Former Arizona outside linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea (who used to be known as Keoni Bush-Loo) is joining the Warriors.
Kema-Kaleiwahea, a 2012 Kamehameha Schools graduate, is 6 feet 4 and 240 pounds. He played in 25 games total as a freshman and sophomore, mostly on special teams and as a third-down, pass-rushing specialist. The Wildcats employ a 3-3-5 defense in which the outside backers are used as pass rushers and in coverage.
He was on the active roster for three games this season before requesting — and receiving — a release from his Arizona scholarship for personal reasons. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and UH coach Norm Chow are good friends, and they had several talks before Kema-Kaleiwahea was offered a UH scholarship.
He received an NCAA waiver for the 2014 season. UH’s hope is that special circumstances will enable him to play this season without redshirting.
Here’s the full story: Kema-Kaleiwahea
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It was the 2004 Unity convention for journalists, and every major media outlet had a booth at the job fair. At the time, Stuart Scott was an established sports anchor. Yet, there he was, manning the ESPN booth, shaking hands and telling aspiring and experienced journalists the benefits of working for ESPN. That was my one and only encounter with Scott, a humble guy willing to help others.
Rest in peace to a guy who was as cool as the other side of a pillow.
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Back in the early 1980s, Gus Hannemann wanted to help high school athletes of Samoan ancestry. He organized banquets, scholarship funds and, even, excursions to American Samoa. He did a lot of other things, but the union of athletics, education and culture was one of the best memories.
He was a good man. He will be missed. Deepest sympathies to his family, including his brother Mufi.