Training days

The Warriors’ first practice will be Monday, Aug. 4.

The tentative weekday schedule calls for weight training or conditioning drills in the morning, practice beginning at 2:15 p.m., and meetings/video reviews in the evening.

The afternoon start accommodates the players enrolled in Summer Session II classes between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Practices are expected to return to 7 a.m. starts on Aug. 25, the first day of UH’s fall semester.

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Let’s supposed a normal person wanted to lose a few pounds.

Normal Person would cut down on carbs, order a mini plate lunch instead of a regular, and walk a little more every day. Then Normal Person would remove his keys, wallet, pocket lint — heck, strip down to his Hanes — before stepping on the scale. (For legal and aesthetic purposes, it works best to use a scale in your locked bathroom.)

Normal Person would not announce his diet plans. He would just do it.

Why can’t UH officials act like a Normal Person?

What’s with all the grand-standing about hiring freezes and potential budget cuts? Why is there a declaration from atop the Hamilton Library steps every time a UH official has a fiscally responsible idea? If there’s no money to hire a student worker, don’t hire one. Every business has hiring freezes and budget cuts. If people were being fired, that would be Hamilton-step newsworthy. Hiring freezes and budget cuts? Not so much.

The problem with financial plans, like diets, is they’re difficult to maintain. Just let us know at the end, not the starting line.


  1. Buffoman July 19, 2014 6:46 am

    Anybody up yet?

  2. kapakahi July 19, 2014 6:51 am


  3. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2014 6:51 am

    It’s a beautiful day in paradise.
    For now.
    Weather reports indicate heavy rain is on its way.

  4. tom-warriornation July 19, 2014 6:53 am

    Hawaii-SDSU road game on Oct. 18 ticket prices will be $21 to $35 depending on the location (all behind our Warrior bench around mid-field); and I need to have a count by tomorrow as tickets go on sale first thing this Monday July 21 at 9am.


  5. tom-warriornation July 19, 2014 6:53 am

    The UH v CU game is less than 80 days away and the Colorado Chapter is pleased to provide you with ticket purchasing information for the Sept 20th game.

    Our fellow alumnus and former Warrior Letterwinner, Jason Vaughn (’95-’98), worked hard with CU’s ticketing department to negotiate a good deal for us. The challenge was selling CU that we would have 100+ Chapter members and friends show up for the game. Here’s our “Rally Cry”:

    · If everyone shows up from this list and brings, at least one guest, we will be 80 strong in our section.
    · If everyone works their network a little harder, we will easily make the 100+ target.
    · Feel free to send the ticket purchase flyer to your friends.
    · **Please purchase your tickets by Aug 8th as CU will release the unspoken for tickets in our section**

    Other game notes:
    · UHAA is in the process of securing a venue for a Pre-Game Friday Night Pau Hana Rally (program info TBA)
    · UHAA Warrior Gameday Tailgate will be at the Millennium Hotel on 28th Street in Boulder (ticket and program info TBA)
    · Our Colorado Chapter will have a table at the Tailgate to sell boiled peanuts to help us fund our scholarship drive

    Finally, for those that have followed our Team–the win/loss record has been a challenge; however, this is a time when our support is needed most. I’m sure Jason can attest to the feeling of looking for UH fans in the stands at road games. It’s reassuring to know that your fans have your backs to cheer loud and proud for a hard fought game.

    As always, thank you for your continued support for our Chapter’s work. Have an enjoyable 4th of July!

    Let’s go Bows!!!


    link to buy tickets: … uffs/group

    HAWAII is both the username and password here.

  6. tom-warriornation July 19, 2014 6:55 am

    correct link above.

  7. kapakahi July 19, 2014 7:00 am

    Training Day(s)…….still one of my favorite movies……

    Brings back memories……not all good ones……from back in day living near the inner-city…..just below South-Central LA……

  8. gobows July 19, 2014 7:07 am


  9. kapakahi July 19, 2014 7:11 am

    Can also relate to this……’cuz was in the wrong neighborhood a few times……at night now worse.

  10. kapakahi July 19, 2014 7:12 am

    Meant…..”no worse”.

  11. kapakahi July 19, 2014 7:24 am

    Ese Vato!

  12. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2014 7:27 am

    We’ve taken many a turn off the beaten path.
    It was Siri’s fault.

  13. islandman July 19, 2014 8:09 am

    Many persons lose pounds, but gain it back later. A few eat all they want and can’t gain much.

  14. nutmegger July 19, 2014 8:20 am

    JJ’s suggestion at its most basic is if you can’t compete with the big dogs don’t compete with them.

    I think the Spring season is a good idea, but football is sport of tradition and while in Hawaii the weather is about the same throughout the season, most mainland fans relish the progression from the September warm to the October briskness and the December snow. My memories of sitting with my Dad, bundled up in a warm jacket with the trees bare of leaves, the linemen’s breath shooting out in small white clouds, and the thunk of shoulder pads – would be hard to give up.

    TV contracts are the life blood of college football now. Maybe it is not shifting to Spring, but shifting to Tuesday and Wednesday games. Or compete in the off hours on the mainland. Hawaii is used to watching mainland football games in the morning, the mainland games could be scheduled in the morning – which would really suck for Hawaii, but gotta give up something.

  15. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2014 8:38 am

    I think college football is a sport tied to regions, alumni and schools. It’s short-sighted to think all people from Ohio will root for Ohio State. You can’t turn college football into pro football. There already is pro football.

  16. haka July 19, 2014 8:42 am

    Just my opinion…
    Maybe I am a bit unclear about this, but isn’t it the media that is always demanding transparency in it’s clearest form? Is it grandstanding or transparency? Either way, it seems to never paint a pretty picture when it’s not in positive light.

  17. tommui July 19, 2014 8:47 am


    I know my plan won’t fly but – have we thought of running certain departments as a business? Each department to run its own financial affairs like sociology, philosophy, the law school etc.

    If the “sound body” (- sound mind in a sound body concept) requires it to be run as a business, why not the “sound mind” people?

    Just asking.

  18. Old School Dave July 19, 2014 9:06 am

    UH is very top heavy with an increasing number of administrators making six figures. I’m no financial expert, but there are a number of wasteful or redundant programs that could be eliminated at UH. BTW, whatever happened to that new position ($200K salary) created by Tom Apple for former AD Jim Donovan? Was it filled?

    As ST said, it’s much better to simply to quietly get to work, lose the fat, and then, have people compliment you.

  19. Old School Dave July 19, 2014 9:11 am

    UH campus seems like a ghost town during the summer. Back in the day, the campus was bustling during summer session up at Manoa. Students have told me that the tuition costs more now during the summer, so less students want to take classes. Probably better to simply shut down and save on electricity and other utility costs during the summer if there are so few students.

  20. hatakeman July 19, 2014 9:28 am

    tommui, academicians don’t run businesses. ST wrote that hiring freezes and layoffs are not an unusual circumstance, but rather common in private business. You know, reorganizing, re-trenching, outsourcing, centralizing, etc. But academicians will tell you why they can’t get the job done. In business you do it to survive and turn a profit. Schools are not profit centers and the people who work there don’t think like businesses.

  21. SteveM July 19, 2014 10:37 am

    Good morning everyone!

    ST — in your “weighing” don’t forget that scale should be digital and that the Hanes….uhhh …. nevermind, 😐

  22. Old School Dave July 19, 2014 11:03 am

    The “other” UH’s new 40,000 seat football stadium. Completion date is next month.

  23. SteveM July 19, 2014 12:04 pm

    Just finished reading Ferd’s S-A column about JJ’s spring football thoughts.
    Hmmmm, how could this benefit UH?

    Location, location, location.
    Poor UH on a tropical island, so far away from the sub-zero mainland temperatures of winter:

    (1) Could help recruiting –training camp on the beach in January…

    (2) Make it easier to book OOC games, probably at a lower guarantee– playing in Hawaii in winter isn’t just for the Pro Bowl 😉 Helps their recruiting too.

    Heck, if everyone got their way, we wouldn’t play a road game until April. 🙂

    (3) No more paying for visitor charter flights. Want to play Hawaii in the dead of winter, you get here on your own…and we start the games at 7:00 pm so nobody gets sun stroke 😛

  24. tommui July 19, 2014 12:32 pm

    #20 Hatakeman:

    Precisely – athletics are part of the school – why should they be treated as a business? Admittedly some of the athletic programs make $$ but some of the various departments make $$ through grants etc.

  25. st. anthony trojan July 19, 2014 1:35 pm

    TM ….has a good idea… why cant other depts. run it like a business..have nursing students work part time in hospital…say every other week as them a small wage..n part goes tothe school..,be good training.. same for IT training…law school…etc..etc.. n the business dept or acct. take care of the books..N THE ASPIRING HEAD SHRINKS would hold free sessions for administratiors n politico types….should be a go n thumbs up for that huh ? That way all students will get their feet “wet” doing actual work.. n since it would take longer for their degree.. they will be getting paid to help defray expenses…win…win…win… shut the school down every other week save electricity cost…the instructor would go n check on his/her students…when not in class…work or not ?

  26. nutmegger July 19, 2014 1:47 pm

    kiss a new stadium good bye

  27. Boolakanaka July 19, 2014 2:52 pm

    Much like austerity makes it incredibly difficult to have economic growth, it is very hard to create a quality athletic product when you are chipping away at the basic infrastructure of the department. While certainly economic efficiency should be a priority, to do so at the peril of the product you are trying to produce, does not create greater capacity, nor is it sustainable.

    Further, if both upper campus and the legislature are not in the position to assume a greater role, on a financial level, why would any large corporate and/ individual booster? It is basically telling these entries our own institutions support us in only a tacit way, but we want you to be open to balance our books— it’s illogical.

  28. Kevin July 19, 2014 3:36 pm

    A normal person is a normal person.

    UH is mentally and logically-handicapped.

    BTW, who leaves invoices sitting in their desk for months delaying payments owed.

    Not a normal person for sure.


  29. oneseason July 19, 2014 3:38 pm

    Interesting AP article on rising athletics budgets …

    “Report: athletic expenses rising again” June 6, 2014

    “One factor driving up costs over the past decade is the race to upgrade football stadiums, basketball arenas and other sports facilities on campus. Facility rental and maintenance now accounts for 14 percent of all athletic department expenditures.”

    “The largest budget in the FBS was $138.27 million on athletics compared with a median budget of $56.265 million. And one school reported earning nearly $163.3 million in revenue, more than four times the median income of other schools ($40.581 million).”

    Professional sports deals with have-havenot problem with $ caps. That seems consistent with NCAA scholarship limits.

  30. Boolakanaka July 19, 2014 4:31 pm

    30–true indeed. But, there is conscription by the league to create parity, because parity means better competition, better competition means more viewers.

    It would be a mistake to let the upper tier programs to consolidate their power and grow even larger. If college football, at the D1level is only composed of 40-50 teams, it will eventually effect viewership, but also their needed affiliation with universities. From my vantage, a portion of the answer is tethered to spreading out profits to mid-level teams, and potentially, revenue sharing from the NFL. Long story short-if you don’t feed the NFL with a large number of college players, there is no NFL.

  31. Brad July 19, 2014 5:49 pm

    The upper campus administrators and professors should pay an activities fee like all the UH students do. Maybe $500-$1000 to support the athletic program.

    Now days public perception good or bad come from an school’s athletic teams in football, basketball, baseball. When someone ask what college you went to you said for example
    “I went to Oregon” and they’ll say “Oh they have a good football team and crazy uniforms” Not “Oh they have a good Arch program” which they do and I know cause I started my college there.

    When you watch football games or basketball games do the announcers ever talk about what major the player of the game is majoring? Do they even put it on the player info box below the screen when they introduce them?

    The fans don’t care anymore about the educational part of a student athlete just can they make the team win and put the school on the national stage. So the upper admin. should support the programs that help bring the University on a popular and positive note and not make this news.

  32. oneseason July 19, 2014 5:59 pm

    #31. A expenditure based “tax” appeals to me due to both simplicity and the incentive to manipulate the books for a profit based “tax” system. Perhaps a baseline proportional to the number of D1 scholarships, with adjustments for travel and other special expenses, and then a graduated “tax” on total expenses greater than the “corrected” baseline. Using the median expenditure as a guide, one could come up with an athletic luxury tax structure.

    While I agree that it is a mistake to let the top 40-50 teams basically shut the others out from a college alumni fan’s perspective, it is not clear that those fans matter as much as regional sponsorship when it comes to the mega dollars that seem to be driving this bus.

    ESPN has an interesting webpage on college sports revenue and expenditures for 2008 … lots of missing items because the numbers don’t seem to add up {espn “dot” go “dot” com “slash” ncaa “slash” revenue}. Alabama (at the top) has about $124M in revenue, and about half seems to be accounted for in the list. UH (at # 66 of 120) has about $37M in revenue. Oregon is #40 on the list at about $57M. Wake Forest is #60, the median, at about $40M.

  33. Buffoman July 19, 2014 6:01 pm

    #32 from your arguement. It really is not necessary for college football or basketball for that matter. What would be better would be to have the NFL and NBA. build minor leagues where young aspiring athletes not interested in post high school education could be “drafted” to regional teams, be paid and prepare to possibly play in the NFL or NBA. College sports could then be left to those who want a post high school education.

    That would answer most questions about compensating athletes and cut the sham of college student athletes for those who don’t want to be in school.

  34. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2014 6:12 pm

    I would be peeved if I were a fund-raiser and UH says it needs to step up private donations.
    It wasn’t?
    It’s disturbing — and insulting — to imply that people weren’t doing their best and now they have to step it up.
    I know fund-raisers and they work hard. Still, UH is a tough sell. There are no Fortune 500 companies here. There are billionaires, but the reason they’re here — or bought property here — is to get a breather from where they originally made their money.
    It’s a matter of economics here.
    The more money the university raises, the less it receives from the legislature. And it if tries to do some out-of-the-box thinking, if it doesn’t work, there are senate hearings. It reminds me of the coach who doesn’t tell a player what to do in anticipation of a specific play, then yells at the player for not doing the right thing.
    It’s an election year. Candidate should speak less about ‘ohana — that should be standard, like a radio in a car — and more about how to make us a better educated society.And that means investing not only money into education, but into the right areas of education.

  35. Ipu Man July 19, 2014 6:47 pm

    Football 101: Don’t Fumble, Don’t throw an interception, and do the unexpected.

  36. Ipu Man July 19, 2014 6:48 pm

    Forgot, don’t get sacked for a loss.

  37. Ipu Man July 19, 2014 6:49 pm

    Former Boise State coach will probably try some trick plays right off the bat…

  38. Ralph July 19, 2014 8:43 pm

    Ben Jay wants to cut 2 million from the UHAD budget each year for the next two fiscal year and he also wants the donors and boosters to step. It is easy for him to sit at his desk and direct all the coaches to cut their budget by xx% by a specific date to balance his budget, no effort needed to do that, I can do that, what’s harder is for him and his assistant ADs to do is raise the needed revenue over and above the projected ticket sales for FB, MBB, WBB, WVB and baseball to balance the budget. I call this business plan “passing the buck” – UH expects a 2 million dollar deficit with the fiscal year ending June 30, so he is hedging by asking a 2 million dollar reduction in budget by the coaches, now the budget on paper balances without any effort on his part to raise funds.

  39. jeff July 19, 2014 9:17 pm

    Or they can just petition to drop all the loser women sports and mens sports nobody watches…

    Like do we really need a sailing team? Beach Volleyball> come on

  40. el burro sabio July 19, 2014 9:23 pm

    Sand volleyball could make a lot of money if promoted the right way.

  41. Ralph July 19, 2014 9:27 pm

    Jeff, to remain D1 we got to keep all of the sports, we are at the minimum level of participation for women and men’s sports. And the number of scholarships must balance per Title IX. And for your information, sailing does not offer scholarships, they do it for the love of the sport.

    “All D-I schools must field teams in at least seven sports for men and seven for women or six for men and eight for women, with at least two team sports for each gender.” Per NCAA

  42. Boolakanaka July 19, 2014 9:28 pm

    40-petition who?? The requirements of title IX were designed to create nominal parity for men and women sports, so just how are you proposing they do this….??

  43. Stephen Tsai July 19, 2014 10:20 pm

    Men’s volleyball actually is good for a school.
    The sport is limited to offering the financial equivalent of 4.5 scholarships.
    There are 18 players on a roster.
    That means the players pay the equivalent of 13.5 scholarships — tuition it normally wouldn’t collect.

  44. st. anthony trojan July 19, 2014 11:10 pm

    I guess the word is “SHIBAI” (ralph # 39) to be used to describe what is going on with the budget……let’s see… the H zone should bring in half a million…
    we play ohio state sept 12, in 2015… what we get 1 million or after expenses what ?
    so that means only one million short…

    like a old carnie.. smoke n screen… like ralph says…easy to tell sumone to cut budget…please ask him…what is he doing to raise revenue…specifically…does he have a plan…(oops me forgot…step it up fellas) does ne one up there have a plan ??? what are the plans to fill the stadium for the first game ? what are they they have a promo…???

    …ST insane n insulting is not the word…is there a few stronger ones then that…

  45. Kevin July 20, 2014 12:01 am

    People that want to donate directly to individual sports programs should be advised to contact the coaches directly. Don’t bother contacting anyone else.

    Help the coaches and the programs. They are the victims of the inability of the leadership at UH to run a division one program.

  46. Kevin July 20, 2014 12:02 am

    H-Zone ain’t gonna bring a god damn thing in.

  47. Kevin July 20, 2014 12:07 am

    The biggest piece of bull crap is the amount of RED TAPE booster clubs face when trying to raise funds, ESPECIALLY for non-revenue female programs.

    MOST of UH’s internal restrictions have NOTHING to do with being in NCAA compliance.

    Sodexo this… bookstore that.. corporate high dollar sponsors only this….

    BANQUETS??? Forget the fact that other local establishments are willing to host banquets at a feasible price for programs BUT UH’s DEMANDS booster clubs to pay TOP DOLLAR for their corporate hotel partners…. EVER WONDER WHY BANQUET COSTS ARE HIGH????????????????????????????

    UH wants to patronize their corporate sponsors? Fine. Makes sense. BUT what doesn’t make sense is forcing non-revenue programs to pay top dollar to use a ballroom for a corporate hotel partner when that same program is allotted ZERO in terms of cash or trade from those same sponsors because administration uses up all of the perks from the partnership towards other “priority” sports.


    What a joke.

  48. Kevin July 20, 2014 12:15 am

    st. anthony trojan:
    July 19th, 2014 at 11:10 pm
    I guess the word is “SHIBAI” (ralph # 39) to be used to describe what is going on with the budget……let’s see… the H zone should bring in half a million…
    we play ohio state sept 12, in 2015… what we get 1 million or after expenses what ?
    so that means only one million short…

    like a old carnie.. smoke n screen… like ralph says…easy to tell sumone to cut budget…please ask him…what is he doing to raise revenue…specifically…does he have a plan…(oops me forgot…step it up fellas) does ne one up there have a plan ??? what are the plans to fill the stadium for the first game ? what are they they have a promo…???

    …ST insane n insulting is not the word…is there a few stronger ones then that…

    Its a god damn slap in the face for all the volunteers of the past and present. The volunteers who are invisible and only accountable when fault is needed to be pinpointed.

    When a certain individual says “oh yeah we will find a way to pay for extra meals now” then goes around and tells the coaches now they and their boosters/volunteers must find the monies to do so.


  49. oneseason July 20, 2014 12:28 am

    For both Rainbow Wahine Volleyball and Warrior Football, when season tickets first went on sale this year, you could pick your seats from most sections and both the base ticket price and “donation” were identified. While that does not seem to be the case now, it was good to have that option. In addition to restoring this option, UH should reconsider including the two lower center football sections (K, L, KK, LL) into the online “pick your own seat” program. This “Luxury Seating” / “Sports Package” sales approach may be the greatest thing ever for generating revenue, but it seems a mistake not to consider the “pick your own seat” model with increased ticket prices for those desirable seats.

  50. st. anthony trojan July 20, 2014 1:02 am

    Well said Kevin…like white man with “forked tongue” …wonder how much “CASH” these corporate sponsors really give if ne ????

    this is where me thinks…that deal with oceanic…is totally misguided…same with the charter flights for visiting teams..n the wonder blunder…when they are under the “gun” they buckle…some cash n perks from “rick” n company..could have been used to get advertisement…for.. “numero uno” things like perry n price pushing season tickets….individual all paying sports…their resources is worth more then all that cash that they “dangeled” in front of the numbers man.. n he took the bait..hook line n sinker…no one else was reported to make a “deal”….

    N please don;t tell me ..they can’t sell 40,000 season tickets if there was a plan n promo…listen up ne one here “even remotely” think that “perry n price” could not raise 50 k..(for the warriors to have a decent place to sleep)…n do it in one day…wake up…people…

    rick bleeds green….if you ask 4 help..he will.. but they cut him off…now what…go ask oceanic for help… n you know what…they can’t.. have to get ok from california first…

    what a mess up there…disclaimer…here.. not know rick..met price once at old quarterback club..never met perry…me did vote foe cec though he he he

    maybe mr ige will help solve this problem…should call for an audit of the sports dept…be “very interesting” (arte johnson famous line)

  51. Shoko July 20, 2014 6:39 am

    Based on a few comments, BJ doesn’t appear to be the Holy Grail we all were expecting.

    Personally, I don’t mind budget cuts as long as they fall into the category of wasteful spending, but one can’t rely on simply trimming the budget. There’s has to be an innovative fundraising approach, and it doesn’t appear BJ is succeeding in that department.

    One thing I noticed, he’s good at shifting the blame using the “fans want filet mignon for the price of Spam” analogy….inferring that UH fans are too cheap. That’s pretty insulting to those who donate what they can to support UH athletic programs.

  52. UH4eva July 20, 2014 7:35 am

    I will be going to the CU game and probably will have 4 in my party. Went to the last CU game in Boulder and other than the score it was great time. CU fans were nice and curious about UH.

  53. Rodney July 20, 2014 8:17 am

    #46 you are so right!

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