Warriors: Looking ahead

The Warriors are spending part of the bye week on recruiting. But some of the answers already are in the program.

Quarterback: Former USC quarterback Max Wittek is running the scout team during this redshirt season. Aaron Zwahlen joins next year after completing a two-year church mission.

Running back: D.J. Riggins, who is grayshirting this season, joins in January.

Slotback: John Ursua, who committed in February 2012, started his mission late. He joins next year. Here’s a reminder of his skills: Ursua video

Wideouts: Devan Stubblefield probably would have started this season if not for a season-ending knee injury. He won’t play baseball in the spring, but will ready for training camp. Darrian Josey, Don’Yeh Patterson and, yes, Vasquez Haynes are in the wings.

Offensive line: Tui Eli should be getting a shot next year. Gus Lavaka returns after a mission.

Defensive line: If not for the senior-heavy rotation, Ka‘au Gifford would have played this year. He’ll play next year, for sure.

Linebacker: Jahlani Tavai has joined the active roster as an outside linebacker. He was on the 64-player travel roster to Colorado this past week, but has not played in a game this season.

Cornerback: Jerrell Jackson auditioned at wideout and, at one point, was playing nickelback. He has not played in a game this season, preserving his redshirt option.

Safety: Manly Williams is grayshirting this semester and joins in January.

Kicker: Ryan Weese and Kainoa McDonald have not played during senior Tyler Hadden’s breakout season. They will compete for the starting job next year.


  1. UHfan808 September 23, 2014 7:59 am


  2. 3-Prong September 23, 2014 7:59 am

    Bring on the makani. Ahhhh!

  3. NorthShoreFan September 23, 2014 7:59 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    WARRIORS, it’s time to heal up and recharge!

  4. haka September 23, 2014 8:00 am

    Go Warriors!
    Lot’s to look forward to!

  5. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:00 am

    are we targeting a QB for this class? or will it be Zwahlen or bust?

  6. 3-Prong September 23, 2014 8:00 am

    Eh UHfan808, Number 1 again eh?!

  7. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:01 am

    and I hope we are targeting a RB to pair w Lakalaka. as well as 2-3 more WRs.

  8. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:02 am

    are we targeting a QB for this class? or will it be Zwahlen or bust?

  9. 3-Prong September 23, 2014 8:02 am

    Best Wishes to Jeremy Higgins.

  10. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:02 am

    and I hope we are targeting a RB to pair w Lakalaka. and 2-3 more WRs.

  11. UHfan808 September 23, 2014 8:04 am

    Good morning again, Tsai-kos!

    May this new post be a place of celebration and productive discussion, and even productive, respectful evaluation-based criticism if need be.

    Have a nice day, everyone 🙂

    GO WARRIORS!! Do your thing!!

  12. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:06 am

    what about the other 2 grayshirts: Furuta and Lambert?

  13. Kanak September 23, 2014 8:07 am

    Yes, we have guys waiting in the wings but still one concern with no guarantee… QUARTERBACK! Hopefully Zwahlen was sprinting/throwing as he went house-to-house. Is there one guy who Chow can anoint the chosen one in the offseason (i.e. Graham, Woolsey) and actually pans out come September? *fingers crossed*

  14. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:08 am

    would not be against bringing 2 more QBs in this class, 1 JC and 1 HS to compete against Woolsey and Zwahlen.

    id move Reilly to OLB.

  15. kawika49 September 23, 2014 8:14 am

    Keep working on what is good and refining the areas of concern. 13 days is a lot of time in the football season. Now is the time to rehab those that are chipped up, and give reps to promising players.

  16. tom-warriornation September 23, 2014 8:16 am

    SJSU making a QB change:


  17. gigi-hawaii September 23, 2014 8:17 am

    Laughed at your comment in yesterday’s post regarding not using “naughty words.”
    About time! Lol.

  18. gigi-hawaii September 23, 2014 8:23 am

    I was very happy to see Greg Salas catch some passes in yesterday’s Jets game.
    Too bad they lost, but excellent effort on his part.

  19. DaveLetterMan September 23, 2014 8:25 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    UHfan808, my bad for starting the uproar in the last post. I’ll be good from now on.
    Let’s go Rainbow Warriors, eat RICE for breakfast, lunch & dinner!
    Healing prayers to the players during the bye week.
    Looking good for next season.

  20. jeezy33 September 23, 2014 8:26 am

    2 qbs should be automatic…

  21. DaveLetterMan September 23, 2014 8:27 am

    Gigi, that was a great catch and run by Salas. Hopefully, he’ll have many more like that this season.

  22. gigi-hawaii September 23, 2014 8:30 am

    Dave Letter Man,
    Yeah, I just hope the Jets don’t cut him.

  23. DaveLetterMan September 23, 2014 8:35 am

    Gigi, know what you mean. He’s done well everywhere he’s been but hasn’t been able to stick with a team. This might be the one if he keeps it up. Hoping for the best. He’s a wonderful kid – met him once – and a great rep for UH.

  24. haka September 23, 2014 8:35 am

    Ewaliko and Ursua could be a very dynamic duo next year.

  25. gigi-hawaii September 23, 2014 8:40 am

    I admire Philip Rivers, quarterback for the Chargers.
    Isn’t he a Norm Chow product?

  26. Stephen Tsai September 23, 2014 8:44 am

    Furuta joins in January.
    I’m not sure if Lambert is eligible. There’s a possibility he might be going to a JC.

  27. al September 23, 2014 8:45 am

    so what happened to tui unga?

  28. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:48 am

    Tui should be in the NT/DT rotation next season.

  29. DaveLetterMan September 23, 2014 8:55 am

    Gigi, you a correct. Norm Chow was the OC at NC State when Rivers was there.

  30. gigi-hawaii September 23, 2014 8:56 am

    That was a funny column about Scott Harding by Ferd Lewis in today’s paper.
    Read his punch line at the end of his story.

  31. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 8:57 am

    he coached Rivers for 1 season, his freshman season.

  32. mo808 September 23, 2014 9:00 am

    Good morning, folks!

    I am anxiously anticipating a rejuvenated RB Warrior Team cook Flylice next week! (Jesse James , thanks for the motivational post yesterday) “Inching” our way to victory!

    GO BOWS!!!

  33. Kanak September 23, 2014 9:01 am

    Yay for more guys in the WR rotation, still need another QB or two to compete. Is counting on Wittek, a 50% passer (so far) an upgrade at the position?

  34. tommui September 23, 2014 9:01 am


    Letsgowarriors – “I’d move Reilly to OLB.”


  35. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 9:03 am

    bc that’s where I see him having the most potential.

  36. (Jesse)James September 23, 2014 9:18 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!!

    Wow, guess I missed a lot of stuff happening on the blog yesterday.

    Well, everyone has their opinion. Make your point and move on. Like we say, one snap and clear. Don’t dwell on the past, make the corrections you can and move forward…. IMUA… 🙂

    And here’s a repost of the speech for OUR WARRIORS… 🙂


    Sorry, ST… I think there’s a naughty word or two in the clip… 🙂

  37. Ipu Man September 23, 2014 9:19 am

    Thanks Tsai for you not taking a bye week…
    What would we do without you?
    Hope you get paid accordingly.

  38. gigi-hawaii September 23, 2014 9:21 am

    That’s what I liked about JJ.
    He always said, “One snap and clear.”

  39. Kanak September 23, 2014 9:31 am

    Some interesting census data for the NFL. Hawaii makes a nice showing, 11 born here, but only 7 went to high school here. Who’s the 4 guys? Maybe we just list em all…


  40. SC September 23, 2014 9:37 am

    That is great about future recruits. But UH needs help now. Another losing season and UH will lose more season ticketholders and fans. I finally gave up my season tickets after 25 years since I did not see much improvement during scrimmages this year compared to last year. I hope that UH can win at least 4 games but I am not optimistic at this point and I don’t see much improvement. Not sure if Graham is the answer at QB especially after his non throwing shoulder injury and lack of reading coverages although he had a strong arm.

  41. jimmy the lock September 23, 2014 10:00 am

    Who the Warriors stay recruiting? What positions? Looking in the backyard or long distance?

    Obviously they going work on redzone offense. Hopefully it’s obvious.


  42. Waikapu September 23, 2014 10:07 am

    A little early to be talking about next year eh? Pretty sure we’ll be looking at an entirely new coaching staff.

  43. Andrew September 23, 2014 10:09 am

    On the bright side even with the inefficiencies of the offence, the team has been in it every single game. They have not been blown out or completely out of games at all. With a little more efficiency on offense, we could easily be 4-0 now.

  44. 4-Prong September 23, 2014 10:17 am

    if the offense wasn’t such a train wreck, I would say 3-1. wins against UW, colorado, and UNI, with a loss to oregon state. let’s be real, here. regardless of the final score, oregon state demolished us.

  45. Shoko September 23, 2014 10:22 am

    Red zone offense needs work. Red Zone TD percentage (35%) needs to improve. This year, though, it does seem the Warriors are on track in getting into the red zone with more frequency than the last two years.


  46. Andrew September 23, 2014 10:23 am


    If Iosefa was healthy, I think we would have won that Colorado game. Lakalaka did great but with Iosefa would have made a big difference.

  47. A-House September 23, 2014 10:23 am

    it’s very difficult for me to “one snap and clear” b/c for the 4th consecutive game I watch the “inept” offense try to get a TD from or within the 5 yard line

    Colorado was no different as they had 5 chances, but——————

    Chow may have been a great QB and/or OC, but as a HC? is it the coaches who are not getting the job done or is it, as Chow puts it every time, “they” could not execute – WHY???

    is it the play that’s called or the players fail to do their job or both? If the “box” has 8 opponents and the call is “up the middle”, how would you feel as a player?

    as my neighbor said yesterday, UH games are so BORING, who wants to watch – in person, on TV or radio? “up the middle and pass to the flat” are 2 most common plays called – does UH not have the players to pull it off?

    flat passes – WR stays motionless with the CB about 3-5 yards away – ball is passed to WR who is immediately tackled for no gain or loss – why keep calling the play? or, as Chow said in the past, it’s to keep the defense honest – really???

    WR – UH has the height { 6’3″ or 6’4″}, but no speed as put by one of the WR – it that’s the case, go out 10 yards and to a “comeback” for the ball? did anyone count the number of times the smaller CB knocked the ball away in Colorado?

  48. jimmy the lock September 23, 2014 10:27 am

    It’s neither here nor there, it’s always the what ifs. Many said the same things last season.

    Same ‘ol story, make improvements, do this do that, but so far similar patterns are occurring. What could have been never happen.

    Just suck it up, enjoy the next game, grumble, monku, be a Grease, whatever, just suck it up.

    Sorry for the ramble, must be first day of Autumn.


  49. Shoko September 23, 2014 10:27 am

    I remember Chow brought up that when they ran it up the middle they used different blocking schemes.

  50. Hon2255 September 23, 2014 10:31 am

    Winning at Texas with problems at QB won’t bode well for Watriors. Rice by 8 PTs.

  51. 4-Prong September 23, 2014 10:36 am

    A-House: you don’t necessarily need to be a 4.4 40 yard dash guy to get separation from the receiver. davonne bess wasn’t exactly the fastest receiver in UH history, but the dude was ALWAYS open.

  52. jimmy the lock September 23, 2014 10:36 am

    A-House, that’s what I said last season about attendance. My friends don’t go anymore because they said the offense is boring. How they define boring is that same plays are used over and over, no big gains, no exciting and electrifying offensive players, no simple trick plays (whatever that means, probably after drinking too many any sleight of hand play is a trick), no outside of the redzone touchdowns, and no team speed.

    Whatever, people no need go to the game…UH needs to do something that makes people want to go to the game. Haven’t figured out that formula yet.

  53. SC September 23, 2014 10:40 am

    You are right Jimmy the lock. Same thing as last year and year before. Many what ifs and not reality. UH is 1-3 and that will not change with the what ifs.

    UH’s schedule in the MW looks pretty tough with road games against San Diego State, Colorado State, San Jose State and Fresno State. UH is not good at all on the road.

    Also, home games look pretty tough against Nevada, Utah State and Wyoming. With the current offense, I anticipate a win against UNLV at home and perhaps another win at home.

  54. jimmy the lock September 23, 2014 10:46 am

    What’s up with Davone Bess nowadays? Could have been playing with Johnny Football.

  55. Waikapu September 23, 2014 10:47 am

    Why are my posts not being allowed to publish?

  56. SC September 23, 2014 10:48 am

    RE: #49

    If UH wins, people will go to the games. But, the reality so far is that UH has not had a winning record for 3 straight seasons and likely a 4th.

  57. nutmegger September 23, 2014 10:56 am

    You folks that are former players know better than I, but my sense is the timing and mental connection between QB and receivers has not developed yet. It seems to me coaching can only do so much, but it is repetition until the pass and catch are done without thinking that is the only solution. We are a third of the way through the season so I think that at Rice things will start clicking.


  58. Da Punchbowl Kid September 23, 2014 10:59 am

    Very sorry to read about Higgins. Was hoping to see him heal up in time for another shot at game time. Good luck to him in all future endeavors. Time for somebody else to step up!


  59. Andrew September 23, 2014 11:04 am


    Yeah I feel horrible for him that he could have very well played his last collegiate down already. Hope that he fulfills his aspirations of going into coaching.

  60. cocobean September 23, 2014 11:26 am

    Another opinion. Knack for winning.

    Some coaches have the knack for winning. As Bum once said about Shula. “he can take his and beat yours then take yours and beat his.” Unfortunately for us Chow has not found that knack yet. He’s been trying so hard since he got here but the light bulb still hasn’t gone on. He’ll get it….I hope.

    The best local example of having a knack for winning is Cal Lee. He took over a decent St. Louis program with good talent and won. As he got great talent he turned the program into a dynasty. Cal was a hands on coach but his best attribute was leadership. He was the CEO. He provided the program with his vision and the the direction to achieve it. His coaches and players followed his lead and the rest is history. You got to ask him for the details.

  61. jeezy33 September 23, 2014 11:27 am

    52. Winning definitely helps… but I think you can take it a step further and say Hawaii current style of football can get boring at times… not a lot of people want to pay good money to see a below average product.. like in all sports, fans like seeing scoring… which is why nfl change rules giving offense advantages.. same reason mlb did good during steroid era. College football is flourishing with spread attack offenses putting up 40 a game… I will say the udub game was pretty entertaining though.. the best product on the field so far this year.. which isn’t good because you’re suppose to progress as season moves

  62. Shoko September 23, 2014 11:28 am

    Not sure what is worse, a bye week after a loss or bye week with a lot of questions about the offense. Feels like the two weeks before the start of the season, again.

  63. Stephen Tsai September 23, 2014 11:29 am

    There was an episode from an old 60s sitcom. A famous musical group was going to be staying with a family. The catch was that nobody in the family could take pictures or tell anyone else. They would have the group all to themselves, but nobody but the family would ever know.
    Here’s the situation: If a reader could have inner knowledge about recruiting, strategies, personnel evaluations, etc., but not be allowed to tell anyone — not a spouse, not anonymously on another board — would he/she accept the deal?
    The point: Is it more important to know what’s going on or to let others know you know what’s going on?

  64. cocobean September 23, 2014 11:29 am

    Don’t feel too sorry for Higgins. His future in football is not over it’s just beginning.

  65. cocobean September 23, 2014 11:33 am

    Turn it down. My brains would blow up if I had to keep quiet and not respond to opinions expressed here. I’d rather be part of the group that don’t know that they don’t know.

  66. letsgowarriors September 23, 2014 11:35 am

    just tell us everything u know tsai

  67. Boolakanaka September 23, 2014 11:41 am

    Aloha all! Ok get out the cups and the haterade…talk of Lane Kiffin, succeeding Saban at bama….

  68. gigi-hawaii September 23, 2014 11:43 am

    yeah, it’s like joining a hula halau and not being allowed to post photos or discuss what is going on for a blog.
    That’s one great reason to quit a hula halau.
    So now I don’t dance the hula but I do blog.

  69. NotNasti September 23, 2014 11:45 am

    ST: Of course you would take the deal. Better the inside knowledge, than not at all. Everyone else, myself included, are Monday morning quarterbacks.

  70. Whats Up September 23, 2014 11:46 am

    I don’t care if it’s a boring football style like Alabama Football but what makes it less boring is winning. Hawaii is not winning and the offense is not exciting and limp, needs Viagra. The Defense and Special Teams are going hard and strong and carrying the inept Offense to keep the score close. Colorful comments, maybe, but the offense really is lacking big time. Chow and Wynn better figure something out on offense or next season Hawaii may have a Head Coaching change. Kevin Clune, Daronte, Powell, Kurt, Naole and Demarest are keepers. The QB/WR coaches are not.

  71. jimmy the lock September 23, 2014 11:47 am

    Is that like working for the CIA? I’d have a special set of skills…

    Is that like a non-disclosure deal? I’d have a huge settlement…I’d go with that.

    I’d take the option of knowing everything. So should everyone else. Then everyone would know everything while not knowing that everybody else knows what you know. Then the blog would be a bunch of bull-lie comments and everyone would get all huhu and kill the messenger and the message.

  72. NotNasti September 23, 2014 11:51 am

    Our “three yards and a cloud of dust” offense would not be so boring if we had a running back who at any time could break one and take it to the house (ala Gary Allen, Anthony Edgar, Alex Greene).

  73. kimo browner September 23, 2014 12:10 pm

    recruiting on the defensive side has been progressively better. it is starting to show. that said, Coach & Co need to recruit a higher caliber RB if Chow persists on smash mouth football. Also, Staff has yet to recruit a top notch TE and it shows. three years and Chow is still converting athletes from other positions with little or no experience at TE. Im always suspect of recruiting athletes that go on two year missions. Physically, they stop training during that period and it takes time to recharge the mojo–if it is still there. If staff can plug these gaps in a few years the program is in good shape. that will give 5-years for Coach Chow to get it together. That’s very fair.

  74. Shoko September 23, 2014 12:14 pm

    I think tight ends is one position that’s hard to recruit because there are so few of them out there and the one’s that are legit get recruited by more recognized schools.

    By the way, who is training the tight ends since Wiesehan left?

  75. kawika49 September 23, 2014 12:15 pm

    #69 and 61…and number 70
    What we have seen to date, is not by necessity; what we will view in conference.

  76. jeezy33 September 23, 2014 12:24 pm

    Alabama football isn’t boring. 12th in the nation in passing yards and 42 points a game. I love when people come at me with ignorant statements..

  77. jeezy33 September 23, 2014 12:26 pm

    There is a reason fans booed at the northern iowa game.. while we were running.. it was boring and awful to watch… it probably didn’t prepare us at all for Colorado either when we had to make throws

  78. cocobean September 23, 2014 12:34 pm

    k49. In conference the difference in speed won’t as great. All the greenhorns in the skilled positions should have a better understanding of what their role is. They’ve all had “teachable moments” to learn from. Let’s hope they start getting better from the Rice game.

  79. Not an Expert September 23, 2014 12:36 pm

    Last year if wasn’t for the defense we would have won more games. This year wasn’t for the offense we would have won more games. Is next year the year when the defense and offense does their thing and the team wins? Maybe, however this year is still up in the air.

    If we do not win against league competition the fans will be rumbling. The negative comments now will seem less defensive or should it be less offensive.

  80. SteveM September 23, 2014 12:37 pm

    RE: #61
    Based on my past, I rather not know, even though most times I had no choice. ST, as a reporter (and future book writer) you would have to know. The day you retire, I’m coming over to get a photo of your face without all the tape covering your mouth. 🙂

    RE: #70
    NotNasti — 3 yards per rush (and punt) and occasionally breaking one is like playing slot machines…and just as addictive. You hit a small jackpot once in a while, but most times not. I got stronger binoculars to watch the line between the tackles at Aloha Stadium in the 80’s and a very empty wallet to support this. 😐

  81. haka September 23, 2014 12:41 pm

    74 Ignorant? Well, what you are really saying is that it is not the offensive philosophy that is boring, but rather the success of it. So as long as the Warrior offense scores 42 a game it won’t be boring right?

  82. Darren September 23, 2014 12:51 pm

    44% pass completion rate = 3 yards & a cloud of dust running plays = punting & playing for field position

  83. DaveLetterMan September 23, 2014 12:52 pm

    Last I remember, the offense lost it’s #1 rb and te and,before the season started, three good wr’s. It’s going to take some games for the backups to get experience. This bye week will be good to get more reps. Hoping the Rice game will be the break out game for the offense.

  84. What??? September 23, 2014 12:54 pm

    The WR need separation? Feed them plenny kim chee, garlic, onions, and patis.

  85. Tempmanoa September 23, 2014 1:05 pm

    I don’t understand why anyone would call Alabama’s offense boring– especially in comparison to UH. Alabama throws the ball– a lot, to a variety of receivers– and they run a variety of running plays out of multiple formations. I don’t know why our offense is so boring, but it is boring, maybe lack of the right talent, and maybe because of the schemes and plays. Just look at how often we run the ball for low yardage, and how often we punt! Scott Harding is a great punter but we don’t want to see him break a school or national record of number of punts per game or season.

  86. Darren September 23, 2014 1:10 pm

    77. Yup…kinda frustrating about the flip flop on the offense/defense performance between last year and this year.

    Since Coach Chow’s experience is on the offense side of the ball, here’s hoping that we’re able to get this turned around soon…like next game kind of soon.

  87. Darren September 23, 2014 1:10 pm

    From Coach Wynn:

    The bedeviling thing is Hawaii’s quarterbacks look fine in practice and warm ups. Wynn said he would be losing his mind if our quarterbacks did that (game performance) in practice!


    Find the guy who performs the best when the lights go on…there’s only one way to find out.

  88. Fei Jai September 23, 2014 1:14 pm

    They say you learn more from defeat than from victory. If this is true, then Norm must have done a lot of learning over the last two seasons as he has done nothing but producing losing seasons. Year three is not looking too good either.

    Why all this learning for Norm over the past two years has not translated into victories for Norm is the perplexing question.

    How many more lessons will Norm need before he can start producing victories?

    The braddah nevah learn his lessons yet?

  89. KdaGreat September 23, 2014 1:14 pm

    They have a lot more to fix then just red zone offense. And if they keep losing, they will probably lose a lot more than just season ticket holders.

  90. NotNasti September 23, 2014 1:28 pm

    Legion of Zoom? No.
    Legion of Boom? No.
    Legion of Gloom? Uhhh . . .

  91. Maddog50 September 23, 2014 1:29 pm

    This is the best this team has looked defensively and special teams in years. Offensively Red Zone and 3rd Down are issues. Fix em and enjoy the ride. Steven L has been a pleasant surprise. Look for games to form around performing units till we get it right. Best wishes to Mr Higgins. Go Warriors !

  92. sofaking_blk September 23, 2014 1:29 pm

    The last time I checked the coaches call the plays. The performance of this team is a DIRECT REFLECTION of the HC. This is year 3 and things are getting worse for this team. I feel bad for these kids because they’re playing their butts off. They don’t deserve what this HC is putting them through. Anywhere else any he would’ve been fired along time ago. People need to accept the fact that Chow is just not HC material, PERIOD!

  93. Andrew September 23, 2014 1:44 pm


    I think more of the problem is execution than play calling. The play calling for the most part is fine, it’s just that the players at times are not executing them well
    (some more than others). Execution of course can be a result of coaching, but it’s not entirely. You can coach a player all you want, but at game time its the player that goes on the field and does the play.

  94. Andrew September 23, 2014 1:48 pm


    And how are things getting worse for the team? Year one they were getting blown out nearly every game where it was pretty much over at halftime. Last year the offense started clicking at the end and there were a bunch of games that were very close and came down to the end. This year even with an offense that has been inefficient, they have kept every game close against PAC-12 schools and actually could have and should have won two of them. The offense obviously needs work, but in my opinion the team overall is much better this year than it has been the past two seasons.

  95. Andrew September 23, 2014 1:51 pm

    Isn’t it also evidence that the program is getting better when the fans are now getting upset when we lose that we should have won rather than everyone upset that we are getting blown out?

  96. cocobean September 23, 2014 2:01 pm


    Demo was Demo from day one no additional help needed here. The team needed the players to improve their strength and conditioning. Hire Beemer, job done. The o-line needed fixing. Hire Naole, job well on it’s way to completion. The defense needed fixing. Hire Clune and Gouveia, job progressing in right direction.

    Lessons learned. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If it’s broke bring in qualified people to fix it.

  97. kawika49 September 23, 2014 2:04 pm

    When we eat Rice, we will believe.

  98. shadow September 23, 2014 2:04 pm

    With knowledge, comes responsibility. Will sharing of this knowledge help or hurt others.

    Post #61 is naturally referring to the world of the “Warriors.” On a global perspective, what if one was to share knowledege of the identities/whereabouts/plans of our nuclear weapons experts or plutonium sources to others. Would this help or hurt others?

    In response to 61, I’d say choose wisely . . .

  99. Bryson September 23, 2014 2:04 pm

    In regards to your post Stephen I would like to be in the know then maybe I could understand what is going on with the football team….As it stands right now most of us are outsiders and we can only come up with solutions from the facts we know…

  100. jimmy the lock September 23, 2014 2:05 pm

    A loss is still a loss no matter how you look at it, unless you like moral victories. Same as a win is a win yet still get complaints.

    The record stands today at 1-3, not going change except if the other teams used an ineligible player and the NCAA with all it’s might and glory in favor of UH reverses the loss.

  101. st. anthony trojan September 23, 2014 2:12 pm

    yea is sort of funny here…so many know so much.. me included at times…but with a limited amount of schollies…available each year…seem to some me need 10 QB…while others think we need 20 DL…n yet others yet 30 OL…ETC ETC….COACH must go 2 bed at nite….with a head full of recruits… tough business…but all the experts on this blog…he he he…

    hey fj…how u stay there…???

  102. Inyoface September 23, 2014 2:14 pm

    I didn’t think Puu-Robinson would be injured again this year.

  103. 4-Prong September 23, 2014 2:15 pm

    ST: I would rather know what’s going on and have a deeper understanding of something that interests me. Of course, I’d want to share that knowledge, whether that’s writing articles or posting on a message board or talking with friends, but if i had to pick between knowing and not knowing, i would always rather know.

    as a side note, whoever thinks alabama is boring, especially now, isn’t following college football. Even that SEC championship game with alabama vs LSU a few years back that ended 6-3 alabama, was exciting.

    UH football is boring to watch because they don’t execute. and they don’t even look competent on offense. I think michigan state is a boring football team, but i don’t think they’re necesarily boring to watch in the sense that UH is.

  104. Fei Jai September 23, 2014 2:18 pm

    The hóuzi needs more learning experiences and lessons to be a better tree swinger.

    — Lao Tzu from Kaimuki

  105. kawika49 September 23, 2014 2:22 pm

    OK. since there are more of you in Oahu than us in the Big Island. Please step out on your Lanai in 10 minutes; and blow hard so we can have trade winds. no Puhio accepted.

  106. kawika49 September 23, 2014 2:24 pm

    Sorry aim south.

  107. Z September 23, 2014 2:29 pm

    We have speedy young receivers. We just not using them. Just put em in and have em sprint the seam on every play that they are in the game. Force their corners and safeties to cover them. If they don’t toss em the coconut. At least open up the box. It is just too crowded in there.

  108. A-house September 23, 2014 2:37 pm

    Darren #85:

    now, that’s the response I would expect from a “coach” who lacks experience coaching the player/position – Wynn’s only experience is his playing days, which was cut short due to injury and watching other Utah QBs play – did he spend time watching/studying other QBs to learn?

    question to himself should be “what can I do to make the QBs play like they practice?” same principle applies to a golf coach who sees his/her student perform so majestically on the on the driving range, but not on the golf course.

    same applies to the WR coach

  109. FCWarrior September 23, 2014 2:45 pm

    We also have recievers with great hands that can catch, just not giving them opportunity to play and limiting to just a few players. The depth is there, need to give then the chance to prove

    ST- the issue is transparency. The fans would appreciate to know why things go the way they go in games, why certain players are used, what make this player “better” than others, etc. With knowledge, their is better appreciation.

  110. Z September 23, 2014 2:47 pm

    But then we have a head coach when asked keep saying, ” I wish I knew.” And quarterback who keeps saying, ” I need to get better.” If this ends up being their mantra for the season there goes the season. I no blame the young man. I am still waiting for our coaching guru to develop a quarterback who has not come in from another program.

  111. Z September 23, 2014 2:52 pm

    I figure since we are a D1 program we should be able to find a really good quarterback coach. I mean I keep hearing that it is the most important position on the team.

  112. Waikapu September 23, 2014 2:58 pm

    I’ve tried five times to post but am not being allowed by the site. Can anyone help me? What did I do that does not allow me to post like any other reader?

  113. Abunai September 23, 2014 3:15 pm

    #10 letsgobows

    About the RB situation with DJ Riggins coming in next year and I hope they get Marcel Brown to commit from the California area. He’s a RB that has the it factor IMO. As a junior he stands at 5’10” 210lbs had 212 carries for 2031 yards and 26 touchdowns. That’s almost 10 yards a carry…. Almost 1 TD for every 10 carries. He’s 1st team CIF in his division. I really hope UH coaches goes after this guy hard.

  114. willieboy September 23, 2014 3:15 pm

    coach chow needs to look at hiring a more experienced offensive coordinator. nothing against j.wynn but I don’t feel he has the knowledge to make the right play calls. it seems like a lot of times he doesn’t call plays that will put our players in a position to succeed. he knows what has been dealt to him but yet he cannot adapt his play calls. just my thought.

  115. Stephen Tsai September 23, 2014 3:25 pm

    Starting with the Rice game, that should be a true indicator. Relatively equal programs (although Rice does have more moolah).

  116. Not an Expert September 23, 2014 3:32 pm

    Wide receivers do they go hard each play? Doing so helps to keep their cover man out of the play long enough to give a better chance of success to the other receivers. Run every pattern thinking you are the primary receiver. Could it be the receivers know that not many times they are thrown to as the secondary receiver. Selling the plays by the receivers is done if they run hard on every play which equates to more success for all.

  117. jimmy the lock September 23, 2014 3:35 pm

    A true indicator of what? Isn’t playing in the MWC during the Chow dynasty a true indicator? Sure there are the haves and have nots but this is Division I football.

  118. AllG September 23, 2014 3:36 pm

    ST is Tui Unga still on the team? Also did Lawrence L. ever make it into school?

  119. st. anthony trojan September 23, 2014 3:41 pm

    me thinks…elewakio ? ..should be used at qb in red zone.. he has moves… hopefully he is a good short passer…n he has moves.. n can run… coach has 2 weeks…to bring out the ‘surprise’ package…n sum special plays 4 him.. should not be to hard…hoping ne way…don’t think ikaika can n will get her done…hopefully..he gets comfortable back there..in these 2 weeks…

  120. madeinhawaii September 23, 2014 3:42 pm

    Maybe we are all pointing fingers at the wrong source of the problem. Maybe it’s the budget. The coaching budget. Not enough money to hire quality staff. Chow might be spread too thin over the entire field that he can’t focus on the real areas of concern. We really needed an experienced OC to help watch over the other position coaches.

  121. Not an Expert September 23, 2014 3:54 pm

    One of the things about winning is the belief of winning. Do they believe they can win the majority of the time. Success breeds more success and failures tend to have attitudes spiral downwards.

    A great leader will have shortcomings at times but they will bounce back and be winners more times than not. After 2 years for most major programs these head coaches if not winning are shown the door.

    If the team goes 50/50 in conference play he will be given one more year although he may go 1-4 out of conference, ending up with a 5-8 record. If anything less than 50/50 meaning 3-5 in conference with a record of 4-9 I believe we will have a new HC. Just my guess.

  122. Abunai September 23, 2014 4:00 pm


    I believe Unga is still on the team. I think they are redshirting him because of all the seniors this year. He wil be a good one at the DE position. Lawrence did come in but not enough credits I think. Reminded me of another player that was suppose to come here from JC and he was highly regarded but came in overweight. His name was Doug Sims. Lawrence came here overwieght but even if he came here in shape I don’t think he could’ve played because of credits. Too bad because he was really good coming out of high school. I really wanted him to stay home but washington came in and swooped him up.

  123. Darren September 23, 2014 4:01 pm

    Offense performed better than adequate last year.

  124. Abunai September 23, 2014 4:03 pm

    I’m sorry… After rereading my post I made a mistake. It sounded like Doug Sims didn’t play for us but he did…..

  125. Not an Expert September 23, 2014 4:04 pm

    Mentioned in another blog that UH should create a template of success and winning championships on sports with less players. It has been difficult to do it on a large scale with football and baseball.

    With women’s volleyball and men’s basketball these will be a good place to start. With the smaller numbers, what can be done with the little money they make that can be utilized to help recruit the best. Giving these programs the extras and the facilities to create the atmosphere on a smaller scale that will draw the better players which in turn may lead to a national championship. If that happens a template of success for the football and baseball program can be hopefully duplicated although a tougher thing to do.

  126. Bryson September 23, 2014 4:17 pm

    Abunai Lawrence wasn’t coming in from a JR he graduated from UDUB and was eligible to transfer to play similar to Taz Stevenson…I think his transcripts might have gotten held up I know someone mentioned in here that he was waiting admission into grad school…

  127. Bryson September 23, 2014 4:19 pm

    Sorry meant JC in my previous post

  128. SteveM September 23, 2014 4:30 pm

    I really hate 3 running plays, then punt. Worse is 2 running plays up the middle for 7 yards and an incomplete 3rd down pass– which is how I would characterize the UH offense now.

    On the other hand, Iosefa was usually successful in getting a first down in two carries– 3 at most. If I was a coach with a back(s) like that, I would have the “I’m gonna run it until they stop us!” attitude. The thing is, you gotta realize when you’re stopped and move to Plan B. Plan B better not be run twice (in case we get lucky) and then pass for the first down. 👿

    OK, I believe in the “I’m gonna do it until they stop me” attitude, whether it’s running of passing. But I need some adult supervision.

    RE: #105
    A-House — I think we have seen people perform well in training and make all the correct decisions… but fold quickly when the bullets start flying. Some things can’t be taught.

  129. kapakahi September 23, 2014 4:35 pm

    #44 DE Tui Unga has suited up for all home games thus far.

  130. wafan September 23, 2014 4:46 pm

    Pomai . . .

    A correction, please.

    Should be my regular guess of 38-21, ‘Bows of course.

    Thank you!!!

  131. d1shima September 23, 2014 5:19 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Mahalo Mr. Higgins.

  132. tom September 23, 2014 5:22 pm

    Waikapu #113

    Don’t feel hurt – they tossed out two of my comments today.

    Still wondering why GOOD MORNING, HAWAII! needs moderation.

  133. hatakeman September 23, 2014 5:22 pm

    This reminds me of the Hank Haney-Charles Barkley, coach-student relationship, where Haney was able to remove Barkley’s swing hitch at the practice range. Well only until Barkley went to play a round of golf with some friends. The hitch came back as soon as there was live-game pressure. I say start looking for someone who can execute during live-game.

  134. Loa September 23, 2014 5:43 pm

    afternoon gang!

    Stephen @64 – me think was Happy Days

  135. beans September 23, 2014 6:00 pm

    Having played 3 Pac 12 opponents and having a chance to beat 2, now having a bye week to heal, I am optimistic that we will be a better team going forward. Mistakes were made, now we adjust and perform. The coaches and players have put in the time and effort. It will show. I agree with Tsai that our remaining schedule will give us a better chance of success. Keep the baby!

  136. 808WarriorFan September 23, 2014 6:03 pm

    ST…that 60’s sitcom; was it Happy Day’s ?????

  137. nutmegger September 23, 2014 6:10 pm

    The whole discussion on boring games is missing the main thing. First Downs! If we can keep a series going with first downs, any way, any play, run it, pass it, trick play – doesn’t matter. As long as we don’t punt, the game will be entertaining.

    (That is not a dis to Scot Harding, he is one of the best on the team and definitely the most entertaining – just wish he didn’t have to punt so often.)

    Of course, gotta get the TD. Sorry, FG just won’t give us the W.

  138. Tofuzuke September 23, 2014 6:11 pm

    Second third of the season here we come!! I thought 1-3, who didn’t? So quit monku! Next third, wow, can be great, be positive gang! Week to R/R, then Rice and Wyoming, can do! Defense, is old-school, love da attacking Warriors! Most of all, Coach Klune makes great adjustments in the second half and shuts them down! Big change from last yr. Offense, Coach Chow, I believe in u, gotta tinker but, doable. To me, like last yr, same thing. OC, gotta open it up!! Road trip to Rice, big win would be awesome! This is the one!! Mr AD, promo time!
    Show the game everywhere!

  139. st. anthony trojan September 23, 2014 6:17 pm

    waikapu… gosh a name from the way way past…remember the out door theater there at one time in the 50’s..was a great little community…had many friends there from the past…

    don’t know hoe 2 help you with ur posts… maybe ST sees ur plight n will try n correct 4 you..

  140. Bogeywarrior September 23, 2014 6:22 pm

    I’m off the Chow bandwagon, his offense is hopeless, boring, broken, no imagination. We need to go 4 wide, 5 wide, with no tight end and spread the field.
    QB,WR are major problems along with a bad offense system that can’t produce. Chow & Wynn will be gone next year, we need a change. Clune is absolutely a great coach and dynamic, he’s a keeper…maybe the next head coach.

  141. Abunai September 23, 2014 6:51 pm

    #127 Bryson

    I know Lawrence didn’t come from a JC. If you look at my post I did say Washington came in and swooped him up. The Sims remark was about how he was supposed to come here and be a starter. Both big guys who everyone thought would be able to play and plug up the middle. But that didn’t happen.

  142. AllG September 23, 2014 7:24 pm

    Thx for update Abunai and Bryson

  143. Bryson September 23, 2014 8:15 pm

    I understood what you wrote Abunai my response was to the fact I don’t believe it was a credit issue because Lawrence had already graduated from UDub

  144. kawika49 September 23, 2014 8:33 pm

    Just because it is quiet on the field, one would posit , It is time for the AD, to do something that would benefit the fans , in all sports. Neh?

  145. Abunai September 23, 2014 8:43 pm

    #143 Bryson

    Yeah I wasn’t sure why he couldn’t play(Lawrence). I just said credits. But I wasn’t sure and that’s why I said I think it was because of that. Thanks Bryson for clarifying that. In any case it’s either credits or transcripts (90%) that are bad that’s transfers or JC guys can’t play….

  146. oldtimer808 September 23, 2014 8:57 pm

    If the head coaching job opened up again, I would like to see Cal Lee put his name in. His knock on him before was that he did not have college coaching credentials. He has them now after being a coach on the UH teams. Well that is neither here nor there for now. I wish Coach Chow all the success this season and that he finds the magic formula for his offense. I hope he opens his offense up and just play and cut loose.

  147. Abunai September 23, 2014 9:42 pm

    Well here is my 2 cents about the TE position. I know a lot of people are saying scratch the position. But if he did recruit a good TE I think it would be a whole lot better. If we had a TE that could run, block, catch and had 25 receptions with 300yards and 5 TDs no one would be saying this. With being said if we can’t recruit a solid/good TE then all I can do is SMH..

  148. UHfan808 September 23, 2014 10:04 pm

    Was this posted before:


  149. cocobean September 23, 2014 10:08 pm

    Man, I really got a growing feeling the defense is on the verge of a break through performance. They’ve played well enough to be 3-1 but they know the reality is they’re 1-3. I think they’re angry and getting angrier with each passing day. They’re not angry at the offense like many fans are. They’re angry at themselves for letting 3 teams score more points than the their offense did.

    Clune is the right leader for the defense at this time. The only finger pointing he’s done is at himself. That feeling of ownership for the losses is reflected by his players. No matter who they interview after a game to a man they’ve said the loss is on them. They didn’t play well to enough win. Too many mental errors and missed assignments.

    I think they’re a motivated group eager to hit the grind stone to get better. In another week they’ll be chomping at the bit to prove they’re better than their record indicates. Against Rice I feel they’ll ramp up their focus, intensity and physicality. They won’t let Rice score than the offense does.

  150. UHfan808 September 23, 2014 10:11 pm

    Posted on FB by MIH —

    Our D is recognized:


  151. Mokihana September 23, 2014 10:29 pm

    LOL. Norm Chow/UH had their chance with Cal Lee. One snap amd clear.

  152. champ September 23, 2014 10:37 pm

    GiGi, Phillip Rivers has some talent. Mr. Chow coached him for 1 season I believe

  153. Mokihana September 23, 2014 10:44 pm

    Oops. One snap and clear.

  154. champ September 23, 2014 10:58 pm

    funny thing. Von Appen went 0-12 and was fired. JJ with the same team went 9-5. Remember? Ol Von Appen recruited some awesome players (remember that linebacker that played for the 49rs? Ulbrich). Great recruiter, bad coach. Good coach, winning record. Dan Robinson looked so bad with Von A but looked like an All Pro with JJ. Ehh, that rhymes.

  155. UHfan808 September 23, 2014 11:05 pm

    Rice doing a survey to study how to improve their fan experience (and bolster more fan support and attendance, I suppose maybe):


  156. champ September 23, 2014 11:28 pm

    Some coaches cannot tolerate players that may have at times an attitude/arrogance, these coaches have the “my way or the Highway” attitude, but great coaches can turn them around and make them outstanding athletes. Right away, Dick Tomey comes to mind. Great motivational speaker, got the best out his players, great defensive mind, tremendous recruiter. His only drawback was his offensive strategy. But a lot of people still liked him. Also, JJ was a great motivator and a great offensive mind, a players coach and players played hard for him and better yet he won! I figure you guys get the gist of this tirade.

  157. st. anthony trojan September 24, 2014 12:47 am

    seems to me..the defense… blanked a few teams in the second half… so can presume they are doing sumthing right..

    the offense be playing about the same caliber of player.. more on a even scale with us… so we shall see what the offense does against rice…

  158. Boolakanaka September 24, 2014 1:42 am

    Bogey, with all due respect, I’m a little confounded- if our WRs are one of our major problems–then why would we go to 4-5 receiver sets. From my vantage, given your initial statement, now you have only exponentially grown the problem??

  159. Stephen Tsai September 24, 2014 5:19 am

    Ding, ding, ding.
    New post is up.
    Here’s the link: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=23994

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