Wittek, Tupai back practicing

Quarterback Max Wittek was back competing at practice today — and with the first-team offense. After starting the first six games, Wittek did not play against New Mexico because of knee ailments.

Left guard Elijah Tupai, who also missed Saturday’s game, practiced with the first team today.

Eperone Moananu had a successful first day at nose tackle after moving from the offensive line. He made all four tackles in a series during the team session. Moananu, who is from American Samoa, is considered to be on “loan” to the injury-depleted defense. Many predict Moananu, a true freshman, can develop into an all-league offensive lineman.


  1. seewhy October 20, 2015 10:15 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

  2. seewhy October 20, 2015 10:16 am

    Great to hear that Max and Elijah are back at practice.

  3. st. anthony trojan October 20, 2015 10:17 am

    Good morning Hawaii…hope max is all healed up n ready 4 sum very long TD passes…

  4. Ala Wai October 20, 2015 11:12 am

    Hungry for RW news. Nothing in the HSA this morning.

  5. H-Man October 20, 2015 11:15 am

    That’s interesting abotut Moananu. I thought his size was ideal for the nose, but it’s good news that he’s that good an O-lineman.

  6. 3-Prong October 20, 2015 11:35 am

    Does NC prescribe to the “cannot lose your starting job due to injury” rule?

  7. 3-Prong October 20, 2015 11:36 am

    At some point productivity shoild be factored in.

  8. Da Punchbowl Kid October 20, 2015 12:04 pm

    Good to see them back. Looking for a “W” this week.

    Go Warriors!!!

  9. st. anthony trojan October 20, 2015 12:04 pm

    Hnnnnnnn … we don’t know what he prescribes to…. really…unless u count the losses as a trend …???? the old rule is…if u can’t win…then make excuses…

    I do know he prescribes to…yelling n ranting to refs n coaches…
    that is one of his strong suits…

  10. A-House October 20, 2015 12:20 pm


    your #48 post from yesterday’s blog

    I read your statement several times and could not understand what you’re telling me

    like you say, continue to be a fan! yep, that truly describes the A-House family – been season ticket holders since September 1969 when I returned from military service – wife says the only way she would see me is if she came along to sporting events – yikes!!!!!

    still a cloudy day and sunshine struggling to penetrate the scattered clouds – Manoa valley still cloaked in darkness – still looking for that elusive “rainbow”!

  11. A-House October 20, 2015 12:27 pm

    how goes the 2016 recruiting class?

    nothing since the 2 LA players committed to UH – how many scholarships remaining? other way is how many taken to date?

    much anxiety as we all wait to see what Matlin will do

    LTUH Fan, Florida Ted, Ragasu Bagasu, Calvin from Kona and Big Hilo Fan – what say you from up above? just as noisy as down here?

  12. A-House October 20, 2015 12:27 pm

    geez, I miss those guys!!!!!!!!!!

  13. SteveM October 20, 2015 12:53 pm

    RE: #12
    A-House — me too. They are remembered in my “Tsai-ko Hall of Fame”

    BTW, seeing Tom in there reminds me he is on a 14-nt Mediterranean cruise. Belated Bon Voyage! (that’s why we haven’t seen him post in a week) 🙂

  14. Maddog50 October 20, 2015 1:26 pm

    A-House! I have an eye infection compliments of a petting zoo I took my grandkids to-swollen shut when I made that post-anyway stand by the Warriors no matter what!

  15. george October 20, 2015 1:28 pm

    seems to me that even if they get a new coach, is he going to be able to miraculously heal those injured players and win games? being injured is not an excuse, it’s the fact. those “big named teams” brought in money but cost the team in injuries. I guess that is better than raising money the way you should. and, you all should know that even if a new coach is needed, it will take the ones in charge many, many months and many, many committees and a lot of money to figure it out, only to end up in the same spot. I say keep coach until the end of the season. if they rehire a previous coach, we are cancelling our season’s tickets from 1979.

  16. RJMI October 20, 2015 2:18 pm

    Please No June Jones!

  17. nutmegger October 20, 2015 2:20 pm

    1) Money. 2) Geography. 3) Coaching. 4) Recruiting.
    These are the factors that contribute to the success of Warrior Football.
    The AD’s priority should be the first – I think he understands this. All Hawaii companies should be approached for contributions. All contributions should be acknowledged and rewarded somehow (one free game ticket at the low end to season passes at the high end). An area in the stands could be set aside for the contributers.
    Can’t do anything about the second.
    Regarding the third, I think there are management processes that could alleviate some of the problems. For instance:
    a) Since the money is short, UH should target young up and coming coaches to hire. Women’s basketball coach is an excellent example of success.
    b) HC contracts should be for no more than 3 years with a guaranteed 1 yr extension for a W-L record of not less than 8-4 in either the second or third year.
    Recruiting should focus on Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska.

  18. Buffoman October 20, 2015 2:47 pm

    As I see it there will be no coaching change unless the following happens. This opinion comes from the fact that the UH has embarrassed itself with the recent rash of bad contracts and huge payouts.

    So there will only be a change if the current coach steps down.

    Or, there is a very large donation to the UH to buyout the remaining amount due to execute a clean buyout.

    Then there needs to be another very large donation made to pay the difference from the base that would be established and the actual cost to secure a new coach. There would also have to be additional dollars raised to allow that via h to secure the support staff he would like in place as I assume most would come from the mainland (and we know the cost of living in the islands).

    There will be no help from the Legislature for this and as UH is asking them for an additional $16M I highly doubt they would happily give more for an athletic program that just paid out $1.4M to part with the basketball coach due to a poor contract.

    So, as a long time fan I support the team in its entirety and will continue to be a part of the Saturday fan base (since 1965). If there is a change I will support what is there.

  19. Akamai Okole October 20, 2015 3:08 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Go get ’em, QB1!

  20. Warbow October 20, 2015 3:11 pm

    You can tell when a coaches time is near the end or when he’s ready to get fired. All of a sudden he becomes a players coach and praises them every chance he gets. Chow got emotional when asked about Sanchez’s missed FG. He almost started crying when he praised how wonderful a guy Sanchez was. Don’t know if the emotion was about Sanchez or the fact that Nevada will be his last game coached. Yep, his time is near the end, should be coming soon.

  21. SteveM October 20, 2015 3:41 pm

    Tsai-kos Guess the Score – Week 8
    Scores will be accepted until 1:00 am on game day.
    Exact score to win. (WarriorNY’s cheesecake)

    UH – NV – Blogger
    16 – 14 = Bigwave96744
    25 – 24 = Rodney
    31 – 21 = cappie the dog
    31 – 30 = oneseason
    56 – 14 = Akamai Okole

    NV – UH – Blogger
    24 – 20 = Willie
    28 – 17 = primo
    31 – 13 = Ala Wai
    31 – 21 = Come on, Man!
    35 – 20 = A view From Afar
    38 – 00 = Makai
    49 – 35 = st. anthony trojan

  22. primo October 20, 2015 3:49 pm

    As long as Chow is mathematically eligible to make a bowl game, he’ll be around.

    Once that ship has sailed, then Aloha Oi!

  23. primo October 20, 2015 3:51 pm

    What are the odds that an assistant coach gets to be an interim coach for two different schools in two different and consecutive years. No one will want to hire him for fear of the jinx!

  24. truegreen October 20, 2015 3:58 pm

    #22 primo: it would even be his third time total as an interim head coach since he served that role for Boise St in the ’90s too.

  25. tempmanoa October 20, 2015 4:41 pm

    I hope someone makes the right decision if Wittek starts over Woolsely. So far Wittek has not played a game as well as Woolsey’s best games from last year or for that matter Woolsey’s game vs New Mexico (unless you count the UC Davis game– UC Davis a 1 and 6 team ranked No. 200 on the Sagarin ratings compared to UH at No. 124). Woolsey ran the offense better than we have seen it so far. We are still wating for Wittek to pick things up..

  26. Come on, Man! October 20, 2015 5:00 pm

    “being injured is not an excuse, it’s the fact. those “big named teams” brought in money but cost the team in injuries.”

    are we really making the argument that ohio state and wisconsin are SO GOOD (or that the UH football team is so soft) that they singlehandedly decimated the UH team with injuries because UH players were too beat up and exhausted by the big bad boys from the midwest?

    man. that really says a lot about what people think of UH players just as athletes. maybe we need to fire the strength and conditioning coach instead.

  27. Come on, Man! October 20, 2015 5:04 pm

    “Woolsey ran the offense better than we have seen it so far. We are still wating for Wittek to pick things up..”

    no idea why people want to blame things on max wittek. woolsey ran the offense better… against fellow cupcake cellar dweller team New Mexico. he looked pretty terrible in all the other games that he came in as relief for Max. Wittek is a good quarterback on a very bad team and imo still deserves the start.

  28. NorthShoreFan October 20, 2015 5:54 pm

    Guud Evening Tsaikos…bootiful evening.

    After watching football all these years, I think it doesn’t matter how big or strong you are or be in the best condition, you going get hurt.
    Bigger, Faster, Stronger is the yearly mantra of all teams.

  29. NorthShoreFan October 20, 2015 5:57 pm

    Our boyz play their guts out each game. They play to win.

  30. z October 20, 2015 6:05 pm

    Nice to see Tupai is back. Hope to see others too.

    Go Waarriors!!!

  31. Ipu Man October 20, 2015 6:26 pm

    I think all the players and coaches have potential.
    But they need to relax and have fun. Football is a game.

  32. Ipu Man October 20, 2015 6:27 pm

    Look at Miami in the NFL now.
    They are enjoying the game and practice.

  33. Ipu Man October 20, 2015 6:28 pm

    Let your hair down guys…

  34. Ipu Man October 20, 2015 6:28 pm

    Oh wait…players can’t have long hair…

  35. hitmanhart October 20, 2015 6:30 pm

    aloha everyone !!st. anthony trojan with CHOW its GOING da golden boy !! so with that UH 10-NV 56

  36. hitmanhart October 20, 2015 6:37 pm

    “Woolsey should start !! st. anthony trojan with chow its going to be the golden boy !!
    UH 10 – NV 56

  37. FCWarrior October 20, 2015 6:40 pm

    Listening Chow on 1420, only 60 players will travel, the school wants only 66, the NCAA allows only 68. Why not allow 66 (include 6 scouts/reserves who have done well).

  38. H-Man October 20, 2015 6:52 pm

    Nevada really beat-up New Mexico 35-17 two weeks ago. So this week against Hawaii, I predict: Nevada 28, Hawaii 16

  39. A-House October 20, 2015 6:59 pm


    sad to hear about the after effect from the zoo visit – only things I “throw” your way would be compliments for being a Hawaii player who has taken the “aloha” spirit and continues to spread it all over the mid-west!

    and thank you for being a WARRIOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. A-House October 20, 2015 7:03 pm

    here’s a thought for 2016 season – Zwahlen will be the starting QB with Beau as #2 and Woosley as #3 and McKenzie as a red-shirt frosh

    just preparing for the future and putting the best first.

  41. A-House October 20, 2015 7:07 pm

    while upper campus has publicized the Gib Arnold settlement, they should also tell Hawaii where the money will be charged against – it is OUR money via taxes we all pay

    if the Pres or Chancellor says UHAD, there is a very serious accountability problem at their level and the BOR – did the UHAD write/approve the contract?

    taking responsibility is tough, but a lot better than pushing it off to another

  42. Dano October 20, 2015 7:13 pm

    Coach Chow indicated on tonights “call the coach” show with B. Curran that Max will be the starter against Reno. Coach also mentioned DL’s Luke Shawley and Meffy K. (Shawley’s replacement) are doubtful.

  43. ML Warrior October 20, 2015 7:13 pm

    The upset will come this weekend if Woosley plays, UH 31 – Nev 27.

  44. A-House October 20, 2015 7:14 pm

    when we went to Universal Studio/Harry Potter World, I did take the time to stand quietly to remember Florida Ted and wished he could still be here with us.

    4 or 5 years ago when UH played at Florida, Ted drove nearly 2 hours one-way from his home to meet with us at the Golden Coral in Orlando which was close to the Cabana Bay Resort; our hotel in May 2015.

    guys, are you somewhere up above and UH still your team?

  45. Come on, Man! October 20, 2015 7:31 pm

    this irrational faith in ikaika woolsey is mind boggling.

  46. oneseason October 20, 2015 7:36 pm

    I listened to much of Coach Chow’s interview tonight, and was not surprised that he did not consider centering the ball for the last field goal attempt to be a priority.

  47. tarai October 20, 2015 7:46 pm

    UH 31 Nev 24

  48. ai-eee-soos October 20, 2015 7:51 pm

    sumtin to read ….

    Nevada Wolf Pack football building a Polynesian pipeline.


  49. ai-eee-soos October 20, 2015 7:52 pm

    Get to know Wolf Pack foe: Hawaii


  50. Na Alii Pride October 20, 2015 8:32 pm

    Was it me, or were there hardly any callers on call the coach tonight?

  51. johnny boi October 20, 2015 9:23 pm

    28-0 UNR

  52. Rodney October 20, 2015 9:35 pm

    On BC show heard that Uh powers that be want teo less players on travel squadWow uh to dictate how many players
    can travel! What? save a few bucks!!
    Gezzzz !!!!!!!Are we not trying to win
    games?Whats wrong with this picture?
    Short term fix bring in JJ , But what about
    the future???Soo sad!!!!

  53. SteveM October 20, 2015 10:51 pm

    RE: #50
    Rodney — Maybe we have to economize because the football team has not made UH a million $$$ for almost 4 weeks now and we gotta pay off Gib Arnold. But if told we only have 60 healthy enough to make the trip and play, I would believe that too. 🙁

    Tsai-kos Guess the Score – Week 8
    Scores will be accepted until 1:00 am on game day.
    Exact score to win. (WarriorNY’s cheesecake)

    UH – NV – Blogger
    16 – 14 = Bigwave96744
    25 – 24 = Rodney
    31 – 21 = cappie the dog
    31 – 24 = tarai
    31 – 27 = ML Warrior
    31 – 30 = oneseason
    56 – 14 = Akamai Okole

    NV – UH – Blogger
    24 – 20 = Willie
    28 – 16 = H-Man
    28 – 17 = primo
    31 – 13 = Ala Wai
    31 – 21 = Come on, Man!
    35 – 20 = A view From Afar
    38 – 00 = Makai
    49 – 35 = st. anthony trojan
    56 – 10 = hitmanhart

  54. hitmanhart October 20, 2015 10:57 pm

    what hawaii is missing is UH Football Mascot “Vili the Warrior” !! when he went so did the winning way at UH !!

  55. hitmanhart October 20, 2015 11:07 pm

    and if the 60 kids that he take was healthy would be nice !! let the young one play !! this coach chow biggest problem he is in love with only playing the player that have been there for a while !! that why does not have a winning season yet !! and max cant thro – da deep ball because he cant buy time !!

  56. Maddog50 October 21, 2015 3:13 am

    A-house, as I walked through the tailgate section looking for my “Warrior Ohana” last week a few Lobo fans yelled out some interesting things! I yelled back some things we use on the South Side of Chicago in response! Believe me when I tell you. It was not in Aloha spirit-you mock me or my team you get what’s coming to you. Sat in a section that is considered a luxury box. I was vocal and all but the last two minutes I was gettin looks that would kill-it’s good to be a Warrior no matter what!

  57. Tempmanoa October 21, 2015 3:20 am

    #26, Here are Wittek’s best QB Ratings from ESPN, eliminating the understandably bad games vs Nationally ranked teams OSU, UW, and Boise:
    UCDavis (FCS Team, Record 1-6, Sagarin Rank #200) 47.0
    Colorado 21.0
    San Diego State 34.4
    Here are Woolsey’s best ESPN QB Ratings”
    San Diego State 2014 55.0
    Utah State 2014 52.0
    U Washington 2014 47.1
    New Mexico 2015 48.1

  58. tom-warriornation October 21, 2015 3:40 am

    Question: At all road games; should we start a tradition of all Hawaii fans to wear white; and wave white towels to show the players that there are UH fans that support them (since white stands out; and white represents the visiting team?). Players/coaches: will this pump you up? Football is an emotional game; and any visual support goes a long way, right?

  59. Maddog50 October 21, 2015 4:43 am

    Ok so we have Moananu over on D and I assume it’s because of Rasmussen is out with an ankle or something close. Shawley is out due to personal issues. I realize a lot of things can enter ones life and things change, but if he is gone we should just say he is gone. I wish for him and us That was not the case because I believe he brought energy even though undersized he played his butt off. If he is gone for good I wish him the best. So now it is on to Nevada. You know a lot of players on this team and many other teams have a story to tell and express gratitude to have that second chance-now here is the time to summon that energy and drive to overcome the odds ahead-10 plays separate this team from its current record to a much better one. How bout gettin it done this week! Go Warriors!

  60. Ipu Man October 21, 2015 7:24 am

    UH 17 – Tootsie Roll 14

  61. Inyoface October 21, 2015 8:12 am

    Why can’t our DB’s catch a ball to save their lives?

  62. cobupiami October 21, 2015 8:48 am

    Go Bows!!!

    NV 27 – UH 9

  63. st. anthony trojan October 21, 2015 9:15 am

    IKAIKA’S best game… was the first half of the NM game….we only scored 3 points the second half… but not his fault….if he has to play conservative football second half……RUN…RUN…PASS..PUNT …if you only score 3 points in a half…don’t expect to win…`unless ur up 72-0 at the half..

  64. oldtimer808 October 21, 2015 9:32 am

    UH….31 Nevada 24

  65. st. anthony trojan October 21, 2015 9:38 am

    hitmanhart…. should be a hitmanPro…which is a very good virus remover from computer…there seems to be some very bad viruses up there on campus n lower campus…you make sense… go remove them he he he

    But in Max favor..he had a very good game we won first…guess he was 100 % then…
    maybe now not so…just coach not wait to long to make the change if not moving the chains…

  66. H-Man October 21, 2015 9:41 am

    Utah St went conservative in their 2nd half against Boise St, but they were up 35 pts, not 10! I wonder if HC Chow learned something, or is he still telling himself that we could have won if the FG kicker made the kick, rather than keep the offense going through the 3rd quarter to increase the lead by 17 points, then maybe go to the clock eating offense?

  67. st. anthony trojan October 21, 2015 9:43 am

    INYOFACE…. maybe because…their lives n starting position is not at stake…while the good ones is sitting on the bench…cuz have ‘to save’ maybe a better red shirt.. n they know it ??

  68. Stephen Tsai October 21, 2015 10:19 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=33869

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