Washington DE interested in UH

Defensive end Josh Shirley has left the Washington football team and expressed an interest in the Warriors, according to people in the know.

Shirley, who amassed 18 sacks the past three seasons, actually has ties to the UH coaching staff. Head coach Norm Chow and running back coach Wayne Moses were with UCLA when they recruited Shirley to the Bruins in 2010.

SNPSJIXVUDNEGIK.20130603012405Shirley never played a game for the Bruins. That summer, Shirley, cornerback Shaquille Richardson and wideout Paul Richardson were arrested on a theft accusation. They eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Shirley transferred to Washington, Shaquille Richardson went to Arizona and Paul Richardson enrolled at Colorado. The Seattle Seahawks selected Paul Richardson in the second round of this year’s draft; the Pittsburgh Steelers picked Shaquille Richardson in the fifth round.

Shirley, who is 6-3 and 228 pounds, had 8.5 sacks in 2011, 6.5 in 2012, and three in 2013. He was used as a pass-rushing specialist last year, and was projected to be in the d-line rotation this year.

Shirley is set to earn his bachelor’s degree, which will allow him to transfer and play this season.

UH and Washington meet in the season opener on Aug. 30. Two former Huskies — safety Taz Stevenson and defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina — are in the process of completing transfers to UH.


  1. Ralph July 11, 2014 1:24 am

    We can use another UDud FB player, keep them coming.

  2. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2014 1:25 am

    Is this early or late for you?

  3. Ralph July 11, 2014 1:26 am

    Night hawk, checking LPGA scores, Wie boogied her first hole, now at +4.

  4. Ralph July 11, 2014 1:27 am

    LPGA Ricoh British Open will be on at 3 am on ESPN2 if you have insomnia. ha ha.

  5. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2014 1:51 am

    I’ve got lots of time.
    I’ve been on vacation for two weeks already, and I’ve got another week to go.

  6. Ralph July 11, 2014 1:57 am

    ST you should be in Vegas, no reason to do yard work on your vacation.

  7. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2014 2:09 am

    I was in Vegas last month. We’re heading there again in 10 days for the MWC football media preview.

  8. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2014 2:10 am

    Folks in Vegas should put down money on the Cavaliers for next season.

  9. A-joe July 11, 2014 3:50 am

    Boy, this is early. Reminds me of those morning convos with LV. Those were hilarious! I miss that braddah…

  10. BigWave96744 July 11, 2014 4:29 am

    Me: Another Husky, surely you must be joking….
    ST: I’m not joking, and stop calling me Shirley

  11. BigWave96744 July 11, 2014 4:30 am

    On a side note, Moses was a key recruiter when at UCLA…
    Hope he can pull in some key recruits next Feb.

  12. Green Tea July 11, 2014 4:35 am

    Not interested in pro-b ball, but UH football only. oh yeah I live in North LV. Awesome Buffets this side of the strip, i.e. Aliante Casino

  13. Pu'uwai July 11, 2014 5:18 am

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Eh Green Tea…My wife and I are heading to Aliante Casino buffet this morning for breakfast.
    I live in Prescott Park. Are you close?


  14. NorthShoreFan July 11, 2014 5:44 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    do we have enough scholies to go around?…who gets bumped with all these players transferring in?..some one and done guys will pay their own way, so how does that impact the team numbers game? decisions..decisions…decisions…IMUA!

  15. 99club July 11, 2014 6:00 am

    Happy Aloha Friday, Tsaikos!

    Let’s hope Taz Stevenson, Lawrence Lagafuaina, and Josh Shirley don’t forget to bring their Washington playbooks with them! 😉

  16. tommui July 11, 2014 6:28 am


  17. walter July 11, 2014 6:35 am

    non-uh sports related, but:

    Suarez to Barcelona for 128 million transfer fee ,the Barc is not worse than the bite

  18. Hank July 11, 2014 6:40 am

    Shirley – Hope he comes aboard!

  19. shadow July 11, 2014 6:45 am

    For a moment, I thought I was going to read that Hauoli was going to join the Warriors too.

    Anyway, great to hear that Taz, Lawrence, Josh, etc. are now with the “Good Guys” & can help against the Huskies & other invasive species.

  20. Shoko July 11, 2014 6:50 am

    It was mentioned in the Seattle Times story that Shirley wanted to play his last season somewhere in southern California. To me, the logical choice would be either USC or UCLA if that’s the case. Not sure of the depth situation at either school, but Trojans’ Sarkasian and Wilcox might be his best chance since Shirley played under them that last few years. As for UCLA, although he was dismissed, the Bruins are under a new coaching staff that may need more depth at the position. Also, both schools run the same defensive scheme.

  21. Shoko July 11, 2014 6:58 am

    Hmm, that turned out to be a bit negative. Was trying to be realistic of the chances the Warriors would land Shirley. However, if he wants to increase his chances of significant playing time, his best bet would be to accept an invitation to UH.

  22. tommui July 11, 2014 7:08 am

    SAD – Michelle will not make the cut in the British Open.

  23. Old School Dave July 11, 2014 7:35 am

    I read that Josh Shirley was headed back to UCLA for his final season and that HC Jim Mora would welcome him, but I guess not. Nonetheless, Shirley would be a welcomed addition, IMHO.

  24. boolakanaka July 11, 2014 7:42 am

    As previously mentioned, but Shirley, and the other potential transfers (e.g. Afalava..etc) really are cementing the LB unit to be the strength of this years team.

  25. A-House July 11, 2014 7:55 am

    good morning, cruel world!

    morning all Tsaikos near and far!

    why the sudden interest by Udub players?

    they want to play against Wisconsin and Ohio State in 2015? and Michigan and Kansas in 2016?

    PAC 12 is PAC 12, but UH plays PAC 12, Big 10, SEC, etc.

  26. papajoe2 July 11, 2014 7:59 am

    Michele needs to focus on the “now” and not the recent past. Seems like when she gets bombarded with interviews, she then doesn’t do as well on the course. Too many distractions? Well anyway, she did miss the cut. Hope she gets it back.

  27. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2014 8:32 am

    I think a player has to sit out two years if transferring between two Pac 12 schhols. Shirley only has a year left.

  28. Ipu Man July 11, 2014 8:34 am

    Beware of tricks from Wash coach…maybe Trojan Huskies?

  29. Shoko July 11, 2014 8:50 am

    27. Oh, that’s right. I forgot about the intra-conference transfer rule where the player has to fulfill one academic year of residence and lose one season of competition before being eligible to play. I wonder if that rule applies to graduate transfers exempting players from the above mentioned penalties.

  30. Shoko July 11, 2014 8:52 am

    Of course he could reach out to San Diego State if his priority is to find a school in southern Cal.

  31. Shoko July 11, 2014 8:54 am

    Obviously, I would never be a good recruiter for the UH Warriors.

  32. Inyoface July 11, 2014 9:10 am

    I’ll still put my money on the Spurs next year.

  33. Old School Dave July 11, 2014 9:18 am

    I hope that these transfers get their applications and paper work in on time and can be admitted to UH in time for fall camp.

  34. A-House July 11, 2014 9:41 am

    your #27:

    does that also apply to women’s VB?

    did not a UCLA or Stanford player go to Washington and play immediately?

  35. Shoko July 11, 2014 10:05 am

    It seems it applies to all PAC-12 schools. Check out the following link.

  36. $ July 11, 2014 10:10 am

    I hope we get a transfer QB next.

  37. kawika49 July 11, 2014 10:25 am

    just hoping for a win, and an lottery.

  38. boot boot July 11, 2014 10:32 am

    Yup, another tough day for Michelle Wie.

    75 + 78 = 153, 9 over.

    missed cut.

    Go Michelle, get the next one.

  39. leron July 11, 2014 10:35 am

    #25 good point. No matter if the team does well or not, no matter if they have a bad season and there’s a regime change, the opportunity for players and recruits to still play those big names while being a Warrior is still there.

  40. Inyoface July 11, 2014 10:37 am

    Listening to Jeremy Mauss previewing UH and making them to be a laughing-stock of a team. I hope UH smashes and dances around teams this season, I’m tired of these predictions.

  41. A-House July 11, 2014 10:45 am


    if the PAC12 guideline stands firm, can someone explain why the lady VB player, who visited UH, but chose UDUB to play her final 2 years did so without having to wait the 2 year rule – believe she was a 6’4″ middle.

    in fact did she not play against UH in one of the 2 years?

  42. Shoko July 11, 2014 11:14 am

    A-House, only thing that could explain the person you mentioned transferring without sitting out is because she was granted a family hardship waiver by the NCAA.

  43. leron July 11, 2014 11:17 am

    #40 I stopped listening after the two self appointed experts couldn’t get names and facts correct, instead basing a lot of what they knew on stats and even admitting to not watching any games. Although some of their educated guesses were on point, they obviously hadn’t done all their homework. And someone’s kid interrupted them at one point.

  44. st. anthony trojan July 11, 2014 11:25 am

    # 40 n 43…

    Old podogee proverb…Everyone got opinions…and everyone got A.. holes…and they all stink…

  45. Inyoface July 11, 2014 11:30 am

    Yeah, calling McMackin as McCrackin is the world of half-ass journalism we live now.

  46. hwnstyll July 11, 2014 11:57 am

    If he does graduate from UW then he is coming here for just one semester.
    The Kid can play and it can be a win /win.
    We need any help we can get rushing the QB, his specialty
    He needs another year of football since he missed out on the draft.
    Hope he makes it to Hawaii.

  47. Whats up July 11, 2014 12:32 pm

    One thing we all know, there is nothing like home!

    If Lebron James is returning home to Cleveland for a second chance. Moreover, a second chance Cleveland Fans and owner that bad mouth Lebron publically.

    Thats why you never know who decides to leave Hawaii and then returns, so we should always be mindful of what we say about those that choose to play Football somewhere else. They just might come back.

  48. Andrew July 11, 2014 12:39 pm


    Musta not seen the news today or social media in general..

  49. NotNasti July 11, 2014 12:49 pm

    41. A-House: The PAC-12 transfer rule allows for one-time exemptions for all sports except football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey.

  50. Da Punchbowl Kid July 11, 2014 1:18 pm

    I hope this Husky-come-lately can pull it off. Surely Shirley would add some nice depth to the D-line.

  51. st. anthony trojan July 11, 2014 1:45 pm

    Seems like many are interested now in Hawaii.. is all good…and come August should be a very good mix of new n old… be a very competitive month of August..HOPE THEY HAVE ENOUGH BUNKS THERE…

  52. nutmegger July 11, 2014 3:36 pm

    7 weeks to go!

  53. hatakeman July 11, 2014 3:37 pm

    DPK, you got it right about adding depth to the D-line. I think Shirley would fit in nicely at the hybrid DE/LB Joker position.

  54. nutmegger July 11, 2014 3:47 pm

    Who is Jeremy Mauss and how do you listen to him? I’m curious.

  55. nutmegger July 11, 2014 3:51 pm

    Never mind – I found it…

  56. nutmegger July 11, 2014 4:49 pm

    That was a waste of time….

  57. kapakahi July 11, 2014 9:37 pm

    Bummers……that Ulu-Perry verbally committed to UCLA…..


  58. kapakahi July 11, 2014 10:02 pm

    #30 & #31. Shoko,

    That possibility is what quite a few Aztec fans have been discussing……


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