D-tackle commits

Defensive tackle Sione Lavaka of Laney College has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.

He credited the current UH coaching staff with his decision. Lavaka told the Warrior Beat he will sign a letter of intent Dec. 21, the first day mid-year transfers may put their commitments in writing.

He said he is 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds.

* * * * *

Where’s Inoke Funaki?

If it’s in the evening, he’s attending classes toward his master’s degree in public administration.

If it’s the graveyard shift, he is a security guard for a Waikiki hotel. (His boss is the one and only Bulla.)

Today, Funaki is on a recruiting assignment on Maui.

After Greg McMackin’s departure as head coach last week, UH requested — and received — permission for Funaki to serve as a recruiter. Funaki is completing his second year as a graduate assistant. Funaki passed the recruiting test last week Thursday, and began recruiting the following day. He likened his new role to the church mission he served in the Dominican Republic, noting both are about developing relationships. The difference, as a recruiter, is Funaki knows who’s behind the front door.

The Warriors are in a hurry-up mode. Sunday is the last day before the two-week dead period, during which coaches are not permitted to make in-person contact with recruits.

* * * * *

Yesterday, it was learned that Dirk Koetter, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, was a candidate for the UH job. Now add Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Fifita Sitake to the list. By the way, he currently is in town.


  1. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 8:56 am


  2. papajoe2 December 13, 2011 8:56 am


  3. Pomai December 13, 2011 8:56 am

    1st two in a row

  4. Pomai December 13, 2011 8:56 am

    Oh well 3rd

  5. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 9:01 am

    Good to hear that Funaki got his wings as a recruiter. I wish him well.

  6. al December 13, 2011 9:06 am

    on paper, koetter should be a leading candidate. sitake has the right stuff.

  7. LOL™ December 13, 2011 9:07 am

    Reposting my thoughts on Koetter from the prev post.

    Dirk Koetter actually listened to some calls/emails and applied? Want! He’s one of those potential candidates who can bring back the excitement, interest, and former season ticket holders like myself back into the fold. And I’d definitely open up the wallet for this guy as far fundraising goes. Someone can recommend he

    Young at 52, actual D-1A head coaching experience. Ex-quarterback. An offensive minded guy (vertical passing game.) Had stints as the offensive coordinator at places like Missouri, Boston College, and Oregon (under Mike Bellotti) before taking on the head coach job at Boise in 1998. Got Boise football on the map when they moved up to FBS. Went 20-5 his last two seasons there. Had to deal with dysfunction at ASU but still managed to compile a 40-34 record and managed to bring the Sun Devils back to relevance in his 2nd season. The first 5 years, he also wore the offensive coordinator cap. His final game was in the 2006 Hawaii Bowl where UH sent him out a loser. After the game, I remember Koetter saying this was one of the loudest crowds he’s ever played in front of. Around 45,000 attended that game whereas only 31,000 were in Aloha Stadium when his Boise team played UH in 1999.

  8. Pride. December 13, 2011 9:07 am

    Auwe. Kalani Sitake in town recruiting for Utah, and interviewing for the Hawaii head job. Lol.

  9. koakane December 13, 2011 9:08 am


    waiting to see the front runners


  10. al December 13, 2011 9:08 am

    well, pride., is he in town recruiting or was he asked to come in for a chat?

  11. al December 13, 2011 9:09 am

    lol…okay we got your read.

  12. al December 13, 2011 9:10 am

    inoke funaki…what a special kind of guy he is.

  13. bigislandkurt December 13, 2011 9:10 am

    Sitake…..interesting candidate. If selected, would be the first Tongan head coach in D-1.


  14. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 9:12 am


    RE: Dirk Koetter

  15. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:12 am

    I always think it’s better if there was one applicant per school. Two Utah guys? Two Oregon State guys? At least two UH guys? Now the committee has to decide which is the better (best?) one from each school. Just complicates things.

  16. bigislandkurt December 13, 2011 9:15 am

    …..’aint nutt’n wrong with a complicated search. 🙂


  17. al December 13, 2011 9:15 am

    i hope that uh/na koa are posed to announce the selling of football season tickets the same day as when the new coach is announced as this is supposed to be an euphoric declaration for the much maligned program.

    why not catch the wave while it is swelling?

  18. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:15 am

    There’s supposed to be a second NFL guy.

    I know Skipper pulled out, but I don’t think that was the guy.

    Ulbrich is not a candidate.

  19. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:17 am

    By the way, there’s one other deadline:

    Because of furloughs, UH’s campus will be closed for two weeks, starting Saturday. OK, maybe starting Sunday. There’s a graduation this weekend. In any event, there won’t be any events starting Monday.

  20. Couch potato December 13, 2011 9:17 am

    me, i go for the shoe that fits best, at a reasonable cost.

  21. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:18 am

    The worst thing about the furloughs is the labeling: Only “essential” employees must work during the two-week break.


    That has to hurt some feelings.

  22. A-House December 13, 2011 9:20 am

    with A Klemn moving to UCLA will his Cali 4 star commits decommit from SMU and commit to UCLA?

  23. jm2375 December 13, 2011 9:21 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    So when does Inoke sleep?

    Hope everyone is staying dry.

    Hope others are having a better start to the day than I’m having. Princess Grumpy (aka Screecher) musta got up on the wrong side of the bed. grrrrr…

  24. A-House December 13, 2011 9:22 am

    HPU is located in our building.

    Entered the evelator yesterday with this huge Japanese looking male – looks to be around 6′ 5″ and 290# with very little around the tummy! definite OL/DL candidate for sure.

  25. LOL™ December 13, 2011 9:22 am

    #14 – like I said.. ASU had some dysfunction during his time there and not all of them were Koetter’s fault. Those issues were brewing before he got to ASU. That place has issues with boosters and as shown by the June Jones debacle, still exists. I think the proper term for this is a lack of institutional control at the administration level. Firing the coaches was easier….

  26. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:22 am


    The Koolau range must be a big dam.

    It’s relatively dry on the Honolulu side. But on our side, raining cats and dogs. (And, yes, I try not to step on a poodle.)

  27. Garret December 13, 2011 9:24 am

    I wish Inoke well–it is great that he’s getting recruiting experience and helping out the Warrior program in the transition. I would be very happy for Inoke to get a chance on a staff somewhere, possibly even UH, after his GA position ends.

    Inoke was fun to watch on the field and the ultimate in class and leadership off the field. He never complained about playing time and I’m sure that he learned a lot from the different positions he practiced at for UH.

  28. SteveM December 13, 2011 9:24 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Glad Inoke Funaki can recruit.

    Go Funaki!

  29. A-House December 13, 2011 9:24 am


    how about that down pour around 2:15 this am? – dang, most rain in many, many years – reminded me of the 1997/1988 rain/flood on New Years eve.

  30. tommui December 13, 2011 9:25 am


    Top whatever.

    PRIDE #8 – why “auwe”? Inquiring minds want to know.

    The search for a HC – sort of like “what’s behind door no. 1, door no. 2…”

    Or better yet, getting a HC is like a box of chocolates…

  31. Garret December 13, 2011 9:25 am

    I guess we shouldn’t expect much for UH in terms of revenue from the Big West. Even when including the NCAA basketball tournament money the Big West gets, each school gets a tiny amount of revenue.

    In the Mountain West, SDSU received about $1.5 million annually in TV money. In the Big East, SDSU officials said they were told it will be at least $6.4 million.

    That is the primary reason SDSU is making these moves. It’s also why the details didn’t matter so much in the Big West, where last year’s revenue-sharing was only about $30,000 per member. The league has TV deals with ESPN and Fox Sports, but neither pays much at all, Farrell said.


  32. Couch potato December 13, 2011 9:26 am

    i thought furloughs were pau and upw just got their new contract regarding days off to accommodate around a 5% ruction in pay. uh get different contract and circumstances?

  33. HawaiiMongoose December 13, 2011 9:27 am

    Koetter is an interesting candidate. Prior to his NFL experience, he led Boise State to two Big West championships and two bowl wins in 1999 and 2000, before moving on to Arizona State for five years where he compiled a 40-34 record. He installed a pretty effective vertical passing offense at ASU, so he would know what to do with the QBs and receivers UH has recruited.

  34. Couch potato December 13, 2011 9:29 am

    ruction? lol, reduction!

  35. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:31 am

    When UH was going to hire a basketball coach, the committee tried to set up in-person interviews with the finalists. One finalist was literally on the road, when he pulled his car over, and called to say he probably wouldn’t be able to make the in-person interview. So he did the interview by telephone.

    UH is willing to give each finalist the best chance to present his case and answer questions. But in some situations, the schedules aren’t compatible.

    There are some candidates preparing for bowl games, and at least two in NFL seasons. It will be interesting to see if logistics become a factor.

  36. Couch potato December 13, 2011 9:31 am

    max salary offered is going to be a deal breaker.

  37. Kai Kane December 13, 2011 9:31 am

    Good for Inoke…kinda funny Biesemeyer wasn’t asked/isn’t wanted to do the same

  38. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 9:32 am


    read the link I posted at #14…

    then follow up with this one….


    I’m very doubtful that Koetter fits in here at Hawaii.

  39. Garret December 13, 2011 9:35 am

    UH will play 18 conference men’s basketball games in the Big West next season.

    When SDSU joins, SDSU will play 14 men’s basketball games in the Big West and 4 nonconference games against Big East teams (like their home-and-home with UCONN). That adds up to the same number of games, but it is awkward for the Big West to say that playing some conference members is “optional” for SDSU.

    I agree with HawaiiMongoose’s post yesterday where he said that the Big West is setting a bad precedent with how they gave SDSU whatever they asked for. SDSU has the benefit of conference membership during the middle of the conference season while being able to play more nonconference games than conference games.

    The good news is that I’ve read a couple of other articles now that seem to indicate that UH and the rest of the Big West will get the same option. So, UH will have the option to treat 4 Big West conference games as “optional”. UH will also have the option to play some of the “optional” games against Big West schools and have it not count towards the conference standings. UH will probably not choose to play against some of the less-attractive Big West schools–they won’t be a big draw for Hawaii fans and UH will avoid paying them a travel subsidy.

    Going to less conference games like SDSU wants would be bad for some Big West schools who have natural rivals in conference and a difficult time with getting nonconference games due to their bad RPI. So, those schools can play the other schools on the bottom of the Big West and some of those games won’t count towards the conference standings.

    If what I think is true is correct, SDSU asking for a sweet deal from the Big West will also help UH. UH probably won’t mind paying a travel subsidy for good teams like Long Beach or SDSU, but probably won’t like the subsidy for teams at the bottom of the Big West (I don’t want to name those schools). UH can then schedule more nonconference games, getting schools that will draw fans to the SSC without the Big West travel subsidy UH has to pay.

  40. masatoshi-san December 13, 2011 9:35 am

    Mana Silva was signed by the Dallas Cowboys today.:)

  41. Old Diver December 13, 2011 9:36 am

    Inoke Funaki = Great Character. Hawaii is proud of you.

  42. Garret December 13, 2011 9:37 am

    Could UH hold interviews in other cities? I thought I read how Fresno State was holding interviews in Dallas–easier for candidates to get to the interviews. Having UH have interviews in LA or Vegas, or even Dallas could make sense if in-person interviews are desired.

  43. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:39 am

    One consideration is that there are schools with better resources than Hawaii’s, so a person recruiting for a BCS school might not have the same level of success as recruiting for UH. Whoever gets the job will inheret relatively the same roster. Unlike BC, I think there’s a lot of talent on the roster. Then again, what do I know? My only credential is I attended every practice the past 11 years.

  44. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:40 am


    In the past, UH committees have traveled to the mainland to conduct interviews. It is not determined if this committee will do the same.

  45. HawaiiMongoose December 13, 2011 9:41 am

    Re #38, thanks MIH, I hadn’t seen that post. Definitely cause for concern.

  46. HawaiiMongoose December 13, 2011 9:43 am

    Re #39, Garret, thank you for that information. Very interesting and I agree that if the option is available to other Big West members including UH, it would be beneficial for the conference rather than a negative.

  47. kakaako kid December 13, 2011 9:43 am

    Banker is money. I would prefer a defensive minded coach to utilize our local recruiting base. Oregon State has become the kid brother (or sister) to UO and Banker has faced many similar obstacles he will encounter at UH. Rumor mill has it that the majority of the assistants will be gone with the new regime, even with Miano. If Banker can secure Cavanaugh in a package deal, this would be money in the Banker. Aloha.

  48. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 9:43 am

    Dirk Koetter?…Wow

    Though I am suspicious as to why he would want to come here. Maybe he is afraid he won’t be retained at Jacksonville.

    3/3 winning seasons at Boise with 2 Humanitarian Bowl wins.

    4/7 winning seasons that lead to bowl games at Arizona State (We beat him in 2006 😉 ). 2/4 bowl wins.

    I am surprised he applied given what we are willing to pay.

  49. al December 13, 2011 9:45 am

    st…i agree with your assessment on next year’s roster. we have some talent for sure.

    funny how curran keeps referring to stuff as if he attends practices, when, in fact he is in the studio with his broadcast.

  50. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 9:45 am

    Biesmeyer is a bright guy and a very good coach. But if you had to choose between only the two, it’s always best to go with the former UH player.

  51. tommui December 13, 2011 9:47 am

    #47 – ST in his news story in SA this morning mentioned that he believes Cavanaugh was also an applicant for the HC position.

  52. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 9:51 am

    Here’s another Koetter related link…


    Do we want these type of players?

  53. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 9:57 am


    If he was a 4*-5* player, we don’t have to worry about it…juuust kidding.

  54. Pride. December 13, 2011 9:57 am

    Any Linfield graduates know Jay Locey. Should he be asked or appoached to submit an application?

  55. LizKauai (Old School) December 13, 2011 9:58 am

    Yea for Mana Silva!

    Argh… now I gotta watch the Cowgrls…


  56. LizKauai (Old School) December 13, 2011 9:59 am


    We are COUNTING ON YOU!!!


  57. SteveM December 13, 2011 10:00 am

    Repost from yesterday…

    John’s (las vegas/rasu begasu) Return Home Postponed

    Due to procedural delays regarding John’s ashes and the subsequent difficulties in arranging flights for all concerned, Kumi is postponing the return to Honolulu until after the holidays. They anticipated return this weekend, but now estimate mid-January 2012.

    A closed gathering of family and friends was held at Sato-ya in Las Vegas last Sunday night.

    An open Celebration of Life gathering in Honolulu is in the planning stages.

  58. Stretch December 13, 2011 10:03 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    LizKauai (Old School):

    December 13th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Yea for Mana Silva!

    Argh… now I gotta watch the Cowgrls…

    thanks for the offer, but the Cowboys don’t need that kind of support. You can stick with the Redskins, or was it the Lions, or the Packers….

  59. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 10:03 am

    I wonder if the CSU hire and what Fresno is prepared to do has lit an even bigger fire under the committee and UHAD.

    Fortune favors the bold.

  60. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 10:05 am


    Did you read that article regarding Koetter from the #14 post?

  61. LOL™ December 13, 2011 10:10 am

    RE Koetter, the selection committee will do their due diligence in vetting out each candidate including Koetter. This baggage isn’t any secret. He is going to have to answer to the issues of the thug athletes during his time at ASU.

    However, after reading elsewhere and here how more UH fans are already turned off by him after finding these not so well hidden articles without getting the full story, someone might as well give Jim Donovan a call right now and tell him to inform Koetter that he should just withdraw his name from the list.

    What’s funny is how some of these same people really wanted Leach to come here. They would have been turned off by him once they found some videos of him going off on an explicit f-worded laced tirade in the locker room after the teams lackluster performance.

  62. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 10:11 am


    yeah. hopefully the committee knows about his past transgressions and grills him on it.

  63. WarriorNY December 13, 2011 10:13 am


    Great subtle slight on BC. I was listening this morning when he claimed Fresno State had MUCH better talent than UH and it wasn’t even close. BC cannot evaluate talent. We still only lost by 3. I don’t know where he gets this huge disparity…

  64. Garret December 13, 2011 10:14 am


    In the past, UH committees have traveled to the mainland to conduct interviews. It is not determined if this committee will do the same.


    I’ve read about UH conducting interviews on the mainland in the past, but I’m curious if that will happen for this coaching search. Depending on who the final 5 or so candidates are, it might be hard for a few of them (NFL, bowl game prep) to travel to Hawaii over the Holidays.

  65. Garret December 13, 2011 10:15 am

    Is UH paying an entry fee to the Big West? I’m guessing if SDSU is then UH is. At least UH should get a piece of SDSU’s entry fee since they are joining a year after UH.

    Farrell said the entry fee to join the Big West will be around $150,000.


  66. Garret December 13, 2011 10:17 am

    Re #39, Garret, thank you for that information. Very interesting and I agree that if the option is available to other Big West members including UH, it would be beneficial for the conference rather than a negative.


    The Big West is actually making those basketball games optional as a part of the Big West’s overall scheduling plan.

    Farrell said his office is working on models for unbalanced schedules of 14 where you’d play four teams twice (home and away) and the six others once (three at home, three away). The six you don’t play at home or away would become “optional” games that could be held if both schools agree but wouldn’t count in the conference standings.

    The Big West uses a similar system in baseball, where teams play a single round-robin. If, say, Long Beach State has a series at rival Cal State Fullerton on the conference schedule, it can (and often does) agree to another series at Long Beach State outside that.


  67. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 10:18 am

    first “national” mention of Koetter applying to UH.


  68. Graham December 13, 2011 10:21 am

    People that are saying that Banker would be good because he is defensive mined forget Mac was defensive guru

  69. Garret December 13, 2011 10:21 am

    SDSU, SJSU, Fresno State, and all of the schools in the Cal State system apparently have a much tougher time with Title IX than elsewhere around the country. UH and almost everybody else follows the basic Title IX rule where scholarships have to be equal among men and women, but SDSU and the other Cal State schools follow the *tougher* Title IX rule that requires scholarships to reflect the student body population.

    Since about 60% of students in the Cal State system are female, their Athletic Departments give out a lot more scholarships to women’s sports (all of which lose money) than men’s sports (only football/basketball have a chance to make money). In one of the articles on SDSU they mentioned that this tougher Title IX rule results in SDSU having 12 women’s sports and 6 men’s sports, so the Big West membership reducing travel costs for nonrevenue sports is HUGE for SDSU.

  70. jm2375 December 13, 2011 10:26 am

    Stretch – Liz said *watch*, not support.

  71. Don Weir December 13, 2011 10:27 am


    Please let the Rasu Begasu family know we have several 6 man canoes on Kailua Beach that we may use for the spreading of a great Warrior Fan’s Ashes.

  72. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 10:27 am

    Is Jack Del Rio gonna apply for the job too? Hehe

  73. Don Weir December 13, 2011 10:28 am

    Tom Mui, Al, Garrett, ST, & Robert K,

    I received a box yesterday from PolyMom that has smaller boxes for each of you.

    How do I conect to pass along??

  74. Allen Meeks December 13, 2011 10:28 am

    Neato web site looking foreword to read the next update

  75. tommui December 13, 2011 10:32 am

    #73 Don:

    Drop me an e-mail or maybe we can convince AL for a mini-cattle call in town.

  76. Don Weir December 13, 2011 10:34 am


    Received the official Can Do from Lunalilo Home CEO and Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center CEO to light up each facility for those unable to go or afford competitive events. My next contact will be Leahi Hospital.

    Please send Hale Anuenue CEO contact to me.

    I am working on the carrier at this time.

  77. cocobean December 13, 2011 10:34 am

    RE: Salary.

    Like the cost of joining the MWC, the cost of getting the the”right ” coach is secondary. If the “right ” guy is asking 1Mil plus, can we afford not to pay it?

    From the names released, I don’t see anyone worth that much. But if the committee is in contact with someone with the WOW factor that we don’t know about it may be worth breaking the piggy bank for.

    Besides, the committee is made up of some saavy business minds. If they recommend hiring someone out of our price range I’m sure they’ll step up and make up the difference through their own companies and contacts.

  78. Graham December 13, 2011 10:35 am

    I think Kalani Fifita Sitake would be a good choice

  79. RedZone December 13, 2011 10:35 am

    Wouldn’t big name coach want to bring assistants that we may not be able to afford?

  80. RedZone December 13, 2011 10:36 am

    I like Sitake too. I like a head coach who has coached on both sides of the los.

  81. Stretch December 13, 2011 10:37 am


    December 13th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Stretch – Liz said *watch*, not support.

    Thank god!

  82. RedZone December 13, 2011 10:40 am

    I like how Niumatalolo went to coach tightends for John Robinson at UNLV. That is really being out of his comfort zone but I think it made him a better coach overall.

  83. Shoko December 13, 2011 10:41 am

    Multipple sources have said that Fresno State will be annoucing their new head coach and it sounds like its Tim DeRuyter.


  84. Relax December 13, 2011 10:44 am


    take it easy, my friendly acronym. You just happen to publicly line your ducks up behind a shady character who, for all intents and purposes, will not make the final cut. You simply forgot everyone here has easy access to Google. That’s all. Those who supplied links to Koetters’ documented past meant no disrespect to you. They simply stating the facts.

    No shame. You were honest, forthright and very eloquent with your suggestion. It’s not your fault Koetter’s has a shady past.

    Don’t let the bunched up panties invoke snide remarks towards others suggestions either. Makes you look like a sore loser. (which you’re not)

  85. HawaiiMongoose December 13, 2011 10:44 am

    Garret, one interesting thing about that 14-game scheduling option being considered by the Big West is that it’s designed for an 11-team league (since it assumes 10 conference opponents). And that in turn suggests there’s no immediate plan to add a 12th member to the Big West.

    Personally I thought the conference would revisit accommodating UCSD as a move-up from Division II to be SDSU’s travel partner and the Big West’s 12th member, but maybe that’s not in the cards for awhile. Certainly it would be financially burdensome for UCSD, perhaps moreso than the school is ready to handle. Also I suppose that with more conference realignment potentially on the horizon, there’s a chance that Fresno State or San Jose State could become a candidate to join the Big West in the future, so it makes sense to hold a seat open at the table.

  86. SteveM December 13, 2011 10:45 am

    Don Weir:

    December 13th, 2011 at 10:27 am


    Please let the Rasu Begasu family know we have several 6 man canoes on Kailua Beach that we may use for the spreading of a great Warrior Fan’s Ashes.

    Mahalo, Don! Your offer is much appreciated. I will pass this on to the family, although I am guessing his ashes will rest beside his parents in Honolulu.

  87. cheepono December 13, 2011 10:46 am

    #69… the harsher Title IX rules don’t apply to USC and UCLA?

  88. Old Diver December 13, 2011 10:49 am


    USC is private.

  89. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 10:51 am

    Too bad some of LVs ashes can’t be scattered somewhere off the Eastern Coast of Japan. (The Side facing Hawaii)…. then it would eventually reach Hawaiian waters again.. then go on to Cali… Sort of like his journey in life.

  90. Old Diver December 13, 2011 10:51 am

    Was looking up the Jacksonville offense under Koetter. They are dead last in the NFL passing.

  91. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 10:53 am

    Hmm… If Title IX results in weaker competition, in order to save on costs, is it doing your athletes justice or an injustice?

  92. cheepono December 13, 2011 10:54 am

    thx OD

  93. kev-1 December 13, 2011 10:54 am

    #43 ST . . . I agree with you. That is why many of us were so frustrated this year, because we know the talent is there.

  94. kev-1 December 13, 2011 10:57 am

    #61 . . . I am actually looking for a coach to go on an f-word tirade in the locker room. As long as the tirade is relevant.

  95. AlaWai December 13, 2011 11:02 am

    Wikipedia page on Koetter. Just the facts m’am.


  96. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 11:03 am

    I have no problem with verbal tirades in the confines of the locker room and off the record for the media. But I value the character of the athletes we recruit and want those that will conduct themselves as model athletes and students in good standing while they are here.

  97. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 11:08 am

    I think I read recently that Boise State has a higher APR for their football team than we do in Hawaii. Although ours wasn’t shabby at all under Mack.

  98. Pride. December 13, 2011 11:12 am


    December 13th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I think Kalani Fifita Sitake would be a good choice

    What’s interesting is when looking at strictly numbers. Kalani might actually lead in that category. Chow’s offense struggled this year, Koetter’s offense struggled, Banker’s defense underperformed, Norwood’s defense was horrendous.

    Sitake’s statistics in scoring defense ranked:

    18th in 2011

    29th in 2010

    24th in 2009

    Of course, I’m not sure if part of the credit for that success could be attributed to the head coach Whittingham’s expertise and experience.

  99. Pride. December 13, 2011 11:16 am

    #98 – E kala mai. Should be.

    Sitake’s statistics in scoring defense ranked:

    18th in 2011

    24th in 2010

    23rd in 2009

  100. Pride. December 13, 2011 11:20 am

    #99 – Imagine if you combine Rolo’s offense with Sitake’s defense.

    Rolo’s Offensive Scoring Rank Nationally:

    37th in 2011

    10th in 2010

  101. anklebiters December 13, 2011 11:22 am

    I hope the search committee think really hard about Koetter. While he was at ASU, his philosophy seems to be that you can get away with anything, as long as you are valuable to the team…see what transpired with one of their top tailbacks and his murder of an ex-Sun Devil football player. There were other player issues during his tenure. He was also noted for not having “no guts, no glory” in his play calling. In his last game as HC in the ’06 Hawaii Bowl, he punted on 4th down, in Warrior territory, with the game still in question…what did he have to lose if he went for it?

    His recruiting classes were less that stellar – of the 60+ recruited during his tenure, only 14 have had any significant playing time in ’08, combined, from those three years….23 were still in the program with 10 being starters…16 were seniors, 8 starting.

  102. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 11:23 am

    Hope our kicking game improves too.

  103. Slugger December 13, 2011 11:28 am

    Good to see that UH was able to move quickly to employ Inoke as a recruiter. Valuable man.

  104. Slugger December 13, 2011 11:28 am


    Mana is on the practice team. We don’t have to watch the Cow-girls…

  105. al December 13, 2011 11:29 am

    100…could you imagine what rank rolo’s offense would have been if he were completely unleashed???

  106. al December 13, 2011 11:29 am

    i’d rather watch the cowgirls than the cowboys.

  107. Pride. December 13, 2011 11:31 am

    #105 – Unleashed? What if he had himself a half decent offensive line coach. Too bad Brian Derby is not available.

  108. Da Punchbowl Kid December 13, 2011 11:33 am

    # 100 –

    Food for thought, isn’t it?

  109. al December 13, 2011 11:37 am

    107…true. and now we’ll be able to upgrade our oline mentor.

    oh, but, i hope that rolo would be retained.

  110. papajoe2 December 13, 2011 11:38 am

    Talk about getting bad players that Koetter got. What about Colt, Pisa, Davon, Aaron, etc.? I think each coach has to evaluate each individual player as to whether they can become good student athletes to represent their school. In UH’s case, maybe getting away from the limelight at a major school and living on an island helps.

  111. Really? December 13, 2011 11:39 am

    From Wikipedia:

    Koetter was the head coach for three seasons at Boise State from 1998–2000, before moving to Arizona State in 2001. His record with the Broncos was 26–10 (.722), with two Big West Conference titles and two bowl victories. At Arizona State, Koetter compiled a 40–34 record, and four winning seasons in six years. Under Koetter, the Sun Devils became known for a vertical passing attack. He held a 1–11 record against top 10 teams, and was 2–19 against ranked teams. On November 26, 2006, The Arizona Republic reported that Koetter was being terminated as ASU football coach.[1] His final game was the 2006 Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, a 41–24 loss. According to a November 12, 2011 article in the New York Times, a student at ASU was raped by one of Koetter’s players in 2004. The same player had been expelled from the summer program and was subsequently readmitted within weeks of his “expulsion” thus allowing him to be on campus to rape a female student. The student later sued under Title IX and was awarded a judgement of $850,000 in 2009. The rape occurred under Koetter’s watch and this may have led to his being fired.

  112. Really? December 13, 2011 11:40 am

    Banker has some nice things going for him, but there’s far too many candidates we don’t know about to hitch up the love wagon yet……… TO BE CONTINUED!

  113. papajoe2 December 13, 2011 11:43 am

    Is Mana really on the practice squad? I heard he was signed to the regular squad and may play this Sunday.

  114. d1shima December 13, 2011 11:47 am


    No personal knowledge of Jay Locey. I know that he was the HC who guided them to their last NC in 2004 before leaving for Corvallis. Those who spoke of him do so very reverently.

    He is in the long line of coaches who have led the Wildcats going back to Ad Rutschman and the nation’s longest all-divisions string of 56 consecutive winning seasons.

  115. papajoe2 December 13, 2011 11:51 am

    Mana IS on the Cowboys active roster and is #36. Don’t know if he will play this Sunday. Maybe special teams?

  116. al December 13, 2011 11:51 am

    papajoe2…that is correct. mana silva is on the active roster and will suit up.

  117. Capitolist/WassupDoc December 13, 2011 11:53 am

    Stephen: There are two basketball tournaments starting Sunday, December 18, and two games on December 29 & one on December 31. Are you saying that there will be no one working in The Stan on these days – or the parking garage?

  118. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 11:54 am


    Good point. More will be known when the interviews are scheduled. There are two piles. One for people moving on, the other for people being moved out.

  119. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 11:56 am

    Wassup Doc:

    There will be people working those events.

    I’ve been told there won’t be people working in the offices, tho

  120. Stretch December 13, 2011 12:13 pm


    December 13th, 2011 at 11:28 am


    Mana is on the practice team. We don’t have to watch the Cow-girls…

    please don’t watch

  121. KeleguenBinadu December 13, 2011 12:14 pm

    Koetter, while interesting, seems like Hawaii might be a stepping stone for him. Considering Jacksonville’s dismal performance, maybe he wants to learn from Rolo and take that knowledge with him on to his next stop, haha…kidding. Ferd said on the BC show that reportedly Norm Chow won’t be asking for a huge salary, not that it matters. Norwood(Radford) equals Miano(Kaiser) without NFL experience…that’s how my brother-in-law puts it.

    I’m intrigued by the possibilities of a UH team with Sitake & Rolo. But as some may have already implied, hopefully they keep Rolo and unleash him, I’ll be fine.

    I pose another question. Of the applicants, which of their team’s fans are worried these coaches might leave? We were so worried when rumors were abound that the 2007 was going to be his last season in Hawaii and that he was heading to SMU, some sent JJ emails begging him to stay at UH. Which of the current applicants have that respect from their current team’s fans? Most I’ve read are, ‘fire him’, ‘take him’, ‘he’s old’, ‘good we can hire this guy’. I guess what I am actually asking is, which applicants are applying from a successful situation, and which are trying to rebound?

  122. Stretch December 13, 2011 12:19 pm

    #121 – Reardon was on the BC show this morning, not Ferd. Don’t think I ever heard Ferd on the radio.

  123. Pride. December 13, 2011 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the info D1. I think that Jay Locey will make a good head coach somewhere on the FBS level.

  124. AlaWai December 13, 2011 12:23 pm

    Interesting how peeps were screeming for a big time coach and now want someone who might stay here a long time. What do we really want?

  125. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 12:25 pm


    Probably CCSF JUCO Coach George Rush has the strongest fan base. But can he be as successful in the D1 ranks?

  126. A-House December 13, 2011 12:25 pm


    Your Honor, that is total speculation and should be stricken from the record.


  127. RedZone December 13, 2011 12:26 pm

    that would be my question. is the committee looking for a quick fix or a long time solution?

  128. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 12:27 pm


    We want Coach Mack with at least one more win per season… for half the cost and less rambling…

  129. RedZone December 13, 2011 12:30 pm

    With some of the coaches mentioned I see coaching changes and maybe even some changes involving current players on the team. What if we get a quick fix who changes everything then decides not to stay after a year or two?

  130. KeleguenBinadu December 13, 2011 12:32 pm

    #122 – My mistake.

    #125 – I know what you mean.

  131. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 12:35 pm


    problem with UH is that many of the key admin positions are pretty much short term these days. With negative cash flow and a list of repairs that would make Santa’s list pale in comparison, nothing and no one lasts around UH these days. With that said, it’s hard to imagine all of them taking a serious look at the long term impacts of their decisions.

  132. primo123 December 13, 2011 12:43 pm

    #128…..AND….take away his authority to call TIME OUTS……

  133. Old Diver December 13, 2011 12:55 pm


    I know you like Rolovich at OC. Do you have good reason to believe Rolo will be kept by any of the listed candidates when one is chosen? I have to think a head coach on the offensive side of the ball would want his own guy at OC, and a head coach on the defensive side of the ball would want a run first offense.

  134. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 12:59 pm

    Old Diver…

    heh heh… again… George Rush would probably keep Rolo. They are probably cut from the same cloth.

  135. RedZone December 13, 2011 1:04 pm

    With all this rain they should just take all the applications outside hold em up one by one to the sky and wait until the rainbow appears.

  136. duffer December 13, 2011 1:04 pm

    On a golf note, 16 year old John Oda qualified for the Sony Open. This young man should be the poster child for junior golf. Such a humble, respectable young man. From Moanalua High School.

    GO JOHNNY GO!!!!!

  137. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 1:06 pm

    There are nearly two dozen names that haven’t been revealed. So hopefully there are some really good candidates there.

  138. al December 13, 2011 1:06 pm

    not rushing for rush.

    not of the same level jc vs d1.

    the job is totally like night and day.

    heard he is a grumpy old man.

    can he relate?

  139. al December 13, 2011 1:07 pm

    od…miano is the only one that has publicly stated that he would retain rolo.

    maybe we just make rolo the hc.

  140. RedZone December 13, 2011 1:08 pm


  141. Couch potato December 13, 2011 1:20 pm

    who on Maui is Inoke checking out?

  142. Curt December 13, 2011 1:26 pm

    In looking at Utah’s 2011 football schedule, they performed well on the defensive side despite a decent schedule. The only non-BCS teams they played were Montana State and BYU…not bad. For the defensive coordinator and head coaching prospect, Sitake, to attain admirable defensive scoring stats is a nice achievement.

    Their Norm Chow offense though, only averaged 309 yards per game. Norm’s offense averaged 25 pass plays and 37 rushing plays per game. Hmmm.

  143. Old Diver December 13, 2011 1:26 pm



    My gut feeling tells me JD wants someone more in the forty to early fifty age group. My guess is he also wants to preserve a pass oriented offense, something we can be competitive in. And the HC will also have to be an aggressive recruiter. Stuff like graduating players is of course mandatory. I think I can say for certain Rolovich will not be the next HC at UH. The next, next maybe but not the next.

  144. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 1:28 pm


    It’s funny, seems this time around, there are little to really like and more to kind of not want as the head coach. It’s more of a “not this one.. not this one… maybe this one.. not this one.. or this one.. maybe this one.. definitely not this….” Just keep passing the names around the table till everyone eliminates the ones they don’t like and see if any are left.

  145. Couch potato December 13, 2011 1:34 pm

    madeinhawaii, that’s how it is usually done. eliminate the non-contenders first.

    i wonder which coach(es) also submitted a highlight dvd or youtube link?

  146. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 1:43 pm

    Well, I just hope “age” is the last disqualifying factor in the selection process because I’m really not impressed with any one of the names being tossed around. Each has plusses and minuses.. some with more minuses than plusses.. Consistency is not much more than what we left behind… just my opinion…

  147. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 1:46 pm

    Couch Potato… seems like there will be less to select from in the end, though… and even then will there be a “first” choice? Kind of worried here… oh well.. 600K to the Mack + whomever we get here better be able to bring the numbers up

  148. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 1:47 pm

    There will be less away games seen on TV without ESPN … will that have a positive effect on the Warriors home attendance or negative?

  149. Couch potato December 13, 2011 1:52 pm

    if they win the away games, then tv or not there will be a positive effect on home attendance.

  150. Couch potato December 13, 2011 1:53 pm

    wouldn’t be surprised if they offer a hc $850k.

  151. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 1:54 pm

    Now, if only Kevin Gilbride hat was in the mele…

  152. al December 13, 2011 1:56 pm

    ….as it is there is less to choose from. 30 applicants is a rather pathetic number of applicants when in fact the men’s basketball hc job attracted three times the number.

  153. al December 13, 2011 1:59 pm

    133…I concur.

  154. koakane December 13, 2011 2:03 pm

    so far there is some interesting candidates worth considering for the hc job.

    the search committee task will be to provide the name of the best candidate who’s qualifications fits the first priority which imho is to bring the fans back.

  155. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:04 pm

    you would hope it’s quality over quantity. anyway, better 30 than 2. 2 would be pathetic.

  156. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:05 pm

    anyone but the 1/2 off at sensually yours?

  157. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:07 pm

    but = buy

  158. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:08 pm

    freudian slip.

  159. Capitolist/WassupDoc December 13, 2011 2:08 pm

    There may be fewer coaching candidates to choose from than applied for the basketball opening in the spring of 2010, but don’t forget well over twice as many institutions of higher education play NCAA basketball than football. As a program, basketball is cheaper, generates a chunk of change, and doesn’t require a playing venues with upwards of 30,000 seats.

  160. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:10 pm

    They have 1/2 off? The stuff are so skimpy already.. if you take away da odda half? AUWE!

  161. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:11 pm

    How many Coaching changes were there in D1 this year? 30? 35?

  162. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:13 pm

    the new hc should be able to think twice, speak once.

  163. Warriorsrespond December 13, 2011 2:14 pm

    Article on Coach George Rush – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/09/SP8P1M9UMQ.DTL

  164. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:15 pm

    Maybe it was “only” 25…. 19 have pretty much settled on their choices… we are the 6 mulling what’s left… Fresno looks to be ready to commit as well… so we are among the last 5.


  165. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:16 pm

    madeinhawaii, could be sexier if another 1/2 is missing. anywhozit, they not only have clothing. 😀

  166. bigislandkurt December 13, 2011 2:17 pm

    #88 Old diver…

    Even if USC is private, they may still have to adhere to the Title IX law. If they have any type of Federal Funding….anywhere in the University, they will need to follow the law. So if the students get Pell grants or if there is a department that got a federal grant to do reserach, then yes, Title IX is applicable. Or so I have come to believe.


  167. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:19 pm

    couch potato… you mean like dis?

    head coach thinking twice: hmm.. it’s 4th and short should we go for it? … Yeah, let’s go for it.. No.. wait, we didn’t make it the last time, we better not…

    head coach speaking: time out!

  168. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:20 pm

    Couch Potato,

    Das the only place I know where “accessories” is spelled with all “s”s.

  169. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:24 pm

    whatever transpires and whoever is the hc, a new groundswell of fans should already be underway. change, in this environment, will bring out new fans. i for one cannot wait to see (if open to the public) how spring practices are run.

    i cannot wait to see who will be the new Warriors.

    i cannot wait to hear what the off-season conditioning routine will be.

    cannot wait for fall camp.

    cannot wait for the season to start.

    i’m also looking forward to sand volleyball!

  170. bigislandkurt December 13, 2011 2:24 pm

    What happened to the SunGod? He seem to have fell out of the coach search chatter. Is he still in the mix?


  171. gambit_808 December 13, 2011 2:25 pm

    again. as an OSU BEAV fan and a hawaii fan, BANKER HASNT DONE ANYTHING AGAINST GOOD OFFENSES. im tired of all these people saying banker this, banker that. you have no idea how many beav fans want this guy gone. hey, you play against a pro style offense, you might stand a chance. throw anything other than that, like a spread that UO runs—you are done. one dimensional. banker isnt the guy.

    cav recruits well, but the Oline hasnt been strong at OS for YEARS.

  172. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:26 pm

    Just when I think I got the RnS plays memorized… we change coaches.. do I have to learn a whole new system.. will my soon to be 60 brain be able to handle that? Probably not… but that’s the joy of football… Who da coach?

  173. bigislandkurt December 13, 2011 2:27 pm

    Lost in all of the coaching search chatter is Tommy Heffernen. Isn’t the strength coach position named by the head coach? Tommy’s done a great job. Yet almost all coaching changes usually result in a change of strength coach too.


  174. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:28 pm


    Seems some peeps are still upset about the scholarship snafu that cost UH money in litigation… so maybe they’re keeping his application low key… I said we should just deduct the costs from his first year salary if he’s hired.

  175. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 2:28 pm


    Seems some peeps are still upset about the scholarship snafu that cost UH money in litigation… so maybe they’re keeping his application low key… I said we should just deduct the costs from his first year salary if he’s hired.

  176. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:33 pm

    usc’s schollies are based on student gender population. therefore, they give more schollies to females. what i don’t get is they started a women’s lacrosse team instead of a softball team. to me it would make more sense to play softball since california is a hotbed for softball talent and i think all pac-12 members have softball teams.

  177. Pride. December 13, 2011 2:36 pm

    #170 – “Sun God” is still in the process of submitting his app. Was supposed to be in today.

  178. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:40 pm

    no need to explain to me about usc not having a softball field and lacrosse can be played on their soccer field.

  179. Pride. December 13, 2011 2:45 pm

    Former Hawaii G.A. and current LB’s coach Mike Smith, was just hired to join Mike Leach at Wazzu.

  180. Old Diver December 13, 2011 2:46 pm



    There were two funny comments from OSU fans concerning Banker applying for UH.

    1. I hope he takes the OC with him.

    2. An OSU nightmare would be if Banker gets the UH job and then goes back to OSU when Riley retires.

  181. Couch potato December 13, 2011 2:57 pm

    no one’s going to be perfect. all the applicants are going to have their unsupporters.

  182. bigislandkurt December 13, 2011 3:02 pm

    Riley may get canned before he can retire. Another year like he had this year would probably mean Aloha oe for him in Corvallis. The fans are getting impatient.


  183. jm2375 December 13, 2011 3:10 pm

    BIK – I think Heffernan also is the S&C coordinator for other sports.

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  185. Couch potato December 13, 2011 3:15 pm

    from the uh athletics site:

    “Strength and conditioning coach Tommy Heffernan heads the staff along with assistant Grant Steen and graduate assistants James Chassin, Kamalei Magnani, Mike Johnson and student assistant Ian Hasegawa. Heffernan and his team provide guidance and observe approximately 450 UH student-athletes for optimal performance and injury prevention.”

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  187. PowderPuff December 13, 2011 3:16 pm

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  189. Warriors Respond December 13, 2011 3:20 pm

    From the SBNation Article – Reference the hire of Mike Smith –

    If true, this is another family hire for Leach. Smith played under Leach at Texas Tech, starting 45 games at linebacker over the course of his career. Smith was drafted midway through the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft, but a devastating injury cut his career short.

    Smith turned to coaching after hanging up his cleats, working for a year as the linebackers coach at Hawaii. Though it was only a short stint, it’s worth remembering Leach said he wanted to place a significant emphasis on Hawaii in recruiting.

  190. 808Bowler December 13, 2011 3:20 pm

    Go mana!!!!!

  191. RedZone December 13, 2011 3:22 pm

    mcBriar did good on the holds. line failed to block the a gap. sounds familiar?

  192. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 3:30 pm

    ESPN said Bill Cower is looking for the perfect job TI get back into coaching.

    Is Hawaii perfect?

    Might as well aim into space.

  193. Couch potato December 13, 2011 3:33 pm

    what is the perfect job in coaching?

  194. Pride. December 13, 2011 3:41 pm

    I wonder how this recruiting coordinator thing works. I was under the impression that it was paid for by Na Koa. Wonder if we could increase the funding in this area and have part time assistants working under the coordinator. Maybe one in L.A., one in the Orange County/San Diego area, one in the Bay area, one in Dallas/Fort Worth, and one in Utah. Making relationships, going to spring practices, going to fall games. Nah neva mind.

  195. Pride. December 13, 2011 3:45 pm

    If we going consider George Rush. We might as well include Jay Locey, 84 and 18 as a head coach at Division III Linfield with an 82% winning percentage. Not bad.

  196. Don Weir December 13, 2011 3:51 pm


    Join all of us who either played, coached, or watched:

    single wing, I, Power I, Full House, Pro, slot, double slot, tight slot, double tight, unbalanced, wishbone, veer, triple option, West Coast, Run and Shoot, and more to come.

    Change is OK, just don’t get your signals crossed or the HC will have a few choice words for you.

  197. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 3:52 pm


    Good idea about the recruiting thing. I thought under JJ they were considering something like that.

    Is it worth it to pay for those recruiting services?

  198. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 3:54 pm


    Did he apply? 😉

  199. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 3:56 pm

    Did Helfrich apply?

    I’m curious why Paul Chryst of Wisconsin hasn’t been in the coaching discussions much.

  200. Curt December 13, 2011 3:58 pm


  201. Pride. December 13, 2011 3:58 pm

    We’re missing the boat. The best coach is already at Manoa.

  202. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 3:59 pm

    yeah but Shoji don’t coach football…

  203. Curt December 13, 2011 4:00 pm


    Are you saying the best coach is Miano?

  204. Pride. December 13, 2011 4:02 pm

    #203 – Nope.

  205. Curt December 13, 2011 4:03 pm


    You’re right. We should Shoji the football coach. We would be a perennial top 10 team. 🙂

  206. Curt December 13, 2011 4:05 pm

    Must be Cal Lee.

  207. al December 13, 2011 4:06 pm

    subliminal message

    new mcdonald’s promotion…every monday it will be rolo mcflurry monday.

    buy, get one free.

  208. Curt December 13, 2011 4:09 pm

    If Shoji was the football coach, I can see QB Mita Uiato firing a bullet to Kanani Danielson on a post pattern for a TD!

  209. Curt December 13, 2011 4:11 pm


    Oh no. The return of the subminimal messages. My head is aching.

  210. koakane December 13, 2011 4:11 pm

    any updates on the selection nominees ie top 20-15-10-5

    any word on favorites, holy grails, anointed? speaking of the hc coach

  211. Curt December 13, 2011 4:13 pm


    Are you saying he has a real shot?

  212. al December 13, 2011 4:13 pm

    while i been touting banker…let me explain.

    i was congregating with a few fellows last week.

    during the fellowship the topic of who you pick for hc.

    i was asked first.

    brief pause. then i said banker. my take was this. we not getting any household name to coach this team. its about the glamour or lack of glamour here and the money.

    an influence existed on the committee and then all of a sudden this guy was invited to apply.

    just so happens there is a “tie”.

    he could be one of the higher profile guys on the list. we’d have to come up with 700k or so.

    as one who reads between the lines, i figure that he is the coach select. if he has cav in his hip pocket then what’s to prevent them from saying no to banker.

  213. koakane December 13, 2011 4:15 pm

    al how about supa sundy mac-rockrib lol

  214. al December 13, 2011 4:15 pm

    you’ve also seen my push for young oc rolovich. he’s got some smarts and loves it here. he is kind of a blend of old school discipline and new age.

    he actually was more stern with his boys than the hc.

    perhaps his youth will hold him back from securing the position, but, he is the future.

  215. al December 13, 2011 4:17 pm

    if it comes down to money and the committee’s top 2 or 3 say no to the piddlings offered. then, they won’t say no to miano.

    he’ll come cheaply, if you will. is he the guy or will he be the guy. glaring differences.

    in any case, whomever is appointed, i too, like you all wish that in the end it was the right choice. never judge a book by its cover.

  216. koakane December 13, 2011 4:18 pm

    al should we take it to the bank that say yesssssssssssssss

  217. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 4:19 pm

    I don’t think Banker and Cav are a package deal.

    It’s either/or

  218. al December 13, 2011 4:20 pm

    curt…quite frankly, i don’t think so. lack of resume may deter the cause. but, stranger things have been know to happen.

  219. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 4:21 pm

    By the way, scroll up and you’ll notice UH just got a commitment from a d-tackle.

  220. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 4:21 pm

    Ask the boosters nicely for $ if its an issue that can be reasonably be funded.

  221. al December 13, 2011 4:21 pm

    thanks st. that clarifies a lot of the butter. could also weaken the bank’s position.

  222. koakane December 13, 2011 4:21 pm

    like to stay and play name game but heading out to do scholarship fair for our civic club

    kekoa will be at DHHL office stop by with nephew is can

  223. Curt December 13, 2011 4:22 pm

    That’s interesting, al-san. From reading the posts above, it seems the OSU fans are more than willing to send banker this way. Hard to believe that cav would come back here unless he gets the OC position. I’m confused about your banker theory and the rolo mcflurry comment. I think I need some aspirin.

  224. al December 13, 2011 4:22 pm

    219…score one for the interim coach. (and probably tuioti)

  225. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 4:23 pm

    Nice size for a DT… wonder if he can play O-line too?

  226. koakane December 13, 2011 4:23 pm

    welcome sione

  227. Curt December 13, 2011 4:26 pm

    Great that we can get another commit in light of our situation. Good job, coaches.

  228. 99club December 13, 2011 4:28 pm

    Welcome to the Warriors, Sione.

    Some highlights from 2010 season:


  229. oldie December 13, 2011 4:29 pm

    If Rolo got the HC position, would George Rush come as the OC?

  230. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 4:34 pm

    Cav wouldn’t come here to be coordinator or assistant. He wants to be the head coach. His current job pays more than what he could earn here as OC. Plus, he has a house there.

    It’s all or nothing, fellas.

  231. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 4:35 pm

    George Rush would not come here as OC.

    Same format: All or nothing.

  232. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 4:36 pm

    It’s not a menu.

    It’s In-N-Out Burger. They don’t serve poultry.

  233. WarriorMojo December 13, 2011 4:37 pm

    I’m starting to tip towards Cav. The percentage of excellent O line coaches that are able to transition to being great head coaches is small, but maybe Cav deserves a shot. He can certainly recruit and can inspire the troops. Cav with Rolo as OC works for me.

  234. WarriorMojo December 13, 2011 4:40 pm

    Tipping towards Cav because, out of all the names mentioned (that I know about), he’s the only one regarded as universally excellent at his role thus far.

  235. Pride. December 13, 2011 4:42 pm

    I vote for Rolo.

  236. WarriorMojo December 13, 2011 4:42 pm

    Even as HC, Cav wouldn’t tolerate our O-line woes. That gets corrected by someone we KNOW can do that. He would probably need to hire a DC, but that guy would have a fair amount of autonomy to scheme the D, I would guess.

  237. oldie December 13, 2011 4:42 pm

    ST, Re: George Rush, thanks. We just want it all. Would be great for Rolo, but not so for GR.

  238. WarriorMojo December 13, 2011 4:45 pm


    Rolo was/is my choice too, but Cav is starting to intrigue me. I

  239. Curt December 13, 2011 4:45 pm

    If Rolo is either the HC or OC, it’ll be interesting to see who his assistants will be. One of the inexperienced moves I think Coach Mack made was that he had inexperienced defensive and offensive coordinators. They’re both rising stars but still inexperienced as coordinators. JJ had himself as the OC and Mack (and others like Glanville) as the DC. When Mack was hired, I was surprised at some of his young hires. I think Mack should’ve gone the JJ route and hired a bunch old futs; we’re smarter than we look. 😉

  240. WarriorMojo December 13, 2011 4:49 pm

    If Rolo is the guy, I hope he finds a way to bring Stutzman back. Actually, I want Stutzman back in any case. I thought he did an awesome job in the few practices I saw.

  241. Mark December 13, 2011 4:58 pm


  242. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 4:59 pm

    This commitment is a sign we need to clean house at Hawaii. Has our program fallen this far where we are going to settle on a JC DT who produced 9 tackles for a 2-8 JC team? No sacks no tackles for loss. He should be crediting the UH staff as the only D1 team to offer him a scholarship.

  243. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:02 pm

    Nevada and San Jose State offered him.

  244. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 5:02 pm

    224. Hard to say score 1. Any coach can get a commitment from a guy that is un recruited. Now if we got a commitment from Mike Pennel, Kory Rasmussen, Josh Tupou, Alex Pace, Kevin Laudermill, koliniasi leota, then you could score 1.

  245. KeleguenBinadu December 13, 2011 5:05 pm

    #243 -To whom are you referring to?

  246. Pride. December 13, 2011 5:05 pm

    So now the new coach will have between ten and thirteen scholarships to offer. We’re certainly making it difficult for the new staff, if it isn’t Miano’s.

  247. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 5:05 pm

    DEFENSIVE LEADERS GP Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds Int-Yds BU PD Qbh Rcv-Yds

    94 Lavaka,Sione 6 4 5 9 . . . . . . . . . .

    Call me a pessimist but stats like that at the JC level just doesn’t cut it for me. I’ve seen enough JC guys throughout the years to know what it takes to play at a high level at the D 1 level. 9 tackles just will not translate.

  248. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:08 pm


    Let’s just say that all commitments are being approved by a higher power outside of the football program.

  249. Pride. December 13, 2011 5:09 pm

    #248 – Thanks ST. Nuff Sed.

  250. Pride. December 13, 2011 5:11 pm

    #248 – Could be upstairs, could be upper campus. But either way is high enough.

  251. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:13 pm


    Yep. A higher power reviews all of the recruits to assure they will meet the approval of the next head coach. Turner and Lavaka received the higher power’s endorsement.

  252. al December 13, 2011 5:15 pm

    curt…nobody will receive a 100% endorsement.

    not now.

    not then.

    so don’t read so much in to what people are saying.

    as one wise man recently reminded me, that those who are starters will sing praises of joy.

    and those who aren’t starters will naturally have their complaints.

  253. Pride. December 13, 2011 5:15 pm

    #251 – Thanks Tsai. We must be desperate for JC help at those two positions. I don’t think we picked up a DT in last year’s class. I may be wrong.

  254. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 5:16 pm

    Did Rolo even put in his application? I didn’t think he did.

  255. ai-eee-soos December 13, 2011 5:20 pm

    YUP, that’s really great news. Hope to hear lots more.


    Defensive tackle Sione Lavaka of Laney College has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.

    He credited the current UH coaching staff with his decision. Lavaka told the Warrior Beat he will sign a letter of intent Dec. 21, the first day mid-year transfers may put their commitments in writing.

    He said he is 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds.

  256. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:23 pm


    I think they picked up only defensive ends in the last class.

    After the BYU game, while the senior ceremony was going on (and on and on …) I saw two large human beings. I approached. The taller of the two pointed to the other (Lavaka) and said: “This guy is the man.” I don’t know anything about stats or techniques or whatever. All I know is a large human being said that Lavaka is the man. My usual rule is not to argue with large human beings.

  257. duffer December 13, 2011 5:24 pm

    Hey Pride I neva know you played basketball for Kapalama. Power forward?

  258. d1shima December 13, 2011 5:25 pm


    One thing about any coach from Linfield is that they are very familiar with the value of Hawaii players to developing a winning program. 😉

  259. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:25 pm

    Re: Rolo.

    I heard he didn’t apply.

    I also heard he did apply.

    I asked him. He didn’t answer.

  260. Pomai December 13, 2011 5:27 pm

    #192 – Iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Our players couldn’t handle it, but I love to see it, need to get back to old school football.

  261. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:28 pm

    The point is, the current coaches aren’t acting independently. Every action must be approved.

  262. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 5:31 pm

    If only we could find somebody like Gus Malzahn. In 2005 he was coaching High school.. in 2006 he was with U of Arkansas that went 10-4, but conflicts with the then HC over ground vs air let him to go to Tulsa for two years as OC… Where he led the nation in total yards per game for 2007, second behind Oklahoma in 2008. In 2009 he became OC at Auburn and started to dismantle the school records culminating in Auburn’s undefeated season with Cam Newton… this year he stepped down, took a pay cut, and went home and coach Arkansas State.

    If only we could be so lucky, eh?

  263. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:31 pm

    Banker was a UH assistant coach in 1995, Wagner’s last year at UH.

    If people wish to know what he was like, they should ask Eddie Klaneski or Michael Carter. Or Wagner.

  264. d1shima December 13, 2011 5:31 pm

    Stats don’t tell the full story.

    Was Laney running a single-gap, two-gap front? What role did a DT play in the DC’s concept? Injuries? Rotation?

    Like the Blog Host I just like be on the good side of anyone that big. 😯

  265. Pomai December 13, 2011 5:32 pm

    #251 – Stephen Tsai:

    December 13th, 2011 at 5:13 pm


    Yep. A higher power reviews all of the recruits to assure they will meet the approval of the next head coach. Turner and Lavaka received the higher power’s endorsement.

    If this is the case I guess they have already made their minds up who the next coach will be????

  266. Pride. December 13, 2011 5:33 pm

    #259 – I heard Rolo didn’t apply. Was hoping that he had a few more days to put it in.

  267. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:34 pm


    There’s actually an interesting back story.

  268. Curt December 13, 2011 5:35 pm

    Thanks al.

  269. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:36 pm


    Nope. They haven’t decided who the next coach will be.

    The higher power’s involvement is to ensure that whomever is offered a scholarship will be liked no matter the coach.

    Lavaka received approval.

  270. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:40 pm

    All I know is that if a team wins, the coach is well-liked. If a team loses, the coach isn’t well-liked.

    For reporters, if a coach wins, he’s OK to be around. If he doesn’t, not fun to be around.

  271. Old Diver December 13, 2011 5:40 pm



    Funny, that is June Jones told Rich Miano when Miano kept on bringing up Colt Brennan’s name.

  272. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 5:46 pm


    What do you mean??

    If you are insisting Miano saying Colt couldn’t play, then I would tell Miano to look at his stats. He was offensive player of the year at Saddleback.

    My argument with this guy is yeah he does have great size. But this is exactly how I felt when we signed David Hafoka. A big DT who didn’t produce at all at San Mateo. When I saw Utah supposedly offer according to ST, I decided to give him a shot before I say anything.

    As far as JC guys, I tend to trust KEvin Lustgarten and Scott Eklund who are experts that scout games weekly. They compile a list of the top players by position and update offers. When a guy doesn’t even make their database and is a unknown in a conference they heavily scout, it I tend to see that as a negative.

  273. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 5:49 pm

    Still… little old Sun Belt Arakansas State is putting up 850K for Malzahn. If they can, why can’t we? Adjusted for cost of living.. lemme see… ?

  274. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:51 pm

    I didn’t say Utah. I said Nevada and San Jose State.

  275. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:52 pm

    That was a pretty good pickup for Arkansas State.

  276. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 5:52 pm


    I was talking about David Hafoka years back…

  277. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 5:56 pm



    I thought he would be decent. But he ended up with a hernia or something like that. Did he ever play a down?

    I did see him the other day. I think he earned a degree.

    I think Lavaka is more comparable to Hisatake.

  278. Pride. December 13, 2011 5:59 pm

    Lavaka reminds me of Sopoaga.

  279. Pride. December 13, 2011 5:59 pm

    Maybe I’m getting carried away.

  280. Pride. December 13, 2011 6:00 pm

    JC offensive linemen on film were not that impressive though. Initial contact and that’s it.

  281. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 6:01 pm

    I have to leave the office now. It’s $6 an hour for parking, and I don’t know how much cash I have.

  282. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 6:02 pm

    I endorse anything Pride says because: 1) he bought me dinner the other night. 2) he’s a large human being.

  283. Pride. December 13, 2011 6:02 pm

    Let me know if you need cash. I’m 2 minutes away from you.

  284. Old Diver December 13, 2011 6:02 pm

    jeezy33 for pete’s sake. JJ did not want Brennan. Miano kept on bring Colt’s name up. Colt was Miano’s recruit. I highly doubt your recruiting prowlness. You are the same guy who claimed evidence of wrong doing in connection with the letter.

  285. Pride. December 13, 2011 6:03 pm

    I always carry $10,000. cash in my front pocket, not in my purse.

  286. Slugger December 13, 2011 6:04 pm

    Welcome, Sione Lavaka!!!

  287. Garret December 13, 2011 6:05 pm

    For those that asked about other California schools and Title IX:

    USC, Stanford and other private schools adhere to the same Title IX provision that UH and 90+% of other schools do–same number of scholarships for male and female athletes.

    California has 2 public University systems. The UC system (UCLA, UC-Davis, UC-Berkeley, etc.) is the more research-oriented, prestigious system that generally has higher Academic rankings, is much more selective with the professors they hire, and is harder for students to get admitted to. They adhere to the same standard as UH and 90+% of the other schools–same number of scholarships for male and female athletes.

    The Cal State system (SJSU, SDSU, Fresno State, etc.) has lower tuition, lower salaries, far less research, very few PhD programs (used to be 0), and is much easier to get into. They adhere to the stricter Title IX standard, so for every 2 scholarships they give to male athletes they have to give 3 scholarships to female athletes–50% more scholarships to female athletes than male athletes. Since all of the sports that female athletes play lose money, the Cal State schools are handicapped financially…and they already have lower budgets for Academics and facilities.

  288. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 6:07 pm


    I hope so.

    I am very harsh but honest when judging quality of recruits… I tend to factor video, scouting reports, and info on what others say about the guy who have seen them play in person. I also note that highlight videos will have only highlights in them so I have to be careful how I look at the play…

    Just to show I do praise though, I was very high on Amadi, Davis, and Vele during last year’s class before playing a down. So far I think I was right on Davis. Had Amadi not gotten hurt, I think he would have played as a Fr. And Vele is just waiting for his turn to be a star. I am high on Olds if he can put on the weight needed to be effective. I like his motor and quickness to play Center or Guard.

    As far as QBs go, I haven’t been thrilled with the QBs are coaches have recruited. We say we are a run and shoot offense but we are recruiting gys suited for the spread. Davis Graves is the type of QB you see running the Pistol in Nevada. He would succeed a lot more if he were doing more zone read options.

    So if we really want our offense to get rolling, I think we need to adjust the offense and make it our own and break away from June Jones run and shoot. We also need to go for a TE which I think is the plan in offering Keoni Bush Loo. Gives us the zone read option with option to throw the dump off pass too.

    I have 0 complaints in the direction of our DBs. I have faith Luna can be the next Torres. I hope Hardy Tuliau moves back to corner though because he doesn’t look comfortable at Safety. Maybe next year he will but he gave up some big plays.

    Someone needs to step up in the pass rush department. I am hoping for Beau Yap or Desmond Dean to break out. Someone needs to start feeding Dean some food. Saw him at the bball game and still looks skinny.

  289. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 6:09 pm


    Ok Old Diver, you don’t even know all of it and it’s over so I am not gonna bring up washed news.

    I know way more about that case than you think and just be happy its washed away… Obviously if I know something like that, I am not gonna spill it on a blog like this where people think we live in a perfect society.

  290. RedZone December 13, 2011 6:09 pm

    On the news Mana Silva endorsed Miano.

  291. Garret December 13, 2011 6:10 pm

    Don’t schools recruit different types of DTs depending on whether or not they are going to run a 3-4 or a 4-3 D, where DT attributes that are looked for vary even by those who run the same formation? Some systems place an emphasis on speed/attack/penetration at the DT position, where a NG in a 3-4 has more of the immovable object type of role.

    Just wondering out loud…

  292. RedZone December 13, 2011 6:11 pm

    Kai Kamaka out at PC.

  293. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 6:11 pm

    Pride, I know you like to be optimistic but Sopoaga recorded 31 sacks as a FR at Canyons. He is a once every 20 years type player.

  294. Garret December 13, 2011 6:12 pm

    Looks like Fresno State has their new coach. He is technically Texas A&M’s head coach right now, so I wonder if he’s going to lead them in their bowl game while recruiting for Fresno State.

    Tim DeRuyter is expected to be offered the Fresno State coaching job, a prominent booster said today.

    The booster said Fresno State and DeRuyter, the Texas A&M defensive coordinator and interim head coach, are working out the financial details of a contract.


  295. Garret December 13, 2011 6:15 pm

    Navy basically confirmed that they are joining the Big East, but when they join depends on how quickly they can move around their scheduled games.

    How quickly Navy joins the Big East will depend mainly on how long it takes the Midshipmen to restructure their future schedules, bowl and television contracts. Navy has games scheduled through 2018, bowl contracts through 2017 and television contracts with CBS College Sports and CBS Sports (Army-Navy game) through 2018, Gladchuk said.

    Being part of a league that plays on the East and West coasts and features several schools in the nation’s top 25 television markets could be a huge boost to Navy’s recruiting against other military academies.

    Gladchuk said by Navy playing an eight-game Big East schedule it would likely leave the Midshipmen with only one unknown opponent (with three of their four non-conference opponents consisting of Army, Air Force and Notre Dame).


  296. cocobean December 13, 2011 6:16 pm

    Miano is the most qualified of the current staff.

    Tuioti has the most potential.

    Rolo is the most likeable.

  297. Pride. December 13, 2011 6:19 pm

    #296 – Rolo will win you the most games. Just saying.

  298. cocobean December 13, 2011 6:29 pm

    297. Rolo’s resume doesn’t stack up against most of the other candidates. He’ll get the job only if JD and the others involved really “like” him.

    Miano already said he’d keep Rolo if he got the job. Hinted that Rolo would be given a free hand…two RBs, TEs, whatever he wanted to implement.

    I think that’s the best case scenario for him. Don’t think JD has the b***s to go out on the limb to pick Rolo.

  299. Pride. December 13, 2011 6:30 pm

    Rolo’s offense is still developing. In his first year as an OC he averaged 39.57 points a game. In his second try as the OC he averaged 31.46 points per game. That second year he returned one starter, just the quarterback. He didn’t get to pick his own receiver coach or offensive line coach. If Rolo were to be the head coach with a half decent DC and STC, he would win way more games than he lost. This past season, without adequate assistance from his OL and WR coaches, he was only eleven points away from a nine and four season. The team is inches away from being a good team. With all of the problems that the team had this year, and there were many, offensive scheme wasn’t one of them.

  300. Pride. December 13, 2011 6:31 pm

    I understand what you are saying cocobean. We’ll see.

  301. Pride. December 13, 2011 6:34 pm

    You and I both know that Rolo will not even be a top ten pick. Just saying that he would be my number one pick. Everybody has a different opinion.

    My second option would be Kalani Sitake with Rolo at OC. Sitake will last five years and Rolo can take over when he leaves.

    Sitake will probaly bring Kepa Gaison on board.

  302. WarriorMojo December 13, 2011 6:45 pm

    The problem with Miano is that he somehow polarizes people. I have nothing against him and think he’s a good coach, but apparently there are people out there who REALLY dislike him. Not sure I understand that, but it seems to be out there.

    That being the case, his hire would not create the kind of stir and buzz we need. Rolo’s hire may not either, but I don’t get the sense that there is a block of folks against him. If Miano gets the job, too many people will be taking that wait and see approach, with a number of them actually wanting him to fail.

  303. Shadow December 13, 2011 6:45 pm

    If the offense couldn’t score many points & continually go 3 and out in the second half (e.g. BYU game), I would not say that “offensive scheme” (#299) is not a problem.

  304. Old Diver December 13, 2011 6:46 pm


    Same response as last time. You got something go to the police.

  305. WarriorMojo December 13, 2011 6:51 pm

    As for Rolo, I think he is the ONLY guy (of the names I recognize) who has the chance to be a great HC. The big picture thinking that an OC must have is the attribute that transfer best from a position coach or coordinator to HC.

  306. Old Diver December 13, 2011 6:56 pm

    Just don’t see Rolo pulling a June Jones. I still believe for Rolo to stay Miano will have to be named HC. I just don’t see JD making keeping Rolo part of head coaching deal. When Miano mentioned there is a lot of apprehension among the assistants Rolo was one of them.

  307. cocobean December 13, 2011 6:57 pm

    #301. You’ve one of the few bloggers that’s been there and done that. When you post, I read and ponder.

  308. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 7:03 pm

    Offering the HC to a guy in order to get an assistant? Whoever heard of such a thing?

    Oh wait, USC. Nevermind.

  309. cocobean December 13, 2011 7:13 pm

    JJ was the only coach that created a buzz with me. When Tomey and Von Appen were named my reaction was who is this guy. Wags and Mack were familiar names, continuity.

    Through out the only constant with me was I trusted that the right choice was made, renewed my STs.

    Same for this situation. Trust that the right guy will be chosen, will renew.

  310. jeezy33 December 13, 2011 7:14 pm

    304, I don’t care enough to go to the police… and it’s just sources I have who I would never give out because I appreciate the inside info I can get.

    The real problem at UH has retired and its like a breath of fresh air.. Fresh start for the program. I know we very possibly could take some bumps and bruises early on but oh well. I am willing to accept that. There is always a possibility our next coach could pull out the unthinkable and lead us to a winning season in his 1st year like June did….

  311. PolyMom December 13, 2011 7:14 pm

    @76 Don Weir…will email info tomorrow.

    @98 Pride…some parents I know in Cali do not like Sitake recruiting style.

    @ 112 really…I agree with you. Who are all the other candidates?

    @ 124, I agree with you, if we want to plat ball at this level we NEED the big time Coach who has respect from his fellow Coaches and players.

    @madeinHawaii…you would hope with no more ESPN the fans will show up!

    @166…bigislandkurt…yes USC is bound to Title IX.

    @Couch Potato…USC athletics not interested in softball. The up and coming sport now for women is LaCrosse. Heck in Cali now for PE starting in the 3rd grade it is the new big sport. Heck even my own little girl who is not athletic at all…went to La Crosse camp for three days this summer. Huge and growing sport here in the islands.

    @ Don Weir…the only reason I wanted to attend UH Law School was to play in the annual Tita Bowl.I would take those young girls down! Can you see me taking one of the prissy chicks down? LOL!

    @Stephen Tsai…(clearing throat) what you mean they did not recruit any DT’s or have any read shirt DT’s. What about the kid? Is he not listed now as a DT?

  312. al December 13, 2011 7:25 pm

    well this hc hiring kind of replaces any anticipation many of us had for a hawaii-smu hawaii bowl showdown.

  313. al December 13, 2011 7:30 pm

    polymom…mahalo in advance. if you are still in hilo on my next trip we could discuss a lot of stuff over a bowl ken’s pancake house’s infamous oxtail stew.

    i think st meant this past recruit year. i think the kid was actually wooed a year and a half ago. but, i, too am looking forward to seeing him as a dtackle.

  314. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 7:30 pm

    Shitake sounds like an interesting candidate. I haven’t heard to much of him. I guess most people focus on Chow and Whittingham at Utah.

  315. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2011 7:31 pm

    Being a disliked coach isn’t that bad, is it?

    Didn’t UH just get rid of a good guy?

  316. cocobean December 13, 2011 7:35 pm

    JZ. We’ve probably had better luck with transfers than JCs when it comes to the Dline. Usually it’s been a matter of technique rather than ability. When Sopoaga came in he needed a red shirt year to be coached up, even that wasn’t enough for him to realize his potential.

  317. al December 13, 2011 7:37 pm

    so paul brown and don shula both became head coaches at age 33.

    therefore, you guys are correct, rolo is a year away from being a head coach.

  318. PolyMom December 13, 2011 7:38 pm

    Al you got that right! But if I lived on Oahu well we are on the big island for the holidays I want to come over to see that game. True college football fans want to see any teams. Heck we go to different bowl games in the mainland even if we do not have a dog in the fight. But college football is my passion. My hub had to sign my pre nup…not for money…but allowing me time to travel to see games that I want to see in person. College football is so awesome. I always have family members since I was in high school playing football somewhere. My BIL who is a die hard SC fan for more then 50 years…we travel and attend lots of sports events together. It is our passion. And I am going to see every college stadium that I can see. Been to about 52 of them so far. Best food…Texas and Texas A&M. Oh and LSU has great food as well. GEAUX Tigers!

  319. PolyMom December 13, 2011 7:43 pm

    @al, or I can take you to the yacht club. I love the view there. Try to come over when Don Weir comes. But we plan to come to Oahu for a fundraiser around the 28th. Will let you know? My little one goes back to LA early as she has to get ready for auditions for the spring musical. Lucky we got older kids to schlep her around!

  320. FattyMcButterpants December 13, 2011 7:46 pm

    # 214 Possible that we hire an older candidate like Rush to possibly be a 2-4 year bridge while we keep Rolo as the OC while developing him as the future head coach?

  321. Pride. December 13, 2011 7:54 pm

    Wow, PolyMom. You’re the perfect wife.

  322. Pride. December 13, 2011 7:55 pm

    I’m sure Rush’s app. is already on the floor. Sorry.

  323. Pride. December 13, 2011 7:58 pm

    I think I saw Kokane’s app. on the floor also. Not bad Koakane, Master’s degree? You see how inspiring that is? If Koakane can get a Master’s, then any one of us can too.

  324. al December 13, 2011 8:03 pm

    if rush becomes our new hc i’ll certainly want to see the transcripts of the interview.

  325. al December 13, 2011 8:05 pm

    polymom…i got to agree with pride. i think i’ll reprint your post and show it to the boss.

    nah, on second thought i better not. at least i can save myself a couple of slaps on the back of my head.

  326. Pride. December 13, 2011 8:07 pm


    December 13th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    so paul brown and don shula both became head coaches at age 33.

    therefore, you guys are correct, rolo is a year away from being a head coach.

    Actually there are quite a bit of successful coaches that first became head coaches while in their early thirties. For example.

    34 – Mike Tomlin

    35 – Jon Gruden

    32 – Lane Kiffen

    32 – Bear Bryant

    35 – Steve Sarkisian

    32 – Terry Donahue

    29 – Don Coryell

    34 – Al Davis

    33 – Don Shula

    33 – John Madden

    36 – Mike Shanahan

    29 – Frank Kush

    30 – Darrell Royal

    34 – Dennis Franchione

    36 – Jimmy Johnson

    36 – Mike White

    36 – Rich Brooks

    35 – Dennis Erickson

    27 – Teery Bowden

    33 – Raheem Morris

    31 – Chan Gailey

    33 – Hayden Fry

    36 – Bret Bielema

    22 – Eddie Robinson

    34 – Mark Hudspeth

  327. Pride. December 13, 2011 8:08 pm

    Terry Bowden…

  328. PolyMom December 13, 2011 8:08 pm

    @pride, I think I am. The only thing I refuse to do…is iron. Nope not my job man. LOL! Heck now you know why I have three DVR’s. All for college football. Takes months sometimes more to watch all the games. Heck even my boys call me for college football info. Don Weir can attest to that. And I am an awesome cook. That is my passion also.

  329. al December 13, 2011 8:11 pm

    and you cook?

    gosh, you had me at 3 dvr’s.

  330. PolyMom December 13, 2011 8:12 pm

    Pride the only name I disagree with is LAME Kiffen. They only guy to FAIL his way yo the top. He is HC of USC as they wanted Monte and Ed. LAMEO as he is called in LA gets very little respect. He has mo personality. Not like Pete Carroll. Heck Pete can sell you a brown paper bag.

    Wish the Sark applied. He is one great guy. Kids live and respect him!

  331. cocobean December 13, 2011 8:12 pm

    MY brother likes Miami, I like Pittsburgh. My running dig at him is – “Mike Tomlin, the black Don Shula.”

    Don’t know why but the first time I saw Tomlin on the sidelines thought he reminded of Don Shula.

  332. Pride. December 13, 2011 8:16 pm

    #331 -They look alike??? Lol.

  333. PolyMom December 13, 2011 8:18 pm

    Yup, I got a large family. And we always have lots of company. Cooking and food keeps a family close. Eating dinner together is mandatory in my house. And dinner is on the table at exactly 6:30 so everyone can get back to school work or R&R. Not home by 6:30 you better have a good excuse.

    I have to burn the games from my DVRs to try to watch every game. I am already saving and making arrangements for the Navy v Notre Dame game in Ireland. I love Manti…but I always cheer for our service academies.

  334. kalani December 13, 2011 8:27 pm

    #259 ST

    I knew it. Rolo is a very smart guy.

  335. cocobean December 13, 2011 8:34 pm

    #331. Yeah if you photoshop and darken Shula’s picture, they’re twin.

    More the air of confidence and control they both exude on the sidelines.

    Bum Phillips on Shula.

    “he can take his’n and beat your’n then take your’n and beat his’n”

  336. cocobean December 13, 2011 8:53 pm

    RE: The importance of a good head coach(leader)

    ” A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions lead by a jackass.”

    George Washington.

    “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

    Vince Lombardi.

    Quotes fit Petersen and Boise State.

  337. koakane December 13, 2011 8:54 pm

    Pride.: I think I saw Kokane’s app. on the floor

    Just got back from Hale Kalaniianaole (DHHL office) in Kapolei and guess who’s house app was on the floor

  338. Pride. December 13, 2011 8:58 pm

    #337 – Hahaha. You got me.

  339. d1shima December 13, 2011 9:05 pm

    “I find you lack of faith disturbing.”

    – Darth Vader

  340. Curt December 13, 2011 9:08 pm

    You would think that the selection committee made good progress today…especially since Hawaii 5-0 is not on tonight.

  341. Curt December 13, 2011 9:13 pm


    #339 That’s probably what Steinberg said to Arizona State.

  342. LizKauai (macbook) December 13, 2011 9:20 pm

    Welcome, Sione Lavaka!

    Go, UH… pick our guys a great coach!

  343. LizKauai (macbook) December 13, 2011 9:21 pm

    Wow- koakane was awake on #337!

    HI ST, how’s it going?


  344. al December 13, 2011 9:23 pm

    338…whoa brah. gramps scooped you on that one.

  345. al December 13, 2011 9:24 pm

    koakane…no forget we’ll celebrate the announcement of the new coach.

  346. koakane December 13, 2011 9:33 pm

    #343 awake cause no have to read about cowgirls and oddah stuffs

  347. koakane December 13, 2011 9:33 pm

    al true dat

  348. kev-1 December 13, 2011 9:49 pm

    10:00 . . . No coach yet? How come? It’s been over a day since the first meeting.

    See a lot of Rolo talk today . . . count me half in. I REALLY like Rolo, but like some others agree that he still may need a bit more experience. I am not sold on Miano, but I could be convinced to give Miano a shot to see how Rolo performs free reign. In a few years, if Miano doesn’t cut it, then Rolo would be ready. That’s one scenario.

    Another could be to bring in this older, yet apparently all he does is win candidate in Rush and let him give Rolo some more prep time. 64 years old? 3-5 years tops. Rolo may be ready then.

    Who knows? Just gotta wait I guess.

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  350. kev-1 December 13, 2011 9:49 pm

    Okay, I pau wait. No coach yet? 10:05 already!

  351. Curt December 13, 2011 10:10 pm


    Nice to see you’re so patient. JD did say it would be “fast.” So, it should be any minute now. 🙂

  352. LizKauai (macbook) December 13, 2011 10:13 pm

    I like Rolo too… but really, may the best coach come forth.


  353. kev-1 December 13, 2011 10:23 pm

    Curt . . . fine, I’ll wait until tomorrow morning then.

    Just watched the news and saw the interview with Donovan. He doesn’t sound like someone who is about to settle for a “cheap” option. I really get the impression that JD will make something happen (booster help or whatever) to be able to pay enough for a high quality coach. JD seems like an eye on the prize kind of guy. He’ll hopefully work his magic.

  354. papajoe2 December 13, 2011 10:52 pm

    For Rasu Begasu,

    Local couple sleeping when they hear a knock on the door. Husband looks at the clock and sees 3:15 am. Says nah, and goes back to sleep. The knock at the door then becomes an even louder knocking. Wife says “go check what’s up with that.” So the husband goes down stairs to check and comes back to bed in 2 minutes.

    Wife: “who was dat?”

    Husband: “Jus one drunk bruddah asking for one push. I told em its 3:30 in the morning and we stay sleeping already.”

    Wife: “Oh, honey. Remember da time we had to pick up the kids from tutu’s house but da car couldn’t start? You wen knock on one door and da man wen help you jump da car. You should go and give da guy one push. It’s the Christian ting to do.”

    Husband: Okay, I guess you right.

    So the husband goes down stairs, opens the door and sees no one. He yells out “hhooooiiiii! You still dere?”

    Drunk bruddah: Yea!

    Husband: Wat? You still need one push?

    Drunk bruddah: Yea!

    Husband: Wea you stay I no can see you.

    Drunk bruddah: I stay ova hea, on da swing.

  355. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 10:53 pm

    Is Lavaka a Tongan name?

  356. madeinhawaii December 13, 2011 11:02 pm


    video of Sione from this year. Looks like he only played in 7 of their games. Maybe he got injured in between.

  357. cocobean December 13, 2011 11:15 pm

    #353. What channel was that on, KGMB? Saw KHON and KITV sports.

    Always thought pay could easily exceed 1 Mil for the right guy. Seems one qualification to be on the committee is to have $$$ or the ability to raise $$$.

    Will say it again. Can we afford not to pay what it takes to get the right coach.

  358. kev-1 December 13, 2011 11:22 pm

    357 . . . yeah, KGMB. He didn’t say anything about pay. I just meant that his comments sounded like someone with his sights high, not someone content to pull back the reigns on the program. My comments about the pay were purely based on my conjecture. I could be way wrong.

    I agree with you. I don’t think we can afford to not get the right guy. This program has taken too many steps forward to give up on big dreams. Financially, it will be JD’s mission to get creative with the pay. I think he can do it.

  359. cocobean December 13, 2011 11:36 pm

    #353. Watched the video, got the same impression.

  360. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 11:38 pm

    I know its been said by those in the know that $500,000-$700,000 is what UHAD is looking to spend. And I think they are right. We are “looking” to spend that much. Doesn’t mean we will.

    What does grade A ahi and coaching salaries have in common during this holiday season? Prices subject to change.

  361. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 11:39 pm

    It would be nice to provide the link to the video for the rest of us haha.


  362. SteveM December 13, 2011 11:42 pm

    RE: #354

    papajoe2 — your post seemed a little subtle than the typical Rasu Begasu joke. Picked a day at random in the months when las vegas and Long Time UH fan ran the night and day shifts. Found these two caught my eye…

    Comment from: las vegas [Visitor]

    I wanted to be first so I only wrote a little in the 1rst comment.

    Reggie Torres is a excellent football, wrestling and judo coach.

    He is also a really nice guy.

    If Richard is anything like dad, UH will have scored again!

    02/15/07 @ 10:36

    Comment from: las vegas [Visitor]

    las vegas calls his boss one morning and tells him that he is staying home because he is not feeling well.

    “What’s the matter?” boss asks.

    “I have a case of Anal Glaucoma,” vegas says in a weak voice.

    Boss asks: “What the hell is Anal Glaucoma?”

    vegas responds: “I can’t see my ass coming into work today.”

    02/16/07 @ 02:25

    Showed both sides of this irrepressible character.

  363. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2011 11:51 pm

    The CSU and Fresno hire could be one of the best things to happen to UH during this search period.

  364. SteveM December 14, 2011 12:01 am

    OK– one more… for Stretch, jm2375, and LizKauai in posts #55, 58, & 70 today. This joke was coincidently only a few after the glaucoma joke.

    Comment from: las vegas [Visitor]

    The Seven Dwarfs were marching through the forest one day they fell in a deep, dark ravine. Snow White, who was following along, peered over the edge of the steep chasm and called out to the fallen dwarfs. From the depths of the dark hole a voice returned, “The Dallas Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders.”

    Snow White thought to herself, “Thank God… at least Dopey’s survived!

    Go ‘Skins

    02/16/07 @ 02:35

  365. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 14, 2011 12:06 am

    Interesting…This article by the Salt Lake Tribune updated 3 hours ago states that Utah’s DC Kalani Sitake has not applied for the UH vacancy.

    “The Salt Lake Tribune has learned the school also reached out to Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake, but he has not applied.”


  366. Curt December 14, 2011 12:20 am


    #365 If we reached out to Sitake, that tells me that we probably don’t have a “dream” candidate…just “normal” prospects. I hope I’m wrong. With the amount that we’re probably going to pay, it seems that the big-time candidates probably won’t be interested. 🙁

  367. Curt December 14, 2011 12:25 am

    The fact that we cut loose Mack so quickly probably doesn’t help the hiring process. The real problem in my opinion is us, the fans. Because attendance dropped significantly during the season, JD felt he had no choice but to let Mack go. I was very disappointed as I felt we should’ve given him one more year. The coach goes 6-7 one year after he shares the WAC title and we dump him. What does that tell the next coach?

  368. Graham December 14, 2011 12:49 am

    Kalani Sitake is my opinion is the perect choice to make. He is young defensive mind, successful coach, can recurit nationally and hawaii. He would bring excitment to the program. I know it is a risk but it might be worth it

  369. Pride. December 14, 2011 2:06 am

    Of course we all know that Ke Akua will decide who the coach will be. So of course I yield to him. Any names that we bring up are just for the sake of discussion. I agree with Graham, based on his record as a defensive coordinator at Utah, that Sitake would be a good pick.

    I mentioned earlier another person who might be good at Hawaii by the name of Jay Locey, former head coach at Linfield and current Assistant Head Coach at Oregon State. Locey might be a good find, although he hasn’t applied. So my three favorites, Rolo, Sitake, and Locey, haven’t even applied for the job. Thank goodness that I am not the AD.

  370. Pride. December 14, 2011 2:42 am

    Sorry if I’m confusing everyone. But here’s another possibility that everyone is missing.

    Buzz Preston:

    2008 – 2011 Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson)

    2007 New Mexico (Rocky Long)

    2005 – 2006 Stanford (Walt Harris)

    2002 – 2004 Notre Dame (Tyrone Willingham)

    1999 – 2001 Stanford (Tyrone Willingham)

    1998 – UNLV (Jeff Horton)

    1994 – 1997 Washington State (Mike Price)

    1987 – 1993 Hawaii (Bob Wagner)

    1984 – 1986 Southern Illinois (Ray Dorr)

    1983 – Washington (Don James)

    1980 – 1982 Hawaii (Dick Tomey)

    Buzz brings a wealth of experience. His networking potential is enormous.

  371. LizKauai (iPad) December 14, 2011 5:31 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Nice to wake up to a night full of rasu humor again.

    We turn to Ke Akua and ask His blessing upon all in this world and the next.

    Happy hump day!

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  373. d1shima December 14, 2011 5:57 am

    Great Morning All!

    The search continues…

  374. Old School Dave December 14, 2011 6:25 am

    Buzz Preston – I remember back in the early 80s when he was a GA at UH. He used to also work at the airport to make ends meet for his young family at that time. Goes with the territory of paying your dues and being a GA. Something about the guy back then in that you knew he would go far in life because of his attitude and work ethic.

  375. Old School Dave December 14, 2011 6:28 am

    Kalani Sitake is currently here recruiting. Not sure if he has or hasn’t applied for the UH job. Many in the know say that he’s an up and comer on the Utah staff. He could be a darkhorse candidate that catches the attention of the committee and JD.

  376. Derek December 14, 2011 7:46 am

    Defensive Tackle commit did not play football in high school. Late bloomer? Hope so. Needs a lot of reps and coaching. Good he’s coming in January. When you’re that big, he has to be nasty and put them down in green pastures.

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