Walk the walk


* * * * *

Wideout Royce Pollard and his three rings:


* * * * *

As an initial walk-on, Richard Torres did not sign a letter of intent. But he gets the last word, filling out his graduation card:


* * * * *

Linebacker Aaron Brown and his mother, Donna Mutch:


* * * * *

Quarterback Shane Austin, Pollard and wideout (and future doctor) Joe Avery:


* * * * *

Defensive end Zach Masch:


* * * * *

Defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu:


* * * * *

Offensive lineman Brett Leonard and Masch:


* * * * *

Cornerback Tank Hopkins:


* * * * *

Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga:


* * * * *

Masch, Brown and Hopkins:


* * * * *

And the whole gang . . .



  1. Pride. December 17, 2011 10:09 am

    Congratulations Graduates.

  2. LK December 17, 2011 10:10 am

    Congratulations to all of the graduates.

  3. papajoe2 December 17, 2011 10:10 am


  4. papajoe2 December 17, 2011 10:11 am

    Was turdle instead. Congrats Warrior grads. Congrats all grads too.

  5. Hiflyer December 17, 2011 10:12 am


  6. Hiflyer December 17, 2011 10:13 am

    Congrats to all the graduates today.

  7. SteveM December 17, 2011 10:13 am

    Congratulations to the graduates!

  8. gmahoney December 17, 2011 10:14 am

    Top 10, busy today, bbl.

  9. gmahoney December 17, 2011 10:15 am

    And a big congrats to the graduates. Good luck in the future. Once a Warrior, always a Warrior.

  10. ai-eee-soos December 17, 2011 10:15 am


  11. tommui December 17, 2011 10:15 am


    Top 10?

    Top 20?

  12. al December 17, 2011 10:16 am


  13. tommui December 17, 2011 10:17 am

    The graduates look handsome in their caps and gowns.


  14. papajoe2 December 17, 2011 10:25 am

    Can’t believe watching Wyoming and how similar they look to Hawaii’s defense, not necessarily schemes, but how they don’t tackle well. Wyoming finally scored and Temple comes back with 1 play for 60+ yards and a touchdown with 20 seconds left in the half. Eerily like our season. That’s why I hope the next coach is from outside he system. Watching teams like Alabama, LSU, etc. tackle and the inability for Hawaii to tackle consistantly for the last few years, may be UH’s philosophy in practice. Looking at the Wyoming fans’ facial expressions reminds me of UH’s fans when we think, “oh, oh, here we go again.” Having an “outside the system” coach may change a lot of the practice ways, which have been going on for quite a few years now. Retaing some of the current asst. coaches would be alright, but at this late stage, he may not have too much of a choice. I do like the passing game though, as 1 pass may equal a touchdown.

  15. Old Diver December 17, 2011 10:26 am

    Glad to see the players here at the graduation.

  16. wafan December 17, 2011 10:28 am

    And now, good afternoon!

  17. wafan December 17, 2011 10:29 am

    Congratulations to the Warrior and ‘Bow graduates!

  18. wafan December 17, 2011 10:30 am

    Top 20, too!


  19. papajoe2 December 17, 2011 10:30 am

    Ipu man, the Lingle add on the top of the page has been there for awhile. Looks like she owns the SA or even that this is her blog.

  20. Old Diver December 17, 2011 10:32 am

    Miah Just picked up his diploma. Didn’t realize he was graduating.

  21. RedZone December 17, 2011 10:32 am

    Way to go Warriors. This is what it is all about.

  22. jm2375 December 17, 2011 10:34 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to all the graduates!

  23. ai-eee-soos December 17, 2011 10:35 am

    18 Warriors graduate, per Na Koa Mike.


  24. Bugaz December 17, 2011 10:35 am

    Congrats Grads!!! Thanks for the thrills Warriors! Aloha and good luck with future endeavors.

  25. Old Diver December 17, 2011 10:36 am

    Amber Kaufman picked up her degree also.

  26. Old School Dave December 17, 2011 10:38 am

    Congratulations Warriors on getting that piece of paper!! Your diploma will be with you forever and is something no one can take away. You all have what it takes in terms of time management, that’s for sure – something employers will look for.

  27. Old School Dave December 17, 2011 10:40 am

    Former BYU QB Jake Heaps is still looking for a school. He’s visiting Kansas and new HC Charley Weis this weekend.


    I guess UW and WAZZU have other plans. Surprising since he’s from Washington State.

    Hurry up and hire Norm Chow. Maybe the idea of being coached by him will attract Heaps to UH. Manhattan, Kansas or Honolulu?

  28. Derek December 17, 2011 10:43 am

    Job well done, graduates! Good luck in the future, continue to make Hawaii proud. Forever Warriors. Hoo-ah! I count 18 graduates in the picture.

    You have to credit Coach McMackin for prioritizing the academic side. Thanks coach. Hope some more senior players are graduating in the spring semester.

  29. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 10:45 am

    Wow, all those all stars. What a honor roll.

    Congratulations to all the young men and women

    who graduated today. Now, get to work!

  30. Old School Dave December 17, 2011 10:45 am

    Opps. Make that Lawrence, KS, not Manhattan.

  31. el burro sabio December 17, 2011 10:46 am

    Congrats to the grads.

    That’s one thing Mack used to do, put on his cap and gown and attend commencement.

  32. 808Bowler December 17, 2011 10:47 am

    Congratulations graduates. U make us all proud.

  33. Old Diver December 17, 2011 10:49 am

    Kaniela, Brett and Zach are Wearing there UH baseball caps. Warriors Forever!

  34. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 10:50 am

    Papajoe #19 about Linda Lingle ad, yep she’s been thar awhile

    up in that little corner, kind of a long shot. You think she would

    put on a helmet or black eye shadow or something to tie in with

    Tsai’s football theme. Well, at least she was pro inter-island ferry.

  35. Derek December 17, 2011 10:50 am

    Nice story about Utah State’s turnaround and success this year. Credit to them and I hope they win the bowl game today. I went to Logan, Utah to see Colt Brennan play in 2006. Strictly a college town. It was the beginning of November, but the weather was quite nice.

    UH-49, Utah State 14. After that game, Colt was named USA today National Player of the week. BYU QB Riley Nelson was a starting QB freshman for Utah State. After the game, I remember our tour group went to have a buffet dinner at Riley Wallace’s favorite restaurant for his team, the Golden Corral. After that, we went to a Wahine Volleyball game on campus where the Wahine swept Utah State. It was a great day!

  36. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 11:03 am

    Seeing all those graduates makes me proud of our Warrior Football program. I hope the next coach will at least maintain the high level of APR that Mack had managed. Mack would very reluctantly dip into the red-shirts to give the student-athlete a leg up on his “student” obligations…It may have lead to his release, but he should stand proud for his firm commitment to the educational needs of his players.

    Mahalo Mack!…

    Congratulations WARRIORS CLASS OF 2011 !!! Whootah! You guys rock!

  37. bigislandkurt December 17, 2011 11:14 am

    Oh yessssss! The Legendary Golden Corral.

    I miss that place.


  38. bigislandkurt December 17, 2011 11:15 am

    Hana Maika’i Graduates!


  39. tommui December 17, 2011 11:22 am

    #20 OLD DIVER

    Just curious – how come Miah doesn’t appear in any of the Lettermen’s photos?

  40. wafan December 17, 2011 11:26 am

    Miah and one other ‘Bow has a game tonight on Maui. At least I think it is on Maui. They are doing a grab and go.

  41. Ralph December 17, 2011 11:30 am

    Zane and Miah are graduating today.

  42. NaKoaMike December 17, 2011 11:30 am

    Congratulations to the new graduates: Shane Austin, Joseph Avery, Aaron Brown, Joey Cadiz, Kenny Estes, Tank Hopkins, Clayton Laurel, Sila Lefiti, Brett Leonard, Zach Masch, Vaughn Meatoga, Corey Paredes, Royce Pollard, Casey Purdy, Rocky Savaiigaea, Steven Stepter, Richard Torres and Kaniela Tuipulotu.

    More graduation photos:


  43. A-House December 17, 2011 11:30 am

    A resounding, job well done for all the student athletes who will graduate today – ditto for all UH grads!

    and thank you Coach Mack for paving the way for your football players to keep the straigth and narrow when it came to academics!

  44. Ralph December 17, 2011 11:37 am

    Wyoming finished in 3rd place in back of TCU and Boise State, next season Wyoming will be the highest finishing team in the MWC with TCU, Boise, and 4th place SDST leaving the conference.

    Hawaii will be left with the bottom feeders of the old MWC and the WAC retreads Nevada and Fresno State.

    The Cowboys are having a difficult time competing with the Temple Owls today.

  45. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2011 11:40 am

    Wait a minute. We’re selling ads on this blog?

  46. al December 17, 2011 11:42 am

    you all forgot to add in miah ostrowski to the list of football grads.

  47. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 11:50 am

    Temple wins their first Bowl game since 1979… second over all… and we complain…


  48. HawaiiMongoose December 17, 2011 11:50 am

    Boise State and San Diego State will still be in the MWC next year. They aren’t scheduled to join the Big East until 2013.

  49. bigislandkurt December 17, 2011 11:51 am

    Because this is the most popular blog, and because the SA owns this blog, then yes, technically, this blog sells ads. 🙂

    The lingle ad appears at the top of this blog.


  50. el burro sabio December 17, 2011 11:53 am

    How much to remove the lingle ad?

  51. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 12:06 pm

    OOops.. Wyoming made a TD in the last few seconds.. my bad… Temple 37 – Wyoming 15, final score.

  52. tommui December 17, 2011 12:06 pm

    AL #46 …and Zane Johnson?

  53. bigislandkurt December 17, 2011 12:25 pm

    Andrew Faaumu got his masters degree also.


  54. kev-1 December 17, 2011 12:42 pm

    ST . . . Why not put the picture of the head coach candidate that you’re endorsing next to the photo endorsement, I mean advertisement, I mean spam photo of Lingle?

  55. kev-1 December 17, 2011 12:43 pm

    j/k . . . I don’t know whether you endorse Lingle

  56. al December 17, 2011 12:43 pm

    yup zane too.

    here, here mr. faaumu.

  57. NaKoaMike December 17, 2011 12:44 pm

    Congratulations to Miah Ostrowski too. Unfortunately he didn’t arrive in time for the photo and also wasn’t on the list of graduates that we initially received. We have received confirmation that he did indeed graduate and have revised the list in our article.


  58. kev-1 December 17, 2011 12:45 pm

    Looks like Gary Anderson’s secret interest/hiring at Hawaii is not affecting his teams performance in the bowl game.

  59. kev-1 December 17, 2011 12:47 pm

    Miah still has one more season of football eligibility though, right? How many credits will he need to take to be eligible?

  60. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2011 12:48 pm

    Congrats to all the graduates!!!

  61. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2011 12:49 pm


    Do explain #58. Where did you hear that?

  62. kev-1 December 17, 2011 12:51 pm

    iwwthm . . . complete sarcasm. Just building off of early hype of those that wanted Anderson, mixed with hype of a candidate with anonymity. I meant to right j/k at the end of the post, but hit enter too fast.

  63. kev-1 December 17, 2011 12:51 pm

    I mean write j/k, not right j/k

  64. al December 17, 2011 12:57 pm

    kev-1…you heard that too? i thought it was hush hush……

  65. kev-1 December 17, 2011 12:59 pm

    just from the voices in my head

  66. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2011 1:01 pm


    I was a Republican when I had money, but now that I don’t, I’m back to believing in social programs. My political views are based on the size of my IRA.

  67. NaKoaMike December 17, 2011 1:05 pm

    Got all of our graduation photos up now:


  68. Derek December 17, 2011 1:08 pm

    Andrew, you da man! Masters Degree.

  69. Bulla December 17, 2011 1:20 pm


  70. Bulla December 17, 2011 1:20 pm


    Size matters now?

  71. Slugger December 17, 2011 1:30 pm

    Congratulations to all of the graduates!

    Just got back from wandering around the practice field looking for the graduates. Missed Brett and Joey. Always nice to meet the family & friends, take pictures, and share smiles. Discovered that one of my classmates from K-12 received her PhD today! Way to go, Frances!!!

  72. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 1:34 pm

    Now that Miah has a Bachelors.. does that mean he can go anywhere to play his final year?

  73. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2011 1:38 pm

    I was searching online if Uncle Norm had applied anywhere else. No rumors of him doing so. Maybe he really does want this job.

  74. Committed Road Warrior December 17, 2011 1:39 pm

    Congrats to the graduates!

  75. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2011 1:41 pm

    One word: Beautiful.

    Part of Mack’s legacy was his comttment to the “student athlete”. In those Warrior graduates Mack’s legacy endures.

    Congrats to ALL of the winter graduates!

  76. Committed Road Warrior December 17, 2011 1:43 pm

    The officials doing the Utah State-Ohio game up in Boise are the same SEC officiating crew that did Utah State’s heart-breaker loss at Auburn back in August.


  77. thomason leeizer December 17, 2011 1:44 pm

    Good post and thank you so much for sharing such an insightful piece.

  78. Slugger December 17, 2011 1:47 pm

    Shoots, missed Fauumu at graduation. Congrats!

  79. jr December 17, 2011 1:57 pm

    did mack atend his boys graduation.

  80. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 2:24 pm

    So the next question regarding UH football grads is:

    Who will find employment in the NFL or CFL?

    Royce Pollard—has talent in catching, maybe CFL?

    Richard Torres—another Chad Owens in heart, CFL?

    Aarron Brown—definitely NFL

    Zach Masch—monster hits all season—NFL?

    Kaniela Tuipuloto—NFL?

    Brett Leonard—definitely NFL

    Tank Hopkins—CFL db but could crack NFL special teams…

    Vaugn Meatoa—definitely NFL

  81. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2011 2:27 pm


    Out of that list I see a lot of positives taking it to the next level…Well all but one name on that list.

  82. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 2:33 pm

    Oh I forgot one of the greatest players in America,

    Moniz da pizza delivery guy.

    Seriously, he should at least try the CFL or Arena football.

  83. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 2:36 pm

    Of course I hope they all find a profession they love

    whether it be a doctor, fireman, coach or pastor or????

  84. tommui December 17, 2011 2:39 pm

    Did you notice – only two messages mentioned the coaching situation and only of the two only mentioned it in passing!

  85. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 2:42 pm

    …and only 84 or so comments so far…

  86. boogabooga December 17, 2011 2:56 pm


  87. WWF December 17, 2011 2:57 pm

    Congrats to Miah for graduating! Dual sport athlete and still graduating!

  88. bigislandkurt December 17, 2011 2:58 pm

    You can almost bet on it that we have not seen the last of Bryant Moniz. I’m guessing Canadian possibly.


  89. bigislandkurt December 17, 2011 3:01 pm

    I pulled my insider card today with the longhorn coaching staff.

    Re: Akina:

    “Great man. Great coach. Players love his intensity.”


  90. Kevin December 17, 2011 3:05 pm


    December 17th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like Gary Anderson’s secret interest/hiring at Hawaii is not affecting his teams performance in the bowl game.

    Say what?

  91. ai-eee-soos December 17, 2011 3:10 pm

    If Duane Akina LOVES Hawaii so much,

    is he willing to be the DC @ 150+k ???


  92. aussieaunty December 17, 2011 3:16 pm

    Heads up all, Billy Ray Stutzmann Dads’ ute has been stolen, gray Nissan xterra NFG-374, if sighted please phone cops.

  93. wafan December 17, 2011 3:23 pm

    Daddy Stutz’s Native American is a gray Nissan?

    Oh . . . a truck.

  94. wafan December 17, 2011 3:25 pm

    Hope the law finds the clowns quickly! Before the sons find the perps, anyhow.

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  96. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 3:40 pm

    Looks like Utah State loses a heart breaker in the last few seconds…

  97. Committed Road Warrior December 17, 2011 3:48 pm

    And Utah State goes down on a last-minute TD by Ohio U.

  98. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 3:49 pm

    Maybe we should also congratulate Austin Hansen who graduated in the summer but hung around to help the team on the scout team.

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  102. Old Diver December 17, 2011 4:03 pm

    My son introduced me to Miah, kid seems really nice. Cory Parades told my son his shoulder is not bothering him and will begin training for the Pro-Day. Richard Torres was on the field with his proud dad Reggie. My son also took a picture with Aaron Brown. Nice to see Aaron covered with leis from his friends and family. Only in Hawaii.

  103. Annoddah Dave December 17, 2011 4:03 pm

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    Congratulations to the STUDENT-Athletes!

    I would be happy to see Norm Chow selected.

  104. Construction Estimating Software December 17, 2011 4:05 pm

    If a turtle doesnt have a shell, is it naked or homeless?

  105. Ralph December 17, 2011 4:13 pm

    UCLA takes the first set from Illinois, lead set 2 14-11.

  106. sports for fun December 17, 2011 4:21 pm


    thanks for posting http://paulbisquera.hubpages.com/hub/How-Fans-Are-Ruining-Sports.

    To me, it was a great article.

  107. Ralph December 17, 2011 4:25 pm

    Illinois goes on a 12-3 run to win the 2nd set.

  108. Ralph December 17, 2011 4:30 pm

    Shoji needs to recruit more athletic and taller OH and MB. UCLA OH are 6’0, 6’2 and 6’5, with the MB both 6’3. Illinois counters with OH at 6’2, 6’3 and 6’6, with the MBs both at 6’3.

    UH tried their best with the OHs all under 6′.

  109. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 4:36 pm

    The shorter ragin cajins just ran back a punt…

    beating up the taller SDSU team

  110. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 4:38 pm

    Well, before the game started, the announcers mentioned

    that Lafayette were smaller on defense.

  111. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2011 4:40 pm

    Geez…if you wanna talk about hungry, thirsty, ready to bleed and burn for the win…go watch that Lafayette game.

    Those coaches are intense.

  112. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2011 4:41 pm


    Is there a reason why Shoji has recruited shorter girls? Does he run a particular offense/defense that works better with shorter?

  113. Ipu Man December 17, 2011 4:44 pm

    Why did God choose little David to defeat the giant Goliath?

  114. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 4:50 pm

    Trap play.

  115. Hiflyer December 17, 2011 4:51 pm

    Ipu Man – Goliath got smarter and faster since then.

  116. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 4:55 pm

    Actually God picked Goliath for David’s target practice.

  117. LizKauai (iPhone) December 17, 2011 5:03 pm

    Congratulations Graduates! Mahalo Parents, coaches and Ohana for helping make this dream come true!

  118. Shoko December 17, 2011 5:04 pm

    Size means nothing. Put me up against someone thats eight feet tall 500 pounds and give me a gun and that guy is toast. 😉

  119. d1shima December 17, 2011 5:05 pm

    Congratulations to all the Graduates. W-O-R-L-D!

  120. tommui December 17, 2011 5:17 pm

    RALPH: Shoji tries to recruit for height – Juniper of USC, for example, was highly recruited by Shoji.

    It’s like our football coaches trying to get 5-star or four-star players; its like us trying to recruit locally.

    It is not a lack of trying but if you had a chance to go to a Stanford, a USC or UCLA or a Penn State or some power-house volleyball team, would you even consider Hawaii?

  121. jm2375 December 17, 2011 5:21 pm

    Ralph – you want size or you want the girls to stay home? Not enough roster spots for both. Recruit for size and the only local kids would be back row players. Besides, I’d take Kanani, Jane, Kim, Lily and even Chanteal any day.

  122. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 5:33 pm

    When all those “fans” were clamoring for McMackin’s firing, I wonder if they ever took into consideration all the supporting staff that might be replaced with his retirement?

    Rich Miano

    Cal Lee

    Nick Rolovich

    Dave Aranda

    Brian Smith

    Gordon Shaw

    Tony Tuioti

    Mouse Davis

    Dick Tomey

    George Lumpkin

    Inoke Funaki

    Ryan Biesemeyer

    Bianca Tokumoto

    Chris Williams

    Thomas Heffernan

    Kyle Kamau

    Jacquline Falch

  123. jm2375 December 17, 2011 5:37 pm

    Total attendance for the entire NCAA tournament was a little over 100K and is a record. I figure the 4 Honolulu games accounted for 30%. Hope the NoClueAtAll people realize this and keep awarding UH at least 1st and 2nd round games. Yeah, right. 😈

    Congrats to Mike Sealy and UCLA. The crown is finally back where it belongs, in the West.

  124. Ralph December 17, 2011 5:37 pm

    you want to win national championships or do you just want to watch a good volleyball match?

    Tom I think UH is a powerhouse, we’ve won a lot of games and we have made it to regional finals and national semis and finals, but we haven’t finished, we’ve been close, but we lost to an equally talented team with taller players.

    USC and UCLA this year barely beat us but their height was enough of an advantage to win in 5. Washington in last year’s round 2 ate us up with their big and stronger players. Then in the national finals in ’09, Penn State killed us.

  125. Ralph December 17, 2011 5:38 pm

    UCLA wins the national championship, last title was back in 1991.

  126. jm2375 December 17, 2011 5:39 pm

    mih – #123 – Heffernan and his staff are employed by the Athletic Dept and work with many teams.

  127. jm2375 December 17, 2011 5:44 pm

    Ralph – when was the last time a non-BC$ conference team won a national championship in volleyball????? just sayin.

  128. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 5:51 pm


    But he no longer will be the conditioning coach for the football team unless recruited as such, right?

  129. Hiflyer December 17, 2011 5:52 pm

    jm2375 – even more reason that we need taller and more athletic type players, when you have an athletic player that is 6′ 3 vs 5’11 it makes a big difference when reaching for shanked balls or tipped balls off the block.

  130. tommui December 17, 2011 5:57 pm

    RALPH: the thought came to me that we lost to USC in five and UCLA in four or five games, all of their starters were considerably taller than ours.

    ‘nuf said

  131. Ralph December 17, 2011 5:58 pm

    just because a non BCS team hasn’t won a national championship lately doesn’t mean we stop competing, we’ve been there, the nationals, but we need to finish. Penn State, Nebraska, Texas, Stanford, Washington, and USC have been there because they had tall players who were good volleyball players.

    UH is an excellent program, we beat Pepperdine and Colorado State with their big players, played UCLA and USC to 5, but for us to reach the finals we need to finish and all I’m saying, we need height to neutralize the opponents 6’2 to 6’5 girls.

  132. el burro sabio December 17, 2011 5:58 pm

    Tom is in charge of strength & conditioning coach for all sports. I think he was DeLaura’s actual supervisor, not JJ or Mack.

  133. Wes'side Warrior December 17, 2011 6:01 pm

    Howzit, everyone! Very busy day today/this evening.

    Way to go, graduates! Congratulations!

  134. tommui December 17, 2011 6:01 pm

    We may not have height to match the USCs or UCLAs but next year, Britany, Emily, Kalei as well as Goodman and Tuianga will be back – Jade Volster will be joining the team and so we will have a bunch of 6-footers plus and Jade is 6’4″. I forgot who is coming in but I recall there were a couple of tall ones also.

  135. Ralph December 17, 2011 6:04 pm

    Tom but we lost, moral victories don’t count, and it wasn’t for the lack of trying or inspirational play that we lost those matches, their talent matched ours and they were bigger.

  136. Ralph December 17, 2011 6:05 pm

    Manu-Olevao is the lone announced recruit out of Punahou, she is listed as 6’1 OH.

  137. Ralph December 17, 2011 6:07 pm

    Brittany, Emily, Kalei, Tuianga and Vorster all play the same position, MB. Emily has the versatility to move to OH.

  138. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 6:07 pm

    I thought the football Head Coach is entitled to name his own Conditioning Coach. When Heffernan took over the conditioning program for the football team, didn’t they make it seem like he was getting a promotion, didn’t he also get a boost in pay?

  139. Ralph December 17, 2011 6:13 pm

    When Mac appointed Heffernan as FB S/C coach, De Laura found himself without a job. I don’t recall De Laura having the option of continuing to work in the weight room.

  140. MattyBoy December 17, 2011 6:18 pm

    If Banker is chosen for HC, watch everybody call for JD and admins head. He will make Hawaii look like fools. I guarantee it.

  141. wowlaulau December 17, 2011 6:27 pm

    USC and UCLA’s talent was better than Hawaii’s. I don’t know where people are getting the idea that Shoji does not like tall players. It is not like Hawaii’s coaching staff is not recruiting the same players as USC and UCLA but the fact is that Hawaii is not their first choice and probably never will be. Hawaii is lucky that Shoji can evaluate and develop talent to get these results.

  142. wowlaulau December 17, 2011 6:29 pm

    Glad to see people have a crystal ball and knows what will happen in the future. If you can guarantee who will win this years Super Bowl, let me know ….

  143. MattyBoy December 17, 2011 6:41 pm


    No crystal ball here. Just know that Oregon state got smacked by two division two schools this past season with a horrible finishing season record.. Wait isn’t banker the DC of Oregon state? And now he wants to be head coach? Yeah he’ll be awesome!!

  144. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 6:41 pm

    Crystal ball says… Only one of two teams will win the Super Bowl. More specifically, it will be the one with the most points.

  145. MattyBoy December 17, 2011 6:43 pm

    He can barely run a defense and now wants to run a whole team?? Again, he’ll be awesome!

  146. MattyBoy December 17, 2011 6:44 pm


    Hopefully it’s green bay. It’ll be cool to know that Alex green gets a super bowl win and ring in his rookie year. That’ll be nice!

  147. jm2375 December 17, 2011 6:45 pm

    From the UHAD website:

    Strength and conditioning coach Tommy Heffernan heads the staff along with assistant Grant Steen and graduate assistants James Chassin, Kamalei Magnani, Mike Johnson and student assistant Ian Hasegawa. Heffernan and his team provide guidance and observe approximately 450 UH student-athletes for optimal performance and injury prevention.

  148. el burro sabio December 17, 2011 6:50 pm

    #139 – no, no, and no

  149. el burro sabio December 17, 2011 6:51 pm

    Sorry, no, yes, and no. They made it sound that way but he was always the head strength coach.

  150. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 6:53 pm

    Whoa.. I had completely forgotten about Steen.

    I guess Steen/Heffernan will be written into the pre-nuptials of the football contract…

  151. Ralph December 17, 2011 7:06 pm

    K State stops #21 Alabama 71-58 in mbb. Next up, the Salukis in the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday.

  152. Bugaz December 17, 2011 7:07 pm

    Hewitt graduates this year, not sure if she will be back. Shoji mentioned this on the radio

  153. Bugaz December 17, 2011 7:11 pm

    Hopefully Fonoimoana takes care of business and gets on the team. This could become the key to the loss of Kanani.

  154. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 7:29 pm

    Whoa! Looks like another last minute change of lead game with SDJU now on top with half a minute to go… Two well-matched bowl games today…

  155. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 7:38 pm

    OMG! … UL-Lafayette makes a 50 yd FG with 4 seconds left to snatch the game away from San Diego State… whoa… wish our Warriors had won a couple more like that.. dang!…

  156. Let Donovan Choose December 17, 2011 7:42 pm

    If Banker or whoever wins the job, people can call for Donovan’s head if that guy fails and Donovan might get fired in the worst case scenario.

    Should be a great TRUTH TELL ALL BOOK TO FOLLOW considering all signs point to someone else calling the shots and NOT Donovan.

  157. Ralph December 17, 2011 7:43 pm

    not a good day for the MWC and WAC as Wyoming, SDST and Utah State losses in Bowl games.

  158. ai-eee-soos December 17, 2011 7:53 pm

    re #159.

    yup – not good at all.

  159. el burro sabio December 17, 2011 8:09 pm

    Donovan will never tell the truth. His termination agreement will have that same “no talk stink” clause.

  160. el burro sabio December 17, 2011 8:10 pm

    JD also has to worry about Kinda Shy’s job

  161. al December 17, 2011 8:27 pm

    heffernan, i believe is not an appointed staff member such as the assistants. he is not on a year to year contract but is employed by the state of hawaii on regular status.

  162. al December 17, 2011 8:28 pm

    kinda shy is employed by the state of hawaii as would regular status employees.

    c’mon now…why we trying to act tan taran with other peoples??

  163. al December 17, 2011 8:30 pm

    how many coaches have you hired braddah?

    how many teams have you coached braddah?

  164. al December 17, 2011 8:35 pm

    mih…of your list

    one was not coming back anyway

    lumpkin is paid by na koa

    two were grad assistants who technically may have ended their term

    five others are state employees

  165. 3-Prong December 17, 2011 8:46 pm

    121 Just think if SCs Jupiter had come to Hawaii and played along side Kanani. Got to get FF eligible for next year. With the youth on this team, future would look bright, but we need FF as a terminator

  166. papajoe2 December 17, 2011 9:38 pm

    I watched Jupiter the last 2 games. While she is definately good, she wasn’t as overwelming as she was against UH. I take Kanani any day as she is an awesome overall player. Does everything exceptionally well. Now, like you said, if they were teammates…..

  167. kruzen December 17, 2011 10:40 pm

    Congrats to all the graduates!

  168. madeinhawaii December 17, 2011 11:01 pm

    So these are the staff members that the new HC would have to make a decision over…

    Rich Miano

    Cal Lee

    Nick Rolovich

    Dave Aranda

    Brian Smith

    Gordon Shaw

    Tony Tuioti

    Dick Tomey

    The rest are somewhat built into the program.. (including Lumpkin, unless Na Koa no longer wishes to pay his salary.)

    Inoke Funaki and Ryan Biesemeyer will probably move on. Best of luck to the both of them.

  169. wowlaulau December 17, 2011 11:13 pm

    lol, once again a guarantee backed by an opinion that means very little…..

  170. MattyBoy December 17, 2011 11:24 pm


    No not an opinion. It is definitely a fact! Did Oregon state not suck and lose to division two teams this past season? That’s worse than Mack’s team this past season. I’d rather have Mack than that guy lol.

  171. homey ℞ December 17, 2011 11:31 pm

    OSU lost to two DII teams?

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  173. MattyBoy December 17, 2011 11:51 pm

    Nope just one division II team. I typed a typo in my previous post. Meant just one division II team.

  174. d1shima December 17, 2011 11:58 pm

    OSU 2011 Schedule

    09/03/11 vs. Sacramento State Corvallis, Ore. L, 29-28 (OT)

    09/10/11 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis. L, 35-0

    09/24/11 vs. UCLA Corvallis, Ore. L, 27-19

    10/01/11 at Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. L, 35-20

    10/08/11 vs. Arizona Corvallis, Ore. W, 37-27

    10/15/11 vs. BYU Corvallis, Ore. L, 38-28

    10/22/11 vs. Washington State CenturyLink Field, Seattle W, 44-21

    10/29/11 at Utah Salt Lake City, Utah L, 27-8

    11/05/11 vs. Stanford Corvallis, Ore. L, 38-13

    11/12/11 at California AT&T Park, San Francisco L, 23-6

    11/19/11 vs. Washington Corvallis, Ore. W, 38-21

    11/26/11 at Oregon Eugene, Ore. L, 49-21

    No DII teams there. Move along….

  175. Slugger December 18, 2011 12:02 am

    Sac St. is a D I-AA…

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