Linebacker recruit makes easy adjustment

cravenA year ago, Siaki Cravens left Utah, which will join the Pac-10 in the near future. Now he is an outside linebacker for the Warriors.

Second thoughts?

“No regrets at all,” Cravens said. “Nothing against Utah, but it wasn’t a good fit for me. I moved on. I’m 10 times happier here than in Utah, and I’ve only been here a week Definitely no regrets. I love it here. This was one of the best decisions I made.”

Cravens had signed with Utah in February 2008. He redshirted that year, then decided to leave after the 2009 spring semester. He attended Long Beach City College the past year.

Cravens, who is 6 feet 3 and 235 pounds, said it was an easy decision to transfer to UH. He said he likes the way the Warriors develop pass rushers — he cited Travis LaBoy, Melila Purcell III and David Veikune — and that he has relatives in Laie.

Cravens, who has three years to play three seasons, is enrolled in UH’s Summer Session II.

“I’m enjoying it out here,” Cravens said. “It’s Hawaii, so the weather’s great. The guys on the team are really good. They took me in real easy. They’re teaching me. The coaches and trainers have accepted me real well.”

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Since I’m not sure if people can find the blog or stories, here’s the link to running back Sterling Jackson joining the Warriors: Sterling Jackson

And thanks to the nocturnal Al, here is Jackson’s highlight video: Jackson video.

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It finally appears as if offensive lineman Clayton Laurel has zapped the injury bug. He missed the 2009 season because of a fracture in his right leg. He did participate in spring training because of a fractured right wrist.

But he said the wrist injury did not require surgery, and he is now healthy.

Laurel, who will be a junior, gives the Warriors flexibility at tackle and guard.


  1. al July 17, 2010 2:16 am


  2. al July 17, 2010 2:20 am

    siaki cravens could have his whole family here soon. besides his sister who comes on as a wbb recruit, mack and co. are hoping kid brother sua cravens will make it “three’s company” in 2012.

  3. al July 17, 2010 2:20 am

    dragging this over…

    okay…now you believe me that we had another scholie to give.

    here’s the new dude….

  4. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 2:21 am

    Thanks, again, for the info, Al.

  5. al July 17, 2010 2:22 am

    sterling “da bull” jackson just reminds of a bull in a china shop. a straight ahead hit the hole hard and fast type of runner. solid late pick up since we didn’t sign any rb’s last year.

  6. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 2:23 am

    Thanks for the link to Sterling Jackson.
    Not sure if he’s a scholie guy yet, although it appears things are heading that way.

  7. al July 17, 2010 2:25 am

    okay now i can hit the sack. nice write up on cravens. he looks like a solid guy who if he picks up a few more pounds could make an instant impact since we lack guys on the edge. i’ll bet he comes on as a hybrid olb during passing downs.

  8. cheepono July 17, 2010 2:27 am

    top 10!

    cheepono out.

  9. al July 17, 2010 2:27 am

    his running style is quite similar to alex green. big, fast, no nonsense straight ahead guy. i like his burst through the hole without hesitation attitude.

  10. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 2:39 am

    I like that he’s a big back.

  11. mctruck July 17, 2010 4:21 am

    A big welcome to Mr. Cravens, I hope he will have a great impact on the team like the other past Warriors that he mentions; I thought UH had repackaged the same “action-Jackson” who just completed his college eligibility and renamed him as Sterling?!, it’s eerie how physically and stats wise, their almost carbon copies, no??, so I hope this new jc-guy,(accolades, etc.) is better, much better than the previous?

  12. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 4:37 am

    Welcome to Cravens! What’s up Warriors?
    With each of these updates, we get closer and closer to Da Season!!!

  13. mctruck July 17, 2010 4:48 am

    Thanks, al for that video of Jackson……he has great 1st step speed especially when he hits that hole in the d-line. I like how it seems against jc competition, he can absorb initial 1st hits and still keeps his movement foward. Going to do some more research…wonder which of the BCS recruiters tried to get him out of high school?

  14. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 4:56 am

    #3… al… Thanks for the vid link.
    Out of nearly 10 minutes of highlight footage, he broke maybe 2 or 3 tackles. Not good. He hits the hole fast, but he has no break away speed. He shows sings of decent vision, making a couple of cutbacks here and there, but am I missing anything else?
    If anything, this video shows how good a running back CAN be if they have a good line that plays disciplined, assignment run-blocking.
    I’m not sold yet. Maybe, while talking with him, the coaches feel he has the tools and just needs to get stronger? I don’t know. We’ll see…

  15. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 5:03 am

    Okay, after watching it again…
    His first 5 runs on the video were good. He’s got hands too, so another plus.
    His speed is deceptive. He runs by people before they can get to him.
    We’ll see what he brings.

  16. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 5:05 am

    Once they wrap him up, he usually goes down unless he’s fighting for a td or 1st down. But he definitely hits the hole quick and runs by people.

  17. LizKauai [iMac] m/ July 17, 2010 6:07 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Welcome home, Mr. Cravens!!!

  18. d1島 July 17, 2010 6:43 am

    Great Morning All!

    Welcome Siaki Cravens.

    Hope erryboddy has a terrific day…


  19. Bigislandkurt July 17, 2010 6:51 am

    That bradduh Cravens really past the eye test yeh? 6’3, 235??? Former Utah recruit? Man, he got the makings of a something great. Given that he used up his redshirt year, I have to believe this bradduh gonna see the field this year.


  20. ai-eee-soos July 17, 2010 7:03 am

    It’s great to have offensive lineman Clayton Laurel available.

    Like ST says – gives flexibility to th O-line.

  21. ai-eee-soos July 17, 2010 7:05 am

    Welcome aboard, Siaki Cravens.

  22. NYUH July 17, 2010 7:39 am

    I like when Stephen does bios. Welcome Mr. Cravens. I wonder where you will fit in:

    STUB 42 Paipai Falemalu 6-3 230 So
    24 Aaron Brown 6-1 205 Jr

    MAC 55 George Daily-Lyles 5-11 230 Fr
    50 Mana Lolotai 6-0 230 Jr

    BUCK 41 Corey Paredes 5-11 235 Jr
    40 Po‘okela Ahmad 6-1 200 Sr

  23. chawan_cut July 17, 2010 7:45 am

    what time is it?
    where am i?
    like that vid of the new RB. he’ll fill in nicely after greene and chizzy are done this year. (i predict they’ll have a banner year. both of them).

  24. chopsueyboy July 17, 2010 7:50 am

    Top Twenty-Five!

  25. chopsueyboy July 17, 2010 7:50 am

    Good Morning Tsai-kos!

    Barely made the top 25. Thought I was going to be destined to those
    others receiving votes.

  26. djmitcho July 17, 2010 7:58 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos! Hope everyone has a good day

  27. NYUH July 17, 2010 8:06 am

    Last October, in preparation of their game against Idaho, coaches from the University of Hawaii football team approached redshirted left tackle Brett Leonard with a bit of a challenge, and threw him for somewhat of a loop at the same time.

  28. BleedGreen808 July 17, 2010 8:12 am

    Good morning to everyone!

    Glad to see Siaki working out with his brethren this summer. Hope he bulks up a it. Kind of skinny. Like al said, could possibly have the three Cravens out playing for the WARRIORS. Go get’em Coach Mack and Co.

    See you guys in Miami.

    Pomai and Kazz–

    I’ll send the donation to the softball team’s bracelet when I am settled in. Let me know where and how to send it. Sorry, it took so long.


    Will have to take a raincheck on the bash. See above statement. Thanks for the invite, though!

  29. roysan16 July 17, 2010 8:19 am

    To Dayton,

    I wish you were here at this newspaper.

    I’ve always had a deep appreciation for how you report your articles and the style in which you wrote.

    Today I read another Ferd column, which only prompted me into thinking of you. For there’s no doubt I think you could of done 10 times better.

    Coincidentally, Ferd writes something, today, about the deck being stacked against the UH students. Somebody should reply that the deck is stacked against the readers, too, reading the newspaper’s columnists articles at this newspaper.

    Even his cousin Dave had a few bad ones. But at least he has a higher ratio of good articles to bad ones than Ferd.

    Best regards. Hope all is going better for you.Hope there’s a new newspaper on the horizon and you’re part of it. But for now we’re (the readers) are resigned to what they give us over here. This is bad.

  30. Shoko July 17, 2010 8:21 am

    I don’t think you were far off on your intial assessment. Definitely no breakaway or top-end speed in the backfield. However, he seems to have good vision, as you stated, and might be good for those third-and-short situations. Hard to gauge how well he would do against a D-I defense tho. Also, have to consider our O-line as they dictate how well a RB performs.

  31. Slugger July 17, 2010 8:21 am

    Good morning!!!

    Got to say Hey to Siaki yesterday. Nice young man. So that’s why he’s not listed on the online roster…

    Glad to hear Clayton Laurel is ready to play.

    Off to watch hula all day. Esme & out…

  32. Pomai July 17, 2010 8:22 am

    BleedGreen808 Where you stay? Hold on to your donation for a littlo bit, I goin send you one email. Oh wait I no more your email addy, so go send one email to me at pomai at

  33. Lux Painter July 17, 2010 8:31 am

    Gee, top 30ish.

    Good morning Hawaii!

  34. Mauimon July 17, 2010 8:32 am

    Reading the Notre Dame story were 43 were arrested for drinking, including Nate Montana and 7 other football players. I notice a Robert Toma freshman receiver was also listed as being arrested with this group. Is this the former Punahou football player?

  35. pakegolf July 17, 2010 8:38 am

    #28 NYUH
    Thanks for the link. Nice story. Sounds like Leonard is ready to mix it up. O-line will gel and prevail. Go Warriors!

  36. RedZone July 17, 2010 8:40 am

    I would give Jackson’s oline a look. Especially that 6’5″ 330 lb left guard (65) or maybe Jack McNight 6’4″ 280 lb (72).

  37. Shoko July 17, 2010 8:42 am

    Sounds like it. Robby Toma from Punahou.

  38. Shoko July 17, 2010 8:47 am

    Among those arrested are eight Notre Dame football players, including Nate Montana, a backup quarterback; Lorenzo Wood, a cornerback and incoming freshman; Chris Watt, a sophomore offensive guard; Robert Toma, an incoming freshman wide receiver; Nicholas Tausch, a sophomore kicker; Tai-ler Jones, an incoming freshman wide receiver from Gainesville, Ga.; Steven Filer, a junior outside linebacker; and Tate Nichols, an incoming freshman.

    I would think those arrested for underage drinking will be facing a game suspension. The question is how many games.

  39. RedZone July 17, 2010 8:56 am

    Siaki looks like the kind of player we need to keep Kaepernick in check.

  40. papajoe2 July 17, 2010 9:03 am

    Kekoa, yesterday’s blog. I don’t think they have plate lunch. Only coffee and butts errr…… bits.

  41. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 9:13 am

    We miss Dayton Morinaga. He’s a great reporter who wrote well and quickly.
    We hold out hope that one day a place will open for him on the newspaper staff.
    Just a clarification: Ferd and Reardon are columnists although Ferd also writes stories. When it’s “Ferd’s Words,” he writing an opinion piece; if not, it’s a straight news story.

  42. A-House July 17, 2010 9:19 am

    Several individuals have publically bemoaned the passage of the $50 athletic fee and their undying message is the “non-use” or “forcing down our throat” position.

    I live on the windward side and pay my fair share of the transit tax, a system I will probably never use in my entire life. Is this fair? Do I quable about it?

    They also failed to mention the “other” fees assessed to all students that represents $235 of the $285 semester fees. Do these fees benefit all students? Do all students use the Campus Center facilities?

  43. A-House July 17, 2010 9:20 am

    Is Kaepernick still around?

  44. Old Diver July 17, 2010 9:30 am

    When we go the JC route, players like Sterling Jackson are exactly the kind guys we want. 3 to play 2 means he took his academics seriously and good size 6’1″ 225lbs means he may be able to play different positions. Mack has upped the level of recruits we are getting. Say bye to the 5’4″ 160lbs recruit.

  45. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 9:30 am

    More and more people will grumble about the fee.
    That’s life.
    What people shouldn’t use is the trendy buzz word “transparency.”
    If anything, the university and athletic department were very clear in the intent of the fee and its usage. You know the fee will be used to whittle the deficit — which was caused, as we learned, by declining ticket sales. We know what the students will receive in return (free passes to games), and that they will have access to 5 to 8 percent of the fees. And we knew about all of this because it was reported on frequently.
    Now, if I were a UH student, I would wonder how my Campus Center fee is spent, and why the heck I have to pay for a bus pass.

  46. haroldwah July 17, 2010 9:31 am

    unfortunately he’s a senior this year

  47. papajoe2 July 17, 2010 9:32 am

    A-House #43, yea he’s still around. I think he must be a lifetime student. Seems like he’s been there forever. We better check. Maybe they list him a a freshman.

  48. papajoe2 July 17, 2010 9:34 am

    oops #47 a=as

  49. Old Diver July 17, 2010 9:35 am

    Googled “notre dame arrested drunk” and was surprised to find a good number of articles concerning drunk Notre Dame football players on the web spanning many years. Sounds like a fun school.

  50. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 9:37 am

    Old Diver:
    I think too often the head coach doesn’t clearly express his vision. But the Warriors do have a solid plan, at least in building the team. They have a color-coded chart, with each color denoting a class. The object, ironically, I suppose, is a rainbow look of each color — class — being equally represented. At running back, for instance, seniors Alex Green and Chizzy Dimude will get the bulk of the work. Sterling jackson can either see some playing this year, or redshirt. Freshmen John Lister, Hogan Rosehill and Joey Iosefa are being developed for the future. The idea is that there always will be players in the system ready to take over over after players graduate.

  51. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 9:39 am

    I believe haroldwah is referring to Kaepernick.

  52. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 9:41 am

    If I’m not mistaken, the offseason conditioning program might be entering its final week. Then there’s a break of a week, and then training camp opens.
    Smell that?
    Football is in the air.

  53. Old Diver July 17, 2010 9:47 am

    “Takes a deep Breath”

  54. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 9:53 am

    Old Diver
    Now you’ve got me worried. My daughter is going to be teaching in South Bend for a year.

  55. SteveM July 17, 2010 10:04 am

    # Stephen Tsai:
    July 17th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Just a clarification: Ferd and Reardon are columnists although Ferd also writes stories. When it’s “Ferd’s Words,” he writing an opinion piece; if not, it’s a straight news story.

    Sitting here in Seattle, I wonder about the day that ST will become a columnist…if it happens…it’s a little frightening…ST’s opinions have a way of becoming reality and/or a course of action. Too dangerous? 😕

    If Ferd is “Ferd’s Words”, what would we call ST’s column?

  56. Shoko July 17, 2010 10:07 am

    I think one of the reasons why it seems Kaepernick has been around for ages is because he started since he was a freshman.

    Speaking of Nevada, anyone know what happened to Jared Silva-Purcell who was kicked off the team for being arrested for resisting arrest and public intoxication last year? He sort of disappeared of the map.

  57. d1島 July 17, 2010 10:08 am

    Tsai’s Sighs!

  58. d1島 July 17, 2010 10:08 am

    Tsai’s Size? 😕

  59. Shoko July 17, 2010 10:11 am

    Speaking of ST’s gift of prophecy, does anyone think Drew Brees will fall victim to the Madden curse?

  60. whitey July 17, 2010 10:20 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. ST he one sharp cookie and i am impressed that coach Mc and his staff are recruiting much more selectively and with purpose. In their 2011 recruiting, they are going after “big time” recruits and this is something UH has not done in the past. They are willing to challenge “Bull S” schools for players. Go gettum Mac!!!!!!

  61. whitey July 17, 2010 10:22 am

    d1, good to see that you are awake and ejoying your weekend. going thru SEA next week and on to Ketchikan.

  62. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 10:23 am

    #50… ST… Interesting way to tie the rainbow to the team!

    I am ready for football!

    I want to win a championship!

    I want to hit the lottery!

    (Well, “two out of three ain’t bad!”)

  63. d1島 July 17, 2010 10:30 am

    The idea is that there always will be players in the system ready to take over over after players graduate.

  64. d1島 July 17, 2010 10:30 am

  65. al July 17, 2010 10:31 am

    nanook…no forget the crabs. the real kine crabs that is.

  66. whitey July 17, 2010 10:32 am

    d1, is there something you wanted to add in #63 and 64????? hahahahaa

  67. whitey July 17, 2010 10:34 am

    al, mango seed going try his bestest for crabs and maybe spotprawns. was going try for namako, but found out, you got to go diving for it, so even with my blubber, that not enough.

  68. Kazz July 17, 2010 10:36 am

    Carried over from yesterday’s blog:

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:35 pm


    Too bad we can’t have the Pearl City High School or Kamehameha High School Marching Band play next to them, eh? Let them lose face to a couple of high school bands on National TV… hee hee..

    I’m more interested in the SC band getting shown up by the UH Marching Band.

    Even more interested in SC getting slammed on the field as well.

  69. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 10:44 am

    I think the Saints will have it tougher, and , in turn, Brees will have it tougher, because the NFL gives the previous season’s top teams the tougher schedule. Note that Mangini’s success with the Jets came in years when the Jets had horrible records.

  70. Ralph July 17, 2010 10:47 am

    Whitey I don’t think we have any 2011 recruits, all those mentioned above will enroll for the 2010 season. Anything to report on Maui fb players that are under Mac’s radar?

  71. Old Diver July 17, 2010 10:49 am


    The Pearl City High School Band has fallen upon hard times. Stupid decisions by the last principal ruined a good thing.

  72. koakane™ July 17, 2010 10:54 am

    a gloomy morning tsaiko country, wishing the day turns better, more breeze some sun ahhhh now thats more like it. 8) sun breaking thru the hali’i.

  73. whitey July 17, 2010 10:59 am

    ralph, that is the exact point about 2011. they not going sign or offer just any player, but they are offering players at another level who normally UH would not even try to recruit.

  74. whitey July 17, 2010 11:01 am

    you can already see the changes, more players staying at uh for the summer, huge turnouts for training sessions, player sacrifices, etc.

  75. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 11:03 am

    Doesn’t this guy Sterling Jackson, with a 4.38/40, have as much speed as Salas? 6’1″ with a 38″ vertical… Wonder how good his hands are?

  76. d1島 July 17, 2010 11:04 am


    Have a great trip!

    re: #63 and #64
    What can you say?

  77. whitey July 17, 2010 11:07 am

    mih, good points about SJ, but one thing that stands out is his first 2-3 steps after he gets the ball. He is in the hole and moving. No shake n bake, but power football. I like that.

  78. whitey July 17, 2010 11:08 am

    have fun tsaikos. got to do sum work and shopping. see you!!!!!

  79. Kazz July 17, 2010 11:14 am

    That is an awesome concept the NCAA should try to step in and mandate if at any way possible.

    The top ranked college football teams the season before gets tough OC schedules…

    Gee… I wonder what would happen to teams like Florida, Ohio State, Texas, etc…


  80. al July 17, 2010 11:16 am

    according to the salas’ (i asked last year at one of the tailgaters) greg runs a 4.5+.

    not sure if “da bull” jackson runs a 4.38 but he looks fast.

  81. al July 17, 2010 11:17 am

    mango seed…the boss said yours is the best.

  82. Pomai July 17, 2010 11:18 am

    Kazz check your email

  83. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 11:23 am

    He was thrown the ball a couple of times in that highlight video. He also got an interception in the endzone and ran it out for some decent yardage, but the opposing team’s rb caught up with him… all about them angles!

    Our receivers have that extra gear.. overdrive… to shift into when necessary. Looks more like Jackson’s got the quick first step to hit that hole, but no overdrive to pull away. Maybe some training with Matt Harding will give that extra boost.
    If he does any shaking and baking, that hole closes in an instant. I wonder if that Mendocino O-Line got looks from D-I recruiters?
    Is it September yet? Almost? *sigh*

  84. Shoko July 17, 2010 11:28 am

    Out of curiosity, where did you find that stat about Jackson running a 4.38-40? The SA reported Jackson ran the 100m in 10.7 seconds, but I would think its difficult to extrapolate a 40 time from that stat. Only report I read about having a quick run time close to that was Allan Sampson. Please correct me if i’m wrong. 🙂

  85. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 11:30 am

    Shoko at the start of the video clip that al posted are Sterling’s stats.

  86. Shoko July 17, 2010 11:31 am

    Thanks…will look again. 😉

  87. A-House July 17, 2010 11:32 am


    played the Washington lottery on 7/5/10 – nada!!!

    have a good trip to the Big K!

  88. UH/SN68 Fan July 17, 2010 11:34 am

    RE: Stan Sheriff

    Hilo Moon,

    Stan was AD at Northern Iowa and was instrumental in building its on-campus arena.

    When Stan was AD at UH and the battle for the now Stan Sheriff Center was raging, Stan was so angry that the powers-that-be wanted 5,000-6,000 seats. He said Northern Iowa had a 7,000+ arena with I think little over 10,000 students and located in a “small” city. And why build such a small arena when Blaisdell seats almost 9,000. He was livid that people here were “small-minded.”

    Good thing Stan thought and delivered big and won the battle with 10,000+ seats. The lessons he learned at Northern Iowa and its arena building serves all of us UH fans and the community well.

    Stan was a great AD and even better human being. Stan was The Man!

  89. jm2375 (Backflip) July 17, 2010 11:34 am

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana, Mr. Cravens.

    Just dropped the Screechers off at Ice Palace. Off to run errands.


  90. al July 17, 2010 11:46 am

    y’all remember the marvelous one who came this close to being the quarterback in manoa….

  91. al July 17, 2010 11:55 am

    it is best that we just ignore comments like those in #90.

    st is away from the office and will wipe it away in due time. meanwhile we should refrain from patronizing the likes of those knuckleheads.

    …nuff said.

  92. Shoko July 17, 2010 11:58 am

    Try looking at Sampson’s (4.39) game video and compare it to Jackson’s (4.38).


    Almost night and day. The breakaway speed is the difference.

  93. PONO July 17, 2010 12:00 pm

    You might want to delete post #90

  94. wafan July 17, 2010 12:06 pm

    Welcome Warrior Cravens!!!

  95. Shoko July 17, 2010 12:18 pm

    I’m thinking if Sampson can gain 35 pound of muscle and have minimum effect on speed, he would be a great scatback. Yet, not sure if thats possible. Whereas, Jackson would be a great powerback and would be benefiicial on those third-down conversions.

    Okay, I’m done talking to myself. 😆

  96. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 12:22 pm

    #94… Shoko… Holy smokes!!! Night and day is right! Sampson’s video is like man against boys. Now that there is some might fine speed!

  97. RainbowCliff July 17, 2010 12:45 pm

    UH/SN68 Fan: RIGHT ON about Stan Sheriff and the vison he had for this BEAUTIFUL arena !

    I played in Blaisdel my entire career at UH and when I was honor with the Kane Fernandez at the Stanley I was just AMAZED to the AWESOME feeling of that arena when it is PACK for ANY Hawaii athletic event !

    GREAT seats all around and when the Rainbow Warriors or Wahines are playing “LIGHTS OUT” ball, “MAN” that place can get LOUD as I was shivering with excitement being introduce on the floor during a time out with fans in attendance giving me applaudes of the recognition !

    Never met Mr. Sheriff but how you explain his vision and DETERMINATION to see it HIS way you good folks are very bless with a GREAT home court facility that will last a life time !


  98. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 12:46 pm


    Sampson looks more like the kind of back we’ve become accustomed to while Jackson reminds me of Jason Rivers with those long, seemingly effortless loping strides.

  99. RainbowCliff July 17, 2010 12:47 pm

    MAHALO for getting rid of that RACIST statement !

  100. wafan July 17, 2010 12:51 pm

    Shucks, #94 not #95.

  101. wafan July 17, 2010 12:52 pm

    Anywaaaaay . . .


  102. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 12:52 pm

    If anybody sees an offensive comment, please notify me at 256-0223, and we can delete it. Do not respond to a comment you believe is offensive, because then it means having to delete the reaction to a comment that has been deleted.

  103. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 17, 2010 12:53 pm

    Earlier this morning, I posted a step-by-step process for moving Capital Improvements Projects from concept to reality. However, because I used a word which describes someone as an expert but unfortunately has a NO-NO trade name buried in it, the comment is “awaiting moderation.” I left a message on Stephen’s voicemail asking him to okay the post.

    I can see it, but you cannot so if that comment is not taken off later on today, I’ll re-post it.

  104. wafan July 17, 2010 12:55 pm

    Making ‘kabobs for dinner. Last time I grilled it was a scorching low 70’s with clear blue skies in WA. Uhhh, today it sure looks more like a regular cloudy and wet WA day except it is a lot warmer.

  105. Guy in the office July 17, 2010 12:59 pm

    Re: No. 29.
    You’ve been critical of Ferd before, but it’s your opinion and I’ll respect that. Here’s mine: The SA is very fortunate to have Ferd, along with Stephen, Ann Miller and Curtis Murayama. An instant upgrade, and adding Dayton would only further enhance the product.

  106. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 1:04 pm

    I’m not sure who the, uh, moderator is. The moderation instructions didn’t come with the manual. Oh, heck, I’m a guy, I don’t read manuals.

  107. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 17, 2010 1:04 pm

    How funny having my 104 right after Stephen’s. When I checked this time around there were only 99 comment. Stephen, please remove the restriction on my comment which is #79 on my website. Mahalo

  108. RainbowCliff July 17, 2010 1:06 pm

    #102 Mr, Tsai: I UNDERSTAND as that was my FIRST time EVER seeing that kind of hatred on this blog and I took it PERSONALLY being PROUD of that culture as other cultures I am affiliated with !

    Sorry for my REACTION !

  109. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 17, 2010 1:08 pm

    Stephen: I know what the word is and I did save the post because of the amount of work that I put into it. Will change the offensive word and be back in a couple of minutes.

    Note to the rest of the Regulars: This is a long post explaining How Things Get Done Around Here so if you’re not interested, skip over it.

  110. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 17, 2010 1:10 pm

    I just read Dave Reardon’s opinion piece and have to admit that I don’t get where it is he’s coming from. As a sports writer/columnist, he should know better.

    Mahalo to Slugger for posting the Capital Improvements Budget allocations for the coming year in a neat Excel format. However, that is by no means the end of the road for sports fan such as thee & me for speaking up & getting the projects started & finished.

    Funding all public projects at any level of government takes a very long period of time to bring in the first piece of equipment. For example, take the ARRA stimulus bill passed in early 2008 which was deliberately designed to be expedited and moved along quickly – a caffeine-stoked bill, so to speak, to be used for “shovel-ready projects.” That money did not start trickling through our Hawai`i economy until more than a year had passed after the President signed the bill.

    Here is how state government projects are built. I know that some of you would like to skip some steps and combine others – and yes, I get frustrated as well – but the amount of money and the impacts on all of us require a high level of caution while moving through the planning, design and construction process.

    There are similar processes for federal and city projects, but for now let’s just focus on state CIP funding.

    1. Come up with the idea for a project. Do research on the need for it, estimated ballpark costs, etc. Identify the key legislators in both the State House & State Senate to get on your side. Get the project included in the total package being requested by your department (Transportation, DOE, UH, Health, etc.) and then by Governor.

    2. Advocate for the project at the Legislature. Get the project included into the CIP Budget and passed. The average length of time a project can take to get to this level is about seven years although one I’ve been working on first went to the Legislature in 1973 and is still not funded. No, I wasn’t involved at the time, but I know its history.

    3. Get the Governor to sign the budget bill which has both the Operating and the CIP budgets in it. Da Gov does not have a line-item veto so it’s all or nothing; however, even a conservative governor like Lingle would never veto a budget bill.

    NOTE: Capital projects introduced by legislators at the request of their constituents are folded into the CIP budget if they were not submitted in the departmental budgets.

    4 NOW HERE’S THE HARD PART: Get the Governor to release the funds to the relevant state department. That’s where we advocates have to come back into the process. Because there’s no line-item veto allowed, this is how the state’s Chief Executive Officer can stop a project dead. If the funding is not released within two years, the process has to start all over again.

    5 Once the funding is released, then the administrators in the department start the planning process. Sometimes, especially in departments such as transportation, it’s done in-house while in others where the focus is on services and not building stuff such as health or social services, the planning is out-sourced. Doing that adds about six months to the next step.

    At the same time, Budget & Finance starts the process to generate funding. This is a very complex series of steps requiring working with the Attorney General’s office and even with financial experts on contract with B&F.

    The planning process can take as long as ten years – especially if involves buying new land to building something or getting changes in land use laws.

    6 After the planning is complete, it then has to be approved by various administrative bodies such as the Board of Education, the Board of Regents, the Stadium Authority as well as key staffers.

    7 The next step is designing the project – sometimes done in-house, sometimes out-sourced. No one firm can be given the contract for all three phases; however, usually, the same firm is given the design & construction contact as a package. But it doesn’t have to be.

    This part of the project can take up to two years even if there are no problems with community groups or City Councilmembers raising objects.

    8 Once the design is approved, then the project goes to the department’s office which oversees the physical infrastructure. That staff works with Budget & Finance to get the major funding ready to be released. Requests For Bids are drafted, approved and issued..

    The bids come in, are evaluated, and awarded. There is an additional period of time to challenge then which could add up to another year before it can be called shovel-ready.

    Remember the challenge to the Ching Field turf replacement project? Minor as it was, it still added almost three months to the project. It was supposed to have been finished by August, 2008 but it wasn’t completed until some time in November.

    9 It’s only at this point that the selected contractor can start doing the nuts & bolts of getting the project ready-2-go such as getting required permits, ordering materials, and hiring construction staff & specialty subcontractors. It’s also important that the contractor stay in touch with the larger community which will be impacted by the project as well.

    10 Once all the permits have been issued, the first round of materials have arrived, the equipment tuned up, and the workers hired, then the project begins. Sometimes with huge projects, the Big Muckamuckas come to the site for a ceremonial “first shovel of dirt.”

    11 Once the construction starts, then it will take as long as it takes to build the building or arena or whatever. Usually, about a year before the project is expected to be completed, departmental staff start looking at the purchase of STUFF which will part of the building when it is finished – furniture, computers, stoves, etc.

    12 Assuming that there are no natural disasters or bad weather cycles like the 42 days of rain back in early 2006, the project goes through an inspection process, and, if approved, the contractor turns over the figurative keys to the department head, clears out his STUFF, and the building or the roadway or the sewer system is ready to start being used.

    Sometimes, there is a breakdown in the system that really screws things up – usually because the state office overseeing the project doesn’t work closely with the contractor. Remember the original Wahine softball stadium – no one, including the coaching staff, the Athletic Department administration, or the Manoa administration realized until the very end of the construction project that the field was not visible from the grandstand.

    In sum, public construction contracts are complex and time-consuming. A private project such as a condo building can move much, much faster, but it still has to go through the same general process.

    Hope this answers some of the questions raised about state capital projects, especially those on campus.

    CHANGE OF SUBJECT: Someone in yesterday’s blog suggested raising the sales tax to generate more revenues. Hawai`i does not have a SALES on goods and services. The majority of its tax revenues come from the GENERAL EXCISE TAX on goods & services ranging form .05% to 4.5% depending up the transaction and where it is physically collected. The GET is assessed on all goods & services at all levels although some businesses and non-profits are exempt or pay a much lower rate than others. Again, this is a very complex system. If I recall correctly, it would take a sales tax rate of over 10% at the retail level to general the same amount of money that the GET tax does now.

  111. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 1:16 pm


    Thanks for your post.

    I sure hope it doesn’t take 10 years to rebuild Gartley Hall.

  112. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 1:23 pm

    No problem, Rainbow Cliff.
    It’s a three-step process to delete a post, so it takes that much longer to delete reactions to offensive posts.

  113. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 17, 2010 1:23 pm

    Whoops!!!! Last sentence in #7 This part of the project can take up to two years even if there are no problems with community groups or City Councilmembers raising objections.

  114. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 1:27 pm

    The numbering system does help to pin-point comments. But, if ST deletes spam, it throws off all comments.

  115. Shoko July 17, 2010 1:27 pm

    Hmmm, wonder how come my comment (#111) is awaiting moderation. I read it twice looking for anything offensive or could be taken as offensive. Is there a limit to the amount of comments on here. I admit, like ST, have not read the blogging manual. Thank you – that is all.

  116. wafan July 17, 2010 1:28 pm

    W-Doc . . .

    Thanks for the info. Same process as what we experience in WA.

  117. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 1:30 pm

    Which reminds me… I have to file my GET within the next three days.

  118. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 1:31 pm


    At this moment, I would love to smell your kabobs being grilled instead of the fish cooking next door!!!

  119. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 1:32 pm


    Yeah, I did my GET today. Will mail it Monday.

  120. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 1:36 pm

    I’m just wondering where the blog refers went.

  121. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 1:42 pm

    #110… Doc… Oh Em Gee! Thanks for the information! But I wonder, if all we need is funding for repairs, as opposed to physically altering buildings with improvements or additions, does it still follow the same 2-years-or-start-over process? Seems like we should be able to repair Upper Campus in a more expedient manner.

  122. Old School Dave July 17, 2010 1:50 pm

    Re: #110, Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    I heard Dave Reardon on 1420 AM explaining why he felt the activity fee was wrong and he said something to the effect of “well, if my anti-fee position means the end of UH sports, then so be it. I’m a JOURNALIST, not just a sports writer and I’ll find another job.” I could be wrong, but that’s what I heard. Anyone else hear what he said?

    DR also went on about how students today are different and “struggling to make ends meet”. Gee, it was like that with me when I went to UHM. Didn’t have my parents to pay for my tuition and had to work full-time, sometimes with a second job, in addition to taking 12 credits. I still supported UH sports all the way and attended games when I could and so did many of my peers.

  123. RainbowCliff July 17, 2010 1:59 pm

    MichiganWarrior: I am ALWAYS attentive when you post comments on this blog. I find you “muito intersante’ to be so far away and having you as a LOYAL Hawaii fan from the Wolverine and Spartan State just shows how much Hawaii is love and adore from ALL over the country !

    Very objective in your thinking process as your statement of purpose has fine points and detail info on pro and con subjects. Always a pleasure to read your words of WISDOM !

    Mahalo kind sir !

  124. sportsbow July 17, 2010 2:31 pm


    Did you hear anything about Sterling Jackson’s teammate, Darryl McBride?


  125. Mike July 17, 2010 2:39 pm

    Hi folks. Missed some of the late comments yesterday so please feel free to skip this if the dead horse I’m beating is beginning to smell a little ripe.

    AHouse: Yep, I hate the “new book every year” situation that occurs in many classes. I’ve been teaching business writing for five years, and the publisher of our text has released three new editions in that time — despite the fact that the author has been dead for several years. They just rearrange the same information; even the exercises are the same. I stick with the same edition as long as possible (to keep the re-sale market going), and I only switch when older editions are no longer available. It’s just a scam perpetrated by publishers to sell new, full-markup copies of their already-overpriced texts. I know a few professors who require books in which they have a financial stake (via royalties, etc), but most teachers, whether fully tenured or just lecturers like me, avoid this or provide free or at-cost copies to our students.

    Papajoe: You make good solid points and you shouldn’t have to worry that I’ll be offended. Reasonable minds can disagree, as our universities always teach us. Yes, I realize this is a sports blog, and that its community of readers are passionate UHFB fans (as am I), but the athletics fee is a sports-related issue (that’s why it’s reported in the sports section) and my comments were made in response to the already ongoing discussion on this board. Again, this shouldn’t be an us-them situation, but in supporting our chosen horse, I think its important to be respectful of the rest of the field. I try not to track my muddy boots on Big Bro’s carpet too often but there were some pretty dismissive/insulting comments posted about students and faculty who disagreed with the fee, and I felt they deserved a response from someone with a vested interest in both sides.

    MIH: You and I agree in more ways than we probably both realize.

    Phew. How many more weeks ’til USC?

  126. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 2:40 pm

    Interesting… Good height for a strong safety and/or corner. Good speed too. Hope it pans out.

    Darryl McBride…
    Mendocino Junior College Transfer May 2010
    University of Hawaii 6’3 200 40; 4.45 Vert 37 inch
    Committ To UH Warriors

  127. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 17, 2010 2:40 pm

    Some repairs may be tucked into the Operating Budget – replacing shelving or termite-ridden moulding around the windows. However, anything beyond that is a CIP expense – replacing old toilets with low-flow ones, replacing the flooring, putting in new light fixtures, etc. And that means the limit on releasing the funds goes into effect.

    Actually the time limit also impacts the Operating Budget as well. The Legislature may allocate money for expanded services for the elderly which includes an increase in staff, but if Da Gov doesn’t want to spend the money, then it isn’t released.

    Shoko – the computer software picks up words within words that do not pass the appropriate language test. The word that many of us have used here that gets picked up is
    s p e c i a l i s t – look at letters #4 though #9 and think about male bedroom activities for those who are over 40.

    Meant to say in my earlier post to contact me by e-mail swood at hoku dot com if you have any questions about the public infrastructure process and be sure to include your real name and phone number because I’ll call you to talk about the issues you raise rather than spend time writing the answers.

    Have to go run errands before a 5 pm meeting so I’ll be back later on this evening.

  128. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 2:42 pm


    47 days…. 7 weeks and it will be over. You can almost smell the pigskin in the air…

  129. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 2:45 pm

    I dunno.. 47 days doesn’t seem like enough time to prepare for USC.. LOL

  130. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 2:48 pm


    It all depends on the QB and which one Mack chooses to lead the offense. Can’t wait to find out!

  131. A-House July 17, 2010 2:49 pm

    A-House and Mrs are having a buffet lunch with Wafan on Tuesday, 7/20/10, 11:30am at the Royal Garden restuarant next to the Ice Palace.

    Just come if you want. No reservations needed – Mrs A-House called to verify!

    Heard get ono licious food!

  132. A-House July 17, 2010 2:51 pm


    Is it true about Darryl McBride committing to UH? You goin post something on this?

    Good size and speed for a DB!!!

  133. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 2:55 pm


    That restaurant is in Stadium Mall, which is near Foster Village, where I live.

    If can, I will show up.

  134. A-House July 17, 2010 2:56 pm

    correction – it’s Royal Palace; not Garden.

  135. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 2:56 pm


    BTW, the restaurant is called ROYAL PALACE, not Royal Garden.

  136. A-House July 17, 2010 2:56 pm

    OK, gigi, it will be good to see you again!

  137. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 2:58 pm


    Is it true you can bench press a zillion lbs? Puts James to shame??? LOL.

  138. manoa July 17, 2010 3:44 pm

    As a matter of principle, I agree with Reardon– on a principled basis, I cannot justify a fee right now when there are so many other more important needs more central to the purpose of a university.

    But I am a pragmatist. A student fee is the last thing I would do to start repaying the deficit and getting the UH athletic department back to a balanced budget, but we really are down to the last thing with expected revenues from ticket sales having declined (per Donovan to the REgents).

    Mack and Donovan now need to deliver and attract students to those free seats and raise revenues from ticket sales, PPV sales, donations, and other projects so we can actually move the department ahead.

  139. Admr in Manoa July 17, 2010 3:49 pm

    Enough about this activity fee already, and DR is “wrong.”

    Let’s get real. Maybe the Regents should swallow hard and do it the right way — raise tuition immediately to the $18,000 – $25,000 per year range where it should be.

    That would allow them to create a maintenance fee fund to cover the backlog of needed repairs, and begin to build funds for future maintenance.

    Then if UH professors demand raises, they have the funds to do that.

    Plus, they can then help the athletic department without an athletic fee.

    Then maybe, one day, I will resume my donations to the UH Foundation which I stopped when the students began grumbling about about and “activity fee.”

    Did you see HNL–Hannahs comments to Ferd Lewis’ article? Didn’t think it was fair to subsidize someone else’s fun? Who is subsidizing whom with the low tuition the UH has right now?

  140. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 3:58 pm

    Don’t forget – salaries are lower in Hawaii than on the mainland.

  141. MichiganWarrior July 17, 2010 4:25 pm

    #123… RainbowCliff… Mahalo for the kudos. I have stated elsewhere that I am from the Kapolei area. Grad from Campbell HS way back when and went straight into the Army for 13+ years. After getting out, I went back home and worked a few years for Eagle Hardware & Garden (as a Merchandiser, then later as a Buyer), before moving to Michigan back in ’96. Most of my family still lives out there, and my daughter, after graduating from HS up here, moved back to live with and help out my parents. I am still very much connected to what goes on back home. As with my years away from home in the Army, I crave any and all news about home, especially that of UH. And now you know the rest… of the story.
    Although my support is minimal at best at the moment, I can’t wait to get back home and try to do more things for our school. I wouldn’t mind hitting the lottery in between now and then, to help speed up the process!

    #126… MiH… Cool… maybe the Mendocino connection is actually working!!!

    #127… Doc… Wow, unreal! Thanks for the clarification.

  142. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 4:26 pm

    We have a crisis in my family right now. Hubby’s salary was cut in half and he now makes less than our daughter who is a high school teacher.

    How will he support his younger daughter at UH? She works 24 hours during the weekend. Takes science classes with labs that last all day, then she has to volunteer at Queens in the Physical Therapy Dept., which is a requirement for admission to PT grad school.

    Where is the time to study?

    She could take fewer credits, but grad schools require that the science classes be taken with 5 years of admission to grad school. If more than 5 years elapse, she will have to re-take the classes.

    I am so grateful that she does not have to pay $18K-$25K for tuition right now.

  143. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 4:29 pm

    “WITHIN 5 years…”

    And yes, hubby is applying for a better-paying job, but at his age, who will hire him?

  144. Ipu Man July 17, 2010 4:38 pm

    USC during spring drills concentrated heavily on “stipping the ball”
    away forcing fumbles. So UH running backs, receivers and quarterback(s) should all carry footballs with them 24/7. Sleep with them. Eat with them. Kiss them and love them. Go Warriors!

  145. Shoko July 17, 2010 4:56 pm

    Well, whoever this ‘HNL–Hannahs’ thats been commenting on Ferd’s article, I find her quite entertaining. I love how she makes reference to Tea-party members and “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!”. Is this the same Hannah that Kazz was reporting on?

  146. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 4:59 pm

    UHWarrior23 from the SportsHawaii Forum posted this as the three-deep lineup for our Warriors… what do you guys think?

    QB: Bryant Moniz, Brent Rausch, David Graves
    RB: Alex Green, Chizzy Dimude, John Lister
    LWR: Rodney Bradley, Darius Bright, Joe Avery
    LSB: Greg Salas, Ryan Henry, Miah Ostrowski
    RSB: Kealoha Pilares, Dustin Blount, Bubba Luna
    RWR: Royce Pollard, Billy-Ray Stutzmann, Mike Tinoco
    OT: Austin Hansen, Kainoa LaCount, Clayton Laurel
    OG: Brent Leonard, Tuita Tuiasosopo, Levi Lega
    C: Bronson Tiwanak, London Sapolu, Sila Lefiti (injured)
    OG: Brysen Ginlack, Drew Uperesa, Andew Faaumu
    OT: Laupepa Letuli, Chauncey Winchester-Makainai, Adrian Thomas

    DE: Elliot Purcell, Alasi Toilolo, Earvin Sione
    DT: Vaughn Meatoga, Zach Masch, Josh Manupuna
    DT: Kaniela Tuipulotu, Haku Correa, Geordon Hanohano
    DE: Kamalu Umu, Liko Satele, Waylon Lolotai
    OLB: Aaron Brown, Po’okela Ahmad, Aulola Tonga
    MLB: Jake Heun, George Daily-Lyles, Corey Daniel
    OLB: Paipai Falemalu, Corey Paredes, Alema Tachibana
    CB: Lametrius Davis, Lewis Walker, Stephen Christian, Tank Hopkins (Redshirting)
    SS: Spencer Smith, Steve Stepter, Jordan Gomes
    FS: Mana Sliva, Richard Torres, Kenny Estes
    CB: Jeremy Bryant, Kawika Ornellas, Dee Maggitt

    Special Teams:
    K: Scott Enos, Tyler Hadden, Kyle Niiro
    P: Alex Dunnachie
    LS: Luke Ingram
    PR: Ryan Henry, Dustin Blount, Alan Sampson
    KR: Royce Pollard, Allen Sampson, Kealoha Pilares

  147. NYUH July 17, 2010 5:16 pm

    Brennan was one of the few players to play outside of the spotlight of the BCS to breakthrough and gain national notoriety. Normally, no matter how great of a season a lower conference player has, the lack of competition and lack of team prominence usually means they’ll be passed over when it comes to national awards.

  148. NYUH July 17, 2010 5:32 pm

    madeinhawaii: No Shane Austen?

    I wonder why Darius Bright and Joe Avery would be on the same side. It would be interesting to have two 6-5 LWRs out there at the same time. Salas is big too and Pilares is not exactly small. Add an OL that averages about 6-5 as well and that should scare the c out of any 5-8 DB.

  149. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 5:44 pm


    Tough choice, eh? Graves… Austin…
    But it’s nice to see a three deep list that looks pretty decent. Add the two JuCos mentioned today and things are really starting to look good.

  150. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 6:11 pm

    Anybody know if there’s going to be a Coach Mack Show this season?

  151. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 6:22 pm

    That list could change after fall camp, right?

  152. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 6:23 pm

    I am surprised they put Moniz at the top. Maybe it’s because he already has actual game experience.

  153. A-House July 17, 2010 6:34 pm


    J(J) likes to tell tall tales!

  154. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 6:35 pm


    It’s not the official list.. just what some of the guys and SH Forum see it as… I think coming out of Camp, things could change some. But for the most part, it will probably be just a bit of musical chairs between these players, unless a couple of the Walk-ons and new members make a big impression.

  155. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 7:00 pm

    That would not be an accurate depth chart.
    A few things: Adrian Thomas is the No. 1 right guard. Shane Austin is probably No. 2 heading into camp. Liko Satele is on the left side. Avery is a No. 2, somewhere. Mana Lolotai is the No. 1 middle linebacker, George Daily-Lyles is No. 2, Heun is No. 3. Corey Paredes is a starter. Faaumu is on the wrong side. Etc.

  156. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 7:05 pm


    did you get your chart from Mack?

  157. G (China) July 17, 2010 8:05 pm

    Is it me, or does anyone else notice the staradvertiser sight not listing blogs anymore? It took me a while to find this sight.

  158. G (China) July 17, 2010 8:10 pm

    BTW, gigi it is good to see you back on the sight.

  159. RainbowCliff July 17, 2010 8:20 pm

    G (China): Do you post from that part of the country or just your blogger name you use in Hawaii ?

  160. popo July 17, 2010 8:24 pm

    I found this well-made video parody about Colt Brennan and “The Cult of Colt.” It’s hilarious!

  161. G (China) July 17, 2010 8:25 pm


    I post from China.

  162. RedZone July 17, 2010 8:35 pm

    In all faiirness to Uhwarrior and his 3 deep depth chart. He stated it was his projected depth chart for the opening game. I did a double take when I first saw it too at SH but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    As far as I know there is no 3 deep depth chart and his chart was in a thread where someone was asking for one.

    But who knows anything can happen.

  163. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 8:43 pm

    Hi G(China).

    I spent a week in Hong Kong in May. Some days were smoggy, but otherwise, I had a nice time there.

  164. Slugger July 17, 2010 8:49 pm

    Looks like I missed a ‘firecracker’ on the blog today. Good. Gotta catch up on reading.


    Thanks for the how-to.

    I’d like to hear from JD on how he’s going to attack the deficit. With the University loaning Athletics $2million every year for 5 years, this shows that the administration will support Athletics at the current level of spending. So, asking for a fee to cover that overage as part of their regular budget was logical. It locked in the allocation of the funds from the fee specifically for Athletics and freed up $2mil out of the general University ‘pot ‘o funds’…(not slots ‘o fun.) It provides oversight into the use of the monies. We just need to find out how JD will whittle away the deficit.

  165. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 8:51 pm

    popo #160,

    hilarious vid of Colt!

  166. Slugger July 17, 2010 8:55 pm

    G (China),

    If you click the ‘View All | Blogs’ link at the bottom right of the BLOGS box, you get a list of all the blogs and their last 4 or 5 postings. It’s a problem if you don’t see the BLOGS box…

  167. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2010 9:12 pm

    If people wish to see the depth chart, then come to Wednesday’s 7 a.m. practice.
    I believe it will be the final one before training camp.

  168. al July 17, 2010 9:29 pm

    gigi…sorry to hear about the salary cut.

  169. wafan July 17, 2010 9:33 pm

    Gosh, long day.


  170. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 9:34 pm

    Al, thanks. Life is so unpredictable.

  171. al July 17, 2010 9:57 pm

    yup. hasn’t he been there like for a long time and if i recall he put in a lot “ot” as in “own time”. so much for loyalty these days.

  172. G (China) July 17, 2010 10:19 pm


    Thank you for your advice with the blog. I’ll try that next time.

    gigi – Hong Kong is a beautiful place, a little busy, but a beautiful place. I look forward to it every time I go. It is a nice break from where I live.

  173. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 10:24 pm

    Al, yes, he worked 61 hrs per week. A very loyal employee. He worked on his resume this morning and will email it to a local non-profit tomorrow.

    G(China), I toured Macau all day and Hong Kong Island one afternoon. Enjoyed the dim sum at the Peninsula Hotel on Kowloon. Best dim sum I have ever tasted. Sooo melt in your mouth goodness!!!

  174. gigi-hawaii July 17, 2010 10:26 pm

    Anyway, I’m going to bed. I have been crying off and on all day. Life has got to get better…

  175. Bigislandkurt July 17, 2010 10:28 pm

    People fail to realize that Sportsbow’s depth chart is his creation. Nothing official. No, this is not from the coaches, nor is it an official release from the coaches. It’s just a UH fan’s prediction. Sportsbow is a good fan.


  176. sportsbow July 17, 2010 10:53 pm


    uhwarrior23 made that depth chart. Not me. 🙂


  177. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 10:58 pm

    IIt’s still a nice chart.. gives us all an idea of the players that will be in certain general positions.. left right middle may be a bit mixed but it’s a good guess and it shows we have some depth to fall back on in all positions.

  178. madeinhawaii July 17, 2010 11:04 pm

    2009 Warrior Highlights … courtesy of KapoleiCoug of SportsHawaii…
    46-days, 17 hours to go!

  179. papajoe2 July 17, 2010 11:41 pm

    I’ve been busy all day. Saw a lot of posts about the new recruit Sterling Jackson. It does look like he hits the hole fast. He’s not a shake and bake type of runner. I like that type of runner that goes straight ahead. The quickest way from A to B is a straight lineHe runs with his body straight up. Vulnerable for the clothes line or high tackle where someone holds him up and another strips the ball. He did catch a few balls so may be able to help there. I question his so called 4.38 speed though, as he was caught several times. The big question for him getting playing time with the Warriors is CAN HE BLOCK?? I didn’t see that aspect on the film. If you can’t block in UH’s system, including the blocking assignments, you won’t be playing running back.

  180. ai-eee-soos July 18, 2010 1:16 am

    Sterling Jackson – in 2011 – I-back in a power-I.

    Ryan Killa Eastman at FB (BB).

    Run this on 2nd and short near, or in the red zone.

    Then show the same formation in another situation, and pass off of it.

    Back to the future.

  181. smokeless cigarettes July 18, 2010 4:41 am

    Good stuff again. Always quality.

  182. roysan16 July 18, 2010 4:56 am

    >Archives of Meeting Minutes and Notices>University Audits>2010>Feb

    On page three the regents discuss the UH athletics financial statement.
    (fiscal year ending June 30,2009).

    On page four JD says since waivers have now been monetized, the athletic department bears the burden of the cost.

    What does this mean?

    I googled in trying to find articles about what this means with negative results.

    Additionally, I googled articles in trying to find what it means that the athletic department has to be self sustaining with negative results.

    It seems like the columnists in this city would rather write about how the students were beguiled regarding the fee whereas I’d rather look below the surface in piecing together of what’s going on up there at Manoa.

    The Knight Commission has stated there needs to be transparency within the athletic departments in regards to looking at expenditures and revenues. . The Commission used the correlation that when schools APR scores ,results, and graduation rates were publically published and became transparent better school reports resulted.

    This is true. There needs to be more transparency. I did find an ESPN site that allowed me to see UH athletic financial statement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. And what I can see then is that the athletic department received around 5.5 million from the school. Is that called being subsidized (?). Scholarships, tuition cost also ran to about 5.7 million.

    Going back to JD comment about how the athletic department “now” faces the burden of waivers being monetized, I’m in the dark of what this totally means in terms of how it relates to expenditures.

    I’m also in the dark of what it totally means about the athletically department is mandated by the school to be self sustaining. Piecing things together would that mean that the athletic department would’nt receive any subsidies from the school? Would that mean the athletic departments has to make up the balance of 5.5 million that they had once received from the school?

    In the audit I read where the regents said something to the effect that the athletic department’s finances have to be closely monitored as they are on fragile ground. My question to the Regents how many months and days passed by before you convened in reviewing the audits? If the fiscal year ended in June and your meeting is in February isn’t this illogical to wait this long in allowing this problem to fester. Shouldn’t a problem (or reviewing any audits) like this command some urgency?

    As I stated I’m in the dark on this issue. My wish is that the newspaper writers would shine some light on this issue.

  183. G (China) July 18, 2010 6:33 am

    gigi – I haven’t had a chance to go to Macau. I had a chance when I was in Zhuhai, but then I had to ask myself do I really want to go to the China version of Vegas, and that was enough for me to say no. I don’t gamble so I never saw the point.

  184. Bigislandkurt July 18, 2010 6:59 am

    Sorry Sportsbow!! My fault. Age creeping in. 🙂


  185. Bulla July 18, 2010 7:02 am


    The clock is ticking as it comes closer and closer to USC…….


  186. roysan16 July 18, 2010 8:08 am

    To Coach Mack,

    Here’s a pat on the back.

    What I read is that your boys are putting their best foot forward in off season conditioning and workouts. ST does a good job in keeping the readers informed.

    I’ve read that these voluntary workouts are comprised of most of the members of the team, some 90 players or so, including some of the incoming recruits. Who would have imagined that the players schedule 11 on 11’s at 7am. Wednesday mornings during the off season. This is great. It’s a great reflection on your leadership.

    Another thing I’ve noticed is that your boys have been staying out of trouble. To the younger kids looking up at the Warriors, the Warriors are giants to them, also they are their role models. So it’s great that you have your boys pretty much well behaved.

    Additionally in the classroom the boys are making big strides in meeting their goals of graduating, with even some continuing on to graduate school. The teams APR has steadily increased since you’ve been here. This reflect on both your leadership and guidance. This is also great.

    That was the good parts. What I see is that your boy’s bodies, spirits and minds are becoming stronger. It takes a lot of dedication on their parts for this to happen..and we know where that originates from. You.

    As the season is soon to commence, and your team takes the stage, there’s nothing more exciting in seeing what is unveiled. With all the preparation your team has done, seemingly, since January, and your off season shuffling of coaching personnel, it is my hope that the team takes flight and reaches new heights. On your wings they’ll need to be carried. Best regards, and wishes.

  187. Slugger July 18, 2010 8:10 am

    Good morning!!!


    I’d also like to understand the Athletics budget.


    Sorry to hear about David’s job.

  188. A-House July 18, 2010 8:17 am

    Lunch with Wafan:

    Tuesday, 7/20/10
    Royal Palace, Stadium Mall (next to Ice Palace)
    11;30 am
    Buffet – no host

    A-House – Mrs A-House – Wafan – Gigi (?)

  189. A-House July 18, 2010 8:20 am

    Is Dave Reardon all “wet”? He says Masoli has no redshirt year and only 1 year to play. Further, he points to Masoli going to LaTech and playing against UH on 10/2 at Aloha Stadium.

    How can that be since Masoli, where ever he goes, must sit out 1 year?

  190. papajoe2 July 18, 2010 8:26 am

    A-House, Masoli can play anywhere immediately if he graduates before next season. He is on tract to do so. He needs to complete 2 (not sure) classes this summer which he is taking.

  191. Shoko July 18, 2010 8:46 am

    I read the DR column. No idea what DR is talking about, but Masoli never used a redshirt year and thus has two years to play one. However, its a bit confusing as DR never explicitly stated that Masoli would be able to play this year. The way I read it was he merely mentioned that LA Tech plays UH this year. Frankly, I have no idea why he even mentioned it.

  192. manoa July 18, 2010 9:03 am

    The “football” reason Masoli and UH would not be a good fit is the big difference in offense.

    Masoli runs way more than passes– almost the reverse of Moniz who mostly passes and ocassionally run. Masoli’s passing is set up by Oregon’s running rather than the other way around. In fact Oregon became way more run oriented and passed a lot less since Masoli began playing– basically Oregon w/ Masoli was a running team that ocassionally passed.

  193. ai-eee-soos July 18, 2010 9:04 am

    I don’t have any idea why DR wrote this column.

    Methinks DR and the Ferd are on the “same” level, and must write columns

    to see who will “survive”. This paper has 2 sports cloumnists; wha for?

  194. whitey July 18, 2010 9:07 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Have a great day!!!!!

  195. ai-eee-soos July 18, 2010 9:09 am

    re # 192.

    Regarding offensive style: I agree.

    I’ve posted before that I thought masoli fits rich rodriguez(sp) offense.

    anyhoo, the GOOD news is masoli is NOT joining the WARRIORS.

  196. A-House July 18, 2010 9:11 am

    I hope UH students don’t anticipate seats in the “prime” areas at Aloha Stadium or the SSC.

    Article this morning implies that the ASUH pres will be asking for the somewhat prime areas seats “dissing” the end zone ones now used for students. If they want “prime seats”, then they should be prepared to pay at least $150 or more for the athletic student activity fee.

  197. ai-eee-soos July 18, 2010 9:12 am

    re # 193

    cloumnists = columnists

  198. d1shima July 18, 2010 9:18 am

    Great Morning All.

    Drop the gun, pass on the Masoli…

  199. A-House July 18, 2010 9:19 am

    3 Star recruit from ILH school:

    your post from 2 days ago – if you are swayed by a few words on this blog and decide that UH is not the place for you because we discussed facilities, then take your skills to the mainland.

    however, maybe, you should consider talking to the coaches and players, take a visit to lower campus, and then make your decision. The “facilities” mentioned were mostly that of “upper campus” and there is no doubt that they are in need of work. But, if you like beautiful campuses, aloha noh and best wishes.

  200. A-House July 18, 2010 9:22 am

    Hello! Good morning, ST! Awake?

    Confirmation of status of Darryl McBride committing to UH?

  201. Slugger July 18, 2010 9:40 am

    Re: prime seating for students ~ No can do this season. Season tickets have already been sold. It’ll take time to shift season ticket holders out of prime seats, if it can be afforded. Depends upon how much more money Athletics makes from the premiums (fees?) paid by season ticket-holders for sideline seats at Aloha Stadium, or floor level seats at the Stan. It’s really logisical and fiscal.

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  203. Slugger July 18, 2010 9:44 am

    logisical = logistical

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    July 18th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Re: prime seating for students ~ No can do this season. Season tickets have already been sold. It’ll take time to shift season ticket holders out of prime seats, if it can be afforded. Depends upon how much more money Athletics makes from the premiums (fees?) paid by season ticket-holders for sideline seats at Aloha Stadium, or floor level seats at the Stan. It’s really logisical and fiscal.

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