MWC Media Preview — Day 2

The Rainbow Warriors anticipate losing running back Joey Iosefa, who suffered a foot injury, for a significant period.How long? That depends on test results and his rehabilitation.

Freshman running backs Diocemy Saint Juste, Aofaga Wily and Steven Lakalaka (who redshirted in 2012) have accepted the challenge. Willis Wilson, a transfer from Washington, and Levi Wilson, who was at College of San Mateo, also could be in the mix.

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It was no surprise Boise State’s Chris Petersen was the most popular at the MWC Media Preview. Each coach had his own table. For television interviews, reporters and camera operators waited in line for interviews, sort of like cabs at airport curbs.




  1. HawaiiMongoose July 23, 2013 5:21 am


  2. HawaiiMongoose July 23, 2013 5:22 am

    Morning all. Sorry to hear about Joey’s injury. Hope he heals quickly. I thought Wily might redshirt but not now.

  3. Kris July 23, 2013 5:34 am

    What happened to Will Gregory?

  4. 3-Prong July 23, 2013 5:38 am

    Lots of competition at RB. Good Morning from Paradise. Where are the trade winds?

  5. 3-Prong July 23, 2013 5:48 am

    Das what I’m talkin about Willis (Wilson that is).

  6. haka July 23, 2013 5:52 am

    Bummer about Joey. 🙁

    Heal up Joey!

    Man up Warriors!

  7. hank July 23, 2013 5:57 am

    Joey no…

  8. 3-Prong July 23, 2013 5:59 am

    and if Willis’ tape didn’t get your juices flowing, check out DSJ’s tape.

  9. mo808 July 23, 2013 6:03 am

    Good Morning Folks!

    Sorry to hear about losing Joey Iosefa! Healing prayers for a full recovery, Joey!

  10. aiea boy July 23, 2013 6:12 am

    top ten!!!!!

  11. Tolkien Warrior July 23, 2013 6:17 am

    Yup, DSJ is electric. Shifty, changes direction well, finds the hole/good vision, accelerates, top speed, gone. Seems to have decent hands as well. MWC defenses will have their hands full. If people don’t come out to watch DSJ play, not sure what it will take. Come to the games, make big noise, support the student athletes, win or lose. Enjoy life. Be happy.

    Go Mighty Warriors!

  12. mo808 July 23, 2013 6:17 am

    3-prong, those were very exciting highlights!

    Let’s go Rainbow Warriors, BEAT USC!

  13. Shoko July 23, 2013 6:19 am

    Guess it wouldn’t matter if the names were on the back of the jerseys if both Wilsons were in the backfield. It might just confuse the defense.

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  15. Shoko July 23, 2013 6:21 am

    On the bright side, since no longer having to compete with a starter its makes the competition that much closer and the job up for grabs.

  16. gobows July 23, 2013 6:23 am

    st juste is for all…

  17. inyoface July 23, 2013 6:25 am

    How’d he hurt his foot?

  18. 3-Prong July 23, 2013 6:30 am

    DSJ reminds me of Gary Allen slashing through the holes. Put a tear away jersey on that bugga!!

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid July 23, 2013 6:32 am

    Very sorry to hear about Iosefa. Prayers for him.

    One Warrior down, others have to step up. Good luck to all!


  20. Shoko July 23, 2013 6:43 am

    “Though the Wolf Pack will retain the Pistol offense, Fajardo said Rolovich will incorporate more of the run-and-shoot he ran as Hawaii’s coordinator in 2010 and 2011.”

  21. inyoface July 23, 2013 6:46 am

    Must be the same foot he broke last year…

  22. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 6:49 am

    Get healed soon, Joey.

  23. Bigislandkurt July 23, 2013 6:50 am

    Sorry to hear about Iosefa. DSJ has an unreal highlight tape. Lest we remember however, that patience is just as important as explosiveness when it comes to running backs. Can’t wait to see what he can do at the college level. We have a lot of RB’s so I would not be surprised if he redshirts. But then again….


  24. Warrior Dave July 23, 2013 6:52 am

    Heal up Joey.

    The running that is able to pick up blitzes and can block will play the most. I love the incoming backs, especially the freshmen but if you can’t block you will not play much.

    Until I see the Olinr play this year, the running backs ability to block is key.

  25. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2013 6:55 am

    Will Gregory broke a rule, was placed on the probation by the school, then was ruled to have not abided by those terms. As a result, he was dismissed from school.

    This was a university ruling, which was enforced by a committee on student conduct, and then by an appeals committee. The athletic department did not have a say in the ruling.

    He probably can be allowed to re-enroll at a future date, but it won’t be this coming semester.

  26. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2013 6:56 am

    Good job, folks, on posting the links.

  27. haka July 23, 2013 6:59 am

    Oh, the agony of de feet.

    New feet must fill his shoes.

    A feat not easily done.

    But defeat is not an option.

  28. inyoface July 23, 2013 7:02 am

    The RB position seems to be one of the deepest on the roster, can’t wait to see how Lakalaka does.

  29. Shoko July 23, 2013 7:06 am

    “Thompson said his league maintains a good relationship with former member BYU, which is now an independent in football. “If they ever decide that maybe that’s not the right place for them, we have a good relationship. We talk to them. We schedule them,” Thompson said. “They’ll probably wait and see four, five years into it (the new playoff system). What does this mean to us? Can we access this at all?”

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid July 23, 2013 7:10 am

    #28 inyoface –

    Saw Lakalaka a few weeks back and talked story with him. He looks like he’s added good weight. He looked stronger, breaking tackles last spring. I think he’ll be a lot of help. He hopes to lose a few pounds by camp, but he didn’t appear to be anything but solid. Nice guy, too.

    Don’t we have a couple of Big Back / Fullback types on the roster also?

  31. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2013 7:13 am


    That was pretty clever. Kudos.

  32. Shoko July 23, 2013 7:17 am

    Mountain West Network announced today its ‘initial’ digital telecast schedule for the 2013 football season.

    Eastern Illinois at San Diego State

    Central Michigan at UNLV

    UNLV at Fresno State

    San Jose State at UNLV

    Fresno State at Wyoming

  33. boolakanaka July 23, 2013 7:18 am

    Aloha and regards from NYC to everyone!! The positive drop-back to all of this is that there is abundance of depth at the running back position; great opportunity to for some folks to step-up.

  34. Steve P July 23, 2013 7:24 am

    Steve Lakalaka will probably start and i garantee St. Juste will play and not redshirt if he stays healthy. We need the speed, and he’s got it.

  35. Rodney July 23, 2013 7:47 am

    Imua warriors!

    Coach’m up Chow!!!

  36. tommui July 23, 2013 8:01 am


    Football is in the air! But we will run too!

  37. NotNasti July 23, 2013 8:14 am

    @18 3 Prong: Exactly what I was thinking too. Give him jersey #26. We old!

  38. Derek July 23, 2013 8:14 am

    Joey, Joey, Joey. Murphy’s Law hits early. It’s a tough deal for the team. Like they say, somebody else will have to step up. Too bad that big FB from Kealakehe can’t play this year. We need a good short yardage running back to pick up the tough yards. One thing is certain, Iosefa won’t be fumbling the football. Joey, get well real soon. It’s a long season.

  39. NotNasti July 23, 2013 8:15 am

    Or “Old School”, or both.

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  41. iwonderwhytheyhateme July 23, 2013 8:20 am

    Joey broke his foot…Dang. Hope it heals up and is ready by game day. In the mean time, I’m all for bubble wrapping Taylor just in case.

  42. iwonderwhytheyhateme July 23, 2013 8:23 am

    And #35 wasn’t me.

  43. haka July 23, 2013 8:29 am

    Roster listed stats

    Steven Lakalaka RB 5-10 240 Fr.

    Joey Iosefa RB 6-0 245 Jr.

    Samson Anguay RB 5-7 170 So.

    Diocemy Saint Juste RB 5-8 180 Fr.

    Aofaga Wily RB 5-11 215 Fr.

    Marcus Langkilde RB 5-11 235 Jr.

    Jason Muraoka RB 5-7 175 So.

    Max Broman RB 6-1 210 Fr.

  44. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 8:30 am

    How many people attend these MWC media days?

    Bad break for Joey, heal up. Step up time. Show you want it.

  45. cocobean July 23, 2013 8:32 am

    iwonder….are you saying our frosh/red shirt frosh RBs aren’t good blockers?

    Man, Joey’s injury adds insult to injury. I thought he was the one proven commodity on offense. He was the one guy who showed he could play here and for just about anyone else in the confierence. He played because he showed he derserved to play and not b ecuase he was the best available guy on the team for that position.

  46. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 8:33 am

    I remember #40 David Toloumu (Oceanside, CA) in the same backfield with Gary Allen back when. I think I read that at that time, Toloumu was the fastest player on the team with a 4.43 40. That’s still fast by today’s standards.

  47. haka July 23, 2013 8:34 am


    Willis Wilson 5’9″ 185

    Levi Wilson 5’9” 190

  48. iwonderwhytheyhateme July 23, 2013 8:37 am



    Nah, it’s just that I wouldn’t want Taylor getting hurt in the pre-season. Well, technically I would’t want anyone getting hurt at any point, but you know what I mean.

  49. Derek July 23, 2013 8:43 am

    I forgot about Broman. I still say he runs and plays like Brock Forsey and that’s not bad. Things are looking up!!!!

  50. jm2375 July 23, 2013 8:45 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Fast healing to Mr. Iosefa.

  51. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 8:46 am

    Hope the players are not riding mopeds. I remember when there was a rash of players getting into moped accidents back in the 80s and 90s. UH lost their best return players in Marco Johnson due to a moped accident.

  52. Shoko July 23, 2013 8:48 am

    I would think you would at least want a 200-pound plus back for blocking duties. Then again, if you miss blocks it doesn’t really matter how big you are.

  53. haka July 23, 2013 8:53 am

    Technique and heart can block out the sun!

  54. Whats up July 23, 2013 8:57 am

    This is huge hit for Hawaii Warrior offense, get well fast Joey! But I think Aofaga Wily will impress and get significant playing time along with Lakalaka and Diocemy Sanit Juste.

  55. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 9:09 am

    We’ll see who is the cream.


    It’s another prime number day.

  56. Shoko July 23, 2013 9:22 am

    Short clip of Taylor Graham and Siasau Matagiese at Media Day.

  57. SteveM July 23, 2013 9:27 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Heal up Joey Iosefa!

  58. cocobean July 23, 2013 9:35 am

    Not too worried when the RBs run the ball. It’s about doing their assignments when they’re not running it.

    I guess my biggest worry on offense is the same as the majority of hardcores – how much has the oline has improved. That along with finding a legitimate TE.

  59. boolakanaka July 23, 2013 9:42 am

    #46 Old School–Great call, David not only had great wheels, but in the modern era of UH football was one of the most competitive tough guys around. Folks may not recall, but he played at just about 200 pounds or a little under, and played in stints at fullback. In fact, he started a couple games ahead of Danny Lei, who was a big UCLA transfer….the closer is that he made the Atlanta Falcons as the lightest RB on the squad.

  60. boolakanaka July 23, 2013 9:47 am

    51–Old school, I was involved with one of those “moped accidents” in the mid-80s. My roommates Kyle Kefentzis and Vince Sides. BTW, since passed away, was one of the hardest hitters, pound for pound, of any UH player I have seen up close. I recall, he was not yet in scholarship, I think in 1982 or 83, and he was laying out fools in spring practice, and I’m not talking skinny receivers like Walter Murray, but rather RBs and assorted TEs. God rest in peace in Vinny…..

  61. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 9:58 am

    Boolakanaka: I didn’t know that Vince Sides passed away. Rest in Peace, Vince.

  62. Tolkien Warrior July 23, 2013 10:00 am

    Bobby Bowlsby, Big 12 commissioner talked about the big 5 conferences breaking away from the NCAA. More greed talk. System to benefit the few.

    Steve Spurrier talking about giving $300 per game to football athletes. I’m guessing that UH probably doesn’t have that kind of money. Another thing to separate the have’s from the have-not’s.

    BCS schools talking about making FBS more exclusive. Sux to NOT be in that system. UH fans, we either put aside personal differences and come together, or we will be left in the dust and perhaps left w/o a football program after the dust settles.

  63. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 10:01 am

    Lakalaka and Wiley in the backfield would be a good combo.

  64. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 10:03 am

    The guy who Stephen reports keeps moving the chains, at QB, would make it a winning combo.

  65. iwonderwhytheyhateme July 23, 2013 10:06 am

    Independent Thinker,

    What about St. Juste? How does he figure in?

  66. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 10:10 am

    Start Lakalaka and Wiley, rotate St Juste in to confuse the Ds. What so you, Iwonder?

  67. iwonderwhytheyhateme July 23, 2013 10:12 am

    I have no idea to be honest, don’t know enough of any of them to say yet. We shall see!

  68. boolakanaka July 23, 2013 10:15 am

    Old School…Yes he passed in late 2006, died of a brain aneurysm. He had a really great send-off from a bunch of us who played in the early mid 80s organized a great send-off, right after the funeral. All the Kafentzis brothers, John Taylor, Jack Sims, Frank Strong, Han, etc….some ex UH baseball players, many of his ex GFs (despite being married–vince was always popular with the ladies). True to the popularity of Vince, and even I was surprised, Forrest Whittacker and Marcus Allen attended his funeral…, I miss that guy.

  69. Rodney July 23, 2013 10:17 am

    Don’t forget about

    Marcus langkilde he

    looked pretty good

    moving the chains

    during the spring.

  70. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 10:18 am

    I have watched Lakalaka and Wiley. Each has the ability to break it open, from any place on the field on any down. Like you, haven’t seen St. Juste. Wiley is an excellent back, great vision for finding gaps, openings, and then just getting into the end zone. Lakalaka tends to want to “bang it” with defenders, instead of just concentrating on getting into the end zone. Wiley likes the path of least resistance and tends to get into the end zone without being “banged”. Obviously, short yard situations, Lakalaka. 1 and 10, Wiley, when we are not passing.

  71. jeezy33 July 23, 2013 10:21 am

    Just because they dominated in high school doesn’t mean they have the speed and power to break it open in D1. The holes for 1 aren’t going to be as big as the ones the Punahou and Kahuku O lines created. Also defenders are going to be a lot bigger, stronger, and faster…

  72. Shoko July 23, 2013 10:26 am


  73. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 10:30 am

    Just because a person sat on the bench at another college doesn’t mean he can’t play, right, jeezy? You must be related to chow. You both think alike.

    That being said, I can only hope for a good season for our young men. They deserve better.

  74. Shoko July 23, 2013 10:32 am

    Cautious optimism is my motto.

  75. boolakanaka July 23, 2013 10:35 am

    #74–good point. Rich Miano, sat three years on the bench, waiting for time to open behind, Mark Kafentzis and others, but when presented with the opportunity, became an ALLWAC db for two years, and then almost a dozen years in the NFL as one of the rarest creatures around–a white DB–not too shabby at all. Long story short, you don’t know who is a star in the making until you get on the field.

  76. jeezy33 July 23, 2013 10:41 am

    74. What are you talking about? You are trying to be a homer on 2 local kids who haven’t proven anything yet. I didn’t say a word about a person who sat the bench somewhere else..

    Lakalaka redshirted for a 3 win team that didn’t have a RB who who rushed for over 700 yards… Other teams in the conference has true freshmen who had to play on good teams that didn’t need to redshirt.

    I’ll be shocked if St Juste or Wily don’t get the majority of the 1st team reps.

    Would help if you knew how to spell Wily correctly though.. Then again, using the term “bang” as a scouting report on these guys should say enough.

  77. Shoko July 23, 2013 10:41 am

    MWC Commissioner Thompson said he’s not a big fan of subdivisions. He thinks that incoming FCS schools making the jump to FBS “waters down the product”. He believes we should be less concerned with subdivisions and more focused on “federation by sport”.

    I bet he’s a strong proponent of tougher immigration policies.

  78. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 10:47 am

    Our young men chose to play for Chow. That says a lot. Let’s support them.

  79. Tolkien Warrior July 23, 2013 10:49 am

    Kurt Warner…you know the story. Just needed a chance.

    Tom Brady, the ultimate bench player while at Michigan. NFL…Future Hall of Fame.

    Sometimes coaches don’t know how to use or recognize talent they have. Other coaches do.

  80. Shoko July 23, 2013 10:55 am

    I think they can recognize talent. The problem is incorporating that talent (skill set) into their system. Harbaugh seemed to have seen something in Colin Kaepernick when all the analyst were saying “meh”.

  81. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 11:02 am

    I guess the analyst got it wrong with Ryan Leaf. 😆

    Can’t get em all correct in the professional drafts. Sam Bowie ring a bell?

  82. Shoko July 23, 2013 11:10 am

    You can add JaMarcus Russel to that list.

  83. dream city mike July 23, 2013 11:17 am

    Fortunately there is some unproven depth and talent at RB! I like the choices for different situations. Hard work will prove who gets playing time starting w/ SC. Beat USC!

  84. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 11:19 am

    I, like others have mentioned would like to see the o-line kick butt.

  85. cocobean July 23, 2013 11:23 am

    Reread ST’s interview with coach Chow and looking back on last season I’ve come to the conclusion ( in hindsight) that Coach’s biggest mistake was not retaining more of the old staff.

    I firmly believe with Miano, Rolo and Aranda our record would have been better.

  86. NotNasti July 23, 2013 11:46 am

    Jeezy, IT, we all want the same thing right? Aren’t we on the same team?

  87. NotNasti July 23, 2013 11:46 am

    ST, thank you for editing the inappropriate post.

  88. dream city mike July 23, 2013 11:49 am

    Coach Chow continues to up grade staff by hiring Chris Naeole to mentor the o-line, which can only improve a very deficient part of the offense!

  89. WarriorNY July 23, 2013 11:53 am

    Hey all,

    Saw this interview with Chow

  90. RedZone July 23, 2013 11:57 am

    Should give Ewaliko a shot at runningback.

  91. Shoko July 23, 2013 11:58 am

    We’re all just one big family on this blog with differing opinions. Sometimes the conversation gets a little heated and regrettable things are said, but, yes, we’re all on the same team. Still love the drama!

  92. NotNasti July 23, 2013 12:17 pm

    You mean like family?

  93. jocko July 23, 2013 12:17 pm

    # 86…. hindsight.. maybe ur right. but remember.. all he hired.. he knew personally..

    from past teams he was on as a coach.. and to think.. you have such a short time to

    put a staff together.. and to come in new… and just accept more of the old staff.. ..

    would be so very hard to swallow…

    besides personalities.. he would have to.. accept skills.. that would be .. hard to

    accept at that late date.. but then again.. he did know some of them personally i guess

    but not …professionally .. maybe.. surely the lee brothers…. would have been acceptable

    to him … I would think.. ..but .. who knows… have to get a really personal interview with him to find out his reasons .. coach by coach.. why he did not hire.. but that is getting to personal… maybe..


  94. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 12:19 pm

    I posted the definition of a word (see; I did not post a comment.

    Last time I checked, a comment is when a person actually types out a statement conveying an opinion, etc.

    Are we now moderating mere definitions from Webster’s?

  95. Down with pUSC... July 23, 2013 12:24 pm

    @#90…funny thing about the video, if you pause the video right at the beginning (literally at beginning) look in the mirror behind Chow and our fearless Blog leader can be seen in the mirror….Go Tsai and Go warriors!!!

  96. bowwar July 23, 2013 12:29 pm

    How about Dustin Elisara? Has he recovered from that knee injury…I remember he did well at the 2012 spring game before getting injured. I believe he could be our BIG BACK and short yardage person…

  97. 3-Prong July 23, 2013 12:29 pm

    NotNasti: U right! “Old” is a state of “Mine” (not mind)!

  98. bowwar July 23, 2013 12:30 pm

    I bet there are a few DB/Safties that also could move over to the offense to run the ball too…

  99. Boolakanaka July 23, 2013 12:34 pm

    There are many valid views and perspectives posted, and here is my 2 cents on the matter of Coach Chow and his decision to not retain the previous regime of coaches; in short, he needs to set his own table of proverbial managers, as at the end of the day, it is ultimately his personal singular responsibility for the success of the team. Now, I will preface by saying, that for whatever it is worth, and might not be too much, I work in academia on the specific subject of management and leadership in executive position. That said, some of the more common features of successful leadership, in the context of a management team are as follows:

    Leadership is always personal. There is no magic formula for successful leadership, — and no one-size-fits-all best practices, either. Instead, each great leader always answer the question: “What is the best way for me to lead?” Thus, Chow will need to figure out his or her own unique leadership signature — one that draws on his or her own strengths. While charismatic leaders are particularly memorable, there are many other ways to be an effective leader….e.g. Bilicheck.

    That said, leadership usually involves four overarching skills: sensemaking (in other words, making sense of your own personal environment in which your organization operates ); visioning; relating to others; and inventing new ways to get things done.

    My own take is that while Rich Miano ( who is a personal friend) and others are no doubt highly competent, they represent a historical asterik, that at this point, needs to be placed in the past, and going forward with new blood, would be more productive in the long-run, as well as more sustainable. But, then again, just my own 2 cents…

  100. NotNasti July 23, 2013 12:45 pm

    Boola, that wasn’t 2 cents . . . that was 2 dollars.

  101. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 12:46 pm

    Former coaches Aranda, Miano, Cal Lee, Rolovich? Hey, I’m still upset that Coach Wagner and his staff couldn’t convince Kimo Von Oelhoffen to remain at UH and not transfer to a JUCO 😉

  102. kifi July 23, 2013 12:51 pm

    Boolakanaka: My own take is that while … … … and others are no doubt highly competent, they represent a historical asterik, that at this point, needs to be placed in the past, and going forward with new blood, would be more productive in the long-run, as well as more sustainable. But, then again, just my own 2 cents…

    Very interesting and enlightening. Well said.

  103. Shoko July 23, 2013 12:52 pm

    Just had a flashback of a Risk Management seminar.

  104. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 12:53 pm

    Interesting to hear former HC Dick Tomey say that his most challenging head coaching job wasn’t when he took over at UH in 1977, but at Arizona in 1986. He was replacing a very popular Larry Smith and it took several years before the players actually bought in to what Tomey and his staff wanted.

  105. kifi July 23, 2013 12:55 pm

    Cheap Christian Louboutin: Its leaders seem to think that paying attention to women is the same thing as taking them seriously.

    Is this the 1800’s?

  106. kifi July 23, 2013 1:04 pm

    RIP Vincent Sides.

  107. dream city mike July 23, 2013 1:05 pm

    Wow boo great take. . thus retaining the one coach who is not so deeply entrenched as coach Miano was .but create a smoother transition and m/b define his own hopefully “legacy”.

  108. Shoko July 23, 2013 1:06 pm

    Hmm, I’m sure Anthony Weiner is a firm believer in that philosophy.

  109. Shoko July 23, 2013 1:08 pm

    Just for clarification. Post 112 was in response to 109.

  110. Shoko July 23, 2013 1:11 pm

    Think I’ll quit for today since I’m posting for the sake of posting with nothing positive to contribute.

  111. cocobean July 23, 2013 1:24 pm


    I like your perspective of Chow’s staff. Initially, when Chow annouced his staff I got the gist of why he only retained Tuiotu. New start, new beginning and all that. At that time I agreed with the reasoning behind his decision.

    But in retrospect it’s my opinion coach Chow had no real background in building/rebuilding a program. He tore everything down and began from the ground up. This task proved more than he bargained for. It wasn’t just about the Xs and Os and the different O and D schemes he wanted to implement. It was the administrative tasks that comes along with being a HC. It was about delegation of responsibilities to his staff and building bonds between the staff and players.

    I still believe Miano would have helped admistratively and Rolo and Aranda would have helped with the Xs and Os and with the game planning schemes against competition they were somewhat familiar with. All three in my opinion were coaches the players trusted and had strong bonds with.

    I’m usually not a person to cry over spilled milk. I’m usually a water under the bridge kindof person. But St’s interview brought out thoughts that have been gnawing at me since the end of last season. Come on, Lee instead of Rolo wasn’t a mistake.

  112. Boolakanaka July 23, 2013 1:40 pm

    Kiki…vince was one of my best boys, at school, playing ball, and away, so your comments are heartfelt. As to all the insightful comments on the current task before Coach Chow….everyone has wise mana’o to offer. I too would have felt, that Rich would have served as a wise and pragmatic link to the past, but as some of you have already alluded to, it is sometimes not the Xs and Os, or even just inherent management responsibilities, but rather the delicate job of handling and cultivating a host of personalities. And it within this area, at least from my perch from afar, I think he made the very difficult decision of cutting ties to the former staff. Remember, Rich equally wanted the position, and while we are all grown-up, well me less than others, that would have naturally provoked some looking over the shoulder and second-guessing…..That said, I think we have many positive things in place and have every right to expect a very solid season…and as 103 well put it…sorry, that was just my 2 dollars.

  113. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2013 1:49 pm

    People can go back and try to edit history — I mean, should Shoko have asked another person to the prom? — but this is the situation.

    I like Rolo, and they came close to retaining him.

    I like Miano. But the administration wasn’t going to hire him. The administration didn’t even give him an interview for the head-coaching job after community leaders begged — even threatened — for a chance just to speak to the selection committee.

    It is is what it is, and there were mistakes in the first year. But the main things is Chow isn’t inflexible. The offense is going to look a lot different. They had a pretty good recruiting class. And I think people are going to like Jordan Wynn, Chris Naeole, Luke Matthews and Richard Torres.

    Life goes on …

  114. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 1:56 pm

    And just think what the discussion would be today if Chow had a winning record and bowl win last season.

  115. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 1:57 pm

    Yes, I want to edit my prom date.

  116. Ipu Man July 23, 2013 2:22 pm

    Nice day today…

  117. NotNasti July 23, 2013 2:43 pm

    Must be getting close to football season. Errbody getting antsy. Players need to hit someone in another uniform and fans need to get nuts.

  118. NotNasti July 23, 2013 2:47 pm

    And Boola, you’re up to about 5 dollars already, but its all good stuff. Love to read your insightful comments. Knowledgeable and fair.

  119. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 2:50 pm

    Tom Selleck should have taken the role of Indiana Jones. D’oh!!

  120. cocobean July 23, 2013 2:50 pm


    I understand where you’re coming from.

    Just had to get that thought out of my system. Feel better that I did.

  121. cocobean July 23, 2013 2:52 pm

    Jimmy #115.

    Chow for Guv.

  122. cocobean July 23, 2013 2:59 pm

    The great who am I mystery…….

    Boolakanaka – what side of the ball did you play. The detective in me says D…corner perhaps?

  123. jimmy the lock July 23, 2013 3:02 pm

    cocobean, if Chow beats Abercrombie for guv would he keep the former guvs staff? 😆

  124. Rodney July 23, 2013 3:31 pm

    I like Rolo and even Miano

    but their must be something

    strongly that the administration

    felt was a no go with Miano to

    not even give him a interview.

  125. Boolakanaka July 23, 2013 3:37 pm

    Braddha cocobean–you aka must be Tom Selleck, as that was a very good guess….

  126. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 3:59 pm

    Let’s be honest: if you aren’t first string in ANY college program, regardless of your physical abilities, the current roster, and how strong your team is, then you suck. Take a look at taylor graham. Sure, he was rated as the #14 quarterback in the nation at one point, has the throwing form and physical tools, as well as a cannon for an arm. Sure, he probably only stayed on the bench with the coaching change at ohio state and the entirely new offense that was installed that may not mesh well with a prototypical dropback passer. Sure, another kid named Braxton Miller came in and took the spotlight.

    But he’s a bench player. so he sucks. no matter what. now everyone, talk to me about how intelligent i am.

  127. Not an Expert July 23, 2013 4:05 pm

    IF and that is a big IF. When UH ever gets to play in one of the big bowl games ever again make sure to use it as a stepping stone to maintain and grow the program even more. What an about face since then. I will every so often mention this so all do not forget.

    One big miss opportunity. Ineptness abound as the leaders back then at UH or in the backrooms seem to have all disappeared or went incognito.

  128. Pomai July 23, 2013 4:08 pm

    Anyone who puts down a student-athlete is a morrrrron period. You have no class at all. You are less than whale sh!t. That’s how intelligent you are.

  129. Pomai July 23, 2013 4:11 pm

    I apologize(not to you moron) for my outburst, I should not let an idiot get to me that way, but I just couldn’t help myself…….

  130. uppah campus July 23, 2013 4:29 pm

    # 114. Stephen Tsai: July 23rd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    # 125. Rodney: July 23rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    If I remembered correctly, someone “in the know”, said that

    Miano did not even apply. Was that correct?

  131. laulau head July 23, 2013 4:31 pm

    Quick headings Joey!!

    BEAT USC!!!

  132. Konoman1 July 23, 2013 4:34 pm

    I agree with you Pomai.. Some people are morons,,, lol!Wasnt Moniz a bench player? How come he didn’t go to a Div I school out of high school?

  133. cocobean July 23, 2013 4:35 pm


    You’re as transparent as glass. The sole purpose of your rant is to up the # of posts, right?

    The only factual thing anyone can post about Graham is he’s unproven.

  134. Buffoman July 23, 2013 4:36 pm

    #131 Well, we cannot expect everyone to be a fan. Some are just haters and just want to see failure. Such is life, even if they see themselves otherwise.

    I agree though, to demean a young person to prove one’s own negative view is somewhat callous.

  135. Inyoface July 23, 2013 4:48 pm

    USC was ranked #1 in the NATION. Huh go figgah.

  136. dream city mike July 23, 2013 4:51 pm

    There he goes again independently thinking with no help from others, by himself, all alone on an island …however I leave him there and I will not let it get to me like yesterday! Pomai I know how you feel, believe me!

  137. Pomai July 23, 2013 4:52 pm

    #141 – That is a good thing because when we defeat them on August 29th we will then take over the #1 spot in the country, right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  138. Pomai July 23, 2013 4:57 pm

    #142 – I have dealt first hand with some of our student-athletes over the years and I have not found one, not one who should be treated like that on any public forum at all…. If a moron knew what these young people go through on a daily basis to be able to compete in their chosen sport they would shut their hole which ever end they are talking out of.

  139. Pomai July 23, 2013 4:58 pm

    As brother al says – “nuff said”

  140. Reverse Osmosis July 23, 2013 5:00 pm

    128. Independent Thinker:

    July 23rd, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Let’s be honest: if I’m not first string in ANY college program, regardless of my physical inabilities, the current roster, and how strong my team is, then I suck. Take a look at me. Sure, I was rated as the #14 legendary quarterback in my own mind at one point, with the throwing form and physical tools of an old Camel, as well as a limp cannon of a dork. Sure, even in my own dreams I’d probably only stayed on the bench with the coaching change at ohio state and the entirely new offense that was installed that may not mesh well with a prototypical Camel like prowess such as myself. Sure, another reality kid named Braxton Miller actually came in and took the actual spotlight.

    But I’m an imaginary bench player. so I sucks. no matter what. now everyone, talk to me about how intelligent i am.

  141. dream city mike July 23, 2013 5:00 pm

    He’s like a pest getting under your skin…Idk why he keeps going on w/ bus? Just saying!

  142. dream city mike July 23, 2013 5:02 pm

    Should be bs above not bus!

  143. haka July 23, 2013 5:05 pm

    I think…

    Some are here to inform.

    Some are here for information.

    Some are here to enlighten.

    Some are here to darken.

    Some are here to be amiable.

    Some are here to antagonize.

    Some are here to endorse.

    Some are here to put down.

    Some are here for entertainment.

    Some are here for amusement.

    Some are here to encourage.

    Some are here to inflame.

    Some are here for the online camaraderie.

    Some are here for the anonymous power.

    Some are here to medicate.

    Some are here to be a pill.

    Some are here for heroes.

    Some are here for goats.

    Some are here to voice their opinion.

    Some are here to discuss.

    I think.

  144. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 5:05 pm

    #152 u mad, bro?

  145. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 5:09 pm

    and now, a haiku for haka the poet:

    little chow flies far

    lands back home coaching football

    what is happiness?

  146. dream city mike July 23, 2013 5:13 pm

    bs not bus

  147. haka July 23, 2013 5:14 pm

    Here’s a couple of verses to sing…

    The Eagles

    “Get over it”

    You drag it around like a ball and chain

    You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain

    You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown

    Got your mind in the gutter, bringin’ everybody down

    Complain about the present and blame it on the past

    I’d like to find your inner child and kick its little a$$

    Get over it

    Get over it

    All this bitchin’ and moanin’ and pitchin’ a fit

    Get over it, get over it

    Get over it

    Get over it

    It’s gotta stop sometime, so why don’t you quit

    Get over it, get over it

  148. dream city mike July 23, 2013 5:14 pm

    i mean, bus not bs. i mean.. GAH!

  149. Independent Thinker July 23, 2013 5:24 pm


    Anti-Pop Consortium

    “Silver Heat”

    hello hello

    welcome to the wonderful world of me

    mr. ballbeam

    earl blaize on the boogie

    and it goes like this

    I stand alone like a leper

    in the splended grandeur of my solitude

    a rude mannerism

    to include on those held back by inhibitions

    if the myth that keeps you warm

    fails to feel secure by superstition

    everything else steering charted to the unknown

    sweet reciept of a conic glass

    bubbles like bass, where intricate broadcasts

    experiments like lab rats

    pack heat like a thermos, intrinsic

    act on instinct and ballots extinguished

    stink like N’Sync, I exist as contradiction

    taking your silence as conformation

  150. 3-Prong July 23, 2013 5:26 pm

    Ding, Ding, Ding!! Back to your corners!! Nah, actually kinda fun reading…hehe

    Go Bows!

  151. kelvink July 23, 2013 5:33 pm

    Independent thinker sounds like one of the sock puppets. The way he writes sounds so familiar.

  152. Old Diver July 23, 2013 5:35 pm


    Can’t agree. The UH administration has a long history of ignoring the right person and making poor hires. That list is long. Not commenting on the specific names you mentioned.

  153. Inyoface July 23, 2013 5:35 pm

    Any video on the press conference? Can’t seem to find anything.

  154. Babo July 23, 2013 5:46 pm

    Wait! Hawaii has a running game? Since when? LOL. Hope he heals fast and God bless! GO WARRIORS!

  155. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2013 6:31 pm

    Miano and Rolo both applied for the HC job.

    Neither was among the finalists.

    I felt both should have been brought in for in-person interviews.

    It wasn’t going to cost anything more than a parking validation. They already were in town.

    And it didn’t mean either had to be selected. The members could have doodled on legal pads while pretending to listen. But they were deserving of interviews. If not, what was the point of making Miano the interim head coach?

    Several vacancies ago, Cal Lee was brought in for an interview. From what I heard, he had a tremendous interview with clear plan for recruiting and strategy. They weren’t going to hire him. But, damn, he came ready to play.

  156. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2013 6:35 pm

    Rant (Part II):

    The next time an AD (or powerbroker) fires a head coach, then he should fire all of the assistants, too. Then if the new coach wants to hire back some of those assistants, he can do that. It’s tough when a new guy has to come in and fire coaches he’s never worked with before.

  157. Stephen Tsai July 23, 2013 6:36 pm

    And finally — woo, hoo — word on the street is UH’s soccer coach won big in Vegas recently.

    Drinks are on “Bud.”

  158. eat mor spam July 23, 2013 6:37 pm

    150 – it’s like your posts = blah blah blah

  159. SteveM July 23, 2013 7:06 pm

    Congrats to David Lassner for his appointment to interim UH President.

    This was a pleasant surprise to me. I had the fortune to interact with David in the mid-90’s under joint UH-DOE summer tech programs. He was a smart guy on the bleeding edge of Technology, but he was a nice guy, down-to-earth, and he could explain technical things in a version of english that most of us understood. 🙂

    Got his Ph.D soon after. Aside from his tech speciality, he knew how to communicate–with people.

    Go Dr. Lassner!

  160. gobows July 23, 2013 7:48 pm

    miano was deemed not “qualified for the job” because they wanted someone with hc experience.


  161. gobows July 23, 2013 7:58 pm

    #153 old diver:

    how about arnold and arnold. mistakes, both times.

  162. Dino July 23, 2013 8:00 pm

    i always wonder if they should have let coach McMackin work his final year of his contract. i was always impressed with that 10-4 season (except) for the hawaii bowl loss to Tulsa. that coaching staff had potential, i always thought.

  163. Old School Dave July 23, 2013 8:20 pm

    UH is still kicking themselves for not doing more to keep Dom Capers (UH secondary coach 75-76).

  164. wafan July 23, 2013 8:21 pm

    Interesting day of posts.

  165. Old Diver July 23, 2013 8:25 pm

    I wasn’t talking about coaches in particular. UH has a history of making bad hiring choices at the administrative and management level in every field. Point is the UH administration does not have a crystal ball when it comes to hiring and the reasons for turning down the better candidate can many times leave one scratching their head.

  166. cocobean July 23, 2013 8:40 pm

    haiku 2,

    independent man

    no morals to bind his soul

    the glass is half full

  167. mo808 July 23, 2013 8:42 pm

    Haka, I really appreciate your posts @27 & 144!

  168. mo808 July 23, 2013 8:43 pm

    @168. Cocobean, Nice!

  169. Bowwar July 23, 2013 8:48 pm

    I thought they should have let McMackin finish his final year on a couple conditions: fire Miano and get rid of any “part-time” coaches who refused to recruit. It’s all water under the bridge…

    Book on Chow is still open…however, if the Warriors start the year in dismal fashion (i.e. not competitive) there will be alot of flies at Aloha Stadium.

  170. Bowwar July 23, 2013 8:49 pm

    I hope for the best and will cheer on the boys…no matter what.

  171. Moocher July 23, 2013 10:34 pm

    hehe…. oh snap

    hehe kinda dated…80’s 90’s at best?

    first snap didn’t happen yet and we got people “oh snapping” at each other….funny

  172. Wes'side Warrior July 23, 2013 10:58 pm

    Howzit, gang!

    Mahalo for the greetings yesterday, (J)J!

    Tough news on Iosefa. Heal up good and quick!

    As always, looking forward to who will step up and show what they got.

  173. eat mor spam July 23, 2013 11:36 pm

    174 das all u got? laugher. u really r 1panty. oh snap? really? what a clever little boy. yikes. LMFAO!!!!!

  174. 3-Prong July 23, 2013 11:51 pm

    Dis ain’t no Low-T blog. Er’body ready to put on da pads again! Bring on da Toejams, I mean Trojans!

    Go Bows!

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