Home again


Kory Rasmussen is practicing as a defensive tackle. But there are discussions he might  be better suited as an offensive lineman. Whatever his eventual destination, Rasmussen, for now, is happy.

“It’s good to be home,” said Rasmussen, a 2012 Kamehameha Schools graduate.

Rasmussen transferred to UH this summer after being dismissed from the Colorado football team following an off-field dispute.

“There were some things at Colorado, and it ended up not being for me,” Rasmussen said.

There were key factors in choosing Hawaii. A player dismissed must wait a semester before receiving a football scholarship from another school. “I had to walk on,” Rasmussen said. “Money is part of it. And I have friends and family here.”

More importantly, Rasmussen wanted to be part of Norm Chow’s program.

“I met coach Chow when I was being recruited,” Rasmussen said. “He’s just a really, really nice guy. I felt it would be right to come home.”

That decision was backed in a family meeting.

“With all their support, we all decided together it was time for me to come home,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen’s girlfriend, Rae Masaki, also decided to transfer from Colorado to UH. Masaki, a Kamehameha graduate, helped Rasmussen navigate UH’s application process.

“The applications are not small,” he said, smiling.

Rasmussen must redshirt this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. After that, he will have three years to play three UH seasons.

But he will not have to wait too long to be in a game-like competition. Rasmussen will participate in the Warriors’ scrimmage tomorrow morning.


  1. haka September 12, 2013 6:21 am

    Let’s Go Rainbow Warriors!

    Let’s Go Rainbow Wahine!

    Let’s Go Hawaii!


    Coach Beemer!


    Aloha Kory!

  2. Snoozer September 12, 2013 6:22 am

    I have to do this, First! Good Morning All. Go Warriors, please keep improving and make some adjustments so the offense can start scoring.

  3. Rambow September 12, 2013 6:22 am

    Top 5 go warriors

  4. pu'uwai September 12, 2013 6:24 am

    Aloha kakahiaka. Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  5. Bugaz September 12, 2013 6:26 am

    Welcome new Warrior Rasmussen!

    Go Warriors!

  6. Wes'side Warrior September 12, 2013 6:57 am

    Morning, Gang!

    Welcome home, young Warrior!

    Have a great day, everyone!

  7. jm2375 September 12, 2013 7:04 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome back, Mr. Rasmussen.

    Go Wahine!

    Go Warriors!

  8. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 7:14 am

    Welcome home Kory!

    Chow still carries a lot of weight with recruits so it’s nice to see UH get the opportunity to have Kory after not getting his original commitment. Looking back at the timelines, Kory committed to Colorado shortly after McMackin “retired.” Also, Chow was recruiting him while he was still at Utah, which was on the list of interest on the recruiting websites.

    Chow got almost half of the top 15 Local recruits this past year, and he’s luring former top recruits back to UH. That’s in addition to the new areas Chow has tapped into for recruiting (Utah, Florida and a few random spots on the east coast). Things are looking good for UH”s future.

    Just doing the eyeball test, the roster appears bigger and more athletic than the 2011 & 2012 teams.

    As Jeezy mentioned, S&C coach Beemer’s hiring has been huge for the program. Hopefully Naeole’s hiring will pay dividends in OLine recruiting. That’s the last piece of the recruiting puzzle for UH right now.

  9. LizKauai (iPad) September 12, 2013 7:17 am

    Yea Kory!

    Go, Rainbow Warriors!

  10. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 7:19 am

    Did anybody see Nevada DL Brock Hekklng’s blonde mullet? It’s pretty amazing and has been featured on major sports media.

  11. tommui September 12, 2013 7:33 am


    And welcome home KORY!

  12. Jeezy33 September 12, 2013 7:34 am

    I think Rasmussen sees the field quick if he picks up the blocking with naeole … Has the frame and quickness … 1 full year with Beemer will have him physically ready by 2014

  13. Jeezy33 September 12, 2013 7:35 am


    Tcu -3 tonight

  14. RedZone September 12, 2013 7:41 am

    Welcome home Kory!

  15. Independent Thinker September 12, 2013 7:45 am

    Welcome back Kory!!

  16. boolakanaka September 12, 2013 8:05 am

    Aloha all back in the big apple.

  17. boolakanaka September 12, 2013 8:08 am

    ST—news out, Mark Sanchez going under the knive, out for the season–its Geno the rest of the way.

  18. Whats up September 12, 2013 8:15 am

    Kory is a huge addition to the Warriors no matter what side of the ball he plays on. And it’s a good sign to see that Chow and his staff are improving recruiting locally and not locally (As Kory himself stated that he likes and would play for Norm Chow). I know it will takes some time to build the depth on the roster for the 3 phases of the game, but watch the boys out there on the field struggle and lose is not pleasant, but expected for 2013. But recruiting wise things are looking good! Go get’um coaches.

  19. RedZone September 12, 2013 8:15 am

    They are having a flood problem at Colorado U so the football team in now practicing on the lacrosse field. The stadium so far is okay.

  20. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 12, 2013 8:41 am

    Welcome, Kory!

  21. RedZone September 12, 2013 8:51 am

    Athletic Director Ben Jay will be making an announcement on the future of UH Ahtletics on the radio (1420) at 2 PM today.

  22. Haleakala September 12, 2013 8:55 am

    Can’t beat coming home. Welcome Kory to the Warriors!

    It sounds like Kory has a girl friend that he can count on.

  23. hossana September 12, 2013 9:07 am

    All you naysayers that have thrown sticks and stones at Chow esp. after last season saying no local recruits would want to play for Chow etc..or Chow will have a tough time in the recruiting phase, why aren’t u speaking up now….don’t give me this garbage that its not Chow doing the recruiting…every recruit that pledges to play for UH knows they will be playing for Chow and if you become patient, I say next year and the years after that, UH will be fielding a contender in their conference…when Chow came in last year, he didn’t have the players to play in his system and with a year under his belt getting the recruits he wanted, next year will be an excellent timetable for him to have the recruits start playing under his system…it takes time to develop a winning program……show your support by attending the games and donating to the program instead of sitting on your rear and becoming an arm chair quarterback…….sickening and disgusting……

  24. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 9:08 am

    jeezy.. I’m not touching that game tonight. No Pachall for TCU and haven’t seen enough from Klingsbury at TTech yet. Also, I don’t know if TCU has gotten back to form after Dalton and a great roster graduated. LSU handled them pretty easily and they are 0-2 ATS this year. Tech looked pretty good vs SMU, so home underdog looks tempting, but I’m not touching it.

    Should be a good game.

    I think I like the Jets (+11.5). I think New England wins easily, but they aren’t healthy enough to win huge. Gotta wait to see what the line does in the coming days. If it creeps down to 10, I may go the other way and play the Patriots because of the value.

    I will taking Philidelphia (-8) vs San Diego — The Chargers are ill-equipped to handle Kelly’s offense and Rivers is too mistake prone nowadays. If Philly forces a couple TOs, this game will be a rout. Freeney is getting old and the LB/Secondary aren’t overly talented other than Butler at ILB. Plus expect more new material from Kelly’s playbook. Having watched a bunch of Oregon games the past few years, his play calling vs the Redskins was his vanilla package. San Diego is going to see new things that Washington didn’t see. Expect Desean Jackson to factor more into the game plan (ala DeMarius Thomas at Oregon).

    I am too late for the early 7 or 7.5 number, but I don’t think it will matter in this one.

    I’m liking Army (+30) at home vs Stanford. Stanford isn’t the type of team to run up the score and the long travel distance and early kickoff should slow them a little. It’s a 12pm EST kickoff, which is a 9am in PST. Plus, Army is an option team and Stanford likes to pound the run, so the clock should run pretty smoothly.

    UCLA (+4) vs Nebraska… many betting experts are picking UCLA and they’ve sold me on their analysis. Nebraska’s defense isn’t going to contain UCLA’s attack. Many people are betting UCLA straight up.

    So tempted to take BC (+14) at USC. USC looks like it may fall apart and BC is off to a nice start to the season. If the line moves a little higher, I’ll pull the trigger.

  25. markazulu September 12, 2013 9:10 am

    Off the field NORM CHOW is doing everything right it just a matter of turning it into wins which i believe it will in the long run. Chow just needs some help on the offensive side of things imo

    this was our 1st year where we played against USC and Oregon State and havent looked outmatched physically from the get go. I would also say this Hawaii team is the most disciplined its been in a LONG LONG LONG TIME.

    I want to win again but i think chow is doing this University right as a head coach and recruiter not so sure about the offensive production but i think we will get there.

  26. Manoa Mist September 12, 2013 9:16 am

    This is all I ever asked of Chow. Show that you can play with the big boys. Give them a game. Give ’em a couple good sticks. Be competitive. You don’t have to win all the games, just show you belong on the same field. I’d say UH has done that so far this year.

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  28. Marleysdad September 12, 2013 9:31 am

    #25 markazulu up to bat, he swings……homerun!

  29. primo123 September 12, 2013 9:41 am

    what’s kory’s weight and height? looks like he could put some weight/muscle on…..is he quick?

  30. d1shima September 12, 2013 9:54 am

    Great Morning All!

    Welcome home Mr. Rasmussen.


  31. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 10:02 am

    primo… On Kory’s Colorado bio, he was listed at 6’4″ 280lb. Take it at face value because team roster pages may not be 100% accurate.

    If Kory is that tall, then he should have the frame to add more weight without sacrificing quickness.

  32. jeezy33 September 12, 2013 10:11 am

    24. Pachall not playing might be a good thing.. Check out Boykin numbers.. Better than Pachall. Only small sample size though.

    Boykin 15-25 203 yards 2 TD and 0 INT

    Pachall 17-30 175 yards 0 TD 1 INT

    Boykin also a running threat. And we all know Texas Tech has trouble playing teams with speed offensively. TCU has a legit defense. I think TCU blows out Tech.

    Last year Tech won in OT but I don’t think the walk on QB is close to Seth Doege. Boykin on the other hand threw for 332 yards and 4 TDs.

    Prediction. 48-34 TCU .. Maybe the over

  33. jeezy33 September 12, 2013 10:12 am

    31. Kory might not need to put on much more weight. I think more important to put on lean muscle like Tavita Woodard.

  34. Da Punchbowl Kid September 12, 2013 10:12 am

    Welcome home Kory! Great to have you here!

    GO WARRIORS!!! X2!!!

  35. PeteJek September 12, 2013 10:28 am

    Is there a Ben Jay press conference today? If so, good news or bad news?

  36. Kaimiloa September 12, 2013 10:33 am

    #35…. Great news! We just made a down payment for Bob Marley to do a benefit concert for UH Athletics.

  37. d1shima September 12, 2013 10:41 am

    2pm. “The Time is Now!”


  38. Da Punchbowl Kid September 12, 2013 10:44 am

    A big shout out to our friend Boolakanaka! Great to meet him and have a couple cold ones.

    Welcome back to NYC and the WB, Boola!

  39. nanakuli September 12, 2013 11:08 am

    Is the practice open to the public tomorrow, or still closed?

  40. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 12, 2013 11:15 am

    Looking forward to Ben Jay’s plans to help make us more competitive in the MWC.

  41. ai-eee-soos September 12, 2013 11:24 am

    “The Time is Now!!” – from SA

    Athletic director Ben Jay is expected to detail an ambitious strategic plan for the athletic department today at a 2 p.m. campus press conference.

    The plan — titled “The Time is Now!!”” — is expected to set fundraising goals for hiking the department’s current $32 million budget into the $40 million range within five years.

    The plan will also address facilities, academics and student welfare issues.

    Department officials said the plan has been in the works since Jay arrived in January.

    It is aimed at making UH more competitive in the Mountain West Conference and helping to position it for future shakeups in the major college landscape while rebuilding trust and confidence in the community.

  42. KahukuRR4L September 12, 2013 11:28 am

    Good article about UH QB commit Aaron Zwahlen.


  43. Buffoman September 12, 2013 11:38 am

    #42 What a grounded young man. He will be quite a leader when his mission is completed. That young man is going to be a heck of a competitor and whoever emerges from that competition to start for UH, we are going to have someone very good at the offensive controls.

  44. Old School Dave September 12, 2013 11:42 am

    Welcome home Kory. People make mistakes. Learn from it, and move on. Make the most of this second chance. We look forward to seeing you in a UH Rainbow Warrior uniform next season. Also, don’t listen to naysayers who will always try to pull people down (crabs in the bucket).

  45. Da Punchbowl Kid September 12, 2013 11:56 am

    Nice read, KRR4L! Mahalo!

  46. d1shima September 12, 2013 11:59 am

    Mahalo RR.

    Best line to me…

    “Of course,” he replied with a cool combination of confidence and humility. “Part of our job as missionaries is to invite people to make and keep their commitments. Doesn’t that mean I have to keep mine?”

    You reading that, BY-Who? 👿

  47. d1shima September 12, 2013 12:01 pm

    BTW, how come no one is asking the Chargers’ rookie about his mission?

  48. Marleysdad September 12, 2013 12:03 pm

    I think he’s a catholic now, like his GF.

  49. d1shima September 12, 2013 12:13 pm


    Did anyone score on the latest UAL website glitch?

  50. d1shima September 12, 2013 12:14 pm

    Wasn’t she non-denominational?

  51. NotNasti September 12, 2013 12:27 pm

    d1: I think his current gf is Kalei Adolpho. You might be referring to his cyber gf?

  52. d1shima September 12, 2013 12:29 pm

  53. turfwar September 12, 2013 12:33 pm

    Nice find KahukuRR. Thanks for the link on Zwahlen.

  54. bowwar September 12, 2013 12:38 pm

    Whatever happened to that UH Safety that went on a mission, only to be lured to BYU??? Is he playing for BYU and starting???

  55. manoa#1 September 12, 2013 12:39 pm

    Welcome home cory to the the 3 and punt system…Lmao…chows offense lose money.!!

  56. bowwar September 12, 2013 12:47 pm

    Interesting to see what Ben Jay will have to say today…Dreams are big, but gotta get past the “lip service” so many administrators and politicians are known for. I like the idea that he has a “plan” to improve things.

    I hope financial leaders and potential donors buy-in to his plan…

  57. bowwar September 12, 2013 12:50 pm

    As for Chow…despite my disappointment with the first two games…We were “competitive” with two “good” PAC 12 schools and we didn’t get totally embarrassed like last year. Based on that criteria alone, we’ve improved from last year…I’m willing to see how this team improves through the season. If the football team does show improvement and is competitive, then I’m willing to see Chow given a third year to show some wins…

  58. KahukuRR4L September 12, 2013 12:51 pm

    #54 I think that is Michael Wadsworth


  59. football dad September 12, 2013 12:58 pm

    My son plays foe Hawaii.And he is from the main land. I hate he picked Hawaii. Not because of the Coaches, Loses, nor School. But the Fans. All y’all do is put down the Players and Coaches.It seems the only players that you cheer. for are the. local kids. If any recruits or parents from the states read these post. They would be crazy to send their kids.Unless they’re Poly.Its a shame.

  60. kruzen September 12, 2013 1:02 pm

    Aaron Zwahlen video for those that want to watch his highlights again.

    Thanks for the article KRR4L.


  61. HawaiiMongoose September 12, 2013 1:12 pm

    Sorry you feel that way football dad. I’ve been a season ticket holder cheering for UH football for over 20 years. I root for all of the players, mainland and local. I may criticize a particular play call or strategy but I know the kids work hard and I support them all. Please don’t paint all UH fans with the same brush because a few don’t have anything better to do than post a lot of negative comments on th Internet.

    Mahalo for allowing your son to be a Warrior.

  62. ALLAN September 12, 2013 1:25 pm


  63. RedZone September 12, 2013 1:34 pm

    Wow flooding at Colorado U worse than I thought. School closed. 400 students evacuated from dorms. One quarter of the school’s buildings have some kind of water damage.

  64. Marleysdad September 12, 2013 1:39 pm

    Football dad, not sure if you are serious or trolling. But if you are serious, don’t let yourself be fooled by a very small vocal minority. True fans love all the players regardless of where they’re from. Some of the greatest warriors are not local boys & we loved them just the same.

  65. d1shima September 12, 2013 1:41 pm

    IS IT 2 o’clock YET?

  66. Warrior Dave September 12, 2013 1:56 pm

    Football Dad,

    The people of Hawaii support players regardless of where they come from. Ask Colt Brennan, Davone Bess, Greg Salas just to name a recent few. These players were given Rock Star status.

    Since you didn’t name your son, I say welcome to Hawaii and Warrior Nation!!!!

  67. I ALL NUHA ALREADY September 12, 2013 1:59 pm

    (#59 – football dad)

    I gotta be honest, my first reaction after reading your post was “what an idiot”.

    I coud sit here and rip off tons of names, Michael Carter, Devone Bess, Colt Brennan, back to Walter Murray etc….endless amounts of names forever implanted in the minds of Hawaii fans.

    I stopped, thought about your response again, and again, and my response has changed to, “what an absolute damn moron”.

    I got love for any student athlete in any sport at UH!!!!!

    No quetions asked, no conditions!!!

  68. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 12, 2013 2:01 pm

    Press conference starting now on 1420am

  69. Warrior Storm Brewin September 12, 2013 2:02 pm

    Aloha, football dad…keep your spirits up. It’s frustrating for us few fans too. You see a few negative comments, but those people are haters who have rotten hearts. The real fans cheer for every player. A Rainbow Warrior is a Rainbow Warrior.

  70. Shoko September 12, 2013 2:04 pm

    Jay sounds a bit nervous.

  71. NotNasti September 12, 2013 2:07 pm

    Football Dad,

    Really, as long as they’re good players and good humans, who cares what area code they came from. I have been a season ticket holder for 30+ years, and I root for the home team, but not only the “local”and/or “poly” players. Most of my all-time favorite players were not born and raised in Hawaii. Gary Allen, Marcus Tarver, Raphael Cherry, Travis Sims, Davonne Bess, Colt Brennan all hailed from the mainland. You are letting a very vocal minority get to you. Don’t.

  72. Marleysdad September 12, 2013 2:13 pm

    Great job of stepping up Outrigger Hotels & Hawaii Pacific Health.

  73. markazulu September 12, 2013 2:18 pm

    Hawaii just needs a more consistent offensive production i think hawaii looked great that 1 drive where they went 80 yards need more of that production. I’m a reasonable fan not expecting Run-N-Shoot type excitement but 1-11 on 3rd down and what was it we had 7 consecutive 3 and out drives it goes to show how much better our defense is to go into half time 14-14 against a high powered offense oregon state and all those goal line stands against USC. I can only imagine how well our players will benefit from a full year under Gary Beemer.

  74. gobows September 12, 2013 2:24 pm

    re: #10 fuha

    brock hekking


  75. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 12, 2013 2:25 pm

    Hmm….That wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped it to be.

  76. jeezy33 September 12, 2013 2:30 pm

    tcu lose money

  77. gobows September 12, 2013 2:39 pm

    #67 nuha

    take it easy…just because the buggah stay little bit dumb, no need for call the guy one moron.

    what have the moron’s ever done to you?

  78. Shoko September 12, 2013 2:39 pm

    Not over yet.

  79. haka September 12, 2013 2:48 pm

    I think football dad is a troll.

  80. football dad September 12, 2013 2:54 pm

    The Guy who writes this Blog said the same thing a few weeks ago. I’m only responding to what I read.And its just my opinion. I only care about the kids.And how they think and feel. Just read some

    of the post on here.Talk to some of the kids on the team. This is the first time I’ve ever posted anything on a blog.Its just how it looks from the outside. I want to see Hawaii do big things. Hopefully I didn’t upset anyone.But it is what it is.I only hope you know that the players read too.

  81. football dad September 12, 2013 2:55 pm

    GO WARRIORS!!!!!!!!

  82. haka September 12, 2013 2:58 pm

    not convinced, but doesn’t matter….

  83. football dad September 12, 2013 3:18 pm

    @haka, I’m not trying to convince anyone. I didn’t c

    all anyone out of their name.I only voiced my opinion. which is one that was already posted months ago.Its sad that people take it personal.I should’ve said just watch what you post.But what would that solve.I’m not saying all fans. But a few have posted some hateful things toward kids. The thing is,it isn’t mine.Its just a conversation I had with a couple of kids. Who got their feelings hurt.Also,someone asked why didn’t Chow recruit more local kids. Were they morons or just their opinion. Just go back and read some of the things people have posted. That’s all I’m saying.AGAIN JUST MY OPINION. SEE YALL IN RENO!!!!!

  84. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 3:35 pm


    Sorry bro… Boykin looks terrible. He looks like a one dimensional running QB that Tech had no problems game planning for. Like many run 1st QBs, he’s taking off running if his 1st option isn’t wide open.

    Still, it’s not over yet as TCU’s defense is keeping them alive. Tech’s QB isn’t exactly tearing it up.

    oooo… Tech missed FG, you’re still alive Jeezy!

  85. NotNasti September 12, 2013 3:39 pm

    Football Dad, I would appreciate it if you didn’t tell recruits to stay away, based on a few NotNice fans. That kind of stuff (blaming players, etc.) goes on everywhere, and with much more regularity than here. If you want an example, go read the USC blogs, LA Times, etc. Popular players, even non-starters are treated like rock stars here. A few years ago, fans (girls) would follow a popular men’s volleyball player’s girlfriend around hoping HE might be nearby.

  86. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 3:43 pm

    Maybe not terrible… That was harsh.

    Either way Patterson didn’t have the confidence in Boykin and just called a screen pass on 3rd and 9. Tech didn’t blitz so it was stopped. TCU needed a TD to have any chance at covering. Only 3pts makes it tough to cover now.

  87. Whats up September 12, 2013 3:44 pm

    If your watching the Jets and Patriots right now Tom Brady is pulling his hair out because his WR’s are dropping pass that are so catchable.

  88. RedZone September 12, 2013 3:45 pm

    Ben Jay strategic plan.


  89. Da Punchbowl Kid September 12, 2013 3:48 pm

    football dad –

    As Hawaii residents we have an affinity for local kids who stay at home because a lot of our best go away, so we appreciate the ones who stay behind.

    But if you talk to fans beyond the haters who post here, you’d realize that Hawaii is truly a melting pot, and we love ALL of our Warriors, regardless of where they come from. If you have a son playing for the Warriors, you’re family! I hope that you will see that as time goes by.


  90. Warrior Storm Brewin September 12, 2013 3:52 pm

    #67 I all NUHA already…you’re an idiot.

    If you got so much Love, why you hatin’ on the parents???

  91. haka September 12, 2013 3:54 pm


    in reference to fd@59

    I ‘m sorry, but to me, that sounds contrived.

    But that’s just my opinion.

  92. RedZone September 12, 2013 4:00 pm

    Hey they play for Hawaii they play for me. It doesn’t matter to me where they come from. The more the better.

  93. d1shima September 12, 2013 4:06 pm


    I no get a discount on my season tix if I say I going only cheer for keiki o ka aina…but regardless, I cheer for all da guys who play for Hawaii!

  94. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 4:08 pm

    This TCU vs TxTech is super physical. Patterson’s defenses are always tough but who knew Tech could be this physical.

    If you like defense it’s a fun watch.

  95. d1shima September 12, 2013 4:08 pm

    Anyway, anyone else noticing the UA unis for TTU? Not really a fan of the gray look but those are pretty cool.

    Also notice the L/S undergarments widda “Guns Up” logo.Prolly able to buy those from their version of Rainbowtique.

    Just saying….

  96. Whats up September 12, 2013 4:10 pm

    If your watching the Jets and Patriots right now Tom Brady is pulling his hair out because his WR’s are dropping pass that are so catchable. The chemistry, timing, Rhythm between Tom Brady and his wide receviers is not all together with misques and drops yet after 4 preseason games and 2 regular games? So if NFL Professional Players can’t get it together after 7 games already with a great Bill Bilicheck at Head Coach. How do some of us expect Hawaii with a new QB, RB’s, WR’s has had 2 live games to gel together as a unit. If Tom Brady can’t get the WR’s to catch passes what makes anybody think Taylor Graham or any QB will do better with Hawaii’s receivers and the rest of the offense in general. It’s going to take some time for things to get worked out.

  97. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 4:13 pm

    Sheesh… The Tech QB is going to kill one of his receivers. He keeps throwing into traffic and often leads his WRs into a defender looking to smash him.

  98. d1shima September 12, 2013 4:16 pm


    Noted that Hawaii QB1 was throwing some in the ground saving his receivers from that kine fate.

  99. dannyp September 12, 2013 4:18 pm


    Grahams been here for a year and a half. If he doesn’t have chemistry with Gant, Harding, etc. I don’t know what to say.

  100. Manoa September 12, 2013 4:24 pm

    Love Chow as a coach, but I just don’t like his offense for various reasons. I think this is unfortunately the prevailing sentiment among fans– they expected something different from Chow than what his offense actually is. Even though I feel the same way, at the game I generally keep my mouth shut. It grates on my nerves to hear the griping during the game. I think this is partly a matter of taste. It is why fans do not like soccer, pitching duels in baseball vs. home runs, and walk the ball basketball pass, pass, pass basketball vs. run and gun. My own feeling is different it has more to do with what are more effective, easier to coach, and harder to defend offenses you see so many coaches running. But I am giving the coach the chance to prove me wrong.

  101. Shoko September 12, 2013 4:26 pm

    Now we have a game.

  102. Shoko September 12, 2013 4:35 pm

    Haha, nothing changing the quarterback to throw off the defense.

  103. Old School Dave September 12, 2013 4:39 pm

    TT rb broke away 43-yards and dropped the ball at the half yard line before crossing the goal line. Should be a touchback and TCU’s ball, but TT given the ball on the 15.

  104. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 4:39 pm

    What is up with players dropping the football before crossing the goal line? Just don’t understand it at all.

    Thanks to a bad rule, Tech keeps the ball after its declared a dead all after nobody picked it up in the end zone.

  105. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 4:57 pm

    Holy cow… Big 12 officials making a strong case for worst referees in the nation for 2013-2014. #nolube

  106. d1shima September 12, 2013 4:59 pm

    Yep. Hawaii fans have nothing to complain about with MWC officials. 🙄

  107. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 5:00 pm

    Now they have the wrong down… The play that didn’t count because of the official review counted. Tech just lost a down.

  108. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 5:02 pm

    How about the phantom punt catch interference call? That should have been a fumble and TCU’s ball.

  109. d1shima September 12, 2013 5:03 pm

    …and then again, I’d be worried about getting “lost” in those West Texas oil fields, too! 😯

  110. d1shima September 12, 2013 5:04 pm

    I wonder if TCU might wanna reconsider leaving the MWC now?

  111. Shoko September 12, 2013 5:14 pm

    Weird game to say the least. I think the irony of this game is the eighth official.

  112. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 5:17 pm

    Nice win by TxTech… Klingsbury really show me some good stuff as a coach. Yes they were assisted by fortuitous calls from the refs, but they were well prepared for Boykin and made the timely call to the bullpen at QB to secure the game.

    Tough breaks for TCU but they had way too many penalties. Boykins wasn’t very good. He can run, but Tech put a spy on him which contained him on the ground. Boykins just isn’t good enough to find the single coverage. If his 1st option was covered, he took off running. There were receivers running open but Boykins doesn’t have the discipline to hang in the pocket and find the open receiver. Like most running QBs he has bad footwork, which makes him very inconsistent on accuracy. Lots of off target throws tonight when he targeted open receivers.

  113. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 5:21 pm

    111 yeah.. An extra official and might have been the worst officiated game I’ve ever seen… By a wide margin.

  114. football dad September 12, 2013 5:23 pm

    I wouldn’t tell a kid not to follow his heart.My son isn’t leaving. I wish The warriors. the best.I believe by 2015 they’ll win The. Mountain West. CHOW has them headed in the right diretion.He just needs someone to call the plays. I believe. in Chow. I just hate the stupid Talks on here. Especially when kids are HURT!!!!!!


  115. Former UH Athlete September 12, 2013 5:31 pm

    99, most of the miscommunications on option routes have been with Kemp and Kirkwood, the two true freshmen. Harding has had a few miscues but fewer than last year.

    For now, I’d just be happy if the WRs just catch the ball.

  116. al September 12, 2013 5:54 pm

    football dad…please know that a few of the trolls here only represent themselves. they do no represent the majority. in fact, some of them use multiple identities in an attempt to create their numbers. unfortunate that they are insensitive and speak without any regard to not only our warrior players and coaches but to the general public as well.

    it is those that only will “speak” from behind a blog and will never come forward face to face.

    pity on them for some have no clue or no friends.

    …nuff said!

  117. pu'uwai September 12, 2013 6:09 pm

    If you want better play calling, Coach Chows should go in the booth. It won’t be the first time an HC has done and it won’t be the last.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  118. Independentfocker September 12, 2013 6:10 pm

    its the scout board rejects that come here to whine…..

  119. pu'uwai September 12, 2013 6:10 pm

    sorry…It won’t be the first time a HC has done it…

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  120. RedZone September 12, 2013 6:30 pm

    Way to go Kelly Majam Elms.

  121. football dad September 12, 2013 6:43 pm




  122. Haleakala September 12, 2013 7:02 pm

    Football Dad: You aren’t the only one who hates some of the stupid talk here. There are some who try to be deliberately negative. Most of us just ignore the crazy talk. Also, we have had a lot of mainland players over the years who were just adored by the UH fans. Bit I can see how someone can perceive things by reading many of the posts on this blog.

    However keep contributing as I’m sure you can lead some interesting discussions. Appreciate your input.

  123. 3-Prong September 12, 2013 7:35 pm

    Go Wahine!

  124. 3-Prong September 12, 2013 7:37 pm

    6’1″ middle 5’8″‘outside hitter. Portland State’s gonna have a hard time matching up.

  125. kama krab September 12, 2013 8:00 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    Had to come on a reply to Football Dad.

    Football Dad, no doubt get some dummies out there but guess what most of us peeps up in here all faithfuls and would give the clothes of our back to make sure these young braddahs are taken care of. Been a season ticket holder for 27 years (I only 31). Been through the best and the worst. Cheered for the best and the worst. But one thing that will stay the same is, no matter where you from, when you come here and play for Hawaii, to me you will always be a braddah and we will always have there back. Bottom line. No worries about the donkeys that hide behind there screen and ack like wahines. Warrior for life.

  126. kama krab September 12, 2013 8:04 pm

    Oh and Football Dad much love to you and your family. Also much love to your boy for choosing to play for the good guys (The Rainbow Warrior’s). No worries we get the boys back.

  127. 3-Prong September 12, 2013 8:12 pm

    Ooooh? That 5’8″ hitter Patton from Hawaii is pretty good!

  128. Long time fan September 12, 2013 8:14 pm

    Thank you to football dad for his comments. I hope they help to give perspective to those who indulge themselves in their personal arrogance and aggrandizement at the expense of others. While to me the comments are annoying it is important to hear that there is an impact on the young men who commit themselves to our team and on the families that support these young men. Yes last year was disappointing and painful to watch at times. This year has started out tentatively. But I feel a sense of hopefulness that we are heading in the right direction. Whether this proves to be true or not is yet to be seen. But in any case I appreciate the young men who choose to play for the warriors, the families that support them and the commitment of the coaches. They have my support. If they don’t contend for the MWC championship by next year it will be disappointing and I will have to accept that my optimism is unrealistic. I see commitment frm both the players and the coaches that has not been evident to me recent years. I trust this commitment will be rewarded by success.

  129. RainbowCliff September 12, 2013 8:40 pm

    Good evening Tsaiko Nation, I post with a HEAVY heart tonight as one of my former Rainbow Brothers that played with me on the 1976-77 Rainbow Basketball team has met foul play and left his family of 3 boys and wife just DEVASTATED of the news that he is dead and an entire population of friends, love ones and associates just confused and hurt of this tremendous lost. I am speaking on the GREATNESS of Rainbow Basketball player Gavin Smith #33 with the white head band.

    Gavin Smith was a transfer basketball player from UCLA 1975 John Wooden Championship team who wound up leaving UCLA his final year and finding basketball aloha in Hawaii. An experience player who LED our young team every game with his famous head band, idol surfing looks and a jump shot that had no conscious of what area of the court it was coming from as Gavin was fearless as a Rainbow player and competitive that wouldn’t want to lose to NO ONE especially the tough schedule we had in front of us which was #1 in the country while playing as an independent team.

    Over 27 games that year Mr. Gavin Smith CARRIED a young and inexperience team by averaging for one season 23 points & 7 rebounds per game while going to the free throw line 136 times and converting 104 of them for a 76 percentile rate. His total points for that year 608 still remains the highest point total for one season that stills stands today 37 years later. A GREAT athlete that could run, jump, defend, rebound and have an unlimited shooting range that destroyed any big man that dared guard him outside the paint as he was quick and could put it on the floor while jumping over you or threw you as he was just that EXPLOSIVE with mad hops game !

    At 6’6″ he total 170 rebounds playing 26 games as Mr Smith was FEARLESS on the boards and could fill the lane for transition while being that fast and smooth being on the receiving end for a layup or dunk as it did not matter for the “flying head band” was just that of a GREAT player who was so maligned and misunderstood for his only season playing for the Rainbow Warriors. Gavin had his GREATEST games against top teams as he single handedly beat the #5 ranked team New Mexico Lobos led by future NBA great Michael Cooper by scoring 31 points on the entire roster as he led us to a 78-77 victory. Gavin put on a INCREDIBLE performance against 3rd rank Oregon State scoring 37 points and grabbing 13 rebounds / 40 against Houston Baptist in a UH blow out and closing out his final game as a Bow against future NBA Philadelphia 76ers World Champion Andrew Toney with 37 points as he fouled out for the 6th time that year giving his all as the 7,018 loyal Hawaii basketball fans gave Gavin a HUGE standing ovation !

    At last in life Gavin, an executive with Fox entertainment had a lot of demons with drugs and outside relationships outside of his marriage as he was reported missing May 1st, 2012 leaving a friends house in Oak Park, California as he failed to pick up one of his three sons from school the next morning. The LA County Sheriff’s Department announced that it found Smith’s Mercedes Benz last month at a storage facility linked to convicted drug dealer John Creech. The condition of the car, along with information developed from the investigation, led authorities to believe that Gavin Smith was killed. Still today Smith’s body has not been found. Gavin had a relationship with Creech’s wife, Chandrika Creech, sheriff’s officials said, but they would not comment on the nature of the relationship as the two apparently met in rehab. Smiths wife Lisa told the LA Times that she suspected from the beginning that something horrible happened to him and that he wouldn’t just leave his family.

    In conclusion I would ask all of you who would be reading this post PLEASE pray for Gavin’s family as his wife and three son’s are just DEVASTATED of the news that his life is a missing tragedy and NO body has been found as a year and four months has passed. I pray that God’s MERCY will be watching over him and find away to come too a conclusion as his long time teammate Cliff Sanchez appreciates what he did as a former Rainbow Warrior, playing his heart out to win for Hawaii. May God have an answer to my buddy Gavin as I truly hope he can be lay down to rest as family love ones and friends needs closure to this terrible lost.

  130. madeinhawaii September 12, 2013 8:49 pm

    Player wise, I, too, think we have enough talent to win a good number of games. I am very cautiously hopeful.

  131. madeinhawaii September 12, 2013 8:49 pm

    Player wise, I, too, think we have enough talent to win a good number of games. I am very cautiously hopeful.

  132. tommui September 12, 2013 8:52 pm

    #129 RainbowCliff

    Sorry to hear about Gavin – who had been over our home a couple of times.

    Good guy and player!

  133. d1shima September 12, 2013 9:01 pm

    Sorry to hear about Gavin Smith.

    Aloha to his Ohana.

  134. jm2375 (iPad) September 12, 2013 9:09 pm

    Condolences to Gavin Smith’s ohana. I’ll always remember the headband and his “game” face and the great player that he was.

  135. NotNasti September 12, 2013 9:25 pm

    Gavin Smith was the real deal when he played here. One of the best.

  136. madeinhawaii September 12, 2013 9:27 pm

    Gavin Smith was wonderful! .. So sorry he fell into the drug scene.. Best wishes to his Ohana, I hope they find resolution, peace of heart, and some kind of closure soon.

  137. Jeezy33 September 12, 2013 10:01 pm

    Tcu got robbed … I agree Boykin was terrible but I have seen games where he looked great. I credit tech D.. Very unexpected ..

    Might be one of the worst officiated games ive seen … Tcu biggest issue was false starts… I think Boykin was capable of moving sticks on manageable 3rd downs but the o line kept jumping and making it hard to establish long 3rd downs..

    refs called 2 punt return Tds back.. One was awful with fair catch after the td was scored.. The interference on the punt was also awful In which it hit a tech player and would have been tcu ball. tcu played awful offensively but still should have been tied at very least before refs took game into their own hands.. Also rb clearly fumbled when tech was up 7 with 2 min to go

  138. Konoman1 September 12, 2013 10:10 pm

    Thank you Hossana for a great post! just ignore the trolls!

  139. markazulu September 12, 2013 10:24 pm

    It doesnt matter where our boys are from if they play for the university of HAWAII we should be proud of them no matter if they from Waianae or New Jersey. Dont favor the local players either i think in fairness to the fans, players and the coaches themselves they should play THE BEST players we have local or not. I also think we should be proud of the local kids who go up to the mainland and do big things in CFB like Manti Te’o

    If a guy can produce for us like Ashley Leile, Chad Owens, Kealoha Pilares, Timmy Chang, Bryant Moniz, Jason Rivers, Noga Brothers, jesse sapolu then im fine with that

    But if we have non locals come in and perform like Davone Bess, Ryan grice mullen, Greg Salas, alex green, Nick Rolovich, COLT BRENNAN im also fine with that

    Support the Locals but i also bleed green we should discuss the negatives but dont forget about the positives.

  140. d1shima September 12, 2013 10:35 pm

    Uhhh….anyone interested in the AD’s plan?

  141. d1shima September 12, 2013 10:37 pm

    ….safe to say that it sounds like, “Grab yer checkbook!” and that’s makin’ for erryboddy diving under the covers? 😈

  142. Haleakala September 12, 2013 10:39 pm


    I’m sorry about the loss of Gavin Smith. May he rest in peace.

    Much aloha to his family and friends.

  143. madeinhawaii September 12, 2013 11:31 pm

    If they are on the team. To me, they are local.

  144. Michael Kilmer September 13, 2013 5:23 am

    That was really awesome experience. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  145. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 5:42 am

    Its funny…when you are on the team, in as much as people know where other teammates grew-up, it is not really a point of distinction. That said, back in the day, versus today’s teams, it is the fans who highlight this feature much more prominently then anyone I played with…in the end, they are all just teammates.

  146. d1shima September 13, 2013 6:11 am

    Great Morning All!

    Waytago VolleyBows!

  147. d1shima September 13, 2013 6:16 am

    Go Scouts! IT’S FRIDAY!

  148. d1shima September 13, 2013 6:18 am

    Rally cry for UHAD?

    Ben Jay: Bring your checkbooks.

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