Iuta Tepa, who played three seasons at UCLA, told the Warrior Beat he is transferring to UH.
Tepa said he will arrive in Honolulu sometime tomorrow.
Tepa played DE at UCLA, but said he will compete at linebacker for UH. He said he is a little under 6-3 and weighs about 255.
Tepa made an oral commitment to UH in October 2008, but then signed with UCLA, where Norm Chow was the offensive coordinator. Chow, of course, is now UH’s head coach. Tepa and weakside linebacker George Daily-Lyles were teammates at Long Beach Poly.
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KHON2 announced today that Rob DeMello has been promoted to sports director.
Kanoa Leahey will remain as a part-time sports anchor on Monday and Tuesday nights. The move enables Leahey to focus more time on his play-by-play announcing responsibilities.
Former UH baseball pitcher Sam Spangler joins as the sports reporter and producer.
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The Warriors have another 10 days before leaving for the season-opening trip to Los Angeles, but they have been told to turn in a rough draft of the travel roster.
The school allows up to 66 players to travel for non-conference games. But the coaches decided to stick to the 64-player limit that will be used for Mountain West away games.
The tentative plan calls for 30 players from offense, 30 from defense and four from special teams.
The Warriors had wanted to take two QBs, with receiver David Graves serving as the emergency QB. But with the battle ongoing for No. 2 between Ikaika Woolsey and Jeremy Higgins, head coach Norm Chow will take three QBs. Graves still will go as the emergency QB.
So far, the list includes three QBs, six running backs, three tight ends, seven receivers and 10 offensive linemen. That adds up to 29; Chow will decide on the 30th offensive player this week.
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Football games will be different without Vili the Warrior, who indeed performed to the beat of different drums. Many relationships just run its course, and that appears to be what happened between Vili and UH.
Behind the painted face was a quiet, almost shy, man who loved his adopted school and his family even more.
I have two memories of Vili:
• He came over to our old paper for a photo shoot. In full makeup and attire, he let out one of those yells that caused grown men to lose their coffee beans. At the time, the paper and union were engaged in contract negotiations. Someone joked: “Here’s our negotiator, where’s yours?”
• For the Warrior Bowl festivities, a pizza-eating contest was staged. The blog host took a lead. Vili, sitting across the table, growled and then placed his partially eaten slices on the host’s plate. The host ate them, not realizing that they were inadvertently seasoned with Vili’s sweat and green paint. The host then spent 30 minutes in the rest room.
But I also remember the NCAA men’s volleyball final four at Penn State, when then UH president Evan Dobelle paid the way for Vili and his family to perform. Vili was dazzling, of course, and the Warriors went on to defeat Penn State and then Pepperdine in the title match. Eighteen months later, the title was stripped. Still, there was no denying that for those few days in the middle of Pennsylvania, Vili and the Warriors were at their best.
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Happy birthday to Bruno Mars’ bodyguard — Ryan Keomaka.
Also birthday wishes to my bodyguard — Kortney Kikiloi, who also happens to be super saleswoman and a great bartender.
And special birthday wishes to Terri Okada. Rough Riders 4 eva!