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The football team was told that because linebacker Brashton Satele had completed five years of eligibility and earned a degree in December, he would have to count as part of UH’s 2010 recruiting class if he were to successfully petition for a sixth year of football.

Lee Ann Satele, like the rest of us, thought that was an odd rule. So she personally called the NCAA and was told that, no, her son would not count as one of the 25 initial scholarships. She then notified UH.

Satele, who is taking on-line classes while training in Arizona, returned to Honolulu for a few days. He already has lost 10 pounds.


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Former UH defensive tackle Michael Lafaele has been working out intensively the past several weeks. We’ve been told he is considering whether to take a retest at UH’s Pro Day in Carson, Calif.

Lafeale completed his UH eligibility at the end of the 2008 Sugar Bowl. He participated in the 2008 Pro Day, but was not drafted nor offered a free-agent contract.

He has had a successful career in marketing and advertising.

* * * * *

Ran into Mel deLaura at a basketball game last night. DeLaura, who was replaced as the lead strength/conditioning coach for the Warrior football team, is on vacation through Feb. 5 .He said he will announce his future plans after that.

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So for Valentine’s Day, get your loved one the new iPad, which was unveiled today:



  1. al January 27, 2010 12:05 am


  2. al January 27, 2010 12:06 am

    right on mike pursue the dream.

    best wishes to mel.

  3. Pomai January 27, 2010 12:07 am

    SMU perhaps?

  4. al January 27, 2010 12:09 am

    going for the modern day record number of posts from one day to another.

  5. al January 27, 2010 12:10 am

    dang pomai…

  6. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 12:10 am

    Pomai just put the block on Al.

  7. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 12:11 am

    Hey, Pomai.
    I had a nice long chat with Bob Coolen today.
    Sounds like the Rainbow Wahine will be good.

  8. al January 27, 2010 12:21 am

    i call clipping.

  9. al January 27, 2010 12:21 am

    did you read that email i sent you?
    interesting huh?

  10. al January 27, 2010 12:23 am

    my eyes are so foggy from the vog.

    i first thought that the posting’s headline was “the cornerback”
    and got all excited.

  11. jojo ® January 27, 2010 12:48 am


    Best wishes to Lafaele

  12. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 27, 2010 2:30 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    January 27th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Hey, Pomai.
    I had a nice long chat with Bob Coolen today.
    Sounds like the Rainbow Wahine will be good.


  13. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 27, 2010 2:34 am

    Apparently there are roosters in Pearl City now that can’t tell time. 😑

  14. wafan January 27, 2010 3:56 am

    Good morning!

    Sun has not come up yet. Hope it does soon — need to burn off the heavy fog.

  15. wafan January 27, 2010 3:58 am

    Another day, another set of posts. Hopefully, none of them by irritating and irresponsible folks.

  16. wafan January 27, 2010 3:59 am

    Best of luck to Lafaele and Mel. Surely both will land on their feet!

  17. wafan January 27, 2010 4:00 am

    Another halfday of classes followed by foolish meetings.

  18. wafan January 27, 2010 4:05 am

    Kazz . . .

    Silly roosters used to be up in Palisades a bunch of years ago. I think they used to see the street lights or were just not very bright. Neighbors complained. Someone got ahold of the phone number of the house. Owners did not like the random calls at all hours of the night/morning. Roosters went away.

  19. wafan January 27, 2010 4:07 am

    See ya!

  20. Bulla January 27, 2010 4:10 am

    good morning Tsaikos,

    best of luck to lafaele and mel.

    watch out for the puddles out there this morning πŸ™‚

  21. addahknowjoe January 27, 2010 4:54 am

    Gmorning gang!

    -Good show yesterday with Tommy.

    ST- I know he shy and he going say no, but, try ask Al Ginoza if he could come on the show. Would definitely help his program and be very interesting for everyone to hear what goes on behind the scenes.

    -Good luck Mel on your future endeavors.

    Pomai/Al- upon further review, the play stands as called on the field.

    Kazz- Those PC birdz woke me up dis morning! =)

    Bulla- kindly keep the tourist safe from the natives. Make ‘um behave and enjoy paradise.

  22. addahknowjoe January 27, 2010 4:57 am

    Wafan- Howz your Skills USA crop of talent this year? Get chance for nationals?

  23. jm2375 January 27, 2010 5:29 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Tiny bit wet out there this am. Take care when you get out on the road.

    Good luck to Mike Lafaele and Mr. DeLaura.

    a-joe – #21 – so, the call wasn’t confirmed, just not enuf ev-e-dence to overturn? πŸ˜€

    you guys got roosters, we got peacocks. dem tings loud.

  24. NYUH January 27, 2010 5:51 am

    I can possibly get on board with the timing of the game, and maybe even the location, though most players seem to be a bit miffed that Hawaii is out and places like Detroit and Indianapolis become the “reward” destination. It’s not unusual for players to bring families, or for running backs to bring their entire offensive line as a thank you. I can see it now “Hey guys, thanks for blocking all year for more and getting me into the Pro Bowl. As a thank you, I’ve paid for your airfare to beautiful, wintery Detroit. You can tour the remains of the auto industry factories and even stop by Motown if you really want to. As an extra thank you, I bought all of you a bullet proof vest, in case you want to walk to dinner one night.” Doesn’t sound too glamorous.

  25. Kekoa (iPhone) January 27, 2010 5:55 am

    It’s O-dark thirty on the ceded lands. No Manuk in hearing range. They all hang out at Homey’s. Happy Wet Wednesday all.

  26. NYUH January 27, 2010 5:56 am

    Glad to hear a lot of players still like Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Its a nice jolt to the economy.

  27. NYUH January 27, 2010 6:08 am

    Do we have anyone recruiting in American Samoa? I wonder if they are getting a lot of attention since the CBS 60 Minutes story on them.

  28. d1ε³Ά January 27, 2010 6:16 am

    Great Morning All!

    Best of luck to Michael Lafaele.

    Best wishes to Mel deLaura in whatever is in his future as well.

  29. d1ε³Ά January 27, 2010 6:17 am

    Have a terrific hump day erryboddy!


  30. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 6:25 am

    Yes, Hawaii is recruiting in American Samoa.
    And Australia.

  31. Kekoa (iPhone) January 27, 2010 6:27 am

    NYUH ~
    Re: #24

    That’s so true. Any of the NFL cities they move the Pro Bowl to is *same-o-same!* That’s why they enjoyed coming here.

    They loved the diversity of our islands, and most remained here a few extra days to relax and take in the sights.

    The stadium authority should have been keeping up
    with the times. Right now they are our weakest link. Judging from W/Doc’s reports, they have no vision for the future.

    Only patchwork repair. (Take one look at the different
    shades of orange in the lower level). And no plans
    to raise their own money. Like the rest of the State,
    they squeeze it out of the tax payers.

  32. duffer (iPhone) January 27, 2010 6:27 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!
    Off to Molokai this morning. Smell that Molokai bread.

  33. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 6:29 am

    Re: Pro Bowl
    I think the problem with the Pro Bowl this year isn’t just the location. The timing is terrible.
    Most of the NFL personnel people are at the Senior Bowl.

  34. Kekoa (iPhone) January 27, 2010 6:32 am

    ST ~ Word on the street includes some recruiting possibilities from out of Samoa. Hoping it’s true.

  35. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 27, 2010 6:32 am

    As reported late last night, the Pro Bowl will be back in Hawai`i in 2011 and 2012.

    Only 15 days to the real start of the 2010 softball season and 23 days to UH baseball although DaBeegs will start spring training in ten days when the throwers report to work.

  36. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 6:39 am

    As I see it, the problem is there just isn’t enough money.
    If you charge UH rent, then UH grumbles.
    If you keep concessions and parking, then UH grumbles.
    If you raise parking prices β€” giving half of the money to UH β€” then the fans grumble. And they’ll grumble some more because, as everyone (re-)discovered last year, there aren’t enough parking stalls.
    So where do you get additional income?
    There’s the swap meet. But what happens on game days when there’s a swap meet.
    I’d love to see E.K. Fernandez set up rides year ’round. Then again, Can’t do that during football season. And if you over-do it, then eventually interest goes down.
    More concerts? Nobody wants to come unless it’s the back end of an Asian tour. Too expensive. MJ was willing, but he’s not with us anymore.
    Who are the most popular performers now? Lil Wayne. Drake. Don’t think they would fill the stadium. Plus, Lil Wayne is going to prison next month.
    Then it goes back to selling ads. Aloha Stadium actually does that very well. Problem is that competes against UH’s sales. Which is why the stadium looks like a NASCAR auto now.
    And one final thing: the stadium is so old that they’re not making those type of seats anymore. Aloha Stadium gets ’em where it gets ’em.

  37. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 27, 2010 6:40 am

    Kkekoa and Others:

    The biggest barrier to making major improvements to Aloha Stadium is dealing with naming rights as well as corporate sponsorships. I believe that there is some support at the Legislature to address these issues – probably not this Session although one never knows until it’s over – and then come back with a plan. Again, let me do some research on this and what we can do to support the efforts to change How Things Are Done Around Here.

  38. lava January 27, 2010 6:40 am

    Tur – Tle!

    Tur – Tle!

    Tur – tle!

  39. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 6:46 am

    Naming rights would seem like the best β€” and last β€” option.
    But the main problem is there aren’t any Fortune 500 companies in Hawaii.
    Everybody’s tapped out.
    A sponsor of one of the hall of fames had to limit the number of inductees because it didn’t have the budget for extra travel and lodging.

  40. bstunna2002 January 27, 2010 6:47 am

    ST as far as aloha stadium goes I think the next big event is gonna possibly be a ufc event and if the card is stacked I can guarentee a sellout, it would be good to have a permanent drive inn theater well except for the nights when the home team plays.

  41. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 6:50 am

    By the way, we should all thank Doc for her tireless and selfless work in attending public hearings and going through all of the public records that few of us would have the patience to do.
    What’s more, she provides her research to us.
    And if she doesn’t know something, she’ll go and find out.
    I’ve seen her wear down many a person.
    She’s relentless, but relentless gets us results.
    Same for Garret, whose searches actually are read by other media outlets (though they won’t admit it), and others who devote their time to providing great information for us.
    Hey, I’m a samurai, so I don’t always say thanks.
    But thanks.

  42. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 6:51 am

    You’re right. Thanks for the correction.
    That would fill the place.

  43. Kekoa (iPhone) January 27, 2010 6:53 am

    Thanks W/Doc. They know you are ‘watching’ their every move.

  44. bstunna2002 January 27, 2010 6:53 am

    And how in the world did we lose out on Yap to Baylor?

  45. madeinhawaii January 27, 2010 6:56 am

    And one final thing: the stadium is so old that they’re not making those type of seats anymore. Aloha Stadium gets ’em where it gets ’em

    Sounds like a typical added expense… $75 for chair.. $500 for search and locate expense…

    During the bowl game, I could have sworn that my seat was was slowly sinking lower and lower.

  46. madeinhawaii January 27, 2010 6:57 am

    ‘morning all!

  47. bstunna2002 January 27, 2010 6:58 am

    Maybe they should find out where UH got the seats for Les Murakami Stadium? I would love to see the stadium redone in UH color scheme.

  48. letsgowarriors January 27, 2010 7:08 am

    we lose out to beau yap bc we offered 1 week ago

  49. mctruck January 27, 2010 7:19 am

    So why is it that the State/stadium authority build a second tier/level to accommodate the parking needs????…oh yeah forgot, no-mo-money$$$$.

    I think with all the recruiting on the defensive side being done and the quality of the prospects,(fingers crossed), maybe Mr. Yap figured he’d stand a better chance at Baylor and I don’t find fault that mode of thinking either.

  50. mctruck January 27, 2010 7:24 am

    No money for new turf at Aloha Stadium…..whew!?, don’t have funds/money for anything at all!!! That’s very frustrating, but then again, maybe only schools in the BCS are having it easier?

  51. YODA January 27, 2010 7:33 am

    Yap to “Waco, TX” ouch! Ever been to Waco – worse than going to Fresno. Best of luck to Beau if he does end up signing with BNorwood, DBabers, and KMcCloud, they will need to keep each other busy talking about Hawaii’s weather, food and beaches.

  52. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 7:38 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚

    “Hey, I’m a samurai, so I don’t always say thanks.”
    Yes, but a very sensitive samurai… πŸ˜‰

    Speaking of Sensitive Samurai, Aoe Matahachiro can’t get a break can he?! In last night’s show his wife was killed and the bad guys have decided that once again, Aoe must die!

  53. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 7:40 am

    Or should that read: “and once again, the bad guys have decided that Aoe must die!” 😳

  54. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 7:42 am

    A big thank you to Mel DeLaura for all he’s done and best wishes fro his future.

    GO MIKE!

  55. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 7:43 am


  56. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 7:43 am

    It sure is nice to see Rasu Begasu and A-joe back on the blog. πŸ™‚

  57. YODA January 27, 2010 7:44 am

    Isle Roots in Senior Bowl:

    Tyson AluAlu – St. Louis / Cal, rated as a top 10 DT in Draft – Doing well in Senior Bowl practices – projected 2nd to 3rd pick in Draft.

    Shawn Lauvao – Farrington / Arizona ST., rated in top 10 as OG in Draft circles – Doing very well as a guard in Senior Bowl practices according to reports – projected middle to lower rounds, but rising!

    Koa Misi – UofUtah, son of former Rainbow Warrior – Sione Misi, OL. Rated top 10 OLB by some reports, good pass rusher.

    Mike Iupati – Am. Samoa / Idaho – Top rated interior linemen at Senior Bowl / Draft – 6’6 330, 35.5 arm length. Senior Bowl reports are – “Big, quick, agile, nasty.”

  58. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 7:49 am

    Thanks for the update, Yoda!

  59. RainbowCliff January 27, 2010 7:55 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Nation, Raining days in LA is hopefully done as the last one was last night with sunshine rays ahead. Thanking Doc and Garret is very much appreciated and understood BUT when you have a whole blog of intelligent, humorous, talented & dedicated people as your selves then you are always going to rise and be in the LEAD for life . liberty and the pursuit of HAPPINESS as you do it all unique in one word “ALOHA” !

    The understanding of that word has many meanings but it is the sacred of your soul and Island that you live on that gives you the wealth of your happiness as to “live in Hawaii” and “live among it’s people” is the most satisfying feeling any human being can enjoy as your compassion for the “OHANA” will leave an indelible impression in which many including I treasure and live it’s stature everyday.

    Warrior Beat with the Tsai Meister leading the way has only one word to describe it “GREAT” as it brings true fans of Hawaii together to support Hawaii Teams as the athletes who play for the University represents pride, effort and dedication to the State, it’s fans and it’s “WONDERFUL” people !

    Simply The Best, Better Then All The Rest !

    Have a “BEAUTIFUL” day Tsaiko Nation and thank you for allowing me to be part of your words that I may go out and give wise words to others !

  60. Stretch January 27, 2010 8:02 am

    oldie can you please email me at stretch6592 at yahoo thanks

  61. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 8:05 am

    Braddah Cliff-

    You ARE the sunshine in LA! πŸ˜‰

  62. NYUH January 27, 2010 8:05 am

    The Lex Brody Aloha Stadium? Is his business still around or am I dating myself?

    Apple just introduced the iPad. Will it save the print biz? Jobs projecting his reality distortion field. He is looking much better though.

  63. djmitcho January 27, 2010 8:13 am

    Good Morning All! Can’t wait til LOI day to see who actually puts their name on the dotted line.

  64. Garret January 27, 2010 8:41 am

    TanksAh has been a very reliable source for recruiting news from the North Shore. Unfortunately, his update today on WSN does not have any UH news:

    Jamora is a lock for U-Dub

    Schwenke canceled his trip to U-Dub when Notre Dame as him to visit there (with Manti expected to host him). Schwenke is apparently down to BYU and Notre Dame

    Jackson Kaka to NMSU

    Veteson Sauni to Weber State

  65. Garret January 27, 2010 8:43 am

    Looks like a Florida receiver will be visiting UH this weekend.

    According to Panthers coach Robert Weiner, the 5-foot-8, 160-pound standout will make an official visit to Hawaii this weekend. The Warriors have yet to offer, but …

    β€œI think they’re probably going to this weekend,” Weiner said.

    At last check, Sampson, a two-year starter at Plant, had offers from four Division I-AA programs — Delaware, Georgia Southern, Murray State and Southern Illinois.

  66. Pride. January 27, 2010 8:43 am

    Why is Notre Dame recruiting in Hawaii? They took two Hawaii boys last year and are in the running for two more Hawaii boys this year. With the ability to recruit nationally, why would they come all the way to Hawaii? I can understand Manti Te’o, but not the other three guys. It’s enough that we have to contend with the Pac 10 and the MWC, but now we go against the Big 12, SEC, ACC, and Notre Dame. Colorado, Baylor, Arkansas, and West Virginia are also in the hunt for our football players.

    I know that sounds like sour grapes. I should be happy for these local kids and their famlies. Just getting frustrated at the steep uphill climb that Hawaii faces on a yearly basis. We should be very happy and fortunate for those that see and understand Gov. Burn’s vision. Those that stay home to play for the home team.

  67. Garret January 27, 2010 8:48 am


    WassupDoc deserves our thanks because she sits through all of those meetings and gets us information that we couldn’t get otherwise. I just do my little part…if anything, I should thank Heeia Elementary for having a 1-year test programs to teach speed reading to kids where I was lucky enough to be in the class that was picked back then.

    I’m sorry to everyone that I’ve been so busy with work that I’ve been missing some stuff. Normally I find most of the things that Tombo finds, but lately I just haven’t had the time…

  68. Pomai January 27, 2010 8:48 am

    # Don Weir:
    January 26th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Aloha Fellow Warrior Football Supporters,

    Coach McMackin’s 2010 Warrior Football Recruit Review is set for February 3, 2010.
    Join your fellow football fans and the Warrior Football Coaches as Coach McMackin discusses the 2010 Football Recruits and shows highlight videos of each recruit. Get the inside information and see for yourselves who will be wearing the Warrior uniform for the 1st time. Don’t miss out on the best preview of the future Warriors. This program is open to the public so bring a friend or two and share Warrior Football excitement!
    Limited number of programs listing recruit information will be available.

    This year’s Recruit Review will be held at:
    The Hukilau Restaurant
    Executive Center
    1088 Bishop Street Lower Level 13

    Food and beverages will be available.
    Happy Hour starts at 4:30 and runs until 7:30
    No Cover Charge!
    Video Review Program starts at 6:00 PM

    Validated Parking is available: $1 for the first 3 hours
    Plenty of downtown parking on a Wednesday evening!!

    Anyone going to go to this??????

  69. LizKauai m/ January 27, 2010 8:51 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  70. Garret January 27, 2010 8:52 am


    Don’t forget that this is a transition year for Notre Dame so their coaches must be scrambling a little. Hopefully next year they don’t need to go after Hawaii recruits as much.

    On the other hand, it seems that they realize how good Manti is and they may feel that Hawaii recruits are better than others may realize. If they get 4 recruits out of Hawaii in 2 recruiting classes, I would think that they might try to keep that pipeline going…and unfortunately for UH (and for the Pac-10), they might be able to get a few of the top 5 recruits each year.

  71. rage777 January 27, 2010 9:00 am

    Hold on Garret, are you telling me you went to Heeia also. I thought we just went to the same high school, but now we went to the same elementary school too! I think you are like a year or two older than me, so we must have seen each other at some point.

  72. Maverick January 27, 2010 9:02 am

    I believe in the saying, “Always clean house before visitors arrive.”

    Good to see a certain HC starting to clean his hale before USC shows up.
    Shake it up.
    Stir it up.
    Just don’t sit idle like a stagnent pond.

  73. Pomai January 27, 2010 9:07 am

    #67 Garret

    No need for sorry brah, we all want you to keep plugging away with your Company, so you can be our Fortune 500 an get us a new stadium

  74. Garret January 27, 2010 9:14 am


    My sister and I went to Heeia and my parents live very close to the school. I graduated from Castle in 85 and my sister in 89, if you want to figure out when we were at Heeia. Next time I’m in Hawaii if you still live there maybe we can catch up at a cattle call…

  75. Derek January 27, 2010 9:15 am

    80% that DeLaura will end up working w/ June Jones. They’ve been life long friends since they were teammates at UH and Portland St. I even caught passes from JJ during summer at Cooke Field w/ DeLaura when I was living in an apt. at Varsity Circle (little tidbit).

    Is David Katina the best football player from Samoa this year?
    Is Joey Iosefa the best football player from Samoa last year?

  76. A-House January 27, 2010 9:18 am

    First, let me add to the congratulatory messages to Jim D and Coach Shoji on securing a 2011 Regional at the SSC! Well deserved recognition.

    Second, is it only me that I had a funny feeling about Beau’s dad’s comment in the morning paper, “That’s all I can say right now”. Happy? Sad? Frustrated? Would have preferred UH?

    Third, did I miss out again? I thought Mel D was going to concentrate on all the women sports?

  77. rage777 January 27, 2010 9:23 am


    You are closer to my older sister (in age), but your sister is only a year older than me. We lived closer to King, but I had a lot of classmates that lived right across the street from the school.
    I moved to California a long time ago, and my parents moved from Kaneohe to Kaimuki once I left (since I was the last one out of the house).

  78. MrButtermaker January 27, 2010 9:25 am

    There’s a lot of people who think Mel DeLaura has been on vacation for about 10 years now….

  79. al January 27, 2010 9:38 am

    at pride. can say he walked the talk.

  80. d1ε³Ά January 27, 2010 9:40 am


  81. al January 27, 2010 9:40 am

    don’t you think…..

    that manti te’o had something to do with notre dame’s recruitment of former teammate ioane and neighbor schwenke?

  82. al January 27, 2010 9:41 am

    what are you trying to catch?

  83. Pomai January 27, 2010 9:41 am

    One thing, he (Mel) didn’t seem to be an in your face type guy, which I think you need a little of when in that position, sort of like a DI.

  84. d1ε³Ά January 27, 2010 9:42 am


    I remember those games vs UOP, too. Had the coach that L. Price wanted to take down right on the field. Good fun! 😈

  85. al January 27, 2010 9:43 am

    oops. sorry d1.
    my eyes betrayed me.
    i thought you were saying
    chum, chum, chum…

    then again i should have known better….you would have said
    palu, palu, palu……

  86. al January 27, 2010 9:44 am

    Is David Katina the best football player from Samoa this year?
    Is Joey Iosefa the best football player from Samoa last year?

    well they are the best out of samoa that will be warriors!

  87. kaimiloa January 27, 2010 9:47 am

    He’eia alumni unite! I was there about the same time, too.

  88. 808Chef January 27, 2010 9:48 am

    I was under the impression Mel still has a job with UH. Why would he leave?

    Wassup peeps!!

  89. al January 27, 2010 9:48 am

    at least pride. can say he walked the talk.

  90. al January 27, 2010 9:51 am

    #78 hey be nice. that’s my friend you are speaking about. mel did work his tail off every day.

  91. al January 27, 2010 9:54 am

    all right leeann!

    i think there is a job waiting for you at uh.
    seriously, she would make an excellent compliance officer.

  92. madeinhawaii January 27, 2010 9:54 am

    I just want to say thank you to our Hawaii born, and Damien graduate, Mel deLaura. For his long hours, commitment, and being there for our players. In coaching, 10 years is a long time. For many coaches, much longer than they have ever been in one school. Mahalo!

    I also want to thank him for helping co-found the Hawaii Speed and Quickness clinics with Coach Miano in 2000 and continuing to be a part of the program.

  93. al January 27, 2010 9:54 am

    so that frees up one more scholie.

  94. 808Chef January 27, 2010 9:57 am

    YEAH! And al is everybodies friend so NO MAKE EH!!

  95. Garret January 27, 2010 10:02 am


    SMU’s S/C coach for football was hired away by Florida State (from what I read he made about $75k at SMU and he now makes $160k at Florida State). Given the long friendship and working relationship between JJ and Mel, the rumors started then.

    A few days after SMU had an opening at S/C coach, Tommy Heffernan replaced Mel at being in charge of the offseason workouts…with some people (including Dave Reardon on WSN) saying that Mel would not have been replaced if he hadn’t taken the SMU job.

  96. 808Chef January 27, 2010 10:02 am

    jus to be safe al, let’s make sure UH understands that rule before thinking we have another scholie.

    not like we don’t trust Mama Satele cuz we love our moms and do what they tell us right?

    jus like make sure sure…sure. maybe stephen can confirm confirm…confirm.

  97. Garret January 27, 2010 10:04 am

    Very good news that Brashton doesn’t count towards the initial 25. That is a major mistake late in the recruiting process by the compliance office…I’m glad that mistake was corrected and hope that UH didn’t lose a prospect because they thought they didn’t have a scholarship to offer.

  98. Tombo Ahi January 27, 2010 10:07 am

    wow. just wow.

  99. 808Chef January 27, 2010 10:07 am

    mahalos for clarifying garret.

    if that’s the case then, Mahalo Mel!

  100. BigIslandkurt January 27, 2010 10:10 am

    did I read correctly that Brashton’s mom called the NCAA directly and got a different ruling? Whuuhh? Really?

    Kinda shame for the UH compliance guys eh?


  101. madeinhawaii January 27, 2010 10:11 am

    It makes sense that deLaura would go to SMU to be with JJ. Why not? They’ve had a successful work relationship of their careers. If he goes, I really wish him the best.

    Let’s just hope we don’t find out later that we sorely miss him for all the little things he contributed to that we simply weren’t privy to.

  102. madeinhawaii January 27, 2010 10:12 am

    compliance guys? I thought we had only 1 compliance guy? or gal?

  103. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 10:12 am

    Brashton’s mom called the NCAA directly and got what she said is the official ruling.
    She was concerned because: 1) she didn’t want Brashton to cost UH a scholarship. 2) she wanted to assure her son that he did the right thing by not delaying his graduation. He now can work on credits toward a post-graduate degree.

  104. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 10:14 am

    In case anybody was alarmed, I decided to check.

    The season-ticket renewal forms for UH football have NOT gone out.
    They won’t be sent until at least March.

  105. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 10:15 am

    DeLaura is not going to SMU.

  106. mctruck January 27, 2010 10:20 am

    If what Mrs Satele says is accurate…then whoever UH’s compliance officers’ is/are, should be canned or strongly rebuked by their superiors.

  107. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 10:20 am

    For the record, every prospect I’ve seen on these so-called lists has, at one point or another, received an offer from UH.
    Whether they decide to go to UH or somewhere else is a choice made by the players and their families. I don’t believe any of us have the right to question their decisions, just as I’m sure nobody has a right to tell our children where to attend.
    I’m sure we wish each island son the best wherever he chooses to go. Once again, the main thing is the player gets an extended education and makes the choice that fits him the best.

  108. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2010 10:23 am

    You will need to get an official response (ie. letter, e-mail) from No Clue At All before I start celebrating. Too many times I get different answers from organizations when I call for information. It depends on who you talk to sometimes and this too important to be misinterpreted. I hope there is official follow up instead of just mom calling. Dis is nutz! the school should be on it!

  109. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 10:24 am

    For the record, I’m not sure which ruling is correct.
    UH was shown a ruling that Satele would count against the initials.
    His mom said she was told otherwise.
    Also, it’s not the compliance officer’s call. UH has a person in charge of scholarships.

  110. 808Chef January 27, 2010 10:24 am

    mahalo stephen! right on cue! slam dunk EH?

  111. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 10:25 am

    North Shore Fan.
    Very true.
    At least UH is prepared for the worst-case scenario. It would have been bad if it planned to use the scholarship and told later it was no longer available.

  112. Bulla January 27, 2010 10:27 am


    Just another beautiful day in Hawaii Nei.

    I agree, Rainbow Cliff is the sunshine in LA, and not Lower Aiea, haha

    ST, mahalo for constantly digging and digging to get ‘the rest of the story’, thank you Paul Harvey.

    hope to see a few hungry mouths on friday, physical today for ryan, and start training tomorrow……..GO WARRIORS πŸ™‚ did i say that already?

  113. Da Punchbowl Kid January 27, 2010 10:29 am

    EH, there’s NO doubt about it, ya gotta love a reporter who does his homework to MAKE sure that the information on his blog is accurate. We wouldn’t want to led astray by false information would we? πŸ˜†

  114. Richie January 27, 2010 10:30 am

    ST, just trying to figure out Brashton’s situation. Does that mean if he is granted a sixth year to play by the NCAA, he will pay his own way in the fall semester, or will he continue on some sort of scholarship status? It is a bit confusing to me.

    Also, although I am very happy for Tom Heffernan, Mel DeLaura has been such a positive influence for so many young athletes over the years, including the youngsters in the Speed and Quickness camps. I hope things work out for him.

  115. madeinhawaii January 27, 2010 10:30 am

    Personally, I’d like deLaura to say and to continue being a part of the UH Athletics program.

  116. postmanke January 27, 2010 10:30 am

    Great work Le Ann!

    This is something that does not surprise me with all the budget cuts. Am wondering if the under funding in the dept is adding to the stress which can lead in inaccurate work? Speaking of inaccurate, Timmy Chang still in the compliance office?

  117. Justin January 27, 2010 10:35 am

    mike looks like he’s in the best shape of his life in that pic.

  118. Kazz January 27, 2010 10:36 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    January 27th, 2010 at 10:14 am
    In case anybody was alarmed, I decided to check.

    The season-ticket renewal forms for UH football have NOT gone out.
    They won’t be sent until at least March.

    Awwwwww… 😎

  119. Mr C January 27, 2010 10:36 am

    Long time no talk. Hope everyones good. Ready for superbowl sunday?
    Have a good one.

  120. al January 27, 2010 10:37 am

    we not that dumb…

    regarding season ticket sales. those of us who have been renewing season tickets knew that the tickets don’t go out until the schedule is finalized. karl is holding up the wac schedule as usual.

    so, yah. we know what b/s spews from lips of mr. know-it-all.

    and for the record, i don’t think stretch’s comment was to condone that guys words but rather it was a retort to one of his posts.

  121. 808Chef January 27, 2010 10:39 am

    bruddah mike does look good. i gotta get on this regimen. ok…what did coach tommy say?

    – eat rice only in the morning and not during the day
    – drink plenty of water. no soda
    – eat small/moderate portions at least 5-6 times a day
    – no eat past 7 pm
    – be consistent

    check, check, check, check, check.

  122. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2010 10:39 am

    #107..ST … Spot on! I would love to see our best stay home and represent the 808 but some have the opportunity to experience things we aren’t able to provide here. The Warrior program may not fit the athletes and the main thing is getting a free education! How does a degree from USC, Stanford, Harvard, Notre Dame etc. look on the resume? Not saying UH doesn’t offer quality education but fact is not all athletes from the 808 can fit in with the program.

  123. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 10:58 am

    Good question.
    If Satele is granted a sixth year, he will be on scholarship.
    He’ll count toward the overall 85 scholarship limit, but not as one of the 25 initial recruits for the 2010 class.

  124. Pride. January 27, 2010 10:58 am


    January 27th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Don’t forget that this is a transition year for Notre Dame so their coaches must be scrambling a little. Hopefully next year they don’t need to go after Hawaii recruits as much.

    On the other hand, it seems that they realize how good Manti is and they may feel that Hawaii recruits are better than others may realize. If they get 4 recruits out of Hawaii in 2 recruiting classes, I would think that they might try to keep that pipeline going…and unfortunately for UH (and for the Pac-10), they might be able to get a few of the top 5 recruits each year.

    Garret, of course I no the first part of what you are saying, that’s quite obvious. However, I believe that the latter part of your statement is more along the lines of what I was thinking. Not only were they happy with what they’ve seen of Manti on film, but I think that the Notre Dame coaches also understand what kind of competitive athletes that we have here in Hawaii after they barely eked out a win to end the 2008 season when they were at Cincinatti.

  125. A-House January 27, 2010 10:59 am

    T – 6 and counting.

    To all the student/athlete who decides to sign a NOLI to become a Warrior, welcome and thank you for choosing to play for Hawaii.

    A commitment to UH is playing for the entire State of Hawaii. On and off the field, you represent all who call 808 their home who will cheer all that you do.

    To all the others who chose to go away, best wishes.

  126. Old School Dave January 27, 2010 11:00 am

    Hopes and Dreams: Someday UH will have an on-campus stadium. If Stanford can build their stadium for $100 million, maybe UH could?? Ah, maybe 1.5Xs the cost? Impossible with construction and labor costs in HI?

    Bank of Hawaii/First Hawaiian Bank Warrior Stadium πŸ™‚

  127. Old Diver January 27, 2010 11:04 am

    Stanford replaced their wooden stands with aluminum stands on dirt in a big hole. One cannot compare Stanford’s stadium and a spanking new concrete stadium built on a level surface.

  128. Old Diver January 27, 2010 11:08 am

    Concerning the Satele scholar issue. Could be that both explanations are correct or the rule is so poorly constructed that it is subject to misinterpretation. Hope the matter is cleared up soon.

  129. Kazz January 27, 2010 11:10 am

    The current infrastructure at the UH campus would be a traffic nightmare for even a 20K football stadium.

    BTW, in Hawaii, it might cost $100,000,000.00 for the “planning” alone! πŸ˜†

  130. Kazz January 27, 2010 11:12 am

    Speaking of stadium…

    Looks like they’re getting to work on the unfinished portions of the Aloha Stadium roof and lights.

  131. A-House January 27, 2010 11:26 am

    On-campus UH stadium:

    Where would you put it? How many current buildings would have to be displaced?

    How about UH buying out all the owners at Varsity Circle/Place and build an elevated stadium that will have an “under-pass” for H-1. Use part of lower campus and all of Varsity Circle/Place. If need be, stretch it out to King Street. The “lower level” can be used for buses, delivery vehicles, emergency vehicles, office and storage space, meeting/classrooms, etc. Maybe, even put a roof with walls for Cooke/Ching Field to make an indoor training field. And, get rid of the existing University Ave on/off ramp to H-1 (makai side only).

    To reduce expenses, can the Engineering Department and School of Architecture do some of the planning to give students “practical” experience and college credits for their particiaption? Add the College of Business and Arts & Sciences for their expertise. Don’t forget the expertise at KCC, HCC, and LCC. Meals cooked by culinary students can be sold in a restaurant which gives students invaluable,practical experience and customers excellent cuisine. All food prepared on site by the students. Revenues to be shared with all.

  132. SteveM January 27, 2010 11:33 am

    Good morning (technically) everyone!

  133. tommui January 27, 2010 11:35 am

    Re: Satele Scholarship issue: Just get it in writing from NCAA.

    Remember an oral conversation isn’t worth the paper its written upon.

  134. Pride. January 27, 2010 12:06 pm

    Both Satele and Lafaele look great.

  135. jojo ® January 27, 2010 12:07 pm

    H-1 on-ramp and off-ramp to UH are not ideal either, ok, unless you are coming from the East and take the exit to lower campus, that’s the only good off ramp. Coming from the West is junk and just getting back on, people here can’t yield or merge!!!

  136. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 12:13 pm

    While it would be nice to have an on-campus arena:
    1) Where would the money come from?
    2) Where would people park?
    3) Look how bad traffic is after a basketball game drawing 6,000
    Nothing will happen until the economy turns.
    And the rail is built.
    All of which will happen 20 years after I’m dead.

  137. Old Diver January 27, 2010 12:21 pm

    Well, twenty years after you are dead? That could be twenty years from now or sixty years from now. heh

  138. Old School Dave January 27, 2010 12:23 pm

    I would just ban parking on campus and nearby. A lot of on-campus stadiums don’t have parking at all. Fans are bused in or walk. This is where a UH stop on the rail would help. Lots of ways to do this, but it requires a lot of thinking out of the box which may be asking a lot.

    Lots of questions about funding and more importantly maintenance (a nightmare on the upper campus) of such a facility once it’s build. On the other hand, the Stan Sheriff arena seems to be well taken care of by those in charge. I’ve seen Rich Sheriff, the manager, outside pulling weeds with the maintenance/student help in the past.

  139. Pride. January 27, 2010 12:37 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    January 27th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    While it would be nice to have an on-campus arena:
    1) Where would the money come from?
    2) Where would people park?
    3) Look how bad traffic is after a basketball game drawing 6,000
    Nothing will happen until the economy turns.
    And the rail is built.
    All of which will happen 20 years after I’m dead.

    2080 is quite aways from now.

  140. Buffoman January 27, 2010 12:42 pm

    Staying with #122, yes those USC, ND, Harvard credentials look good and they definitely help get one in the door. BUT, it’s what you do once in the door that counts. Same on the ball field. Jerry Rice comes to mind as he came from a very small school, did what he had to do on the field and was rewarded for it. I can’t even remember the name of that highly touted WR from SC that got “in the door” but could not perform on the field and now we have a difficult time even remembering who he is or if he’s still in business.

    Schooling is no different, went public school, went UH, but when I got in and had a chance to perform did what I had to do and am proud to say, still employed…and happy. At the end of the day, isn’t that what’s important in life? Taking responsibility for success will bring success, no matter where you go. It’s the responsibility part that’s hard.

  141. A-House January 27, 2010 12:53 pm


    ah, Jerry Rice, Praire View – almost fell of the chair when the 49ers drafted him 1st! who the hell is this? never heard?

    yet, like you say, once on the field it was a totally different story, one which will end with his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. I’m still ticked at the 49ers for not signing him for 1 day before his retirement so he could end his “active status” being a 49er. on the other hand, maybe he didn’t want to do that!

    however, do still remember that the first pass to him, right in the hands, fell out for an incompletion; don’t think that ever happened again!

  142. Old School Dave January 27, 2010 1:06 pm

    Re #122, 140 (NorthshoreFan & Buffoman) I once worked with a guy who was a Harvard grad. Bright guy, but whenever you talked to him he would inevitably throw in the fact that he went to Harvard. Too funny.

    I agree that it’s what you do after you get that diploma that counts. Important things in life are family, friends, happiness, waking up in the morning and looking forward to going to work (maybe that’s taking it too far). Anyway, you get the message.

  143. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2010 1:11 pm

    buffoman..that’s it..everything comes down to what you do with it. You one good example. Public all the way and still successful. Then that would be a whole discussion again.
    Highly touted players is the same thing. Big programs can bring the recognition but then ultimately, it’s up to the player who can develop or not. UH have a lot of former players in the nfl who might not have come to UH with the highest “credentials” out of high school.
    So the disappoinment of not having the best players in the 808 this year or in future years, is offset by the fact that I know a lot of the players we have and will get in the future, will turn out to be something special for UH. The fun part of all this is that we get to watch them develop and become “special” people. That’s why I love college sports. Especially UH sports.
    GO Warriors!

  144. Irse January 27, 2010 1:11 pm

    Jerry Rice went to Mississippi Valley

  145. koakane™ January 27, 2010 1:16 pm

    afternoon all, had a good morning I trust. just checking in before enjoying my home made saimin with smoke meat, egg, cabbage, fish cake and daikong.

    can’t envision an on campus fball stadium for UH. at one time possible if UH moved on the purchasing land St. Francis is located on. traffic could have been worked out and parking could have been accommodated but the owners pulled the offer off the table. also mpi might have considered closing and selling also. but times changed and each school is doing really well now. those two parcels would have give UH considerable areas to work with.

    oh saimin really so back lattas and as d1 says lunch howah

  146. chawan_cut January 27, 2010 1:18 pm

    now why does the mother of a player have to call the ncaa and find out? shouldn’t uh call the ncaa and find out?? and what other things do we not know about that we should find out???

  147. Garret January 27, 2010 1:20 pm


    I forgot that Notre Dame’s coach had a really close game when he brought his Cincy team to Aloha Stadium. Good point, and I agree with your other points.

  148. Garret January 27, 2010 1:22 pm


    Thank you for the information that the issue with Brashton’s scholarship wasn’t under the compliance office but instead under the person in charge of scholarships. If UH received something in writing that says that Brashton’s scholarship counts towards the initial 25, then I would hope they make sure to get something in writing to back up what the NCAA told Lee Ann Satele…just to protect themselves in case the NCAA comes calling.

  149. A-House January 27, 2010 1:43 pm


    thank you for the correction! not even close!

  150. Bulla January 27, 2010 2:23 pm

    North Shore Fan,

    I agree with you, but as we all know education is important. A good book I read recently was called ‘The Richest Man in Town’ by V.J. Smith. It’s a short read, but really hit the heart pretty hard. It boils down to this… a very simple and basic story, a true story at that:

    3 Life Lessons

    1) Relationships matter most

    2) Try to do a little more,

    3) Only YOU can make YOU happy.

    I know that this post is a little off topic, but the bottom line is, life is too short….make memories, make memories, make memories…….. πŸ™‚

  151. wafan January 27, 2010 2:29 pm

    Hip! Hip! Huzzah!

    Hip! Hip! Huzzah!

    Hip! Hip! Huzzah!

    Three cheers for Brashton’s Mommy!!! Obviously, not someone you want upset because her son will put some hurt on you.

  152. wafan January 27, 2010 2:31 pm

    Good luck to Lafaele in his quest for a professional football career.

  153. wafan January 27, 2010 2:35 pm

    A-Joe . . .

    Dunno, yet. I know I have a couple of kids eligible for State. But, Nationals? Hmmmmm, not real sure. Hopeful, though!

  154. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2010 2:52 pm

    Bulla…IMHO, not off topic. Sports whether it be at the grade school, high school, college, or professional level teaches life lessons well. Being able to compete will teach you that “you not all that”. There will be success and failure. If you can learn to deal with it and use it to motivate, learn and persevere, you will succeed. Too corny?
    Anyhoo, watching the UH athletes compete and in most games are very competitive, I always have a feeling that we will come away with a victory.
    Even though we don’t get the “best of the best” year in and year out like some of the other programs. Our athletes really do a great job. Playing sports at the collegiate level is really a life course in it’s self. This past season the Warriors were faced with a lot of adversity but did great, IMHO.
    Proves we have good student athletes at Manoa. Proves our coaches are doing a great job with the program.
    2010 is another year fulll of expectations and excitement.
    Go Warriors!

  155. wafan January 27, 2010 2:52 pm

    A-Joe . . .

    Please e-mail me: wafanat comcastperiodnet.


  156. Bulla January 27, 2010 3:06 pm


    whew, i guess we get smarter as we get older….just like the older we get, the better we were….thank you to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen for Glory Days….haha

    i love adversity…. that’s what makes the victory so sweet, it is the battle itself. life is easy….. someone wins, and someone loses… if you prepare all you can to the best of your God given ability, mentally, physically, and spiritually….in the spirit of excellence….but you still lose the game/contest…..are YOU a loser? not in my book, but i qualify that with the premise that you as a student/athlete have done everything humanly possible to prepare………if so, you are still a winner in my book, you only lost a game.

    life’s too short, keep it real and keep it close……


  157. PIAA DS January 27, 2010 3:31 pm

    North Shore Fan re #108…when you call the NCAA for a rule clarification they will always supply you with the bylaw section, paragraph and line so you can easily find it in the coaches guide. They also offer to email you the bylaw so you’ll have it in writing. This is probably the only thing that Never Can Assume Anything does well.

  158. BG January 27, 2010 3:32 pm


    Thanks for your comment on Mel D. I had my doubts about Derek’s post #75 cuz Mel is a local boy and deeply involved with Rich in Speed and Quickness. At this stage in life, I don’t think he would want to move away. I have no close ties with him…just my thoughts.

  159. BG January 27, 2010 3:33 pm

    Bulla #156


  160. PIAA DS January 27, 2010 3:33 pm

    A-House…didnt Jerry Rice go to Mississippi Valley? I could be mistaken, both schools are kind of off the radar. But we had a couple kids go play tennis and golf at both the schools and it seems I recall MVSU talking about him. By the way, there is a Polynesian VB coach at Prarie View, she graduated from University Lab school.

  161. PIAA DS January 27, 2010 3:34 pm

    oops Sorry Irse, missed your #149 post till now!

  162. tommui January 27, 2010 4:08 pm

    Stadium on campus? We have been through this before. I recall that one of our bloggers even showed how it could be done. And there is always Bishop Estate who owns the land around Puck’s Alley and the land on King Street/Coyne Street where that strip mall is, the old Varsity Theatre, Burger King etc.

    Work out a deal with them to give all those with Hawaiian blood, who qualify, a free ride (like Kam School) in exchange for a long term commitment on those properties which could be used for parking, classrooms etc. Or JJs plan to put it in the Ala Wai Golf Course!

    If we have rail, UH has to be a stop. All we need is vision, commitment and a lot of $$$

  163. Coach Jake January 27, 2010 4:09 pm

    Here are the NCAA bylaws defining initial counters. Also, there is no exception to the rule concerning players that have graduated and are returning after receiving a sixth-year medical red shirt. Initial counters are only those athletes receiving financial aid for the first time.
    ——————————————————————————————————— Initial Counter. [FBS/FCS] An β€œinitial counter” is a counter who is receiving countable financial
    aid in a sport for the first time. (See Bylaw in football for instances in which the institution is permitted to defer the counting of such financial aid until the following academic year.
    ——————————————————————————————————– Recruited Student-Athlete Entering in Fall Term, Aided in First Year. [FBS/FCS] A student-athlete recruited by the awarding institution who enters in the fall term and receives institutional financial aid (based in any degree on athletics ability) during the first academic year in residence shall be an initial counter for that year in football.

  164. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2010 4:10 pm

    Bulla … das why the Beast is soooo good teachings!..LOL

    PIAA DS,..Mahalo….It’s been my experience that the printed word is one thing. When it comes to application, sometimes we get so many different interpretations. Das why we got to so many lawyers! LOL!

    It’s like this section A says you can only do this..but section B-1b, paragraph IV says under this you may aslo….

    Anyhoo, now that I totally confused…hire the scholarship rules guy!…LOL!

  165. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2010 4:14 pm

    Sorry posted before I saw Coach Jake’s post…see wht I mean!..LOL

    Anyhoo, PIAA DS..just wanted to give you a BIG Mahalo for all that you do for our student athletes! Totally Cool!

  166. al January 27, 2010 4:41 pm


    i’ve been banging my head for awhile now. trying to figure out what you meant.

    okay so if,
    NLI = National Letter of Intent
    LOI = Letter of Intent

    what the heck is NOLI?

  167. al January 27, 2010 4:50 pm

    father and son……

    yup, very evident that father and son will have many discussions during their lives together.

    when it comes to choosing a college of their choice this battle is waged in many a household.

    son wants to go away, dad says no.
    dad says go away, son says no.

    all of you following the recruiting games, do you think perhaps this is why so many of the blue chippers have not yet committed? perhaps this is the real tug of war in committing to a college for four-five years.

    believe me it is. happens every year and many a household. its going on in aiea, kahuku, kapalama hts, waipahu, and so on.

    remember this, every national letter of intent must be signed by the student/athlete and both parents whether they are still married or divorced.

  168. al January 27, 2010 4:51 pm

    …and so finally, the boss steps in to put her foot down and the son goes there.

    …nuff said

  169. al January 27, 2010 4:52 pm

    these are the things that are going down in all the recruits minds and homes whether they had previously committed verbally or not. they can always change their mind.

  170. wafan January 27, 2010 4:55 pm

    New Orleans Lousy Infrastructure

    New Offense Lotta Intimidation

    Now Offering Lasagne Instead

    Nanakuli Or Leilehua Integrity

  171. wafan January 27, 2010 4:56 pm


  172. bstunna2002 January 27, 2010 5:09 pm

    ST do you know if the coaches are still going after Yap even though he committed to Baylor?

  173. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 5:19 pm

    Offer is still on the table.
    They’ll still talk to him.
    But he already took his recruiting visit. There’s not much more they can do (legally). I mean, they’re not going to make his car payments.

  174. bstunna2002 January 27, 2010 5:21 pm

    Thanks for the update I just wanted to know if they were still fighting for him

  175. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 5:25 pm

    Al is right.
    I’ve found that many people going away are doing so to get away.
    One player last year decided to go away for that very reason. But they’re not going to say that. They’ll say, “UH didn’t show me enough love,” or “UH made an offer so late.”
    If timing were an issue, then a prospect should say: OK, if I don’t get an offer by the end of November, I’m not considering UH.
    UH has a limited number of scholarships. If it makes an offer, that means it really wants a guy. It’s like a prom. You don’t ask someone you don’t really want to take.
    There was a hotshot basketball player who went away claiming UH didn’t show enough love.
    Again, what does a school have to do? Send flowers?
    Here’s a news flash: On Feb. 4 (the day after signing), no prospect is going to feel as much love as he felt the day before.

  176. Pride. January 27, 2010 5:27 pm

    2002 3
    2003 9
    2004 2
    2005 7
    2006 6
    2007 4
    2008 8

  177. bstunna2002 January 27, 2010 5:34 pm

    One more thing ST since you’ve been covering UH football for a while maybe you can help me clarify something me and a friend have a wager in regard to Troy Polamalu I heard somewhere that he wanted to come to UH for college is there any truth to this?

  178. Pride. January 27, 2010 5:36 pm

    Recruits after signing their letter if intent:

    You don’t bring me flowers
    You don’t sing me love songs
    You hardly talk to me anymore
    When you come through the door

  179. Pomai January 27, 2010 5:52 pm

    Pride da honeymoon is pau only git da honey-do list now!!!!!!!!!

  180. whitey January 27, 2010 6:20 pm

    sheesh, if a mom can accomplish to get an answer over the phone from the ncaa, why do we need the compliance or scholarship guy?? don’t they have phones???? or are they on limited minutes????

  181. lava January 27, 2010 6:20 pm

    My take on the latest recruiting news, or lack thereof, is that UH had some players designated as their preferable option, and imposed some deadlines, and we hit those without announcements, so those players will be moving on to other schools, and UH will be making offers to some of its second-tier-preference guys.

  182. whitey January 27, 2010 6:21 pm

    maybe having a bunch of volunteer moms and dads at the athletic dept’s compliance office would serve us better.

  183. whitey January 27, 2010 6:23 pm

    lava, yeah, maybe like the rb and ot from fullerton.

  184. djmitcho January 27, 2010 6:36 pm

    I hope what I say doesn’t put anyone off, but this is MY take on kids deciding to go to play somewhere besides UH. I am in no way trying to put down any student-athlete. As a fan, I wish all the best from Hawaii would want to play at home in front of their ohana and friends. It could be as simple as wanting to go away and being on their own for the first time in their lives. It could be an academic program at a specific school.
    Then again it could be the pressure of not just playing for UH, but for an entire state. I really don’t think you get that at any other institution in the US. The simple fact is that if they WANT to play for Hawaii they will. If they want to play somewhere else then they will. I wish nothing but the best to those student-athletes. Hopefully they represent themselves and where they are from well.

  185. al January 27, 2010 6:40 pm

    another obstacle is academic acceptance.

    the university of hawaii has some tough requirements for admittance.
    whereas some kids are denied admittance here they are accepted at several pac-10 institutions.

    go figure. the pac 10 prides itself on superior education. hmmm.

  186. al January 27, 2010 6:43 pm

    tell us about how when you go on your official visit and coeds flock to you and “falling in love” with you. can’t wait until you come back in the fall, yadda, yadda….

    then when you turn down the offer and call the girl.
    she says, “who’s this calling???”

  187. oldie January 27, 2010 6:47 pm

    Tom, #162 –

    Donald Trump Sports Complex/Rail Station/Retail & Hotel Complex where Ala Wai Golf Course used to be.

    Barack Obama Diamondhead Crater International Golf Course in the crater.

    No excuses for students not attending games with rail stops at UH and Sports Complex.

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  189. SteveM January 27, 2010 7:09 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    January 27th, 2010 at 5:25 pm
    UH has a limited number of scholarships. If it makes an offer, that means it really wants a guy. It’s like a prom. You don’t ask someone you don’t really want to take…..

    Hmmmm–good analogy, ST. Recruiting and (high school) proms.

    Holds true for football but ask Al, hawnstln and I about the prom date date part one day… :lol

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  191. A-House January 27, 2010 7:32 pm


    NOLI is a transposition of letters to express my frustration of the game in NOLA – pure and simple – nah, I was really trying to do the NLOI = national letter of intent, but fingers just do not cooperate when mental tiredness drops in.

  192. Pride. January 27, 2010 7:39 pm

    In my opinion Hawaii has always done well with a good balance of Hawaii guys and mainland guys on the football team. If you’re talking 25 scholarships a year, then we’re probably looking at 12 local kids, 12 mainland kids, and maybe 1 from American Samoa. I think that with the commits that the Warriors have so far, we’re almost right on the money for this year. We’ll probably lose about three or four between now and August, but it’ll still be pretty balanced after it plays itself out.

  193. A-House January 27, 2010 7:40 pm

    anyone watch the State of the Union address? I saw most of it and am proud that Mr Obama is our President who spoke to all as an American.

    what? that’s what he is supposed to do! his message(s) were clear that the American people, for him at least, always comes first – no questions~

    unlike many others who believe the American people is always second to something else and therefore lead their lives as such.

    only history will record how he will be placed in whatever hirachary historians use.

  194. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 27, 2010 7:45 pm


    Yep. I want one.
    The expensive one, of course, with the 3G, GSM, all the bells and whistles.

    Need the big print so I can SEE without glasses πŸ™‚

    My birthday is a little early for that model’s release tho… 😈

    Yea for Mrs. Satele. Moms rule!

    Right, Mr. C? Welcome back, btw!

  195. Pride. January 27, 2010 7:49 pm

    When looking at all of the guys that got drafted out of the Warrior program over the last ten years, it again is evenly distributed over Hawaii and mainland talent.

    00 Kaulana Noa H
    00 Jeff Ulbrich M
    00 Adrain Klemm M
    01 Kynan Forney M
    02 Ashley Lelie H
    03 Wayne Hunter H
    03 Vince Manuwai H
    03 Pisa Tinoisamoa M
    04 Tsaac Sopoaga S
    04 Travis Laboy M
    05 Chad Owens H
    07 Nate Ilaoa M
    07 Melila Purcell S
    07 Reagan Mauia M
    07 Samson Satele H
    07 Ikaika Alama-Francis H
    08 Colt Brennan M
    09 David Veikune H
    09 Ryan Mouton M
    09 Jake Ingram H

    Looks like 9 guys from Hawaii, 9 from the Mainland, and 2 from Samoa. Perfect balance.

  196. protector January 27, 2010 8:01 pm

    whitey on # 182

    Great idea!!

    al on # 185

    Wish UH would ease up on the admission requirements. I’m not just saying that so that recruiting would be easier (although it does seem ridiculous that it’s easier to get into a Pac-10 school). Seems to me that UH(with its dwindling numbers & revenue) should be en-couraging students rather than dis-couraging them.

  197. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 27, 2010 8:10 pm

    My granddaughter Lilu is talking as well as signing now. She talked to me tonight. She said “Tutu” and then “FOOTBALL”. That’s my girl!

  198. Pride. January 27, 2010 8:10 pm

    It appears that we now have an almost perfect balance of commits between the mainland and local recruits.

    David Lefotu
    Dustin Elisara
    Tuu Lolohea
    Frank Lloyd
    Zach Quines
    Pep Fonokalafi
    Calen Friel
    Ipulasi Eselu
    Sean Shigemitsu
    Samson Anguay
    Charlie Tuaau

    Kody Afusia
    Kevin Spain
    Cooper Pelluer
    T.J. Taimatua
    Dee Maggitt
    Dominick Sierra
    John Hardy
    Bubba Poueu-Luna
    London Sapolu
    Darius Bright
    Siaki Cravens

    David Katina

    Very good class of recruits.

  199. Pride. January 27, 2010 8:19 pm

    It appears that we now have an almost perfect balance of commits between the mainland and local recruits.

    David Lefotu
    Dustin Elisara
    Tuu Lolohea
    Frank Lloyd
    Zach Quines
    Pep Fonokalafi
    Calen Friel
    Ipulasi Eselu
    Sean Shigemitsu
    Samson Anguay
    Charlie Tuaau
    Coery Lau

    Kody Afusia
    Kevin Spain
    Cooper Pelluer
    T.J. Taimatua
    Dee Maggitt
    Dominick Sierra
    John Hardy
    Bubba Poueu-Luna
    London Sapolu
    Darius Bright
    Siaki Cravens

    David Katina

    Very good class of recruits.

  200. A-House January 27, 2010 8:23 pm

    I am surprised, but pleased that KHNL is showing so many Wahine BB games this year.

    Looks like a smallish crowd tonight and the Wahine continue their woeful free throw shooting hitting only 1 of 8 in the last 3-4 minutes of play. Great that they can draw the fouls, but gotta make them count.

  201. A-House January 27, 2010 8:25 pm


    careful now cause you may disturb at least 2 bloggers who may differ with you on your comment, “very good class of recruits”.

  202. Garret January 27, 2010 8:38 pm

    TanksAh answered the question that has been asked so many times on this blog regarding the recruiting of Mercado.

    Some of you asked about Mercado, the kicker that transferred from Florida. Here’s da scoops…

    Apparently UH was targeting both Mercado and another kicker from Arkansas I think. Bottom line – UH wanted both to walk on and battle it out for a scholarship.

    Mercado was pissed so he packed up his bags and moved back to Florida and left no contact #. He’s currently no longer at Kahuku. I heard that one of his main reasons for moving to Hawaii was to get a scholie at UH. Must have been very upset. Maybe he ends up at a Florida school.

    Here’s an interesting twist to it all. Rumor is that St. John Lessary, the former Kahuku kicker/rb/athlete is now at a JC and he may be in the mix for kicking duties. That’s all I heard, don’t know what the extent to that is. All I know is that he is tearing it up as a punter in JC, averaging close to 50 yds per punt (that’s what I heard – don’t know the actual average). Who knows, maybe he will walk on at UH.

  203. Garret January 27, 2010 8:40 pm

    sportsbow found that a DE was going to be visiting UH this weekend, but canceled after he committed to Tulsa. That might leave an offer available to Gaines.

    Aside from his offers, Finch also had interest from Oregon and New Mexico State. He has cancelled a visit to Hawaii, which was scheduled for this weekend.

  204. d1ε³Ά January 27, 2010 8:44 pm


    What about the Arkansas kicker?

  205. Stephen Tsai January 27, 2010 8:58 pm

    No truth to that.
    Actually, it was Tatupu’s kid who wanted to come to UH.

  206. madeinhawaii January 27, 2010 9:20 pm

    When you consider that the Warriors were able to recruit 10 of the top 30 prospects from Hawaii (according to Rivals). That’s not too shabby, and if they keep planting the seeds and work those ‘fields’ it’ll only get better.

  207. Slugger January 27, 2010 9:33 pm

    Aloha from da mainland!

    Got to see Rasu Begasu last night and have dinner at Kiku Hana. Domo arrigato gozaimasu to R.B. for hosting. Great time talking, eating, talking, eating.

    Catch up with y’all later. Esme & out…

  208. OldDiver January 27, 2010 9:39 pm

    Regarding # 173

    {But he already took his recruiting visit. There’s not much more they can do (legally). I mean, they’re not going to make his car payments.}

    I should say, this ain’t USC.

  209. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 27, 2010 9:51 pm

    got an email today from high school alma mater’s “M-Club” which is the institutional fund raising arm for athletics.

    the event is on Feb. 20 and the guest speaker is none other than Norm Chow….

    Recruiting would have been over by then right?

  210. bstunna2002 January 27, 2010 10:00 pm

    So Lofa Tatupu wanted to play for UH thanks for clearing that up.

  211. al January 27, 2010 10:05 pm

    remember that “slam dunk” wr that took a visit to cal and then accepted a scholie?

    at the time he became only the second wr offered at cal. good odds you say….until, cal commences to sign two addl wr’s within the ensuing days including a highly touted blue chipper.

    one snap and clear. for us anyway, we allegedly are giving a tour to a florida wr on friday who can run 4.38 and not only can he fly and juke n jive but he catches the ball.

  212. al January 27, 2010 10:09 pm


    do you know something i don’t?

  213. al January 27, 2010 10:17 pm

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    about $18.00 with tax and tip.
    plus beverage prices.

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  214. jm2375 January 27, 2010 10:18 pm

    Howzit gangeez!

    Sooooo, Mercado is afraid of a little competition? Well, wish him the best wherever he goes.

    iwwthm – I got the same email (as a parent) but didn’t read it too carefully. Norm Chow? I wonder who has the connections with him. Too bad they can’t get Trap or Mack. Trap might be busy that weekend…

    OK, puppy’s whining. bbl.

  215. whitey January 27, 2010 10:26 pm

    coming down the homestretch for recruiting, I would not be surprised if there are many players who will not have any scholie offers to the school of their choice. it seems that many schools have reached a point in their recruiting that there will be a lot of disappointed players left hanging on feb 3rd.

  216. whitey January 27, 2010 10:28 pm

    another pitfall for these recruits to the high end schools is that the school may renege their scholie at the last minute because they feel that they have a better player that they can sign. that is very shameful, but it is the way of life in big time recruiting.

  217. whitey January 27, 2010 10:29 pm

    time to go back “undercover”.

  218. Kazz January 27, 2010 10:33 pm

    With a dominating win against SJSU and about 13 more games to go, the Rainbow Wahine basketball team already surpassed the total wins they had under Jim Bolla’s reign of crap all of last season and we have essentially the same roster with a few different faces.

    Makes me laugh at those that actually defended Bolla’s kicking incident as a “frustrated coach” insinuating that the players were the problem… right…

    From the beginning, the drive, the inspiration, and the effort has been there for the Wahine. While the Xs and Os of the game continue to be worked on, the intangibles I just mentioned are already there.

    Just needed a new breath of fresh air on the coaching staff and I said it before, the talent level that was on the roster this season and LAST season was WAY better than a 8-23 record for the 08-09 season.

    And to think… these same Bolla defenders also couldn’t wait for UH to fail in Bolla’s bullcrap lawsuit against the university… πŸ™„

    As it’s proven here time and time again, bloggers with personal agendas will have their kaka thrown in their face… then they comeback, change their name, yadda… yadda… yadda…

    Anyway, as a wiseman once said, “the sun will rise tomorrow” and I shall take solace knowing I am nothing like these “people”! :mrgreen:

  219. Kazz January 27, 2010 10:41 pm

    Mercado was originally from Florida?

    So coming from an area of the country where college football opportunities are a-plenty he supposedly moves specifically ALL THE WAY TO HAWAII thinking he can get a schollie at UH?

    He then literally takes his ball and goes home sulking?


    Well, if that’s all true, guy must of been pretty confident, pretty cocky, or delusional.

    I dunno, but just the story sounds kind weird if it’s true.

  220. Kazz January 27, 2010 10:43 pm


    January 27th, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    Regarding # 173

    {But he already took his recruiting visit. There’s not much more they can do (legally). I mean, they’re not going to make his car payments.}

    I should say, this ain’t USC.


    So funny, but true!

  221. Kazz January 27, 2010 10:47 pm


    January 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    I am surprised, but pleased that KHNL is showing so many Wahine BB games this year.

    Looks like a smallish crowd tonight and the Wahine continue their woeful free throw shooting hitting only 1 of 8 in the last 3-4 minutes of play.

    A-House, was a little smaller than what has been the usual 700-800 this season. Probably around 500-600. More people sat on “our” side of the arena (aka the side the main TV camera doesn’t show).

    The Wahine handled their business pretty well tonight and even with “Wicked Wanda” as one of the officials tonight, Chawan was pretty quiet from his end of the arena tonight. Me, Myki, and SJ almost forgot he was there! πŸ˜†

  222. Kazz January 27, 2010 10:52 pm

    Since Pride played the game I think his assessment of what our recruiting class looks like at the moment is more accurate as opposed to the few opinions of others fueled by pilau eggs, angst, and the occasional outburst of Tourette’s.

  223. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 27, 2010 10:57 pm


    *hoot hoot* pueo pride. good school choice for your child(ren). πŸ™‚

  224. Kazz January 27, 2010 11:05 pm


    January 27th, 2010 at 6:36 pm
    I hope what I say doesn’t put anyone off, but this is MY take on kids deciding to go to play somewhere besides UH. I am in no way trying to put down any student-athlete. As a fan, I wish all the best from Hawaii would want to play at home in front of their ohana and friends. It could be as simple as wanting to go away and being on their own for the first time in their lives. It could be an academic program at a specific school.
    Then again it could be the pressure of not just playing for UH, but for an entire state. I really don’t think you get that at any other institution in the US. The simple fact is that if they WANT to play for Hawaii they will. If they want to play somewhere else then they will. I wish nothing but the best to those student-athletes. Hopefully they represent themselves and where they are from well.

    To add to this, for the local kids that grew up watching UH football live and being around relatives or friends that also follow UH football closely or loosely, I personally think that another aspect to the pressure of playing for UH and Hawaii as a whole is the way a good number of local people treat the program during rough times.

    Without getting into the whole “bandwagoner” thing again, I can see and understand that if a kid that grew up watching UH football through all the good and tough times from the time he was 5 to the time he turned 18 years old and having to hear friends, uncles, aunties, or his own parents belittle UH football players (aka STUDENT ATHLETES) or even boo them at home, why he would be possibly seeking another school to play for.

    Does this sound that far-fetched? I think not. Do I think every local high school kids experiences this? No, but who can deny that there is good amount of high school football players in Hawaii that experience first-hand the things said about UH football from their own friends and family when things aren’t 12-0?

    And for those that want to justify “booing” the hometown team and the student athletes (i.e. NON-PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES) I am sure they think I am imagining things… Hmmm… I wonder why??? πŸ™„

  225. Kazz January 27, 2010 11:12 pm

    So the next time some “Hawaii Fan” decides to boo UH at home or call a UH student athlete a (insert British slang word for cigarette *here*), they should put down the Steinlager and put on the “TAP OUT” t-shirt they just took off and try think about who maybe paying attention.

    Shoot, if I had kids, I would want them to think twice about playing in front of a bunch of jerks like that.

    Who knows? He may get the Jimmy Clausen bar treatment in public if he doesn’t have a good game. 😯

  226. SteveM January 27, 2010 11:13 pm

    January 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    do you know something i don’t?

    Me? Nahh…no even something I would admit to at our age… and it wasn’t your fault, really….


  227. Kekoa January 27, 2010 11:15 pm

    Ralph ~ Can you check with Mrs. Satele about attending the CC on friday? You know how much she enjoys attending our get togethers at Nancy’s. I’ll bet she would have a story to tell.

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  230. al January 27, 2010 11:33 pm

    stevem…..what? huh?

  231. al January 27, 2010 11:35 pm

    is he making an 11th hour effort for jamora and ioane?

    word is if ioane gets a paper from nd this weekend he’ll take it.

  232. al January 27, 2010 11:36 pm

    i know mack was on the bus to the mainland yesterday.

  233. BleedGreen808 January 27, 2010 11:48 pm

    That I don’t know. I can only assume.

    I never talked to him, I just saw him walk by me going in to work. He was by himself from what I can see.

  234. al January 27, 2010 11:56 pm

    yah he is trying to get those two to idaho.

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    Kekoa, its Myki and Sj who normally invite Brashton’s grandma.

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