NCAA reversal could help linebacker

As we’ve learned through the years, the NCAA never — Ever! — changes its decisions.

Until recently.

In a surprising U-Turn, the NCAA now is open to granting waivers that would allow players who transferred during the 2014-2015 academic year to play this coming season without redshirting. Of importance to the Warriors, outside linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea, who transferred from Arizona in January, has a chance to play this season. UH is filing a waiver request.

Earlier this year, the NCAA had amended a rule in which — no exceptions — a football player who did not earn a bachelor’s degree must sit out a season when transferring between FBS schools. (Previously, there were hardship waivers.) Although the amendment was not due to go into effect until this fall, it was applicable to players who transferred this spring.

But this week, the NCAA notified member schools that it had “re-visited” the amendment, and decided to allow waivers for players who transferred during the past academic year. That’s good news for UH in general and Kema-Kaleiwahea in particular. People familiar with his situation said he has a strong case for a waiver.

Kema-Kaleiwahea, who was projected to start at Arizona, instead requested a release from his scholarship to move back to Hawaii because of an extreme family situation. Kema-Kaleiwahea was known as Keoni Bush-Loo when he attended Kamehameha Schools. He legally changed his name in 2013.


  1. islandman June 4, 2015 8:11 am

    #1 ? Good news for Makani, hopefully

  2. warrior650 June 4, 2015 8:14 am

    Let’s hope the waiver request is granted. Hopefully Kema-Kaleiwahea can be a playmaker on D.

  3. NorthShoreFan June 4, 2015 8:42 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

  4. NorthShoreFan June 4, 2015 8:47 am

    NCAA finally having a clue?…….NOT! still think they need to be investigated. Like FIFA got rid of their Blatter infection…NCAA got to be checked for similar infections.

  5. Rodney June 4, 2015 8:47 am

    NCAA should do right thing.
    What’s going on with basketball
    program at North Carolina.
    They should be tarred!!!

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2015 8:50 am

    Great news! Hope Makani gets his chance.


  7. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2015 8:51 am

    NSF – Doesn’t Sepp Blatter sound like the name for a Bond villain?

  8. NorthShoreFan June 4, 2015 9:03 am

    It would make for a good evil character name..yes.

    other issues…just visited the RWS page…so news of recruits, no 2016 hype, no profiles. maybe I looking at the wrong site.

  9. jacklegpreacher June 4, 2015 9:09 am

    ST – is this amended rule listed anywhere, like ncaa manual or anything?

  10. NorthShoreFan June 4, 2015 9:10 am

    me wonder if we pay NCAA any monies and we get monies from feds & state, then NCAA need to be audited like any govt. entity … yes? who police the NCAA?

  11. NorthShoreFan June 4, 2015 9:14 am

    ST…would love to read a …. What ever happened to… kind of article. Prospective Warriors, former Warriors etc.

  12. boolakanaka June 4, 2015 9:20 am

    DPK—Sepp Blatter….sounds more like one name of a medicine for us old guys who gotta go number 1, too many times in the evening…

  13. jimmy the lock June 4, 2015 9:43 am

    Here’s to a favorable outcome for Makani .

    Sepp Blatter is the sound of diarrhea hitting the sidewalk.

  14. 3-Prong June 4, 2015 9:45 am

    Wow, that would mean possibly a 10 player rotation at linebacker. We should be fresh there. Defensive line though not as deep.

    ST: Good interview on theBC Show this morning.

  15. A-House June 4, 2015 9:58 am

    dissect – divide – conquer!!!!!; or, is it divide – dissect – conquer?

    same smell – different way to climb a mountain or eat a French fry

    relates to football? sure! can be offensive or defensive strategy to win a game – find the weak spot and attack – no team is so good at all positions that they are impenetrable.

    in the late 60s – UH always ran the same plays to start the game – much like USC’s student body right, then student body left – standup sit down, fight, fight fight!!!! I can clearly see the ball carrier, but cannot remember his name – was not Gary Allen, but a white guy – he was not big and fast; just plods along with the line – distinct way of running; much like Simms who ran flat footed and looked like he was waddling down the field.

  16. A-House June 4, 2015 10:00 am

    if ever there was a case for change, it would be NCAA officially granting UH the 1995 men’s VB national championship title and trophy – some one mentioned that the plaque still hangs on the NCAA office wall

  17. jimmy the lock June 4, 2015 10:08 am

    Whatever happened to…a winning season?

    Whatever happened to…predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, evening tv?

  18. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2015 10:26 am

    Jimmy the Lock:
    Is that a promo for the “Fuller House” show that will be rebooting next year?

  19. jimmy the lock June 4, 2015 10:46 am

    ST, you got it dude, sans Olsen twins.

  20. Old School Dave June 4, 2015 10:55 am

    Great News from the NCAA! Looking forward to seeing Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea (#55) at linebacker this season. He has outstanding size (6’3 245 lbs), quick feet, instincts, and athletic ability.

  21. cocobean June 4, 2015 11:24 am

    #15. Must have been Larry Sherrer or Bill Massey.

  22. ALLAN June 4, 2015 11:47 am


  23. Akamai Okole June 4, 2015 11:49 am

    Great Morning All!


  24. amela June 4, 2015 12:15 pm

    If they get a lighter sentence than UH that will show the power of the big conferences. They’ll show who controls the NCAA.

  25. st. anthony trojan June 4, 2015 12:17 pm

    What a life he had in sports…they should roast him as a fund-raiser for UHAD…the only podogee who will be fondly remembered for a missed field goal over Nebraska with a 28 man 6-0 win….back in the day…HAPPY RETIREMENT…. ‘SPUD’

  26. A-House June 4, 2015 1:06 pm


    correct amundo! the both ran the sweep – opponents knew it was coming, but had difficulty stopping the plays.

  27. Tempmanoa June 4, 2015 1:23 pm

    Not sure if this helps Hawaii or not. Players from Hawaii who get homesick can transfer back without losing a season. But the other side of the sword is that mainland players can do the same. The better players become like free agents and will be able to transfer to schools that can use them. It could mean some effort by teams to track and recruit players who might want to transfer (one of the reasons for the sit out rule was to prevent recruiting away players). NCAA needs to word the rule so it will not give schools an incentive to poach other schools.

  28. islandman June 4, 2015 1:48 pm

    #28. Tempmanoa — i think the waiver only applies for those for transferred in 2014-15. After that, no exceptions.

  29. leron June 4, 2015 2:53 pm

    Great read on former UH hoopster Phil Handy:

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2015 3:16 pm

    jtl – #13

    Sepp Blatter – the sound of FIFI hitting the fan.

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2015 3:17 pm

    FIFA even*

  32. cocobean June 4, 2015 3:20 pm

    The silence from the football staff has been deafening. Reticence has been the hallmark of the Chow regime. We rarely get an direct quotes from Chow or his coaches’. They don’t give off season TV or radio interviews.
    I only bring this up because I heard football season tickets went on sale this week. Talk about a low key effort. You’d think the way renewals went the UHAD would have made the coaching staff appear front and center in their sales push.
    If Chow won’t do it, he should have his staff be more available to the media. I wouldn’t mind hearing someone like Naole or Elimimian on the Animals giving their assessment of their personnel or what the coaches’ off season duties are. Things of that nature. They could close each interview with the host(s) reminding people season tickets are on sale.
    UHAD should make a better effort to get the word out…season tickets are now on sale.

  33. H-man June 4, 2015 5:28 pm

    Cocobean, you’re absolutely right on target. UHAD has to sell the program, but are absolutely silent. The silence is deafening. Yet, it doesn’t have to be like this. The Warrior defense should be exciting. Don’t know what to expect from the offense with the new, up-tempo offensive blitz-style of OC Bailey, but I am looking forward to see it unveiled against Colorado. After all, Hawaii will be led by Phil Steele’s MWC No. 1 QB pick, Max Wittek and a cast of good receivers.

  34. Arcumfortis June 4, 2015 6:54 pm

    33, 34: Agree, agree. Norm Chow’s overly conservative approach to football strategy seems also reflected in his overly conservative approach to selling the program. I could live with a conservative approach if we had a winning team. But a losing team that is also boring to watch is a killer for fan interest and game attendance.

    Hopefully the new AD can help to create some marketing buzz. It isn’t happening yet and he’s only been on the job a short time. But creating fan interest and ticket sales seems an obvious and urgent priority. I hope the new AD also has his “coach replacement” plan in place. If it becomes clear we will not be bowl eligible a coaching change needs to be made immediately in my opinion. That way at least we don’t trash a recruiting year with more coach selection committee meetings that interfere with the recruiting time line.

  35. oneseason June 4, 2015 7:19 pm

    Conservative play will be just fine when playing Ohio State and Wisconsin. To me, Chow relied so much on Schroeder, Iosefa, and Lakalaka that they got beat up. I hope Coach Bailey will take a more balanced approach to the offense.

  36. BigFan June 4, 2015 10:28 pm

    Looks like the wahine softball team got some solid recruits. I like Lopez, Iseri and Muzik. I just hope Iseri is a good enough pitcher to help in that department. I heard some current players were planning on leaving prematurely so this recruiting class helps.

  37. NorthShoreFan June 4, 2015 11:12 pm

    H-man…Mahalo for the links…looks like some guud ones coming in.

    leron, Mahalo for the link. Good to know he’s doing well and a good article.

    time fo nene…

  38. cappie the dog June 5, 2015 5:59 am

    Ian Kahaloa.

    Ranked #113 in Baseball America Top 500 prospects.

    Steven Wright.

    A Sandoval error helped the Twins to tie the game at 4.

    I don’t think Wright has pitched well enough to replace Masterson as the 5th starter, but I suspect the Red Sox will keep him in the bullpen.

    Kolten Wong

    He seems to be cutting down on his strikeouts.

  39. Coach mac June 5, 2015 10:14 am

    #15 Could that running have been either Bill Massey or Larry Shearer?

  40. Stephen Tsai June 5, 2015 10:38 am

    New post:

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