JJ resigns at SMU

Six seasons and two games after leaving UH, June Jones has resigned as SMU’s head coach.

He turned the SMU program, as he did at UH 15 years earlier, but had a horrendous start this season, managing a lone touchdown in two games.

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When a significant player is lost to injury, coaches often ask the other players to increase their contributions by 5 percent.

Not sure what the equation is for the loss of two key players — running back Joey Iosefa (4 to 6 weeks with a fractured right ankle) and linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams (remainder of season with torn ACL in left knee) – but this should open the way for developing players.

Running back Steven Lakalaka moves into a starting role, and Lance Williams joins the rotation at outside linebacker. But this also opens the way for Domninique Small, who is considered a sleeper at running back, and, maybe, a freshman linebacker such as Jahlani Tavai.

There were team and position meetings this morning. A workout is scheduled for twilight.


  1. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 8:11 am


  2. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 8:16 am

    Where are you fine people?

    Click on a Grease’s name, here. Stop Hamas now.

  3. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 8:17 am

    Overcoming injuries
    by STEPHEN TSAI on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

    A workout is scheduled for twilight.

    The Cullens will be there. Joking.

  4. haka September 8, 2014 8:21 am

    Go Warriors!
    Bring it!

  5. Warrior Dave September 8, 2014 8:26 am

    Always Sucks went your starters go down. Much depth at LB per preseason discussion. Hope it’s true… I don’t think amy one can replace Joey. Chow should consider red shirting Joey depending on how the next 4-6 weeks go.

  6. MakakiloGuy September 8, 2014 8:58 am

    Feels like Iosefa been here for like 10 years…does he even had a RS left?

  7. al September 8, 2014 9:01 am

    these injuries are not only devastating for the warriors, but, for these two potential Sunday players future as we’ll.

  8. al September 8, 2014 9:07 am

    rb is where we’ve lacked depth. somebodies need to step up? maybe this is when the st. juste gets a real shot to tote the coconut. maybe no redshirt? maybe lewis switches practice jersey?

  9. islandman September 8, 2014 9:07 am

    8th , found the blog by going to Warrior World home page first.

  10. islandman September 8, 2014 9:08 am


  11. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 9:14 am

    islandman September 8, 2014 at 9:07 am
    8th , found the blog by going to Warrior World home page first.

    You have to go to the Honolulu Star Advertiser ‘site first; somehow, the actual Hawaii Warrior World page displays the link AFTER the Star Advertiser shows the link.

  12. jm2375 September 8, 2014 9:15 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Fast and correct healing to the injured Rainbow Warriors.

    How come when take almost an hour to see da new post????????????

    Hope you had a great birthday, ST.

  13. tommui September 8, 2014 9:17 am


    The RBs got to really step up now. Either that or we pass most of the time using the RBs as blockers

  14. UHfan808 September 8, 2014 9:23 am


  15. islandman September 8, 2014 9:23 am

    Northern Iowa QB was sacked 5 times and intercepted twice by Iowa . They didn’t manage any sacks of the Iowa QB. So i hope UH can run the QB out of the stadium ?

  16. Pomaikaikeolahou September 8, 2014 9:26 am

    Good Morning:

    UH vs Northern Iowa
    28    –    17    Pomai
    31    –    30    Whats Up
    56    –    14    d1shima

  17. Bryson September 8, 2014 9:27 am

    Stephen do you think with the injury to JGW will also allow Malachi Mageo to get into the mix? Also 1 player I really enjoy watching on defense is Luke Shawley he looks like a kid in a candy store on the field very enjoyable to watch I don’t know if anyone noticed this play but he chased down the Oregon State rb from his end position caught up with him about 15 yards downfield

  18. UHfan808 September 8, 2014 9:33 am

    Good morning, again, Tsai-kos!

    Hope everyone heals quick! Saying healing prayers!

    I wonder if gelatin would help?

    Sounds like this will be a great opportunity for the guys to up their step up!

  19. UHfan808 September 8, 2014 9:36 am

    Hi Pomai:

    Us 40 : them 28

  20. Andrew September 8, 2014 9:36 am

    I’m all behind Woolsey and think he has the potential to be a truly great QB and the coaches must see more in him than the other QBs if they made him the starter, but considering this is Chow’s third year and a must win year for him too, you have to wonder at what point if Woolsey continues to struggle does he pull the trigger and try another QB? Woolsey is just a sophomore and the game reps are good for his development, but Chow and the staff are in a must win now situation this year. I really like this staff and think we are making good strides in recruiting improvements and would really like to see them continue.

  21. Stephen Tsai September 8, 2014 9:37 am

    Not sure what the plans are for Mageo.
    You’re right about Shawley. He’s relentless.

  22. kawika49 September 8, 2014 9:49 am


    UH 28 NI 10
    Thank you.

  23. jeezy33 September 8, 2014 9:54 am

    Free Luke Shawley!

  24. jeezy33 September 8, 2014 9:56 am

    17. Shawley should be in at least every 3rd down passing situation and rushing from the edge. Not sure why we use him as a 3 tech DE but he’s holding his own and bringing a spark. I wanna see him out on the edge more.

  25. jeffdman200 September 8, 2014 10:09 am

    We need to get Graham back in now before the schedule gets harder than the next two games. Losely is not the answer as he would be most likely benched next year for Wittek/

    Bench Losely now and put in Graham or Higgins.

  26. ArcumFortis September 8, 2014 10:16 am


    You have a valid point about considering the switch at quarterback. But calling Ikaika Woolsey names seems uncool to me…..just sayin

  27. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2014 10:26 am

    The good news is Joey will probably be back for conference play. So far he is our offense. We don’t seem to have the personnel, as of yet, that can execute any air attack. I give Wynn & Co. in trying to open up the passing attack, but so far we are one-dimensional. Worst yet is when that one-dimension rests on a guy who is now on crutches.

    Hopefully this major setback forces the program to get our passing game to an acceptable level of execution. That may be the silver lining.

    Doing an extra prayer for an extra speedy recovery for Iosefa and a smooth and full recovery for JGW.

    Pomai’s Picks:
    21-10 Hawaii

  28. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 10:30 am

    Mr. Pomai:
    Northern Iowa: 31
    Hawaii: 24

    Kareem (yes, that Kareem) on Bruce Levenson; Kareem is right on about this:


    This is just getting to become a witch hunt.

  29. hatakeman September 8, 2014 10:39 am

    Pomai: Hawaii 38; Northern Iowa 24

  30. Wes'side Warrior September 8, 2014 10:44 am

    Morning, Gang!

    It was evident in our first game that we kinda had no Plan B after Iosefa. Although he didn’t gain 100+ yards in game 2, he was still Plan A. Now that he is down, we gotta scramble to solidify a new Plan A, and still develop Plans B+. Still can have one heck of a season… just gotta get guys to make the plays when given their chances.

  31. ponojr September 8, 2014 10:46 am

    The most fan popular player is always the backup QB.

    Woolsey needs to play to get better. I’m not saying he didn’t have a bad game, but these were two Pac 12 teams. The game tape will say a lot so let’s see what happens this week.

    To me, unless you were a QB that started in a D1 game you shouldn’t say much.

  32. 4-Prong September 8, 2014 10:49 am

    ponojr: does that include you, then?

  33. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2014 10:51 am

    I’m not convinced either way on Woolsey just yet. Unless he completely loses his mind during the next game, I think giving him another 1-1.5 games to see what happens would be ok. The next opponent, at least on paper, won’t be the supposed power-conference type players. This may present an opportunity to get comfortable in the position.

  34. Wes'side Warrior September 8, 2014 10:59 am

    Took a peek at Northern Iowa’s stats against Iowa a week ago… 380 passing yards, 25 rushing yards… 16 penalties. Hope we’re ready. We gave up a bit to Oregon State through the air.

  35. Shadow September 8, 2014 11:00 am

    Less 1 Bull in the RB squad now that Joey’s injured. Faalogo may be more of a help there than DL. Can help w/ blocking & short yardage rushing (along w/ his already special teams play).

  36. Whats Up September 8, 2014 11:02 am

    I remember last season Taylor Graham did the same thing overthrowing receivers and had accuracy issues in his first 2 starts. We all complained that Woolsey and Higgins should get a chance and they both didn’t produce. Nobody mentioned Sean Schroeder as a replacement for Taylor Graham which we found out he was the right man for the job. All of us that were complaining were wrong about the QB situation last season.

    And there is no Sean Schroeder on the roster this season. So going through this same exercise again of the arm chair QB’s asking for a QB change is premature. Woolsey will get better over the season and if he doesn’t the coaching staff will make changes as needed. But it’s going to take until the MWC games before Woolsey and the offense gels together solidly.

  37. Pete Jek September 8, 2014 11:03 am

    June Jones has resigned from SMU.

  38. Bryson September 8, 2014 11:03 am

    Uh oh…Reports swirling about that JJ will be resigning today…

  39. Bryson September 8, 2014 11:06 am

    I don’t get why everyone continues to bring up Sean Schroeder as if he was a great qb last time I checked we still ended up at 1-11 and if you paid attention he had receivers who were making play and making him look good..If he didn’t have Gant and Kirkwood who consistently battled for the ball against db’s his stats would have been alot different

  40. Whats Up September 8, 2014 11:07 am

    Hawaii has good depth as a team overall. The defense started off getting torched (Dee Maggitt) and the D-line got push around for 3 quarters. Clune made adjustments and got True Freshman CB Nick Nelson in the game to help in the secondary. Losing Jerrol Garcia Williams was huge but having a deep LB corp really helped there was no drop off. But that was because of the depth chart at LB looks strong with Tevita Lataimua, Simon Poti, Julian Gener, Benny Fonua, Lance Williams, TJ Taimatuia, Jeremy Castro and more.

    Trayvon Henderson made a big hit and need to leave the game for a bit and Marrel Jackson steps right on and doesn’t miss a beat. Losing Joey for a month is huge and Lakalaka and Diocemy will have to carry the load at RB just like last season when Joey was out with a broken foot. Hawaii building up the depth chart the past 2 seasons is paying off. There are a lot of players that have live game reps and when 1 goes down there is not a huge fall in the depth chart.

  41. Bryson September 8, 2014 11:09 am

    One thing I noticed is against OSU they didn’t roll the pocket out as much as they did against Udub and Ikaika was paying the price for it..Also going back to the officiating how did they call roughing the passer on Gener and not call any on Oregon State players who laid alot worse hits on Woolsey?

  42. jeezy33 September 8, 2014 11:11 am

    I personally don’t want the Run n Shoot back at Hawaii.

  43. TChahng September 8, 2014 11:12 am


    TChahng 49 – 28

    Mahalo nui!

  44. kakaako kid September 8, 2014 11:21 am

    JJ resigned

  45. 3-Prong September 8, 2014 11:25 am

    Kakaako, maybe you should have said “resigned” in wuotation marks.

  46. 3-Prong September 8, 2014 11:26 am

    Quotation marks

  47. Stephen Tsai September 8, 2014 11:28 am

    It’s not a shock that he resigned. I just thought he’d wait until after the season. But, I guess, this gives SMU a chance to find time to find someone new.

  48. tom September 8, 2014 11:28 am

    Jones’ resignation is effective immediately. Leigh Steinberg, the coach’s agent, said in a tweet that Jones had felt for some time that he had accomplished his mission to turn around the SMU program and needed a break.

  49. Marleysdad September 8, 2014 11:29 am

    Uh oh, here comes the “bring JJ back” crowd.


  50. Whats Up September 8, 2014 11:31 am


    Lets not forget Sean Schroeder threw catchable balls to the receivers and after taking his lumps in 2012. In 2013, Sean ran the offense and made the plays to put up a lot of points. Hawaii went 1-11 because Kaumeyers defense gave up everything points, yards, scheme and just stunk it up. If you told me the Hawaii offense would put up around 30 points and 400 yards a game. I would say Hawaii would win most of those games but the defense gave up around 40 points and 500 yards a game. The record doesn’t tell the whole story and thats why Kevin Clune is the new DC.

    While Gant and Kirkwood did make some plays lets not forget Sean threw a catchable ball for them to go get it. Gant and Kirkwood were also playing WR with Woolsey, Graham and Higgins at QB last season and we all know the merry-go-round that ended up being. So to ask for another merry-go-round after game 2 is premature with no QB with a full season of experience like Hawaii had last season with Sean to turn things around on the offense.

    The QB’s Hawaii has on the roster are about the same as far live game reps and now Woolsey has a little more reps. We were all wrong last season about who should play QB because none of us was rooting for Sean and he played like a champion with heart for us. So let the coaches do there job and decide whats the best course of action for the team.

  51. ArcumFortis September 8, 2014 11:35 am

    We are playing a (theoretically) weaker team this week on our home field. We need to play well and win. Woolsey needs to play well and show that he can be a dominating force under such circumstances. It is not good that we lost Joey and JGW but we should have the depth to step and play.

    If this week’s game is a disappointment then it will be a major statement of where we are at and it will not be a good statement. So far I feel our team played pretty well against competition that overmatched us.

    It is not realistic to think we will consistently beat teams from the big 5 conferences. But we must be able to handle d2 teams relatively easily and consistently beat MWC teams most of the time. I think this is a reasonable expectation. I like our team and I can see the incredible amount of fight they have in them. I feel much better about the game management and adjustments made by our coaches. But it is time to produce. I am sure both the players and the coaches know this. I look forward to an outstanding effort from our team this week. They deserve such a performance and so do we. Imua.

    (And please not too much of the the bring JJ back. He’s lost his mojo for now and the R&S is old news).

  52. BigWave96744 September 8, 2014 11:39 am

    With the recent hire of Larry Brown as the MBBall coach, SMU has wanted the football program to step up and compete with the big boys, like the bball team has done. Being demolished by the lowly North Texas Mean Green (formerly of the Sun Belt) did not sit well with the Big time Texas Boosters. June’s time was up

  53. kakaako kid September 8, 2014 11:47 am

    Let us start the chants now. Bring back Norm Chow. How many thought we would be 0-2 two weeks ago? How many thought the two losses would be by 9 points? The boys continue to play hard and deserve our support. I am confident improvements will follow. Postseason play lies ahead. Let’s go Norm!

  54. A-joe September 8, 2014 11:53 am

    Relax. JJ not coming back.

  55. Andrew September 8, 2014 11:54 am

    I’m 100% behind coach Chow. JJ was an awesome coach and was responsible for the great success that this program has had over the years, but Chow is the coach now and he deserves the support. The team is heading in the right direction and the outlook on the rest of the season looks promising. Bringing back JJ is not going to guarantee success. The landscape of CFB is now in the spread with a dual threat attack. The R&S while has shown success is very one dimensional and looks like teams have caught on to defending it over the years.

  56. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 11:59 am

    This is pure bachi. You folks (especially the “boo-hoo bring Jones back crowd” — and can we STOP calling him “JJ”? He’s not a children’s cartoon program host, for Pete’s sake) forget how he took the lower road and “surpraiiiiised surpraiiiiiised” everyone in Hawaii when he appeared on TV with an SMU red tie.

  57. Kifi September 8, 2014 12:02 pm

    #54 – Nah, A-Joe. My sources tell that he is coming back to Hawaii.

  58. Kifi September 8, 2014 12:05 pm

    #54 – Nah, A-Joe. My sources tell me that he is coming back to Hawaii.

  59. Warrior Dave September 8, 2014 12:07 pm

    Welcome back JJ!!! So glad to have you back. At least three games will be exciting.

  60. Kifi September 8, 2014 12:07 pm

    He’ll be at the golf course in Kona.

  61. ArcumFortis September 8, 2014 12:08 pm

    I am reminded of the SMU athletic director crowing about his brilliant strategy in luring JJ away from us (not sure they still have the same AD now). With a 36 and 43 record over seven years it is less to crow about now. But JJ did get a wilting program back up to competitiveness at SMU while we headed south. Don’t know if JJ was forced out or decided to leave on his own (press releases don’ t usually tell the story). But I have a lot of respect for people who can step aside when they cannot get the job done. It’s a noble thing to do.

    But Aloha Stadium was a fun place to be with JJ at the helm. Usually had a feeling that we could pull of the impossible and knock off big teams. While it didn’t often happen there was something about JJ’s swagger that made you believe it could. I hope he lands on his feet and finds a good way forward.

  62. hatakeman September 8, 2014 12:11 pm

    I wonder what happened with JJ at SMU. His Mustangs were awful on both sides of the ball.

  63. Turfwar September 8, 2014 12:15 pm

    Pretty sure the AD that hired JJ is no longer at SMU.

  64. hatakeman September 8, 2014 12:16 pm

    Another quarterback should be given an opportunity to lead the Warriors. Especially with the loss of Iosefa, the game plan changes may require a different skillset at the QB position.

  65. SteveM September 8, 2014 12:18 pm

    Best wishes and fast healing to Joey Iosefa!
    We need him for the MWC season.

    That said, I was just commenting to my Aloha stadium seat partner last Saturday that I had a general concern about the play calling. Very general. “Do you remember Dick Tomey and Gary Allen?”, I started… Star running back Allen went into the line left, right, and up the middle and when the dust settled after 9 yards, we punted… or so my selective memory recalls. We were one-dimensional and I had to buy stronger binoculars to watch the line of scrimmage.

    Now, Iosefa is a lot more impressive…size, speed, power and he can even pass.
    So without Iosefa, players must step up and the play calling has to open up even more.
    Heal up Joey, and when you return, you might be joining a more powerful and versatile offense.

  66. cocobean September 8, 2014 12:19 pm

    CG. Do I have to stop calling you CG also? Some times I wonder if JJ had as hard a time growing up as a Boy Named Sue?

  67. SteveM September 8, 2014 12:23 pm

    Best wishes to Jerrol Garcia-Williams!
    Will see you back again next year.

  68. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 12:24 pm

    cocobean September 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    CG. Do I have to stop calling you CG also? Some times I wonder if JJ had as hard a time growing up as a Boy Named Sue?

    Heh, heh, cocobean . . . you can call me CG if you want. Can call me anything else if you want (I’d say “famous last words” but, uh . . . several have called me anything they want anyways, bwahaha).

  69. Down with... September 8, 2014 12:24 pm

    JJ got nothing to offer here…the glory days of the true RnS are done.

    …regarding Shawley, definitely brought some energy to the D

    I really like this Nick Nelson guy, maybe even better than our two starters although they alright.

    Why the heck do TE’s give us so much hardship? TE’s are always beating us up, especially on crucial 3rd downs…i thought we had good cover LB’s….

    and lastly, does anyone know if ALL the refs were Pac 12 or just half and (lead Ref official)? still scratching my head…although they did try their hardest to equal the bullsh*t calls in the first half with make calls in the second, but killing momentum is killing momentum…we can’t have that against Pac 12 opponents….no excuses though we did play rather “flat” in the first half…

  70. 4-Prong September 8, 2014 12:31 pm

    While June Jones didn’t replicate the success he had in Hawaii at SMU, give the man some credit. He really did turn around that SMU program. He didn’t transform them into a top 25 power, but he at least turned them around to a competent football team (aside from this year).

  71. bowwar September 8, 2014 12:39 pm

    UH 24 – NIU 10…It will be a scrapper.

    My assessment: Woolsey had an extremely bad game on Saturday…I’m not sure I would put up with another performance like that again NIU. With that in mind, it opens up the QB position between Graham and Higgins…

    Gotta let the coaches coach, as it’s their team and livelihood…If they don’t win with the QB in place, they’ll have to consider their options.

    I’d like the team to move Lewis into running back and see how he does…Smalls is a bigger RB than Saint Juste, but didn’t seem like he was strong enough to go between the guard/tackle. Lakalaka is a workhorse, but he’ll have to be given a breather alot more than Iosefa.

  72. bowwar September 8, 2014 12:41 pm

    Looks like Maggit had a good kick-off return in the last game…I think he may be a better returner since he doesn’t hesitate like Saint Juste does.

  73. Luki September 8, 2014 12:43 pm

    Gang the 2 losses we have were against teams from a bigger, stronger, faster conference, the Pac-12. Hawaii did more than just hang with them, they had those teams on they’re heels especially Washington. Iosefa was the offense, it’s time for the qb’s, rb’s, receiver’s, and tight ends to start making they’re mark on the field too. Since going deep ball is still a challenge for this team, how about more touches for the tight ends? Linebackers have a lot of depth…

  74. pollypicador September 8, 2014 12:45 pm

    Why can’t the blog host be more descriptive.

    What does it mean that the team is having a twilight workout.

    What kind of workout? On the field practice? Conditioning? Weightlifting? What?

    In the past the team has skipped practicing on Mondays (and why?) so it piques my interest to see what the team is doing at twilight.

    Could it be possible that Chow is coming to his senses and doing what many of his contemporaries are doing on Mondays and having his team practice? I hope so.

  75. PolyMom September 8, 2014 12:51 pm

    If Kevin Sumlin from A&M were smart he would hire June to get all the Poly Boys he wants. And Sumlin has his eyes on three Poly Boys from Hawaii. Believe me A&M can afford to pay for June. You have boosters like Don Adams and so many rich Aggie alumni it would be a dream come for Aggieland.
    Wishing June the best.
    Missed the game this week as we were in St Andrews, Scotland dropping off my girlie to college. Back in London where the NFL has gained so much interest here in the last few years I’m surprised.
    Hope the injuries don’t psychologically affect the team. But I have to say they looked fantastic their first game.

    Has Jahlani Tavai played yet?

  76. 4-Prong September 8, 2014 12:56 pm

    Luki: UH hung around with Washington (who barely scraped by Eastern Washington, although Eastern Washington is no joke) and their second string quarterback. It probably would’ve been a different game if Cyler Miles was playing. UH didn’t hang around with oregon state. Look at the process of the game versus the final score. It wasn’t pretty.

  77. kawika49 September 8, 2014 12:58 pm

    I am sure; things would be worse, without their new training regimen. The new Warriors, look better as the game goes on. They now have lasting power. And are building depth in some positions.

  78. Kifi September 8, 2014 12:58 pm

    Healing prayers for Garcia- Williams, Iosefa, Afusia, and Stubblefield. Get well soon.

  79. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 1:13 pm

    Kifi⁠ September 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm⁠

    #54 – Nah, A-Joe. My sources tell me that he is coming back to Hawaii.

    Just not to coach UH. Hope your sources said that, too.

    Jones is supposedly good pals with George W. Bush. Can you imagine that conversation?

    W: “Nah. Naow, June. Eeemaging if ah gave uhp chasin’ the Ace o’ Spades? Well, in a way ah did since eht took Ahbahma tah fin’ly gittim. Mah paoint, June, is, Ah know yur’re in a peninsurlar of sorts . . .”

  80. gobows September 8, 2014 1:29 pm

    on a lighter note…jackson state seems to be rolling on offense, blowing out small college lynchburg 59-0, pulling the starters at halftime…the oc is timmy chang. hc is former nfl wr harold jackson.

  81. Haleakala September 8, 2014 1:29 pm

    Hawaii 37. NIU 24

  82. Fei Jai September 8, 2014 1:35 pm

    Hi Pomai:

    UH 28, other guys 21


  83. gobows September 8, 2014 1:38 pm


    hawaii killed themselves against osu…penalties and bad passes. gotta ask what the hell happened to the game manager from week 1. where did he go? why he nevah show up? they going lose game 3 if he plays like that again.

    pre game i heard some bone head on the radio talking about 40k in attendance…
    nevah have line at the box office, had hard time selling my mada’s 2 extra tix.

  84. Fei Jai September 8, 2014 1:40 pm

    The boys played a solid game. OSU was on fire first half. Proud again of the way they played.

    We just need more short passes that are caught. That is a key adjustment that must be made.

    Completion rate goes up, with a decent running game in place, we should be ok. Higgins i’m told moves the chains. Coaches should pull the trigger on that option early if we start struggling with completions early on in the next game.

    No doubt about it – Woolsey can throw long, for sure. At this point, I’ll settle for moving the chains. If Woolsey can, then leave him be. If no can, then go to option B.

  85. bowwar September 8, 2014 1:49 pm

    I know Afusa is out and Urban was in his place, but I swear that Urban about 5 penalties called on his during the game, which is unacceptable…We definitely need to see improvement by Urban or move someone else to center.

  86. wafan September 8, 2014 1:54 pm

    Good evening.

  87. Not an Expert September 8, 2014 1:57 pm

    20 for 50 in passing and one interception. MMM not even close for the defenders to catch and intercept? If the percentage numbers of incomplete passes continue to be bad a troublesome situation. Is it the blocking? Is it the receivers? Is it the quarterback? Is it all 3? Coaches will know after reviewing the films.

  88. Boolakanaka September 8, 2014 2:05 pm

    60-Kifi you got that right–at the Maunalani to be exact.

    It amuses me to hear the rumblings of our many Monday morning QBs. With that in mind, I offer my own musing on the topic. First, hindsight has the remarkable quality of always being clairvoyant. It never makes a mistake when viewed and judged after the fact…..

    Football and well sports in general (and to a certain extent politics) is one of those rare areas in life where those that have almost no actual experience, feel completely free, no-strike that–entitled to announce a professional instruction and critique.

    Do we tell our cardiologist ” Bruddha, I would have gone with the angioplasty!!?” Or do we say, “damn Dat Hemmingway story would have been much better with one mahimahi-not one whale!” Or do we tell a civil engineer “hui, I don’t believe you that a vector is both magnitude and direction??!.”

    Everyone has an opinion, but rare is the opinion that is qualified on both experience and a proven record. Just saying….

  89. Mytake September 8, 2014 2:06 pm

    I would name JJ OC in a minute. Offensive genius. Knows how to grade QB’S. I’ll take Robinson, Chang, Rolo, Brennan and, Moniz over anyone we have now.

  90. Derek September 8, 2014 2:08 pm

    The most important requirement in a QB is accuracy. I’m sorry, Woolsey is not cutting it. His throws and velocity many times is too hard and on a line. He doesn’t have great touch on this throws and he hasn’t learned how to make various types of passes where the ball is easily catchable. That’s not saying somebody else can do a better job. That’s my observation. Can he improve? Of course he can. The question is, will he. Unfortunately, we play every week so there is not a lot of time. Gotta do it now. If we’re 1-5, I think changes are in order. You can look at it a lot of ways, but with 11 games left, it’s a sobering thought that we have to go 7 and 4 to make it to a bowl game. Winning this week is a must, no question. Lose this week and we are looking at 2-11 or if lucky 3-10. Hoping for the best. The last 2 games were interesting to say the least, but the results were the same, losses that we were supposed to lose. To the team, keep playing hard and good things will eventually turn around, hopefully very soon.

  91. kawika49 September 8, 2014 2:26 pm

    NI giving 3.5 points.

  92. Old School Dave September 8, 2014 2:26 pm

    June Jones is coming back to Hawaii, as in the Big Island to spend the rest of his days playing golf there.

  93. Old School Dave September 8, 2014 2:40 pm

    Strength and conditioning coach Gary Beemer deserved another raise for the work he’s done.

  94. islandman September 8, 2014 2:42 pm

    UH favored by 3.5 points in one line.

  95. Old School Dave September 8, 2014 2:42 pm

    that should be “Gary Beemer deserves another raise for the work he’s done.”

  96. tom September 8, 2014 2:49 pm

    MarleysDad #49 – From now on, you should refer to him as June Shelton Jones, III

  97. Warrior4Life September 8, 2014 2:55 pm

    Old School Dave September 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    that should be “Gary Beemer deserves another raise for the work he’s done.”

    I totally agree.

  98. Inyoface September 8, 2014 2:58 pm

    Glad no Pac-12 refs this week. Hopefully Woosleys throws will hit the receivers hands and while in stride instead of to the feet or in the dirt.

  99. nutmegger September 8, 2014 3:00 pm

    I like Boolakanaka’s observation that ” those that have almost no actual experience, feel completely free, no-strike that–entitled to announce a professional instruction and critique”. That hits the nail on the head.

    I meet the criteria, however I should clarify that I have NO experience as opposed to “almost” no experience. Very few people have the physical and mental strength to play football at any level and fewer still at the D1 level. As a result there are many more of us that are fans than former players.

    I feel that the team held their own against two very good Pac 12 teams. I think Ikaika Woolsey just needs some more game time experience to improve then he will light up the stadium. I trust the coaches – special teams and defensive coordinator are awesome. I have no doubts about this Saturday’s game, normally I don’t want to bachi it, but my guess is Hawaii wins by 7.

  100. Pomaikaikeolahou September 8, 2014 3:03 pm

    Good afternoon:

    UH vs Northern Iowa
    28    –    17    Pomai
    56    –    14    d1shima
    31    –    30    Whats Up
    40    –    28    UHfan808
    28    –    10    kawika49
    21    –    10    iwonderwhytheyhateme
    24    –    31    Chicken Grease
    38    –    24    hatakeman
    49    –    28    TChahng
    24    –    10    bowwar
    37    –    24    Haleakala
    28    –    21    Fei Jai

  101. wafan September 8, 2014 3:07 pm

    Pomai . . .

    38 – 21, Rainbow Warriors, naturally!

  102. Ya_Think September 8, 2014 3:07 pm

    I find it kind of ironic that chicken grease comes on this blog and blows it up yet he won’t let anyone comment on his blog……..Why is that Rich????

  103. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 3:10 pm

    A Grease doesn’t have a blog. “Ya think” you would’ve double checked if I did? Yuk yuks.

    Please tell a Grease he ain’t the only one reading between the lines; from the recent story in The Honolulu Star Advertiser (UH athletic director responds to June Jones resignation, by Ferd Lewis, POSTED: 02:40 p.m. HST, Sep 08, 2014):

    Jay said, “I’m sticking with Norm (Chow). Norm deserves our support and we’ll see how the season goes.”

    First of all, the rainbow-approving-because-a-kid-made-him-do-it Jay shouldn’t be saying crap about the matter. He demonstrated he can “no comment” with the men’s basketball team’s NCAA investigation woes; he should shaddap with this, too.

    Despite this . . . is he giving Chow fair — indeed, public — warning with the “. . . ‘see how the season goes?'” quip? The heck is “Rich”?

    Maybe you Junebelievers will have a more plump version of UH football’s coach hero if Chow manages to really blow it.

    Quite frankly . . . would be a great way to get rid of that bad luck rainbow, you ask a Grease.

  104. ArcumFortis September 8, 2014 3:33 pm

    I find many of the comments about the team in general and the quarterback situation relevant. It’s just that the comments seem to imply that the coaches are not thinking about the same things. Does anyone really believe that Coaches Chow and Wynn are not thinking about the quarterback situation? They will be left to decide how to proceed and will have to take the credit or the blame. Those kinds of decisions are what make or break coaches. If Ikaika comes out with his hair on fire and plays lights out coach is a genius. If he doesn’t a switch will be needed. But the possibility is that Woolsey with a little patience develops into a first rate leader and player. If this is not happening then of course a change needs to be made. But the “when” is easy when you are on the sidelines, less so when you have the headset. Rolo went through junk times, TC went through junk times, Colt’s I can’t remember but he was rare.

  105. Pomaikaikeolahou September 8, 2014 3:40 pm

    Actually I would like to see JJ come back as the AD.

  106. Andrew September 8, 2014 4:10 pm


    I was hoping for Shoji eventually doing that. Not sure if he would want to though considering his age

  107. oldtimer808 September 8, 2014 4:15 pm

    #88 I so agree with you. You put that so well. As always as a biased UH supporter UH 45 NIU 21. Mahalo Pomai for gathering all these predictions. I would never call my scoring as a prediction for I will always support UH.

  108. Tiki808 September 8, 2014 4:16 pm

    Ikaika Woolsey is the best QB UH football has. If anyone is better than Ikaika, why don’t they just take his place at practice? What other local talents do they have? Marcus Mariota, 6-4 is in Oregon. Let’s stop this nonsense, the better than you attitude fits here. Who is the better QB? I have been writing on blogs for almost 20 years since its inception in 1995. And writing to newspapers as everyone else, since 1974, so I’m pretty much experience in voicing my opinions on who sucks and who doesn’t. The reason I don’t put my name on, is because there really is no point or money in arguing over who is better or who is the right choice all the time. I just do this type of things for fun. I use a twitter also to get my point across and facebook, but that’s on the back burner because there is always a complaint or to about that stuff also. I find these topics interesting because it goes well into adult life and it never ends. I don’t want to be a sports writer, just an average Joe blogger in America is fine for me.

  109. oldtimer808 September 8, 2014 4:16 pm

    June Jones will be coming back to enjoy his time to relax on the Big Island playing golf. He made his money to afford his lifestyle in Kona.

  110. Shoko September 8, 2014 4:19 pm

    Hope JJ’s personal issues aren’t health-related. Best of luck to him on working out the personal issues that he’s facing.

    So, DSJ was wearing a sling during the game. What is the status?

  111. Shoko September 8, 2014 4:20 pm

    Never mind

    Someone mentioned he has a shoulder injury.

    Rotator cuff?

  112. NYUH September 8, 2014 4:43 pm

    Glad IW got to work through the rough patches on Saturday but a team needs an experienced backup QB like they need a backup RB right now. So I hope we see another QB gets some minutes this week. Lakalaka will have a great day. Hawaii Bowl!

  113. leron September 8, 2014 4:50 pm

    Saw inside access last night and they showed the opening drive, which wasn’t on TV because CBS was finishing the prior game. Wondering what might have been if UH scored on their first drive, where they easily moved the ball and should’ve at least gone up 3-0. Instead, Iosefa fumbled and OSU stuck fast, taking away any momentum and enthusiasm UH had up until that point.

  114. Lawaia September 8, 2014 4:52 pm

    Na Koa Anuenue 35 Northern Iowa 21

  115. cocobean September 8, 2014 5:39 pm

    boola. jj had a good line which I use 0casionally. The line might fall into the category of “a little knowledge can be dangerous.” He used it in reference to some of the MONDAY MORNING and ARM CHAIR quarterbacks. It went something along the line of …”you got to watch out for the ones that know a little about football but think they know a lot, what it is, is THEY DON’T KNOW THAT THEY DON’T KNOW…..”
    Anyone here knows someone who falls into that category.

  116. 3-Prong September 8, 2014 5:55 pm

    Pomai: 27-24. Bows of course! Thank you.

  117. kev-1 September 8, 2014 5:58 pm

    Pomai if you please . . .

    UH 42, NI 7

  118. C-Pop September 8, 2014 7:14 pm

    QB Woosley is a good athlete, not yet a QB that can make meaningful completions on a consistent basis, what I saw is lack of touch on his short passes inside, and many overthrown longer balls, 20 of 50 completion percentage is BAD. I still feel that he did some good things with his feet gaining yds and finding open WRs late in game. This game vs UNI will be tougher than most UH fans realize, Woosley needs to execute the game plan with precise passing and timely use of his feet, I believe his strengths as a QB are his feet & strong arm, he needs to play with confidence & produce or he may be replaced. UNI game needs to be his coming out party. UH 31 UNI 28

  119. Glenn September 8, 2014 7:31 pm

    Chalk it up as a learning experience.

    Warriors rebound 38 – 28.

  120. pollypicador September 8, 2014 7:32 pm

    Does anyone else think that Iosefa’s return in 4-6 weeks is being very optimistic?

    I know it all depends on the severity of his broken ankle but still…4-6 weeks?

    Anyone here have a similar injury and can relate to how long the recovery time from having a broken ankle takes?

    The reason I mention this is that when I searched the net the answers range from 4-6 weeks, to 8 weeks, to 3 months…and to 1 year.

    Counting the healing time, rehab, getting back into shape is it realistic that Iosefa’s scheduled return in 4-6 weeks a realty.

    I think that if anyone that can do it would be Iosefa.

    This will be interesting to see how this plays. Wishing the best to Iosefa.

  121. Fei Jai September 8, 2014 7:55 pm

    Monday morning quarterback:
    One who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight.
    Source: http://www.yourdictionary.com/monday-morning-quarterback

    What if a person is not criticizing from a position of hindsight and is instead merely talking about adjustments he would like to see or hopes to see in the next game?

    Is that still a Monday morning quarterback?

    I thought team did well; they played hard in the second half and made fewer mistakes. Woolsey showed promise and a strong arm. If I say now, in the leadup to the next game, that I’d like to see more flexibility in QB rotations if Woolsey struggles in the first half, does saying that make my comments Monday night QBing? I would be talking about the future in making that statement and not the past, right?

    In the end, it doesn’t really mattah. If we win, then all the sour grapes comments go away. Win Warriors!!!

  122. Mytake September 8, 2014 8:04 pm

    I bought season tickets after VonAppens last year. 50 yd line on the shady side. I doubt there was more than 50 guys around me. But they won that first game after a long losing streak and the place went nuts. By the end of the season that upper section was filled with bandwagoners. I could have made a profit selling my front row 50 yd line seats. In a couple years Chow will finish his contract and JJ will have that urge to coach again. Back then people were talking of going to a lower division like there talking today. He sav ed d the whole athletic program and he’s going to have to save it again. The Manoa Massiah will return and take this pathetic program back to the promised land.

  123. 3-Prong September 8, 2014 8:23 pm

    I guess SMU honchos were not going to allow JJ to call the shots like he almost did on his failed departure. Seems like he was on a short leash after that. I’m guessing that recruiting must have been rough since he announced he was going to leave. The cupboards were probably getting bare leading to this bad season start.

  124. kev-1 September 8, 2014 8:25 pm

    Does anyone else find it odd that the UH AD would need to comment about JJ (sorry CG) resigning? I know I am reading much, much, much too much into it.

  125. Derek September 8, 2014 8:29 pm

    I believe the fracture to Iosefa’s ankle is an season ender. Example, my son broke his ankle in his senior year playing high school soccer in December. It was a good 3 months until the end of February that we was able to play again. In Joey’s case, he has a promising professional career to look forward to so to him I say get well and don’t come back too soon until you are all healed. Good luck to you!

  126. 4-Prong September 8, 2014 8:32 pm

    Entertaining, this whole “if you didn’t play D-I football, then you shouldn’t comment” thing that’s being said by a few people here. I guess that means most sportswriters, including Stephen Tsai, is unqualified to have any opinions at all about the subject, as well as 99% of America (which also includes actual football coaches).

    So everyone, shhh. your opinions are not valid.

  127. pollypicador September 8, 2014 8:39 pm

    The Warrior training staff needs to look at foot,leg and knees injuries to see if there is a correlation between the length of the cleat on the player’s shoe as being the root cause.

    It stands to reason that the longer the players cleat the deeper it digs into the surface.

    And if during a play a players body goes in one direction. Yet his foot stays planted into the turf because of having a longer cleat something has to give or break-like a ligament, tendon, bone. This is science, not foreign, something that the Warrior training staff should know. They should also know that if there’s mounting injuries in one are there might be some common denominator.

    The reason I mention this is that there’s a quote that I read about JGW injury that specifically attributed to the planting of the player’s cleat into the turf as causing his injury. Was this player’s cleat long or short?

    Furthermore I saw a picture from the OSU game of #92 and #9 of the Warriors. In the pictures it shows the two defenders converging on a tackle, but from this picture I can see bottom of the player’s shoes–#92’s is long whereas #9’s is minimal.

    My question- I can see the arguments to having a longer cleat as giving the player’s an edge but are the risks the player takes worth the rewards? Aside from the size of the players cleats do the brand of shoes factor in an injury? Are Warrior training staff being proactive in looking at the root causes of leg, knee and ankle injuries?

  128. Chicken Grease September 8, 2014 8:41 pm

    kev-1⁠ September 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm⁠

    Does anyone else find it odd that the UH AD would need to comment about JJ (sorry CG)

    Heh. Don’t be sorry, kev-1 — what you’re saying’s zactly what a Grease is saying (or are you apologizing for the citing “JJ”; will gladly accept THAT apology, yuk yuks).

    I mean, why say anything — especially when you got bigger worries — about the matter, AD Jay? Hope someone calls him on it.

    Biggest football story today is that coward Rice (ex-Raven, ex-NFLer FOREVER let’s hope), anyway.

  129. cocobean September 8, 2014 8:46 pm

    4-P. who is the scoundrel that posted ” if you didn’t play D-I football, then you shouldn’t post.” I have a few choice comments I’d like to share with that person.

  130. Maddog50 September 8, 2014 8:49 pm

    Steven will be at practice tomorrow, hope to meet you. Warriors will be just fine be there Sat.——I will yelling my butt off in support!!!

  131. al September 8, 2014 9:22 pm

    Nick Nelson comes at corner and nejuan rotates to nickel in that package. Been like that since the us game.

    Graham and Higgins were warming up on the sidelines, bu sat down when woolly moved the chains and got some points on the board. Chow said he intended to have Higgins be the first one in.

  132. jeffdman2000 September 8, 2014 9:32 pm

    Bench Ikaika Losely

  133. 4-Prong September 8, 2014 9:37 pm


    didn’t play D-I football. therefore, no idea what he’s talking about.


    didn’t play D-I football, therefore should stop writing anything about football.

  134. mo808 September 8, 2014 9:47 pm

    Very sorry to hear about Joey and Jerrol! Speedy recovery wishes to both! I hope this means that Chow will be putting in more pass plays this week!

    UH 42 – NI 17

  135. Inyoface September 8, 2014 9:56 pm

    If Iosefa is out for the year, will he have another year eligible? Man I feel for him.

  136. Inyoface September 8, 2014 10:00 pm

    If he can play the last 5 or 6 games like last year, he’ll help us get into a bowl.

  137. cocobean September 8, 2014 10:12 pm

    When is someone going to post medical redshirt.

  138. kev-1 September 8, 2014 10:14 pm

    “By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser’s TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email hawaiiwarriorworld@staradvertiser.com. ”

    Shouldn’t this also apply to people insulting the student athletes???

    jeffdman2000 . . . I get that you don’t think he should start, and it sounds like there are people that agree with you. I have no problem with being critical, even of players at times. But you have called him that name on multiple occasions already. Come on man.

  139. jeffdman2000 September 8, 2014 10:46 pm

    Its a catchy knickname, if he wins Ill call him winsley….but hes just bad. Im sure hes a great student. He should make sure he gets into a good major for a good career.

  140. jeffdman2000 September 8, 2014 10:47 pm

    im a knicks fan and a warrior fan…sigh

  141. pollypicador September 8, 2014 11:03 pm

    Reading the headline I think it’s inappropriate to use JJ.

    It doesn’t sound right.

    Jones’ title deserves a little bit more formality and respect.

    On another note Jones’ departure also blows out the flame of UH ever playing SMU with Jones as head coach. So the dream match-up that fans would anticipate to see-UH against the former coach…will never come about. That’s regretful. Because you would think a series between the two schools would generate a lot of fan interest on both sides.

  142. kev-1 September 8, 2014 11:05 pm

    Actually not that catchy.

  143. Manoa#1 September 8, 2014 11:53 pm

    Fire Chow and bring Jones Back so we can watch some real Hawaii Football instead of the hawaii Pop Warner Team that Chow is Coaching Now.!!

  144. 99club September 9, 2014 12:37 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos. Just read where the Colorado game will start 8:00 a.m. Hawaii time and will be televised the PAC-12 Networks.

  145. Kifi September 9, 2014 12:42 am

    Give Urban a break. He basically has about six practices under his belt. He’s doing a great job.

  146. Pomaikaikeolahou September 9, 2014 2:18 am

    Good Night:
    UH vs Northern Iowa
    21    –    10    iwonderwhytheyhateme
    24    –    31    Chicken Grease
    24    –    10    bowwar
    27    –    24    3-Prong
    28    –    17    Pomai
    28    –    10    kawika49
    28    –    21    Fei Jai
    31    –    30    Whats Up
    31    –    28    C-Pop
    35    –    21    Lawaia
    37    –    24    Haleakala
    38    –    24    hatakeman
    38    –    21    wafan
    38    –    28    Glenn
    40    –    28    UHfan808
    42    –    07    kev-1
    42    –    17    mo808
    45    –    21    oldtimer808
    49    –    28    TChahng
    56    –    14    d1shima

  147. akuhead2 September 9, 2014 3:04 am

    The stats (yahoo) say that Marcus Mariota is 27th among QB’s in yards rushing with 85 total yards after 2 games, while Ikaika Woolsey is 36th with 65 total yards. There are 17 QB’s with more than 100 yards after 2 games, and a couple of those with more than 200 yards. Good fans should think twice about calling out Woolsey’s running ability as the strength that justifies not giving other QB’s a chance. I haven’t seen the practices, but will go with the coaches decisions. It’s just my tendency to think that they should not be sacrificing games in order to protect someones psyche. These are college athletes, many of whom are trying to make it to the pros. And those players are the ones that need to be allowed to lead.

  148. akuhead2 September 9, 2014 3:21 am


    Akuhead2 UH – 34 UNI – 17

    Beeg Mahalo for gathering these scores. Like it!

  149. Stephen Tsai September 9, 2014 5:45 am

    Ding, ding, ding.
    New post is up.
    Here’s the link: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=22935

  150. oldtimer808 September 9, 2014 8:26 am

    #143 JJ had his time and he left for more money and a different challenge. His habit of poor recruiting over time has proven itself once again at SMU. The run and shoot is not as relevant as other teams have been able to defend this offensive system. I give credit to Coach Chow and his staff for being relentless in trying to recruit good players to Hawaii. I tell you fans are fickle. You would read fans writing that JJ should run more to be more diverse. Coach Wagner should pass more instead of run. Everyone knows everyone ones business and can’t take care of their own.

  151. oldtimer808 September 9, 2014 8:30 am

    My prayers for the quick healing of all players who are injured on the UH Football and Wahine Volleyball team. When one player goes down an opportunity arises for the player waiting in the wings. This team has grit and will step up.

  152. champ again September 9, 2014 1:19 pm

    Mytake has got it! If it wasnt for the board of regents having a hand in hiring Evan Dobelle who had a hand in hiring Herman Frazier, we would have been in great shape. I was so happy seeing them fired, even the just past regime. I’m not saying we would be a national Top 5 team but a formidable one if June Jones were still here. Face it people, Hawaii will not hardly ever be able to consistently recruit 4 to 5 star players. The”run and shoot” can be very prolific with1-2- 3 star and project players. You just need QB’s and good O-line guys. It gives those smaller but talented players hope to play D-I with no “attitude” players-they will be @ Alabama, etc., etc. What we have now are people that have champagne aspirations with beer income, if u know what I mean.

  153. Spidey808 September 9, 2014 6:16 pm

    This is a crippling blow. Iosefa is by FAR our best player. Chow has failed to recruit and struggled to coach. This season will be his last. Hopefully UH can bring in a coach that can inject some enthusiasm into our program! (Maybe JJ hey neva know!)

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