Pro Day: Estes, Soares injured

John Estes and Blaze Soares both suffered hamstring injuries while running the 40-yard dash at today’s Pro Day in Carson, Calif.

Estes said he “tweaked” his left hamstring in the final 10 yards. Soares said he he felt a “pop” in his right hamstring 10 yards into his run.

Both had to cancel their participation in the pro-agility drill and T-drill.

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Top results:

Vertical jump: Daniel Libre — 36 1/2

Broad jump:  Daniel Libre — 10-7

225-pound bench: R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane — 36 reps.

10-yard dash: Jovonte Taylor — 1.53 seconds.

20-yard dash: Jovonte Taylor — 2.59 seconds.

40-yard dash: Jovonte Taylor — 4.34 seconds.

Pro-agility shuttle: Daniel Libre — 4.01 seconds.

60-yard shuttle: Jayson Rego — 11.63 seconds.

L-test: Jayson Rego — 6.96 seconds.

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pdestesJohn Estes

pdkiaAaron Kia

pd-pepaLaupepa Letuli


  1. jm2375 April 1, 2010 5:55 am


  2. jm2375 April 1, 2010 5:56 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Good luck to all those participating in Pro Day.

  3. mano1 April 1, 2010 6:00 am

    Turd…morning !

  4. d1島 April 1, 2010 6:01 am


    Good Luck Warriors! Represent….

  5. d1島 April 1, 2010 6:02 am

    Now #5! 😆

    (no nuff kope yet)

    Eh, Stephen. You get around!

  6. Eonatoa April 1, 2010 6:06 am

    Good luck to all da boys tryin to make their dreams come true, and makin some paper too!

  7. Eonatoa April 1, 2010 6:08 am

    ST, u get one roster of who participating in pro day?is my man Fale up there?

  8. d1島 April 1, 2010 6:11 am

    Hope you get to pull into Denny’s sometime later today, Stephen!

    (or maybe try a Tommy’s Triple Chili Cheeseburger!)

  9. d1島 April 1, 2010 6:12 am

    Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Mrs. C!

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  10. d1島 April 1, 2010 6:14 am

    Oh yeah, almost forgot…..

    Have a Holy Thursday.

  11. 702WarriorFan April 1, 2010 6:21 am

    If you have a need for plate lunch type meal, try Bob’s Okazuya off the 91 and Vermont – great Ox tail soup if still available and sweet/sour spare ribs.

    Good luck to all

    Hope we get to see more pics too from Carson.

  12. Bulla April 1, 2010 7:02 am

    good luck to all the Warriors today,

    may you be blessed to perform at your highest level….prayers of safety for all.

    ST, safe travels………still windy back here…..see you at practice on Saturday AM, cracks for crackahs day………..haha 🙂

  13. mctruck April 1, 2010 7:17 am

    psssssst?, wada scoops??

  14. tommui April 1, 2010 7:18 am

    Good day to all.

  15. Pomai April 1, 2010 7:48 am

    I was just hinking of #186 of Prides yesterday comment, heck I weight in at 230 and can power clean da fork at least 75 to 100 reps, so what kine power factor is dat?

  16. koakane April 1, 2010 7:49 am

    good luck to all the warriors on their pro day tryouts. giv’um bruddah’s

    also adding my belated hippo birdie two ewe to the mother of the coloma clan with how you figga she got that name 😯 bhwaaaaaaaaaaaa 😀 hope you had a nice burfday and never get numba 27 babe lol

    morning to all the tsaiko’s have a fine day, play nice and be good to your work patnah’s

    happy April Fools day all

  17. J-Dog April 1, 2010 7:49 am

    Curious to see how Nate Ilaoa performs.

    Is there a attendance limit to how many times a player can attend a pro day?

    If not, where’s Chad Owens, etc.

  18. PONO April 1, 2010 8:01 am

    How’s the weather in So Cal?

  19. Dennis Halloran April 1, 2010 8:16 am

    Intermittent clouds, rain has moved through 70 high

  20. Dennis Halloran April 1, 2010 8:33 am

    Let’s pray that Sila Lefiti does as well as the last Mater Dei Monarch did for the Warriors

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid April 1, 2010 8:34 am

    Go get ’em guys! Best of luck to all of you!


  22. Da Punchbowl Kid April 1, 2010 8:35 am

    Good Morning Gangeez!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  23. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 8:35 am

    UH basketball got commitments from 2, 17 year old 7’+ twins from Senegal.

  24. LizKauai (iPhone) April 1, 2010 8:43 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Good luck to our ProDay Warriors!

  25. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 8:44 am

    7′ Senegal twins recruited by future mbb assistant which contract is not signed yet or announced.

  26. al April 1, 2010 8:48 am

    papajoe2…but the asst coach hopeful wants a contract twice the amount of the gibber.

  27. d1島 April 1, 2010 8:48 am

    from StephenTsai via Twitter:

    John Estes pulled up running the 40 at Pro Day.


  28. al April 1, 2010 8:50 am

    heard that they were 7’3″ and it was ahmet gueye who convinced them to attend his alma mater.

  29. kaimiloa April 1, 2010 8:54 am

    Those wouldn’t happen to be the Aperelfu Twins, would they?

  30. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 8:58 am

    recruits from senegal: 1 brother 7’4″, little bro “only ” 7’1/2″ but can handle the ball very well. with the 6’8″ guard recruit from cali., what team will be bigger? More info to follow. way to go coach!

  31. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 9:01 am

    twins are well educated as they are kin to the royal family.

  32. BayAreaWarrior April 1, 2010 9:05 am

    are the twin recruits familiar with the “Dolan shake & bake?”

  33. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 9:07 am

    twins family is very wealthy and says it does not need the money for scholarships and will also donate a large amount of money to the athletic program. TRIPLE SCORE!!!!!!!!

  34. BBalla April 1, 2010 9:09 am

    Looks like the Higachu twins were also recruited by UConn.

    UConn has recently been getting recruits from Africa with the success of Hasheem Thabeet.

  35. BBalla April 1, 2010 9:10 am

    Heard that the rumored transfer is not Hiram Thompson.

  36. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 9:15 am

    phone connection to future mbb assitant coach, who is in Senegal right now, got cut off. new assistant is a very well known former NBA coach who has been tutoring the twins for the last 2 years in basketball, and will take very little pay for his future job at UH, as, apparently, the twin’s family has taken care of the coach and his family for the rest of their lives.

  37. al April 1, 2010 9:16 am

    it is odd that hiram thompson has not made a public statement in regards to the gibber’s arrival. one would think that a comment from the team’s captain is appropriate.

  38. al April 1, 2010 9:17 am

    not surprised that rj is putting up great numbers.

  39. Gold Dust April 1, 2010 9:17 am

    6’9″ PF from the Las Vegas area is ready to roll the dice with Gib and the Warriors!

  40. bb April 1, 2010 9:18 am

    I’m liking the mens bb scoops. Keep it coming!

  41. Pomai April 1, 2010 9:19 am

    papajoe2 any links to this story?

  42. kaimiloa April 1, 2010 9:23 am

    I sure hope we don’t sign any real recruits today because when they see us make fun of them they might change their minds.

  43. papaschmoe2 April 1, 2010 9:24 am

    Pomai, BB,

    I hope you realize papajoe is pulling your leg on this glorious first day of April.

  44. bb April 1, 2010 9:27 am

    i admit. ive been punk’d

    i just finished reading the whole topeka/google thing too.

  45. J-Dog April 1, 2010 9:28 am

    Has Rocky given up on the NCAA appeal for a 6th season?

    Too bad the Blaze situation was so complicated.

    I hope Brashton and Pepa get their decision for a 6th year soon.

  46. curious April 1, 2010 9:30 am

    ST what are their numbers for the 40/BP/vert/broad/shuttles/3cone??? specifically wanna know about Kia, Satele, Letuli, Hisatake, Tufaga, Soares, Kiesel-Kauhane, & Savaiigaia!!

  47. Bulla April 1, 2010 9:32 am

    ouch to the injuries, how frustrating for them to pull their hamstrings. prayers to Estes and Soares…….keep up the faith.

  48. Pomai April 1, 2010 9:34 am

    To be honest forgot what the date was. LOL

  49. d1島 April 1, 2010 9:34 am

    Sad to hear about Estes and Soares.

  50. curious April 1, 2010 9:34 am

    oh…and more pictures please!!! THANX you’re the BEST!!

  51. Slugger April 1, 2010 9:45 am

    Good morning!

    Good luck to the guys at Pro Day! Healing energy to John & Blaze. Hope no one else gets hurt.

    ST ~ Thanks for the updates. Safe travels.

  52. al April 1, 2010 9:45 am

    all that work…one “pop” of the hammies.

  53. al April 1, 2010 9:46 am

    we actually are still in the mix for the 6’9″ guy from las vegas. he already tripped once before.

  54. Pomai April 1, 2010 9:50 am

    Seems like this happens a lot to our guys who go to the mainland for pro day???

  55. al April 1, 2010 9:54 am

    st…how’s big ray doing?

  56. EWA GIRL April 1, 2010 10:03 am

    Yah more pictures please

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  58. chawan_cut April 1, 2010 10:10 am

    dang cold weather.

  59. Kazz April 1, 2010 10:10 am

    When you are a Warrior, NOTHING comes easy. NOTHING is handed down to you like a lofty endowment from deep pockets.

    You kick and scream, crawl, snarl, spit, and chew your way to success.

    Braddahs John and Blaze, hang in there!!! If can, can, if no can, STILL CAN!!!

  60. BigIslandkurt April 1, 2010 10:12 am

    Please say that Blaze popping his hammy is a sick April fools joke.

    Man, po ho this boy.

    How can this happen with all the training they been doing?


  61. chawan_cut April 1, 2010 10:19 am

    is that like Wong Bak cabbage?

  62. Ed April 1, 2010 10:27 am

    I just don’t get the injuries when they are proper warmups and elte status of training. It is not like both have the exposiveness like Bo Jackson that can pop the hamstring. Makes me think Estes was not doing a lot of sprints and Blaze just injury prone, hard luck. I would guess that all the times are slower than when they entered UH.

  63. homey April 1, 2010 10:30 am

    What the hell is Wong Bak cabbage?

  64. Kazz April 1, 2010 10:33 am

    2011 WAC Softball Tournament: DO OR DIE.

    Continuing a trend in which postseason tournaments are held at neutral sites, the Western Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the 2001 WAC Softball Tournament will be held in Las Vegas.

    The 2011 WAC tournament will be held May 13-14, 2011, on the campus of UNLV. It is the first time the WAC’s softball tournament will take place at a netural site. The move follows in the footsteps of recent decisions to hold the WAC baseball, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in neutral site locations.

    In addition to making the move to Las Vegas, the WAC announced all eight WAC softball teams will participate in the tourney and it will be changed from a double- to single-elimination format for the first time in history.

    The decision to cut the tourney in half (from four days to two days) is a cost-cutting move that will save significant lodging costs. Inviting all eight teams to the tournament will further improve the championship experience for WAC athletes, said league spokesman Doty Magillacuddy.

    “We are thrilled about the move to Las Vegas, which will create an exciting environment for both athletes and fans of WAC teams. It’s a great destination city and we’re looking forward to a thrilling tournament where every game is an important one because you will now need to win to advance. With no loser’s bracket, every game matters. And with all eight teams partcipating, it gives everyone an equal chance. It’s a win-win!,” Magillacuddy said.

    Under the new tourney format, four quarterfinals will be held Friday, May 13, using a standard bracket matching the No. 1 vs. No. 8 seeds, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc. Saturday’s action will feature three games. Two semifinals will be followed by a winner-take-all championship game for the WAC’s automatic NCAA bid.

    “No longer will teams be required to experience a grueling week where they might have to play six games to win the conference title. We felt that wasn’t the best way to go about things. It sometimes wore teams down just prior to the NCAA Tournament. And now we anticipate WAC teams going into the NCAA tourney fresher and more rested than in the past. It’s a big boost for the league, ” Magillacuddy added.


    Personally, I like this, but it may work AGAINST the Wahine next season. In yesterday’s softball article, ST pointed out Coolen apparently likes to depend on in-game adjustments as opposed to scouting reports.

    With a one and done deal and NO loser brackets, it seems like this will not work in our favor if we use up several innings to adjust to an opposing pitcher in a game where we are behind.

  65. al April 1, 2010 10:35 am

    homey…must be a lame spelling of won bok.

  66. al April 1, 2010 10:38 am

    kazz…nearly all tournaments of this nature are “one and done”. i would think that means that a team has to be both lucky and good to win it all. besides, it also is a cost cutting measure that they don’t talk about.

  67. Kekoa (iPhone) April 1, 2010 10:38 am

    BIK ~ It’s like those in the know have been saying. Strength & conitioning is not in the shampoo you use. You’ve got to pair it with running and stretching those Hammies after all the push pull.

    Proper warm-up would have certainly helped on a chilly & wet day. What a shame. I hope a team with foresight will give them another chance.

    Go Warriors!

  68. jm2375 April 1, 2010 10:46 am

    Hope these hammy injuries don’t hurt their chances of getting drafted.

    On a better note, love ST’s article on the MVB seniors. Nice to see all will graduate by end of summer. Way to go! Will miss seeing them next year.

  69. Daikon Fut April 1, 2010 10:48 am

    so john fonoti is there?

    i thought ST mentioned a while ago that he didn’t seem interested in foosball anymore.

  70. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 10:48 am

    sorry, since i’m on a FIXED income i cannot afford any international phone calls. i’m still waiting for my friend to call me from Senegal.

  71. Daikon Fut April 1, 2010 10:49 am

    off topic:

    at your next karaoke get together, sing the ding-a-ling song. always a crowd pleaser.

  72. Kazz April 1, 2010 10:53 am


    For sure it’s a cost cutting thing as I think we all know the NCAA as a whole, regardless of conference, could give a rip about the female athletic programs. MAYBE women’s basketball, but anything else after that is a novelty act to them.

    The part about the “grueling week” is BS. Anyone that has competed in sports LOVES things like that and they are simply taking away that competitive experience from these student athletes.

    I know the name of the NCAA game is all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and NCAA Division I softball doesn’t bring in a lot of it, but still the essence of the sport is being chopped down on a regular basis as of late. First the amount of pre-season games has been greatly diminished and now we’re seeing how conference tournaments are being effected.

    But in the end, they’re still getting to play and all things considered, that’s as good as it can get for now.

  73. Kazz April 1, 2010 10:55 am


    That was one good photo of da senior Warriors huh/

    Although it reminded me of that group photo you take at the prom. You know when like all the girls have a large group photo and then all the guys do the same.

    Except, no more Honda Civics in the background. 😆 😆

    Oh my! Can tell I wen Pearl City High School yeah? 😆 😆

  74. Derek April 1, 2010 10:58 am

    The 2 twins fron Senegal and the kid from Vegas? Is that an April Fools Day? But, I do know that UH under Nash was looking at a 6’8″ forward from Findley Prep in Vegas by the name of Godwin Okonji. Is that be the guy? If so, I guess he gained another inch. By the time Trevor Wiseman gets to UH he might be a 6’9″ point guard. If it’s true, the twin towers might be even taller. As Charles Barkley would say, “God Bless my Mother”! This all sounds like an unreal situation. Royalty, Well-Educated, don’t need a scholarship, have lots of money, will donate lots of money to the program! Are you kidding me! Well, I just answered my question. It’s really April Fool’s Day. I almost fell for it.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to get some comments from Gene Hackman who played the part as Coach Norman Dale in Hoosiers in 1986 and what he thinks about Butler winning the whole thing! I would like to see that. Also, I wonder what Kobe Bryant and Lebron James would say if they had decided to go to college and play one year. What school would they have gone to?

    Great to see Dick Tomey at the UH practice field. Is he going to be Jim Leahey’s sidekick on UH telecasts? And congratulations to Jason Elam on his retirement. He’s in the conversation for being considered for the Hall of Fame. 6th all time in scoring, high field goal percentage, tied for longest field goal in NFL history, won 2 Super Bowls, etc. etc. Maybe he can come to Hawaii and tutor UH kickers in fall camp. That would be nice.

  75. Pomai April 1, 2010 10:58 am

    #64 Kazz

    I myself don’t even like the idea of all eight teams going. I really don’t like the tournament it self, why play all the games, just for the No.1 seed? If after the season is over and your #1 in the WAC you win period, you get the automatic invite, maybe the second place guys can get an at large bid or what ever.

  76. al April 1, 2010 11:00 am

    regarding basketball recruiting periods:

    (d) April 1 through July 5, 2010, [except for (1), (2), and (3) below]: Quiet Period

    (1) April 1- 8, 2010, (noon): Dead Period

    (2) April 8 (noon) – 21, 2010, [except for (i) below]: Contact Period
    (i) April 12-15, 2010: Dead Period

    (3) May 20-28, 2010, [except for (i) below]: Dead Period

    (i) To be determined (NBA pre-draft camp only): Evaluation Period

  77. d1島 April 1, 2010 11:02 am


    Ending a Pro career is always just a “hammy pop” away but never can take away the degree once you earn it.

  78. al April 1, 2010 11:05 am

    actually yamanoha has done a good job. you can tell that he does his homework.

    tomey did a good job that year or two in the booth. hey maybe he can host the coach mack show now that lizzy is on a hiatus.

  79. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 11:06 am

    still waiting on the phone call from Senegal. communication is not too good in that country. my friend was leaving the royal palace for a session with the twins when we got cut off. i do know that the brothers have a 13 year old cousin that is 6’8″ already, is a good athlete including basketball, but his favorite sport is soccer, playing and more than holding his own with the men’s elite teams. hopefully, he changes his mind and pursues Rainbow Warrior basketball.

  80. al April 1, 2010 11:06 am

    that “pop” damages blaze more than estes.

  81. al April 1, 2010 11:08 am

    the las vegas nigerian did grow to 6’9″. with a year or two under heff’s tutorage he could fill out like gueye and become a solid player.

  82. Kekoa (iPhone) April 1, 2010 11:10 am

    Jmxxxx ~ Rumour control sez you are going to BOTH mvb games this weekend. That means your dahling keed goin’ be louder den one F-35 Fighter jet.

    Lord help us…

  83. LizKauai m/ April 1, 2010 11:16 am



  84. jm2375 April 1, 2010 11:21 am

    Kekoa – I warned you guys *yesterday* that they will be screeching cheering at both games this weekend. :mrgreen:

  85. tommui April 1, 2010 11:30 am

    Strange, besides the BB news from Papajoe2, I got a e-mail letter from Nigeria about money I’m suppose to get.

  86. SteveM April 1, 2010 11:31 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Too bad for Soares and Estes.

  87. NorthShoreFan April 1, 2010 11:41 am

    ST…you not making April’s Fools joke heh?…Blaze and John .. pull hammies?

    Blaze looked so cut and ready for the Pro Day…the weather had something to do with this? Not enough warm up? Really feel bad for them.

    Kazz…I don’t like the 8 team format. All you need is one bottom feeder team to get lucky and the WAC’s best might not be at the regionals. Makes the regular season efforts seem like only for seeding.
    Like the expanded bball tournament. $ drive the decisions….!

  88. al April 1, 2010 11:41 am

    well then tom you can take us all to camellia’s.

  89. spike96822 April 1, 2010 11:42 am

    Unconfirmed but Denver/Alaska paper reports….and I heard through the coconut wireless…..UH Football is pursuing retired kicker/former player Jason Elam as possibly a GA or volunteer coach. Downside he will probably only commit to a season. Maybe he could sneak on the field too!!!

  90. al April 1, 2010 11:43 am

    i am beginning to wonder if blaze’s body is just not flexible to withstand the great effort that he puts forth???

    perhaps he needs to stretch out the ligaments and tendons thrice as long as the average joe?

  91. al April 1, 2010 11:44 am

    i think that little much by elam would be nice from a guy who made his claim to fame here in the pacific.

  92. curious April 1, 2010 11:45 am

    What happened to ST….he hasn’t posted an update or tweeted for a couple hours!!

  93. Garret April 1, 2010 11:53 am

    I hope that the rest of Pro Day goes well…too bad for Estes and Blaze. This hurts Blaze a *lot* because he already had to overcome a history of injuries that would concern NFL scouts.

  94. Garret April 1, 2010 11:55 am

    Ryan Mouton has a chance to win a starting job this offseason, but the Titans signed 2 vet CBs and drafted another CB when they drafted Mouton so he will have to earn it.

    The Titans have addressed its defensive back issues by signing two veteran free agents this offseason, but 2009 third round draft pick Ryan Mouton may have the best opportunity to win the starting job opposite Cortland Finnegan once training camp begins in four months.

    Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan said he expected Mouton to have a great chance to win the job left open by the decision not to re-sign Nick Harper.

    ”They have high expectations for Ryan Mouton,” Finnegan said Thursday on WGFX-FM. ”Rod Hood has been there and done that. He’s definitely a great veteran guy. I like Jason McCourty, too. He is a hard working guy. It’s going to be a great battle.”

  95. jm2375 April 1, 2010 11:56 am

    Curious – he probably went to find a Denny’s or In-n-Out! 😆

  96. al April 1, 2010 12:01 pm

    so gibber gets the same salary as nash, 240k for three years each year. some incentive bonuses built in.

    hopefully in two years a new contract will be negotiated..

  97. curious April 1, 2010 12:12 pm

    jm2373 ~ i think he pulled a thumb-string in the 40 t d!! (t d = texting dash) or he fell asleep :o(

  98. Gold Dust April 1, 2010 12:15 pm

    Aziz N’Diaye is a 7’2″ center from Senegal! Juco player being heavily recruited by big time schools (Kansas, LMU, Oregon, Oklahoma, etc.) out of College of Southern Idaho. Has a 6’7″ brother (Remy N’diaye) who’s a class of 2010 prospect at Lake Forest Academy. This prep school turns out a bunch of D1 recruits.

  99. Slugger April 1, 2010 12:25 pm


    I think the keeds should sit in the ‘end zones’ where the servers are. Their screeching is really a good tactic to disrupt the opponent’s serve. Wonder if the ushers would chase them out of seats if they were switching sides during the games? Remember Rawson’s brother? I’ll sit higher up to avoid the need for earplugs. 🙂

  100. A-House April 1, 2010 12:34 pm

    OK. now that april fool jokes are pau, any “real” news from Coach Gib on commitments?

  101. Curt April 1, 2010 12:35 pm

    Is all this talk about 7 footers from Senegal true or just another April Fool’s joke? Pretty soon, we’re going to hear that Big Foot is seriously contemplating a scholarship offer from da Gib. Okay papajoe2, is it fact or fiction?

  102. Curt April 1, 2010 12:42 pm

    In fact, I heard that Big Foot’s sister, da Loch Ness Munster, is contemplating a UH water polo scholarship offer. It’s estimated she’s 50 to a 100 foot long…or tall depending if you stand her straight up. 🙂

    Sorry about that Tsaikos; I just couldn’t help myself with these rumors.

  103. al April 1, 2010 12:49 pm

    #98 gold dust.

    that is true.

    and don’t forget that the gibber was a very successful head coach at csi.
    and don’t forget that the gibber said he’d be going to idaho to recruit.
    and don’t forget that there’s about five d1 prospects at csi this year.

    this is the dead period so only a limited number of letters and calls may be had during this period.

  104. Curt April 1, 2010 12:50 pm


    I hope they’re not April Fools jokes. Al did appear to validate that there are 7-foot twins that Ahmet Gueye was trying to steer towards UH. Hmmm. Fact or fiction?

  105. al April 1, 2010 12:50 pm

    and don’t forget that one of the csi asst coaches was there when the gibber was there too.

  106. Kazz April 1, 2010 12:54 pm


    Go for broke!!! I think the Wahine aren’t “hoping” for an at large bid for an NCAA tourney berth. They want it the clean way and that’s through the WAC Championship. Not the regular season title, but the conference title. We’ve seen that they have the tools to win the WAC this season if they clean up on “defense”.

    Last year Coach Coolen knew for sure that their RPI wasn’t enough and this season, while it may not end up being so stellar, it is a little better than last year.

    But getting back to a bottom tier team like a Boise State getting through and being “lucky”, well, I don’t think it’s luck. They’d have to be lucky several times especially considering the single elimination format.

  107. Curt April 1, 2010 12:56 pm

    Howzit Al,

    Are there a couple of 7-foot twins from Senegal that we’re interested in?

  108. al April 1, 2010 12:57 pm

    st…what was lwj’s 40?

    jovonte at 4.34….whew.

  109. al April 1, 2010 12:58 pm

    curt…that would be a no brainer.

  110. chawan_cut April 1, 2010 12:58 pm

    i know we’re already halfway thru the baseball season, but why don’t we have a PC desktop wallpaper?

  111. d1島 April 1, 2010 1:01 pm

    Real interesting article about reforming the BCS system.

    One big concern against change is how a playoff would hurt the importance of regular season (conference) games.
    Maybe it would improve Hawaii’s chances of scheduling current BCS teams?

    “There’s a real mismatch between accomplishment and rewards,” said Matt Sanderson, co-founder of PlayoffPAC, a public action committee that advocates for a playoff system.

    “From 2005 to 2009, the BCS gave $430 million more to BCS conference schools than the five non-BCS conferences. They’ll tell you that’s based on the market but that’s not evident,” Sanderson said.

    For example, he cited the comparative TV ratings of this year’s Fiesta and Orange bowls. The Fiesta Bowl featured two teams from smaller conferences, but had better ratings than the Orange Bowl, which pitted the University of Iowa from the Big Ten against Georgia Tech University of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who has held that post since 1989, has been one of the most vocal advocates of the BCS. He said moving to a playoff system would have a dilutive effect on the earning power of the regular season.

    “The core of our business is the 5.5 million fans who come to our games,” Delany said. “The smaller stake you have in the regular season, the smaller the crowds are, and the smaller your television contracts are.”

    “It’s not an investment for two or three teams to play in a 16-team playoff,” he added. “It’s an investment to make sure we have healthy football programs across the board.”

  112. A-House April 1, 2010 1:15 pm

    Mr Delany:

    “healty football programs across the board” has absolutely NOTHING to do with sharing the mulitmillion dollars that the BCS conference hoardes each year.

    IF the playoff system were held, perhaps more teams from the BIG 10 would qualify than the current BCS format thus making your “regular” conference schedule MORE attractive to the hundreds of thousand rabbinious fans who support your conference and increase the value rather than “dilute” your programs. More teams in the playoff =s more $$$ for the BIG 10?

  113. Curt April 1, 2010 1:16 pm

    With all the mbb recruiting talk, it’s easy to overlook the equally important hiring of the assistants. I’m wondering if we’re still getting that Nebraska assistant coach? Hopefully, he’s not asking for the moon.

  114. Ralph April 1, 2010 1:17 pm

    a single elimination tourney helps a weak team with a solid pitcher to make it through the bracket. In sb she can pitch everyday, and if she pitches only one game in a day, that is a tremendous help in resting for the next game. La Tech has Krieg and she has UH’s number. Most of the WAC teams have only one dominant pitcher, play good defense, get lucky and score a couple of runs, might win the game.

  115. A-House April 1, 2010 1:18 pm

    YO, Mrs C, is it truly your BD? A most belated, but Happy Birfday to you!!!!

  116. A-House April 1, 2010 1:20 pm


    Believe decisions has been made, but the official announcement will be next week?

  117. wafan April 1, 2010 1:24 pm


    Thrilling April Fools Day!

  118. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc April 1, 2010 1:25 pm

    I know what csi stands for on the various tv shows, but what does it mean when used here on the blog? See Nos. 103 and 105 above

    Again, is there any way to track the progress of the Wahine on the road as it happens – radio updates, for example – if one does not have access to a computer.

  119. wafan April 1, 2010 1:26 pm

    Good one about the Senegal players.

  120. wafan April 1, 2010 1:29 pm

    W-Doc . . .

    Coach Gib was at CSI.

  121. Pomai April 1, 2010 1:45 pm

    Wassup CSI =College of Southern Idaho

  122. wafan April 1, 2010 1:51 pm

    Last night the school where I teach was on the national news. Thankfully, they did not use the clip of my interview. The story is about the census and diversity.

    I think the kids did a nice job.

    Here is the link.

  123. Ralph April 1, 2010 1:58 pm

    wafan the cameraman forgot he didn’t have a wide angle lens to fully cover you, so your claim to fame got edited out. Better follow Izzy’s diet.

  124. Higher Up April 1, 2010 1:58 pm


    Heard that Manute Bol is the former NBA player tutoring the twins! Need someone at the same altitude to teach.

  125. NorthShoreFan April 1, 2010 2:05 pm

    Aziz N’Diaye…
    Acl problems last year..defensive strength..wants to develop some 7’1″/235lbs. poses a huge presence in the middle.

  126. Slugger April 1, 2010 2:12 pm


    Cool! I saw that piece on the news last night.

  127. ai-eee-soos April 1, 2010 2:14 pm

    More about Gib’s incentive clauses in the daily tabloid.

    Who’s doing the HA updates? – get cracking.

    (looks like da odda pepah guys are really hustling to keep their jobs.)

  128. Kekoa April 1, 2010 2:15 pm

    jmxxxx ~ Now that’s a perfect solution. A much better strategy for the use of the golden voices of the *keeds.* Serving area positioning would be perfect!…(Not to mention a relief for those who cherish their hearing.

  129. buger April 1, 2010 2:21 pm

    I found video of one of the N’Diaye brothers:

  130. LizKauai m/ April 1, 2010 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the good news on the goings on at Pro Day, ST!



  131. jm2375 April 1, 2010 2:37 pm

    Kekoa & Slugger – we already got kicked out of the student section once and that was right after we sat down (UCI game?) before they figured out how to “cheer”. Stretch has indicated that they won’t be sitting in their usual seats either. We’ll see when we get there.

  132. jm2375 April 1, 2010 2:39 pm

    Kekoa – will you be joining us at the game? After all, you have not yet had the pleasure of listening meeting da keed.

  133. BigIslandkurt April 1, 2010 2:46 pm

    Today’s unfortunate events for Estes and Soares will definitely hinder their NFL hopes. No doubt about it. UNLESS….someone got a friend in a league front office willing to take a chance. JJ might have to make some calls for these two…..who were signed during the JJ years.


  134. Ralph April 1, 2010 2:57 pm

    50% off mvb ticket for Saturday’s game if you join HawaiiAthletics on twitter or facebook. Download a coupon, good for 4 tickets in upper bowl.

  135. wafan April 1, 2010 3:20 pm

    That hamstring bugaboo continues to haunt the Warriors. Kind of amazing.

    Hope Blaze and John heal quickly and completely. Continued success for everyone!

  136. Rich2176 April 1, 2010 3:57 pm

    Just got off the phone w ST. He was shopping, hence no blog updates. He wanted to meet for dinner at 10 pm. I guess that’s only 7 pm for him. Told him “aint gonna happen”. He mentioned Pro Day was really long & crowed…

    One of the guys I bowl with knows all about Jordan Coleman who committed to the basketball team while Nash was still coach. Even with the coaching change, he’s still committed to UH. Here’s a little article on him

  137. Rich2176 April 1, 2010 3:58 pm

    Uh, that would be CROWDED, but I’m sure there was some crowing there also…

  138. Kekoa April 1, 2010 4:11 pm

    jmxxxx ~ I’ll be attending the Saturday nite match. I’m looking forward to meeting listening dodginguuhhh…encouraging the alledged keed to shriek scream cheer loudly for the team!

  139. postmanke April 1, 2010 4:12 pm

    I see Gib working his hollywood contacts early – surely it’s Kevin Bacon that is secretly recruiting the African twins for Gib?

  140. SteveM April 1, 2010 4:21 pm

    Hi Rich2176 — ST going up to Pro Day was very quiet this year. Glad you’re still watching him. 😉

  141. protector April 1, 2010 4:25 pm


    Agree with you about Blaze & John; very unfortunate. Good luck to them.

    Pomai on # 75

    Agree with you about the change in format for the Softball Tounament. There doesn’t seem to be any incentive for playing at a high level throughout the year. You can “cruise it” and just be ready to play well at the very end, especially since everyone is assured of going anyway. Breeds complacency I think. It makes Coach Coolen’s job harder in maintaining intensity & a sense of urgency. Sad… I like your proposal of # 1 getting the automatic bid & having the rest fight for an at-large berth.

  142. Rich2176 April 1, 2010 4:27 pm

    And almost 10 minutes of fun w/ Jordan. Good range, quickness, poise, anticipation, etc. Nice steal, dribble & dunk around the 8:09 mark. Actually, the entire clip showcases his multiple talents.

  143. protector April 1, 2010 4:31 pm

    I was hoping that Coach Gib would be at the McDonald’s All-Star Game where the kid hitting the winning shot for the winning team was still undecided / uncommitted. How about considering a scholie to UH, kid?

  144. Rich2176 April 1, 2010 4:31 pm

    SteveM – wanted to get down there, but I’m in the middle of jury duty. This supposed 4-5 day trial is ending it’s 3rd week tomorrow. Good thing I get $15/day pay and mileage one way. (Haven’t determined if it’s to get us there or get rid of us.) ST said I probably had more fun listening to testimony. BTW, thanks for all of the cruise news.

  145. oxymoron April 1, 2010 4:34 pm

    is it just me being negative, or is laupepa letuli wasting his time at the combine? the guy can’t clip his fingernails without getting hurt. hasn’t lasted a full game without some sort of injury and that’s just college. NFL is a whole different animal with bigger, stronger, faster athletes and he could get hurt just taking their physical. I’m not suggesting he’s soft, but he’s taken being injury prone to a whole new level.

  146. wafan April 1, 2010 4:42 pm

    Rich . . .

    Thanks for the clip!

  147. protector April 1, 2010 4:44 pm


    Thanks for the clip. That kid’s versatility is impressive. In fact his teammates were pretty darn good, too Their team just seemed smart, unselfish & very efficient.

  148. FootBallkimo06 April 1, 2010 4:46 pm

    I Have a question for U.H.’s FootBall Head Coach Greg McMackin.
    Why isn’t coach Ron Lee still calling the offensive plays? I think he’s done a superb job on his first season as offensive coordinator,Especially after he was the only offensive coach returning from the previous season and having all four recievers and QB leave.
    He did an excellent job controlling the ball to clock to pull seven wins and taking us to a bowl game. I have to ask, Why does a head coach allow a coach like Ron Lee to step down when he is doing such a productive job in calling the plays?Is it because he wants his own hands in the Offense? if That’s the reason,he didnt do a very good job this past season .
    In my opinion, i thought the offense was on the right track in the Central Arkansas & Washington St. games. After those games, The offense looked liked passing routes, screens and trap plays.If That’s all we are going to see next season, then we should expect a long season and a very boring one.
    As for coach Ron Lee, I take my hat off to him for being so loyal to the program,Especially when there is no loyalty in return.

  149. wafan April 1, 2010 4:46 pm

    For those who might want a change of “mascots”. Take a look at the clip provided by Rich — around the 6-minute mark.

    Which would you rather have?

  150. Ralph April 1, 2010 5:24 pm

    Stanford and Cal in a sb pitching duel. Cal with 2 hits, Stanford 1, bottom 6 with the game scoreless. UCLA 1 -0 top 7 over Washington. Arizona dumped Arizona St 8-4.

  151. Ralph April 1, 2010 5:29 pm

    Final UCLA wins 1-0. Arizona up 11-4 in the 5th. Stanford bottom 7th, scoreless game.

  152. Ralph April 1, 2010 6:01 pm

    Oregon over oregon st 8-4. Stanford and Cal in the 9th, scoreless.

  153. Ralph April 1, 2010 6:06 pm

    Roese, first assistant hired by Arnold. Brazil junior national team, we got chance in bringing in a few brazilians. Looks like we stuck with Kurtz, a brazilian.

  154. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 1, 2010 6:27 pm


    Thanx for the um… PAC 10 report.

  155. Ralph April 1, 2010 6:40 pm

    you welcome Kazz, 🙂 pac 10 is the top wahine sb conference, we played a few, loss to a few, how they do will reflect on our quality wins at the end of the season, although we didn’t win too many. It all depends on who wins out in the pac 10. UH RPI is very low, will get lower this week as the WAC starts its season.

  156. Garret April 1, 2010 6:57 pm

    More UH Pro Day results.

    Linebacker Brashton Satele impressed scouts with his athleticism from the very beginning of the workout today. He weighed 243 pounds then ran his 40 in a time of 4.59 seconds, short shuttle in 4.08 seconds and posted a three cone time of 6.82 seconds.

    The NCAA is to decide by the middle of April whether or not they will grant Satele a sixth year of eligibility. If his request is denied Satele will make himself available for the draft. Today he made his case to be a middle round pick.

    Offensive guard Laupepa Letuli, a prospect we really like, is in the same boat.

    Letuli barely played last year after being injured. Off the ‘08 film he looked like a legitimate NFL prospect. We spoke with Rich Miano from the program earlier this evening and he told us Letuli has applied for another year of eligibility but like Satele is waiting on word from the NCAA. He did run a forty today and was timed as 5.36 seconds.

  157. Garret April 1, 2010 6:58 pm

    Kia note.

    Offensive lineman Aaron Kia also turned in an impressive performance. Kia weighed just over 280-pounds then timed as fast as 5-flat in the 40 and posted a vertical jump of 35-inches. He was fluid and moved well in drills. Teams in need of a zone blocking lineman could look to Kia late in the draft. Other numbers for Kia included 25 on the bench, 8′2” in the broad, 4.68 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.56 seconds in the three cone. The ten time of his fastest forty was 1.74 seconds. The Miami Dolphins spent a lot of time with Kia today and have shown a ton of interest in him.

  158. anonymous April 1, 2010 6:59 pm

    Re-So tomorrow’s day two of spring practice.

    So what has the public learned from day one practice?

    Three things, all good. Heffernan takes the players through some serious stretching before practice, unlike before. The players are hustling during their drills, again, unlike before. And the players are making unprecedented progress in their strength and conditioning, especially as I have read of their reports of their weight lifting in the weight room.

    What it looks like is that Heffernan is instilling some pride and discipline.

    This is all textbook, taken right from the pages of the Army (or the St. Loius HS) handbook, especially how it relates to doing things with pride and discipline. And is a great reflection on the leadership of Heffernan, the new strength and conditioning coach.

    The advocates of stressing pride and discipline, says it builds character, a higher self esteem and morale. And it filters out the bad apples and individualism. And it molds a team into one unit. And it’s probably a template of how Boise football and Shoji’s Wahine team does it. Both winners. Both disciplinarian types. Both probably having the foresight that it has to be done this way.

    A lot of the changes, as noted in the interviews by a few of the players, are attributed to Heffernan. Especially noted was Heffernan’s leadership.

    The fourth thing not good. For as I learned about day one of spring practice, as I watched the video, was that all the assistant coaches aren’t properly attired in matching attire with the school’s colors and logos. From the video it looked like one or two were in street clothes.

    This is out of Heffernan’s hands. And more in Coach Mack’s hands and his philosophy.

    At one of the practices I attended last year I observed the nine coaches on the field in mismatch outfits. Not one of the coaches had a matching outfit. And at least one of the coaches attire was predominately red.

    And the head coach was wearing slippers.

    With the coaches, themselves, not having the discipline and pride of looking as a unit, not all wearing the school colors and logos and not being concerned about their image, what impression does the public, the next ticket buyer, the next recruit and most importantly the players take away from seeing this.

    Not a good one. That’s for sure.

    With so much talk of the Manoa makeover and a changes for the better and propagating a fresh start to this season it’s disappointing for me to see the coaches on this first day of spring practice not being uniformly attired cohesively in their school colors and logos.

    If the players are striving to take a page out of the Army handbook and approaching all their drills with attention to detail, pride and discipline it highly important, one would think, that the coaches do, too.

  159. Garret April 1, 2010 7:00 pm

    Taylor and Estes notes. The extra space in “speci alist” is because the blog won’t let me post the word without the space.

    Jevonte Taylor who was primarily a return speci alist for the team, was officially times at 4.33 seconds today. Taylor was the California JC champion in the 100 meter dash.

    John Estes, the team’s top prospect, was unable to workout after hurting his hamstring during his initial attempt in the forty. There remains a possibility that Estes could get a workout in before the draft in three weeks.

  160. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 1, 2010 7:02 pm

    Hands down. With only Foodland and Daiei to choose from. Daiei has WAYYYYY better limu poke.

  161. postmanke April 1, 2010 7:20 pm

    that’s it, if I hear Ron Lee and offense in the same sentence again.. I’m with Eh No Make – I’m never buying cookies from UH ever again.

  162. Garret April 1, 2010 7:47 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want to read the off-topic stuff.

    Drug that is already approved for use on humans appears to extend lifespan and prevent Alzheimer’s!

  163. Garret April 1, 2010 7:48 pm

    Gene therapy restores sight to blind mice and increases the survival rate from heart attacks.

  164. Garret April 1, 2010 7:48 pm

    UK study is examining the feasibility of mobile airports–for commercial aircraft to take off and land similarly to the way fighter jets use aircraft carriers. These aircraft carrier-like runways can travel on roadways to be truly mobile airports.

  165. Garret April 1, 2010 7:49 pm

    Journal paper claims that unusual toad activity can be a predictor of major earthquakes.

  166. Garret April 1, 2010 7:49 pm

    Proteins in unroasted coffee beans may become next-generation insecticides.

  167. Garret April 1, 2010 7:49 pm

    Free play links pau.

  168. Garret April 1, 2010 7:54 pm

    Discussion over the deficit by SMU’s Athletic Department had an interesting post that I think is relevant to UH. This person pointed out that just about *all* departments at a University lose money! If you just look at expenses vs. revenue, probably each department loses money…but we never hear talk about how the English Department or Psychology Department lose money.

    Fully costed, most major departments lose money. Could we exist without a foreign language department (dont’ answer that)? Math? English? No! of course not. Last time I looked Dedman lost money. I don’t believe Dedman College as an entity “makes money” today. Without the income from our endowment, and annual gifts, the university taken as a whole, doesn’t “make money”!

    Futhermore, scholarships given to athletes is transferred to the acedemic departments at the full rate of tuition and fees. Give up athletic scholarships and the deficits of these departments increase even more (unless non-scholarship students are found to replace them)

    The problem with athletics is two fold. First, we have our own fundraising activities and revenue stream. So the atheltic department gets no perceived credit from the income of the general endowment fund or annual non-restrictive giving. Rather the depaertment is “stealing” the money to cover losses. Many truely believe that that money raised for the university is soley for acedemics. I beleive that people that give to the school are giving to the entire university, athletics included. Yet when the athletic department uses income from the general endowment, the professors of the various teaching departments view that money as “theirs”, not the entire university.

  169. Garret April 1, 2010 8:03 pm

    The State gives a LOT of money to UH and UH gets money from its endowment and donations. If you take all of that money off the table, it is possible that the Business School, School of Liberal Arts, etc., *all* run at a deficit. But only UH is expected to break even, even though the Athletic Department is charged for the full tuition amount while many non-athletes get financial aid from UH so UH gets *more* tuition per student from the Athletic Department than the average student.

    If UH got rid of the entire Athletic Department, they would need to admit hundreds more students to keep their enrollment up:

    1. I’ll bet that a good number of those students would get financial aid. So, UH would “lose” money on the students just like they claim they “lose” money on Athletics.

    2. Applications might go down considerably without the free advertising that Athletics gives UH. It has been well documented that applications increase significantly when prominent teams have great success.

    3. Donations could decrease significantly from alumni who do not feel the closeness to the school that sporting events can bring.

  170. OldDiver April 1, 2010 8:17 pm

    I just don’t get why some adults here need to make fun of or insult our University of Hawaii athletes. These kids, and yes I mean kids go through stuff during practice and games that would make most of us cry. I think it’s ironic that adult weekend golfers ( non-athletes ) can question with good conscience someones ability to play college football as well as their toughness. Buying a ticket might give you the right to insults the players, but it doesn’t make it right.

  171. OldDiver April 1, 2010 8:19 pm

    The UH medical and law colleges are huge sink holes. I have heard some question with no shortage of lawyers why we have a law school in the first place. Glad those are not my decisions to make.

  172. NYUH April 1, 2010 8:29 pm

    hey wafan:
    I saw that! It was quite good.

    Bummer about the guys at Pro Day. Hang in there!

  173. el guapo April 1, 2010 8:51 pm

    Looks like we stuck with Kurtz

    Would you say something like that if Kurtz was the son of one of your friends?

  174. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 1, 2010 8:56 pm

    Old Diver,

    Some adults harbor ill feelings about that day they got cut from their high school football team or are still angry about the star QB that stole their girlfriend and got the big schollie offer while they went to work at McDonalds.

  175. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 1, 2010 9:02 pm

    Buying a ticket doesn’t buy anyone the damn right to do anything.

    No one forced them to.

  176. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 1, 2010 9:09 pm

    Ron Lee and offense.

    Ron Lee and offense.

    Ron Lee and offense.

    Ron Lee and offense.

    Ron Lee and offense.

  177. NorthShoreFan April 1, 2010 9:29 pm

    #158…Seems to me you should put in a application to be one of the coaches at UH. You could implement your ideas of how to color coordinate the coaches an the team.

    Aside from the uncoordinated dress of the coaches, did you observe if the team was out there with more purpose this year compared to last. The interviews with the players sounded like they are a bit more focused and dedicated. They seem to remember the Wisconsin game and want to use that as motivation this year.
    I’m not sure if the coaches want to follow the Army model but if they do, then I hope we see more effort.

  178. el guapo April 1, 2010 9:34 pm

    USA Today article has another view of the money factors.

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  180. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 9:58 pm

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hawaiian water awarded exclusive rights to sell cold water in hell.

    Hope all you Tsaikos and Tsaiketts are having a great April Fools Day. I never pull the fool’s day prank, but when my nephew announced that his wife was hapai on faceb., I got the idea for the Senegal twins. Yes, it was a joke. I know I got some of you excited and some of you caught on early, but my constant posting probably got some of you hoping it was true. I had fun and hope to meet the Tsaikos and Tsaiketts in the future so we can talk UH sports and talk about the twins joke. I love UH sports and am sorry if I got anybody upset by my joke. I am starting to believe in coach Gib, and starting to get my motor running with spring UH football. Good luck to all the UH players at pro day. Sorry about Estes and Blazes injuries. Go Kia! Aloha and good night.

  181. Ralph April 1, 2010 10:00 pm

    El guapo Kurtz was brought in with much fanfare to be a big man controlling the paint area and giving UH a defensive center it needed to raise their level of play. He didn’t play much last season, missed the first 6 games because of issues relating to playing with semi pros, so I brought it up earlier with discussions of whether Arnold keeps or releases current players who won’t fit his up tempo offense and probably his faster paced schemes. Kurtz played with the Brazilians National team, and if Roese is the new assistant, I don’t think he is going to want one of his former players cut even if he doesn’t have the offensive skills to play in the up tempo game.

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  183. papajoe2 April 1, 2010 10:55 pm

    I think that Kurtz, being 7′, needs to keep his hands up. He seems to have pretty good footwork. With good coaching, I believe he can become a contributor to the program. For a 7 footer to have his hands by his waist. it takes him too long to get it up to grab a rebound or block a shot. With his hands by his waist or lower, he is not making use of his 7′ frame. Just by being that tall, with his arm sticking out at shoulder level, and his hands up, he can make the opponents alter their shots and maybe have a lower shooting percentage. In Bill Walton’s playing days, he would always have his hands about head high. Leave the ball handling and balls on the floor to the little guys and play like a 7 footer. If your arms are straight out to the side, a shorter person will have a difficult time getting his hands past a 7 footer’s arms.

  184. el guapo April 1, 2010 11:04 pm

    Ralph, my point is that you say it with a negative tone. I ask again, would you say something like that if Kurtz was the son of one of your friends? Or would you like hearing other people say things like that if he were the son of one of your friends? Or your son?

    These kids are playing for their education, and while it does cost a lot, they are not professionals. Yet you have advocated for some of them to be cut. We already have our education – to want them to be cut and possibly jeopardize their education, that’s cold. And selfish. Just because we want to see a winning team now. The kid you keep could become the successful one that donates back to the school because he is grateful for the chance he was given.

  185. LizKauai [iMac] m/ April 1, 2010 11:05 pm

    Wafan, nice vid from your school!

    Rich2176- I was just about to send the troops out to look for you. Your ears musta been ticklin’. Have fun in jd.

    Gotta hit the sack.

    Happy PRO DAY to the Warriors, injuries and all. Good Luck and God Bless!

    Sweet WARRIOR Dreams to all!

  186. Ralph April 1, 2010 11:41 pm

    El guapo seems cruel but it became a business decision, just ask bob nash, he got fired. UH athletics is a business, big business, yes involves student athletes who are young men and women, but the program needs to progress-coaches and players, and at times, the AD is let go. Hard choices but the reality of college sports. None of the decisions are mean spirited or meant to hurt people, yes, feeling can be hurt, but people will move on. It happens in college sports, UH is not the only college that will not renew scholarships. Jones dropped nine after his first year at SMU. Riley Wallace released a few at UH when he was first hired. Blanchette and Cravens were released from Pepperdine in baseball when a new coach was hired. Pullins released a Punahou grad baseball player when he took over the program. It happens. Yes, the players are someone’s kid and friends to many, but I.m looking at the program and these decisions got to be made, but it is the coach’s call.

  187. EH NO MAKE ! April 1, 2010 11:49 pm

    Ralph –

    Good evening.
    How do we know of Kuertz can or cannot play in an up-tempo game, we NEVER saw an up-tempo basketball game last season. Here’s my take, we had a 6’10” / 250+ pound, athletic big man that BARELY got on the court, to me, that’s entirely the fault of the coaching staff.
    Dang, USE the good, at the very LEAST, I’m sure he had 5 of the hardest fouls on the team to give.

    Kazz –

    Damn right if I pay good money for tickets it gives me the freedom to say and act HOWEVER the heck I want to. My ticket, my seat, my emotions and my right. Period!
    My opinion anyway, of course I know you have a right to yours as well.

    I saw a few Ron Lee comments as well. Gangm this is NOT St. Louis anymore. I read where somebody posted about the success of the offense last season, top 3 in the country thrwoing the ball, top 14 in total offense. But, let’s give credit where credit is due for once. Most of their success was the brain trust of Nick Rolovich.
    Instead of feeling bad for Ron, I am excited for “Rolo”. Kid hane game as a player, got a alot of heart as a coach as well.
    GO ROLO!!!!!

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  189. iwonderwhytheyhateme April 1, 2010 11:55 pm


    It’s been reported in the past that Ron Lee was offensive coordinator “in name only.”

    Rolovich took over the assignments of the OC in the 11 games of the season.

    I was for the most part happy with the play calling that Rolo did. He is no June Jones or Mike Leach but it was good. I’m very happy he will be getting paid a bit more as our OC. As for Ron Lee, I think he does a good job as receivers coach and I hope he will groom our new corp.

  190. Ralph April 1, 2010 11:56 pm

    EH No Make I maybe mistaking but from the limited time I saw Kurtz on the floor he had a hard time getting up and down the court and we weren’t running an up tempo offense. If he can’t keep up with Hiram’s tempo, I doubt he can bring it with a true up tempo game. Did you get to watch Butler, Xavier and K State when they ran up tempo offense and full court pressure defense, that is playing up tempo.

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  192. wafan April 2, 2010 2:53 am

    Happy Aloha Friday!

  193. wafan April 2, 2010 2:55 am

    A full day of meetings and then it is Spring Break time!!!


    One full week of doctor and vehicle repair appointments. Tsigh.

  194. wafan April 2, 2010 2:56 am

    C_C . . .

    Thank you for the news clips!

  195. wafan April 2, 2010 2:57 am

    So, what is on tap for Day 2?

  196. wafan April 2, 2010 2:58 am

    Hope the Warriors made enough of an impression at yesterday’s UH Pro Day.

    Good luck to each of them!

  197. wafan April 2, 2010 3:00 am

    Anyone else watch Flash Forward?

    Easily one of my favorite programs. Intelligent and intense.

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  199. wafan April 2, 2010 3:03 am

    Almost there.

  200. wafan April 2, 2010 3:04 am

    Shucks, spam got there first.


  201. myki April 2, 2010 3:05 am

    Good morning wafan,

    Happy Aloha Friday to all. Having a major case of insomnia tonight. I’ll probably fall asleep at practice this morning. I’d better brew some strong coffee if I hope to stay awake.

  202. Garret April 2, 2010 3:25 am

    Norm Chow is adopting Nevada’s Pistol offense for UCLA.

    The sight of UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince running around made Bruins fans a little nervous last season. They may have to get used to it.

    Prince may be more of a rabbit this season, as UCLA coaches have the Bruins running the “pistol” offense, used with success by Nevada, this spring. Prince and backup Richard Brehaut worked exclusively out of the shotgun in the first day of spring practice Thursday, keeping the ball several times.

    Chow visited Nevada to get pointers on the offense.

  203. Garret April 2, 2010 3:33 am

    CFL team (RGM’s former team) is interested in Sol and Adam! The problem is that CFL teams are limited in the number of non-Canadians, so they are probably competing with others for one spot. The team is looking for a starting MLB…I hope that a former Warrior is starting for BC soon.

    The Lions are looking at improving their depth at linebacker through Rainbowcoloured glasses.

    Though he has yet to have his signing announced, former University of Hawaii middle linebacker Solomon Elimimian, the Rainbows’ all-time leading tackler, caused a stir at a Lions free-agent camp last weekend in Los Angeles, Buono says. Another all-WAC linebacker from the Rainbows -Adam Leonard, who played high school football at Rainier Beach in Seattle -is also high on the Lions’ prospects list. Leonard is scheduled to work out for the team at a future tryout in Las Vegas.

    Haley, picked up in a trade with Hamilton, and Andy Shantz, who was on the Lions practice roster briefly last season, are the only names currently on the team’s depth chart at middle linebacker.

    Size issues -Elimimian is 5-11; Leonard 6-0 -blunted their NFL aspirations.

  204. protector April 2, 2010 4:08 am

    I just think that the NFL has this built-in prejudice against those that are vertically-challenged. I don’t think a lack of height precludes a player from being very good. How tall was / is Zach Thomas? Wasn’t he 6′ or less? Over the years there have been many DBs & RBs that were under 6′ that had great careers; they had heart & savvy & often outplayed guys much taller.

  205. anonymous April 2, 2010 5:14 am

    Found this on the HA site, maybe this might be helpful to someone going to the game

    University of Hawaii season-ticket holders in all UH sports will receive 50 percent off adult tickets (maximum of four) to the UH baseball team’s series against Gonzaga.

    Games will be played 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Les Murakami Stadium.

    Note to the UH athletic department I think it would be helpful to the public that you have a designated poster posting on this site of updates and promotions. The former Na Koa executive director Don Weir did this (updates), which I thought was personable, welcoming, informative and brilliant.

  206. LizKauai (iPhone) April 2, 2010 5:51 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Note about Rolo.

    Remember when WE BELIEVE took us to the perfect season?
    That was not just a motto or rallying cry.
    The team bought into Coach Jones’ philosophy ( to be PC here).
    The team needs to harmonize on a higher level to demonstrate the kind of unity it takes to win like they did during the perfect season.
    Coach Rolo brings more than offensive coordination. He is a BELIEVER.
    If the team buys in, Believes and becomes as one, the finely-tuned and disciplined bodies will make it happen.

  207. Bulla April 2, 2010 5:59 am

    Spring Ball Day #2
    Get ‘Er Done

  208. BG April 2, 2010 9:10 am

    Good morning Myki! Hope you fall asleep AFTER the practice.

    It’s been interesting reading comments about Estes and Soares. Actually, posters have made assumptions and conjectures about hamstring pulls quite a lot in the past several years. Now that it’s occurred with athletes who have trained at the most elite level, some of the posts have been amusing as they conjecture about the reason. It seems inconceivable that firms with the experience and expertise that are involved would allow their clients to warm up improperly. Certainly, Estes and Soares have had the best of exercise programs and nutrition. So what’s the answer? Don’t know. That is…I don’t know. What I do know is that the criticisms of the UH athletic program regarding hamstring injuries have no concrete foundation anymore. Back to scratching our heads.

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    UH hasn’t put too many players in the league that really made an impact #jadedbroncosfan

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