Seeking answers

Maybe it was the long preconference schedule. Maybe it was, well, whatever. The reality is the Warriors have numerous injuries that are taxing the active roster. No excuses, as they say, but this is how it probably will be the rest of the regular season. UH already has spent its bye.

The next two UH games will be played at Aloha Stadium. Maybe that will help a team seeking to regain its rhythm.


  1. mo808 October 19, 2014 4:50 am

    Good Sunday Greetings, Folks!
    Sending healing prayers to our injured players, and encouraging thoughts for the team to hang in there! We (fans) will be there this Saturday cheering you on to a win! The sun always comes out after the rain! 🙂

  2. islandman October 19, 2014 5:06 am

    No. 2. It’s a slow moving storm over Oahu , constant rain …

  3. gigi-hawaii October 19, 2014 5:07 am

    It’s a good thing the team played in San Diego instead of Hawaii. It’s been raining steadily all night.

    There were so many missed opportunities during the game. I am just amazed that we couldn’t get the win. Just think about Ewaliko scoring that touchdown run if there hadn’t been a penalty for holding. Not to mention those wonderful throws that were intercepted.

    Doggone it!

    Well, as June Jones liked to say, “One snap and clear!”

  4. islandman October 19, 2014 5:08 am

    Trees and rocks may start falling because of the soaked ground.

  5. islandman October 19, 2014 5:10 am

    If the game had been played in Hawaii, maybe Pumphrey would have been slowed down by slipping and sliding .

  6. mctruck October 19, 2014 5:18 am

    hind-sight, but maybe load up with replacing olb’s with db’s since rb-Pumprey was out running coverage at line-of-scrimmage? just thinking, maybe?

  7. Bulla October 19, 2014 5:53 am

    Aloha everyone,

    Rain, rain, and more rain, but it’s all good. Heartfelt cheers for our Warriors who are wounded and down, but they’re not dead and out. As long as they’re breathing, they’ve got a chance…..stay dry and be safe today everyone…..make memories, make memories, make memories…..

  8. whitey October 19, 2014 6:41 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. for myself, hard to get answers when get brainlock.

  9. Laurie Kelsay October 19, 2014 7:00 am

    2 and 11

  10. MattyBoy October 19, 2014 7:04 am

    So when will Hawaii fire Chow?

  11. MattyBoy October 19, 2014 7:07 am

    It’s so horrible to see Hawaii’s football team look as if it’s being coached by a pop warner coach. Chow should resign or be fired.

  12. MattyBoy October 19, 2014 7:11 am

    And Tsai Hawaii will never regain it’s rhythm under Chow. as long as Chow is here, the team will always look lost. Chow took away Hawaii’s identity. He is not head coach material by any means.

  13. KdaGreat October 19, 2014 7:32 am

    If the UH were smart and operating as one unit they would take some of that shidler money and buy out Chow, fire Wynn, promote Clune and bring Rolo back. The true fans have suffered long enough.

  14. 3-Prong October 19, 2014 7:36 am

    ….I still Believe. Nothing like home cooking. Go Bows!

    Eh boo! Too good your boola boola! And da Cats’ streak continues.

  15. ArcumFortis October 19, 2014 8:04 am

    Being a head coach is a whole different deal and coach Chow has been on a steep learning curve. Mac figured out pretty early that he needed good coordinators and promoted Aranda and Rolo to those jobs. Mac did not seem a person who could command the respect that was needed to lead the coaching staff and his team. So there seemed to be an undertone of grumbling in his coaches (my assessment which of course could be dead wrong).

    Coach Chow’s mistake so far is to think he can be OC and HC. Both of the previous OC’s he brought on we’re clearly going to be coaches that deferred to him and the same is true now with his QB coach and WR coach.

    I don’t know if coach Chow will survive this year. I know many of you would be relieved if he did not and I understand and often share that sentiment. But I still wonder if can he can make the needed adjustments and still be successful. I would see this as hiring appropriately experienced offensive coaches and stepping back from the role of offensive team leader. He may not get the chance to do this and of course may stubbornly not want to give up the role of offensive leader. But anyone who has been observing would have to conclude that things are very limited on the offensive side of the team.

    I like coach Chow and hope we can win enough for him to survive the season and try it again next year. I think our offensive firepower will be greater with the players we have coming back and coming in next year. But we need different offensive leadership one way or another. If coach Chow is fired I would not grieve but would be left with a small doubt that he might have been astute enough to eventually get it right. But maybe I am unrealistically optimistic.

  16. Old Diver October 19, 2014 8:06 am

    SDSU is as injured as UH. No excuses. Norm Chow is coaching with a 1990’s mentality. Modern college football is about playing to win the game not playing not to lose the game. (See Ferd’s column) The Warrior’s problems not only extend from poor coaching and recruiting, it’s about a coaching mindset which will not be successful at the mid-BCS level. We are the underdogs, underdogs must play to win.

  17. oneseason October 19, 2014 8:11 am

    7 games into Season 3 … a total of 3 wins (S1-UNLV, S2-Army, S3-Wyoming) and 25 losses against full FBS schools. 626 points score by UH and 1036 points score by full FBS opponents.

    Two games into MWC Season 3 … a total of 2 wins (S1-UNLV, S3-Wyoming) and 16 losses. 440 points scored by UH and 689 points scored by MWC opponents.

    Of the 6 MWC games remaining in Season 3 (below), UH has only defeated UNLV since the coaching change.

    Nevada: 2 Losses, 33-100 (total pts for-pts against)
    Utah St: 1 Loss, 10-47
    Col St: 2 Losses, 55-77
    SJSU: 1 Loss, 27-37
    UNLV: 1 Win (Season 1) & 1 Loss, 85-49
    Fresno St: 2 Losses, 47-87

    After the Wyoming win, I was cautiously optimistic. After the SDSU game, I am afraid our fundraising website will soon become “”

  18. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 8:16 am

    You know, if UH didn’t play two FCS schools in 2012 to pad the schedule, and an FCS school this year, in all likelihood, norm chow would be 2-29 up until this point in the season. Like I said, the hindenburg.

  19. rei rei October 19, 2014 8:26 am

    I really feel chow is selfish he is only hurting his players more then trying to heal them ikaika may be more damage after the season is over . And may never be the same he CHOW who is a DR should know that.

  20. hatakeman October 19, 2014 8:27 am

    Yesterday’s game plan and execution was the same as the other games except for the Wyoming win. The only touchdown was a fluke Hail-Mary. The offense generated 264 total yards on 56 plays. Absolutely dismal performance. I blame Norm Chow for this. Seeking answers? Get a new head coach.

  21. rei rei October 19, 2014 8:33 am

    chow is a bad DR he is only hurting ikaika more than only for a season he could only do more damage to his back.for lifelong injury.

  22. rei rei October 19, 2014 8:37 am

    why isnt my comment up yet

  23. oldtimer808 October 19, 2014 9:03 am

    Good morning that was a tough loss. I feel for our student/athletes. I don’t like second guessing our coaches but Coach Chow needs to reevaluate how to best use the players available to him. I truly believe Ewaliko and St. Juste should be put on the field in plays that will use their play making skills. I agree we need to play to win especially now. The offense is just too conservative and teams are stacking the box with different looks which makes it difficult for our o-line to know who to block. Coach Clune is doing a heck of a job as our defensive coordinator but the defense can only do so much. I’m glad that Funua is doing well this season. Man we are at the cusp of being a good overall team but something is missing and yes the coaches need to find some answers quickly. GO RAINBOW WARRIORS!!

  24. $ October 19, 2014 9:11 am

    I am very sad because our boys do play hard but we are being out coached in every game. We won two games. I hope we can win 5 more.

  25. Old School Dave October 19, 2014 9:12 am

    Frustration all about. SDSU always has talented players at the skilled positions (so much talent in that part of Cali, I don’t know why SDSU is not more prominent). Still, the UH Defense held them to 20 points. Sure, a couple of breakdowns, but still an improvement over last season. Six remaining games, three at home and three on the road. Still get chance. Heal up Warriors!

    Looking ahead, recruiting needs next season will be at punter, return guys, defensive line (losing Beau, Moses, and Marcus), corners, and QB (JUCOs?).

    UH DC Kevin Clune has been a bargain for UH. Boise State’s WR, TE, and DB coaches earn the same as Clune at $160,000.

  26. Old School Dave October 19, 2014 9:16 am

    Agree with Oldtimer that Ewaliko and St. Juste need to be on the field more and utilized effectively. Really impressed and happy to see Benny Fonua playing well on D and taking advantage of the opportunity given him. . He looks like the light was turned on and he’s always around the ball.

  27. Bryson October 19, 2014 9:27 am

    I honestly feel at this point St Juste needs to start at RB he gives us a different dynamic. He has shown the ability to run inside or hit the edge which is something I think Lakalaka lacks not saying he’s doing a bad job but if the playcalling is gonna continously be runs up the gut I’d rather have a RB who can read and break it outside if nothing is there…Also it seems like Hawaii failed to continue its offensive momentum from the Wyoming game in regards to playcalling they went back to the run, run, pass play call sheet…

  28. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 9:28 am

    Mountain West western conference is weak. SDSU actually isn’t very good. They’re not terrible but they’re not top 30, and i doubt even top 50. The way some people talk, it’s like every team UH plays is a top 25 team.

  29. kev-1 October 19, 2014 9:29 am

    #3 wrote … “It’s a good thing the team played in San Diego instead of Hawaii. It’s been raining steadily all night.”

    Yeah. We wouldn’t have wanted them to get wet too.

    I must say I admire your ability to be so positive. As a fan I am beyond frustrated. YES there were a lot of mistakes, but a lot of this is on the coaching.

    Chow said the team lost this game because of the mistakes. He needs to acknowledge that the PLAY CALLING in this game was horrendous. But he will never do that.

  30. SteveM October 19, 2014 9:31 am

    Good morning everyone! (figuratively)

    The sky is grey and falling, my lawn is a marsh, and Oahu is hidden under the weather radar map.
    Hoping for a better outlook…and good weather… for this Saturday’s UH-Nevada game. I’ll be there.

  31. kev-1 October 19, 2014 9:33 am

    Anyone who honestly assesses the UH offense has to admit that it is extremely easy for opposing defenses to prepare for. If you don’t agree with that, you are delusional. Injuries aside, it comes down to play calling and execution. You don’t give your players a chance to execute if you don’t call effective plays.

    On the fan phones last night, Gary kept shutting down everyone who was questioning why St. Juste wasn’t in the game. He is delusional too. I’m not saying bench Lakalaka either. USE BOTH!!!!!!!!!!! Lakalaka inside, St. Juste outside.

  32. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 9:34 am

    As far as the remaining games on the schedule, for their home games, i don’t see UH beating nevada, and utah state. They could probably eke out a win against UNLV at aloha stadium, though.

    As far as the road games, unless something drastically different happens, I don’t see the Chow Hidenburg era reversing the losing streak anytime soon. definitely not against colorado state, probably not SJSU, and i’ll give fresno the benefit of the doubt.

    again, maybe the light turns on and they go on a tear and rip through the rest of an unimpressive western conference, but judging on how they’re playing up until this point in the season (and to be honest, even their play against wyoming wasn’t terribly impressive), i don’t see it.

  33. kev-1 October 19, 2014 9:37 am

    4-Prong . . . actually, I think Utah St. just lost another QB. I think they are down to their 3rd stringer. That may improve chances.

  34. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 9:37 am

    kev-1: the rose tinted glasses are strong with that one, the person who wrote post #3. even the sentence “including the two wonderful throws that were intercepted.”

    unless it was meant to be sarcastic, those throws weren’t “wonderful” at all. that’s why they were intercepted.

  35. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 9:39 am

    kev-1: damn, dude. utah state is having a rough season with injuries. well, in that case, maybe the UH defense (which is actually not bad) will not only stop the USU offense, but score defensive touchdowns. because god knows that the UH offense won’t be scoring any.

  36. kev-1 October 19, 2014 9:42 am

    4-Prong . . . you hit the nail on the head. The defense will need to become a scoring defense for us to have greater chances at wins. That is a tough expectation though.

  37. Former UH Athlete October 19, 2014 9:46 am

    14… You also must realize Mac was a DC, so he had to hire an OC to run the offense. The defense did come down a bit when he was promoted from DC to HC.

    Chow has been an OC forever, so I’m certain he figured he could handle the OC and HC duties like JJ did. Remember we really got spoiled by JJ. He was the exception to the rule. I think he realized he needed an OC last year, but the whole Aaron Price situation totally backfired on him. He’s unofficially has Wynn as his OC, but like Rolo was in his first 2 seasons as play caller, UH is going to have to live with some mistakes. Rolo was by no means perfect early on, but he did improve later on as he got more comfortable.

    The main question is how much Chow is still controlling the play calling per se. From what Bobby Curran reports, Wynn wants to be aggressive. I understand the need to be conservative because the QB play has been bad, but you still need to be a threat to throw beyond 10 yards. If IW can’t get it done, the the next guy needs to get a shot to prove himself.

    With UH still only 1-1 in MW, wth 6 more games to play…it’s not a waste of redshirt to play Reilly

  38. cocobean October 19, 2014 9:51 am

    ST. The offense only had rhythm in the 2nd half of the Wyoming game. All of us were hoping they’d build on the momentum from that game. It was so frustrating watching and waiting for out offense to kick it into gear. At times it was player error at times, in my opinion, it was play calling and coaching decisions. I feel you can’t put it all on one player or just on the coaches.

    For the players part, not everyone did their 1/11 consistently. Penalties, assignment breakdowns on both offense and defense, errant throws and drops.
    Too many physical and mental errors.

    IMO. The lion’s share of the blame is on the coaches. I was first disappointed when they didn’t go with the lineup that played the 2nd half of the previous game.
    They fixed something that wasn’t broken. No offense to SL but I felt St. Juste would’ve put more pressure on SDSU’s defense to contain him and take off some of the pressure on the passing game. The offense should’ve tried to pickup where they left off.

    IMO. The Chow and the offensive staff have not shown the ability to layer their formations and play calling to keep the defense guessing. They will run something new in the beginning but eventually settle into their comfort zone of familiar formations and plays and try to out execute the D. I feel the coaches got to get out of their comfort zone in game planning, play designing, play calling and personnel usage.

  39. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 10:00 am

    also, it seems that chow and his staff on the offensive side of the ball can’t develop their players. this is actually woolsey’s third year on the team and he looks like a freshman straight out of high school. that’s not necessarily a knock on woolsey more so than it’s a knock on chow for not being able to either develop him to be a competent quarterback or evaluate and develop the other qb talent to start over him.

  40. islandman October 19, 2014 10:20 am

    San Diego St. wasn’t supposed to have that good a passing offense, but the QB found holes in the UH defense.

  41. A-House October 19, 2014 10:21 am


    I have stated on this blog time and again that Chow will always blame others; never himself – for example, “they”, referring to the players, failed to execute or made too many mistakes.

    as I posted last night, this game was lost when Chow and his WR coach developed the game plan while in Hawaii

    I am n the wagon to hire a new HC!!!!!!!!!!

  42. UHfan808 October 19, 2014 10:25 am

    Good rainy morning, Tsai-kos!

    What a game! Eeks!

    My heart hurts – I know the guys are trying hard each and every game!

    GO WARRIORS!! :mrgreen:

  43. RB October 19, 2014 10:27 am

    I was watching the Temple game on Friday and saw former UH WR Keith Kirkwood score a TD.I thought if you transfer you must sit a year out?

  44. ManuOKeKai October 19, 2014 10:29 am

    As a Warrior fan I admire the effort by the young men taking the field but at some point even the most loyal fan has to wonder what the goal is for this team by the coaching staff, primarily Coach Chow. Offensively, this team is a shamble. Defensively, this team is in survival mode. The young men are playing their hearts out for the Head Coach and it seems that commitment is not reciprocated. The offense is very predictable and easy to defend against. It is disheartening for any quarterback when the defense already knows what you are going to do before you break huddle. The QB has a look of total desperation once the ball is snapped. No imagination offensively and because of the enormous disparity of time the defense is playing they are the walking wounded and totally spent physically by the 4th quarter. What is the answer? Who’s to say. Coach Chow has to do some real soul searching about reality and not possibilities. He has to think about these young men who are playing their hearts out for him.

  45. kev-1 October 19, 2014 10:30 am

    RB #39 … he received an NCAA exemption a couple of weeks ago with UH’s approval.

  46. RB October 19, 2014 10:31 am

    @41 Kev-1 wow!!!! Well that’s good for him. Wish he stayed though.

  47. oneseason October 19, 2014 10:42 am

    #25 … kev-1 … Exactly right. I cannot recall Coach Chow ever admitting fault. He indicated the booing during the 2013 Colorado State game was focused at the players, when it was on his play calling. At the start of this season, he said the seniors needed to “Step-up” to get wins. His SDSU post game response to Ferd’s comment about never seeing a Hail Mary work seemed typical … “Where the hell you been?”. His faint praise for the UH QB, play hurt with limit practice time was (IMHO) both poor and unhelpful to the program … “He felt better. He played okay, … I guess. Made some better decisions.”

    However, what isn’t clear (to me anyway) is how many of the offensive play calling and position coaching problems are due to inadequate resources. If the Athletic Department didn’t provide the funds to hire an offensive staff comparable to that under Coaches Jones & McMackin, then a lot of the problems begin above Coach Chow’s level.

    It looks like UH Athletics ended the 2011 season in the black by $300K+, but was facing losing $1M in WAC television revenues and the added $1.2M cost of MWC and Big West travel subsidies (SA20110727). Cutting the head coach salary from $1.1M to $550K only gets you part way there. Additional coaching staff savings may have been desired.

  48. Old School Dave October 19, 2014 10:51 am

    Very frustrating. On the other hand here’s another perspective:

  49. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 11:01 am

    oneseason: honestly, if chow wanted an offensive coordinator or whatever at the level that mcmackin and june jones had, he would’ve gotten it.

  50. Sofaking_blk October 19, 2014 11:03 am

    You hit the nail right on the head. Hawaii Warrrior football use to means something to a lot of people, even people from the mainland. But ever since Chow took away our identity (R&S) we have become an afterthought. We use to have at least 2 or 3 games on ESPN every year but now we’re lucky to get one game on our own conference network. So THANK YOU coach Chow for make Hawaii Football completely IRRELEVANT!

  51. markazulu October 19, 2014 11:17 am

    I’ll give credit to Woolsey for playing thru the pain and for the players never give up effort but… Losing is losing and ain’t no other way to look at it. The defense and special teams have been decent throughout the chow era but it’s been the offense thats been more lackluster than anything.

  52. Da Punchbowl Kid October 19, 2014 11:19 am

    I feel bad for the Warriors. They play hard.

    And while no expert, I can’t for the life of me understand why the coaches had them set on the line of scrimmage on offense, only to have them pause, stand and look to the sidelines then re-set. It appeared to give the Aztecs more time to catch their breath on defense and made us lose urgency and flow on offense. We played much better in hurry up or regular offense in the second half.

    Stay dry, people. Mahalo ke akua for not letting that storm come ashore.


  53. markazulu October 19, 2014 11:19 am

    I will also say that our running back position has shown some depth this season.

  54. Da Punchbowl Kid October 19, 2014 11:25 am

    Prayers out to Ni’ihau and Kaua’i who are not out of the woods yet regarding Ana.

  55. Da Punchbowl Kid October 19, 2014 11:29 am

    markazulu –

    I agree – some good players at RB.

  56. Waikapu October 19, 2014 11:37 am

    Well, on the bright side the haka was really scary.

  57. Waikapu October 19, 2014 11:38 am

    Why am I getting moderated again? I’m just a simple man.

  58. whitey October 19, 2014 12:08 pm

    is something missing??? on a lot of qb left arm (if right handed) there is a mini playbook or arm band which contains play instructions. I guess our coaches think our qb are either too smart or slow learners where they have to give instructions to the whole team on the field. in actuality, the first couple times I saw that on offense, my first words was WTF, is this remedial football.

  59. tom October 19, 2014 12:11 pm


  60. el burro sabio October 19, 2014 12:17 pm

    #13 – if UH were run by idiots and want to be sued or imprisoned they would use some of the Shidler money to buy out the football coaches.

  61. whitey October 19, 2014 12:21 pm

    Michelle Wie did quite well in the latest tournament. Finished 5th, 2 strokes from the winners. Not bad, shot back to back 67’s.

  62. warriorfan2 October 19, 2014 12:22 pm

    Seeking Answers:
    There is lots of blame to go around, which include the o-line adjustment. it never stop to amaze me that at the end of last year, we had a o-line that was producing an average of 27.5 points per game. Now instead of taking that line and improve on it, they made changes to the core, by putting our center on the left side, our best guard at center. Our best guard/center got hurt, and instead of putting our best center back, they chose to continue down the road with a back-up. We all know that the center position is one of the most important position on the line. The results of their decision : over 18 false starts, over 10 holding calls, over 25 sacks, three quarterbacks, (two out for the season) hurt because of direct hits that were generated from the center and the left side. Why, because we have two in-experience player in two of the positions. Playing tackle in high school doesn’t make you a a good tackle in D-1 football

    Just wondering when will the coach’s lights come on and they admit that the changes made were a mistake. Or will we have to wait until we are down to our last quarterback for the lights to come on. Remember Senior leadership is very important on a football team and should be utilized. If changes are not made, I suspect we will end our season 2-11 So, So sad The team deserve better.

  63. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 12:39 pm

    #56: it depends on the type of offense you’re running. Most of the no huddle spreads get their plays directly from the sidelines (like oregon), so you don’t need a wristband with a zillion different plays describing 500 route trees, because most of the plays already have multiple packages already installed in them using simplified reads. Example: if the defensive end crashes on rb, pull ball out and run, or if that happens and condition x happens, throw bubble screen. etc.

    lack of a wristband doesn’t necessarily mean offensive coaching incompetence.

  64. Fei Jai October 19, 2014 12:51 pm

    Great play by the young men of the warriors. The team has a lot of talent. Under better coaching, we would win. No doubt. Conditioning has improved over last year.

    Will continue to support the student athletes and hope they win despite the impediment that is norm.

    Heal up and play hard, warriors!

  65. Fei Jai October 19, 2014 1:00 pm

    I called it SDSU 21, UH 13.

    Pretty close. Final SDSU 20, UH 10.

  66. Fei Jai October 19, 2014 1:02 pm

    Any team coached by norm will be low scoring team.

    Run, run, pass, punt.

    So, easy to call Hawaii score.

    Harder to predict opponent score.

  67. st. anthony trojan October 19, 2014 1:03 pm

    close but no ‘cigar’ FJ…try again this week..

  68. hatakeman October 19, 2014 1:14 pm

    It appeared that things turned around during the Wyoming game, but I was fooled. The same formula that gave us all the losses was again rolled out on Saturday against the Aztecs. I though Chow said ‘changes’ were expected, but he went back to the same offense. Did any of you see ‘changes?’

  69. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 1:18 pm

    Too bad. Next game, Nevada 35 Hawai’i 10. Cody Fajardo all MWC maybe will it up the defense. Really!

  70. willie boy October 19, 2014 1:18 pm

    looked like wynn and chow forgot the wyoming playbook at home this week…. right back to strictly running between the tackles. guess they forgot how productive it was to’ run st juste outside and ewaliko on the reverse…… can anyone say “toss sweep”?!?!?

  71. st. anthony trojan October 19, 2014 1:24 pm

    the only change was the ‘location’…so many ‘hard workers’
    on that team.. never see ne playing time..he will not substitute. muraoka…vele…bukoski…list goes on n on…these warriors shine in scrimmage..n no reward…burn the bench..

    hatakeman…ur spot on…they are doomed 4 failure this season… n we are 1-1 only …with a full schedule of MW opponents… it is going to be painful to watch ….

  72. 3-Prong October 19, 2014 1:26 pm

    …and how bout dem Cowboys!

  73. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 1:26 pm

    Start showing some improvements, then I’ll change it to 35 Hawai’i 10 Nevada. Wrong players.

  74. whitey October 19, 2014 1:40 pm

    4 prong if what you say is the UH version of the hurry up offense, I know a Chinese fire drill with 11 people in a VW beetle that is more organized. nah, only kidding.

  75. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 1:44 pm

    They need friends that’s all. What they need is better talents on Hawai’i. Too timid to go in as freshmen cost 1 more year. A lot more players and competition to deal with on a college level. Hawai’i is last almost in NCAA defense. See the scoring? Not there. Defense is horrible. Do they the players have enough to eat? Poor thing if they’re starving. Really!

  76. Craig October 19, 2014 1:51 pm

    Need better play from the skill positions. We need a skill position change at QB or WR soon.

  77. Onlooker October 19, 2014 1:52 pm

    Hawaii has the lamest fans. Weak. Timid. Cry babies. Whiners about how terrible the players and coaches are yet never do anything about it. Forget the team Hawaii fans are the worse in the country! Hahahahahahahahahaaaa!!!

    Good luck losers!!! Hahahahahahahahaaaa!!!!

  78. st. anthony trojan October 19, 2014 1:56 pm

    big plays have hurt us in the past games…so with a QB like fajardo… can expect more ‘bombs away’….cus is demoralizing to be scored on that way…

    prediction… 300 plus yards passing 4 fajardo..

  79. st. anthony trojan October 19, 2014 1:59 pm

    n if rolo mad…500 yds he he he

  80. hatakeman October 19, 2014 2:05 pm

    Putting aside the last game, Nevada coming up next at Aloha Stadium. Wolf Pack beat the Warriors last year 31-9. I’ll be at the game knowing the Warriors will give it their best, but Nevada is too much for the Warriors. DE Brock Hekking #53 will make it miserable for Ikaika. Forget the passing game. What passing game you ask?

  81. st. anthony trojan October 19, 2014 2:23 pm

    san fran at denver should be a very good game huh ?

    what u think tiki ?

  82. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 2:24 pm

    Northern Iowa, Wyoming, ? Nevada, ? How many other teams for Hawai’i to beat? Looks very dismal. Do they practice today? If they get home tonight.

  83. Ipu Man October 19, 2014 2:26 pm

    Notre Dame’s coach Brian Kelly calls the plays as his own offensive coordinator.
    Not too shabby.

  84. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 2:28 pm

    They’re wimps.

  85. Bryson October 19, 2014 2:36 pm

    I think the most frustrating thing this season for me as a fan has been the fact that we were in all of the games but lack of offensive productivity has been the nail in our coffin the defense and special teams have done their jobs to put our offense in a position to score more than a few times this season and more often than not we haven’t been able to fully capitalize and score touchdowns…

  86. rei rei October 19, 2014 2:39 pm

    Chow is a stubborn old man who wants to hurt he’s players also there carriers this is kids not older adults .they have a lot of life ahead of don’t hurt the players more then they are.the o line is fine its woolsey who’s hurt and should rest and get better health and also don’t be selfish he is only hurting his teams o-line by all the comments.sit him and rest him give beau a chance.

  87. Bryson October 19, 2014 2:42 pm

    I will say one thing that hurt our momentum was the holding call on the 103yrd Kickoff return…I mean SDSU’s offensive line was holding all night long and there were some blatant holds where you could see the jersey of a UH defender pulling away yet these calls were not being made it was the same thing that happened in the Wyoming game…

  88. RainbowCliff October 19, 2014 2:49 pm

    Aloha Tsaiko Nation, was at the game last night vs. San Diego State and all I can say for the 300 plus LOYAL fans who flew from Hawaii and drove as far as Southern and Northern California freeways that they were just FRUSTRATED with the many opportunities that Hawaii had a chance to change the game and all they did the entire night was just shoot themselves in the foot, time after time after time again. Lack of an offense to score at critical times with the defense just as guilty on the first series giving up BIG yards with San Diego State running back Pumphrey who is in fact “the real deal” as he just made BIG plays in key situations to seal the fate for the bows as he ran, scat and misdirect Hawaii tacklers the entire night. Worthy of all the pub he receives with his small frame but explosive running ability.

    Only time we got excited was the hail Mary touchdown before the half and the AWESOME kick return by that fast local kid #3 who had our entire section in JUBILATION with his sprint to the end zone then to find out seconds later that it’s coming back because of a holding call in which frankly we could not see from the big screen replay as that play just summed up what this season has been disappointing to say the least with us being outplayed and out coached. Hawaii players listless on the bench, no FIRE in their eyes or a real leader getting in their faces when mental breakdowns take place. Woosley for most of the game played very well but his two interceptions in the second half just killed any hope of a UH comeback with the latter sending every one home including myself for a late night drive out of San Diego back to LA having to face another lost as in all honesty San Diego State was not that good or we are just that bad.

    UHAA tailgate fabulous with all tables occupied enjoying good food, music and plenty of raffle and door prizes. Charter buses dropping off faithful folks from the Islands who travel Panda as their “road warrior” green shirts impressive look through out the tailgate reception. Both San Diego Chapters and LA Chapters awesome job hosting and setting up balloons, tables, banners and front desk check in. Met plenty of former players who came while sharing their experiences playing for Hawaii back in their days.

    Special thanks to Tom Kitaguchi for some GREAT seats !

    The man definitely knows how to put all of Tsaiko Hawaii fans in perspective college stadiums comfortable as Quarlcom Stadium a lot like Dodger Stadium but their concession stands and bathrooms need major renovations. San Diego a nice city with wonderful beaches but figuring out their freeways is like looking at a maze with so many on and off ramps make Hawaii freeways easy to live with.

    Have a good evening every one and always remember “ENJOY LIFE” !

  89. islandman October 19, 2014 2:49 pm

    73. Tiki – UH is ranked 59th out of 125 teams in scoring defense, 25.1 points a game allowed. Scoring offense is 109th, 21 points a game average. Scored 16 TD’s and 12 FG’s in seven games. Tiny bubbles …

  90. st. anthony trojan October 19, 2014 3:20 pm

    island man…. thanks 4 that… n we should remember.. defense for 3 games was against pac-12 teams.. not to shabby huh…

    by the same token the offense..was ok against pac-12 teams…

    but the level of plat against ‘lesser’ opponents…sort of makes our offense n defense take a step backward…

    the bench is demoralized…no enthusiasm…they know..they will be there whole game..unless sum one gets hurt…not a good out look…

    said it b-4 n will repeat..ewaliko n harding should be on the field every offensive play…vele. st j. muraoka…bukoski..should see sum playing time…

    There are none so blind as those who will not see…

    you can’t regain a rhythm that you never acquired in previous games…there is nada.

  91. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 3:23 pm

    Let me know when or if they get back to Hawai’i. If the cockpit haven’t down them in the pacific Ocean? It’s a thought from them. Nothing personal when they fly. True! Cockpits. Interesting paycheck for Norm Chow and is crew.

  92. Pukateeth October 19, 2014 3:52 pm

    Stephen the reality is, Norm Chow have to go and soon. Our Warriors is on their way to their third straight losing season and in the celler of their division under the tenure of Norm Chow. I disagree about injuries. It’s Head Coach competency and Norm Chow is not a head coach. Ben Jay is a very stubborn person who refuse to see the damage Hawaii football has become. Bring in a real football coach. How about the return of June Jones?

  93. Z October 19, 2014 3:58 pm

    Game plan to try to stay in the game until the 4th quarter reminds me of Tomey but for Chow it ain’t working. He is killing our defense. Like last year our defense started strong then just faded away. 3 and outs will do that to you and when you add turnovers…..

  94. lawaia October 19, 2014 4:26 pm

    Some of the comments by these writers on this blog should pertain to Coach Chow’s abilities as a Head Coach for the University of Hawaii Na Koa Anuenue not name calling. Coach Chow is respected by his peers, players, and loved by his family. He is not a stubborn Old Man who wants to hurt his players. Rei Rei you are and imbecile.

  95. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 4:33 pm

    No one’s demented if they want to discuss airplane flights on this blog. The storm has almost past 100 miles south of the Hawaiian islands shores. According to their flight path, they would come in north of the O’ahu. Not sure when their fight was, but the wing tip of a United Airlines on the older version in 1980s sometime broke off and the whole crew all 280 on a 747 died. This was the history of United Airlines. They’ve changed the 747 since then and added a 767-200s or 767-300s boeing to fly to the mainland. In this type of weather it is always at the tip of their minds. Really it is. I just thought they might discuss it here. When flying in bad weather in Hawai’i?

  96. manoa #1 October 19, 2014 4:34 pm

    Is Chow Gone Yet.?? Hurry up UH Fire Chow so i can comeback and be a fan again.

  97. Manoa October 19, 2014 4:37 pm

    The game plan appeared to be to match running attacks against SDSU. Which was a terrible mistake. SDSU has the 3d best Rushing defense in the conference, and it has the best rushing offense in the conference. The inability to pass or the choice not to pass effectively is the key to the loss. Why play a team where its strength is running and stopping the run instead of attacking its weakness which is pass defense.

  98. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 4:51 pm

    I’m not sure how much time the cockpit of their airplane has taken to go over a flight plan. But from what I’ve heard, at least 1 week or 7 days for a crew to plan it and get together to work out the flight. The only concern for anyone in this weather is if there are any existing structural damages to the airplane. It may have been welded and repaired once and very much visible to the outside stand by. It is possible that maintenance to the airplane was not kept properly. And it could be in bad weather, the calculations of a flight coordinated may not have been figured out yet. All these take into consideration, can the cockpit misfire? Yes! What about on Norm Chow’s flight? Lucky for 30 years of flying? Probably not. Cockpit was very accurate. How do the other passengers feel when flying with the team, scared? Do they have enough time to plan?

  99. Warrior Dave October 19, 2014 5:03 pm

    The game plan was to shorten it and give the defense some rest. That’s why the offense “reset” and looked up before every snap. Order was to run all of the clock and hopefully have a chance in the 4th Q. Run the ball between the tackles and pray something opens up. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t score.

    This offense philosophy will not change this year under Chow.

  100. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 5:03 pm

    Just wimps more like.

  101. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 5:09 pm

    I felt that this year, some of the football players were scared to fly with Norm Chow because of his experiences. They won’t say anything, but this was one area of concern of why they don’t go into play on their first year. What does Ben Jay have to say about the issue? It was mentioned was or twice on their newspapers, but curbed it a bit with injury. eye? We care. Because it’s our flight also to LAX. There are numerous near misses, but that haven’t been recorded. In Hawai’i, they cannot touch the airplane. Not qualified because they are not that smart to fix it. Washington state only mechanics please. Boeing company. FAA knows about it? Not really. Problem?

  102. beans October 19, 2014 5:22 pm

    Game plan needs to be tweaked. Too many passes are long and going incomplete. Maybe looking short 1st and then long would result in more completions and more 1st downs and ball possession. I believe all 4 pass attempts to the tight end in the last 2 games were completed. But there were only 4 attempts. ?? Hit multiple short ones and then go long instead of the reverse of what we are doing now. Just a thought.
    Losses breed disappointment. We are justified to be demoralized however let us not be. Rise above. The coaches including Chow are doing their very best. They and the players want to win even more than we want them too, and they prove it day in and out with their hard work to improve. Let’s stand solidly behind them through the season and decide at the end if changes are warranted.
    So in the meantime…………. Go Bows Go!

  103. beans October 19, 2014 5:24 pm

    What the_ _ _ _?

  104. Tiki808 October 19, 2014 5:29 pm

    Safe flights? Because you landed. What about unqualified airport workers as mechanics? I feel the flight attendants are the winners and the passengers losers, Norm Chow included. One Japanese man on OMNI Air International to Las Vegas, NV have been flying for 30 years, 20,000 hours and up in the air. A lot more. Tough!

  105. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 19, 2014 5:32 pm

    See what happens when Hawaii loses?! People start getting all weird…

  106. islandman October 19, 2014 5:32 pm

    91. — San Diego St. is ranked No. 43 in passing yards allowed and 47 in passing efficiency defense compared to UH’s 71 and 72 . Maybe their pass defense is not as good as their rush defense but it looked kind of good, when they intercepted the two passes, for example. Not that good on the hail mary, when there were about four DB’s around the ball and about three UH receivers.

    Their pass offense wasn’t supposed to be so good, but they found holes in the UH defense.

  107. Waikapu October 19, 2014 5:50 pm

    On the bright side, the haka was really scary.

  108. Ipu Man October 19, 2014 6:32 pm

    The sun will shine tomorrow. It is good to be able to breathe
    and ambulate. And eat… 🙂

  109. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 6:53 pm

    beans: don’t even worry about trying to make sense of whatever the hell tiki808 writes (for the most part). he’s mainly just spamming the message board in an attempt to be funny.

  110. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 6:57 pm

    #72 whitey: i never said that UH is running a version of a no huddle offense. I’m just saying that depending on what kind of offense you’re running, you either would have a wristband or not. If you’re running some kind of pro-style west coast or air coryell offense with complicated route trees and verbiage, then you probably will have one. if you’re running a no huddle spread like oregon and looking to the sidelines for plays, then you don’t.

    it depends what kind of concepts chow is implementing in whatever his “run run pass punt” offense is.

  111. yidont October 19, 2014 6:59 pm

    The play I liked best: SDSU’s last drive trying to make a first down. Our D# stopped them.
    The play I least liked: Still thinking.

  112. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 7:00 pm

    islandman: 21 points a game on offense in this day and age of college football really is pathetic. especially when you see how the game has evolved into “basketball on grass.” if you can’t score points in bunches, you’re not gonna win a lot of football games, no matter how good your defense.

  113. Tempmanoa October 19, 2014 7:22 pm

    The team was dominated and manhandled. San Diego State mistakes kept the score closer than it seemed watching the game. SDSU had 457 yards of offense and we had 264 yards of offense– that is domination. DSU had the ball for 36.07 minutes and we had it for only 23.53 Minutes (you can see why the defense was being blown off the line late in the game). We converted only 3 of 13 third downs!! There is something drastically wrong and it has been that way for a while now.

  114. cocobean October 19, 2014 7:30 pm

    I hope the players aren’t as frustrated as the fans. More than anyone else they have to believe in the coaches and each other. We fans have been very critical of the coaching and the results they’ve produced. Some have placed the blame on individual player performance. The players cannot get caught up in all the negativity surrounding them. At this point the biggest problem facing Chow is keeping the team together.

    The season is not over. Everyone has worked so hard. It would be a waste to let all that effort go to waste. While many fans don’t believe they can turn things around. They have to keep the faith they and the coaches can. It’s not about saying the right things in public it’s about really believing.

  115. pollypicador October 19, 2014 7:43 pm

    Come on coach. Saw the replay of the holding by #80 on E’s 103 yard KO return. It was definitely a hold. It wasn’t away from the ball (what was the coach thinking). It was in plain view as E was cutting a path that #80 was blocking. #80’s hands were locked on the defenders shoulder pads.Look again, coach. Stop being bitter, making excuses. It’s getting old. Then you had the Hawaii fans booing the replay and referees call. Stop it.

  116. Fei Jai October 19, 2014 8:07 pm

    Nice sermon, reverend bean.

  117. cocobean October 19, 2014 8:13 pm

    Thank you for the compliment F Jai. Sorry to disappoint you but I’m not a reverend. Again I compliment you on your much improved English.

  118. oneseason October 19, 2014 8:19 pm

    #107 cocobean … at 2 wins – 5 losses, Coach Chow can still lead the Rainbow Warriors to bowl game eligibility. To me, turning things around means going to a bowl game for the first time after 3 seasons with this coach. And I agree that, regardless of whether UH goes to a bowl game this year, all the efforts of the players and coaching staff should be appreciated by the fans; the intensity of fan criticism though is not helped by the coach’s tendency to only acknowledge deficiencies of others. But it doesn’t seem to me that “At this point the biggest problem facing Chow is keeping the team together.” He has had the team he assembled together for almost 3 seasons and has 2 wins and 16 losses in conference play.

  119. BigFan October 19, 2014 8:24 pm

    I think the frustrating part of the holding call on Ewaliko’s return was that many so called holding calls were not being called on SDSU. It’s a highly subjective call and sometimes different ref crews call it differently especially in the different conferences. I have always thought that if you keep you hands on the inside and don’t extend, it’s okay. That’s what it looked like on that play.
    Here’s a link on Mike Golic discussing it with Schelreth.

  120. JustAsking October 19, 2014 8:26 pm

    #108- agree that Coach Chow’s post game comments about the penalty were typical Chow speak. “Flag was away from from where we were going”? Sad. He should just decline to answer questions when he is clueless about what he is talking about. “I need to review the film, but that penalty didn’t cost us the game. We had a full half of football still left to play. We were only down by three, we got the ball to start the half. We still had momentum from the Hail Mary. That call didn’t cost us the game.”

  121. 4-Prong October 19, 2014 8:39 pm

    idk why people keep focusing on the refs and these alleged egregious non-calls for holding against SDSU. UH would’ve lost regardless. it wasn’t refball that killed it for us. It was inept offense and a defense giving up big plays. Can we just agree that UH is a pretty terrible football team? and this is a consistent pattern.

    Do you guys realize that norm chow only has 2 wins against FBS opponents in his ENTIRE career here at UH? to top it off, he seems almost combative with the media during post-game conferences. tell me again why he hasn’t been canned yet?

  122. BigFan October 19, 2014 8:45 pm

    4 Prong, just talking about the different aspects of the game. If we just simplified it and say it’s all Chow’s fault, then nothing to talk about. Not a fun blog otherwise.

  123. islandman October 19, 2014 9:08 pm

    114. — 3 wins vs FBS : UNLV, Army,Wyoming, plus S Alabama was a new FBS team.

  124. cocobean October 19, 2014 9:18 pm

    I’ve been consistent in one thing from the beginning of the Chow era. That the teams record is on Chow. But I’ve always been optimistic that he will see the light and turn things around. Not for his sake but for the players.

    It’s hard for me not to give in and come full on negative. Especially when the negatives keep mounting. If I really thought it would help the team then I’d be his loudest critic. In respect to the players I bite my tongue any try to keep my harshest thoughts to myself or only in private conversations.

  125. pollypicador October 19, 2014 9:25 pm

    In yesterday’s blog ST had a picture of a new assistant SC joining the program in January. So my question-Is Beamer (ea or is it ee?) leaving?

    It would make sense. Last year Beamer said he had a few BCS type offers, but elected to stay. (His words then: I want to finish what I started). Has the time come for Beamer? Imo the timing would be right. Chow’s team is going nowhere…and then what happens after Chow is fired. Where’s a SC to look for work at that time? If Beamer has an offer…take it…and do not look back at the Titanic.

  126. oldtimer808 October 19, 2014 9:46 pm

    Rei rei sounds like Tiki808 mahalo for the humor. Never read so much outlandish information.

  127. champ October 19, 2014 9:48 pm

    As I have said way before. IK belongs in Div ll. Or go to a school that has Paul Johnson’s type O or Trip. option. Also, our O lacks talent and speed, except for a few posiitons, at the skill positions. No can do much without talent. In 3 yrs. we should have more than we have now.

  128. Tempmanoa October 20, 2014 5:54 am

    Now Chow is criticizing Woolsey’s “play selection”– he tried to hit Pedroza long instead of Harding wide when Harding was open. By now he should be doing this the way the coaches want him to– or at least well enough so it is not being called out in public as a problem that could lead him to switch QB’s to Reilly.

  129. 4-Prong October 20, 2014 6:16 am

    thanks for the correction, islandman.

  130. d1shima October 20, 2014 6:46 am

    Great Morning All!

    …survived the storm. Now it’s Homecoming Week!

    Let’s Go Bows!

  131. boolakanaka October 20, 2014 6:47 am

    3 Prong–did I read correctly–your cats put up over 700 yards in total offense against Whitman—damn bruddha???!! The Eli got back on the winning track, putting up a win against the Raiders of Colgate and still in the running for the prestigious (well not so much) Ivy Championship at 4-1.

  132. Shoko October 20, 2014 7:15 am

    So who’s it going to be? Woolsey or Reilly? Reilly to start and Woolsey to finish or vise versa?


  133. Shoko October 20, 2014 7:15 am

    A lot of questions this morning.

  134. Palolo_2_LA October 20, 2014 7:33 am

    I have been a UH Football fan since my first game, UH vs BYU at Aloha Stadium in the mid 80’s. Actually, my uncle Michael Nuamu was playing middle linebacker for BYU and we sat on UH’s side and cheered for the Bows’. However, it is getting hard to watch this train wreck. Here is my view of the SD game, which I attended with my kids and wife:

    1) Running with a off set 2 back formation loads the box and our OL can’t create the holes needed to gain good yardage. Our RBs were getting nailed as they ran into the SD wall of defenders.

    2) The game plan seemed scattered and predictable – as usual: we line up in obvious run formations and run. Then we get into shotgun or pistol and pass.

    Why are we passing to a TE for a 1 or 2 yard gain? Plus the TE seemed to be the first option in the route. Why are WRs running 2 yard routes and in most cases stopping at the end of the route? All this leads to 3rd and long folks. Jordan Winn needs to find another job because his play calling is laughable.

    3) People have been high on the new defense. However, where did our blitzing go? It was obvious that our OLB’s were being beaten to the edge and no adjustments (ie) extra DB? Plus, SD 90% of the time ran to the strong side. Anyone here about DL shifts or LB shifts?

    4)The players are great young men. My son was talking with them (RBs) from the stands during warm-ups and watching the OL warm up. They seem driven to win and in good spirits, however, their coaches are not equipped to lead them to victory, especially the OC. I feel sad for them as they have much more invested compared to me.

  135. Inyoface October 20, 2014 7:37 am

    We’re just not a threat to other schools anymore. We have a losing identity and it’s not ending. Woosley puts too much air under the ball where it’s an up for grabs play. I would actually like to see Prater over Reilly, he seems to be built for hits and could be a Drew Bree’s type of QB.

  136. pollypicador October 20, 2014 7:44 am

    What do the oddsmakers see in Hawaii?

    +4 points against Nevada.

    It should be closer to Hawaii+10.

    Nevada just beat BYU 42-35. (at BYU)

    Nevada’s 4-3 and aiming for a bowl game.

    Hawaii’s 2-5 and aiming for Chow’s replacement.

    There’s no hope in Hawaii/Chow…take Nevada. Rolo needs to get the last laugh.

    I should be another miserable game that Chow coaches.


  137. A-House October 20, 2014 8:00 am

    It is very difficult to do a “one snap and clear”.

    Why? simple, more of the same from Chow and Wynn – how can I “clear” when I know what to expect for each succeeding game – up-the-middle; short passes to the flat; not utilizing Keenan’s and Saint Juste’s quickness and speed on the perimeters and Vele’s strength up the middle.

    Look at any past game and the DC of each opponent can clearly see UH’s pattern of play calling/offensive scheme.

    I may be mistaken, but UH WR do not block or sustain a block – reminds me of AL who ran very poor patterns when the ball went to another receiver. There were times when he took 2 or 3 steps and stopped. Made it easy for the FS to defend the others.

    I was so hopeful that UH would do better that I declined a wedding invitation at the Halekulani on 10/25/14.

  138. Shoko October 20, 2014 8:10 am

    The point spread is reflective of the struggles Nevada has when travelling to the islands; the exception being the 2012 game that turned out to be a blowout. A point spread of 3.5 points that other MW schools get for home field advantage playing on the mainland is probably more like a 7-point spread when playing on the rock.

    If not mistaken, the last time Nevada played in Hawaii they left early like on a Wednesday compared to prior years when there were no travel subsides. I think they stayed at the Turtle Bay, too. Not sure that will be the same this year.

  139. Stephen Tsai October 20, 2014 8:28 am

    OK, OK, I’m awake.
    Here’s the new post:

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