A lot can happen in a month for two long-snappers.
It was in January when Brian Hittner was seeking to transfer and Luke Ingram was looking for a pro-football job.
But Hittner, who is not on scholarship, opted to rejoin the Warriors after a heart-to-heart chat with head coach Norm Chow.
Then two weeks ago, Ingram, who played for UH through 2012, signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
These days, Ingram shares tips with Hittner — snap chats, so to speak — and they train together at Ching field.
Hittner did not have an errant long snap last season. Ingram was perfect on snaps to the punter during his four-year UH career.
hello, cruel world!!!!!!!!!!
Is that your insurance pitch?
I passed the AD at yesterday’s volleyball match. He smiled and was polite — he’s always well-mannered and cordial — but it’s evident this job takes a toll. He looks like he’s lost weight and appears weary. I have empathy for the guy.
OK, back to business.
A-House, its a fine day in Hawaii-nei.
We are having lunch at the Kahala Hotel. First time at the Plumeria Beach Restaurant.
ST, life is short; enjoy it.
My close relative was recently diagnosed with cancer.
He was a vegan and exercised.
Why did this happen to him?
GOOD MORNING, HAWAII!
ST Comment #3: Two US Generals in WWII, Generals Wainwright and Stilwell, had high credentials. But they were left hanging and twisting in the wind because of lack of support – not necessarily intentional – and internal politics. Reminds me of Ben Jay – kind of hard to function well with all the chiefs running around both uptown and downtown.
Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.
busy weekend, great competition this past week…IMUA WARRIORS!
Thanks Hittner for staying and good luck!!! Football needs to get better!!
UH defeated Cal State Northridge in volleyball last night. Alex Jones, who was cut by Northridge two years ago and transferred to UH a year ago had a great game!! Good job!!!
Wahine basketball kept winning! Let’s hope that they can keep the momentum during the tournament!!
Damn, this brother almost jumped out of the building–literally–see: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/uconn-cb-byron-jones-tops-nfl-combine–world-broad-jump-record-165547623.html
And in regards to ST’s comments on empathy for BJ—well, empathy is what we should all strive for–sometimes we too often mistake sympathy as the more appropriate response, when it is usually is not—see; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw
BJ might also be dealing with family issues, too. Thought I read his family left for the mainland a while ago. Not eating right and substituting it with increased alcohol consumption can take a toll on the body.
Yes, I agree BJ looks tired. He briefly stopped by the softball game with UCF on
Saturday. For his sake, I feel he should move on as soon as he has his ducks in line. And I give him a lot of credit for still performing his duties as AD by showing up at events. Wish that he could start smiling again.
Interesting tidbit in regards to the obstacles faced in hiring assistants in February.
Have all of Chow’s hires been made at this point?
It was reported maybe a month ago that researchers have determined about two-thirds of cancers are due to luck or bad luck. Therefore it would be foolish for most to look for blame if they contract this terrible disease.
Does ST use Snapchat? Haha!
To all UH athletes that put their best efforts forward:
“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
I just read Roosevelt speech, again. That was good.
A few days ago another poster wrote to the effect (regarding JI’s combine experience)…”it’s better to have tried than not to have tried at all.” This is so true.
I think if a person’s (myself for sure) missed the boat in life there is some bitterness…but to the ones that eagerly jumped onto that boat, labored their earnest to get upstream…and failed at least they have the solace over those (having regrets, bitterness) that didn’t try a all.
I think I read that 10% of cancers are due to some kind of genetic mutation passed on from the parent.
I can think of six relatives that were diagnosed with some form of cancer. Five of them can be considered cancer survivors.
Correction: Four of them are survivors.
Yea…OD…… but it always seems like the nice people contract it…
Why can;t sum of the bad dudes…get that…like Bernie Madoff…
Charles Manson…Ron Rewald….the bad boys always seem immune for sum reason…
Just the notorious ones….just seem to get ‘lead poisoning’ from the good guys…
#16, I always like Teddy Roosevelt. Your statement regarding missing the boat and having some bitterness, seems pretty sad if you’re talking about including yourself.
I do agree about those sayings about giving it the good ole try and after reading Boola’s link about sympathy and empathy, I hesitate to say this. Why not look at life by saying the past is the past and look forward to what lays ahead?
I guess there’s a quote for every situation.
#16 Mahalo for finding that Polly.
Did Leahey and Leahey get cancelled? Haven’t seen them on in awhile.
Having spent a little time looking at punters between my legs, I am familiar with the rigors of the position. Hittner looks to me like he needs to beef up a little. I saw somewhere on line that he was listed at 6-1 #170? Is that still accurate?
I think L&L is on temporary hiatus with Kainoa doing some PAC12 bball games.
Speaking of long snappers, what happened to Tyler Liana?
Bill seeks change to UH autonomy
A constitutional amendment would remove the sole power held by the Board of Regents
By Nanea Kalani
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 23, 2015
Voters would get to decide whether the University of Hawaii should keep its current level of autonomy under a proposed constitutional amendment moving through the state Legislature.
SA news …
Almost. But I’ve got enough social-media things that I’ve exhausted places to put my selfies.
Aha! I thought so. I know you’re a busy man. Too busy for selfies.
Kanoa Leahey works ESPN’s coverage of Pac-12 basketball games on Wednesdays, the same day they video the Leahey and Leahey Show. The show is on “hiatus” now. It probably will return in the spring.
Good morning Tsaikos!
Good game last night by the Warriors.
To the troll (not naming names), you are deluded in thinking UH can win every year. 2 MPSF teams (out of 12) make the NCAA “tournament” every year. The MPSF is THE toughest conference in MVB, if not all sports. I like the direction Charlie Wade has the program going. If you’ve noticed, all 3 freshmen are redshirting this year and most of next year’s freshmen will probably redshirt. They are now “stockpiling” talent.
Re: reducing UH’s autonomy. IMHO, NO.
UH wasn’t any better before they were given autonomy in the 1990s than they are now. 95% of D-1 athletic departments are “struggling”. Why can’t people get that?
16. Polly. Bravo to you. Criticism is easy. Jumping into the fray and doing the work is hard whether you are the AD, HC or whatever. When failure is present it needs to be attended to. And our football program has been failing. But I would venture to guess that those who are the loudest critics and most disrespectful have the least experience in engaging the difficult tasks of life.
I will need to do a lot of thinking before I vote on the UH autonomy amendment.
While it’s good to get a lump sum from the Leg, but if the “powers to be” will NOT fund athletics, then what will UH “powers to be” do to insure they are most productive? After all, did not Lassner (sp) testify before the Leg that athletics brings much to UH and the State. Undert he current status, who controls allocation of funds to each department? A person? committee?
If “autonomy” is amended, does this translate to a 100% change where the Leg will create a separate UH journal and allocate $$ as it sees fit to each department and allow the department head to decide who gets what? or, will it allow the Leg to create one or two “line items” for travel subsidies and gender equity and leave the rest as is?
There is existing dissatisfaction within one “college” on how the current “head” is using funds. Other than Shidler College of Business, one does not hear of donations to a specific college – good or bad. From time to time, we hear news of a certain prof who is given a large grant for his/her individual research project.
The article was very general in nature and perhaps purposely to give the Leg lateral movement to support UH state wide.
IMHO, the driving force is Title IX and the Leg hesitates to support it or throw up the hands and say “autonomy” – it’s UH administration’s kuli ana.
One of the main reasons why the UH athletic departmentand and many other programs are losing money is because of Title IX. Save for women’s volleyball, at UH all other women’s programs are not making a profit. But, that’s the law so maybe the federal government should lend a hand to help all women’s programs that are not making money to at least break even.
we criticize a lot, but believe we all are trying to find ways to make the athletic department profitable
but, if you are “hand tied”, like what Congress did to the US Postal Service, require it to allocate $5 billion annually to insure that that retirement fund has sufficient funds, and make it lose $$$ year-after-year, then its up to Congress to amend the law passed forcing the Postal Service to make the $5 billion annual contribution – maybe, even drop it down to $ or $2 billion. It is said that the Republican Senators will not allow changing the law they created. How sad!
Yea…our present snapper looks like a pygmy next to Ingram huh… HE NEEDS 2 ADD ON A LOT OF BEEF…
A-House…don’t think it will make a bit of difference whatever way u decide 2 vote…….it was messed up when Larry Price was there…n when JJ was there….both ways…n they both quit…
Mahalo and best wishes to Hittner. Thanks for staying with the Warriors.
Lots of snappy rejoinders come to mind regarding Tsai’s posts. Not gonna make any snap decisions I might later regret. I was wondering if the talks between Ingram and Hittner might involve snappy dialogue. Oh never mind, I should snap out of it and get back to work.
Since UH got their “autonomy”, hasn’t the amount of money spent on top administrators gone through the roof? The positions of pres. and chancellor (which did not exist before Dobelle) alone used to cost almost $1mil. I think Ige and lots of senators are basically telling UH to clean up their own mess.
boolakanaka – #10 –
Thanks. At least someone understands. I love you, man!
conclusion? UH had lousy fiscal management people in charge!
unfortunately, it has NOT changed much – perhaps, the ideology should be “for the betterment of the students” rather power and territorial obsessions – greater transparency would go a long way
is there a “shield” to not let the people of Hawaii know who is/are making the decisions? if yes, why??????? it’s not their $$$, but all tax payers and yes, I do acknowledge that they also pay taxes.
DPK, I got you and the fafas….
Thanks for continuing to be a Warrior, Brian Hittner!
I’m so proud that whatever happened to the former players of the University of Hawaii football team!. I really don’t care if they’re don’t make it to the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. They gave back to the younger players as a Head Coach or other coaching positions. Or come back and help out at the University of Hawaii football team. Talk to the players and give them revised!.
I became a Belichick hater after he cut Jake Ingram.
Also, he nearly killed Greg Salas’ career by trading for him, then cutting him, then sending him to the practice squad, then cutting him again.
UH is caught in a tug of war between autonomy (Regents) and state control (Gov, Legislators). State wants to squeeze the regents into submission and regain control of UH. I actually would vote for that because the situation that the regents have created is a disaster. Give the power to Ige and lets move on.
I think Iosefa’s agent should be trying to find a team to go to in the CFL.
In any event, good luck Joey and hope an NFL team picks him up as well, even though it looks like long shot at best.
Joey isn’t going to be NFL but, CFL can give you a pretty good living. I heard KGMB point out Mariota beat Winston badly in the 40. I wish the local media would stop highlighting an absolutely useless measurement for an NFL QB.
Title IX is wonderful in concept, but the Feds should have provided funding to the Universities to allow it to fund “non-revenue” sports.
Somehow, UH needs to review the issue of paying for travel costs for opposing teams. I wonder if we should have stayed with the WAC (where we didn’t have to pay travel subsidies) since we would have been the major player in that conference. Unless the MWC doesn’t want UH for the non-football sports, I think it makes more sense to put all sports in the MWC versus the Big West.
Why dog the local media? If it is “absolutely useless” as you say, then why does the NFL have QB’s run the 40 at the combine?
My take, QB forty between Mariota & Winston media & fans having fun even national media covered it, results were as expected going in. Media did point out slow 40 times for NFL great Tom Brady was 5.2 at his combine. 40 time is important if you are a dual threat QB like Mariota, Kaepernick, Newton, & Wilson. Mariota did impress many Pro evaluators with his passing drills also, dropback footwork, accuracy & adjustments to different receivers & routes. I’m personally hoping for Mariota to somehow end up with Chip Kelly at Eagles!!
Why give the UH back to the legislature ? They waste public money themselves – example is Legislative Allowances, including the “watchdog” Donna K. “State senators and representatives each received allowances totaling $10,200 in 2012 and $11,261 in 2013.”
“Other expenses, like political or charitable contributions, dry cleaning and food and beverages to thank staff, do not appear to be covered ( by ethics commission recommendations). They should use their own money to buy food and birthday cakes for their staff .
aloha everyone ! wow we sending joey to cfl aready !! im more then sure some team will try him out in the nfl !! with his size he would be a nice 3rd down back or short yardage back !!
Short yardage backs are a dime a dozen and not really being utilized in the NFL today. A lot of teams are using an offensive or defensive lineman for that now and as a blocking back for short yardage. Joey only hope to make the NFL would be to be multi-functional player besides just a blocking or short yardage guy. If he can excel in special teams he may make an NFL team.
The 40 time for QBs is not useless, as suggested above. It is an indicator of athleticism, which is a key trait for an NFL QB. However, if you pay attention to the media coverage, Winston outshined Mariota throwing the ball. They did not say that Mariota threw poorly though, rather just that Winston was better. Conversely, they did say that Winston’s 40 was poor.
Either way, they are both phenomenal prospects. I put my money on Mariota learning the NFL game and transitioning to a better QB simply because of his athleticism and intelligence. With that said, Winston will be good sooner than Mariota. Just not as good as he thinks he will be himself.
Well 4-me…if they invited him to combine…means they want to see a little more of him…
So….if a few teams expressed sum interest in him (per ST)…means he has a chance…however slim sum seem to believe on here…
His results at the combine…could manifest it self in a spot at free agency…or even on a opening day roster 4 sum team…wish him well…
If Regan Mauia got a shot, Iosefa should get a shot. Forget the CFL. Iosefa will at least get a FA shot. Why give up on a dream before even giving it a shot?
#39 AHouse comments: is there a “shield” to not let the people of Hawaii know who is/are making the decisions? ”
If you mean who makes the decisions that show up in public, no, there is no shield.
You could say the Governor, Major, President of the UH, Chancellor for the Manoa campus, Legislators etc.. They are like the Captains of Navy Ships and responsible for the actions of their subordinates.
If you mean who INFLUENCES the decisions that show up in public, I don’t know.
It was probably Wally Fujiyama (bless his soul) during the days of yore.
Joey was regarded by all to be Hawaii’s best football player, however he was not voted the MVP nor the Offensive player of the year. He wasn’t on the field enough.
Joey’s best years are yet to come. He was on the bench for a good part of his junior and senior years.
Foot problems both years costs 7-8 games?……….tough break!
Off field indiscretion costs 3 games………………utter disappointment!
However he is talented player and a team will want him. He will prove to be what we think he is!
Imua. Go Joey Go!
As to MM and Winston, I still think MM has greater upside, and I would be a tad hesitant giving Winston the mantle of being the face of my franchise. It’s not just a nominal cost, but history has shown it can set back a franchise for a decade–example one-the Browns–have made mistake after mistake at drafting a QB in round 1, and suffered dearly.
That said, that Winston can spin the ball, is just a really natural beautiful thrower with really intuitive timing. Caution–those same words were placed on Jeff George.
UH has as LS (Hittner)……and a punter (Trifonovitch)……but what about a PK (to replace to Hadden)?
Always have to remember…if he is the ‘mantle’ of ur franchise…you will be in ‘crab legs’ for many years to come…he he he…
Compared to his other years…as he got older his numbers seemed to get worst..both on the field n off…
47…not going to happen. Well, okay, the only way is if we become a perennial top 25 team and travel with a 10,000 fan base to every away game.
Yup, we need another 9,998 m/m Ahouses’.
me think ur figures are a little off al….
one on here keeps track that one.. n we have
drivers from all over the usa continental…
or plane fliers that go to games…
at least 200 all games…
so come to 9,798 is all…he he he
but a very valid point…
Re: Title IX – please let’s not lose sight of the fact that it affects all levels and aspects of education, not just collegiate athletics.
bowwar – WAC doesn’t compete in football anymore.
There are two PKs returning; Ryan Weese, an Oklahoma State transfer that sat last season and there’s Kainoa McDonald, a red-shirt freshman from Punahou. And one more tidbit about Jameis Winston – he had to lose 17 lbs to get ready for the combine. Concern he’s one of those players that will struggle to maintain playing weight in the off season. He admitted as much about how much he enjoys eating.
#64: they might have salvaged football in the WAC had they stayed…
#65: Weese has reportedly left for Kansas when refused a scholarship…Dunno if McDonald has the leg or accuracy for D1 football.
McDonald was fairly accurate but limited range…….up to 40 yards…….back in HS…….with a kicking tee.
Less than 50 yards range won’t cut it in D1…Weese was better, but also limited range and questionable accuracy.
…are there any women’s sports program that have a combined net profit!
…Winston in particular loves his crustaceans.
…we aren’t losing money because of title IX. The cost of doing business in the collegiate arena is tough for the have-nots. The “air bus” is football. We need to see 37,000 to 40,000 paid attendees every game. We need to have any and all revenues derived from our athletic events funneled directly to the university.
Congrats to Kolby Kanetake on his MPSF POW award, UH’s 4th award in 8 wks.
McDonald was 7/8 on field goals his senior year. This included a 43 and 47 yard er on a punahou team that was exceptionally efficient on offense. It’s probably why he had so few attempts let alone were they in such a position to attempt any 50 yarders..
jm411… What took you so long?
I think there’s a pretty considerable percentage of kickers in the FBS who lack the accuracy or leg strength to kick from 50+ yards out. If McDonald’s range tops out at 40, but is accurate, you take that.
I don’t want to name names, but remember out kicker from years lore who had a strong leg, but missed, I believe, 7 PATs?
If McDonald can make all his PATs, you take that.
Despite 11 losses, the UH basketball team is still garnering votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. If only somebody boxed out in that Wichita State game.
Two seasons ago, San Diego State’s kicking game was so poor, they would go on 4th downs in the red zone, and go for two after every score.
What’s that saying: Paralysis by analysis?
We’ve watched Iosefa for five years. We know he’s a good football player. He doesn’t have breakaway speed but he’s tough to tackle, and good for 5 yards a pop.
Whether he’s drafted or not, he’ll be in somebody’s camp because he can play.
As for Mariota, if he’s available at 6, the Jets will grab him. Forget that one-year wonder from Philly in a trade. The choice isn’t between Mariota and Winston (who’s pretty darn fast when he’s running with lobsters or crabs), but between Mariota and Geno Smith. Mariota is better than Smith.
The Legislature reminds of the guy who lends money with strings attached.
First, it’s not the Leg’s money; it’s the people’s money.
Second, if UH had real autonomy, why did Donna Mercado Kim have so many hearings? She could be pissed about Wonder Blunder, but everyone who bought a ticket received a refund. And it’s out of her jurisdiction. If the chemistry department buys the wrong test tubes, is she going to hold a hearing? Besides, she probably should have been sanctioned for asking Greenwood for a little wink-wink help with law school admissions.
Your ‘#69 post was confusing to me. I understood your remark about Winston and crabs but not too much else. Are your saying that title IX is not a money losing proposition and yet you also say we need to bump up the football revenues too? Am I missing something?
So Weese left for Kansas? Well, looks like coaching staff needs to find one more PK.
The wonder blunder hearings were must see TV. I was hoping they would bring it back as a series … maybe called “On the advice of General Council”
It works both ways. It’s not UH’s money it’s the people’s money. The Legislature on behalf of the people is responsible for how taxpayer monies are spent. Kim while holding hearings was powerless to direct UH administrators to make changes. And BTW, the story about Kim and her son is inaccurate. Kim waited until a week after the Law School letters of acceptance or denial were sent out. Kim inquired why a letter of acceptance or denial was not received by her son not knowing her son never applied to law school. She never asked anyone for favors to get her son into law school.
SAT, Hittner is 6-1. It’s just that Luke Ingram is 6-6. And I too want to thank Hittner for staying a Warrior. That goes for all Warriors!!!
#52 he sure didn’t run like a “dime a dozen” back to me.
Old Diver 79: If you think Kim made a direct call to the UH President to just “make an inquiry” about her son’s law school application, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Kim should have been sanctioned for abusing her position. Her excuse that she was simply “acting as a mother” was beyond lame.
Old Diver 79: Kim made threats during her direct call to Greenwood. That goes far beyond “an inquiry.” Kim abused her position, plain and simple.
How many parents have the UH President on speed dial?!?!
And how many of them would call the UH President to “inquire” about their son’s law school application??? I guess Kim is just special.
So if Mariota is available at the sixth spot, does Philadelphia dangle Nick Foles and a bunch of draft picks in front of the Jets?
Jumping from #20 to #6 instead of #20 to the top spot seems a lot more manageable.
79. Regardless, it is complelty inappropriate for an elected official to call the university president on behalf of a family member under any circumstances. The excuse that she was just a concerned mother is completely lame. Beyond the call being a misuse of power and access it would also have been a violation of confidentiality if Marcie Greenwood shared any information about the son/applicant without consent. Kim should know this. She is a law maker and has a duty to be exemplary in this way. In this instance she failed.
85–Arcum–agreed. Optics and comportment count; elected officials should be able to discern both the law and what constitutes good faith transparency. The law school would not field a call from any of us, even if we were operating from the modus of concerned parent—it is both practically and legally prevented. Thus, she failed in both areas.
Please name one threat made by Kim. That would be news to everyone involved.
It is entirely appropriate to inquire after the fact. Kim was not calling about the status of her son’s application, she was asking why he had not received a letter of acceptance or denial. Please don’t confuse the two. Don’t get me wrong, Kim is not my favorite politician. I’m just setting the facts straight.
Old Diver, having been involved with the law schools, the more germane question, is in what capacity did she posit the inquiry? Legislator? Mother? Taxpayer?
If it was in the former, then she should make a formal letter, and document her concerns…a personal question with specifically her son as the centerpiece of the inquiry, suggests something else…..
autonomy is one thing – the Wonder Blunder is another totally unrelated, IMHO.
Does “autonomy” exempt the Leg from holding hearings when something goes really wrong and large sums of taxpayer $$$ are lost?
Should the Leg hold hearings for the “Dean” who people say is misusing funds? I don’t know; it’s not my call?
Did Mercado-Kim call Greenwood? so says MRC. anyone listen in on the conversation so they can speak with authority on this subject? or, is it all hearsay?
ST, I know you are a JETS fan, but do you really wish for Mariota to commit career suicide? The JETS are rivaling the Raiders in terms of dysfunctional leadership and maximizing potential.
I know he won’t have a choice . . . unless he pulls an Eli Manning.
…and didn’t Donna’s son ultimately get in to the law school after not having initially applied.
Moderation again? Hmmm.
Reagan Mauia was a freak of nature. At 300 pounds he could run a 4.8 40. He dropped his weight to 270 and ran in the low 4.7’s, and he dropped further to 260 when he became a starter in the NFL.
Joey’s pluses are his ability to catch the ball and his strength. Guys like Joey will not carry the ball much except on short yardage. If Joey was only a ball carrier he would have a tough time making it, but I think his pass catching skill will help. He is hurt by lack of speed, because he cannot contribute on special teams– a key to making the NFL.
One of the minuses against Joey, besides speed is that the NFL uses the fullback as a lead blocker (look at Robinson of the Seahawks blocking for Marshawn– classic example) and Joey did not do any lead blocking for UH since we used Joey as a running back (it might have boosted his NFL potential if we used him as a lead blocker). If Joey did well in the position drills (the only position drills people see are the QB’s throwing or the receivers catching– so we do not know what the coaches saw), and coaches feel he can block, he might get a shot at free agency.
Re: Donna Kim. You be the judge.
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