Moniz, Rausch expect to be ready this week

Quarterback Bryant Moniz said he expects to play against Nevada this week. He suffered what is believed to be a concussion when he was struck on the back of the helmet during a sack. He actually played one more play after that before leaving the game for good. With concussions, you never can predict return times, especially with a quarterback. But Moniz said he felt better after a shower at halftime.

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Brent Rausch said he expects to be cleared to practice. The Warriors have a walk-through practice at 4 p.m. today.

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The Warriors will likely give Inoke Funaki some quarterback reps this week. After that, who knows? The Warriors don’t want to activate freshmen Corey Nielsen, David Graves or Cayman Shutter. And, no, Jon Medeiros is not an option, despite that nice option pass he threw in the spring game.

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It should be interesting to see the construction of the 64-player travel roster. The Warriors will need a lot of DBs for 1) that new third-and-long defensive scheme, and 2) Reno’s altitude. Forget the mind-over-matter talk. The thinner air is a real factor. The Warriors are going to need depth.

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Just a thought: The Warriors have been using the five-wide formation. Why not use Chizzy Dimude as one of the slots? Or move Jovonte Taylor to a slot when they go to that formation. We know Taylor is fast, but it seems he’s had more success on inside screens and hitches rather than deep routes.

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In preparing for Nevada a couple of years ago, the Warriors practiced the Pistol offense, in which the QB is in the shotgun 4 yards from the line of scrimmage, with the lone running back 3 yards directly behind the QB. Then — boing! — it dawned on June Jones. Why not run the Pistol during the game? They did, with Leon Wright-Jackson as the back. And they were successful. Maybe they could run it a couple of times in a game.

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Ever Google your namesake? Here’s mine, a lawyer in New Jersey. (Yeah, yeah. I picked the most successful one I could find.)


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Folk singer Greg Alexander …


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University of Michigan history professor Cal Lee …


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Canadian stuntman Alex Green . . .


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Drummer Jim Donovan …


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Bay Area reporter Jim Leahey . . .


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And a Midori 7 . . .



  1. Mad Dog October 26, 2009 12:20 am

    First. Time for night night

  2. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2009 12:23 am

    Met at the Maunawili Halloween parade yesterday.
    Also met a blogger who works with Warrior Mojo on Saturday.
    It’s nice to put faces to the names.

  3. Mad Dog October 26, 2009 12:25 am

    Many years ago, I took an art history course in college. I had no interest in art, but took the course to satisfy my liberal arts requirement. That course contributed a lot to my outlook on life. At the very first class, the professor walked in and said he wanted a one page essay on the definition of mediocrity. And then he walked out of the classroom.

    Everyone involved in the Warrior football program must sit down and define mediocrity. They must look at the good teams and see what makes them better than a mediocre team. What is the difference between a good player and a mediocre player?

    The Warriors must decide if they want to be a great team or a team going through the motions of a mediocre team. A great team does not necessarily mean a winning team. Being a member of a great team will affect their lives, as a person, in their future.

    OK, Kekoa. Now I’m happy. Goodnight.

  4. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2009 12:28 am

    Someone asked me yesterday if this was a rebuilding year or a transition year.
    It’s been muggy, and since the konk I’ve been fuzzy, so I might not get his point correct.
    But I think he was trying to say that rebuilding means this is a young team that is developing. Transition means this is just a down cycle.
    So I thought about that, in my foggy state, and I think that 2005 was a rebuilding year and 2000 was a transition year. Does that make sense?

  5. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2009 12:33 am

    Mad Dog:
    I think in basketball, a player can steer greatness.
    In football, a coach has to steer greatness.
    In basketball, a coach can draw up a play, but the way Kobe Bryant runs it is left to his creativity.
    In football, plays need to be run exactly the way they’re drawn.

  6. 99club October 26, 2009 12:59 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…

    Happy to read Moniz will play against UNR. We’re going to need everyone to keep up with those guys!

    I think we all agreed a few weeks ago that this was a rebuilding year. Heck, probably into next year. Patience…

    The bowl predictions on ESPN have both TCU and Boise stealing BCS spots. Really?

  7. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2009 1:28 am

    I didn’t realize a blowout victory over UH would cost Boise three BCS spots.

  8. al October 26, 2009 1:34 am

    i think moniz would like to play. however, whether the docs release him is another question.

    and why not put chizzy on the field more often??? he reminds me of all those pony backs who have been destroying us.

    and if dustin blount can go let him.

    i think pilares needs to go back to slot.

    is pollard ready to return?

    shouldn’t avery be given a shot.

    it was obvious that last game that we weren’t able to stretch the field, altho a lot had to do with the keep it front of us scheme that boise st employed very successfully. and they nearly had two defenders to our one receiver. we probably could have run the ball effectively all night, however, what with the score like it was that became moot point.

    oh well.

  9. al October 26, 2009 1:36 am

    no respect for boise st and the wac.

  10. Ralph October 26, 2009 1:52 am

    top ten

  11. wafan October 26, 2009 2:19 am

    Good morning, everyone!

  12. abcdefghijkellamenap October 26, 2009 4:09 am

    I didn’t realize a blowout victory over UH would cost Boise three BCS spots.

    It’s really quite simple if you follow Mackamatics. Mack himself said it during his post game interview that with those [sic] 9 turnovers, that BSU should’ve hung at least 120 points on UH. And who is to argue with him since like he said, “he knows football.” Okay, maybe a math major could since even if you scored a TD and made the 2-point [sic] play on those [sic] 9 turnovers, there is at least 48 more points unaccounted for.

    Anyhoo, BSU didn’t and only scored 54 points. What probably hurt them was allowing 9 points. TCU WACked their higher rated opponent in Provo 38-7 so using Mack mathematics, the pollsters were expecting BSU to score more than 54 points while holding UH to no more than a safety. But what really haunted BSU was their 34-16 win at home against I-AA UC Davis. Davis is ranked #122 in this weeks Sagarin while UH is one spot higher at #121. Mackamatics would have meant that UCD should not have even scored and BSU should have put up at least 80 [*].

    [*] Note I am stoopid at mathematics so I am just guestimating my extracolations

  13. Garret October 26, 2009 4:49 am

    UH’s loss to UNLV helps the MWC and hurts the WAC with the computers. That was a winnable game that can directly be pointed to for computer points between BSU and TCU at the end of the season.

  14. PIAA DS October 26, 2009 5:35 am

    I have a namesake, – she’s a college soccer coach. Kind of appropriate.
    My sons namesake used to own the NE Patriots and Gillette Stadium. No relation. Bummer.

  15. Kekoa (iPhone) October 26, 2009 5:37 am

    Mad Dog is a happy camper! Mediocrity may have had something to do with that. Wait ’till Saturday, dog! Ha ha…

    Good Monday morning Tsaiko villagers! Looking forward to seeing the Warriors pick up the pieces and move forward.

    One snap and clear!

  16. bighilofan2 October 26, 2009 5:38 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    nobody took da bannah.

    the securities were kinda nice to me, called me sir an all dat. 😀 i was kinda nice too. 😀 said thank you and took my bannah off the railing.
    wuz using da bannah like matador cape. 😀 exhorting da policeman.
    afta he had just taken a fan who had jumped onto do field by me, alla dem ushered him away and i was asking if day was going arrest da
    Warrior booster. 😀 in hindsight, i can see da policeman neva like go
    one against 500. da way BSU wuz bustin us, coulda gone dat way.

    actually da policeman just neva like da fact 😀 that I was asking him 😀
    nicely 😆 to go tell da coach 😆 kindly 😆 to stop playing
    nicely 😀 dat he should retire 😆 that this was P.E. :mrgreen:
    actually I forgot the words I wuz using :mrgreen: because my habut fakta wen skyrocket 😀 but LizK got the idea. :mrgreen:

    now in these cool breezes, promise to play nice this morning. 😀

  17. whitey October 26, 2009 5:43 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. d1, time to wake up and go to work.

  18. jm2375 October 26, 2009 5:44 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Happy Monday trails to all.

    Never told this to anyone before, but here goes… re namesakes.
    Greg Alexander, a professor in Public Health at various universities during the time I knew him, was a great friend and mentor to me. At the time the QB GA’s signing was announced, it was almost 1 year to the day that my friend GA had passed. It kinda freaked me out… I realize it’s a common name, but…

    Anyway, methinks I don’t have a namesake, for my married name anyway. My maiden name, yeah, of course. A classmate of my sister was my namesake.

  19. whitey October 26, 2009 5:44 am

    morning kekoa and bhf2.

  20. whitey October 26, 2009 5:46 am

    morning garret and piaa. remember garret, go see your family doctor today.

  21. whitey October 26, 2009 5:46 am

    morning jm

  22. whitey October 26, 2009 5:47 am

    morning duffer. what was the score when you watched the replay yesterday????

  23. bighilofan2 October 26, 2009 5:52 am


    sorry i missed you all at da b4 Tgate

  24. bighilofan2 October 26, 2009 5:56 am

    mad dog makes good points.

    have a nice day everyone.

    Go Warriors.

  25. Garret October 26, 2009 6:05 am

    Sagarin ratings…

    Weber State 116
    UH 121
    NMSU 148

  26. duffer October 26, 2009 6:08 am

    Goggled my name…..

    Came back, only one of me! 🙂


    I fell asleep, dreamed we won! Plus neva got to eat Midori’s triffle!

    Took a picture with uhfan and told everybody on Maui she was my younger girlfriend! 😆

  27. duffer October 26, 2009 6:13 am

    Now if I can only can get the Princess, Midori, Jenn Boneza, Esme and Cat, to pose with me, I’ll be all set! Oh and Mrs A-House too! 🙂

  28. mctruck October 26, 2009 6:18 am

    Mad Dog,

    I really love your, #3 post…..makes sense to me. mahalo.

  29. djmitcho October 26, 2009 6:23 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good week.

  30. whitey October 26, 2009 6:25 am

    duffer, you still dreaming!!!!! wake up, today is monday and you better go to work. not furlough day.

  31. whitey October 26, 2009 6:26 am

    ok, time to go to breakfast of champions and hit the white ball. laters!!!

  32. Pride. October 26, 2009 6:31 am


    Hawaii 70
    Nevada 45

  33. Bulla October 26, 2009 6:54 am

    good morning to all the Tsaikos,

    whew, it’s going to be another muggy day….ouch.

    Garret, Sagarin rankings are always interesting, as you have noted 🙂

    Warriors need to focus on the task at hand, adjust and execute.

    Weber State travels to Montana for what is being called the Big Sky Championship game. Wildcats have to win to stay in the running, if Montana wins, it looks very bleak. Missoula on Halloween is nothing short of chaos…..but we’re in it 2 win it.

    have a good day everyone 🙂

    GO WILDCATS (X2) 🙂

  34. Maverick October 26, 2009 6:54 am

    Ok, I got an Ide’r.
    Do you think if the coach’s start wearing “Nasti” shirts everyday for practice and Gameday, it might change the attitude?

    Does Nate have enough in stock?

    btw, watching the Weber St. game, coach Mcbride had a homemade black shirt titled “Lights Out” with a skull below. I likey that.

  35. Bulla October 26, 2009 6:58 am


    i couldn’t find any photos for another ‘bulla’, hmmmmmmmmm, is that a good thing? haha

  36. Da Punchbowl Kid October 26, 2009 6:58 am

    Mine is either a respected genetic researcher or a renown wedding photographer.

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid October 26, 2009 7:00 am

    George “The Animal” Steele. 😆

  38. Da Punchbowl Kid October 26, 2009 7:02 am

    Good Morning Herr Buller, Maverick, Pride , Whitey, DJ, McTruck and alla the rest of y’all. 🙂

  39. Maverick October 26, 2009 7:05 am

    Whenever I see Prides score prediction with Hawaii hanging 70 points on the opponent, this always puts aBig grin on my “Face for Radio”

    Those days will be happening again soon.

  40. Maverick October 26, 2009 7:07 am

    Top of the day and start of a fresh week all. Thx DPK.

    Nevada is on the horizon, and Hawaii will be knocking on the screen door soon.
    Forecast for Saturday is between 50 – 60 deg. with good chance of rain.

  41. Buffoman October 26, 2009 7:07 am

    There are some assistant coaches, like Mangini, like Capers who are terrific in that role. When handed the reins of a head coach, they just cannot replicate that same level of success enjoyed as a coordinator.

    As an observation, we may be seeing that repeated here. Someone mentioned that Coach Mac is a terrific defensive guy, maybe that’s his calling. Nothing against the guy, but some people have the ability to move up to become the head and others just function better in more specific roles. It’s in business, politics, everywhere where leadership at the top brings forth different skill levels in leadership, organization and execution.

    I agree that it does not make sense to sack the guy, but being objective, we need to look at the teltale signs of good/great leadership and execution or mediocre/poor leadership and evaluate accordingly. To follow “blind faith” does not do any good, and is as bad as emotional second guessing without foundation.

  42. Bulla October 26, 2009 7:09 am

    ok, you win, but i was going by name alone, haha

  43. rog October 26, 2009 7:15 am

    Congrads to the Warriors on scoring for the first time all season long in the 3rd quarter! That’s why Mack gets the big bucks!!!!!!

  44. rog October 26, 2009 7:15 am

    Congrads to the Warriors on scoring for the first time all season long in the 3rd quarter! That’s why Mack gets the big bucks!!!!!!

  45. Da Punchbowl Kid October 26, 2009 7:15 am

    Mebbe you should change yer name…. 😆 j/k brother..

  46. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 26, 2009 7:20 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    ST- fergot to ask you about the head conk… did you get it checked out?

    bhf2- (((((HUGS)))))

    Had dinner with #1 son last night. He made a hypothesis about my shoulder probs (pre-MRI reading) and performed some massage therapy and stretches to test his theory. I think he’s right. Range of motion is way better and pain is greatly reduced after only one treatment.

    WOO HOO!

    Bad news is- typing on a keyboard all day and night is the cause.

    HI HO!

  47. Kekoa (iPhone) October 26, 2009 7:21 am

    Buffoman ~ @#41

    It’s called the Peter Principle.

  48. […] Dear David, I’m attending the funeral of my beloved grandmother Read more from the original Moniz expects to be ready – 10/26/2009 Quarterback Bryant Moniz said he expects to play […]

  49. Kekoa (iPhone) October 26, 2009 7:27 am

    Liz ~ Tanks again for making da ER delivery to my cousin dem in Waimea Town. Dey sed Leonard’s Malasadas was da right medication. Errybody took 2 and was knock out! Hehehe!

  50. Slugger October 26, 2009 7:30 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!! Guten tag, Kekoa!

  51. kymrykauai October 26, 2009 7:31 am

    I’m the only Kymry when you google except for the girl named Tracy from CA who cybersquats on my domain name all over the internet on twitter and facebook too. She claims Kymry has been her nickname her entire life spelled exactly that way. How you get the nickname Kymry from the name Tracy I’ve been trying to figure that out for the past several years.

    Great news if Moniz is going to be ok to play Sat.!


  52. chawan_cut October 26, 2009 7:38 am

    thats what I was trying to yell at Boise on Saturday.
    thats why I was yelling TCU! TCU!
    our RPI can’t be that great with wins over WSU and UCA. while TCU beat up on BYU who has that win over Oklahoma
    they didn’t believe me, but tada! the “computers” put TCU above the broncs.

  53. Bulla October 26, 2009 7:40 am


    awesome meeting you and your hubby on saturday! have a blessed day in kauai 🙂

  54. kymrykauai October 26, 2009 7:45 am

    Bulla great meeting you too and Lynn and Pam too!

    Its going to be a beautiful day on Kauai but already soooo HOT!!!

  55. royvic October 26, 2009 7:50 am

    I was reading lizk #46 about her shoulder problem and wanted to offer a solution that worked for me.

    salonpas pain patches have helped me in the past and it helped recently with pain that I had in my neck and shoulder.

    i’m talking crying pain where it was hard lifting my right arm and turning my neck to the right

    about 3 yrs ago i had that problem and just recently had it again and for about 10 days i put about 3 of the patches on my neck and shoulder and it went away

    it seems to give relief right away

    you can find them at 7-11 and also ive seen them as cosco

    relatively inexpensive-20 patches for about $2.60 at 7-11. comes in a green and white box.

  56. duffer (iPhone) October 26, 2009 7:53 am

    Kymry nice too have met you too but where were the cookies?

  57. Kazz (blkberry_storm) October 26, 2009 8:14 am


  58. d1島 October 26, 2009 8:20 am

    Great Morning All!

    Hope that Bryant Moniz checks out A-ok by the medical staff.

    I’m too busy being the Na Kolohe guy’s namesake to look for a namesake. 😆

  59. d1島 October 26, 2009 8:20 am


    One more day of NoHiHo.. 🙂

  60. d1島 October 26, 2009 8:21 am

    …although I did “sneak in” to catch up on some stuff early this morning. 😐

  61. Garret October 26, 2009 8:44 am

    Free piece of grilled chicken from KFC on Monday. No coupon necessary and you can do this through the drive through.

  62. koakane™ October 26, 2009 8:46 am

    good morning tsaiko country, warrior fans looks like the sun burning bright, small trades which means going be small kind humid so look for the ac.

    IMHO supa tgate again which made up for the game. good to see other tsaiko’s, returning tsaiko’s (kymry, bulla and lopaka) and non tsaiko’s join us for the 5 “f”

    going to meet my sista for morning CC. she also from kauai, my bro was here on sat and now her and bro-in-law… wasup 🙄 they just sold some target looking puppies.

    well have a good day, play nice, be good to each other.


  63. Slugger October 26, 2009 8:54 am

    Prayers for Moniz to be healthy and playing this weekend. If can, can; if no can, no can. Just get well.

  64. Slugger October 26, 2009 8:59 am


    Please extend a big mahalo to your cousin for getting the Kauai salt to MsLiz. Used some of it in the soup. Ono!

  65. (Jesse) James October 26, 2009 9:00 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…whew, humid day…lucky I’m busy inside. Hope all have a good day.

  66. Kekoa (iPhone) October 26, 2009 9:09 am

    @#50 ~ Guten Tag Slugger!

    Was there any particular reason for referring to things auf Deutsch bis morgen meine Frau?

  67. Pomai October 26, 2009 9:12 am

    We will not quit on this team!!!!!
    UH vs Rebels
    28    –    17    Pomai
    56    –    14    d1shima
    63    –    12    homey
    70    –    45    Pride

  68. AlaWaiPipeLayer October 26, 2009 9:18 am

    ST, is there any progress report on how Greg Alexander and Rdney Bradley are doing? Did not see them on the sidelines on Saturday.

  69. Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς October 26, 2009 9:21 am

    GARRET: How are the kiddies and you/your wife?

    48-hours have passed but still really no comments – everything about the game has been said.

    Hope Moniz isn’t rushing things. Concussions aren’t to be toyed with and we don’t need to have him loused up the rest of his life – let along for the rest of the season. Even Colt was given two or so games to recover.

  70. Manoa Mist October 26, 2009 9:21 am

    The 2009 Warriors remind me of that book title “When all the laughter died in sorrow.”
    1. But Mack needs to quit the crying already. We know he loves his players and coaches. We know the boys fight to the end. Just get better, that’s all we’re asking. It’s nothing to sob about.
    2. Hard to believe you don’t bring in Funaki after Moniz goes down. Is our No. 1 QB from last year so bad he’ s now no better than a 4th stringer who’s never faced DI competition? They also said Funaki was the best back in Spring ball, yet he hardly ever, maybe once a game, gets to run with the ball. Inoki is the forgotten man, I’d let him return punts and kickoffs too.
    3. Last, let’s quit the “we’re young” excuse. Boise has like 50 freshmen, and they tuned us up good. Sometimes, you just ain’t good enough. If that’s the reality, then man up and say it. That’s why I loved Coach Les, Rainbow baseball, he played the best, and when UH lost, he’d say it was because we just weren’t good enough. And he didn’t cry, neither.
    Peace out.

  71. lab rat October 26, 2009 9:31 am

    I did the goggle thing and it took me to a website that said that I was the best setter in the world. I never knew that.

  72. lab rat October 26, 2009 9:38 am

    UH 31 – Rebels? 17

  73. Slugger October 26, 2009 9:40 am


    Buenos dias! Jiao sun! Bonjour! Salaam a lekum!
    Just trying to remember how to say things in different languages since you mentioned you took German.

    I’ll have to watch the replay to see the 8-DB formation. I need it in slo-mo to figure out the different players & what was changed.

    My namesake is in the high school class before me.

  74. Ronnie October 26, 2009 9:40 am

    My married namesake (using my nickname) is a guy (which I expected) who is now my friend on Facebook.

    My maiden name namesake is my sister-in-law (which is one reason I kept my married name after the divorce)…

  75. BooYah October 26, 2009 9:45 am

    Bottom line is that UH does not have the speed, talent of personel to compete at this level. Until UH gets the players they need, we will keep on losing games and be a middle of pack team in the Wacky WAC.

    McMackin will get a pass this year due to all the injuries but if this type of play happens next year..he should be relieved of coaching duties. The excuse of we are playing hard, playing within the system and we are a young team is getting old. Boise has a young team and look at their record. If we are playing hard and within the system then that says the system we have is not working, the COACHING is inadequate and the PLAYERS are not fast enough or talented enough to compete.

    JJ left the cupboard empty when he left and its gonna take some time to fix the team and our current team and recruits well..jury is still out.


  76. madeinhawaii October 26, 2009 10:04 am

    Morning Tsaikos… let’s keep up the positive vibes. Future recruits gotta know, there is a loyal following of fans and supporters for the team and coaches.

  77. ProudArmyWife808 October 26, 2009 10:16 am

    I agree with Manoa Mist… how come they don’t use Funaki? I just don’t get it. Have a great Monday everybody!

  78. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2009 10:16 am

    Mondays are always better than Saturdays because there’s more time for reflection.
    For instance, I was curious about a couple of Austin’s picks.
    Today, he said on the one to Avery, he thought Boise State had a busted coverage. So he tried to throw it high. But he threw off his back footl, and, as he noted, nothing good happens with that technique.
    On the end zone interception, he thought Medeiros was going to run a flatter route. Medeiros thought the throw would be at more of an angle. Jeron Johnson jumped the route and made a great play.
    I like those explanations more than they played hard. Because it’s a given that everybody plays hard.

  79. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2009 10:18 am

    I’m not sure why they don’t use Funaki. They’re probably seeing things in practice we’re not seeing. But I think it would be useful to throw at least once out of the wildcat. That keeps a defense honest.

  80. Jack Flash October 26, 2009 10:19 am

    Wolfpack- 42


  81. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2009 10:20 am

    Alexander is getting better. But he’s definitely out for several months.
    Bradley also is doing well for somebody who had both fractures to the tibia and fibula. But, as I understand it, there wasn’t a compound fracture. So that’s good news.

  82. protector October 26, 2009 10:24 am

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Bryant Moniz, not just because the team sorely needs him, but because of the person & competitor that he is / seems to be. If there’s the least chance he’s not totally clear, I don’t want to see him play even if it may cost us the game. If he’s okay, great!

    Not too many silver linings from the game. However, if the D hadn’t stepped up at times, it would’ve been 70+ points in Boise’s favor, although it still wouldn’t have been enough to save their place / ranking. It was more galling to me the way LWJ & other ballcarriers keep coughing up the ball (because they don’t wrap-up. This should be 2nd nature by now. However even Salas who is acknowledged (and deservedly so) had coughed it up at crucial times in the last 3 games. Don’t think he did it this game, but on an early drive, he clearly took his eyes off the ball & turned to look upfield, which caused him to drop the perfectly thrown ball. Moniz has been so snake-bitten in that way. In the previous game, he threw some of the prettiest passes I’ve seen since Colt & Rolo, only to have them constantly dropped. That’s reminiscent of
    when Rolo got his first chance, only to have even some of our best receivers
    drop so many balls in the first 2 games that they benched him instead of the receivers – – a gross miscarriage of justice. His passes were laser-like in accuracy, but were told by Bobby Curran & others that the spin on the ball made the receivers drop them even if it hit them in the hands or in the numbers – bull. To his credit though, all the receivers (UH, college & pro) did say Colt had the most catchable passes.

  83. ai-eee-soos October 26, 2009 10:25 am

    Bryant Moniz – take care of yourself.

    Skip the UNR game; your health is foremost.

  84. al October 26, 2009 10:34 am

    i agree.

  85. al October 26, 2009 10:34 am

    so who is the guest coach today at the na koa luncheon?

    does mack attend those too?

  86. al October 26, 2009 10:35 am

    is it possible to get any of the coaches to host tomw???

  87. ai-eee-soos October 26, 2009 10:36 am

    QB’s for UNR game:

    Shane; Brent; Cayman Shutter; Inoke.

    Yeah, “activate” Cayman; if he plays, that’s good experience for him.

    He will be “one up” on the FR QB’s.

    Don’t really want to use Inoke at QB too much. He might get banged up and won’t be available for holder on place kicks. (yeah, I know he runs the wildcat and could get injured.)

  88. Kekoa October 26, 2009 10:39 am

    Slugger ~ Always trying to keep the cerebral hemispheres active eh?! It just dawned on me that I got the gender wrong in my last post! Florida Ted will prolly issue me a small kine schelten (scolding).

    Your Aunty Amy just sent me a music video that I forwarded to you. I think the UH game made her sad and she just had to express it.

  89. expat October 26, 2009 10:50 am


    Salas, Green & LWJ all fumbled.

  90. chawan_cut October 26, 2009 10:52 am

    when i look up my name, i get this:

  91. al October 26, 2009 10:57 am

    cute dat one.

  92. expat October 26, 2009 10:57 am

    Coach Mack was head coach for Div II Oregon Tech for four seasons in the late 80s. He won two coach of the year awards, had four winning seasons and led them to a #3 ranking. (according to wikipedia)

    Div II is not Div I-A. But, he has had success as a head coach at the college level.

  93. Slugger October 26, 2009 10:58 am


    I used to sing that song to myself as I took off in da plane back to the mainland in the evenings when I visited. Now I can see that view from my lanai. (link on my name.) My Aunty sent me the em, too.

    K, if I’m going to the Na Koa lunch I should get my but* in gear. I’m not hungry, though. But I’d like to see the 8-DB formation explained. Maybe Mack will be there since it was such a lopsided loss.

    Esme & out….

  94. Nalani October 26, 2009 11:04 am

    #70, I agree w the Funaki questions. I’d love to see him in more, at QB and at RB. Honestly, the OL doesn’t run block well, so that’s why we falter on the 1st and Goal plays, but Funaki seems to make the most of every play, so why not use him more?

    We need more offensive production. In the JJ era, we won by outscoring them. We need that kind of OC, and we need him now. Let Coach Mac concentrate on the defense.

  95. Rolo To Lelie October 26, 2009 11:06 am

    Coach Rolovich should secretly suit up if the team needs more QB’s. I’m pretty sure he still got game.

  96. FloridaTed October 26, 2009 11:21 am

    Morning, Kekoa,

    scolding is actually : schimfen, don’t know: schelten

  97. al October 26, 2009 11:21 am


    i know that they “tweaked” the run n shoot after june left.
    me, i am a believer of “don’t fix what isn’t broken”.

    so, now that we see the offense struggle with the new look patterns based upon what the receivers see, isn’t it about time to return to the old stuff that worked????

  98. expat October 26, 2009 11:26 am

    With two Sophomore QBs as well as a Junior QB who should be back soon AND Inoke being a proven performer it would be foolish to burn any of the three frosh QB’s redshirts. Inoke moved to RB because the QB spot was crowded. Turns out RB is pretty crowded as well and unlike previous seasons the RBs have stayed healthy. QB has thinned out a bunch. If Inoke is really only going to play as holder and in wildcat packages why not move him back to QB in practice and give him some reps behind center. We know the guy can pass and it would be nice to see a strong option package that could be the red-zone package. Why not have Inoke come in with a platoon set up as a double wing option? Kind of like how Boise State brings in an entire new group of personnel en masse.

    That would be hell to prepare a defense for and it seem like we have the personnel in terms of RBs. It would also have the advantage of giving the first string D some option reps in preparation for Navy.

    We are having real issues with red zone offense and this might be a way to improve the situation. I bet the linemen would love to get a break on pass blocking.

  99. abcdefghijkellamenap October 26, 2009 11:30 am

    Coach Mack was head coach for Div II Oregon Tech

    Yo! Oregon Tech was NAIA Division II. While competition level is around the same as NCAA Division II, part of that is due to fewer recruiting restrictions compared to NCAA D-II (which itself has fewer restrictions compared to D-I) which means you can get some caliber of players who wouldn’t qualify at an NCAA sanctioned institute.

    Arghhh! I confusing myself already. ( =_= ‘)

    Someone smarter than me who knows the rest of the alphabet probably spell out the details.

  100. AlaWaiPipeLayer October 26, 2009 11:32 am

    If Pilares moves outside, then Inoke could be a slot too. He has sure hands, knows the routes and is quick enough for YAC. He’s too talented to only hold and play in the Noke. Didn’t he also play defense in high school?

  101. kama krab October 26, 2009 11:32 am

    Howzit Everybody,

    Since we are on the topic of OC, I think it is about time to move Ron Lee back to WR coach and give the reign’s to the offense to Rolo. He has shown that he can call a pretty good game. It is time to give the youngsters a chance and that not only goes for the team but goes for the coaching staff also.

  102. Just Saying October 26, 2009 11:35 am

    Are redshirts and players not suited up to play allowed to roam freely in the parking lot tailgates pre-game? I remember seeing some walking around last season (won’t post the names), and we were in the lower halawa lot pretty far from the stadium.

    Any truth to the postings elsewhere that some players (including a particular leader) were seen cruising at tailgates pretty close to warm-ups time this past weekend?

  103. kama krab October 26, 2009 11:46 am

    I would also like to see Inoke get more playing time especially now that we are down to our fourth string. I mean why not give the man a chance. This is his final year and he has proven that he can do it.

    We need to start being creative with some stuff and I am not saying change what we do, I am saying to be creative with plays that we already use.

  104. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 11:54 am

    Wow ST nice tie and i love the new hair cut!

    hahhahahah funny pictures.

  105. LizKauai October 26, 2009 12:00 pm

    #55- Mahalo for the suggestion!

    28-24 LizKauai

    abcdefghijkellamenap: your handle reminds me of my alltime fave: tht famous “goodfella” doremi fasolatido


  106. A-House October 26, 2009 12:07 pm

    Name sake:

    Don’t have to google that cause I know who he is.

    Matter of fact, the first 4 letters of our middle name is identical. IDENTICAL! ( borrowed from the movie my cousin Vinny).

    When he got married, my Dad called home and told Mom that I got married over the weekend and they were not invited for which he got good scoldings cause my Mom said “we neva bring him up like dat”.

    My close friends “rolled me out of bed” in the dorm and started to beat on me cause they were not invited to the wedding. I yelled back to them, “you stuipd shits, I was with you guys on Saturday”. Response, oh yea, wasn’t you!

    BTW, he married a very attractive young lady! Hey, Hey, Hey, so did I!!!

  107. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 12:07 pm

    re: McMackin’s Contract

    Question for ST or anyone:

    I read Ferd’s article this morning and I am concerned about why his contract was so advantageous to him (the coach) and obviously allows UH very little options if it so chooses to release him?

    I know Bert Kobayashi and his firm is one of the most respected law firms out there but what gives?

    Does anyone know why the University accepted these conditions ( or lack thereof) AND is this on par for most NCAA coaches? It doesn’t seem to be as one BCS coach was quoted as saying how he would love that kind of contract.

    Quote from Ferds article:

    ” Short of McMackin again inserting foot to mouth at tonsil depth or negotiating his own exit, people familiar with McMackin’s contract say if things worsened to the point where UH decided it wanted to make a change it would have little choice but to come up with the cash, so well-crafted is the 19-page contract by the coach’s attorney, Bert T. Kobayashi Jr.

    Or, as a coach at a BCS school was moved to say recently, “that’s the guy I’ve got to get to do my next (deal).” “

  108. JK October 26, 2009 12:22 pm

    Nevada 84
    Hawaii 13

    Get used to it this season. They just arent that good this year and take the lumps this year and see what happens next year. We’ll get better but this year is done. Too many injuries and not enough talent so let’s just take a mulligan this season.

    We may need to bring in a new offensive scheme down the line and switch to the old spread paul johnson offense based on the kind of talent we have. I like that option better and we can milk the clock and keep the defense off the field longer. Ivin Jasper come back to Hawaii please.

  109. duffer October 26, 2009 12:39 pm

    @ Rob19

    Sent you a email!

    @106 A-House, yes you did!

  110. Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς October 26, 2009 12:42 pm

    I think BHF2 or W_Mojo will back me up on this – but my LaSalle correspondence course says contracts are usually two-sided.

    The 19-page contract by the coach’s attorney, Bert T. Kobayashi Jr. was probably presented to the UH’s attorney (Darilynn Lendio?) who probably OK’d it and passed it on to the Chancellor for her signature.

    You can’t blame Bert for doing a great job for his client.

  111. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 12:42 pm


    Neveda 48

    Hawaii 17

  112. Just Saying October 26, 2009 12:43 pm

    wow, tanks a lot Mr. Kobayashi. Dang.

  113. Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς October 26, 2009 12:46 pm

    If BR has three more years to play QB, I don’t think he should burn the year unless we are in real dire straits. (We are, but I mean REAL).

    Remember BR was to be the first string QB when we opened the season at Florida over GA and Inoke. Unfortunately his arm had a problem prior to the game and GA was rushed in as first string.

    If BR was considered good enough to be named first string, I wonder if he should be preserved/reserved for next year.

  114. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 12:49 pm

    Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς: ,

    Yes it takes 2 entities to enter into a contract. That part is a given. And yes Bert Kobayashi is a good attorney, I have had the opportunity to work with him in the past. However how and why does the University accept those conditions? I understand desperate times call for desperate measures but Mack must have really had the UH by the nads?

    In the end I am NOT blaming Bert as his only interest should be for his client. I am just wondering HOW the University thought the Mack-sided contract was such a great idea.

  115. Dan-O October 26, 2009 12:54 pm

    While we do have numerous “problem” areas on the team this year, I believe quarterback is NOT one of them (unless Moniz cant go this week).

    He looked very sharp against Boise, although his stats were poor (due to some drops again).

    Three plays stood out for me…..first was the bullet he fired to a slanting Taylor (who dropped the ball). Second, was that PRETTY toss he lobbed over the defender to Salas, who caught it in stride. Third, was his scramble out of the pocket when he couldnt find anyone to throw to.

    While the offensive line looked good…..remember, Boise hardly blitzed. They rushed only four….and dropped seven in coverage.

  116. Kekoa October 26, 2009 12:54 pm

    FT ~ I learned my lesson. Put myself in a self-imposed time out.

    Verzeih mir. Ich habe einen Fehler gemacht. Sie sind richtig!

  117. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 12:58 pm


    Yes I noticed the same thing, they rushed 4 almost every single time. I was wondering why they were doing that as their LB’s are pretty fast and could probably penetrate the line. I guess they were in pure pass defense mode.

  118. d1島 October 26, 2009 1:15 pm


    IIRC sight-adjusted routes is the default for the run and shoot. The Former Coach was able to “call his shot” on the route running because of his virtuoso level of seeing the offense.

  119. PowderPuff October 26, 2009 1:15 pm

    Hey, Slugger – you around the Village? It was so funny a delivery guy just came into the office and I could hear him saying he was picking up something from a “Mei Ling.” He kept saying, “You don’t have a Mei Ling here?” As ST showed us, you never know where your namesake’s gonna pop up…and Tsaikos are everywhere. 🙂

  120. d1島 October 26, 2009 1:16 pm

    With the fourth QB in eight games doing game prep, can the team really afford to spend time implementing new directions on offense during a travel week?

    Folks bring up von Appen and the futility of that era but do we really want to go back to a HC taking suggestions for play calling from the general public during call-in shows and trying to put it in the next day in practice?

  121. duffer October 26, 2009 1:20 pm

    Hey PP, Nice to have met you this Saturday. I can’t imagine all that cheering coming from that petite body. Don’t forget you and I against Bolo and his golf partner.

  122. Kazz (blkberry_storm) October 26, 2009 1:26 pm

    RE: players “tailgating” before gametime.

    I have seen this over the years while walking the parking lot a few seasons ago. More so the local players saying “hi” to family and some bringing the mainland kids along.

    Happened under JJ and most likely happened under past coaches before this too. How far one needs to look into this is their own decision.

  123. al October 26, 2009 1:31 pm

    d1…that is true. but, didn’t the current oc mention that they have new reads and more options on the routes, thus more patterns off of one formation/play.

    and yes the musical qb’s and receivers does make for more difficult times. we need to simply things a bit more is what i was alluding to.

  124. Uce2 October 26, 2009 1:39 pm

    So sad.

    I hope they don’t sully up Inoke’s name at this point by putting him back in as a QB. Rolo and Mack made the decision long ago that Inoke was not good enough. Inoke smiled and accepted this decision. Rolo and Mack then made the decision to relegate Inoke to holder. This he also accepted, with a smile.

    The folly of Mack and Rolo’s decision making and thinking is now front and center. I hope they leave Inoke where he is doing what they relegated him to do. He is happy and content. He has his degree and he is now working on his grad degree. Inoke will make a good D1 coach some day.

  125. Ralph October 26, 2009 1:44 pm

    IDKWTHM Kobayashi is a long time power broker and lawyer, with him matching wits against a political appointee in Lendio, not a fair match for a young attorney learning the ropes. She got snow balled, too much haste in getting it done and finding closure.

  126. A-House October 26, 2009 1:47 pm


    You guys back of still on the continent?

    My pea brain says coaches should be more creative in play selection because once they go into the pass crazy mode they become so predictable making it easy for any defense. I thought they did a good job of mixing up the plays during the 1st quarter of the Idaho game, but they went into that pass, pass, pass mode from the 2nd quarter.

    Run some sweeps. Run some play action in or out of the “wildcat”. Run some running plays mixed into the pass, pass, pass. We do not have the coaches or the players to do what the 2006-07 teams did at UH. JJ was the HC and OC and he could see the entire field on every play. Not every play was successful, but they sure worked on most occasions.

    al suggested earlier that maybe Coach Mack should go back to the JJ “r ‘n s” system with the more simplistic receiver routes. Maybe this will give the QB more time to get rid of the ball earlier and aviod the heavy rush, sacks, hits, etc. It’s nice to say that we need a nice “QB pocket”, but reality says that UH does NOT have the OLine to do this in 2009; especially on blitzes.

    One thing that puzzles me is that the JC corners came in with the “hit man” label, but very seldom do you see the corners bumping the receivers at the LOS. Most of the time you see a 8-10 yard cushion.

    And, finally, who should be in the booth? Ron Lee or Rollo?

  127. PowderPuff October 26, 2009 1:51 pm

    Duffer! Wonderful to see you on Saturday as well. Haha, I do cut loose on the cheering, but all for the Warriors.

    Oh yah, I’m down for you and me versus Bolo and his partner…Cassie? My gosh, if it’s Cassie, I need a 72 handicap.

  128. Ralph October 26, 2009 1:53 pm

    72 handicap for front 9 and adjust for back 9.

  129. A-House October 26, 2009 1:54 pm

    IIRC, Atty Koybayashi also served on the Board of Regents and once held the post of Chairman.

    BTW, how good is the “legal office” at UH? I know that Walter Kirimitsu, after many years in the legal profession, was the GC before accepting the Presidency at St Louis HS.

  130. Garret October 26, 2009 2:05 pm

    I don’t think that you can blame Kobayashi for negotiating on behalf of his client. ST mentioned earlier that Mac’s first offer for his salary was $1.1 million per year…and apparently UH just accepted his first offer. If UH isn’t going to ask for the buyout clauses that are standard in other coach’s contracts and wants to give 5 years instead of 3 or 4 years plus a potential rollover, then that isn’t Kobayashi’s fault.

  131. Garret October 26, 2009 2:11 pm

    I agree with d1shima that from everything I’ve read and observed, JJ’s run-and-shoot offense is not the same as a standard run-and-shoot offense. I remember many of the people here were happy that Ron Lee would be adding in all the options and making the offense more complicated, but that takes longer to install and is hard when so many of the receivers are JC recruits that have to learn in a short amount of time.

    Judging from past interviews of QBs and WRs, JJ used to call set plays/routes and he could tell the QB which receiver would be open and should be looked at first. And he would do that from the field instead of the booth. I have never heard of *any* other coach who did that so regularly…so it isn’t as simple as going back to the old offense.

    Some simplification can be done to avoid overloading the inexperienced players that have to play due to injuries. However, a lot of that seems to already have been done, as it appears that the offense is running a limited version of the run-and-shoot due to the inexperience of the players.

    Due to the need to get the offense in sync, we could go back in time to stop spending so much practice time before last season on the QB being under center, but that is hindsight. UH could run the ball more, especially with Shaw at OL coach, but it may be too late in the season to get the timing down for new running plays.

  132. Slugger October 26, 2009 2:16 pm


    You won a cap at the Na Koa luncheon.

    Na Koa lunch was good. Sat with Pride., UHWarrior, Don Weir & Rick Blangiardi. Got to see the good plays of the O-line, the DB formation & how it worked, some of the problems that they had. Coach Mack explained why he talks about having 9 turnovers in the game (he’s including the 2 bad punts & the punt return that should have been taken as a knee.) Correct me if I’m wrong, Pride.

    Coach said that GA was at the game. He’s lost a lot of weight. Praying for all of our injured Warriors to get well. And for the basketball players; Friday at 7 pm, SSC = UH-Hilo.

    Don Weir said he’s emailed the pics of the bike & BHF2 to ST.

    Same menu as last week.

    I’m going to practice later, even in this heat & humidity. It’ll help me sweat off the lbs. gained at the T-Gate… Whew! Stay cool, gang. It’s HOT walking around out there.

  133. Garret October 26, 2009 2:19 pm

    One thing I don’t understand is that a batch of JC WRs were recruited in the 2008 class–normally JC players are recruited to fill immediate needs. However, most of them were redshirted, which is unusual but makes sense if they needed time to learn the offense. However, we aren’t seeing many of them get a chance at receiver this season…it would be good to get them some game reps for experience, even if it is late in games like the BSU/Fresno State games.

    Without giving them game reps, they will end up being seniors next season that are also inexperienced. Rodney Bradley came in and was a star right away, but many of the JC WRs from the year before aren’t even getting on the field.

    It drove me crazy late in the BSU game to see Salas still getting the bulk of the passes thrown at him! What if Salas got hurt? Why not give other players some game reps?

  134. Garret October 26, 2009 2:21 pm

    I saw a report on a radio Q&A with Mac that said that Mac explained that they asked the starting OL to come out of the game late in the BSU game and the OL refused. I have a lot of questions about that and would love it if someone got the real story about that. I would think that it would be good to get game reps for the backup OL…

  135. d1島 October 26, 2009 2:30 pm


    They refused?
    If true, that is a huge problem. 🙁

  136. d1島 October 26, 2009 2:33 pm

    Beyond the fact that the Former Coach was able to call for specific routes and reads is that he was coaching players who were well-versed in working together using the basic principles of the RnS anyway….they may have gotten it right whether or not the Coach rang it up from the sideline.

  137. d1島 October 26, 2009 2:36 pm

    ….the point being, with regard to the current crop, there is no combination of QB and receivers who have been able to demonstrate the ability to duplicate what the 06-07 players did…nor have they even had the opportunity yet because of changes due to injury or inability.

  138. dittohead October 26, 2009 2:37 pm

    Koolaid quote of the day:

    “so let’s just take a mulligan this season”.

  139. d1島 October 26, 2009 2:37 pm


    Came home last night. Good to be back but some hot o’heya!

  140. Slugger October 26, 2009 2:38 pm


    …Mac explained that they asked the starting OL to come out of the game late in the BSU game and the OL refused. …

    Coach Mack reiterated the same thing at lunch, in the context of pointing out that the guys are giving it their all & not quitting. Playing hurt, sucking it up, having to be carried off the field. I’ve see Fonoti at practice & I know he’s playing hurt just watching him hobble on the sidelines. Hope he doesn’t overdo it.

    I think the Coach said Royce Pollard should be back in at receiver.

    He explained what happened with Heun & consequences for Salas missing the team bus. Discipline still being maintained. I asked about stretching before practice; they allocate time before practice to stretch w/ the position coaches. The warmups before the third quarter starts will continue.

  141. Slugger October 26, 2009 2:39 pm

    Oops! My end blockquote didn’t work. Everything under the second indent are my comments.

  142. kama krab October 26, 2009 2:40 pm


    If what you say in #134 is correct then why the hell is Mac giving guys a choice. If he feels like he wants to give other guys playing time then yank your starters off the field. If they still don’t want to come off kick them off the team. If it where me I would not stand for that kind of BS. This is something we do not need. What we do need is to give as much players playing time as we can give. It will be very valuable time especially during a season where we have lost alot of our starters.

    Well that is just my opinion. Sorry for the little rant but your post just caught my eye.

  143. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 2:42 pm


    I am hoping its another “misspeak” of sorts…(is it just me or does that happen a lot recently? haha.

    Anyway i hope it means that they didnt want to give up and not did not want to listen to Mack.

    If the later is true that isnt good news

  144. labrat October 26, 2009 2:45 pm

    I think the oline just did not want to quit no matter the score. If that was it i applaud them for never giving up.

  145. Slugger October 26, 2009 2:52 pm

    ‘Auwe! Uncle George Naope passed away! Rest in peace.

  146. Slugger October 26, 2009 2:56 pm

    EH! You guys gotta go to the Na Koa lunch instead of second guessing stuff. And then you can get your questions answered. Sorry, Garret, I know you can’t go, except for the time you were home last year.

    I think it would be interesting to have a coach on the Warrior Beat show tomorrow. Then you can get the info from the “horse’s mouth”.

  147. postmanke October 26, 2009 3:00 pm

    Re: 133

    Garret, I am thinking we are red shirting because of the complexity of the offense and the learning curve at the WR position. Most schools will redshirt a player at a position when they have depth, we tend to redshirt to learn the offense.

  148. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 3:01 pm

    I know Kobayashi is player here in Honolulu. Ive known him through the Hanneman Admin. The point is if you cant read a contract and detail the clauses and terms then you shouldn’t practice law. This isn’t some multi dimensional complex litigation case.

    From UH’s side they can negotiate and say ” I want a buyout clause based on performance etc etc etc”….OR these are the terms i want in the contract 1,2,3 etc etc. No trickery or backhanded techniques there. You want it in, both parties agrees, it goes in. period.

    What it comes down to imo is that UH did absolutely no negotiating and took the offer Mack put on the table and said “OK!”.

    You cannot blame Kobayashi for this, you can only blame the person that agreed to the offer. Incompetence is not an excuse especially with something as simple as this.

  149. A-House October 26, 2009 3:03 pm

    Garret, d1, kama crab, labrat:

    I admire the courage of the starting Oline, but their selfishness caused the underclassmen their opportunity to gain some much needed playing experience.

    I cannot agree with Coach Mack in letting them stay in after they were told to sit. There is, IMHO, a definite problem with this situation. Playing the part of a COL, I would tell them sit and others will take their place. If they don’t like it, they will sit. Then, I have a decision to make after the game.

  150. duffer (iPhone) October 26, 2009 3:07 pm

    Geez get Colt off the IR and put him in the game!!!!!

  151. Garret October 26, 2009 3:19 pm


    The thing is, they redshirted the JC WRs last season and they are not playing this season even though they only have a season after this to play. I would think they would get some game reps this season…see what they do on the field, some players blossom when the lights go on and the experience could be good if injuries to starters occur.

  152. Garret October 26, 2009 3:22 pm


    Thank you for passing along the information from the Na Koa lunch. So, Mac confirmed that the OL were asked to come out and refused.

    I see the point that they didn’t want to give up. However, for the benefit of the *team*, it would have been good for reserves to play. If we play all seniors on the OL, then what happens next year if the non-seniors never get game reps?

  153. chopsueyboy October 26, 2009 3:30 pm

    our receivers in this offense should always be open
    it’s a read the defense and react opposite of what they are covering, unfortunate that what the receivers see and what our
    quarterback reads are different.

  154. kolomona October 26, 2009 3:38 pm

    I agree, Taylor would be better suited as a slotback. He would be a RGM type of guy in the slot.

  155. dittohead October 26, 2009 3:49 pm

    “I think it would be interesting to have a coach on the Warrior Beat show tomorrow. Then you can get the info from the “horse’s mouth”.


  156. protector October 26, 2009 3:50 pm

    I agree with kama crab, lab rat, ST & others who have questioned why Inoke isn’t utilized more. He might be rusty (in terms of QB), but his attitude is “golden” & willingness to help the team in whatever shape or form there is is admirable. I’ve felt sorry for him riding the bench. I’m sure the coaches are mulling over how active a role he’ll take, but the injuries may dictate that they find a way to use him.

    If they use the Wildcat formation, can they PLEASE pass once in awhile to keep the D at bay? Can they also do away with that idiotic play where the running back goes in motion to the left then returns close to the center as the ball is snapped? This makes our players converge (rather than spreading the D) and the D always gets us for a loss or at most a yard.

  157. Iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 3:59 pm

    I’m here at the ching practice field. Where is the team? Do they go elsewhere? If so help please. Haha

  158. Garret October 26, 2009 4:08 pm

    Mac’s weekly press conference transcript is on UH’s website. I was worried that I was passing along a rumor, but this was discussed openly by Mac at the press conference and at the Na Koa lunch.

    On the offensive line and defense…

    There were some bright spots. Our offensive line played their best ball game. I was trying to get some guys out towards the end of the game, but they didn’t want to come out. They wanted to fight till the end, as did a lot of our players. They fought till exhaustion.

  159. Garret October 26, 2009 4:14 pm

    According to Mac, game reps are extremely important for players. That makes me wonder why the backups on offense and defense weren’t getting game reps in the fourth quarter of the BSU and Fresno State games.

    On sophomore quarterback Shane Austin…
    He hasn’t had any game reps, which are the most important reps you can get.

  160. protector October 26, 2009 4:17 pm

    chopsueyboy on # 153,

    I agree with you.

    However, I’m sure the QBS this season would love to have had Davone Bess, RGM, CJ Hawthorne & Malcolm Lane to work with. Even Malcolm Lane pretty much knows the Offense, but unfortunately decided to redshirt. He among the 3 aforementioned receivers was the most underachieving, given the speed he has. The other 3 made big-time plays, including Hawthorne who was new to Receiver as he was a starting DB the year before-now that’s talent! Those guys could make the QB look good & make the coaches look like geniuses. But we have to make do with what we’ve got. The team has got growing pains & adjustments to’s pretty evident.

    It’s also evident that there’s a wide range of people either willing to withhold judgement on the coaches or NOT. I think it’s pretty pathetic to make the premature pronouncement that Coach Mac isn’t a good HC. There are people that wouldn’t know the concept of EMPATHY if it slapped them in the face. If you were in the exact same position as he is, would you want people pulling the plug on you right now or would you like to have a legitimate chance and period in which to be judged. Again, I’m willing to withhold judgement for now.

    I know some have said (esp. those who are less than supportive of the team / coach) that this is a blog & they can say whatever. It’s true to a point. If all you do is name-call, bash the team or call for the coach(es) to get fired, it’s not very constructive. If you say your heart is with the team, then gleefully admit you’re happy you didn’t buy season tix & that you’d rather drink then watch a game, or others who’ve made slips and said they’re glad UH fans have other hobbies, etc., then you’ve shown you are not a true fan even if you profess to be one.

  161. Kekoa (iPhone) October 26, 2009 4:20 pm

    Given the medical history of Funaki suffering a severe concussion at QB, there may be some caution being exercised. As mentioned, he is utilized as a holder. Very key position on ST, as he poses the threat of running or passing.

    Limited use in other offensive sets, helps keep him semi-protected and yet adds certain options. Like everything else we are not privy to, it’s difficult to 2nd guess.

  162. October 26, 2009 4:33 pm

    Nevada 70, Hawaii 3

  163. chopsueyboy October 26, 2009 5:02 pm

    #162 protector

    well said…I’m a fan for life, players and coaches change,
    we still support the program and stay till the end of the game.
    There is never a reason to go home early, doesn’t matter
    which team is winning.

  164. chopsueyboy October 26, 2009 5:14 pm

    our son in seattle azngamer808 stayed up and watch till the end.
    part of it was the way he was brought up to be a fan,
    enduring every second of the VonAppen era.
    part of it being good chinese boy that paid for live streaming video
    (didn’t know ESPN360 had it available for free),
    he wanted to get his full money’s worth.

    azngamer808 said it was worth paying since the feed had Leahey
    instead of the BSU team on ESPN360 and quicker to real time

  165. chopsueyboy October 26, 2009 5:15 pm

    UH 24 UN 21 we can do it

  166. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 5:29 pm

    UH offensive output against Nevada:

    325 yards and 2 TDs in the air. 95 yards on the ground one TD.

    Pick 6 for the defense… It’s been too long. 😎

  167. postmanke October 26, 2009 5:46 pm

    I was having breakfast at a Waffle House in middle Tennessee last week and a guy walked in with the coolest t-shirt – The front said “I know Jack Schitt”

    The back of the shirt explained Jack Schitt…

    Jack Schitt is the only son of Awe Schitt.

    Awe Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married O. Schitt, the owner of Needeep N. Schitt, Inc. They had one son, Jack.

    In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt. The deeply religious couple produced six children: Holie Schitt, Giva Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Bull Schitt, and the twins Deep Schitt and Dip Schitt.

    Against her parents’ objections, Deep Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a high school dropout.

    After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced.

    Noe Schitt later married Ted Sherlock, and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was then known as Noe Schitt Sherlock.

    Meanwhile, Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt,

    And they produced a son with a rather nervous disposition named Chicken Schitt.

    Two of the other six chidren, Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony.

    The wedding announcement in the newspaper announced the Schitt-Happens nuptials.

    The Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd, and Horse.

    Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world.

    He recently returned from Italy with his new Italian bride, Pisa Schitt.

    Now you know Jack Schitt!

  168. Blue Skies October 26, 2009 5:49 pm

    UH vs Rebels
    28 – 17 Pomai
    56 – 14 d1shima
    63 – 12 homey
    70 – 45 Pride

    I’m a fan but let’s get real people. Do you honestly believe Nevada will score less than 3 touchdowns in this game at their house??? The Governor has a better change of balancing the budget.

  169. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 5:50 pm

    re: Todays Practice:

    If I was a betting man I would say our starter on Saturday is going to be Rausch.

    He took the majority if not ALL the snaps today in practice.

    Salas and what appeared to be #86 were being disciplined and had to roll the length of the field. I think that made Salas really grumpy after. He didn’t really run as fast when they did some conditioning stuff after haha.

    Rausch looked to be throwing the ball with a lot of ease and I didnt notice any discomfort.

    Note: I think this was the first time I saw Ron Lee in person…seriously I think the guy needs to lose some weight. He hobbles when he walks and I think that is attributed to bad knees/hips from his weight.

  170. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 5:50 pm

    OH GOD!!!!!!!!!





    Oh well… not like we didn’t see it coming… 😆

  171. postmanke October 26, 2009 5:53 pm

    Man, I hope Rausch gets his chance. I watched a couple practices right before the season started last year and I really thought that at that time BR was the best QB we had. Who know’s what happened. I do hope he get’s a look at QB and prove that Mac was right the first time in naming him the starter before Florida game last year.

    …but then again, he could be like me and know Jack Schitt!

  172. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 5:54 pm


    I was holding this in, but someone at sportshawaii already said it and I saw it too.

    Coach Mack should make note of who sulks off the field no matter what and isn’t on the field after the game for the UH alma mater. Those guilty without a legitimate reason should roll the length of OAHU. AUWE!!!!!!!!!!

  173. chopsueyboy October 26, 2009 5:55 pm

    #167 postmanke

    I know the Sherlocks of Kailua (Oahu) &
    Sherlocks in Lander, Wyoming.

    I always wondered if they know Schitt.
    Maybe somewhere in their family tree by marriage,
    they’re full of Schitts.

  174. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 5:55 pm

    Also the team seemed to be in great spirits overall. They were joking and laughing and overall seemed to be having a good time.

    I didn’t see any stretching before practice. Maybe they did this inside the locker rooms or something but i did not see it on the field.

    While i know a lot of injuries are unavoidable, it begs me to wonder if conditioning and stretching etc isn’t been done to mitigate *as much as possible* our injuries. Only speculating but the extraordinary number of injuries gotta leave you wondering what de heck.

  175. chawan_cut October 26, 2009 5:59 pm

    man, the redskins are bad…. poor colt.

  176. postmanke October 26, 2009 6:00 pm

    Bikrma Yoga… Namaste Namaste.. salutations.. oohmmm

  177. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 6:03 pm


    October 26th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    Also the team seemed to be in great spirits overall. They were joking and laughing and overall seemed to be having a good time.

    I didn’t see any stretching before practice. Maybe they did this inside the locker rooms or something but i did not see it on the field.

    While i know a lot of injuries are unavoidable, it begs me to wonder if conditioning and stretching etc isn’t been done to mitigate *as much as possible* our injuries. Only speculating but the extraordinary number of injuries gotta leave you wondering what de heck.

    During fall camp, some of us were there and for those that never came to practice before saw the same thing I’ve seen since 2007. It was briefly brought up here a few months ago before the start of the season. A “laxed” pre-practice routine… Others have described seeing the same thing.

    Nothing has changed in the pre practice routine. From June Jones to Coach Mack, it’s the same. The only thing different is the post practice sprints with the big guys one one side and the skill position players on the other.

    Pulled hammies, ankles, etc… seems more of an occurance over the past two seasons though.

  178. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 6:07 pm


    Yeah I just thought it was a bit odd. Maybe they do it behind the scenes so to speak.

    I know when I saw Penn State practice they have the entire team on the practice field and they do these routines with stretching and what not lead by one of the trainers.

    It might be a good idea to implement a mandatory 20mins or so before practice to focus on those types of exercises lead by the trainers or something.

  179. d1島 October 26, 2009 6:11 pm

    Blue Skies,

    Eh, I blew it 20 years ago and nevah think it could happen so I going stick with dat one now…..56-14.

    Thanks for reading.

  180. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 6:13 pm

    WOAH! This is going to get some getting used to…

    Keahi Tucker just gave way to Stephanie Lum then gave way to Liz Chun. It seems weird.

    Well the KHNL/K5/KGMB merger is good on the eyes so to speak… hehehehehehehehehe… sans Tucker though. 😡

    Hmmm… did they retain Ashley Nagaoka? 😉


    According to Liz Chun:

    Moniz has been medically cleared to limited practices. If healthy he will start on Saturday.

    Shane Austin is expected to be Moniz’s backup.

    IF Brent Rausch gets clearance, he will be 3rd on the depth chart.

    Coach Mack says “we’ve given up 16 turnovers and gotten 3”. Coach Mack says he counts things like punt errors turnovers. Needs to be corrected ASAP. Coach Mack calls the recent turnovers a “disease”.

  181. Goin2Play October 26, 2009 6:21 pm

    Not looking to jump on the bus to ask for Coach Macks job because he should have at least 4 – 5 years of solid support before we judge him as a Head Coach.


    I hope the coaching staff took a lot of coaching notes from the Boise State coaches!!!

    Athletically, I believe we are extremely close with Boise State, but their coaches out-coached us PERIOD! And that may be the biggest talent gap between UH and Boise State.

    There game plan, schemes, play calling in all three phases of the game isolated UH’s weakness and took away UH’s strengths. By this, the Boise State coaches put their players in the best position to make plays and for UH’s players to make mistakes! Everyone expects Boise State to have a special wrinkle in their play book every time they play them, yet they’ll catch you every time…thats coaching!!!

    Boise State’s play calling set up future plays with variations of the same look to take advantage of the defense when they adjusted. The coaches also knew (probably from game planning) how UH would check to their “Base Defense” when they came out in an unorthodox tight formation and then quickly shifted everyone out to an empty backfield formation…then snapped the ball and hit Titus Young for the TD who was wide open along with a couple other receivers on that play….thats COACHING! COACHES TAKE NOTES!!!

    We’ll see if Coach Mack is a good Head Coach who can evaluate his coaches too and make that hard decision to replace those who aren’t performing up to standard. Nothing personal! But, just like the players UH brought in who don’t perform and transfer to NAIA or DII.

  182. Blue Skies October 26, 2009 6:35 pm

    #179 – your welcome.

  183. postmanke October 26, 2009 6:55 pm

    Heck, you can take notes all you want. Bottom line is if you’re not a program who can win or is making a turn towards winning top recruits ain’t coming.

  184. A-House October 26, 2009 7:07 pm


    I was laughing so hard reading your #167 that my stomack hurt and tears running down my face. That was truly AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

  185. chawan_cut October 26, 2009 7:11 pm

    tonight’s news

  186. The Attitude Adjuster October 26, 2009 7:13 pm

    Bulltrout took WarriorMojo to the barn and gave him a whuppin on wsn. lol!

  187. Slugger October 26, 2009 7:14 pm


    Saturday: I noticed 3 players walking off the field before they started singing the alma mater. I know who they are. If I see them at practice tomorrow, I will see if I can catch them to speak to them.

    This afternoon the defense came out to the field w/ Mel DeLaura after the O were through practicing. They did a little stretching of legs before they got into running drills. Ikaika Mahoe was running faster than I’ve seen in the past.

  188. bb October 26, 2009 7:30 pm

    I’m scared for the Hawaii Bowl.

    We couldnt fill the house for Boise who was a top 5 team.

    What will happen when Idaho or Nevada comes to Honolulu this Christmas to play a ho-hum CUSA team?

    Aren’t there attendance stipulations? Realistically it does not seem like we will make it this year. Could we do it next year? Might be hard starting off with USC and then @Army and @Colorado and @Fresno and @Boise later in the season.

  189. labrat October 26, 2009 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the news chawan cut. Mack said if the player isn’t cutting it another one may get a chance.

    I’d like to see Ikaika get some PT. At the stadium before the game he was on the field wearing something around his waist and it looked like a skirt. He had his hair in a bun and from behind he looked like someones mom.

  190. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 7:42 pm


    October 26th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Saturday: I noticed 3 players walking off the field before they started singing the alma mater. I know who they are. If I see them at practice tomorrow, I will see if I can catch them to speak to them.

    Take Kekoa with you.

    Kekoa get “da slippah”! 😡

  191. Garret October 26, 2009 7:50 pm

    Checking the red zone stats tonight, I just realized that UH is #120 out of 120 D-IA teams in red zone efficiency!

    18 scores in 30 trips to the red zone is a 60% conversion rate, last in the country.

    11 TDs in 30 trips to the red zone is 36.7%. I know that many of those TDs were in the 4th quarter against the other team’s backups after the games were decided, so I’m guessing that the red zone TD percentage in the first 3 quarters is much worse than that.

    For those who say that it is just the offense (I’ve seen that said a LOT this season)

    SMU is #30 in the country, 15 scores in 17 trips to the red zone (88.2%). They scored TDs on 13 of the 17 trips (76.5%), more than twice the success rate of UH.

    Texas Tech has 31 scores in 37 trips to the red zone (83.8%). They scored TDs on 28 of 37 trips (75.7%), also more than twice the success rate of UH.

  192. curveball October 26, 2009 8:02 pm


    There was way more than 3 and one of them is my favorite player……..

  193. Garret October 26, 2009 8:02 pm

    1 TD in the BSU game and 2 TDs in the Fresno State game were scored after the game was decided against the backups of the other team. If it wasn’t for that the stats would be much worse.

  194. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 8:04 pm

    No one is above the team, the university, or the state.

    Not Colt Brennan, not June Jones, not Dave Shoji, not Riley Wallace, not Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, not Davone Bess, not Heather Bown, not Anthony Carter, not Alika Smith, not Timmy Chang, not Raphel Cherry, not Larry Cole, not Jason Elam, not James Fenderson, not Leanna Hahn, not Lily Kahumoku, not Natasha Kai, not Al Noga, not Falaniko Noga, not Red Rocha, not Trevor Ruffin, not Jesse Sapolu, not Predrag Savović, not Julian Sensley, not Clay Stanley, not Yuval Katz, not Maa Tanuvasa, not Brooke Wilkins not Pisa Tinoisamoa, not Tom Tuinei, not Jeris White, not Kim Willoughby, not Shawn Withy-Allen, not Keith Gilbertson, not the late Dr. Donnis Thompson, not the late Stan Sheriff, not Stacey Porter, not Tita Ahuna, not Angelica Ljungquist,….. (DEEP BREATH…. 😯 )….

    With all respect to the greats of UH athletics, they have been “great” because they never put themselves above the bigger picture…

    You wanna be great? You want real substance?

    S-T-A-N-D with your team, with your university, with your wins, and with your losses.

    Don’t be like some jokers in the crowd…

    :mrgreen: NO SHAME! NO SKED!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

    (For those that I didn’t mention above, it wasn’t done on purpose.)

  195. Garret October 26, 2009 8:05 pm

    The other thing that is interesting about the red zone stats is that both Texas Tech and SMU have *more* rushing TDs in the red zone than passing TDs. However, UH has almost twice as many passing TDs than rushing TDs in the red zone.

    So, the two teams with offenses most similar to UH’s offense get much of their red zone success by running the ball, and the threat of running in the red zone must help their passing attack in the red zone.

  196. postmanke October 26, 2009 8:09 pm

    I think you left out Rogue Harris…

  197. Garret October 26, 2009 8:11 pm

    With both Moniz and Rausch expected to be ready this week, that gives the Warriors some of the QB depth back and should result in the freshmen QBs being left off the travel squad.

    I’m worried about Moniz playing the week after a concussion…but I’ll defer to the UH doctors on that issue. They have far more expertise than me about this situation and can judge the severity of Moniz’ concussion.

  198. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 8:15 pm


    The redzone “disease” was present last season and in some sparks when Alexander and Bradley were healthy and still playing.

    In my personal experience with sports, I was a left winger in hockey aka the front three on offense. Kept getting assists, but kept blowing my opportunities at open shots that rang off the posts, got wide of the net, or just plain shot it right into the logo on the opposing goalie’s jersey. For three straight seasons, I scored very well in practice during scrimmages and had a very good backhand shot from a “deke” (aka fake) from forehand to backhand that sometimes had more velocity than my normal wristshot… anyway. My coach took me aside one day and simply said, “we’re winning, but I can see your frustration, you can score, that backhand thing always gets our goalies, just do it in the game, just do it…”

    Next game, got a hat trick, with two assists on the way to a 9-4 routing.

    Sometimes there is no complicated answers, personally I think Coach Rolo and Coach Lee may be overthinking the plays inside the 20s or our players have that “mental block” staring at them in the face which allows for errors which in turn makes the play calling look off to us…

    However, there is something to be said that SMOOO is #30 in the country and we’re … um… yeah… 🙁

    Warrior offense,



  199. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 8:21 pm


    October 26th, 2009 at 8:09 pm
    I think you left out Rogue Harris…

    Also, left out the great Les Murakami and the great Derek Tatsuno…

    My BIG bad… 🙁

  200. Kazz ("Shoji" in Japanese means "1000".) October 26, 2009 8:23 pm


  201. Garret October 26, 2009 8:25 pm


    I actually like what Texas Tech does in the red zone. They use formations similar to what UH does, but they run very different types of plays. Making teams respect the run really opens up their offense.

    I really liked the option runs that Colt and other UH QBs used to use on 4th-and-short and in the red zone…they could do it to either side of the field and that really put pressure on the defense to watch for the runs to the corners while still trying to keep track of the receivers. That is hard on college CBs!

  202. Garret October 26, 2009 8:33 pm


    I checked last year’s stats after your post mentioned that UH had red zone problems last year, and you were correct. Last year UH was #101 in the country in red zone scoring, 38 out of 51 tries (74.5%) with TDs 30 out of 51 tries (58.8%).

    In 2007, UH was #19 in the country, scoring 51 out of 58 times (87.9%) with TDs 43 out of 58 (74.1%).

    2006 is the last year I can get the NCAA stats on and UH was #31 in the country in red zone scoring percentage (85.7%).

  203. Garret October 26, 2009 8:35 pm

    Got to go take care of my wife and younger daughter now…the stats were depressing anyway.

  204. royvic October 26, 2009 8:36 pm

    The question of the night is it possible that a person’s character can be obscured by a substance abuse?

    (no, no it’s not me..occasional beer, nothing else).

    Of course it can. That was too easy.

    Are there tell-tale-signs?

    Of course there are.

    What are they?

    There are many recognizable flaws. Eyes. Speech. Unsteadiness. Loss of inhibition. Talking in the past. In denial. And blurting out obscene thoughts and ideas. Or doing things your wouldn’t normally do when your sober.

    The reason I bring this up is because there’s a person I know that fits this profile. And I was thinking of a way in relaying a subtle message to him without being confronting. I think it’s important he look himself in the mirror.

  205. OldDiver October 26, 2009 8:38 pm

    Regarding # 159

    I was wondering the same thing. Why in the fourth quarter were we still playing the starting receivers? What happened to the ” We have ten guys who can play “. If we are looking toward the future, then let’s give the future a chance to play now. I accept this is a rebuilding year and Mack needs time, I’m fine with that and will defend Mack to the end, but for the future we must develop the underclassmen. For example maybe LaCount is not our best tackle, but he will be here next year and our starting line won’t. And another thing, let’s stop this practice of bringing injured players on road trips. This is bad for moral. What incentive is there for the backups to practice hard. I don’t care if Satele is a Captain, he ain’t playing this year. Our best chance of winning comes after the Nevada game. Taking injured players to Nevada is foolish. Let them heal for the three games after this one. And one more thing! Nah I said enough for now.

    Go Warriors!!!

  206. Jack Flash October 26, 2009 8:42 pm

    royvic- deal with your friend directly and to the point. He’ll appreciate it.

  207. WarriorMojo October 26, 2009 9:26 pm

    # The Attitude Adjuster:
    October 26th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Bulltrout took WarriorMojo to the barn and gave him a whuppin on wsn. lol!

    yaaaaaaawwn. If you think so. I’m still waiting for him to answer the question.

  208. labrat October 26, 2009 9:33 pm

    On the offense I can see leaving the starting receivers in with Shane as the qb. He might have to start the next game and needs as much reps with the first team as possible.

  209. bighilofan2 October 26, 2009 9:58 pm

    Hiya Tsaikos.
    Hi LizK.

    someone posted this thought earlier:

    We’ll see if Coach Mack is a good Head Coach who can evaluate his coaches too and make that hard decision to replace those who aren’t performing up to standard. Nothing personal! But, just like the players UH brought in who don’t perform and transfer to NAIA or DII.

    I say okay, and hope the coaches are feeling the need to excel in their craft.

    somone earlier posted about our future Mayor walking the Tgate. I saw and don’t see anything wrong with him saying hello to his family and friends’s friends. if you think there is a problem, bring it up privately with coach. i don’t see a problem, imo.

    But I can also see why maybe pregame feel good/familiarity might take away from the pregame intensity/buildup. Never saw a champion football guy talking to the fans pregame Tgate. Except John Madden. 😀

  210. bighilofan2 October 26, 2009 10:24 pm

    great minds blog here. 😀

    my question is should we measure mediocre, going forward?

    how shoujld we measure ourself, looking in the mirror, going forward?

    great question, on a lot of levels. inspirational, actually.

    same question should be asked to the coaches. the smart ones can react with dignity and urgency. and if they can’t measure up, then they’re not ready, or finished being ready in the present. Warrior Natio deserves better than that.

  211. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 10:25 pm


    Spot on with your observations of T-Tech. That is why the air-raid system is so awesome to watch.

    I also enjoy watching Norm Chow’s type of offense, a more pass heavy West Coast Offense. I like how he can stretch the field and press hard for running the ball onces thats accomplished. That mixed in with the long bombs keep the defense guessing.

    I wish we really did have a better running game with maybe a few more different formations and even get a David Farmer sized Tightend.

    Stretch the field, jam the ball down their throats, throw the bomb.

  212. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 26, 2009 10:36 pm


    I think next year if McMackin does not win at least 6 games there will be some serious discussions both in public and in private about whether or not this program is heading in the right direction.

    I think the big money boosters (whatever there is left) will be willing to see what their money can do.

    What I think might happen this season is some of the coaches being released and others being reassigned.

    I would not be surprised is the OC position becomes vacant and Ron moves to receivers coach and Smith being let go. Who knows, Tormey might even leave to coach elsewhere. If this happens and we get the right OC there is good chance we get this program in tip top shape.

    I say we find a way to get at least $450,000-$500,000 secured for a good OC. We can do this by asking the boosters to contribute about $150,000-$200,000 to the current $250,000 salary that the OC makes.

    Remember June was being paid $400,000 by boosters so hopefully they can help us. That amount of money will attract some good talent, I am almost certain of that.

  213. Ralph October 26, 2009 10:37 pm

    Excellent article on UH recruit Michelle Waber, wvb. ESPN It mentions that Michelle’s mom grew up in Hawaii, article gives an in depth look at Eisnore’s HS vb program–State-Girls-Athlete-of-the-Week.html

  214. Kekoa October 26, 2009 10:47 pm


    Take Kekoa with you.

    Kekoa get “da slippah”!

    I’ll give them more than just da slippah! I got a pair of size 13 jump boots to put right where da sun don’t shine! 👿

    They need a full block of instruction on the true meaning of respecting one’s Alma Mater. In this hurry-up world, they just don’t give a rip, because nobody bothered to give them the full scoops on PRIDE in your school, win or lose.

    Most of us who attended High School here had pride in our individual school’s. We know the drill when it comes to singing the Alma Mater. Those of us who attended Kamehameha still ring those Kalihi bells loud and clear. Punahou, Iolani, St. Louis…Even the Damien guys in the group sing their song loud and clear, right James? It’s tradition!

    UH does not bother to instruct their players or fans and yes, their teachers too. If the song leaders/cheerleaders and band made a concentrated effort at every sporting event to put the words up on screen, make an announcement to the crowd to stand and acknowledge the singing of the Alma Mater…that would be the way to get it started. It’s done for the National Anthem and Hawaii Pono’i…why not blast it on the PA after the game!

    When is the last time we had a Pep Rally on campus? Or built a Bon Fire? (Waimea HS had their’s this past weekend…tradition, big time!).

    So for what it’s worth, if we expect the students and players to do it, we’ve got to stand and be counted as well. Watch Navy when they come to town, they’ll show you how to spell R-E-S-P-E-C-T after the ball game.

    *Now back to your regular nite owl programing*

  215. Kekoa October 26, 2009 10:59 pm

    Nalani ~

    Spoke with your parents tonite at a Memorial service for Diana’s Aunty Vivian Kamahele. (I had left an email for you earlier this month about her passing, but you and the girls were on the road).

    Your mom was surprised that Diana remembers her practicing and playing music with Aunty Vivian back in their Cha-lang-a-lang days! Talk story time was way too brief.

  216. jm2375 October 26, 2009 11:06 pm

    Howzit guys!

    Kekoa-sensei – #214: Punahou alma mater = O Christmas Tree. used to snicker when I had to stand and listen to it in high school.

    Dunno if there’s a Pac-5 alma mater. Homecoming for Pac-5 teams during bb season, so…

  217. Slugger October 26, 2009 11:15 pm


    Maryknoll alma mater = O Christmas Tree, too.

    I used to know the Kamehameha alma mater when I went to games in HS.

    I wonder if the coaches really don’t instruct the players about proper etiquette? It would be a good thing for the cheer / song squad to provide for the team.

  218. Derek October 26, 2009 11:15 pm

    Interesting about the red zone percentages. I look at some teams that do a good job to running the ball and also score a lot of points. Teams like Boise, Oregon, and Oregon St. and some others. Florida comes to mind also and Oklahoma. These teams run formations a lot from the shot gun w/ one back, 3 wide receivers, and a TIGHT END! The TE helps w/ running the ball a little better w/ also the threat of a pass. Why can’t Hawaii incorporate a TE some of the time instead of always having 4 wide receivers all the time? Are the coaches too stubborn to try and say, hey, that’s not a bad thing, let’s see if we can do something to help moving the ball. Also, running the ball in the red zone, the coaches should know who is their best lineman and blocker or blockers and they should take advantage of their strengths and run it behind them. When was the last time you saw a running back going over the top? Never. People, you gotta practice it over and over again until you get it. It is so important to score a touchdown in close. I also looked around to find other local coaches or Hawaii ties who are coaching at other programs.
    Joe Seumalo and Greg Newhouse are assistants at Oregon State, Keith Bhonopha is an assistant at Boise St. These guys are working in winning programs. Why can’t we get coaches like that to come back and work for the Warriors. I’m sure there are others, people like Brian Norwood. When he retires soon, one person who might help is Jeff Ulbrich. One UH coach now doesn’t have a lot of coaching experience and got switched to another position. Maybe some people have just been there tooooo long. A younger, more energetic, bright, and full of ideas can help improving the coaching staff compared to doing the same things over and over again for many, many years. Just as in anything in life, things change and college football has changed so much. Also, recruits can better relate to coaches who are not too old. There are some exceptions, but I’m saying in general. For the present, this week
    we are talking about the pre-season offensive player of the year against
    anything we have at Hawaii. Let’s just say there is no comparison. Nevada will score often and go up and down the field like water going down the Colorado River and the rapids. It will be a blow out of major proportions, what with the high altitude, revenge from the last couple of years, and the talent level discrepancies. Nevada might break some records too, such as rushing yards for the game and total offense.
    I predict Kaepernick will rush for over 200 yards and throw for more than 200 yards passing w/ at least 5 touchdowns. Taua and Lippencott will rush for more than 125 yards each. Hawaii will not move the ball consistently and will only score 1 garbage touchdown against Nevada reserves. I call it 84 Wolfpack, 10 for Hawaii. I don’t know how to feel.
    The emotions are all there because we all want Hawaii to win. Sad! For sure. A former head coach was asked in a commercial “Coach, if you knew what they were going to do, why did you stop them? Relied the coach “we let em of the hook”. At least we can get a chuckle once in awhile.

  219. Slugger October 26, 2009 11:18 pm

    Good night all!!! Practice tomorrow morning.

  220. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 26, 2009 11:20 pm


    Well, the past few weeks I was countin’ on the Redskins to make me feel better about the Warrior losses… but I think that distraction has come to an end too. Chris Cooley has a broken ankle and will be out for awhile. Now he and Colt can have wheelchair races and gimp contests together.

    It may be a blessing in disguise, though, as it looks like the Redskins organization is going to implode soon. The severe criticism against their coach and the constant undermining of authority and disunity is killing the spirit and confidence of these fine professional players and making it increasingly difficult to field a healthy team.
    I’m still a fan though, and will look for the phoenix to arise from the ashes.



  221. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 26, 2009 11:25 pm

    Speaking of the other Warriors on the field, UH can be PROUD of their awesome CHEER SQUAD, RAINBOW DANCERS and TRULY FANTASTIC MARCHING BAND (including flaggers and Ms. Shannon Dresser!).

    They BRING IT WITH EXCELLENCE every game and MAKE IT HAPPEN with the boys on the field.

    WOO HOO!

  222. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 26, 2009 11:26 pm

    Nitey Nite and Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  223. cavewarrior October 26, 2009 11:41 pm

    With all the injuries and hard luck on the men’s bb team and the fb team,
    JD should get the dept and its athletes an Hawaiian blessing…Fast!

    GO Warriors!!!

  224. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 27, 2009 12:14 am

    Call me crazy but with Rausch in as our QB i have this underlying confidence that we will be able to turnaround those red zone blunders and connect more on those longer pass routes.

    I am excited to see him play on saturday!

    Go Warriors!

  225. Kekoa October 27, 2009 12:19 am

    cavewarrior ~ @#223 above.

    That’s exactly what happened at the Tsaiko T-gate as we departed the area for the stadium. One huge prayer circle was formed and a healing pule given in song by LizK.

    Your suggestion has merit.

  226. FernaLina October 27, 2009 12:36 am

    на края луны, без вины, без вина, она одна о_0 пробило еп*

  227. Pomai October 27, 2009 12:39 am

    We will not quit on this team!!!!!
    UH vs Rebels
    3    –    70    fesootai
    13    –    84    JK
    17    –    48    iwonderwhytheyhateme
    24    –    21    chopsueyboy
    28    –    17    Pomai
    28    –    24    LizKauai
    31    –    17    lab rat
    45    –    42    Jack Flash
    56    –    14    d1shima
    63    –    12    homey
    70    –    45    Pride

  228. Pomai October 27, 2009 12:41 am

    Blue Skies yes

  229. Kekoa (iPhone) October 27, 2009 12:50 am

    Pomai ~

    My established runaway score may be posted again please sir!

    Mahalo & Goodnite!

  230. Ralph October 27, 2009 1:22 am

    for the basketball junkies, first game this friday at the SSC at 7:05 pm vs UH Hilo.

  231. bighilofan2 October 27, 2009 2:51 am


    i can’t speak for the next fan, but i can speak for me. I’m backing UH, because Hawaii fans back UH. even if they’re upset fans like me.

    Pride is the ultimate UH Warrior fan. He’s been there. He’s been in that spot, the feeling of being all alone. And still he says UH 70, Nevada 13.
    Who am I to disagree with Pride’s logic.

    Hawaii 52, Nevada 24.

    meanwhile, that certain misty eyed crusader betta be explaining to his
    faves to think about getting more job experience sumplace else or changin jobs next year.

  232. wafan October 27, 2009 3:15 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos!

  233. wafan October 27, 2009 3:20 am

    Pomai . . .

    28-27 us in a last second nail-biter.

    Go Warriors!!!

  234. wafan October 27, 2009 3:20 am


  235. wafan October 27, 2009 3:22 am

    Parent conferences later this week.

    Yep, the parents of the good kids come in the parents of the bad kids hide/do not care. Sad.

    At least I get to grade my papers on the clock!


  236. Pomai October 27, 2009 5:35 am

    We will not quit on this team!!!!!
    UH vs Rebels
    3    –    70    fesootai
    13    –    84    JK
    17    –    48    iwonderwhytheyhateme
    24    –    21    chopsueyboy
    28    –    17    Pomai
    28    –    24    LizKauai
    28    –    27    wafan
    31    –    17    lab rat
    45    –    42    Jack Flash
    52    –    24    bighilofan2
    56    –    14    d1shima
    56    –    17    Kekoa
    63    –    12    homey
    70    –    45    Pride

  237. gmahoney October 27, 2009 5:43 am


    Warriors 21
    Rebels 20

  238. Maverick October 27, 2009 5:49 am

    When did Nevada-Reno become the Rebels?

  239. NYUH October 27, 2009 5:53 am

    This was the only system LWJ was ever really successful in, particularly against Fresno State. It allowed him to get a better arc and thus a be a better target for the QB. He scored on a draw that went 47 yards and I think they have a better angle on picking up a blitz and blocking. Not sure why they didn’t go that way. Now, of course, it being used by teams around the country.

    In preparing for Nevada a couple of years ago, the Warriors practiced the Pistol offense, in which the QB is in the shotgun 4 yards from the line of scrimmage, with the lone running back 3 yards directly behind the QB. Then — boing! — it dawned on June Jones. Why not run the Pistol during the game? They did, with Leon Wright-Jackson as the back. And they were successful. Maybe they could run it a couple of times in a game.

  240. bighilofan2 October 27, 2009 6:05 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    lucky summa you get to watch practice.

    i’m gonna go stop St. Joe Church this a.m. lite sum candles. pray for
    this sinner. and coach Mack. for him to turn this train around. 😀

    have a nice day Taikos.

  241. Bulla October 27, 2009 6:18 am


    have a good day bro, we were sitting about 10 rows behind you and to your left…good job at the game……made it exciting…. 🙂

  242. d1島 October 27, 2009 6:21 am

    Great Morning All!

    Happy Birthday LongTimeUHFan!


    Wea yu?

    Heavy hitting today in practice. 2 on 1…wrap up the ball. If it don’t kill ya, it’ll make ya bettah!
    Have a great practice this morning Warriors!


    Back to work today. Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  243. Garret October 27, 2009 6:30 am

    KHON article about Mac.

    “People pray for you here, people will you to win here, see it almost brings me to tears, I’ve feel so responsible to good and we’re not doing good right now and it really bothers me and hurts me,” said McMackin.

    “We’re estimating a football ticket revenue deficit after three games of $230,000. We still have four home games to go and that includes Navy and Wisconsin which are typically attractive to UH fans,” said associate athletic director Carl Clapp.

    Many fans have already jumped off the wagon — one even set up a Fire Greg McMackin Facebook page.

    “I know those people are good people, they’re frustrated, there’s a lot of people going through some tough times so this gives them something to vent also and I understand that and it doesn’t bother me,” said McMackin.

  244. bstunna2002 October 27, 2009 6:30 am

    Okay I gotta get some stuff off my chest here goes… I’m calling out all the Warrior fans to stick with this program and have faith in Mack & Co. They will turn this ship around, this program gave this State and each and everyone of it’s residents football fan or not the thrill of it’s life in 07″, now’s the time when this program needs us the most we must stand by this team our team,the bickering and sideline coaching is too be expected heck everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but when people call for someones job without merit or ignoring the cards this team has been dealt it creates a situation where bad goes to worse, you think players and coaches don’t read blogs and websites, imagine how these kids feel being scrutinized remember they are students first and athletes second they aren’t professionals, as for the coaches good things will come remember this is Mack’s 2nd season and half his coaching staff is new to the program but once they gel we will be right back at the top…. Now is the time to show this football team what it means to this state!

  245. Garret October 27, 2009 6:31 am

    “People are fickle, people in this town follow the team as long as they are winning and they are quick to abandon,” said Musto.

  246. Pomai October 27, 2009 7:21 am

    Thanks Maverick I guess I drank too much cool-aid and couldn’t think straight. LOL

    We will not quit on this team!!!!!
    UH vs Wolf Pack
    3    –    70    fesootai
    13    –    84    JK
    17    –    48    iwonderwhytheyhateme
    21    –    20    gmahoney
    24    –    21    chopsueyboy
    28    –    17    Pomai
    28    –    24    LizKauai
    28    –    27    wafan
    31    –    17    lab rat
    45    –    42    Jack Flash
    52    –    24    bighilofan2
    56    –    14    d1shima
    56    –    17    Kekoa
    63    –    12    homey
    70    –    45    Pride

  247. Da Punchbowl Kid November 6, 2009 7:24 am


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