Ralph wins baseball tickets

Avis’ sister, Denise Fong, has selected Ralph as the winner of six tickets to tonight’s baseball game.

Thanks again for playing:


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Safety Aulola Tonga, who was on the travel roster for all but one road trip last year, said there is a possibility he might delay plans to go on a church mission. His plans called for starting a two-year mission this summer.

The Warriors believe Tonga has the frame to play anywhere from safety to defensive end.


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Sure, we’ve heard the whispered scenarios. But by law, the vacancy for the director of player personnel is open to all qualified applicants and  does not necessarily have to go to a staff member. (In fact, twice when UH tried a similar type of move — in 2001 and 2007 — the jobs went to people who were not the expected leading candidates.)

Because the job entails mostly recruiting, how about these as candidates:

• Dick Tomey. He knows Hawaii. Heck, he lives in Hawaii. And he knows how to recruit.

• Sam Papalii. When he was a competing recruiter, Papalii was referred to as “Darth Vader” because of his aggressive tactics. Papalii is great at evaluating talent and, most of all, he usually gets his man.

• Jackson Wheeler. Isn’t he a basketball associate coach? Sure. But he knows talent. He brought Ikaika Alama-Francis to the UH campus. He has contacts across the country. He knows how to recruit. And, most of all, he knows how to get on recruits to do the work necessary to become eligible. I can’t name one of his recruits who didn’t make it into school, and this is a guy who recruits JCs and internationally.

• Doris Sullivan. Face it. She’s already doing the job. For 500 schools.

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It is disturbing that the UH athletic department’s accumulated deficit — think of it as a charge card bill — is approaching eight figures.

What to do … what to do …

Since the Regents won’t consider student fees until the chancellor makes a proposal, and she’s not making a proposal, then let’s figure out some money-making ideas. How about this:

• Hold a big concert in the Stan Sheriff Center, with proceeds going to the athletic department. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’ve heard rumblings that UH isn’t supposed to compete against the Blaisdell. But there already have been concerts held in SSC — Christina Aguilera, New Hope — and, besides, this is an election year. Think Mufi is going to sue?

• June Jones didn’t lobby to change the UH nickname and logo because he didn’t like rainbows. He ushered the change because he wanted UH to sell more T-shirts. The H logo was brilliant, and the accompanying on-field success made it profitable. Only UH screwed up the rights fee. So JJ came back with the eo na toa line, which would sell more T-shirts, only this time the profits would go to the athletic department. He tried to give the rights to the previous AD, but when nothing was done, JJ just did the marketing on his own. So let’s steal JJ’s plan. Rebranding means more T-shirt sales. This time, let’s hold a contest. The student who designs the best Warrior logo gets free tuition. The athletic department then can keep the copyrights to the design, and sell their own T-shirts. Might as well use that Asian market that’s always being discussed.

• Want a cut of the concessions? Do what clubs and teams do: Work the concession. OK, the profits aren’t very big. But after three years of work, my daughters’ class was able to pay for the senior class trip. And it would be kind of nice to see Donovan, Clapp and McNamara making the garlic fries.


  1. Pomai February 18, 2010 8:51 am

    Am I first

  2. Pomai February 18, 2010 8:52 am

    Hot dang made it

  3. Pomai February 18, 2010 8:52 am

    Brought over from the last post!

    Just read the article on the budget, isn’t it kind of odd that in 2001 we where in the black to the tune of 2,169,204. The very year that the fumbler was hired we then went in the red for 296,719, then every year after went deeper in debt, an the year he left we where in the red to the tune of 5,418,715, an the kicker is he got a bonus. He was very smart to work out the agreement of not being able to be sued. But then again can the manipulation of figures to collect that bonus be considered fraud?

  4. Pomai February 18, 2010 8:53 am

    As far as the coaching changes I really don’t care, I trust Mack to make the right choices to get us a winning team.

  5. papajoe2 February 18, 2010 8:54 am

    made top 5

  6. papajoe2 February 18, 2010 8:57 am

    “Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  7. NYUH February 18, 2010 9:03 am

    Interesting discussion of Pac-10 QBs

    Barkley can best gain by losing – weight that is. If he can drop a few pounds, he will be less likely to get dropped by onrushing defenders. He is listed at 6-2, 230. But he looks barely 6-1 and is probably closer to 240.

  8. Maverick February 18, 2010 9:03 am

    Tomey has always been “Tops” to me.
    Tough for his tenure to get SJSU to levels that would keep them happy.
    Needed to step down.
    Time to retire.

    Could be a great comeback for announcing the UH games with Pops Leahey for K5

  9. Colomaohana February 18, 2010 9:03 am

    Huh? Top 10 and it’s already after 9:00 am?? WTH??

    Where you all at?

  10. Bokal February 18, 2010 9:07 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  11. Slugger February 18, 2010 9:09 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Reading the last blog to catch up.

    I’m with Pomai, gotta wait and see what kind of hire the Coach can make. It is an open posting…not an internal posting. Hope it turns out as they plan.

  12. midori7 February 18, 2010 9:12 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

    Lots of UH games this weekend: GO BOWS/WARRIORS/WAHINE!

  13. Maverick February 18, 2010 9:15 am

    “Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  14. Maverick February 18, 2010 9:16 am

    Baseball season opener takes away that sinking feel of no football.

    Swing away!

  15. Kazz February 18, 2010 9:27 am

    It is disturbing that the UH athletic department’s accumulated deficit — think of it as a charge card bill — is approaching eight figures.

    What to do … what to do …

    Since the Regents won’t consider student fees until the chancellor makes a proposal, and she’s not making a proposal, then let’s figure out some money-making ideas.

    Sorry ST, seems like the most efficient thing to do is to pressyre Chancellor Hinshaw to MAKE A DAMN PROPOSAL!!! IMPOSE THE FEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Pomai February 18, 2010 9:28 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  17. Kazz February 18, 2010 9:32 am

    Unless something changed, the online poll on the front of the Adverstiser does NOT list “student fees” as a solution to the athletic department deficit.

    Only boneheaded suggestions like: “cutting a sport” or “dropping athletics all together” were offered options.

    What the hell is that???

    I voted on the increased fundraising option as did the vast majority of others, but the most realistic solution and one that is to be guaranteed to be a consistent source of revenue is the student fees.


  18. rage777 February 18, 2010 9:32 am

    What about a “Save UH” concert where all the best bands can do a concert at Aloha Stadium, and an after party at SSC. That way since the stadium authority will take some money from the concert, at least all the money from the after party will go to UH. All the singers/bands/groups go to the SSC and sign autographs, take pictures, etc. UH can arrage buses from SSC to Aloha Stadium for those attending the after party, that way they don’t have to drive/park at Aloha Stadium. They can arrange limos to drive the singers/bands/groups to Aloha Stadium and back. They could arrange a DVD of the concert to sell at the Rainbowtique.

  19. Tai February 18, 2010 9:34 am

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  20. Maverick February 18, 2010 9:35 am

    I thought I was the only one that though the HA polls were 10 yds short of a first down with their options of choosing an appropriate answer.
    CNN is starting to conduct better polls than HA, and I’m not being kind to CNN.

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid February 18, 2010 9:43 am

    Yep, that poll was pretty lame.

    Gotta admit, that “H” logo is pretty tough to beat. And why would you want to restrict the contest to UH students only? I am sure there are plenty of talented UH grads in the design field who could do a nice job with a new logo. *COUGHaddahknowjoeCOUGH* 😉

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid February 18, 2010 9:45 am

    I wanna see Tonga on the field. Nuff said.

  23. GRM February 18, 2010 9:53 am

    We used to pay ASUH student fees in the early 60’s when I went to UH. Chancellor Hinshaw, bring back the fees. PLEASE help the athletic department.

  24. Kazz February 18, 2010 9:58 am


    With the kind of MORONS that bother to respond to the flamers and trolls that occupy the story comment sections, the Advertiser would have gotten more responses if they provided these type of poll options to feed off the ignorant garbage those non-UH fans bother to spew:

    -Get rid of UH athletics (already there)

    -Destroy Title 9

    -Who cares?

    -Get rid of UH athletics (did I mention that already)

    -Can I get a free trip to Vegas?

    -I miss June Jones waaaahhhh waaaahhh waaaahhhh… 🙄

    -It’s Jim Donovan’s fault.

    Considering the type of fools that converse on the comment section of the Advertiser website, I’m sure they’d generate THREE times the amount of interest.

  25. Pomai February 18, 2010 10:00 am

    I have said it before and I will say it again, JD needs to listen to some of the fans for ways to raise money for the dept.

  26. Kazz February 18, 2010 10:03 am


    Apparently it seems that the CHANCELLOR needs to start listening to the cries of “IMPOSE THE FEE, MAKE A PROPOSAL” in addition to UHAD taking in and considering public options within the abilities and current resources of the athletic department.

  27. Stephen Tsai February 18, 2010 10:05 am

    OK, I’m a cynic, but I don’t get alarmed because the creditors have been paid. Now it’s a matter of paying back UH. Like I said, the accumulated deficit is a credit-card bill. Unless UH tells the athletic department: Pay us back in full right now or we’re shutting down your program, I imagine you can keep the balance going for a long time.
    The country is, like, a trillion in debt. It’s not like we’re selling off Yosemite to pay off the lenders.

  28. al February 18, 2010 10:06 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  29. Kazz February 18, 2010 10:07 am


    I think ST meant a “secondary/alternate” logo just for UH football like how JJ uses the Ikaika warrior helmet and spears for his SMU Mustangs.

    So I guess with that comparison our secondary Warrior logo can make no damn sense or culture-relavant connections… but I digress… 😆

  30. BigIslandkurt February 18, 2010 10:08 am

    Yeh, that bradduh Addahknowjoe get crazy artistic skillz. If you don’t know, ya betta ask somebody!


  31. A-House February 18, 2010 10:09 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play”

  32. A-House February 18, 2010 10:10 am


    #3 – sounds like the change of US Presidents from Clinton to GWB!!

    Do we have 2 “fumblers”?

    Yee, gads!!!!!!

  33. al February 18, 2010 10:10 am

    having aulola tonga in uniform this year would be nice.
    having aulola tonga in uniform after two years in mission would be just as nice.

  34. Kazz February 18, 2010 10:11 am

    I don’t trust creditors. 😎

    I don’t trust myself. Luckily for me, I create enough pressure and stress not to put myself into too much of a hole.

    But yes, even creditors will let you run a balance for a long time, heck it’s more interest and profit for them, but still getting lulled into that false sense of relaxation will bite one in da okole.

  35. ty1hawaii February 18, 2010 10:13 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  36. al February 18, 2010 10:14 am

    dick tomey!??

    wow, stephen. i am sure that’s a name that mack wouldn’t want to see applying for the position. that definitely would upset the applecart.

    how could they exclude him?

    come to think of it i wouldn’t put it past tomey to apply either.

  37. A-House February 18, 2010 10:17 am

    I, personally, hold a grudge against Dick tomey when he refused to list Hawaii in his balloting during the 2007 season – don’t know why as UH represented the WAC for which he was a part of.

  38. hbomb February 18, 2010 10:24 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  39. A-House February 18, 2010 10:25 am

    Recuriting all of Asia:

    Perhpas using the late Father Bray’s philosophy would help – small Asian student, go to baseball or track – large polynesian, go football.

    Thus, recruiting should be centered to baseball, basket ball, volley ball, golf, tennis, swimming/diving, and defensive back/wide receiver.

    And, never pass up the talented, skilled, “honors” student, large Asian male for LB, OL, or DL.

    Many see the “English language barrier” as the primary factor in “qualifying” them for UH – heck, is that’s the problem, start an English language class in the Far East using all students who want to participate – is there not a current program in Japan for this? forgot what it’s called.

    Just supplement it with “wholesale” instructors. Many other business benefits besides sports.

  40. al February 18, 2010 10:33 am

    ahouse…if i am not mistaken. japan’s high schools make it mandatory to have a course in english language as part of their curriculum.

    and many of the chinese institutions are promoting that same effort.

  41. SteveM February 18, 2010 10:33 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  42. Da Punchbowl Kid February 18, 2010 10:34 am


    Your #39 makes sense! We all know that Japan has some stud baseball players. I wonder what the college competition is like there vs. in the US? Could better competion here be a selling point to attract recruits? Korea has some players too.

  43. al February 18, 2010 10:34 am

    ahouse….but, it was dick who helped put us on the d1 map.

  44. d1島 February 18, 2010 10:41 am

    “If you owe the bank thousands, then you have a problem. If you owe the bank millions, then the bank has a problem.”

  45. al February 18, 2010 10:41 am

    japan would frown upon a collegiate baseball athlete who opted to go outside of japan to play in a foreign college baseball program. that would also put a huge damper on his future aspirations in the japanese pro game.

  46. al February 18, 2010 10:43 am

    les murakami did more to bridge the asian market back in the day. he would routinely schedule a japanese university for both exhibition series as well as the rainbow tournament.

  47. Pomai February 18, 2010 10:44 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play. “

  48. Pomai February 18, 2010 10:51 am

    #45 al

    Yeah but all it would take is just one good one, and the flood gates would open!!! UH is closer to MLB than Japan…..

  49. d1島 February 18, 2010 10:54 am

    I have a map?

  50. d1島 February 18, 2010 10:57 am

    Of course it’s his decision, but if Aulola Tonga has the “frame” to play from S to DE perhaps the two-years on mission may allow time for the full development into the latter. Then he can focus on just one position.

  51. d1島 February 18, 2010 10:57 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

    If I win, give ’em to A-house.

  52. kama krab February 18, 2010 11:11 am

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  53. Pomai February 18, 2010 11:18 am

    ” Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  54. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 18, 2010 11:23 am


    A couple of years ago, I saw a PBS documentary about youth and young adult Japanese baseball. I was seriously impressed with how they approach the sport. No wonder The Majors recruit in Japan. I’ll try to track it down and see if it is available on DVD or watchable on the PBS website.

    I like the idea of a concert at the Stan Sheriff Center. How about some sort of carnival outside with the various teams running the booths? Maybe not a full-on EK Fernandez carnival, but at least with food and a dunking booth, hit-a-mole booth, etc.

    Please take the time to call or e-mail Virginina Hinshaw’s office and urge her to support establishing a student ACTIVITY fee. The phone number is 956-7651; her e-mail addresses are: vhinshaw@hawaii.edu or virginia.hinshaw@hawaii.edu.

    It would also be very helpful if you contact your state legislator in both the Senate and the House and ask her or him to get involved in this as well. Once the resolutions are introduced urging the Regents to work with the Chancellor to establish a student activity fee, I’ll post the relevant information about submitting testimony.

    Trust me on this one – if no one from the “general public” speaks up, nothing will happen. Posting comments here on the blog does not count. Only phone calls, written testimony, and testifying at public hearings do.

  55. Ralph February 18, 2010 11:26 am

    Put me in coach, i’m ready to play

  56. d1島 February 18, 2010 11:39 am

    Can huli huli chicken and Zippy’s chili sales be on the horizon?

  57. hilo65 February 18, 2010 11:45 am

    Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!

    (story of my life)

  58. duffer (iPhone) February 18, 2010 11:46 am

    @44 & d1


  59. Da Punchbowl Kid February 18, 2010 11:47 am

    Howzit Billy!

    I know das you. Am I right?

  60. Buffoman February 18, 2010 11:51 am

    This is my suggestion to rasie “real ongoing dollars”

    Charge student fees. I know they don’t want to do it but there is a way.

    The athletes and their smal but loyal band of follower students will do concerts and rallys. At these rallys there will be folks either like minded students or the athletes themselves who will put themselves up to run for the UH senate. get enough folks to take over the majority for the current eggheads who just go to school, have no spirit and only want things their way (Even cut down that big old tree that got history for some new facility for student services).

    Okay, so they all vote for each other, get others to vote for them and now dominate teh UH Senate. Then go tell Hinshaw we want to institute student fees.

    This is an ongoing income stream. If they have, a fiscally sound business plan, augmented by smart fund raising activity and winning programs, they can have abetter shot at staying afloat. Fund raising alone will not do it. We don’t have the kind of base that will generate a couple of million or more annually. BUT, if there are student fees in place as the majority of universities have in place, it more realistic to say they can get and stay in the black.

    That other thing about Asia. I think it’s a terrific idea and I have another one that would incorporate that thought.

    Sorry, got a little crazy, but again, I did propose getting our own airplane.

  61. LizKauai m/ February 18, 2010 12:00 pm


    Thanks for the video, PL!


  62. A-House February 18, 2010 12:06 pm


    Yes, Japan has the English requirement in all high schools, but nearly all the teachers are Japanese and the American standard pronounciations are terrible – that’s why they have American students who sign up for a 3-year appointments with the possibility of extension – no requirement to have a teaching degree – only that the person is well versed in the English language (primarily being able to pronounce the words correctly)

    our nephew in California went over for 5 years and all of his group was sent to “rural” Japan to give students the opportunity to learn correctly.

    this could be a “boon” for Hawaii if UH and the State really wants to make in-roads into Japan and the rest of Asia

    as for “Dick”, it don’t matter as he had the entire season to place Hawaii in the top 25 and NADA, NADA!!! – only the last action counts – just like going to a up-scale restaurant, the dessert is served last because they want customers to leave with a favorable impression (if it is WONDERFUL)

  63. A-House February 18, 2010 12:08 pm


    THANKS, EH!!!

  64. A-House February 18, 2010 12:14 pm


    Mrs A-House would be a perfect sensei as she speaks perfect American Standard English and knows English – you, subject, verb, objective and all dat stuff!

    But, I don’t think she will leave us for that opportunity.

  65. Ride da Pine February 18, 2010 12:18 pm

    “Son, have a seat, you’re not ready to play!”

  66. Bowwar February 18, 2010 12:23 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  67. d1島 February 18, 2010 12:37 pm

    Start the hype now! BOR okays raise in ticket prices for the USC game.

    The University of HawaiI Board of Regents voted to allow the athletic department to re-set some maximum ticket pricing ranges today.
    The approval will let UH raise the cost of some sideline tickets for the Sept. 2 football season opener against Southern California from $38 to $50.

  68. al February 18, 2010 12:40 pm

    pomai…for an aspiring baseball player from japan to go from uh to the minor leagues to the major leagues….well, the odds would be totally stacked against him.

    foreign land, food, language, custome and culture, etc. remain obstacles.

    whereas, if they starred in the japan collegiate leagues they have a direct and nearly automatic pipeline to the japan pro leagues.

    these days, every major league organization has scouts in japan for the expressed purpose of landing the next ichiro, matsui, okajima, et al. currently, there are 15 major leaguers who hail from the land of the rising sun all of whom went via the japan pro leagues through college in japan.

  69. al February 18, 2010 12:47 pm

    the boston red sox have three pitchers from japan. no coincidence here, the area/signing scout is wally komatsubara who primarily covers hawaii with reaches to the orient as well.

  70. al February 18, 2010 12:49 pm

    coming out of high school, i figured that aulola tonga would outgrow his defensive back profile. i thought he would eventually become a fine linebacker as long as he kept his speed and great agility.

  71. anonymous February 18, 2010 12:58 pm

    Re-Coach Mack’s hiring process

    Let me get this straight. There’s an application process, but the hope is that in preserving the current coaching staff nobody from the outside gets hired. Otherwise if a new face comes in that would spell the end of the line for one of the current coaches. But since the head coach has intimated that none of the current coaches are leaving,and since they’ve reached their cap of the number of coaches they can hire, then they the likeliness of someone from the outside being hired is nil.

    Just by going on what’s been said and leaked to the media by unnamed sources is the above statement that I wrote seem ingenious?

    Furthermore if a person applying for the open position looks at media reports of Coach Lumpkin moving to director of player personal. And the current director, Tuioti, moving to DL coach then wouldn’t that be suggestive that the application process is prejudiced, especially when you add in the fact that the head coach has conveyed that none of his current coaches are leaving.

    And for an outsider thinking about applying for this position don’t be fooled into thinking this an equal opportunity. Because the head has already cherry picked whom he wants to be shuffled within his staff.

  72. Ralph February 18, 2010 12:59 pm

    I wonder if the mormons in Hawaii are allowed to serve their two year mission in Hawaii. Can’t play ball but in the evenings when time permits, they can use the weight room and watch video to learn the system.

  73. chawan_cut February 18, 2010 1:01 pm

    thanks again jm2375!

  74. Ralph February 18, 2010 1:04 pm

    Yup lots of cherry picking. All pickings in Hawaii is cherry picking, from BOR, Head coaches, UH President, how, stuff the selection committee with the downtown hui/old boy network cherry pickers.

  75. al February 18, 2010 1:08 pm

    what makes you think those things don’t happen elsewhere?

  76. Manoa Mist February 18, 2010 1:13 pm

    That’s what I like about Stephen Tsai. He doesn’t just yak about the problems, he offers solutions. I like all the solutions, except bringing in the UH basketball recruiter. Have you seen UH play lately?

  77. al February 18, 2010 1:15 pm

    but the head coach has never made a statement about who is going where. he stated that none of the current staff was leaving.

    the early media hype by some and not all media types have never quoted the head coach, his superiors, or any of the current staff. those reporters have only alluded that they hear this from folks close to the program and nothing more.

    therefore, to go off the edge as some of you are, is making a mountain out of a molehill, again.

    unfortunately, there are reporters in the business who like to be the first to publish a “scoop”. some have in the past in doing so ended with egg in their face.

    i am glad that this reporter(st) lays the truth down.

  78. Pomai February 18, 2010 1:16 pm

    al if we don’t try then we don’t know? half empty or half full?

  79. Pomai February 18, 2010 1:16 pm


    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  80. Ralph February 18, 2010 1:20 pm

    I don’t think anyone mentioned that it, cherry picking, doesn’t happen elsewhere. What is being said is that the process is flawed, if UH wants to represent itself as in equal opportunity employer. Why have a process of advertising a position, be it for a coach, a faculty member, staffing, etc. then during the wait period the hiring department sends out suttle messages that we got who we want so don’t bother to apply because we are just going through the motions of employment to comply as an equal opportunity employer.

  81. Ralph February 18, 2010 1:24 pm

    as I posted earlier, timing and perception is everything, Mac should have kept his mouth shut, waited for the paper work to be complete, the time line met, then announce who got the positions. No questions asked. Why, the process was tendered and followed law or procedure, and it is his prerogertive to pick from the applicants. Due process, isn’t that what it’s called. Timing and perception Mac, timing and perception, not very transparent, but very apparent that it’s already fixed.

  82. Ralph February 18, 2010 1:26 pm

    who initiated the need to post all hirings and the time line before someone is a state hire. Was it due to nepotism, favoritism, politics, who you know, all of the above.

  83. SteveM February 18, 2010 1:28 pm

    I received a message from Tom Mui last night. At the time he was two days out from Singapore on the Azamara Quest (used to be a Renaissance line ship). Said the 700 passengers and crew is great.

    Tom’s insights into cruising Northern Europe (and the Far East) is in demand right now. Standby for a possible Cruiser’s Call lunch in early March…but remember, on land you will need $15 and a few hours. After all, cruisers eat 24/7 for free. 😐

  84. Ralph February 18, 2010 1:34 pm

    Al the positions are advertised. No one is leaving. UH is maxed out in total assistant coaches. He is reassigning position coaches. So why are the new applicants applying, those who currently are not on staff, there are no positions available, we gave the same people who will be in different job descriptions.

  85. Chee! February 18, 2010 1:37 pm

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  86. Ralph February 18, 2010 1:42 pm


  87. SteveM February 18, 2010 1:45 pm

    RE: #81

    Ralph — yesterday, ST said that Mack wouldn’t tell him. Probably true. But like in a large office– the news of changes is hard to contain because whoever is affected might tell others their fortune/misfortune. They might be overheard. The more people affected, the greater the chance of “leak” as friends tell their friends. We probably saw that yesterday.

  88. Slugger February 18, 2010 1:49 pm

    Thank you, jm2375, for the MVB tickets. I’ll yell for you, too.

    UH needs to implement a student activities fee that allows students to get into games free. I believe NAU uses the $25 per semester activity fee to both support the Recreation Center that all students have access to, as well as free admission to athletic events. I would love to see more students at the games. Increases the energy level.

    Esme & out…

  89. LizKauai m/ February 18, 2010 1:57 pm

    Ralph… here is a happy pill for you… 😆

    Like ST says… announcement is forthcoming.
    Other sources are expounding conjecture and speculation. We’ll find out what we need to know when we need to know.

    Until then, GO WARRIORS!

  90. d1島 February 18, 2010 2:02 pm


  91. d1島 February 18, 2010 2:03 pm


  92. kama krab February 18, 2010 2:03 pm

    Eh all I gotta say is,

    The law is the law. Wether you have someone in mind for the job or not, you need to follow the law or else you’ll have bigger problems then just trying to fill a position.

    Oh and one more thing,

    Certain people really gotta relax because as ST had said yesterday whether the choices have been predetermined or not, if someone comes around that is a can’t miss then all predetermined thoughts go out the door.

    All I can say is chill cause if wasn’t for this blog and other blogs we would not have known about any of this anyway.

  93. kama krab February 18, 2010 2:10 pm

    Oh and if all hirings in Hawaii are cherry pickings,

    Then why don’t anybody do anything about it or have they been cherry picked for position once or twice in there lives. Just saying.

    You can call the system flawed all you like but it is different depending on who you talk to. Oh and every system is flawed so really what is the big difference. If we do not have people that are willing to fix the flaws then we really have nothing to grumble about because the grumbling will be a whole lot of hot air and hot air will get us nowhere.

  94. Old Diver February 18, 2010 2:14 pm

    The problem in not that the advertised coaching positions will be cherry picked. The problem is why doesn’t Coach Mack have the right to pick whom he wants to be his assistants without jumping though hoops. And anyway isn’t Mack going to decide who is hired? Makes no sense to put Marilyn on a football assistant coach selection committee or even have a committee at that.

  95. Stephen Tsai February 18, 2010 2:17 pm

    Manoa Mist:
    I brought up Jackson’s name because I was impressed that all of his recruits — whether you like them or not — make it into school. (Not sure what happens when they get there.)
    It makes it easier to plan.
    Which is what I really hate about signing date being in February. That just leaves too much time for someone to not qualify. I really think signing date should be moved back to April, that way there’s a clearer feel of whether a player is a qualifier. It also will allow for a more relaxed recruiting procedure. It’s pretty difficult, I imagine, to recruit while preparing for a big game.
    And by waiting until April, then it takes the emotions out of it. Offers or, worse, non-offers won’t be influenced by all-star selections.

  96. kama krab February 18, 2010 2:18 pm

    SteveM’s post #87,

    Has alot of validity to it. Thinks will always get leaked one way or another, whether it is from the person itself or through people that where part of the conversation. Whether one keeps his/her mouth shut about things doesn’t matter because there will always be that one person who is going to open there mouth and there nothing the head person can do about it. So the best thing to do is give tidbits but keep the real specifics to yourself until you are ready to give the whole story or until you are ready to hire someone.

    This is the 21st century, nothing is a secret anymore.

  97. al February 18, 2010 2:18 pm

    all govt positions, c&c, state, feds and other public agencies are mandated by their hr depts rules, regs, and by laws that any permanent job vacancy must be posted publicly.

    they also should follow past practices, so if any high profile positions become available they need to be advertised in newspapers and online as it were done previously. there is no hide n seek in this respect.

    whomever is hired needs to have met the minimum qualifications. the person signing off on the hire usually includes a rating of all candidates and a brief narrative as to why so and so was hired. often in high profile positions a ranked list of the top three candidates are also provided by the selection board if one exists for this announcement or from the hiring principal (mack in this case). then, the person ultimately responsible for the hire signs off in agreement or disagreement. in this case, i would imagine that donovan is that person.

    sooner or later this job vacancy announcement would have hit the street before an applicant was hired. therefore, i believe that mack was proper in bringing this up publicly rather than have the appearance of hiding something which eventually would have been surfaced by some over zealous reporter looking to capture the limelight as it did happen in the broadcast media and other print media yesterday.

  98. Stephen Tsai February 18, 2010 2:20 pm

    Old Diver:
    Mack, in this case, can choose whomever. Or at least make the recommendation.
    But what he is not allowed to do is make a decision without reviewing all of the applicants.
    Again, it would be naive to think he doesn’t have his preferences. But this is a state university, and fair-hiring laws require equal consideration. At least everyone has to go through the procedures.
    Remember, if you get sued under anti-trust laws, the damages are tripled.

  99. Stephen Tsai February 18, 2010 2:26 pm

    I also view this as baseball’s waiver wire format.
    You advertise, and if for some reason, you don’t like how it’s turning out, you always can withdraw.
    Mack isn’t bound into making any moves; he will, no doubt, but he’s not bound to it. He can say, nah nah nah, and withdraw the job postings.

  100. al February 18, 2010 2:26 pm

    kama krab, old diver…..absolutely!

    i spent many a year in a govt agency environment. i had hired hundreds during that tenure. from janitors to directors the basic principal/process is the same. dot your i’s and cross your t’s, if you don’t then some person will file a grievance/law suit for non-selection.

    it is what it is. one in this position must do due diligence.

    in some cases, logic says you hire the guy/gal you want however, protocol dictates another choice. these are the nuances that come with the game.

    take it or leave it.

    you ain’t gonna change it.

  101. d1島 February 18, 2010 2:31 pm

    Kinda risky….if Mack selects that “can’t miss” applicant over the “pre-ordained” selectee, what happens to his credibility with his present staff?




  102. Pomai February 18, 2010 2:32 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  103. Stephen Tsai February 18, 2010 2:35 pm


    Great reading of the situation, except Mack hasn’t said anything publicly.
    Now other media entities have made proclamations about what they expect will happen. There is a strong reason to believe all of the speculation will prove to be true. Only thing is that nothing is for certain until the procedure runs its course. If not, that’s collusion, and quite unlawful.
    The danger of citing unnamed sources isn’t that they are incorrect; the danger is that they’re not accountable.

  104. al February 18, 2010 2:35 pm

    back to football…

    st, are there any current warriors being considered for the running back position since we didn’t recruit any this year and only two have any real game experience??

    alex “mean” green, sr
    chizzy “make u dizzy” dimude, sr
    kainoa “bull” carlson, jr
    “hulk” hogan rosehill, so
    “big” jon “blister” lister, fr

    i am thinking waylon lolotai?

  105. d1島 February 18, 2010 2:36 pm


    Wat? Centerfield?


  106. anonymous February 18, 2010 2:37 pm

    so if the media reports are true, citing the 3 reliable sources rule, then the assistant coach moving over to tony position, director of player personal, would have have to fill out an application, too? That would make sense.

    then why didn’t coach mack just make the assistant coach he has in mind into moving into tonys position resign that position so it would give the shuffling and hiring process less of an appearance of impropriety?

    true he can choose whom ever he wants after that but this way would give the appearances of the hiring process less pretense.

  107. al February 18, 2010 2:37 pm

    btw, that running back named turner may be talking to smu these days as all other venues have dried up.

  108. al February 18, 2010 2:39 pm

    the director of personnel position is not an asst coach position.

  109. Old Diver February 18, 2010 2:40 pm

    I was just blowing off some steam. I just can’t figure why some believe hiring someone is fair everywhere else but here. Hiring someone is always is a subjective decision when you have more than one qualified candidate. The hiring process should be fair, but who is hired is subjective. I like the fact that Mack is a strong enough person to make changes when he see’s fit. This is football, feelings are sometimes going to get hurt.

  110. al February 18, 2010 2:56 pm

    one of the most intriguing 2010 recruits to me is christian “bubba” poueu-luna. recruited as a wr he played qb in hs and at safety on occasion. runs a 4.5 is 6’/175.

    he runs well and tough. threw a nice ball in a run oriented offense.

    we picked him up as a wr. but, don’t be surprised if ends at slotback (where our numbers are really thin after this year), running back (again poor numbers), safety (another needy area), or if we ever change our offense, at qb.

  111. Pomai February 18, 2010 2:59 pm

    d1 right on

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

    bench warmer even just

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  112. kama krab February 18, 2010 3:06 pm

    anonymous #106,

    I kind of wonder why Mack didn’t make the assistant resign to. Could it be because whatever those three reliable sources are saying might not happen? Could it be that Mack may actually be looking at bringing in someone from the outside? Could it be that Mack is not going to do anything at all and just suffle responsibilities? Could it be that this whole thing is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors and everyone is making something out of nothing.

    I my opinion I would say just let the process take it’s course and see where we come out cause all of this grumbling and questioning will really go nowhere because the only people that know what is going on is the coaches and the players. If one of them tell then we will know what is going on, if no one tells, then all of this talk is just speculation until Mack does his so called changes and makes his official press release. Besides that, everything else is just a bunch of hot air as they say.

  113. Pomai February 18, 2010 3:07 pm

    d1 they have to be one of the best groups ever…..

  114. kama krab February 18, 2010 3:08 pm


  115. kama krab February 18, 2010 3:10 pm

    Al #110,

    And what makes you think there will be a change in offense anytime soon. Just wondering.

  116. Stephen Tsai February 18, 2010 3:15 pm


    As I understand it, any time there is a move from the coaching staff to a non-coaching position, it has to be advertised.
    So a current coach would have to apply for the personnel director’s job. And vice versa. And that becomes a competition open to everyone.
    Now Mack can reassign duties within the coaching staff without advertising so long as 1) the move doesn’t boost the total salaries for the nine assistants above the current level; 2) one of the coaches doesn’t have to move into a new pay range.

  117. al February 18, 2010 3:17 pm

    kama krab….no speculation on my part.

    but, there are truly now only two schools in college with the original run n shoot offense. limited are the number of coaches who know how to run this offense.

    so, if some coaches here go off and retire or elsewhere for whatever reason or another. who would run the run n shoot?

    surely, there are other spread formations around but none quite like ours. so i am just saying, to put it mildly, if there were an exodus of sorts amongst our coaching staff or in its entirety we would effectively be looking at saying sayonara to the run n shoot as we know it.

    get it?

  118. d1島 February 18, 2010 3:21 pm


    Did you notice the design of Fogarty’s guitar?

    Hit away! 🙂

  119. PIAA DS February 18, 2010 3:24 pm

    Hello All..thanks for the vote of confidence Stephen. Even though I already do practially every job listed on the job announcement/description, apparently I am not qualified for the job. You must have 2 years football coaching experience at h.s. or above. That line was added in after I did an informal interview the last time the job was open. There are many women doing this job across the country for conferences from the Pac10 to the small NAIA schools (no offense gentlemen but its really a job that requires a lot of organizational skills, time management and patience – and women are just better at that..Im ducking, dont throw anything!) hahahaha.

    Believe me, I’d rather be doing the job for UH than 500 schools.

  120. kama krab February 18, 2010 3:31 pm

    PIAA DS,

    Looks like you gotta start coaching football then. Well atleast for 2 years. =) j/k

  121. d1島 February 18, 2010 3:31 pm

    PIAA DS,

    Oftentimes, there is an exemption for “equivalent” experience that can be taken into account.

  122. Pomai February 18, 2010 3:32 pm

    d1 yeah no small ball there

  123. Pomai February 18, 2010 3:34 pm

    d1 who was it that was talking about putting concerts on in the SSC, dey you go!!!!!!!!

    Grans ball barens goin make money

  124. d1島 February 18, 2010 3:35 pm

    ….and if that doesn’t work, show ’em a picture of your son’s “office” 😈

  125. Pomai February 18, 2010 3:35 pm

    Ho keep forgetting

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  126. d1島 February 18, 2010 3:36 pm


    Only if we can make sure he could FIND the arena…

    …the 60’s were murder on brain cells! 😯


  127. al February 18, 2010 3:37 pm

    things i’d like to see next year…

    bring back the haka on a permanent basis. do it right after coming out of the tunnel even if it means coming out five minutes early.

    place the hawaii 5-0 theme elsewhere. perhaps to open the second half or sometime in the fourth quarter.

    prior to coming out of the tunnel have the conch shells blaring. do the chanting intro music thing. (then haka)

    permanent desired attire for every game. for me black works best. everybody got black.

    and of course, the team should always be in the black with green uniforms that made us look so menacing and most attractive to fans across the state and nation.

    be more creative with the warrior fan apparel. bet they could sell more stuff.

    for those who like the green, well, okay. we still make the black the desired home attire always, then sell those inflatable noise maker tubes in dark green with a “h” logo in white/blk. alternative stuff could include dark green pompons. all that green against the black fan apparel shirts. wow.

    and if no can afford noisemakers or pompoms go borrow the green ti leaf from your neighbors yard.

  128. Pomai February 18, 2010 3:39 pm

    #124 d1

    Careful d1 your going to get Kekoa all excited!!!!!

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  129. Maverick February 18, 2010 3:39 pm

    Follow the state law rules.
    It’s all good, ( not efficient, but good)

    Imagine if this process was being directed under the former AD, who dat?

    The process would be gearing up in August….. or maybe Sept.

    It’s all good.
    Coach Mack has his rig in the highest gear, pedal to the metal, making his way ’round the truck stops, not letting any smokies stop his momentum. Watching ‘ole Bandit run.

  130. PIAA DS February 18, 2010 3:52 pm

    D1 – that was a good one! #124! loved it. The “exemption” for equivelent experience didnt work last time, doubt it would this time. Bummer for me. Gotta go back to doing it for 500 other schools. 🙁

  131. Okole Maluna February 18, 2010 3:58 pm

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

    I don’t see why they can’t get student fees. and Why did they stop it in the first place.

    That’s how we use to see all the football and basketball games.
    And we use to line up at Hemingway Hall (some from night before) to get tickets for Fab-5 days. You could also go to theater and concert on campus and Kennedy Center but we’ve never used it for that.

    By charging $100 per student fee UH athletic department’s accumulated deficit will go away Very Quickly!

    I also like (ST) idea of Concession worked by Donovan, Clapp and McNamara making the garlic fries. I will definetly line up and by more fries. I can just see the long lines forming only at their stand…
    so now, They could even make a fast pass line for extra donation. Now that will be a killer as to how much can fast pass fee go up to?

  132. dj February 18, 2010 4:09 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  133. mouthwash February 18, 2010 4:13 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  134. BigIslandkurt February 18, 2010 4:15 pm

    Sista Doris…..
    Is the “two years of coaching football” clause applicable to the recruiting coordinator position too? I thought the recruiting coordinator position is not a coaching position. As per the position announcement, it sure sounds like this is an on-the-field coaching position they are looking for.


  135. Justin February 18, 2010 4:29 pm

    Agree with ya al, commencing with Hawai 5-0 is such a weak way to introduce a team. I can barely hear the band from my seats. Gotta bring back the conch shells and warrior chants. Mack doesn’t have a clue.

  136. Da Punchbowl Kid February 18, 2010 4:45 pm


    Every once in a while, you have some good ideas. Your #127 for example.

    So if you were a coach, what position would you most want to coach?

  137. Da Punchbowl Kid February 18, 2010 4:47 pm

    Garlic fries… MMMMmmmMMM… 🙂

  138. al February 18, 2010 4:49 pm

    justin….thanks eh. when hawaii 5-0 first came out, many locals were rather upset with the series and how it downplayed hpd and our local detectives.

  139. al February 18, 2010 4:50 pm

    dpk…i don’t know if that was a compliment or not.

  140. NYUH February 18, 2010 4:51 pm

    Al: totally agree with everything you said.


    “Put me in play, I’m ready to coach”

  141. bstunna2002 February 18, 2010 4:53 pm

    I think it would be great if the team came out E ALA E

  142. wafan February 18, 2010 5:00 pm


    Up here we do a “Take-Over” of a local restaurant to help raise funds for the kids. For instance, at the local Chez Ronald’s the parents/teachers will go in to help raise cash for the school related organization. They do all the jobs with some assistance from a skeleton-crew of the regular/managerial workers. The profits Chez Ronald’s would have made during that, say four hour take-over, goes directly to the organization.

    SkillsUSA made over $4000 in a couple of take-overs a bunch of years ago. Can you imagine if the coaches and “stars” from each sport showed up at the local eateries? WOW!

  143. d1島 February 18, 2010 5:03 pm

    So what’s wrong with the team taking the field to deafening cheers of 49,000 Warrior fans that drown out the sound any band or PA could possibly make while intimidating the sweet bejesus outta a 1000 or so visiting fans?

  144. kaifrommaui February 18, 2010 5:09 pm

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  145. d1島 February 18, 2010 5:09 pm

    Talk about a tease!

    Our fa-rit sportscaster does a story on tonight’s MVB opponent and piques interest with the coach saying they get 5 Hawaii guys on the team….

    ….5’11”, 5’10”, 5’10”, 5’5″, 5’4″.

  146. wafan February 18, 2010 5:31 pm

    So what is up with Ewa Beach that a veteran is not allowed to fly a US flag at his home?

    Might our Tsai-ko Veterans pay a visit to the association?

  147. PIAA DS February 18, 2010 5:33 pm

    #136 Punchbowl kid…coach? me? how about the cheerleaders! hahahaha, I dont like getting slammed so not the linemen. Probably RB, QB or DB. Favorite positions to watch. My father in law was a QB for Lombardi at Fordham, played DB too. I’d have to have him as my assistant coach!

    #134 BIK – look up the announcement for the Dir of Player personnel. It does indicate 2 years fb coaching experience (or combined education/experience). Like I said, last time I had the qualifications until the job description was changed to add 2 years of football coaching experience then I was no longer qualified. My experience didnt seem to matter then. Oh well such is life! And life is good!

  148. wafan February 18, 2010 5:50 pm

    Hi, Doris!

    I understand the Monarch is doing well flying jets. Congratulations to him and the entire family!

    Go Monarchs/Warriors/’Bows/Rainbows/Rainbow Warriors/Wahine!


  149. Anfield February 18, 2010 5:55 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  150. Slugger February 18, 2010 5:55 pm


    Oooooo, I love E ALA E!

    Off to the SSC to watch men’s volley-bow!


    We have to wait for our fearless leader…

    K, ESME & out….

    PS: Spotted leaving campus on a scooter this afternoon…K.D. & B.R.S. Cute!

  151. d1島 February 18, 2010 5:59 pm


    Were their initials carved in the side of said scooter? 😆


    SCOOTER!?!?Do their coaches know about this? 😯

  152. jm2375 February 18, 2010 6:01 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!

    Interesting discussions here and this am on BC show.

    My take on ways to reduce the deficit:

    1. Institute $100 / semester student fee – half to AD, half to upper campus
    2. Institute $100 / semester student fee – half to AD, half to upper campus
    3. Institute $100 / semester student fee – half to AD, half to upper campus
    4. Institute $100 / semester student fee – half to AD, half to upper campus
    5. Institute $100 / semester student fee – half to AD, half to upper campus

    6. Change mindset of admins & security staff at Rust Bucket & SSC. Let people get a little rowdy and have some fun. The students may come back.

    7. Students were NOT charged admission last year for MVB. It DIDN’T make a difference. They didn’t show up. Need more marketing on upper campus.

    8. AD needs bigger cuts of the pie from concessions & merchandising.

    9. General admission for all sports except football & mbb., i.e. no premium seating.

    10. More butts in the seats means more cars in the parking garage, which means the garage gets paid off faster. After it’s paid off, AD gets all parking revenue from sporting events. (I know about 20 years down the road)

    11. More non-UH revenue producing events in the SSC. PLEASE!!!

    Just my $0.02.

  153. Stepping Into Possibility Thinking February 18, 2010 6:06 pm

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  154. Ralph February 18, 2010 6:08 pm

    Doris I’m sorry to read that the qualifications have changed for the recruiting coordinator to eliminate you as a candidate with your years of experience. Another scratch your head episode at our state university, we can all remember the Ching field turf episode where the contractor’s license requirement was changed to eliminate others who have done the same work.

  155. PONO February 18, 2010 7:12 pm

    Put me in coach I’m ready fo play.

  156. LizKauai (iPhone) February 18, 2010 7:24 pm

    Watching MVB. Where’s Papa tonight?

    We pronounce that Vi-deena here.

    So Why Bother is playing tomorrow night after VB? That’s the duo that beat Ukuleleboi and Second Nature in Band Champs last year.

  157. PIAA DS February 18, 2010 7:35 pm

    thanks wafan. flyboy is doing great! when we were in florida a few weeks ago for his graduation (final one, finally!) we ran into another Damien grad, class of ’84 in training for F22’s. got a nice pic of the both of them together that I sent in to the Damien newsletter. They had fun talking about some of the same teachers and administrators they had. Hope it gets in there!

  158. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 18, 2010 7:40 pm

    C’mon now Warriors!!! Nuff of this child’s play!!! #3 in NAIA still aint nuthin! Put the ball through someone’s face and dominate!!!

  159. LizKauai (iPhone) February 18, 2010 7:45 pm

    Doris- congrats to your son! My Damien nephew Douglas is flying FA18s in Lemoore now.

  160. Pomai February 18, 2010 7:49 pm

    Doris as much as we all would like to see you at UH, the problem is that there isn’t anyone around that will step in your shoes doing what you do, and IMHO I think it is a more important job than the one at UH.

  161. LizKauai (iPhone) February 18, 2010 7:50 pm

    OK. They’re saying Vi-Deena now.

  162. PIAA DS February 18, 2010 7:54 pm

    Liz, very cool! Ill have to tell Billy. What year did he grad? Monarchs rule the skies!

    Pomai…I know, and many people agree with you. but as much as I love doing this, it sure would be nice to get a paycheck for it all.

  163. Pomai February 18, 2010 7:56 pm

    Doris can argue with that !~~~~~~

  164. Momo February 18, 2010 7:59 pm

    Put mein coach, I want to play

  165. Pomai February 18, 2010 7:59 pm

    You know what I don’t understand is that Doris puts more kids from Hawaii into college than anyone else, yet she can’t seem to get funding that she an her organization deserves. Tell who else has gotten more local kids in school than her???

  166. Pomai February 18, 2010 8:00 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  167. PIAA DS February 18, 2010 8:09 pm

    I will tell you why Pomai. Because when the grant or funding request says that the target group is athletes, I get a big fat no. As I always say if it were 100 ballerinas or 100 musicians or artists, I’d have no problem getting funding. Everyone seems to belive that all athletes go to college free. Locally, it doesnt help that I’m a woman. Honestly – one company manager told a friend of mine who is a basketball coach trying to help me raise money said the guy said “shes a woman, what does she know about sports”. In this day and age???? ugh.

    But we are having a golf tourney in May if anyone wants to help. http://www.pacificathleticalliance.com all the info is there. We have a very busy May, take a look at the calendar, spend some time with us (us is our big huge staff of 2 and a bunch of great volunteers) – check out the golf shirts you can get with a donation. They are really super nice! shameless promotion.

  168. duffer (iPhone) February 18, 2010 8:11 pm

    Go Lady Lunas!!!!!

  169. papajoe2 February 18, 2010 8:13 pm

    watching Lahaina and Punahou gbb. that big girl from the lunas looks good. D1 material? UH? Too slow? Can’t teach height and size.

  170. al February 18, 2010 8:21 pm

    duffer…you happy now, yah?

    what you doing tomw?

  171. al February 18, 2010 8:22 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

    and i’ll give three to momo and three to pomai.

  172. dj February 18, 2010 8:30 pm

    “Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.”

  173. duffer (iPhone) February 18, 2010 8:33 pm

    working, no furlough Friday. Get to go to Grand Wailea for the fire fighter’s graduation. Free fuud!

  174. Jason February 18, 2010 8:42 pm

    7. Students were NOT charged admission last year for MVB. It DIDN’T make a difference. They didn’t show up. Need more marketing on upper campus.

    Bingo! I told that to John McNamara in an e-mail once. He responded that they already advertise student tickets in the school newspaper, in the Advertiser and Star-Bulletin, on television and on the radio. And I just rolled my eyes that he (1) wasn’t willing to send out an e-mail to the entire student population (like those that get sent out for school concerts and other activities), and (2) didn’t get that kids get news in different ways now. I’m glad to see that they are on Facebook and Twitter now, at least.

  175. kaifrommaui February 18, 2010 8:51 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  176. koakane February 18, 2010 8:54 pm

    Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to play.

  177. Garret February 18, 2010 9:02 pm

    Some notes from the KHON article…JD is kind of hinting that UH needs an athletics fee and that the University needs to provide more financial support for Athletics.

    “We’re actually number one, we’re creating the most revenue out there for any of our peers,” he said. “We do about two-and-a-half million dollars in pay-per-view, those numbers are off the charts. The total in new revenue and reduced expenses is about two million dollars.”

    But Donovan says the playing field is not level.

    “Maybe there’s a case to be made that the state, the system in Manoa combined need to come up with a greater percentage of our budget,” said Donovan.

    He says UH receives far less aid than any other WAC school. Less than 20 percent of its budget comes from the university and the state compared to 50 percent with other schools.

  178. Garret February 18, 2010 9:02 pm

    “We’re the only school in the WAC right now that doesn’t have a student athletic fee,” said Donovan pointing out that at Fresno State students pay a $39 fee per semester which generates more than $1.4 million annually.

  179. Garret February 18, 2010 9:04 pm

    JD is correct that the Athletic Department should have asked for this additional support back when the economy was strong 6 years ago…but we know how the AD back then was not proactive.

    “We probably should have had this conversation six years ago when everything was flushed with money but typically sometimes when things get really bad economically that’s when all the bodies float to the surface so to speak,” said Donovan.

  180. Garret February 18, 2010 9:05 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want to read the off-topic stuff.

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  181. Garret February 18, 2010 9:06 pm

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  182. Garret February 18, 2010 9:06 pm

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  184. Garret February 18, 2010 9:08 pm

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  185. Garret February 18, 2010 9:09 pm

    Free play links pau.

  186. A-House February 18, 2010 9:11 pm

    speculation – speculation – monku – monku.

    Que sera sera!

  187. Garret February 18, 2010 9:12 pm


    Sadly, it is a pretty common thing for job descriptions to be written to purposely exclude other candidates. It is unusual that they would revise the requirements after having an informal talk with you last time…but people craft job listings to be for a specific person all the time. The government does this all the time with their proposal solicitations also.

  188. Garret February 18, 2010 9:20 pm

    This unlucky speed skater has come in *4th* in her last *15* major competitions! Never winning a medal but always being so close must be incredibly frustrating. She has one last chance next week to try to finally break through.

    One the one hand, she was never worse than 4th in the world in all of those competitions…trouble is, she was never better than 4th either.

  189. protector February 18, 2010 9:23 pm

    ST & others,

    Love your pro-active ideas for fund-raising and bringing in revenue!

    I like the news about Aulola Tonga possibly delaying going on his mission. Selfishly, I wish that Mike Wadsworth would make a similar decision; that guy could play! We could use both these players for this very important upcoming season.

  190. al February 18, 2010 9:26 pm

    grand wailea?
    duffer you need a driver?

  191. Garret February 18, 2010 9:26 pm

    Getting baseball recruits from Japan is quite unlikely for the reasons that Al pointed out. However, there is one other MAJOR problem that hasn’t been mentioned…baseball players get either NO scholarship or just a portion of a scholarship. That means that a player from Japan would have to put out a lot of money to play for UH, or he could go to a Japanese college for free and go straight to their pro leagues after college.

    There is a big difference between trying to get players from Japan with a scholarship offer and trying to get them to pay their own way to go to UH.

  192. Slugger February 18, 2010 9:30 pm

    Great men’s volley-bows game tonight! Thanks for passing on the tix, jm2375! My Mom enjoyed the game. The Hope International fans were louder than the UH fans at times when the local boys were in the game.

    Thanks, ST, for the tickets! Met the Franks family while I was waiting at the SSC. Their daughter, Kaulana, is hoping to play VB at NAU & told them that she went to the gym one day and there was Coach Wilton (before he came home.)

    LizKauai, did you see Patrick Chan’s ice skating program? You’d love the music.

  193. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 18, 2010 10:27 pm


    Your suggestions, ALL 5, make the most sense!!!

    Pitiful thing is a lot of this falls on previous AD and past and current BOR individuals that follow the status quo of State procedures of “react” instead of “proact”.

    At less than 40.00 FSU is still able to generate decent revenue every year.

    Bleeding has got to stop and cutting ANY sport is horrible as JD mentioned.

    For me, I’d look at raising the ticket price for baseball. I played with the numbers last year when attendance spiked and basically at the current cost of the baseball tix UH would have to legitimately sell out ALL home games to either break even or make some sort of profit and that includes wiping out ALL types of comp tickets, unless they are comp to corporate sponsors in which their contributions offset the loss in ticket revenue for their allotment of tickets.

    I haven’t calculated the #s but I wonder what 10.00 for lower level seats would do and what 8.00 for upper would do. Heck I’d pay the extra kala. Still a great value for my dollar and the entertainment.

  194. d1島 February 18, 2010 10:38 pm

    Congratulations Ralph!

  195. jm2375 February 18, 2010 10:44 pm

    Congrats to Dr. Ralph!

  196. Slugger February 18, 2010 10:46 pm

    Hey! Congrats, Ralph!

  197. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 18, 2010 11:52 pm

    Party at Ralph’s hale!!!

  198. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 18, 2010 11:55 pm

    Yea, Ralph! Now you can smile!
    Winner winner, chicken dinner!

    Nitey nite and sweet Super G dreams!

  199. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 18, 2010 11:59 pm

    Johnny Weir was robbed… imho…

  200. Ralph February 19, 2010 12:17 am

    I’m always smiling, don’t believe ST

  201. Pomai February 19, 2010 12:25 am

    I know it might be a long shot in getting a BBP from Japan but does that mean we don’t even try???

    You know if you want something why not ask, what the worse thing that could happen, they tell you no, sorry not the end of the world, and if you want it bad enough you keep on asking even when they say no.

  202. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 19, 2010 12:33 am

    Lots of Japanese nationals (UH students, residents or visitors) attend UH baseball on a decently regular basis.

  203. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 19, 2010 12:37 am

    Oh its late!!! I better get some sleep so I can catch Tiger’s press conference tomorrow!

    NOT!!!!!!!!! 😆

  204. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 19, 2010 12:42 am

    A quick reminder

    We have an extra basketball ticket for the Saturday, February 20, two-fer. The women play LaTech at 5 pm and the men play Cal Poly at 8 pm. We have season tickets for both teams which is why we’re giving them away. Protector took one of the extras. Remember, you can sit anywhere you want during the first game and can find the Tsai-ko regulars at the second game in several different locations.

    We also have two men’s basketball tickets to give away for February 25 – DrDoc has a meeting he must attend, and I plan to go the baseball game.

    If you’d like a ticket or two, please send me an e-mail to swood at hoku dot com. Be sure to include your real name and a daytime or cell telephone number plus which sporting event you’d like to attend.

    Slugger: Your #150 “K.D. & B.R.S.” Who are they?

    Kazz: Re raising baseball ticket prices. I’m not sure that this would have much impact. First of all, many of the attendees during the day games are kids who come as part of a team activity – bump the price to $8 upper level and that could be a disincentive – especially during these tight economic times.

    Jim Donovan’s theory with respect to lowered ticket prices has proven to be be quite successful. The more people who attend, the more concession stand stuff they buy. of course, it does help to have a winning team or two.

    JM2375: Alas, there cannot be more non-UH revenue-producing events at the Stan Sheriff Center without going through a lot hoopdedoo. I’ve explained this before in detail, but if you really want to make a difference, then you have to attend the City Council meeting next Wednesday and speak up. The Agenda and the new version of the legislation are not yet posted on the City’s website, but as soon as they are, I’ll post it here.

    Another way to really make a difference over the long run is for Tsai-kos who live in either the McCully/Mo`ili`ili or the Manoa Neighborhood Board areas to raise the issues at one of their monthly meetings.

    HMMM – I wonder the Friday blog will be up.

  205. Pomai February 19, 2010 12:56 am

    Ok I always say there is a lot of ways to raise $$$ for the AD, well here is one.

    Letter from JD to all Alumni asking if they have any memorabilia that they would be willing to donate to the school to be auctioned off. Say how about a game worn jersey of Deitre Collins or others such as Travis LaBoy. There should be a lot of that type of things out there from former players.

  206. Ralph February 19, 2010 1:06 am

    is AJoe awake?

  207. Kazz February 19, 2010 1:40 am

    Friday 02/19/2010 Wahine Softball takes on 5-0 Utah Lady Utes.

    Looks like Na Wahine will again face another veteran ace in Utah’s top pitcher Ashley Smuda:

    Veteran Pitching Staff Looks to Consistently Throw Strikes:

    “We didn’t lose anyone on the mound, which is often times the biggest struggle when you begin a new season,” Utah third-year head coach Amy Hogue said. “But last season, we left the ball up [in the strike zone] too much and it got hit out of the park,” Hogue said. “Our pitching staff learned a lot. We are already good at mixing speeds and we have some great strikeout pitches, but we spent the entire fall season locating low strikes on the inner and outer halves of the plate.”

    The 2010 Ute pitching staff will feature three experienced returning arms, led by senior Ashley Smuda.

    “Smuda’s clearly our No. 1 pitcher because she’s the most consistent,” Hogue said. “Her changeup got a whole lot better during the offseason and it’s a great pitch. If she can continue to locate her changeup on both sides of the plate for a low strike, she’ll be very successful. She’s throwing more strikes now so I’m excited to see if that carries over from fall to spring because I was really happy with her improvement.

    “If she consistently throws low and outside strikes,” Hogue said. “We’ll be right at the top of the conference. If she doesn’t, we won’t. It’s that simple.”

    A pair of returning pitchers will both get opportunities on the mound behind Smuda, including junior Brittany Parker along with sophomore Joni Cook.

    “[Parker] and [Cook] are wild cards for us,” Hogue said. “They have some really fun tricks in their bag that are going to get teams out.

    “I’m most excited to see if [Parker] can carry over some of the things that she did this fall into the spring,” Hogue said. “She showed us some things that made me want to come out of my boots but I’ve been very cautious because until you can do it against a team in the other dugout, it doesn’t matter. I’m hoping that it’s going to be a breakout year for her.

    “[Cook] is healthier this season,” Hogue said. “She’s doing some things better mechanically and as you change mechanics you just need more time to get your rhythm back. It’s a process that takes a while. But when her timing is on, she moves the ball better than anyone we have. She’ll have a lot of batters swing and miss, so there’s a potential for more strikeouts.”

    “We have to focus on winning games with our pitching staff,” Hogue said. “We have to use a variety of combinations of our three pitchers to produce wins and we plan on doing that. It’s not the traditional way because a lot of programs have one dominant pitcher who gets the ball day-in and day-out, but that’s not how our pitching staff will be set up. That’s not what we have right now.”

    Pitcher Notes:

    Ashley Smuda
    Sr. • P • R/R • 5-8 • Scottsdale, Ariz. • Temple University
    Became No. 1 starter on the Utah pitching staff last season … All-MWC selection in 2008, her first season with the Utes … Utah’s most consistent pitcher … worked during offseason to improve changeup and throw outside for called strikes.

    Brittany Parker
    Jr. • P • R/R • 5-9 • Murray, Utah • Murray H.S.
    Poised to have a breakout season in 2010 … had an injury early in 2009 but came back to appear in 18 games … recorded win in first career start … struck out 13 in complete game in 2008 against No. 22 Texas.

    Joni Cook
    So. • P • R/R • 5-8 • Eagle, Idaho • Eagle H.S.
    Earned a starting position on the pitching staff in first season at Utah … made mechanical changes this offseason and is no longer pitching with shoulder pain … pitches have great movement.

    Na Wahine face a young infield though, similar to our own experience wise in certain aspects:

    Utes Will Feature Youthful Infield in 2010:

    After losing starting first baseman Staci Hemingway and shortstop Sharee Fonoti to graduation after the 2009 season, the Utes face the possibility of having four freshmen and sophomores start in their infield in 2010.

    “While we didn’t lose any pitchers, we have some good infielders coming in behind them who are groomed to step right in,” Utah’s third-year head coach Amy Hogue said. “But we’re going to continue to be extremely young in the infield.”

    Sophomore Whitney Holm had an impressive freshman season, starting all 53 games at third base and hit .287 with 10 home runs while driving in 28 runs.

    “[Holm] stepped back in this fall and really didn’t skip a beat,” Hogue said. “She has gotten stronger and extremely faster and has become more of a voice on the team. She’s stepping up as a leader because she’s a veteran in the infield now and has done well with that role.”

    Sophomore Tia Palauni has been designated as the second baseman in the Utah lineup.

    “[Palauni] doesn’t do anything big and flashy, but she’s very steady,” Hogue said. “She finds ways to get on base. If you don’t throw her a strike, she’ll draw s walk because she won’t swing at bad pitches.”

    Freshman Kelsi Hoopiiaina has wasted no time since she stepped on campus, earning the starting shortstop role.

    “[Hoopiiaina’s] natural skills as an athlete really fit well in the shortstop spot,” Hogue said. “Until we got her on campus, we didn’t know that. She is very aggressive by nature and gets rid of the ball really quickly. She wants the ball to come to her and she has really learned to play the position well.”

    The starting spot at first base remains open for the Utes.

    “There’s a fight between senior Lindsey Palmer and Alyssa Garcia,” Hogue said.

    “Lindsey is doing really well,” Hogue said. “Her back wasn’t allowing her to continue to pitch. She is an amazing voice for this team and has been an amazing team leader. She’s the type of kid you want on the field because she gives to her team and will be valuable to everyone around her. She will elevate the play of everyone else on the team.”

    “Alyssa has a tremendous amount of pure athleticism,” Hogue said. “So she will be in the running to earn playing time.”

    Infield Player Notes:

    Whitney Holm
    So. • IF • R/R • 5-8 • Spanish Fork, Utah • Spanish Fork H.S.
    Veteran of the infield … started all 53 games at third base as a freshman … improved strength and speed during offseason.

    Tia Palauni
    So. • IF • R/R • 5-9 • Taylorsville, Utah • Taylorsville H.S.
    Expected to start at second base in 2010 … started 26 of last 32 games last season, her first with the Utes … has great size, speed and strength … versatile athlete.

    Kelsi Hoopiiaina
    Fr. • IF • R/R • 5-8 • Riverton, Utah • Riverton H.S.
    Tabbed the starting shortstop during fall practice … can help in several different areas with her pure athleticism … can play anywhere on the field … out-works everyone around her, which is how she became the athlete she is today.

    Lindsey Palmer
    Sr. • UTIL • R/R • 5-6 • Stansbury Park, Utah • S.L.C.C.
    Will play either first base or outfield in second season at Utah … brings the kind of leadership expected from a senior … back pain would not allow her to continue pitching.

    Alyssa Garcia
    Fr. • C/1B • R/R • 5-6 • Houston, Texas • MacArthur H.S.
    Talented player with a very lively arm who will primarily be a catcher … will also work at first base … has an extraordinary amount of raw talent … a good fit for Utah in a number of ways: a talented athlete and a great student who aspires to be a doctor.

    Utah has averaged:

    .202 h-ab
    .238 against lefties (for us that is Parnaby)
    .182 against right handed pitchers (for us that would be Ricketts and Rodriguez)
    .123 with runners on base
    .296 with empty bases
    .139 facing 2 outs
    .438 rch as leadoff

    These stats compiled this season compiled against SJSU, Northern Colorado, Idaho State, Seattle U, and Tulsa.

    They defeated these opponents for a total of 34-14.

    In 5 games the pitching staff is averaging an ERA of 1.73.

    Our hitting must continue to thrive off the great feeling of connecting on balls pitched by a very talented pitcher from Stanford.

    The concern against Smuda seems like the strikeouts she’s been recording and the amount we’ve been getting. Too many times we chased balls. In the loss to McNeese, their risers got our ladies chasing and in the Friday night loss to Stanford Chinn’s risers too had our ladies chasing, especially when Chinn got a full count you could see the high riser coming and we swung away to buy Chinn out of the hole she dug herself into.

    Now, I don’t know who’s going to start on the mound. Coolen did say that Jr. Jenna Rodriguez would start some games in this tourney, but against a 5-0 team I am not too sure. Safe guess to say Ricketts will get the nod against Utah.

    Steady as she goes against the Utes. This is just the first of many teams they will face in the next two weeks that will present BIG challenges. This will be the first road trip for our newbies or those on the roster last season that didn’t make the travel rosters. They’re gonna get tested very well over the next two weeks.

    Defensively, whoever gets the nod at SS and at LOF will need to play better as those were the two areas of concern last weekend. I can only assume that Yoshikawa and Aguirre will get the starts considering their offensive contributions against Stanford. Aguirre was a little more reliable at LOF and Yoshikawa was pretty much on level with Iwata at SS so far, but has contributed more at bat than Iwata.


  208. Ralph February 19, 2010 2:03 am

    UNLV is rated higher in the MWC than Utah. There is a two hour break between games, maybe Ricketts can do both. UNLV is preseason favorite at second place, Utah at number 4.

  209. Ralph February 19, 2010 2:08 am

    if Utah coach wants her pitcher to work the outside and low, then Yoshikawa would be a better offensive threat to make contact. Iwata’s wide open stance which she doesn’t shift to parallel or close on the pitch will have a difficult time on any outside pitch. She remained open on all pitches and location.

  210. wafan February 19, 2010 3:14 am

    A Happy Aloha Friday to everyone!

  211. wafan February 19, 2010 3:16 am

    Yay for Ralphie-Boy!

    I think that was that from Jackie Gleason character?

  212. wafan February 19, 2010 3:18 am

    I am sure Tonga will make the right decision for his situation and himself.

  213. bighilofan2 February 19, 2010 3:19 am

    Coach Mack

    for me, the question is not:
    what are we gonna run this year, the 3-4, or the 4-3?
    nor is it: who is going to run the 3-4, or the 4-3?
    nor is it: when are you gonna know who is runnin da 3-4 or da 4-3?

    for me, the questions are:

    what are YOU doing, visually, to make us look good on tv on 9/2?

    and, who is gonna be our offensive stars on 9/23?


    scoring 17 points is not gonna do it, statistically speaking. we’re gonna need more juice than that. and thats gonna take work on both sides of the ball.

    thanks for taking care of us, coach. and p.s., get rid of 5-0. bring back the haka. that decision starts at the top. 😀

    /s/ Warrior Fan for Life.

  214. wafan February 19, 2010 3:22 am

    Dang, it is cold this morning at 27. It will probably drop a couple more before sunrise.

    BC sure could have used this the last few weeks!

  215. Pomai February 19, 2010 4:12 am

    It’s 64 outside the AM, this has been cold for a long time for here, whats up with that????>

  216. Bulla February 19, 2010 4:29 am

    Ralph’s a winner………every day……….but congrats on winning the tickets 🙂

    Wafan, with our windchill here, i say 62 would be more accurate.

    according to the UH Team meeting yesterday at 7 am……mum’s the word……for now.

  217. protector February 19, 2010 5:39 am

    bhf2 on # 213,

    QBs, WRs & RBs look good. The key question is if the O-Line can give them protection, esp. at OT. If they can give any semblance of protection, UH should score a lot more than 17. I think Coach Mack has done pretty well at shoring up the deficiencies of the DLine; looks like they’re now loaded and can withstand some of the anticipated / unexpected injuries (God forbid).

    Although I’m not chugging the kool-aid yet, I’m sippin’ it , baby!!

  218. protector February 19, 2010 5:51 am

    re: the haka

    I know some have proposed opening with the haka. I really prefer the haka AFTER the game as something special for the faithful who stay for the whole game. If it’s looked at as a mechanism to fire up the crowd, I’d say it’s half-way effective as it certainly fires up the fans. But, I think in most cases when they’ve done the haka before the games, they’ve lost the majority. Seems to me they expend too much emotion / emotionality (when using it before the game) and often run out of energy to finish those games. Others that have been keeping track of this can correct me if I’m wrong. Oh, almost forgot that at times, doing the haka prior to the game, it fired up some of the opponents to a frenzy & resulted in the other team crushing UH, which is the opposite effect of what we’re going for.

  219. Garret February 19, 2010 6:04 am

    Even though Cal faces a $150 million budget deficit, they are still coming up with $320 million to renovate their football stadium. It is nice that their University is supporting Athletics like this…a big contrast to how UH’s Regents are concerned with a $2 million AD deficit and nobody seems to come up with the big bucks needed to fix the facilities.

    UC Berkeley, the nation’s pre-eminent public university, faces a $150 million budget deficit because of cuts in state aid.

    Its renowned faculty has been hit with furloughs and pay cuts.

    Meanwhile, the athletic department is running an operating deficit of more than $6 million per year.

    But at this time of financial crisis, the UC is forging ahead with its plan to borrow $320 million to renovate the aging Memorial Stadium for the football team.

    Last month, UC regents approved a plan to borrow the money and pay it back over 30 years. Cal will charge football fans upwards of $2,700 apiece for “seat licenses” – long-term rights to the 3,000 best seats in the renovated stadium. Not everyone is sure this funding mechanism will work.

  220. Garret February 19, 2010 6:07 am

    Nice mention of Jake Ingram here.

    Long snapper Jake Ingram, sixth round, No. 198 overall: The Patriots seamlessly transitioned from Lonie Paxton to Ingram, who was flawless with his long-snapping duties. The Hawaiian native should be able to hold this job for a few years.

  221. protector February 19, 2010 6:19 am

    Garret on # 219,

    Agree emphatically with you!

    The Regents to me are really a caricature of what they could be and continue to demand results & accountability without offering support, funding and constructive / creative suggestions to help alleviate the situation.

  222. protector February 19, 2010 6:22 am

    Belated congrats to Ralphie!

  223. bighilofan2 February 19, 2010 6:33 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    I don’t care when they do the haka… just do it….

    I know we got plenty qbs, i’m looking for THE qb.

    i love the Heffernan naming, because i think thats a visual fix for our 2nd and 4th quarter woes this past year.

    i like Coach saying “there will be some changes” because it gives guys like me something to tell his critics, and gives me a heck of alot of hope.

    The clock is ticking. 195 days 10 hours and 30 minutes to go.

  224. Garret February 19, 2010 6:48 am


    UH did not have major problems in the 2nd and 4th quarters last season. The *3rd* quarter was what killed the team in several games.

  225. Garret February 19, 2010 6:49 am

    I was the one tracking the 3rd quarter scoring last year and I think UH actually outscored their opponents in the 4th quarter and possibly even the 2nd quarter.

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