Tomey will retire after this season

This is from San Jose State:

San Jose State University football coach Dick Tomey will announce his retirement from coaching in a November 16, 1:00 p.m. (PST) press conference in the Simpkins Stadium Center Gold Room.

The retirement will be effective following the Spartans’ final regular season game on December 5 against Louisiana Tech University. San Jose State also has home games remaining against Hawaii on November 21 and New Mexico State on November 28.

Tomey, 71-years-old and the current president of the 10,000-plus member American Football Coaches Association, is finishing his fifth season as the San Jose State head coach, 29th overall as a major college head coach and 46th in the coaching profession.

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Almost lost in this roller-coaster season is the maturation of Nick Rolovich as a play-caller.

Play-calling isn’t just about choosing the best item from the menu. It’s about trust, using information provided from offensive coordinator Ron Lee, and running back coach Brian Smith — both of whom are in the coaches’ booth — or consulting with line coach Gordy Shaw.

It’s about knowing the personnel. When Greg Salas dropped a pass last night, Rolovich went right back to him on the next play, with the same play. When the distribution of the offense was one-sided, Rolovich would call a seldom-used player’s number.

Rolovich also gets input from the ones in the battle, the players, creating a collaborative environment.

And, yes, Rolovich has been innovative with the Xs-and-Os, often diagramming new plays at halftime.

As  a UH player, Rolovich struggled early, then found his groove. He seems to be following the same pattern as a coach.

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Bryant Moniz’s best decision last night was to pull himself from the game when his sore ribs became a distraction. Too often, a player in a leadership position will try to play through an injury to the detriment of his performance. Moniz had enough consideration for his teammates and trust in backup Shane Austin to know when to say “when.”


  1. oscar meyer November 15, 2009 9:07 am


  2. oscar meyer November 15, 2009 9:07 am


  3. oscar meyer November 15, 2009 9:08 am


  4. oscar meyer November 15, 2009 9:08 am


  5. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 9:17 am

    After the game, UH tells us that Bryant Moniz will be available for only two questions.
    So, naturally, we try that three-wishes trick, where one of the wishes is to have three more wishes. I couple of questions into one, then did another Leahey-like two-in-one question.
    Then UH says: that’s it.
    Which is when I threw out: Want to say something about Salas’ record-setting performance.
    So, naturally, UH let’s that in.
    Anyway, much later, after receiving a check-up, Moniz returns to the locker room. He’s standing by himself, in front of his locker.
    If you’re the reporter, do you ask him more questions?

  6. koakane™ November 15, 2009 9:26 am

    morning tsaiko country and warrior fans

    congrats to the warriors for a well fought win last night. three more to go and let’s concentrate on getting um one game at a time.

    top ten

  7. GRM November 15, 2009 9:26 am

    Six! Top Ten. Good win Warriors.

  8. GRM November 15, 2009 9:28 am

    OK seven – still top ten. Keep the string going – only 3 more to go.

  9. Slugger November 15, 2009 9:30 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Great job, coach Rolovich!

    Hope all of our banged up Warriors heal quickly. See you guys at practice.

    Have a wonderful rainy day!

  10. wafan November 15, 2009 9:31 am

    Top 10!

  11. wafan November 15, 2009 9:32 am

    Nice improvement by Rolo and the crew. It is starting to show in their performance.


  12. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 9:36 am

    It’s raining?

  13. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 9:37 am

    This is how I get awakened this morning:
    Son: Hey, Dad, I’m taking your car.
    Me: Wuh?
    Son: Thanks. Bye.

  14. cavewarrior November 15, 2009 9:40 am

    Morning all,
    On the sidelines after Salas caught the TD pass from Shane Austin, the referee on that side was deep into the bench talking with Salas, then they shook hands. The ref returned to the field and immediately turned around and went back to talk to Salas again. They both had smiles on their faces the whole time.

    Any idea what was being said?

  15. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 9:43 am

    Well, the ref was female, and Salas is a charmer …

  16. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 15, 2009 9:47 am


    Of course you ask him more questions! “Off the record” of course 😉 .

  17. lava November 15, 2009 9:52 am

    Go Warriors.

  18. jm2375 November 15, 2009 10:01 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Top 20!

    Good win last night. Still, there are problems. Looks like they played the 1st and 4th qtrs. So, for the rest of the season, hoping they play all 4 qtrs *every* game.

  19. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 10:08 am

    Not sure what happens in the third quarter.

  20. LizKauai (iPhone) November 15, 2009 10:22 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    ST- so. What was your bonus question?

    I like the nickname “Mo”. Terms of endearment among players are a good thing.

  21. LizKauai (iPhone) November 15, 2009 10:23 am

    #19. Whatever it was, it started before halftime.

  22. SteveM November 15, 2009 10:28 am

    Good morning everyone?

    ST — maybe you only get 3 questions because you were standing at midfield and talking to Moniz for 5 minutes after the game? 😕

  23. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 10:28 am

    I think we should come out of halftime a little earlier and get the juices flowing…on the other hand it could be the adjustment of the other teams D and it takes us a quarter to adjust our offense….was that Salas in the oceanic time Warner commercial I think it looked alot like him….

  24. tom mui November 15, 2009 10:30 am

    A win is a win is a win.

    Good morning Hawaii!

  25. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 10:31 am

    You know I wonder with all this gripe about team record and coaches salary I’m wondering if people would still be calling for the coaches head say if JJ was still the coach here and we had the same record over the past 2 seasons?

  26. Hoohiki November 15, 2009 11:03 am

    I have one question….where is Inoke Funaki?

  27. bighilofan2 November 15, 2009 11:20 am

    Great morning Tsaikos.

    howzit. . whats your take on Royce Pollard, Jett Jasper, Joe Avery, Mike Tinoco, Ryan Henry?

  28. bighilofan2 November 15, 2009 11:35 am


    very informative today’s post. listened to Coach last nite praising Aranda as a up and comer. thanks for piping up for Rolo.

    Go Warriors!

  29. Derek November 15, 2009 11:35 am

    I have to shake my head on some of the play calling. Sometimes, UH tries to do too much or too “exotic” to score. Example, UH was inside the NMSU 5 yard line in the first half w/ first and goal. They tried 3 passes, both incompletions. On fourth down, Enos misses the field goal.
    What is that!!!! To me, it should have been a touchdown, easy. If it was me, I would have tried an option play on first down. If they didn’t make it, I would have run a QB rollout to either run or pass. If it was 3rd and 1 or 2 I would have run it off tackle over the best blocker. If it was 3rd or 3 or longer I would have tried, a fake hand off to the RB and QB keeps the ball to run for the score, either off tackle or around the end. The QB al so has the option to throw.

    Watching the Pitt-Notre Dame game, announcers mentioned that Pitt coach Wannstadt recruited 16 defensive linemen on one recruiting class. Now, that got me thinking. Being that our defensive line is not good, we have to load up to stop the run and rush the passer. We cannot win on the road especially or win a championship unless we can stop the other guys…just look at Boise and TCU. They’ve proved that they can dominite teams on defense and they are not in a BCS conference. The foundation for our team is the offensive line, defensive line, and QB.

    The good, the bad, the ugly
    1) The good – or sorta, the punting for a change was decent.
    2) The bad – scoring only 24 points; the way we were moving it, it should have been at least 35 points. No points in the 3rd quarter, again.
    3) The ugly – too many balls were dropped. Poor concentration.

  30. Mrs. A-House November 15, 2009 11:43 am

    hey, bhf2 – howzit brah? long time no hea and glad every thing goin well with U.

    hope you can make the destruction of Navy game. ooppppa, sailor blue goin get all hoo hoo and bent our of shape!!! dats ok, jus sink da ships.

  31. Mrs. A-House November 15, 2009 11:44 am

    oooooopppppppppsss, did it again and neva change name of posta!!!

  32. A-House November 15, 2009 11:45 am

    OK, OK, i blew it again – so wat!!!!!

  33. A-House November 15, 2009 11:52 am

    “immigrant” – one who leaves her/his country to settle in another.

    hhmmmmmmm, guess this makes us all immigrants even if some wish to NOT accept this position – take the Europeans who came to the “new world”, called it home, and then declared everyone else an immigrant and they became the americans – now they call the Indians as “native American”.

    this myth always pepetuated by any media, written or video, when they say African American, Japanese American, Mexican American, etc. anyone ever hear/see English/British American, French American, German American, etc? NO, it’s always “American”!

  34. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 11:54 am


    Going for the kick I think was a good idea. Enos isn’t making those kicks and he’ll have to find a way to come through in the last three games. Right now I bet his confidence is a shaken… they gotta get him over this hump. Most particularly before Navy and Wisconsin where every point following a trip down the field will be crucial.

  35. tom mui November 15, 2009 12:01 pm

    Is this Michelle Wie’s time?

    Was watching for a moment the OSU-Illinois women’s volleyball game. They have banners naming the players that were named All-America.

    Gad, we could have a bunch of those on the roof!

  36. Slugger November 15, 2009 12:07 pm

    ST ~
    It stopped raining in town. But grey clouds to the west. Hope MsLiz’ flight was not too bouncy.

    If you are in the Mo’ili’ili area, stop by the gas station (round orange & blue sign) on the corner of So. King & Wiliwili to get your car washed. The Special Forces group from Camp Smith is raising money for their Christmas party. Army, Navy & Marines working together to wash your car in speedy fashion. Just like our t-gate and game yesterday…all playing well together. The kids are out there, too.

  37. Slugger November 15, 2009 12:17 pm

    Hi, BHF2! How’s da rain in da plains of Pepe’ekeo?

    Royce Pollard really wants to get in the game, but ST reported that his leg still hurts. He needs to let that fracture heal. Nice young man. In practice, Joe Avery was getting some catches, but he still needs more work on hanging on to the ball. It’ll just take reps. “Perfect practice makes perfect.”

  38. Ralph November 15, 2009 12:21 pm

    final round Michelle Wee in the lead after 11 rounds at -13, a one shot lead. Seen on golf channel 216 at this time

  39. Slugger November 15, 2009 12:24 pm

    Watching the replay. At 6 mins. in the 4th quarter, you can see what MsLiz was talking about. The Aloha Stadium turf is the 12th man tripping the NMSU receiver. 😀

  40. tom mui November 15, 2009 12:29 pm


  41. whitey November 15, 2009 12:30 pm

    all right, michelle w wins

  42. Oh my! November 15, 2009 12:32 pm

    Way to go Michelle!

  43. whitey November 15, 2009 12:32 pm

    Congrats to the Warriors, Wahines, and Michelle Wie for their win.

  44. Ralph November 15, 2009 12:36 pm

    the monkey is off her back, FINALLY, i think having this caddy and a putting coach really settled her down this season. She is hitting the fairway and greens in regulation a lot better and her putting is unbelievable.

  45. Ralph November 15, 2009 12:38 pm

    I hope Al isn’t watching the golf channel cuz Tom broke the news early, so did whitey. lol. but she is on the golf channel 216 if any of you want to watch Michelle’s first win. last night after the tailgate, the LPGA was on TV at 1 am, third round, watched it, finished at 3 am but the kid was top three and battling.

  46. tom mui November 15, 2009 12:41 pm

    AL: sorry – I was watching but it was a delayed telecast. Forgot you and others may have been watching. OTH, if you were watching, why are you multi-tasking looking at the Blog? 🙂

  47. whitey November 15, 2009 12:57 pm

    tomorrow’s game. what to look for on offense (1) salas receiving over 100 yds (2) rb green 100 yds rushing (3) no sacks by nmsu d and (4) 1 int by warriors. what to look for on defense (1) 4 qb sacks (2) total rush by nmsu less than 100 yds (3) 2 int and (4) 1 td or safety.

    that was posted by me on friday. on the offensive side, 2 out of 4 and on the d side 1 out of 4. the d should have had a safety.

    also said that the warriors should use their other fg kicker, not enos. the warriors should have kicked a fg just before the half, 4th and 12 on the 20 yds and less than 30 sec, but went for the 1st down. that is very poor coaching by the warriors.. no hindsight coaching, but mark that down as an “F” for the coaches, not the players. did the coaches have no confidence in enos????? if yes, why not use the other kicker????

  48. whitey November 15, 2009 1:00 pm

    finally the coaches let alex d do his thing and look at the results. 3 punts for 172 yrs, ave 57.3 yds and NO RETURNS!!!!! For that the coaches get an “A” on punts.

  49. whitey November 15, 2009 1:01 pm

    porgot, Good afternoon Tsaikos.

  50. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 1:03 pm

    I just hope JJ goes on to do great things at SMU during his tenure there as head coach. You want him to prove that with money, the right facilities and public support, even big things can happen in a small program that many thought had no hope of recovery. If he can prove that, he can write his own ticket anywhere… maybe even back here in Hawaii. The State (Hawaii) and BOR wasn’t going to provide him with what he wanted/needed here so, hopefully, he makes his point at SMU with multiple !!! marks!

  51. whitey November 15, 2009 1:04 pm

    lizk is correct about why no scores in the 3rd qtr. just look at the 2nd qtr play calling and you can see the pattern.

  52. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 15, 2009 1:05 pm

    Would you people be speaking down on June Jones if he were here in the same position?….

    the short and simple answer = YES

    we could have Nick Saban or Pete Carroll as our coach and people would still complain and bicker and hate.

    After all that Carroll has done for the program, do you think that even in the highly supportive Trojan country there isn’t a faction who thinks that Carroll’s time is over? Heck, people are actively posting on sites that wish to fire Urban Meyer, Nutt, and even Paterno. Doesn’t seem sensible to me but it happens.

    As Lou Holtz has said re: college coaches, “its NOT about what you DID for me, it’s about what you are doing for me NOW…”

    As interesting as it may be to ask “Would people chastise JJ if he were in this position?’….you might want to also entertain this question…

    “Would we even be in this position if JJ was here?” Both are pretty interesting “if” questions if you ask me.

  53. Kaimuki Kid November 15, 2009 1:09 pm

    The Sky is falling! The sky is falling! The waterglass is half empty! Not you Whitey… Come on enjoy the win at least it didn’t pour on us last night.

  54. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 1:22 pm

    My biggest concern about last night’s game is the number of points our Warriors put up against NSMU. They should have succeeded in putting up much more.

    Defense shut them down and gave our Offense more than enough opportunities to do so. Right now, offensively we look like Salas, Medeiros, Wright-Jackson, and scramble by Moniz for 95% of our plays.

  55. OldDiver November 15, 2009 1:23 pm

    I find the ” Would you people ” part of anyone’s statement to be particularly annoying. Could be it’s just me though.

  56. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 15, 2009 1:34 pm


    my apologies for annoying you. i was trying to restate a question posted in an earlier post. so let me try that again.

    edit #54 “Would anyone be speaking down to June Jones if he was in the same situation?”

    Hope that suits your taste buds a little better.

  57. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 1:50 pm

    In that sense, recruiting will always be ‘shibai’ because you cannot truly read the minds of all your verbals… you can’t always know for sure that they will stay true to their words…but at least the coaches gave it a good shot and they continue to recruit going back deeper and deeper beyond the senior class. Something that has been lacking. They’re making connections and developing a road map towards more successful recruiting. Things don’t happen over night. But the pieces are falling into place.

  58. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 2:02 pm

    It’s funny because it seems as if some supporters would rather have Mack fail then have an average season just so they can say I told you so…lol

  59. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 2:07 pm

    Alot less than those that verbaled and showed up,maybe 5-7 lets see,Tepa,Makaula,Keliikipi,Nobriga those are the main ones I remember Brackenridge from Kapolei signed but decided to go with baseball,but if I am full of it as you say why don’t you answer your own question for me,cause I choose not to dwell on players who decided to commit elsewhere I just concern myself with the ones who decided to be Warriors.

  60. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 2:09 pm

    this was your question:MAC’s recruiting is shibai–he announced over 3 dozen verbs through Tsai for 2009–how many showed up and actually played this season? not who will contribute 3 years down the road from now.

  61. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 2:15 pm

    there are alot of blogs where people are wishing for Mack to fail so we can fire him and get a new head coach, and yes I love Kool-Aid you should come by for a drink sometime,and if I choose to support Mack then I guess I kinda of do have a man crush infact I suspect alot of people on this board would fall into that same man crush category.

  62. Slugger November 15, 2009 2:17 pm

    Isn’t Manti Teo going on a mission in a year or so? How does that affect a player’s performance when they return? Are there any examples to point to that gives us a clue? How long does it take them to get back into “shape”? Just wondering if anyone has any stats.

  63. letsgowarriors November 15, 2009 2:20 pm

    losing stewart hurt a lot also for the future. other guys that didnt qualify are maafala, williams, lopati, powell, alofipo.

  64. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 2:26 pm

    why would a real fan as you call it care about a player that decides to sign with a different school,losing verbal recruits are a part of the game,I choose to cheer on those who have become Warriors.

  65. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 2:28 pm

    tonga and wadsworth–arent they scheduled to go on church missions?
    If so what’s the benefit?
    They wont be ready to play again and contribute for at least 4 years.
    That means we recruited them for 2009, they played on STs, showed promise and wont contribute again, maybe, until 2013….smart recruiting?

    BYU does it with a whole team I think we can manage with 2-3 players going on missions and coming back.

  66. whitey November 15, 2009 2:29 pm

    kk, funny thing you should mention that the “sky is falling”. I made my personal picks prior to the game based on how thw warriors have played up to this point. Did I say anything about winning or losing??? I enjoyed the win, but to ascend to another level, those were the things I was looking for in the game. I also said that i hope that the asst coaches get to put in their full impact and that coach mc would be a head coach with a smiley face. Was he smiling at the end????

  67. whitey November 15, 2009 2:32 pm

    the team will definitely miss tonga and wadsworth, but at the same time, these two players have a chance to give back to their church and learn more lessons in life. i see nothing wrong with this and wish both men the best and look forward to their return. When they return, the warriors will be getting 2 players who are more mature and have a better outlook on life.

  68. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 2:37 pm

    so back to the subject if you are a real fan who does their homework so to speak then how many verbals did not show up?

  69. whitey November 15, 2009 2:40 pm

    watched the lpga finish and didn’t know that mw was in trouble with her 3rd shot. she made a fantastic sand save and rest is history.

  70. whitey November 15, 2009 2:43 pm

    westside, i think you better go back to your post #67. uh knew that both men would be going on missions when they recruited them, so why do you have a problem with that??? I don’t.

  71. whitey November 15, 2009 2:50 pm

    westside, i don’t know you and am not looking at giving you any static or grief, but would appreciate it very much if you don’t promote another blog site while posting here. if any of the tsaikos wanted to post on another site, they can, but most don’t. we are more family orientated here, so we try to act more civilize when blogging.

  72. tom mui November 15, 2009 2:57 pm

    Well, who said civility was dead? Whoever he/she was, he/she definitely was right.

    $220,000 was the winnings for first place for the Lorena Ochoa classic.

  73. whitey November 15, 2009 3:02 pm

    ok, counselor, what is her total winnings this year and is there a chance she may make a donation to uh?????

  74. whitey November 15, 2009 3:04 pm

    brake time and the meeting of the fat man club will start. none of you are fat, only me, so it is a one man meeting. hahahaaaaaa

  75. whitey November 15, 2009 3:08 pm

    oh my, did i say anything about mention??? i asked that he “not promote” another site here.

  76. al November 15, 2009 3:25 pm

    only two things matter today….

    michelle wie is a winner. no matter the small purse. heck she should donate half to that fundraiser. the monkey just jumped off her back and in the process she beat one time rival paula creamer.

    any news on the running back??? i was hoping i’d see some joyous news.

    it is the day after our longest win streak of the season and i saw a warrior out shopping with his mom and dad, treating them ever so politiely and with much respect. oh, his initials were spencer smith.

  77. bstunna2002 November 15, 2009 3:34 pm

    post#69:I havent read any posts where it was stated they wanted MAC to fail–where did you read that or are you being disingenius again?
    The fact is MAC is falling on his own sword, so dont blame ardent fans bc you have a mancrush and drink koolaid 24/7.
    post #58:westsidesview:

    November 15th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    “The sky is falling?”

    Must be the thought of the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 that is pushing all the hot air…..or is bc MAC’s contract expires and new hope springs eternal.

  78. Kaimuki Kid November 15, 2009 3:40 pm

    Whitey,I saw your post/predictions yesterday and I wanted to exclude you from the posters that are unhappy unless UH blows out the other team, play perfect defense, have a balanced attack etc, etc, etc.

    We won, and we should be trying to enjoy it, it wasn’t perfect, but it was a W and that is rare thing this year. It is only a GAME and the sun will rise in the morning.

  79. Kaimuki Kid November 15, 2009 3:48 pm

    The Sky is falling comment was directed to the posters that cannot seem to enjoy a win and try to find fault with the team, the coaches… I would rather enjoy this win for what it is , A WIN. We score more points than the other team WE WON! and we still have chance. I don’t care about the point spread, I don’t bet period, if we scored just one more point than the other guys it’s a W and personally I am happy and I am glad that the rain held off last night.

  80. Bulla November 15, 2009 3:49 pm

    congrats to warriors on their victory!

    wildcats in Ogden victorious also in a blizzard….looked like the old days from Lambaugh Field for the Packers….haha

  81. RedZone November 15, 2009 3:58 pm

    Good job Warriors. Take care of those ribs Mo. Great job Shane Austin. You ansered the call. Blaze that hit you put on the qb was oweeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 15, 2009 4:01 pm


    We’re tied with our previous longest winning streak of the season. After this Saturday, then well have a new “longest” winning streak.

  83. Kekoa November 15, 2009 4:04 pm

    Great news Bulla. Congratulations to the Beast and his crew. Safe journey back from America to you and the Mrs.

  84. whitey November 15, 2009 4:09 pm

    al, thanks. just got the good news from duffer. paradise is here again!!!!! hahahahaaaaa

  85. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 4:11 pm

    I think we lost 4 or 5 out of the 30 commits we got… not too bad for a first full year of recruiting.. Most of the JC’s played and contributed right away.

  86. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 4:15 pm

    I dunno.. I really don’t care too much about the ones that changed their minds… I like the ones that came…

  87. whitey November 15, 2009 4:16 pm

    mih, i think that we had something like 29 commits originally, but are limited to 25 scholies, so I think uh came within ncaa rules.

  88. whitey November 15, 2009 4:18 pm

    imho, this coming year’s commits bring a lot for the program. this class offers a lot and some may become starters into the 2010 season.

  89. whitey November 15, 2009 4:19 pm

    maybe mw should wear the ankle brace whenever she plays or NIKE might have a new fad it can market.

  90. d1島 November 15, 2009 4:28 pm

    Some who complain about Kool Aid only serve vinegar. 🙄

  91. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2009 4:30 pm

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  92. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2009 4:32 pm

    d1!!! AURYYYYYYYYTE!!!
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  93. d1島 November 15, 2009 4:41 pm

    How you DPK? Missed you at the Cabana yesterday…

  94. Slugger November 15, 2009 4:45 pm

    Hi, DPK! 😀

    Correction to spelling: (sorry, it’s been used often today, & it was bugging me)

    ‘disingenius’ should be ‘disingenuous’ meaning:
    “lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere”

    Back to regular programming….

  95. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 15, 2009 4:54 pm

    Wow… Not a big crowd at all. Was late arriving here and was a breeze getting in.

  96. whitey November 15, 2009 4:54 pm

    dpk, looks like you starting to take lessons from brew. not bad!!!

  97. Slugger November 15, 2009 4:56 pm


    Just saw a pic on the NAU site of the game. Yow! Lotsa snow. Nicer playing in the Skydome. Congrats on the win! even though “I’m a Lumberjack and I’m ok…” Saw one of the Hawaii NAU graduates at the UH game last night. She was surprised.

    Have a safe trip back.

  98. Ralph November 15, 2009 5:17 pm

    ten minutes into the game and the score is 17-12 UH, scoring futility by both teams. New coaches for both teams, Nash at 40% winning percentage and the other coach at 43%. a schedule fitted for 18 win season and a roll over.

  99. d1島 November 15, 2009 5:22 pm

    13:00 min into the game UH is 6/11 from 3-pt range

  100. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 6:04 pm


    yep.. actually over 25 came.. I think 2 or three went the JC route several more went the gray shirt route and will be here in January. I think we then had two scholies left at the end of summer that went to Torres and Paredes.

  101. wafan November 15, 2009 6:10 pm

    Best wishes to coach Tomey!!!

    Lots of great and exciting memories with you at the helm of the ‘Bows.

  102. el guapo November 15, 2009 6:11 pm

    Is there a limit on volunteer (retired) coaches?

  103. Ralph November 15, 2009 6:33 pm

    now it is 7/20 from 3 pt range with 3.5 minutes to go in the game. long drought, Williams with 2 points in the second half

  104. Ralph November 15, 2009 6:35 pm

    crunch time, time to finish, can they do it. 2.34 minutes to go

  105. Ralph November 15, 2009 6:47 pm

    how does a team go through an entire bb game and not get to the free throw line once. especially with Balocka pounding away in the paint.

  106. Ralph November 15, 2009 6:49 pm

    chawan never got to harass the free throw shooter, no one got to the line all game long

  107. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2009 7:08 pm

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I actually dint have a chance to look at the game ’til today. My brother, sister and wife had a joint birthday party because their’s fall close together. Had a wela ka hao time at the party last night.

    Great win for Warriors, excellent win for Michelle!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  108. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2009 7:09 pm

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  109. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 7:17 pm

    Solid finish by the BB team. Thought they might let this one escape their grasp, but they put the lid on it. Nice.

  110. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 7:19 pm

    Re: Mack’s salary.
    (And, by the way, it is spelled Mack. Not sure why our editors and “Ferd” changed it.)
    The article made it seem as if there were an outcry. There probably is, but no fan or professor was quoted. The only one mentioned was a professor from Indiana who questioned the amount of coverage devoted to sports as opposed to, I guess, other academia. And the union leader representing the professors had a say-so.
    I suspect that professors are mum because many on campus question the workload:compensation for professors. My feeling is, you get what you can get. Mack came along at an opportune time; JJ had left and the economy was solid. Hey, back then, The Advertiser had 100 more employees. Professors got their pay bumps in good times, too. But those were negotiated. So why give back now? And if the state budget people can actually decide on a deficit figure, we would all be more sympathetic.

  111. d1shima(Fuze'd) November 15, 2009 7:20 pm

    Lots of good memories attributed to Coach Tomey Tomey.

  112. d1shima(Fuze'd) November 15, 2009 7:26 pm

    Waiting for Loggins & Messina. should be interesting with no “haze” in the air

  113. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 7:30 pm

    Professors have better job security. Mack could be out of a job at the end of his term and have to move out of State again, who knows? I give Mack and his attorney credit for negotiating a favorable deal and would think very poorly of an institution that tries to renege on its agreements.

  114. Hank November 15, 2009 7:39 pm

    ..i’d take Tomey if he was interested in helping UH….his defense while he was here and at zona was great….

  115. Garret November 15, 2009 7:40 pm

    Best wishes to Coach Tomey in his upcoming retirement.

  116. Garret November 15, 2009 7:42 pm

    I finally finished the quotes from the game. Up since 6am getting the kids ready and then spending the day at Disneyland with friends and family made this a long day…at least reading these quotes were more fun than the ones after losses.

  117. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 7:42 pm

    I think people should enjoy what’s left of the season.
    It only last three months, and there are three games left in the regular season.

  118. Derek November 15, 2009 7:43 pm

    So what, how did Quezada’s recruiting visit go? Another other recruits who visited? I think Tomey is retiring at the right time. I saw him on TV watching San Jose and Nevada the other week and I thought he looked tired, lost some sleep, and basically looked old. Time to go. I will always fondly remember him that he made Hawaii football big time and the big crowds at Aloha Stadium, playing the likes of Oklahoma, USC, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Arizona St., Iowa, etc. And so many players that played for him like Blane Gaison, Gary Allen, David Toloumu, Carl Kennybrew, Jesse Sapolu, and my all time favorite name, Itai Sataua.
    Those were the days. The only team Tomey at UH didn’t beat was BYU. We just couldn’t beat BYU in those days. Later, when Paul Johnson joined UH as offensive coordinator, he used Garret Gabriel to be the BYU killer!!!! My hope is that Tomey will end up living in Hawaii and doing color analyst for UH football telecasts. That would be great.

  119. Garret November 15, 2009 7:44 pm

    If anyone at UH is reading this, they should correct R.J.’s last name in the UH press release here:

    R.J. Keisel-Kauhane, Linebacker

  120. Slugger November 15, 2009 7:44 pm

    Good wishes to Coach Tomey.

  121. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 7:46 pm

    Best wishes to Coach Tomey. I wish him the best of health and happiness in his retirement.

  122. Garret November 15, 2009 7:48 pm


    I used to use “Mack” for Coach McMackin, but everybody switched to “Mac” so I figured I needed to use that instead. I thought it seemed like I was one of the last ones to switch to using “Mac”…and now you are saying I should switch back?

  123. Garret November 15, 2009 7:50 pm

    Miami took over with 1:10 to go on their 16-yard line needing a FG to win the game. Who had their only 2 catches during their game-winning drive? Bess, of course.

    Henne laced a 25-yard completion to Bess, longest of the day for Miami.

    After an incompletion Henne found Bess again, for 16 yards.

    Then after a spike to stop the clock Ricky Williams burst for 27 yards to the Bucs six to set up a chip-shot winning field goal for Dan Carpenter in the closing seconds.

    “That two-minute drill was bad ass,” said Bucs linebacker Barrett Ruud with due respect.

    Did it save Miami’s season?

    “No doubt,” said defensive tackle Jason Ferguson.

  124. Ai-Yah November 15, 2009 7:52 pm

    November 15th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    I used to use “Mack” for Coach McMackin, but everybody switched to “Mac” so I figured I needed to use that instead. I thought it seemed like I was one of the last ones to switch to using “Mac”…and now you are saying I should switch back?

    Give me a fricken break

  125. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2009 8:01 pm

    It’s important to use the name that a person prefers.
    Like Fetaiagogo Fonoti.
    Like a hyphen in Ai-Yah.

  126. ai-eee-soos November 15, 2009 8:09 pm

    Rich Miano should apply for the San Jose HC job; also the one at UNLV.

    A few of you think that he is HC material – this is his chance.

  127. Garret November 15, 2009 8:15 pm


    As someone who has continually gotten his name misspelled throughout his life (even by many Tsaikos who always add a second “t”), I try to spell everybody’s name correctly. I do not understand your reaction to my post, but feel free to go off on this post also.

  128. ai-eee-soos November 15, 2009 8:28 pm

    Michelle Wie fans: If click on cnn dot com’s article on her win,

    there are other links on Michelle. Lots of info on Michelle.

    Good for Michelle !!!

  129. Jason November 15, 2009 8:29 pm

    Hi Garett. Er, Garrett. Um … Hi Professor! 😀

  130. ct November 15, 2009 8:30 pm


    Just want to say thanks to you for your excellent info. Have a very dear friend who also spells Garret with one T. And thanks to all the other Tsaikos out there for their comments. I enjoy all points of view, but no need to get personal. And most of all thanks ST


  131. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 15, 2009 8:30 pm

    Smallish crowd tonight. My guess is probably less than 3,000. We all saw a good game though.

    Was sitting nine rows behind the UH bench. Was waiting for Chawan’s cue from the student section for the Aloha Oe but no one from the other team fouled out… 🙁

    Tomorrow night will be rockin!!!!

    If its anything like the atmosphere from last year, I’m gonna need a bag of Halls.

  132. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 8:39 pm

    Hmm… I was wondering when Garrett became Garret…

    Was it expensive to get the name change?
    Does Momo know?

  133. […] Read more: The Warrior Beat| UH football, University of Hawaii athletics … […]

  134. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 15, 2009 8:45 pm

    Haka Suggestion.

    Can the team walk a little further down and perform the haka in front of the student section during the coin toss?

  135. BG November 15, 2009 8:53 pm

    Many thanks to Don Weir and Mike Lum for bringing the stationary bike to the T-Gate for us to see and break in!

    That bike has a heavy base, but Homey just picks it up out of the truck bed and puts it down on the grass by the cabana! No arm wrestling with that guy!

    A-House and I tried to wear him out by playing catch with him in shifts. No such luck…picture a junior sized Sandy Koufax. Kept asking me if I wanted the “heater”, but my hand was already sore from the curve, drop, screwball and knuckleball. LOL

  136. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 15, 2009 8:58 pm


    Nothing can be done now regarding his salary…as was reported in an earlier piece it was a “Super Deal” that Mack will benefit from regardless of how well or how poorly he performs.

    I don’t think he should be asked to give any of that money back because a deal is a deal and the state should honor it and take the credit or consequence of the actions.

    I think the University was foolish for agreeing to such a contract and *since the beginning* thought that we should take our time, hire Mack or even Miano as an interim head coach and see what is out there. If in the end Mack was the best candidate so be it and hire him. Just as those who support Mack say “lets not rush to judgment,” those same words could have been used a couple years ago too. 2 weeks to appoint the leader of the States largest athletics team…(o_O) It’s too bad that University caved by the “pressure” of finding another JJ. The “JJ left the cupboard bear, these are rebuilding years, lean times, planetary alignments, etc…” are all reasonable predicaments to be in but maybe leaves people wondering what exactly were we trying to “carry over” to begin with. People thought that “continuing” meant national ranking years to follow and a stronger team. Is it realistic? maybe not, but its what people expected. With the raise in pay, so came the rise in expectations.

    If Mack wants to give back some of the money back thats Wonderful, if he doesn’t thats Wonderful too.

    We are going to have Coach Mac/Mack here for 5 years. Nobody can guarantee the outcome of his coaching, but I can almost guarantee that whatever it is it’ll cost us around $5.5M.

    All I will do is hope that the pennies equal the product and continue to support the team.

  137. BG November 15, 2009 8:58 pm

    Wishing Dick Tomey a wonderful retirement! The apr really crippled the SJSU program…was it 7 scholarships that got taken away?

    Hope the Spartans get lucky and land a great coach…a “good” one probably won’t be good enough…and we need that program to stay viable.

    His retirement announcement will get the Spartans united for their remaining games…will make it tough for the Warriors.

  138. tom mui November 15, 2009 9:23 pm

    Just came back from a benefit for the Honolulu Youth Symphony – a great bunch of talented musicians from all over Oahu and Maui. They rehearse every Sunday and the people from Maui have to commute.

    How sad it is that the Honolulu Symphony has folded – at least for the year – because these young talents will be lost as there is nothing to come home for.

    Willie K performed a couple of opera arias – and did them well – as well as some pop songs. Without the HYS, he would never have been able to do those arias.

    Some people have commented that the Symphony should be able to stand on its own, that it is “elitist”, that it only appeals to a small segiment of the population etc etc ad naustium.

    The same argument could be made for men’s volleyball, wahine softball, track & field, Kamehameha …

    Kamehameha – the moneys that are used to support the school could be better used to assist all the Hawaiians, not just a select portion of Hawaiians.

    I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored.

    My opinion anyway…

  139. ai-eee-soos November 15, 2009 9:30 pm

    Tomey’s APR problems: some were carryovers, but the remainder were his.

    Shows how difficult it is to recruit scholar athletes/football players. Tomey is in California, and he had a hard time finding the ‘right” players.

    Hawaii is doing OK, though, of course, it could be a lot better – we’re getting there.

  140. tom mui November 15, 2009 9:30 pm

    WHITEY: Michelle Wie made about $950,000 this year in golf. Of course she gets money from all her endorsements etc.

    I wish that she would donate $$ to UH but I rather doubt that. She has in the past donated moneys to other charities – I recall for Katrina victims, youth golf –

  141. Garret November 15, 2009 9:33 pm


    One thing that Mac could do that would both reduce the complaints *and* improve the Warrior program and help his chances for success would be for him to announce that he is voluntarily going to give up some of his salary to boost the pool of money for the assistant coaches. Then, if he wants to make changes after this season and hire someone from outside the current staff, he will have the money to hire who he wants…instead of having to find assistant coaches that will take big pay cuts (compared to what they used to make) to be at UH and can live on the low salaries that UH pays.

    A head coach is only as good as his assistants. UH went to near-BCS conference levels (and higher in a few cases) for the head coach, but still kept the assistant coaching salaries well below BCS conference levels. BSU increased their assistant coaches salaries years *before* they gave their head coach a big raise, which is a key to their continued success. If UH had done the same thing maybe people like Coach Cav would never have left and the whole course of the UH program could have been different now.

  142. Garret November 15, 2009 9:38 pm

    I’m just worried that Coach Tomey’s retirement will help SJSU move towards eliminating their football program like they were talking about in the past. There are a lot of fundamental problems with SJSU that Tomey could not overcome, and the lack of funding is going to get even worse with the *huge* budget cuts that the Cal State system has gotten…and their budget situation will be worse next year.

    Many in the SJSU faculty already want to get rid of football and with the budget problems it would be easy for them to go the way that Santa Clara University went and end their program. That would be bad for the WAC.

  143. madeinhawaii November 15, 2009 9:51 pm


    Too bad San Jose isn’t a short drive from San Diego. They could have shared stadiums.


    Pretty much my thoughts on Mack salary, too. It’s a done deal. Not his fault, blame the administration, the Governor, etc.. but not Mack or his lawyer for a job well done. Shoots.. if we had to measure him by that action alone, you’d gotta say he’s a winner!

  144. lakesidegt November 15, 2009 9:52 pm

    Wow – let’s not even go there re SJS football. But that program has always had tough time, trying to compete with Stanford and Cal.

    When I was going to SCU, they still had a pretty good program – Kaipo Spencer was the QB. And SCU had some good players through the years – Dan Pastorini, Brent Jones,etc.

    As did San Jose – Steve DeBerg, et al

    See you next week.

  145. al November 15, 2009 10:24 pm

    hey…i know a garett with one “r” and two “t’s”.
    that’s unusual, then again, so is he.

  146. bighilofan2 November 15, 2009 10:35 pm

    Hiya Garrrett. 😆
    ove your posts.

    AHouse, howzit howzit.

    thanks for the info. maybe Avery should hook up with JUGS more often.

    and I don’t care watcha callz me, personally, I’m hoping things are going okay in Coach Mackk’s mind. 😀 btw his salary is his salary. Period. He already made some personal sacrifices for the team this year. nuiff already on the personal affront. main thing, we work on the 2nd and 3rd qtrs. and we make localz feel good about playing for us,
    Warrior Nation!

    positive thoughts, positive thoughts.

    nite nite folks.

  147. SteveM November 15, 2009 10:50 pm

    Good luck and best wishes to Dick Tomey after this season. I wonder what his next job will be? Don’t think he will retire from the sports world… 🙂

  148. Slugger November 15, 2009 11:13 pm

    The Coach Mack Show had a great piece on my homie, Lewis Walker. He’s a really nice young man. I noticed that the trainer was looking at his R arm last night. Hope there’s nothing wrong with it.

    I hope we have Tomey sightings on O’ahu once he retires…


  149. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 15, 2009 11:49 pm


  150. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 15, 2009 11:56 pm

    Hi bhf2! Good to see you- hope you haven’t been working “too” hard!

    Ditto the positive thoughts
    and actions.

    Tom Mui- I agree with you.

    Nitey nite and SWEET Warrior Dreams!

  151. TChahng [오키나와] November 16, 2009 12:09 am

    RE: Coach Tomey. I hope he comes “home.” I miss him as a color analyst for K5 UH football telecasts.

  152. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 12:32 am


    That is a very good point. I want to just “theorize” what could possibly happen if that was the case. Just look at OC as its pretty much the 2nd if not most important position.

    If Coach Mack/Mac does gives up 150-200K of his pay towards an offensive coordinator that would theoretically bump up the OC pay scale to the 350-400K level.

    That would be enticing to a number of coordinators. If he isn’t looking to replace that position that money could go a lot further towards line coaches, db coaches etc.

    Heck if the big guns aka the Na Koa members see its necessary to pitch in $150-200K (they did something like $400K for JJ) then you are now looking at upwards of $550-600K for an OC or combination of coaches.

    There aren’t THAT MANY coordinators that get paid that kind of money…most nowhere near it. The big exceptions are *mostly* found in the SEC with Monti Kiffin being paid $1M as DC…but I mean hey its The Big Monti and for that price Tenn got a the deal of the century. Also I think some bigger schools like Texas, Penn, Ohio St, Michigan, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame etc have really big pots for their assistants.

    As an example lets look at this guy named Norm Chow. Some of you might know him from this overrated team in So. Cal. haha jk. Chow’s guaranteed salary is roughly $350,00-400,000 a year. Now keep in mind that he is about as high profile as you can get. I don’t think we could get someone of his stature here in Hawaii but at least it gives you an idea of how far that kind of money could go.

    We can also make contracts for a new OC/coach very interesting with incentives of all kinds.

    You can have the regular bowl/conference win bonuses, but how about things like $2.5K for every “4-star” recruit and 5K for every “5-star” recruit that plays at least 3 years ( a back loaded type of incentive), or 1K for every time any offensive player is drafted in the NFL, or 1K for every time a offensive players makes all-american or all conference etc etc etc. Its fun to think of the many type of incentives.

    *Unless these types of things are against the rules of the NCAA/WAC which may be the case (not sure) they would be interesting incentives to have*

    Anyway I doubt any of this would even be considered, but like a College Football Playoff, its great to imagine the possibilities! 🙂

  153. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 12:35 am

    EDIT #153,

    forgot that UCLA is also in So. Cal. hahahah. Should be read “Some of you might know him from his former position with this overrated team in So. Cal jk haha”

    i mean no offense to the Trojan fans on this blog haha =P

  154. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 12:48 am



    I totally agree. I hear some people calling Mack a fool…….yep…a foolly loaded bank account that is. haha.

  155. wafan November 16, 2009 3:32 am

    Good morning!

  156. wafan November 16, 2009 3:42 am

    Looks like the button was busy last night — roughly 30 posts. I really do not understand the need for some to disrupt.

  157. Kekoa (iPhone) November 16, 2009 3:45 am

    Howzit Wafan!
    I’m up at this ungodly hour because of the little Princess. She decided it was time to exercise her right to free speech…I was voted key listener.

  158. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 3:55 am


    I wanted to also point out your thoughts about “great assistants making great teams.”

    It’s absolutely, positively true and something that Hawaii will ultimately examine at the end of the season. I think Stephen Tsai might already feel this but I think some “assistants” might be leaving and others promoted…just speculation but not surprising if it happens.

    We all know Mack is a proven Defensive Coordinator, it would be great to have him work exclusively with the D and have someone else worry about the offense and *not* having to advise Rolovich on calls (as is the case sometimes if you watch the sidelines during play calling).

    If people knew Coach LAVELL EDWARDS from BYU they knew he NEVER wore headsets…..why? Because he trusted his assistance coaches, especially his Offensive Coordinator with making the right play calls.

    Wanna talk about a scary combo? Coach Mack focused 99% on the D while some brilliant gunslinger-minded OC focused on the O…..unstoppable force to be reckoned with!

  159. wafan November 16, 2009 4:03 am

    Hi, Kekoa!

    Someone has to do it and it might as well be you — need to start the spoiling early!!! Remember, every whimper, for the time being, is to be met with you jumping up and racing over to pick her up. Later on, you just give your credit card numbers to the toy stores and have them on speed-dial.


    Hope all are doing well.

  160. Kekoa (iPhone) November 16, 2009 4:17 am

    Yep…sad but true. You should see the hi-tech stuff dis kid commands now! Sheesh!

    Iwonderwhy posed a comment about our asst. Coaches. Every year there’s a shakeup in the ranks. I would think this year would be no different.

    Big question would be who he wants to replace. What if one ‘wants’ to leave? What if there is more than one?

  161. NYUH November 16, 2009 4:24 am

    I’m sure that old fox would like nothing more than a win over Hawaii to out on.

  162. bighilofan2 November 16, 2009 4:49 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Yup, Dick Tomey is an old fox. He was great in his time with us. ” Go Bows” from section CC yellow @ 30 sumtin years ago, with the kids, yaaa, the good ole days!

  163. bighilofan2 November 16, 2009 5:28 am

    Good job Warriors, coaches. keep it up. keep it up. laterz

  164. whitey November 16, 2009 5:51 am

    good morning tsaikos. have a great day.

  165. d1島 November 16, 2009 6:03 am

    Great Morning All!

    Hoping for good results after x-rays for Moniz and Salas.

  166. NYUH November 16, 2009 6:22 am

    The Pac-10 is the class of college football, I hope Pete Carroll can live up to the standard now that he is getting his butt kicked.

  167. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 6:49 am

    Tim Grasso is returning in January to finish up his degree and will be helping on special teams.

  168. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 6:51 am

    I suppose before we even think of changing OCs… we should be asking ourself,

    “Is the run and shoot too complex to design a program around and expect to win season after season?”

  169. Garret November 16, 2009 6:59 am


    I echo your hopes for the X-ray results.

  170. Garret November 16, 2009 7:01 am


    I do not know how the staff will change, but it seems that there is always a few adjustments after each season in both the good and bad years. I just would like for UH to offer more money to the assistants so that they can hang on to the assistants they wish to keep and hire the people they want…instead of just having to figure out which assistants they can afford.

  171. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 7:05 am


    If Tim Grasso is coming to finish up a Baccalaureate, he’ll probably have to be a volunteer staffer or student manager, I suppose.

  172. Garret November 16, 2009 7:05 am

    About the run-and-shoot,

    It looks like UH has had success with 3 QBs this season, especially Alexander and Moniz. UH is stacked at the WR position for next season, with everyone returning with experience and probably an experienced 2-deep chart with the returns of Bradley, Lane, etc. UH is near the top of the NCAA in passing offense yards.

    So, to me the offense isn’t the problem. The red zone offense, the run defense, the kicking game, and the 3rd quarter to me are bigger factors than the offense UH is running. With the QBs and WRs returning with experience, I don’t see a big drive to change the offense.

    Of course this all depends on what Mac chooses to do after the season and how the assistant coaching staff is changed.

  173. Garret November 16, 2009 7:07 am


    I seriously doubt that Grasso would get one of the limited coaching spots and he doesn’t even qualify for the GA spot. So, that isn’t a big change for the coaching staff.

  174. djmitcho November 16, 2009 7:08 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good start to the week.

  175. lakesidegt November 16, 2009 7:30 am

    In addition to Dick Tomey, another former UH coach is in the news – The Oregonian (Portland) is reporting that Jerry Glanville may get the hook after three tough seasons at Portland State.

  176. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 7:33 am

    # Garret:
    November 16th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    About the run-and-shoot,

    It looks like UH has had success with 3 QBs this season, especially Alexander and Moniz. UH is stacked at the WR position for next season, with everyone returning with experience and probably an experienced 2-deep chart with the returns of Bradley, Lane, etc. UH is near the top of the NCAA in passing offense yards.

    So, to me the offense isn’t the problem. The red zone offense, the run defense, the kicking game, and the 3rd quarter to me are bigger factors than the offense UH is running. With the QBs and WRs returning with experience, I don’t see a big drive to change the offense.

    Of course this all depends on what Mac chooses to do after the season and how the assistant coaching staff is changed.

    Which kind of implies that we have the right coaches in place.. just gotta be a little more patient, eh? I mean, I wonder how many other groups could have put all that in place this fast, got us in a bowl in one year, and with all graduations the past two season and our injuries still keep the second season hope for a bowl alive?

    There aren’t too many RnS gurus out there. Similar, maybe, but not the RnS many of us have become so fond of.

    Next season, I think we will see a more confident, driven team. Stronger on defense and much more explosive on Offense. The O-line is in question as most are graduating after this season, but something tells me, we’ll be no worse off than this year there.

    It’s an exciting time to be a Warrior and a Warrior fan.

  177. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 16, 2009 7:39 am

    Just a quick reminder that Year Two of Coach Mack’s contract winds up at the end of January 2010. The entire contract runs through January, 2013.

    This month’s Stadium Authority meeting has been moved up a week because of Thanksigiving. Under Unfinished Business is a report on all Stadium renovation and repairs projects which should include the turf replacement.

    Under New Business is a one-word item – Noise. People in the nearby communities are complaining about three very different types of events which generate a lot of noise – some sort of car-racing in the parking lot, concerts, and football games.

    Probably the total of all three types of events is no more than 20 days or evenings out of 365 in any given year.

    If you have any thoughts on these issues, you can send your comments to the Stadium Authority. P.O. Box 30666, Honolulu, Hawaii 96820
    Phone: (808) 483-2750 Fax: 808-483-2823. If you want to send an e-mail, call the office and ask a staffer how to submit it.

    Alas, off to work – a really long day. Work,dental appointment, work, car repairs again, and basketball tonight. We’re really looking forward to No. Colorado meet-up this evening as well as the BIG BYU game this Friday.

    Is the Wahine volleyball match on the radio this afternoon at 5 pm? Hard to believe that today’s a wrap for the regular season..

    Anyone organizing AwayGate parties for either the San Jose game on Saturday or the WAC volleyball playoffs next week? What time does the football game start here in Hawai`i?

  178. royvic November 16, 2009 8:16 am

    DENVER – Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis, Nevada safety Jonathon Amaya and Boise State kick returner Titus Young were named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.

    Pettis, a junior from Anaheim, Calif. (Lutheran HS), caught eight passes for 123 yards and four touchdowns in Boise State’s 63-25 win over Idaho. The four touchdown receptions tied a school record and gave him a nation-best 14 on the season, also setting a new school record. The touchdowns came from 4, 8, 20 and 14 yards with the first three coming in the first half. It was the first time a WAC player caught four touchdown passes in a game since Hawai’i’s Jason Rivers did it against Washington on Dec. 1, 2007.

    Amaya, a senior from Diamond Bar, Calif. (Diamond Bar HS), recorded a team-high eight tackles (5 solo), including one for a loss, and forced a fumble in Nevada’s 52-14 win over Fresno State. The forced fumble stopped a Bulldog drive late in the third quarter at Nevada’s 10-yard line. Amaya’s play during the game helped hold the nation’s fifth-best rushing offense to just 112 yards, 138 below their average entering the contest.

    Young, a junior from Los Angeles, Calif. (University HS), returned three kickoffs for 130 yards in the game against Idaho. After Idaho had scored with 27 seconds left in the first half, Young took the ensuing kickoff deep in the endzone and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. The return tied the school record set by John Broadous (also against Idaho) in 1981.

    Others nominated on offense: junior wide receiver Greg Salas, Hawai’i; Nevada’s offensive line; and sophomore running back Robert Turbin, Utah State.

    Also nominated on defense: senior cornerback Kyle Wilson, Boise State; senior linebacker Blaze Soares, Hawai’i; sophomore linebacker Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech; junior defensive back Davon House, New Mexico State; and junior safety Rajric Coleman, Utah State.

    Other special teams nominations included: freshman punter Alex Dunnachie, Hawai’i; freshman kicker Matt Nelson, Louisiana Tech; and junior placekicker Ricky Drake, Nevada.


  179. royvic November 16, 2009 8:19 am

    for the wac football coaches teleconferences

    every monday

    this site

  180. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 8:30 am

    Thanks for the updates Royvic

  181. royvic November 16, 2009 8:31 am

    Re-Michelle Wie

    On MW winning her first tournament I look at last summer’s interview in which she basically answered the question as to when she’d break the ice in achieving her first LPGA win: “It’ll be what it will be.”

    Where every one else was pressing her to win her first tournament her response was: “It’ll come when it comes.”

    What she did was put the least amount of pressure on her self this year. And most of her pre tournament interviews followed the theme of: “I want to go out there and have fun.”

    She did. She has. And way to go MW.

    My favorite quote I heard following her win: “This is a great win for Stanford this weekend”. As the ever so gracious MW wanted to share the stage with her football brothers. Very nice MW, well said.

  182. James November 16, 2009 8:35 am

    You’re right Stephen … four more games. Forget the past. The season is not over. The team has just started the next leg and gotten its act together. Make every game count. What the last two games showed: the team has depth. It has good athletes ready to show their stuff. QB Shane Austin looked good in the second half. He would be a good complement to Bryant Moniz to give the offense a lift in the third quarter if Moniz is not connecting. Others too. Let’s see what the back up punter and kicker can do too. Nothing to lose. Get them into the game. Coach Mac may find some gems. What players do in practice and in the real game are two very different situations. It’s like sending soldiers out to war which is what it is in the trenches and the field testing their mettles. The back-ups going into the game are doing an incredible job … Medeiros, Ornellas, etc. Winning after all is a team effort, the entire team … coaches and …. ahh fans! Go Warriors!

  183. Pomai November 16, 2009 8:56 am

    I really like that kid Austin Pettis he is a really good receiver, good hands.

  184. JK November 16, 2009 9:07 am

    I still think JJ is an amazing coach and what he did at SMU is bringing back memories of UH in his first year. We should be proud of his accomplishments. Maybe Coach Mac will bring that level of excitement back but he needs players and we may need to suffer a few years but we need to develop a young pipeline of freshman and sophomores so we are not killed every other year. SMU looks good for years to come with the young talent they have..we can learn from them.

  185. royvic November 16, 2009 9:10 am

    Re-Play calling

    Third down conversion UH has made 54/114 for a 47.37 percentage ranking them at 15 in the nation.

    Converting 45% of third down plays is considered good.

    Making the right call in the clutch UH has. And to whom it is attributed towards, whether it’s Rolo or through the committee the team is doing a good job in this area.

  186. Slugger November 16, 2009 9:26 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    I don’t think I’ll make the Na Koa lunch. Enjoy!

  187. Manoa Mist November 16, 2009 9:36 am

    I remember doing weekly press releases and getting quotes from Coach Tomey as a student assistant in the SID department. Although he always said the same thing, Tomey was really a nice guy who cared about his players and UH students, too.
    Then one day I was walking by practice and Coach had two lineman by their face masks and he was bashing their heads together. I think they had started fighting and Coach wasn’t too happy. For a nice guy, Tomey could be intense.
    After that, it was “yes sir Coach” and “no sir Coach” from me!

  188. royvic November 16, 2009 9:37 am

    Re-K5 football broadcast

    I hope they make better changes in the future. During last Saturday’s broadcast, and if interpreted it correctly the last one of the year, it was announced that the producer (Schmidt? of 26 years was stepping down/retiring/or let go-), who won’t be back next year.

    Whomever the new producer of the K5 football broadcast is I hope they realize there’s a big room for improvement. When I watch HS football O16 I’m thoroughly entertained and informed. With K5 I don’t feel that way.

    What O16 does well is that they give the viewers a lot of sideline reporting, with Jenn (?) doing a great job. And likewise with Dave V. They also give great commentary and analysts between the broadcasters. And time to time O16 brings in a special guest up into the booth.

    With K5, compared to O16, you get less.

  189. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 10:00 am


    What makes you think we don’t have the talent? We have tons of young talent.. problem is, they’re young and untested yet. But if the 4th QB is any indication of the direction we are taking, we are in good hands.

  190. Kekoa November 16, 2009 10:46 am

    royvic ~ I must agree with you @ 189. These are very timely sideline reports that occur soon after a key period of play. The comments from the booth are shared between Kanoa and Larry in a fair assessment of both teams. HDTV…brings it right into your living room!

  191. John November 16, 2009 11:59 am

    In truth, immediately i didn’t understand the essence. But after re-reading all at once became clear.

  192. JK November 16, 2009 1:19 pm


    i think we have talent…but i don’t know if we have a large amount of youngsters with talent that will carry us over the years. to be a consistent top 40 team you shouldn’t be rebuilding you need to reload and start the pipeline like boise and smu is doing. how many times have we had 1-2 good seasons then a poor one….with JJ we had a bunch of good seasons but now that we don’t have his expertise we better get some talent. i will BELIEVE when i see it. we can see the true coaching ability of coach when he has the talent.

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