JC wideout to join UH

Wideout Darius Bright of City College of San Franciso told the Warrior Beat he has accepted a UH scholarship offer.

Bright is 6 feet 5, 225 pounds and capable of running 40 yards in about 4.5 seconds.

He will enroll at UH this coming week, and participate in the offseason conditioning program and spring practice.

CCSF coach George Rush said Bright also was being recruited by Oklahoma.

Bright missed two games in 2009 because of migraines. In eight games, he caught 21 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns.

* * * * *

Former UH defensive end Melila Purcell still has not abandoned hopes of playing again in the NFL.

Purcell spent two years on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad.

Last year, he suffered a severe ankle injury. He reached an injury settlement with the Browns that allowed him to receive essentially a buyout while also having the NFL’s workman’s comp plan pay for his surgery and rehabilitation. In exchange, the Browns were able clear his spot on the roster.

Purcell is undergoing physical-therapy treatment on Kauai. The hope is he will be fully recovered before the start of training camp this summer.

* * * * *


You’ve seen it at every local wedding reception. The lights dim, the music starts and the old folks starting heading for the parking structure.

But sometimes β€” sometimes β€” Uncle stays around and leads the Electric Slide.

Last night’s volleyball crowd might not have been younger, but it acted that way. Part of it has to do with the cheerleaders, band, the Rubberband Man and the guy with the green glasses. A greater part has to do with the Warriors’ renewed enthusiasm. Opposite attacker Jonas Umlauft has created opportunities for left-side hitter Joshua Walker, whose loud spikes are ooh-and-aah inducing. Also, the Warriors are playing gritty defense, and first-year head coach Charlie Wade acknowledges that Hawaiβ€˜i fans love good defense.

The party just might be starting.


* * * * *

One of the cool things about men’s volleyball is the casual atmosphere. Win or lose, the players get a lei from the aunties and a nice meal in the hospitality area. And everybody knows everybody on a first-name basis, even the coaches and referees.

The other night, Penn State coach Mark Pavlik’s tooth implant fell out during the match. After the match, he was proudly showing the metal piece to boosters, much the way a kid shows his parents his first lost tooth. In sports, getting a coach to talk after a game often is like pulling teeth. In men’s volleyball, that’s a good thing.



  1. whitey January 10, 2010 8:28 am

    Good morning Tsaikos

  2. whitey January 10, 2010 8:29 am

    Best wishes to M Purcell and hope you are able to make another run at the NFL

  3. wafan January 10, 2010 8:36 am

    Top 5!!!

  4. wafan January 10, 2010 8:37 am

    Another nice day in the PNW — overcast and cool!

  5. Bulla January 10, 2010 8:39 am

    Top 5

  6. madeinhawaii January 10, 2010 8:41 am

    Best wishes to M Purcell ! Get well and show em what they are missing!

  7. Bulla January 10, 2010 8:41 am

    what a tough road for Purcell, hope that the rehab goes well and you can realize your dreams.

    Men’s VB last night was rocking……what a great victory…..perseverance pays off, always. Congrats to Coach Wade and crew, it silenced a lot of the doubters Charlie, now consistency……..great team win.

    have a restful sunday Tsaikos…….the grind begins tomorrow, haha πŸ™‚

  8. madeinhawaii January 10, 2010 8:41 am

    M o r n i n g !

  9. Bulla January 10, 2010 8:49 am

    mih, wafan, whitey

    have a good sunday, since it looks like we’re the ‘early risers’, haha

  10. djmitcho January 10, 2010 8:54 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday! wafan,
    we got sunshine on this side. definitely needed it to melt the ice off of the streets

  11. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 10, 2010 8:56 am

    I don’t get it…

    Now I’m basing this on looking at the online version of the paper but you have the “main” story of continued frustration with the mens basketball team taking precedence over the upset in volleyball last night…

    What the hell????

  12. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 10, 2010 8:59 am

    Warrior Volleyball is back.

    Attendance has already doubled and then some.

    Cheap tickets + the team is exciting again = okoles in seats.

    Warrior volleyball is back and I don’t need a stopwatch to figure that out.

  13. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 9:04 am

    Haven’t forgotten you. But I’m going to have Midori send it to you, because, well, I’m not very responsible.

  14. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 9:06 am

    Basketball is still the No. 2 sport in town, as it should be.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid January 10, 2010 9:09 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    How are you this morning Mr. Ts-ts-ts-ts-ts aiiiiii! πŸ˜‰

    Yup indeed. Ya gotta love the way the Vballer season is rollin’ so far. You could also see that USC was affected by our crowd, young or old. And there did seem to be just enough pretty young keikamahines sittin’ in the stands to be a distraction as well.

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid January 10, 2010 9:10 am

    Good luck to Mel!

  17. Slugger January 10, 2010 9:14 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Hope Melila Purcell gets well soon.

    The aunties had lei for the USC players, too, last night. Took a while for the players to figure out why the aunties were waving them over. What a nice gesture. It’s the Aloha.

    GO BOWS!!!

  18. oldie January 10, 2010 9:16 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

    It took Jesse Sapolu several years to get his NFL career going. Now look at how many Super Bowl rings grace his fingers.

    Good luck to Melila Purcell and his quest to really break into the big time.

  19. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 10, 2010 9:18 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Hope I see Mr. Purcell wandering around Kauai πŸ™‚

  20. BG January 10, 2010 9:18 am

    Well deserved congratulations to the men’s VB!!! I was very interested in how they would react after the second game loss. Actually, they started providing an answer in the latter stages of game 2 when they refused to fold and go through the motions when they were being steamrolled early on and actually cut into the big lead. Then in game 3, I watched intently to see how their reactions as SC crept closer and closer, and ramped up the pressure. Same in game 4. I was willing to settle for a show of mental toughness in a loss to #1, but the team embarressed me for my low expectations and pulled it out as a TEAM.

    I fully expect this will be a monumental milestone in terms of confidence, learning to win, and team chemistry. Fantastic showing guys! You deserve it!

  21. madeinhawaii January 10, 2010 9:22 am

    Thank goodness we have Volleyball to help shore up the woes in BB for this season. Still hoping for a turnaround by both BB teams, though.

  22. whitey January 10, 2010 9:28 am

    wow, didn’t realize that ravens – patriots would be a lesson in power running game.

  23. duffer January 10, 2010 9:31 am

    Bringing this over from the last blog………..

    Watch five of our top HSJGA members partner with five of the top PGA Professionals in a skills challenge around the 18th green.

    2010 Roster Of HSJGA Members & PGA Professionals

    Alika Bell Tadd Fujikawa
    Lorens Chan Jerry Kelly
    Allisen Corpuz Parker McLachlin
    Cassy Isagawa Steve Stricker
    Justin Keiley Dean Wilson

    Also, be sure to watch Cassy Isagawa and Parker McLaughlin at 8:00 am Monday morning on the Channel 8 KHNL News.

    Told Cassy whatever shes does, mention my name! πŸ™‚

  24. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 9:32 am

    For all of those combines and 40s and t-drills and 225 lifts, one thing is overlooked: can a guy tackle?

  25. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 10, 2010 9:34 am

    In terms of attendance and revenue I thought Wahine Volleyball was the #2 spectator sport in town?

  26. whitey January 10, 2010 9:34 am

    you can see similarities between uh wvb and mvb and this is a huge bonus for JD and the athletic dept. i don’t think many schools have crowds with 3000+ at any of their games and if they can carry on, they will definitely be a men’s sport who will make money for UH.

  27. whitey January 10, 2010 9:36 am

    ssssssstephen, basic tackling has always been an issue for me with the warriors and am glad you are giving it sum headlines.

  28. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 10, 2010 9:38 am

    Question in yesterday’s blog – yes, the cheerleaders and fans were yelling LET’S GO BOWS!!! I assume that the coaching staff is comfortable with this since all the other court sports use the same chant.

    I can hardly wait until the end of the month to celebrate the next home win.

    Off to the HI-5 Drive – hope we make enough on the redemption fees to cover the costs of our next community service project – a QUICK`NDIRTYCLEANUP of Kapa`a Quarry Road next Sataurday. To do there entire length would require about 150 volunteers – realistically, we expect about 15 – 18 so we should cover a third of a mile.

  29. whitey January 10, 2010 9:38 am

    watching the college bowl games, nfl playoffs, high tackling adds positive yds for the offense and leg tackling drops the ball carrier with no positive yds.

  30. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 10, 2010 9:39 am


    One would think USC would figure it out by now how the volleyball aunties do their thing considering SC has played here before.

  31. whitey January 10, 2010 9:42 am

    ball stripping is an art and don’t know why we spend time on it instead of basic tackling. if you encourage stripping and they miss, ball carrier is long gone, but if you tackle first, that’s it. the positives on tackling is no additional yds, possiblity of fumbles, and makes ball carriers hesitant and works on their minds.

  32. whitey January 10, 2010 9:44 am

    watch ray lewis, does he tackle high or does he drop em in their tracks?? and with that the players develop fear from the oppposition.

  33. whitey January 10, 2010 9:45 am

    tackle high = tackle high or try to strip

  34. Pomai January 10, 2010 10:07 am

    whitey saw the stripping tact many times at the UH games an most of the times they didn’t strip the ball and the ball-carrier got a lot more yards than he should have. So I agree tackle first.

  35. Pomai January 10, 2010 10:10 am

    #28 Now before any of you get your dakine in a bunch this is just my OPINION, I think all sports teams at UH should be called Warriors even the Wahine teams.

  36. Hoohiki January 10, 2010 10:34 am

    I think its confusing for everybody…the fans, media, players, coaches, opponents…Warriors, Rainbow Warriors, Rainbow Wahine….I’m sorry, but let’s scrap “Go ‘Bows” and go with “WAR–riors!” instead. We have a consistent log; let’s have a consistent nickname. All other schools have one name; why can’t UH? Our colors don’t even reflect “rainbows” anymore. And we all know in this day and age that a “rainbow” symbolizes alternative lifestyles. We’re either the Rainbows or the Warriors…take your pick and go with it already…My pick is the Warriors and the Wahine Warriors with forest green, black and white as the school colors…..

  37. Hoohiki January 10, 2010 10:35 am

    #36 log=logo

  38. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2010 10:37 am

    Good Luck to Mel Purcell.

    Wishing you the best.

  39. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2010 10:46 am

    mvb = LET’S GO BOWS !!!

  40. A-House January 10, 2010 11:06 am

    We were amongst the 3000+ fans at the SCC last evening and the place was a-rocking!

    Although Mrs A-house and I left after the 3rd game, we came home only to see that the score was 27-21 in the 4th game with UH leading. We watched the final 3 points and it took us back to decades ago when 10,000+ filled the SCC for MVB, WVB, and MBB for which we had season tickets.

    Rather than “the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming”, it should read “the MVB team is coming” and the train will not stop until the final 4.

    Conratulations to Coach Wade and his staff for making the necessary changes to positively affect the players in school and on the court!

  41. A-House January 10, 2010 11:08 am

    Best wishes to Mel Purcell in his rehab on Kauai and speedy/full recovery on his ankle injury.

  42. A-House January 10, 2010 11:12 am

    IMHO, Warriors should be attached only to the football team. It’s more appropriate.

    To the best of my knowledge, Green and White are still the official colors for UH; not Green, Black, and White. And, Rainbows still the official “nickname” of the school ( UH-Manoa ).

  43. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 10, 2010 11:18 am

    I like the BOWS, personally…
    Bows and arrows – skilled hunting tools
    BowLing- good to do post season
    RainBow- pure light reflecting diversity and unity at the same time
    Bows -launch the Kills!

    Let’s go, Bows!!!

  44. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 11:36 am

    What will the cheerleaders do with the “Go” and “Bows” signs?

  45. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 11:40 am

    Remember this:


  46. protector January 10, 2010 11:46 am

    Good luck to Mel Purcell in his continued efforts!


    I respectfully disagree that there’s some kind of mass confusion about the UH’s various sport team names. I doubt players and coaches anguish about it very much as their attention is where it should be: playing the game & executing. To say the fans are confused is just too broad a generalization; and although you might be confused, I and a lot of other fans aren’t. The name ‘Rainbows’ or ‘Bows’ has been an established tradition for decades for several of the teams . JJ was the main coach who had a problem with the term because he felt that some group of individuals on the mainland were ‘adopting’ UH as their team. I believe that smacks of homophobia. Ever hear of the Rainbow Coalition? It symbolizes multi-ethnic / multi-cultural concerns=it is NOT synonymous
    with alternative lifestyles. I don’t think it’s a widespread given that all locals
    associate rainbows with being gay. I think of Manoa Valley rainbows when I attended UH and I still consider it a good omen on game days.
    As for saying it confuses the opponents? Gimme a break-who cares if it confuses the opponents. We want the opponents to be confused!

  47. gmahoney January 10, 2010 11:53 am

    Rainbows, Bows, Rainbow Warriors, it’s all the same to me. Rainbows is the school nickname, Warriors are the men’s teams, Wahine are the women’s teams.

    What I didn’t care for was the cartoon pot-bellied warrior on the logo.

  48. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 12:14 pm

    Has anybody been able to find the old UH baseball caps? The orange and green ones?

  49. azwarrior22 January 10, 2010 12:30 pm


    I have one of the orange and green UH baseball caps.

  50. SteveM January 10, 2010 12:32 pm

    Good morning afternoon everyone!

    Good luck to Purcell!

  51. Ralph January 10, 2010 12:38 pm

    I kept my old UH baseball cap, orange brim, orange scrip H and green cap. wore it last season, a gal approach me wanting to know where she can buy one. Sheridan AJA colors.

  52. SteveM January 10, 2010 12:40 pm

    Continued good wishes and prayers for Long Time UH Fan, Lorna, and family. Today is his 34th day in ICU.

  53. A-House January 10, 2010 12:45 pm


    I got a old UH baseball jacket which family bought as a x-mas gift many, many years ago – never been used!

    Orange/white Hawaii across the front with an orange/white/green collar.

    Because I gained so much weight, I cannot fit into it – didn’t want to say upper body muscles!

    Would not sell or trade it away for any amount of money! family heirloom.

  54. wowlaulau January 10, 2010 1:23 pm

    If Riley is hired by USC , I wonder if OSU will still recruit Hawaii as hard as they do today?

  55. al January 10, 2010 1:25 pm

    come on now ahouse.
    that would make a nice prize for a warrior beat contest.

  56. al January 10, 2010 1:27 pm

    whitey, duffer….must have been something i ate (or drank) at tiffany’s.

    next morning i got up without a voice. yikes.
    had a roomful on top of that.
    i barely had enough voice.

    came home and was really sick.

    do you think it was the kim chee fried rice?

  57. al January 10, 2010 1:34 pm

    longtimer and family….keep the prayers to the Lord of healing.

  58. Slugger January 10, 2010 1:52 pm

    LTUHF & Lorna,

    Keeping you in my prayers. Hope you get well soon.

  59. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 10, 2010 2:05 pm

    protector: Anuenue – part of our culture and identity.

  60. Bulla January 10, 2010 2:21 pm

    #24 ST

    valid point….and one worth looking at in the long run…..one might have all the ingredients to be good, but you need to do good…….just like cooking, you can have all the best ingredients, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’ll come out crappy……..you can have all the numbers and the moves, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re still well…………but I agree with ST πŸ™‚

  61. al January 10, 2010 2:39 pm

    wowlaulau….mike riley moving over to usc is a good thing for us. we are in competition with nearly a half dozen recruits with osu.

  62. protector January 10, 2010 3:00 pm

    al on # 61,

    That might mean that Riley might have even MORE clout with the local recruits with a higher profile / prime time (big name)school regardless of the lackluster season they just had. Might tell the recruits that the competition is wide open for all positions; that nobody’s guaranteed a starting spot.

  63. azwarrior22 January 10, 2010 3:04 pm

    The theory is that USC only recruits Parade All-Americans and 4 and 5-stars, so the only one that USC recruited from Hawaii was Teo last season. OSU and other PAC-10 schools compete for Hawaii’s talents. So agree with Al that Riley going to SC can only help Hawaii.

  64. Bulla January 10, 2010 3:05 pm


    valid point and the name alone has some decent drawing power…..we shall see

  65. wafan January 10, 2010 3:59 pm

    Good luck to Mel!

  66. wafan January 10, 2010 4:02 pm

    Whoo-hoo! Two hotties in the photo!

    As opposed to Hotten-tots.

  67. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 4:02 pm

    Oh! For a moment, I was wondering why wafan was wishing himself (“me”) good luck! πŸ™„

  68. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 4:03 pm

    …Tita’s…. 😯

  69. Derek January 10, 2010 4:04 pm

    UH volleyball is fun to watch. These guys are exciting. The big guy helps the middle to be successful and the person who is benefitting the most is Walker. Hopefully, men’s volleyball will have a great season. On the other hand, UH basketball is the opposite. They are not exciting to watch. I’d say to the UH basketball team, they have found the enemy…..themselves. They cannot handle the ball and take care of it. The team is sorely lacking in atheticism, quickness, and basketball ability. I watch a lot of basketball on ESPN, CBS, and Fox and I see a lot of good teams and players. Example, yesterday I saw K-State and Missouri. Not that was a great basketball game. I feel like I want to watch the UH men’s volleyball more than the UH men’s basketball team. That’s pretty said, because it should be the opposite. Basketball should be the money maker over volleyball. To Donovan, “We’ve got problems!”

  70. wafan January 10, 2010 4:05 pm

    Brew . . .

    I just did not want to get beaten for saying that.

    Uhhhh, ladies, not that I was even thinking it.

  71. oldie January 10, 2010 4:06 pm

    Looks like JD’s two hires, Charlie Wade and Dana Takaara-Dias, are working out just fine. Looking forward to this and the coming years in both sports.

  72. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 4:09 pm

    Princess Leila is looking for such a UH baseball hat.
    I think she would be grateful to anyone who can direct her.

  73. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 4:14 pm

    Re: “Dominos”….

    We don’t yet know about the ‘hawks, Carroll, SC, Riley, etc. A key component for UH and the 808 is Coach Cav. He has clearly been the advocate at OSU for local/Poly recruits. Will Coach Cav remain at OSU, move w/ the Riley, or move-on – period. In any case, he will continue to recruit local players. This may likely increase the opportunities for 808 players and increase the competition for UH as protector posted. We’ll have to wait & see.

    The Warriors have to promote the chance to play at home, in front of friends & family, in a locale that will likely be “home” for these players even after their playing days are over, and go after the student-athletes that really, really want this opportunity.

  74. A-House January 10, 2010 4:20 pm

    Ho, Ho:

    musical chair for HC positions within the PAC10 and other related positions as the head coaches will want their own OC and DCs which makes it more of a situation to watch.

    if Sarkisian decides to be Carroll’s OC, then Udub will also be looking for a new HC.

    agree with al, no al I will NOT put up my Rainbow BB jacket as a Tsaiko prize, that UH may be the unintended beneficiary in recruiting for local talent. the faster Carroll signs the contract, the faster everything will begin to fall into place.

    looks like the writing is on the wall that the NCAA will hit USC big time for the Reggie Bush situation – would like to see Bush lose his Heisamn trophy, USC give up the national title, forfeit all the games where Bush played, lose scholarships, and NO participation in post season football games. can they sanction Carroll for his role is this mess? cannot recall a coach ever being hit by the NCAA for his role in scandals.

    some told me recently that the NCAA would never do that because USC brings in to much money for the NCAA and they are to high a profile school – of course my response was, “that’ bull shit” and creates an opportunity for some one to file a legal action against the NCAA for out right discrimination.

    person also mentioned that UH was used as an example to other schools for violating basketball standards by using “semi-pro” players from Europe – why did the NCAA not have the balls to call out all the big name schools for doing such? using UH VB as an excuse is just shameful.

    one factor in any discrimation lawsuit is that it opens up the institution or business for everything and investigators can inspect all other areas of interest other than the allegation filed in the civil action. correct me if I am wrong our great legal minds!

  75. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 4:30 pm

    Can I ask a question regarding academics and transfers?

    I never had to worry about transferring credits, from one institution to another (prisons and hospital wards don’t count). What are the problems transferring from quarter-based schools to semester-based ones, and vice versa. Are credits evaluated as whole units? Is a quarter of say – chemistry, weighted as the same as a semester, or just part of a semester of work.

    I’m wondering about this and how it pertains to student-athletes like Ryan E., etc. Thanks in advance for any insights you can provide. πŸ˜€

  76. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 4:31 pm

    Okay – I’m sure #74 is A-House and NOT the Mrs.! πŸ˜†

  77. al January 10, 2010 4:32 pm

    protector…however, current usc recruits are all but signed sealed and delivered regardless if carroll leaves or not. playing for usc is a bigt thing.

    however, players on the bubble at osu may think othewise now that the coach and inevitably the majority of his staff leaving with him.

  78. Bulla January 10, 2010 4:35 pm

    aloha brew,

    fyi, ryan coulldn’t talk to academic advisors or compliance UNTIL he was accepted into the UH system, praise God…..that was Friday morning. so now we continue down the path one step at a time…..but everything is moving along well. the fact that he was admitted is good, and it’s semester classes, so it should be fine……just have to see what he wants to major in and go from there. he had a chance to talk with tuika tufaga yesterday at a pot luck and had a good time.

  79. wafan January 10, 2010 4:35 pm

    Brew . . .

    Semester credits weigh more than quarter credits. I do not know what the ratio is, though.

  80. Ralph January 10, 2010 4:36 pm

    my original hat is worn, not much, but used.

  81. Bulla January 10, 2010 4:39 pm


    is that the 16 oz or the 12 oz variety? haha, had to ask, okole maluna πŸ™‚

  82. wafan January 10, 2010 4:40 pm

    Bulla . . .

    HA! Super-Size or Regular?

  83. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 4:41 pm

    Way back in the cave-days, I considered transferring. Of course, I would have wanted to know in advance how many of my courses/credits would be accepted, and weigh whether the transfer would be a major set-back or not towards my education goals….

    A “blind” transfer requires a significant level of determination and strength of will & faith! πŸ˜€

  84. wafan January 10, 2010 4:41 pm

    Oops, sorry. Just practicing for my future occupation. Is that for here or to go? Do you want fries with that?

  85. al January 10, 2010 4:43 pm

    ralph…are you willing to give your hat to the lovely princess leila?

  86. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 4:43 pm

    #80 – Ugh…. cooties! πŸ˜†

  87. Pomai January 10, 2010 5:38 pm

    #69 Derek
    I have a question, is it perhaps that volleyball is a sport that more of the local people like rather than basketball?

  88. whitey January 10, 2010 6:04 pm

    al, no it was not the fuud, but the kope from starbucks

  89. whitey January 10, 2010 6:04 pm

    al, nah, was only joking, but sleeping with the a/c can do that to you (not joking).

  90. whitey January 10, 2010 6:07 pm

    regards to mbb, the present style of their game cannot and will not draw because it is B=O-R-I-N-G!!!!!!

  91. PowderPuff January 10, 2010 6:09 pm

    Best wishes to Melila on a full and speedy recovery so you can fulfill your dreams. Lots of positive thoughts to LTUF and (J)J’s mom too.

    Rob25 and I had a great time at the PSU game, even though they lost. She told me I was starting to “scare her nephews” with the boisterous cheering. Ahahaha! But congrats to Coach Wade and the boys on the BIG win last night. Wooo hoooo! πŸ™‚ Thanks Rob…for the fun.

    Hey Brew…hey wafan!

  92. whitey January 10, 2010 6:09 pm

    neva realized while watching the cards and packers that their final score almost reached 100. 100 IN THE NFL!!!!!! who said you need defense to win games????? hahahahhahhahaa

  93. whitey January 10, 2010 6:10 pm

    PP, nice pic of you and Rob25

  94. whitey January 10, 2010 6:11 pm

    my friends who follow the nfl are dumdfounded. they still cannot believe that the patriots got their okoles whipped.

  95. whitey January 10, 2010 6:12 pm

    don’t follow the nfl too much, so who plays who next weekend????

  96. whitey January 10, 2010 6:14 pm

    is it time for the eagles to shed mcnabb??? just asking.

  97. whitey January 10, 2010 6:17 pm

    all the confusion with carroll, usc, hawks, etc is really a bonus for all the other schools. school starts tomorrow at usc and one of their recruits was to start there tomorrow, but now went back home to weigh his options. besides musical chairs for the coaches, there will be musical chairs for the recruits.

  98. PowderPuff January 10, 2010 6:17 pm

    Howzit, Whitey! The Cowboys play at Minnesota. That’s the only game (that matters). HAHA! Nah! πŸ™‚

  99. whitey January 10, 2010 6:18 pm

    sheesh, posting and watching all the vultures flying over to pounce on 100.

  100. whitey January 10, 2010 6:20 pm

    PP, thanks, should be a very good game with two very, very good qbs.

  101. whitey January 10, 2010 6:21 pm

    hey, hey, hey, hey, like my friend fat alfred says, you made it!!!!

  102. PowderPuff January 10, 2010 6:22 pm

    Darius, welcome to the Warrior Nation. Woooo, big (and fast) boy…right on!

    Okay Whitey…for the NFC: Arizona and New Orleans; Dallas at Minnesota. For the AFC: Baltimore at Indianapolis; SSSSSSSSTsai’s J-E-T-S at San Diego.

  103. wafan January 10, 2010 6:24 pm

    2nd Century!

    Whoo-hoo, welcome to the Warriors, Darius!!!

  104. SUP January 10, 2010 6:25 pm

    Welcome Wideout Darius Bright of City College of San Franciso.

    At 6 feet 5, 225 pounds and capable of running 40 yards in about 4.5 seconds…..hopefully it equates to many Warrior TDs and Wins !!!

  105. wafan January 10, 2010 6:25 pm

    13 more wake ups until the end of the semester — it is going to start getting crazy with panicked kids. HA! Too late for most of them. Sadly, they did not figure it out in time.

  106. wafan January 10, 2010 6:26 pm


  107. wafan January 10, 2010 6:27 pm

    See you on the morrow when 12 wake ups shall be the count.

  108. chawan_cut January 10, 2010 6:39 pm

    the glory days will come back to men’s vball.
    just need to get some of the older retiree reserved seaters to get up and make some noise. (thats just a general comment, i know there’s a lot of loud ones out there but the majority are pretending to watch golf and be quiet). i saw one lady with a laptop at the game yesterday. um. why? leave your books and your knitting needles at home!
    i miss the general seating. crazy kids screaming. signs galore. lines to get in that wrap around the arena…. sleeping over night for tickets. it’ll happen again.

  109. Dudley Do-Right January 10, 2010 6:45 pm

    Auctioning stuff for the UH Athletics?

    Maybe Chancellor Hinshaw might throw her (old) hat in the ring – I’ll bid.

  110. whitey January 10, 2010 6:46 pm

    just when you think this evening will be a cruise, ssssssstephen drops a bomb. sheesh, this guy is big and fast, but can he catch the ball???

  111. whitey January 10, 2010 6:49 pm

    holy charley tuna, this guy gets sum stars by his name. maybe tsssssai pulling an early april 1 joke on us.

  112. al January 10, 2010 6:57 pm

    wow, that’s a big dude.

    okay, so let’s see some locals signing up now.

  113. βρΡω808 January 10, 2010 7:08 pm

    πŸ˜€ Brighter days ahead! Thank you Rolo! πŸ˜€

  114. RedZone January 10, 2010 7:26 pm

    Alright we got Bright.

  115. whitey January 10, 2010 7:27 pm

    an i think anodda plus is he has 4 yrs to play 3.

  116. whitey January 10, 2010 7:28 pm

    chalk one up for rolo!!!!

  117. whitey January 10, 2010 7:30 pm

    da best part is that he can enroll for spring which means we don’t have to worry about academia as he has done his homework. YEEEEAAH!

  118. Jack Flash January 10, 2010 8:04 pm

    6’5″ wideout? Wow! Maybe we’ll be able to run that fade pass to the corner of the endzone over smaller defenders now (like how we got burnt at UNLV.)

  119. Slugger January 10, 2010 8:08 pm

    Welcome to Darius Bright! We need someone who is 6’5″. Looking forward to seeing him at practice.

  120. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 10, 2010 8:14 pm

    If mens volleyball draws crowds and brings in money what is sad about that?

    There is nothing sad about wanting to watch something exciting regardless of the sport.

  121. Garret January 10, 2010 8:55 pm

    Welcome to the Warriors Darius Bright!

    I like the reported size and speed figures for Darius. While I would prefer for UH to focus more on high schools than JCs, if Darius has a redshirt year available then he could fit a need for the 2 years after the coming season since so many WRs will be gone after this season.

  122. jm2375 January 10, 2010 8:57 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!

    Welcome to the Warrior Ohana Darius Bright!

    Kazz – #120 – agree 808%.

    Also agree that bb is boring and frustrating at the same time.

    Off-topic – Simpsons 20th anniv show on now. Can you believe they’ve been around for that long?

  123. Garret January 10, 2010 8:57 pm


    The revenue streams for basketball have a MUCH higher ceiling than volleyball, and so the success of the basketball team is much more critical for the Athletic Department. Basketball also normally gets much higher TV ratings (even in Hawaii), which I would guess means that it gets much higher readership.

  124. Garret January 10, 2010 9:00 pm

    Best wishes to Melila Purcell. Injuries can really make it hard for a player to establish himself in the NFL. The NFL generally won’t wait for a player to get healthy enough to show what they can do (see: RGM) unless they are a high draft pick, but some players are able to come back from serious injury to have long and productive careers.

  125. protector January 10, 2010 9:00 pm

    al on # 77,

    Excellent & valid reasoning that I hadn’t thought of. Hopefully we can be the beneficiaries of developments, but as Bulla says, we’ll have to wait & see.


    I’m gratified to hear that things are going well with your son in terms of being at UH. You know, your son coming to UH has been one of the brightest & most exciting developments for me during this off-season. It’s a harbinger of positive things to come in the program.

    Pomai on # 87,

    I think that regardless of the sport, fans will embrace an exciting and succesful product. The Men’s VB team seems to meet the bill. If the Men’s Basketball team becomes more consistent & can become more compettitve in the WAC, the fans will return. If you build it..they will come.

    Aloha & Mahalo to Darius Bright, the newest Warrior for coming to UH!
    Sounds athletically gifted. Hope he can grasp the system quickly to push the returnees.

  126. Garret January 10, 2010 9:03 pm

    Could it be possible that Bright was recruited as a TE? Maybe UH plans to use a TE next season and this could be an indication of that?

  127. UHfan808 January 10, 2010 9:08 pm

    Good evening Tsaikos and Tsaikettes, Lurkers and Lurkettes!

    Thank you for coming to join our team, Darius Bright! Hope you are able to manage the migraine headaches. Lots of ppl get them and you are not alone. Take your medication at the onset so the rest of your day isn’t shot. Ouch!

  128. al January 10, 2010 9:09 pm

    whitey….are you seeing stars? i only saw one.

    garret….darius bright has three years of eligibility.

  129. UHfan808 January 10, 2010 9:13 pm

    Wow, Avatar in 3D is awesome. Gotta see that again. Sowee I missed last night’s vb game. Glad we beat USC and won!

    #254 yesterday
    UHathletics.etc aka UH Fan —

    Like ST says, no worry beef curry! Appreciate the change; thanks for being a good sport.

    Question remains and the inquiring minds still wanna know, are you a guy or a gurl???

  130. al January 10, 2010 9:15 pm

    okay so which uhfan808 is this?
    the good looking one or the boring one?

  131. Kekoa January 10, 2010 9:16 pm

    Hmmm…pretty tall blockers prowling the VB net these days. I bet they could smother an extra point or field goal attempt without even trying hard!

  132. UHfan808 January 10, 2010 9:22 pm

    al –
    heeheehee. addahknow, but at least the one without the space and capital F.

    Hey when’s your next cc? Can have one evening one? Duffer was also looking forward to sumkinda Tsaiko get-together.

  133. Garret January 10, 2010 9:24 pm

    Mike Riley signed an extension with Oregon State. I’m guessing that the USC speculation got him a nice raise in his pay from OSU.

    β€œDue to the fact there is a lot of speculation on my future, I want to make it known that I’m very excited to be coaching at Oregon State University and I anticipate doing so for a long time,” Mike Riley said from the American Football Coaches Association convention in Orlando, Fla.

  134. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2010 9:25 pm

    Darius Bright : Welcome aboard.

    Thank you for wanting to become a Warrior.


  135. Garret January 10, 2010 9:25 pm

    Note about Jake Ingram.

    Jake Ingram had no issues at long snapper.

    That’s five contributing members from the draft class of 2009 in a playoff game

  136. d1ε³Ά January 10, 2010 9:28 pm

    Welcome to the Warrior Ohana Darius Bright!

  137. d1ε³Ά January 10, 2010 9:32 pm

    Carroll tenders resignation to USC. Starts forming his staff in Seattle.

    The Chicago Bears have been informed that Jeremy Bates, who was scheduled to interview for their offensive coordinator’s job, has decided to accept the same job with Carroll and the Seahawks, two sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen on Sunday evening.

    A source close to USC linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. confirmed to ESPN’s Shelley Smith that Carroll will be taking Norton to Seattle to fill the same role with the Seahawks.

  138. UHfan808 January 10, 2010 9:33 pm

    Have a wonderful week everyone!

    Always looking forward to reading ST’s good news!

    Seniors, good luck in your future endeavors. I was there after the game to witness your Senior walk and thank you for your efforts. Keep working hard for what you want, may take a looooong while but the ‘suffering’ will pay off eventually.

    Hey Rocky, you go guy! I am still very proud of you. πŸ™‚

    Good night, all!

  139. UHfan808 January 10, 2010 9:33 pm

    Hey d1, darnit! lol

  140. Garret January 10, 2010 9:47 pm


    I went offline before you asked your question yesterday about California universities and how they are doing in this period of cutbacks. Their budgets have been significantly cut, but they were not so underfunded like UH before that. Also, they decided to raise fees (UC schools announced a 32% fee increase late last year) that covers a lot of their shortfall. So, their quality of education hasn’t been hurt too much by the cutbacks in state funding, though students are getting squeezed by the fee increase. The good thing is that the scholarship students aren’t affected (scholarships cover fees) and the lower income students may not be affected (financial aid was increased significantly at the same time of the fee increase). The rich won’t care. So, the people really hurt by the change is the middle class…and they are sadly getting hit from all sides already in this economy.

    The K-12 public schools had similar budget cuts in Hawaii and California. Hawaii was already underfunding the public schools so they had to resort to furloughs…I still cannot believe that Hawaii’s kids will lose about 10% of the school year. California didn’t need the furloughs, but ended up having to increase class sizes and cut back on the extra instructors. Faith still has different teachers for PE, science (with a great lab), computers (another great lab), art, and music (I enjoyed watching the 1st graders play instruments in their Christmas show) that she sees every week. She sees 1-2 of those other teachers every day, so her regular teacher has a lot of prep time during the school day. She had 9 kids in her class last year and has 19 now, but I figure 19 is not bad. The cutbacks were going to eliminate the PE and art or music teacher positions, but the parents fundraised to preserve those positions.

  141. al January 10, 2010 9:48 pm

    okay goodnight unfan808, the good looking one and modest one.

  142. Garret January 10, 2010 9:54 pm


    Are you sure that Bright can play 3 more seasons? He was apparently mentioned in the season previews for the 2008 and 2009 teams at CCSF and he has stats for both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Maybe I’m reading things wrong, but that seems to indicate he has 2 years left to play, which is why I posted about my hope that he might have a redshirt year available to learn the system.

  143. UHfan808 January 10, 2010 9:54 pm

    oh al, but I’m still a fan. πŸ™ hehe

  144. Slugger January 10, 2010 9:59 pm

    G’night, UHFan808!

  145. al January 10, 2010 9:59 pm

    darius bright was one of those under the radar guys who came from north carolina to the city college of san franscisco. he was an accomplished basketball player in north carolina as well, so that tells me that he has good hands.

  146. al January 10, 2010 10:15 pm

    garret….could be. information is rather vague at this point.

  147. duffer January 10, 2010 10:16 pm


    Watch Cassy Isagawa and Parker Mc Lachlin Monday morning at 8:00 am on the KFVE Channel 5.

  148. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 10, 2010 10:20 pm

    Oh nice news about Bright.

    It’s gonna be nice to have a receiver who becomes a defenders nightmare with the height advantage.

    I was hoping UH could get something like this for a while now. πŸ™‚

  149. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2010 10:27 pm

    If this happens. it will affect affect the WAC …

    picked this up from nfl.com

    …” Carroll could end up bringing several USC assistants with him to Seattle.

    New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker, a former defensive coordinator and secondary coach with the Washington Redskins, also is a candidate to join the Seahawks’ staff under Carroll. “

  150. duffer January 10, 2010 10:28 pm

    MVB on Maui Feb. 27th. Mark your calendars.

  151. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2010 10:31 pm

    re # 148.

    I was hoping that they would convert Earvin Sione 6’5″, to

    wide receiver / H-back / tight end.

    He played basketball in high school, so he must know how catch a ball.

  152. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 10, 2010 10:38 pm


    Was there some talk that we might be utilizing a TE in next years offense?

    I read/heard somewhere that June Jones utilized a TE a few times this season. Might be something worth looking into at the very least.

  153. PowderPuff January 10, 2010 10:39 pm

    Hi, duffer. For all those already at work at 8 a.m., I believe you may be able to catch Cassy and Parker via live streaming at http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com.

  154. duffer January 10, 2010 10:42 pm

    Hey PP thanks. See you on Maui on the 27th!

  155. protector January 10, 2010 10:52 pm

    ai-eee-soos on # 151,

    That’s an intriguing proposition. I think they still want him as an edge rusher, though, if he can gain a lot more weight without slowing him down. Having two 6′ 5″ wide-outs on the field at the same time (with speed) could make things very interesting, though.

  156. protector January 10, 2010 10:58 pm

    re: USC,

    Since Sarkisian & Riley took themselves out of the mix, does that mean that a couple of pro coaches become more viable now?

  157. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2010 11:27 pm

    re # 152 , #155.

    Yeah , I wish they would use a tight end, or at least an H-back.

    They could help out on pass blocking, then drift beyond the line of

    scrimmage for a short pass. Guarans 3 – 4 yards gain.

    They could also help out on run blocking “on the perimeter”.

    I sure hope they’re incorporated into our RnS offense.

  158. ai-eee-soos January 10, 2010 11:39 pm

    re #156

    National sports sites threw out the names of Jeff Fisher and

    Jack Del Rio, who are usc alums. However, slugger said Fisher is not

    interested. Del Rio, imo, has been on the “warm seat” recently.

    Herm Edwards name was also mentioned.

    There are other big name pro coaches out there, but I don’t think

    they would be interested – who wants to put up with college recruiting ?

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