Warriors wrap up Manoa practices

The Warriors will conduct their final regular-season practice in Manoa today, then depart this afternoon for the road trip against Fresno State.

Scott Harding will be held out of practice as a precaution against numerous ailments, but is expected to play this Saturday. He also did not practice last week but was used as a punter, punt returner and receiver against UNLV.

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Daniel Mar Chong, a former UH assistant athletic trainer, has been credited with helping volleyball players Taylor Averill and Ryan Leung. Both players did well in last night’s exhibition. Averill, a float-server last year, launched jump serves reaching 66 mph last night. Leung is challenging for time at opposite following a year’s hiatus.

Mar Chong is an ARP (accelerated recovery performance) specialist who has been helpful in UH athletes overcome a variety of injuries. He has opened his own practice.


  1. 3-Prong November 26, 2014 6:39 am

    good Morning Hawaii…

  2. BigWave96744 November 26, 2014 6:53 am

    It’s funny that some people are all high on McKenzie Milton.
    They point out his stats and winning style trumps his sub 6ft frame.

    Yet these same folks years ago dissed UH recruiting Corey Nielsen because of his sub 6ft frame, yet Corey threw way better stats and was a the Old Spice Red Zone POY. Heck even Mack dissed Corey’s height and he was the dude who recruited him.

    How you figgah?

  3. NotNasti November 26, 2014 7:01 am

    Milton is 5’11”, Nielsen is 5’9″?

  4. Down with... November 26, 2014 7:25 am

    From Tsai’s SA article today: “They always tell me not to get down on myself, and to believe in myself,” Kemp said. “(Receivers) coach (Luke) Matthews preaches that — believe in your ability. Even when I was getting booed or something, it was the people surrounding me who told me I was good enough to play at this level and that I can do it.”

    We as fans need to stop “booing” the players…even i was guilty of this in the past. We got to remember their not being paid to play for Hawaii. “Boo” the system, the AD, the play calling, the refs, the coaches all we want but never directly at the players…these are young men who choose to rep Hawaii. Support and Go Bows!!! Beat Fresno!!!

  5. BigWave96744 November 26, 2014 7:34 am

    Rivals listed Corey as 5’11”
    ScoringLive has McKenzie at 6′
    ESPN has McKenzie at 5’11
    PIAA combine has McKenzie at 5’10

  6. jm2375 November 26, 2014 7:43 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Safe travels to the Warriors. Beat the Raisins!

    Good vb game last night. Team looks ready for the season to start. Love the radar guns. Taylor Averill launched several serves in the 65+ mph range. Others were serving in the mid-50s.

    Should’ve taken a picture of ST getting quotes from the players as they were stretching on the floor after the game. 🙄 😆
    The booster club room at the SSC looks a lot nicer now that they’ve finally gotten rid of the old carpet and put in hardwood floors.

  7. BigWave96744 November 26, 2014 7:44 am

    BTW I always supposed Corey and I would support McKenzie in his college endeavors. I’m just pointing out what I’ve been reading or hearing on 1420

  8. Tempmanoa November 26, 2014 7:46 am

    If a quarterback can win the super bowl at 5’10” (Russell Wilson of the Seahawks is 5’10” according to Pete Carroll), Milton should be able to play for us if we adjust the offense slightly for him. Johnny Manziel is under 6’0″ and played for an SEC. Team that beat Alabama. Drew Brees the Saint’s QB is also under 6’0″. The NFL does look at a QB’s hand size and Wilson, Brees and Manziel have NFL sized hands not sure how big Milton’s hands are, but he holds the ball well. assuming he has normal sized hands why not offer?

  9. A-House November 26, 2014 7:53 am

    If Chow has his way, he will not go after any QB shorter than 6′ 1″ – preferably one 6’5″ and weighs 215 #s minimum.

    Does not fit his “style” of a proto-type QB.

  10. tom November 26, 2014 7:59 am

    Repeating from yesterday”

    Sonny Jorgesson
    Doug Flutie
    Eddie LeBaron
    Bob Griese

    All were fairly decent QBs. All were sub 6’0″

  11. BigWave96744 November 26, 2014 8:09 am

    Well Rolo wouldn’t recruit him.

  12. Tempmanoa November 26, 2014 8:10 am

    Since it looks like Chow will stay, I hpoe he finally brings in a quality offensive coordinator next year. Two suggestions that Chow knows are Rolo who was the best offensive coordinator we have ever had, and who now has three years of coaching under a hall of fame coach in Ault and a well known coach in Poilan. Rolo is not highly paid and he may want to come back. Second is Dave Schramm who was Chow’s running backs coach at Utah and the Utah OC that Chow replaced. He and Chow and Wynn appear to be very friendly and he has been very successful running a spread attack for Fresno. Either of thse two could really help Chow raise the offense from the bottom of the conference.

  13. gigi-hawaii November 26, 2014 8:16 am

    I thought that ST’s article today regarding Kemp was poignant.
    It’s too bad that so-called fans are so vicious toward our players.

  14. al November 26, 2014 8:19 am

    #9…and you know this because?

  15. letsgowarriors November 26, 2014 8:24 am

    Milton measured 5’11.75 at the PIAA combine. and 5’11 at the Oakland NFTC. he doesnt have big hands, like Manziel, Wilson and Tua Tagovailoa do, but i would still offer him a scholie and take a chance.

    as a mid-major, we’d be crazy to dismiss any athlete just bc of their size.

  16. (Jesse)James November 26, 2014 8:24 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!!! Hope all have a great day and a great Gobble Gobble day tomorrow!!!

  17. letsgowarriors November 26, 2014 8:25 am

    i understand what you’re saying though BW.

  18. jeezy33 November 26, 2014 8:26 am

    2. It’s not a apples to apples comparison. Height has nothing to do with why Milton is a much better play maker than Nielsen.

  19. letsgowarriors November 26, 2014 8:27 am

    you have to be very special and/or fall into the right situation to be an undersized QB and excel in D1. Nielsen and the Graves brothers put up ridiculous #s in HS, but none of them became significant QBs at the FBS level.

  20. What??? November 26, 2014 8:31 am

    Recruit lots of QBs, all sizes and shapes. If they don’t work out, move them to other positions since they are normally great athletes.

  21. Tanman November 26, 2014 8:36 am

    I am just wondering if we get some good recruits or not… We need to replace Harding, we need to replace Yap, we need to… But it looks like most of the top 10/15 players from Hawaii are going somewhere else again… Let’s get some good players from the mainland who dislikes white snow and dark snow but likes blue ocean and green mountains!!

  22. Buffoman November 26, 2014 8:40 am

    I understand the discussion regarding Mr. Milton, but really, the QB UH needs to really focus on keeping in Hawaii is that young man from St. Louis. If there is a #1 recruit that UH would want in two years, it is that young man. If Marcus says he could be better than he is and the talk about his ability is true, there is no discussion, he is the guy UH should really work to get.

  23. Andrew November 26, 2014 9:15 am

    I tuned in late to the AD show last night. Did anyone ask the status of the contracts for Beeman, Wade, and Trepasso? It’s ridiculous if they have not been finalized yet and it’s even more ridiculous that they act like everything is okay with the amount of time that this is taking. This has 2008 (post 2007) written all over it.

  24. BigWave96744 November 26, 2014 9:17 am

    Why Milton’s Junior year is better than Nielsen?
    CN Jr year, 4363 yards, 35TD, 5Int, 65%
    MM Jr year, 3392 yards, 35TD, 8Int, 68%

  25. UHfan808 November 26, 2014 9:32 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos! 🙂

  26. cocobean November 26, 2014 9:32 am

    My opinion on Milton is to offer the kid. Go after him hard, not with a should we or should we not offer him attitude. The only real knock against him is he doesn’t have the measurables Chow likes. He appears to be fundamentally sound. He works hard..from what I understand he worked out every Sunday since last season to get better at his craft. He’s shown all the intangibles you look for in a QB =high FB IQ, poise, grittiness, leadership and play maker ability.

    Mililani has arrived as a hotbed for football talent. It’ll be wise for UH to build bridges there, widen their pipeline there. What better way than to scholie the community’s biggest hero.

  27. UHfan808 November 26, 2014 9:46 am

    Get in a good practice day today – Safe travels to the Warriors for tomorrow and ST!

    Great seeing ST last nite for mvb! Also saw Kekoa there checking out the team and met Dave Reardon for first time! 😀

    The mvb team won in four 😉 (all three plus one) in their exhibition game against NorCal! Similar to what my mvb seat partner jmxxxx said above, yep, the team looked good and yep, they look ready for the upcoming season! 🙂 We’ll be cheering for ya, mvb guys! 🙂

  28. A-House November 26, 2014 9:50 am


    name me one (1) QB Chow recruited who was under 6′ 1″ tall – IIRC, Steve Young was the shortest QB Chow recruited at BYU

  29. A-House November 26, 2014 9:53 am


    believe Oregon already have their eyes on the ST Louis QB w/ Mariota probably entering the NLF draft

  30. Old Diver November 26, 2014 9:59 am

    Makes little sense to compare Nielsen and McKenzie. You measure quarterbacks who are on the same roster. Nielsen had no chance against the quarterbacks who were on the roster then. Chow has not shown the ability to recruit quarterbacks. Evidence is there is not a single QB recruited straight out of high school on the roster. You can’t be recruiting one high school QB every four years and expect to become successful. Milton could be a gem or he could be a bust, but you aren’t going to find that gem without recruiting a number of potential gems.

  31. Old Diver November 26, 2014 10:05 am


    Is there any evidence Norm Chow recruited a starting QB anywhere he has been? Chow had a reputation for not liking to recruit while coaching on the mainland. BYU was recruiting good quarterbacks well before Chow was in charge of the offensive which of course was only in his last three or four years there.

  32. Tempmanoa November 26, 2014 10:07 am

    #28 How do we know what QB’s Chow has recruited and their heights? I don’t think there is any way to know that without asking him. I don’t know if Chow recruited Ty Detmer, but he was listed at 6’0″, but may have well been less than that. But I am sure Chow has recruited a hundred or more QB’s and we have no way of knowing who and how tall or short.

  33. Da Punchbowl Kid November 26, 2014 10:23 am

    Last practice, hope its a great one.

    Having watched Milton play in person against one of my nephews and his team, and another game against St. Louis, I can say that he is worth a scholie right now. Regardless of his height, he is a terrific athlete, runs like the wind and throws very very well. As mentioned above, recruit as a QB/Athlete. He’s worth it.

    Also agree about Tua at St. Louis. He will be recruited by every big school as a Senior and has already been offered a scholie or two as a Soph. Getting him would be huge!


  34. SteveM November 26, 2014 10:39 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Safe (and expedient) travels to the team and a great Thanksgiving together!

  35. Derek November 26, 2014 10:47 am

    You can correct me, but I thought Tagovailoa is currently a sophomore and has 2 more years of HS. I never saw Nielson in high school, but I did see him at UH practices and spring games. He didn’t have a strong arm and he’s not the runner that Milton is. There is no comparison. By the time Milton graduates from HS he might be 6’0″ or 6’1″ and he will get bigger, stronger, and faster. Milton runs in the 4.5 range the 40. By the time he gets to college, he will probably run in the 4.40s. You can call him “Lil Mariota.” The other things that don’t measure are his heart, his smarts, his instincts, his leadership, and his competitiveness. You saw him last Saturday in the Championship game. 7 TD passes, 6 in the first half. His running ability and accuracy were displayed the entire season and I saw a lot of their games this year. Physically across the board, Punahou was the superior team, a private school who can get players all over the state. Mililani was good too. They had good skill people, plus Manu, but Punahou was #1 all year and rightly so. But, Mililani had the Ace, Milton. He is the single main reason why Mililani beat Mighty Punahou. Just ask Rod York and just ask Kale Ane. And, I doubt Corey Nielson won a State Championship or even close to it. Oh yeah, that Mariota kid won a State Championship at St. Louis too. He didn’t throw for 7 TD in the title game did he? And, Mariota just might win the Heisman Trophy in a couple of weeks. That would be something!!!!!

  36. letsgowarriors November 26, 2014 11:01 am

    well winning a state championship in Hawaii is MUCH EASIER than winning one in Cali.

  37. Trunks420 November 26, 2014 11:03 am

    3 More days to Saturday’s rivalry game.

  38. Andrew November 26, 2014 11:08 am


    Thank you Captain Obvious

  39. letsgowarriors November 26, 2014 11:12 am

    finding the real deal QB is such a crapshoot. talent, leadership and everything falling into place at the right time needs to happen.

    Rolo doesnt have a killer senior season if Timmy Chang doesnt get hurt. Moniz doesnt get to start unless BOTH Alexander and Rausch get hurt. Graves might have been a good QB during his senior season but he got a new HC that changed the entire system. Woolsey would not have progressed so much this season if Higgins and Graham did not get hurt. hes basically is the only healthy QB so he got all the reps.

    we should be recruiting a minimum of 2 QBs every season, IMO.

  40. letsgowarriors November 26, 2014 11:15 am

    well hes making it seem like winning a state championship makes Milton a better prospect than Nielsen.

    im not saying Milton isnt better. but u cant just look at things like winning a state championship against Hawaii DBs and being accurate. Nielsen was just as accurate and Graves completed 72% of his passes in HS too.

    idk who’s better. BW’s point was that there might be some people clamoring for UH to offer Milton while at the same time those same people were complaining/bickering about why we offered Nielsen (once he was on the team). im probably one of those people too.

  41. Fei Jai November 26, 2014 11:17 am

    UH under norm chow has no chance at Tua. Tua will opt for Oregon or some other big name program. Why would he play at UH and spend his career losing every year under norm? Norm has shown through his record that he doesnt know how to win.

    UH has a better chance at Milton. Milton will be recruited, but not as heavily by mainland schools as Tua. Milton, like colt, is a system QB. Each owes his success to the system and to the great supporting cast each had at his disposable, as well as to decent play calling and good coaching.

    If Milton didn’t have Malepeai, the receivers he had, the play calling he did, the good coaching, and the excellent line he had, Milton would not have had the success he did. The Mililani D was among the best, and this helped too.

    The OIA and the ILH has many good QBs. Milton was lucky to have played on a team that had Malepeai and company as the supporting cast, as well as York and Tanuvasa as coaches. Without those guys, Milton, respectfully, would be just an ok QB.

    Tua, on the other hand, has the extra oomph! Instinctive player. Strong arm. Like Mariota. Elusive in the open. Fast. This is why Tua is the better QB and this is why Tua will be out of reach for UH. Tua has that something extra that you can’t teach – that something that all great athletes have. Mariota has this same thing.

    Tua’s parents will not likely allow their son to play for well-documented non-winner norm chow. To do so would be insane.

  42. jimmy the lock November 26, 2014 11:20 am

    Let’s put football talk behind us for one day and give thanks to…

    HUMP DAY! 😆

  43. cocobean November 26, 2014 11:47 am

    FJ. Mililani would not have won without Milton. I’d bet if Milton played in Kahuku’s “system” they would’ve played Punahou instead of Mililani. Also, doesn’t Tua play in Ron Lee’s “system” and has the benefit of being tutored by Vinny P? No doubt Tua is a way better college prospect than Milton. But Iwould say as high school players here, they are equals.

  44. jimmy the lock November 26, 2014 11:54 am

    Good job bball Bows! Nice road trip.

  45. oldtimer808 November 26, 2014 12:23 pm

    I don’t care what system a team runs, it still takes some talent to be effective. I would have to say, young Milton has a lot of talent. Actually I am kind of tired of hearing people talk about system quarterbacks and that the system is the reason why a quarterback is successful. Hell every team has a system so you try to run your system according to the talent on the team. Mililani, Leilehua run a system that gives them the best chance of success and so does Punahou, St Louis, Kahuku and on and on. There is no question that Milton should be offered a scholarship to UH and I’m sure UH will do so. The fans should never ever boo our players and throw out negative comments about them. These are young men, student/athletes that have a lot on their plate. The people who throw out all these lolo negative comments should get a life.

  46. oldtimer808 November 26, 2014 12:29 pm

    Great job of playing hard nose basketball by our Rainbow Warriors in Florida. To travel so far to play three games is an accomplishment. Coach Taylor is doing a hell of a job. I hope our young freshman Fleming is not injured since he only played a minute yesterday and none today. I know Artie Wilson had said on his show that if UH won 2 out of 4 games on this road trip it would have been successful. UH won 3 out of 4 since you have to count the win over Pittsburgh as a road win.

  47. mytake November 26, 2014 12:43 pm

    B Ball is king at UH! BTW the majority of footballers are getting paid. Its called taxpayer funded scholarships.

  48. Z November 26, 2014 12:48 pm

    His coach says Milton strength is his feet and vision, He has been able to buy enough time whenthe blocking broke down and was able to find the 4th or 5th option open down the field of play. Sounded like someone we could use on this team.

  49. A-House November 26, 2014 1:04 pm

    so far, Benjy has done an excellent job coaching his basketball team

    players have adjusted well to his coaching style/methodology – perhaps responding more to him then Gib.

    hope, BJ is not “jaded” and will consider ALL when he begins the quest of finding a new HC – heck, best person may be on the job right now!!!

  50. mytake November 26, 2014 1:12 pm

    Can u imagine how good the Road Warriors (B Ball) would be if they had an outside shooter.

  51. A-House November 26, 2014 1:14 pm

    IMHO, 2014-15 school year may just be the best ever for UH sports with the success so far be it basketball or track and field or swimming/diving or sailing, etc.

    certainly, recruiting for men’s VB is totally off the charts to secure commitments from 3 of the young guns from the 18 and under national VB team

    hope one or two of Shoji’s recruits are “terminators” or excellent back row players

    baseball has some excellent recruits, but this is always tempered by the MLB draft – I wish they would adopt the same rule as the NFL that cannot recruit/sign a player until after his Jr year in college. very few beyond the 3rd round have made it to the “big leagues” – what a waste!!!!!

    Wahine BB improves each year under Beeman – looking forward to next year’s recruiting class – ditto for soccer

  52. st. anthony trojan November 26, 2014 1:51 pm

    A-House… GOOD POINTS UR MAKE THERE…JUST maybe sum slight changes…we all not know 4 sure if sum of the coachesc will be around next year…most notable is BEEMAN…

  53. BigWave96744 November 26, 2014 2:10 pm

    Derek #35, “I never saw Nielson in high school”
    Then how can you compare Milton to him
    Also how can you judge CN’s college career against someone still in HE
    Mostly every D1 QB Has An Excellent HS story to tell.

    LGW #40, spot on

  54. al November 26, 2014 3:01 pm

    47…Basketball has 13 full rides to give…? Plus 3-4 walk ons.

  55. al November 26, 2014 3:02 pm

    Isn’t mbb’s greatest need a few more bigs?

  56. oldtimer808 November 26, 2014 3:10 pm

    OK #47 so what are you trying to say that because our student/athletes are receiving a scholarship to represent our school, we have the right to talk negative about them and boo them at games?

  57. oldtimer808 November 26, 2014 3:15 pm

    #50 UH has a nucleus of players that are able to shoot from the outside. This team is still evolving offensively so to be so successful in our non-confererence schedule just shows how much this team is playing for each other. I’m very impressed with what Coach Taylor has done since taking over the reins.

  58. AdmrVT November 26, 2014 3:16 pm

    Don’t forget Aaron Zwahlen who is scheduled to arrive after his LDS mission next fall.

    “Hawaii landed a pair of ESPN 300 recruits in quarterback Aaron Zwahlen, and is the 11th best pocket passer in the country. He also was just on the outside of ESPN’s 150, at 155. Zwahlen is of course Hawaii’s highest rated offensive player, and was their top recruit overall.” The other was Kennedy.

  59. AdmrVT November 26, 2014 3:21 pm

    From a 2013 Mountain West internet article:

    The Hawaii Warriors have picked up a big verbal commitment in Modesto, Calif., quarterback Aaron Zwahlen. Zwahlen measures out as 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and as a junior he threw for 2,924 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions which earned him to be named to be on the first team all-league selection. Zwahlen also runs the 200 meter for the track team with a time of 23.4 seconds, so he has some mobility even though he is primarly a pocket-passer.

    Getting a verbal commitment from Zwahlen is huge for Hawaii since he is ranked in the ESPN’s top 300 and No. 153 overall, and as a four-star player. However, Scout gives Zwahlen a two-star grade, Rivals has not evaluated him and neither does 247Sports.

    Related: 2013 Mountain West recruiting database (currently being updated)
    Over the past few months, Zwahlen participated in various camps including the Elite 11 camp in Oakland and a camp at BYU to up his stock. Hawaii was his only offer but he was a rising prospect and had interest from various schools: Boise State, Idaho, Utah, San Diego State, Texas Tech, BYU, Washington State, Oregon State and Duke.

    He ultimately chose Hawaii because he said it “felt like home.” Another consideration could be that his father played under Hawaii head coach Norm Chow at BYU.

    Here is what ESPN recruiting says about Zwahlen:

    Zwahlen in our opinion has been the most undervalued and overlooked quarterback prospect in the 2013 class. This is potentially an elite passer down the road with the measurables, arm strength and accuracy to blossom into a BCS starter with a high level of production. He has very good height and a wiry, but well-built frame that is only going to grow and could develop into a 225-230 pounder in time. His release and arm power are on pace to be in the elite category down the road. He can make every throw on the field — even some when his feet are not set with a quick release. He can put a lot of velocity on the ball when he needs to and fit the ball into some tight creases in coverage. Is primarily a shotgun passer. Is a good athlete, not great. Shows good pocket movement and savvy to elude and buy a second passing chance. He is a tough guy to sack, not only because of his quick feet, but he also gets the ball out extremely fast. Can beat the rush with his arm. He has a quick set, terrific feel for the pocket around him.

    As I recall, he passed for over 3,600 yards and 39 tds as a senior, and I recall someone posted saying he also ran the anchor leg for his HS in the 4 x 100 relays.

  60. oldtimer808 November 26, 2014 3:22 pm

    To win 2 out of 3 games in Florida is commendable because of the travel. If you ever tried doing anything the next day after 14 hours of traveling, you’ll know it can affect your ability to perform at the highest level. Some players will adjust faster than others but overall this is a schedulers night mare to play games that far away and to come back home and have another game so soon. At least for Delaware State on Tuesday night, our players will be in their own bed and familiar surroundings.

  61. al November 26, 2014 3:26 pm

    Besides the Z-man, I am really looking forward yo John ursua.
    Gus lavaka is a huge being.

  62. al November 26, 2014 3:27 pm

    And playing 8 games in 13 days will knock the life out of anyone’s legs.
    No legs…no shot.

  63. AdmrVT November 26, 2014 3:29 pm


    Zwahlen the next Manziel?

  64. al November 26, 2014 3:30 pm

    The big west is more guard oriented which bodes well for us. If stefan2 is as good as they say, we could do some damage.

    As soon as benji gets 20 wins he’ll get a contract.

  65. Bryson November 26, 2014 3:34 pm

    Milton and Timoteo offered by UH

  66. al November 26, 2014 3:54 pm

    Next year’s breakout back will be Ryan Tuiasoa.

  67. Derek November 26, 2014 3:55 pm

    #53, I said I’ve seen Nielson in UH practices and spring game action. I thought he would be a good player coming in because he was rated a 3 star recruit by Scout, Inc. Don’t get me wrong. I was rooting for him to succeed at UH. Many bloggers on this site said Nielson wasn’t a division I (FBS) caliber QB when they saw him in person here at practices. He was 4th or 5th on the UH QB depth chart when he was on the roster and he transferred to a lower division, something like St. Francis on the East Coast. Nielson was a very good student too. I hope he had a good football career after he transferred from UH, got his degree, and is doing well in his endeavors. Many of McMackin’s QB recruits that were HS players didn’t pan out. Others included that QB from Arizona who got hurt, Makaula who transferred to Montana, Graves, became a starter was a better runner than passer. JC players like Rausch got hurt too. Alexander was doing ok until he too got hurt. Moniz was really JJs recruit. Woolsey is from Mack’s time, but you can’t say he’s lighting it up. In fact, his NCAA stats show that he’s near the bottom in almost every category. But, we pull for him because he is a Rainbow Warrior. California has many classifications of football leagues. Servite, where Cody Fajardo went to, is in a tough league in Southern California. Colt Brennan went to Mater Dei, another football powerhouse.

  68. Derek November 26, 2014 4:01 pm

    Bryson, that’s wonderful news. These 2 juniors has another year to get bigger, stronger, faster, refine their skills, and prepare for the next step to bigger and better things. Good luck to them, wherever they choose to go to college, hopefully, play for the home team in front of their family, friends, and the for the State of Hawaii. And I hope Malepeai also gets a scholarship too, but he took a very bad knee injury and needs to rehab and try to make it back for next season. Taulapapa should be offered too, but at Punahou he might go away. But, you never know, Lakalaka chose Hawaii so there’s always a chance.

  69. Manoa#1 November 26, 2014 4:19 pm

    Good win for the Bball Team they should give Coach Benjy a Raise from Chows Contract.

  70. kapakahi November 26, 2014 4:29 pm

    The way I hear it…….UH recruiting efforts are mainly focused on addressing immediate need and/or depth issue positions through the Class of 2015 prospects (including the JC ranks for defensive prospects)……since still got time to actively recruit the local Class of 2016 prospects (Milton, Malepeai, Timoteo, Kobayashi, Atuaia, Latu, Santiago, Taulapapa, Johnson, Auwae, Eletise, Fatuesi, Nichols, etc.).

  71. beans November 26, 2014 4:52 pm

    any tailgate planned for Fresno?

  72. Rodney November 26, 2014 5:26 pm

    Has anyone seen Whittek throw?
    I watched him warm up beau behind
    the bench in a home game that Ikaika
    got blasted and looked to be out if game.
    Anyway the section I was sitting was in
    Totally amazement at this guy in a t-shirt
    Warming up Beau.We all was wondering
    who this kid was.Well it was Whittek!!!
    He was Awsome!!!!

  73. kapakahi November 26, 2014 5:47 pm


  74. islandman November 26, 2014 6:15 pm

    #23. Andrew — Contracts for Beeman, Trapasso, Wade and Nagamine need one more signature on them. Ben hopes to get that soon.

  75. st. anthony trojan November 26, 2014 6:39 pm

    good news andrew… but why does it take months to get a signature on a contract…not like they were not consulted first…or were they??

    n winning 3 of 4 in florida against ‘biddy basketball’ teams ..is not to hot..just depends on the level of competition they were playing there..
    while i do agree..long travel is tough n said so in a prior post…

  76. Inyoface November 26, 2014 7:53 pm

    I for one, don’t want to see the “run n shoot” back in Hawaii. I think the game has evolved from it and it can only get you so far. I like to see hard nose and different formations type of football. Hawaii for some reason has always been a finesse type of team unless it’s an option team. I think next year we’ll see a dynamic offense but the defense will have to step up since losing some key players.

  77. Z November 26, 2014 7:53 pm

    One of the best college quarterbacks I have seen wasn’t tall or had a strong arm. He sure knew how to run his teams offense. He is with the Lions now.

  78. turfwar November 26, 2014 8:08 pm

    kapakahi, glad you mentioned Nichols. Kid could be a gem in a very good class next year.

  79. Inyoface November 26, 2014 8:09 pm

    Besides recruiting, we’re going to need to get some top JUCO players that can contribute right away.

  80. cappie the dog November 26, 2014 8:50 pm

    Sorry for going off-topic, but the basketball blogs kind of…. Yes, Marist and East Carolina are terrible teams who sport RPIs over 230, but it is extraordinary for Hawaii, a team who is historically bad on the road(albeit this is is on a neutral court) to come out with two wins.

    I still believe, however, for the Warriors’ long-term success, either Nevels or Webster-Chan needs to emerge as our go-to-guy. No offense to Aaron Valdez.

    Mike Thomas has a really nice touch from the free-throw line. Who knew?

    C’mon, Hawaii! 5-8, then beat Colorado State.

    I was at the UNLV/UH women’s basketball game. That was the best I’ve seen them offensively since Vince Goo. Laura Beeman’s time here is very finite.

  81. st. anthony trojan November 26, 2014 8:54 pm

    yea cappie is true…lousy road team we are…just hope
    they save sum of them 3 pointers for mw conference play there in CA… Later on

  82. kapakahi November 26, 2014 9:37 pm


    Was really impressed with Nichols against the Govs!

  83. kapakahi November 26, 2014 9:43 pm


    Considering that the 3 of top 4 ILBs are all JC transfers…..1 (Lataimua) who’s done after this season……with the remaining 3 (Gener, Poti, Fonua) gonna be seniors next season……picking up a couple of JC insider backers are definitely a recruiting priority.

  84. st. anthony trojan November 26, 2014 10:06 pm

    # 76… ME NO CARE WHO COACH…or what system they use…just make it entertaining.. n at least 4 or 5 TD’S a game…or at least 1 a quarter.. maybe with 2 field goals maybe…but just give the fans sumthing to cheer about…n not just a pile ‘of dust’ after 3 plays…

  85. Buffoman November 26, 2014 10:32 pm

    I don’t care if we win by a single point. As long as we win.

  86. oldtimer808 November 26, 2014 10:47 pm

    #81 Mr. St. anthony trojan I think you meant the Big West and not MW. We are not in the Mountain West Conference. I don’t think this is a lousy road team. When you win three out of four games on the road, I think that says a lot about the team no matter who the opponent is or their RPI. You have to give our team some time to to get used to their new offensive sets under Coach Taylor. Remember everything changed under Coach Taylor. Also when you have to travel thru 5 time zones and go 6000 miles to play basketball, it does affect your body. UH lost their stamina and legs on Monday to San Francisco in the 2nd half. San Francisco is a good team from the WCC. You lose your legs you lost your ability to hit shots. I give them all a lot of respect for winning two games in Florida. We beat a good tough Pittsburgh team.

  87. st. anthony trojan November 27, 2014 4:08 am

    well the pitt win was just a fluke really.. they were just of….that nite…all teams for the most part have a off nite…sum win when off.. n sum loose…

    yea me stand corrected big west it is…

    maybe they should run more…or roll on the court a few times.. from one rim to the other n toughen up them legs….maybe they should run beach huh?

    but if legs weak.. shopuld be tougher..n more laps maybe..

  88. 808 November 27, 2014 5:41 am

    Regarding UH Bb win over Pitt. A win is a win. That was a good win. Traveling can get anyone tired. No amount of running can prevent tiredness. The team needed rest to get their weak legs back into playing shape again. Unfortunately due to scheduling, that wasn’t an option. But, the team pulled through and did well on the road. I hope this will be a successful season for the basketball team.

  89. NotNasti November 27, 2014 6:04 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    I am thankful for this blog . . . 100% . . . For sure!

  90. Shoko November 27, 2014 6:11 am

    Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

    P.S. Don’t drink and drive, please.


  91. oldtimer808 November 27, 2014 7:29 am

    Good morning may I wish everyone a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
    No win is a fluke no matter who you are playing. Every win is earned. You can have the strongest legs but traveling thousands of miles and spending hours to get to your destination will take the stamina out of your body even if you think you’re ok. Just give props to this team who have come together despite all the turmoil from the firing of Coach Gibbs and the emotional uncertainty these players were put through. Coach Taylor had to install a different system on offense and defense and had only a couple of weeks to do it. To win two games in Florida is outstanding because this was a brutal road schedule that was put together at the last minute because of a previous tournament cancellation. Keep getting better Rainbow Warriors.

  92. oldtimer808 November 27, 2014 7:33 am

    Coach Taylor now has a great bullet point to make to his team. If the team can endure the travel to Florida and win games than traveling to California will be a cake walk. Oh the positives you can take away from this trip.

  93. duffer November 27, 2014 8:16 am

    HAPPY & SAFE Thanksgiving to all………..



  94. Stephen Tsai November 27, 2014 8:27 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.
    Appreciate life’s moments.
    Here’s today’s post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=26287

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