UH's best Bud

Remember the joke from elementary school:
Q: Does beer make you smart?
A: It made Budweiser.
Well, maybe that’s sorta-sorta true.
As part of the “Get Into the Game” program, Budweiser promised to donate something like a quarter for every case sold.
Seems like a lot of UH fans have, um, team spirit.
Tonight, Budweiser will present a $100,000 check to the UH football program.
Nice call on the part of the UH marketing folks.

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Here’s David Hafoka, one of the junior-college transfers already enrolled at UH:


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COMMENTS

  1. BigWave96744 January 24, 2009 8:43 am

    aloha David


  2. PONO January 24, 2009 8:44 am

    top 5?


  3. 808ike January 24, 2009 8:45 am

    Top 5


  4. BigWave96744 January 24, 2009 8:49 am

    wow…1st…Pirst..ichi ban.. Uno


  5. labrat January 24, 2009 8:51 am

    Welcome David.


  6. sjmacro January 24, 2009 8:51 am

    my boss said to drag this over : 🙂

    January 24th, 2009 at 8:35 am
    Good morning Tsaikos
    Ralph: sorry to burst the bubble (bb). The bb game I was referring to is on March 7th the same day/evening as the Relay for Life. We have a personal interest in RFL and thank the students and athletes who participate in this important event. Stop by before or after the game. Lend your support in spirit or by donation to Jason or any of the student/athlete teams. This is a “yes we can” event that benefits our community. off the soap box……
    btw can’t wait for spring practice to start…the only “b” sports I’m watching now is bobsledding, billiards & bullriding –great weekend to all


  7. mctruck January 24, 2009 8:54 am

    yeeeehhaaaa!!! top 10!!
    have a good day everyone.


  8. d1島 January 24, 2009 8:55 am

    Cheers!
    Okole Maluna!
    Top Ten!


  9. labrat January 24, 2009 8:56 am

    Man that is a lot of cans. Maybe UH should have collected them too.


  10. d1島 January 24, 2009 8:58 am

    Welcome David Hafoka!


  11. BigWave96744 January 24, 2009 8:58 am

    Corey Nielsen will fly in for LOI day at the Blaisedell…He will be in Hawaii for 3 days..
    dude is looking forward to being a Warrior


  12. rog January 24, 2009 8:59 am

    Manti Te’o narrowed his schools and BYU didn’t make the cut. So much for everyone saying he will go to BYU.


  13. momotaro January 24, 2009 8:59 am

    Garret, the funny thing about Byron Moore de-committing from USC is that USC originally flipped him from UCLA. WRs Randall Carroll and Devon Flournoy are two USC commits that look like they might end up elsewhere.

    Nice to see the blog working again.


  14. d1島 January 24, 2009 9:00 am

    I try to drink bottled beer amap


  15. d1島 January 24, 2009 9:01 am

    For that matter, I try to drink bottled beer asap, too 😉


  16. d1島 January 24, 2009 9:05 am

    Echoing earlier sentiments of wishes for a good game today in the Senior Bowl for David Veikune and Jake Ingram.

    ….on the NFL Network 👿


  17. momotaro January 24, 2009 9:05 am

    From a UCLA blog, Tepa will be visiting UCLA on the last weekend before signing day:

    Iuta Tepa (DE) LB Poly, will he land up at UCLA?
    Got me. I know UCLA likes him and he is expected to visit next weekend.


  18. d1島 January 24, 2009 9:07 am

    rog,

    Interesting.

    Kekoa,

    See what I mean?


  19. koakane™ January 24, 2009 9:14 am

    8) morning to all the lovely tsai-ko wahine’s and to the handsome kane’s in 808 land.

    put my best effort into the promotion and glad to help. suggest more home game next fball season so we can tgate more often.

    mrs Ahouse my efforts had some positive sides 😀 bwhaaaaaa

    also mahalo’s to james, al’s son, al, stretch, gnalo, sleeze, eis patnah, bhf2 and oddah bud peeps I miss. homey, kazz friends and sj gotta switch brands cause could have been moa monies if they contributed. for sure

    off to starbucks for morning kope, community update (read paper) and more kope. iphone lattas esme woooooshhhhh


  20. momotaro January 24, 2009 9:15 am

    From a UCLA blog, there is a silent commit:

    How man silent commits, if any, does UCLA have left out there?
    I know of one.

    The silent commit is not identified, but if you read the comment section, the readers are guessing that it is either Randall Carroll or Tepa. From reading the rest of the blog answers, all I can say is that it is probably not Xavier Su`a-Filo.


  21. roysan16 January 24, 2009 9:17 am

    MWC commish says ‘no’ to Boise State
    http://www.2news.tv/sports/38250319.html

    this is somewhat good news


  22. labrat January 24, 2009 9:27 am

    What is a silent commit? They use hand signals? Smoke signals? Decoder rings? Sheeesh………….What is the reason??????


  23. Kekoa January 24, 2009 9:28 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Cat Peeps!

    On my way down to Tamashiro Market to see what the cats are licking their chops over!

    Looks like a nice day to steam a nice big Uhu, scrape some O’io and enjoy my favorite raw fish on da side.

    Hmmm…wonder if Rob25 would want to try some??…NOT!

    D-1…I see, I see!

    Koakane…was that you floating downstream from da 5 bucks shop?


  24. XxFaithxX January 24, 2009 9:35 am

    Re roysan # 21

    Bwahahha~! Dere ya go donkeys….suck on that! Dats what you get for licking dem balls~


  25. XxFaithxX January 24, 2009 9:38 am

    forgot to say, good morning peeps =)

    me tinks that a silent commit is a deal between a recruit and a school that WANTS to screw another in the respect that they make the other schools have to scramble for a “lesser” player and waste resources and time….sum ting lik dat.


  26. koakane™ January 24, 2009 9:42 am

    kung hee fat choy my patnah

    nahhhhhhhhh not me because I no can float. if wobbling or staggering den das me.


  27. koakane™ January 24, 2009 9:44 am

    of fogot to say howzit to rob25 since she stay home now.

    hello how you 😆

    what you think james still go it? bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


  28. koakane™ January 24, 2009 9:46 am

    of=oh

    take note from ike808 no type faster than fingers can work.


  29. koakane™ January 24, 2009 9:47 am

    eh ajoe and asports

    my feet my feet


  30. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 9:51 am

    Top Tirdy! 🙂


  31. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 9:54 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

    It’s true that beer made “Budweiser” but don’t forget “Heine-can” too. 😆

    In these days of layoffs and hard times, $100,000 dollars is a nice donation on Bud’s part.


  32. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 9:57 am

    Poor Boise. Now they have to stay in the lowly WAC. 😳


  33. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 10:00 am

    Howzit KK, Kekoa, Roysan, labrat and Faith! Hows yous guys today?

    Koakane, thanks for being such a great supporter of Budweiser and UH Athletics.


  34. jm2375 January 24, 2009 10:05 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Top forty!

    Guess I’ll watch da Sr Bowl today, no mo nothing else fo watch. :D: 🙄 Good luck to Veikune and Ingram!

    Hubby is going to go try and hit dat little white ball again and kid is grounded till ALL her homework is done.


  35. jm2375 January 24, 2009 10:06 am

    😳 oops. 😀


  36. roysan16 January 24, 2009 10:11 am

    As I’ve said before, I don’t ever remember a year where more players are making commitments only to decommit and head elsewhere. I’ve seen players, in year’s past, commit then take some visits just for the fun of it. However, this year, players are visiting schools with the mind-set of seeing if there is a better option out there.

    this above quote is from Greg Biggins.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=West_Recruiting

    And I agree, sadly, because obviously it’s happening here with the Warriors. And I might add it’s even happening among the coaching ranks, too. So I’m thinking the loyalty among the recruits and even the coaches is not like it was in the old days. Now a days, everyone is trying to get further up the ladder, which you really can’t fault them.

    An interesting story I read was when the legendary Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes played Michigan and Coach Bo Shembackler (sp) and Ohio State and Coaches Hayes in a blow out win refused to take a knee and instead called timeout to design a two pt conversion and was later quoted as saying if there was a 3 pt conversion play he would have gone for that. Why all the bitterness? Story has it that Coach Hayes was so bitter at Coach Bo S. for leaving the Ohio staff and going over to Michigan.

    This coming football season it’ll be interesting to see if there’s going to be any bad blood or animosity spilling on to the field between teams whose recruits or assistant coaches have decomitted and gone over to the “other team”. Will the USC coach, who lost part of his coaching staff to Washington do a Coach Woody Hayes move and purposely run up the score? Will decommits going to other programs have targets on their back, like maybe the UCLA recruit from Hawaii Stan H, going to Univ. of Calif.? It will be interesting this coming football season how coaches, players and even the fans react to all of this.


  37. koakane iphone January 24, 2009 10:12 am

    dpk I try my best

    when you say budweiser …. you’ve said it all


  38. labrat January 24, 2009 10:14 am

    Good morning DPK. I am just checking in and out to see if there are any surprises from ST. Hoping for the best.


  39. FloridaTed January 24, 2009 10:14 am

    Morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-gang and Ring leader.

    Nice Bud-Check, we need a few more of those.

    By the way, isn’t Mouton at the Senior Bowl also? Anybody know how he’s doing? There’s no word on him.


  40. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 10:18 am

    Yep. Tsurely Tsneaky Tsai has more Tsurprises up his Tsleeve. That’s what makes this time a fun one.


  41. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 10:20 am

    Howzit Ted!

    jm1234
    You stick to your guns with the lil one! Does she have a lot of homework to finish?


  42. FloridaTed January 24, 2009 10:22 am

    Hi, DPK,

    Heard from Rich lately? How’s your son doing?


  43. FloridaTed January 24, 2009 10:25 am

    I’ve given up getting all frothy over the recruiting battles. I’m now just waiting for Feb.4th and see what we have and then hope from there.


  44. Bulla January 24, 2009 10:27 am

    jm2375

    tell you husband, in a quiet moment….

    honey, did you know that golf spelled backwards is flog?


  45. Kekoa January 24, 2009 10:32 am

    Howzit DPK!

    I wuz jez tinkin’ – “Eh!…howz my bradda from Metro-Honolulu town?”

    You and Sweety need to take a break from all da hussle and bussle of da big city and come out to da leeward shores for a relaxing day at da beach. Sunday would be a good day to exercise dat option. (Whoops!…shouldn’t have used the word ‘exercise’).


  46. wafan January 24, 2009 10:33 am

    Good morning/afternoon all!


  47. wafan January 24, 2009 10:35 am

    So is LizK being the Cat-Woman?

    Raaaawrrrrrr! Meow.

    We need the Penguin, Joker, Riddler, . . .


  48. Manoa January 24, 2009 10:35 am

    roysan16, in order for there to be bad blood over disloyalty, there needs to be a culture or expectations of loyalty as the norm. The way coaches move around now for the money, I don’t think they care about it anymore. If coach B leaves Coach A’s staff for a rival, by the time they play again, Coach A is in the NFL or coaching another team.


  49. wafan January 24, 2009 10:35 am

    Lunch time!

    Tonkatsu saimin. Yum!


  50. Bulla January 24, 2009 10:36 am

    Ted,

    no worry beef curry, nothing is nothing until close of business on Feb 4th, when the paperwork is signed and faxed and it becomes a contractural agreement


  51. wafan January 24, 2009 10:37 am

    Thank you to everyone who suffered, sacrificed and worked so hard to ensure the $100,000 donation.

    Oh, and thank you to Bud, too!


  52. roysan16 January 24, 2009 10:40 am

    from yahoo message board
    imo-in can happen…lol

    And then the fight started….

    ——————————————————————————–
    My wife and I are watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
    I turned to her and said, “Do you want to have sex?”
    “No,” she answered.
    I then said, “Is that your final answer?”
    She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying “Yes.”
    So I said, “Then I’d like to phone a friend.”
    And that’s when the fight started….


  53. penguin January 24, 2009 10:43 am

    Did somebody call my name?


  54. penguin January 24, 2009 10:45 am

    Oh, and got plenty “Jokers” on this board!


  55. jm2375 January 24, 2009 10:49 am

    roysan – I agree. It’s happening in the real world too. Studies have shown that the younger generation tend to only stay in jobs a few years before moving on. We were discussing it yesterday at work. They had announced the results of the employee survey and by and large, the older, longer tenured employees have a higher job satisfaction than the younger ones. My co-worker surmised that it’s because they don’t know any better. In sports these days, it’s hard to find coaches, especially assistants, that have been with the same team for a long time. We have several at UH – Lumpkin, Nash, Miano, Tino Reyes. I guess it’s the nature of the “game”. Lumpkin has been through how many HCs? 6? and Nash was under 3 or 4 HCs?

    just my 2 worthless cents worth. 🙂


  56. not far away anymore January 24, 2009 10:49 am

    Mouton isn’t in the Senior Bowl. He played in the East West Shrine Game last week.


  57. Kekoa January 24, 2009 10:51 am

    Good One Roysan!


  58. Kekoa January 24, 2009 10:53 am

    jm2222 ~ You one tuff mudda!


  59. jm2375 January 24, 2009 10:56 am

    dpk – da little one is not so little – 8th grader, teenager. ugh. She has a paper due Monday, that of course she knew about early in the week and didn’t start it till last night. I should probably let up a little on her since she’s consistently made Honor Roll, but she’s such a procrastinator. 👿


  60. penguin January 24, 2009 10:56 am

    Since you used the pronoun “they”, does this mean that jm2375 is not part of the “younger generation”?


  61. Hoohiki January 24, 2009 10:57 am

    Regarding coaching changes, decommits, and loyalties…

    It’s all about…”show me the money”!!!!!!


  62. SteveM January 24, 2009 11:02 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Wow– $100,000 for football. Now if we could get a similar deal for diet Coke/Pepsi and coffee, the rest of us could really help… 🙂


  63. Kazz January 24, 2009 11:15 am

    As part of the “Get Into the Game” program, Budweiser promised to donate something like a quarter for every case sold.
    Seems like a lot of UH fans have, um, team spirit.
    Tonight, Budweiser will present a $100,000 check to the UH football program.
    Nice call on the part of the UH marketing folks.

    ….“and I helped!!!”


  64. Kazz January 24, 2009 11:18 am

    rog:

    January 24th, 2009 at 8:59 am
    Manti Te’o narrowed his schools and BYU didn’t make the cut. So much for everyone saying he will go to BYU.

    At this point would it even be funny if I said Manti Te’o is going to enroll at Hofstra?


  65. roysan16 January 24, 2009 11:26 am

    When Washington this week reported that they were in violation of an NCAA rule it was brought to attention to the school from a posts that was read and spread on the internet. And what’s funny it was brought to attention from a supporter of a rival school, WSU.

    Sometimes we’re finding out fans of a school unknowingly write things that may be against the rules.

    Example of these infractions are when fans write in and say harmless things like we saw “so and so” coach talking to a recruit last night at the basketball game. And that is against the rules if it’s during the no contact time between coaches and recruits.And there are a few cases of this currently happening. What I’m getting at that these things slip out.

    On the Boise message boards, and I think the thread has since been removed, I read how the Boise boosters, supporters and families would host visiting recruits-I thought this would be a violation. This is in contrast of how this blog 2x-3x made sure that no violation of rules occured when we had the recent Q&A with the Calif. recruit.

    In summary is that what we are learning is that the internet through what posters write and report may expose rule violations unknowingly. And I’m thinking from now on if my curiousity got the best of me instead of posting the question here if the UH were in violation of a rule maybe I should just silently email the compliance people of my observastion. Okay, pledged…and I hear Al clapping in the background…

    have a nice day…got to go….my first esme–wwwhhhhooooshhhh.


  66. SteveM January 24, 2009 11:44 am

    Today we are a 2 weeks away from the BIG Karaoke Call, so I will start listing potluck contributions when and if known. We may enter the room from 7:15 PM so it is dinner time for some. Plan on heavy pupus though. Please post or email me.

    😆
    BIG KARAOKE CALL
    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    We have the big (green) room at Krazy Karaoke for 55 people. Mahalo to Stretch for the arrangements and putting down the required deposits!

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM.

    We look forward to seeing new Tsai-kos at one of our first major parties of 2009. Singing not required 🙂 Click here to see photos and video of earlier large Karaoke Calls, and scroll down to mid-August to see more.

    • $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    • BYOB — “ice chest pooling” recommended
    • Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Continually updated Karaoke Call info and pot luck contributions in the Events Calendar section at:
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~smurashi/tsai-kos/

    Current count = 39


  67. penguin January 24, 2009 11:55 am

    Are penguins allowed to attend the “Big Karaoke Call”? If so, I’d better start practice my crooning and get busy preening now. Too bad I’m tone deaf. I can squawk loudly and on cue though. Will there be fish?


  68. penguin January 24, 2009 11:59 am

    Okay, got to go watch the young ones just like jm2375. It is really a chore having to stand around with the eggs on your feet all day long. Bye!


  69. protector January 24, 2009 12:01 pm

    A wise friend once said to “idealistic” me that “money knows no loyalty” and he obviously was right (and I wrong) about (much of) the new generation of athletes, coaches and even corporations in general. Being an old-fashioned, old-school type of guy, it bothers me immensely about the lack of integrity & loyalty shown. The UH de-commiters irritate me as they (like the still-committed prospective Warriors) sounded every bit as enthusiastic about becoming Warriors. I’m really glad we won’t have those “wafflers” on this team as there seem to be precious few ambivalent players at UH. We need a concerted effort & mindset to bring Coach Mack’s vision to fruition. Hopefully the de-commits leave slots open for a few late surprises. If not, the potential of this new crop of recruits is impressive & the increasing quality of the commits is very encouraging. Go Warriors! This coming season should be labeled “PAYBACK” as there should be a lot of it this year.


  70. Garret January 24, 2009 12:02 pm

    Nevada’s Athletic Department budget might be cut significantly due to their state’s budgetary cutbacks. However, right now they get *much* more money from their state than UH gets I think. UNLV’s Athletic Department gets even more from their state.

    Gov. Jim Gibbons’ proposed plan to cut $152 million from University of Nevada, Reno’s state funding over the next two years would have far-ranging implications across the campus, but how could it affect the Wolf Pack athletic department?

    How much money does the athletic program get from the state?

    The Wolf Pack athletic department received just more than $7 million in state appropriated funds last year. Under Gov. Gibbons’ proposed budget, the athletic department would get a 3 percent increase in funds over the next two years (up to $7.18 million), while most campus institutions are having their budgets cut.

    The department has received significantly more funds since the beginning of the decade. In 2000-01, the department received $1.7 million.

    For comparative purposes, the UNLV athletic department received $9.226 million in state appropriated funds this year and is budgeted for $9.522 million in two years.

    Two of the Wolf Pack’s 17 athletic programs turned a profit in 2007-08. The men’s basketball team made $2.315 million, while the football program made $467,000.

    The athletic department on a whole made $144,005 (the fourth-highest profit of any school in the Western Athletic Conference).

    The basketball program has nearly maxed out it revenue-making ability by selling roughly 9,000 season tickets for the 11,536 Lawlor Events Center.

    Groth is optimistic season-ticket sales will grow again next season.

    “We have the best home schedule we’ve ever had next season,” Groth said. “Hawaii will be here, Fresno State, Missouri, UNLV.”


  71. Garret January 24, 2009 12:04 pm

    Nevada is trying not to cut any sports. They are already at the minimum for men’s sports and cutting women’s sports has Title IX implications, so I doubt they will cut anything.

    “That’s our last resort,” Groth said. “It’s not 100 percent off the table. It just depends on what happens with our state.”

    Nevada has six men’s programs, 10 women’s programs and one coed team. The NCAA mandates that a Division I university maintain at least six men’s and eight women’s teams.

    Also, the NCAA gives universities money for each student-athlete scholarship awarded and each sport played, so in some cases it may be financially unwise to cut a sport.


  72. SteveM January 24, 2009 12:05 pm

    penguin — you’d be surprised at who and what turns up at the BIG Karaoke Calls. But BYOF (fish) too.

    Please email me at: stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com to confirm. Thanks.


  73. Garret January 24, 2009 12:06 pm

    protector,

    Does that mean that you don’t like the recruits that decommitted from other schools to commit to the Warriors? David Graves, for example, really hurt Nevada by committing early to be their QB recruit for this class…until a few weeks ago they thought he was still committed to them.


  74. Kazz January 24, 2009 12:10 pm

    What’s worse?

    Watching Jim Bolla run the Wahine Basketball program down the toilet?

    OR

    or…

    Damn, I can’t think of anything else. Go figure…


  75. Garret January 24, 2009 12:17 pm

    Kazz,

    Worse was HF giving Bolla a long-term contract extension without any need to do so and how he kept the extension secret until it was too late for anyone to protest it. HF did that while he was *not* working on JJ’s contract extension…

    Firing Bolla means that UH needs $$$ to pay him off and to hire a new coach. Maybe that number is $200k, maybe it is $500k…that is a headache that JD doesn’t need and UH’s Athletic Department cannot afford. The women’s basketball program is going to lose money no matter who is the coach, that is just economic reality. Keeping Bolla means almost no ticket revenue…firing him means very little ticket revenue and a huge expense in paying 2 coaches.

    There is a long list ways that HF really hurt UH…Bolla’s contract extension is probably in the top 5. At least top 10.


  76. MIke January 24, 2009 12:18 pm

    Hey Kazz,

    Know what’s sick? I’d kill to cover the Wahine again. Now I’m stuck in City covering Chinese New Year festivals. Still, I pity the foo’ (Princess) who has to watch all of those 30-turnover games…


  77. jm2375 January 24, 2009 12:28 pm

    Garret, once again you are totally correct. So we have to suffer for at least 3 more years – 2 with Bolla and at least 1 more while the new coach builds up the program. ugh.


  78. d1島 January 24, 2009 12:32 pm

    Many observations about lack of integrity and not keeping one’s word.
    Could it be a case of “As ye sow, so shall ye reap?”

    Hmmmm……


  79. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 12:37 pm

    Hey Mike.
    Take my son on a hike, please. He loves hiking and is in pretty good shape. He’s not so familiar with some of the hiking trails here, and you’re the upright, groovy, and innerlekshual artist type o’ guy who can be a good role model for him. Please email me if you’re interested. Tanks ah!


  80. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 12:40 pm

    Oh yeah- He’s also an excellent photographer and graphic artist who loves all things natural and all things Hawaiian.


  81. SteveM January 24, 2009 12:49 pm

    jm2375 — generally–generally– coaches with winning records get raises, hired elsewhere for more bucks, prestige, etc.. Coaches with losing records generally do not have rosy futures–generally.

    So every loss is on the “resume” of that coach. A smart one would bail before his permanent resume is too badly deteriorated… unless one plans to retire permanently afterwards. 😐


  82. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 24, 2009 12:49 pm

    Ok. Back from my Cat-call.
    Off to Costco!


  83. SteveM January 24, 2009 12:50 pm

    Kid — can he sing as well as his father?


  84. d1島 January 24, 2009 12:55 pm

    jmxxxx,

    From ATH earlier this week:

    “Procrastinate now! Don’t put it off!”


  85. jm2375 January 24, 2009 1:00 pm

    OK, bbl. Gotta go fill the green waste container before I can watch the Sr. Bowl.


  86. curveball January 24, 2009 1:02 pm

    what time is the senior bowl on and what station………


  87. Garret January 24, 2009 1:12 pm

    SteveM,

    I don’t think that Bolla is going to be able to get another head coaching job after UH…so I’m guessing that he’s not going to leave until he cashes in what is left of his contract extension with UH.


  88. warriorfanny January 24, 2009 1:14 pm

    Just my personal 2 cents, but Hawaii’s decommits do not surprise me.
    MAC n staff did a bang-up job of recruiting HS players,
    I believe, can contribute after their redshirt year.
    And, they went after them early.

    JMO, early is good!

    Further, many of these verbs were designated to move to other positions–like Kimo M. and that opened the door for poachers to spin a new line or two on our verbs.
    Poaching is a neccessary evil that follows early aggressive recruiting…in a sense, it comes with the territory of recruiting solid athletes and is a hometown validation of a player’s skill and athleticism.
    In the end, it is difficult for Hawaii to go one on one with top notch BCS programs, especially the PAC 10 and Colorado, where many of these programs have coaches with Hawaii ties (Brian Cabral as an example).
    Whatever we can score we have to covert into better players with the system we have in place.
    Many midmajors accomplish this feat–Boise State, Utah, Tulsa, TCU, BYU, Ball State, Rice–to name a few.

    That brings us to another performance level–coaching.
    And while, MAC n staff strutted well on recruiting, the best I have seen since Dick Tomey, production and efficiency on the assembly line leaves alot to be desired.

    That is a whole other ball of wax.


  89. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 24, 2009 1:19 pm

    curveball- Senior Bowl is on the NFL channel at 2pm. Time to find your Dish Network friends. Still praying for Kristin 😉

    Catpix are posted- time to whoosh!


  90. lava January 24, 2009 1:33 pm

    Garrett, re Graves, did he decommit before he tripped here? I understand that was Mack’s style.

    I think when a guy changes schools it never looks good, and is oftentimes hard to explain. In Graves’ case, it may not look any better than any other decommit, but at least I understand his decision — his stock was rising, and he saw Colin was da man in Nevada and will be for several more years, and he saw chaos at the qb position in Hawaii, and regardless, even if Alexander remains the incumbent he is gone in a year, so he saw it as a better fit.


  91. A-House January 24, 2009 1:49 pm

    Just a wondering:

    Maybe the UHAD can move Bolla to a different position, but let him keep his salary and make someone else the HC.

    Does he belong to a union? Will the union object? If pay is the major or primary consideration, who would argue that the HC job belongs only to him?

    Is it worth considering? Afterall, Bolla loses only the “ego” of not being the HC, but he is still with the program, no cut in pay, and, perhaps, the season can be salvaged.


  92. A-House January 24, 2009 1:54 pm

    I heard a rumor that all the UH coaches positions are “union” affiliated. Is this true?

    If yes, how can Jim D remove this so that he can be much more aggressive in hiring coaches much faster, giving pay raises for jobs well done, promotions, etc? Jim D would still have to comply with the State’s requirement of XXX number of days a position must be advertised.

    What would be the union’s reaction?


  93. FloridaTed January 24, 2009 1:56 pm

    The Wahine BB Program is run so far into the ground, it will take a huge back hoe to dig it back out to where it once was.

    How long was H. Varmint Frazier at UH? Was it 5 years? Regardless, he’s done at least 10 years of huge damage to our programs.


  94. FloridaTed January 24, 2009 1:59 pm

    Moving Bolla to another Deptm. won’t do any good, he’ll still siphons off money for doing crap.


  95. Ralph January 24, 2009 2:03 pm

    wbb 27 turnovers resulting in 41 points….poor coaching and poor decision making on the players part….but if the schemes are poorly taught, the TO happens…Bolla bad mouths his wahines….regarding rebounding, they don’t want to block out, duh, teach them in drills to block out properly…


  96. Ralph January 24, 2009 2:04 pm

    Bolla and his wife (on radio last season) keep on blaming the girls for the losses, hello coaches, I know you are not on the floor playing but your schemes and preparations of the team contribute to their level of play…


  97. Jason January 24, 2009 2:05 pm

    I don’t even bother thinking about Bolla anymore. I don’t want to raise my blood pressure. But I feel for the girls on the team.

    sjmacro: That’s a great post about RFL! I’m going to copy that, if you don’t mind. Okay, even if you do mind, I’m copying it. 😀

    I thought they announced the beer thing a while ago? Eh, more publicity, I guess. 😛


  98. Garret January 24, 2009 2:05 pm

    lava,

    This is what I pieced together. David Graves committed to Nevada on October 2. He committed to UH on Monday, January 5. He informed Nevada’s coaches the week before that he was decommitting to them. So, if his trip to UH was during the January 3-4 weekend, then he decommitted before his trip. Otherwise, he took his trip to UH while still a “solid” commit in the eyes of Nevada’s coaches.


  99. Garret January 24, 2009 2:23 pm

    A-House,

    JD cannot have someone’s union status revoked when he wishes…that is a long process and probably cannot actually be successfully done during the years left on the contract.

    If Bolla is shifted to another position and a new head coach is hired, then I’m guessing a new assistant will need to be hired also because the new coach can’t use Bolla’s wife as an assistant without problems occurring. So, UH would have to pay the new head coach and the new assistant…that will take a lot of money. Where is that money going to come from?


  100. Garret January 24, 2009 2:25 pm

    Kids had a gym class and a birthday party already today…and we will be having two of their friends over soon for a babysitting/playdate. So, I’ll be offline the rest of tonight. I wish I could watch the Senior Bowl!


  101. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 2:38 pm

    Re: Silent recruits.
    UH basketball used to have those. The guy commits, but he wants to take trips, so they keep it hush-hush.
    Several years ago, a post player committed to UH. He then went to another school to visit. The second school actually kept him longer than the 48-hour period. They promised him a job once he completed his eligibility.
    Hmmm.
    The guy ended up still coming to UH. But he was a bust.
    Ray Reed was also a silent commit for UH, for understandably other reasons.


  102. al ™ January 24, 2009 2:41 pm

    roysan16

    may i please have that number?


  103. jm2375 January 24, 2009 2:42 pm

    JP Wilson (remember him?) leads South to TD. 7-0 4:50 1st Qtr. Kicker looked like he kicked barefoot.


  104. al ™ January 24, 2009 2:43 pm

    jason
    i am bored so here you go;
    bolla
    bolla
    bolla
    bolla
    bolla


  105. al ™ January 24, 2009 2:47 pm

    i sort of watched the wahinie last night.

    they actually have at least 5 decent players, howeve, bolla has them split up amongst his two platoon system.

    they actually move the ball better than another local bb team.

    they may be the worst shooting team i have ever seen.

    they may be the weakest team i have ever seen, thus, no can rebound.

    they don’t recognize the shooters, therefore, they guard them so loosely they have shots all night long.

    they……….okay nuff already.


  106. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 2:56 pm

    I think I was the only one who watched the volleyball men on Digital 409 yesterday.
    Yes, it was the BYU channel.
    In Hawai‘i.
    What was interesting is that the school owns the archives to all of its sports footage. The station shows classic BYU games. Yesterday’s focused on the year 1989. Of course, the UH football victory was not shown.
    It would be cool if UH or K5 made available the archive of past UH games.


  107. Da Punchbowl Kid January 24, 2009 3:00 pm

    Soooo um, al-

    What do you think of the girls BB team? Oh. Never mind.


  108. Jason January 24, 2009 3:01 pm

    DVDs, c’mon, there’s gotta be a market for all those old games on DVD. I’d love to see all the classics.


  109. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:04 pm

    I’ve got the coaches’ DVDs of all of Colt’s games, but I’m not allowed to give them out. However, the A-Houses are welcome to drop by …


  110. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:07 pm

    It’s almost Y2K on the Continental Sports Channel….


  111. jm2375 January 24, 2009 3:07 pm

    ST – so do you have DishNetwork? I didn’t know it was on yesterday. It’s definitely not on my favorites list.


  112. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:10 pm

    d1:
    SportsNight is a great show.
    I just started watching the West Wing dvds, which places me a decade behind the rest of the world. Hmm. Think Google will catch on?


  113. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:17 pm

    Jm:
    Nope. I’ve got the regular Oceanic digital.
    Wilton told me about the BYU channel.
    But the best thing is channel 604. They show Batman, the Green Hornet, L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Lou Grant Show, etc.


  114. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:18 pm

    Stephen,

    Yes, I have Jason to thank for my SportsNight revival. I’ve got #2 son hooked on ’em now.


  115. jm2375 January 24, 2009 3:19 pm

    Veikune recovers a fumble!!!


  116. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:20 pm

    Did I mention I’m in the Yvonne Craig (“Batgirl”) fan club?
    I guess that beats a co-worker, who once joined the Tonya Harding fan club. Harding ran off with all of the money.
    At least Yvonne Craig answers e-mails. Of course, she’s like 72, now.


  117. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:20 pm

    I think I prefer Joshua Molina on SportsNight more than on West Wing. But then I prefer comedy (whoddathunk?)


  118. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:22 pm

    d1:
    The only trouble is you end up saying stuff like: “For I am, Stephen.”
    And: “Draft day, baby!!!”


  119. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:23 pm

    d1:
    Did you know that Sabrina Lloyd has a tattoo on the back of her neck, which is why she’s always wearing turtle necks.


  120. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:23 pm

    “Shoe money tonight!”


  121. Jason January 24, 2009 3:24 pm

    I liked Josh Molina on Sports Night too. Molina was good in season 4 of The West Wing, but I didn’t like his character in the later seasons. Anyways, I’m glad to see you guys are enjoying the DVDs, d1!

    Stephen, if you ever need to borrow any West Wing DVDs, let me know. I have all seven seasons. In return, maybe I could “borrow” some DVDs from you? 😀


  122. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:25 pm

    Wouldn’t that tend to limit her roles?


  123. Jason January 24, 2009 3:27 pm

    I liked Sabrina Lloyd on Sports Night. Hated her on NUMB3RS. Really liked Diane Farr in NUMB3RS, but now she’s gone.


  124. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:28 pm

    I think season 4 was the last for Aaron Sorkin as a writer.


  125. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:29 pm

    I like Emily Procter in everything.


  126. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:29 pm

    Jason,

    She just didn’t add up, huh?
    ….
    ….
    ….sorry 🙁


  127. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:30 pm

    Just read the Wiki thing on Felicity Huffman.
    Didn’t know she’s married to William Macy. Gotta watch those episodes again.
    Liked Macy in The Cooler.


  128. Stephen Tsai January 24, 2009 3:32 pm

    I’m off to the mall.
    I expect Jm to provide a full recap on the Senior Bowl.


  129. d1島 January 24, 2009 3:33 pm

    gonna rest up a bit before MBB tonight.
    Hope to see some of you there!


  130. Jason January 24, 2009 3:35 pm

    Yes, season four was Sorkin’s last. Seasons five and the first half of six were terrible. The second half of season six and all of seven was okay.

    And yeah, Emily Procter is awesome. I loved her as Ainsley. I always wanted her to be a main character, but she went on to bigger and better things with CSI: Miami.

    Hehe, that reminds me of the episode when John Larroquette and Rob Lowe are arguing about Gilbert and Sullivan. Because of that, I went to see The Pirates of Penzance a few years ago at the NBC Concert Hall. I loved it. See, who says TV doesn’t help with cultural advancement? 😉

    Speaking of Larroquette, Night Court was an awesome show.


  131. roysan16 January 24, 2009 3:36 pm

    http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-online-tv-2.php?w=dwert

    senior bowl on line


  132. Jason January 24, 2009 3:38 pm

    Awesome roysan16, thanks!


  133. SteveM January 24, 2009 3:41 pm

    I have been using the Japanese term Enka lately and looked it up in Wikipedia. Here are some excerpts…

    Modern enka came into being in the postwar years of the Shōwa period. It was the first style to synthesize the Japanese pentatonic scale with Western harmonies. Enka suggests a more traditional, idealized, or romanticized aspect of Japanese culture and attitudes, comparable to American country and western music.

    The most well-known and beloved performer of enka is Hibari Misora (1937–1989), who was known as the “Queen of Enka” and “Queen of Shōwa” for the period (1926–1989) when she lived and was most popular.

    Besides television, enka can be heard in many restaurants, drinking establishments, karaoke bars, and cafes.

    In the United States, enka continues to remain popular among a section of the (typically older) Japanese-American population, and enka also has many fans among non-Japanese.

    …las vegas (the Tsai-ko) and enka (Tsai-ko style) on February 21. 🙂


  134. jm2375 January 24, 2009 3:45 pm

    Max Unger playing center for the North.
    21-10 South at the half.


  135. curveball January 24, 2009 3:47 pm

    jm2375

    How are our boys doing????


  136. curveball January 24, 2009 3:47 pm

    jm2375

    How are our boys doing????


  137. chawan_cut January 24, 2009 3:53 pm

    Mike,
    i’d use to go to regularly to the wahine bball games. but at least back then we’d either win or think we’d have a shot to win. right now i think its a contest to see how much they can let the other team score. poor Princess having to cover those games. it must be hard to write something positive.


  138. A-House January 24, 2009 3:56 pm

    Garret:

    Make Bolla an assistant and promote Chasity to HC or co-head coach.

    There is no need to hire anyone – just moving positions.


  139. MIke January 24, 2009 4:15 pm

    I wouldn’t envy Charity having to look over both shoulders at Bollas.

    Jim B. has always been decent to me, but I blame him for wasting a term I was waiting to use if the defense ever tightened up: Bolla constrictor D. Hmm, actually, it sounded better when it was just in my head.

    By the way, SportsNight gave me two lines I’ve always wanted to use when dealing with women: “Women do not have intuition, got it? You do not have super powers. No super powers.” Also, although I’d have to reverse gender roles:
    “I’m breaking up with you.”
    “No.”
    “What do you mean, no? I’m breaking up with you.”
    “No you’re not.”
    “Yes! We’re broken up.”
    “No we’re not.”

    Bleh, back to work…


  140. A-House January 24, 2009 4:21 pm

    Mike:

    Can’t a head coach send an assistant(s) to the locker room?


  141. jm2375 January 24, 2009 4:22 pm

    curveball – I think they’re doing well. Jake’s name hasn’t been mentioned, so if he’s the long snapper, then he’s doing good – 4 PATs and 3 or 4 punts. Veikune recovered a fumble caused by Mauluaga (sp?).

    I fell asleep at half-time and just woke up – mid 3rd. Off to do some errands. Sorry guys. Doesn’t look like it’s on again anytime soon. bbl.


  142. chawan_cut January 24, 2009 4:39 pm

    Veikune just had a nice QB hurry to allow another d-lineman to get the sack.


  143. chawan_cut January 24, 2009 4:41 pm

    ha, bolla constrictor D. sounds better than the amoeba.


  144. Jason January 24, 2009 4:44 pm

    Ouch. Two-pt conversion for the North, they ran it on a sweep left toward Veikune, who was playing RE. He had a free release, lost containment when an offensive lineman chipped him deeper in the backfield (maybe a block in the back), let the guy get outside. That’s the kind of bad play that scouts notice. Then again, many of the scouts don’t stay for the game — it’s all about the practices to them. IDK, I like looking at both.


  145. Ralph January 24, 2009 4:45 pm

    Just read on ESPN that former Stanford OL coach was their running game coordinator. thinking out loud but not hearing a thing, what does Stanford offensive coordinator do…coordinate the running and passing coordinators,then who game plans with all the running schemes and passing schemes, let alone, all the plays during the game…


  146. d1島 January 24, 2009 5:24 pm

    so is scott morifuji required to tweet from every location he visits?


  147. chawan_cut January 24, 2009 5:27 pm

    South (hawaii guys) team wins 35-18.
    the announcers were really down on harrell and his arm strength.
    they mentioned veikune once on that pass rush when he hurried the qb.
    i missed the first half, so not sure how they did then.


  148. curveball January 24, 2009 6:22 pm

    who broke it this time…….


  149. HiFlyer January 24, 2009 6:56 pm

    test


  150. SteveM January 24, 2009 7:09 pm

    Today we are 2 weeks away from the BIG Karaoke Call, so I will start listing potluck contributions when and if known. We may enter the room from 7:15 PM so it is dinner time for some. Plan on heavy pupus though. Please post or email me.

    😆
    BIG KARAOKE CALL
    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    We look forward to seeing new Tsai-kos at one of our first major parties of 2009. Singing not required 😛

    • $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    • BYOB — “ice chest pooling” recommended
    • Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM.


  151. 702WarriorNation January 24, 2009 7:23 pm

    Garret, A-House,
    Re Bolla,
    What I don’t understand is how was he allowed to hire his wife as an asst coach.
    What are the pros/cons with this hiring and was it advertised like other asst coaches positions?
    Isn’t there a nepotism issue here? (Wonder whether union agreement allows/permits nepotism if they/coaches are covered by u/agreement?)
    So now UH is paying a married couple 2 salaries for non performance of their responsibilities e.g. basic coaching, teaching and maybe win a game to two?
    Wonder what did Bolla have on HF to get that extension without public disclosure until someone discovered this action(I could be wrong on this item)
    I’m not a conspiracy theory type – just wondering and looking for some enlightenment.


  152. A-House January 24, 2009 7:27 pm

    702WN:

    Jim D was the one who had the final say and he said that Mrs Bolla was the best qualified of the final 3 individuals.

    I will trust his judgment, but will Mrs Bolla leave if her husband quits or is fired? Now, Jim D is faced with hiring 2 coaches.

    We are looking forward to seeing you and Mrs in September for the Tsaiko-gate.


  153. Ralph January 24, 2009 7:50 pm

    a committee selected mrs. bolla, UH search teams are political appointed idiots….there was a final team to pick from and they decided on Bolla (mrs.)


  154. Ralph January 24, 2009 7:55 pm

    mbb and wbb seem to be out of the game before half time, always chasing, down by nearly 20 at half….auwe


  155. 702WarriorNation January 24, 2009 7:58 pm

    A-House
    Thanks for the explanation on who hired and reasoning.
    Still wonder about nepotism issue at UH since in private industry – would be a no-no.
    Isn’t the asst coach(s) position on a year to year renewal or is the contract term similar to the HC position? To bad UNLV didn’t take him up on his personal interest in the vacancy.
    As per Garret’s post on Nevada State budgetary problems, governor proposed large reductions in education which directly affects both UNR, UNLV and community colleges faculty and students.(Also reductions with grades K-12 too) There was an organized demo by admin., faculty, parents and students on proposed cuts at UNLV. Problem is with students getting interested and involved with budget issues affecting them – no less similar to UH who will face in the very near future. Going to be a rough year – CA +9% and NV/LV +8% unemployment and increasing. Hope HI doesn’t suffer similar unemplymt rates.
    Yep, can’t wait to see you and Mrs and rest of Tsai-kos for another ‘gate’.
    Had lunch today at the Makino we had our pre-game lunch in 07.
    Name and ownership changed to Tay-Yo, same friendly staff but food taste improved imho.


  156. momotaro January 24, 2009 8:01 pm

    Those of you complaining about loyalty and de-commits go silent when the talk is of UH players that de-committed to other schools. If you can’t deal with de-commits, maybe you shouldn’t follow recruiting so closely.

    Aulola Tonga may have given a verbal commitment to UCLA. So should UH stop recruiting him this weekend?


  157. Ralph January 24, 2009 8:03 pm

    anyone with senior bowl statistics?


  158. PONO January 24, 2009 8:04 pm

    This BBall game is pathetic, it shows the lack of coaching for UH. The players for Utah State are not more skilled but they just are coached in their system much much better.


  159. Ralph January 24, 2009 8:05 pm

    i hope none of our football recruits are at the ssc watching of mbb game…performance and attendance not a good selling point about UH even if it bb and not a fb game


  160. Ralph January 24, 2009 8:08 pm

    i sure hope a lot of people are on the concourse at the concession stands because the half time pan of the arena is an empty arena in the upper bowl…


  161. SteveM January 24, 2009 8:13 pm

    Hi 702WarrorNation — will you be able to attend the Friday night Get-Together on 9/18 which las vegas is working on? It wasn’t on the survey when you first responded. I believe he is looking for a suitable location at this time.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Tsai-kos in Las Vegas September 18-19, 2009

    las vegas needs to know the numbers for the Saturday tailgate venue and buses. Planning is also underway for a Friday night Get-together Party for all mainland and HI Tsai-kos! Rich2176 needs to know who and how many tickets are needed. Survey requests for tickets will be turned over to Rich2176 at the end of February or when he asks.

    I will continue to collect ticket requests until Rich2176 is ready (and tailgate and FRIDAY night party RSVPs indefinitely) via the survey at:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2b0TEhRn0xTX82JQRdJ2gyQ_3d_3d

    If you cannot get into the survey or have subsequent changes or ETA & lodging info, please email me at: stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com

    A summary of the data and plans are posted at:
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~smurashi/tsai-kos/las2009.html
    Please check if your listed info is accurate. This listing also serves as your visual assurance that your ticket/tailgate requests were received.


  162. 702WarriorNation January 24, 2009 8:31 pm

    Hi SteveM
    I am presently listed for 2 on your for ‘gate’ and tkts. (Boss and I)
    However, I’m waiting for 2 friends who attended last UH/LV game with us to confirm they will be attending again. Also waiting to see what my family in HI along with the extended family from elsewhere planning to join or not. When I get a firmer count, I’ll send you update on the gate and tkts counts prior to end of Feb when las vegas and Rich needs count.


  163. Willie January 24, 2009 8:32 pm

    Ralph, here are some “Bollaisms” that really bug me I remember, hope someone else does too.

    -Now that I have my recruits we can play Bolla type of “bb”, ie: ameba defense, up tempo offense.
    -Bolla’s wife crying on the radio unfair to compare Bolla to Vince Goo. Only reason Vince Goo was successful is that the competition in the WCC no where near the WAC, thus the difference in success.
    -Bolla’s wife crying on the radio that her husband is lacking resources and cannot be successful due to handicap of 1 asst. coach short and no admn. assistant. So now he has her as the asst. coach & think there is now an admn position = to date worst Wahine bb record in the last 15 to 20 years or so.


  164. Ralph January 24, 2009 8:51 pm

    thanks Willie to bad the committee who selected mrs bolla didn’t dig deep for info. to many excuses….the WAC wbb is weak, no doubt, not a lot of difference than the WCC but if you look at the WCC, their teams are playing a lot better than WAC WBB teams this year…


  165. FloridaTed January 24, 2009 8:51 pm

    Willie,

    Losers always blame others for their own futilities.


  166. Ralph January 24, 2009 8:56 pm

    Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount and San Diego wbb teams are doing very well, a lot better than our top WAC wbb teams…do what’s mrs. bolla’s beef….only our WAC champs getting an auto invite to the NCAA, rarely an at large team…so eat your words mrs. bolla….


  167. Ralph January 24, 2009 8:57 pm

    in fact the Fresno coach mentioned that FSU copied Goo’s high-low offense to decimate the wahines last night


  168. Ralph January 24, 2009 8:58 pm

    Both Bolla and Nash said they want to play up tempo bb, but I have yet to see it


  169. Ralph January 24, 2009 9:06 pm

    quiet tonight, I hope everyone else is at Roosevelt field watching Mililani beat Kahuku for the OIA championship…3-0 final score…now for the state seeding


  170. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 24, 2009 9:18 pm

    Hiya-
    anyone staying at the Doubletree Club Las Vegas Airport for the UNLV game?


  171. Kekoa January 24, 2009 9:21 pm

    Just wondering.

    RE: e-Bolla Virus

    As the AD, isn’t JD able to call both Mr & Mrs Bolla on the carpet for a counseling session to review their present poor performance? Goals for them to achieve within the parameters of their contract should be discussed in detail so that they know exactly what is expected of them.

    A record of this session can be kept by Jim and brought up post season. Goals that were not met or exceeded could be counted as failure to meet minimum contract standards. Asking for their resignation would save them the embarrassment of getting fired for failure to meet those standards.

    K5 broadcast proof of their poor leadership is quite evident during the games. Open observation of their lack of basic coaching skills could be further proof of poor performance as a HC and Ass’t.

    Would that not be grounds for their dismissal? If not, what other avenue of incompetent coaching could be examined?

    Here is the visual that bothers me most during the bball broadcast…the team members yelling technical instructions from the bench at the players on the court. Credit them for carrying the team spirit with their open display of passionate enthusiasim for each other despite their lack of coaching support.

    Meanwhile the coaches are sitting there looking like they were watching a boring re-run of something on the History channel. UNBELIEVABLE! and certainly UNEXCEPTABLE! Grrrr…


  172. Garret January 24, 2009 9:24 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want the off-topic stuff.

    Man spent *26 years* trying to solve the Rubik’s cube, staying up late, neglecting his wife and child, and enduring wrist and back problems. After 27,400 hours and 26 years, he finally solved it!


  173. Garret January 24, 2009 9:25 pm

    The recession has resulted in a *huge* drop in plastic surgery, where 2008 was down 62% from 2007. It is hard for me to believe that $12 billion was spent in plastic surgery in 2007 and that plastic surgery increased 657% between 1992 and 2003.


  174. Garret January 24, 2009 9:26 pm

    Two 8-year-old boys saw an armed man hit a woman with his gun and threaten to shoot her…so they got baseball bats and hit the man until he went away.


  175. Garret January 24, 2009 9:26 pm

    NY seafood restaurant released a 20-pound, 140-year-old lobster back in the ocean.


  176. Garret January 24, 2009 9:26 pm

    Fresno woman put a baseball card up for auction for $10…until she was informed that the card was of baseball’s first professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. and it was probably the oldest baseball card in history!

    http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1142620.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/sports/baseball/16vecsey.html?ref=sports


  177. Garret January 24, 2009 9:27 pm

    Free play links pau.


  178. Garret January 24, 2009 9:33 pm

    Goals for them to achieve within the parameters of their contract should be discussed in detail so that they know exactly what is expected of them.

    Kekoa,

    What goals set in the contract? The standard contract doesn’t give UH any opening to fire a coach due to a poor record or players not reaching their potential. You are discussing how you would have liked for Bolla’s contract to be structured…but remember that HF did the contract and I’m sure that it is the standard contract that guarantees the money as long as extreme clauses aren’t triggered (arrests, harassment, etc.). And maybe HF left that stuff out too!

    I sadly do *not* think that poor performance is any grounds to get UH to avoid having to pay Bolla his money. I don’t know any standard coaching contract that has language like you are stating…and a lot of head coaching contracts are on the web to look through via a website I posted last year. I found reading those contracts quite interesting.

    The good news is that the assistants are generally on year-to-year contracts so I do not think that Mrs. Bolla has a contract after this season.


  179. Kekoa January 24, 2009 9:55 pm

    Garret ~ Seems like maybe something should be done about their performance in a closed session with the AD at the very least.

    We can’t all just walk away from this as if to say “oh woe is me!” There’s gotta be a way.

    Sometimes it takes a strong leader to step forward and just tell ’em to get busy. Get face to face and…Say Something Loud and Clear!


  180. Ralph January 24, 2009 10:27 pm

    when JD sees all the red in his budget he’ll act…..bottom line is where JD is held accountable so he’ll need to start talking to his coaches….


  181. Ralph January 24, 2009 10:40 pm

    kekoa save the uhu head, when bighilo comes over for the KK, both of you pay a visit to JD with your uhu soup and talk story…UH is our only signature school in the state, athletics play a big part of state pride, and we need UH to be winners-time for a change…follow obama’s lead-we can change


  182. Kekoa January 24, 2009 10:48 pm

    Ralph ~ That’s what I’m hoping will get his attention. Get some serious dialogue going. Can’t stand around waiting for things to happen. You gotta make it happen!

    Right Big Hilo? I know you got your e-bolla virus detector working over-time.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What?…Dean Wilson is tied for 39th place with 19 under?…Sheesh! What you gotta do these days to even get in the top 10!


  183. bighilofan2 January 24, 2009 11:05 pm

    NEWS ALERT

    NEWS ALERT

    NEWS ALERT


  184. Kekoa January 24, 2009 11:05 pm

    Too Late Ralph!…Pops devoured the ‘big’ head and turned it into dust. Then, we both got busy with the rest of the 3 pounder, which we had steamed to perfection…and topped with a hot honey and teri sauce glaze. Mmmmm!

    No O’io avaiable today at Tamashiro’s. So we got a nice 2 lb block of high grade Ahi for $12.95 per lb. and some raw crab.


  185. jm2375 January 24, 2009 11:11 pm

    Howzit Kekoa-sensei!!

    Just watched a movie from about 2 yrs ago with Billy Dee Williams. He’s still soooo handsome.


  186. bighilofan2 January 24, 2009 11:12 pm

    I went to a basketball game tonite, Keaau v Honokaa.

    MTUME MSKIZI JACKSON is a player. the fastest on the basketball court I ever saw. honest. slightly taller than me, and i’m legit 6’2″. solid solid kid. played football WR last year but broke his wrist, something like that. just a natural athlete. maybe 190 lbs. SUPER FAST. a straight A student. His father died 2 years ago. mother lives in the back bushes. super great kid.

    come monday morning, I’m calling a coach and telling them about Mr. Jackson. he is the fastest in the 100m on the island is what I’m told. tonight he made me a believer. never mind basketball. i’m thinking db or safety. the guy can cover ground really really fast. and his motor keeps running. honest to goodness.


  187. roysan16 January 24, 2009 11:14 pm

    Surfing’s Dark Side on the North Shore
    (click my name to navigate to site)

    The above video sits prominately,right smack in the middle of today’s New York Times sport’s section. After watching the six minute video twice it’s easy to see how the actions of a few can diminish the good image of Hawaii. With favorable public opinion and sentiment conducive to tourists traveling to Hawaii, especially to sightsee and drive around the island and maybe visit the North Shore-a video like this, does no justice.And it doesn’t help at all in bridging the gap of how the mainlanders perceive the prejudgices in Hawaii. It’s just like myself-would I go to Las Vegas if there were gang wars and members carrying guns. No. Period. In the video, there’s fighting and the narrator says victims have to arm themselves with guns to protect themselves-hardly a place that a tourist would want to visit, in my opinion.


  188. Ralph January 24, 2009 11:14 pm

    tell pop save the uhu eyes for Rob…..dat one hawaiian needs a little culturing


  189. bighilofan2 January 24, 2009 11:14 pm

    sometimes great stuff just falls on your head, know what I mean?

    back in a few.


  190. MeiLing January 24, 2009 11:21 pm

    That one was for you, Bud…

    Hey, howzit! Been spending time with my kiddo before he left the islands. He’s off to work in Utah.

    BHF2, mahalo for your offer, but the kids stayed mainly with a friend in Waimea. They learned to make poi on Maui & had a good time.

    DPK, wish I had known that your kid likes hiking. My son had me hiking through the valleys of the Lyon Arboretum, uluwehi nui…

    Happy Chinese New Year!!!

    Esme & out…


  191. Ralph January 24, 2009 11:21 pm

    couldn’t watch Roysan’s video, something about shockwave….i guess i have the wrong version


  192. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 24, 2009 11:30 pm

    ok. Just made my res for UNLV.
    Hey, it’s COMMITMENT TIME!

    😆


  193. al ™ January 24, 2009 11:43 pm

    200


  194. Stretch January 24, 2009 11:44 pm

    al – i think you better go take some counting lessons… 192 then 200??


  195. Jason January 24, 2009 11:49 pm

    I just wanted to say one thing about tonight’s basketball game (turn away if you haven’t watched it yet):

    I have never, ever seen a more poorly officiated game in my life. Moving screens, pinning players’ arms, stuff like that. And it continued throughout the game, and the refs were terribly inconsistent at calling fouls.

    In the first 6:55 of the game, Utah State was called for five fouls to UH’s none, but there were numerous non-calls throughout that period as well. USU was being the aggressor, and they were being too aggressive, IMO. Then we have to wait another 6:07 until another foul is called on USU.

    And in the second half, USU continued with its fouling tendency in the first 6:35 with five fouls to UH’s one, but then there was a period of 8:32 where UH got called for seven fouls to none for Utah State. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but there’s something wrong with that there.

    I give credit to Utah State, cause they are a good team, but the referees certainly did not help. In the end, considering the terrible officiating, the lack of energy (I don’t think anybody had their legs after all that traveling), and Utah State’s physical superiority, I thought the ‘Bows still put on a good effort. But mainly, I wanted to vent about the refs. I thought that was absolutely ludicrous.


  196. Kekoa January 24, 2009 11:50 pm

    Roysan ~ My grandson tells me there are certain ‘locals’ who think it is their duty to guard the waves out there and keep the ‘others’ out. Generally speaking they seem to make themselves look silly out there when everyone ignores them.

    jm2222 ~ Is the prisoner allowed to have anything besides bread and water?…oh wait! wuz lights out at 9 PM! To bed with no groceries!


  197. Kekoa January 24, 2009 11:57 pm

    jm2222 ~ Check out a movie called the Express on pay-per-view. Bio of Ernie Davis. Great story about an incredible RB.

    The coaching is straight out of BHF2’s portfolio of how to motivate peeps.


  198. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 25, 2009 12:03 am

    roysan16- They are still doing that cr@p?
    Titus Kinimaka’s “Nihi” shows him as an angry young man with all that stuff going on.
    He grew up and found aloha in his heart (near death experiences can do that)
    It’s not online but this is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iODB3_OceRY


  199. roysan16 January 25, 2009 12:11 am

    http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/huskyfootball/

    The surprise visitor taking a trip to UW this weekend is Stan Hasiak, a highly-touted OT from Hawaii.

    Hasiak is listed as a soft commit to Cal, where he was being recruited by Jim Michalczik, now the new offensive coordinator at Washington.

    Also visiting:

    DE Iuta Tepa (Polytechnic HS) Long Beach, CA
    DE Kimo Makaula (Punahou School) Honolulu
    DT Semisi Tokolahi (Hilo HS) Hilo, HI

    Makaula and Tokolahi have already commited.
    Tepa visiting UCLA next weekend.
    Stan Hasiak visiting is a surprise-where even some of the jeolous UCLA posters refer to Stan H, as free trip Stan…(or is he seriously looking at UW).


  200. al ™ January 25, 2009 12:33 am

    200.


  201. AlaWaiPipeLayer January 25, 2009 12:38 am

    Here are the Senior Bowl stats:
    http://www.seniorbowl.com/article.asp?articleID=149


  202. BigWave96744 January 25, 2009 12:58 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    January 24th, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    d1:
    Did you know that Sabrina Lloyd has a tattoo on the back of her neck, which is why she’s always wearing turtle necks.

    Speaking of Tattoos.
    Natasha Kai was on LAInk and had Cat VonD ink a new tattoo on her back with two hands cupped together, holding the Kanji work for Believe to reflect the term used by the US Womens Gold Medal Game. The show also showed soccer photos of Natasha as a young girl, no nothing on here days playing for UH.

    Great seeing a local girl in the limelight


  203. Ralph January 25, 2009 1:08 am

    thanks alawaipipelayer


  204. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 25, 2009 1:31 am

    Nitey Night and Sweet Committed Warrior Dreams!


  205. BigWave96744 January 25, 2009 1:37 am

    roysan16:

    January 24th, 2009 at 11:14 pm
    Surfing’s Dark Side on the North Shore
    (click my name to navigate to site)

    The above video sits prominately,right smack in the middle of today’s New York Times sport’s section. After watching the six minute video twice it’s easy to see how the actions of a few can diminish the good image of Hawaii. With favorable public opinion and sentiment conducive to tourists traveling to Hawaii, especially to sightsee and drive around the island and maybe visit the North Shore-a video like this, does no justice.And it doesn’t help at all in bridging the gap of how the mainlanders perceive the prejudgices in Hawaii. It’s just like myself-would I go to Las Vegas if there were gang wars and members carrying guns. No. Period. In the video, there’s fighting and the narrator says victims have to arm themselves with guns to protect themselves-hardly a place that a tourist would want to visit, in my opinion.

    Roysan,
    I have friends in both the Hui and Wolfpack
    Here is a summary in short.
    If it weren’t for them the local beach goers, like me, would not be able to surf the North Shore because visiting pro’s and wannabees would be dropping in and acting all Tantaran. They would be having unsanctioned/self run contest at the best spots every weekend. They would tell all their friends to come to Hawaii and no worry about the easy going local. These travelling guys after a few years would start acting like they own the place and tell the locals to “Beat It… This is MY SPOT”.

    The Hui and Wolfpack reminds the guys to Malama Aina (take care of the Land), Malama I Ke Kai (take care of the Ocean), and Ho’ihi (respecting others with dignity).


  206. BigWave96744 January 25, 2009 1:39 am

    Oh and BTW, the part about the guns????
    Uhhhhh, Peter Townend (P.T.) was referring to his days in the early 70’s


  207. BigWave96744 January 25, 2009 1:46 am

    BTW2:
    About The Blond guy getting KO’d:
    1) He was a pro surfer who knew where was a bodyboard contest going on at Pipeline, but still insisted on surfing in the designated restricted area
    2) He refused the demands by the C&C lifeguards to leave
    3) He refused the demands by the contest water patrol on Jet Ski
    4) He refused the demands of Kainoa McGee (pro body boarder) who paddled out to get the guy to leave
    5) Finally when he got to shore, what else, he get’s CRACKS!!! 3 strikes and he’s out


  208. BigWave96744 January 25, 2009 1:51 am

    Reminds me of the football fans who comes to Aloha Stadium, get’s all drunk, cusses out and puts down the local people sitting around them, does stupid stuff, then get’s cracks. Then goes home, crys to their local news media on how Hawaii if full of thugs…


  209. BigWave96744 January 25, 2009 1:53 am

    New York Times…
    Pfffff… Give me a break….


  210. BigWave96744 January 25, 2009 2:08 am

    Liz,
    I’m glad you mentioned Titus Kinimaka. He and brother Alekai are great Hawaiian Braddahs who kept Kauai the “Secret” place to surf during the 70’s and 80’s. Locals owe a lot to them and others who helped to keep Kauai’s beaches and surfspots some of the best in the world.


  211. Ralph January 25, 2009 2:15 am

    watching a dvr tape of Kansas vs K-State, wbb, 6K in attendance and a game in which K-State won…K-State has a small lineup but they lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing less than 50 points per game…their game is amoeba defense, help defense, and lots of rotation and movement, and more importantly everyone goes for loose balls and rebounds..good coaching, bolla is no coaching-P.E. basketball…


  212. Ralph January 25, 2009 3:05 am

    Ferd wrote a excellent column on mbb this morning….definitely a dilemma for JD but losing sucks and with attendance in the 4K category he has to make the tough call. a mediocre program without WAC championships will not bring out the fans, and mbb has to contribute with fb to carry the financial burden of the Warriors. only a well played game and winning will bring out more fans….


  213. Ralph January 25, 2009 3:11 am

    new season tickets for fb on sale feb 4….good to see the UH starting early again this year to secure new season ticket purchases…


  214. Ralph January 25, 2009 3:13 am

    Mililani girls won the OIA championship last night beating Kahuku 3-0..Boys up next playing this week….Rob Kalani didn’t make it….Jason, Moanalua were East champs and they didn’t make it to the States, lost 2 in a row in the OIA championship playoffs….


  215. wafan January 25, 2009 5:24 am

    A peaceful Sunday morning to everyone!


  216. wafan January 25, 2009 5:25 am

    Time for breakfast.

    Soft boiled eggs and toast. Mmmmm.


  217. wafan January 25, 2009 5:26 am

    Ralph . . .

    You were up late.

    LizK . . .

    Good to see you found a place for the UNLV game!


  218. Kekoa January 25, 2009 6:38 am

    Big Wave & Roysan ~

    There is still an element out there that doesn’t have anything better to do than to cause trouble. They are the young punks today that ‘think’ they are doing right by chasing the tourists away from the lineup at any of the popular surfspots around the island.

    These are the insects that my grandson is referring to. These are those same idiots at Aloha stadium that pour beer on the visiting fans and ‘ack up whenever they’ve maxed their limit. These are the guilty ones that grab the headlines and give us a bad rap.

    So what do we do about it?…obviously Wolf Pack and others have found ways to educate people who had that greedy look in their eyes. Individuals like Frank & Raynel Foster who live and operate their farm right across the street from Sunset have always had to deal with the air head people who continue to come to ‘conquer’ Sunset.

    In the late fifties & early sixties me and pops helped Raynel’s dad and brothers grub the land that is now “Smokie Acres” farm. When work was done for the day, we all either surfed, or would ‘poke’ fish in the area depending on the wave conditions.

    Frank was already a significant part of the watermen who grew up in the area. He taught us how to recognize the tremendous currents that ran thru the area and what to expect if you lost your board, or worse. He would be the first to tell you to respect Sunset or fall victim to her.

    Today, you might spot us on the top deck of his house enjoying the view on the big wave days. Telling tall tales of how we use to do “dis ‘n dat” out there and how we nearly lost it all chancin’ em. Now it’s the grandkids out there, and no matter what we say, we know a significant part of their education will be taught by the ocean. Sunset is relentless.


  219. Kekoa January 25, 2009 6:50 am

    Hiya wafan! Had to clear the air bubbles out of my brain this morning. My glory days of surfing were cut short by Pops assignment to Europe. The upside to that was learning how to ski. Found it to be easier to traverse a mountain trail for a much longer ride down the hill. The ride up the hill on a lift chair beat the hell out of paddling back out to the lineup.


  220. wafan January 25, 2009 7:10 am

    Kekoa . . .

    Skiing is fine but the wahines wear their bikinis only a few weeks a year at Spring Skiing. Besides, after a long winter some of them look like they are wearing their white long underwear. Kind of like being snow-blind. HA!

    I would rather be on a warm and sunny beach instead.

    Have to exercise my eyes every so often!

    Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!


  221. bighilofan2 January 25, 2009 7:14 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere!

    Kekoa, howzit howzit!

    BigWave96744
    Roysan16
    I wit you guyz 808%. I’m thinking get guyz came here early 80s, went school here, you’d think by now peeps like that would know the idea of respecting your neighbors. So he gets in a fist fight with one neighbor, gets in a verbal fight with another neighbor, builds his house add on in the setback next to the street, gets called on it and then writes a 3 page letter to County Planning and complaining about 12 neighbors who he claims have setback problems too. never went to any of the neighbors, get the facts, just ran off his mouth.

    Get those kind people all over the world. Some are locals, some are wannabe locals, and some are just plain idiots and don’t give a hoot about the team effort, just thinking of themselves.

    Thats Bolla for you!


  222. wafan January 25, 2009 7:26 am

    I have a feeling Bolla is not liked here.

    Which is liked least: HF or Bolla?


  223. bighilofan2 January 25, 2009 7:27 am

    Reading about Manti’s final 3. decisions decisions. i would make a suggestion, but the kid is on his own. i do not think daniel will influence him one way or the other. and those coaches, they can’t get on the field. all they can do is motivate. and coach.

    bwahhaaahaaahhaa


  224. bighilofan2 January 25, 2009 7:33 am

    Wafan,

    awww shucks, i was just trying to motivate Jimmy D. I know he’s got a hard job. Coach Mack’s got a hard job. They both gotta face the bullet, their known weaknesses. they know it, and the longer it goes on, the more we know it. so to them both i say, be a coach, be a player! You either got it or you don’t. I was reminded of that all too well yesterday; last nite at the basketball game, yesterday morning on the water.

    if you’re a player, you gotta work really hard at your craft. work, rest, work, rest. its like that in the jungle of life. 😀


  225. wafan January 25, 2009 7:44 am

    bhf2 . . .

    I understand. If they do not meet the expectations then they should either be removed or fired. That would be a reasonable expectation for any employee (Bolla) and employer (JD).

    Sometimes, though, the employee has to be motivated to do the right thing by the employer. It might be difficult because of legal issues. But, then you would be able to address that much more readily than I.

    We have to believe JD is working behind the scenes to have a win-win situation for all.

    Still, it is sometimes amusing to take a whack at them once in a while. First Amendment!!!


  226. bighilofan2 January 25, 2009 7:53 am

    Jimmy D probably is in a legal bind. Terminating Bolla probably would come at a high cost, $ UH does not have. So I got a suggestion if the guy won’t go. Leave him in the woman’s program, but strip him of his asst coaches, save $$. He’s sacrificing his young ladies’ futures, but mostly he’s sacrificing their team spirit. I say the best we can do is to let him stay, but without his wife to aid and abet him. Let him have a HF like legacy at UH. he’s developing it right now.

    he might be a great guy at home, a wonderful husband and all that, but he sure as heck is presenting a very ugly visual for UH WBB. it didn’t have to get this bad; its all on him. and this bad vibe just cascades over into other programs too. jmo.


  227. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 25, 2009 7:59 am

    BigWave 96744- thanks for the 411.
    Reminds me of Anahola back in the day.
    It used to be a beautiful place to go camping and very mellow for da small keiki to get “oceanized”. Then it got scary and trashy and I didn’t go back for 20 years.
    Then some of the residents took back the beach. Kinda rough at first but they put community pride back into the place and made it safe and beautiful again.
    I haven’t been back for another 10 years (since da small keiki got big). Hope it is still nice.


  228. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 25, 2009 8:02 am

    Oops.
    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Thanks, wafan… it was bugging me so I made the UNLV arrangements. Staying close to the airport for free wifi and my ridiculous 6:30am Sunday departure back to Kauai.


  229. LizKauai [iMac] catwoman January 25, 2009 8:04 am

    Congrats to David Veikune for his fumble recovery at the Senior Bowl. And Jake- saw you in the action too!


  230. Da Punchbowl Kid January 25, 2009 8:29 am

    Good morning catwoman! Meow!


  231. Da Punchbowl Kid January 25, 2009 8:30 am

    How’s errbody doing today?


  232. Kekoa January 25, 2009 8:32 am

    No Lie Liz!…You jez like be by da airport to yell, “Da Plane – Da Plane!”

    All this talk about beaches this AM. We kona be out at a Makaha beach house today to enjoy 5f’s.

    Anahola was looking pretty nice last summer when we were there visiting some friends who have lived there forever. There was a time when the best Limo Kohu could be picked there fairly close to shore. Now, you have to wait for super low tides and then go way out. Plus the reefs are so fragile from people who don’t care where they step…auwe!


  233. Kekoa January 25, 2009 8:39 am

    Top of the mornin’ to you DPK! It’s Sunday, are you Catlick?


  234. Garret January 25, 2009 8:47 am

    Kekoa,

    JD will do a review of every coach after their season is over…so he will go over the women’s basketball season and meet privately with Bolla to let him know what he thought of his performance. So, the private meeting you are hoping JD to have will occur as a natural part of JD’s duties as AD. The worse things get, the more difficult that meeting will be for Bolla.

    Bolla can also be informed that his contract will not be renewed/extended after it is over unless things improve significantly (giving milestones or benchmarks like you proposed). That would be an incentive for any coach to look around for other opportunities. I’m sure that Bolla knows that the writing is on the wall anyway with the win/loss record and the attendance figures.


  235. Kekoa January 25, 2009 8:48 am

    Ok…gotta go pack da cooler with adult beverages and load up the car with rations for the day.

    Enjoy every bit of your day folks…more nasty wet weather ‘n wind is forecasted for Monday.
    bbl…


  236. Garret January 25, 2009 8:50 am

    Jimmy D probably is in a legal bind. Terminating Bolla probably would come at a high cost, $ UH does not have. So I got a suggestion if the guy won’t go. Leave him in the woman’s program, but strip him of his asst coaches, save $$.

    bighilofan2,

    I agree with what you are saying now…except, I wouldn’t get rid of both assistant coaches, just the most recently hired one (his wife). The other assistant is a candidate for interim coach if needed, and demonstrated that she could get the wahine to play well for her when she took over for a stretch the other season.

    That would be a perfectly legal way to save money, and UH definitely needs to save money. I’m assuming that all of the assistant coach contracts are year-to-year, so JD doesn’t need to fire anyone…just not renew the contract.


  237. Kekoa January 25, 2009 8:54 am

    Garret!…that’s the best we can hope for in this instance. I’m just frustrated that people like Bolla and Frazier are out there. I’m sure JD will prevail and make the UH program much more secure for the future.
    Have a good family Sunday!


  238. Kekoa January 25, 2009 9:01 am

    Big Hilo has ‘da plan?’ Bradda you was laffin’ an watchin’ me gnash my teeth – getting all worked up…while you had da ansah aurready!

    Sheesh! Go paddle your canoe up da creek wit one teaspoon! I going Makaha!


  239. Garret January 25, 2009 9:03 am

    U-Dub had their football recruits attend yesterday’s basketball game, and Sarkisian had some strong words when he spoke to the crowd. I’m sure that his words were chosen with an eye towards the recruits…which included Makaula, Tepa, and some others that are either from Hawaii or are current/former UH recruiting targets.

    “I’m going to be brief but I’ll tell you what, this is the greatest coaching staff in America right here, guys.


  240. Garret January 25, 2009 9:06 am

    Kekoa,

    I agree with your post at #237. At least there isn’t much longer left on the contract…and in the final year of his contract UH can always elevate an assistant coach to interim head coach during the season without paying that assistant any extra money. That is why it is important to have an assistant on staff that can take over for a stretch…and UH already has someone that fits that description.

    I hope that you have a great day today also with your family. We already had a breakfast buffet at Souplantation with our friends. A great way to start the day!


  241. Garret January 25, 2009 9:09 am

    Fans are contacting recruits via their Facebook pages…which is an NCAA recruiting violation and a major headache for the NCAA and schools to try to police.

    Andre DeBose, a five-star football prospect from Orlando, committed three weeks ago to play for the Florida Gators this fall.

    Drew Degraauw, born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., and a 2003 graduate of LSU, figures he has a little more than a week until the Feb. 4 national signing day to sway DeBose to his beloved Tigers.

    “LSU is where it’s at,” Degraauw, 28, recently wrote on DeBose’s Facebook page. “You’d be the man in Baton Rouge!”

    Innocent as his intentions may be, Degraauw was unwittingly committing a secondary recruiting violation. The NCAA considers Degraauw, an alumnus, as a “representative” of his school’s athletic interests, and his contact with DeBose through his Facebook wall is prohibited by the NCAA.

    Degraauw hardly is the only person committing such violations on social networking Web sites like Facebook and MySpace.

    Check out a Facebook page of a four- or five-star recruit – especially those who have not yet committed – and you will find dozens of wall postings from fans trying to sway their decision.

    “It’s real crazy,” said Orson Charles, an uncommitted tight end prospect from Tampa Plant who has fans of Florida, Tennessee, FSU and Georgia posting on his Facebook wall almost daily. “It’s fun. You just enjoy this while it lasts.”

    It may be fun and harmless, but against NCAA bylaws.

    According to rules created in 2006 and updated each of the past two years, “any communication via message boards, chat rooms, walls, comments, blogs, IM, etc. is not permissible.”

    Phone, e-mail and faxing are the only acceptable forms of direct communication with recruits, with restrictions placed on how many times a school representative can initiate the contact.


  242. Garret January 25, 2009 9:11 am

    This part of the article explains why it would have been an NCAA violation to have the chat with Corey Nielsen.

    According to rules created in 2006 and updated each of the past two years, “any communication via message boards, chat rooms, walls, comments, blogs, IM, etc. is not permissible.”

    And the NCAA uses a broad definition of “representatives of a university” – in addition to coaches and athletics staff, it also includes boosters, season-ticket holders, alumni, donors and even current students, according to Stacey Osburn, the NCAA’s director for media relations.


  243. Garret January 25, 2009 9:14 am

    Here is Mike’s article about Bolla’s contract extension. Next season will be the 2009-2010 season, and the season after that will be the final season on his contract.

    Unannounced by the university, Bolla signed a four-year extension over the summer that will keep him at the helm through the 2010-11 season.

    The Regent’s action raised the maximum annual salary for the position from 71,388 to $135,000, to $118,488 to $209,784.

    Bolla’s original three-year contract called for an annual salary of $120,000. While declining to specify the terms of his current agreement, Bolla said his salary falls “on the low end” of the current range.


  244. Stretch January 25, 2009 9:19 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    It’s unfortunate that all the teams competing right now are struggling. The enthusiasm for UH athletics is down. I hope it doesn’t affect the ticket sales for football.


  245. Kazz January 25, 2009 9:37 am

    BigWave96744:

    January 25th, 2009 at 1:51 am
    Reminds me of the football fans who comes to Aloha Stadium, get’s all drunk, cusses out and puts down the local people sitting around them, does stupid stuff, then get’s cracks. Then goes home, crys to their local news media on how Hawaii if full of thugs…

    Sometimes I wish Aloha Stadium had it’s own version of Oaklands “BLACK HOLE” fan section.

    If they wanna lie to the world about Hawaii fans we should give them a reason to tell the truth.

    I say we reach out to Halawa inmates and have a section open to them for all home games against Fresno State RIGHT INSIDE the visitors section. They’d still be in their Halawa jumpsuits. I’d give them free beer for all four quarters.

    But to be safe, I’d fence in that section and close it off from the rest of Aloha Stadium.

    FSU people wanna complain, we’ll give them a reason!!!!!!!!!!!!


  246. XxFaithxX January 25, 2009 10:23 am

    Mornin’ peeps,

    Savala to USF is what is being said.

    Re: Conduct of fans, etc. at games.

    IDK, everyone says that we have to show class, etc., but look at the BIG TIME programs, they have fans that are vile, rude, and just out right classless (In the stadium, out of the stadium, on the Internet, in person)…BUT in Hawai`i we gotta be nice nice all the time. Give me a break….remember folks, its a BIZNESS, not church. When the game is over, then yeah, we can be all nice and show ALOHA…otherwise, its a free country and I will do what it takes to make sure the OPPONENTS know who I am backing.

    Also, there are people that say we should not slam recruits that “Trip” us or after they give a Verbal commitment to us and then commit to other colleges. You know what? I think that they deserve to get blasted by the fans and that they better get used to it. So they are still young? I don’t care, nowadays you got kids and I repeat KIDS acting like adults. Killing people with guns, having sex PRE-TEEN, etc. And you still want me to cuddle them? Please….they want to act like grown-ups, well I’m going to treat them like one.

    One last thing. e-Bolla virus HAS TO GO. Think about this. If you owned a private company and had an employee that just down-right sucked, caused your PAYING customers to stop patronizing you, made other workers (In this case, players) not want to do their best…basically dragging your company down the drain….would you keep him on the payroll of find a way to replace him at all costs?


  247. warriorfanny January 25, 2009 2:48 pm

    The Bolla thing has been going on for years–but the sugar coaters protected his butt saying give him time and turned to heckling cynics and calling them negative haters and not “true” fans…LOL..sounds familiar throughout UHAD, eh, long live mediocrity and a very miopic fanbase…u got what u asked 4…and what u support!


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