Rolovich, Shaw to call plays; today’s notes; Salas to chat

Assistant coaches Nick Rolovich and Gordy Shaw will call the offensive plays for the Warriors, UH head coach Greg McMackin said.

McMackin said Ron Lee will remain as the offensive coordinator. But it was “mutually agreed” that Lee wanted to focus on the receivers. The Warriors have been without a receiver coach since graduate assistant Craig Stutzmann accepted a job at Portland State in July.

“Ron Lee will always be my offensive coordinator,” McMackin said, noting Lee called the winning touchdown play in the opener against Central Arkansas.

Rolovich will call the offense with Shaw assisting on running calls, McMackin said.

McMackin said Lee, Rolovich, Shaw and Brian Smith will help craft the game plan.

Left slotback Greg Salas is today’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show, which begins at about noon. To join the discussion, please submit  a question to this blog’s comment section or the show’s Cover It Live section. Don’t forget we’ll also be drawing the winning name  for the two-night Waikoloa stay during the show.

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From today’s practice:

• R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane is playing middle linebacker.

• Jake Heun was moved to defensive left end .

• Michael Maracle and Bo Montgomery also are in the rotation at defensive end.

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If you post any comment on the blog today, you’re eligible to win volleyball tickets and a $100 gift certificate to the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Tropics Bar & Grill.

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I think Washington State is the big loser in backing out of the 2011 game against UH. First, it has to pay the withdrawal fee. Then it loses the benefit of telling recruits about playing in Hawai‘i. I would think a school like Washington State would like to tell Hawai‘i prospects they have a chance to play in Aloha Stadium in 2011/


  1. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 6:40 am


  2. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 6:40 am


  3. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 6:42 am

    you right about that.

    question for Greg Salas.
    what are your thoughts on Coach Ron Lee turning over the play calling job to Coaches Shaw and Rolo?

  4. chopsueyboy September 8, 2009 6:43 am

    top five

    great food to look forward to at Qwest Field
    Totem’s Fish & Chips
    Ivar’s Clam Chowder
    Kidd Valley Burgers and garlic fries

  5. Stretch September 8, 2009 6:45 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Greg Salas – Congratulations on the WAC award.

  6. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 6:46 am

    Greg Salas,

    first, great job in last Friday’s game. your family must be proud. saw your mom and (cousin?) last year in Florida.

    1. who is your favorite teammate?

  7. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 6:50 am

    dragged this over from yesterday.

    Jim Donovan,

    good morning sir. Reading Wassu scarede kats digging out. bad economy everywhere. gonna take some fast and smooth talking action to line up samoa notable games at NoAloha. Lessee, Utah, BYU, SMU, ND, Navy, AirForce, USC, Cal, these should be your target. get coach to make calls. more calls. don’t take excuses and questions for answers. Cal, Navy AirForce get billions tied up in Hawaii. Utah, BYU SMU ND get souls tied up in Hawaii.

    You can do it, Jim! yes you can.

  8. Maverick September 8, 2009 6:50 am

    Morning Gang.
    BHF2 gets the hat trick. Whooosh, scored.

    I think both sides lose out on any withdrawl. Plenty of time and money go into an agreement. Plus, it was a home game for UH with mucho 12th man support in the stands to help secure a Victory.

    Salas. You Da Man. Conquering over any prospect from the Boise Offense, which by the way, took down a ranked BCS opponent.

  9. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 6:52 am

    If Ron Lee can make big time decision like that, the others on the team, and in the Administration, can make big time decisions too. Just gotta play hard.

  10. Maverick September 8, 2009 6:53 am

    Yea, Air Force would be a great filler.
    No armed service team yet for that 2011 season. I still hold true to JJ’s past agenda for wishing that on an annual basis

  11. Garret September 8, 2009 6:55 am

    Sadly, given current budget problems for athletic departments, the $300k buyout clause isn’t enough to convince a team like Washington State to stick with the game in Hawaii. Given the travel expenses for their team, they would be using most of that $300k for travel anyway…

    It is a good point that Washington State should want to use a game in Hawaii for recruiting, but maybe their coaches don’t plan to recruit much in Hawaii? It seems like U-Dub and Oregon State in the Pac-10 try much harder to recruit in Hawaii. Maybe one of them would be interested in filling the spot or the Utah home-and-home could start in 2011?

  12. Maverick September 8, 2009 6:56 am

    Off topic, That Florida St. – Miami game yesterday was a top notch game. Better than any bowl game, top rank mano e’ mano matchup, etc.
    Plenty of Devone Bess look-a-likes on the Miami team.

  13. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 6:57 am

    Salas’ jukin moves garnered him da honors. plus da bugga wuz runnin like sumbuddy wuz tryin fo beap da crak outta him. bwaaahaaaahaaa.


  14. Garret September 8, 2009 6:58 am

    Washington State probably makes about $1 million per home game, and other BCS schools make $5 million or more per home game now, so JD is correct that $300k (which HF agreed to) is not enough of a penalty clause. I’m glad that JD has increased those buyout amounts.

  15. royvic September 8, 2009 6:59 am

    Let me get this straight. 10 coaches, 1 GA.

    7 coaching the defense

    4 coaching the offense

    2 offensive coaches, Lee and Smith upstairs

    leaving 2 offensive coaches, rolo and shaw on the sidelines


    we are family, go bows, we love mack

  16. Garret September 8, 2009 7:00 am

    I think I’m just going to give up posting quotes from articles about Jake Ingram…they all require moderation because Ingram is a specia list. You can get the full article by clicking on my name.

  17. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 7:00 am


    you absolutely right about that!

    gonna look like dat when we hook up with BSU2. goin dat 1.

  18. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 7:00 am

    MAC is disorganized on O. Period. Watch the smokin mirrors and more bodies being tossed under the bus.
    The buck stops with the person that is given more than 1M of them each year.
    That being said, whatever changes are made to improve game management is a step in the right direction.
    Giving our warriors the best advantage is the goal….in EVERY phase of the program.
    Go Warriors!

  19. Maverick September 8, 2009 7:03 am

    Did anyone else have flashbacks while watching the Cincy game yesterday, reminding them of Hawaii’s 06 & 07 Run & Shoot offense. Tony Pike must of been envisioning Colt and Posse during the game
    They picked apart Rutgers at will with the QB / Receivers connection.

  20. Buffoman September 8, 2009 7:07 am

    I don’t believe this would make sense to the UH folks but if UH could get a deal similar to those like Navy ($1M+) to go play the sacrifical lamb to a top 5 BCS team, do it. If it costs $400k to travel to a possible beat down, you’d still make great dollars..and tell a recruit that they’ll be playing Ohio State, Florida State, LSU or Nebraska. I’m sure they’d think itll be great as opposed to trying to sell the recruit that UH will be playing Eastern Northwest Mississippi State college.

    If someone is offering a big payday to play, take it.

  21. truegreen September 8, 2009 7:09 am

    Too bad, about WSU backing out. Hope they can find another BCS team. Either that or how about BYU?

  22. las vegas September 8, 2009 7:11 am

    da pigeon in Hilo Town stay plenny deefrent from do one I wen learn on
    da mean streets of Kahala Avenue.

  23. Maverick September 8, 2009 7:12 am

    Wonder what Air Force would want to come out to Hawaii for a game?
    Would be great because the previous week is a homer against Colorado.
    Having a Big 12 conference, then MWC the next week is great coverage.

  24. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 7:12 am


    Rome wasn’t built in a day. The great thing about Shaw and Tormey is that they’re influencing positive changes. you just saw it happen before your very eyes.

    the defense, with no returners in the game, played a GREAT game. 20 points given up, actually 13 when you count the fumble. and the offense did great too, when you don’t count the other fumble.

    so da choice is what? put some D coaches in da booth? put a fuddy duddy on da boot?

    lighten up, Royvic. if I, da great Hilo, can make a mistake and ask da fortune tella online crystal ball if we going win UW, yes or no, when we playing Wassu, yes or no, den sumbuddy should shoot me fo making such a dumass mistake like dat. 😀
    i’ll take one fo da team. 😆 na na na.

    good thing about making perculations here in dreamsville, talk is cheap.

  25. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 7:12 am

    wf2 can not check your PMs?

  26. chopsueyboy September 8, 2009 7:12 am

    WSU backing out doesn’t make economic sense.
    Don’t they get an additional home game for playing Hawaii?

  27. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:14 am


    JJ made play calls on the sidelines and Ron Lee was his eyes/back-up upstairs. JJ also took care of the offensive unit as a whole (receivers and QB) on the sidelines as well.

    Apparently this past Friday the coaches in the booth, according to BC is Ron Lee, Mike Smith, Tony Tuioti, Dave Aranda, and George Lumpkin.

    If Ron Lee wants to work more with his receivers, he’s going to have to leave the booth, a position he’s been in for years.

    I think we can “afford” to have Rolo upstairs at this time. Ron Lee on the sidelines should be able to assist with the QB. However, since Shaw is involved more with playcalling now, we CANNOT afford to lose Shaw on the sidelines. I cannot speak for the mentality or the minute-by-minute progression/improvements of the offensive line, but Coach Shaw needs to be there right next to his unit.

  28. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 7:14 am

    WSU rotating QBs….the one who played in the 1st and 4th Q looked best…but keep the rotisserie spinnin…. reports say Cougs looked better on O than they did in 2008….that’s an improvement.
    BYU #9 in AP….Donks at #12.
    MWC v PAC 10?
    BYU, Utah, TCU, AFA and CSU—they all have BCS strength in 2009.
    USC, CAL, Oregon, OSU, UCLA, ARIZ, STANFORD and WASH run deeper.

  29. Garret September 8, 2009 7:15 am


    UH already turned down two paydays that would have been around $1 million for a road game (one SEC team and one Big 10 team). JD is on record as telling all teams that he wants home-and-home deals and doesn’t want to schedule road games without a game at Aloha Stadium even if they are offering $1 million.

  30. royvic September 8, 2009 7:15 am


    lighten up?

    read carefully

    did i not say we are family, go bows, we love mack

  31. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:19 am

    Greg Salas,

    Have you, as a team, gone over some Washington State tapes yet? If so, what is your biggest concern, as a receiver? Do you see the Cougar DBs trying to bump you folks on the line of scrimmage to delay routes? Do you see if they have good enough DBs to play man-to-man?

  32. ai-eee-soos September 8, 2009 7:19 am

    Yeah, the wide receivers DO need coaching during the game.

    I hope the coaching staff can get it straightened out in the next few

    days as to their assignments. Game is on this Sat.

    Overall, good move.

    Go Warriors.

  33. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 7:21 am

    Las Vegas,

    howzit howzit. see you next week, gonna sit down with you and share a special linguistics tutorial. 😀 and some whiskey. 😀 and “sing” 😆

    summa us gotta work. gotta work. hi ho hi ho.
    laters esme woosshhhh >>>>>>>>>>>>

  34. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 7:23 am

    #25, sorry bud, been busy w/ a prowling tiger and the Cup….will get to it this afternoon…..i hear ya.

  35. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 7:29 am


    you did say “we are family, go bows, we love mack.”

    the go bows .wen set off my trap.


  36. jm2375 September 8, 2009 7:29 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Hope to win vb tix.

    Kekoa – check your email. Gracias.

  37. las vegas September 8, 2009 7:30 am

    Greg Salas,
    Great game last week.
    IMHO I thought GA took off running way too may times in last weeks game and would have several more completions if he had held up for an additional second to let the route mature-What do you think?
    (idk if you can answer that question)

    Receivers do not seem to be coming back to the ball as much as in past years and seem to concentrate on running through the route-is it just me, or is the feed on my ‘putor too small?

  38. las vegas September 8, 2009 7:32 am

    C U in LV

  39. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:32 am

    Greg Salas,

    If you could share with us, what was the mood of the team following Friday night’s game?

    Was there a sense of just getting past that game and then focusing on the next task at hand?

  40. 808Chef September 8, 2009 7:32 am

    As interesting as it sounds for Coach Ron to concentrate on the WRs, I completely respect his decision. We lost a good coach when Stutz left and unfortunately we haven’t filled the spot yet. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice for the good of the cause and everyone else just has to step up. I think Shaw’s hiring was a great thing given his OL and OC experience. Rolo can now get more under his belt and even maybe become UH’s future OC.

    We got your back Coaches!! Go give ’em hell in Seattle!

  41. royvic September 8, 2009 7:36 am


    rome wasn’t built in a day is true

    but you know something caesar had the wherewithal to put the right people in charge…okay be nice, be nice

  42. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:39 am

    Greg Salas,

    Going against our own defense almost everyday at practice, who would you say is the “toughest” DB we have right now?

  43. BG September 8, 2009 7:40 am

    For the folks who so demanding of perfection from our coaches…did you see how a coach with 34 yrs of experience manage the clock in the final drive of the game? Many would say it was pathetic. He’s getting paid much more than Mac! Or the opposing coach’s decision to line drive a short kick off (they did it several times) that resulted in the ball returned to their 49 yard line and giving Florida State’s qb a heck of a chance at a needed td and a win? There were many other examples (like penalties) in this game and other snippets of games I watched over the weekend. We’re talking major programs and proven staffs across the nation.

    I’m not saying asking for improvement from our staff is wrong…not at all. What I am saying is that criticism should be constructive and tempered with perspective. Pointing out a deficiency is one thing…turning it into a personal judgment/attack is another.

  44. BG September 8, 2009 7:42 am

    Pride…didn’t but wanted to say this several days ago…your comments on the O-line play were much appreciated!

  45. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:45 am

    Greg Salas,

    With a lot of new players making the upcoming LONG road trip for the first time, as a junior and “elder” member of the team, do you feel that there will be a lot of “internal security enforcement” amongst the experienced leaders of this team towards the redshirt freshman and sophomores to make sure that this road trip stays a business trip?

  46. BG September 8, 2009 7:46 am


  47. las vegas September 8, 2009 7:48 am

    9/18 Friday
    Las Vegas K-Call
    Kiku Hana Restaurant
    2550 S. Rainbow Blvd
    SE corner of Sahara/Rainbow

    Door opens at 1730, come when you are ready
    Open as long as restaurant makes money or
    owner/sushi chef Uehara san keeps singing or
    Karaoke guy Alan passes out from the case (or more) of Miller Lites

    Japanese and Okinawan food at very decent prices

    Crappy games will be played, equally crappy prizes will be offered
    Friends will be made, feelings may be hurt, blows may be thrown.

    Those at the BOYD parties are also welcome after your festivities are over, just stop by anytime.

    Those who can/wish to carpool from hotels, please contact SteveM, lets see if we can help each other out.

  48. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:48 am

    Greg Salas,

    What do you feel is the team’s biggest advantage against Washington State?

    What do you feel is the biggest weakness?

  49. BG September 8, 2009 7:50 am


    Princess has asked for one question per post to make it easier for her to read on air. 😀

  50. 808Chef September 8, 2009 7:50 am

    Congrats Greg on an awesome game and the the WAC OPW Award!

    What was the celebatory feast after a win like that?

    Good Luck on the long road trip!!!

  51. NYUH September 8, 2009 7:51 am

    Sounds like GA is taking off running because the receivers aren’t where they are supposed to be.

  52. BG September 8, 2009 7:52 am


    What was UCA doing in the first half that was causing problems for the Warrior passing game?

  53. Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Greg Salas: Congrats on last week’s win! How are you preparing for 3 games on the road? Please stay healthy and see you in Vegas!

  54. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:54 am


    September 8th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Princess has asked for one question per post to make it easier for her to read on air.

    Ah crap! 😳

    Hey! I plead ignorance on this one! I’ve been missing like the last month and a half of shows! 😉

  55. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 7:56 am

    #43, “criticism should be constructive and tempered with perspective”.
    Did you promulgate blog rules for this site?
    who defines your parameters?
    Y cant people offer their observations and opinion without having you and others censure it with arbitrary standards?

  56. Ronnie September 8, 2009 7:56 am

    I wish I could go to Seattle this weekend!

    If anyone needs a ticket, I have one in the Tsaiko section. Let me know and I can over night it (or two-day air) it to you….

  57. bobby curran September 8, 2009 7:57 am

    Mac can solve this it seems VERY SIMPLE……………………………………………………………………BRING BACK STUZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! before he gets offers from big time mainland teams and he NEVER comes back!!!!


  58. Slugger September 8, 2009 7:58 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Re: Aloha Stadium turf ~ Better get started now on the turf replacement RFP considering how long it took to get the Ching field turf award completed. Auwe!

  59. labrat September 8, 2009 8:02 am

    Thankyou Ron Lee for thinking of team first. The receivers are getting one of the best coaches there are. I think we may see better blocking by the receivers too. One thing people don’t talk about is how well RGM and Bess blocked for each other. This past game Salas was one block away from the endzone.

  60. las vegas September 8, 2009 8:04 am

    9/19 Saturday
    Cici’s Pizza-Game bus
    Meal time is 1700-1825
    Cost is $7.52 pp all you can eat/softdrink only (byob)

    Bus leaves (3 mini busses) at 1830 for the 2000 game
    A few seats still open cost $15.00 for the round trip
    This year all busses will travel together so please make sure you
    are in the parking lot (even if you skipped Cici’s) at 1825

    It will cool off into the 70’s by games end.

    It would be appreciated if the fisticuffs were held to a minimum this year
    Please provide your own bail money($100.00 for first timers)

  61. Jack Flash September 8, 2009 8:04 am

    Reading about these coaching changes (whether it be personnel or gameday duties) always make me nervous. Like, couldn’t they have made this decision awhile ago? I know that not having a receivers coach was not in the gameplan a month or 2 ago, but still… Ok… breathe… trust the coaches!

  62. Slugger September 8, 2009 8:06 am

    Future games suggestion: What about Arkansas State? Corey Batoon joined their defensive staff this season, leaving NAU in February. Corey’s Dad is coaching boy’s basketball at St. Francis; my niece is helping out with team.

  63. las vegas September 8, 2009 8:06 am

    we’ll leave early so we can catch the pre-game Haka

  64. Not Herm F. September 8, 2009 8:08 am

    Charleston Southern would make a wonderful
    replacement team

  65. innocent observer September 8, 2009 8:11 am

    This experiment of having different coaches calling offensive plays is ridiculous; there should be only one person calling all the plays. If there are disagreements whether to call a pass or running play; who decides? There will be too much confusion during the game resulting in delay of game penalties. While play calling is important, but execution of the play is most important. Great play calling will not make up for poor execution; but great execution will overcome poor play calling.

    So, if the problem is execution, more work should be focused in this area = making sure the receivers run the correct routes, the QB makes the correct reads and the blocking allows the QB time to make reads.

    Fans will always question play calling when it fails, but never when it works, even if it is the wrong play calling. So, execution is most important.

  66. labrat September 8, 2009 8:13 am

    Greg Salas saw you with Alexander practicing early at the stadium before the game. Do you think the other receivers should be out there too?

  67. d1島 September 8, 2009 8:21 am

    Ironic that Stutz solved the problem for Glanville that is now appearing for Mack…. 🙄

  68. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 8:21 am

    Robert Kekaula reports that new LB corps being tossed around is:

    MLB – R.J. Keisel-Kauhane
    WSLB – Corey Parades
    SSLB – Blaze Soares

    Also… got one NASTY mofo getting looks at DE… Jake Heun… (extended pause) Heun.

  69. Greg Salas: What is your college major?

  70. d1- perhaps the UH budget cuts were also a part of Stutz’s move?

  71. Dubs September 8, 2009 8:24 am

    Greg, what did you think of Kealoha’s block that knocked #5 out of the game? Was it as good as the hit you had at last year’s Boise St. Game?

  72. Da Punchbowl Kid September 8, 2009 8:25 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    In the Coaches we trust, to adjust as they must. Nuff said.

  73. d1島 September 8, 2009 8:27 am


    the usual “game day decision” applies but would like to join you at Schooners tomw.

  74. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 8:37 am

    Just read about the turf issue…

    If it’s not one thing at Aloha Stadium, it’s another… First get the 1/3 – a** job of replacing the roof so now the stadium looks like a giant patch job and now issues with the turf.

    They say they’ll replace it next year, but I’m sure if it was oh, lets say the NFL, they’d replace that stuff in a month.

    When they say “next year” that better mean by the kickoff of 2010 UH football season, they’ll have new turf.

  75. LiL Mermaid September 8, 2009 8:37 am

    Good morning Tsaikos & Tsaikettes!

    Greg Salas ~ Congrats on the WAC honors! What are the top 5 songs on your iPod right now?

  76. Scanners September 8, 2009 8:37 am

    Great game for you, Salas!

  77. PONO September 8, 2009 8:42 am

    Make me a winner ST! I think we should bring back Dan Morrison to run the show. He’s a great QB tutor and is a R&S master.

  78. So Solly September 8, 2009 8:48 am


    WSU – 31; UH – 22.

    so solly; and I hope I’m dead-arse wrong.

  79. Kazz- #74- remember that the next ProBowl is in Florida. The turf will probably be replaced for the NEXT ProBowl.

  80. royvic September 8, 2009 8:58 am

    Robert K. on 1420

    Observation from UH practice:

    “The coaching staff is tinkering with bringing RJ from OLB to MB. And Huen to DE.”

    His thoughts on the change offensive play calling:

    “I think UH has a rocky road ahead of them”. And he said, “The play calling should entail someone having a vision, alluding to the way Coach Jones and Coach Johnson’s ways of doing things where that they would also be thinking of way ahead of the game, like six plays ahead in their play calling where their mentality is do this certain play to set up a bigger type of play.” He also kind of hinted that one person should be doing the play calling as opposed to having both Shaw and Rolo calling the plays.

    Robert K is cool. Listening to him talking to BC their was no suggestion in his voice of alarm or anger of what changes are going on with the Warriors.

    we are family, go bows, we love mack

  81. curveball September 8, 2009 8:58 am


    UH-24 WAS-07

  82. Maverick September 8, 2009 8:59 am

    Re: Not Herm F.:
    September 8th, 2009 at 8:08 am
    Charleston Southern would make a wonderful
    replacement team

    Hey, it worked for Florida over the weekend. They beat Char. Southern, and still ranked # 1. hehe

  83. las vegas September 8, 2009 9:05 am

    I may be coming over asap
    will send e-mail

  84. Howzit September 8, 2009 9:07 am

    Too bad WAZZU is pulling out. They will lose any Hawaii connection there. Good for us I guess! Maybe Puu-Robinson will transfer back!

  85. d1島 September 8, 2009 9:09 am

    las vegas,

    Hope all is as well as can be…

  86. labrat September 8, 2009 9:10 am

    For those who want to chat with Jim Donovan he will be live at the SportHawaii website today at 10:30AM.

  87. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 9:10 am

    will mack and co. be recruiting in between WSU and UNLV?

  88. labrat September 8, 2009 9:11 am

    royvic RJ did play some MB in the last game.

  89. Sharkabrah September 8, 2009 9:12 am

    Does anyone know if UH is going to debut their new Haka either pre-game or post-game in Seattle this Saturday. I read they were still “practicing” and were saving it for a special occasion.

    I still don’t get why the WAC couldn’t have helped UH out and scheduled Idaho the week after the WSU game so UH could just stay in washington state (Seattle, Spokane, Idaho) for a week and play both games. Maybe UH asked for it this way so they could have a big tour planned for Vegas? I guess I answered my own question.

  90. las vegas September 8, 2009 9:13 am


  91. jojo ® September 8, 2009 9:21 am

    Too bad about Wash St no game. I hope UH can get a good replacement. Everyone travel safely to the next games!!!

  92. Howulikedemapples? September 8, 2009 9:22 am

    You know what they say…….Too many chiefs not enough indians

    OC & DC and more Associate coaches up the wazoo…..Could be a prime example folks

  93. Mr C September 8, 2009 9:25 am

    good morning tsaikos
    WSU = W ashington State
    S cared of
    U H

  94. just an opinion September 8, 2009 9:31 am

    not sure how two guys can make play-calling work. hopefully for uh it does work. seems like some turmoil going on on the sidelines. maybe too many former head coaches and head coaches-wannabees on the sidelines. mac needs to get a handle on all this.
    replacement game? i think the st.louis crusaders will do it for free. good recruiting tool.

  95. lava September 8, 2009 9:33 am

    Looking forward to the results of the coaching duties getting reallocated. Any improvement over the UCA game will be encouraging.

  96. al September 8, 2009 9:33 am

    how about stanford?

  97. BIGWAVE96744 September 8, 2009 9:34 am

    POMAI: UH 31 – WAZZU 28 OT

    ST btw what roles do Yoda & Nasti play on the staff? They were both on the sidelines in the white staff shirts

  98. midori7 September 8, 2009 9:36 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Coach Rolo (with Coach Shaw) calling the plays? Hope this works out.

    Enjoyed the segment on Rocky during the Coach’s Show last night. GO ROCKY!

  99. al September 8, 2009 9:37 am

    well, its about time that we address the offenses concerns. we all saw this coming and pointed out the imbalance in numbers on the staff.

    it sounds more to me that shaw’s name surfaced as a guy who will lend his input and that rolo will make the calls after receiving all the info from ron lee, shaw, etc.

    i see down the road that a guy like tormey may lend more of his input into the fray.

  100. da princess' classmate September 8, 2009 9:38 am

    mornin all

    3+ more days, can’t wait

  101. al September 8, 2009 9:39 am

    nice quotes and they are correct. play calling should be designed to set up what’s ahead down the road. one needs to be far sighted.

  102. las vegas- hugs and prayers…

  103. al September 8, 2009 9:41 am

    greg salas:

    nice game.

    how much communication goes on between the receivers and the man in the booth?

  104. Jack Flash September 8, 2009 9:41 am

    Warriors- 28
    WuSssie U- 10

  105. BIGWAVE96744: need a recent pic of the 3 Kauai boys in action for my blog… can?

  106. Blackie September 8, 2009 10:01 am

    Kynan Forney just signed with the Jaguars

  107. Garret September 8, 2009 10:02 am

    According to this schedule, the UH-Washington State game is the *only* game involving a Pac-10 team that will not be televised this week. I was hoping that Fox Sports or GamePlan would pick up the game…hopefully they will later this week.

    I’ve also checked into Verizon’s VCAST service. According to what I read, you can sign up just to have service for a day and they show every Pac-10 game. I’ll check into this further if there are no other alternatives. Tombo will probably have the scoop on how to watch the game, but I thought I’d do a little looking around during lunch.

  108. royvic September 8, 2009 10:04 am


    I agree. I think as time goes by Coach Tormey will become more vociferous on the sideline. I saw hints of this happening in the last game.

    But I do agree with one of BC patent quotes/cliches , also.

    “Too many chefs in the kitchen can ruin the broth”

    This statement above can be true,too.

    As pride said a few days ago (and isnt he foretelling?) it’ll be interesting to see how things turn out this year.

  109. DrewHiro September 8, 2009 10:07 am

    Hopefully Jim Donovan is able to get a quality BCS opponent even with the short time that he’s given.

  110. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 10:07 am

    I suppose the Warriors will have to slap Washinton State silly this coming weekend so that they want a chance to exact revenge so badly they try to reschedule a future game down the road.

    Rolo and Shaw calling the plays makes sense since Rolo may not be as familiar with the running plays as Shaw is. BUT, who is going to send the call in? There should be only 1 coach for that. Otherwise, the opposition will always know if it’s a run or pass and have a step up defensively.

  111. koakane™ September 8, 2009 10:08 am

    morning tsaiko country and warrior faithful. lovely day with small kind blessing, yes we do need da rain.

    au’wryte bhf2 churning the water must be his paddling kicking in. go get um
    ho omaukaukau

    tsai good point that Washington State should want to use a game in Hawaii for recruiting but their loss is alway our gain.

    my take on the coaching changes is to let us see what happens. definite loss of cstuzman but water under the bridge gotta move on and make the best of the situation.

    imho grouping should be divided into coaches that work with skills/techniques/routs/schemes adjustments while other coaches work the game strategy then together they plot what happens in the game. this is the key to coaching who teaches what and when. again mho adjustment coaches stay on field to work with player on making changes or reminders while strategist go up to see the big pic and relay plans to a coach who sends in the plays.

    nuff already ran out of 2¢ already e kala mai

  112. chawan_cut September 8, 2009 10:11 am


  113. al September 8, 2009 10:12 am

    now we know why wazzu is struggling. it all lays in the decisions that they make day to day.

  114. Pomai September 8, 2009 10:13 am

    UH vs Washington @ Washington
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    20    –    17    las vegas
    21    –    10    Pomai
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  115. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 8, 2009 10:14 am

    Just in case the Wazzou faithful are lurking here, we’ll keep ’em guessing with our rhetoric.

    Too bad our players are junk and our coaches are confused…


  116. al September 8, 2009 10:16 am

    and now we realize the genius that june jones was in crafting the modern day run n shoot.

    i remember when in 1999 he said that the rns version this year is just the tip of the iceberg and that as time goes by the progression of the playbook will increase.

    at this point, it is time to go back to the basics as it is obvious that it may be too complicated for some as we so often saw poor pass patterns and/or decisions on saturday.

    it is the correct move at this time for ron to mentor the wr’s as he had for years. perhaps, stutz will come back to the fold one day. he is/was the new coming of the run n shoot guru.

  117. duffer (iPhone) September 8, 2009 10:20 am

    HA article says Kevin Lopina to start at QB for Washington State. Marshall Lobbestael to also get some playing time.

  118. duffer (iPhone) September 8, 2009 10:22 am

    When a receiver catches a TD pass in the end zone, does that count against his YAC?

  119. chawan_cut September 8, 2009 10:22 am

    bobby curran this morning said the the buffalo wild wings here in waikiki was going to have their pre-game radio show and then show the game. its gotta be on some sort of channel somewhere.

  120. Pomai September 8, 2009 10:22 am

    #80 I think one of the problems is that there isn’t very many coaches that have that ability, just MHO but JJ had a talent that few others have, that of seeing the game just as one plays the game of chess, it’s played six or so moves ahead, very difficult to do. I also think that JJ used DM up in the booth as his eye’s so to speak.

  121. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 8, 2009 10:23 am

    Re Aloha Stadium repairs and turf replacement: There are several ways for folks to keep up with what is going on.

    The first is to attend the monthly meetings at Aloha Stadium which are held on the last Thursday of the month at 10 am. A regular agenda item is a report from Russ Saito who heads the Department of Accounting & General Services which oversees the repairs. Either Jim Donovan or Carl Clapp attends these meetings as well. The Stadiuum manager, Scott Chan, also reports on what is happening at the Stadium.

    You can also call Scott or his deputy Lois Mannin to ask for updates on the repairs.

    A third way to keep somewhat current is to read the Stadium Authority Meeting Minutes which are now posted on-line the following week after being approved – or about five weeks after the actual decision. This is a huge improvement over what was going on – mailed copies two months afterwards – until early this year when a regular meeting attendee – ahem – asked that a key legislator whose committee oversees Aloha Stadium get the Minutes posted on-line. For some reason, the Authority does not post draft Minutes as other state agencies do, but maybe that will change in the months to come.

    Also, that key legislator now attends the Authority meetings on a regular basis. She also expects to have someone from her office cover the meetings during the legislative session as well.

    The fourth way is to ask Stephen or someone else in the Sports Deparment or Derrick DePledge to report on repair and maintenance updates throughout the year.

    A quick reminder – the repairs on Ching Field actually took slightly under two months. The delays came from the bidding challenge which took almost four months to resolve.

  122. Ronnie September 8, 2009 10:28 am

    Who is K5/Oceanic PPV getting their feed from?

  123. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 8, 2009 10:30 am

    Aloha GregSalas:

    Please describe your football history such as positions played, family & coaching support, and what you plan to do after graduation.

  124. labrat September 8, 2009 10:31 am

    Jime Donovan chatting live now at SportsHawaii.

  125. PowderPuff September 8, 2009 10:32 am

    Good morning! Excited to see Salas on today’s WB Show. Getting my voice ready for Saturday: 37-20 UH. Go Warriors!

  126. postmanke September 8, 2009 10:40 am

    Not calling the plays anymore?? Really? Stephen, serious, we’re not getting punk’ed right?? Where’s Ashton..? =)

    Albeit a GREAT decision on the change for calling of the offense ( about time! ) But hey, you gotta, Gotta scratch your head.. is this team in such disarray that we don’t know our own personnel and what they are capable of ~ that we need to make major changes after the first game! Why now, why not in camp, spring? Why waste all that precious time? Why say hmm, lets see just one more game, and if he calls the same play’s he might keep his duties.. arggh! you already knew the play book didn’t change!
    This is more of a desperate attempt than last years “find your QB fiasco”. Sadly, Coach Mac is a mess, “the fake it to you make it as a head coach” mask is falling off and it looks as though others are starting to see through it and JD just said ~ uh uhh, not on my watch! We have a system offense no doubt. We need a system Coach. We need a system QB. We need system Players. The system was not broke when JJ left. We killed it! I believe the system was designed in part to take advantage of the mediocre corners in college esp @ the 2nd tier level of college football.(many of them convert from running back) Lets get back to the system. Lets stick to the system win or lose. But we gotta believe in the system. Lets just get back to highly organized football so Mac can concentrate on his defensive unit.
    having said that, I only believe in this system to a certain extent. =) (still need to run, add tight end) It is good enough for 2nd tier college football and you can make lots of money coaching it. But if you fake it, it will ruin your career.

  127. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 8, 2009 10:41 am
    Coach Mack Show online.

  128. Richie September 8, 2009 10:44 am

    Man, if Ron Lee has to spend more time watching the receivers, than how is Gordy Shaw going to spend more time with the offensive linemen if he is now going to call plays with the very young Nick Rolovich? The o-line was probably the most obvious problem in Friday’s game against Division 1AA Central Arkansas.

  129. Whiplash808 September 8, 2009 10:44 am

    Wish I could be there at QWEST for the game, but will be cheering HARD for a Warrior victory! I like the fact that we at least tried to open it up a bit more in the passing game this past week . . . keep it up guys!

  130. tom mui September 8, 2009 10:51 am


    Hey, thanks but no can do.

    See you in Las Vegas if not before.

  131. Anfield September 8, 2009 10:55 am

    Wish I could be there on Saturday in Seattle. Hopefully, we play better than we did this past week. On a positive note, Liko Satele and Blaze looked good on defense.

  132. Joe The Plumber September 8, 2009 10:57 am

    Enjoyed the joke that was the most recent game between UH and coal mining university. Mack, your days are coming to an end. Poor decision making on your part, in picking coaches, selecting starters, will do you in sooner rather than later. At $1 million per year, the folks at the square building are not going to wait another year.

    The old man at QB is a bigger joke than Mack.

    Now Mack wants the Chinee boy out so his boys can make the calls.

    Good idea Mack, get rid of all the locals in key thinking positions and fill these with non locals. This is a sure way to endear the local powers that be to your side.

    This is turning out to be a very entertaining year indeed.

  133. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 8, 2009 10:59 am


    UH 24 WSU 10


  134. las vegas September 8, 2009 11:00 am

    Joe the Plumber,
    Don’t remember Ron Lee being a Chinee boy.
    Keep your effing RACIST remarks to your small minded self

  135. royvic September 8, 2009 11:02 am


    First of all I’m not trying to be a hater. Or the red ant at the picnic. But sometimes when you pay top dollar, like UH did in hiring Mac, you expect to get porterhouse so to speak. And not round beef. But what are we seeing? Honestly? We’re seeing second rate. Patience you say…okay…but how much?

    we are family, go bows, we love mack

  136. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 11:09 am

    mack might have announce a “verbal” soon…to detract some of the negative thoughts going around.

  137. ai-eee-soos September 8, 2009 11:11 am

    lgw re #136.

    Yeah – good one. I wish he would.

  138. jojo ® September 8, 2009 11:14 am


  139. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 11:14 am

    Joe The Plumber: ,,

    There’s no tolerance for that kind of racist remark here.

  140. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 11:16 am

    Mack and Ron go back 35 years as friends as well as a coaching duo. They pretty much started their college coaching careers together.

  141. well said September 8, 2009 11:19 am



  142. royvic September 8, 2009 11:20 am

    At least tonight’s Call the Coach Show should be interesting

    That’s if the producers of the show filter out all the lovey dovey stuff and the questions are uncensored

  143. og September 8, 2009 11:21 am

    ST, does that mean Paipai is going the wrong way on the depth chart?

  144. Kekoa September 8, 2009 11:22 am


    September 8th, 2009 at 10:32 am
    Good morning! Excited to see Salas on today’s WB Show. Getting my voice ready for Saturday: 37-20 UH. Go Warriors!

    Are you singing the National Anthem?…Ouch!

  145. Ronnie September 8, 2009 11:23 am

    It’s very interesting to me how many people were calling for Coach Lee’s head (or at least his job) because of his play calling, but now that other coaches are taking it over, it becomes about race…

  146. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 11:25 am

    my humble opinion……go play SEC or some other BCS team away and take the $1 million (if its still being offered)

    the money could go a long way…and we gotta think Hawaii Bowl. Whether its 7-6 or 12-1 it means the same thing…Hawaii Bowl. i think thats just reality unless we go like 12-1 and our non-conference games are wins to the Florida’s and Ohio St.’s of the country…and even then it might only mean a bigger non BCS bowl.

    Plus I’d love to see Hawaii play a Texas or LSU or OSU..if they dont want to come here lets go there maybe get some TV coverage and try and be competitive…and who knows, with UH you can never really tell, they may just kick some butt and win.

  147. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 11:27 am

    Man, I must have seen a different game on Friday.

    I saw 4 sacks which bothered me but it seemed to me it was a real mix of issues. Oline for one, Greg hanging onto the ball too long for three… but I couldn’t tell if there were any open receivers anywhere on those. It also bothered me that he ran so often. I have to assume on these that he couldn’t find an open man in time.

    Then I saw 4 turnovers. Three from fumbles, 1 from an interception. Most at very inopportune times and field positions. This bothered me the most.

    Other than that, I saw a team that really moved the ball well. I saw offensive calls there were spot on when they were executed properly and I saw players that wanted to win. I saw a Hawaii team that dominated in most of the other areas so I wasn’t discouraged at all — just disappointed that the score didn’t reflect the positive stats as is should have without the turnovers.

    In other words, I thought I was watching a bad case of first game jitters.

    IF the WRs are still running the wrong routes under the lights, then Ron Lee’s decision to work/coach the WRs during the game makes sense. Who else is there? BUT during practice, isn’t Ron still the architect of this offense?

  148. Pete Jek September 8, 2009 11:31 am

    Questions for Greg Salas:

    What in your opinion is your biggest strength as a wide receiver? Conversely, what do you think you need to work on the most?

    How would you grade the performance of the receiving corp against Central Arkansas? What improvements are most needed going into the 3 game road stretch?

    Good luck this season. And Go Warriors.

  149. Cindy n Greg Cee September 8, 2009 11:31 am



  150. Cindy n Greg Cee September 8, 2009 11:32 am

    Good day, Gang!!

  151. Kekoa September 8, 2009 11:32 am

    PP ~ Are you going to be at the Vegas Game? I wanna sing the National Anthem witchu! Ouch times 2!

  152. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 11:33 am


    2011? End of season? Shoots.. would love to see Hawaii play Georgia. Wonder who our QB will be? Moniz? Austin? One of the RS freshmen?
    Probably only a handful (if any) of the starters today will be in that game.

  153. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 11:36 am

    re: play calling and offensive coordinators (whoever that person may be, i dunno now)

    i think we were so fortunate and spoiled under Jones. He was a NFL coach who we got lucky with to bring a pretty darn exciting offense to Hawaii. He had the experience and while you knew he would always throw, you also knew that you had a chance at winning pretty much all the games you played. For me whenever we played div 1-aa, I always tough ohhh duck soup, practice game, 2nd string in by the 3rd Q.

    Today, well its not yesterday now is it…

    We were spoiled with the 50+point games where we leveled our lesser opponents. Too early to say yet I suppose but my prediction is that those 50+ point games time after time are probably a thing of the past. Coaching is trying to be more balanced by the run, and a DEFENSIVE minded head coach. Long gone will be the days of the constant blowouts imho…for me long gone are the days where I will take any team for granted…Hawaii looks like it will need to fight tooth and nail to beat any team it plays…regardless of its standing.

    Go Warriors

  154. kama krab September 8, 2009 11:41 am

    Howzit Everybody,

    I gotta say it was very interesting watching the game on Saturday. It looked like our front seven was being dominated most of the game and our offense looked good at times but looked really bad at other times. It did looked like there was no real rhythm to the play calling and in the red zone, the offense looked painful to watch.

    I really hope that this change is a change in the write direction and we can fix some of the mishaps that our happening on the offense. If not then we are in for a long season. JMO

  155. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 11:42 am


    haha id love for us to play Georgia again! Hmmmm very very good question about the QB thing. If that guy Manley comes here could he start? But regardless if we have Tom Brady we gonna need to give our QB more time than the last time we played Georgia.

    Honestly though I am too young to remember if we played LSU or OSU. I would love to see that seriously.

  156. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 11:45 am


    JJ’s RnS isn’t as big a mystery for opposing defenses as it was when JJ first took Hawaii’s helm. JJ’s not doing well at all at SMU where they have as good or an even better pool of athletes to recruit from and work with. Like CAS they study the teams that soundly beat Hawaii for clues on how to defend against the RnS.

    So, I’m not convinced JJ would have done any better than McMackin had he stayed.

  157. Kekoa September 8, 2009 11:46 am

    Q: Greg Salas

    How do you personally size up your coverage during a game?

  158. A-House September 8, 2009 11:49 am

    It is indeed interesting to read personal opinions of Coach Mack’s decison to have Rolo and Shaw handle the play calling for future games.

    Is this a way to make Rolo a better person and offensive coach? Good situation where a young, but talented former player now QB coach can gain insight from an old time coach who can be an excellent mentor to Rolo.

    Relating this situation to the military, there are untold situations where multiple people are involved in decison making to reach your objective/goals. Yes, the Commanding General makes the final decison, but there are many staff personnel who provide the General information to select a “course of action”. Commanders of lower units take and disect the General’s decison and then make their own plans on how to attack the enemy and win the battle. They, in turn, work with other units within the Division to coordinate boundaries, phase lines, etc. to meet their individual and Division’s objectives.

    Yes, there is ONE leader, but there are many other individuals who contribute to a successful campaign.

    Will Coach Mack’s plan work? Perhaps, but it will take a lot of cordination between the offensive staff to out play the defense. Much of this coordination can occur during “game ” preparation and change as the game progresses. For example, if WSU does this, then we must counter with this. What plays will be most effective with an anticipated defensive scheme. How can we disguise our plays?

    One thing I noticed with UCA when they lined up 3 receivers to the left or right, is that the receivers not receiving the ball will block the corners/safeties with 5-7 yards from the line of scrimmage giving the ball carrier lanes to run to or around the blocks. UH does not do this as they run the receivers to “pull away” the corners or safeties. I would think it would be a lot easier to “read” who will receive the pass – just watch the QB and how your “assignment” carries out his part of the play. Some receivers will “slack off” if they know the ball will not be thrown their way.

    Let us wait and see!

  159. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 8, 2009 11:50 am

    Greg Salas – what position do you like to play the most and why?

  160. kama krab September 8, 2009 11:50 am

    Greg Salas,

    What do you think the differences are between the offensive philosophies of June Jones and Ron Lee?

  161. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 11:50 am

    So my friend suggested something to me the other night…instead of these teams like Florida playing a CSU team or something they should do PAC-10 vs. SEC, BIG East vs. Big 12 etc etc. Also WAC vs. Mount West or wtuever.

    He likened it to college basketball where they battle top seed in a conferences against another top seed in a different conference.

    Whether it be by last years conference winners or by preseason polls, I think it would make for great season openers and would spur even more interest into the first games of the season.

    what you guys think?

  162. FloridaTed September 8, 2009 11:50 am

    (146), that’s how Miami U gained its reputation in becoming a powerhouse.

    At least somebody is doing what’s needed for the O, I don’t really care who. Last game I’ve noticed a bit of a tense moment between Rolo and Shaw during a timeout and Mack seemed in the middle somehow.

    I would say in playcalling, the O-Line Coach should be very much involved. Since we don’t seem to have an overall “O-Guru”, let’s hope we can come up with an effective “Committee”, lol.

    Well, our headcoach is D, so it’ll take a little while to get the O fully up to spead. Under JJ, it was the D that was neglegted most of the time.

    After the first game of the season, almost all teams will find “Gems” among their players, that doesn’t mean the coaches where “lacking”.

  163. Maynard G. Krebs September 8, 2009 11:51 am

    Is Joe the Plummer WF2 or Royvic?

    We don’t want censorship on this blog but a little bit of civility would be nice.

  164. Shauna September 8, 2009 11:51 am

    Thanks for all your questions! Keep sending them in or enter them yourself on the Cover It Live box…

  165. SteveM September 8, 2009 12:00 pm

    Good afternoon everyone!

    A very busy morning at work,,just ctching up with the blog now.

    las vegas:
    September 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am
    I may be coming over asap
    will send e-mail

    At work now…will get to my usual email account when I get home today in around 4.5 hours. My cell phone is on (just checked)…

  166. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 12:02 pm

    Florida Ted,

    Good point. If we want to be respected as a premier team we need to take on the challenges. While watching the Boise St. game one of the commentators said that no BCS school would want to play Boise at home if it didnt have to. There was too much to lose if you did lose haha.

    It sucks for Hawaii being in the WAC without any “premier” teams outside of a Boise, but even Mount West has that problem. The only way regardless of how unfair it is AT PRESENT is to take on the challenges elsewhere, on the road. The past few years BCS teams knew that playing here could well mean a a$$ whooping and a sting to their rankings…so Texas, MSU etc etc would opt out.

    The only way for Boise, BYU, TCU, and one day Hawaii etc to go from premiere to elite is to take the chances (on the road) or even at home to play against the powerhouses and whoop em good.

    I guess we must do as Miami did?

  167. kama krab September 8, 2009 12:05 pm


    What do you think of the most recent change in play calling duties?

  168. LizKauai September 8, 2009 12:05 pm

    Ronnie- I dunno about Oceanic but DISH is using ESPN Gameplan for WAC games. $135 for the season.
    I will probably be looking for a place to watch the game with other folks…

  169. LizKauai September 8, 2009 12:06 pm

    Show is starting now!

  170. kama krab September 8, 2009 12:09 pm


    How do you think the lost of Coach Craig Stutzmann has affected the receiving corps now that you guys have gone through your first regular season game?

  171. Stretch September 8, 2009 12:09 pm

    ST looks like a bumblebee

  172. Stretch September 8, 2009 12:12 pm

    Is Princess trying to flash us??

    This show is not starting out too well……

  173. LizKauai September 8, 2009 12:12 pm

    Who is directing this show????

  174. CouchP September 8, 2009 12:16 pm

    #126 and #128 merit to your observations. Ron Lee can focus more on the receivers and continue to call the plays! McMackin – why the changes at this time! Rolovich is beginning his second year as D1 coach, Shaw has his hands full with an inexperience OL, lots of work needed for OL, run and pass fundamentals.

  175. TaiDai September 8, 2009 12:17 pm

    Go Warriahz…Beat Da Cougz!

  176. Stretch September 8, 2009 12:27 pm

    I guess Greg Salas has turf burns?? trying to pick off the scabs??

  177. LizKauai September 8, 2009 12:31 pm


  178. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 12:49 pm

    I want the theme music of The Warrior Beat Show as my ringtone. :mrgreen:

  179. LizKauai September 8, 2009 12:50 pm

    They must be short-handed today…
    Camera guy is doing everything, I think

  180. LizKauai September 8, 2009 12:50 pm

    Kazz…. eeeuuuw… it still reminds me of Silence of the Lambs…

  181. protector September 8, 2009 12:53 pm

    Question for Greg Salas: Greg, given that the UCA secondary was a veteran, senior-laden unit, how did they stack up against all the secondaries/defenses you faced all last season (where would you place them)?? Comment to Garret re: posting # 11: I may be wrong, but I’m sure Oregon State & UH have already sewed up a home-and-home series for at least 6 games in the near future,so won’t be a candidate to fill in the msising date. I agree U-Dub would be a decent candidate. As for Utah, there are a couple of problematic issues. They already are significantly raiding the Hawaiian coffers; don’t want to see that enhanced. I also think it’s unlikely they would want to play us here as that might knock them out of BCS Bowl consideration if UH wins. Also, though Coach Mack is not afraid to play Utah at their place, I’d say that with the butt-whipping they put on Alabama last year, it’s not the best hand-picked opponent we should settle for. I know others (not you, Garret) have blogged with a payday-at all-cost mentality, but I think it’s so shortsighted to go up for a big payday & go through all the time-zone rigors, risk more injuries w/ a big-time program & get a black-eye for poor performance playing in their backyard. That’s penny-wise & pound-foolish. I hope we can iron out all the kinks by the time we play USC & other teams next season. The team would go a long way in re-establishing credibility with a solid showing next year!

  182. Shauna September 8, 2009 12:53 pm

    Wow, what a tough show! Even from my end back at the newsroom, the computers were moving SLOW!! See you all next week! 🙂

  183. labrat September 8, 2009 12:54 pm

    Is Greg Salas making the princess hot? Or is she trying to fly?

  184. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 12:56 pm


    I don’t know if the OC has enough time to call the next play, select the WRs and coach corrections to routes. If the WRs all ran their routes properly, this probably wouldn’t be an issue. As the WR coach during game time, he can rotate players in and out and go over the errors that each receiver is making then and there. Who knows? Maybe towards the end of the season he’ll be back calling all the plays again.

    Let’s face it, for Ron to run his hybrid RnS, the players have to be on the same page as him.

  185. LizKauai September 8, 2009 12:59 pm


  186. PowderPuff September 8, 2009 1:06 pm

    Maybe the long weekend put some bugs into the show. Today feels like a dysfunctional Monday. But thanks ST, Princess, Shauna, Scott and crew for persevering. I am really excited for the next two games.

    YES, Kekoa…I’ll be at the Vegas game. No singing for me – just shouting. We all have our gifts. 🙂

    Congratulations, Panaewa. Need you to e-mail me your information at gndy (at) hawaii (dot) rr (dot) com, so we can mail your gift certificate out.

  187. Pride. September 8, 2009 1:07 pm


    September 8th, 2009 at 10:01 am
    Kynan Forney just signed with the Jaguars

    I knew that Kynan Forney was too good to pass up. Guess he’ll be a back-up to Manuwai and may even compete for the opposite guard position.

  188. labrat September 8, 2009 1:12 pm

    I did not know this but after checking the UH womens BB team schedule is up on their website. They sure are playing a lot of away games early. They even go to Laie to play BYU-Hawaii and BYU.

  189. 3-Prong September 8, 2009 1:16 pm

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

  190. Mr C September 8, 2009 1:17 pm

    Hey Tgaters of Casa de Cabana, where are you guys watching the UH vs WSU game?
    Let us know.

  191. kama krab September 8, 2009 1:36 pm

    Yah gotta say today’s show was kind of SLOWWWWWW!!! But thats o.k.

  192. expat September 8, 2009 2:04 pm

    Sheesh. No matter what Mack does some folks will get bent out of shape. The guy is paid a lot, but he is not a “top dollar coach.” He is paid right around the middle of the spectrum for FBS coaches — tied for 55th or so. He has a national championship as a defensive coordinator and has coached as a coordinator in the NFL and in a BCS conference. He is widely respected and was sought after as a coordinator when JJ left. He doesn’t have previous FBS or NFL head coaching experience, but that is not uncommon. When JJ took the reins he didn’t have any significant college coaching experience. Give the staff some credit. They can see where some snags are coming in and they are making corrections. Maybe it doesn’t work perfectly the first time out– but we should be happy that they are figuring out ways to make things work better.

  193. SailorBlue September 8, 2009 2:15 pm

    Mr C ~ re: 190

    Genji’s be the place. Check SteveM’s website for time RSVP details.

    P. S. CC to follow the game…

  194. (Jesse) James September 8, 2009 2:16 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos…busy, busy day….

    Yo Kama…sent you an e-mail..let me know if you got it.

  195. Pride. September 8, 2009 2:17 pm

    Even though he is not a Warrior, still want to give a shot out to Aaron Francisco who got picked up by the Colts after getting cut by the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

  196. kama krab September 8, 2009 2:34 pm


    Got it. Gotta check with the boss to see if can make it and I will let the other guy know to so that he can make arrangements if can or no can.

    Will let you know. Thanks

  197. Garret September 8, 2009 2:35 pm

    Protector (regarding #182),

    For 2011, UH already has U-Dub scheduled but not Oregon State. So, UH could shift one of the future Oregon State games to 2011 to fill the puka.

    Regarding Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday had an article that seemed to indicate that UH and Utah had almost finalized a home-and-home schedule deal. If UH is going to play Utah anyway, they might as well use that game to fill the 2011 schedule. I posted that article to yesterday’s blog.

    Playing Utah at Aloha Stadium in 2011 might be better than playing them in 2013 or later…that gives them less time to use the game as a recruiting tool.

  198. Garret September 8, 2009 2:36 pm

    Protector’s comment might be #181 instead of #182 because my comment #13 is awaiting moderation. #13 is a quote from the article about Jake Ingram.

  199. Garret September 8, 2009 2:37 pm

    I guess I should wait a day to catch the WB show replay to hope that the tech problems are smoothed out.

  200. Goin2Play September 8, 2009 2:40 pm

    Really tried to reserve my comments on the coaching because I RESPECT what the Lee brothers have accomplished when they were at Saint Louis H.S. and what Nick Rolovich and Brian Smith did as players…but if we want to consider UH to be considered with the top programs in the country, we cant have coaches who are learning how to coach on this level at the programs expense!

    I WANT TO BELIEVE you had a game plan entering the game and knew who and how to take advantage of on the Cental Arkansas team. I WANT TO BELIEVE you are always at least three moves ahead (in regards to play calling), like a good chess player would be, and have a different play for the different scenarios already selected as an option depending of the outcome of the play. I WANT TO BELIEVE there is a reason you know longer motion the receivers or change formations on the line to help your young receivers identify coverages and possibly catch the defender out of position (allignment, assignment) I WANT TO BELIEVE you knew you were going to go for two before you even scored the final touchdown to go up by five and already knew what play you would call for the two point conversion! I WANT TO BELIEVE you didn’t call a shovel pass when Central Arkansas rushed only three and sent the rest back to sit and read! I WANT TO BELIEVE when you went with a no huddle at the beginning of the game, you practiced a quick snap to run when the defense wasn’t ready! I WANT TO BELIEVE you’ve learned from the mistakes of the past and from innovative peers like Boise State and are able to change the tempo of the snap counts and time beteween plays…keeping the defenders on their heels, instead of allowing them to time your snaps, set up blitzs, change personnel and eliminating whatever advantage your offensive line may have!

    Bottom line is…this is not a witch hunt for any coaches’ heads, but wake up calls…because we are invested in these young coaches, at least until the end of this year! I have a lot of RESPECT for these coaches as people, but like some players who have to go to JC, Division IAA, NAIA…etc. because they not good enough or need more experience. Coaches at this level should be held to the same standards!!! Hopefully they improve enough to earn the keep!!!

  201. Pride. September 8, 2009 2:43 pm

    Just as some had anticipated, the Redskins signed another quarterback. They picked up former Kentucky QB Andre Woodson who was cut by the Giants on Saturday. Since Colt is on IR for the year, that would move Woodson into the number 3 slot at QB for the Redskins.

    Some might consider Chase Daniel to be in the more enviable position of being on the Saint’s practice squad with a head coach who is known for developing QB’s.

  202. Slugger September 8, 2009 2:44 pm

    las vegas,

    Hope everything is ok. Prayers for your ‘ohana.

  203. Manoa Mist September 8, 2009 2:51 pm

    Gotta agree that Mack just don’t have it as a DI head coach. One game into the season, and now we got a new offensive coordinator? No, two – one an inexperienced QB coach and the other our new O-line coach. One is going to call passes and the other runs? What kind of cartoon action are we getting for our $1.2 million a year? This reminds me of the musical chair desperation of last year’s QB situation – no one can make a decision and stick with it. UH would be better off with Chris Tormey as head coach than Mack. All these coaching situations should have been worked out over the summer – not one game into the season. UH is turning into a coaching joke nationwide.

  204. Kamaaina Warrior September 8, 2009 2:52 pm

    Way to Go Panaewa


    3 Bow wows 🙂

  205. tom mui September 8, 2009 2:53 pm

    I commented that I am #203 (or whatever is next in sequence).

  206. kama krab September 8, 2009 3:14 pm

    Manoa Mist,

    I very much respect your opinion but I have to stop you right there. We do not have a brand new offensive coordinator. What we have is a new play caller. These are two totally different position. Ron Lee will still be calling the shots. The offence will still be his version of the R&S. The only difference will be that instead of him calling the plays during the game, this will fall on Rolo primarily and on Shaw for consulting on run plays. Ron Lee will still be scripting everything and will ultimately have the final say. The only difference being he will try to be working with the wide receivers more closely like he had been doing before.

    I am not sure how this will work out but I am willing to give it a try before I start calling people out. People need to stop criticizing this move before we have seen it in action. No one knows how this move will work. All we know is that it is a chage in the way things are run. Are we that afraid of change whether it is before, during, or after the season. All I got to say is sit back and see what type of change will happen before jumping down peoples throats.

  207. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 3:15 pm

    Why is it that so many think our coaches are learning how to coach and not that the players are learning how to play?

    Von Appen was an NFL Coach, no?
    Larry Price played in the NFL, no?

    This is only their second season. 1 season of recruiting with most of their recruits grey shirting or red shirting. So, they’re playing what cards were deal them and from what I can see of the JC recruits they brought in, they made some excellent picks. Great players make great coaches.

    Local boys are coming home to play. Think they would do that for just any coach? They must like something about the program, too.

  208. AWP September 8, 2009 3:17 pm

    Responding to Ron Lee’s decision to work with the WR’s and SB’s. It was apparent in the UCA game, that GA and the receivers were not always making the same reads. GA only had a “relationship” with Salas, and had to scramble a lot if the look was not there. IMO Rolo did a good job and working with GA on on-field adjustments, but the whole system has to clikc to make the O go. “Hey, that would make a good cheer…OGO!OGO!OGO!” The website above relates to the nuances of the Run&Shoot and how the receivers must make the correct read. At this time of the season, its imperative that our receiving corp step it up. WSU will have Salas’ number as he burnt them last year. UH must get production from Pilares and other receivers to have a chance this weekend.
    Let’s see what develops. OGO!

  209. al September 8, 2009 3:17 pm

    you had to be there to make any comment……..

    unfortunately the cameramen only focus on the one with the ball. therefore, all you really see is the qb until he either passes, runs, hands off, stumbles, or fumbles.

    yah, you get to see the a defensive player break loose once in awhile.

    what you don’t see is the play developing or not developing. on many instances these were coverage sacks and hurries. equally, there were instances where it was obvious one or two wr ran the wrong route since too many where in the same pattern or zone

    what you see on tv is five to ten yards after the play is really there.

    what we saw in the second half were guys more open or became open as they were uncovered by the route that his teammate ran which is how this rns is supposed to work. this was the result of second half adjustments aka coaching i suspect.

    the oline did a rather decent job. not even all pro’s can sustain a pass block that long in some cases.

    i agree ron should mentor the wr’s during the game. i suppose he will pass his observations to rolo, et al.

    how bad was it???
    we did gain 400+ yards inspite of four turnovers which halted much momemtum.

    again, remove the turnovers and the score could have been 39-14 and no one would be dissatisfied.

    hats off to the staff, though, for recongizing the areas that needed to be improved upon.

  210. al September 8, 2009 3:19 pm

    on another note………

    our second biggest loss this year (the first being stutz1) gotta be malcom lane standing on the sidelines in street clothes.

  211. Kekoa September 8, 2009 3:22 pm

    Congratulations to Panaewa for winning the contest!

    A little background please:

    ➡ Are you a neighbor island resident?

    ➡ How long have you been a UH Fan (please stop at 30 years, oddawize, Al will feel jealous all weekend long!).

    ➡ Is this the 1st time you ever won anything as valuable as this?

    ➡ Are you going to Vegas for the ‘home’ away from home game?

    ➡ What do you think of all this sMACK talk? Is he a good coach in your opinion?

    ➡ Would you consider joining us at the next Tsaiko T-gate?

  212. AWP September 8, 2009 3:24 pm

    Juan Moting! In the years of watching UH and football in general, have we ever seen a corp of receivers like we had in 2006-2007? The boyz not only had talent, but were excellent in reading defenses to make the right route call. Just because the “saviour-JJ” left does not mean his disciples are incapable of keeping up the production. OGO!

  213. FloridaTed September 8, 2009 3:24 pm

    This whole coaching thing is being blown out of proportion.

    You cant blame the fumbles and turnovers on the coaches, if those are scores as planned, nobody says a peep. Otherwise, for a first game, with lots of new people, it could have been a lot worse.

    If you take away JJ’s best years, 99, 06 and 07, even with him, every year there were the gamblers and other fairweather fans, calling for his head.

    For crying out loud, can we give this season at least a FEW games in, before we call for anybodies head?

  214. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 3:25 pm

    MAC is rearranging Titantic’s deck furniture…. Ron Lee is running a Hail Mary pass route without an option into double coverage and Rolo n Shaw are getting ready to do a run n roll under the bus… ask, “whose on first?”
    LOL, that’s all part of the $1.1 m shell game–keep 25% faithful, 25% alienated and the other 50% confused.

  215. kama krab September 8, 2009 3:26 pm

    Man have we been that spoiled by what June Jones had done for us that we can no longer accept change.

    I mean if you look at it. June Jones first year was a great year but he had a lot of returning players that just needed to be coached up. Mac first year we lost our whole offense. There was nothing to coach up.

    June Jones second year we lose a bunch of coaches and players. We did nothing that year. Mac second year we lose a bunch of players and coaches but we gain two veteran coaches to help us rebuild.

    Oh and didn’t we lose our first game JJ’s second year to a D1-AA team.

    All I’m saying is, it is just the second game of Mac’s second year. What the hell is all the griping for. It took JJ eight years to turn us into what we are today. Let me repeat myself, it took JJ eight years to turn us into what we are today. Give me a break people. If we have anything close to a 10-3 or 9-4 record it would have already been better than JJ first two years at Hawaii. So I guess what I’m saying is people just gotta get over themselves and just enjoy the ride. Don’t try to make the road bumpy when the road really does not need very much fixing. JMO

  216. AWP September 8, 2009 3:29 pm

    Try to see what the coaches see.

  217. Goin2Play September 8, 2009 3:30 pm

    “Great players make great coaches”

    Maybe in High School! But at this level…great coaching and their system or their schemes, make great football TEAMS!!! Again, look at Boise State…they’ve had less players drafted into the NFL than UH, but they have an excellent football program! Disciplined, Execution (with the exception of this past week), Offensive System that keeps the defense on its heels, Assignment football on Defense…etc.

    I agree that some of their JC recruits they brought in this year and last appear to be contributors….but, we really need to address the O-Line recruiting!!! We will again have an inexperienced O-Line next year because of all the Seniors this year. In addition, our Senior O-Line (with the exception of Estes) wasn’t able to crack the starting line-up before and those guys gave up nearly 60 sacks last year!

    I hope this just happened to be a bad game for the coaches and the offense, which nearly every team has in a season….

  218. al September 8, 2009 3:40 pm

    right on kama.

  219. al September 8, 2009 3:42 pm


    our brother hawaiianbods is rehabbing at pali momi.
    visitors are more than welcome.

  220. YMEA September 8, 2009 3:43 pm

    Congrats~ “Panaewa”
    Nice to see the outer Islands winning!!!!!!!
    Finally made a post after three years.
    Hope to see you at the next home game.

  221. kama krab September 8, 2009 3:45 pm


    I see where your coming from and yes I agree that in the next few years we must bring in more talent at the OL positions. I think though that they will start to address this problem within the next couple of recruiting classes if given a chance. I think with the pick up of guy like Chauncey Winchester, Jordan Loeffler, Ana Tuiasosopo (sp?), and some of the verballs we have this season will close the gap and will may us better on the line for years to come.

    In regards to the game and the coaching during the game. For me I thought that GA reverted back to last year in wanting to tuck and run before giving the play a chance. I also saw on a couple of plays that the receivers where lost in space trying to find out what zones to fill to get open. So I guess that what we need to happen is to have someone work with the receivers and GA to make the correct read and see the same thing on the feild. We need them to communicate better on the sideline on what they see during a certain play, so that when they run the play again they will be on the same page. So it looks like that we just need better communication all around because the boyz know the plays and know how to execute them. They just need to talk story a little bit more.

  222. Big Island Girl September 8, 2009 3:49 pm

    Panaewa don’t forget to invite me!

  223. kama krab September 8, 2009 3:49 pm

    Eh Al,

    Sorry for that rant. Just needed to get things off my chest cause some people think that we will become a National Title contender over night or within two years. Man I’m not usually like this but when people just start throwing out comments and don’t know what they talking about, it just get me all nutz.

    By the way was nice seeing you and the boss on sunday. To bad was raining would have a been a pretty nice day to catch all the festivities that was going on.

  224. Glenn September 8, 2009 3:50 pm

    Wearin’ green in Section 214.

    UH 28
    Wazzu 27

    Go Warriors!

  225. kama krab September 8, 2009 3:52 pm

    oh pomai,

    all green all day

    UH 35
    Wassu 17

    Go Green or Go Home

  226. jm2375 September 8, 2009 3:53 pm

    mih, al, FT & kama – thanks for being the voices of reason. one game does not a season make. Let’s see how things turn out. It took them over half the season last year before everything came together. I’m not saying we should expect that every year, but until the graduation turnover situation gets a little more stable, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

  227. al September 8, 2009 3:55 pm

    please send your aloha and prayers for his well being.


  228. al September 8, 2009 3:59 pm

    and kama
    keep feeding that boy of yours what ever you are feeding him. he definitely has the size to be one warrior.

  229. al September 8, 2009 4:00 pm


    “voice of reason”???

    wasn’t there a blogger by that handle?
    wasn’t he a former coach???

  230. omilu September 8, 2009 4:07 pm

    first game was a little rough, but the guys made plays when they had too.

    I have faith in the players and the coaches…there will be improvements made!

  231. Da Punchbowl Kid September 8, 2009 4:11 pm

    Welcome to all the new posters. Nice to see so many of you here today. Keep posting!

    Congrats to Panaewa! (My mini horse lives in Panaewa.)

  232. postmanke September 8, 2009 4:16 pm

    Re: #192

    Norm Chow also has a National Championship. But there is a very deep underlying reason why he cant land a head coaching position. Some coaches can flat out coach! however, not all are fit to lead as a head coach. Two of the biggest things in coaching at the college level (aside from the obvious of knowing your x’ and o’s) is being able to motivate and recognize talent ~ Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carroll being my favorites awesome at it. Carroll recognized offensive coaching talent with Chow, Lane Kiffen, Steve Sarkisian and now John Morton under his tutelage.. but wow, you notice how Lane and Steve landed primo head coaching jobs so early in their careers? Chow? there’s a reason… Mack will be a great head coach if he can find the right talent to run the offense. Rolo’s your guy if you’re running an offense with JJ’s footprints. If Mack can’t recognize who should best run the offense he will be forever known as a great defensive coach who was in the right place at the right time.. The end..

    Regardless, you gotta know that JD will be lining us up for the triple option offense in just a few short years. I think we get a peak at it later this year.. The contract stars will align and the WAC universe will once again be ours! =)

  233. g-nalo September 8, 2009 4:21 pm

    well if i expect to win……………..:-0

  234. Koa1 September 8, 2009 4:21 pm

    aloha fellow bloggers,
    had such a great long weekend of football college galore, only now get the chance to catch up with everything.
    congrats to contest winners.
    looking forward to washington state game.

  235. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 4:22 pm

    disclaimer: i havent given up hope yet on our coaching staff. that being said I think what frustrates people (both rightfully but unrealistically so) is that we went from BCS to well not so much BCS hopeful……the question is where is the continuation of the success we had?

    I can understand the frustration if you compare us to another team in the WAC Boise St…..something like 6/7 WAC championship, a BCS and almost always in contention to break through the top 10 rankings. All this done in the middle of nowhere (sorry its kinda the truth =( haha) and with a salary of $850,000 a year less bonuses.

    Unrealistically i think we expect a BCS when really the stars and the planets and all the dieties and gods were together with us making it a perfect season. We were very very lucky in 2007 with schedules, players, etc in my opinion and everything added up to a shot at a BCS title. We now have a new coach, a new philosophy and new offense.

    Should we have continued to be a premier and hopefully dominant force in the WAC even amidst a coaching change? well off course we should…are we now? NO, and no one is going to change my mind on that….but give it time and lets hope things come round.

    I have hope and faith in Mac cuz its too early, but I have no problem calling for his job should he not put us in a position to beat Boise St, win the WAC, and getting top 25 national rankings.

  236. Derek September 8, 2009 4:24 pm

    I’m leaving for Seattle tomorrow and for Vegas next week so this is my 2 cents worth. I applaud trying to do things offensively now while it’s still early in the season to see if the new play calling works better because I was complaining to my friends that there was no imagination. Some of the plays based on down and distance were not good. I wonder if others noticed it too. I have to say that UH has to work on a hurry up offense in practice to get better at it and hopefully the new play calling will not confuse people and cause delay of game penalties or forcing the team to call uncessary time outs. Does UH do scripting of plays for the upcoming opponent? Do they know what works (percentage wise) in certain situations based on down and distance. I have yet to see a reverse, flea flicker, double pass, etc. in a game by UH for a long time.
    What about the Noke offense? At the rate Alexander is running the ball he will not last the season! Wouldn’t it be great to see if we can play smash mouth football once in awhile! It’s hard to believe that we can score a touchdown by running the ball. I’m hoping for the best so we will see what happens. My prediction: UH – 24, Wash St. 20.

  237. Pomai September 8, 2009 4:27 pm

    One other player who had a good game was R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, had his named call quite a few times.

  238. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 4:31 pm


    nooo triple option offense please haha. i really love mack browns spread and off course urban meyers playbook must be worth its weight in gold to the nth power. gotta love those offenses sooo much.

  239. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 4:32 pm

    Hearing people complain about how much McMackin gets paid really gets tiring… He was in the right place at the right time. So, guess what? He got it. If he was able to negotiate that pay, then he deserves that pay.

    Jealous? Go talk to you boss.

  240. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 4:33 pm

    if R.J. moves to middle linebacker, will he be making the calls.

  241. Momo September 8, 2009 4:39 pm

    UH 34-W-13
    We need to give the team and coaches time to work out the bug… Those of you who are soooo negative are not really true blue warrior fans,,, only an imitation of one…….

  242. Curt September 8, 2009 4:40 pm


    UH 28
    WSU 24

  243. postmanke September 8, 2009 4:43 pm


    =) If you’re winning, the stadium get’s full, the tv contracts get sweeter and everybody gets fed… Kenny would be the absolute perfect fit and IS the coach in waiting.

  244. djmitcho September 8, 2009 4:49 pm

    Watched the Cougs-Stanford game on saturday. The DB’s need to be on top of their game. THey like to throw the deep ball to #84.

  245. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 4:49 pm


    true true. i guess the chances of getting Ken is like million times better than trying to get Greg Davis from Texas to come here. haha. =P

  246. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 4:55 pm

    come to think of it…if we want young young and fresh Major Applewhite? lol

  247. Slugger September 8, 2009 4:56 pm

    Congrats, Pana’ewa!

    From your name are you on the Big Island? If so, that is a perfect prize! Touchdown!


    I like that cheer. OGO! OGO! OGO!

  248. d1島 September 8, 2009 5:06 pm

    Congratulations Panaewa!

  249. d1島 September 8, 2009 5:07 pm

    Best wishes to hawaiianbod

    Take care braddah! 🙂

  250. hapahaoleboy September 8, 2009 5:08 pm

    this is the problem with scheduling a lower tier opponent…it’s a no-win proposition for everyone but the haters…if you win big, they say “big deal, you’re supposed to win”…if you win tight or, god forbid, lose, then the whole season is shot unless we find a new coach or QB or O-line…let’s just take it as a win and a learning process…if we take a step back against WSU, then we start to worry….

    And am I the only one who thinks Washington State should change their mascot from a ferocious-looking feline to an older lady chasing a much younger man?

  251. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 8, 2009 5:08 pm

    re: norm chow… kinda over him already…a good head coach or not, great for hawaii or not, perfect fit or not…its never ever going to happen. i hate to say never, but never…haha.

  252. d1島 September 8, 2009 5:09 pm


    😯 😈 😆

  253. Terence Twk Wong [roygbivs] September 8, 2009 5:17 pm

    Hello All-
    The game will be interesting to watch now… can’t wait to get up there, leaving tomorrow night!!

  254. Manoa Mist September 8, 2009 5:22 pm

    Kama Krab, I respect you too. But football teams need to work out their coaching philosophies and strategic coaching decisions in spring ball and over the summer. Not after the first game. That is an unorganized, almost desperate, way of proceeding and to me, not worthy of a WAC staff led by a million dollar coach.
    But I’ll listen to my posting buddies, take a deep breath and give Mack a chance this year, even with all that is going on. We shall see, but like Stephen said last year, the first year you get a pass. Second year, no excuses.
    Flat out, UH was lucky to beat Central Arkansas, but the defense did look good for so many new guys. Let’s see what happens against DI competition. Like the rest of us, I’ll hope for the best.
    Peace out.

  255. Au Rite September 8, 2009 5:31 pm

    Congrats~ Big Island Panaewa
    We rule, go warriors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  256. Jack Flash September 8, 2009 5:33 pm

    Please change my score to:
    Warriors- 28
    WuSsie U- 0
    Shutout baby! Auryte!

  257. wafan September 8, 2009 5:36 pm

    Prayers and lots of positive thoughts to Hawaiianbod for a speedy and complication-free recovery!

  258. bstunna2002 September 8, 2009 5:38 pm

    I think it’s a great idea for Rolo to call plays he’s been a qb in this offense so he knows the in’s and out’s Ron will be valuable in the booth cause he can give us an Idea of what coverage opposing d’s will be running.

  259. kaimiloa September 8, 2009 5:43 pm

    I’ve seen hints that Mac might be better suited to be an assistant than a head coach. Decision making in game, depth chart, and staff leave me uneasy at times.

    But…. Last year and this year have been major rebuilding years and he’s gotten wins, somehow. JJ left because he knew that he would lose almost all of his starters over the next two years and he didn’t want to look bad. I don’t think any coach would have had much more success than Mac has, so far. I think its too early to make any judgements on his head coaching career.

  260. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 5:56 pm

    I told u so department:
    LWJ dropped a shovel pass….some things never change when former OLM coach RBs….

  261. Garret September 8, 2009 5:56 pm

    As reported earlier, a major reason why Washington State canceled the 2011 UH game is that the Pac-10 wants all of its teams to schedule a bye week during the season. This is *bad* for UH because it makes it less likely that a Pac-10 team can play 13 games…making the Hawaii exemption less valuable.

    It’s an interesting move for an athletic department that is battling already with budget cuts, but athletic director Jim Sterk said the university is looking for more flexibility in its future scheduling.

    “The conference is looking at ways to create an off week during a 12-game schedule and this allows us the opportunity to adjust accordingly,” Sterk said in a press release from the school.

  262. Garret September 8, 2009 5:58 pm

    If the Pac-10 is specifically asking its teams to play a 12-game schedule, then the Hawaii exemption is of no value to them. So, they will make a LOT less money playing in Hawaii instead of playing at home.

  263. Kekoa September 8, 2009 6:03 pm

    Prayers to our little brother HawaiianBod as he battles the forces of Diabetes.

  264. Joe The Plumber September 8, 2009 6:05 pm

    I watch UH whenever I am looking for a comedy.

    I predict UH will finish in bottom third of WAC.

    It will remain there until there is a change in AD, HC, and recruiting.

  265. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 6:05 pm

    For those of you with a timeless mancrunch on millionare MAC–relax–his job is safe. How long did it take JD to hire a replacement for Bolla when the entire State wanted him out 3 years before he was let go?
    Besides, Mufi hasnt spoken yet…..he’s too busy trying to sell his rail and raise taxes.

  266. lava September 8, 2009 6:09 pm

    I would have liked to see us play better against UCA, but I’m surprised that some on you folks are attributing the poor effort to a lack of talent on offense, claiming the cupboard is bare.

    Alexander played last year. Pilares and Salas played last year. The o-line played last year. Leon played last year. We recruited a bunch of JC guys in 2007, and a bunch more in 2008. There is plenty of talent on this team to win a lot of games, provided Alexander stays healthy.

    Hopefully we’ll all feel better after week two.

  267. JaM September 8, 2009 6:14 pm

    Good evening all!

    Hope to win some VB tickets!!

  268. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 6:17 pm

    the 1 thing i do request from mack, which is selfish on my part, is to recruit for the future and not to save his job. please help build the program by bringing in high school heavy recruiting classes.

  269. FloridaTed September 8, 2009 6:35 pm


    Did you forget that HF gave Bolla an extension before JD came aboard?

  270. d1島 September 8, 2009 6:36 pm

    Well, the good thing about all this is that the guys can go to next year’s Heather Mac Clinic.

    Kekoa going be happy. 🙂

  271. WatAcrock September 8, 2009 6:37 pm

    wf2: Are you trying to whittle coach Mack down to your size?…starting with his wallet?

  272. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 6:40 pm

    (For our mainland Tsaikos)

    Call The Coach 09/08/2009 Notes (live):

    -Coach Mack opens the show mentioning any win is a hard win to get. Coach mentions Alexander needs to get the ball off faster and thinks the offensive line did “very well” and were able to fend off UCA’s Larry Hart after the first turn over. Coach Mack says he’s happy with the way we finished and like how the defense ran to the football and says we’re never going to be out-hit.

    -Bobby says that Liko Satele was a good surprise. Coach says he’s excited about Liko and has good size and abilities. Coach says when you get your opportunities you need to take advantage of it and he (Liko) did.

    -Coach praises Mana Silva and R.J. Keisel-Kauhane. Coach also mentions Corey Parades and Blaze Soares.

    -Bobby asks Coach if he feels more assured about the defense. Coach says he believes so and feels that since they’ve played one game they’re pretty much “veterans”. Coach cites Ryan Henry, Lucas Ingram, etc… as examples of people that never played before and showed they could. Coach says you improve the most between your first and second game.

    -Bobby touches on the new offensive play calling duties and how BRAND X says “Ron Lee is going to ‘give up’ his play calling duties and now the plays will be called by Gordy Shaw and Nick Rolovich”. Coach explains that Rolo will call the plays on the field. Coach explains that Shaw and sometimes Brian Smith will make calls on the running game. Coach continues on to say that this is not as a big deal as many are making it out to be. Coach also touches on the unbalanced amount of offensive coaches to defensive coaches on UH’s staff. Coach Mack’s assures that there are many teams that have more defensive coaches than offensive and vice versa and that he doesn’t feel this is an issue. Coach stresses that prior to this announcement there already was “decent” communication between the offense.

    ***This was the hardest part to dictate as both Bobby and Coach were all over the place trying to explain this new situation. Basically it’s not, according to Coach Mack, not the clusterf**k that some assume.***

    -Eddie calls in and asks Coach about the uniform appearance on Friday. Coach plugs Under Armour and that the uniforms are longer so that they can get tucked into their pants this year as opposed to having them pop out last season.

    (commercial break)

  273. SteveM September 8, 2009 6:42 pm

    las vegas:
    September 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am
    I may be coming over asap
    will send e-mail

    John’s father is in critical condition and the outlook is not optimistic. He will be arriving this Friday and returning to Vegas the morning of the 17th.

    My prayers and best wishes to his family, who we met this past February.

    He wanted to reassure us that all his Las Vegas event plans are firmly in place (when I called him, he was at Kiku Hana setting up the screens for the karaoke projector–equipment dry run–or not so dry…..see post #47).

    Many of us are standing by to assist him if needed.

  274. expat September 8, 2009 6:47 pm

    In his first year, after losing a bunch of the offense as well as having the projected starting QB drop off the radar, McMackin led the team to a tie for 2nd in the conference and a bowl game — against one of the harder schedules the team has ever played:

    – a long road trip to face the eventual national champion;
    – an away game against a very good PAC-10 team;
    – a BCS conference champion;
    – away games at always-hard Fresno and Boise (where his predecessor never won)
    – and against the talented though troubled Notre Dame.

    Mack played 5 BCS teams in his first year (Notre Dame is a BCS team). Two of those teams won their conferences and played in BCS Bowls.

    Sure, two of the conference losses were incredibly disappointing. Even if those had been wins though the Warriors would have still finished 2nd and still have gone to the same bowl.

    So far this year the team is undefeated.

    So what the heck is with the whining?

  275. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 6:47 pm

    #268, MAC’s recruiting efforts have been bold, prolly his strength-on-record.
    Got to admire his tenancity and no fear to challenge BCS schools on his home turf….like I have stated, given Hawaii’s past record of recruiting–good yields…..but, letsgowarriors, u need to add up the number of recruits who have verbaled but did not Q for one reason or another or didnt or wont make it till later–very disturbing…..if not misleading…. wazzup w dat?
    homework not completed?
    early conch shell blowing?

  276. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 6:53 pm

    just sayin we had lots of HS verbs, but the amount of HS verbs that made it aint much. very heavy JC classes the past 4-5 years, dating back to JJ days. the bandaid is ripping off. on top of that we got like 4-5 GS dipping into next season again.

    i do like some of the GS though, malepeai, lister, manu?, iosefa…

  277. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 6:54 pm

    Call The Coach Show 09/08/09 continued:

    (back from commercial)

    -Dan asks Coach Mack about Aaron Brown. Coach says Brown has a hamstring injury but says will be practicing tomorrow. Coach Mack says Heun will be playing DE and will be replacing Elliott Purcell and says Heun played DE in the spring. Dan asks Coach about Ryan Henry and Dustin Blount. Coach Mack says that eventually we will see them at slot when the time calls for it.

    -Greg asks Coach about the 1st half and challenging a possession call and if the booth would be doing that for you. Coach says that a couple of those calls were close. Coach says he challenged one call, but that the whistle was blown early. Coach says they started 22 new guys on defense and he was proud about how they came along through the game and mentions that the fumble recovery and defensive TD at the end was EXACTLY how they’ve been practicing it all camp long. Greg asks about the “delayed” 2pt conversion. Coach again says that the ST unit went out before any direction from the sidelines, but Coach says that he needs to think ahead in those situations and at the same time the ST unit needs to be aware of the calls.

    -Joe asks Coach about the new OC/playcalling tactic and asks about USC’s situation with Norm Chow a while back when they had dual OCs. Coach Mack says Kansas State also had “co-coordinators” but says we wont have that at UH. Coach says that Nick Rolovich will call the plays “PERIOD”, but if he wants to interject, he (Mack) will, but will keep that at a minimum. Joe also asks Coach Mack on a situation “4th and 1 vs Boise State… who makes that call on offense”? Coach Mack says in that situation, he (Mack) will.

    (commercial break)

  278. kama krab September 8, 2009 7:00 pm

    Manoa Mist,

    I gotta agree with you in some aspects of your post #254. I do agree that these types of changes should be done during spring and fall camp but sometimes it takes the lights being turned on to find what you got, whether it’s your players or even it could be the same for your coaching staff. Yes Ron Lee and Nick Rolovich have been here a year but things still need to be refined and it like that around the nation. It might not be to this extent but changes happen all the time. This is just part of the game.

    You know it’s like they say “better you do it now rather than later” and this saying is no better true than it is now.

    There is one more thing that I agree with you on and that is we did get lucky to beat a team like Central Arkansas but not because we didn’t play up to expectation or because we did not execute, it is because Central Arkansas played like they where going to win so I am not disappointed by the way our boyz played but I am happy that this team was able to pick themselves up and come up with a win against a very well prepared team that came in here knowing not hoping that they had a chance to win. This win just shows that this team has the heart and wherewithal to come back from adversity and pull of a win even though they are not clicking on all cylinders. Enjoy the ride everybody cause it’s just going to get better as the season goes on. Stars will be made just you wait.

  279. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 7:08 pm

    according to mack, 14 verbals so far w/ about 5 more ready to commit. only has 13 verbals listed, wonder who the 14th is..?

  280. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 7:08 pm

    according to mack, 14 verbals so far w/ about 5 more ready to commit. only has 13 verbals listed, wonder who the 14th is..?

  281. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:09 pm

    Call The Coach Show 09/08/09 continued:

    (back from commercial)

    -Bobby brings up the long road trip. Coach Mack says he actually likes it. Coach says he talked to the Seattle press today and likens this trip to a “2nd training camp”, but says the good thing is there will be a decent amount of UH fans for the first two games. Coach says that they take a good amount of academic support for these trips and they don’t work on more football than they would if they were back home. Bobby asks if Coach Mack will host a team outing. Coach Mack says “no”. Coach says they stay on Hawaii time. Coach says they meet at 1am, let them sleep in, and then arrive to Vegas time when they get to Nevada for UNLV. Coach says they’re staying at the Suncoast and they will stay at the facility and the team will be watched carefully. The position coaches will keep bedchecks on their respective units to ensure discipline.

    -Mel asks Coach about Inoke Funaki and when he’ll be inserted into the game plan? Coach says Funaki’s lack of playing time on Friday was an “oversight”. Coach says that this Saturday Funaki WILL see “a lot of playing time”. Coach also mentions that just like Alex Green, Inoke Funaki, as a HB is the “real deal”. Mel brings up the pass protection in the 2nd half. Coach says he was proud of those guys (UH oline), but Alexander needs to get further and faster into his reads to avoid having to run all the time.

    -Malcolm asks Coach Mack about the breaks in our run defense on Friday. Coach Mack says UCA was spreading us out with 3-4 receivers and they ran the ball for 38 times. Coach says that at halftime, they identified a key from UCA. Coach says that they knew what they were doing from what a certain player was doing with his alignment.

    (commercial break)

  282. chawan_cut September 8, 2009 7:13 pm

    tonight’s news

  283. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 7:14 pm

    #276, the problem w recruits–hs, juco, walkons, GS, etc is they all have their own unique attrites….again, these aint concrete figures and remain mercurial and subject to Q and strange UH admission standards among other factors. can u predict who will be at AUG camp based on FEB LOIs, GS and other various transfers who “commited”?

  284. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:18 pm

    Call The Coach Show 09/08/09 continued:

    (back from commercial break)

    -Bobby brings up the road meals. Coach Mack says that they try to get people that know food to be in charge of the meals on the road.

    -Coach Mack says that on the road he doesn’t “drag” the team through a process, but does allow for some time to relax.

    -Caller asks Coach about TJ Alofipo, Brett Leonard, David Hafoka, and Kainoa LaCount. Coach says LaCount is the backup right tackle and says he’s proud he took care of his academics and he is a walk-on right now. Coach says that if LaCount can continue to carry on his academics, he will be placed on schollie. Coach says Hafoka is dealing with a back injury and wasn’t brought out early because of it, but he is back to practicing right now and is looking at redshirting Hafoka. Coach says B. Leonard is a back up right now that they are trying to redshirt also. Coach says TJ Alofipo didnt qualify and they’ll have to take a look at him in the JCs in about a year or two.

    ***next Call The Coach will be live at 6:30pm HST at the Suncoast in Nevada***

    (last commercial break)

  285. letsgowarriors September 8, 2009 7:19 pm

    id assume the 14 verbals right now will look very different a year from now due to decommits, non qs, greyshirting and pulled scholies…who knows. recruiting is fun though hahaha.

  286. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 8, 2009 7:22 pm

    Call The Coach 09/08/09 (last segment) continued:

    (back from commercial)

    -Reminder that the WSU game is 1pm HST.

    -Coach closes by saying that the “12th Warrior” helped win the UCA game and hopes that when they return for Fresno State that the Aloha Stadium is filled to help make a difference again.


  287. kam alum September 8, 2009 7:27 pm

    Thanks wf2 for your insights.

  288. d1島 September 8, 2009 7:29 pm

    Thanks Kazz

  289. d1島 September 8, 2009 7:29 pm

    Prayers for las vegas and his Ohana

  290. SteveM September 8, 2009 7:33 pm

    Hawaiianbod — best wishes from Peaches and I. Hang in there!

  291. postmanke September 8, 2009 7:37 pm

    #274 apparently Mack was whining about their own play calling like everyone else and took care of it..

    other than that.. everything is hunky-dory! =)

  292. Tombo Ahi September 8, 2009 7:39 pm

    Thank you, Kazz!

  293. TYaiea September 8, 2009 7:41 pm

    Mahalo Kazz. Prayers for your dad, LV. Wow took me almost 2 hrs to read today’s posts. Many many interesting insights and observations.

  294. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 7:47 pm

    all yhou running off your moutrh, like you no so much.

    1. ron lee made a big call, he didn’t have to make. but he made it.
    why don’t you say good for Ron?

    2. we playing Wassu, like it or not. why dn’t you say, go Warriors? the team would fee better. what, you going on the field?

    3. coach Mack could get better. he’s trying. why don’t you say, try harder coach?

    4. you obviouslyh don’t know Coach Shaw’s demeanor. why don’t you give him credit for being almost as smart as you, that he’ll give Rolo a chance to look good?

    why does it always have3 to be about you?

    face the facts, chiefs. your buddy, the guiy who encouraged me to buy 5 of his books, dug out on us and left us holding the bag.

    thats the fact. JJ is a punk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! his end game sucked!!!!

    what good is the middle game if his end game suckt? Jones suckt. end of subject!

    I’ll be the first to buy 10 tix to watch UH bust the crap outta SMU.

    at least Mac stepped up to the plate. what have you done lately?

  295. Garret September 8, 2009 7:49 pm


    Great job on the recap!

  296. Garret September 8, 2009 7:49 pm

    Hoping the best for the families of las vegas and hawaiianbod…

  297. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 7:50 pm

    #271, watAcrock…. let me guess…..ur a nancy pelosi fan, think van jones was railroaded, voted for the rail, support the hgea and dont bother with tax accountability…..thats wat happens when you dontgiveAcrock…..priceless.

  298. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 7:51 pm

    i ain’t a homer. i’ll be calling for Mack’s head if he deserves it. but he don’t deserve it yet. no way.

    we’re in this together. the team is trying hard. the players are doing the work. look at their faces. hear their voices.

    and you call yourselves Warrior fans?

  299. Garret September 8, 2009 7:51 pm

    At least the news on Kent Kafentzis was good–no sign of cancer in his lungs.

  300. stacyj September 8, 2009 7:53 pm

    Thanks Kazz for the call the coach recap! Nice job.

  301. Garret September 8, 2009 7:54 pm

    Coach explains that Rolo will call the plays on the field. Coach explains that Shaw and sometimes Brian Smith will make calls on the running game.

    I’m a little confused with this part of Kazz’s transcript. Does this mean that Rolo will call all the plays…except for the running plays, which Coach Shaw will call…except for the running plays that Coach Smith calls?

  302. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 7:55 pm

    RE: Washington vs Hawaii game telecast

    Seattle Area – Universal Sports (Channel 5.2 OTA [over the air], Comcast Channel 115, Dish Channel 447)

    —–DirecTV subscribers, check your local listings for the Universal Sports Channel, a quick check on our end doesn’t show they have it but we may be looking in the wrong place.
    —–Seattle-area DirecTV subscribers, if they have an OTA antenna, should be able to watch it on 5.2.

    Spokane Area – KHQ, SWX
    Yakima Area – KNDO, SWX
    Tri-Cities Area – KNDU, SWX
    Hawaii – Oceanic Time Warner Cable Pay-Per-View digital channel 255, KFVE-TV (delayed)

    posted today by Pullcoug:

    Called DirecTV. It’s on FSN Plus. Channel 688

    It’s NOT listed in the channel guide yet. I called twice to double check; being the A.R. guy that I am. See you in Seattle @ the Game!


  303. TYaiea September 8, 2009 7:55 pm

    Aloha bhf2, easy brother, yeah I get his autographed book too and never even open the envelope yet.

  304. HiFlyer September 8, 2009 7:56 pm

    I don’t know what to make of the coaching changes, I just hope that it works out for the better in execution of the offense.

  305. postmanke September 8, 2009 7:58 pm

    I think Rolo will end up making most of the calls. It would be insane to have more than 1 making the calls. A lot times you are setting up plays 3-7 plays in advance… It would be a tough thing to do if they sharing duty on play calling..

    I predict we see a hurry up / no huddle style offense with Rolo..

  306. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 7:59 pm

    I just hope that only one person sends the call in to the QB. Otherwise we show our hand if Shaw sends in the call.. then Smith.. then Rolo, eh?

  307. stacyj September 8, 2009 7:59 pm

    Bhf2, that’s along the lines I was thinking while trying to read today’s posts.

    It’s the first game people. They are making adjustments knowing that some things need tweaking. Common FANS!!!

  308. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 8:03 pm

    all i know is, the playhers thinking that the coaching is being done on the field next to them will give them a mental edge. Mr. Shaw is not a dummy. He has got the IT facta. Rolo don’t, but I’m hoping that by the end of each game, he’ll somehow pull it outta his …. and we win and…. da team looks great. thats what i’m hoping for. and i’m counting on Rolo to be smart enough to know that he’s gotta coach better than he played….

    I’m counting on him to do just that….


  309. djmitcho September 8, 2009 8:05 pm

    Prayers to LV and his ohana. Prayers for Hawaiianbod too.

  310. Shannon September 8, 2009 8:07 pm

    This is bullsh*t. Is it me or does it seem like McMackin is out of his element with this HC stuff? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll support the Warriors through thick & thin but the winning starts with the coaching staff and if they don’t get that part squared away…well let me just say it’s gonna be a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG season. I see what Ron Lee is doing & I commend him for stepping up to the plate and taking charge of the Receivers but to leave the responsiblity to Rolo & Shaw just seems like putting a band aid on a laceration to the jugular…

  311. stacyj September 8, 2009 8:09 pm

    Was there a communication problem between Coach Lee and some of the position coaches?

  312. OldDiver September 8, 2009 8:10 pm

    Thinking ahead,

    If the Warriors come back from La Tech win a record of 3 and 1 our bowl chances are very good. 2 and 2 our chances are slim and if we are 1 and 3 our chances and very slim. Having already purchased my Hawaii Bowl tickets I’m praying for four straight victories.

  313. Slugger September 8, 2009 8:12 pm

    Mahalo, Kazz!

    Prayers for hawaiianbod and las vegas’ father.

    As Bulla says, “Make memories, make memories, make memories.” And as my Popo used to say, “Give me flowers when I can smell them…”

  314. OldDiver September 8, 2009 8:14 pm

    I didn’t see the play calling as a problem. It was more the lack of execution and mistakes. In other words correctable things. I was more concerned with our inside defense getting pushed around at times. That is harder to correct.

  315. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 8:15 pm

    I called Ron Lee this am, left him a voice mail. thanked him for making a move on behalf of the team. meant every word.

    what, you don’t think his move was a good one on behalf of the team? so what its made now, better now then never, right? you was feeling good if he stayed making the calls from overhead. you wuz watching Rolo? ? ? ?

    instead of a cheap shot, why don’t you thank him for taking one for the team? summa you making assumptions of facts you don’t really know; at least admit that to yourself.

    we’re in the boat, the boat has left port, we got the crew. have faith in the crew.

    we’re 1-0, for crissake.

  316. A-House September 8, 2009 8:21 pm

    Prayers and best wishes to Hawaiianbod, Las Vegas and their ohana in this time of need.

  317. Slugger September 8, 2009 8:24 pm


    Thanks for the good news about Kent K.

    I hope Rolo is the only person communicating the plays on the sidelines whether he calls them, or Shaw or Smith calls the play. Someone mentioned it earlier in the blog that if each were to actually communicate the play to the guys on the field, the opposing team would know what type of play we are running.

  318. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 8:25 pm


    you got a right to feel the uncertainty. but wouldn’t you rather be telling the Challenger crew, as they’re coming back in, that things are gonna start cooking up in about 10 seconds? or would you rather be telling them, because things can’t change, that things are looking good even as we watch them coming apart? i’d rather be telling the discovery crew, before they took off, don’t take off. but if they’ve already taken off, and you got a chance to keep them from blowing up, that you’d tell them, listen to coach Ron?


  319. Slugger September 8, 2009 8:27 pm

    …or they could all take turns and confuse the heck out of the opposing team….

  320. Slugger September 8, 2009 8:28 pm

    (That was tongue-in-cheek if you nevah know…)

  321. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 8, 2009 8:41 pm

    Please clarify something. Is Saturday’s game going to be shown live on PPV starting shortly before 1 pm or not? According to #302 above,

    Hawaii – Oceanic Time Warner Cable Pay-Per-View digital channel 255, KFVE-TV (delayed)

    However, if the game is going to be delayed, then when will it start?

    Assuming that the game is aired live, we’re planning to go to a sports bar to watch the football game and then head on over to the Stan Sheriff Center to watch the final night of the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge which begins at 5 pm.

    As to what bar, that depends upon how quickly we finish work in Kane`ohe. If we cannot make it into town by kick-off, then we’ll probably go to Ruby Tuesday’s in the Windward Mall.

  322. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 8:42 pm

    Look, the present situation is the tip of the iceberg.
    Ron Lee threw himself under the bus…..he is that type of high quality guy, but you have to ask yourself the obvious questions that naturally follow this type of problem:
    Y now?
    Y not in Spring?
    Y are we a WR receiver coach short if Lee is the OC?
    Y is Brian Smith coaching RBs?
    Is Rolo too green in his career to assume a job that requires experience and skill?
    Y were the ST players allowed on the field for a critical 4th Q point without knowing the deal?
    There are more, but more importantly, the issue is not in the messenger but embedded in its salient message:
    This team has management problems in communication and field organization, among others.
    This is nothing new, it happened last year.
    Fans not only deserve an explanation, they deserve D1A caliber performance by our head coach.

  323. d1島 September 8, 2009 8:43 pm

    Live on PPV.

    Delayed on KFVE (K5).

    Enjoy the game(s).

  324. Ralph September 8, 2009 8:45 pm

    congratulations old diver! a good sign of commitment

  325. duffer September 8, 2009 8:49 pm

    Don’t know if this was posted here

    HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii has reported to the NCAA the improper use of two Rainbow Wahine volleyball players in an advertisement for a car dealership.

    Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan said no penalties will be imposed on Aneli Cubi-Otineru and Jayme Lee, depicted in an ad in the volleyball program distributed at the Stan Sheriff Center. The ad also was published in The Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 29.

    The NCAA prohibits the use of photos or likenesses of current student-athletes. The ad used altered photos of Cubi-Otineru and Lee.

    Both players have signed documents saying that the use of their likeness was without their knowledge or consent.

    Donovan said about 18,000 copies of the program were destroyed.

    The link is here,

  326. HiFlyer September 8, 2009 8:50 pm

    What I noticed from this first game is that the we (coaches/players) still have a hard time making real time adjustments during the game.
    I know that I’m no expert but why does it take to the second half of the game for them to get the adjustments?

  327. duffer September 8, 2009 8:51 pm

    Here’s another story….

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Neither of Washington State’s quarterbacks won the permanent starting job in Saturday’s loss to Stanford, Cougars coach Paul Wulff said Tuesday.

    Kevin Lopina will start against the University of Hawaii in Seattle this Saturday, though Marshall Lobbestael might take the field as well, Wulff said.

    Wulff acknowledged that Lopina appeared to move the offense better in the 39-13 loss to the Cardinal, but said Lobbestael had to play more in passing situations, and that his protection broke down.

    ”I don’t think anyone clearly separated themselves,” Wulff said.

    Lopina, a senior, started against Stanford and also played the third quarter. Lobbestael played in the second and fourth quarters.

    Against UH, Lopina will likely stay in as long as he plays well, Wulff said.

    ”If we feel Kevin is playing extremely well and we are really, really hot, there’s a chance Marshall could not play,” Wulff said.

    With Lopina playing against the Cardinal, the Cougars piled up most of their 351 yards and scored all their points. Lopina, who started eight games last year, was 10-of-16 for 122 yards with one touchdown pass. Lobbestael, a sophomore who started three games last year, finished 8-of-13 for 78 yards. Neither threw an interception.

    The Cougars, like a good deal of the Washington State campus, are dealing with a swine flu outbreak that has struck some 2,500 of the school’s students. Daniel Blackledge, who caught six passes for 67 yards against Stanford, came down with a fever after the game and has not practiced since — he is scheduled to return today. Wulff said a total of 16 players have reported flu symptoms so far this season.

    Hawaii beat Washington State 24-10 last year at Aloha Stadium. Lopina was 2-for-6 for 33 yards in that game, and J.T. Levenseller, who has since transferred to Eastern Washington, completed six of 11 passes for 53 yards.

    ”I know that they are better than last year when we played them,” Warriors coach Greg McMackin said on the UH athletics Web site. ”Their quarterbacks and offensive line are better. Defensively they are young but they got athletes. Offensively they have some really good running backs and receivers. They are going to give us everything we want.”

    Here’s the link…..

  328. Cindy n Greg Cee September 8, 2009 8:55 pm

    Congrats to Pana’ewa!!

  329. Cindy cee September 8, 2009 8:56 pm

    LasVegas, your ohana is in my prayers.

    HawaiianBod, I will be praying for you.

  330. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 8:58 pm

    What’s with all this speculation. Go “call the coach”… instead of simply casting dispersions. Jeeze.. Maybe it’s just what they said it is, eh? Why can’t we just accept it at that? Why do all coaching regiments have to follow the same blueprint?

    The season has started… sit back.. enjoy the ride.

  331. OldDiver September 8, 2009 8:59 pm


    Have to admit I haven’t read all of your posts. Are you looking for Coach Mack to be fired? or are you looking for Mack to improve his organizational skills? or if none of the two, what are you looking for?

  332. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 9:00 pm


    i disagree with your last opinion, but I respect your right to have that opinion.

    lets just hope for the best this weekend, let our Warriors know we’re backing them.

    lets see if the game planning is solid. I gotta tell you, listening to Salas today made me have hope in our oline. He’s got confidence in the oline. pointed to their last minute drive as a positive factor.

    who am i to disagree with GSalas? 😀

    Go Warriors!!!!!

  333. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 9:00 pm

    Isnt this eerily simular to what brought down the Bruce ONeil regime and put our BB program in a deep freeze for decades…..dunno the facts, but Dave has run a clean program and the wahine VB program has been a beacon of success since its inception. The fact that UH unilaterally took initiative to correct an oversight speaks well—im sure the gurls werent compensated or granted favor or knowingly participated. Benefit of doubt has to go to our two wahine.

  334. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 9:04 pm


    you gotta try da smuud approach, Warrior. 😀

    trying da Kaimuki approach goes way ova my head. 😆

    you going LV? lookin forward to meeting ya.

    Go Warriors.

  335. OldDiver September 8, 2009 9:04 pm

    Sorry but this in nothing like what happen during the Bruce O’Neil Regime.

  336. OldDiver September 8, 2009 9:05 pm

    Yea, will be going to LV to celebrate our 3 win and no loss record, heh!

  337. bighilofan2 September 8, 2009 9:07 pm

    yea Old Diver. maybe we can sing togedda.

    Prayers to your ohana Las Vegas!

  338. duffer September 8, 2009 9:08 pm


    Is that your daughter with you on LizK’s blog pictures of this past t-gate?


  339. OldDiver September 8, 2009 9:09 pm

    To clarify what happened during the time O’Neal was coach. Rick Pitino was helping some of the players pay their rent. This is something that is common at USC, lol.

  340. al September 8, 2009 9:11 pm

    so who won the contest?

  341. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 9:12 pm

    bhf2….if we had a thousand fans like you we would be on our way to being an Alabama in rabid fanbase. kudos to u for supporting our boyz…..we all support the athletes and the need for this program to have success on a D1A level.
    Further, Keaukaha, Nalo and Hoolehua are my favorite original Prince Kuhio DHHL Native Hawaiian settlements.
    Many relatives and friends at this maoli venues, especially the performers and artists–real people as Im sure u r.
    keep it kickin brah! malama pono.

  342. Hitman 24 September 8, 2009 9:13 pm

    #325 Duffer – its interesting how this was kinda swept under the rug by The Advertiser and not reported on. This was a very serious oversight by the paper and it could have resulted in both players losing their eligibility. How could the paper being a corporate sponsor of UH let this happen?

  343. Ralph September 8, 2009 9:14 pm

    Las Vegas my thoughts are with you and your ohana, may your dad be free of pain and sufferings.

  344. al September 8, 2009 9:16 pm

    our prayers to las vegas’ dad.

  345. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 9:18 pm

    Rick Pitino was the interim coach after Oneil was canned for the car commercials–he later applied for the position and was turned down bc his education requirements fell short.

  346. CouchP September 8, 2009 9:20 pm

    #203 – All good comments regarding the current UH Warrior Head Coach, I do disagree with your comments regarding Chris Tormey, PLEASE, the guy got fired at Nevada and Washington. He hasn’t even proven anything at UH to this point, time will tell, Tormey and OL coach haven’t done anything yet, don’t get to high or to low until time has passed.

  347. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 9:21 pm

    #342, rhetorical Q. u got game 🙂

  348. Kekoa September 8, 2009 9:25 pm

    John Collins we are with you in spirit my friend. Prayers for your Papa.

  349. al September 8, 2009 9:30 pm

    i read the vb stuff a few days ago….somewhere.
    actually the girls had no knowledge of the use of their likeness.

  350. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 9:36 pm

    #346. Points well taken, except Tormey did upset a good Wazzu team as wolfpack HC and was RC at WASH under a much maligned coach who was let go, not to mention HC stints w Idaho and Nev. Tormey is the only coach on Hawaii’s staff with D1A experience as a HC. He coached under Erickson and was a DC for the Huskies in primetime.
    Chris Tormey, in my mind was a good get for MAC and Hawaii.
    But u r correct—time will define his accomplishment at Manoa…..on the other hand–we have a slew of coaches on staff, on that side of the ball, that time has defined unkindly….Tormey has hops.

  351. Jason September 8, 2009 9:40 pm

    I read a few times when the question was asked, “Why didn’t Ron Lee do this in the spring?” Well, we still had Craig Stutzmann in the spring. He didn’t leave until a month ago. Now, maybe Ron should have thought of this before; I’ve mentioned numerous times that Ron Lee pointed out errors the receivers were making at a Nā Koa meeting last year. Maybe that should have been the writing on the wall.

    Either way, Stutzmann leaving was a last-minute thing. So then the question becomes, “Why didn’t Ron Lee do this in fall camp?” Maybe he thought Rolo wasn’t ready. Maybe he wanted to do it, but also needed to see if Gordy Shaw was capable of stepping in and assisting Rolo. Maybe he was hesitant with Shaw’s level of background (or lack thereof?) with the R&S.

    Whether or not things are screwed up, it is what it is. And I know some will point to this as another in a line of errors that show that Mack isn’t cut out to be a FBS head coach. And honestly, I have my concerns as well. But I also see the positive things he’s doing, and the efforts he’s making to make himself, his staff, and his team overall better. It might end up that he’s better suited to being a coordinator—there’s no shame in that, it takes a special breed to be a head coach. Heck, there are awesome college head coaches who are terrible NFL head coaches, but there’s no shame in that either. So in the end, whether or not Mack gets the results he (and all of us) wants should be his legacy. Don’t dwell too much on the growing pains is what I say. Not one game into Mack’s sophomore season, at least. I’d give him what I give every coach: three years.

  352. Slugger September 8, 2009 9:41 pm


    Tormey has done a great job teaching the defensive players AND the special teams players. I’ve been to practices and watched the ST players running through drills. You could see it on the field on Friday night. He’s loud enough giving instructions even I could hear him on the side of the field.

  353. CouchP September 8, 2009 9:44 pm

    Why is Ron Lee not calling plays? Why is Brian Smith coaching RBs and maybe calling plays for the Warriors in the run game? Why is Nick Rolovich calling plays ( Ron Lee forgot more football than this kid knows), Why is the OL coach calling plays, run or shoot, his OL stunk up the place vs a D1AA defensive front. McMackin WAKEUP!

  354. royvic September 8, 2009 9:45 pm

    Listened to the Coach Mack Show.

    What lingers in my mind is Coach Mack’s unsinkable faith in Coach Rolo.

    He mentioned that Coach Rolo will be an offensive coordinator and head coach someday. And he is convinced that he’ll be a good one.

    He mentioned (and these are his words) he turned down applicants from the pros in his decision in hiring Coach Rolo instead as his QB coach.

    On the prospects of Coach Rolo assuming the play calling Coach Mack is convinced that he’ll do a good job. And he projects him in being a quick study.

    Me personally,I got to hand it to Coach Mack, though, succeed or fail, he’s throwing all his chips in the pot on Coach Rolo succeeding.

    I’m not going to be sinister and say this is sudden death, but this move is interesting, and at the very least if it succeeds it’ll keep the naysayers at bay and it’ll win over the detractors.

    When you look at this move intuitively and not with tunnel vision, like myself sometimes or most of the time, what do you think the reaction is going be like for the players on the team with Coach Rolo doing the play calling now? Honestly?
    This should be a huge boost for them. It should get them fired up. Think about it Coach Rolo is one of them–they’ll do spirited work and they’ll jump to moon for him in making Coach Rolo look good. This is my hope.

  355. Prayers for Hawaiianbod, las vegas’ dad and alll those in need of healing.

    Pride. -Interesting about Woodson and the Redskins. He just spent the preseason with the Giants- their first opponent this weekend.

    Since we are shouting out to non-Warrior Hawaii fellas – Here’s to a great year – Abe 5-0 at USC and Jordon Dizon at the Detroit Lions. Be healthy and happy, guys!

    Re coaches and gameplans- the Wahine Clinic was quite reassuring for me. Coaches are doing their homework and planning for each opponent. There is EXTENSIVE work being done behind the scenes and I believe the team will be well-prepared for each encounter.

    The system (a bad word no longer) will click smoothly once the moving parts get warmed up and synced up with experience.
    For a fan, what is the point of being negative except to draw attention to yourself? Shouting at the choir is not going to bring about the second coming of June Jones.

    Love and unity, otoh, DOES have a positive effect on the team.


  356. CouchP September 8, 2009 9:49 pm

    Slugger – please, lets wait till the Warriors play some “real” football teams, before you put the crown on the new coaches like Tormey and the OL coach.

  357. Not an Expert September 8, 2009 9:50 pm

    Only the coaches know things that the public will never know, unless one has loose lips or ends up writing a book about their version of reality.

    People’s minds are interesting. Did anyone think that this was already a topic of discussion before the season’s first game? A decision to change was to be rendered not on winning or losing but based on what may work best for the offense for the future games.

    The what if scenario: Before the lst game of the season it is announced the play calling duties will be done by Rolo. Hawaii loses, imagine the comments about why such a change. Good & bad like there is now.

    But !!! that’s what makes a blog interesting. Imagine we all thinking alike, no fun at all. Controversy, different strokes for different folks is what makes conversations interesting, hopefully with good taste.

  358. Hoohiki September 8, 2009 9:50 pm

    #294 – WOW!!! Ditto on what he said.

  359. duffer- that is Kymry (the cookie master) with bhf2 in the picture. She and her hubby Gary arrived late after being stuck in traffic. Gary and Mr. A-House (classmates a couple years apart) were catching up in another location.

  360. CouchP September 8, 2009 9:55 pm

    McMackin – great job in hiring Rolovich instead of someone with much more experience, also great job with Brian Smith as your first OL coach (all 59 QB sacks – NCAA record) great job of hiring him as your RBs coach and possible running game play caller (LOL) along with your new OL coach.

  361. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 9:55 pm

    #331, I love rome, not caesar. just me. read or ignore what i post; but most importantly, focus on the issues, not on its messengers.

  362. al September 8, 2009 9:56 pm

    ron lee aside….rolo is the only other coach familiar with the run n shoot having been at the helm of this system.

    this is not a slight on brian smith either, but, who better to have feel for the nuances of this offense then one who ran it, albeit rather successfully.

    rolo appears to have the intuition and intelligence to be a good playcaller.

    mack’s inclusion of shaw is a well placed political decision. methinks, tho that rolo is wise enough to include all of the coaches, student mgrs, and the like in the process. i am sure that ron lee will have veto powers as well as the head coach.

    give the staff credit for recognizing the need for a receivers’ coach fulltime input on a play by play basis.

    sit back and enjoy the ride guys.

    …nuff said.

  363. Oh- and the lovely lady with Mark Takai and daughter is his sister Nadine- AWESOME UH swimmer during my high school swim-mom days. It was really good to see her at the T-gate!

  364. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 8, 2009 10:02 pm

    #361 – The issues of THIS BLOG are:
    Friends, Family, Fun, Food, Football and sometimes Fishing and Karaoke.

    The rome of your concern might find better expression in a different FORUM.

  365. ombudsman September 8, 2009 10:14 pm



  366. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 8, 2009 10:15 pm

    D1 – #323 Mahalo.


    There are no rewind buttons on life. What happened Friday night is writ in the Book of Ages.

    However, lessons can be learned from the errors. The only one which should not have happened was the mix-up following the last touchdown. Do the math. One does not have to be a Jason or a DrDoc to figure that one out.

    There is The Rule of Three taught in MBA classes which is applicable to every new leader in every field except in political dictatorships. When someone comes in as The New Big Cheese, during the first few months he is carrying out what his predecessor has planned. His first job is to get to know the lay of the land and to assess what needs to be done to make change happen in a positive way.

    This happens with changes in clergy, politicians, corporate presidents, and leaders in every field.

    Towards the middle of that first year, TNBC starts making some changes and then introduces his plan towards the end of the first year.

    The second year is the transition year – often there are personnel changes, more often programmatic changes. But by now, people are expected to be working together to make good things happen.

    The third year is when everything is the head guy’s responsibility.

    Those who are grumpeling about the shift in coaching duties at this late stage are not dealing with the real world as it currently exists.

    Yes, it would be nice to have a larger coaching staff with ten to forty years of playing & coaching experience per person, but the coaching staff is what it is at this point in time.

    Six months from now when the third year has started, we can and should expect something different. However, for now, we are observers, not participants in the process

    So let’s assume that the collective intelligence of the coaching staff headed by Greg McMackin will make the right decisions working with what they have here and now playing against the teams put on the schedule – for the most part – by a prior athletic director & coach.


  367. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 10:16 pm

    To assign play calling reponsibilities to an unproven second year coach places the team at risk.
    The issue is not whether Rolo will be successful vel non, but rather Y and HOW this situation arose if it was not part of the original design?
    Therein lies the problem, that not only remains unanswered but may prove to be a systemic fault impacting other areas of our football program.

  368. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 10:19 pm

    1) Coach Mac said Ron Lee will be his OC for life.
    2) Rolo said, Ron Lee has the final say. If he see something and wants us to do something, we’ll do it his way.
    3) Dave Reardon says:

    Lee told me this has nothing to do with his play-calling, which some have criticized as too conservative for the run-and-shoot and too predictable. He just really feels like he needs to school up the receivers; he saw too many routes run incorrectly the other night. He wants to make adjustments during the game, not after, when it may be too late.

    “Preparation is one thing, and we thought we prepared well. But we need to execute, too,” he said.

    It looks like a way less than ideal situation at least partly caused by the Warriors not having enough coaches working on offense.

    They all say that the game play calling is decided in the week leading up to the game. They pretty much do what has been laid out before them based on what they see on the field. The only time they really deviate is if the opposing team does something that they hadn’t prepared for.

  369. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 10:20 pm

    aunt liz–sorry, ur broom stick doesnt freighten me.

  370. Ralph September 8, 2009 10:22 pm

    why did coach Mac say play calling is over rated, doesn’t matter who is OC or calling the plays, it is game time decisions.

  371. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 10:24 pm

    Ron Lee has been on record over the last 10 years as saying his receivers are running wrong routes, including the great ones who scored the game winning TDs–sorry not buying it. He took a purple heart to bail out MAC!

  372. SJ Bobkins September 8, 2009 10:27 pm

    Jim Donovan says he received a letter last week from Washington State, canceling the final contest of a three-game series between the schools.
    WSU cited UNCERTAIN CHANGES?????????in the Pac-10 scheduling.

    This is simply shameful, and it makes no sense. WaaaaaaSU only had 22,000 on board last Saturday, how can they afford to just burn $300,000?
    Obviously the WaaaaaaSU AD is not a politician, in being able to answer a question leaving you satisfied but unable to make sense of what was said, “Uncertain changes” what does that mean. The league isn’t expanding or making any changes to require more league games, than the 8 now required. Can it mean the old, “We’re BCS, and we don’t want to get beat but the lower class, [non-BCS] and embarrassed like Colorado, Oregon, Oklahoma, Virginia, Clemson, etc………did last week?
    I’m predicting 38-13 Warrior win, and yet another nail in the precious BCS coffin. Congrats on the win last Saturday, and the job Salas did. You’ll have a great relationship team to fans that no other school I know of has. That why this blog is absolutely incredible. BTW-I forgot my nickname, Hilo gave me, was it Bubkins, or something from Lord of the Rings?
    I’m going to look for you characters in LV, I’ve got to put names to faces.

  373. ombudsman September 8, 2009 10:32 pm

    rolo played in our system for two very successful years.
    he was also a student asst for june jones for two years.
    he also had a year at ccsf as their qb coach.
    he has had stints in the nfl and nfl europe and was a journeyman qb in the arena leagues.
    he is now in his second season with mack.

    what else do you want?
    gotta start somewhere.

  374. Ralph September 8, 2009 10:35 pm

    how do you “school up the receivers” from the booth, I don’t recall receivers wearing headsets. how do the warriors make quick adjustments from one down to the next with the receivers if Ron sees a route adjustment is needed by one or more of the receivers.

  375. warriorfanny2 September 8, 2009 10:42 pm

    To say play calling is overrated is scary.
    But what else can MAC say for assigning its responsibility to a coach who said he is up for the challenge. What?
    Up for the challenge?
    How about I have prepared myself for this moment my entire career and I am fully confident I can do the job and thank Coach MAC for the opportunity to prove myself.
    Rolo sounds like a man who just bought a ticket for a lottery or a future resume.
    C’mon, all these smokin mirrors are the result of ill-planned events and desperate adjustments.
    This is tranparent histrionic chicanery. LOL.

  376. Scott Morifuji September 8, 2009 10:46 pm


  377. SJ Bobkins September 8, 2009 10:47 pm

    ST, I agree with your comment regarding recruiting by scheduling games where you want to pick up players. WaaaaSU has a fairly sizable numbers of Poly kids, I suppose they’re not interested in signing more Hawaiian kids in the future by making this stupid move.
    The same point was made in an Utah blog:
    Realizing it’s often hard for recruits and their families to pay travel expenses to come to Utah for a game, the Utes go to the recruiting hotbeds rather than hope the recruits come to them. Gaining that kind of exposure is why Utah would like to schedule a game in the Texas area, has tentative plans to play a home-and-home series with Hawaii in the future.

  378. Elroy September 8, 2009 10:50 pm

    The Offensive coaching and play calling is what it is…let’s see how it shakes out this season. All the offensive coaches need to work together with the players to make the unit as good as it can be instead of disagreeing on play calls with each other.

  379. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 10:53 pm

    Mac didn’t say it doesn’t matter who the OC is. Better listen to that video again.

  380. al September 8, 2009 10:55 pm

    ralphie….my question to greg salas today addressed your very concerns about communication from receivers to the man in the booth.

    i guess you’ve been too busy watching the rainbow dancers and besides the warrior sidelines is pretty far away from your seat. pay attention or i could recommend you to a good optometrist for a nice pair of glasses.

  381. al September 8, 2009 10:56 pm

    elroy…is that you?

  382. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 11:00 pm

    I don’t think he meant to do it real time.. I believe we have enough depth in every receiving position that a player can be called out to put on a headset and listen to what Ron has to say while another player goes in. BUT being told what they did wrong right after they made the error is the best way to learn and correct the error. While it is still fresh in one’s memory.

  383. madeinhawaii September 8, 2009 11:01 pm

    for those interested in what Mac really said, you can listen to the replay on Tombo Ahi’s site..

  384. WatAcrock September 8, 2009 11:02 pm

    warriorfanny2: You can certainly dish it out, but it’s obvious you can’t take it. Nancy Pelosi is probably a better man than you, otherwise you wouldn’t have used her name.

    Try not to tumble underneath that bus you drive while throwing others out.

  385. SteveM September 8, 2009 11:03 pm

    For those who mentioned recently they are attending the WA State or UNLV games, the Tsai-ko logistics and activities page is at…

    …for both cities (the Seattle list is under the Las Vegas list).

    Please email me (email link on the page) if you would like to share your data.

  386. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 8, 2009 11:05 pm

    Frighten is not one of the F’s of this blog.

    (why am I addressing a troll?)

    Just a friendly reminder.

    Stephen Tsai Friends Unite

  387. haka September 8, 2009 11:11 pm

    what’s your real gripe with coach mack?

    why is it that you seem determined to push coach mack “under the bus” all of the time?

    what is your background in education and football and particularly, uh football and it’s inner workings within the present coaching staff?

    where did you go to college?

    how far did your football career go?

    where have you coached football?

    what do you do for a living now?

  388. haka September 8, 2009 11:12 pm

    oops, mahalo in advance 🙂

  389. Ralph September 8, 2009 11:14 pm

    mih your right, he stated that playing calling is overrated and it doesn’t matter who is calling the play and I guess he alluded to the fact that the plays are based on game planning before the game. my question, what about adjustments between downs. I’ve heard about HC scripting the first 10 or so plays but after that, both teams need to be making adjustments between downs. no cook book coaching.

  390. ROCO September 8, 2009 11:18 pm

    i say , bring craig stuzman back. he obviously is doing something that glanville likes! lets take advantage of it! glanville knows more than mac!! just a thought!

  391. Ralph September 8, 2009 11:19 pm

    Al i haven’t watched the video today, got some time to do it. The rainbow dancers are very athletics, great footwork and coordination and great hip movements like squirming Herman Wedemeyer. More of you should move over to the north end zone- absolute great view and the fb game is entertaining too.

  392. warriormanny2 September 8, 2009 11:23 pm

    Don’t mind my brother, I gotta clean up all the dOdO he leaves behind.

    Go Liz

    Go Warriors

  393. WarriorMojo September 8, 2009 11:30 pm

    Tsaikos, here’s a primer: bowstock is the biggest backstabber you will ever have the misfortune to encounter, the kind of guy who yaps loudest when things are at their worst. I argued with this clown on WSN for years.

    He hates JD. He hates Mack. He hates Rolo. He hates Brian Smith. And most of all he HATES HATES HATES Miano. Last year he hated Aranda, that dude who came back from Texas someplace and is now gone to whatever east coast school he went to, and STUZMAN! Yep, warriorfanny called for all of them to be fired at various times last year, including Stutz.

    If you respond to one of his tirades in kind, he’ll accuse you of being emotional and interfering with his right to speak his mind. If you respond logically and rebut his idiotic claims, he’ll launch into an emotional tirade and talk about “smokin’ mirrors”. (I’m still waiting for that genius to explain what a smokin’ mirror is). Anyway, that’s bowstock in a nutshell. He’s irritating, but ultimately insignificant. Sound and fury signifying N O T H I N G.

  394. WarriorMojo September 8, 2009 11:36 pm

    bowstock, here’s a clue, no charge. If you get banned from message boards and gotta change your screen name, then the problem is not with everyone else. The problem is YOU. Try change. Get better. Improve yourself. But knowing you, you’re just gonna go sing your Michael Jackson song about the man in the smokin’ mirror.

  395. koakane™ September 8, 2009 11:37 pm

    ralph so you looking at the rainbow dancers. no wonder you up late at night lol

    my oh my plenty comments, concern and opinions floating about. lets leave the 😕 personalities out of it. remember to focus on what is said and not who is saying it.

    enjoy the rest of the nite and talk nice. aloha all

  396. haka September 8, 2009 11:37 pm

    wtf2, (er…bowstock?)
    re: #387
    no offense, but the reason i ask these questions is that you do not seem to be that educated, nor do you sound like a former successful player or coach. in fact, it seems like you have a private agenda and have decided to use this venue as your way of releasing some inner rumblings of ill will. imho.

  397. Kekoa September 8, 2009 11:38 pm

    SteveM ~

    Just a reminder that I’ll be at Genji’s Saturday. Pops may be with me, you know how that is. Still adjusting the meds.

    Hiya Liz! Only 11 more months ’till the next clinic! Hehehehe…

    Braddah Hilo prolly wen momoe arready. Da fight for trut and just-us is nevah ending for him.
    Wf2 ~ Ho boy! watta day huh? Geez sumtimes I wonder. Take it easy, we got a long season to go yet. One snap and clear.


  398. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 8, 2009 11:40 pm

    hi Mojo- and bowstock is…??? Smegol/Gollum fanny? ok. whatever…

    The Warrior Beat has new sponsors and I’m sure we would like to see more friendly chatter now that the season has started. ESPECIALLY while the team is on the ROAD for 3 games.

    This SHOULD be the gathering place for the Warrior faithful – for the aforementioned Friends, Family, Fun, Food and Football.

    See you in the morning- Nitey Night and Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  399. koakane™ September 8, 2009 11:41 pm

    wow warriormojo strong words but seems you’ve had a running battle with this dude before. if someone like that is so bent on being negative then my last comments is null and void.

    btw see you in seatlle and did you get my email for sat tgate?

  400. Ralph September 8, 2009 11:47 pm

    what time is genji’s opening for the ppv wash. st game. game time is 1 pm but what time is the buffet being served.

  401. WarriorMojo September 8, 2009 11:48 pm

    Al Davis is old and senile now and is destroying Ralph’s (and my) beloved Raiders, but at one time the guy really was ahead of his time. His philosophy was always to hire offensive coaches to be the head coach because they were the ones who were always concerned about in game situations, down and distance, setting up plays on the next drive, etc. Defensive coaches were, according to Davis, great at responding to situations, but not necessarily great at creating them.

    There’s a certain logic to that if you think about it. Offensive coordinators are used to thinking about things like whether to try to sneak in a running play with 32 seconds left in the game or to keep it in the air to stop the clock on an incompletion. Defensive coaches aren’t concerned with things like controlling the clock, when to use timeouts, or whether to go for one or two point PATs. They’re just trying to anticipate what the other team is doing and trying to stop it.

    I could be wrong, but that seems to be some of what is occurring with the Warriors. But it’s not rocket science. You don’t have to be Garret or Jason to learn that stuff.

  402. jm2375 September 8, 2009 11:49 pm

    OK, everyone play nice.

    Nitey nite.See you all in the morning.

  403. Kekoa September 8, 2009 11:55 pm

    So Warrior Mojo, who is warriormanny2? Is he the twin of warriorfanny2? I’m really confused now!

    Not that it really matters all that much either way I guess. Just wondering.

    They have certainly stirred up the trail dust lately. What you said matches what has happened on this blog lately.

    Some of us have been accused of drinking kool aid and smokin’ mirrors. MJ worshipers and bus drivers. I’ve been said to be a false cracker who smokes crack. I’ve gotta do an ID check before I go thru TSA to board the plane to Vegas!

    Ha!…gotta go soak my head and get some rest. G’nite!

  404. Kekoa September 8, 2009 11:57 pm

    Oh…try wait!…JM2375 check your email.

  405. al September 8, 2009 11:59 pm

    ralph….call em 949-7538

  406. WarriorMojo September 8, 2009 11:59 pm

    KK, got the email, but the problem is that I’m going to be with the parents, the brother and his wife, and two ex-pat friends living in Bellevue so it’ll be a game day decision.

    My friend is semi-bummed because Udub plays Idaho that day and he says that may be the only game they win this year.

    Okay off to wally world to see if they have Beatles Rockband on sale at midnight. Peace and love to all.

  407. Cindy cee September 9, 2009 12:03 am

    Goodnight, gang!

  408. Ralph September 9, 2009 12:06 am

    Al I went to SteveM site, 11:30 am serving time, game at 1 p.m.

  409. Ralph September 9, 2009 12:14 am

    no new post, only reruns on tv, nothing interesting on ESPN and it’s only 12:20 am…but i’m not tempted to join the mafia wars and farmville, i’m growing to be a youtube junky.

  410. al September 9, 2009 12:29 am

    still growing?
    funny, i never noticed.

  411. Chad Y September 9, 2009 12:30 am

    lol @ farmville.

  412. warriorfanny2 September 9, 2009 12:32 am

    sounds like thunder gotta head for the high ground white water comin, no fooling around opihi man in the sun opihi man grab your bag and run

  413. Ralph September 9, 2009 12:34 am

    cuz you spend most of your time eating, you got to get a life Al, cross over to the darkside with Whitey and smell the roses with him

  414. al September 9, 2009 12:37 am

    nah. i prefer american beauties.

  415. al September 9, 2009 12:38 am

    nite cc.

  416. koakane™ September 9, 2009 12:45 am

    wow late already so going nite nite last guy peal da light k ………….. zzzzzzzzzzz

  417. warriorfanny2 September 9, 2009 12:51 am

    eh warriormojo take the scotch tape off ur eyes no act—you make alot of noise but say nothing….but dont change—that way we can hear u coming with your push cart full of homeless non collectable junk–doubt if you could blow up a paper bag unless you fill it w crap. Yikes, dats real pilau.
    No wonder you are so slanted….anyway have a nice time with all your mancrunches and koolaid seninars, life must be good for losers and wannabees…..stay rational in Seattle and dont drink while taking your meds… aways get embarrassed.

  418. SteveM September 9, 2009 12:51 am

    September 8th, 2009 at 11:47 pm
    what time is genji’s opening for the ppv wash. st game. game time is 1 pm but what time is the buffet being served.

    September 9th, 2009 at 12:06 am
    Al I went to SteveM site, 11:30 am serving time, game at 1 p.m.

    😳 ooops, sorry — I put the 11:30 AM as a general for all gatherings…I will remove that to avoid confusion. I do not know the exact time the buffet will served at Genji’s. Past experience makes me guess around 12:30 — depending on the amount of food to be prepared. The current count is relatively low but the menu items are expanded.

    Genji’s doors open at 11:00 AM. I would be surprised if the buffet line is completely stocked before noon. I plan to arrive around noon. Expect the buffet to open between noon and game time.

    This is a Tsai-ko all-you-can-eat buffet. Differentiated from a planned buffet based on general quantities per person–Art, who was the Catering Manager of Zippy’s until he retired, was shocked at what the Tsai-kos did to his equation at the only other large buffet at Genji’s (Ronnie/Rich June 2008).

    It is important that Art have an accurate estimate of those purchasing the buffet. Let me know if you are having the buffet if you did not contact him directly yet.

  419. Ralph September 9, 2009 12:55 am

    if there is seating, i’ll have the buffet.

  420. warriormanny2 September 9, 2009 12:57 am

    eh, brah dont mess with mojo, he coaches soccer and looks pretty in red shorts.

  421. SteveM September 9, 2009 1:09 am

    Notice of the Saturday game lunch buffet only went out to those on my Karaoke Call list—since we are having karaoke after the game. Of course, everyone is welcome. The buffet is $18 (tax and tip included). The menu is at…

    Ala Carte menu is available but my past observation is that service might be extra slow until the first or second round of the buffet is laid out (small kitchen).

    Kekoa got ya…and there’s always room for pops!

  422. SteveM September 9, 2009 1:15 am

    OK Ralph…glad you can make it! +1 buffet

  423. al September 9, 2009 1:16 am


    eh, go sleep already. you made enough noise for the day.
    unless you enjoy being the warriorokole2.

  424. al September 9, 2009 1:17 am

    oops….not you warriormanny2.
    it was for your brother.

  425. βρεω808 September 9, 2009 3:05 am

    Ahh…. peace and quiet at last…. 😀

  426. βρεω808 September 9, 2009 3:16 am

    Here is my plea – to all….

    Why bother w/ meaningless debate? Life is too short to worry about those things – and there are far too many good people here and fun to be had by all to be spoiled by the very, very few miscreants.

    I think there are a very few simple rules (if any) and blog etiquette needed to participate:

    _ Have some respect, courtesy, and patience with your fellow bloggers. After all – these are just a collection of opinions and emotions. Nobody is always right, & often each of us can be wrong!

    _ Participation is strictly voluntary!

    _ SKIP is a powerful tool. Learn how to use if effectively.

    _ You are ALWAYS welcome to leave at any time. You can collect a full refund and your full deposit on the way out!

    That’s it! Pretty simple. JMHO. 😐

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  429. John September 9, 2009 3:27 am

    Ценные рекомендации, беру на заметку.

  430. βρεω808 September 9, 2009 3:54 am

    Sending my best wishes and prayers to Hawaiianbod and to las vegas and their families…. 😐

  431. letsgowarriors September 9, 2009 4:13 am

    idk what to believe bc mack, HA and SB all have different quotes on who will be calling the plays: rolo period, w/ the in put of shaw/smith, mack veto power, lee veto power, lee gameplanning, all 5 gameplanning etc…but if i was rolo i would call the game MYSELF. its been put out there and now your name is on the line, if you gonna fail, make sure its you that fails. dont fail bc you are making calls that other coaches wanted.

    here’s to rolo calling a good game this weekend. feel bad for RL, but if the offense improves, cant compain. too much vertical routes and need to hit the the underneath stuff.

  432. Loa September 9, 2009 5:09 am

    morning gang!

    sheesh, took me over an hour to catch up even when using the skip tool 🙂

    Hawaiianbod – take care brah and get well soon

    John – prayers for your pops

  433. djmitcho September 9, 2009 5:15 am

    Good Morning All! It’s one more day closer to game day. Speaking of game day, I have bad news…for me. Had to take the car into the shop yesterday and it’s gonna cost me more than I hoped to fix. Unfortunately its something that has to be done. That means my travel budget just disappeared. In turn that means I won’t be making it to the other side of the state to watch the game with my fellow Tsaikos. I’m super bummed right now. First the Vegas game, then this.
    Sent your ticket to wafan, so you can get it from him on Saturday. Will email about that.

    Well, I hope everyone has a good day.

  434. Loa September 9, 2009 5:16 am

    Stephen/Leila – another great show yesterday

  435. Bulla September 9, 2009 5:29 am

    Hawaiian Bod, get better bro,

    John Collins, your father is in my prayers.

    and for those on this blog that find the support that most of us share with each other when it comes to our ohana……find another blog to dump your trash……

    to the TRUE TSAIKOS out there, have a blessed day, and may we all be thankful for the blessings we have around us

  436. Kekoa (iPhone) September 9, 2009 5:39 am

    Dj ~ I thot I had all the bum luck these days! Life is brutal at times. 👿

    Wish I could do something to help. Let’s hope for better days ahead. Scream and shout for the Warriors, they’ll hear you at Quest field!

  437. djmitcho September 9, 2009 5:39 am

    If anyone still needs a ticket to the UNLV game in the Tsaiko section, let me know so I can mail it to you.

  438. bighilofan2 September 9, 2009 5:46 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Blessings to your family Las Vegas. Hope your father is pain free. It was very hard watching my father in his final hours. I wish him PEACE!

  439. Kekoa (iPhone) September 9, 2009 5:48 am

    AMEN to that important reminder coach Bulla! Continued safe travels to you and aunty Lyn.

    Give Snow Beast an extra helping of pure 100% Buffalo burgers to keep him lean and mean!

  440. bighilofan2 September 9, 2009 5:48 am


    hope you’re feeling better. Take care, brother!

  441. bighilofan2 September 9, 2009 5:50 am


    have a great trip to Wassu. play hard. play smart. make uncle proud!

    see you in Vegas!

    Go Warriors!!

  442. bighilofan2 September 9, 2009 5:58 am


    you tooooo funny! 👿

  443. jm2375 September 9, 2009 6:05 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    It’s hump day. Time flies when you’re having fun.

    Kekoa – you sent anodda email after da one yesterday morning? You ditching out on me?

    Play nice. esme and out. whoooosh.

  444. bighilofan2 September 9, 2009 6:06 am

    This Saturday’s game will be a team effort. We were favored to win by 6 by the Vegas pundits.

    If our team keeps its game face on, this will be a great start for Rolo as play caller on offense. as warriorfanny2 opined, this move has got to be a boost for the offense. honestly.

    so lets see how this shakes up for our team. i’m excited.

    Go Warriors.

  445. bighilofan2 September 9, 2009 6:07 am

    pssttt. that was before all dat rock throwing in the pond at the last minute, making waves for nuttin.

    still yet, no foget the message:

    Go Warriors

  446. Bulla September 9, 2009 6:08 am


    mahalo for the kind words, wyoming is wyoming, been there done that, check it off the bucket list…what else is in ‘that’ bucket? haha

    relaxing day today at the hotel in Reno, aunty lyn at the spa chilling and i’ll be doing some reading and writing.

    tomorrow is the BIG DAY….driving from Reno to Ft. Collins CO, all 918 miles of it, can anyone say RED BULL???? it’ll be fun, lot’s of inspirational cd’s and christian music to jam with

    good luck to the WARRIORS….gotta get another W this week Saturday.

    ‘instead of seeing what we’re looking for, let us look for what we cannot see’

    always look for the good and you will find it……always, just takes a little longer sometimes.

    have an awesome hump day everyone :o)

  447. Aloha Kakahiaka!

  448. letsgowarriors September 9, 2009 6:12 am

    i was gonna drive up to fort collins to watch them hawaii boys play, but UH game starts couple hours after, so i have to pass. the Rams OL is strong, should be a good test.

  449. Garret September 9, 2009 6:16 am

    Quite frankly, I think that many published articles and many posters have have been unfair to Washington State over the cancellation of the 2011 UH game. Two points that have been made but *not* emphasized enough in my opinion:

    1. New Pac-10 scheduling rules forced Washington State to not play a game during the weekend that the 2011 UH game was canceled. When the conference told all teams to cancel the games scheduled on that weekend, why is Washington State taking so much blame here? For the posters who are calling Washington State chicken for not wanting to come to Hawaii for $300k, why is it then okay for UH to turn down $1 million to play an SEC or Big 10 team?

    2. When informed that they couldn’t play a football game on the date scheduled with UH, Washington State first tried to reschedule the game for a different date in 2011. So, Washington State *still* tried to play UH in 2011, but UH refused their request due to other scheduling issues. I think that all the headline writers and articles in every Hawaii paper left out this critical piece of information. I understand the desire to make Washington State look bad and UH look good in this situation, but the truth is often a shade of gray and it looks like the Hawaii media completely missed on getting to the truth or decided not to report the whole truth.

    “We need that weekend open,” Sterk said, to allow for a bye during the season. The Cougars still have the opening weekend free, but Hawaii couldn’t move to that date, Sterk said.

  450. Garret September 9, 2009 6:18 am

    One of the starting WRs for Washington State has been kicked off the team.

    Washington State University receiver Kevin Norrell was dismissed from the team for the season Tuesday after being arrested early Labor Day morning by Pullman police and charged with driving under the influence.

    Norrell, a sophomore, was slated to start Saturday’s game with Stanford until he missed much of last week due to the flu.

  451. d1島 September 9, 2009 6:20 am

    Great Morning All!

    Be safe on da road Bulla.
    Good Luck to Da Beast and Co.


    Agree wicchu. Let’s see how it shakes out; nothing we going say here going change Mack’s decision.
    Main ting: GO ROAD WARRIORS!

  452. d1島 September 9, 2009 6:21 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  453. Bulla September 9, 2009 6:23 am


    it’s going to be tough against CSU, along with the fact that they beat Colorado last week. hopefully they’ll overlook us, and we can make it competitive! we’re looking forward to watching the game.

    hawaii boyz did well against wyoming, Bijon from Kaiser, Adam from SL, Maiah from Aiea, Tytan from SL, Cameron and Zack from SL, and of course, The Beast from SL.

    DT’s are all 808 boys, and they had 3 goal line stands resulting in field goals instead of TD’s….something special to see…..the bonds are being built!


  454. letsgowarriors September 9, 2009 6:30 am

    didnt realize miah went there too.

  455. Go- Beast and boyz !

  456. Maverick September 9, 2009 6:55 am

    Morning gang.
    Just noticed that the game has been picked up by Direct tv on the FSN NW channel. #688.
    Dang, that WR from WSU went from having the Flu, to drinking alchohol right afters? Quess he no like play in top shape.

    Bulla, You now hanging in the Agriculture land of Ft. Collins for this next game?
    My cheers stay strong for Jr. & Weber St. to take down CSU.

  457. The game is on Dish #455 too but too expensive for me…

    Ok, HI HO!

  458. lava September 9, 2009 7:08 am

    Garret, re #449, has any school beside WSU canceled a game and taken a penalty all to comply with the new PAC-10 rule? I thought the rule was more of a preference, not a mandatory thing. I would think the PAC-10 would understand non-compliance with the rule when the game is already scheduled.

    To me it’s like eating two Whoppers and someone says “you should never eat more than one Whopper at a time,” and you say “hold out your hands.”

  459. postmanke September 9, 2009 7:10 am

    I feel really good about Rolo calling the plays from the sidelines. If he/team struggles I wonder what happens to this offense in the off season?

  460. Jason September 9, 2009 7:20 am

    SteveM: I’m going to have to cancel for Saturday, we’re celebrating my nephew’s 1st birthday that day.

    I was wondering if anyone knows of any place near Bellows where I might be able to take off for a few hours to watch the game? Or if there are any Tsai-kos I know in the area who might want to invite me over to watch at their home? I’m not sure what we’re doing on Saturday, so I might have to skip the game altogether, but I wanted to check just in case.

  461. el guapo September 9, 2009 7:20 am


    September 9th, 2009 at 6:16 am
    Quite frankly, I think that many published articles and many posters have have been unfair to Washington State over the cancellation of the 2011 UH game….. Two points that have been made but *not* emphasized enough in my opinion:

    1. New Pac-10 scheduling rules forced Washington State to not play a game during the weekend that the 2011 UH game was canceled. When the conference told all teams to cancel the games scheduled on that weekend, why is Washington State taking so much blame here? For the posters who are calling Washington State chicken for not wanting to come to Hawaii for $300k, why is it then okay for UH to turn down $1 million to play an SEC or Big 10 team?

    Cause no one at UH signed a contract, then backed out. But then, you’re smart and I’m emotional :).

    I still like your idea of a game in LA. Can Anaheim Stadium still be used for football? I know there are some changes in the outfield (fountains) that might make it difficult for football.

  462. Committed Road Warrior September 9, 2009 7:22 am

    Another gloomy day in the nation’s capital.

    wafan and djmitcho ~ Check your e-mail.

    Pomai ~ UH 14, WSU 10

  463. djmitcho September 9, 2009 7:28 am

    I may be able to go to the game after all. A friend said he may be driving over for the game. If he goes, I’ll at least be able to go to the game.

  464. Garret September 9, 2009 7:33 am


    I think that the request by the Pac-10 is for nonconference games on the Thanksgiving weekend, as that would give the Pac-10 some flexibility for their conference schedules. I did a quick search and couldn’t find any Pac-10 teams playing a nonconference game during Thanksgiving weekend in 2011. This could be related to plans for the TV contract, as they are going to a model where their nonconference games are in September.

    USC is playing UCLA on 11/26/11
    Arizona is playing Arizona State on 11/26/11

    Washington has a bye week on 11/26/11 (all of their conference games, including UH, are in September)

    Washington State obviously has nothing scheduled on 11/26/11

    Cal currently doesn’t have a game scheduled on 11/26/11

    Oregon has their 3 nonconference games all scheduled in September

  465. Dennis Halloran September 9, 2009 7:34 am

    Anaheim stadium is still used for big HS games that draw 20K+

  466. Garret September 9, 2009 7:39 am

    el guapo,

    I’m trying to take emotions out of the situation with Washington State, though they would have been in better shape if the news that they canceled the game didn’t leak out right before UH played them.

    They did back out of the contract, but they are honoring the contract and UH can use that $300k. So, they aren’t really breaking the contract, they are satisfying the terms of the contract. Ideally, UH would get an opponent with similar appeal and have that extra $300k for the Athletic Department budget problems.

    I don’t know think that Anaheim Stadium would be a go for football. However, if the new stadium in the city of Industry ever gets built, they would be looking for ways to fill it up on Saturdays…with USC and UCLA not available, I would hope that UH would fill that void!

    Scheduling nonconference games or even some conference games (UH vs. Fresno State, UH vs. San Diego State, etc.) in LA would make a lot of sense. The new stadium in Dallas is hosting a lot of college games (teams get between $1 million and $5 million each!) and even high school games…

    My simulation finally finished so I have to get back to work. I hope that ST has good news on the next blog to lift the mood here.

  467. Garret September 9, 2009 7:40 am

    Guess I’m wrong about Anaheim Stadium…that would be a good option too, though it would generate much less than the new stadium.

    What if UH plays a game in LA on 11/26/11?

  468. Sharkabrah September 9, 2009 7:41 am

    Anyone know where the Warriors will be practicing while in Seattle and if it is open to the public? My 6 yr old would love to see them. He has already been practicing his version of the “haka” to do at the game for good luck.

    GO Warriors!

  469. warriormanny2 September 9, 2009 7:50 am

    #460, Jason. The Shack, has two locations within 15-20 minutes of Sherwood Forest (Bellows): Keolu Hills and Hawaii Kai Shopping Center (near safeway)….great crowds that are attended by former coaches as well as players….they whop it up and the crowd is interactive….Im not sure, but Olomana Golf links might also have it in their Bar and that would place you within 5 minutes from your beachsite….good luck.

  470. Slugger September 9, 2009 7:54 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


    Thanks for the additional clarification on the PAC-10 issue that WSU is citing.


    Go BEAST! & Poly boyz! Safe travels to Ft. Collins.

  471. LizKauai (We are FAMILY!) September 9, 2009 8:05 am

    Here is a WARRIOR THEME SONG – inspired by Brian K.

  472. LizKauai (We are FAMILY!) September 9, 2009 8:06 am

    Good news, djmitcho!

  473. lava September 9, 2009 8:09 am

    Thanks Garret. I don’t have a problem with WSU canceling under the circumstances, and I think the timing is good. If UH wins and then the announcement, it may look like they are backing down to spare another loss.

  474. Don Weir September 9, 2009 8:32 am

    Come Game Day we stand behind the coaches who developed the O & D game plans, the coaches who call O & D plays/stunts/coverages, and especially the players who are on Quest Field.
    We received a one word telegram from the Governor of the State of Hawaii before we played the Tenn Volunteers years ago and it bears repeating now for all of us:

    Go Warriors!

  475. jm2375 September 9, 2009 8:38 am

    Jason – are you going to be on the military side of Bellows? If so, check with Bellows Rec Center. Otherwise, mebbe g-nalo could invite you over. 🙂 (or is he going to the game?). Olomana GC is the closest, Shack Enchanted Lake is the next closest.

  476. Da Punchbowl Kid September 9, 2009 8:41 am

    Thank you Don Weir. Nuff said!


  477. Da Punchbowl Kid September 9, 2009 8:44 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Prayers for Hawaiian Bod and for Las Vegas and his father.

  478. LizKauai (We are FAMILY!) September 9, 2009 8:48 am

    Thanks Don-

    For the rest of the stuff going on-
    “Love brings up everything unlike itself for the purpose of healing”


  479. warriormanny2 September 9, 2009 9:07 am

    the broom is on her meds again.

  480. chopsueyboy September 9, 2009 9:13 am

    Mahalo Don! Any idea how many Hawaii fans will be at WSU game?
    We have a group of 18


  481. lurker September 9, 2009 9:14 am


    do you have equity in her life?

  482. al September 9, 2009 9:22 am

    moving day…must be a busy day in manoa.

  483. d1島 September 9, 2009 9:27 am

    Mahalo Don Weir!

    Now why can’t something like THAT be a cheer adopted by all fans in Aloha Stadium?


  484. Sharkabrah September 9, 2009 9:31 am

    We will have a group of about 20! Anyone going to the alumni pre-game at Safeco Field? I heard they are having a live band and dancers.

    Liz mahalo for the youtube clip.


  485. d1島 September 9, 2009 9:32 am

    Mauka Sidelines: IMUA!

    Makai Sidelines: WARRIORS!

  486. SJ Bobkins September 9, 2009 9:32 am

    ST and gang. I appreciated the streaming program, the picture and sound were terrific here in Arizona. ST you make want to slip a little closer to the mike, I missed some things, and the person on the opposite end was a little too close. I don’t know how to send you questions, are we doing it in advance by posting the questions?

  487. d1島 September 9, 2009 9:37 am


    I laugh when I see you post….
    brings to mind Rap’s skit: Shaka Braddah!

    I get one out-rayyy-jes shok! 😆

  488. Don Weir September 9, 2009 9:39 am

    Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000-6000 fans purchased tickets from UH. Packages by the travel companies purchased blocks as well. Many of the fans also purchased the inner passage cruise and they will only be at the WSU game as the cruise takes a week.

    I’ll be at the Safeco tailgate.
    Stop me and say hello and let’s talk UH football!!

  489. Sharkabrah September 9, 2009 9:48 am

    d1 – Glad I can make you laugh! hahah.

    Oh Rap was a comic genius….”come go wendal’s.. he got the biggest freakin lau lau”

    Don Weir – I might have to check out the alumni event. If you fans are still in town on sunday and not leaving on the Cruise to Alaska here is a free event happening in town.

  490. Kekoa September 9, 2009 9:56 am

    #479 ~ Oh…dat reminds me. ST – take your meds! Long road trip – no forget.

  491. d1島 September 9, 2009 9:58 am

    ….and your belt! 🙂

  492. d1島 September 9, 2009 9:59 am

    Sorry, Kekoa!

    No worry….I working, working….

  493. SJ Bobkins September 9, 2009 10:00 am

    I live in PAC-10 country and there has been nothing about new rules on bye weekends or all teams having to have a bye on the same day in the media. I’ve been hanging around the football office now and then, to check on recruiting of specific kids and while I didn’t know to ask anyone then, I didn’t hear a word. Is it not possible to move the date for both teams if as you say WaaaaaSU is forced into this? Example: BYU was to open the 2009 season at ASU, Jerry Jones called the ASU AD and suggested maybe the schedule was too rough at the beginning, so Jones offers up Idaho State to ASU, and then his real plan comes together, BYU is free to play Oklahoma, who has already agreed. BYU was to play Nevada at Provo, and UNR bailed instead wanting to play Grambling in Reno. BYU was stuck and the team Nevada got to fill their spot was Tulane. All this took place in June and July of this year. Things get done real quick. Let me suggest that WSU didn’t want to play Hawaii at home, where they have been strong since the 1980s beating teams who come in highly regarded by monster scores. ESPN has a discussion on the College football section, a video with three guys talking about BCS schools no longer wanting to schedule down. The ACC got killed by 1-AA teams, last year Big 10 Indiana got beat by 2 1-AA, Iowa almost did last week, Colorado, New Mexico, San Diego St and Colorado also got beat by the 1-AA. The three guys felt that the BCS will schedule non-conference game with BCS teams solely in the future.

  494. Stretch September 9, 2009 10:02 am

    I heard on the radio that at the upcoming UH Women’s Volleyball Tournament hosted by the Honolulu Advertiser, they are going to have dancing contests during the break. I wonder what songs they will be playing?? Tricky?? Low?? Too bad ST is not going to be around to enter. GUARANTEE WINNER!!

  495. jm2375 September 9, 2009 10:02 am

    re 490 & 491 – and ST, be careful where you step! :mrgreen:

  496. Don Weir September 9, 2009 10:02 am

    Mahalo for the invitation. I’m out early on Sunday and down to SFO for a fundraiser.
    I will look for everyone at the CAL Hotel on Friday evening for the video poker tourney with proceeds to Na Koa. Mahalo to CAL GM Dave Lebby for setting this benefit up and hosting the Warrior Fans: ESPN live, Rainbowtique, prize giveaways (Na Koa is donating two sideline passes for the New Mexico game, The Willows and Big City Diner donations as well)

  497. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 9, 2009 10:06 am

    The IMUA/WARRIORS challenge yell would be great. Why not send the suggestion on to the cheerleaders. uhcheer at hawaiidotedu The coaches are Mike Baker and Mateo Salado

    Shoots – accidentally deleted the rest of the post.

    However, we would appreciate any recommendations for a place to watch Saturday’s football game and to eat lunch which is no more than a five-minute drive to the campus as we’re also going to the HONOLULU ADVERTISER VOLLEYBALL CHALLENGE starting at 5 pm Unfortunately, DrDoc has to limit his sodium intake to no more than 1500 mgs per day which eliminates most ethnic foods.

  498. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 9, 2009 10:06 am

    The IMUA/WARRIORS challenge yell would be great. Why not send the suggestion on to the cheerleaders. uhcheer at hawaiidotedu The coaches are Mike Baker and Mateo Salado

    Shoots – accidentally deleted the rest of the post.

    However, we would appreciate any recommendations for a place to watch Saturday’s football game and to eat lunch which is no more than a five-minute drive to the campus as we’re also going to the HONOLULU ADVERTISER VOLLEYBALL CHALLENGE starting at 5 pm Unfortunately, DrDoc has to limit his sodium intake to no more than 1500 mgs per day which eliminates most ethnic foods.

  499. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 9, 2009 10:11 am

    What is with my computer!! First, it eliminates a post and then issues double posts? Any explanation from the CGs out there?

  500. lava September 9, 2009 10:13 am


  501. SteveM September 9, 2009 10:24 am

    Congrats lava — no one has hit 500 here for a loooong time. 🙂

  502. Kekoa September 9, 2009 10:26 am

    W/Doc ~ In order to operate ‘puters, one must be smarter than da ‘puter!

  503. lurker September 9, 2009 10:31 am


    all time stupid post

  504. lurker September 9, 2009 10:33 am

    who should be taking their meds?

  505. madeinhawaii September 9, 2009 10:40 am


    There’s also Big City Diner in Kailua, next to Foodland.

  506. Goin2Play September 9, 2009 10:41 am

    I hope the coaches help these young receivers by motioning them and/or shifting them on the line to help them identify coverages…so they run the correct routes! It’ll also help to get the defenders out of allignment and unable to do their assignments because they are out of position. Obviously, its easier to line up correctly with a stationary opponent.

    I also think if Rolo calls the plays, he should be up in the booth…where he can see the who field and development of the plays! June Jones (hate him for leaving or not) had a unique ability to see the field from the sidelines that not many other coaches (college or NFL) can do! He can communicate with the QB over the sideline telephone like most other play callers, which he would provide valuable aerial information for his QB (NOTE: Even NFL QBs look at aerial photos of plays during a course of a game….however, this practice is not allowed in college and you have to do the next best thing). Ron should be on the field communicating directly to his receivers on what they are seeing and what they are doing….since that will be primarily all he will be concentrating on during the games.

    Offensive game plan….I hope you also game plans wrinkles in your offense to each game (like the defense will have special blitzes for each opponent..etc.) They are game planning against you too with their scouting and you need to show something different that they didn’t prepare for too!

  507. madeinhawaii September 9, 2009 10:41 am

    Is ST flying out today, as well?

  508. Da Punchbowl Kid September 9, 2009 10:42 am

    A one word question: Why?

  509. Cindy cee September 9, 2009 10:45 am

    Good morning, Gang!

    These last 3 days before the game are going too slowwwww.

  510. LizKauai (We are FAMILY!) September 9, 2009 10:53 am

    Kauai Tsai-kos – any plans for a get-together to watch the game on Sat?

  511. Sinope September 9, 2009 11:04 am

    One way Washington State can save the $$$ is to have JD suggest a long term home and home games. (say, six years?) starting in 2012 or thereabouts and we don’t take their $$$ in 2011. We get a long term home and home that way with a BCS team, such as it is.

  512. uhwarriors September 9, 2009 11:07 am

    The 9/7/09 Na Koa Lunch Report is now posted on

  513. jm2375 September 9, 2009 11:20 am

    WDoc – #499 – I keep hearing about Varsity Grill (in Pucks Alley?) on 1420AM. Otherwise, there’s always Genji’s…

  514. LizKauai (We are FAMILY!) September 9, 2009 11:34 am

    New Post is up

  515. SJ Bobkins September 9, 2009 11:38 am

    How many ST-ites are going to be in Seattle? And how many are expected to be in Las Vegas? I’ve been traveling with just my iPhone to keep track of things, but I’m horrible at typing on it. So I’m out of touch on what was finally decided regarding the party before the Las Vegas game. Is it at a persons home, restaurant or another type of facility. Sorry, I know you all have had this discussed and laid out forever.

  516. Ronnie September 9, 2009 12:04 pm

    SJ Bobkins,

    In case you’re still on this post…

    The “T-gate” before the LV game will be at Cici’s Pizza
    9890 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas.
    The buses will be leaving from there.

    There’s a Friday night K-Call at Kiku Hana
    2550 S. Rainbow Blvd and W. Sahara Ave

    There’s a block of 220 Tsaiko (including family/friends) sitting together plus other Tsaikos who bought game tickets through other means…

  517. warriortojo September 9, 2009 1:11 pm

    I love Coach GM and I think he is great.
    Someday my keeds will be old enough to love him too.

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