Please hand the letter-opener

Tomorrow is the first day applications may be reviewed for the two soon-to-be-vacated, full-time positions on the UH football coaching staff.

Defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer and linebacker coach Tony Tuioti were told they would not be retained after their contracts expire in March. Both coaches, like all UH-Manoa assistant coaches, are on one-year contracts. They will continue to receive semi-monthly paychecks through March unless they are hired elsewhere before their contracts expire.

There does not appear to be an immediate time frame for filling both positions. The recruiting period, now in a so-called “dead” phase, will not open fully until after the American Football Coaches Association Convention (Jan. 12-15 in Indianapolis). Na Koa is paying for several UH coaches, including Kaumeyer and Tuioti, to attend the convention.

The Rainbow Warriors already have filled many of the slots for the three weekends recruits may take visits leading to the Feb. 5 signing day. The Warriors will conduct the 15 practices of spring training in April, following Manoa’s spring break (March 24-30).

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Happy belated birthday wishes to Chawan Cut and SteveM


  1. haka December 26, 2013 8:59 am

    Go Warriors!
    Coach! Coach! Coach
    Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!

  2. DoubleB December 26, 2013 9:01 am

    Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

  3. haka December 26, 2013 9:02 am

    I wonder if anyone ripped the application wrapping paper to take an early Xmas peek?

  4. tommui December 26, 2013 9:04 am


    And I hope ST and his Ohana had a good one, Christmas that is.

    And Happy New Year to the Tsai Ohana.

  5. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2013 9:08 am

    Is UH still on a furlough system?
    I went to UH at 9 a.m. on Christmas Eve, and the doors were locked. Only one I saw was Carl Clapp in his office.

  6. wafan December 26, 2013 9:11 am

    Good morning!

  7. PaulCrewe December 26, 2013 9:13 am

    Governor Abercrombie and Interim University President Lassner have authorized administrative leave for salaried employees on either December 24th (Tuesday) OR December 31st (Tuesday), not to exceed eight (8) hours for full-time personnel and four (4) hours for half-time salaried employees. This includes employees who belong to the United Public Workers (Bargaining Unit (BU) 01); the Hawaii Governmental Employees Association (BU 02, 03, 04, 08), the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (BU07), Executive/Managerial administrators, and excluded personnel.

    In general, employees who are working on either of the eves (Christmas or New Year) shall be granted administrative leave that must be taken at one time either of the eves (December 24th or December 31st), and cannot be split in any manner. The following exceptions/considerations, however, apply:
    1. An employee who is performing a mission-essential/time-sensitive mission and has been directed to work on either eve, may be given equivalent administrative time off on another date prior to the close of the current fiscal year as determined by the respective administrator.

    2. For Administrative-Professional-Technical (APT) staff who are contractually eligible for four (4) Supplemental Time Office/Professional Development (STO/PD) days observed during the period of December 26-27/30-31, 2013, you are NOT entitle to take the Governor’s Administrative Leave on December 31, 2013. The administrative leave must be taken on December 24, 2013.

    If you have submitted an on-line request for leave for a day that you would like to use the administrative leave, please make sure that you amend your leave request before the ending of the calendar year. It will not be done for you automatically.
    You are requested to pay immediate attention to your current leave balance so that you are not placed in a leave forfeiture situation at the end of the calendar year. Please contact Darren Wastell, Human Resources Officer, x690, if there is a possibility that you may.

  8. jm2375 December 26, 2013 9:18 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!
    Hope you all had a great Christmas!

    Congrats to the mbb team on their victories yesterday and Tuesday.

    Received an early Christmas present on Tuesday, my Rainbow Warrior volleyball season tickets! πŸ˜€

  9. Buffoman December 26, 2013 9:24 am

    That’s terrific of Na Koa to send Tony and Thom to the convention. It would be great if they could find landing spots on other teams while at the convention.

  10. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2013 9:26 am

    I don’t think Tuioti will have any trouble finding another job.

  11. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2013 9:33 am

    Thanks for the explanation

  12. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2013 9:35 am

    Who was the better Paul Crewe β€” Burt Reynolds or Adam Sandler?

  13. PaulCrewe December 26, 2013 9:44 am

    Not even close Burt Reynolds. Adam Sandler miscast as a prisoner.

  14. A-House December 26, 2013 9:55 am

    Burt Reynolds was just awesome!

  15. A-House December 26, 2013 9:56 am

    did not expect ST to close the blog so early on 12/24/13 – so, for us slow pokes, a belated Merry Christmas to all!!!!!!!!!!

  16. A-House December 26, 2013 10:01 am


    your #87 from 12/23/13 – perspective does wonders – for example, was it the better OL play the last 4 games or was it the level of talent they faced those same games or both?

    if, the OL gained confidence in those games and hopefully it carries over the Spring Ball, then I would view it as a “positive” gain for them provided all under classmen return for 2014 season – if not, filling in the “vacated” slot will be another “work in progress” for Naole come March 2014.

    have a good New Year’s celebration – no eat too much!

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2013 10:04 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ˜‰

    Hope errybody had a great Christmas! Tis the season of hope and joy!

    Hope Coaches Kaumeyer and Tuoiti can make some great connections at the American Football Coaches Association Convention.

    Hope Coach Chow finds what he’s looking for in those envelopes and at the same convention.


  18. leron December 26, 2013 10:12 am

    Burt Reynolds. No contest.

  19. Manoa Mist December 26, 2013 10:15 am

    Is it natural that there seems no sense of urgency to fill the football coaching positions? USC has a new coach. Boise State has a new coach. Washington has a new coach. Hawaii? Ah we get to ’em later, these only assistants anyways? Chow’s choices have been uh, strange, BTW. Tommy Lee was pulled out of retirement. Aaron Price seems to have been hired as a favor to a friend. And now, no worries, we going get whoever we get. Just can’t see any way UH football makes it next year. Tough schedule once again. No proven or developing QB. Sheesh. It it tough being a Hawaii fan these days.

  20. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2013 10:16 am

    Mr. Tsai –

    I think Reynolds was the perfect guy for the Crewe role.

    In his sophomore year at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers.[8] After graduating from Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Reynolds attended Florida State University on a college football scholarship, and played halfback. Reynolds hoped to be named to All-American teams and to have a career in professional football; however, in the first game of the season, Reynolds was injured and a car accident later that year worsened the injury.

    No, I do not have a man crush on Reynolds. You can thank wikipedia for the above info. I did see him walking around Ala Moana Center with Loni Anderson many, many years ago.

  21. jm2375 December 26, 2013 10:17 am

    Happy Belated Birthday to the balloon-hat maker extraordinaire, chawan and the Tsaiko archivist and cruise captain, SteveM!

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2013 10:21 am

    And a special shout out to our very own PaulCrewe who was brilliant in his role of making “The Longest Post” today. πŸ™‚

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2013 10:23 am

    Oh. Yeah. Uhhh, ya know, what jm just said. Happy boithday to dose guyseses too!

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2013 10:24 am

    Top 25!

  25. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 26, 2013 10:28 am

    Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas :).

    I doubt TK or TT will have problems landing a job. Just a matter of time.

  26. Bowwar December 26, 2013 10:34 am

    I wonder if Chow will carry a sign at the convention reading “Need help, OC, DC, LB Coach – must understand Chow methodology”…Sheesh, really dragging on the replacements. I would think that Chow has enough connections (like JJ) where he should have a rolodex of people that he can plug-in. I guess not…

  27. Kili December 26, 2013 10:36 am

    ST, How many more scolarships do The Warriors have left to offer?

  28. kapakahi December 26, 2013 10:46 am

    Safety commit Aaron Glover scheduled to take his official visit over the January 17th weekend….

  29. whitey December 26, 2013 10:51 am

    post merry christmas and pre happy new year to all the Tsaikos.

  30. whitey December 26, 2013 10:56 am

    kapakahi, thanks for the article. good read. happy new year.

  31. kapakahi December 26, 2013 11:03 am

    Hopefully some more OLs being recruited……since will be losing a lot of senior OL (Afusia, Loyd, Shigematsu, Lefotu, Griffin – all at least part-time starters) after next season.

  32. kapakahi December 26, 2013 11:09 am

    If everything works out, Glover’s mom (in the Army) is supposed to transfer from the Far East to Hawaii.

  33. kapakahi December 26, 2013 11:30 am

    Hopefully UH not counting a lot on JC transfers in recruiting…..with the new tougher NCAA eligibility rules for JC transfers to qualify….

  34. pu'uwai December 26, 2013 11:47 am

    Coaches Kaumeyer and Tuioti are “good guys” but, why is Na Koa paying for them to attend the AFCA convention? Why don’t they spend the money on two coaches that are part of the UH staff?

    Imua Raibow Warriors!!!

  35. pu'uwai December 26, 2013 11:49 am


  36. azwarrior22 December 26, 2013 11:53 am

    Are coaches TK and TT still on staff until their contract expires?

  37. A-House December 26, 2013 11:59 am

    What else is Na Koa paying for in 2014? I’m sure it was a “board” decision.

    For those who see no “positive” sign for sending TK and TT to the conference, they will begin to question Na Koa’s leadership and may decide to decrease or stop Na Koa contributions. As a board member told me, it’s for the players.

    That will be a bad thing for an already financially strapped program.

  38. A-House December 26, 2013 12:00 pm


    yes unless they find another coaching job – then salary ceases.

  39. A-House December 26, 2013 12:01 pm

    I guess it’s liken to a divorce where ‘spousal support” is paid until the spouse remarries.

  40. A-House December 26, 2013 12:03 pm

    Wonder how many taking “recruiting trips” to UH are local vs mainland?

    Guess they want to leave the “best”, last impression to lure them to UH. Nothing wrong with that – all part of recruiting strategy.

  41. UHfan808 December 26, 2013 12:06 pm

    Merry Belated Christmas, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers! πŸ˜€

    Hope you all had lots of good things to eat and got everything you wished for!

    Looks like back to business for the Warrior staff! Thank you, Warrior staff!

  42. A-House December 26, 2013 12:07 pm

    Glancing over the all-state offense and defense selections, I pondered how many have the “grades” to move to D1 level.

    Do UH coaches ever take trips to “intermediate” level schools to deliver the message – no matter how good you are, academics comes first – never to young to start – including parent(s) of athletes – for all sports!

  43. UHfan808 December 26, 2013 12:11 pm

    Belated Birthday wishes to chawan_cut and SteveM!!

  44. UHfan808 December 26, 2013 12:11 pm

    Have a nice peaceful day, everyone!

  45. UHfan808 December 26, 2013 12:17 pm


    Yours concerns are valid ponderings.

    Perhaps that’s called gracious hospitality.

    One day one or both may be asked to return.

    UH is right to show graciousness for their tenure – if that’s what it’s meant to be – especially since the two may be on board until March.

  46. wafan December 26, 2013 12:32 pm

    A very happy, albeit belated, happy birthday to C_C and SteveM!

    Or a very early happy birthday for next year.

  47. wafan December 26, 2013 12:32 pm

    Bravo BasketBows!


  48. el burro sabio December 26, 2013 12:48 pm

    Mr. A-House,
    #42 – That applies to all students, and should be the job of parents, and, to a lesser extent, teachers and counselors. Some families just can’t break the cycle.
    I’m sure that you and Mrs. A-House stressed the importance of education to Masa-Boy and Midori. You didn’t need any coaches to do this, you were raised the right way.

  49. A-House December 26, 2013 1:03 pm

    el burro sabio:

    thanks for the “props” – it was Mrs who did most if not all of the verbal – me, I sat there like a lump.

    we did stress to them that we would give 100% support for whatever they chose to do – luckily, both did not like smoking, drugs, and alcohol which made things a lot easier – much positive support for both

    to this day, we stress having fun, but be safe and drive safe.

    maybe will see you at the airport waiting area again one day and talk story

    we were caught by surprise when MasaBoy declared that he wanted to enter the culinary field at KCC – no problem, how can we support?

  50. Bowwar December 26, 2013 1:03 pm

    As for TK and TT going to the convention, I think it fits under the category of “playing nice.” No one can fault them for “lack of effort” or not trying, but situations change and Chow had to make some adjustments to his staff. As someone mentioned, who knows whether they may return to coach at UH in the future under a different regime. Besides, UH could use all the “friends” it can when it gets to improving the view of our football program…Gotta wish these two guys the best.

  51. Teacher December 26, 2013 1:14 pm

    It is becoming all too common to place more and more responsibility on teachers to teach character in public schools. Total responsibility should be on the student and their parents. Getting paid at an average 55k per year with the additional work load of teaching content knowledge plus dealing with state mandates and being blamed for student misbehavior in classrooms is overwhelming at times. Imagine for every F grade a student receives a meeting lasting hours after work hours for intervention because of lack of responsibility of the parent and student are non existent. The most hated phrase of almost every teacher: “we have to have a meeting.”

  52. Old School Dave December 26, 2013 1:15 pm

    Utah OC Dennis Erickson found out about his demotion to RBs coach from the morning newspaper. With Chow’s reliance on the University of Utah, maybe he can convince Erickson or former OC #2 Brian Johnson to coach at UH for a year. I would think that they could rent a nice condo in Waikiki or the Ala Moana area on a salary of $125K (call Artie Wilson).

  53. ai-eee-soos December 26, 2013 1:38 pm

    # 52. of course you’re kidding.

    If either of them were worth s____, they still would be co-OC.

    and, Erickson is pau, like Tomey & Mack.

    time to ride off into the sunset.

  54. Balko December 26, 2013 1:39 pm

    Just saw interesting list of Universities Return on Investment (ROI):

    UH, Manoa is ranked 735
    30 Year ROI is a mere $36,120
    Annual ROI is 5%

    For comparison
    U of Wyoming is ranked 333
    30 Year ROI is $187,400
    Annual ROI is 8.3%

    California Institute of Technology is ranked 2
    30 Year ROI is $1,417,000
    Annual ROI is 11.2%

    List is at:

  55. ran December 26, 2013 1:49 pm


    You mentioned that June Jones was coming to Hawaii for some R&R–golfing on the Big Island. Do you know if he is planning to to visit Honolulu to attend any funsctions?

  56. Old School Dave December 26, 2013 2:06 pm

    #53: Aieesoos – You could be right, but I’ve seen stranger hirings on other staffs. As I mentioned, Chow does seem to rely a lot on Utah. Kyle Whittingham’s hiring of the former Wyoming HC has been called a “desperate” measure by the press in Utah. There might be a number of unemployed Utah coaches after next season.

  57. 808WarriorFan December 26, 2013 3:41 pm

    #19…I COULD NOT AGREE MORE !!!!! Sounds like NC will use more GA’s like this year. Has anyone made an attempt to reach out to Rich Ellerson or Duane Akina

  58. Arroyo December 26, 2013 4:11 pm

    Hopefully the new LB coach is smart enough to put JGW, the most talented player on the team, at a position where he can make things happen in space instead of having him on 1 side of the field where teams can just run away from him. just look at the tape and you will know what i mean if you know football.

  59. Warrior Dave December 26, 2013 4:33 pm

    Happy belated Merry Xmas to all the Tsaikos.

  60. Former UH Athlete December 26, 2013 4:39 pm

    Should be an interesting flight to Indy.

    Have any local commits magically switched their commitments to Oregon St yet? Or are going to be hit the news on Jan 16?

    I’m sure Coach Riley and staff have the rehearsed with our commits on what to say and when to say it.

  61. Former UH Athlete December 26, 2013 4:45 pm

    19, 57… You can thank upper campus for their lack of urgency to fill coaching spots. Just shows where athletics and football sits on the list of importance for the people running the university.

    The BOR and the president of UH still haven’t figured out that if you do what is necessary for the football program, it can lead to millions of additional revenue and donations. But instead, it’s cut here, cut there, what’s the lowest amount of money we can pay a coach….

    There’s a financial saying one of my business professors told us… “You cannot cut your way to prosperity.”

  62. Arroyo December 26, 2013 4:51 pm

    High school football in hawaii is overrated anyways… we need more mainland recruits with game speed like marrel naequan and JGW. I believe that safety from texas we just got will make an impact after looking at his tape.

  63. chawan_cut December 26, 2013 4:54 pm

    oh hey! thanks! happy bday to SteveM!

  64. graham December 26, 2013 5:50 pm

    Any ideas where TT and TK might land?

  65. Former UH Athlete December 26, 2013 6:13 pm

    62… I don’t think its overrated, as Hawaii does crank a lot of D1 players for the population.

    Keywords: “for the population”

    The entire state of Hawaii is about 1.3 million…. Just to put it into perspective, Los Angeles county is 9.9 million. San Diego county is 3.1 million, and Orange County is 3.1 million and Riverside county is 2.2 million.

    I saw that Hawaii has the highest per capita rate of D1 players to population, but that doesn’t come close vs big recruiting grounds in SoCal (18.3 million population in the biggest SoCal counties).

  66. NorthShoreFan December 26, 2013 6:17 pm

    #61… I think Obama said the same thing!…lol!

  67. SteveM December 26, 2013 6:32 pm

    Thanks for the (belated) birthday wishes everyone!

    chawan_cut and I share the same birthday.
    Happy yesterday Birthday, chawan_cut!
    Tell me–did you get one party or two? πŸ™‚

  68. papajoe2 December 26, 2013 6:36 pm

    Hawaii High School is right up there with D1 players per capita in the US. Just watching the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and today’s news of how many Hawaii High School footballers are making an impact, not to mention the players that didn’t even play yet, nor the players that teams didn’t qualify for bowl games. I think somebody got their information wrong.

  69. Arroyo December 26, 2013 6:45 pm

    #65 That’s my point though. I think many of the prospects coming from Hawaii wouldn’t even get looked at by a D1 school if they played in the states. With all due respect, many of those “D1” players that got recruited do not have D1 talent. For example, a player that I know who is on the Hawaii who only had about 3 D1 offers in the states said if he played high school football in Hawaii, He would of had offers across the nation. The recruiting process is pretty messed up as states like Nevada Utah and Colorado get overlooked. 350 pound David Fangupo would of been playing strictly on the line in the states and not at a preposterous position like runningback like he did in Hawaii. The reason he had so much success at running back is because the tackling is not that great for the high school level in Hawaii like it used to be. That’s just my opinion though. There is always a few great players coming from Hawaii but not many good ones and the great ones never seem to go to UH lol. The recruiting process is just really messed up.

  70. papajoe2 December 26, 2013 7:33 pm

    Arroyo, if all the Hawaii HS players some how could play high school football on the mainland, true, some may be overrated, just as some 4 or 5 star players are, but also some may gain more exposure. As a former coach, its hard to get players here to be exposed to college coaches unless the players have the money to go to camps and clinics on the mainland and, even then, it would be only for the mainland coaches who also attend the same camps or clinics or, at best, another coach who wasn’t there asks a coach about a certain player. Some coaches do give information, if they are a friend or that player may not fit into their program. Not all college programs have the money to send a recruiter to Hawaii just for 1 or a few prospects. Mainland recruiters sometimes hundreds of miles to see a recruit or talk to a recruit or their coaches. With the high cost of airfare and hotels here, there aren’t too many coaches that can come, unless as a side trip for a vacation with their family. Now days, with the reputations of Hawaii players, some mainland coaches do take the time to look into players here. PIAA is a huge help with local players in all sports to obtain scholarships and also guiding the players to so certain things to get noticed.

  71. papajoe2 December 26, 2013 7:35 pm

    #70 oooops~ sometimes *DRIVE hundreds of miles

  72. jm2375 (iPad) December 26, 2013 9:15 pm

    And btw, Hawaii IS a state. I hate when people say “back in the states” to refer to CONUS/Mainland/Lower 48.

  73. Leron December 26, 2013 9:23 pm

    Fangupo wouldn’t have been doing anything anywhere with his grades.

  74. Leron December 26, 2013 9:23 pm

    Fangupo wouldn’t have been doing anything anywhere with his grades.

  75. Warrior Dave December 26, 2013 10:53 pm

    Is something wrong with the blogs site? It’s not opening correctly and it’s been a couple of days now. Thanks.

  76. Aaron December 26, 2013 11:15 pm

    Arroyo, is your opinion based on anything other than “mainland mo bettah” thinking? If that were the case, kalaheo and leilehua would be competing for state championships every year with the amount of mainland transfers they get.

  77. boolakanaka December 27, 2013 2:31 am

    Arryo, unfortunately your opinion is more platitude than fact. Fact is that on a national basis, per capita, Hawaii, has for the last 25-30 years, been in the top ten states for both D1 athletes and players who make it to the NFL. For instance, As of 2012, Hawaii (12)
    1 NFL playerper 113,358 people . Facts, not skinny assertions.

  78. d1shima December 27, 2013 5:58 am

    Great Morning All!

    As that letter opener starts up remember what a wise man said, “Life is like a box of chocolates…”

  79. papajoe2 December 27, 2013 6:03 am

    #78 “so if you get coacoa, make chocolate aide.”
    Good morning everybody!

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