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Offensive tackle Sean Shigematsu was back walking three days after undergoing what was termed a “minor” knee procedure on Friday. Shigematsu, who can play both tackle positions and right guard, will be ready for the April 1 start of spring training.

Mike Milovale, UH’s starting left tackle in 2013, has completed his NCAA eligibility. But the Warriors appear to be deep at offensive tackle. Shigematsu, Leo Koloamatangi, David Griffin and Frank Loyd have started at tackle. Freshmen John Wa‘a and Elijah Tupai  have drawn raves during offseason workouts.

Wa‘a redshirted in 2013. But he did well enough in practices he was named  the Warriors’ scout player of the year for offense.

Tupai had a medical redshirt for 2013 after undergoing shoulder surgery. Each practice, players recovering from injuries are required to work in the “Pit,” a sideline area where they pull weighted sleds, heavy ropes or golf carts, as well as other exercises. The drills are the “physical” part of physical therapy. Tupai never minded, often smiling through workouts, and several times requested that more weight be added to the sleds. Yes, Tupai — literally — is skilled on pulls.




  1. kannakattack March 3, 2014 8:20 am

    1ST!!! Aloha to all!!!!

  2. Stephen Tsai March 3, 2014 8:25 am

    From yesterday:
    It was Wittek who called UH to say he would accept an open invitation to visit this past weekend.
    It makes more sense to do visits now because he has to start applying for admissions to schools this month.

  3. Rodney March 3, 2014 8:26 am

    Whittek news?

  4. al March 3, 2014 8:29 am

    just spoke with a little birdie who met max wittek. (otherwise i ‘d have been 1st)
    sounds like he enjoyed his “office visit”.

  5. tommui March 3, 2014 8:34 am


    Shall I be like some bloggers who keep repeating and repeating and repeating ad infinitum ad nostium?

    Texas has great facilities; great reputation; great crowds. Great place to be if you want to sit on the bench looking at the crowds.

    If you want to show your credentials as a player and PLAY, come where you are needed.

  6. Stretch March 3, 2014 8:34 am

    Being that Wittek is from USC, I am sure he enjoyed attending the men’s volleyball game on Friday night when UH beat UCLA. I wonder if he knows that we beat them again Saturday night?!? That could be the clincher!

  7. Stephen Tsai March 3, 2014 8:35 am

    There is a feeling Wittek had a nice time.

  8. tommui March 3, 2014 8:36 am

    Howzit Al!

    Think Honolulu Burger is better than Ted’s – but hadn’t been there for a couple of months

  9. Stephen Tsai March 3, 2014 8:36 am

    Wittek was sitting right behind Stretch’s seats … only Stretch wasn’t there. That might have been good. Stretch would have blocked his view.

  10. tommui March 3, 2014 8:37 am

    Hi Stretch:

    You looked good on TV Staurday!

    Repeat: granddaughter is a good buddy with your niece Joy.

  11. tommui March 3, 2014 8:38 am

    ST – saw Stretch on TV – the autograph session.

  12. Stephen Tsai March 3, 2014 8:40 am

    This past weekend, game balls should have been given to “positive” talkers — A-Joe, PowderPuff and Stretch (on Saturday) — for their “conversations” during the match. I think there are a couple of Bruins thinking: “No, they didn’t say anything bad, but they were distracting …” They remind me of catchers who talk to batters during at-bats.

  13. oldie March 3, 2014 8:40 am

    ST…Thanks for the clarification on the reason for Wittek’s early visit. As I said earlier, hope he left with a good impression of our program and coaches. Likewise, hope our coaches had a good feeling about Wittek.

  14. Former UH Athlete March 3, 2014 8:51 am

    Is it safe to assume it’s Texas vs UH in the Wittek recruiting?

    Honestly, I like UH’s chances of getting Wittek vs Texas. Texas’ boosters and fan base are nuts and they may not care for a USC retread when they pull in good-great prospect QBs just about every year.

    I saw Louisville and Pitt were mentioned on other sites, but haven’t heard anything beyond speculation.

  15. Former UH Athlete March 3, 2014 9:02 am

    8… I liked Teddy’s before they expanded. For me, they lost a little something when they moved out of their original Diamondhead location. Burgers are still good, but not the same feeling/atmosphere. Plus now they are getting close to fine dining prices.

    Since we are on the fairly pricey sandwich food topic… I highly recommend the Kalua Pig-BLT at The Pineapple Room from the lunch menu. That thing is amazing.

    Back to football… I like what I hear from Wa’a and Tupai. I think UH will get much better on the line overall, just gonna have to live some freshmen mistakes here and there. If the line improves, so will the entire offense. I think UH will be improved at QB no matter who wins the job. The players are more experienced and better talent coming in.

    I’m excited to see what Klune & Gouvea bring to the defense.

  16. NotNasti March 3, 2014 9:04 am

    Really, how could he (Wittek) not have had a good time? This is Hawaii for crying out loud! If he’s a business major, enroll him in the Shidler College of Business MBA program. Done deal. Is he an upgrade over what we have now? I dunno.

  17. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 9:08 am

    I hope the NCAA gives Shige his sixth year, after this season, should he choose to pursue it. He redshirted in 2010, then played 2 games in 2011 before suffering his season ending injury.

    BTW, read that Rocky Long at SDSU has 5 QB’s on Scholie, non available but is still making a push to have Stephen Rivers of LSU WALKON with the Aztecs.

  18. mauiwarrior March 3, 2014 9:14 am

    @ 16. notnasti

    Can’t wittek only transfer into a program his previous college doesn’t have(Masters Program)? Does USC have a College of Business MBA program?

  19. jeezy33 March 3, 2014 9:15 am

    17. Total crap shoot but If I had to choose between 2 Qbs, I would take Rivers over Wittek.

    It’s splitting hairs with not a lot of game to go off but I would take the QB who backed up a top 4 round NFL draft prospect as a redshirt FR over the QB who was his coaches fav to win the job and given the chance when Barkley went down and played himself out of the starting spot. The scouting report on Rivers is he has nice touch on his ball and accurate. Wittek on the other hand is the big arm guy that lacks accuracy. Holds ball too long.

  20. Warrior Dave March 3, 2014 9:20 am


    I can’t believe its only between Texas and UH. Agree with others who say Texas is set with their starting QB. Wittek would go there and sit. Not sure of the situation at other schools mentioned like Louiville, etc. not sure if UH gets Wittek but I have a feeling we will land one of the available QB’s previously mentioned.

  21. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 9:25 am

    #20, Louisville and TCU are also pursuing Wittek

  22. DaveLetterMan March 3, 2014 9:27 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    Wonder who NC prefers – Wittick or Rivers.
    Is the offer on the table the same as Mack’s a few years ago – whoever accepts first gets the scholie?

  23. jm2375 March 3, 2014 9:27 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    If Wittek was sitting behind Stretch’s seats, then he got a good dose of a-joe’s “conversations”, who was subbing for Stretch. 😆

  24. jm2375 March 3, 2014 9:37 am

    ST – #9 – believe me, the UCLA players have heard it all before from the 3 conversationalists. Every year, sometimes 3x a year (like this year).

    Make your plans to watch the VolleyBows annihilate UCI Friday and Sunday. Come on guys, let’s make them open the Upper Bowl again!

  25. SteveM March 3, 2014 9:41 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Burgers? Fuud?
    I’m in… 🙂

  26. Andrew March 3, 2014 9:47 am

    22. I would think Chow would give it to whoever accepts first unless they do it around the same time. I don’t think Chow wants to get into the situation of trying to hold out for one and not getting either in the end.

  27. Andrew March 3, 2014 9:47 am

    That is unless he doesn’t like one of them altogether.

  28. al March 3, 2014 9:48 am

    jmxxxx…you still the “team mom”.

  29. al March 3, 2014 9:49 am

    andy…believe there is a pecking order.

  30. al March 3, 2014 9:53 am

    bigwave dave…i thought i heard that rivers’ interest at sdsu was wavering….?

  31. iwonderwhytheyhateme March 3, 2014 9:53 am

    Speaking of offensive linemen, it was a pleasant surprise to see former Red Raider and Warrior, Brysen Ginlack at my fam’s business on Saturday.

    He is currently playing and coaching with the Elecom Kobe Finies in the Japan X-League. He was here on a short vacay.

    We got to do quite a bit of talking about the JJ and Mack and even the current coaching regime. Lets just say it was a very “enlightening” conversation filled with “hmmmm and oh my’s”.

  32. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 9:57 am

    I read Rivers won’t WALKON anywhere. I don’t know what kind of leverage Rocky Long is trying to use. “Hey Stephen, we can’t give you a scholie, but you can sleep on your brother’s couch and eat his left overs”

  33. boolakanaka March 3, 2014 9:58 am

    18—Aloha All. I do think MauiWarrior is correct. In sum, The NCAA allows a one-time exception for graduate students that eliminates the sit-out year that accompanies most transfers. Thus, as long as the student player enrolls in a graduate program at UH that USC doesn’t offer, he can do a straight forward transfer.

    For a specific example, see: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andy_staples/06/27/wilson.transfer.wisconsin/index.html#ixzz2uvmiN1Qs

    On a side note, not sure how serious about his academics, but with all due respect to the Shidler school, it is not on the same level of the Marshall School at USC (and just as a FYI, I hate SC) but I want be objective.

  34. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 10:01 am

    Speaking of QB Transfers:
    Texas Tech QB Michael Brewer is transferring to Virginia Tech after graduating this may and will have 2 to play 2

  35. jm2375 March 3, 2014 10:04 am

    al-san – #28 – I am one of a number of team “aunties” and will be helping to feed them after Sunday’s game. Thanks to Stretch and co. for feeding the team earlier this season.

  36. tommui March 3, 2014 10:10 am

    Louisville has 4 QBs on its roster and an incoming freshman QB/db.

    TCU -story: Quarterback quandary

    If Gary Patterson remains committed to giving incoming freshmen Foster Sawyer and Grayson Muehlstein a shot at earning the starting job, then this story won’t really get interesting until both report to campus in June. For the spring, however, Tyler Matthews should get plenty of chances to shine and give coaches a reason to use Trevone Boykin elsewhere.

    (Boykin was the backup).

  37. al March 3, 2014 10:20 am

    34…too bad he was a good one.

  38. al March 3, 2014 10:22 am

    jmxxxx…aren’t you too young to be an “vb auntie”?

  39. jm2375 March 3, 2014 10:24 am

    al-san – I am an auntie, not THE aunties.

  40. Rodney March 3, 2014 10:25 am

    Rivers or Whittek
    Want the guy that can lead best!
    Who has more experience?

  41. al March 3, 2014 10:26 am

    tom…for some reason i keep associating you and a mile high burger, a mountain of fresh cut fries and an onion loaf. an array of dips ranch, mayo/ketchup, mayo/siracha, bleu cheese, sour cream/salsa, chipotle/cream…!!!

  42. jm2375 March 3, 2014 10:26 am

    😳 … not one of THE aunties

  43. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 10:31 am

    Bobby Petrino is the new Louisville coach and will bring in a new offense and will be cleaning house. QB Tyler Ferguson out of Penn St and OT Ian Silberman out of Florida already made the switch.

  44. gobows March 3, 2014 10:37 am


    how soon we forget…former crusader jeremiah masoli is another example when he left oregon for mississippi in 2010.

    currently he is up north with the hamilton tiger cats

  45. Shoko March 3, 2014 10:40 am

    Yep, Petrino hired his old offensive coordinator when he was at Arkansas. I assume he’s sticking with the power spread.

  46. gobows March 3, 2014 10:41 am


    id like to take a look at 21 year old freshman beau reilly.

  47. Shoko March 3, 2014 10:41 am

    Masoli was another one that took advantage of that graduate-transfer rule when he went to Ole Miss. Think his major was Social Work at Oregon.

  48. Da Punchbowl Kid March 3, 2014 11:04 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 😉

    Quick healing to Shigematsu.

    Nice post Mr. Tsai, love to read about the big guys up front. Looks like we’ll have some nice young talent and some experienced guys too. I imagine that the O-line is going to get stronger and stronger. Coach Nae’ole has done great so far, IMHO.

    If we end up with a plug and play QB with a quick learning curve, offense should do well. It just a question of who we’ll end up with.

  49. SteveM March 3, 2014 11:12 am

    Happy Birthday WreckinEyez !!!

    Happy Birthday Mrs. BG !!!

  50. tommui March 3, 2014 11:14 am

    #41 – sounds good but I don’t use hot sauce, let alone chipote.

  51. Stephen Tsai March 3, 2014 11:20 am

    I think any transferring QB can eliminate teams early, but can’t make a commitment until after the semester is over. Then there’s the matter of being accepted into a school. That was the deal with Sean Schroeder. He chose Hawaii, but had to wait a while before being accepted.
    I think Hawaii is happy with the guys already in the fold. I’m not so sure they’ll pursue another QB if Wittek decides to go elsewhere.

  52. Da Punchbowl Kid March 3, 2014 11:24 am

    So al and Judge Mui –

    Are you guys saying that the Honolulu Burger Company has good burgers?

  53. Da Punchbowl Kid March 3, 2014 11:26 am

    Never mind – just saw their menu – thanks, you’ve helped Sweety and I decide where to eat din-din!

  54. al March 3, 2014 11:27 am

    poor wittek…if the shoe fits and he becomes a warrior.
    his last name will be butchered by so many different variations of folks misspelling his surname. already his name his had at least 4 times on this blog.

    kind of like davone.

  55. al March 3, 2014 11:29 am

    dpk…its tom who has rave reviews about the joint. i’ve never been.

    i’d rather go a half block up the street to the dew drop inn.

  56. NotNasti March 3, 2014 11:39 am

    Maui & Boola, there are two graduate transfer exception rules. The rule you are citing applies to graduates who have previously transferred schools. In order to play immediately, the graduate must be accepted and enrolled in a specific graduate program not offered by the previous school. There is, however, a one-time exception for graduates that have not transferred previously (ala Sean Schroeder, Wittek & Rivers). Here’s where it gets complicated. This exception does not apply to sports such as football, men’s or women’s basketball or baseball, except, when the athlete has two years of athletic eligibility remaining. Russell Wilson HAD to transfer to a graduate program not offered by his previous school, because he had just one year of eligibility remaining. Schroeder, Wittek & Rivers have (had) two years of eligibility remaining. In order to utilize this exception, you must have redshirted one year, and graduated in three, with two years of eligibility remaining.
    I agree that the Shidler College of Business cannot compare with USC’s Marshall School of Business, but Wittek wants out, so the comparison is moot. His goal (at this time) is the NFL, not corporate america.

  57. leron March 3, 2014 11:48 am

    Good point Mr.Tsai….while there’s so much excitement with possible QB transfers, the answer might already be on the team. Graham WAS recruited and part of a big name school. Woolsey is only going to be a Sophomore this year, but in his third year in this system so the maturity and knowledge may have developed with the work he’s put in.

  58. boolakanaka March 3, 2014 11:57 am

    56–Counselor, thanks for the, at once, lucid and cogent analysis. Given his long odds, and well, a dearth of productivity at the college ranks, maybe corporate America is where he should be cultivating his energies…..oh, well.

  59. jeezy33 March 3, 2014 12:06 pm

    If Clarkson is the connection to get Wittek to Hawaii, then I guess I could see why Hawaii would take him over others considering MC Poe is the 1st QB Hawaii has offered in 2015. A Clarkson product on 60 minutes..

  60. NotNasti March 3, 2014 12:08 pm

    Boola, I agree, but we’re not 21 are we? We were quite confident (and foolish) at that age.

  61. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 12:20 pm

    #54 or Grice-Mullen, Mullens, Mullin, Mullins

  62. boolakanaka March 3, 2014 12:22 pm

    60—Dear Esquire…confident, well, I dunno. Foolish on the other hand, is something I have cultivated to the fullest extent, to this day.

  63. tommui March 3, 2014 12:54 pm

    #55 AL: But dew drop does not serve hamburgers. Good Chinese food though.

  64. ai-eee-soos March 3, 2014 1:18 pm

    don’t if posted yet …

    Cindy Luis: MVB 8th

    A little surprised but

    1. Loyola 11 votes. 2. BYU 7 votes. 3. Long Beach State. 4. Pepperdine. 5. UCLA. 6. USC. 7 UCSB. 8. Hawaii and UC Irvine. 10 Stanford

  65. ai-eee-soos March 3, 2014 1:19 pm

    ” don’t know if posted yet “

  66. jalansky March 3, 2014 1:28 pm

    Before the image fades too much, I wanted to bring up that photo that Stephen posted of Joey Iosefa and Scott Harding a little while ago. The former was described by Coach Chow last year as “the one player we couldn’t afford to lose (and we lost him)”–translation: MVP–while the other was voted the team’s MVP at season end. In short, the picture was a shot of our dual MVP threat heading into the 2014 season. I look forward very much to seeing both on the field again. It will be the last year for a couple of outstanding athletes who have really represented UH well.

  67. Pupule March 3, 2014 1:55 pm

    “Lana’i island owner and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is the fifth richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s top billionaires.”

    Can you imagine if Ellison donated to UH Football? He can afford it and it would be a nice tax write off for him as well. A couple million in donations (each year) would turn the program around.

    Please Mr. Ellison…help our program, our school, our State, our home. Don’t just take Hawai’i land, give back to the Hawai’i people. Give back……

    C’mon man !

  68. PurpleMaple March 3, 2014 2:16 pm

    I believe Mr. Ellison would not consider donating to Hawaii Athletics, but may consider donating to the University of Hawaii. But before taking serious consideration into simply moving money to the university, the university will have to demonstrate that its house is in order. Right now, it’s not.

  69. al March 3, 2014 2:24 pm

    64… dumplings have ground pork, shrimp, scallops, lobster, et al.
    just like hamburger, no?

  70. connor March 3, 2014 2:30 pm

    Please read latest blog of Career Changers regarding the UH/Long Beach game and give your comments as to whether you think UH should have allowed Long Beach to score just so that it could have more time to come down the court to win.

  71. Andrew March 3, 2014 2:39 pm


    Agreed. Although I don’t think he’d donate to UH at all if he knew their track record on handling funds. I don’t blame him either.

  72. tommui March 3, 2014 2:45 pm

    Never took a course in higher math, but if someone only has 1,000,000,000 (a billion) and donates $100,000,000 or 10% but his principal generates around 15% or higher, I don’t believe his tax write-off is going to amount too much.

  73. boolakanaka March 3, 2014 2:49 pm

    In regards to the frequent topic of the potential foundational monies Larry Ellison could provide, the following should be said: one, at this juncture he does not need a write-off at this stage of largesse. In fact, at very minimum, it would have to be in the high nine-figure range to make any appreciable dent as a deduction.

    Moreover, the way the uber rich do estate planning and taxes is singular.For example, in 2009, 1,470 households reported income of more than $1 million but paid no federal income tax on it, through their use of various tax loopholes and shelters. Tax rates for millionaires have fallen by 25 percent since the mid-’90s, while one quarter of millionaires currently pay lower tax rates than the average middle-class household.

    The more relevant point here, is whether their is value-added for Mr. Ellison, thus besides basic altruism, is it a topic/activity in which he has a vested interest. While he is certainly make a profound dent in Lana’i, recent history has shown that in terms of a university underwriting, he has only previously supported both Stanford and Harvard.

    A person like Larry Ellison would have to be approached from the very top of the university, and the fact that we are in transition in that very position does not bode well for us. Further, success lends to success, and from that vantage we are not operating on a profoundly uneven playing field or perhaps, not even in the same zip code. Summarily, one would have to symmetrically articulate to Mr. Ellison an endeavor that overlaps with either something in his personal history or a contemporary interest; merely being in the same backyard is not sufficient.

  74. boolakanaka March 3, 2014 2:51 pm

    73….This is true Judge. In fact, because his has a designated foundation, he has already created a proscribed legal fiction, and thus, his tax position is not inherently advanced.

  75. boolakanaka March 3, 2014 2:56 pm

    72. If he was actually interested, he (ellison) could follow the tack of Boone Pickens. As you might recall, Boone originally made a 300 million donation to his alma mater, OK State’s athletic department. However, there was a large caveat–his investment company would manage the monies. in lieu of the university.

    Thus, in one fail swoop, he realized a very large deduction over a decade, and at once, took both a management fee, and profits over and above the set rates of return. Hmmmn–not too shabby!

  76. Da Punchbowl Kid March 3, 2014 3:13 pm

    jalansky – #67 –

    Very, very well said. I coudn’t agree more. Further, Iosefa should be in an NFL camp by the following year. Not to mention Beau Yap returns to lead the defense. We do have lots to look forward to in our returnees.

    Now I’m starting to get excited, thinking about that!


  77. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 4:01 pm

    it’s 4am in Ukraine… 1 more hour

  78. Da Punchbowl Kid March 3, 2014 4:10 pm

    Dave – one more hour until…?

  79. NorthShoreFan March 3, 2014 4:11 pm

    Guud Afternoon Tsaikos…bootiful day…conversed with daughter over in Weatherford…one day…0 degrees…next day…60-70…lucky me in Hawaii!


  80. BigWave96744 March 3, 2014 4:17 pm


  81. Warrior Dave March 3, 2014 4:47 pm

    Tommui & Al,

    I went to McKinley HS and remember seeing Dew Drop Inn from young kid time. You two are the only people I know that ever ate there! Based on your comments, I may have actually step in and eat a meal to try it.

  82. Warrior Dave March 3, 2014 4:48 pm

    Interesting how Chow is putting all of his eggs into the Wittek barrel or nothing. Personally, I like Graham so no big deal if Wittek comes or not.

  83. Rodney March 3, 2014 4:50 pm

    Wittek is the man !!!!!!

  84. Da Punchbowl Kid March 3, 2014 5:07 pm

    Thanks BigWave. God help us all.

  85. tommui March 3, 2014 5:26 pm

    For those that were interested in the Senate’s examination of the BOR head during the Stevie Wonder matter, this examination is much better.


    (No, I am voting for a fellow Blogger)

  86. al March 3, 2014 5:34 pm

    warrior dave…from one mckinley alumni to another. it is one of the best kept secrets. not your typical canton cuisine. 2/3 of the menu is something you may never have heard of before. its a small quaint eatery and i suggest reservations especially friday – sunday.

    the good thing is that you can bring your own ” beverages” anf they don’t charge a corkage. (no bar service)

    and the hostess/server is becky tsai..

  87. wafan March 3, 2014 6:21 pm


  88. AllG March 3, 2014 7:14 pm

    51. So does that mean Rivers is out? Are we not pursing him? Really he is my first choice, I was not very impressed with Wittek

  89. Jeezy33 March 3, 2014 7:55 pm


    Come on Norm. They take silva, we take qb

  90. SteveM March 3, 2014 11:03 pm


    Warrior Dave — I’m a McKinley grad too. I don’t know Dew Drop Inn, but I was raised in Kailua until 9th grade. Any other McKinley grads tuned in here?

  91. SteveM March 4, 2014 12:19 am

    … and for the Farrington high grads of the same era… this signature piece by the Farrington band at the stadium reminds me of epic football games…


  92. wafan March 4, 2014 2:40 am

    Good morning!

  93. whitey March 4, 2014 7:09 am

    good morning tsaikos. 10% discount day at Ross’s and Savers. Woohoo!!!!

  94. whitey March 4, 2014 7:10 am

    if had energy like koakane, would go for the next level, but need at least 5 cups of kope to accomplish that.

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