Team bonding

It has been said successful football teams are built from the inside, and one of first-year head coach Nick Rolovich’s spring plans was to reorganize the locker room.

“We switched all their lockers up,” Rolovich said. “We went local guy, African-American, white guy, California (guy), local guy, Samoan …”

He added: “We all have to learn about each other. When all the guys from California are on one side of the locker room and the local boys are on the other side, there’s not the natural learning about each other. Especially when you’re from the mainland, you’ve got to open up and and learn about (Hawaii’s culture).”


  1. seewhy April 28, 2016 10:50 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

  2. haka April 28, 2016 11:01 am

    Rainbow Warriors!
    Melting pot locker room!
    Going for the gold!

  3. seewhy April 28, 2016 11:01 am

    Glad to see Rolo taking the initiative to build one team. Win as one, lose as one. No cliques.

  4. haka April 28, 2016 11:04 am

    I seewhy you’re first!

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid April 28, 2016 11:19 am

    haka I seewhy you’re funny! 😆

    I seewhy Coach Rolo so akamai. Team diversity good. Team togetherness goodest.

    Hope to see errybody at the Spring Fling tomorrow.


  6. haka April 28, 2016 11:41 am

    dpk 🙂
    Wish I could spring to the fling, but auwe, no can.
    Hope everyone comes out of it healthy and happy.
    Go Warriors!

  7. H-Man April 28, 2016 12:09 pm

    Last year I was distressed with the recruiting progress. That coaching staff just did not issue many scholarship offers as compared to other teams. So I checked on the current status of this coaching staff. I checked Rivals and Scout to see what they had on record to date for Hawaii. I found a big difference from last year. I won’t go into the details, I’ll list the number of offers by position as listed by Rivals. Here’s the current breakdown”

    ATH – 14
    DB – 14
    DE – 11
    DT – 2
    LB – 15
    OL – 17
    QB – 14
    RB – 6
    TE – 5
    WE – 11
    Total 109

  8. Akamai Okole April 28, 2016 12:24 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    seewhy I would be wary of my locker next to DPK. 😆 😉 😈

  9. Akamai Okole April 28, 2016 12:25 pm


  10. Akamai Okole April 28, 2016 12:26 pm


    Yup, if you going anywhere, you need da horses.

  11. SteveM April 28, 2016 12:44 pm

    Interesting locker room arrangement concept. Good idea!

  12. Rodney April 28, 2016 1:43 pm

    Any one think Wittek
    get chance?

  13. cocobean April 28, 2016 2:01 pm

    I wasn’t planning to renew my season tickets I let the March deadline pass. On Tuesday of this week I got a call from the UHAD saying it’s not too late to get the same seats. I renewed over the phone and paid for the inner circle mauka lot parking. I was told the makai and the bus(koa) lots, which are closer to my seats, were soldout. The caller said there’s a possibility of getting more seats in the bus lot and would put me on a waiting list. Should it clear I would receive a refund for the difference. If that person hadn’t called I would’ve bought the pay for view package.

    The only reason I mention this is the UHAD finally wised up and started contacting people who didn’t renew. None of my friends who gave up their tickets in the past ever got a call. I’m glad the UHAD is taking some initiative in trying to stir up support for one their programs. I think talking to a person is more effective than sending an email.

  14. Kahuna April 28, 2016 4:28 pm

    Not a bad idea. It is kind of evidence if you look closely that most players hang with other players with similar backgrounds. Not that it is wrong cause we in society do it too(hang around with people of similar ethnicity) but as football players, you are supposed to be one big family and go to battle for each other no matter what ethnicity you are.

    It could be very beneficial for all players cause you learn new things, can develop new friends and be a little more well rounded. Instead of Samoan hanging with other Samoan and Whites hanging with other whites, etc….this way the players can develop friendship that could help them in the future in getting jobs.

  15. Boolakanaka April 28, 2016 4:33 pm

    Coco, way to go!!!

  16. Bryson April 28, 2016 7:04 pm

    I look at what Rolo is doing and the uniqueness of playing for the University of Hawaii,it’s someplace that has a totally different culture from any place on the mainland one that you truly have to adapt to Rolo did it,Colt did it and many others have as well…

  17. HawaiiMongoose April 28, 2016 8:05 pm

    ST, what’s the scoop on the Hawaii exemption? There have been threads on multiple message boards talking about the NCAA Division I Council vote in early April that expanded the exemption by allowing UH and the teams that play against UH in Hawaii to schedule their compensating 13th games on the Saturday preceding the start of the FBS regular season. This would restore the value of the exemption because UH opponents could once again take advantage of it without losing their only bye week. The adoption of the proposal is shown on page 37 of the Council’s April meeting minutes (Proposal Number 2015-79-FBS):

    Obviously this is hugely positive for UH. I understand that the last obstacle to the change taking effect was for the NCAA Board of Governors to meet and not overturn the Division I Council vote; that meeting took place today, and there’s been no news about the Board taking any action on the Hawaii exemption one way or the other. So is the change a done deal? And if so, when is the SA going to run a story about it?

  18. dopaco24 April 29, 2016 3:21 am


    I emailed the NCAA Associate Director of Public and Media Relations, whose email was on the satellite camp press release as the media contact. I’m not sure if I’ll get a timely response though. I’m sure someone in the media could get info from Stan L. Albrecht, the Utah State President, about this. He’s on the Board of Directors. Heck, I think Matlin should already know about it as well. As a last resort, we could just wait 10-14 days until the report of the meeting is uploaded to the NCAA website.

  19. dopaco24 April 29, 2016 3:25 am

    RE: Hawaii exemption
    With a 63-0 preliminary vote in favor of the rule and a 15-0 vote to adopt the rule by the legislative council, it is highly unlikely that the Board of Directors didn’t accept the recommendations.

  20. A-House April 29, 2016 6:04 am


    still interested? call me 592-5012

  21. HawaiiMongoose April 29, 2016 6:24 am

    18,19: Thanks dopaco and I agree, it would have been very unlikely for the earlier votes to be overturned. It’s just a little surprising to me that the local press hasn’t been following this. It would be nice to see the NCAA actually do something positive for UH.

  22. dopaco24 April 29, 2016 6:32 am

    It is simple: They do not care.
    They are much more concerned about locker assignments and pet rocks.

  23. Stephen Tsai April 29, 2016 8:31 am

    New post:

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