Spain, Olds are no longer on team

Norm Chow confirmed that quarterback Kevin Spain and offensive lineman Thomas Olds are no longer on the roster. Both will be allowed to attend classes and remain on scholarship this semester. They are not expected back for the 2012 season.

Spain received a medical redshirt for the 2010 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Although he progressed medically, he was not at 100 percent last season.

In the summer of 2009, the Warriors were recruiting four quarterbacks. Each was made an offer with the stipulation the first to accept would receive the scholarship. Spain made an oral commitment to UH. Later, UH made a gray-shirt offer to Leilehua’s Andrew Manley, who declined and instead signed with New Mexico State. Manley eventually became the Aggies’ starting quarterback as a freshman. Jeremy Higgins of Saint Louis School also received one of the four offers from UH. He ended up signing with Utah State, then transferred to UH in June 2011. He redshirted as part of NCAA transfer rules.

* * * * *

Former Warrior defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu had successful labrum surgery on his right shoulder, and is expected to be ready for the start of the NFL’s training camps in July.

Tuipulotu, who had surgery on that shoulder in 2009 after transferring from Arizona, was injured against Fresno State in 2011. He played the remainder of the season in discomfort. He aggravated the shoulder during the East-West Shrine Game in January.

At the recommendation of doctors and his agent, Tuipulotu underwent the recent operation.

* * * * *

Well wishes to Midnight on his upcoming procedure.


  1. 808Bowler March 19, 2012 8:18 am

    Good morning. Get well and good luck kane#!!!!

    1st for the very 1st time!!!!!

  2. A-House March 19, 2012 8:21 am

    Hey, hey, hey! #2

  3. koakane ip4 March 19, 2012 8:22 am


  4. forsurftoo March 19, 2012 8:23 am

    Glad you did not fall off a cliff!

  5. dcwarrior March 19, 2012 8:25 am

    how is Bright’s turf toe?

  6. cheepono March 19, 2012 8:33 am

    wishing you a speedy recovery kaniela!

  7. duffer March 19, 2012 8:34 am

    Good morning Tsaikos

  8. jm2375 March 19, 2012 8:39 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Speedy healing to Kaniela, so he go out and impress the NFLers and play on Sundays!

    Wow, must be time for breakfast. Someone already broke out da Spam!

  9. ai-eee-soos March 19, 2012 8:49 am

    Good Luck to Warrior Kaniela Tuipulotu.

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid March 19, 2012 9:00 am

    Healing to Kani and Kalfred!

  11. Da Punchbowl Kid March 19, 2012 9:01 am

    Nice article on the Honcho in today’s SA sports.

  12. A-House March 19, 2012 9:01 am


    Special prayers for a full and speedy recovery!

  13. cheepono March 19, 2012 9:04 am

    hey ST… excellent job with the write-ups on chow’s staff. really enjoyed reading about all the new coaches and potential key players this coming season. however, i did notice one thing… it seemed like there was a write-up on every coach except tony tuioti. why was that? i feel he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves since he is the lone holdover from the previous regime (even coach chow forgot to introduce him at the introduction luncheon). apologies if i just happened to miss it.

  14. SteveM March 19, 2012 9:08 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Good luck and a speedy recovery to Tsai-ko karaoke maestro Midnight!

  15. Kukui High School March 19, 2012 9:11 am

    Good luck to Kaniela and the other Warriors hoping to find a spot on an NFL roster this year!


    GO NUTS!

  16. 808Bowler March 19, 2012 9:16 am

    Spring is in the air.

    Football is in the air!!!!!:-)

  17. Hilo-Warrior March 19, 2012 9:22 am

    What is the plan for the start of spring ball tomorrow? Will they be on the field or are they doing freshman meetings like they usually do before the start of most activities?

  18. Bryson March 19, 2012 9:24 am

    I don’t think freshman meetings take place until fall camp..

  19. Wes'side Warrior March 19, 2012 9:25 am

    Howzit, everyone!

    Healing prayers for all those in need!

    Looking forward to talking story with you, Midnight! Extra prayers for you and Barb!

  20. Bryson March 19, 2012 9:26 am

    Re13: Cheepono I agree about Tony Tuioti not getting the recognition he deserves…I remember at the luncheon they had to introduce the staff Norm Chow introduced everyone except for TT someone in the crowd had to mention it to Norm Chow before he remembered…

  21. jojo ® March 19, 2012 9:35 am

    Hello everyone!


  22. Garret March 19, 2012 9:42 am

    I hope that Kaniela Tuipulotu is fully recovered soon. Undrafted rookies don’t get a lot of time to prove themselves in NFL camps–I still remember how RGM was told by the GM of the NFL team he was with that he “made the team”, then the GM cut RGM once he got hurt in the preseason. Tuipulotu is a true Warrior so if he gets a fair chance he’ll have a shot at making a roster, but hopefully his shoulder is okay.

  23. Garret March 19, 2012 9:43 am

    Best wishes to midnight.

  24. RedZone March 19, 2012 9:44 am

    Get well Tuipulotu.

  25. Garret March 19, 2012 9:46 am

    Interesting note on why Navy would be the first academy to jump to the Big East to try to get additional revenue for athletics. I still think that Air Force will eventually join them in the Big East.

    If you don’t believe that there is a split on the horizon between the so-called haves and have-nots, then obviously none of this will ever be a good idea to you. But if you do think a split is inevitable — and Academy leadership clearly believes that to be the case – then joining the Big East is the right decision for the sake of the school’s mission. The Naval Academy is obligated to position themselves as a national, mainstream institution. That makes visibility the priority for the football program, which means doing whatever you can to stay in the top tier.

    Army and the Air Force receive tax dollars for athletics, but Navy does not:

    Both also have less financial incentive to make a move since they receive direct government funding for their athletic departments (Navy does not).

  26. jeezy33 March 19, 2012 9:49 am

    St, thanks for the wishes… didnt get on here yesterday….

  27. Kevin March 19, 2012 9:52 am


  28. Derek March 19, 2012 10:11 am

    Congrats to Jessica and Stephanie, well deserved. Now, I hope the Wahine bats will come alive from here on out. Get well rested and focus on making good contact. Too many strikeouts recently, albeit against good pitchers. Missed Parnaby against A&M. Stephanie obviously was physically tired, but she gutted it out. The hitting needs to help. If the offense gets going the Wahine will dominate. Aguirre and Pagaduan striking out a lot. Those are key spots after Iwata and setting the table for the top of the order. SJSU pitcher Pridemore is a good one so it will be a good test. Can’t take anybody lightly.

  29. mo808 March 19, 2012 10:23 am

    Good Morning All!

    Best wishes & Get Well soon for Tuipulotu!

  30. mo808 March 19, 2012 10:29 am

    ST I really like this article! This man really has my respect:

    …”While the strict standards appear to have little to do with football, Chow insisted they have everything to do with building a winning program.

    “It’s all about responsibility, accountability and trusting one another,” Chow said. “When it’s the third quarter, I have to trust you to make sure you do the right thing. And you have to trust that I’ll do the right thing. Everything matters.”…

    GO Warriors!!!

  31. d1shima March 19, 2012 10:43 am

    Happy Healing to Kaniela Tuipulotu and midnight.

  32. d1shima March 19, 2012 10:53 am

    Thinking about fasting until lunchtime tomorrow. Big event.

  33. d1shima March 19, 2012 10:54 am

    …OK. Thought it over.

    No need! 😎

  34. HawaiiMongoose March 19, 2012 10:58 am

    Garret, interesting find on Air Force receiving government funding for athletics. I remain unconvinced that Air Force will leave its traditional Front Range rivals and put its Olympic sports at risk in a shrinking WAC in order to join Navy in the Big East. Especially since being in the “top tier” of football programs is not Air Force’s chief motivation (otherwise they would have been willing to partner with BYU in a bid to join the Big 12, an option they reportedly rejected).

    I think the Alliance can hold onto Air Force if it keeps the conference football schedule at 8 games instead of 9. It’s important to Air Force to play a minimum of 4 out-of-conference games each season, so that it can continue scheduling annual rivalry games against Army and Navy plus one game against a “name” opponent and one against an FCS opponent to open the season (parents weekend at the Academy).

  35. Midnight March 19, 2012 11:01 am

    Belated Happy Birthday to Jeezy!

    Thanks to the many prayers and well wishes for my forthcoming triple by-pass surgery.

    Looking forward to the procedure, after lolling around in my hospital room during the weekend, waiting for a schedule day.

    Go Warriors!

  36. jm2375 March 19, 2012 11:08 am

    Congrats to Steph and Jessica!!

    Speedy healing to Midnight.

  37. kapakahi March 19, 2012 11:09 am


    Happened to notice that you didn’t mention Kevin Spain among the returning QBs that can play this season….just Graves, Shutter, and Higgins….in your article.

    What’s Spain’s current status?

  38. slenzi March 19, 2012 11:14 am


    Good pics in that locker room renovation series. Saw Shutter and Higgins both many times at Punahou and St Louis and they have really filled out in upper body – boys to men!

  39. A-House March 19, 2012 11:29 am


    #25 – why only Army and Air Force funded by the Feds? seems discriminatory, eh!

  40. A-House March 19, 2012 11:33 am

    whoa! another day under 100?

    tomorrow will be “busy” – start of practice and lunch at Maple Garden!

  41. A-House March 19, 2012 11:35 am


    MasaBoy says thanks for the blast of cold air from PNW that reached Vegas yesterday – temp went from low of 57 to 41 degrees!

    now that low pressure system goes from Canada to the Gulf states – like a big ruler pushing the warm air east.

  42. Garret March 19, 2012 11:58 am

    Garret, interesting find on Air Force receiving government funding for athletics. I remain unconvinced that Air Force will leave its traditional Front Range rivals and put its Olympic sports at risk in a shrinking WAC in order to join Navy in the Big East


    You are saying that Air Force will stay in the alliance because they want their Olympic sports to remain in the same conference as their current MWC rivals. I would consider that a strong argument…if Air Force hadn’t ALREADY said that they wanted to have their Olympic teams to *stop* playing MWC opponents. Air Force publicly said that MWC competition is too tough for their Olympic teams and they want to move to a lower level for their Olympic sports.

    So, if Air Force is NOT going to be a long-term member of the alliance for its Olympic teams, then I have to discount the argument that they would not go to the Big East because they wanted their Olympic teams to stay in the alliance. By the way, Air Force is not looking at the WAC for their Olympic teams, they already have been publicly discussing a movement to the Missouri Valley Conference.

    Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed the discussions between himself and Air Force. The Missouri Valley Conference would be the most likely destination for Air Force’s non-football sports if it pulls those programs out of the Mountain West.

    “I think they’ve been trying to get in a place where the Olympic sports are in a comfort zone and football can be where they want,” Thompson said.

    Thompson said he has discussed the option of Air Force’s Olympic sports leaving the Mountain West with Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the academy’s superintendent, and athletic director Hans Mueh. Thompson said there is a chance Air Force remains in the Mountain West in all sports. However, it appears Air Force is serious about a major shift for its Olympic sports, as it also considers its football options.

    “I would say – not putting a percentage on it – they would not be floating trial balloons if it wasn’t a real possibility,” Thompson said.

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  44. Garret March 19, 2012 12:01 pm

    Air Force says that they want to drop down a level of competition for their Olympic sports and the Big 12 only takes full members…Big 12 Olympic sports are MORE competitive than MWC Olympic sports. Air Force cited their Olympic sports as a reason that they turned down the Big 12.

    The argument that Air Force turned down the Big 12 so they wouldn’t go to the Big East is therefore ignoring the reasons why Air Force turned down the Big 12.

  45. Garret March 19, 2012 12:04 pm

    I have been shocked that through this entire process with the alliance, people have forgotten how Air Force and Craig Thompson publicly talked about how Air Force may be a football-only member soon. That would create 2 football-only members on the MWC side of the alliance, really creating an imbalance since the CUSA side doesn’t have any football-only members now.

  46. Garret March 19, 2012 12:08 pm

    I do agree with HawaiiMongoose that the alliance would need to remain at 8 conference games to have any chance of keeping Air Force as a football member. If the alliance decides that they will get more TV money if they insist on 9 conference games (like some other conferences are moving to), then they will push Air Force to the Big East.

  47. kev-1 March 19, 2012 12:17 pm

    Stinking Broncos!

    What u guys think? Smith leaves the Niners and the Kaepernick era begins? Or does he swallow his pride and return?

  48. kev-1 March 19, 2012 12:19 pm

    Glad that Tuipulotu is on the mend. Has he been garnering any interest from the NFL? He was supposed to be right there with Meatoga right? Wonder if he is on the radar.

  49. d1shima March 19, 2012 12:25 pm

    If Smith chooses to go to Miami it will be further proof of the debilitation effects of multiple hard hits on QBs’ mental acuity.

  50. letsgowarriors March 19, 2012 12:44 pm

    kapakahi, looks like Spain is no longer on the roster. neither is Olds.

  51. kev-1 March 19, 2012 12:51 pm

    d1 . . . good one! 🙂

  52. kev-1 March 19, 2012 12:52 pm

    Spain is gone?

  53. Derek March 19, 2012 12:52 pm

    Alex Smith will re-sign with the 49ers. Bank it. Garret Jefferson shouldn’t feel so bad. NBA All-Star Blake Griffen had 2 air balls on free throws in one game. Still, for a Guard, Jefferson has a lot of ‘spaining to do. He and a lot of Rainbow Warriors have to work on their games and practice their 3 pt. shots. We need a lot of shooters.

  54. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 12:53 pm

    Spain is here, but gone.

  55. kev-1 March 19, 2012 12:59 pm

    I’m here, but gone too ST so you have to be more specific . . . hahaha

    does that mean he is still a student but no longer with the team?

  56. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:04 pm

    He wasn’t cut. I think he was given a facts-of-life speech.

  57. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:04 pm

    Olds was cut.

  58. cheepono March 19, 2012 1:11 pm

    good luck to spain and olds, wherever they end up.

  59. kev-1 March 19, 2012 1:15 pm

    Higgins should be like . . . “ho bra, that’s my scholie den!”

  60. Couch potato March 19, 2012 1:15 pm

    Spain is still on the map. General Motors also cut Olds.

  61. Supastoke March 19, 2012 1:16 pm

    Yikes…Down comes “DA HAMMAH!!! Of mighty THOR!!!

  62. Bigislandkurt March 19, 2012 1:16 pm

    Inquiry minds want to know. How ‘come Coach Tuioti did not get a write up in the series? Did we miss it?


  63. cheepono March 19, 2012 1:16 pm

    no mention of shutter in the blog post ST? he was the 4th qb we were recruiting that year.

    didn’t realize there were three d-1 caliber QB recruits out of hawaii in 09. manley, higgins, and shutter. it’s rare to get one out of hawaii in a given year, let alone three.

  64. cheepono March 19, 2012 1:17 pm

    i was wondering the exact same thing BIK.

  65. Bigislandkurt March 19, 2012 1:18 pm

    If Chow feels we are good enough at QB for now, then I’m on board. I think Graves certainly got the gamesmanship. Under Chow, great things may happen. I’ve always been high on Higgins. I like leftys.


  66. A-House March 19, 2012 1:19 pm


    which means in #56 that the Ohio State transfer will battle it out for #1 in 2013 with 3 years to play 3 or 3 years to play 2?

    if so, makes sense that Chow is taking a hard long look at current HS juniors for 2013 and beyond – like the 6’6” QB in Florida.

  67. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:22 pm

    Shutter was with the 2009 class; Spain, Manley and Higgins were with the 2010 class.

  68. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:22 pm

    In 2013, Taylor Graham will have three years to play three.

    He redshirted as a freshman The Ohio State University.

  69. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:23 pm

    Since Tuioti was a holdover coach, and he will share LB duties with Kaumeyer, he did not get a separate write-up. Only the new coaches got one.

    But Tuioti is an outstanding coach and recruiter.

  70. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:25 pm


    It very well might be. It goes back into the pool.

    Then again, UH might need some 2013 scholarships. I haven’t received an exact count, but there are about 15 initials available. I have to bust out the slide ruler.

  71. cheepono March 19, 2012 1:27 pm

    that’s right. thanks for the clarification ST.

    i think graham will only have 2 years to play 2 starting in 2013.

    2010 – RS @ OSU

    2011 – RS Fresh @ OSU

    2012 – Sophomore transfer/sit out

    2013 – Junior

    2014 – Senior

  72. Couch potato March 19, 2012 1:28 pm

    as always ST, thanks for making things clearer for me.


  73. kev-1 March 19, 2012 1:30 pm

    cheepono . . . that’s what I thought until ST posted 3 to play 3. Then I figured that the sit out year wouldn’t count against eligibility, so then should be 3 to play 3 right?

    Don’t know, just trying to figure . . .

  74. cheepono March 19, 2012 1:32 pm

    still think coach tuioti deserved to have his own write-up. considering coach chow didn’t even know who he was when he took the head coaching gig, it really says something about tony’s coaching and recruiting abilities.

  75. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:37 pm


    Your calculations are right.

    My bad. I blame my slide ruler.

  76. Couch potato March 19, 2012 1:40 pm

    slide ruler -> slide rule. nerds rule!

  77. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:40 pm

    Spain is a good guy, good player, good student.

    A lot of good about him.

    But he wasn’t going to be in the QB picture in the near future.

  78. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 1:41 pm



    I actually had one of those, but couldn’t figure out how to use it. I just liked to slide it up and down. I thought it was amusing.

    And now I know I didn’t know the name for it.

  79. Couch potato March 19, 2012 1:50 pm

    i was happy when i got my texas instruments pocket calculator.

    i was also happy when i got that japanese pencil, the one where there were many lead holder things that you could pull out from the front and replace it on the top. and then there was that eraser everyone wanted that didn’t rip apart your paper when you used it.

  80. kev-1 March 19, 2012 1:55 pm

    Now kids have mechanical pencils that they don’t even have to push (click) for lead to come out. They just give it a little shake. Neat, but lazy.

    Here is how non-nerd I am . . . I never even reached a level of math where I needed a texas instruments calculator until college. And I still don’t know how to use it.

  81. HawaiiMongoose March 19, 2012 1:58 pm

    Garrett, the article about Air Force considering moving its Olympic sports out of the MWC dates from last October. Subsequently in December when Air Force announced its intention to stay in the MWC, there was no mention of putting any of its sports elsewhere. In fact the comments from the Academy superintendent, about being “all in” with the MWC and negotiating with NBC and CBS to improve the TV package, suggest that Air Force has decided to take on a key role in building the Alliance.

  82. Couch potato March 19, 2012 2:00 pm

    i heard that learning script isn’t required anymore. i shouldn’t talk since my script is illegible.

  83. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 2:13 pm

    We used to play Strat-o-matic baseball as kids.

    We didn’t have calculators then, because they used to cost about $100. So we updated our stats by doing calculations on scratch paper.

    One of my teacher said: Do you really think doing baseball statistics will lead to a job when you’re older?

  84. Couch potato March 19, 2012 2:29 pm

    wonder what those pokemon card gamers are going to be when they grow up.

  85. Kevin March 19, 2012 2:42 pm


    Stephanie Ricketts at .98 and Kaia Parnaby at .43 and a total team fielding % of .975.

    Great individual efforts backed up by good team support on this one!!!

  86. d1shima March 19, 2012 2:48 pm

    I had a slide rule…stupidest thing ever.

    The plastic thing on the outside made it impossible to draw a straight line more than 6″ long! 😈

    …unless you pulled out the middle section (for you wiseacres). But then once you lost that! Wat?!?!

  87. wafan March 19, 2012 2:50 pm

    Good afternoon!

  88. Da Punchbowl Kid March 19, 2012 2:52 pm

    Great news ’bout the Wonderful Wahine softball players!

  89. Da Punchbowl Kid March 19, 2012 2:53 pm

    G’dafternoon wafan!

  90. wafan March 19, 2012 2:53 pm

    The slide rule I used had a two-sided middle sliding thing.

    Impressive, yeah, the command of technical terms. HA!

  91. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 2:53 pm

    Interesting about script.

    I can’t do that at all anymore.

    It was weird. One day I could do script, the next I couldn’t.

    So now I use print, which is why my letters look like they were penned by a serial killer.

  92. wafan March 19, 2012 2:54 pm

    Greetings, DPK!

    You and the boss doing well, I hope.

  93. Bigislandkurt March 19, 2012 2:54 pm

    The Churning Waters of Hilo claims another young life.

    Tell your kids. Especially our young men. Don’t go swimming in the Wailuku. No matter how inviting the water may be. Rainbow Falls, boiling pots, no matter. Over the years, this river has taken many young lives….especially young men.


  94. Stephen Tsai March 19, 2012 2:54 pm

    But I still can write small.

    I can get play-by-play of an entire basketball game on a sheet of a steno notebook.

  95. wafan March 19, 2012 2:56 pm

    Longhand? I remember those penmanship exercises in elementary school. Little circles, slanted stokes, . . .

    The nuns had a field day trying to correct my penmanship. They eventually gave up.

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  97. wafan March 19, 2012 3:02 pm

    Last day of Winter!

    The Vernal Equinox is at 10:14 tonight!!!


  98. wafan March 19, 2012 3:03 pm

    Getting close.

  99. jojo ® March 19, 2012 3:03 pm

    I was going to comment, then I read slide ruler, then I googled it and got distracted on my original comment. Thanks guys!

  100. jojo ® March 19, 2012 3:03 pm


    hey Wafan

  101. wafan March 19, 2012 3:03 pm

    Best of luck to Spain and Olds.

  102. wafan March 19, 2012 3:04 pm

    Greetings, Jojo!

    You doing okay?

  103. Couch potato March 19, 2012 3:05 pm

    the big bust was the battery operated slide rule.

  104. jojo ® March 19, 2012 3:06 pm

    I’m slowly coming out of hibernation. How about you?

  105. wafan March 19, 2012 3:06 pm

    Bravo to Parnaby and Ricketts!

    Awesome work.

  106. Couch potato March 19, 2012 3:07 pm

    real serial killers and kidnappers cut out their letters from magazines and newspapers.

  107. wafan March 19, 2012 3:08 pm

    Just trying to get the next two weeks done. Spring Break the first week of April.


  108. Couch potato March 19, 2012 3:09 pm

    spring is in the air.

  109. koakane March 19, 2012 3:23 pm

    afternoon gang

  110. oldtimer808 March 19, 2012 3:29 pm

    St thats how I learned to do math by doing baseball stats when I was young playing a baseball card game with a spinning wheel. No calculator back in those days so everything by hand. It was the days when you could drive for miles going to the Westside and all you could see was sugar cane and up the mountain where you now have Pearlridge was all sugar cane. That’s what someone told me ….ok I’m not young anymore.

  111. Couch potato March 19, 2012 3:31 pm

    go now Hawaii, why pay more -> consumer tire warehouse.

  112. Derek March 19, 2012 3:37 pm

    Kevin, what is the Wahine team batting average?

    Looks like former UH coach(es) evaluations of Spain and Olds wasn’t up to Division I-A standards, similar to Corey Nielsen. But, they are good people and I wish them success in their future endeavors. Spain had a severe injury and basically lost 2 years to praticing and mostly rehabilitating. If have to assume that if Spain and Olds could contribute they would be on the roster. I trust Chow’s judgment and evaluations. I wouldn’t surprise if Woolsey or Alo surprise some people as a freshman. I am intrigued with Higgins. I always like southpaws, i.e. Ken Stabler, Kellen Moore, Matt Leinart, and my All Time lefty, Steve Young.

    I think Bob Coolen should give a couple of bench players a chance to play, i.e. Jasmine Jamora at 2B, and somebody who can play the outfield if Pagaduan and Aguirre continue to struggle. They have to start hitting, and soon.

  113. koakane March 19, 2012 3:39 pm

    any word of the new softball ranking this week?

  114. jkjones March 19, 2012 3:39 pm

    This fall coach will have 3 QBs with D1A experience–Graves, Shutter and Higgins.

    He has what he has until Taylor Graham becomes eligible in 2013. Until then, he will work with 5 QBs (Alo, Woolsey) he did not recruit for his system.

    JMO, I believe these three will adapt to Chow’s Pro-set system quicker than if the situation were flipped and they were attempting to learn the RNS for the first time.

    Especially, Graves and Shutter.

    For warrior fans, it could be a treat to watch this transformation.

  115. Steve March 19, 2012 3:52 pm

    It is great that the combo pitching of Stephanie Ricketts and Kaia Parnaby have nations leading era, and the Wahine play pretty sound defensively. But if they do not improve their hitting, they are not going to far. No pitcher, can bring their A+ game, every game. You can ask any pitcher and they will tell you the same thing. It showed this past week. Stephanie did not have her A+ game, no hitting, loss. Kaia, A+ game against Marist, squeeked out a win. Stephanie A+ game, beat California, even with no hitting. Stephanie, less then an A+ game, no hitting, loss to Texas A & M. Stephanie, less then an A+ game, no hitting, barely beat Winthrop. I am not belittling Stephanie, or Kaia, on the contrary, they are outstanding pitchers, but they alone cannot win games, they need the team to hit, cause they will have off days, like all pitchers do.

  116. UKU@LA March 19, 2012 3:53 pm

    Midnight, TAKE CARE! UKU!

    Go Warriors!

    MANEO !!!

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  119. Kevin March 19, 2012 3:57 pm

    Team batting .293

    Koakane, NFCA rankings come out later today. Evening time usually.

  120. Kevin March 19, 2012 4:00 pm

    RE: NFCA rankings.

    Or wait, or is it tomorrow? I can’t remember anymore.

    Eh. Dey come when dey come. The only thing I know is coming for sure is SJSU.

  121. Steve March 19, 2012 4:02 pm

    Derek (#113), as of last Tuesday, after the Texas game, the team Batting avg was .313. The way they batted Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I would say Kelly, Alex, Sharla, and Dara, are below or close to the Mendoza Line. Team batting avg., probably below .300, right now, not good. Need to get batting avg., around 330-340. Of they want to have a chance of reaching Oklahoma City.

  122. al March 19, 2012 4:04 pm

    guess who’s coming to lunch???

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  123. al March 19, 2012 4:04 pm

    steve…you coming tomw?

  124. wait a minute March 19, 2012 4:09 pm

    ST, you’re too nice

  125. Steve March 19, 2012 4:11 pm

    Right now, if I were an opposing pitcher, I would pitch around Jessica Iwata, not even pitch to her, if at all possible. With Alex right behind her, hitting only 203, and Sharla hitting, 217. To protect against this, I would move Leisha, right behind Iwata, followed by Makani. That way, opposing pitchers cannot pitch around Iwata. Have your 4 best hitters, batting 3-6. Does that make sense, or am I way of base on this.

  126. Steve March 19, 2012 4:16 pm

    al, no, cannot make it, sorry. It is not because I do not want to meet you, or the rest of the Tsaikos, but I have things planned. I will be there one of these days.

    al, if you ever make it to a Wahine Softball game, please come see me, would truly like to meet you, and chat with you. You know where I will be. I am not saying this to be entaganistic (sp), I truly would like to meet you.

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  128. Derek March 19, 2012 4:48 pm

    Any time a team scores a lot of runs the pitchers can afford to make a mistake once in awhile. Right now, the Wahine cannot have the luxury of giving up any runs. That put more stress on Steph and Kaia to throw a shutout everytime. It’s not reasonable for them to hold up the entire season throwing zeros all the time. What happened to those 8-0 5 inning blowouts? If the Wahine can score 3 to 4 runs per game they should be able to win most of the time. This reminds of last year about this time when the Wahine’s bats started to falter and there were a lot of strikeouts. What happened in the WAC is that the Wahine couldn’t hit against top teams New Mexico St. and Fresno St. I hope it’s not the same thing again, but I’m concerned that it might be deja vu all over again. Anybody remember that?

  129. J-FORCE March 19, 2012 5:10 pm

    Go Warriors!!

  130. Observant March 19, 2012 5:20 pm


    I admire both your keen abilities to state the extremely obvious. What I would like to know is HOW do you make someone hit better? Give us complete detailed breakdowns of each players’ physical and psychological stats. What can each player do to improve their hitting ability? Be more consistent?

    More reps in the betting cages? Perhaps. But, if no ones telling them how to swing and approach a pitch better (in a manner that’s best suited to each individual player) all they’ll become is more proficient at swinging a bat really badly.

    More insight. Less of the regurgitated obvious, please.

  131. al March 19, 2012 5:23 pm

    steve…i would do the same with the lineup. really. maybe drop aguirre to 8 or 9 spot. she’d see better pitches thus enabling her to crawl out of her lump. li’ili’i is the future of the lineup.

    it’ll be even more interesting to see what coolen does with keiki carlos next year. she has got to be an everyday player. i think she is a better hitter than a pitcher.

  132. Haleakala March 19, 2012 5:48 pm

    I had two slide rules when I went to UH. One was made out of bamboo and the other was aluminum. After I graduated and shortly after found a job, I remember beimg amazed when I saw the first electronic calculator. That must have been around 1973. I couldn’t afford one at first, but soon the sliderules were put away and then forgotten about. There were so many innovations siince then that have been introduced that have changed our lives over the last 40 years. I remember when fax came out and I thought that was amazing. Same with DVR’s. Now those things are outdated due to ever evolving technology. We live in a rapidly progressing society.

  133. Steve March 19, 2012 6:01 pm

    al, tend to agree with you about Keiki Carlos. Thinking she may play left, third, or 2nd, with Jasmine playing either 3rd, or 2nd, next year. Keiki can really swing the bat. Unless you know of someone else in the mix next year. Coolen will probably need her in the circle to, tho, with Stephanie leaving. Only got Kaia, next year.

  134. Steve March 19, 2012 6:02 pm

    al, at least the Wahine have Jessica and Leisha combo for another year. Big Plus there!!!!

  135. d1shima March 19, 2012 6:09 pm

    Whatever happened to cartridge pens? Those were required in 7th grade for Engrish Crass.

    Note that they don’t even teach telling time with an analog clock face anymore.

    …and one observation from my nephew who is a TA at a preschool. 3-4 year-olds now hold wooden blocks differently from how we did when playing “camera”….you know, “click-click”

    They hold a rectangular block in one hand now in the vertical position like a mobile phone!

  136. d1shima March 19, 2012 6:10 pm

    Maybe we can pass out paper and pens and have a contest in writing script at the CC tomorrow. 😆

  137. Kevin March 19, 2012 6:10 pm


    What happened to mechanical pencils? Are those still around?????

  138. Kevin March 19, 2012 6:11 pm


    I’d rather see who has the BEST signature.

  139. Kevin March 19, 2012 6:12 pm

    Always thought mechanical pencils and those erasers right where you push to get more lead was a dumb idea.

    Then you kinda cramp up if you write a lot. Then eventually you learn about how a thicker pen/pencil is much easier on the hand.

  140. jm2375 March 19, 2012 6:18 pm

    Re: cursive handwriting – when Screecher took the SAT last week, they had to write some honesty oath in cursive. One kid took over 10min to write his. Actually, the only thing Screecher regularly writes in cursive is her signature and she doesn’t really know how to tell time with a real clock.

  141. RedZone March 19, 2012 6:22 pm

    I heard Coolen on the radio talking about the batting slump. I liked and agree with what he said. They just need to stop thinking so much and just concentrate on seeing the ball.

  142. Ipu Man March 19, 2012 6:34 pm

    See the ball…rise…curve…drop…zip…slow down.

    Not easy anyway you look at it…


  143. SteveM March 19, 2012 6:38 pm

    I learned o tell time just by watching the classroom clock constantly–waiting for class to end. 🙄

    Was never too good with the 4:00-8:00 range though.

  144. jeezy33 March 19, 2012 6:43 pm

    for anyone that cares, it looks like Gordy Shaw is going to Idaho

  145. Steve March 19, 2012 6:45 pm

    I agree, stop thinking about what pitch the pitcher will be throwing, just see ball, hit ball.

  146. izzy March 19, 2012 6:52 pm

    10:14pm PDT. Happy Equinox!

    . . . Maybe if I say it loud enough, we’ll get some Spring-like weather here. . .

  147. I’ll immediately snatch your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly let me know so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

  148. d1shima March 19, 2012 7:25 pm


    How you? 🙂

  149. izzy March 19, 2012 7:31 pm

    Hi d1,

    Still looking for work. But things could be worser-ER. I guess.

  150. BleedGreen808 March 19, 2012 7:32 pm

    Anyone going tomorrow and does anyone know if it will be at the grass or ching field?

  151. Derek March 19, 2012 7:42 pm

    I was coached that for better bat control we should choke down on the batter a little. It seemed to work for me and I did have better contact. Coolen and his assistants should have a good idea what’s wrong. It looked sometimes Wahine were taking too many good pitches and by looking at their swing they were trying to pull the ball too much. Their only job at the plate is to make good contact. Good hitters go to the opposite field too. The right fielder from the world series team is a good example. I also remember she led in hit by pitch. Can’t remember her name now.

  152. Observant March 19, 2012 7:58 pm

    149, 150 Steve:

    That’s about the most moronic suggestions I’ve ever heard from anyone to help softball players with their hitting.

    Patient: “Doc, when I do this, my arm hurts.”

    Doctor: “Don’t do that, then.”

    We would’ve had more respect for your opinions if you’d said, “YouTube.”

  153. Derek March 19, 2012 8:14 pm

    I like the Warriors practicing at 3:30 p.m. It’s always good to get in the hot sun, especially when playing in day games, especially oftentimes on road games, not to mention at altitude in the Mountain West. Good for conditioning, not to mention the players should be very alert. Early morning practices can be tough focusing, especially if some players stayed up late at night and might be a little tired. Just my opinion.

  154. jm2375 March 19, 2012 8:18 pm

    hmmm… recruiting in for UH in the Big West might change a little…

    Facing uncertain budget prospects, California State University officials announced plans to freeze enrollment next spring at most campuses and to wait-list all applicants the following fall pending the outcome of a proposed tax initiative on the November ballot.,0,1841747.story

  155. koakane March 19, 2012 8:20 pm


    mean bro I would surely hit better man and as homey ays in tagalo chicken nut bread

    I was coached that for better bat control we should choke down on the batter a little.

  156. koakane March 19, 2012 8:20 pm


  157. d1shima March 19, 2012 8:21 pm

    IIRC one reason for early morning practice was to dissuade late night activities.

    Is the sun hotter at altitude?

  158. Garret March 19, 2012 8:34 pm


    I should have known that you were more on top of Air Force’s situation than me, as I was obviously missing something. I didn’t see the report that Air Force changed their minds and decided to put all sports in the alliance…though it should be noted that they are only pledged “for now”. And it should be noted that the Gen. says that the TV deal has to pay more or they cannot stay in the alliance. And Colorado State has made it no secret that they are wishing for the Big 12, no matter how loyal Air Force may be. But for now Air Force seems to be set with the alliance…the key will be to see what they decide when Navy enters the Big East in 2015.

    Air Force has a year or two to make a decision, so they can see how the TV negotiations go for the Big East and alliance. They have the luxury of having more information than many other schools before they have to make their decision. They also have prepared for their Olympic teams to go somewhere NOT the WAC, one point I made above when the focus was on Air Force staying in the alliance because the WAC was not a stable option.

  159. Garret March 19, 2012 8:44 pm

    I had a long talk on Friday with a man who I thought I’d never meet, someone I’ve followed for decades. He’s led huge organizations (100,000+ people under him) and done more than I could imagine. The neat thing is that he wanted to talk about his vision for a way that could completely change things for Hawaii’s economy, boosting the economy in a way I’ve never heard mentioned before. It would also be a huge boost for certain industries crucial to the U.S. economy. Wow.

    I think I just got volunteered to work for free to help his plan. The other people are prominent in politics and industry. I’m a nobody, but if things actually happen it will be amazing to see.

  160. el burro sabio March 19, 2012 9:12 pm

    Garret, what company or industry do we invest in? 🙂

  161. admrvt March 19, 2012 9:12 pm

    RE: #137 – besides Keiki Carlos, Coach Coolen has Loie Kesterson coming in as a pitcher/!B/OF. She’s a 5′ 9″ lefthanded pitcher/bats right.

  162. d1shima March 19, 2012 9:16 pm

    Was he a former admiral with a plan to bring a fleet of hi-speed inter-island ferries to Hawaii?

  163. kev-1 March 19, 2012 9:20 pm

    I know this is a UH blog, but this bit of news affects former Warrior Bess. Dolphins just signed David Garrard to a one year deal, apparently to compete for the starting job. Are you kidding me? What are they thinking? They are in QB trouble if they think he could be part of the answer.

  164. d1shima March 19, 2012 10:03 pm


    They passed on Alex Smith…Kaepernick keeps the clipboard.

  165. SteveM March 19, 2012 10:12 pm

    Hmmm, we are up 100 comments more than last night, just as the blog was 5 years ago. Coincidence. But here are some excerpts from ST’s blog entry for the day…

    On this day (March 19) in the first full year (2007) of The Warrior Beat blog … back up to 262 comments as unrest on the lack of football schedule makes the TV news via RK.

    Portions of ST’s blog entry…

    Posted on: March 19, 2007 at 10:30:42 am

    UH to play OD

    Just returned from UH, and the football coaches are resigned to a schedule with (at least) two Division I-AA opponents.

    One coach joked the Warriors would open against OD.


    Open Date.

    Asked about the opener, a UH safety said: “I think we’re playing Madden that day.”

    * * *


    It seems there are a lot more people in need of a fridge than the UH official who recently received one as part of a trade agreement.

    The ticket-office workers desperately need a new one. Their fridge door is broken, and a bungee cord is needed to keep the fridge closed. There even are instructions on how to properly secure the cord.

    All of which got me thinking. One of the biggest gripes about the athletic director and his two close friends — Drinking Buddy and Money Man — is the lack of local etiquette.

    The problem might be that nobody taught them when they first got here, and now it might be shameful for them to ask. For instance, a couple of years ago, a UH official thought it wasn’t important to play Hawai‘i Pono‘i before volleyball matches.

    Hawai‘i is indeed unique.

    In Hawai‘i:

    • We wave thanks to the other driver for allowing us to cut in front.

    • We bring food when invited to someone’s house for a party or function.

    • We bring back gifts from trips.

    • We give money at funerals.

    • We go to Longs on Sundays.

    • If the person behind us in line only has one item, we let the person cut in front. The person will say, “no, no, no.” But then we insist.

    • We take off our shoes before entering a house, pronounce Auntie as anty, and help clean up.

    Any other tips?

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    I don’t recall when and if and when the Ticket office received a new refrigerator…and HF would still be around for a year yet.

  166. homey ℞ March 19, 2012 10:18 pm

    Still waiting to go to the batting cages with the experts. Show me how you would improve the Wahine hitting.

    FYI – Wahine softball hitting philosophy is power hitting with correct attitude and fundamental training (AKA magazine interview with Asst. Coach Titcomb).

    “We try to go in with the concept that we are going to reach the fence on every pitch…means attacking the ball in order to produce more power” (AKA magazine Coach Coolen).

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  169. SteveM March 19, 2012 10:41 pm

    Once long ago, a friend told me she was so touched that I offered her some chicken katsu from my own plate at a sit-down restaurant. Said no one has every offered food like that before.

    I paused, wondering if I had just been insulted … 😐

    Nope, she was serious. OK, so she folded cloth napkins neatly on her lap too.

    Had to explain that it was Hawaii-style, not any grand gesture on my part.

    Told her about a fancy cruise ship dining table with 8 locals… we ordered 14 entrees and wanted them all served at once. (we got moved to a larger table). When the food arrived, we passed the plates around except for our primary entree (which we shared as needed).

    I had to explain that sticking our forks in the food plate was kinda gauche. Chopsticks were OK. 🙂

  170. slenzi March 20, 2012 12:32 am

    ST #67 “Shutter came out in 2009.”

    And can anyone remember who that shifty little slot back was that made Shutter look so good with all the Y.A.C. and always getting open in the end zone? Hint, he was not a D-1 prospect and had only one scholie offer from Montana State to play basketball. Oh shoots may have given it away with that hint.

  171. slenzi March 20, 2012 12:41 am

    Ref #179

    If the names CJ, Ryan and Davone still ring a bell, that same coach [JJ] who brought then together as three parts of the dread heads, offered him his only D-1 football scholie.

  172. hossana March 20, 2012 2:11 am

    Coolen had better develop another pitcher because Ricketts and Parnaby is just not enough to make it through the season because of unexpected reasons e.g. esp. injuries….its ridiculous to have had Ricketts pitch 3 pressure pack games in a row despite the fact that she came out uninjured etc…but they have to have a 3rd pitcher and their hitting is atrocious….Pagaduan lost the Texas game as she should have worked the count with the bases loaded but she just went up reaching for the ball and then striking out….they need hitters…nothing more and nothing less and I am not impressed with their mickey mouse record playing against teams like Radford and Marist or whatever…..don’t get me wrong….i like the team but don’t get fooled by their record as now the conference is starting, we will see what this team is made of in the next 3-4 wks.

  173. PIAA DS March 20, 2012 4:34 am

    Gordy Shaw is the new OL coach at Idaho.

  174. Slugger March 20, 2012 4:41 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Thanks for the news about Gordy Shaw, Doris.

    Prayers for midnight this morning.

    Prayers for BG’s Betty, too.

    Good luck to Kevin Spain and Thomas Olds. Hope Kevin gets to show off his arm at another university.

    Shoot, gonna miss Coach Chow’s interview on KGMB’s news show this morning at 6 a.m. Have to be at work for a meeting then.

    Have a great day, gang!

  175. bleedgreen March 20, 2012 6:05 am

    They faced good pitching in the Spring tournament. Plus, they must be tired after a hectic schedule. Let’s see how they do in the WAC games. As for player changes, I wonder about Alex Aguirre. She made two critical errors in the Texas A&M game playing left field.

  176. krump1_AKA_protector March 20, 2012 6:12 am

    It’s a real shame Kevin Spain won’t get to compete. I thought he looked really smooth and efficient at one of the scrimmages last year and that the soon-to-be-installed Offense would be right in his wheelhouse. Good luck to him and Thomas Olds wherever they land.

  177. Lanaiboy March 20, 2012 6:19 am

    Regarding #181 that Hawaii develop a third pitcher beyond Ricketts and Parnaby…they do have one. Makani Duhaylongsod-Kaleimamahu is their relief pitcher and fourth in the depth chart is Leisha Li’ili’i. When you are leading the country in terms of ERA, you don’t require relief. Most top college teams have a two pitcher rotation. Some top teams rely primarily on one pitcher for most of their games, such as Stanford. Softball is unlike baseball, except Japan (I remember an Easter Tournament in which a Japanese pitcher pitched all of their games) in which players pitching doubleheaders are very rare. In softball it is fairly common.

    Regarding the Rainbow Wahine’s hitting. I wondered which Wahine team will show up this year. Like two seasons ago when they hit consistently throughout the season or like last year when the hitting collapsed, relatively speaking. Seems like it’s deja vu of 2011. Hope not. The team needs to capture the WAC title. Coolen has a definite philosophy of hitting. It worked for many years. Last season and this season it is not working so well, with all the recent strikeouts and falling batting averages. A change of philosophy needed? Yes, if it’s not working after about four seasons. I think we should be patient and wait out the hitting slump.

  178. Kekoa March 20, 2012 6:26 am

    Early Tues morning good news…

    Midnight has completed his 3X cardiac by-pass operation with flying colors! He is now in ICU recovering according to his wife Barbara.

    She wanted to thank all the Tsaiko’s for their prayers and good wishes. She says being so far away from home makes it so hard for her to acknowledge everyone.

    As SteveM always points with pride, we’ve gotten to be a close knit ohana over the years. We may have our differing views on UH sports, but we come together in prayer to support each other in times of trouble.

    Mahalo and enjoy the cc at lunch, and the 1st day of Spring practice @ 3:30 this afternoon.

  179. Liz Kauai (macbook) March 20, 2012 6:31 am

    God Bless!

    Healing energy to Midnight!


  180. 702WarriorFan March 20, 2012 6:58 am


    Thanks for the positive update on Midnight…thoughts and prayers for his speedy recovery.

    Nice cool day in the desert.

    Looking forward to FB news on this afternoon’s first day.

    Wonder who will be attending and reporting?

  181. d1shima March 20, 2012 7:00 am

    Great Morning All!

    Thanks for the good news Kekoa.

    Way to go, midnight! 🙂

  182. Warrior Mojo March 20, 2012 7:01 am

    Won’t be able to attend todays cc as I will be between islands at that time. Will be watching for Jojo’s and D1’s tweets to knows when they ‘check in’.

  183. Warrior Mojo March 20, 2012 7:03 am

    By the way whatever happened to wassup doc?

  184. ai-eee-soos March 20, 2012 7:15 am

    Norm Chow on 1420, now.

  185. Da Punchbowl Kid March 20, 2012 7:16 am

    Kekoa –

    Great news for Midnight! Sending healing prayers to him.

  186. Da Punchbowl Kid March 20, 2012 7:17 am

    200 !

    Mojo –

    Shannon says she is very busy these days, but may resume posting in the future. Miss her posts.

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  188. Couch potato March 20, 2012 7:38 am

    looks like Wahine softball is ranked #17 in the coaches poll.

  189. d1shima March 20, 2012 8:02 am

    Jojo’s gonna be at the cc?


  190. tom mui March 20, 2012 8:02 am

    Re: 202 Couch potato:

    Gee, if we had beat Texas A&M, I think the East Coast writers would have picked us as #16.

    Where is California listed now?

  191. Couch potato March 20, 2012 8:10 am

    california is still #2 in the coaches poll.

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