The sub way

The volleyball Warriors were emotionally flat and in trouble. And then they brought in a setter who provided a boost in a comeback victory.

That setter was Alex Jones last night.

That setter was Daniel Rasay in 2002.

In both situations, there was no questioning the skills and leadership of the starters β€” Jennings Franciskovic last night, Kimo Tuyay back then. But sometimes, a coach needs to shake it up.

That’s been the case historically at UH. Carl English was a bench player when he was summoned in the 2001 WAC basketball tournament. He ended up being the tournament’s most outstanding player after leading UH to the NCAAA tournament.

UH football, which opens spring practice on Saturday, has had numerous unheralded players embrace their moments under the lights. Quarterback Timmy Chang would go on to set NCAA passing records, but it was his understudy, Jason Whieldon, who helped the Warriors beat Alabama in 2003. In 2008, it was third-string quarterback Inoke Funaki who helped UH beat Fresno State on the road.

Jones, who joined UH after being cut by Cal State Northridge, possesses the leadership gene. In fall training, he was named a co-captain despite not having a starting role. He is viewed as a future coach.

Rasay already is a coach. After serving as Menlo’s women’s coach, he joined the Stanford men’s staff, first as a volunteer assistant and then as a full-time coach. He is on the short list for coaching jobs.

In sports, the next hero could be the one on the sideline.


  1. seewhy March 31, 2015 8:36 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

  2. Stephen Tsai March 31, 2015 8:37 am

    Re: Football scheduling
    Not sure if the AD mis-spoke, but I’m sure the goal is to win all the home games and split on the road.

  3. seewhy March 31, 2015 8:50 am

    It’s always great when you can rely on someone from your bench to bring that spark. Thank you, Alex!

  4. H-man March 31, 2015 8:51 am

    Football? Did someone say football?

  5. tom March 31, 2015 8:54 am


  6. seewhy March 31, 2015 9:00 am

    Not sure if was mentioned earlier, but did UH cancel its series with Kansas?

  7. NorthShoreFan March 31, 2015 9:06 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Tsaikos, come out and spruce up the Stanley this Saturday. Make nice for the next V-ball series.


  8. Derek March 31, 2015 9:16 am

    ST, I think the AD was talking about winning the home games,4-0 and split on the road, 2-2 in MWC play. That’s still tough to do. Chow’s not even close. Maybe the new coach can do it. I expect that this is the last year for Chow, unless he gets us to a bowl game, which is unlikely. The schedule is just too daunting. My prediction, 5-8.

  9. seewhy March 31, 2015 9:16 am

    Well according to Brett McMurphy’s twitter, Hawaii just added a home/home series w/Arizona (2016 & 2025). So now the Bows will be playing at Zona in 2020 and 2025, and in Hawaii in 2019 and next year.

  10. Andrew March 31, 2015 9:26 am

    Also don’t forget Tyler Graunke who came in for Colt.

  11. Andrew March 31, 2015 9:27 am


    Kansas canceled with UH I thought.

  12. jeezy33 March 31, 2015 9:56 am

    Chuckie Keeton back for another year? True definition of a QB who seems like he has been playing for a decade. Utah St going to be a force again

  13. Andrew March 31, 2015 10:02 am


    How many years is that now? At least we don’t play them this year

  14. HawaiiMongoose March 31, 2015 10:15 am

    Yep, it looks like Kansas is off the schedule. UH has added an away game against Arizona in 2016; I can’t imagine doing that unless the away game at Kansas has been cancelled (since UH also has an away game in 2016 at Michigan). Also, it was announced today that UH will host Western Carolina to open the 2017 season, on the same date (September 2nd) that Kansas was supposed to play at Aloha Stadium. The upcoming two-for-one with Oregon has also been officially announced:

  15. beans March 31, 2015 10:18 am

    Andrew # 6 & 10
    What are your posts in reference to? Did I miss something?

  16. seewhy March 31, 2015 10:26 am

    RE: beans #6

    It was just a random thought as I was looking at the future UH football schedule on the school’s athletic site. I saw Kansas was no longer on the 2016 schedule, so I was wondering if they really did cancel the series. I heard they were talking about it, and I guess they went through with it.

  17. Andrew March 31, 2015 10:27 am


    I didn’t do # 6 but my #10 is in reference to STs initial post on bench players who have come in for starters in relief and have excelled.

  18. 3-Prong March 31, 2015 10:27 am

    Who did Colt come in for? Getting makule, no can rememba. Sheesh.

  19. tom March 31, 2015 10:32 am

    HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i football team will play two Pac-12 opponents and two Football Championship Subdivision foe in its upcoming schedules.

    UH and Oregon have agreed to a three-game series beginning in 2020. The Rainbow Warriors and Ducks will meet twice in Eugene, Ore., and once in Honolulu. The games are scheduled for Sept. 19, 2020 and Sept. 16, 2023 in Eugene; and Sept. 21, 2024 in Honolulu.

    UH and Arizona will play a home-and-home series beginning next season. The teams will play Sept. 17, 2016 in Tucson, Ariz., and Aug. 30, 2025 in Honolulu.

    Hawai’i will host a pair of FCS teams – Western Carolina, of the Southern Conference, Sept. 2, 2017 and Fordham, of the Patriot League, Sept. 12, 2020.

    UH and Oregon last met in 1994 at Aloha Stadium with UH winning 36-16. Oregon leads the all-time series 4-3. The Rainbow Warriors also won the last meeting in Eugene, 24-21, in 1992. In fact, Hawai’i has won the last three games of the series (1988, ’92, and ’94), which dates back to 1921.

    UH and Arizona have met four previous times with the Wildcats winning all four times, including the only meeting in Tucson in 1952 (57-7). The last meeting occurred in 1998 at Aloha Stadium with the 24th-ranked Wildcats prevailing 27-6. The teams also met in 1951 (UA, 32-21) and 1977 (UA, 17-10).

    In addition to Oregon and Arizona, UH’s future non-conference schedules includes other Pac-12 opponents Colorado (2015), UCLA (2017), Oregon State (2019 and ’21), and Washington (2019).

  20. HawaiiMongoose March 31, 2015 10:32 am

    Ferd’s story on the schedule change:

    Kansas changed coaches and the new coach wanted out of the series.

  21. HawaiiMongoose March 31, 2015 10:32 am

    You beat me to it Tom!

  22. HawaiiMongoose March 31, 2015 10:33 am

    Oh wait, that wasn’t Ferd’s article you posted.

    You didn’t beat me to it Tom! πŸ™‚

  23. HawaiiMongoose March 31, 2015 10:35 am

    I’m glad to see us loading up on Pac-12 opponents. It’s good to play one or two of those every season. I just hope they keep their commitments to play in Honolulu.

  24. seewhy March 31, 2015 10:40 am

    RE: 3-Prong #18

    At the start of the 2005 season, Jones was using a duel system with Colt and Graunke. Graunke actually had the start in the opening game against #1 USC.

  25. BigWave96744 March 31, 2015 10:45 am

    2016 game vs Arizona could feature the battle of 2 Hawaiian QBs, Anu Solomon vs Ikaika Woolsey

  26. HawaiiMongoose March 31, 2015 10:55 am

    The glaring unsolved problem is that UH still has only one out-of-conference home game lined up for 2016 (UMass on November 26th). That’s right around the corner by college football scheduling standards.

  27. Derek March 31, 2015 11:12 am

    25, 2016 a new Head Coach. It might be Anu Soloman against McKenzie Milton. Milton is like a Houdini back there. He reminds me a lot like Russell Wilson. Coach Rod York says Milton is terrific with his reads and can quickly go to even his 4th option. If true, that’s a very unique skill set. Maybe I’m biased because I live in Mililani, but I watch all the Mililani games and it’s a pleasure to watch Him play QB. This year, he will be even better and he will be taller, stronger, faster, and smarter. Just watch.

  28. H-man March 31, 2015 11:30 am

    HawaiiMongoose, it was announced today that UH has replaced the game at Kansas with a game at Arizona on Sept 17. And the game with Michigan at Ann Arbor on Sept 3 remains on the schedule. So that’s 3 out-of-conference games booked, leaving one opening for the 2016 schedule. Looks like things are moving along.

  29. SteveM March 31, 2015 11:32 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Heroes coming off the bench… just had a thought… what if the first team started the first half in the Ohio State game and the 2nd and 3rd unit started the second half? Repeat for the Wisconsin game.

    Why? Hopefully we find heroes, reduce key injuries and be in better shape for the start of the MWC season. Also, the whole travel squad being able to say they played meaningful minutes against top opponents should help morale.

  30. seewhy March 31, 2015 11:33 am

    I’m guessing UH is going to schedule an FCS team for the 2nd OOC home game.

  31. 3-Prong March 31, 2015 12:28 pm

    Thanks seewhy…

  32. HawaiiMongoose March 31, 2015 12:38 pm

    H-man, two of those three 2016 OOC games are on the road. My point was that UH needs another OOC home game, and ideally two. I agree with seewhy that an FCS team will probably be brought in, since it will be hard to line up another FBS opponent at this late juncture.

  33. Andrew March 31, 2015 1:13 pm


    Sadly that will be an ongoing trend. Teams don’t want to travel here unless they are on sanctions with no hope of the post season haha..

  34. (Jesse)James March 31, 2015 2:04 pm

    Good Afternoon Tsaikos!!! Woot Woot…2 days in a row…LOL

  35. islandman March 31, 2015 2:09 pm

    2. —Matlin said go at least 4-4 in the conference. i think you may not go 4-0 at home, if you play teams like Boise St. at home.

    ” Matlin said the rule of thumb is “to go at least .500 in your (eight) conference games and then pick up the other games you need out of conference to get the six or seven (victories) you need for bowl eligibility. So, you need to look at the whole picture. “

  36. Tiki808 March 31, 2015 2:16 pm

    72 degrees this morning. Leeward side

  37. st. anthony trojan March 31, 2015 2:39 pm

    Problem arises when there is no long term plan….cuz no long term AD…or
    long term coaches like trap…coolen…shojii… etc…also… admin up there upper campus…changes hurt in more ways then one can imagine…instability is the death of a winning program (s)…we are the living proof….

  38. Slugger March 31, 2015 2:41 pm

    Warriors playing Arizona in Tucson in 2016? I think I can make it! See ya there!

  39. st. anthony trojan March 31, 2015 2:42 pm

    Manila 34 c…here now…

  40. Derek March 31, 2015 2:52 pm

    Jeezy33, yeah Chuckie Keaton will be back again. But man, that 4th string freshman QB was real good don’t you think. Back in the JJ era, we handled Utah State with no problem, but since then I think the tables have been turned. They have ramped up their recruiting and we have not kept up.

  41. tom March 31, 2015 3:23 pm

    Fordham is playing us in 2020 here.

    I hope we might play them there even though they are FBS but exposure in NYC might be worth it.

  42. H-man March 31, 2015 3:25 pm

    HM, sorry, I didn’t understand. Thanks for the clarification. And I agree getting a FCS school is probably our only option at this late date. Plus the new AD made it clear he plans to schedule these schools. I would rather see they work at upgrading the program to match the level of competition. Like Derek wrote, the table has turned and UH needs to ramp up its recruiting, rather than lowering the competition. Fortunately, the future schedules up to at least 2020 are chock full of FBS quality schools. Well, until they added Fordham in 2020.

  43. pollypicador March 31, 2015 4:15 pm

    Re-Playing Western Carolina to open 2017

    My first reaction: Not thrilled. Fish fry. Baby food. Cakewalk. Why?

    Never heard of the team.

    Some of the teams WC plays in 2015-Mars Hill (?),Wofford,Mercer, Furman-so you can see why. But I can see WC played some SEC teams (Alabama,Auburn
    last season and Tennessee this season).

    I rather be entertained, excited, and interested than watching UH steamroll
    a lesser opponent. Western Carolina? Yawn. Come on a minnow is okay (like the Montanas, Webers,Portland States) but a smaller minnow-no.

    I do have to hand it to WC’s web site, though. The news of the team traveling to Hawaii is front page news (ALOHA!), a write-up article that includes information for fans traveling to the game to contact the school’s club and be included on mailing list, travel information. Thirty months away and the AD is getting the ball rolling-travel list,mailing list (promoting fans to travel, support the team)–this is impressive work. As for me having looking forwardness to the game-no.

  44. jm2375 March 31, 2015 4:34 pm

    The Warriors are on fire! 25-13 Set 1!

    From H-mail:

    Baseball Game On April 25 Moved To 6:05 p.m.
    Due To Men’s Volleyball Hosting MPSF

    The UH baseball game against nationally ranked UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, April 25, in Les Murakami Stadium has been moved from 6:35 p.m. to 6:05 p.m., due to the No. 1-ranked men’s volleyball team hosting an MPSF quarterfinal match that night in the Stan Sheriff Center. The volleyball match will start at 7:30 p.m. Due to the expectation of large crowds at both events, fans are encouraged to arrive early and use the Waialae Gate to enter lower campus, since it is normally underutilized and free flowing onto campus before events.

  45. Tiki808 March 31, 2015 4:51 pm

    I think Friday nights. Tonight again. UCLA or UH? go Warriors!

  46. jm2375 March 31, 2015 5:01 pm

    25-18 Game 2! GO WARRIORS!

  47. jm2375 March 31, 2015 5:29 pm

    14 in a row!

  48. st. anthony trojan March 31, 2015 5:34 pm

    They are really playing good n as a team should… hope they are keep it up for the duration…

  49. Boya_jr March 31, 2015 5:44 pm

    Maybe I’ll see Slugger at the game @ Arizona again!

  50. Tiki808 March 31, 2015 5:54 pm

    MPSF QF; SSC, what will be the price front section? $30? –> $16 Top general? Can someone get this on. April 25, 2015

  51. Derek March 31, 2015 6:18 pm

    The No. 1 ranked Rainbow Warriors are on fire. Sweeps UCLA 25-13, 25-18, 25-18. Charlie Wade is pushing all the right buttons and the players are executing beautifully, hitting, blocking, setting, digging, everything. Very, Very impressive.

  52. jm2375 March 31, 2015 6:45 pm

    Per H-mail:

    MPSF Tournament Quarter-Final
    Ticket Information

    With the win over UCLA last night, the Warriors earned at least a top-four finish in the conference regular season and the right to host a MPSF Tournament quarter-final match at the Stan Sheriff Center, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

    Season-ticket holders will be sent an order form in the coming days to purchase the same great seats they’ve had for the regular season.

    General public sales will begin Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m.

  53. ALLAN March 31, 2015 7:06 pm


  54. Ralph March 31, 2015 7:48 pm

    #44 JM2375 if that is all H Mail mentioned regarding MPSF MVB and HawaiiSBS then I say again, UHAD – McNamara, please don’t make women sports irrelevant. The Na Wahine will host UC Santa Barabara on the 25th in a DH beginning at 4 pm. on Military night.

  55. cappie the dog March 31, 2015 8:20 pm

    The year after Carl English turned pro, Hawaii beat #25 Utah State on their home floor in the first round of the NIT.

    Imagine what that team could have accomplished had he hung around for his senior year.

    Back to back to back.

    I remember thinking at the time: If Anthony Carter went undrafted…

  56. Winning March 31, 2015 8:35 pm

    Too bad our Foots HC didnt start to bring in these new coaches for this year the first year. This year could have been the payoff year! I guess he thot he had the “Magic of Polynesia” and “Puff the Magic Dragon” on his side. Not to mention his name spreading fear among opponents.

  57. pollypicador March 31, 2015 9:02 pm

    Re-Having spring football practices open or close to the public

    To me it makes perfect sense to close practices, even fall camp practices.

    If the regular season practices are close why leave the door open at other times?

    If the off season and preseason practices are a time for lab experiments (tinkering, adjusting,putting in plays) why let on to the competition what the team is doing?

    There are a number of reasons why the top coaches don’t show their cards, namely having an edge and not giving an edge to the competition that may be spying on their practices.

    This may be Chow’s last go around. He needs to beat the odds, make it happen, win more games than he loses. Subsequently, I say he should play his cards right, close practice… even if it takes away from my viewing pleasure.

  58. hitman March 31, 2015 9:07 pm

    aloha everyone!! chow time !! will it be the last year chowchow ?

  59. pollypicador March 31, 2015 9:18 pm

    57 cont.

    Plus let the players and coaches focus in the spring and fall camps.

    Let them have the stage to themselves instead of them worrying about who’s in audience watching. Let them have freedom of not being under the microscope–to which I say this will give them a better chance to improve,grow.

  60. hitman March 31, 2015 9:41 pm

    59 to me as not the right thing to do !! we going need the fans to come out to the games !! let them watch and enjoy and more so to the reporters tv, newpaper !! get the word out that we are hawaii team !! coach chow need to enjoy more like how it was at the couple games of last season !! being a hard head old man and try to make sure every thing was done got him 3 lossing seasons and also lost the UH hawaii fan base !! enjoy the game more and thing might just fall into place

  61. Tiki808 March 31, 2015 9:46 pm

    This will be a big tournament for UH men’s vb. Let’s hope people support the MPSF when they choose the final 4 in the next few weeks of play. For sure, statistics counts a long way. How much are you going to pay for the quarterfinals MPSF play? I’ll pay up to $35 dollars general, no more. How about you?

  62. beans March 31, 2015 10:40 pm

    Hitman! You hit the nail on the head. I went to a few practices last year to watch the team work. I enjoyed it and it added interest to the season for me. It is something that should be kept open. How much can someone really steal from the practice unless they film it? It made me appreciate the efforts that the coaches and the players put forth even more. They really work their asses off. Great to see.
    I enjoyed the new up tempo energy with the pulsating music blaring too. Hyped me up a little. Went home and had 2 beers!

  63. pollypicador March 31, 2015 10:43 pm

    Re-BT’s appearance at the Honolulu Quarterback’s Club

    BRIAN MCINNIS writes a great summary of BT’s appearance. Check out his blog. This is good stuff. BT has all the answers. He’s smart. The vibe I get is that BT has the keys to the house. And he’s aiming to move in. From the HQC appearance BT acknowledged that he heading to the final four, needs to make contacts, and look at future scheduling. He also pointed out his recruiting needs, and the availability of scholarships, and has made a backup plan should the NCAA penalize the BB program (dock scholarships). BT is definitely thinking ahead. To me it seems that the confidence BT shows is that he is in as the next HC. Good choice.

  64. Tiki808 March 31, 2015 11:32 pm

    Why not pay you #60 for being a spokesperson for UH football. Most show up for fun. Football is down still, but men’s volleyball this year is up. If we pass out signs for them, they should pay us. It all depends on who will speak up. Put it here, maybe they’ll buy a ticket to a game. It’s all in the keyboard/interest. Why go that far? For fun or for something else? Just fun. We’ll see if people will comment or be interested in the games. Truthfully speaking.

  65. A-House April 1, 2015 6:59 am

    I do not remember the last time UH ever “hosted” a MPFS VB game(s).

    Will this be the first? Will UH keep most if not all of the gate receipts?

    Even if there are only 5,000 fans, SSC will be “ROCKIN” – bring ear plugs!!!!!!!!!

    I remember the sold out games for men’s BB and women’s VB – my ears were ringing from the loud noise – u know, that feeling of numbness, ringing, like something covering your ears.

  66. boolakanaka April 1, 2015 6:59 am

    Hmmn, Joey Iosefa, being considered in a late round for the Lions: see,

    Ironically, the other guy there are considering is from boola U, Tyler Varga.

  67. 3-Prong April 1, 2015 7:33 am

    They were talking on the BC Show this morning that upper bowl is filling up already for the vb game. Said also that we must win out against Stanford at home and BYU on the road to clinch 1st place since Irvine has tie breaker and not expected to lose. 1st place would insure an at large in final 4[6] at least. Dis Is Beeeg! Go Bows!

  68. 3-Prong April 1, 2015 7:35 am

    …and Shoji Reupping, vb is riding high.

  69. Stephen Tsai April 1, 2015 8:09 am

    New post:

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