(Jesse) James wins tickets; Scott Wong hired

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Avis has selected (Jesse) James as the winner of four tickets to Friday’s UH-USC baseball game.


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As expected, Scott Wong was named as the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team’s associate coach, succeeding Mike Sealy, who is now UCLA’s head coach.

The announcement had been delayed a day  because of the UH men’s basketball coaching situation.

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Special thanks to UH second baseman Kolten Wong for serving as guest on today’s Warrior Beat Show. Replays of the Warrior Beat Show may be accessed at hawaiiwarriorbeat.com.

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Through all of the years and all of the cars I’ve owned — “The Stealth,” which was so stealth it was struck while at a stop sign; the “Onion,” which was struck from behind on prom night, leading to my date’s whiplash — none was sold for more than $1,000.

So if I have a job a month from now, and if I were to think of a getting another car, I probably would consider leasing. Since I get little long-term value by owning, why not lease and get a  new car every two years?

This is a long-winded analogy — won’t you miss them when this blog expires? — of proposing that, maybe, the next basketball coach should be someone who wants to use UH as a steppingstone. Why not go after someone who wants to win quickly and then moves on? For UH, the advantages are a low salary, short-term contract and a highly motivated coach. If  he wins, yeah, knuckle-bump. Next. If he loses, thanks for playing. Next. Sometimes good times are good because they don’t last long. Hey, Anthony Carter and Yuval Katz only were at UH for two years.

Of course, it’s good to have players of character who care about academics. But as we learned yesterday from a six-point requirement list, this is a business, and winning is the most important currency.

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USC is not retaining Gib Arnold?


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Good column on the UH situation by our pal, Andy Katz:


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A moment of silence for Mrs. Louder — actress Nan Martin, who died at the age of 82.


  1. postmanke March 9, 2010 6:45 am


  2. LizKauai [iMac] m/ March 9, 2010 6:53 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Prayers for Coach:

    Jeff ReineBold

  3. LizKauai [iMac] m/ March 9, 2010 6:55 am

    Is this blog expiring???


  4. NYUH March 9, 2010 6:55 am

    I agree, don’t increase the salary cap for the basketball program.

    Hey, remember football?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/358701-2010-an-experiment-in-conference-expansionsSo…..what happens to the Big East and Mountain West?

    The Mountain West, now down to 7 teams should take this opportunity to also expand to 12 teams by adding Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State, Idaho, and either New Mexico State or Utah State (both for basketball reasons only).

  5. jm2375 March 9, 2010 6:57 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Top 10! just to be sure. hehe.

    Will we hear about the new vb coach today?

  6. postmanke March 9, 2010 6:59 am

    I believe Manoa is a great place for the one-and-dones.. Dont need to be here long, just win!

  7. NYUH March 9, 2010 6:59 am

    I didn’t see the post on “Jeff ReineBold” when I posted my last. All best wishes for his recovery.

    Boise State suspends Robinson

  8. Buffoman March 9, 2010 7:01 am

    I still think if jarrin akana is interested he needs to be given high consideration.

  9. Manoa March 9, 2010 7:03 am

    From a business standpoint, it can make sense to take the short term stepping stone coach. Afterall, if he works out and has big time offers before his renewal, you can go to the Regents and jack his salary to try to keep him. If you lose, you move on to the next guy. And if he is exciting, you keep generating ticket sales just to see what he is like.

    From a winning standpoint, though, continuity is best, especially with a young coach. It will usually take more than 2 years for a young coach to develop enough and get his system together enough to take a team to the NCAA’s (especially the team we have now), but given 3 or 4 years it might be possible.

  10. Pomai March 9, 2010 7:05 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  11. Jason March 9, 2010 7:06 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  12. mctruck March 9, 2010 7:08 am

    Things are turning up-side down in this economic hard times.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for everyone.

    Go WARRIORS!!!

    and maybe instead or rainbow’s, UH will change to WARRIORS basketball.

  13. mctruck March 9, 2010 7:08 am

    sorry…”these” economic hard times.

  14. Bigislandkurt March 9, 2010 7:18 am

    ST……..Great Analogy regarding a leased car. I’m with you brother. Who cares if the next coach uses UH as a “stepping stone?” If they re-energize the basketball masses and bring the mojo back to Stan Sheriff Center, I could care less if the new coach moves on. If that new coach is wildly successful at UH, we probably won’t be able to afford him anyway! 🙂


  15. SailorBlue March 9, 2010 7:19 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  16. Bigislandkurt March 9, 2010 7:22 am

    Conspiracy theory message (continued).

    Arnold has Hawaii friends in high places. Some call them “donors.” Even the Advertiser gives him pub in an article today. Is the writing on the wall?


  17. Robert March 9, 2010 7:25 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  18. Slugger March 9, 2010 7:27 am

    Good morning!


    This blog can not expire.

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

    A short-lived coach doesn’t help with recruiting & retention of players.

    Prayers for the SunGod.

  19. (Jesse)James March 9, 2010 7:46 am

    Good morning gang…woo hoo top twenty-five…

    Thoughts and Prayers for Coach Reinbold….

    Thanks for the memories Bob….

    Okay, gotta go…see everyone later, I hope.

  20. sjmacro March 9, 2010 7:48 am

    Truly, Thanks for the memories, Bob.
    Good Morning Tsaikos and oh yeah—

    “Thanks for the memories, Bob.”

  21. dawny March 9, 2010 7:49 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  22. Slugger March 9, 2010 7:51 am


    Dat you? Are you Jos’ dgtr.?

  23. BG March 9, 2010 7:54 am

    Good Morning everyone!

    Prayers for Coach Reinebold…and also for Florida Ted…really miss his posts.

  24. BG March 9, 2010 8:01 am

    JD has his critics as any public figure. However, he has proved that he can make the hard business decision. It was tempting financially, to leave Coach Nash in place for one more year. JD is big-hearted, but he showed his commitment to UH’s sports future and made the business decision.

    Movin’ on…

  25. duffer (iPhone) March 9, 2010 8:01 am

    Wow ST, a Stealth! That’s a sporty car. Kinda figured you as a Comet type of person. 🙂

  26. postmanke March 9, 2010 8:05 am

    Whom ever the next head coach is that guy needs to know how to sell. It would be interesting to see a top sales professional on the search committee. just to get a read if that candidate can really, really sell.

    Seller with substance… If I’m a candidate I am going into that interview with a fully load presentation with a detailed plan so much so that you convince JD that you leave absolutely nothing to chance. Nada. At a minimum, I would have a well thought out outline /charts for the entire calendar year detailing the plan month by month on how he is going to win now and fill empty seats. Explain how he is going to contact recruits (good time to drop some names, you’re already in contact with) and arrange the visits. how the coaching staff will be assembled (drop more names) give vivid explanation of what each practice will be like and how he will maintain discipline among his fine young men. This won’t be a plan about down the road, it’s gonna be about now and bringing “it” to Manoa. He’ll need to bring a little bit more than passion and enthusiasm in this interview..

    JD’s first big time fire and hire – I think there is going to be quite a bit of talent – coaches and players in UH athletics in the very near future…

  27. BG March 9, 2010 8:07 am

    BBL…everyone play nice!

    BTW, A-House, did you ever find a shop that would turn VHS/Betamax to DVD’s?

  28. Old School Dave March 9, 2010 8:07 am

    Cameron Dollar, HC Seattle University. UW assistant for 7 yrs. Led Seattle Univ to a winning season their first year back in Div-I. Young, up and comer. Lots of recruiting contacts on the West Coast.

    Please no Larry Farmer. Talk to the people at Weber State. The program has never recovered since he was HC.

    Gib Arnold. Recently let go at USC. Do we want to go back to that era? Can a Mormon HC recruit black athletes? Sorry not PC, but needs to be asked.

  29. Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς March 9, 2010 8:08 am

    Best wishes and successful recovery Coach Reinebold.

    Gib Arnold – I would be more impressed if Barry Obama had called him!
    Actually there would be some interesting benefits should he become the chosen one.

    He apparently is without a job. He has good coaching credentials. He might even be successful in talking some of the Punahou players – whether basketball, football, volleyball or what have you – in staying in Hawaii and get those Punahou alums that may be helping out in buying out BN’s contract to contribute to Na Koa or other UH support groups.

    I like Akana too – but he is probably making too much $$$ in the NBA.

  30. EH NO MAKE ! March 9, 2010 8:17 am

    – Here’s the deal, Gib Arnold as the new head coach of UH men’s basketball…? HELL to the NO!

    By the way, he just got FIRED at USC Monday (03-08-10).

    If Jim Donovan even CONSIDERS the son of TERRIBLE man, HORRIBLE man, I will NEVER AGAIN financially support University of Hawaii Athletics, NEVER! Not a ticket, not a t-shirt, not a “School Kine Cookie” as a fund raiser, NOTHING.

    I know it’s not the kid who once was head coach at UH, the Fred vonAppen of basketball, but seriously, can the apple fall that far from the tree?
    Frank ripped on Hawaii, the people of Hawaii, to me, some of his remarks were racist, most importantly his teams absolutely SUCKED!

    – Jeff Law, I like him, nice guy, good guy, but did hasn’t won at UH-Hilo, never put together a Pac West D2 Championship team. I’m not sure if he couldn’t do it there he could do it here.

    – Reggie Theus, nah, no need.

    I think Al has me sold on the Jarinn Akana idea. Great story, great guy who was a great player who’s gone abroad and built a resume in the NBA.

  31. Old Chieftain March 9, 2010 8:26 am

    Dollar would be a great score. The guy can flat out recruit and coach. At UW he recruited Brandon Roy, Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman, all NBA players. Next year he’ll have Quincy Pondexter in the NBA. Watch out for Charles Garcia from Seattle Univ. who just declared for the draft. Dollar’s roots go back to his UCLA days when he was a point guard. I’m sure UH could afford this guy as at Seattle Univ you’re always in the shadow of big brother (UW) Lorenzo Romar!

  32. al March 9, 2010 8:31 am

    sungod…the mighty Healer is upon you.

  33. al March 9, 2010 8:31 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  34. GRM March 9, 2010 8:32 am

    BG, ‘808 Burners’ in Waimalu does conversions. check their website 808burners.com.

  35. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 8:35 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    This blog will never expire.

  36. Therese Jasper March 9, 2010 8:37 am

    Thanks for the Memories Bob……..

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 8:37 am

    Prayers for Jeff Reinbold and Ted Domay, two extraordinary individuals.

  38. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 8:38 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  39. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 8:41 am

    Actually, there isn’t a search committee.
    There’s an “advisory” committee, which is basically a letter-opening group.
    This is Donovan’s hire all the way.
    And that’s not a bad thing. Donovan has an MBA, so he knows business.

  40. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 8:42 am

    I’m sort of curious: If UH can raise money in one morning to help pay for Nash’s buyout well, you know, why can’t it raise money for itself?

  41. al March 9, 2010 8:58 am

    st…jd stated that they made calls late last week to “garner” some funds for the buyout. so pretty much the writing was on the wall already.

  42. iwonderwhytheyhateme March 9, 2010 9:04 am

    One thing I hope we do with this new hire is to TAKE OUR TIME and write a real contract.

    There is no hurry imo to find someone right away like some may have perceived with football.

    I’m guessing there are a bunch of assistants from conferences like the Big East who wouldn’t mind spending a few years coaching a team in the warmth of the Hawaiian sun.

    One thing JJ showed the nation is what a coach is $worth$ after it rebuilds a program…even if its a “small fish” program like Hawaii. I hope there are some highly motivated coaches out there who will take note of this.

  43. SteveM March 9, 2010 9:09 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  44. ty1hawaii March 9, 2010 9:10 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  45. papajoe2 March 9, 2010 9:11 am

    OSC and OC. Is Dollar even interested? Did he apply? He sounds interesting. Maybe it would depend on how many dollars he commands. (OK, lame but I couldn’t resist.) Hope some young guy with a vision gets the job.

  46. BG March 9, 2010 9:15 am

    GRM #34

    Thanks for the tip!!! I’ll give them a call.

  47. papajoe2 March 9, 2010 9:17 am

    I wonderwhy made a good point. The athletic department should be writing out a draft contract that includes buyouts or leaving early clauses, etc. now, that can be readjusted come signing time. But then, they are professionals and I hope we don’t get into any of the Mac situations where we cannot afford to buy him out. But then again, they work for the state…………

  48. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 9:19 am

    In politics, you don’t always look at the candidate, you look at the party and supporters.
    Two influential Mainland people are promoting Gib Arnold.
    There’s a former prominent Hawaii resident pushing Randy Bennett.
    Not sure who’s behind Cameron Dollar, though, although that’s the name that has been circulating in the media. If anything, it would make a nice headline: UH Makes Change For A Dollar

  49. SteveM March 9, 2010 9:19 am

    Expire? Don’t scare us, ST.

    …the blog will not disappear if ST wants to continue it and the Tsai-kos support it. Simple fact. Might take a little fund-raising…very little… but otherwise no problem… 😐

  50. Kazz March 9, 2010 9:28 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    March 9th, 2010 at 8:42 am
    I’m sort of curious: If UH can raise money in one morning to help pay for Nash’s buyout well, you know, why can’t it raise money for itself?

    I guess people would be more willing to donate if can achieve some sort of personal gain. Especially those with deep pockets and ego-driven goals.

  51. papajoe2 March 9, 2010 9:30 am

    808 Burners are no longer in the same place. Are they still in business? If so, where are they? I used them a few years ago and liked their finish product. Wanted to use them again but they weren’t there,

  52. BG March 9, 2010 9:32 am

    Thanks everyone…for the informative perspectives on MBB potential new hire. Kinda lost interest in MBB over the last couple of years, but the discussions are starting to get my interest. Had never liked the Theus tenure at New Mexico State. Sure disappointed a lot of fans there, but he did pull the program out of the doldrums. So, I guess I’m more open minded…but can’t help but root for the guy with the local roots.

  53. BG March 9, 2010 9:53 am

    After watching the first game of the Citadel series and the first part of the 2nd game, I thought for sure that a Citadel sweep was a real possibility. I was really uplifted by the performances of Spangler and Slaats…substantive improvement over last year. Great to have a dependable reliever. Even better if Capaul could be a consistent lefty reliever.

    Also impressive was the adjustments to the Citadel’s running game. Pretty much basic adjustments, but they were made. Of course, having a substantial lead is very effective in shutting down a running game. LOL

    The freshmen are very impressive. Kitamura is a monster growing before our eyes. It’s easy to see the potential in Breckenridge and Almadova. Very happy to see Trap adjust his recruiting.

  54. Stretch March 9, 2010 9:56 am

    Stephen Tsai:
    March 9th, 2010 at 9:19 am
    In politics, you don’t always look at the candidate, you look at the party and supporters.
    Two influential Mainland people are promoting Gib Arnold.

    hmmm….. Gib Arnold is from Punahou, a VERY influential person living in DC is from Punahou…. no tell me Obama is making calls like how Mufi makes calls

  55. BG March 9, 2010 9:56 am


    Is there a difference between last year’s team and this year’s in terms of attitude? Confidence?

  56. chopsueyboy March 9, 2010 9:57 am

    I would love to see our basketball program winning soooooo much that other schools want our head coach. Next, start building again, but starting from a higher plateau.

  57. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 9:59 am

    “UH Makes Change For A Dollar”

    Ur killin’ me! 😆

  58. BG March 9, 2010 10:00 am


    At the plate, does your strategy change with the situation, or is it “see ball, hit ball hard”?

  59. d1島 March 9, 2010 10:02 am

    Quite the “juicy” blog post today…

    First, let me respond by saying,

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  60. koakane™ March 9, 2010 10:02 am

    morning everyone in tsaiko country

    lots of interesting rumors going around regarding the next mbb coach. not to sold on the names being bantered around. have to choose jakana would top my list at this point in time. was listening to bcuran show this am with robb’s men filling in and the conversation with artie wilson was very interesting.

    good luck to ctakahara-dias and the wahines in this weeks wac bball tourny.
    also to the warriors on their second chance against the trojans of usc.

  61. BG March 9, 2010 10:02 am


    You understand what it is to start as a freshman. What’s your opinion of the progress of this year’s freshmen?

  62. iwonderwhytheyhateme March 9, 2010 10:06 am

    I gotta go back to what Protector and I talked about a while back. Although it was for football it still is relevant.

    Back before Vonappen was hired Tommy Bowden was interested in the job. While he didn’t have a direct tie to Hawaii and everyone knew it was merely a “stepping” stone for better and brighter he would have needed to take Hawaii to a level of respectability to get respect himself. Win-win situation.

    There isn’t a huge number of coaches who stick with a program for decades. At competitive levels in D1 coaches come and go.

    Just get us a coach who can recruit, win, and boost booster money. Mainland or local, I’ll embrace anyone who can make our program successful.

  63. d1島 March 9, 2010 10:07 am

    Leasing works well for some depending on their situation.
    Remember, you never build any equity. That is okay if the item in question is a quickly depreciating asset; if you are talking about something that you want to have around for awhile, not so hot.

    Kinda like the difference between a car and real estate.

  64. Kazz March 9, 2010 10:08 am

    Not sold on “one and dones”. Hard to be sold on it when you have coaches like Dave Shoji, Bob Coolen, and Andy Johnson holding down the “fort” and still winning or when you have had a June Jones for nearly a decade. Hard to argue…

    I think Hawaii is unique in the sense that it doesn’t have national appeal, especially in basketball, to get away with “one and done”. In basketball, much like how JJ rebuilt the football program, there needs to be a decent commitment. That doesn’t mean the coach has to have “local ties”, but at least someone with enough honor to a commitment and the TRUE drive to want to really make something of this program.

    I’m more interested in that.

    They say Hawaii has had a problem investing in success, well, why should this be any different?

  65. BG March 9, 2010 10:09 am

    OK got my questions in.

    Time to esmmeeeee

  66. expat March 9, 2010 10:11 am

    I had to pull out an old yearbook to figure out who Gib Arnold was. I do remember the (high school) face — one year ahead of me and wasn’t at Punahou long which explains why the name did not ring a bell. I think it would be great to have someone like Akana in the position. Clearly a motivated coach just like he was a motivated player.

  67. d1島 March 9, 2010 10:15 am


    How are you feeling about your position switch from CF to 2B?

  68. Kazz March 9, 2010 10:15 am


    What is one area of concern that the entire team feels they need to improve on this early on in the season?

  69. al March 9, 2010 10:19 am


    congratulations on a great start this season.
    any regrets not turning pro out of high school?

  70. al March 9, 2010 10:21 am


    so far you were in centerfield last year and this year you moved in to second base. in high school you have also been behind the plate.

    where do you see yourself playing after college?

  71. Jack Flash March 9, 2010 10:23 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  72. Jack Flash March 9, 2010 10:23 am

    All the best to Sungod

  73. al March 9, 2010 10:35 am


    three questions…

    has the constant shuffling of the clean up batter affected you in any way?

    do you find more teams attempting to pitch around you because of our inconsistency at the four hole?

    i think you can no longer surprise the opposition with your power at the plate, were you a natural leftside hitter or did your dad have the foresight to train you to hit that way at an early age?

  74. CHEE! March 9, 2010 10:39 am

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  75. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 10:54 am

    You da man, Kolten!

  76. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 10:55 am

    What’s your major, Kolten?

  77. al March 9, 2010 11:15 am


    btw, that DP was money! or as the #2 son would say, “dat was sick”.

    glad to see trap bringing the local boys back to the les, please relate to the local prospects what it is to be a rainbow playing in front of the best home crowd at the best college baseball facility.

  78. Ralph March 9, 2010 11:35 am

    thanks for the memories, Bob

  79. Seawalker March 9, 2010 11:49 am

    Nash was easy prey for Donovan. I wonder what would have happened if Riley was still the head coach? Donovan claims it was all business, but it’s a lot easier going after the newer coach. Riley would have put Donovan in his place if he ever pulled that kind of crap with him.

  80. Coqui poke March 9, 2010 11:54 am

    Go Rainbow Wahine. Neva mind being seeded 8th. Play with smarts and pride. If Pahoa can…

  81. Ralph March 9, 2010 11:56 am

    But Donovan would have the last say and position to do something about it, stating Riley “would have put Donovan in his place” is nonsense, he could fire Riley as easier as he did with Bob if the circumstances merited it.

  82. Fanatic March 9, 2010 12:18 pm

    thanks for the memories stephen

  83. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 9, 2010 12:21 pm


    True. Then what ever happens in the parking lot after would remain to be seen. 😆


  84. papajoe2 March 9, 2010 12:28 pm

    I’m sorry for Bob Nash but change was needed. I thought Jim Donovan did a great job of explaining what he did and what happened. In Coach Wallace’s last year, why wasn’t Nash or someone else hired during the season being that everyone knew for a few years that it was his last season? Prior to his last season, who would want to come to Hawaii knowing that it would be RW’s last? The point that I’m trying to make is Ferman Hasier is still haunting us. Nash inherited rubbish and didn’t/couldn’t recruit enough D1 type of players to be sucessful, maybe because the players out there knew that there was no hope in the program.

  85. Ralph March 9, 2010 12:44 pm

    Troy sb comes into the quarry for a DH on wednesday with a 14-6 record. They have 3 Aussies on their roster. Troy averages 93 fans per home date. Chance for UH to fatten their BA before they face Cal next week.

  86. Ralph March 9, 2010 12:53 pm

    DePaul sb comes here with a 7-7 record but their losses have come against Texas, North Carolina, LSU and Alabama 2x. These teams made it to the NCAA regionals, Alabama to the WS, and LSU to the super regional. North Carolina beat Stanford 3-0 last week, their pitch Danielle Spaulding struck out 18 of the 22 Stanford batters she faced.

  87. RupertDaStupert March 9, 2010 12:57 pm

    No one can replace Bob Nash as a more loyal, dedicated UH fan, coach, ambassador of good will. But I believe Jim Donovan is smart and will find the perfect fit.

  88. anonymous March 9, 2010 12:59 pm

    Looking at the head lines in both news papers this morning, regarding the end of the Coach Nash era, one paper does it with class (IMO) and the other one doesn’t.

    One headline preserves dignity, sensitivity and compassion towards Coach Nash, the other one doesn’t.

    Of the two headlines, “Bottom line dooms Coach Nash” or “Fouled out,” which one leaves a bitter taste in one’s mouth?

    Furthermore which headline conveys a message of sympathetically? And which one jeeringly?

    For myself I see the HA headline “Bottom line dooms Coach Nash” as softening the blow.And softening Coach Nash’s departure. Whereas the headline “Fouled Out”, with an accompanying picture of Coach Nash with his head in his hands as a tone that’s more of a crucifixion. A persecution. A mockery.

    With both stories and headlines on the front page of today’s papers it easy to recognize which paper’s writer shows class and respect towards Coach Nash.

    To the writer and the HA I applaud this gesture of which I think the public notices these kinds of things.

  89. RupertDaStupert March 9, 2010 1:12 pm

    You could have resurrected and had John Wooden coach these three years and had same results. If Bobby Knight was here, same results. Mike Trepasso, men’s baseball coach, is one of the finest minds in college baseball. One of the best recruiters in all of baseball. No one can get a 6’5″, 250 pound Roy Hobbs or a 99 fastball pitcher like Sandy Koufax to come here. No one wants to come to a middle of the Pacific out of radar sights of big league scouts. These 5 star ballplayers want a big name school to catch scouts eyes. Even if Tommy Lasorda was coaching here, my bet is he would have a hard time getting Roy Hobbs. It
    s hard to recruit big 5 star athletes here. Nobody wants to come to an island in the middle of nowhere. That’s why so many of our local greats go elsewhere. That’s just the nature of the beast. JJ worked miracles. But JJ’s only come once in a lifetime. Jim Donovan will find another JJ type.

  90. Kazz March 9, 2010 1:13 pm

    Crap. Looks like DePaul has the similar story to ECU and OSU in that their losses come from top tier teams. Troy is 14-6 eh? Against who though? Impressive loss resume for DePaul I must say. Who’s our losses? Let’s see… McNeese (WTF), Stanford, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Arizona, and defending champs UW.

    Eh… This ain’t no beauty contest right? If the weather keeps up, I better bundle up well for tomorrow’s LATE double header.


    BTW, I can’t remember where I saw this, but women’s softball is becoming the WAC’s top female sport. I guess you factor in overall competetiveness and success. Women’s volleyball? Nope… Rainbow Wahine IS WAC volleyball and then some. Women’s basketball? Not really I guess. It’s usually Fresno State and LaTech dominating year in and year out… UH, FSU, and Nevada may not have impressive records, but as WACsoftball blogspot indicates and the records do to, all three of us have faced STIFF competition. I believe Nevada is just below .500, FSU is above it 10-7, and we are 12-8… Fresno State comes to town this season as well as LaTech both teams had our #s in the tourneys as of late and Nevada has been a pain in the okole of the Wahine, but we get them on the road.

  91. LizKauai m/ March 9, 2010 1:26 pm

    #89- well put. (I did not see the brand X report…) I give them no hits…

    Thanks for the info Kazz. It’s Base/Soft Bows season!

    hi ho

  92. PONO March 9, 2010 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the memories Bob

  93. HiFlyer March 9, 2010 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the memories Bob.

  94. A-House March 9, 2010 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  95. HiFlyer March 9, 2010 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  96. koakane March 9, 2010 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob

  97. Kazz March 9, 2010 1:38 pm

    The term “basebows” is cool.

    Never liked “softbows”. I got smacked in the back by a foul softball on Sunday when I was standing outside the stadium.

    Nothing “soft” about those yellow orbs. 👿

  98. Elvina Spurgers March 9, 2010 1:42 pm

    Please read the Warrior Beat.

  99. jm2375 March 9, 2010 1:53 pm

    As speculated (and expected), Shoji names Scott Wong as assistant.


    On another note, this was in Brand X today. Hope I don’t get SMU’d. On the other hand, if the papers merge, I’d like to see this feature retained…


    To Mr. Tua. At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, we were on our way to pick up our grandchildren at two different schools when we had a flat tire on the H-1 freeway. We were lucky to be able to drive to the westbound University Avenue cutoff road. Mr. Tua, a student and football player on the University of Hawaii team from California, although heading to a meeting, came to our assistance and professionally changed our tire. Without his help, we never would have picked up our grandchildren on time that day. Mahalo to him. — Ray and Shigeko

    (…we were able to ascertain the good Samaritan was Antwan “Tua” Mahaley, one of 23 seniors on last year’s football team.)

  100. Kazz March 9, 2010 2:02 pm

    YOU DA MAN TUA!!! :mrgreen:

  101. LizKauai m/ March 9, 2010 2:12 pm

    Welcome, Scott Wong!

  102. LizKauai m/ March 9, 2010 2:14 pm

    Kazz- I’ve been wacked on the head by volleybows… not too nice either!


  103. jm2375 March 9, 2010 2:17 pm

    Welcome back, Scott Wong.

    #99 – uhhhhh duhhhhh. Where do you think you are? 😯 😆
    Spambot! Spambot!

  104. whitey March 9, 2010 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  105. whitey March 9, 2010 2:25 pm

    Welcome home and aboard Coach Scott Wong.

  106. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 2:59 pm

    Worked out pretty well for last year’s final four:
    Charlie Wade gets UH job.
    Scott Wong works for Shoji.
    Mike Sealy goes to UCLA.
    Tino Reyes goes to Hilo.

  107. NorthShoreFan March 9, 2010 3:00 pm

    I wonder if JD will make the call by next week. It is understood that the new coach needs to hit the ground running. Recruitment is going to be the key to next year and years after. Any coach coming in will need to know wht his recruting budget is, who will accept coaching positions and what his staff will look like. He will need to get his staff on board as far as what kinds of recruits he wants (barring the all everything kind of player) and the kind of offense the team needs to learn. Man that’s a boat load of stuff that needs to be put in place even before pre-season.
    If UH is willing to commit $100K+ – $400K to the job, how does that compare to other good programs? Going be one interesting couple of years coming up.
    Nash was on contract for 3 yrs. Everyone discounts the first since he came on board handicapped by the timing of his hire. Me, I take it like he really had 2 years to get the program turned around. Will the new guy have the same amount of time? It will be a great challenge for the next guy. Small budget, fickle fans, fractured alumni groups and behind the scenes decision making (according to one caller supposedly in the know)
    Only one thing can be counted on…Tsai-ko support!….

  108. d1島 March 9, 2010 3:04 pm

    Wow! Amazingly insightful article by Andy Katz. Interesting that Hawaii *is* actually noticed by more than just Neil Everett at ESPN.

  109. Kazz March 9, 2010 3:05 pm


    That is the most sensible thing I’ve read in a long time.

    Please tell me more.

  110. d1島 March 9, 2010 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  111. Kazz March 9, 2010 3:08 pm


    Will Scott Wong be ready to go come 3/18/2010 for the Wahine’s pre season scrimmage against Arizona?

  112. Momo March 9, 2010 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the memories , Bob

  113. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 3:13 pm

    I just realized something regarding the name “Rainbows”. How many other teams are named for atmospheric phenomena?

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  115. al March 9, 2010 3:24 pm

    my guess is that by the end of the day, monday that is, jd will have hired a new coach.

    it’ll be interesting.
    jd has shown a penchant to hire folks familiar with the local scene.
    but, who knows who will apply?

    otherwise, based on that premise, akana, arnold, should be considered front runners.

  116. Bulla March 9, 2010 3:27 pm


    hmmmmmm, Miami Hurricanes? just a thought

  117. Bulla March 9, 2010 3:31 pm


    got a goodie bag for you, email me or call me so i can get it to you for your fundraiser 🙂

  118. Garret March 9, 2010 3:33 pm

    Q&A with Coach Reinebold includes a lot of discussion about Bess, which is not surprising because the interview is by a Miami-area paper.

    SC: Why did Davone Bess fall through the cracks?

    JR: “I think because of something I mentioned earlier on; that GM’s and front office people have these parameters for receivers and if a guy doesn’t match up size wise and then runs slow, then regardless of how good his hands are or how well he runs routes or how productive he’s been, that’s going to get overlooked a little. What was critical for Davone was that he was never going to be outworked. Ever. And when you have that mindset, you can destroy a few of those parameters pretty quickly. People miss in this process. How fast a guy is, how tall he is, what he bench presses, those numbers become more important sometimes than the numbers recorded out on the field and Davone was one of those guys. Davone is also mentally strong. He knew he faced an uphill battle but once he got into a camp in Miami he had a clear focus and an ability to concentrate on the job at hand which was making the team and he got through the daily grind of training camp and came out of it with a job. It also helped that regardless of his test scores, he has the talent to play in the NFL. He quickly worked out not only how to compete every single down but also to assume, however small, a leadership role and all these things help to make up a bigger picture.”

  119. Kazz March 9, 2010 3:34 pm

    Tampa Bay Lightning


  120. Garret March 9, 2010 3:36 pm

    Things sure are changing in college football…everybody used to envy Notre Dame’s TV contract, but now every Big 10 and SEC team gets twice or more what Notre Dame gets! Notre Dame’s AD specifically mentions how those conferences got big deals and how Notre Dame might need to join a conference. Maybe the Big 10 will get Notre Dame after all…that will save the Big 12 or Big East from losing a team.

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Tuesday it remains the school’s “clear preference” to maintain its football independence, but that the possibility of impending Big Ten expansion and other conference realignment may ultimately impact the school’s status.

    “You have two conferences [the Big Ten and SEC] that have separated themselves economically and you’ve got all the other conferences lined up for their [upcoming television] renegotiations,” said Swarbrick. “The bar has been set so high, and the [current] media market is so tepid, that it creates a lot of tension.”

  121. Kazz March 9, 2010 3:37 pm

    There should be a nation-wide limit on the over use of team nicknames for all sports on ALL levels.


    -Bulldogs or any other stupid spelling variation (i.e. Dawg)

  122. Kazz March 9, 2010 3:41 pm

    Continued from post #122

    -Bears or any other variation including type of or color

  123. myki March 9, 2010 3:42 pm

    Good afternoon to all!

    Welcome home to Scott Wong.

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  124. bb March 9, 2010 3:49 pm

    the advisory board????

    why no basketball peeps and only business people?

  125. kama krab March 9, 2010 3:57 pm


    Now that the Volleyball opening has been filled, when will we here about the football openings. There should be some kind of announcement soon right.

  126. Da Punchbowl Kid March 9, 2010 3:59 pm

    bulla, Kazz-

    Thats what I thought. Very few such names.

  127. kama krab March 9, 2010 4:00 pm

    Oh and Congratulations to Scott Wong.

    Welcome home and welcome to the UH family

  128. Slugger March 9, 2010 4:10 pm

    Congratulations to Scott Wong.

  129. Slugger March 9, 2010 4:11 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  130. koakane March 9, 2010 4:17 pm

    congratulations to Scott Wong being named asst coach of the wahine vball team. good athlete as a youngster, had him on my little league team and at twelve years old he was already close to 6 feet. father, spider, was a punahou sports standout and mom great principal at moanalua inter (lefty fondly remember her)

    Thanks for the memories Bob

    good afternoon tsaiko country have a pleasant evening after a hard day at work

  131. Slugger March 9, 2010 4:24 pm

    You da man, Tua!

  132. wafan March 9, 2010 4:31 pm

    Congratulations to Scott Wong, Shoji’s Number 2.

    Nice job Tua — very responsible behavior.

    More curricular work to do. Tsigh.


  133. LizKauai m/ March 9, 2010 4:43 pm

    Please keep Coach Reinebold in your prayers:

    From fb-


  134. kama krab March 9, 2010 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  135. haka March 9, 2010 4:55 pm

    Much Aloha to Coach Reinebold. You are in our prayers!

  136. haka March 9, 2010 4:57 pm

    Welcome back to the rock, Scotty…….er…um Coach Wong!

  137. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc March 9, 2010 5:39 pm

    Jim Donovan is off to the WAC meetings being held during the basketball tournament. He’s not expected back in town until the weekend which makes it very, very difficult to select a new coach by Monday. The announcement states that the selection process will begin on March 13 and will continue until the position is filled, not that the application acceptance period closes on Saturday. Even with the ubiquitous Internet, five days is really a short-time application period.

    One good thing to come out of the WAC meeting – I hope anyhow – will be the 2010 football schedule.

    Re team names: Ducks and Badgers? And what the heck is a Hokie – (sp).

  138. Ralph March 9, 2010 5:41 pm

    Kazz although it was last season, Troy had a softball rpi of 57, Depaul 18 and UH finished at 87

  139. Ralph March 9, 2010 6:12 pm

    interesting people JD picked for his advisory committee, Oceanic sales, really, or did I hear her title wrong. Anyone really involved in the game of coaching basketball, or is the committee recommending business guidelines and benchmarks and buy out clauses and leaving the pick to JD.

  140. Derek March 9, 2010 6:27 pm

    The new UH bb coach must be able to recruit Division I players. I would ask every applicant “Who did they recruit?” I doubt Jarinn Akana recruited anybody. Arnold, I doubt he recruited anybody high profile. Besides, the name Arnold doesn’t give me good thoughts from before.
    Randy Bennett is an interesting guy. His record at St. Mary’s is impressive. If Cameron Dollar recruitied all those guys that were mentioned, that’s pretty impressive too. I know Reggie Theus would want to play an uptemgo game. There may be other good candidates that will apply. I will say that just because somebody has local ties doesn’t mean that the person should be hired. The new coach should be selected based on a person’s ability to go get recruits, good ones. It should be a given that they know how to coach and graduate players.

  141. Slugger March 9, 2010 6:28 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Bob. Sincerely.

    Wish I could see the MVB game. Sounds like a good one.

  142. Ralph March 9, 2010 6:34 pm

    HA article on the advisory committee indicate that JD is relying on the booster club, Koa Anuenue, for guidelines and guidance.

  143. jm2375 March 9, 2010 6:46 pm

    Kazz – there’s only one Rainbows and only one Hoyas :mrgreen:

  144. Pomai March 9, 2010 7:13 pm

    Can live with a couple of the advisers, but there should be a couple of people who know basketball on the playing side of the ball.

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  145. Pomai March 9, 2010 7:14 pm

    Hope the weather for tomorrows dbl header is better than the last few games.

    Thanks for the memories, Bob.

  146. Ralph March 9, 2010 7:18 pm

    Pomai the last game I notice the Rainbowtique selling umbrellas and ponchos, bad omen

  147. RainbowCliff March 9, 2010 7:34 pm

    Good evening Tsaiko Nation, the bottom line is WHO ever becomes the Head Basketball Coach MUST come with the enthusiasm and confidence that he can bring back the winning tradition of Rainbow Basketball by being a good recruiter, exceptional sales skills and communicator to his players / parents and local media with first and foremost must have a good basketball mind and knows how to “COACH” and make game adjustments by subsituting his player personal and using his time outs to change the momentum of the game or lighting a “FIRE” to his players in over coming obstacles and situations that arise during game situations.

    Hawaii Basketball needs pure and simple athletes who can run, shoot and jump with “DEFENSE” being played all over the court at all times as this has been a corner stone of all Hawaii teams that they play that tough hard nose man to man defense. The next Coach needs to bring that to the interview room and make that his “pledge of allegiance” with variations of full and half court traps, run and jump and variations of zone presses.

    Offensively say good by to the old predictable flex offense and bring the motion 5 man passing game or spread high pick n roll and let your players go with mid range game or spot up for the jump shot from driible penetration.

    POINT GUARD is essential as quick and heady with the ball and “FEARLESS” leader who will bring the ball up against all defense and run the team from both ends of the court. Quick jumpers who can get the ball off the glass and off to the races we go as Hawaii Teams always had a fastbreak game with 3 on 1 and 4 on 2 with the trailer trailing.

    Finally, watts summer games will be all over Los Angeles in June with over 100 HS basketball teams playing as the Hawaii Coach and his coaches needs to get down here and “scout” all this young talent as every CIF and CITY schools will be participating BUT the new Coach may have the attitude of Mack not to recruit in LA as the angelino player has no Hawaii ties or relationships in Hawaii which makes that reasoning alone “INCREDIBLE” to believe !

    Good luck Hawaii as the NEW head man will have his work cut out for him but that is why you pay him the BIG bucks as he is not going to a rinky dink progam but a program that can WIN and will WIN again !

  148. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 7:42 pm

    I know we see “committee” and we’re all like: NOOOOOOOO!
    But not to worry.
    This is different. It’s just an advisory committee, more like a sounding board. And if anybody has been around Jim Donovan, he’s always bouncing ideas off of people. I used to tell Kinda Shy that he was Mr. Twelve Steps Ahead. He’s always thinking that way. Sometimes he’ll have an argument with me over a stance he thinks I’ll take … in the future.
    Thing is, Donovan’s got that stubborn streak, too.
    The decision will be all his.

  149. Slugger March 9, 2010 8:47 pm

    Congratulations, (J) J!

  150. d1島 March 9, 2010 8:52 pm

    Congratulations to my best-est-est friend (J)J!


  151. haka March 9, 2010 8:57 pm

    As the blog turns.

    Congrats to the Warriors in taking USC down in the rematch.
    That was one tough road trip.

    Now the BaseBows gotta puka da Trojans dis weekend.

    Good luck to the Wahine tomorrow.

    And as the world turns, the trades blow, spring is in the air,
    but I smell pigskin.

  152. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 9:26 pm

    I’ve heard from several people, and apparently many believe the candidates will try to recruit internationally.
    Now that’s been a successful strategy for some sports in the past.
    Question: Is that the way to go now?

  153. Ralph March 9, 2010 9:35 pm

    our recruiting budget doesn’t allow UH to recruit a full mbb class internationally, we need to recruit the base from the U.S. then add athletes from wherever we can get a good one.

  154. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 9:39 pm

    I think the one-and-done players have a ripple effect on college recruiting.
    The big-name schools are having to replenish more often, and that impacts the not-so-big-name schools, and then the mid-majors ….

  155. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc March 9, 2010 9:51 pm

    We managed to snag Jonas Umlauft. Can you imagine what he’d belike playing basketball. Stephen, next time you interview him, please find out how he was steered into volleyball given that basketball is hugely popular in Western Europe.

    What we do not have access to right now are the several thousand high school players in densely crowded urban areas. There must be at least 50 such schools within 30 miles of USC full of hustling, talented young men – and women – who could make Hawai`i a star athletic attraction. . Why don’t we use our West Coast Connections to get one or two to play the court and diamond sports as well as football here in Hawai`i.

    Has there been any attempt to development an full-on ahtletic pipeline using UH ex-pats who can attend games/matches and send notes to the various coaches? I know that such information channels exist in PAC-10 schools.

  156. jm2375 March 9, 2010 10:04 pm

    Congrats to the Warriors on their victory against USC. Good road trip, coming home, splitting both series. Too bad they don’t play again till *next* weekend. 🙁

    BC (or someone on his show) once commented that the AAU/club programs tend to create prima donnas, just as if they were playing playground basketball. I don’t know how much the injuries had to do with it, but this year’s team had absolutely no chemistry.

    WDoc – I’m still interested in the tickets. Perhaps I can pick them up at your abode this weekend.

  157. Madelaine Estis March 9, 2010 10:07 pm

    This blog is great.

  158. LizKauai (iPhone) March 9, 2010 10:25 pm

    Congrats James.

    W-Doc. A Hokie comes before a Pokie.

    Congrats Volleybows and Nighty Night!

    Sweet Wahine Dreams!

  159. Ralph March 9, 2010 11:06 pm

    and that’s what they do on Kauai, the hokie pokie all night long, and that is why they voted against the super ferry, too much progress would have come to Kauai

  160. Stephen Tsai March 9, 2010 11:36 pm

    Indeed. It was a good match.
    It’s amazing how quickly the season is passing.

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  162. al March 9, 2010 11:53 pm

    what i like about the mvb team is that they’ll come back and scrap every night.

  163. PowderPuff March 10, 2010 1:00 am

    Congrats to the volleyball men…terrific victory! And to (J)J…see ya at the ballpark. Talk about USC, guess where they’re staying?!?!

  164. Kekoa (iPhone) March 10, 2010 1:01 am

    Ralph! Careful now. Aunty Liz goin’ slap you upside your hokie pokie with her 2x slippah!

  165. Kekoa (iPhone) March 10, 2010 1:03 am

    PP ~ Time to post da Tsunami signs around the lobby!

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