Lee won't be retained

Assistant head coach Cal Lee has been told he will not be retained on the UH coaching staff after his contract expires on March 31.

Lee has been at UH for nine seasons, coaching linebackers and defensive ends. He was the Warriors’ defensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009, Greg McMackin’s first two seasons as UH head coach. Lee’s success at Saint Louis School is well-documented.

That leaves three coaches from the 2011 staff β€” offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, defensive line coach Tony Tuioti and director player personnel George Lumpkin. Head coach Norm Chow will interview those three next week.

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Lewis Powell and Philip Rauscher begin their UH coaching careers on Monday.

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The Warriors have decided to honor quarterback Ikaika Woolsey’s scholarship offer.

In clearing the way for the new head coach, UH decided it only would honor prospects with signed commitments, such as grayshirts who inked scholarship agreements. Woolsey had made an oral commitment to join the Warriors in January, but did not sign a scholarship agreement (a pact that binds the school, but not the player, to a scholarship). After Norm Chow was named UH coach, it was decided to honor the agreement with Woolsey.

During the 2011 fall semester, Woolsey was enrolled at City College of San Francisco, but did not play for the Rams. Woolsey knew if he played for CCSF he would lose a year of NCAA eligibility. By joining UH in January, Woolsey will have five years to play four seasons and participate in five offseason programs.

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David Graves will enter Chow’s first offseason program as the No. 1 quarterback, although the position will be contested during spring training.

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It is not known if quarterback Stump Godfrey, who redshirted in the fall after transferring from New Mexico, has decided to return.


  1. Graham December 30, 2011 5:50 am


  2. Annoddah Dave December 30, 2011 5:53 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    Happy New Year to all….and especially the Warriors!

  3. whitey December 30, 2011 5:56 am

    good morning tsaikos

  4. Garret December 30, 2011 6:00 am

    Good to know that UH will honor Ikaika Woolsey’s offer. Coach Chow had the option to pull back the offer so he must have seen enough in Woolsey to think that he could be productive in his offense.

    I’m not sure if Stump fits into the pro-style offense that Coach Chow wants…but since he’s already transferred once he’s running out of eligibility and options. With Coach Chow bringing in QBs that he’s selected for his offense, Stump may be caught in a numbers game.

  5. WarriorNY December 30, 2011 6:01 am

    I feel really bad for Stump. He took such a risk leaving NMS. He may need to change positions…

  6. whitey December 30, 2011 6:01 am

    things are getting more interesting each day even though we don’t have a fb coaching staff in place. seems like recruiting is running along just fine without any person in charge. no rush, but definitely next week will be more than interesting.

  7. whitey December 30, 2011 6:03 am

    d1, time to wake up and get ready to ho hi

  8. Graham December 30, 2011 6:06 am

    Rumors has it Keith Uperesa is our new O-line coach

  9. Garret December 30, 2011 6:08 am

    Interesting map that shows how much bowl money is being made in different areas of the country. It sure looks like the Eastern half of the US makes almost all of the bowl money and the schools in the West get the crumbs left over.

    Note that all of the $22.3 mil payouts do not actually go to the school, that goes to the AQ conferences to be split among their schools. The $6.1 mil payouts go to the conferences that get a second team in a BCS bowl game. In other words, if this had been a year with 2 non-AQ teams in BCS bowl games, the second non-AQ team would have earned $6.1 mil for their conference.

    If you look at the non-BCS bowl games, all of the bowl games that pay between $4.55 mil and $1.15 mil go to AQ conferences. The payouts to the MWC, WAC, and CUSA are mere fractions of what the bigger conferences get even when you take away the BCS bowl games.


  10. mo808 December 30, 2011 6:10 am

    ST is on 1420 now!

  11. 12tMan December 30, 2011 6:18 am

    ST: would you know if there will be a walk-on session in Jan/feb?

  12. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 6:26 am


    At the moment, none is planned.

  13. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 6:26 am

    Uperesa would be one of Chow’s top choices, but there are some issues that need to be addressed first.

  14. whitey December 30, 2011 6:28 am

    Garret, good morning. if the hawaii bowl was to raise their level to $1.5 mil, the mwc would be very happy, but would the pac-12 be more than interested to fill the opposite slot?

  15. whitey December 30, 2011 6:32 am

    there is no guarantee that the nfl pro bowl will remain in hawaii, and the state subsidizes it. why not subsidize the hawaii bowl if there is no pro bowl.

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 6:34 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚

    Good morning to you, !2thman! Same to you Professor and whitey. Nice to see everyone here.

    Three words for Chow so far: Tough but fair. He shows good leadership and wisdom.

  17. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 6:35 am

    A good bowl is all about volunteers.

    At the Sun Bowl, there are 10 volunteers (including Charlie Garcia, who is available 19 hours a day) to work with the media. That’s a lot considering there are only three out-of-town newspaper reporters here β€” from Hawaii, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.

    There are dozens more helping each team.

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 6:37 am

    Good Morning Mr. Tsai,

    Uperesa would be an excellent choice. Let’s pray things work out.

  19. dcwarrior December 30, 2011 6:39 am

    Garret – 2 things

    one, how does that map compare to the student population nationwide? Given the number of institutions out East and the national balance of population, there may be less to this than meets the eye.

    two, I have learned to ask a more important question. What is the “net” to the universities? Much of the “payout” gets set off against ticket guarantees. Nevada probably had a net loss from its bowl participation, given the few tickets it sold. I wonder, are the bowls ripping off the colleges? I know they don’t technically make a profit but if they give big salaries and bonuses to their execs and staff, why have them?

  20. ai-eee-soos December 30, 2011 6:41 am


    the QB situation is very interesting, as it unfolds.

  21. bigislandkurt December 30, 2011 6:45 am

    Oh no! I was hoping no to hear that about Stump. I feel bad for this bradduh. Hey Tsai, here is another one of those legal/liability questions. What if Mack promised Stump a scholarship this season? Is UH bound to that oral contract? I sure hope he comes back because I truly feel that he would have been a front runner to seize the job.


  22. azwarrior22 December 30, 2011 6:46 am

    Top 25…woo hoo..it is exciting times for Warrior fans !!

  23. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 6:47 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Happy New Year to each of you.

    ‘mornin Whitey, DPK, ST, Annodah Dave, Garrett. Looking forward to seeing each of you this year at a TGate and games.

    Really really good to be reading Chow is tough. wise. and honorable. all these good things coming together for us.

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 6:48 am

    From the excellent article in today’s SA:

    “The greatest gift a young man can give to his parents is seeing how proud they are to see their son play for the University of Hawaii. When they go out (after the game), I want them to see the big barbecues and the shirts that say, β€˜I am John’s mother.’ ” To me, that’s a payback to everything. I want them to have that experience.”

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 6:58 am

    The quote I posted above is from the new HC, who says he will be the recruiting coordinator for Hawaii. Excellent.

    When Chow spoke at the pressr announcing his hiring, I mentioned that you could almost feel the culture of UH Football beginning to change. Many things we’ve learned since then point to a paradigm shift in the program. I like what I’m seeing. These are exciting times.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 7:01 am


    Always great to see your posts! Howzeet, howzeet, howzeet! Hope things are going well for you my friend.

  27. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 7:01 am

    “presser” that should read above.

  28. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 7:03 am

    Wea errybody stay, keia manawa?

  29. whitey December 30, 2011 7:06 am

    got to get ready for breakfast of champions cause this the last one for 2011. take care and have a great day.

  30. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 7:06 am

    so I looked up Keith Uperesa and saw the video clip by Angela at Nicholls State this year. 6 min of heart warming stuff.

    very impressive guy with alot of stories to tell. trials. triumphs on and off the field. he is all about family too. and from the land of short peeps (Aiea). boy o boy. a daughter going to Nicholls. he’s been with HC Chow for a long time. if HC got him, and things are all good with Nicholls and his docs and his family, we’ll be so so lucky to have Big Dogs in da house.

    he speaks well, and inspiring! But best of all, he respects Chow! wooo peeee!

  31. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 7:08 am


    howzit. all is well. going to be a great year for me, 2012. maybe even get a big bang in store. maybe not. wateva, still going to be a great year.

  32. Vitz December 30, 2011 7:18 am

    Happy New Year everybody!!!!!…..”Go Bows”!!!

  33. TYaiea December 30, 2011 7:19 am

    Happy New Year to all the Tsaikos on the eve of the eve. Like DPK says “these are exciting times.” Like what is happening so much made my donation this a.m. to Na Koa. C’mon everyone give a little. IMUA!!!

  34. Garret December 30, 2011 7:19 am

    Garret, good morning. if the hawaii bowl was to raise their level to $1.5 mil, the mwc would be very happy, but would the pac-12 be more than interested to fill the opposite slot?


    If the Hawaii Bowl would raise its payout to $1.5 mil, they would get the Pac-12 back. The Pac-12 dumped the Hawaii Bowl because it was its lowest paying bowl game.

    The New Mexico Bowl raised its payout from $750k to I think $1.25 mil for 2012 and got the Pac-12. $1.5 mil would be enough for the Pac-12 to come back to Hawaii…but where is that money going to come from?

  35. newbie December 30, 2011 7:23 am

    what about local players who already took their official visits, will their offers be honored or are they starting from scratch?

  36. 808Fringe December 30, 2011 7:26 am

    I too was hoping to see Stump but whatever happens, happens. Hope it works out in one sense or another for the kid.


  37. tommui December 30, 2011 7:26 am


    Good to see BHF2 posting with regularity again.

  38. Garret December 30, 2011 7:26 am

    Garret – 2 things

    one, how does that map compare to the student population nationwide? Given the number of institutions out East and the national balance of population, there may be less to this than meets the eye.

    two, I have learned to ask a more important question. What is the “net” to the universities? Much of the “payout” gets set off against ticket guarantees. Nevada probably had a net loss from its bowl participation, given the few tickets it sold. I wonder, are the bowls ripping off the colleges? I know they don’t technically make a profit but if they give big salaries and bonuses to their execs and staff, why have them?


    You are correct to point out that the population patterns show that there are more students in the eastern half of the US…that leads to higher TV ratings for Big 10, SEC, ACC, and Big East bowl games, which leads to more money for those conferences. The Pac-12 is the premier conference in the west and they get FAR less money than the Big 10 and SEC for bowl games. TV networks aren’t biased and aren’t loyal to particular conferences…all they care about are how many people will watch the games they show.

    The “net” is a very good question. However, your point about Nevada is wrong–Nevada makes a profit on the Hawaii Bowl because the *WAC* pays for the tickets that have to be purchased and the travel costs, just like Southern Mississippi made money because CUSA pays for the 10,000 tickets and the travel expenses.

    The “net” actually makes bowl games only profitable for schools AND the conferences they belong to if the payouts are $1 mil or more. Payouts less than that are eaten up by travel expenses (flight costs, 1 week of hotel rooms, per diem, bowl gifts to the players, etc.). That is why I pointed out that all of the non-BCS bowl games with payouts over $1.1 mil go to AQ representatives.

  39. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 7:40 am

    How ’bout that win by the BBall men last night? Dey when buss da addah guys up!

  40. Kekoa December 30, 2011 7:51 am

    Welcome home Big Hilo!

    Glad to hear that you will be joining us in the Chow line. 😎

    Go Warriors!

  41. koakane December 30, 2011 8:10 am

    good morning 808 happy 2012 to everyone

    good to see bhf2 has righted his canoe to re-enter the regatta lol

    went to see two UH bball games last night at the sheriff.

    looking at the women’s Florida rooster noting only two players were listed down as forwards and rest inked in as guards. crap they were quick and very athletic. they ran the wahines kinda ragged.

    men’s game was a different story. even though their free throws were horrid and dunking needs more work they played good swarming defense and opportunistic offense to pull off a good win.

  42. Slugger December 30, 2011 8:15 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Good luck to Coaches Aranda, Shaw and Smith in their next endeavors.

    Hope things work out for Stump. He has a strong arm.

  43. Bryson December 30, 2011 8:26 am

    I feel bad for Stump if he doesn’t get a schollie…this kid moved out here on his own and paid his way through school last semester w/ the promise of a scholarship…If Stump doesn’t fit into Norm Chow’s game plan then wouldn’t that mean Woosley wouldn’t either unless he will be changing position’s when he gets here….NC needs a athletic QB at least for his first season because the oline will probably be learning new blocking schemes with the shift in going to a pro set style offense…

  44. Edison Beherns December 30, 2011 8:39 am

    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

  45. al December 30, 2011 8:42 am

    what three things prevent one from particpating in collegiate athletics?

    one, academics.

    two, injury

    three, lack of talent

    …read between the lines.

  46. Bulla December 30, 2011 8:44 am

    For the last Friday of the year, have an AWESOME DAY……. Coach Chow is going to hit the road running, let’s support the team and the new coaches in their quest for victory!

    Happy New Year everyone, bless you and your ohana, and may 2012 be a healthy and happy year for all πŸ™‚

  47. Bulla December 30, 2011 8:45 am

    good morning BHF2, Al, and Koakane, and all da oddah Tsaikos….cheee hooooo, we made it through 2011, πŸ™‚

  48. urbankid December 30, 2011 8:46 am

    Woolsey is flying in on Jan 3rd, orientation on the 4th

  49. A-joe December 30, 2011 8:55 am

    At one time you could count on one hand how many local high school programs ran the run and shoot. JJ made R&S the voque offense of choice. With the advent of Chow establishing his offense, I’m wondering how many programs will switch their style. Will continued use of the R&S have any effect on developing and prepping local talent to play in Chow’s scheme?

    Then again, talent is talent.

  50. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:01 am

    I like the fact that Ikaika took snaps under. Hope he’s been working out. I didn’t see any hail mary type passes in his video clips, though.

  51. Randy F December 30, 2011 9:04 am

    What do you think of Colt Brennan helping in some capacity on the UH staff if his pro career does not pan out this spring? Did NC say his offense will take parts of the Run and Shoot?

  52. urbankid December 30, 2011 9:11 am

    why does everyone take the “run parts of run and shoot” so literally? EVERY team runs part of the run and shoot, it’s called the X or Z choice route, every single team has this in their package, it’s almost considered a standard play and not really run and shoot any more

  53. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:11 am

    Randy F,

    I think many are hoping that NC will retain Rolo in some capacity.

  54. huh? December 30, 2011 9:13 am

    It is not as important to have gone under center as it is to have an understanding of the offense.

  55. al December 30, 2011 9:17 am

    bulla…happy new year to you and your family!

  56. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:18 am


    don’t forget..

    Bad Attitude

  57. Bowwar December 30, 2011 9:20 am

    I hope Stump is given a scholarship and an opportunity…If it doesn’t work out, sobeit, but there’s a credibility issue involved here and we should honor our commitments, tacit or not. Besides, maybe Stump can be convinced to consider other positions as well, if QB, is not in the cards.

  58. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:23 am

    Dang… Dis is what we should have done when Colt was with the Redskins…


  59. Eugenio Shaper December 30, 2011 9:23 am

    It depends on the price, but a well maintained Toyota can easily see 300+ thousand miles with few major issues.

  60. Stretch December 30, 2011 9:24 am

    Looks like Cal Lee will not be retained. These are some tough decisions that Chow needs to make.

  61. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:28 am

    Who’s going to be Chow’s eyes in the sky, I wonder?

  62. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 30, 2011 9:34 am


    gary crowton. hahaha jk.

  63. LizKauai (bonafide) December 30, 2011 9:41 am

    Aloha and Mahalo Cal Lee.

    It’s just a business…

  64. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:42 am

    Alright.. this Saturday’s BB game will be on Oceanic’s UH station LIVE…


  65. graham December 30, 2011 9:43 am

    I am sorry to see Cal Lee leave but he did mot do much for local recuirting do I dont think it is a huge loss.

  66. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:43 am

    Wonder what Cal will do now? Retire? Go work with his brother?

  67. koakane December 30, 2011 9:45 am

    good and prosperous 2011 bulla and the rest of the tsaiko’s

    next week news coming out of Manoa should be very interesting and exciting

    #60 mmmmmmmmmmmmm but whats the bird scoop

  68. koakane December 30, 2011 9:48 am

    mih good to know now gotta work on setting up the garage

  69. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:49 am


    This same link that talks about Keith Uperesa coming to Hawaii also says that Aranda may have found a job as DC for Southeastern LA.

  70. Pride. December 30, 2011 9:49 am

    Mack, Mouse, Miano, Smith, Aranda, Shaw, and Lee gone. That leaves Tomey, Rolo, Tuioti, and Lumpkin remaining.

  71. 808Fringe December 30, 2011 9:50 am

    Too bad for Cal but Coach is right, it’s a business. Thanks Cal! He’ll probably join Ron and make the Falcons a football power!

    #61 – Eye in the sky? I’m actually hoping it’ll be Rolo to be honest. BUT! We’ll see.

  72. graham December 30, 2011 9:53 am

    Did Dave Aranda ever recurit

  73. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 9:54 am

    Wow!… Samoa moves ahead of the world to be first to celebrate the New Year… Does that make us last?


  74. kawika49 December 30, 2011 9:59 am

    MIH, thats Western Samoa.

  75. Luki December 30, 2011 10:00 am

    American Samoa is 1 hour behind us…Samoa is moving to another time zone…

  76. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 10:02 am

    Wonder if Mike Wadsworth will have a change of heart now that we have a coaching change?

  77. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 10:03 am


    What?? So now Samoa can look at the other side of the island and say.. “They (American Samoa) is so yesterday!”….

  78. Old School Dave December 30, 2011 10:03 am

    Looks like Rocky Seto, currently a quality control/assistant safeties coach with the Seahawks, may be end up as the DC at UW, with Nick Holt not being retained. Huskies Secondary – Safeties coach is also not being retained.

  79. al December 30, 2011 10:03 am

    76…why wouldn’t he want to play for another LDS?

  80. al December 30, 2011 10:05 am

    i think to add to the list of priorities for this year would be a running back with wings.

  81. (Jesse) James December 30, 2011 10:05 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…Hope all have a great day!!!

    Hoping all of you Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year as well!!!

    Aloha and Mahalo, Coach Lee.

  82. Pride. December 30, 2011 10:06 am

    I’ve never heard where a new coach had to come in to a new job and his first order of business was to fire all of the ex-assistant coaches. Shouldn’t the assistants all have been fired with the head coach? That’s the way it’s usually done.

    The requirement for the new coach to talk to every member on the staff really isn’t fair to the new head coach in my opinion. They should have all been fired and the new coach given the option to retain whoever he wants. If the new coach wants them, they’ll get a call. If they don’t get a call, then clean out their desks.

    The new coach has much more to worry about and should not have been given the job of firing someone else’s staff. That just isn’t right. He’s doing someone else’s dirty work.

  83. 808Bowler December 30, 2011 10:10 am

    Morning everyone. Lee gone too huh…..rolo would be a gud coach for chow to groom.

  84. Pride. December 30, 2011 10:10 am

    In my unprofessional opinion, Tomey’s gone, Lumpkin’s gone, Tuioti may be back, Rolo is a toss-up. Grapevine says that Rolo has some very good options.

  85. kawika49 December 30, 2011 10:10 am

    MIH different group of islands.

  86. jm2375 December 30, 2011 10:11 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Thank you to all the coaches on Mack’s staff who are not being retained. Mahalo for all your hard work.

    Happy Birthday Kevin!

  87. Old School Dave December 30, 2011 10:16 am

    Would Rolovich consider the HC job at CCSF when George Rush retires? That’s a high profile JUCO that regularly sends many of its players to BCS and Mid-major programs.

  88. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 10:19 am

    Met with Chow this morning. There are issues/obstacles to an Uperesa hiring. Far, far, far from a done deal.

  89. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 10:19 am


    It’s called a contract. Many of the contracts expire beyond the Jan. 1 start of Chow’s contract. And it’s not that much of a burden for Chow, if he already has his mind set on a clean slate. How long does it take to say, “Sorry, but I’m going in a different direction. Good luck.”?

  90. (Jesse) James December 30, 2011 10:19 am

    #84 Pride…agree

    Happy Birthday Kaz….errrr…Kevin!!!

  91. Last Call December 30, 2011 10:20 am

    WOW, talk about cleaning house ! It would be interesting to see who he got rid of if he was AD.

  92. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 10:21 am

    Heh.. forgot that ST is up there for the game. Chowing with the Chow, so to speak…

  93. Pride. December 30, 2011 10:21 am

    Thanks to Tsai for letting us know about Cal Lee. But Stretch already let us know. I guess Stretch is Tsai’s bridie.

  94. SteveM December 30, 2011 10:24 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Happy Birthday Kevin !!!

    Happy birthday Kazz !!!

    …you’re the only ones I know that’s going to beat me to 65… πŸ˜†

  95. cheepono December 30, 2011 10:31 am

    only 3 left ST? so tomey is definitely out…

  96. Pride. December 30, 2011 10:31 am


    December 30th, 2011 at 10:19 am


    It’s called a contract. Many of the contracts expire beyond the Jan. 1 start of Chow’s contract. And it’s not that much of a burden for Chow, if he already has his mind set on a clean slate. How long does it take to say, “Sorry, but I’m going in a different direction. Good luck.”?

    Yes hapahaoleboy, I agree. How long would it have taken for Hawaii’s AD to say, “Sorry, but we’re going in a different direction. If the new coach wants you he’ll call you. In the meantime, you should start making some phone calls. Good luck.”

  97. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 10:33 am

    The analogy we’re using is Chow is asked to both build a house and raze a house.

    Most builders start with an empty lot.

  98. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 10:34 am

    Hard to say “no” to friends, even harder to childhood friends.

  99. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 10:35 am


    Because it’s not the AD’s job to do that. I may be mistaken, but I thought the AD hires/fires the HC and the HC hires/fires the assistants.

  100. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 10:36 am

    Pride is correct that the usual procedure is for the old staff to assume they’re released, and then the new coach gets to hire.

    It is unique for a coach to think: “I’ve never met you but I’m going to let you go.”

  101. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 10:39 am


    I think that’s a bad analogy for one reason: Chow was given a house. He is choosing to raze and rebuild. He could have chosen to extensively renovate instead. When builders start with an empty lot, it’s usually because there was no house there to begin with. In this case, the house he was given had some people still living in it with a lease that hasn’t expired yet.

  102. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 30, 2011 10:39 am

    It’ll be interesting if the only person retained is Lumpkin.

  103. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 30, 2011 10:42 am

    Isn’t the AD everyone’s boss in the athletics program?

    Thought he officially hires any assistant coach.

    I dont think the HC has the power to execute contracts on behalf of the State/University.

  104. DownSpout December 30, 2011 10:46 am

    UH not even giving Miano, the “interim” head coach, an interview was disrespectful and shabby treatment. And then, for Chow not to retain him, was a hugely stupid move that calls his decision making into sharp questioning.

    Now this: “Lee’s departure leaves three members from the 2011 coaching staff β€” offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, defensive line coach Tony Tuioti and director of personnel George Lumpkin. Chow will have telephone interviews with those three next week.”

    Telephone interviews? This guy needs to get here and go to work in-person. What’s keeping him away? Some sort of “loyalty” to Utah? When it came to “loyalty” to UH, Chow didn’t think that was of any value when it came to, for example, Miano.

    I’m beginning to think this guy is out to lunch. Or is it now “out to Chow.”

  105. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 10:46 am


    So the AD is hiring Chow’s staff for Chow?

  106. Bryson December 30, 2011 10:46 am

    Surprising about Cal Lee not being retained…but then again when you have over 400 applicants for coaching positions you gotta put yourself in the the best position to win and that’s what Norm Chow is doing…My only question is this should our staff be made up of mainland coaches who have no ties to the islands at all how will that improve local recruiting? I understand about NC being the recruiting coordinator but if he tells a recruit he should stay home and play for Hawaii what impact will that have being that he spent so many years telling kids they should go to the mainland?

  107. al December 30, 2011 10:50 am

    pride. once again you are correct. the ethical thing to do is never the normal at manoa. it’s time for upper campus and the uhad to take ownership.

    too often the “pass the buck” standard is abused here.

    it is not only common practice in collegiate and/or pro sports but in the real world as well.

    the house cleaning needs to go higher up the pipeline than the hc is what needs to be done.

    …nuff said.

  108. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 30, 2011 10:51 am


    Yes, pretty sure that happens everywhere.

  109. al December 30, 2011 10:52 am

    get a clue.

  110. al December 30, 2011 10:52 am


  111. Old Diver December 30, 2011 10:52 am

    Thanks to Coach Lee for your years of public service to the youth of this community.

  112. PolyMom December 30, 2011 10:53 am

    Keith Uperesa is a great guy. As well as his wife is a wonderful person. Keith was one of the original members in the 70’s back at Punahou on the football team that was part of the POLYNESIAN PLATOON. Keith, Mosi Tatupu, Mike Ciacci, Jack Wright. After those guys all graduated high school Punahou football sucked for 25 years.

    I better go to my FB page and see if anything is up with them.

    I will always be fond of Biology class at Punahou. Keith, Mosi and Jack were my lab partners. They were seniors. I was the nerdy freshman. But they were all so kind to me. Especially Mosi. Those guys always had my back.

  113. al December 30, 2011 10:53 am

    where do these people buy their information from?


  114. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 10:53 am


    Perhaps you haven’t been in the “real world” very much? When a new CEO takes over a real world company and the held over manager/executives are still under contract, he/she — as CEO — still has to decide whether to let those people go or retain them. That’s common practice as well as common courtesy.

  115. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 10:56 am


    Well that contradicts what ST is saying that Chow is building his own house. I would assume that means Chow is doing the hiring. You’re saying that the AD is the one doing the hiring. Perhaps it needs to be defined what is technically meant by “hiring”.

  116. Stretch December 30, 2011 10:58 am

    114 – as an assistant coach, you are hired by the Head Coach. You are on HIS team. When that coach is gone, his team of coaches are gone too.

  117. jkjones December 30, 2011 10:59 am

    @106. it doesnt matter. coaches are constantly changing venues. They just highlight the positives OF THEIR NEW VENUE.

    NC has positives to pitch besides his resume and heisman mentorship, including good reasoning for local athletes to stay home. Norm Chow should know, he spent 38-years on the mainland and is well aware of the downsides of going away. Turn it around. Who would you believe? A coach that has never left the islands or a coach who has seen local boys struggle on the mainland and can tell you what happens after the first snow flakes fall.

  118. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 11:02 am


    I think you’re wrong there. I doubt their contracts were with Greg McMackin. I’m pretty sure their contracts are individually made with the University of Hawaii. If you have verbiage from an assistant’s contract that states their position is tied to a specific head coach, I’d gladly affirm that you are correct.

  119. LizKauai (bonafide) December 30, 2011 11:03 am

    Glad I don’t work for UH…

    nor football…


    To me, work in the spirit of service to humanity is worship…

    Kudos to those who treat their employees as souls first.


  120. LizKauai (bonafide) December 30, 2011 11:05 am

    As for assistants, it feels like the HC chooses and the contracts are with UH…

    Do those who are “not retained” still get paid through the end of their contracts? Or is there some kind of severance for an early release?

  121. Pride. December 30, 2011 11:08 am

    #118 – We obviously disagree, and that’s okay. Nothing wrong with that. I’ve been wrong many times in my life so this wouldn’t be the first time. Just stating my opinon, and saying that I disagree with yours. No harm intended.

  122. Stretch December 30, 2011 11:08 am

    118 – yes, you are correct about the contracts being with UH. Since that is true, then UH should be the one informing them that they are not going to be retained. Thanks for clearing that up.

  123. mo808 December 30, 2011 11:10 am

    I would be very surprised if any one is asked to remain on with Coach Chow! But, it’s good that he does give them consideration!

  124. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 11:11 am


    That also means that UH can tell Norm he has to interview each assistant still on contract.

  125. WarriorNY December 30, 2011 11:12 am

    Wow, I thought our linebackers have been fantastic in the past few years. I’m surprised that Lee will not be apart of the staff. However, this is encouraging because it means that NC is here to win.

  126. Stretch December 30, 2011 11:13 am

    122 – it was already reported that Chow had to interview all coaches.

  127. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 11:16 am


    Yes, but someone else on here was whining that Norm shouldn’t be doing that. I’m just saying it’s not unprecedented in the football world or the real world.

  128. Curt December 30, 2011 11:17 am

    This morning on the Artie Wilson radio show, I was distracted but thought I heard June Jones talk about Colt. If so, can someone summarize the comments?

  129. Pride. December 30, 2011 11:17 am

    #104 – I disagree with Downspout too. No harm intended.

  130. jkjones December 30, 2011 11:18 am

    Both Tony and Rolo have value. However, in Rolo’s case, he has a future either way. He is young and Norm Chow is not. If he goes away and makes a name on the mainland while building resources, he will be a favorite in the next turn-a-round at Hawaii. If he stays, he learns from a coach with credentials at the highest level of offensive pursuits. Thanks to Hawaii, Rolo has a starting resume, most coaches at his age dream of–it’s up to him to keep it going. He must improve his stock every year.

  131. Stretch December 30, 2011 11:19 am

    The earlier point is that Norm Chow shouldn’t have to be the one telling the coaches they are being let go. It’s not easy to tell people they will no longer have a job.

  132. Pride. December 30, 2011 11:19 am

    #127 – Now I’m being called a whiner. Now I really disagree with haoleboy. But thanks to my relationship with LizKauai, I love all creatures.

  133. 808Bowler December 30, 2011 11:22 am

    Ya I bet rolo has options.

  134. hapahaoleboy December 30, 2011 11:23 am


    If he’s not willing to interview and let go a dozen grown men who probably already suspect they’re being let go — especially if cleaning house is what’s typical by what others here have said –then maybe he doesn’t have the mettle to be a Div 1 head football coach or deserve to make half a million bucks a year.

  135. Pride. December 30, 2011 11:23 am

    #130 – Next time around, Rolo may be out of our price range. Fortunately, Rolo is the type of guy who will turn down 2.5 mill. on the mainland to be a head coach at Hawaii for 1 mill.

    Most wouldn’t do it, but Rolo probably would.

  136. Pride. December 30, 2011 11:25 am

    #134 – Yes hapahaoleboy, I agree with you on that point.

  137. LizKauai (bonafide) December 30, 2011 11:25 am

    Pride. – you are my inspiration… especially when you are singing. I prefer your voice to anonymous birdies and theirsay… πŸ˜†

  138. Slugger December 30, 2011 11:31 am

    Good luck to Coach Cal. Always nice to see him at practice.

    The timing of Coach Chow’s start might be making the retention of some of the assistant coaches needed until Coach Norm has completed his hires. Weren’t some of the current coaches asked to keep working on recruiting? That can’t be done if all of the coaches had been released at the time of the hiring announcement for the HC. No one home, lights out in the offices…

    Saw DJ Armbrust last night at the MBB game. He’d like to come back to UH, but with the changes in direction of the program that might not be possible for him. IIRC, he’s at a JC in Georgia.

    Steele Jantz, Iowa St….familiar name….

    Happy New Year to all of my Tsaiko ‘ohana! Have a safe celebration tomorrow.

    Happy Anniversary to BG & Betty!

  139. primo123 December 30, 2011 11:39 am

    Sorry…didnt see anything….maybe posted earlier….but…What a bout Dick Tomey? He out? Not applying?

  140. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 11:52 am

    I guess you could say that the U of Hawaii Warriors are engaged in their own Bowl Game, right now..

    Tidy Bowl….

  141. bleedgreen December 30, 2011 11:52 am

    #128 JJ said Colt could fit in a particular offense/program that suits his skills, but that opportunity has not materialized.

  142. kruzen December 30, 2011 11:52 am

    Aloha and thanks much to all the coaches who are not retained and best wishes on your next endeavor.

  143. tommui December 30, 2011 11:52 am

    Slugger #138 “Steele Jantz, Iowa St….familiar name..” was a red-shirt at UH and then transferred.

  144. Old Diver December 30, 2011 11:56 am

    Sad thing about Coach Lee is he probably won’t be coaching at the college again. The other coaches like Rolovich, Aranda, Smith, Tuioti are young and resilient. Coach Miano has definite offers on the mainland. Who knows, he may want some of our young coaching talent to follow him.

  145. Old Diver December 30, 2011 11:59 am

    That is if decides to go.

  146. Chee! December 30, 2011 12:04 pm

    Steele Jantz, former UH QB is starting for Iowa State in the New Era Bowl. Way to go Steele!!

  147. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 12:05 pm

    Maybe Ron and Cal should travel the country and teach the RnS to high school coaches…

  148. Old School Dave December 30, 2011 12:07 pm

    Best of luck to the UH assistants for their future endeavors. They’re all “big boys” and knew the nature of the business when they took the job. College coaching is not for the thin-skinned and you can’t ever get too comfortable in any position, especially when you’re on a year to year contract as an assistant.

    There hasn’t been a change in staff of this dimension since 1999 when June Jones cleaned house and brought in an entirely new staff. Of course there are fans and friends of assistants not retained who won’t be happy about this, but it’s all part of the college coaching business.

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  150. MattyBoy December 30, 2011 12:38 pm

    Anyone know if Keith Uperesa is any good?

  151. Dave LetterMan December 30, 2011 12:40 pm

    Good luck to Coach Cal. He was my PE teacher at St. Louis. He was a fair yet stern disciplinarian. It’s always nice to see him around town. He always took the time to talk story about the team.

  152. kruzen December 30, 2011 12:42 pm

    Keith Uperesa Bio:


  153. Bowwar December 30, 2011 12:44 pm

    The plot is definitely thickening…Let’s hope Chow is able to pull together a good staff and keep a cohesive football team during this transition. I also hope Chow has alienated anyone by doing the dirty-work of letting people go. You don’t want to burn too many bridges even if you’re 65 years old and with a limited future.

  154. Bowwar December 30, 2011 12:47 pm

    Sorry…Meant to say “hasn’t alienated”

  155. Pomai December 30, 2011 12:52 pm

    Hiring and firing – Head Coach’s job period – try thinking of UHAD as the personnel office.

  156. puhi December 30, 2011 12:59 pm

    Aloha kākou,

    I think that although we love the old coaches. They lost. The fairweather fans stopped coming. They are good men, just like Coach Nash. But we have a new coach. With choke experience, wisdom, contacts, etc. HeΚ»ll be here in a couple of days and we should let him do his job. He knows what he wants to do, he knows what he needs to do, he knows how to get the job done. This is not a popularity contest. This is not high school.

    kden, brada puhi

  157. el burro sabio December 30, 2011 12:59 pm

    It doesn’t matter either way. JD could have told all the assistants that they were out on March 31 but were welcome to reapply, and if NC didn’t keep them on there would still be ruffled feathers.

  158. Warrior14T December 30, 2011 1:09 pm

    #135. Yep, Coach Rolo is that kind of guy. Married Maui girl…that kind of guy indeed.

  159. mikey December 30, 2011 1:12 pm

    Chow has an empty building right now… He just needs to build the kitchen, bathroom, etc in right order to be functional and efficient. Don’t forget to Feng Shui ι’¨ζ°΄ the place.

  160. mikey December 30, 2011 1:13 pm

    My New Chinese neighbor to be bought the place next door 3 months ago and still haven’t moved in. Saying it’s not the right Feng Shui time. Seems January 8th, 2012 is a great day to move in.

    I hope NC don’t wait that long to move in.

  161. DownSpout December 30, 2011 1:15 pm

    #156. I agree. This is not high school: doing telephone interviews is elementary school.

  162. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 1:22 pm


    Maybe you’re right.. Maybe he should have simply cut them off at the pass and send em a post card saying .. “Sorry, Rick, but I’m cleaning house!” Or better still, have them fly over at their own expense for a face to face in Utah?

    Then again, maybe, those who wanted to keep Miano should have voiced themselves loud and clear against Mack’s retirement. Otherwise, it’s out with the old.. in with the new..erm.. old.. erm..

  163. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 1:24 pm

    Coach Norm isn’t on Hawaii payroll yet and already he’s doing telephone interviews… selecting his staff… He’s doing UH and the existing coaches a bigfavor by getting these things out of the way ASAP, rather than have them hanging around waiting till the very last moment when the best coaching opportunities elsewhere have been filled.

  164. cocobean December 30, 2011 1:26 pm

    Powell and Rauscher. As Coach Chow said the first thing new assistances should do after getting off the plane is drive to Laie.

    May I suggest the second thing they do is check into the Laie Inn for a week. Within hours they’ll be a buzz in the community that two of the new UH coaches are staying there. The locals will know who they are. They should be seen and heard around the area as much as possible.

    Driving into town every morning and back in the evening will give them some perspective on what many of our players from Kahuku have been dealing with.

  165. mikey December 30, 2011 1:30 pm

    And I hope everything works out with Keith Uperesa. Like Coach Chow, he has done his due and needs to come home to us. And I am hoping that he can bring that lucky streak of his, since he started coaching back in 1995 at Snow College with 4 years of Top Ten Ranking!

    2010-2011 Nicholas State

    2005-2009 UNLV OL Coach

    2004 Utah OL Coach with a record of 12-0 Fiesta Bowl win by 35-7

    2003 El Camino City College as a California Bowl Champ

    2001-2002 USC OL Coach Orange Bowl Champ

    1999-2000 Idaho St Offensive Coord Rated as Top 12 2 years; # 9 in 1999

    1995-1998 Snow College HC 4 yrs top ten rankings

  166. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 30, 2011 1:46 pm

    And yes what I meant by “hire” is that the assistants contracts are with UH.

    As to who decides what coach will be able to sign such a contract, Chow makes his choice. At least I believe that to be the case.

  167. Suckaaaa December 30, 2011 1:47 pm

    Coach Cal Lee was a great coach in HIGH SCHOOL, not everyone makes it from high school to d1 and so it should be for coachs, he was only great in high school, and it will be better for the whole team that he is not coming back

  168. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 1:49 pm

    Miss State vs Wake Forest..

    Who’s favored?

  169. Iwonderwhytheyhateme December 30, 2011 1:51 pm


    Pretty much, yep.

  170. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 1:54 pm

    We are ALL Warrior football fans. Opinions are expressed, we learn from each other here. No whining involved.

    Coach Chow was told he had to interview the current staff, so he is, and he makes the call one way or the other. Pomai’s #155 is a good way to look at the situation. And this “house” that Chow is building is his to design as he wishes. He gets to put the bathroom wherever he wants. It is kinda odd that Coach is the one who appears to be doing all of the hiring or”firing” as it were. We don’t have all details, so its hard to comment.

    Coach Cal Lee will be remembered as one of Hawaii’s greatest football coaches. There thousands of fan and players who owe him a debt of gratitude. Thanks for evey thing Coach Cal.

  171. Da Punchbowl Kid December 30, 2011 1:59 pm

    Let’s not forget, Coach Chow has at least 400 applicants vying for a position in his staff. That’s a LOT of evaluating and decision making to do. Glad I don’t have to pick from a pile that big. Let the man do what he gotta do.

  172. rainbowfan December 30, 2011 2:00 pm

    Chow should have started full time on his new job and not coach at Utah anymore. Either you are the head coach at UH or a coach at Utah, not both at the same time.

    I don’t think he would have the time to be a recruiting coordinator for UH and also the head coach.

  173. d1shima December 30, 2011 2:04 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Mahalo to Coach Lee for all he has done for the game of football in Hawaii.

  174. d1shima December 30, 2011 2:06 pm


    Yessir Coach Chow stated that he had about 400 applications for assistant positions and that at least two showed up in El Paso to meet with him.

    I guess it was that important for those two people not to wait around for a call.

  175. d1shima December 30, 2011 2:10 pm

    Happy Birthday Kevin!

    Happy Anniversary BG and Betty!

  176. LizKauai (bonafide) December 30, 2011 2:11 pm

    Yes indeed!

    Happy Birthday Kevin!

    Happy Anniversary BG and Betty!

    Founding members of the T-Gates that we love so much!

  177. Ipu Man December 30, 2011 2:19 pm

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  178. wowlaulau December 30, 2011 2:29 pm

    a lot of wasted blog space on minah stuff, see the big picture

  179. jkjones December 30, 2011 2:31 pm

    Im sure the CBS game tomorrow betw the Utes and Ga Tech will feature some discussion about Norm Chow’s hire at Hawaii. That should turn the spotlight on Hawaii’s program and give it national exposure for recruiting purposes, among others. Just saying, Chow can take advantage of the situation and hit the ground running. At 65, Im sure NC is aware of time constraints and can walk and chew gum at the same time. Not too concerned with the timing of his staff selection. Reading between the lines, he has prolly made up his mind and wants to clear the slate before announcing.

  180. DoubleB December 30, 2011 2:39 pm



  181. MistahB84 December 30, 2011 2:40 pm

    Atleast things will be busy news wise this off season for the fb team…..I can see something being said about football every month until the opener without the usual 2-3 months without fb news. Go warriors…..or is it back to go bows again!?!?!?!?

  182. 99club December 30, 2011 2:58 pm

    Mahalo, Coach Lee.


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  183. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 3:10 pm

    Donovan said he sent letters to the staff reminding them that their contracts expire March 31. In essence, because they’re on one-year contracts, they should assume they will not be renewed unless otherwise notified.

    I think these coaches will be fine.

  184. Stephen Tsai December 30, 2011 3:11 pm


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    For people who might not know, the restaurant is on the border of Texas and New Mexico. Leahey used to jump back and forth, saying: “I’m in Texas … I’m in New Mexico … I’m in Texas … “

  185. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 30, 2011 3:22 pm

    Anyone know why Uperesa left USC for a similar job at El Camino College?

    Polymom, you there?

  186. (Jesse) James December 30, 2011 3:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary BG and Betty!!!!

  187. PolyMom December 30, 2011 3:26 pm

    @Stephen Tsai I know that place. My kids used to do the sane thing. Look I’m in Texas. Oh wait now I’m not in Texas. Fun place to be at.

  188. 808Bowler December 30, 2011 3:27 pm

    A birdie told me that tuioti may not bed intrested in being retained. Idk if that’s true. Told birdie if that was the case he would’ve left by now. But idk

  189. 808Bowler December 30, 2011 3:29 pm

    Ment be. sorry for the misspell. sometimes I think the old keypads are better then touch screen.

  190. newbie December 30, 2011 3:30 pm

    188 – he wont leave till he has another job in hand. that would not be smart, too many coaches out of jobs right now. bet he’s looking though. Defensive jobs available at Washington right now. Holt is gone and the safeties coach fired.

  191. kailua000 December 30, 2011 3:32 pm

    what about Director of Football Ops Bianca. is she on contract and staying or going. havent heard anything bout her in all this conversation.

  192. 808Bowler December 30, 2011 3:33 pm

    True. But I hope he gets retained.

  193. expat December 30, 2011 3:40 pm

    The assistant coaches can’t just leave – they are under contract through March. They have to wait until they are released and I assume that if they told by NC they are out they get a check for the balance of their contract. Norm has to get rid of coaches before he can hire any new ones as there are limits to how many coaches can be on staff.

    I don’t know what the actual assistant contracts say but I would have to assume that the coaches can’t just be fired — they are on one year contracts and letting them go just means not renewing. But for Norm to fill out his staff he would need the coaches he doesn’t want to work out an agreement with UH — which would mean a buy out. An awkward situation.

  194. tommui December 30, 2011 3:57 pm

    There are some coaches from the old regime that I like – but my job doesn’t depend on them.

    Coach Chow’s success or failure leading our UH Warriors is dependent, not only on his players, but on his coaches.

    So it is up to him to choose those coaches upon which he has confidence.

  195. Bowwar December 30, 2011 4:11 pm

    Mui: I agree…Don’t burden him with the baggage that Mack had to carry when assuming the job from JJ. I think Mack’s downfall was his loyalty to the existing coaches and not having the $$$ to attract better assistants. Of course, part of not having the money had to do with having a $1.1 million contract…Chow is doing the right thing by taking a smaller contract, but allowing for more money to hire “his” coordinators and assistants. I hope that Chow hires one of three coaches left, as it will be valuable to have some link between the two regimes.

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  199. Midnight December 30, 2011 4:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Kevin!

    Happy Anniversary BG and Betty!

  200. ai-eee-soos December 30, 2011 4:17 pm

    congrats to VAUGHN MEATOGA.


    and the East-West Shrine game.

    can anyone confirm?

  201. BigWave96744 December 30, 2011 4:19 pm

    Slugger, DJ Armbrust is going to DII Albany State University

  202. al December 30, 2011 4:23 pm

    He will.

  203. al December 30, 2011 4:25 pm

    Keep working vaughn

  204. al December 30, 2011 4:39 pm

    are we to be the only collegiate football program in the mwc that does not support the head coach with either a secretary or raeceptionist?

  205. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 4:48 pm

    Had Coach McMackin had a better group of supporting coaches, we wouldn’t be talking Chow today… Thing is, the fans want more than two bowls in 4 years. They want more than a ten win season every three years. They want more than what JJ was able to produce or they won’t be coming back in big numbers.

  206. RedZone December 30, 2011 4:50 pm

    Donovan was on the sports animals and explained why the assistant contracts are til March. I can’t remember the details but it made sense to me. I think he said something about giving them a 90 day cushion from the end of the season which included the bowl game.

  207. RedZone December 30, 2011 5:15 pm

    Florida paid Muschamp 2.7 mil per year then spent 2.9 mil on his assistants.

  208. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 5:17 pm

    Former Warrior Coaches.. like seeds scattered to the winds… see if they will grow…

  209. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 5:18 pm

    RedZone, 2.7 million is probably .7 million above our budget already…

  210. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 5:19 pm

    maybe more….

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  212. Derek December 30, 2011 5:42 pm

    Is it confirmed that Tomey is not returning? Maybe I missed it?

  213. expat December 30, 2011 5:57 pm

    So if coach chow completely cleans house in terms of coaches does that end up costing UH another 300k +/-?

  214. Old Diver December 30, 2011 6:03 pm


    Gonna have to disagree with you on this on. It’s on the head coach. It has to be that way.

  215. Ralph December 30, 2011 6:07 pm

    Na Wahine goes down in flames to North Carolina State, 84-54. Na Wahine shot 15-67, otherwise they held their own in rebounds, FT, Steals and assists. TO margin was 22-17 with UH throwing the ball away most often.

  216. ai-eee-soos December 30, 2011 6:14 pm

    Kaniela Tuipulotu and Vaughn Meatoga selected to the East West Shrine game,

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  217. d1shima December 30, 2011 6:15 pm

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  218. d1shima December 30, 2011 6:16 pm

    Congratulations to the best DT Duo in the WAC this past season.

  219. PolyMom December 30, 2011 6:17 pm

    Keith left USC when Pete Carroll took over at USC. I am under the impression and from the several HC’s I know, when a new coach comes in…the existing staff usually resigns. Then they reapply. That is my understanding of how it works.

    Coach Mack could have fired folks…no?

    El Camino is a fantastic JC football program. Right in my hood. Head Coach there is good friends with Don Weir.

  220. SAWARRIOR December 30, 2011 6:23 pm


  221. cocobean December 30, 2011 6:43 pm

    Two cherries from Utah, eight pukas to fill. Let the speculation continue.

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  223. Slugger December 30, 2011 6:59 pm

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  224. slenzi December 30, 2011 7:30 pm

    It is good to see how there is such an outpouring of UH Ohana concern for Coach Lee and Coach Miano. They were more than coaches, solid members of our community. I’m sure Coach Chow feels some heat because he understands Hawaii, but its nothing new . . . check his time with USC, Utah, BYU and even negotiations with Lame Kiffin at USC. It is a business and if Rich Miano still wants to coach in D-1, then I’m sure he will get connected with the right program.

  225. wafan December 30, 2011 7:30 pm

    Happy birthday to Kevin!


  226. wafan December 30, 2011 7:30 pm

    Happy birthday to Kevin!


  227. wafan December 30, 2011 7:32 pm

    Happy anniverary Betty and BG!

    Beauty and the Beast!


  228. wafan December 30, 2011 7:33 pm

    Thank you to the Warrior coaches for your time and expertise. Wishing you well in the future!

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  230. Capitolist/WassupDoc December 30, 2011 8:11 pm

    What a disappointment at the women’s basletball tournament yesterday and today – four blowouts – and the Wahine were on the losing end of two of them.

    The Sun Bowl is on KBMB at 9 am tomorrow morning. Hope the commentators talk about UH’s new coach.

    Again, show up tomorrow afternoon to create a raucus and rowdy playing environment for the Rainbow Warriors – watching Miah bustle his huns up & down the court makes me wonder what role he’s going to play in the new coaching regime.

    Remember that the men’s volleyball season kicks off next Thursday and Friday against UC San Diego.

    As for me personally, life starts anew with the beginning of spring training for the 2012 baseball & softball seasons.


    Finally, for those of you who are interested in greeting the New Year in a very special way on Sunday morning: We’ll be hiking up Makapu`u to greet the rising sun with an oli presented by Kumu Samuel M. Gon III and to raise our glasses with non-alcoholic bubbly to honor those who have earned this privilege.

    The Malapu`u parking lot will open at 5:30 am; however, we’ll be gathering at the base of the trail shortly before 6:15 am and then heading on up the trail no later than 6:25. There’ll be plenty of stopping points, but we should be at the top around 6:50 am. The sun rises at 7:09 am tucked behind Moloka`i at this time of year.

    Be sure to bring a flashlight as it will still be dark at the start of the hike – wear (real) walking shoes, bring a hoodie or jacket because the wind will be blowing fairly hard plus a small umbrella just in case.

    We’ll be heading back down the trail around 7:25 am and going over to The Shack in Hawaii Kai for breakfast and NFL football – our treat if you plan to join us for both events.

    If you’re going to join us, please e-mail me swood at hoku dot by 6 pm tomorrow evening or let me know if you’re at the basketball game. We’ll be stopping by The Shack on our way home to make a Sunday morning reservation, but I can pick up your e-mails on my iPhone.

    Here are the 8 am games – the choice(s) will not be known until Sunday, but I imagine that the best & most challening ones are the games we’ll see.

    New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, (CBS)

    Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots, (CBS)

    San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams, (FOX)

    Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, (FOX)

    Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, (FOX)

    Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, (FOX)

    Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, (FOX)

    Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, (CBS)

    Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, (CBS)

  231. d1shima December 30, 2011 8:27 pm

    Listings in this morning’s paper says it’ll be Bills vs Pats and Niners vs Lambs. 😈

  232. papajoe2 December 30, 2011 8:30 pm

    Happy birthday Kevin!

    Happt annversary BG and Betty!

  233. papajoe2 December 30, 2011 8:53 pm

    Oops Happt=Happy. so sorry.

  234. whitey December 30, 2011 9:38 pm

    kevin, your birthday????? if it is, happy birthday and may the next few deays bring you plenty fuud.

  235. al December 30, 2011 9:45 pm

    tight ends?

    let’s start with two time all state tight end…waylon lolotai.

    tavita woodard…all league de/wr, basketball hands

    desmond dean…rangy de and basketball player

    alema tachibana…all state de/basketball player.

  236. Will-I-Am December 30, 2011 9:49 pm

    164, cocobean:

    I love that idea!!!!

  237. kev-1 December 30, 2011 9:49 pm

    bummed out about Cal Lee. He is a great coach. He will be missed. I am starting to think that there will be no coaches retained. But hey, goes with the territory.

  238. flying December 30, 2011 9:51 pm

    Looks like Keith Uperesa is a great hire as our next Oline coach. Welcome home! Hope some of his magic rubs off and we can get some future NFL linemen coming out of UH!

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  240. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:26 pm

    Kevin Happy birthday!!

    BG, Betty, Happt annversary

    S’up Tsaikos? πŸ˜€

  241. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:31 pm

    Cal Lee.

    Thank you for all your hard work, and mana’o for all the players you’ve coached over the years. you tried, i know you did. your friend Rich Miano too.

    For me, going forward into 2012, life is hard. if you want the brass ring, you gotta grab for it. i know you can work your magic behind the scenes. you gotta do what you gotta do. not because of us inconsequentials. because of you. if you want it, you gotta go for it. not in the lights. in private. SCRAP!

  242. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:38 pm

    dum de dum…

    dummy dum dum….

    waitin for da eve in a few minutes.

    thanks for all da well wishes gang.

    an fo all da geng, dis much is true.

    not going fill up da stadium until da State wants to help out.

    gotta change da mentality of all da peeps, including the Hawaii

    Tribune Herald. no mo out, da sports writers there. they no

    support UH Football this past year, and das a fak! the column inches

    was smmmmmmalllll, as in manini small.

    but imma tinkin dat NC akkin like he akkin, and da gbradda gettin support

    from us peeps like he’s gettin, imma tinkin we get chance fo turn around

    da attendance and get samoa TYAieas who will support the team.

    this much i know for sure. those 3 guys who wen disrespect our team when they were on the concourse, watching da odda team buss up da bruddas, and day was laughin, dat kine action no can. was disheartening. disappointing.

    so all in all, i am really really really glad that we got a new holo holo ka’a.

  243. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:44 pm

    uh… gotta say…

    shout out to koakane.

    howzit brudda. how is retirement? πŸ˜€

  244. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 11:46 pm

    What? Koakane retired? When was dat?

    I didn’t know his threads were dat low… he didn’t look flat to me…

  245. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:48 pm

    ha ha ha.

    o he’s flat alright. really flat. πŸ™„

  246. jm2375 December 30, 2011 11:48 pm

    Howzit bhf2! Missed you this year!

    Happy Anniversary BG & Betty!

  247. Capitolist/WassupDoc December 30, 2011 11:48 pm

    D1 – Many sports bars not only have Oceanic Time-Warner but also satellite dishes to get more broadcasts. I knew about about the CBS and Fox games, but I could not get anything about the rest of them so that’s the choices so far.

    BTW – I noticed a typo in my post about the Sun Bowl. The CBS call letters are KGMB – Channel 7 on Oceanic.

  248. Mathew Dail December 30, 2011 11:49 pm

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  249. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:50 pm

    but not as fat flat as … uh… you know. πŸ˜€

  250. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:52 pm



    howzit gangees. hope to see you this year at the TGates.

    Looking forward to exciting times.

  251. BigHiloFan2 December 30, 2011 11:54 pm

    going to be in Hnl for work in 2 weeks. gonna stop by the UHAD, check things out.

    UH was more exciting when we had a dance to go to this time of year. Am hopeful our team can win a Eucanuba contest next year.

  252. madeinhawaii December 30, 2011 11:59 pm

    Wonder if it will be next to impossible to catch the away games next season? Or will Oceanic/Time Warner be able to finagle a deal for PPV?

  253. BigHiloFan2 December 31, 2011 12:00 am

    g’nite everyone.

    but first….



    i’m conflicted. on da odda hand, looking forward, gotta back Mr. Chow.

    he’s our man. gotta give him all the rope he needs. what he does with the rope is up to him. when i look at his experience, qualifications, accomplishments, i gotta back up the idea that he has shown me he knows what he is doing in the football world.

    and especially since he is backing up his rhetoric with cash. gotta respect him for that.

  254. Capitolist/WassupDoc December 31, 2011 12:00 am

    BIG HILO –

    not going fill up da stadium until da State wants to help out.

    In what ways do you want DA STATE to help out? Once I get your list, I can provide you with the list of state agencies/departments/people in charge who can make change.

    Off to bed – We’re getting up really early because we have to take a kazillion bags of green waste up to the Kapa`a Transfer Station before we head on into town for the UH/UNLV men’s basketball game. The high winds we’ve had to deal with for the past couple of weeks have done some serious damage to our yard – way beyond our two gree bins – and the landlord is coming by on Monday for his semi-annual inspection of the property.

    For those of you on the other side of the International Date Line – Happy New Year!!!

  255. BigHiloFan2 December 31, 2011 12:01 am

    thinkin that away games gonna be like trying fo watch Redskins.

    on a wing and a prayer.

  256. BigHiloFan2 December 31, 2011 12:10 am


    we all go for the easy score.

    so i’m thinking ….

    State to sponsor Oahu high school band contest

    at home football games, hours before game time, ending half hour before game time.

    three bands this game. three bands that game. and so on.

    buss the kids to game. free tix for kids in CC yellow. πŸ˜€

    sumtin like dat.

  257. BigHiloFan2 December 31, 2011 12:12 am

    g’nite Tsaikos.

  258. BigHiloFan2 December 31, 2011 12:26 am


    but first….

    an da State could have odda contests just a little bit earlier before the game, involving high school (or school students). give peeps a reason to help fill the place, give coach Chow a chance to get things rolling….

    I guess what I’m saying is that there has to be some well paid πŸ˜† State employee who has more brains than me to figure out how to hoomalemale peeps, get a crowd of high school students interested in going to Aloha stadium at about the same time as UH football, enough to stay or show up for the games…

  259. ai-eee-soos December 31, 2011 1:21 am

    Keith Uperesa’s bio @ Nicholls State:


  260. ai-eee-soos December 31, 2011 1:24 am

    That’s one heck of a resume’ for Keith U.

  261. ai-eee-soos December 31, 2011 1:27 am

    That’s a trail young guys like Aranda & Smith can follow.

    In fact, Aranda looks like he’s landed in Cajun country already.

  262. BigHiloFan2 December 31, 2011 1:59 am

    still yet…

    hats off to Miano for his speed and quickness schools and efforts.

    he’s a great keeper in that regard. and his work ethic is beyond doubt.

    but Coach Chow gotta feel comfortable with his program, because the buck stops there.

    so all things considered, for me, best of luck to Miano. and Lee. We got Chow now. and he had terms to start after the game today. so gotta respect him for that too.

    so don’t pick on him just because he had obligations to finish. we coulda waited till now to say who our new coachis. that woulda left things still in the air. better off we are this way.

  263. BigHiloFan2 December 31, 2011 2:01 am

    and you just gotta know in your gut that Chow is thinkin this one through.

    it just feels that way. so no humbug him. like he said…. he’s 65… and he’ll outwork

    everyone in the room.

    yoou know the man means what he says. not behind the back kind of guy.

    solid. real solid.

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