Rolo: ‘They make your team better’

The newly hired UH coaching staff faced this mathematical equation in December:

> The NCAA permits each FBS team to sign a maximum 25 players per recruiting class.

> Wideout Isaiah Bernard, cornerback Cameron Hayes and kickers Rigo Sanchez and Mauro Bondi were blueshirts who received scholarships for the 2015 season but counted toward the 2016 recruiting class.

> There was an understanding from the previous staff that receiver Makoa Camanse-Stevens and long-snapper Noah Borden would earn 2016 scholarships. Because both players had been in the program for fewer than two years — they joined last July — their scholarships, if offered, would count as one of the 25 initials for the 2016 recruiting class.

Head coach Nick Rolovich admitted he initially wanted to bring in his own recruits. But after meeting with Camanse-Stevens and Borden, double-checking their backgrounds, and reviewing glowing recommendations, Rolovich decided it was a no-brainer: Both were deserving of scholarships.

Rolovich said both are good students and teammates, hard workers, and have strong character. “They make your team better,” Rolovich said.

The scholarship came at the right time for Borden, who returned from a two-year church mission last May. He worked for FedEx during the summer to pay for the 2015 fall semester. He said he drained his savings, and would have had to quit school if he did not earn a scholarship. Rolovich empathized with Borden’s situation, but said it was his contributions to the team that merited the scholarship.


  1. Aku Head April 6, 2016 8:34 am


  2. Maddog50 April 6, 2016 8:36 am

    Congrats to these young men. They must be Warriors for sure!

  3. 808warriorfan April 6, 2016 9:13 am

    Good call Coach “Rolo”

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid April 6, 2016 9:24 am

    Where there’s a Warriors will, there’s a Warrior’s way! Congrat to the players and their Coach for finding a way.


  5. leron April 6, 2016 9:28 am

    Two guys who earned scholies through their hard work and play on the field. MCS made a bunch of nice catches and even scored his first TD. Borden replaced Hittner early in the season and can’t recall hearing much about his long snapping, which is a good thing when they punted often.

  6. H-Man April 6, 2016 9:32 am

    Agree, good call. But is there an opening? Bondi is not on the team, so does Rolo get one scholarship back?

  7. truegreen April 6, 2016 9:49 am

    ST: Last sentence…is that “emphasized” or “empathized”?

  8. WWF April 6, 2016 9:53 am

    #5 H-Man,

    Blueshirts receive scholarships for the 2015 season but count toward the 2016 recruiting class.

    Coach Chow was using “credit” and awarding scholarships to recruits in 2015 that applies toward the 2016 class.

  9. Tanman April 6, 2016 10:01 am

    If they have good character and who have the skills to play and they work hard to contribute – a definite YES!

  10. Stephen Tsai April 6, 2016 10:39 am

    Thanks. I’m still loopy from all the meds.

  11. H-Man April 6, 2016 3:50 pm

    WWF, thanks for the feedback/clarification. I finally get it.

  12. H-Man April 7, 2016 7:07 am

    Bobby Curran is broadcasting live from the football practice field. Tune in, the blog master, Stephen Tsai, will be coming on in a few minutes.

  13. WarriorNY April 7, 2016 7:29 am

    Hey guys, how are the QB’s looking? Gonna check out ESPN radio. I hope I didn’t mean…

  14. Ipu Man April 7, 2016 9:16 am

    Why is it that the NCCA allows each school 25 scholarships
    but the bigger schools have more depth than Hawaii???

  15. legistlature April 7, 2016 10:01 am

    Manly Williams coaching up his nephew Pumba on the sidelines. Keenan Forney coaching up several OL players during 1 on 1 drills between OL & DL. Another (not staff coach) guy helping out with giving instructional techniques on the DL side of the ball? Not sure of name..
    Pride Rock Fear not

  16. legistlature April 7, 2016 10:11 am

    Kennedy T was not at practice this past Tuesday and Thursday? Hmmm
    I’m sure he’s okay.

  17. legistlature April 7, 2016 10:31 am

    Giving instructional techniques on the DL side of the ball M Bennett DE of the Seahawks

  18. legistlature April 7, 2016 10:35 am

    Now if we can only get more help (quality type DL-maybe 6 more KT’s)
    We would have a 10 win 2016 season

  19. legistlature April 7, 2016 10:43 am

    Coach Rolo- we need Haggard moved from TE to DE and D. Torres to OLB
    Maybe just for a week to see what they bring. I see good things happening Coach with this move.
    Okay nuff talking to me self.hehe

  20. Stephen Tsai April 7, 2016 11:24 am

    New post:

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