Warriors hire Gouveia, promote Wynn

The Rainbow Warriors yesterday hired Kurt Gouveia to coach outside linebackers and promoted Jordan Wynn from graduate assistant to quarterbacks coach with play-calling responsibilities.

Wynn’s duties will be similar to the ones he performed when, in essence, he filled the spot vacated when Aaron Price was fired as offensive coordinator two days before the start of training camp. Despite his youth — he is he same age as former UH quarterback Sean Schroeder — Wynn  is a quarterback savant who worked well the quarterbacks and, in partnership with head coach Norm Chow, boosted the offense in the second half of the season. Chow and Wynn crafted the game plans and, during games, Chow would suggest certain ways to attack different situations. For instance, Chow might say to call a pass if the Warriors were to be in a certain down-and-distance situation. When that would happen, Wynn would call a specific play. That’s how “Hoosier” — wildcat  Joey Iosefa’s jump pass for a touchdown — was set up. Wynn’s role was expanded during the 2013 season, from calling plays in scrimmages to being the primary play-caller in games.

Gouveia’s biography is a story of perseverance. Gouveia described himself as a “kid from Waianae who worked his way up, who made it through high school, who made it through college, and then on to the NFL. I’m sure that’s the dream and inspiration for a lot of young. Hopefully, I can bring that experience to them.”

As a Waianae High senior, Gouveia was the OIA West’s player of the year as a quarterback and the state’s defensive player of the year as a safety. Deemed to slow to play safety for UH, he accepted his only scholarship offer — from Brigham Young.

“Coach Chow actually was the guy who recruited me to go to Brigham Young,” Gouveia said of his decision to apply for the UH job. “He knew my family. He knew about my high school days, and what I had done. There’s a lot of history between us.”

Chow had pared the list of applicants to four finalists. He had face-to-face meetings with each. Chow recommended Gouveia to athletic director Ben Jay. After a thorough background check, Jay made the offer to Gouveia, who accepted.

Gouveia won the Oahu Prep Bowl co-championship as a Waianae junior in 1980, a national championship as linebacker with BYU in 1984, and two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins. He played 13 seasons in the NFL. Most recently, he coached in the United Football League. Two weeks ago, he was part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s  inaugural class.

“I was fortunate, I was blessed,” Gouveia said. “I had the great support of my family and my coaches. Everybody had something to do with me being successful in all phases and all levels of the game. You never forget your roots. You never forget where you come from.”

Of his coaching approach, he said: “There’s always somewhere, sometime, to learn new things. I love to learn something new every day. If you’re not humble, if you’re not open to new things, you’ll never never learn something new. You’ll always be the same. You’ll never grow.”

He added: “I’m totally excited about the whole opportunity to go back to  Hawaii and coach with (Chow), and be a part of his staff, and whatever I can do to help the program. I’m all about that. … I can bring experience in how to play football and how to get ready to succeed in that type of environment.”

Gouveia will coach the outside linebackers. Defensive coordinator Kevin Clune will work with the inside linebackers.

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If you have some free time and want to help a good cause, go to Aloha Stadium this afternoon/evening.

Kokua for Corie Kaimikaua (aka Lapenia/Soto) Fundraiser is at the ‘Ewa Concession Lanai from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be:

> Non-stop entertainment

> Heavy pupus and refreshments

> Raffle

> Silent auction

> Vendor participation

The $30 donation will be used to help Corie in her fight against a medical situation.

(Many of you met Corie at our second anniversary blog party.)

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  1. WarriorNY February 9, 2014 7:08 am

    Congrats to all!

  2. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 7:11 am

    Elua. Waianae in the house–Imua!

  3. tommui February 9, 2014 7:13 am


    And congratulations Coach Gouveia and to Coach Wynn.

  4. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 7:16 am

    With Ups (Keith Uperesa), Chris Naeole, and now Kurt Gouveia, we have some legends of Hawai’i prep lore–no criticizing that we don’t have enough local flavor on staff!!!

  5. 3-Prong February 9, 2014 7:17 am

    Nothing like the voice of experience from a winner at the highest levels.

  6. WarriorNY February 9, 2014 7:22 am

    Just read this quote from Max Wittek…maybe we do have a shot…

    “Coach Petrino is a great, offensive minded coach,” Wittek said. “Hawaii has Norm Chow who has produced tremendous quarterbacks. These coaches, their names carry a lot of weight in the world of football. If you get their blessing, those are things that mean a lot. Those are all factors that will go into my decision.”

  7. whitey February 9, 2014 7:25 am

    good morning tsaikos and congratulations to coach wynn and gouveia

  8. WarriorNY February 9, 2014 7:30 am

    Does Gouveia have any prior coaching experience?

  9. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 7:31 am

    UH’s schedule actually works in its favor with Wittek. Ohio State and Wisconsin are huge stages in 2015.

  10. Shoko February 9, 2014 7:45 am

    HaHa, about time you deleted dat guy.

    Anyway, congrats to Kurt and Jordan.

  11. Shoko February 9, 2014 7:49 am

    Words of wisdom
    “If you’re not humble, if you’re not open to new things, you’ll never never learn something new. You’ll always be the same. You’ll never grow.”

  12. koakane ip5 February 9, 2014 7:50 am

    morning 808 have a good Sunday

    good get for the warrior men time will tell how all pans out, congrats to warrior men bballers winning plus all dem student super hero and heroettes at last nite game

    Wahine bball team just missed anoddah close game across the pond and young sbball ladies are battling

    shout out to mistah Tsai

  13. Haleakala February 9, 2014 7:54 am

    Great news. Congratulations to both. Welcome back Kurt!

  14. NorthShoreFan February 9, 2014 7:54 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…looking guud today…

    Waimea Valley event was totally great!….looking for more this year.

    Guud series for Na Wahine….time to take it on the road…

    Warriors looking guud for 2014…coming together .. IMUA WARRIORS!

  15. kev-1 February 9, 2014 7:56 am

    #9 ST . . . Where did that come from? Is that a hint about something? Or is that one of those “just saying” comments?

  16. koakane ip5 February 9, 2014 7:58 am

    side note looked inside the unfinished Ching field building and no way should it be open and used by the student athletes. come on mr BenJay use better judgememt.

  17. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:00 am

    Hypothetically, a quarterback recruit asked: Who’s on the future schedules?

  18. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:04 am

    I know zero about construction. But I do find it a stark contrast that the Ching project is still under construction while a condo high-rise being built on the former Honolulu Advertiser site is going up quickly. Is the Ching project more complicated?

  19. tommui February 9, 2014 8:06 am

    #16 koakane 1p5

    Fancy phone!

    Ben Jay might have had to open it to meet NCAA deadline. The fact that the Ching Field Bldg is not completely finished is not Ben’s fault but the way the contractors delay, delay, delay.

    One of the major frustrations for Mr. Jay is the way Hawaii does business or the way UH does business. Favoritism, inept engineering and architects (remember the softball field fiasco?) and the Upper Campus “managment or micro-management”.

  20. kev-1 February 9, 2014 8:11 am

    According to the utmost respected and trusted Wikipedia, Gouveia was LB coach for a couple of stints with the Berlin Thunder and the Rhein Fire of the the long defunct NFL Europe. I couldn’t find anything else other than the UFL experience that was mentioned in the article, but they are defunct now too.

    I value the playing experience and the motivating factor, but it seems like the coaching factor still needs to be proven (to me at least, and I’m nobody really).

  21. tommui February 9, 2014 8:12 am

    #18 Stephen = probably the way private enterprise believes time is money.

    What seems to be lacking in the contracts that UH gives out are adequate and timely penalty clauses.

    Of course in all fairness in the Ching complex is that the moneys given by the Ching Foundation was to be matched by the UH/State of Hawaii. That was delayed mostly through the ineptitude of the Administration.

  22. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:14 am

    He coached in that all-star game that Sean Schroeder played in.

  23. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:15 am

    By the way, to answer that question I forgot to answer:
    Chris Gant had a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in the NFLPA all-star game. He did participate in all of the skill drills and testing before that, though.

  24. kev-1 February 9, 2014 8:15 am

    RE: Ching complex . . .

    I wonder if UH ran into a situation like getting $200 loan from mom to help pay for that one month’s rent that you came up short on but then realized that spending the $200 at the bar on Friday night was more important in the short term and now you’re still struggling with the rent.

    When the Ching foundation funded this project, did they have oversight over it or did UH spend money on something else, resulting in the ridiculous delay.

  25. wafan February 9, 2014 8:22 am

    Apparently incompetence abounds when it comes to construction and maintenance.

  26. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:23 am

    As I understand it, the Ching foundation usually donates half the money needed for a project, with the stipulation that the recipient raise the other half. For instance, that happened with Maryknoll’s projects.
    When the donation was made, it was projected the construction cost would be $10 million. It took so long for UH to secure the other half, that the cost went up to $13 million. I don’t know why it went up $3 million more, but it did. Anyway, can’t do anything about it now.

  27. kev-1 February 9, 2014 8:27 am

    Wait, wait, wait … I figured it out. University of Hawaii is run by the State of Hawaii. Hence the delay and cost increase.

  28. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:28 am

    One other thing:
    Our neighborhood was scheduled for road paving. The project was supposed to take a week. It actually took about three weeks to finish our street. But as the A-Houses can attest, they did a really good job. The craftsmanship is excellent. The rest of the neighborhood is still awaiting work to be completed, and the constant rain doesn’t help. The timing isn’t very good, but the work is excellent.
    Can’t say that will be the case for Ching field, but I imagine that’s the hope. At least for $13 million, it should be.

  29. Old School Dave February 9, 2014 8:39 am

    I’m sure BJ is as frustrated as anyone with the snails pace of getting things done in HI. Look how long they’re taking to finish the new Fitness/Rec Center next to the Campus Center. Nearby Kanewai Park renovation has been onging for quite a while. Pretty soon kids will have forgotten that there was a park there. No sense of urgency.

    On a side note, driving Waialae Ave on a daily basis reminds me of driving the backside of Haleakala. When the dust was kicked up one afternoon, it reminded me of driving the roads of Thailand. Sounds like an old San Miguel Beer Commercial.

  30. Haleakala February 9, 2014 8:47 am

    UH should hire professional project managers from the design stage of a construction project. UH will tell the PM what they expect out of the project and what the budget is. The PM will coordinate the work through design, bidding and construction. It’s obvious that UH does not have the expertise to manage these projects. They need to implement changes in how to handle the larger projects.

  31. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:47 am

    Construction is a pain. But I guess that means the economy is good. So, hey, the good with the bad. That’s what makes the world go ’round. (Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know about the sun’s gravitational force, but I was speaking metaphorically.)

  32. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 8:52 am

    Is there a ratings system?
    There are variables that play into cost and time over-runs. Can’t help the weather or if the cost of supplies escalate. But, say, if a company exceeds a threshold by about 20 percent, should that be factored in bidding for future state contracts?

  33. kapakahi February 9, 2014 8:53 am

    Just speculating but…..probably very limited LD (Liquidated Damages) penalty clause for Contractor’s failure to meet specified contract deadlines in UH’s contract for the Ching project…..since UH probably did not justify loss revenue and/or extra expenditure incurred by UH directly caused by delays…..as upheld by past court rulings…..whereas private condo high-rise projects typically have high LD clause….as well as early-completion incentives. The UH Upper Campus (Facilities Management Office) would have had to determine what/how NCAA deadlines translated to computing/including a higher LD into the Ching project contract prior to construction procurement.

    Also…..probably some substantial UH-initiated design and construction revisions to the Ching project…..after the bid contract was awarded…..as exhibited by high percentage (i.e., supposedly over 20%) change order work incurred thus far for a new building construction project…..where unforeseen existing field conditions not typical (i.e., typical only for underground site construction and/or major building renovation projects). Construction change order work typically below 10%…..and usually below 5% (of original construction contract amount) for new building construction projects. Any substantial UH-initiated design and construction revisions would negate/offset any LD contract clause.

    Also…..UH’s decision to take beneficial occupancy (i.e., already partially occupying and using completed portion of the building)……will also probably contribute to delaying Contractor’s completion of work…..since now Contractor has LIMITED Use of Premises (i.e., only portions of building to be treated as Construction Contract Zone)…..to take precautions to mitigate against potential HIOSH (i.e., dust, noise, odor, etc.) complaints/violations by UH building occupants…..instead of FULL Use of Premises (i.e., the entire building treated as the entire Construction Contract Zone).

  34. kapakahi February 9, 2014 8:55 am


    UH does hire professional PM (Project Management) and CM (Construction Management) firms.

  35. Haleakala February 9, 2014 8:57 am

    Quite there is a penalty clause in construction contracts if the project is not completed by a specified date. Days that are rained out are taken into,account. The penalty amount increases per day beyond the specified date. It would be interesting to know how UH does their contracts and what the penalty is if any.

  36. Jeezy33 February 9, 2014 8:58 am

    I’d assume hawaii has the best chance to land wittek. He left USC specifically because he wanted to play. I don’t know Louisville depth chart at QB very well but knowing Hawaii has 0 experience at qb returning and has to beat out 1 main candidate, it seems like logical choice. It would be unwise to transfer all the way to Louisville to be a back up when he could do that at USC. He does sort of fit the qb that Petrino likes to recruit though.

  37. kev-1 February 9, 2014 8:58 am

    Old School Dave . . . I was just going to reference the road work on Waialae Ave. I live on Waialae. This has been going on for months and months. They have been doing it piece-meal, in very confusing pieces too. On day we had a 3 foot trench dug out in front of our driveway (that ran a length of about a 1/4 mile). That trench was there for about a month. They filled it with wet asphalt. The crews disappeared for weeks. Then one day the trench got filled with concrete. So then we had a nice side of street and a nice driveway. Then they dug out the street in front of our block, leaving behing nothing but dirt and ground up asphalt. It was like that for about another month. And yes the crews disappeared again. Do you wanna know what the inside of my house looked like during that time? Ever see the inside of a chimney? Then they broke a water line . . . I could go on and on and on.

    What a joke.

    Sorry, I know this is not the place.

  38. kapakahi February 9, 2014 9:03 am

    BTW used to work with UH Upper Campus and Lower Campus people over a decade ago.

    But still know people who do…..on Upper Campus…..as well as people on Lower Campus.

  39. Old School Dave February 9, 2014 9:04 am

    I’m no expert on construction projects, but from a layman’s view, private construction projects are completed before you know it. On the other hand, State and City & County construction projects are another story – best to add an additional 18-24 months to the completion date.

    Does anyone know if when Mr. Shidler donates money to the UH Bus Admin Dept, does any of it go for renovations and upgrades of the building itself? I remember back in the 70s when the Bus Ad building’s foundation was shifting and cracking, causing some to debate whether to simply demolish it.

  40. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 9:06 am

    That’s a legit complaint.
    Kapakahi is one of our in-house engineers. Maybe he can offer an explanation.

  41. jeezy33 February 9, 2014 9:08 am

    Tavai might end up being the steal of the class. Surprised he wasn’t sought by more schools like SDSU. Considering his brothers are BCS guys. Hopefully its not a grades thing.


  42. kapakahi February 9, 2014 9:08 am


    There’s always a LD penalty clause in every UH contract.

    However if not substantial, cheaper for Contractor to pay the LD penalty…..than to pay the acceleration costs (OT, fringes, etc.).

  43. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 9:14 am

    Thanks, Kapakahi.

  44. 76SOUTH February 9, 2014 9:14 am

    I went to the … website just before I logged on here, just to shop around a little. And I see this football video series by FOOTBALL UNIVERSITY (It’s taught by NFL coaches and former players). So I’m checking out the video clips for each position and when I come to the linebackers, the coach is …….KURT GOUVIEA!!!

  45. Haleakala February 9, 2014 9:16 am

    42: that is true. UH needs to increase the LDs for future high profile projects if they don’t want to keep getting embarrassed.

  46. kapakahi February 9, 2014 9:21 am


    Roadwork re-construction/repair/restoration construction contracts are usually packaged and bid out in batches (i.e., several roadways) within a given district or districts(s) with a specified overall contract duration or completion date.

    Unless there is a clear priority/phasing requirement specified in the given roadway contract, the Contractor has the full discretion to assign any many or as few work crews and to perform the work in sequence or concurrently as long as they complete the specified work within the specified overall contract duration or completion date.

  47. Haleakala February 9, 2014 9:23 am

    Wow! Chris Naeole and Kurt Gouveia, NFL standouts now UH coaches. Who would have thought that a year ago?

  48. Pu'uwai February 9, 2014 9:34 am

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Congratulations to Coach Wynn on his promotion. Welcome Coach Gouveia to the Warrior Ohana.

    Looking forward to the upcoming season.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  49. kapakahi February 9, 2014 9:36 am

    Wondering if Kurt was still sponsoring that scholarship fund for a Waianae HS senior to attend any college….but UH.

    Hopefully Kurt’s hiring heals any remaining old wounds that weren’t already healed from being snubbed by UH coming out of Waianae HS.

  50. kapakahi February 9, 2014 9:46 am


    BTW don’t know if Waialae Ave under the jurisdiction of City (DTS, Facilities Maintenance, or Design & Construction) or State DOT but you might have a case to file for reimbursement for damages caused by construction if you can provide documentation (dated photos, cleaning bills, etc.).

  51. Whats up February 9, 2014 9:52 am

    Welcome Waianae boy Kurt to the Hawaii Ohana, Kurt is coming in at a pretty good time with some solid talent at LB’s on the roster. Coach’um up!

  52. kapakahi February 9, 2014 9:57 am


    With Jordan Wynn’s promotion and Jared Vanderbeek done after his 2-year stint as GA, who are the GAs this year?

  53. 76SOUTH February 9, 2014 10:07 am

    Wasn’t Kurt a GA for UH some years back?

  54. Old School Dave February 9, 2014 10:10 am

    Kev-1: I feel for you. Hope they finally get their act together and finish Waialae Ave. They’re now working on fixing the puka in the bridge on St. Louis Drive/Dole Street/Waialae. Traffic is all “jam up” in the mornings and afternoons.

  55. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 10:12 am

    I was always puzzled why they (UH) did give Kurt a scholarship. I’m trying to recall many of the germane details and facts, that may be relevant to that ill-fated decision. At that time UH had some very athletic LBs, like Alvis, John Taylor and ML Johnson. But all those guys either graduated or were on the cusp, of doing so. But, with all due respect to Mike Beazley, Kurt, had better pure athletic skills and size than Mike, so that negates why take Mike and not Kurt. And same situation, exQB coming out of Waianae, great leadership guy, and a prep bowl. Albert Tufono was the big name out of that class, and would have been a terror, if he had not torn up his knees, so perhaps he got lost in the shuffle.

    Contrary to what some previously believed Kurt was not a Mormon, and my boys from around the bend in Maili, say he use to be sort of wild back in the day. So, My point being is that BYU had no inside track. Plus, Kurt was the POY, on both sides of the ball–pretty damn impressive. So, to this day, makes no sense on any level…

  56. jeezy33 February 9, 2014 10:13 am

    52. Spencer Hagan is 1. Assuming Luke Matthews is back?

  57. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 10:13 am

    I meant “did not give”

  58. kapakahi February 9, 2014 10:20 am


    You’re thinking about DT Junior (Loimata) Tufono. Junior’s younger brother LB Albert starred for the UW Huskies. Their youngest brother Matt played for UH in the early 90’s.

  59. Pomai February 9, 2014 10:23 am

    Well I do know about construction and there is no way that Ching field should be use by anyone. There is now way on earth that the got a occupancy permit or even a conditional use permit. If OHSA would find anyone using this facility UH would be hit with a major fine.

    Without seeing the contract or drawings and spec’s it is hard to determine who is at fault, sorry to say but a good contractor will not overlook change orders which in my experience with federal, state and city & county projects I can guarantee you I could fine numerous change orders, they just don’t do good design work, they are always overlooking or missing work.

    But final word is that that building should not be used period!!!!!

  60. Old School Dave February 9, 2014 10:31 am

    Junior Tufono – there’s a name from the past. Too bad his career at UH didn’t pan out (injuries?). There was another guy in the same recruiting class from Kahuku HS, Ken Smith who was also a highly regarded defensive lineman. He was also plagued by the injury bug and never played for UH.

  61. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 10:38 am

    Ken Smith was also a helluva a wrestler. FYI, Junior was Alberts brother and played NG. And while Albert did start at Udud, he hung em up, because of knee problems.

  62. kapakahi February 9, 2014 10:41 am

    With senior DE/LB Trevor Reilly being a Ute star and elected team captain this past season…..and considering the future uncertainty for Utes at the QB position……with incumbent Travis Wilson facing possible medical retirement due to repeated concussions, found it interesting that Trevor steered his younger bro QB Beau to meet with UH coaches back in November…..since thought that Trevor would want to steer his younger bro to become a Ute instead…..

    Being a Ute team leader, Trevor must’ve already known about the brewing turmoil among the offensive coaching staff back in November…..which boiled over in December with co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson being demoted to RB coach and fellow co-offensive coordinator (and former Ute QB) Brian Johnson being demoted to QB coach……with former Wyoming HC Dave Christensen being hired as the new OC.

    Now Brian Johnson (who was the OC in 2012, then demoted to co-OC at start of 2013, then further demoted to QB coach at end of 2013) is now leaving Utes altogether to join the Mississippi State coaching staff.

    Good thing for UH…..that older bro Trevor was looking out for his younger bro Beau.

  63. kapakahi February 9, 2014 10:53 am


    The desire/decision to occupy an unfinished (and probably unsafe) building without a Certificate of Occupancy permit is always the User’s….never the Contractor’s.

    While UH would get hit with any City DPP permit fines and/or HIOSH violation penalties, can’t understand why Contractor would agree to risk their insurance and liability by allowing occupancy……unless UH agreed to hold them harmless (since UH does not indemnify).

  64. BigWave96744 February 9, 2014 10:59 am

    Nevada loses their DC and Ashley Lelie is now the WR coach at Alabama A&M

  65. turfwar February 9, 2014 11:08 am

    Kurt is a prime example of why recruiting is not an exact science. At 6’0″ and around 185 in high school he clocked a reported 4.9 forty and despite the pleas of Mike Beazley to the UH coaching staff no offer was made. You can’t measure heart and few would have predicted the heights Kurt ascended to. Talked to Coach Tomey about Kurt and he mentioned that not offering Gouveia was probably the single biggest recruiting mistake he made as the UH coach. Coach said never projected Kurt could gain 45-50 pounds and be so successful at linebacker. Even today that would be an amazing accomplishment. I’m happy to see him back at UH and getting a chance to change lives and making a difference. Let’s get it done Kurt!

  66. 76SOUTH February 9, 2014 11:14 am

    UH made the same mistake with Mike Ulufale out of Campbell. QB in high school to all conference DE at BYU.

  67. A-House February 9, 2014 11:16 am

    my close friend and now retired businessman said that the business climate in Hawaii could become very positive IF someone did something about how unions operate here

    same can be said for how restaurants run their business if they are unionized.

    it took more than 4 + months for a landscape contractor to fully install a new mat covering with seed on Kalanianaole Hwy between Castle junction and Quarry access road – within that time there was only 1 weekend with heavy rain, but none otherwise – seemed like the workers were working really slow like a slow down work stoppage.

    how many road projects are rampant with delays costing significant cost overruns -not saying that unions are the only reason, but it leaves one wondering

    my major at UH was Personnel & Industrial Relations and I refused to join a union – instead, I volunteered for the US Army

    why is the General Counsel’s office at UH not monitoring contracts to insure they have hefty fines for work delay? or, is it not within their scope of responsibility? then, it begs the question what are the duties/responsibilities of the General Counsel’s office at UH-Manoa.

    what is the involvement of the Chancellor’s office in contracts? is not the Chancellor responsible for UH-Manoa; not UH President? or, is my organizational image way out of wack?

  68. A-House February 9, 2014 11:22 am


    prime example of “closed minded” an individual can be or what I like to call “tunnel vision”; not having the here with all to consider all before making a decision

    do I do it all the time; heck no, but I bet I put more into considering all the options before making a decision or giving a recommendation – wife chides me that I am to military, but it was my job

  69. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 11:25 am

    I think Mike Ulufale also was a 6-5 QB/LB.

  70. kapakahi February 9, 2014 11:28 am

    Junior was the same recruiting year….1981…..as Kurt…..while Albert was in 1983 recruiting year…..

    Flashback to the 1980 Prep Bowl game…..

    Check out Kurt #12…..and Michael Beazley #14…..Junior #72…..Albert #44…..
    Game also featured future UH players SB Dirk Apao (#3 Iolani) and C Quentin Flores (#52 Waianae).

  71. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 11:31 am

    No, you got it right Kapakahi, I was referring to his knee problems. Also, add Scottie Laboy to that list.

  72. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 11:32 am

    As the old story goes, when Riley Wallace was Larry Little’s assistant, he recruited a good-shooting guard whose only flaw was he was right-hand dominant. There was a reason. He didn’t have a left hand. So, that pursuit was nixed.
    Then Wallace found a pretty good guard whose only flaw was he was, maybe, 5-7. Little supposedly told Wallace: You recruit a one-handed guy and now you want to bring in a 5-7 guy?
    They didn’t.
    The 5-7 guy was Spud Webb.
    You never know. And that’s how Kurt Gouveia ended up at BYU.

  73. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 11:37 am

    It’s not all about 40-times and bench-presses.
    For instance, the thing about Larry Tuileta is his handshake. He has really long fingers. Those are really important qualities for a quarterback and a volleyball player, for which he’s both.

  74. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 11:37 am

    By the way, UH volleyball is still recruiting Tuileta.

  75. kapakahi February 9, 2014 11:42 am


    By Administrative Directive, Gov Neil is directing use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for certain State construction projects…..which basically mandates unionized labor…..

    SO…..no incentive for unions to change the way they do business. Same old funny business as usual…..

  76. sportsbow February 9, 2014 11:50 am

    Sorry folks. Just testing the Submit Comment. I had issues in posting lately. Looks like the Star Advertiser techs fixed it. 🙂

  77. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 11:57 am

    There are certain people who are triggering alerts.
    That’s why some posts are “pending.”

  78. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 12:00 pm

    Anyone catch the ESPN special on the decline of youth football? Actually quite remarkable on the numbers and how they have dropped over the last five years–somewhere in half-million, no longer player youth league tackle football. Rather paradoxical, as college and the NFL viewership is still spiking to all-time highs.

    Hmmmn- less players , but greater interest at the highest levels. Not sure what will happen with our sport, except to say, it will change profoundly in our lifetime. I played all my life, and not quite certain if I could give it a 100 percent endorsement for a son (I have none), if he played college ball. Some of it, is my own experiences, but the other part is that Mrs. Boolakanaka who is a physician, who specializes in trauma…..interesting times.

  79. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 12:02 pm

    We’re actually on a new system, so some posts come with alerts. I’m still trying to figure out how this works. It took me a while to figure out how to post links and photos.

  80. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 12:04 pm

    It will be interesting to see what the concussion numbers are for soccer. A corner kick to the noggin’ is pretty sore.

  81. kapakahi February 9, 2014 12:05 pm

    Being the younger brother of former DL Semeri and Tino Ulufale, the UH coaches probably should’ve figured out that the family genes would eventually kick in as Mike matured.

    Kinda reminds me of former Kahuku All-State safety Tavo Tupola…..who played at around 190 for Red Raiders…..then went on his LDS mission….and came back to become a starting OL for Utah Utes at 290+ pounds.

    Similar to Joey Iosefa……who was recruited as a 190 lb athlete…..and was projected by most to play DB…..but then bulked up over his greyshirt semester. Now who in their right mind would ever think of today’s 240 lb version of Joey as a DB prospect?


  82. kapakahi February 9, 2014 12:09 pm

    Being the younger brother of former DL Semeri and Tino Ulufale, the UH coaches probably should’ve figured out that the family genes would eventually kick in as Mike matured.

    Kinda reminds me of former Kahuku All-State safety Tavo Tupola…..who played at around 190 for Red Raiders…..then went on his LDS mission….and came back to become a starting OL for Utah Utes at 290+ pounds.

    Similar to Joey Iosefa……who was recruited as a 190 lb athlete…..and was projected by most to play DB…..but then bulked up over his greyshirt semester. Now who in their right mind would ever think of today’s 240 lb version of Joey as a DB prospect?


  83. kapakahi February 9, 2014 12:10 pm

    Looks like I’m one of ’em. Must’ve exceeded my daily quota of posts.

  84. Expat February 9, 2014 12:13 pm

    The condos down in Kakaako and other commercial projects may be going up fast, but don’t confuse that with being of quality work. Many of the more recent large commercial projects have been plagued with poor construction quality and significant construction defects – many of them caused by “value engineering” during construction to save time and money. Imagine how costly it is to re-plumb a 40-ish story tower because of faulty PEX fittings.

    There are plenty of flaws in how UH does it projects, but it would be naive to say that they are worse off than the private sector in general. It all comes down to the project team. Sometimes you have have a good design and construction team, but usually you don’t. The one thing that hampers UH that does not hamper the private sector is the procurement laws. But as draconian as they are I believe that the corruption would be even worse without them.

  85. Boolakanaka February 9, 2014 12:15 pm

    ST–you are correct sir, recent studies, especially as to women’s soccer, show that heading can be chronically dangerous, and lead to brain damage. I guess all that’s left for us on the blog is to live a sedentary lifestyle of eating shave-ice, plate lunches and watching wahine volleyball.

  86. Moocher February 9, 2014 12:44 pm

    i was in the electrical union for many many years…i can tell you, your job security is as safe and sound as a federal employee-no motivation to speed things up. on top of that, hey i’d get $1 raise every year…pay me more each year and it didnt matter if i did less, now that’s way for the STATE to select companies doing projects.

    when i was non-union, hey we got more done with less money. if i had a say, break the contracts down and group construction work into general and specialty. general work, hey hire non-union if they win the bids. but the specialty work, yeah, that’s where a mandate can be made for union since no doubt unions do have better trained members. but to do a mandate across the board, hmmm, not a lawyer but i can see lawsuits happening simply becuase why is the state not giving non-union companies the same opportunity as union companies. this is why i say if you break it down into general work and specialty work, savings and speed will come in via non-union companies…but hey, thats just my opinion.

  87. kapakahi February 9, 2014 12:49 pm


    The reality with commercial projects is that…..private developers usually VE the projects to minimize their initial capital expenditure…..take those initial savings…..while deferring costs to others who are responsible for operations, maintenance, and repair.

    BTW can’t blame the procurement laws for hampering UH between 2009 and 2012….since UH was exempt from following the State Procurement Laws until July 2012.

    FYI….UH rushed to bid out and award the Ching project prior to July 2012 while still exempt from the State Procurement Laws….

  88. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 1:38 pm

    Another slow process is state licensing.

  89. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 1:41 pm

    Enchanted Lake had a satellite City Hall. It was great. Short lines. Nice folks. Took about 90 seconds to get your car registration renewed. You guessed it. They closed it down.

  90. gobows February 9, 2014 1:47 pm

    65 turfwar

    very rare indeed. quite similar to a 185 pound running back from los angeles, went to play at columbia, impressed at the combine, got drafted by buffalo, and made the pro bowl with the charges in 2001…6-5, 280, de, marcellus wiley.

  91. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 1:51 pm

    I can understand why Marcus Smart was suspended for pushing a fan. I don’t understand how he was assessed a technical on the play. The incident had nothing to do with the on-court play.

  92. gobows February 9, 2014 1:54 pm


  93. boolakanaka February 9, 2014 1:57 pm


    DL – Al Noga – Farrington
    DL – Link Aleaga – Aiea
    DL – Tavita Sagapolu – Radford
    DL – Tino Ulufale – Farrington
    DL – Todd Schmidt – Damien
    DL – Kennedy Galeai – Kaimuki
    LB – Lafi Siliga – Waianae
    LB – Sekeli Wily – Kahuku
    DB – Harry Paago – Castle
    DB – Derrick Mahaulu – Waianae
    DB – Taua Iosefa – Radford

    This is the 82 all-state team…and Al came in at right under 200 pounds and left UH as the hulk. Also, I like this team, for additional reasons: Link Aleaga he is Halawa housing boy, and strong as anybody you can think, literally in the world, I think he has a documented bench of close to 700 pounds. And then, there is my Todd Schmidt, Damien boy, and my neighbor after we moved from Halawa side–also a helluva of graphic artist. Notice, they composed the team around a 5-2 defense, now, thats old school.

  94. kapakahi February 9, 2014 2:03 pm


    Wittek visiting Texas this coming Friday……then possibly Louisville, Pitt,…..and Hawaii.

  95. gobows February 9, 2014 2:07 pm


    i believe sagapolu’s bench press records still stand.

  96. kapakahi February 9, 2014 2:11 pm



  97. gobows February 9, 2014 2:13 pm

    power lifting record, not bench press

  98. bowwar February 9, 2014 2:35 pm

    There are other QBs on the market besides Wittek, if they’re looking for a quick fix…I’m not sure if a quick fix at QB will do much for our beleagured Warriors.

  99. obachan February 9, 2014 2:47 pm

    #72 Interesting take on Spud Webb. Apparently the coaches didn’t know or overlooked the fact that despite his stature he could jump out of the building.

  100. kapakahi February 9, 2014 2:58 pm


  101. wafan February 9, 2014 3:09 pm

    2nd century!

  102. A-House February 9, 2014 4:19 pm

    just came back from the movie Monument Men – I liked it from a WWII true story and from an “art” point of view – just imagine the Nazi’s were able to accumulate all that within a very short period mostly from Jewish families that were sent to camps

    Cloney chose to center this movie on a very small band when in fact there were hundreds involved under the command of an American Major General who selectively sent home items via military aircraft and his family continue to resist any attempt to recover and return to their rightful owners – many who may have perished in the death camps

    best I know, the US government has not exerted any pressure for this family to return all items sent from Europe – they claim they are the rightful owners and cannot show proof of how they acquired any piece during WW II – still a “black mark” against the US Government and Army

    movie shows the Russian Army after the same looted art and taken to Russia – wonder who have what was sent to Mother Russia? It’s recorded that the Russian’s dismantled certain factories piece by piece and rebuilt them somewhere within their borders

    After WWII, Russia began to build a “natural barrier” around their country by taking over any country bordering Europe and creating USSR

    meanwhile, many families have asked this family to return their property

    make me wonder how much of the recovered pieces are still in storage waiting for its rightful owner

  103. leron February 9, 2014 5:13 pm

    Hawaii hoops also missed out on Isaiah Thomas. He was set to come here until his Mom, who wanted him close to home in Chicago, talked him out if it.

  104. Jellybean February 9, 2014 5:34 pm


  105. Tired February 9, 2014 8:03 pm

    104….absolutely right….we should get our coaches from Kazakhstan

  106. el burro sabio February 9, 2014 8:33 pm

    Chow could bring in Andy Reid as an assistant and some people would still complain about the Utah/BYU connection.

  107. A-House February 9, 2014 8:39 pm

    had a great time feeding my face at the baseball fund raiser – thanks to Stretch for setting up our table of Chawan, Ryan, Janice and Sailor blue, and Stretches mom and sister.

    had a short chat with ex-Chancellor Hinshaw as she passed our table – still out there supporting basket ball, volley ball, and baseball – also, football.

  108. tommui February 9, 2014 9:13 pm

    A-House #102

    There was an article on the that -stolen art by the Nazi – in the Smithsonian magazine, a year or so ago. The government does compel restoration of the art works to the rightful owners. The problem is proving that they are the rightful owners as many were Jews who died in the Concentration Camps. Proof often could be old family photos showing the art in place.

    Many of the art grabbed by the Russians are in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg including many impressionist paintings. Again being held for their “rightful owner” but the Russians have not returned a single one!

  109. Stephen Tsai February 9, 2014 9:58 pm

    Is there an assumption UH is only recruiting Wittek?

  110. al February 9, 2014 10:06 pm

    no…you did say there were two transfer candidates.

  111. al February 9, 2014 10:10 pm

    i imagine there’s a few jc guys, too.

  112. bowwar February 9, 2014 10:17 pm

    ST: Let’s hope there are other options besides Wittek.

  113. Truman February 9, 2014 10:20 pm

    ST, you sure are good at teasing us 🙂 Yeah, you did mention 2 transfers. In your opinion or the star rating system, how is he or them compared to Wittek.

  114. al February 9, 2014 10:57 pm

    I smell a subliminal message

  115. wafan February 10, 2014 2:58 am

    Good morning!

  116. Bugaz February 10, 2014 5:31 am

    I hope they’re not only recruiting Wittek. There are a bunch of 2015 recruits looking for a school to play for.

  117. tommui February 10, 2014 7:06 am


    Time for my two-cents – and it is only worth that much.

    Coach Chow spent most of his life at BYU as a player and a coach.
    I would imagine that he made a bunch of friends/associates etc there.

    As boss-man at UH, I would suspect that he would hire people that he knows.
    It would be great if he hired people from So. Cal where we do our major recruiting but his tenure there was not as long (and fruitful) as it was in Utah.

    So the Utah connection is logical and understandable.

  118. A-House February 10, 2014 7:26 am

    good morning, tommui!

    my beef with Chow is he being a brand new HC and elects to hire grad assistants and promote them to “assistant coaches” who had very limited experience coaching – then he bumps Tuioti and installs a new DL coach who was a grad assistant at Utah

    I have no idea how good they were as players, but I will presume that they were adequate and totally no knowledge of their teaching and interpersonal skills

  119. tommui February 10, 2014 7:51 am

    #118 A-House: Sounds like the Army! 🙂

    Yes, I thought letting Tuioti go was a bad idea. But again, such decisions are beyond my pay-grade>

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