Wittek still interested

According to people in the know, former USC quarterback Max Wittek remains interested in transferring to UH.

The Warriors apparently have yet to decide on a move. They are pleased with their quarterbacks and the offense’s chemistry. In the revised situation, Wittek would have to redshirt this year, after which 2015 would be his only remaining season to play.

The Warriors have five quarterbacks on their summer roster. Taylor Graham and Jeremy Higgins are fifth-year seniors who complete their eligibility at the end of the 2014 season. Aaron Zwahlen, who is currently on a church mission, joins the Warriors next summer.

UH, Texas and Louisville were among the schools recruiting Wittek when it appeared he would earn a bachelor’s degree last month. As a graduate, Wittek would have been able to transfer without redshirting in 2014 and have two years to play two seasons. Wittek learned he will need another semester to earn a degree, thus reducing his eligibility to one season — 2015 — at another school.

After announcing his intent to transfer earlier this year, Wittek was removed from USC’s roster this spring.

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  1. A-House June 20, 2014 7:25 am

    hello and good morning!

  2. Stephen Tsai June 20, 2014 7:26 am

    Mornin’, neighbor.

  3. tommui June 20, 2014 7:38 am


    Maybe AL was right! (Wittek)

  4. tommui June 20, 2014 7:38 am

    And good morning to ST and A-House.

  5. Stephen Tsai June 20, 2014 7:42 am

    Mornin’ Tommui

  6. papajoe2 June 20, 2014 7:44 am

    no need.

  7. papajoe2 June 20, 2014 7:55 am

    Wie finished with 2 birdies to top the leader board at -4 (-2 for the day), but yesterday’s leaders didn’t tee off yet. Marissa Chow, at last check, was in 128th place.

  8. NorthShoreFan June 20, 2014 7:59 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    does Chow still want Wittek? even for one season? would it disrupt the “flow” of training a qb who may have more years ahead in the “system”?

    anyhoo, IMUA WARRIORS!

  9. A-House June 20, 2014 8:16 am

    UH should advise Wittek that are no longer holding a scholarship for him and will no longer pursue his services.

    with 5 QBs and Zwahlen coming in 2015 it would not be in the best interest for UH to bring Wittek in only for 1 year.

    GOOD MORNING, Your Honor!

  10. Ipu Man June 20, 2014 8:26 am

    Enough already.

  11. tommui June 20, 2014 8:35 am

    #9 AHouse:

    One year seems rather a waste of a scholarship. Of course if he were a lineman who is almost a guarantee to be a first round draft choice …

  12. boolakanaka June 20, 2014 8:36 am

    Aloha mai kakou!

  13. kev-1 June 20, 2014 8:48 am

    Wittek would make an excellent scout team QB. Then, if he shows potential, he could enter the mix next year. Wouldn’t hurt.

    Remember, if you say no need now and come mid-season the QBs are stinking it up (I am hopeful this won’t happen), you will be saying “we should have signed Wittek for next year.”

  14. kev-1 June 20, 2014 8:50 am

    Wie with the early lead after birdieing her last two holes. Go girl! Consistency. I love it.

  15. boolakanaka June 20, 2014 8:58 am

    We got a lot of QBs in camp—we will one rise to the top and separate himself–we don’t know that yet. What has always been true, there is only one ball to play with–Max, thanks but no thanks.

  16. Shoko June 20, 2014 9:02 am

    Hard to say whether Wittek’s services would be needed since we don’t know what the quarterback situation will be like after this season, especially if there is a possibility of a coaching change.

  17. kev-1 June 20, 2014 9:06 am

    I don’t mean to sound cruel, but if you go down the list to the very bottom of the QB depth chart, you don’t see Wittek as being better than whoever is there?

    I like that we have “enough” quarterbacks, but that doesn’t erase the need for more talented QB’s.

  18. jeezy33 June 20, 2014 9:11 am

    13. Were so behind in developing QBs….. Most teams bring in 2 QBs a year so that you’re never taking a big step back when replacing a QB. We had that in the past. If Woolsey doesn’t pan out this year, we don’t have much behind him. That leaves us with more holes next year with only FR that aren’t developed to compete. Were basically all in for next 2 years on Ikaika Woolsey.

  19. jeezy33 June 20, 2014 9:15 am

    Here’s how it should have happened..

    2012- JC QB, high school QB.
    2013- Depending on how the JC QB performed, another JC QB, high school QB, + Zwahlen. Can’t count Zwahlen because he still hasn’t stepped in campus. His scholarship wouldn’t have counted that year. So we should have brought in 3 that year so high school kid could develop.
    2014- 2 High school QBs. We brought in Beau Reilly but he won’t be ready until next season at the earliest. Considering we didn’t recruit any JC QBs at all, one should have been brought in this past season. If Thomas Stuart does well at Boise, that will be the killer… Mid year guy who won a JC championship at Butte.

  20. kev-1 June 20, 2014 9:16 am

    #18 . . . I am all in with Woolsey too. But what you suggest sounds like it would make sense to bring in Wittek, right? Or do you mean that even if Woolsey were to struggle this year, we should give him next year from a development standpoint?

    I mean, even if Wittek came, there is no guarantee he would be able to pick the offense up enough to even make a difference.

  21. kev-1 June 20, 2014 9:17 am

    I am seeing the future QB competition as Reilly vs. Zwhalen. Reilly should have the edge simply by experience. BUT, what he can do will be highly questionable because of his absence from the game. Zwhalen will face the same skepticism.

  22. lonomakana June 20, 2014 9:18 am

    Enough with Wittek. If he wants to walk on, fine. But, don’t waste a scholarship on someone who can’t get it done in the classroom and hasn’t proved much on the field.

  23. jeezy33 June 20, 2014 9:23 am

    20. I am saying Hawaii coaches have put all their eggs in 1 basket with Woolsey. We should probably bring in Wittek even though I don’t think that highly of him. Even then, he is only a 1 year fix at best. If Woolsey struggles, there really are no options behind him. Then the year after, you basically have Woolsey, Beau Reilly who will be a redshirt FR. and Aaron Zwahlen who has been away for 2 years. Not exactly an ideal QB situation where you have guys who have been practicing in a system for multiple years. If Woolsey does well, then there won’t be many issues. But that’s a big if considering most schools have like 3 options at QB. 1 struggles and next guy goes in. Chuckie Keeton got hurt for Utah St. and they had 2 viable back ups that lead them to the championship game still. Derek Carr graduates at Fresno and they bring in the Duke transfer plus they have guys who have been working under Carr to compete. We really don’t have a system going and not a lot of competition. This team is all in and that is scary.

  24. jeezy33 June 20, 2014 9:24 am

    21. 2 FR competing is not ideal…. Sounds more like rebuild to me. YEar 4 is not exactly a year you want to rebuild and try to sell fans your program is moving in right direction.

  25. shadow June 20, 2014 9:35 am

    Wittek is in a tough spot – wants to be a starter but he’ll be one & done and very few Div 1A schools can can afford to give him that opportunity.

    Sad for Wittek ‘cause he’s got talent & he was recruited by the whose who in college football.

    Excellent lesson, though, for all these recruits who go gagga when the glitzy schools try to sway you w/ “facilities second to none” and promises of being “our no. 1 guy” for years to come.

    Choose wisely (for the right reasons & for what you, yourself, can live with).

  26. Gmoney June 20, 2014 9:43 am

    Prater. He’s my Dark Horse.

  27. Andrew June 20, 2014 9:44 am

    The only thing coming to my mind looking at those pictures is that I hope they paint the grand stand a better color..

  28. jeezy33 June 20, 2014 10:26 am

    26. Based on what???

  29. Old Diver June 20, 2014 10:28 am

    The Wittek train has left the station. I agree with Jeezy, the QB recruiting over the past three years is a head scratcher.

  30. boya_jr June 20, 2014 10:35 am

    shadow, well said.

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid June 20, 2014 10:42 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 😉

    As for Wittek, I’d chase after a huge, mean spirited and mobile O line man or two instead.

    After looking at film of Prater and Reilly, and given the returnees and the coming of Zwahlen, I’m thinking we’ll have somebody who can do the job.


  32. Stephen Tsai June 20, 2014 10:51 am

    OK, here’s a sorta-sorta funny story.
    An administrator looked out the window, and wanted to know why the Ching complex was painted Santa Clara colors.
    The administrator was reminded that was the primer.

  33. Old School Dave June 20, 2014 10:53 am

    Doesn’t matter who’s taking snaps, unless the O-Line controls the line of scrimmage. I’m confident that they will continue to improve in Coach Naeole’s second season.

    There are more pressing needs, such as a dominating nose guard who will occupy blockers and free up our linebackers. Hard to find athletic big guys like this. I remember in JJ’s first year they had a 350 lb. JUCO D-lineman, Doug Sims, who could dunk a BB and chase down QBs. Too bad he had some injury and weight problems his senior year.

  34. ponojr June 20, 2014 10:55 am

    If Woolsey does well, no complaints. However, with TG and JH, he’ll have backups with some playing experience. Redshirt Reily and Prater and we’ll have two QB’s with some experience with the O in 2015. When Zwahlen arrives, we’ll have four on the roster, with hopefully a fifth if Chow and Co. recruit someone for next year.

  35. Da Punchbowl Kid June 20, 2014 10:58 am

    #33 –

    Wasn’t his nick name “Big Business”? I remember him too.

  36. jeezy33 June 20, 2014 11:03 am

    33. Hell yeah it matters…. Sugar Bowl O line was really bad. But Colt had intangibles to off set most of it with quick decision making. Obviously Georgia was just too good.

  37. Andrew June 20, 2014 11:15 am

    Wie’s -2 today is holding up very nicely. She currently has a 4 shot lead..3 golfers tied for 2nd @ E

  38. amela June 20, 2014 11:26 am

    No Wittek, he’ll only disrupt the flow. I think the coaches have the talent here and with the new recruits. They should just concentrate and build on them. Betting on a one year guy doesn’t make sense, take care of the ones who committed to being here.

  39. Old School Dave June 20, 2014 11:30 am

    I’ve read that that big lineman from St Louis School, who has BCS offiers, is impressed by Coach Naeole.

  40. Old School Dave June 20, 2014 11:31 am

    sorry, should be, “with Coach Naeole.”

  41. jimmy the lock June 20, 2014 11:32 am

    No matter how many times or different ways you can shuffle the deck, you still gotta play with the hand you are dealt. Unless everyone has a worse hand, I’m looking at most 3 wins this upcoming season.

    GO WIE, as Mr. Miyagi might say, “focus Wie-san”.


  42. Jackleg preacher June 20, 2014 11:33 am

    I say we take a chance on wittek. His stats, while not jawdropping, are somewhat better than those qbs that we have. He may not have played a whole lot either, but because he has played some, and in a tougher conference than ours,it seems less of a risk than graham imo. He also has played against better comp in practice. He looked ok against us i guess? Foggy memory of that game

  43. Old School Dave June 20, 2014 11:34 am

    36: I remember that DE from Georgia who caused problems in the Sugar Bowl weighed about 6.1 230 lbs, but he was quick off the ball.

  44. NorthShoreFan June 20, 2014 11:43 am

    some say they were jumping the count..but al pau now so..

    it seems like the quick, fast, strong de’s are now proto type? not necessary to have lot of weight.

  45. NorthShoreFan June 20, 2014 11:43 am


  46. NorthShoreFan June 20, 2014 11:49 am

    Wieeeeee!….go girl!

  47. Inyoface June 20, 2014 11:50 am

    Hire Jeezy as HC! Yeah! Not

  48. nutmegger June 20, 2014 12:33 pm

    I agree with #22 Lonomakana – if Wittek wants to walk on fine and #31 Da Punchbowl Kid – save the scholarship for a “huge, mean spirited and mobile O line man”

    #25 Shadow makes good point to young recruits “who go gagga …w/ “facilities second to none” and promises of being “our no. 1 guy” ” – what are the odds you’ll be on the field on game day if you’re at USC or UH? Unfortunately if you don’t shoot you can’t score.

    With a sturdy O line and a healthy Joey our offense will be credible with or without a great QB. Still, I think the QBs we have will surprise everyone on the positive side.

  49. jeezy33 June 20, 2014 12:34 pm

    47. That your best attempt at smack talking??

  50. Ipu Man June 20, 2014 1:12 pm

    OK, let’s lighten things up here a bit folks. I challenge you to a football joke contest.
    My entry: “Did you hear about the football player who asked his coach to flood the field so he could go in as a sub?” 🙂

  51. st. anthony trojan June 20, 2014 1:14 pm

    # 50 you win… no need no other entries he he he

  52. st. anthony trojan June 20, 2014 1:15 pm

    hmmmm just thinking out loud here….was he a stealth sub…or just a regular one ?

  53. Steve P June 20, 2014 1:16 pm

    I don’t think it matters if Wittek tranfers to UH or not. If he does he still has to beat out at least 3 QB’s that we have who are experienced in the system. Not likely…and with only one year to play he doesn’t change the equation much anyway.

  54. st. anthony trojan June 20, 2014 1:16 pm

    or maybe a podogee sub..you know the ones made out of cement ?

  55. Warrior Dave June 20, 2014 1:18 pm

    Wittek is welcomed to join as a walk-on. I wouldnt offer a scholarship.

    Graham should be healed by fall camp so my eggs are in his basket. The starting QB just has to survive the first few games of the season. That’s where we lost Graham last year. He got better game after game then went down. Not sure SS would have done well against our early schedule opponents let year.

  56. Ipu Man June 20, 2014 1:30 pm

    Local boy sub. He gonna throw coconuts.

  57. Ipu Man June 20, 2014 1:31 pm

    Like Timmy Chang.

  58. Ipu Man June 20, 2014 1:32 pm

    Tim was a delight to watch. Miss him.

  59. jimmy the lock June 20, 2014 1:33 pm

    Locker room fodder…

    The Seven Dwarfs were hiking through the Koolau and fell in a deep, steep ravine. Snow White, who was behind them, looked over the ledge and yelled, “Say something so I know who’s ok.” She heard a voice yell back, “The Warriors are going to a bowl game!”
    Snow White thought to herself, “OMG, Dopey’s alive!”


  60. jimmy the lock June 20, 2014 1:37 pm

    Wie going into the weekend with a 3 stroke lead. I know what you thinking and stop putting your hands around your throat.

  61. Ipu Man June 20, 2014 1:54 pm

    Michelle Wie says “She doesn’t take herself too seriously. When asked about the Kinesio tape she had on her left leg — two long camouflage pieces on her thigh, pink stripes wrapped behind and on both sides of her kneecap and two more camo strips down her calf and along one side — Wie said she “thinks” it makes her leg feel better, helping with inflammation. But it serves another purpose as well.

    “I just think it looks cool, too,” she said. “Makes me look really hard.”

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/20/3952444/michelle-wie-resists-looking-forward.html?sp=/99/103/#storylink=cpy

  62. Andrew June 20, 2014 2:03 pm


    At the beginning of the season, the offensive line wasn’t doing as well as it was towards the end of the season. Granted they weren’t spectacular at the end, but they did do a lot better which helped SS to have more time. More so though they had a healthy Iosefa at the end of the season which took a big load of pressure of the QB and added instant offense. I would have really liked to see a fully healthy Graham perform with Iosefa and the O-line the way it was doing towards the end.

  63. Andrew June 20, 2014 2:12 pm


    I think that mind set has been the key to her success lately. She seems to be more so having fun on the course rather than looking like a nervous wreck Well that and taking control of her own life rather than letting her parents hover over her the entire time.

  64. Derek June 20, 2014 2:18 pm

    I have seen Woolsey. I have seen Higgins. I have seen Graham. The walk-ons have an up hill battle. Reilly is new, although on scholarship. At this point, nobody has proven to be effective in live competition. Those that played prior have had their good plays and also bad plays. No one has a very good passing efficiency rating. My point is that this is not a good situation going into the season without a sure starter. We keep hoping for the miraculous. We hope somebody turn into the next Colt Brennan since the end of last year to fall camp. The thing is, it is more likely that they are what we think they are. Do we make it to a bowl game? Bowl Game! Are you kidding me! Bowl game! I just hope we can win a game! Any game! Ha,ha,ha!

    But seriously, unless somebody step up big time this year at the QB position and prove themselves, I hate to say it, but it will be another major disappointment this coming season.
    Frankly, that’s very unfortunate because I just happen to think that we have some good talent, both on offense and defense. But if we don’t have the trigger man, it’s curtains. It’s been proven time and time again. Look at the top 25 in Phil Steele’s magazine. They all have solid QBs.

  65. jimmy the lock June 20, 2014 2:23 pm

    Hopefully her mindset is focused and not let playing with Lexi Thompson affect her. Remember the previous women’s major, the Kraft Nabisco, where Lexi played lights out in the final round to beat Michelle?

  66. st. anthony trojan June 20, 2014 2:30 pm

    # 59…..hmmmm maybe now you tie 4 first place… have to have a tie breaker…

  67. jonj June 20, 2014 2:43 pm

    Bring in wittek as a walk on this season and with a schollie next season when he’s eligible. After Higgins and Graham leave we have no QB other than woosley with game experience. Won’t matter really once Chow fired after mid season.

  68. HawaiiMongoose June 20, 2014 2:49 pm

    The Ching Complex sure looks plain compared to the original artist conceptions, at least from the field side. No character at all. Just a concrete press box on top of a concrete grandstand.

  69. jimmy the lock June 20, 2014 3:12 pm

    Okay then st. anthony trojan…

    I went to work and the IT guy told me my password needed 8 characters so I typed in, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”…

  70. Andrew June 20, 2014 3:29 pm

    65. Yeah it seemed @ the Kraft Nabisco she was playing more to not lose than playing to win. She was striking the ball well but she played defensively with the 3 wood rather than trusting her game with the driver. You could tell that she learned from that mistake after though. She’s having an awesome season so far though. If she continues this success through the year she could really climb up the rankings.

  71. Andrew June 20, 2014 3:29 pm


    Agreed. It looks more like a high school stadium.

  72. st. anthony trojan June 20, 2014 3:34 pm

    # ha that is a good one… but only 6 CHARACTERS….did you gaguate from UH or USC ?

  73. jimmy the lock June 20, 2014 3:34 pm

    Andrew, I agree with your Wie assessment.

  74. get toe June 20, 2014 3:47 pm

    # 67.

    I agree. Won’t matter really once Chow fired after mid season.

  75. nutmegger June 20, 2014 4:14 pm

    Having worked in a profession that goes through booms and busts and experiencing the effect of layoffs on an office in general and me in particular I find talk of firing someone rather a negative way to look ahead to the new season.

  76. Andrew June 20, 2014 4:34 pm


    Firing Chow doesn’t exactly automatically launch the program forward all of a sudden. They’d have to find a new coach and once again learn a new system and even then, the new coach would need time to get his guys in and there’s no guarantee that he’d be successful either. I really hope Chow and the team succeed this year and continue to improve thereafter.

  77. Shoko June 20, 2014 4:37 pm

    I would be surprised if BJ fired a coach midseason unless there was some kind of scandal. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised BJ gives Chow another year. I think the boiling point for some fans would be if Chow made a bowl game in the fourth year and was given a raise and extension. That would really piss off some folks that are already crying for a coaching change.

  78. al June 20, 2014 4:41 pm

    okay, okay, okay…
    while there should be some concern over who is the next qb.
    don’t go into panic mode.

    we’ve been here before. many times in fact. look back at the times before when june jones got here. how often did we not have a returning starter.

    how many other teams have been there done that?

  79. Old School Dave June 20, 2014 5:28 pm

    I’m hoping that Taylor Graham will pull off a “Dan Robinson” type performance (99 season) this fall.

  80. Warrior Dave June 20, 2014 5:32 pm


    You are right that it happened many times under JJ. However, I personally feel JJ did a better job of working with the QBs and Oline and nurtured them along.

    Could it have been his system? Maybe so, but it sure was exciting for me to see the ball in the air.

  81. C-Pop June 20, 2014 6:42 pm

    QB prospects 2014 should be able “game manager’s”, strength of team is running back Iosefa, Playaction pass game set up by success of run game, QB starter should be best at making plays from pocket & out of pocket ability. With run game–defense is off field longer, games are shorter. Defense has potential to be stout in front seven based on returning DL & potential of LB’s coached by Clune & Gouveia. Secondary is wait and see, lot of their success will hinge on consistency of pass rush. More zone should allow more opportunities for turnovers, timely man coverage included.

  82. nutmegger June 20, 2014 6:50 pm

    Harding is still UH’s not so secret weapon.
    Joey is a battering ram.
    Yap can still shut down what ever comes his way.
    My guess is Woolsey will be a play maker, but in about two months we will know for sure.

    I think it was Boolakanaka predicting 7 wins, which is very doable. Gotta believe.

  83. C-Pop June 20, 2014 7:00 pm

    Pass game more “bubble & breakout screens” to slots/RB types–extended handoffs, easier passes to complete.

  84. 808WarriorFan June 20, 2014 7:16 pm

    To all that are talking about Coach Chow being fired, let’s remember one thing and that is this is all about the players who bust their asses on the field and more importantly in the classroom. If you are a Warrior Fan let’s start the ’14 season off w/ a clean slate and back these guys up. Then if things should not pan out it’ll be up to Ben Jay to make that decision but until that time comes I’m hoping for at least a 6-6 season & a Aloha Bowl invite…Imua ‘Bows

  85. el burro sabio June 20, 2014 7:53 pm

    I wouldn’t rank Mike Stennis and Tim Lyons as all-time great QBs in UH history, but they won a lot of games because they had a Killer D watching their back.

  86. Boolakanaka June 20, 2014 8:18 pm

    85–you’re right in that point. Tim Lyons was the starter prior to Ralph Cherry, and Ralph really didn’t have a real backup-but the composition of the teams were really different back then. We had more than a few guys, on D, who went onto play on Sundays – Miano,Niko, ml Johnson,Colin Scott’s, tui, John Taylor …etc and that’s not even counting Alvis, Anthony Woodson, and all the kafenztis brothers. The D kept us in many games, always was up for a big play, and never really got steamrolled.

    The nature of college ball is centered around O, and thus coaching is also slanted that way. But those early 80s teams while not the biggest around were gamers, and some really tough sobs….but, I’m not objective.

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