LB’s status still on hold

Outside linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea’s status remains uncertain — but hopeful — as the NCAA considers his appeal and subsequent response for an application to play this season.

Citing special family-related circumstances, Kema-Kaleiwahea is seeking an exemption to the rule requiring a player to redshirt after transferring from an FBS school to another. Kema-Kaleiwahea transferred from Arizona to UH in January. An amendment, which goes into effect this fall, initially disallowed any exemptions, even for those who transferred this past spring semester. But then the NCAA amended the amendment to consider the cases of spring-semester transfers. UH then refiled its exemption request.

While there is enough time, if cleared, Kema-Kaleiwahea would factor heavily in the Warriors’ plans this season. He is skilled as a stand-up rusher and cover defender. That hybrid position has been key in the program’s history. The linebacker who can align on the line’s edge was used in double-eagle schemes under Dick Tomey and Bob Wagner. In the 1999 Oahu Bowl, Jeff Ulbrich moved up as a fifth defensive lineman. Most recently, Paipai Falemalu, Tavita Woodard, Beau Yap and TJ Taimatuia played the hybrid role. Kema-Kaleiwahea, who is a lean 250 pounds, has impressive first-step quickness.


  1. Buffoman July 4, 2015 8:14 am

    What are his chances to be cleared? Do we have a history asking for these exceptions?

  2. 3-Prong July 4, 2015 8:15 am

    Free Makani!

  3. Stephen Tsai July 4, 2015 8:23 am

    Everybody tells me he’s got a great chance, and that they’d be shocked if he wasn’t cleared.
    Butt this is the NCAA, so we’ll see. But the Warriors are counting on him.

  4. A-House July 4, 2015 9:11 am


    is there a way to go back and review “closed” posts?

    or, once it’s closed, it’s closed?

  5. oldtimer808 July 4, 2015 9:34 am

    ST was that a typo error using the word “butt” vs the correct spelling of “but” or is that just your sutle way of describing the NCAA.

  6. islandman July 4, 2015 9:51 am

    A-House; all the closed posts can be reviewed by clicking on the topic for the day, as far as i can see.

  7. kapakahi July 4, 2015 10:10 am


    Where’s Agasiva & Lavaka?

  8. Old School Dave July 4, 2015 10:32 am

    Come on, NCAA! Your regs say that, “Exemptions for 4-year transfers not having to sit out a season are typically granted for athletes transferring to schools closer to home for family or academic reasons or due to financial hardship.”

    Do the right thing and let Makani play in 2015!

  9. Stephen Tsai July 4, 2015 11:02 am

    They’re still waiting to be cleared

  10. Stephen Tsai July 4, 2015 11:04 am

    I close the posts to let people know a new post is up. It also minimizes spam.

  11. SteveM July 4, 2015 11:26 am

    Happy Fourth of July everyone!

    RE: #4
    A-House — if you are asking if previous blog entries are still available (to be read), then click on the Warrior World logo at the top of this page and it will take you to the main page. Currently, the last 10 days of ST’s blogs are listed.

  12. A-House July 4, 2015 11:49 am

    thanks, guys!!! got it!

  13. beans July 4, 2015 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the explanation.

  14. kapakahi July 4, 2015 1:02 pm


    Thanks for the update!

    That OC DB also waiting to be cleared too?

  15. akuhead2 July 4, 2015 2:48 pm

    you guys know this already most probabability …
    Keoni Bush-Loo = Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea

  16. Stephen Tsai July 4, 2015 8:53 pm

    He’ll be here for training camp.

  17. H-man July 4, 2015 9:45 pm

    Austin Webb too? It’s been a long time we’ve had someone his size.

  18. 808warriorfan July 5, 2015 7:50 am

    Brian Bosworth did have a point when he wore that t-shirt that said …”NCAA = National Communist Against Athletes…

  19. Stephen Tsai July 5, 2015 9:15 am

    I think Austin Webb is here.
    I’ll know tomorrow when the conditioning program resumes.

  20. Stephen Tsai July 5, 2015 9:15 am

    New post:

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