The people’s choice awards

Two sort of cool things occurred yesterday:

> The Warriors announced the results of the players’ votes for team captains. The winners: Quarterback Max Wittek, center/tackle Ben Clarke, outside linebacker Lance Williams and cornerback Ne’Quan Phillips. Williams was selected last year despite entering the 2014 season as a reserve. This spring, Williams has practiced with the No. 1 unit. Starter or reserve, teammates recognize Williams’ contributions and leadership.

> It started several years ago as a dinner to honor academic achievements of student-athletes. Then there were ESPY-like categories added, with nominees also invited to the dinner. Tuesday’s event — the H Awards — was orchestrated by the student-athletes. There were various awards, such as one for Marcus Kemp’s winning catch against UNLV, and the traditional Bonham Awards. We need not worry about the future. UH students know how to put on a good show.


  1. mano1 April 29, 2015 4:58 am

    First. Morning all.

  2. Makani April 29, 2015 5:04 am

    Congrats to the voted in football team captains. Lead your team to victories. You can do it!

  3. boolakanaka April 29, 2015 5:20 am

    Rather telling that a 5th year, one and done senior is voted Captain. I think it shows not only who goes into fall camp as #1–but also, who fellow teammates are rally around and respect-frankly I think this creates positive momentum for the fall.

  4. oneseason April 29, 2015 6:07 am

    Interesting article by FL & BM in the SA today … “Still no signed contract for Ganot” … 3 weeks doesn’t sound like an exceptionally long delay, but I hope the following statement doesn’t reflect the potential employee’s position … “Speculation has been that Ganot, who agreed to a three-year deal, is now seeking an additional year due to the uncertainty of NCAA sanctions against the program.” This sounds completely counter to Ganot’s acceptance statements … “I’m ready for the challenge that could come. I’m not going to run from it, we’re not going to run from it,” he said. “We’ll approach it the right way and make sure we don’t have any issues going forward we’re not going to go looking for excuses. We just got to be very prepared.” (–not-going-to-run–from-troubled-UH-program.html?nav=5003)

    After all UH’s publicized emphasis on the importance of integrity/ethics in the selection process, having a potential employee try to renegotiate contract terms pretty much calls into question the selection. UH does not need to cave to opportunism. They have other options if this deal falls through.

  5. boolakanaka April 29, 2015 7:10 am

    Incredibly telling and well, sad article about the guys we admire and follow–but, at the end of the day, we might be the lucky ones—-see:

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid April 29, 2015 7:17 am

    Boola – #3

    It does say a lot. I agree.

  7. haka April 29, 2015 7:18 am

    Congrats to the captains!
    Lead with honor!
    Lead with passion!
    Lead with pride!!

    The H Awards is great!
    Student athletes recognizing each other as one with great pride in their scholastic and athletic achievements as representatives for the entire State of Hawaii. They need our support. If you love sports; if you love college athletics; if you love UH; if you love Hawaii; then there is no better tme than now to be positive and support the student athletes of the home team. Let’s show them the love!

  8. BigFan April 29, 2015 7:23 am

    #4, Yeah, I found this a little troubling. Ganot came in with a very ethical reputation and seemed that way. It seems that his confidence in where the program will be in three years is not that positive. Don’t know all the details but he knew about the sanctions going in and agreed to the terms and to try to renegotiate after the choice is made is disturbing. Kinda like Gib getting leverage for a bigger contract because his team was doing well and the signing of the contract was taking forever.

  9. Arcumfortis April 29, 2015 7:27 am

    I remember leaving Aloha Stadium early on the night of coach Von Appen’s last home game. It was quite a miserable night of football and we were just plain bad. It felt like we had hit some sort of low from which we could not recover. But then coach Jones showed up and things improved. I don’t find our current situation as dark and bleak as those final Von Appen’s days. Somehow the human spirit finds a way to regenerate itself. Whether in sports or in the other areas of human mess and misery. When I hear of the student athletes themselves being creative and generating excitement I am reassured of this possibility. We will rise again. Whether it is this year with coach Chow or another year with another coach.

  10. Tempmanoa April 29, 2015 7:38 am

    The ethics and fairness of Ganot’s possible position depend on how much he was told before he was hired about the possible NCAA sanctions and self-imposed sanctions the UH was planning to impose– as well as what Ganot’s role in those sanctions might be.

  11. boolakanaka April 29, 2015 7:39 am

    For all you legal Beagles, consideration in of the four elements of a contract. Seems to me, both parties need consistency and well, commitment. This is not a one-sided deal for any of the parties involved. Or, the better way to think about it, is what would we (UH) do to have a party accept the terms “as is”, or if not, what are we willing to compromise, and still get most of our terms agreed upon?

    Long story short–unless you are ready to jump in “lake fiasco” again, and start the process anew give this man an extra year…..

  12. tom April 29, 2015 7:40 am


    #9 ARCUMFORTIS – Well said!

  13. tom April 29, 2015 7:51 am


    Sorry I did not get back to answer your question yesterday.

    You can help the champion Women’s Water Polo team by going to

    You could also go to
    When you get to that page, hit the green “donate” button which will lead you to various choices including the Women’s Water Polo.

    All of the above are websites that uses credit cards.

    If you prefer to write a check, you can write it to either UHF (put Women’s Water Polo on the bottom check of your check) or – either are for your tax deduction or, if you prefer straight to Womens Water Polo, but I am not sure of its tax status i.e. whether it is a 503(c)(3).
    The address for UHF, Koa Anuenue or Womens Water Polo is:

  14. DaveLetterMan April 29, 2015 7:52 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    Agree with you Boola. Give the guy the extra year. I would question his motives if he was asking to shorten the contract. At least it shows he wants to be here for the long haul.

  15. tom April 29, 2015 7:53 am


    Arcumfortis # 9 Well put!

  16. bouncingball April 29, 2015 7:54 am

    Here we go again, all the would-be lawyers and “ethics” experts jumping in with their foot in mouth first. Let it be, let it play out – if you are truly UH sports supporters, why engage in innuendos that’s exhibits your low IQ level?

    #9, it’s darker now with Chow than it ever was under Von Appen. Football was still going thru it’s growing phase back than and not in it’s death bed as it is now. Season ticket sales didn’t fall by over 40% or more as it has under Chow. Imagine, after this year’s numbers are in, it is most likely that UH would have lost 15,000 season ticket holders from when Chow first started. Fact that he remains as the head coach of the most important sports program shows the total lack of creativity and inability to generate excitement by the former AD and his bosses. Hopefully the new bunch shows more.

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid April 29, 2015 7:57 am

    Congrats to all the captains. Excited for them and the team.

    Nice post haka.

  18. tom April 29, 2015 8:01 am


    To donate:
    or you can go to and when you get the page, press the green donate button which will lead you to various selections including the Womens Water Polo slot.

    The above require a credit card.

    If you want to write a check, it can go to University of Hawaii Foundation or Koa Anuenue – make sure you put Womens Water Polo on the bottom left of your check.
    Either organization are tax-deduction. You could write it straight to the Womens Water Polo but I don’t know its tax status i.e. whether you can write it off.

    The address of the above (UHF, AKA or Water Polo) is 1337 Lower Campus Road, Honolulu 96822.

    Thank you for walking the walk

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid April 29, 2015 8:02 am

    Thanks Arcum Fortis. That was uplifting!

  20. Stephen Tsai April 29, 2015 8:03 am

    By the way, I’m in beautiful Irvine.
    The OC Sports group is tricking in.
    I think ESPN 1420’s Tiff Wells is here, too.

  21. oneseason April 29, 2015 8:07 am

    #10 … fair enough. Changes would seem reasonable if …
    1) Additional information has come from the NCAA
    2) UH withheld key information from Ganot

  22. truegreen April 29, 2015 8:23 am

    #21 oneseason: wouldn’t be surprised if it was both, especially #2. the interim chancellor talks a good game about “integrity” but shows time and time again that he only applies it to other people

  23. 3-Prong April 29, 2015 8:34 am

    Just saw coach taking a morning walk up by Manoa Safeway….lookin pretty fit! Let’s Go Bows!

  24. NorthShoreFan April 29, 2015 8:44 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    tom, Mahalo for the info. I did send a donation in for the softball program a little while back. went to UHF with softball listed. ok den, will do.

    inre. contract talks, let the legal beagles hash things out before throwing stones at people. #11, boola, right on the money! and…thanks for the link. was a sad read but a dose of reality. fame is short lived and for those who didn’t take advantage of the chance to get a good education, reality hit them in the face. hopefully the NFL will address this with more financial mentoring for the rookies and veterans. a program something like the tutoring at college. too many examples of millionaires going broke because of health issues and poor financial planning.

  25. tom April 29, 2015 8:48 am

    Remember the campaign slogan – a choice, not an echo?

    Sorry -but when the blog went south this AM, I re-typed thinking that I was being moderated again.

    I guess all the messages got stacked up until whoever fixed the problem and then all the messages got printed!

  26. Dennis Halloran April 29, 2015 8:50 am

    You are in OC and I am in Kauai or I would spring for lunch

  27. bowwar April 29, 2015 9:06 am

    Matlin has just started and we’re already showing some problems with his new hire for Mens BB over Ganot’s contract…IMHO, if there was an agreement in principle, then the contract should be signed with NO revisions. It is, what it is, and Ganot accepted the job knowing that NCAA sanctions were forthcoming. I would tell Ganot either take it or leave it, with either a signed contract/offer sheet by Friday or we hire someone else. I’m sure I know an “interim head coach” who’d jump at the opportunity to continue and coach at UH…

    This situation does not make me feel good about the Ganot hire…I hope it’s not an indicator of what to expect from this guy.

  28. boolakanaka April 29, 2015 9:21 am

    Hmmn, seems the brownies are really finished with JohnnyFootball and are hot and heavy for MM–see:

    I personally, don’t like him going to such an unstable franchise….would love to see him go to a really QB friendly environment—the boys, packers…although, that would never happen.

  29. H-man April 29, 2015 9:44 am

    If speculation is accurate, then what does it say about a coach that wants to renegotiate his contract only three weeks into the job? And maybe, just maybe, he only now has been apprised of the full extent of the forthcoming NCAA sanctions against the basketball program. So it might be something that has changed his view from continuing the development of the program, or to a task of having to rebuild the program?

  30. What??? April 29, 2015 9:50 am

    Some attorneys like to extend the process and make more money. No offense to Boolakanaka and Tom.

  31. boolakanaka April 29, 2015 9:55 am

    Hmmn, UH, I am assuming is using their in-house folks, and Ganot probably has his own attorney. My hunch is that he has more info on the NCAA inquiry, and the information, warrants that he need an assurance from the institution about the viability of the program.

  32. tom April 29, 2015 10:16 am

    The Ganot situation is purely speculation on our part and on the part of outsiders.

    That being said, if he wants four years as job security – and he is gambling that the NCAA isn’t going to swoop down and reduce scholarships or death penalty or whatever, give it to him BUT don’t give him a bunch of $$$ if he gets bounced.

  33. Stephen Tsai April 29, 2015 10:17 am

    I honestly don’t see any problems with Ganot.
    He’s a fairly humble guy.
    The process always is a little slow. I mean, Matlin didn’t officially take over until this past Monday. I don’t think anything would or could have been signed officially before then.
    Regardless of the delay, he’ll be coaching at UH this season.

  34. 3-Prong April 29, 2015 10:26 am

    boo: Agree with you on the browns. Too much pressure to produce early without supporting cast with that kindnof trade. If ended with the boys behind romo, that would be perfect in my book. Big oline to stand behind. He would never do it but he should pull an Eli and say where he will be willing to sign with.

  35. NorthShoreFan April 29, 2015 10:29 am

    I would not want to see MM play for an organization like Cleveland. they reall ar like a Dog Pound.

  36. NorthShoreFan April 29, 2015 10:31 am

    dang fingers don’t move like before…

  37. A-House April 29, 2015 10:55 am

    “due diligence” – very important that one secures all the facts or all of the most important facts before proceeding or it can come back and bite you in the okole!!

    what circumstance(s) would be considered a “death blow” to a particular sport at a university.

    still bummed about the NCAA final decision that the “bougs, non-existent clas”s is an academic issue; not athletic.

    how can that be if the athletes took that class(es) to keep them academically eligible?

    besides the athletes, any other student enrolled in those classes the past 20 + years? will there degree be nullified?

    I wish I had a law degree and a few bucks so I could suet he NCAA under Federal discrimination violations – get uku, not our Uku in LA, buku samples of how the little guys got slammed and the big boys walked away scot free or nearly scot free

  38. st. anthony trojan April 29, 2015 11:21 am

    Not agree with most on here on Ganot wanting to renegotiate…

    Me thinks he has a greedy agent… maybe the same smart one that told BJ not to accept his contract…BUT AT THIS POINT…WE REALLY NOT KNOW THE FACTS…

    From what me read…the man is not going to hang around ne way…like a Wallace…
    JUST A FEELING…no fact….

    Back in the days of yore…if you shook a mans hand n agreed to sumthing…was a very honorable man that kept their part of the contract…or both kept their word…so today…you have agents… n depends whose idea it was to ask for extension…is honorable thing for Gamot to accept….IS GREED for agent to talk him into asking 4 one more year…if was so…

    He is young…if he can have a respectable schedule in 3 years…he should be ok in the long run…me admit hard to recruit…with sanctions actually in place n or hanging over ur head…but he has all returning…he has a very excellent head start…get to work…young man…

    Good luck..VBB….TEAM..

    And we all have 2 remember…coach did not accept the captains picked one year n chose his own….the man does strange things…although… not think he would do so again…hope not…

  39. PHIL April 29, 2015 11:54 am

    GO ‘BOWS !!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Na Koa Mike April 29, 2015 12:31 pm

    The annual football alumni flag football game will be at 1:00 at Ching field after the last spring practice on Saturday. Some of your favorites from the past will be playing, so come check it out.

  41. seewhy April 29, 2015 12:49 pm

    Good afternoon everyone! Sorry I late!

    Here’s a thought… they should broadcast the H-Awards on OCSports next year. Or at least stream it. Fans would really enjoy watching it.

  42. seewhy April 29, 2015 12:50 pm

    ST: Glad you’re enjoying Irvine. How’s the weather up there?

  43. seewhy April 29, 2015 12:55 pm

    RE: NorthShoreFan #35

    Same here… The Browns are a true QB (career) killing team.

  44. st. anthony trojan April 29, 2015 12:55 pm

    Maybe pomai can take his gear to the H awards next year n stream it..

  45. seewhy April 29, 2015 12:58 pm

    RE: st. anthony trojan #44

    It’s just a thought. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wouldn’t mind seeing the H Awards.

  46. oneseason April 29, 2015 1:04 pm

    Whether the Star Advertiser speculation on the cause of the delay is correct or not, the timing of the news is unfortunate. The Wahine Volleyball conference schedule was recently changed because of a new MBB preseason tournament. The Wahine’s last home match is now 1 November instead of 16 November. Their last 6 matches are on the road instead of last 2 matches.

  47. cappie the dog April 29, 2015 1:11 pm

    If you look at the won/loss records of Southern Cal and Cal-Berkeley, and where they finished in the MPSF, it would seem that Hawaii should be playing the Golden Bears instead of the Trojans.

    Since Hawaii topped UC-Irvine in the conference final, shouldn’t they get the easier opponent?

    I found a new sport on Saturday.

    It was the most enjoyable UH sporting event I saw all season.

  48. st. anthony trojan April 29, 2015 1:28 pm

    is a good thought… me would watch if was the right time..

    yea. schedule is still messed up…thanks to the OLD …AD

    CONFERENCE GAMES BE DAMMED…mens BB comes first…

  49. st. anthony trojan April 29, 2015 1:32 pm

    When it comes to mens n womens volleyball seeding…close ur eyes n throe darts…would be more scientific then what has happened in the past…especially the women’s…Hawaii…gets no respect…

  50. seewhy April 29, 2015 1:33 pm

    RE: oneseason #46

    Are they trying to find ways to piss off Dave? Last 6 on the road is a terrible way to end the season…

  51. st. anthony trojan April 29, 2015 1:39 pm

    Yea the most respected program in all sports up there…

    n the choices they get…are no say..probably no input…crazy…

  52. islandman April 29, 2015 2:29 pm

    37. A-House– The NCAA investigation of N Carolina is still open, i think. The NCAA only said they are not legally responsible for the academic fraud, because they don’t want to sued along with N Carolina by two former players.

  53. leron April 29, 2015 2:29 pm

    Was told that the H Awards show will be broadcast on OCSports on May 17th.

    Looks like it was an interesting event.

  54. jm2375 April 29, 2015 3:19 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Congrats to the award winners last night, esp Bonham winners Taylor Averill, Shawna-Lei Kuehu & Genevieve Bradley.

    Hard to screw up seeding for a 6-team tournament, but it’s the NCAA. BTW, the selection committee consists of 3 people, including one from UCI…


  55. jm2375 April 29, 2015 3:22 pm

    Hopefully Charlie Wade will NOT be able to participate in Keiki Day next Wed. 😆

  56. jimmy the lock April 29, 2015 3:26 pm

    Congrats to the Captains. Captains lead your team to battle and hopefully the General can win the war.

    Get your back and booty in shape it’s hump day!

  57. Ipu Man April 29, 2015 7:34 pm

    Maybe no more UH basketball for a few years.
    That may help some of the athletic budget problems.

  58. Richie April 29, 2015 7:40 pm

    Any truth to the rumor that a UH Football RB quit the team today ??? Anyone out there hear that or can verify that …

  59. 808warriorfan April 29, 2015 7:41 pm

    Any truth to the rumor that a UH Football RB quit the team today ??? Anyone out there hear that or can verify that …

  60. Phil April 29, 2015 7:42 pm

    Those thoughts about Marcus going to Cleveland … he might as well retire from football now instead of going there …

  61. oneseason April 29, 2015 7:50 pm

    Rather than release the new Wahine Volleyball schedule by itself, it would have been nice if UH Athletics had also announced the Men’s Basketball tournament particulars. Showing some respectable tournament teams with high RPIs could have shown that UH Athletics has a rational strategy for building success.

  62. beans April 29, 2015 8:55 pm

    Ray Lewis moved up mega notches in my book with his emotional speech(check out the pop up) to the people of Baltimore. He comes from a tough childhood and dubious past.He has been there and therefore knows what he is talking about. He has it all together now. I salute him!

  63. Harry April 30, 2015 1:19 am

    #58 I heard the same thing as well; might be DJ Riggins

  64. seewhy April 30, 2015 8:06 am

    RE: leron #53

    Thanks for the heads up!

  65. Stephen Tsai April 30, 2015 8:41 am

    New post:

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