Home stretch

The Warriors are back on the practice field today in preparation for the home finale against UNLV this Saturday.

UH lists 22 seniors. Of note, Nick Childs, Scott Harding, Jeremy Higgins, Donnie King, Michael Martin, and Taz Stevenson initially joined the program as walk-ons. Stevenson, who earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington, is in graduate school.

The Warriors remained on schedule this week despite spending an extra 15 hours in the Bay Area. After a mechanical problem forced the plane to return to San Jose, the Warriors were able to reclaim the hotel rooms they had previously used. According to UH officials, Hawaiian Airlines picked up the tab for the extended stay. The Warriors were able to use the conference rooms. The meetings the coaches usually have on Mondays were conducted that Sunday.


  1. tofuzuke November 18, 2014 6:10 am

    Did UH b-ball win this morning? Set my timer to record the game and it recorded to 3 min. remaining in the game…. please update

  2. Fei Jai November 18, 2014 6:11 am


  3. Fei Jai November 18, 2014 6:11 am

    To be elua.

  4. maddog50 November 18, 2014 6:22 am

    After all the blah….blah…..blah….a win is a win and in a few short weeks or less no one will even remember. Again Congrats to TJ…..as I stated earlier Beau Yap is the glue and was credited with 8 tackles and a sack! Here is to the D playing even tougher and Looser this week against the Rebels. They have a lot of talent including a top draft pick for the CFL at OT. I am hoping all criticism aside from some folks that there is a great turnout for the home finale and the Senior farewell. The parting Seniors deserve an awful lot for there effort and the challenges they have faced,Scott…Beau….Moses et al. Wish I were there but again am hunkered down in the frigid Mid-West. Have to watch it on MWC. Hey if anyone is interested in 1/50th of a film tower I am in for my share!!!! Go Warriors(meaning 50 folks at a grand apiece) Big Plaque!!!!

  5. haka November 18, 2014 6:24 am

    Go Warriors!
    Repel da Rebels!
    Go get’em Seniors!
    And mahalo for rep’n da 808!!!

  6. UHfan808 November 18, 2014 6:35 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos!

  7. UHfan808 November 18, 2014 6:39 am

    Hehe for the ending of the travel story, ST!

    Thank you for the hotel stay for the Warriors, Hawaiian Air!

    Have a good sound practice, Warriors! 🙂

    Have a nice day, everyone!

  8. d1shima November 18, 2014 6:43 am

    Great Morning All!

    Must be a tough week for all the Seniors.

    Like that Tsage Tsaiko once said, “Make memories. Make memories. Make memories.”

    Let’s Go Bows!

  9. mytake November 18, 2014 7:47 am

    The thing about flying Hawaiian is they don’t have spare planes or flight crews. So even if they fix the plane, the flt crew may go illegal and walk off the plane. But hey, they probably got a good price

  10. hatakeman November 18, 2014 8:03 am

    Tofuzuke, Rainbow basketball lost ugly. They scored two points in last 8 minutes or so. Something like that. Newspaper said High Point went on a 20-3 run.

  11. tom November 18, 2014 8:04 am


    Thank you SENIORS (and GRAD STUDENTS) for your contributions!

  12. (Jesse)James November 18, 2014 8:31 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!!

    Wow, the last home game of the season already. That means the last T-gate of the season this weekend. If you haven’t been to one….come on down. There fun!!! 🙂

  13. gigi-hawaii November 18, 2014 8:33 am

    Good luck to the seniors!
    I am glad they had a productive time when they had to return to the mainland.
    They were lucky to get their former rooms back.

  14. (Jesse)James November 18, 2014 8:36 am

    Thank you seniors!!!

  15. bto November 18, 2014 8:39 am

    These seniors will be the best class to prevail in life. For to endure the two to four years they went through has tempered them strong. Thank you for your spirit to fight through and finish strong!! GO BOWS

  16. Andrew November 18, 2014 8:45 am

    Well we avoided the bottom 10, but we did get a shout-out. If we lose this week’s game we sure will earn a spot though.

    “6. UNLV (2-9)
    The countdown is officially on as the nation quivers with anticipation over this weekend’s strike-of-midnight throwdown between UNLV and Huh-wai-yuh to see who can seize sole possession of last place in the Mountain West West, not to mention the Bottom 10 West. They should have play-by-play done by Adam West. ESPN Stats & Info also informs me that UNLV ranks sixth in the nation with 89 missed tackles. Meanwhile, Hawaii is among the nation’s worst at avoiding tackles. So … something’s gotta give!”

  17. Andrew November 18, 2014 8:47 am

    I don’t get why the writer always breaks down Hawaii as Huh-wai-yuh though…

  18. islandman November 18, 2014 8:51 am

    #1 . tofuzuke— UH lost 54-62 .

    Had a nine point lead with 8 minutes left.

  19. A-House November 18, 2014 9:02 am

    Rex Manu says he has no intention of playing for UH, but he does have an offer.

    I do hope the coaches pull that offer NOW and offer it to another who wants to be here.

    Don’t wait like they did for Manti Teo.

  20. Andrew November 18, 2014 9:10 am


    Agreed. If they wanna to leave, then so be it and go find he ones that want to stay.

  21. jeezy33 November 18, 2014 9:30 am

    19. Pulling an offer has 0 impact on other recruits. Coaches will always make a roster spot available if a special talent like Manu changes his mind and wants to stay home. All pulling an offer does would hurt your chances securing teammates because it looks bad.

  22. Andrew November 18, 2014 9:36 am


    But if the guy has already made it clear that he doesn’t want to stay and would rather go to the mainland, how much can they really change his mind? Many of the students already, whether athletes or not, already go through school with the mindset that UH is not that great of a school and they have to go elsewhere to get a good education. Plus living on a small island their whole lives, many want to get away and experience life elsewhere. I think they should not count on someone that has expressed the want to go away already in changing their minds, and use the offer to get someone that wants to stay. If they wait too long on him, they may miss an opportunity with some other recruit.

  23. Andrew November 18, 2014 9:38 am

    Not to mention many parents encourage their kids to go to the mainland as well to take opportunities that they may have not had.

  24. JustAsking November 18, 2014 9:48 am

    Thank you to all our departing seniors!

  25. Old School Dave November 18, 2014 10:02 am

    Anyone know how Bern Brostek’s son is doing at UW? I thought he was a p/t starter as a true frosh on the O-Line, but haven’t heard anything the last two seasons. Maybe, injuries? Micah Hatchie (Waialua Bulldog!) has been steady on the O-line for UW. I also don’t think that that Moanalua D-Lineman, Pagano (?) is seeing much playing time at Clemson.

  26. Old School Dave November 18, 2014 10:05 am

    Missionary mentality in Hawaii is still prevalent – “You need to go to college on the mainland if you want to make something of yourself.” To each his own, but I often point out guys like Shawn Ching (among others) to counter that way of thinking.

  27. Andrew November 18, 2014 10:15 am


    I agree. I think more so it’s what the individual makes of the opportunity and the effort they put in. Thus why I think someone can get just as good of an education at the public high schools than at the private ones. I think that the missionary mentality is more prevalent at the private schools though. They think of ending up at UH as more of a failure and not an option.

  28. Tempmanoa November 18, 2014 10:18 am

    Coaches differ on keeping an offer open to a player that has turned it down and it also depends on the circumstances.
    Our coaches have pulled offers which where players opted to go elsewhere and where they had other offers they were considering– the rationale being that we did not want players to feel that our offers were good “forever”. This also becomes important, because although some players express interest in going away, they do not give the coaches the word to pull the offer and that limits offering other players– one of the Fehekos caused a problem like this.

  29. Z November 18, 2014 10:23 am

    I like the Manu offer. If he decides later on that he is not comfortable with the school he is at UH who offered could end up being in the back of his mind. He did leave Punahou for Mililani. He decommited from Stanford to look at other options. He does want to play somewhere else but who knows what he may do later on?

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid November 18, 2014 10:38 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 😉

    Special group of Seniors, to be sure. Much aloha and gratitude to them for being Warriors. Some were recruits to “big name” schools, but chose to stay home and represent, UH, it fans, their friends, family and the whole state. All are Warriors, all are winners!

    Happy Birthday to Brother Hawaiianbod!

  31. A-House November 18, 2014 10:52 am

    I think the most sad situation is when the player wants to attend UH, but are forced to go away because of parental/family pressure – how sad because it’s the player who must suffer the mental anguish.

    in my mind, the player who absolutely wants to go away should tell UH coaches give the offer to another rather “hang them on the line” and turn UH down a few days before or on NLOI day – other worthy player(s) who wanted UH thus signs with another school when they could have gotten a scholarship at UH.

    must agree with the “missionary mentality” that’s pervasive at “private schools” – living on the mainland is tough.

    many ex-islanders who went to college on the mainland do attend the UH tailgates – this is the time to “re-connect” with their “island ties” – many happy faces at the UH tailgate at Rice!!!

  32. tom November 18, 2014 10:53 am

    The benefit of playing at UH is simply everybody knows your name.
    If you go play at a Mainland school and return to Hawaii – unless you make the pros how many will remember you?

  33. A-House November 18, 2014 10:54 am

    dpk #30:

    yes, and an echo to your birthday wishes to Hawaiianbod

    yo, bro HB, have a good one on this special day from Mrs Ahouse, Midori 7, Masaboy and me!!!

  34. A-House November 18, 2014 10:55 am

    counselor: ready for more Korean historical dramas?

  35. kawika49 November 18, 2014 10:56 am

    Yes it was a FUGLY game but we won !

  36. tom November 18, 2014 10:57 am


    If you got a couple of bucks – and your kids can chip in – there’s a nice place for sale up in Manoa just across from the UH Quad.

    Then you don’t have to change your blog name to reflect changing events! 🙂

  37. kakaako kid November 18, 2014 11:02 am

    If a player wants to go to the mainland for college, let him/her go with our blessings. If the journey was not as he/she had hoped, we will welcome them back with open arms. Some we sign, leave. Some who leave, return. The goal for all our children is to be productive contributors in life, not just sports. It is important that the school and athlete both contribute to this goal, wherever that may be. This is a difficult decision for teenager. Let us hope the advice from adults always considers the child, not only the athlete.

  38. SteveM November 18, 2014 11:15 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Happy Birthday Hawaiianbod!

    Glad to hear the team was able to return to the hotel and HA picked up the tab.

  39. jimmy the lock November 18, 2014 11:18 am

    Good thing the Warriors won this past game or else the attendance for this Saturday’s game would be less than this Friday’s games.


    If kids want to matriculate to the mainland then more power to them. Whether it’s for sports, educational experience, life experience, change of scenery, or whatever, no need put your priorities on them. It’s their life. You wouldn’t want someone to criticize or dissect your or your family member(s) life.

    Nah, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, go for it. Grumble, criticize, encourage, and praise all you like.

  40. cocobean November 18, 2014 11:28 am

    Hawaii has always kept it’s door open to players that wanted to come home after initially signing else where. Every year there seems to be someone who found the grass was not greener on the other side of the ocean.

    We experience both ways. Kids going to the mainland are traveling thousands of miles away from home while mainland kids coming here are doing the same. Not everyone can adjust to the distance and the new culture. I can’t hold it against anyone who wants to go home, either way.

  41. thoms ip6 November 18, 2014 11:37 am

    ahouse well lost bet Fyi I was at maple garden this past weekend was ok but may want to try another place

  42. tiga November 18, 2014 11:59 am

    kids who go away for college needs to know if they go away they will have a hard time living away when they can always go home for food and have money when they need them.

  43. Shoko November 18, 2014 12:01 pm

    Good luck, Seniors, and Happy Birthday, HawaiianBod!

    Hope fans will attend this game to at least to pay tribute to the seniors. After all, they all had to endure the tough times.

  44. Da Punchbowl Kid November 18, 2014 12:04 pm

    I hope everyone reading here understands that my remarks above are simply meant to express gratitude to our Seniors. I bear neither grudge nor judgement to any athlete who goes away. A first step towards adulthood is for theses youngsters to think their own thoughts and follow their own dreams. God love and bless them all.


  45. Shoko November 18, 2014 12:05 pm

    On another note, Rebels quarterback last year out of camp, Nick Sherry, is transferring after this season. Not happy being demoted to third string.

  46. 808WarriorFan November 18, 2014 12:20 pm

    A win is a win is a win no matter how ugly it was…as always the play calling was “offensive” and Joey looks a “bit” out of shape & slow. For a team that was 124th in run defense they sure looked good.

    What was really AWESOME was the fan base that was there; we, I say we as I was there, were the only ones left in Spartan Stadium just before the game ended; well there were a “few” fans in blue & yellow but one heck of a lot of green & white.

    SJSU owned us between the 20’s but we capitalized on their mistakes in the red zone. Hoping for a 2 game “streak” vs UNLV.

    I’ll be there…WILL YOU ????? We owe it to the Seniors…

  47. BigWave96744 November 18, 2014 2:12 pm

    Note UH can qualify only for the Las Vegas Bowl, not the Hawaii Bowl or any other bowl.


  48. 4-Prong November 18, 2014 3:01 pm

    There’s no way UH can play in any bowl game at 5-8. they need to first be considered bowl eligible according to the NCAA in order to play in a bowl game. There is a mechanism for teams with records as low as 5-7 to get into a bowl game, but that would only be if MWC has no bowl eligible teams to fulfill its contractural requirements, and even then, a 5-7 team would be almost last on the list (depending on its APR).

    Currently, there are 6 bowl games with MWC tie ins, and assuming that SDSU wins one more game, there will be 6 legit bowl eligible teams, excluding hawaii (who wouldn’t be eligible anyway). and even if SDSU loses, they would probably be the first one called up to play in a MWC tie-in bowl game over UH.

  49. mytake November 18, 2014 3:08 pm

    What if state, city, unions and, local companies refuse to hire any recruit who declined UH. Hawaii wasn’t good enough for you then so go stay on the mainland forever.

  50. st. anthony trojan November 18, 2014 3:15 pm

    mytake…is called discrimination…is a no no

  51. hatakeman November 18, 2014 4:30 pm

    Will Muschamp, Florida HC, announced today he is stepping down because “he just wasn’t getting the job done.” His 4-year record is 27-20. I think we might have a parade if the Warriors’ had a 27-20 winning record. So besides talent pool and money, SEC expectations are a lot higher.

  52. BigWave96744 November 18, 2014 4:39 pm

    The Las Vegas Bowl is contracted to take the MWC Champion.

    A few years ago a 5-7 UCLA team would have played in the Rose Bowl if they won the PAC12 championship.

  53. mytake November 18, 2014 4:40 pm

    Call what you like, its happened at the docks

  54. Gorilla Monsoo November 18, 2014 5:05 pm

    How about we just focus on the next game instead of going bowling…No like bachi….

  55. 4-Prong November 18, 2014 5:08 pm

    bigwave: are you sure about that? Fresno state is in the same situation as UH and this is what was written about them:

    “There are scenarios in which Fresno State go could 1-1 in its final two games and still win the West Division and play for the Mountain West championship, though it’d require the Bulldogs to beat the Wolf Pack. There also are scenarios in which as many as five teams could be tied for first in the West with Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, Hawaii and San Jose State jumbled atop the standings.

    Under NCAA rules, though, teams must reach six wins before the end of the regular season to be bowl eligible. That means even if Fresno State entered the Mountain West title game at 5-7 then won to get to 6-7 overall, the Bulldogs still would not qualify for postseason eligibility.

    Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/11/17/4240795/mountain-west-to-vote-on-whether.html#storylink=cpy

  56. kawika49 November 18, 2014 5:54 pm

    Ben Jay should just give an invite to any team. Call it the Aloha welcome bowl or whatever.

  57. al November 18, 2014 6:14 pm

    Andrew @#22…beau yap for example.

  58. al November 18, 2014 6:20 pm

    4-prong…read this


  59. beans November 18, 2014 7:00 pm

    any tailgate plans for Fresno?

  60. Brad November 18, 2014 7:13 pm

    I think 4-prong’s right. If Fresno goes 6-7 after winning the conference title game they are still ineligible to play in any bowl game so whoever was the Mountain division champion even if they lose the title game will still represent the MWC in the Las Vegas Bowl. But Fresno will be the 2014 MWC champion and take the trophy if they win the title game.

  61. Brad November 18, 2014 7:23 pm

    ….or the Las Vegas Bowl has the first choice(pick) of the bowl eligible teams in the MW.

  62. markazulu November 18, 2014 7:48 pm

    @al decided to put up the part you probably wanted @4prong to read lol
    On August 2, 2012, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a significant change to the process to determine bowl eligible teams, going so far as to potentially allow 5-7 teams to go to a bowl, in case there were not enough regular bowl-eligible teams to fill every game. If a bowl has one or more conferences/teams unable to meet their contractual commitments and there are no available bowl-eligible teams, the open spots can be filled – by the particular bowl’s sponsoring agencies – as follows
    1.Teams finishing 6-6 with one win against a team from the lower Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), regardless of whether that FCS school meets NCAA scholarship requirements. Until now, an FCS win counted only if that opponent met the scholarship requirements—specifically, that school had to award at least 90% of the FCS maximum of 63 scholarship equivalents over a two-year period. In the 2012 season, programs in four FCS conferences cannot meet the 90% requirement (56.7 equivalents)—the Ivy League, which prohibits all athletic scholarships; the Patriot League and Pioneer Football League, which do not currently award football scholarships; and the Northeast Conference, which limits football scholarships to 38 equivalents.
    6-6 teams with two wins over FCS schools.
    Teams that finish 6-7 with loss number seven in their conference championship game (that has been eliminated by the conference championship waiver rule).
    6-7 teams that normally play a 13-team schedule, such as Hawaii’s home opponents. Although Hawaii normally plays a 13-game schedule, it only played 12 games this season.
    FCS teams who are in the final year of the two-year FBS transition process, if they have at least a 6-6 record.
    Finally, 5-7 teams that have a top-5 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. This was later adjusted to allow other 5-7 teams to be selected thereafter—in order of their APR.

  63. beans November 18, 2014 8:40 pm


  64. pollypicador November 18, 2014 10:31 pm

    The 2008 class can be labeled as a special group of seniors-11 first team ALL-WAC team players, Sugar Bowl invite, undefeated regular season. That group was special…great leadership. The current class has done nothing, but except being a part in 4 DUI’s, overhype, underachievement, dwindling attendance figures, bottom rankings and none of these players have any wow factor…in other words a huge disappointment(plus there was an investigation of point shaving) . What hatched from this group was an egg.

  65. Stephen Tsai November 19, 2014 6:09 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=26088

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