Funaki named as GA

Former UH running back/quarterback Inoke Funaki has been named a graduate assistant. He fills the spot vacated when Craig Stutzmann left at the start of the 2009 season. UH still is seeking to replace Mike Smith, who was a GA for defense last year.

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No UH player is on the initial invitation list for  the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

A second wave of invitations will go out in two weeks, after the deadline for juniors to declare for the NFL draft.

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Several years ago, while interviewing Norm Chow when he was BYU’s offensive coordinator, he asked me and Ferd if we wanted sodas. He then made his graduate assistant fetch them for us. The GA? Steve Sarkisian, now Washington’s head coach.

Ya never know.

Which brings us to this debate: Which assistant coach with Hawaii ties is next in line for a head-coaching job?

For all of June Jones’ success, only  one of his assistants — Greg McMackin — became a head coach. The most successful at grooming coaches was Bob Wagner: Rich Ellerson, Ken Niumatalolo, Paul Johnson and Mike Sewak became head coaches.

Fred vonAppen’s staffs produced two head coaches (Tom Williams and Ken Margerum). Three, I suppose, if you count Don Dillon’s stint as a JC head coach.

So, any rising stars? Rich Miano? Nick Rolovich? Chris Tormey? Inoke Funaki?


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A few days ago, I wanted to say “subscription” and I started stammering, and it came out s-s-s-cription. And today, I asked the saleswoman if she needed a “specific” check number, only I said s-s-s-pific.

And, I guess, to stammer with S words s-s-s-ucks when your name is S-s-s-tephen Ts-s-s-s-ai.


  1. Hawaiianbod January 9, 2010 1:27 am


  2. myki January 9, 2010 1:28 am

    Good morning ST!

    It’s time for bed for me.

  3. myki January 9, 2010 1:29 am

    Hi Hawaiianbod! Hope you’re doing well. Looking forward to seeing you again.


  4. Hawaiianbod January 9, 2010 1:30 am

    st – from the list you provided, i would say chris tormey as the most likely choice.

  5. Hawaiianbod January 9, 2010 1:34 am

    hi myki!

    i’m doing ok. small steps, but getting better. thanks for asking!

    sweet dreams to you and sj.

  6. Hawaiianbod January 9, 2010 1:38 am

    al – you folks has ‘some’ spread last night!

    got any leftovers?

  7. Hawaiianbod January 9, 2010 1:48 am

    i wouldn’t be surprised if stutz1, as he continues to gain coaching experience and with his tireless work ethic, someday becomes an oc, then a hc.

    in the meantime, i hope some college hires him.

  8. HiFlyer January 9, 2010 1:51 am

    Did Funaki apply for the GA position? I could see Inoke Funaki being a asst. coach in his future and moving up to an HC position in maybe 10 – 15 years from now.

  9. Hawaiianbod January 9, 2010 1:52 am

    b4igo, wishing everyone a great weekend.

    continued prayers and blessings for LTUHF and (j)j’s mom.

    and to all, a good night!


  10. ai-eee-soos January 9, 2010 2:00 am

    Tormey, tho I wish he wouldn’t leave right now.

  11. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 2:00 am

    Off the current staff? Hands-down Dave Aranda.

  12. ai-eee-soos January 9, 2010 2:03 am

    I’ve said it before –

    If Miano wants to be a HC, he has to go elsewhere first,

    as a DC, at our level. Or, as a HC at a JC or small college.

  13. virginia January 9, 2010 3:03 am


  14. Bulla January 9, 2010 4:25 am

    tormey, been there done that

  15. Garret January 9, 2010 4:30 am

    Chris Ault said that two of the key players suspended in the Hawaii Bowl will be back on their team next season…though he *really* criticized Taua sharply and things have to be at least uncomfortable between Ault and Taua.

    Ault repeatedly criticized his defense; took responsibility for an embarrassing bowl loss; and said he wanted to punch leading rusher Vai Taua “right in the mouth” for failing to meet academic requirements.

    However, the Wolf Pack coach said Taua will return for his senior season and the school will deal with the problem in house. Freshman safety Duke Williams, who was sent home from the Hawai’i Bowl will also return next season.

  16. rasu begasu January 9, 2010 4:47 am

    Rolo has the best shot of moving up if he moves on

  17. AZWARRIOR22 January 9, 2010 5:41 am

    Good morning Tsaikos,

    Top 20.

  18. NYUH January 9, 2010 6:25 am

    Miami Dolphins sign linebacker and wide receiver
    Hoping to address positions of concern, the Dolphins signed linebacker Brian Johnston and wide receiver/returner Ryan Grice-Mullen. Miami also signed six other players.

    Grice-Mullen, like leading Dolphins 2009 receiver Davone Bess, wasn’t drafted out of the University of Hawaii’s pass-happy system in 2008.

  19. NYUH January 9, 2010 6:31 am

    Pete Carroll has reached an agreement in principle with the Seahawks on a deal to be their next head coach, multiple NFL sources confirmed early Saturday morning.

  20. Da Punchbowl Kid January 9, 2010 6:43 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    “So, any rising stars? Rich Miano? Nick Rolovich? Chris Tormey? Inoke Funaki?”

    Sooner or later, any of them, though I see Funaki as the Red Raiders HC someday.

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid January 9, 2010 6:45 am

    So SC’s best player is goin’ early to the draft, and now their Coach looks like he’s gone. This is not bad news for Warriors fans. 😉

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid January 9, 2010 6:49 am

    So Da Beast is officially enrolled… Cool. Now he can beat down the books and beat down the backs- opposing running backs and quarterbacks that is. I pity the fool with the ball when he gets his chance in the opening game in 2011.

  23. Slugger January 9, 2010 6:50 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Early morning for me…

    Hope the men’s VB team play their A game tonight. GO BOWS!!!

    Esme & out…

  24. Bulla January 9, 2010 7:18 am

    tough game for the VB team last night, a good fight but couldn’t close the deal.

    mahalo dpk for the good word, one hurdle down, a few more to go…..but progress is good.

    congrats to RGM and his contract, should be interesting to see what develops in Miami in the months to come.

    all Tsaikos, have a great day!

  25. NYUH January 9, 2010 7:20 am

    It was hard to get excited about the game until I remembered McElroy had Hawaii ties.

    McElroy played title game with injured rib

  26. al January 9, 2010 7:23 am

    for the usc job….two come to mind for me.
    one, is mike riley and the other would be steve sarkisian.

    moving on…tormey is a given and i’d bet he’ll stick around waiting to see if an opening here in hawaii surfaces.

    i also like rolo down the road.

    and aranda is another.

  27. protector January 9, 2010 7:29 am

    I would think that Coach Tormey would have the fastest track given that he already has head coaching experience and still has the drive and ambition to be one, given the right situation. I hope it’s not too soon as he seems to be a really good coach & recruiter as well as coming across as being an upbeat guy with loads of personality. His work with the safeties to me is significant as Spencer Smith & Mana Silva are probably playing the best & most consistent football in their lives. He’s also helped make improvements on special teams as well.

  28. protector January 9, 2010 7:37 am

    al on # 26,

    I think you’re right on the money about Coach Riley & Coach Sarkisian being the front-runners. I think however that Sarkisian has indicated he’ll be with the Huskies for the long haul, meaning Riley moves to the forefront.

  29. al January 9, 2010 7:39 am

    pride. would agree with these two guys.

    robert anae, oc at byu (*hawaii ’86-87)
    mark banker, dc at osu (*hawaii ’96)

    *coaching stints at univ. of hawaii

  30. Momo January 9, 2010 7:53 am

    Will be going to the sin city of lost wages next Friday…Gto, it is a go for now as the flight is wide open…care to join us. Will be there from friday night to sunday morning…

  31. Bulla January 9, 2010 7:56 am

    both anae and banker continue to come to Hi for summer camps and work with our athletes. both are very positive, upbeat, and great teachers of the game. with their infectious spirit, the kids love both of them……

  32. Bulla January 9, 2010 7:57 am


    hit the BIG ONE for all of us, best of luck and may you get a withdrawal and not a deposit on this journey

  33. whitey January 9, 2010 8:17 am

    jeff fisher at usc????? stranger things have happened.

  34. whitey January 9, 2010 8:17 am

    good morning tsaikos.

  35. whitey January 9, 2010 8:18 am

    momo, good luck and are you taking kana with you????

  36. Old School Dave January 9, 2010 8:31 am

    If Mike Riley becomes the new USC HC, expect Mark Banker (Fmr UH asst under Bob Wagner) to become OSU’s new HC. Many people say that Banker is ready to become a HC. Funny how things work out. Jeff Fisher is a USC grad and could come into the USC picture. Norm Chow, as much as I like him, many say that he’s too old and no longer a hot commodity. As they say, stranger things have happened, though. Remember when the NFL Cardinals hired Bud Wilkenson, the old OU coach?

  37. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 9, 2010 8:34 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


    Wasn’t Tormey already an HC somewhere?

  38. d1島 January 9, 2010 8:35 am

    Great Morning All!

    Watching for V.J. Fehoko in the All-American Bowl. Roster shows #35 for the West.

  39. d1島 January 9, 2010 8:38 am

    Tormey already had a HC gig at Reno and is probably the most likely candidate, although it may not be at the FBS-level.

  40. d1島 January 9, 2010 8:41 am

    Watching these HS all-stars, it’s real evident that the 808-kids haven’t closed the speed gap on the elite players in the nation.

  41. d1島 January 9, 2010 8:48 am

    It’s interesting to hear the comments of these HS Seniors as they take their turn at making their “declarations” on camera. When asked about what influenced their decision, many say that the selected school is someplace they will feel good about for the next four years.

    What they don’t realize is that it is probably a 40-year decision that is being made!

  42. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 8:51 am

    I am really trying to care about this Pete Carroll stuff but… just don’t!!! 😆

    Wonder if the new SC head coach will try to back out of the home and home deal with us?

  43. whitey January 9, 2010 8:56 am

    kazz, how are you??? if it is riley, then it will continue. somewhere behind all of this is, can you get along with the athletic director at sc???

  44. whitey January 9, 2010 8:57 am

    kazz, but the beauty part of all of this is, The Musical Chair is starting to move. hooooo haaaaaa

  45. EH NO MAKE ! January 9, 2010 9:16 am

    Morning all !

    As far as future head coaches on the Hawaii staff, great question Mr. Tsai.
    I really believe somebody like Nick Rolovich has a bright future. Great offensive system that we all know works, IF, defensive coaches who become head coaches don’t keep stepping all over themselves.
    The offense takes committment. I like Rolo’s attitude and almost June Jones like mind set.

    Rich Miano, you can’t help but love his passion, his desire, he connections here in Hawaii. I do believe he’d be a great fit at the University of Hawaii some day.

    The rest, well, maybe, but not here.

    I saw some talk yesterday regarding the recruitment, or non-recruitment I should say, of Iolani’s Seali’i Epenesa. Saw a post that suggested maybe he didn’t fit into Hawaii’s plans or schemes.
    Here’s the deal, NOT recruiting a player like Epenesa, frankly, is just stupid. No other way to put it. Just dumb.

    It’ll eventually be the downfall of Greg McMackin, no doubt in my mind. His inability to connect with local players, local coaches and their families will bring his program to it’s knees.

    No Epenesa, no Andrew Manley, no Hauoli Jamora, no Kona Schwenke, no Beau Yap, not even a damn offer to the state’s BEST high school football players.

    I understand some kids want and will go away, but DAMN, U.H. still needs to recruit these kids, show ’em some love. How simple is that ?

    Good luck in future recruiting McMackin. The word is out. Kids know it, high school coaches know it, their families know it. Costly decisions I tell you, costly, because they all talk, and they already are.

  46. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 9:16 am

    Morning everyone…

    This assistant coach question makes me uneasy… is one of our assistant coaches being wooed for brighter lights?

  47. A-House January 9, 2010 9:25 am


    I don’t know who will the “first” to become a HC, but it is a tremendous asset to any HC/leader who will take any opportunity train a subordinate to become a HC even if it means replacing him/herself.

    Unfortunately,this is where many will NOT consider this because it could mean their job.

  48. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 9, 2010 9:31 am

    Obviously Miano wants to be a head coach real bad. Whether or not he is material is up for discussion. I could see him leaving for a I-AA position as HC and working that route.

    In the hopes of getting a really good OC I wouldn’t mind if Ron Lee were to search elsewhere at maybe a Div II level HC job.

    Obviously Tormey is HC in waiting for some school. It doesn’t take much smarts to see this is only a “job” since he was let go at Washington. Nothing more, nothing less. A good offer will have him packing, as it should. He is overqualified here at Hawaii as a special teams coach.

    As for Rolovich, Funaki, Smith etc they are way way to young and inexperienced for me to even begin to think of them as head coaching material. I think its possible for them to move onto bigger schools as assistants though.

  49. wafan January 9, 2010 9:37 am

    Good afternoon!

  50. wafan January 9, 2010 9:38 am

    Good game last night by the Warriors. Just need to put it all together — consistency!

  51. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 9, 2010 9:57 am

    Call it a hunch but I don’t think USC picks from w/in the PAC-10. Sarkesian, Riley, Chow even Harbaugh (best choice IMO).

    I think they will look to the SEC or Big 12 or NFL again for a coach.

    Bob Stoops might be an interesting candidate.

    Brent Venables from OU

    Charlie Strong now with Louisville.

    Chris Peterson…heck I would want Hawaii to pay him $2.5M if we had the money for it. I think he is one of those super value picks…His name will DEFINITELY be in the talks.

    Dante Scarnecchia – New England

    Kirk Ferentz

    I think for the most part USC pays big time $5.5M+ (maybe even 6.5+) for a new coach. That is darn well near NFL salary for some coaches.

    I would expect no more and no less than a big time, big name coach who has been either part of BCS bowl game even championship the past 3-4 years or an NFL HC who is currently jobless or OC in the league now.

    IMO: Look to the Belichick coaching tree for the next head coach.

  52. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 9, 2010 10:00 am

    Wayne Newton ones said this about his band members, backup vocals etc….

    “If the guys up on stage with me cannot outperform and outshine me, I don’t wan’t them on my stage…”

  53. Old Diver January 9, 2010 10:06 am

    Regarding # 45

    {Here’s the deal, NOT recruiting a player like Epenesa, frankly, is just stupid. No other way to put it. Just dumb.}

    According to the sportshawaii site Epenesa when contacted by UH coaches said he wasn’t interested. Do you have information otherwise?

  54. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 9, 2010 10:38 am

    Stephen Tsai,

    Is there any talk about coaching changes for the upcoming season? I know you said Ron and Cal are going to remain at UH but does that mean Ron will still be our OC or be back to receivers coach where me thinks he should be?

  55. koakane™ January 9, 2010 10:38 am

    aloja and wazup everyone, just checking in. kind of cloudy, be good to each other and enjoy the day.

    hard fought game with dem lions. warrior just could not pull away when needed. but they battle. if they can just pass and block better today imho think they might have chance against socal. good hunting warriors.

  56. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 10:53 am

    Whoops. I had to delete my comment because I forgot soccer was a beat.
    My bad.

  57. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 10:54 am

    As far as I know, there won’t be any changes.
    I think titles are tied to pay, so there won’t be any changes.

  58. Stretch January 9, 2010 10:55 am

    ST – is there such thing as a “high school sports” beat??

  59. d1shima(Fuze'd) January 9, 2010 10:58 am

    Sounds like Carroll to PNW is a done deal.
    Riley to SC would be quite a “culture” shift.

    Coaches’ Convention should be buzzing next week.

  60. maukaman808 January 9, 2010 10:58 am

    Aranda or Rolo. Mac is fortunate to have a couple of young bright coaches on his staff.

  61. lava January 9, 2010 11:10 am

    EH NO MAKE !,

    By now we all get your message — you don’t like the local boyz getting away, so you point the finger at the UH coaches. You have the right to speak your mind. I think we’d all prefer to see the State’s best play for the home team. Just remember, though, that blame is not always warranted. From what I understand, Schwenke, for example, was never going to consider UH, going back to last year. It was not in the cards. How does that warrant blame?

  62. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 11:11 am

    I think that’s the hardest one because parents can be, well, very involved.

  63. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 9, 2010 11:17 am

    S. Tsai,

    Thanks. I think though that Rolovich should get a pay bump or at least be paid at the higher end of that salary range. I think the play calling and what I see (in the few practices that i attended) that he has worked hard as the “offensive coach” on the team.

    I think he did a pretty decent job at play calling and it got better after that first 2 games.

  64. sportsbow January 9, 2010 11:18 am

    M-Basketball: UH @ Fresno St. will be shown on


    That’s what shown on their list.

    Game begins at 5:00 pm today (Hawaii time).


  65. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 11:19 am

    I know for sure that all of the top prospects entering the 2009 season were offered scholarships.
    Young people make decisions based on a variety of reasons. Nobody should criticize a teen-ager for making an important life decision. As for teams, there are a limited number of scholarships. The math is tricky: each prospect gets up to five visits. So a team has to weigh its options of landing a player while still having enough room should everybody accept. Which is why, sometimes, a team has to make first-to-accept offers.

  66. EH NO MAKE ! January 9, 2010 11:41 am

    Old DIver – Aloha

    Here’s what I know, not what I hear, but what I know, first hand knowledge. Where that site gets there information I have no idea, but Epenesa was NEVER contacted by U-H, NEVER, not once, no call, no visit, no conversation. If someone or other sources tell you otherwise, then I call “liar”. I KNOW that.


    Your assumption on my message is correct. I’d love to see all the top kids stay home and play for U-H, I really would. However, I also understand some young kids decision to really want to venture out and go to the mainland, I absolutely support that as well. In fact, I tend to cheer for mainland schools that play Hawaii kids.

    My problem is, even though, for example kids like Schwenke wants to go away, Hawaii still needs to recruit him. Matter of fact, Hawaii should be first on all the local division-1 talent. My problem is, how the hell can U-H be last on some of these kids, worse yet, invisible. That’s the issue.

    Show the Hawaii kids, their schools and their coaches some love. That infact, is what recruiting is all about. You don’t think most of these high school coaches want U-H recruiting their players…? They do.
    And that is what gets them to help U-H recruit the local kids. FACT.

    Another fact, Hawaii is NOT doing that.

    You can make all the excuses you want…numbers game, first-to-accept offers, tricky math, it’s all hog-wash, crap basically.

    Make a list of the all the top talent, and trust me, when they’re sophomores and juniors EVERYBODY knows who they are, EVERYBODY, except it seems, University of Hawaii. Stick to that list and RECRUIT the hell of out that list.

    Pretty simple, but McMackin, well, for him it seems, too simple.

  67. Bstunna2002 January 9, 2010 12:13 pm

    Re #66: I know Epenesa’s family and it’s not so much if he was on Hawaii’s radar it’s more like Hawaii was never on his and that first hand he was going mainland all along.

  68. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 12:13 pm

    For people to bash recruiting, at this point, probably hurts recruiting.
    Eh No Make basically called the coaches idiots. Not sure how this is helpful in landing prospects. If I were a UH fan, I probably would want to wait until after signing date before passing judgment.
    But for now, all I can say is … THE JETS JUST SCORED!!!!
    J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.

  69. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 12:19 pm

    There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that most aren’t privvy.
    For instance, there was a family member grumbling last year that UH wasn’t going after a prospect heavily.
    The real story? The prospect wanted to get away from that family member.

  70. ai-eee-soos January 9, 2010 12:19 pm

    Congratulations to Inoke Funaki, upon being hired as a

    Graduate Assistant.

  71. EH NO MAKE ! January 9, 2010 12:22 pm

    I stand corrected, by no means did I intend to call the coaches idiots. Maybe just one of them, the head one.


    I can say that can’t I ? He made his own bed right ?

    Bstunna2002 – Aloha

    I understand Epenesa was going away all along. But, in my opinion and in the opinion of many high school coaches and players themselves, U-H should still have recruited one of the top talents in the state. Who knows, one day they may change a kids mind, sway him the Warriors way. Many coaches feel if their kids aren’t getting recruited by U-H, for whatever excuse, um, reason they come up with, then my their kids just aren’t good enough in U’H’s eyes.

  72. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 12:24 pm

    There also were a couple of prospects who had slim-to-none chances of being eligible. Schools sign these players with the hope they will make it but with the reality they probably won’t. But by signing, at least they can offer guidance, such as helping them pick a junior college or a non-football school where they can work on their grades.
    I remember there was a Pac-10 school that signed a bunch of local prospects they knew would never play for them as freshmen.

  73. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 12:28 pm

    Eh No Make:
    I know your heart is in the right place.
    And, yes, everyone is entitled to a constructive opinion.
    But, yeah, i do wish Epenesa ends up at UH.
    Most important … the Jets just scored again.
    J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!

  74. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 12:29 pm

    UH can easily be last on a kid’s list when let’s say the parents start claiming to give up on season tickets….

  75. jm2375 January 9, 2010 12:31 pm

    Good morning all!

    Congrats to Inoke. Good way to get started in coaching and get an advanced degree at the same time.

    Good luck to the men’s bb and vb teams today.

  76. tommui January 9, 2010 12:42 pm

    Good for Inoke! Best wishes to him.

    Good afternoon all.

    LOI is on 2/3? Will be out of town that date. Got to depend on ST for the official information on recruits signing – and on AL for the unofficial info.

  77. Momo January 9, 2010 12:42 pm

    Kana was in a major operation in the month of Nov. where he almost lost his life. He is out of the woods now and on the road to recovery. We will go with my daughter and her family with mis momo. We go there for a few days and return since we travel standby onmy daughter’s job on Hawaiian Air. On this short trips, we are usually lucky and do come home in the black most time, but even if we deposit some, it is no big deal for it did not cost us much to getr there and we feel that we are winners every time..

  78. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 12:48 pm

    Yay..for Inoke!! Our new Graduate Assistant for UH Warrior football…


  79. d1島 January 9, 2010 12:50 pm

    Congrats to Inoke Funaki. Hope he had a chance to catch up on his sleep before today….

  80. tommui January 9, 2010 12:52 pm

    When it came to senior prom, do I beg, plea, grovel, to get the most beautiful, popular, desirable girl in school knowing that she was going to the prom with the BMOC?

    Or should I concentrate on getting a date for the prom with someone else with whom I MIGHT have a chance?

  81. d1島 January 9, 2010 12:53 pm


    Good Luck! Enjoy looking around at the new City Center….I know when I go next time, that’s about all I going do there….sky-high minimums!

  82. Bstunna2002 January 9, 2010 12:55 pm

    Eh no make could be simply the fact of why take time and effort recruiting someone who has no intent on entetaining the idea of staying home, I can understand if he showed interest and then was snubbed but this was definetly not the case, in my opinio the Head Coach is not an idiot because he made the right decision to concentrate on recruits who do wanna come here.

  83. ai-eee-soos January 9, 2010 12:55 pm

    Texas Tech hired Tommy Tuberville as HC,

    in case anyone is interested.

  84. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 1:03 pm

    Tommy Tuberville sounds like the name of a broadway actor.

  85. ai-eee-soos January 9, 2010 1:06 pm

    in case anyone is interested, some more —

    if Pete Carroll leaves USC, “rumors” that possible candidates are

    Jeff Fisher, Jack Del Rio, and possibly Herm Edward. Guess each

    writer on the major sports sites want to put in their 2 cents, just to get ink.

  86. chawan_cut January 9, 2010 1:06 pm

    or a sideshow act

  87. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 1:08 pm

    I gotta wonder though… how much of recruiting is predetermined between the the University Coach and the player’s High School Coach? I mean, isn’t the HS Coach the Univ. Coach’s first contact to ask about the possibilities regarding specific players?

  88. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 1:08 pm

    Did Wayne Hunter just cost the J-E-T-S a field goal because of a false start?

  89. AZWARRIOR22 January 9, 2010 1:08 pm


    I notice that you like all the professional NY teams. Just curious how it came about that you became a fan of the NY teams. I’m a big NY Mets fan because I lived in Long Island, NY as an impressionable 8-yr old in 1969 when my dad was stationed there in the Navy. I’m a D-backs fan, except when the Mets come to town since I remain loyal to my first team and I don’t like the Yankees.

  90. ai-eee-soos January 9, 2010 1:11 pm

    Re: # 84

    this Tommy Tuberville is getting $2+ mil.,

    I wonder how much the broadway actor would get.

  91. el guapo January 9, 2010 1:12 pm

    For whatever reason a kid wants to go away for college, the worst thing is when they want to go away because they think they can get a better education elsewhere.

    I could care less that a woman in a stupid hat attends a volleyball game or gives the football team a pep talk. Her support is nice, but in case she hasn’t noticed, there’s a lot of problems at her school. Give the pep talk to the academic deans and the research directors. Help with the pay negotiations. Figure out how her students can actually graduate in four years. It may not be realistic, but the best recruiting tool and reason for students to attend UH should be that they will receive the best education. Period. JMHO.

  92. whitey January 9, 2010 1:14 pm

    momo, thanks. i will pass this info on to my friends who also know kana from way back in time.

  93. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 1:19 pm

    El Guapo:
    Good points.
    Money is a huge factor. Just look at the California schools, where tuition is going way up.
    The main thing, though, is if a school can get you a job.
    In that regard, Miano has done a good job starting the UH Pro Day.
    If UH can get more guys into the pros, it will be attractive to more prospects.

  94. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:25 pm

    The main thing, though, is if a school can get you a job.

    For a local kid who wants to stay home after his/her playing days, UH makes a lot of sense…like I said before it’s not a 4-year commitment as much as a 40-year decision.

  95. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:28 pm

    TD J-E-T-S!

  96. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:29 pm


    He grew up in NY….

  97. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:29 pm

    ….but became a man in HI! 😆

  98. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 1:31 pm

    For anyone objecting to being deleted, feel free to write to:
    Curtis Murayama
    The Honolulu Advertiser
    605 Kapiolani Blvd.
    Honolulu HI 96813


  99. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:31 pm

    Tuberville to TTU is a big shift in offensive philosophy.

  100. Garret January 9, 2010 1:34 pm

    I am very, very happy that Inoke was named to one of the GA spots! I’ve been hoping that he would be named a GA for a long time–UH needs more coaches on offense and Inoke played QB, RB, and specials teams for UH. Even more importantly, Inoke has showed excellent character and true leadership throughout his career…I’m sure that he’ll do a great job at UH.

    Inoke was already admitted to UH’s graduate school, so he can start in time for the Spring semester. Hopefully UH will have the other GA in place before Fall Camp. Having both GAs in time for the Spring would be nice.

  101. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 1:35 pm

    The main thing, though, is if a school can get you a job.

    I was surprised to find out how much this plays a role in a University program’s ranking. I recently read somewhere that UH’s lawschool ranks pretty low because it only finds jobs for about 60% of its graduates.

  102. Coqui poke January 9, 2010 1:35 pm

    Yea for Funaki! Wishing him the best. One who qualifies with having Character, Heart and Determination. Never give up. Teach em all you know, den learn sum moa, and teach em better! Thanx for continuing to give to the UH program.

  103. jm2375 January 9, 2010 1:35 pm

    el guapo – # 91 – don’t forget that the contract is between the faculty at *all* the campuses, including the community colleges, and the UH system admin, meaning the pres. I talked to a faculty member the other week who was in the minority and voted for the pay cuts, believing that they needed to share in the pain. I will make this generalization and I know there are exceptions, so don’t take my head off. The ivory tower mentality is alive and well at UH and at many other institutions. Many faculty who have never worked outside of academia have no concept of the outside world. I worked at UH for 14 years and will *not* go back. The politics in academia is second only to the politics of the “real” politicians.

  104. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:38 pm

    …so is the ball easier to catch in Cincy than in Cleveland?

  105. Garret January 9, 2010 1:38 pm

    I’ve seen statistics that said that 75% or more of the high schools in Texas run the spread offense. The 7-on-7 passing competitions in the offseason are a factor for this. If Texas Tech’s offense is going to change significantly under Tuberville, then there will be a LOT of QBs/WRs who might not fit their new offense but would fit an offense like UH’s. Hopefully UH can get a pipeline going into Texas.

  106. Garret January 9, 2010 1:42 pm

    el guapo,

    I’ve talked with several professors at UH and morale is not good from what I was told. The cuts on top of the already too limited funding and deteriorating facilities are having an effect on the quality of education from what I was told. That is really sad to me…and I’m sure that parents take note of UH’s academic ranking. That is another thing that Mack and the rest of UH’s coaches have to overcome in recruiting.

  107. lava January 9, 2010 1:44 pm

    I am on the Epanesa bandwagon too. He is a difference maker on the field. And I was somewhat critical of UH for not offering, but mostly puzzled. Then someone whispered something in my ear, and I shup up. There are two sidea to every story, and like the Tsai-master says, we ain’t privy to most stuff, and as inquisitive as some of us are, it is actually for the better. Recruiting is way too crazy already without whispers on the street. I think UH does an adequate job of recruiting, given that we are in the Pacific. We are not nearly the judges of talent, however, as the great Boise State Dynasty.

    BSU gets my vote for best team in the country.

  108. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:44 pm


    How would you compare UH’s situation with the UC and Cal State schools?

  109. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 1:49 pm

    I think it might help some to vent to the appropriate people.

    To McMackin:

    To Tony Tuioti:

  110. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:51 pm

    It will be interesting to see what kind of scrutiny Tebow will face in the Senior Bowl practices.

    The Florida Gators quarterback has decided to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl the last week of January in Mobile, Ala., according to sources.
    Tebow will play quarterback for the South team, which will be coached by the Miami Dolphins’ staff.

  111. d1島 January 9, 2010 1:55 pm

    Nice answer back by the J-E-T-S

  112. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 1:57 pm

    It also should be noted that recruiting, for the most part, is a down-the-road solution.
    It’s going to take players already in the program to provide the more immediate boost.
    Where are the areas of need?
    O-line. Pass rush. Run-stoppers.
    Assuming solutions have to come from within, UH needs a big year from Brett Leonard, Clayton Laurel, Adrian Thomas, Paipai Falemalu, Earvin Sione, Geordon Hanohano, Aaron Brown, Corey Paredes, Steven Christian, Lewis Walker.
    And, yes, westside and LOL, we hear you. Coaches need to do a better job of in-game decision-making. Nobody should be pleased with a 6-7 record.

  113. RedZone January 9, 2010 1:59 pm


    Congrats to the true Warrior.


    I think it is contageous.

    I was thinking Akina at Texas.

  114. RedZone January 9, 2010 2:01 pm

    It may be early in his career but I would not count out Ulbrich as maybe one day being a headcoach.

  115. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 2:01 pm

    Here’s a website that ranks the WEB popularity of various Universities in the US. Compare UH with other schools that recruit in the same areas.

  116. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 2:02 pm

    Ooops.. forgot to post the link…

  117. UH Fan January 9, 2010 2:04 pm

    Trying to help UH. As fans we can do it financially, by attending games, and making an atmosphere that will entice recruits to come. It definately won’t be the equipment at UH, so it has to be us. I have some ideas about helping with recruiting (no, not giving the players SUVs like some schools…). Also, I’m thinking that if UH started having a best available seating on the day of the game free for students, $1 for alumni, and $5 for the rest of us it will help bring more fans, noise, and money to all of the sports.

    I have a detailed summary of this on my blog if you click my name.

  118. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:06 pm

    Correa? Tuiasosopo? Tuiasosopo?

  119. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 2:07 pm

    Is there a negative connotation about “Miami”?
    I was curious as to why the Super Bowl promos refer to “South Florida.”

  120. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:10 pm

    It seems that kicking the football is really not as easy as it seems…

  121. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:12 pm

    noticed that a while ago, too…my guess is shared marketing throughout the area extending beyond the Miami city limits?

  122. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 2:12 pm

    Here’s the link to UH Fan’s blog:

  123. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:14 pm

    according to wikidakine…

    The metropolitan area covers the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. The three counties are the three most populous in Florida. The term “South Florida” is roughly synonymous with the Gold Coast. The principal cities include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach

  124. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:15 pm

    ….synonymous with $$$$

  125. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 2:18 pm

    Thanks, D-1.

  126. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:18 pm

    UH Fan,

    That’s a lot of reading. Can you make it to a cattle call sometime?

  127. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:21 pm

    I was told once that the women there do the quick once over: ring finger, shoes, belt. I thought the last was interesting….

  128. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 2:22 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos & Tsaikettes, Lurlers & Lurkettes!

    Happy Belated New Year!

    I’ve been swamped at work and haven’t had a chance to blog.

    Anywayz, hope all is well. Miss you guyz!

    To the family that so graciously helped me out this past fb season at the airport with my huge suitcase — I just wanted to let you all know that “I got um”. Thank you so much! It’s awesome!

  129. Slugger January 9, 2010 2:22 pm

    Congratulations to Inoke Funaki in filling one of the GA positions!


  130. UH Fan January 9, 2010 2:23 pm

    Thanks TS. Just some of armchair AD blabberings…. We have over a million people here in HI, the most beautiful place to live on Earth. My hope is to organize just a fraction of us to help UH. Six or seven more months till next football season, hopefully we can help get some butts in the seats.

  131. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:23 pm

    Congrats to the J-E-T-S…

    and their fans.

  132. UH Fan January 9, 2010 2:25 pm

    @d1… i have a busy life.. just like the rest of you, which is why i tried to get it written down somewhere. kids… work… maybe after i clean my house i can get out of it… lol.

  133. whitey January 9, 2010 2:25 pm

    J=E=Ts won

  134. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:25 pm


    How come someone mentions $outh Florida and UHFan808 pops in?

  135. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 2:25 pm

    UH Fan:
    It’s always better to be part of the solution.

  136. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 2:27 pm

    Congrats to Inoke!

    Thanks for al of the interesting news, ST!

    Darrnit, I’ve missed so much!

  137. Slugger January 9, 2010 2:28 pm

    According to NBC Sports reporting during the J-E-T-S game, Jeff Fisher is NOT considering USC.

    Good luck in Sin City, M/M Momo!

  138. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 2:28 pm

    yay for you and the JETS, ST!

    Not sure, d1!

  139. buffoman January 9, 2010 2:28 pm

    Bottomline remains. Come the next season, there needs to be a cultural shift within the entire team. The mentality has to be, we’re not good enough to just show up and play. WE have to work our collective rears off during off season, trust in each other, build a collective new view of Warrior football. WE practice, we prepare we play, we belong.

    If we see the same attitude, level of execution and preparation, we will see what we saw in years past, unnecessary celebration when a big hit is delivered or touchdown made, simply because the team does not feel that they belong there. When the culture is we belong, you don’t have to celebrate unnecessarily, because anything less is unacceptable.

    Look at BSU and other successful programs, they play like they belong.

    Right now, we’ve been playing like showing up is enough… and it shows.

    When we play and get the results because we belong, the recruits will come, and those we want to stay at home will stay. until then, UH is not a high choice.

    Time for JD, Mac and the rest to put, everything else is simply noise.

  140. d1島 January 9, 2010 2:42 pm

    Yay! Bonus Faith Hill….

  141. Slugger January 9, 2010 2:52 pm


    Whenever I hear that Faith Hill opening number, I wish I had kept some of my Faith Hill CDs. Couldn’t move ’em all, so most of the C/W music went bye-bye.

    Think I’ll go to the MVB games. Sorry, Robyn, ainokea about the Cowboys.

  142. A-House January 9, 2010 3:00 pm

    Conratulations to Funaki on his selection as one of the new GA’s for the Warrior program.

    His leadership, knowledge, character, “heart”, and “team first mentality” can be a huge boost to the players and fellow coaches.

    All the respect for him by his teammates was earned in many ways and is a credit to him and his family.

  143. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 3:13 pm

    #126- Wow, that is a lot to read, d1.


    Regarding making someone improve things to annodah person’s satisfaction…

    Focusing only on what’s not good or not right too much can be so negative-sounding that it could tend to bring morale down &/or turn someone off from listening to annodah person’s ideas no matter how good they may be.

    Perhaps if we want a more productive change, we could focus on communicating a positive vision.

    What this means?

    Talk story about your vision, or how you’d like to see things and why.

    Obviously if whomever you want to do things your way is not doing things the way you see fit, all you can hope for is that they decide to take some time to digest your vision, validate your ideas to see whether and which of your ideas they’d want to incorporate before making any changes.

    Micromanaging the whomever’s process means we are forcing upon them exactly how they need to thing regarding any whos/whats/whens/wheres/whys/whoms/hows they have to do things and think.

    So my opinion is simply –

    Paint them your vision and if they are brave and strong enough to click with and/or agree with even parts of your vision, they will eventually figure out how to resolve the discrepancies you see and may decide change things more to the way you see them.

  144. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 9, 2010 3:14 pm


    On the high end close to a $1M a year (higher if you are someone like Mathew Broderick or Tony Danza etc)

  145. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 9, 2010 3:19 pm


    In the back of my head I am thinking Hinshaw shouldn’t help with the salary negotiations.

    I mean look at the deal Coach Mack got…..heavily one-sided with no affordable buy-out right?

    I’m not saying its the same situation when it comes to faculty but common sense looked to be kicked in the face when dealing with the coaches contract.

  146. Ralph January 9, 2010 3:23 pm

    is there a reader’s digest version of UH Fan article?

  147. UH Fan January 9, 2010 3:43 pm


    I’ll try to do one here. Here are my main points:

    1. UH needs better recruiting. We can help by improving the playing atmosphere, attending games, and even asking that cousin’s, auntie’s, co-worker’s ex-roommate that might know a 4 or 5 star recruit in the Midwest somewhere to pt in a good word for UH

    2. More money. JD said it a couple days ago that finances are down. The whole state is down. I have a few ideas on how to make some money for the team including the fast lane system like that which was used for the baseball games last year. This fast lane would however give best seats available for free to students the day of the game, as well as $1 for alumni, and $5 for general admission. With 27,000 seats to fill on average, don’t you think we can fill much more of that if the seats bought at the gate were only $5? I showed how this could have added up to $1.75M to the budget last year alone.I address the regular ticket prices/season ticket holders etc in the blog.

    3. More money continued. As fans, most of us are livign tight as it is. I have a few ideas that cost nothing for you and me, but will still help UH. One method can earn each person $100 in a day, no cost to anyone. If we could get 1,000 people to earn that $100, that is a potential 1,000 season tickets we could purchase. Along with that, a 20% bonus comes to the group which I will use to purchase tickets to give away to the blog readers. Sort of manini money on the grand scale, but it costs us nothing and helps the school. Why not, right?

  148. al January 9, 2010 3:54 pm

    congratulations to inoke funaki.
    well deserved.
    a man amongst men.

  149. OldDiver January 9, 2010 4:31 pm

    Regarding # 39

    {Bottomline remains. Come the next season, there needs to be a cultural shift within the entire team. The mentality has to be, we’re not good enough to just show up and play.}

    It is not my feeling that the team just showed up and played. I believe the team was hurt by poor recruiting in previous years which amplified the injuries to key players. We won four out of our last five games which included a good Navy team. This ain’t just showing up to play. It appears some don’t appreciate the situation the team was in when JJ left. I guess I sound like an apologist for the coaching staff and maybe I am, but I still remember when the crowd used to boo JJ, and now he’s regarded by some here as some kind of genius. The grass might be greener on that other hill, but I’m sticking with this hill cause I believe with a little water this hill will be just as green.

    One more thing, I have been reading with great interest the return of Bulla’s son Ryan. Would Ryan be returning to Hawaii to be a part of a team with a poor attitude? Is Ryan delusional? I’m sure Ryan has friends on the Warriors team. I have to believe Ryan has returned because he wants to wear the Warrior uniform and he sees this as a good opportunity for himself. I don’t believe Ryan shares the ( the coaches are idiots ) feeling that some of you may have. If Ryan believes he is coming back to a good situation then I have to believe things aren’t as bad as some make it to be.

  150. ai-eee-soos January 9, 2010 4:51 pm

    dragged this over from the dark side; censor may delete if non-kosher.

    UH head coach Greg McMackin said in a release:

    “Inoke Funaki is a perfect example of an outstanding student-athlete.

    He was a great player in our program and consistently earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

    He is currently pursuing his master’s degree and I’m really excited that he’s joining our staff as a graduate assistant.

    He is a great example to our players both academically and athletically.”

    Funaki completed his eligibility this past season. He is attending the

    NCAA Football Coaches Academy in Orlando, Fla., this weekend.

  151. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 4:52 pm

    FYI – per Sportsbow in #64 =>

  152. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:07 pm

    Wow this blog is changed a lot!

    ST, someone was deleted? yikes!

  153. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:08 pm

    Okay, I take that back. It’s back to looking normal. Well, as normal as that may be. lol

  154. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 5:09 pm

    UHfan808 => 😀

  155. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:12 pm

    Hello Brew, How u?

  156. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:15 pm

    Going to watch Avatar again but this time in 3D. What an awesome movie! I love the special effects. This is a have-to-see-it-in-the-theater type movie. lol.


  157. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:16 pm

    By the way, who is “UH Fan”?

    Tryna steal part of my blog name, eh? lol

  158. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 5:18 pm

    Re: Attitude:

    There’s an assumption that BSU and other programs are doing things that UH isn’t.
    Not quite.
    That number floated about 100 percent participation during the offseason. That came from a comment during the interview portion at the WAC Media function. But guess what? I’ve asked every player attending WAC Media sessions, and each said his team has 100 percent participation.
    They are all correct.
    Every team gets a list of “suggestions” for the offseason: how much time to spend in the weight room, how many sprints to run, etc. There are workout periods at every point of the day. I mean, you can do your workout in California, and it still counts.
    I don’t want anyone to think that there are 105 guys lifting together, then conducting workouts together.
    That just isn’t the case.
    The reason people think they have a better understanding is because UH’s student-athletes are more accessible. This is an island. Practices are open. The school is open.
    BSU, Nevada, etc. don’t offer such access. In fact, those schools go out of their way to hide stuff from fan-run blogs and Web sites. Certainly, BSU isn’t allowing fans to shoot pictures of Kellen Moore throwing passes during the offseason.
    Every team has good points and faults.
    Perception is everything.
    UH’s main problem last year was the list of injured players — Greg Alexander, Laupepa Letuli, Rodney Bradley, Brashton Satele, Fetaiagogo Fonoti, Aaron Brown.
    For all of us who have attended practices, I don’t think lack of passion was a problem.

  159. Stephen Tsai January 9, 2010 5:20 pm

    Maybe UH Fan is UHFan808’s avatar.

  160. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:22 pm

    If UHfan808 and UHfan is me and so is 808, well except when Brew808 is nearby, then UH with a space in da middle is UH Fan???

    I can write the difference but how you say the difference should we ever be in the same place — ” UH with a space in da middle capital F small a and n ” ?

    aiyah 808, help me out!?!

    annodah lol


  161. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:23 pm

    heehee ST!

  162. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 5:25 pm

    UHfan151…??? 🙄

  163. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:25 pm

    ST, If I’m a gurl, is UH Fan a gurl too? yikes!

  164. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:27 pm

    … hehehehehe heeheeheeheeheee…! *rolling on da ground*

    What, am I SUPPOSED to share my name???

    nope *hmpf*


  165. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:28 pm


    Btw, UH Fan are you a gurl or a guy?

    Jes curious…

  166. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 5:30 pm

    UHfan808 is one gurl? 😯

    I thought UHfan808 was a 100% “fan” and would attend the Warrior MVB match over viewing “Avatar” … for a 2nd time…. 🙁

  167. Ralph January 9, 2010 5:30 pm

    UH mbb down 40-24 with 3.3 minutes in the first half. 🙁

  168. d1島 January 9, 2010 5:30 pm

    UHfan808 is one of those few people who say, “Darnit!” and mean it just that way 😀

  169. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:31 pm

    ST, Lack of passion was definitely not a problem!

  170. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 5:31 pm

    I tink gurl… 🙄

  171. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:32 pm

    Brew808, Unfortunately, sumtimes I gotta do what I gotta do.

  172. d1島 January 9, 2010 5:32 pm

    OK, I’m not gonna say there’s “home cooking” going on in the “Valley” but I open the channelsurfing link and the game clock reads 1:67!!!

  173. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 5:33 pm



    #2 ?

  174. UHfan808 January 9, 2010 5:33 pm

    oops! BBL!

  175. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 5:33 pm

    How come Ralph (aka “Eeyore”) shows up only after the raisins open up a big lead? 🙄

  176. d1島 January 9, 2010 5:34 pm

    29-47 at the half. 🙁

  177. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 5:37 pm

    Hey…. they closed to under 20 at halftime…. Only 15 TO’s! 😯

  178. Bulla January 9, 2010 5:37 pm

    #149 OldDiver

    Mahalo for the props but as I have said before….’

    “Ryan’s dream has always been to be a Warrior, he left a very comfortable situation, had great coaches, great team mates, and a full scholarship. He left that to pursue his dream, will be trying out to walk-on to be a member of the UH Warrior football team. UH provides an opportunity for him to play at a higher level of competition in front of friends, family and fans in the state where he was born and raised. He is only one person, pursuing his dream. What he will do is contribute any way he can to help his team win games”

    We all will find what we look for, if we look for good we shall always
    find good 🙂

  179. d1島 January 9, 2010 5:38 pm

    24 points off those TO’s… 👿

  180. Ralph January 9, 2010 5:40 pm

    because I just checked game tracker, I’m not listening to the game if it is on. Watching Philley get their alas kicked, no omph to challenge the ‘boys.

  181. Ralph January 9, 2010 5:41 pm

    47-29 at the half, Fresno State.

  182. Ralph January 9, 2010 5:45 pm

    UH shot 50% fg and 75% fT but they are down by 18. 15 TO can explain the score differential.

  183. d1島 January 9, 2010 5:48 pm


    Could be….how many points did CSUF score off those TO’s?

  184. Ralph January 9, 2010 5:50 pm

    Na Wahine down 42-20 at half at NMST

  185. Ralph January 9, 2010 5:51 pm

    D1 not listening to the game, just the gametracker stats

  186. d1島 January 9, 2010 5:53 pm

    Geez…time to walk the dogs. 🙁

  187. Ralph January 9, 2010 5:53 pm

    Flemings with zero points in 8 minutes of play, must be injured or the doghouse. seems like he and Williams are taking alternate game off.

  188. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 5:53 pm

    Wahine.. I can understand, but the men’s BB… aiyah… gotta do better than that in maintaining possession.

  189. d1島 January 9, 2010 5:55 pm


    Announcers said foul trouble.

  190. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 5:56 pm

    Wahine only 10 TO’s at halftime….

  191. Ralph January 9, 2010 6:08 pm

    Bpew coach Dana mentioned that the girls are working hard, have cut down on TO to about 20 a game which is huge for them. Needs further improvement but in slow steps. They are struggling with the press. The other teams are just to quick and their players are playing faster but as UH players develop more chemistry to the coach’s system they will do better. Coach Dana brought in two players, Shawna and Brungaite this year, and only Dita graduates from this season’s team, what we see is what we get for 2 years.

  192. Ralph January 9, 2010 6:14 pm

    Hoyas beat U Conn and not a peek from Jmxxx.

  193. protector January 9, 2010 6:14 pm

    Congratulations to Inoke Funaki; it’s well-deserved!

    It bothers me that John Estes & Blaze Soares did not get invites to the Combine. I thought John Estes was on everyone’s radar and that he’d be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round (if 1st was out of the question, depending on teams’ needs). Is this a harbinger of being drafted lower?? I hope not.
    It wouldn’t be the first time that the NFL has not invited worthy candidates.

    As for drafting purposes, it’s very evident that the NFL often values potential over achievement. Case in point: Joe Flacco (the prototype NFL QB wet-dream) who played Division 2 competition (Div.1AA, whatever) was crushed in every pre-draft competition by Colt Brennan except for Longest Throw (at one contest). Result: !st round + 30-40 Million. Colt: Had the best season ever in NCAA history of any QB.
    Result-low round pick, approx. 1.2 Million over 3 years and only a half-hearted look / opportunity by an incompetent coach who could not figure a way to maximize & integrate Colt’s gifts into his (alleged) offense.

    Oh, and let’s not forget the Ryan Leaf fiasco who Mel Kiper Jr. was so enamored with!

  194. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 6:14 pm

    Both hoops teams have to take care of the ball. If you can’t get the ball in play – it doesn’t matter how good the rest of your team/players might be.

    From the little that I’ve seen…. I would try to give Ayabe more PT. I can’t ID any PG for the men’s team. 🙄

  195. wafan January 9, 2010 6:16 pm

    Congratulations and hurrah for GA Funaki!!!

  196. Ralph January 9, 2010 6:17 pm

    Bpew JMxxx could be waiting for your comment, give the hoyas some love and a pat on JMxxx back.

  197. wafan January 9, 2010 6:18 pm

    Mbb and Wbb both struggling. Mvb is going to be a bright spot! Whoo-hoo!!!

  198. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 6:20 pm


  199. wafan January 9, 2010 6:23 pm


  200. wafan January 9, 2010 6:24 pm

    What the heck is going on with the blog? Postings are appearing and disappearing when refreshing.

  201. wafan January 9, 2010 6:24 pm

    3rd Century!

  202. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 6:25 pm

    For jm2010 (at the urging of Eeyore)….

    #12 Hoyas were favored (by 5 according to LV oddsmakers – for entertainment purposes only…. 😯 ) held on to win by three, at home, over #13 UConn. …. Yeah. 😐

  203. el guapo January 9, 2010 6:42 pm

    #91 – note that I am talking about all students, not just student-athletes.

    #103 – you are correct that the contract is with all faculty at all campuses, but the Manoa faculty are paid at higher rates then at the other campuses.

    #106 – Garret, that is the big problem. Ask them how their morale is after the contract is settled, it’s going to be even worse.

    #145 – Hinshaw, while she leaves something to be desired, is not the one who came out and said “we’re willing to pay up to $1.1 million to the new coach”. That’s on McClain.

    And yet, I have high hopes for the upcoming season, even before LOI day.

  204. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 6:43 pm

    The ‘bows win the 2nd half 35-31 vs. CSUF, cutting their TO’s to just five for the period. The raisins did “empty their bench” getting all of their dressed players into the game. 😐

  205. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 6:50 pm

    MVB – The basics… serve, pass, and “touch” everything…! 🙄

    ~•~~~~•~~~~•~ ★ ★ ★ Go WARRIORS!!! ★ ★ ★ ~•~~~~•~~~~•~

  206. jm2375 January 9, 2010 6:50 pm

    brew and Ralph – thanks for the heads up. I can never remember when the Hoyas play. Of course, they lost on the road at Marquette, so I couldn’t really give brew grief about the Tarheels losing to C of C.

    Dang, cowgirls won.

  207. d1島 January 9, 2010 7:01 pm

    Inoke Funaki is one of just 30 to have been selected to participate in the NCAA Future Coaches Academy in Orlando.

    The Future Coaches Academy, the first of four programs in the NCAA’s Coaching Academy series, targets individuals who have recently completed their collegiate eligibility and have a desire to enter the college football coaching profession.

  208. whitey January 9, 2010 7:24 pm

    It is good to see young men, like Inoke, get a chance to pursue his dream.

  209. whitey January 9, 2010 7:26 pm

    mvb is very competitive and hope they can continue this mode for the whole season.

  210. whitey January 9, 2010 7:28 pm

    wanna thank al, #2 son, duffer, the kid for a great din last nite.

  211. Ralph January 9, 2010 7:36 pm

    Bpew takes advise from Eeyore, serve, pass and touch the ball, then get chance to win the vb match.

  212. jm2375 January 9, 2010 8:34 pm


  213. jm2375 January 9, 2010 8:34 pm

    OK, where’d everybody go?

  214. jm2375 January 9, 2010 8:35 pm

    Warriors looking guuud in 3rd game.

  215. Ralph January 9, 2010 8:38 pm

    jmxxx everyone heard you coming, loud footsteps.

  216. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 8:39 pm

    Alan Hackbarth needs to be in the UH Circle of Honor.

  217. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 8:49 pm

    Volleyball lives in Hawaii.

  218. Luki January 9, 2010 8:54 pm

    Dave Aranda will be a head coach one day…Hawaii should try to keep him as long as they can…

  219. d1島 January 9, 2010 8:54 pm

    The crowd is really into the match….

    absolute silence when Hawaii serves and raucous at the right times.

  220. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 8:55 pm

    Up official Wayne Lee needs to stick to his day job.

  221. wafan January 9, 2010 8:56 pm

    One more to go!

  222. d1島 January 9, 2010 8:56 pm

    …if only the Aloha Stadium crowd could be as knowledgeable.

  223. wafan January 9, 2010 8:57 pm


  224. d1島 January 9, 2010 8:59 pm



  225. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 9:01 pm

    Think Umlauft got cut when he fell backwards into the table causing the horrible call by Wayne Lee, who should really stick to his day job.

  226. wafan January 9, 2010 9:05 pm

    d1 . . .


    Kazz . . .

    Umlauft’s injury caused a bad call? Weird. Surprised the fans are not revolting. Wish I could watch the game. Dang.

    HA! I guess some of the fans are revolting — the one’s who sit on their hands rather than cheer for the teams.

  227. wafan January 9, 2010 9:05 pm

    Okay. Really, now.


  228. d1島 January 9, 2010 9:07 pm


    Not many of those tonight…the joint is jumpin’!

  229. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 9:09 pm


    The Aloha Stadium crowd would be as knowledgeable if they stopped drinking so much and stopped gambling on UH games against UH.

  230. Bstunna2002 January 9, 2010 9:09 pm

    Funaki will be an outstanding coach one day for now though he will learn the ropes, the real thing I’m excited about though is with him sticking around we have a better chance of landing Kahuku kids cause out there he is a football icon,my friend was born and raised out there he played with Funaki and he says the kids in Kahuku and Laie look up to him alot.

  231. expat January 9, 2010 9:12 pm

    Sounds like Oregon State might be offering Mike Riley a lifetime contract. I wonder if that would be a first in Div 1 football. I hadn’t realized that Mike Riley was actually from Corvallis.

    The columnist makes a good point about USC — besides the money it would seem that the USC job would be a hard slog. They have had protracted periods of mediocrity but Pete Carroll has set the bar pretty high recently and a coach would be walking into a situation where expectations are very very high. Harbaugh, for instance, would be nuts to be interested in the job. He has a much better situation going at Stanford. Hard to see how someone like Chris Peterson would be interested either. Money isn’t everything.

  232. jm2375 January 9, 2010 9:12 pm

    Fun watching the Warriors this year. You see Charlie Wade playing referee – arms raised on out balls? 😀

  233. expat January 9, 2010 9:16 pm

    Oh, and go bows! Congrats to Charlie Wade, his staff, and all the players for their strong showing. May this be the start of a long and successful tenure for Mr. Wade.

  234. jm2375 January 9, 2010 9:16 pm


  235. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 9:18 pm

    Coach Wade is pacing around like a man possessed!

  236. d1島 January 9, 2010 9:20 pm


    Hang in there!

    2 more points!

  237. d1島 January 9, 2010 9:21 pm

    Aloha Ball!!!

  238. d1島 January 9, 2010 9:22 pm


  239. jm2375 January 9, 2010 9:22 pm

    Congrats to the Warriors!! Great game!!

  240. d1島 January 9, 2010 9:22 pm

    Great win.

    Congrats VolleyBows!

  241. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 9:23 pm

    Warrior Volleyball is BACK!!!!

  242. βρεω808 January 9, 2010 9:24 pm

    😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀

    ★ ★ 😆 ’bows!!! 😆 ★ ★
    😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀

  243. HiFlyer January 9, 2010 9:28 pm

    Great win for the Volleyball Warriors.

    Not sure but it looked like they had less service errors tonight.

  244. RedZone January 9, 2010 9:31 pm

    wow earthquake.

  245. whitey January 9, 2010 9:32 pm

    Congrats to Coach Wade and the Rainbow Warriors. Great game and great team effort.

  246. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 9, 2010 9:34 pm

    UH volleyball fans deserve continued joy after a great season by the Wahine.

    Glad to see thousands of smiling faces!

  247. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 9:39 pm

    ..outstanding volleyball game!!

    Congrats to the men VB team… !!

  248. Dudley Do-Right January 9, 2010 9:46 pm

    Interesting. We beat Ohio State; we lost to Penn State in 5 and we beat USC in 3.
    USC beat Penn State in 3 and Ohio State and loses to UH in 3.

    I guess a tie-breaker would give UH the championship.

    But no matter what, the UH volleyball team are winners.

  249. LizKauai (iPhone) January 9, 2010 10:06 pm

    Alright Volleybows!!!
    Followed the game all the way home from Qi Gong tonight.
    Congrats Coach Wade and fellas!!!

    And congrats to Inoke Funaki!

  250. Slugger January 9, 2010 10:12 pm

    WooHoo!!! UH men win the Outrigger Tourney! Joshua Walker MVP!

    They played so much better tonight. Congratuations to Coach Wade & the team! Congrats to Dan Fisher & Shelton Tang & Beckwith, too!

    Got to sit behind the Rubber Man. Lots of fun.

  251. Slugger January 9, 2010 10:13 pm


    Mahalo for the DVD. Got it from Chawan_cut.

    Jonas Umlauft’s parents were in the stands tonight. E komo mai!

  252. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 10:20 pm

    Wonder how the rankings will be affected by this weekend’s wins and losses? Will be interesting to see.

  253. (aka UH Fan) January 9, 2010 10:23 pm


    sorry i took part of your name.. so i changed mine to stop the confusion. i’m real generic so i don’t know what else to put. maybe i’ll think of something later on, but this will have to do for now.

    congrats mvb!

  254. madeinhawaii January 9, 2010 10:24 pm

    Interestinly… both Men’s and Women’s BB teams tonight won the second half of their games. Unfortunately, they were down by 20+ points at the half and didn’t win the second half by as many points.

  255. gmahoney January 9, 2010 10:43 pm

    Hey Slugger, was looking for you at the SCC, had tickets in Row 6, Lower level FF, great seats, nobody sitting on their hands tonight! What a great match!

  256. Slugger January 9, 2010 11:04 pm

    Hi, gmahoney,

    My classmate invited me to sit with them in the lower section C just 3 rows from the team ‘benches’. Great seat! Great game!

  257. protector January 9, 2010 11:08 pm

    Tremendous start for the Men’s VB team! Congrats to the Warriors
    and Coach Wade. This already gives them brownie points nationally, and will be invaluable in recruiting. Not to mention the boost in confidence. What’s even more encouraging is that there’s still room for improvement and I think it’s a scary proposition for other teams if Hawaii can play even better down the line.

  258. gmahoney January 9, 2010 11:16 pm

    If this tournament is any indication, this year will be an exciting one for Coach Wade and the VB team! Should have beaten Penn State last night. Can’t wait until the next game.

  259. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 9, 2010 11:25 pm

    Slugger – you must have a twin because I swear that I saw you in the upper area for the USC match although I did see you sitting with Myki and Sjmacro during the first match in the lower level. We also sat in the lower level on the other side of the court. Crazy night – especially with the Dancing Guy. And yes, the rowdy, raucus crowd did help.

    It’ll be THREE weeks before the men will be back amongst us. But the women’s basketball team plays on Wednesday.

    NOTE: In February, there will 26 different sporting events on campus featuring men’s and women’s basketball, men’s volleyball, women’s softball, and men’s baseball. Wow!

  260. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 10, 2010 12:29 am


    re: peterson

    yes money isnt EVERYTHING but it sure is a HUGE something and its USC….big time, big name, big program, big money, big support ESPECIALLY after the house that Carroll built. Peterson whether Boise likes it or not will be lured to another program and I for one think USC might be that program.

    Look at Houston Nutt as an example of what a “Boise head coach” is capable of once in a big conference. Ole Miss isn’t a push over.

    I would be extremely surprised if 1) USC does not show any interest in Peterson and 2) Peterson showing absolutely no interesting in USC.

    Honestly I guess part of me wants Peterson out of Boise so that we can stand a chance at beating them every year (they are probably the only solid thing blocking us from winning the WAC on a yearly basis.)… haha I know i know its selfish but hey I rather have him away from the WAC than right smack in it dominating and putting the rout on Hawaii and everyone else year in and out. 🙁 The guy is just too darn good at what he does for his own good imo.

    Then again truth is stranger than fiction and if Peterson decides that Boise is ‘the place’ he wants to be then Boise has found themselves something both special and something to count their blessings on.

    Given the current situation of NCAA sanctions, a “low period” (if you can even call it that) in USC football….I think USC spares no expense for their next coach. My prediction if you can even call it that is Peterson as one of the top candidates or a Belichick or Bill Walsh related coach.

    Hmmm Steve Maricucci or John Gruden…hmmm

    You know what would be a pretty insane pick?….Tony Dungy. Fat fat fat chance but that would be quite interesting don’t you think?

  261. Da Punchbowl Kid January 10, 2010 12:29 am

    Howzabout dem V-ballers?! Congrats to the team. On TV it looked like they had the Stanley rockin’!

  262. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 10, 2010 12:56 am

    Nitey Nite and Ts-s-s-ssssswwweeeet Warrior VolleyBow Dreams!

  263. Stephen Tsai January 10, 2010 1:09 am

    Petersen isn’t going to USC.
    He has a special-needs child who is doing well in Boise.
    Boise is a great family town. Petersen is a good family man.

  264. Pomai January 10, 2010 2:43 am

    On the TV it sounded like they where chanting “Lets go Bows” I thought they changed the name to just Warriors????

  265. Pomai January 10, 2010 2:46 am

    If Charlie Wade was smart he would see to it that Alan Hackbarth was at every home game an just turn him lose.

  266. mctruck January 10, 2010 4:45 am

    Having lived in the LA area in my younger years, I wouldn’t want to coach anywhere in that area; it’s no paradise, nor a place I’d want to raise young children.
    NFL teams have come and gone…..wonder why?

  267. Bulla January 10, 2010 6:20 am


    what a game, watched it on tv, and a facial to go for McKibbin, sorry Angus, but your boy played well despite that…..all tourney team also i think.

    good job coaches…….great, great win…………

  268. whitey January 10, 2010 6:25 am

    Good morning Tsaikos

  269. whitey January 10, 2010 6:46 am

    porgot, ST, good one about tssssssai.

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  271. wafan January 10, 2010 8:01 am

    A peaceful Sunday, everyone!

  272. wafan January 10, 2010 8:02 am

    Congratulations to mvb’ers. Whoo-hoo!!!

    I sure hope the fb’ers were watching — USC can be beaten.

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