Coach Chow’s buyout for his last year was $200K. And season ticket revenue drop off must be much more than that. It seems that the AD and Manoa Chancellor would have an easy time justifying making a coaching change as soon as Hawaii no longer has the chance for a winning season. If I wanted to make a coaching change, I would discuss the financial puts and takes. If I wanted to keep the status quo, I would remain mute on the financials. I haven’t heard UH talking about the steady annual decrease in season ticket sales recently …

  113. cocobean October 24, 2015 4:44 pm

    We don’t know how to win or is it we find ways to lose. We don’t play well after we take the lead nor do we play well when playing catch up.

    I wonder how many snaps our key defensive starters had going into Reno’s last scoring drive. It seems to be a pattern where we can’t get that key 4th quarter stop.

  114. mo808 October 24, 2015 4:57 pm

    All I know is the last four years have been difficult. Thank you to our UH Football Team. You have been outstanding! Chow suck it up, and leave. Time to get new blood on the field. Folks who game plan to win all four quarters and not jeopardize the teams chances for wins. Sorry for speaking my mind, when you get as old as I am you tend to let loose now and then. Go Bows!

  115. Come on, Man! October 24, 2015 5:05 pm

    “I heard sports repeatedly that universities don’t just keep coaches for their last contract year, that they either extend them or fire them.”

    probably because having a lame duck coach on his last year with the writing on the wall will really screw up recruiting. you will basically set up your team for failure in the recruiting game (which sets it up for long term failure in all phases) because recruits may not want to play for a coach who will be out the door in 13 games and a team whose program will be unstable and in serious flux.

    example: what if chow was recruiting you as a receiver and promised to open up the offense and that you will be a starter for his fifth and probably final year, and after you play a single season, UH hires a triple option coach who plays caveman football?

  116. Come on, Man! October 24, 2015 5:07 pm

    Therefore, matlin would be an idiot if he doesn’t fire chow at the end of the season.

  117. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 5:09 pm

    Iolani wins Girls ILH overall title.

  118. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 5:10 pm


  119. z October 24, 2015 5:30 pm

    interesting thing is Baylors quarterback suffered a fracture in one of his neck bones and will be replaced by a freshman. They have a bye week coming up.

  120. oneseason October 24, 2015 5:30 pm

    #111 that was supposed to say … “I heard on sports shows repeatedly that universities don’t just keep coaches for their last contract year, that they either extend them or fire them.” … Since Matlin was hired by the same guys that kept Chow at the end of last season, it might not be a career enhancing move for Matlin to do differently.

  121. Former UH Athlete October 24, 2015 5:38 pm

    No matter what, it’s goin to cost UH $750k to remove Chow.

    1. Chow is fired now (or when UH is mathematically can’t make 7 wins).
    Name one of the assistants interim HC and maybe he can push some buttons that Chow isn’t hitting. The Real importance is to get the Head FB Coaching job opening posted early. You probably won’t get great candidates during the season, but at least UH will have plenty of time to vet candidates as they come in.
    – Maybe interim coach can light a fire emotionally. I think this team is good enough to win, but much of their issues are mental. Maybe a new voice can make things happen.
    – UH can post HC job opening sooner and start vetting prospects sooner so it’s less of a mad dash in December to sign somebody.
    – Best case scenario is if a new coach is named immediately after the final game so he has 2 full months to piece together a recruiting class.
    – Viewed as giving up on the season (I would argue the opposite)
    – Public perception of buying out another coach for $750k
    $750k (Need to pay Chow 2015 $550k salary + 2016 $200k buyout)

    2. Chow is allowed to coach remainder of year.
    – Maintains continuity of staff
    – Recruiting can continue uninterrupted (although I’m sure recruits are already aware Chow may be out the door)
    – Doesn’t give perception of giving up on players
    – Continuation of level of play. Just seems like for every stride they make forward, they keep making mental errors that cost them.
    – Doesn’t solve the problem of getting badly outcoached after halftime. UH has consistently bogged down in the 2nd halves of each MW game.
    – Firing late makes finding a new coach a frenetic process because you lose precious recruiting time when you are still searching.
    Cost: $200k buyout. However, the true cost is still $750k because he still gets paid for working 2015.

    Unless I’m off base on the terms of the buyout, the true cost to UH is $750k. The only difference is if Chow is on the sideline or not.

  122. 808 October 24, 2015 5:39 pm

    With UH athletics, I don’t think Matlin calls the shots. Like the previous AD, if something goes wrong they use the AD as the fall guy. UH admin tells the AD to resign because of family reasons and they get rid of him without a firing.

    It’s just a matter of time before Matlin gets the same treatment by the higher ups. It’s a nice system to keep the status quo.

    Go and read Dave Reardon’s blog on how UH admin stonewalled him when he asked them the tough questions regarding financial accountability after the Arnold settlement.

  123. z October 24, 2015 5:47 pm

    Watching Washington game. They said Peterson has only 21 loses in 10 years. Then I was thinking Chow has 20 loses in 2. 29 in 3.

  124. oneseason October 24, 2015 5:49 pm

    #117 .. $550K is a sunk cost. The question for me is whether Chow is back for the 2016 season. IMO the longer UH doesn’t make it clear that he is leaving, the higher the likelihood that Chow will be back in 2016 with a 3 or 4 Win season in 2015.

  125. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 24, 2015 6:01 pm

    Remember who led the committee to hire Matlin?

    Remember who that same person is VERY fond of?

    Just remember that.

  126. Manoa#1 October 24, 2015 6:25 pm

    Chow is not a Quitter He’s a Loser.

  127. Buffoman October 24, 2015 6:41 pm

    Not having a running game placed a lot more pressure on the offense forcing them to become more predictable and one dimensional.

    Not being able to stop Nevada’s running game hurt. Their success in running the ball made their second half offense more versatile.

    That was the difference.

  128. Former UH Athlete October 24, 2015 6:46 pm

    118. Good point. Most UHADs are just fall guys for the BOR, the President, and the Chancellor’s incompetence and meddling in athletic decisions.

    Looking back at it, Ben Jay is one of the rare AD resignations (aka passive aggressive firing) where the AD was let go without being involved in failed Football and/or failed Men’s BB coach hires. Usually ADs are fired over bad hires in the money sports.

    Ben Jay never had the qualities necessary to run UH Athletics and was apparently blindsided by the back room politics , but he certainly was dealt a terrible hand when he took over. He basically inherited a failure FB coach and inherited what eventually ended up as the Gib Arnold mess.

  129. 808 October 24, 2015 6:52 pm

    Chow not being a quitter is what got him to be where he is now in his profession. He holds a doctorate in Education. He has children who are successful in their respective fields and he has family who loves him. By all accounts, he is successful in all areas of his life except one area. I don’t know him personally. But, I think he did okay in his life.

    However, in 4 years, he has shown little to no aptitude to knowing how to turn around the UH football program. A 10 W – 35 L record as a HC says it all. I guess not all coaches are meant to be HC’s.

    Early in year three of his contract, I kind of felt UH will honor his contract. I still do. Maybe the next UH warrior football HC will be more successful.

  130. A-House October 24, 2015 7:39 pm

    when I open the blog each morning – the blog of 10/18/2015 appears – then, I have to scroll down to each last ST post that a new post is up and repeat the process until I reach the the current’s day posts

    what happened that we went back to the “old”ways again?????????

  131. A-House October 24, 2015 7:41 pm

    Did I see correctly that Zeno Choi played in today’s game? there goes his “red shirt” year?

  132. A-House October 24, 2015 7:47 pm

    UH administration has no hesitation in coughing up $1.4 million to pay off Gib, but gives all kinds of excuses of “no money” to buy out Chow – why?

    are the behind the scenes power brokers so powerful that the can dictate to UH upper campus on what/how to handle certain situations?

    Why does not Dave Reardon write what/how he got stone walled with his question(s) about accountability and by whom – are we, the citizens of Hawaii, not the financial source for all that goes on at UH-Manoa??

    can we stop paying taxes to be “activists” to make our concern heard???????

  133. cappie the dog October 24, 2015 7:53 pm

    If Hawaii is going to replace Norm Chow, I want the AD to do the hiring.

    I don’t want another committee.

    Still pulling for a 5-game winning streak, though.

    Optimism, in some cases, can be a psychosis, but at least Hawaii held the lead for awhile in their last two losses.

    Like Mr. 45. says, Hawaii needs to stop going into a “prevent offense” in second halves. Three yards and a cloud of dust isn’t going to get the job done.

    So psyched that Georgia Tech won.

    I don’t get Everett Golson.

    You commit academic fraud.

    Your school gives you a second chance.

    And then you ditch them?

    Norm Chow is not a loser, he is.

  134. Arcumfortis October 24, 2015 7:57 pm

    UH as an institution proves again and again that it is a dysfunctional organization. The string of embarrassing missteps is long and rather pathetic. I am not sure if it is possible for our football team to be consistently successful while being part of such place. Nonetheless there are times when even a dysfunctional institution can do the obvious and make the move that is necessary. It is time for coach Chow to go. His record and the team’s performance suggests again and again that he cannot create a structure that develops talent, that he is not a good judge of talent in recruiting, that he is not a good judge of talent in coaches (actually thought he might have gotten it right this year), that his game management is very poor, he cannot make the needed adjustments as the game progresses and that he uses most of his game time energy in the useless exercise of jawboning officials and embarrassing himself (and us by proxy). As 8o8 suggests above he has met with success in his life and this is commendable. But he is a very unsuccessful head coach and has driven a program that many of us care about into a very bad place. For this he must be accountable and other successes in his life are not relevant to this. I like the way he has focused on his team’s education. This is good. The rest is very bad.

  135. cocobean October 24, 2015 7:59 pm

    #117. As I understand it Chow gets his full salary for 2016 if he is fired before the end of this season. The most likely scenario is he is allowed to finish the season but it is announced before the season is over UH will execute the buyout clause for 2016. The national media will make it known immediately that the Hawaii job is open.

    The most important factor in Hawaii’s hiring process is what they set as the closing date. Don’t expect a new coached to be named for at least two weeks after that date. Too bad we don’t have the resources to target 2-3 capable coaches and encourage them to apply. I don’t think UH can straight out offer the job to someone.

  136. chawan_cut October 24, 2015 8:11 pm

    thanks to the UH band who took a small pep band up to Reno to cheer on the band and play for the fans who also made the trek. they’ve been fundraising to help pay their way up there.

  137. PONO October 24, 2015 8:22 pm

    Let’s see what the SA does to spin another horrible game. Maybe Chow forgot his glasses at home so he couldn’t see what was going on.

  138. Warrior Dave October 24, 2015 8:29 pm

    A House,

    UH had to pay Gib because of stupidity. Some idiot don’t know how to write contracts. That’s why I wonder what’s in Chow’s contract. Might have to wait till season ends to exercise buyout. Any earlier and they pay full $550 K maybe..

  139. hitmanhart October 24, 2015 8:38 pm

    aloha everyone !! hard luck guys !!team and all the player playing there heart out !! coaching is killing this team !! hard when you have a hard head coach that does not know how to win games !! this game to today is all on coach chow !! come next week its all on the AD Matlin plain and simple !!
    AD matlin its time to answer the question !! we dont need a AD that only good to hire !! we need you to step up to the plate and do your job !! FIRE OR SUSPENDED THE COACH FOR HOW HE ACTING ON THE SIDELINE !! SHAME FOR THE UH & STATE OF HAWAII

  140. papajoe2 October 24, 2015 8:42 pm

    Yes, Norm Chow is NOT a quitter. It started when he wouldn’t quit Utah until after their season was over even though he was already hired by UH (maybe wording in his Utah contract prevented him from doing so), thus had a very late start in hiring a staff, so ended up hiring his friend who was already retired for a couple of years as OC and also hired graduate assistants to be position coaches or gave them the responsibility of a position coach. His recruiting started off late so he couldn’t have a good year in recruiting. He wouldn’t adjust to whatever talent he had from the previous regime because he wanted “his” system. He even had some of the former coaches’ players sitting in the stands, including the projected starting qb, during home games because they’re not going to play and only would get in the way. A few of his former player transferred out and are doing very well at other schools. He got a qb, who hadn’t played in 4 years from a program that was not very successful, to transfer here and start in his 1st year and he wasn’t very good that year. He’s had numerous staff changes during his 4 years here including a few defensive coordinators and even had a spell with no offensive coordinator. He is not very successful as a head coach, losing games to some very weak MWC teams and I don’t think we had a victory against a winning DI program. What is his 4 year record here minus the DII teams? His offense is ranked at the bottom or very close to the bottom. He is 69/70 years old. I don’t think he will quit. Maybe he is waiting to get the maximum payment age of social security. Coach, thank you for giving it your best try and you can be proud of the high gpa or graduation % of your athletes but I think it is time to retire.

  141. Ala Wai October 24, 2015 8:59 pm

    By not resigning, the HC is now the most despised sports figure in Hawai’i history since Herman Frazier. His honor and dignity is now on the line and he must act or be psychologically exiled from the 808 forever. UH is a cluster f%$k. SNAFU. The AD is doomed. Look at the smoke trail of those running the institution. Starts at the top of the State and all the way down to Bachman. No one is accountable.

  142. nanakuli October 24, 2015 9:20 pm

    Ala Wai is right. The Star Advertiser poll tomorrow should be if Chow is more hated than Frazier, Arnold, or Dobelle.

  143. rundown808 October 24, 2015 9:21 pm

    Correction. my #107 was in response to #60. Btw, thanks former uh player for positives and negatives. Good point.

  144. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 9:46 pm

    Nanakuli…@ 142… hope ur don’t mind if me add…n von appen… ALL OF THEM COMBINED…

  145. Former UH Athlete October 24, 2015 9:48 pm

    Chow is most definitely not a quitter.

    Quitters don’t make it very far in any profession. Quitters end up with menial jobs or homeless.

    All is fair in talking about job status in relation to performance, but personal attacks are off limits. Keep it clean.

  146. cocobean October 24, 2015 9:49 pm

    I have no ill will towards Chow. People should be angry at the process that was used to hire him. The process is flawed. The final choice is suppose to be in the hands of the AD but it is not. It seems the final choice can be influenced by a person or group of people with enough political clout to exert pressure on the UH administration to advise the AD who he should pick. We all know Donovan wanted someone else but somehow changed his mind and went with Chow. If UH is going to use an advisory committee to screen applicants Matlin should be free to pick the members of the committee himself. In Hawaii too many people are beholden to someone who helped him/her get his position in Government. As a government employee I wonder if Matln is beholden to anyone for his job.

  147. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 9:49 pm


    we can beat them..
    do they come on their own plane..or we pay also for commercial ?

  148. 3-Prong October 24, 2015 9:50 pm

    Congrats Crusaders!

  149. 808 October 24, 2015 9:57 pm

    I think Von Appen is less hated now since time has passed. But, even when he was losing during the 0-12 season, most knew there would be an end to his coaching era at UH. With Chow, it feels like there is no end in sight.

  150. greenthumb October 24, 2015 9:58 pm

    Players (and your families who might be reading, too). Thank you for your efforts today.

  151. JustAsking October 24, 2015 10:07 pm

    According to the SA: “Norm Chow’s job is likely in jeopardy if he loses again in 2015.”

  152. Former UH Athlete October 24, 2015 10:10 pm

    138. Gib actually let UH off easy by settling for $700k. I read the contract and by the letter of the contract, UH absolutely owed him the $1.4 million.

    Point 1: It’s the stupidest termination clause ever agreed upon… EVER. I agree that terminating “without cause” should include a bigger buyout, but come on man, why would you ever agree to a pay a fee equal to the total amount of dollars earned from beginning of employment to termination date?

    Point 2: More stupid than point 1, UH failed to understand (or read) the consequences of firing “with” or “without cause”.

    Point 3: This is not UH’s 1st time agreeing to stupid termination terms… Greg McMackin’s contract actually had no “buyout” clause for early termination. For example, Norm Chiw has a $200k buyout should UH not retain him for the final year of the contract. When it became apparent UH was going to let Mack go, by contract, UH was suppose to pay the entire value remaining on contract, which was his entire $1.1M salary. Mack decided to be nice, “retired”, and settled on $600k or so.

    Mack was on the hot seat following being humiliated in the 2008 bowl game, the derogatory comments & suspension, and failing to make a bowl in 2009, but when UH realized they would have to cough up $3.3M for the remaining 3 years on his deal, UH backed off pretty quickly.

  153. cocobean October 24, 2015 10:11 pm

    St. Tony. I think Coach Fred was the last coach of a major sport that was solely the pick of the AD.

  154. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 10:26 pm

    Me actually liked fred as a person … n sum things he did…like the weird music he chose to pump in the locker room or his office (?)…n have to remember..he was on Mr. Walsh staff of the 49ers…

    Loosing coaches…just not have the sales ability…to sell his/hers players on his/her program…for ne sport…for the most why this happens…


    Mike Ditka told his players…buy into what I am doing n i promise you a super bowl in 3 years…he almost made it come true…but took him 4…missed 3.. think it was the 49ers won that year…

    For me…I would not buy a mana pua from chow… n seems like very many others are like me…they not buy season tickets either…just saying…

  155. kev-1 October 24, 2015 10:27 pm

    LOL SA … Chow’s job may be on the line if he loses again???? Ya think?

  156. kev-1 October 24, 2015 10:37 pm

    Love it! Sam Spangler just said that UH is a poorly coached team. It seems more and more people are starting to call it like it is. Those of us who have been calling for a coaching change have been scolded here enough already.

    I say start the official Fire Chow Now movement already, instead of people telling us to stop whining.

  157. Former UH Athlete October 24, 2015 10:46 pm


    The #FireChow trend really picked up steam after the pathetic offensive showing vs a very beatable SDSU team on homecoming weekend. It’s just picking up momentum now as the most patient fans and media figures are running out of patience.

  158. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 10:48 pm

    Nah…he is secure…his chair will not be pulled out from under him…
    Don’t think Matlin can or would do it…

    Just wait…when we win against air force…then whip Nevada… now me say Rebels…he he he…

    He just made a few mistakes is all… look back..he had a QB the first year…n he was recruited for a system…unfortunately…Chow wanted him to change…instead running a system that the players used to…n remember also…the Players VOTED HIM CAPTAIN… N CHOW REVOKED THAT….can you imagine how a player must have felt like after that…nuf said…he not going change…surely he will find an excuse…Coach Wags must be pulling hairs…what ever he has left he he he

  159. st. anthony trojan October 24, 2015 11:12 pm

    It will be difficult for our other coaches…good or bad…as most of the losses will be deflected onto their shoulders…

    And 4 those on the staff that disagree with him… guess be will just scream n
    rant on…Their chances of getting other positions…be difficult..with a UH
    stint on their resume. Looks like a nightmare on Elm street… with Halloween coming up…

    Me have a franchise 4 sale here…very cheap… guarantee to get you very much candy…the best of the best… almond joy n mounds…me have a face mask of Chow…ne one want buy ?? he he he…My BJ n Fred mask not go over so well…but me know this one will sell… trust me..grab it now…he he he…Kev n Coco…what u think ?

  160. hitmanhart October 24, 2015 11:12 pm

    UH down to must win out again !! or losing season again !! coach saving all is his time out next season looks like !! put in hand team and they play like they no more hands !!poor coaching !! come monday to tuesday coaches run laps !!player watch tapes !!

  161. Jason October 24, 2015 11:32 pm

    For those who are wondering, this is what Chow’s contract says:

    This Agreement may be terminated by the University at any time without cause upon ninety (90) days written notice to Coach. In such event, University will pay Coach as liquidated damages, a lump sum amount equal to (1) Coach’s total remaining base salary through year four of this Agreement, and (2) $200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand dollars) for year five of this Agreement. University shall pay this amount to Coach within thirty (30) days of termination. University’s payment to Coach of the total of the sums above is Coach’s exclusive remedy. University shall not be liable or responsible for any liquidated damages or loss of any collateral business opportunities or any other benefits, perquisites, or income from any source that might ensue as a result of University’s termination of this Agreement without cause, and is in lieu of any and all other legal remedies or equitable relief and without regard to any compensation Coach may earn in mitigating his/her damages.

    So my understanding is, if Chow were to be fired now, UH would be on the hook for the remainder of this season’s salary, plus $200k. Essentially, what Former UH Athlete said at 5:38 p.m. Only difference is UH would have to pay a lump sum, rather than spread it out over twice-monthly paychecks.


  162. 808 October 24, 2015 11:46 pm

    Air Force beat Fresno St 42-14. They lost to Michigan St 35-21.

    It would be nice to see UH beat the Air Force Falcons. When UH played Navy, they had a hard time stopping their option attack. Unfortunately, seeing UH at 2-7 is a strong possibility.

    Will there be a change at HC for UH after Saturday’s game?

    It would help the UH football program get a fresh start and a running start for next year if that happened. But, with UH admin, who knows.

    Sometimes it’s good to press the restart button. With UH though, it get’s costly pressing the restart button. I hope the higher ups read the contract they give the next coach to sign. Or, find someone to read it to them.

  163. 808 October 24, 2015 11:54 pm


    I just read the contract you posted before I submitted my post. With that said, I don’t think they will let go Chow the team lose the rest of the games. My original gut feeling now was he will remain the HC for the duration of his contract.

    Thanks for the information! One more full season. Chow is back for his 5th year!

  164. hitmanhart October 24, 2015 11:59 pm

    come monday cut the check out !! would be the best money UH gave out yet !! like the old cowboy said if the bull cant produce take him out behind da barn !! and go get you a new bull that has juice !! lol

  165. warriorfan October 25, 2015 12:05 am

    You can’t just bring back Chow to coach his final year, you have to extend his contract. Can’t have a lame duck coach.

    NO way UH is stupid enough to extend it… I hope anyway.

  166. 808 October 25, 2015 12:05 am


    I just read the contract you posted before I submitted my post. With that said, I don’t think they will let go Chow if UH should lose their remaining games. My original gut feeling is he will remain the HC for the duration of his contract.

    Thanks for the information! One more full season. Chow is back for his 5th year!

  167. Maddog50 October 25, 2015 5:27 am

    Tired of losing, never tire of supporting no matter what. No excuses-the MW officials are incompetent. Several really bad holding calls ignored, vaulting/launching, ignored. The replay bears out a score by Kemp and a denial of the first score by Nevada. The replay will not make the call by the official in doubt or overturned but had they called it the other way it would have stood period. Last week the call by officials I am sure was waived because Brodie raised up, had he not raised up where would the defender landed? Right on top of him. The calls are sickening period. Poor execution and spotty play coupled with some good play just won’t get them where they want to go. I do know one thing there were open receivers when the passes were thrown into traffic for int’s. All in all I will not waiver in my support of the program-gonna make the trek to UNLV and yell my a** off for a victory!

  168. Stephen Tsai October 25, 2015 5:37 am

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