Brian Smith Chat

March 12th, 2008
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Offensive line coach Brian Smith will answer your questions during today's chat.
Please submit ONE question per post, although you may post multiple times.
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  1. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc [Visitor]:

    Another interesting win for the Rainbows this evening. Wish I could fly over to UC-Irvine to see them play one of the top-ranked teams in college baseball, but no can afford.

    Next Tuesday, they have a single game against UC San Diego here and then open up their WAC conference series with Fresno here a week from Friday.

    Heard earlier today that the NCAA is thinking about reducing the baseball season from 54 to 40 games but is getting no support for the move from colleges and universities at any level. Gee, I wonder why not?!?!?

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    Change of agenda schedule for tomorrow's Regents' meeting. They will going into executive (closed) session in the morning immediately following the public comment period rather than at the end of the agenda as is the usual order of business.

    Don't get paranoid, folks - all personnel matters are taken up behind closed doors. In fact, there are five such items on tomorrow's agenda.

    There should be a formal announcement re Jim Donovan by 1 pm.

    If you have not submitted testimony in support of his candidacy, you can bring 14 copies to the sign-in table between 9 am and 9:30 am tomorrow (Thursday) at the Regents' meeting which will be held in the Loui Conference Center/Honolulu Community College. You do NOT have to speak during the Public Comment period.

    I'll be there for the public comment period but not for the announcement as I have to get back to the Capitol.

    I had hoped to take part in Human Rights Day but was unable to find anyone to help with our display table. As I also have five hearings throughout the same four-hour period, I had to choose between the community display or working with decision-makers.

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    If you want to save some money and cheer on the Warriors volleyball team, bring along at least two cans of food or other non-erishable such as Ricearoni or cereal to donate to the Hawai`i Foodbank to this Friday's game and get in fo'free.

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    KAZZ: Please pick up your tsaikoemail as I need to have the answers to my questions as soon as possible. Mahalo.

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    Remember - if you're submitting testimony for Friday's hearing on the bill below, be sure to include your real name and full contact information.


    COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
    Senator Norman Sakamoto, Chair
    Senator Jill N. Tokuda, Vice Chair

    NOTICE OF HEARING

    TIME: 2:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Conference Room 225 State Capitol

    A G E N D A
    Item #6 out of 11
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    HB 2521, HD2 (HSCR779-08)
    RELATING TO EDUCATION. Referred to EDU, WAM

    Requires 1 percent of general revenues accrued from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2014, to be deposited into the newly-created University of Hawaii Repair and Maintenance Special Account for the repair and maintenance of UH facilities. Expresses the Legislature's intent to authorize and appropriate, in each fiscal year of the fiscal period July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2014, at least an additional $50,000,000 in general obligation bonds for the repair and maintenance of UH facilities. Provides that, if the $50,000,000 in bonds is not appropriated in a fiscal year, general excise tax revenues to make up the shortfall shall be automatically transferred to the special account. States that the appropriations of special account moneys and general obligation bond funds shall be in lump sums so that UH has the discretion to identify the repair and maintenance projects that should be funded. Appropriates $50,000,000 from the special account in fiscal year 2008-2009 for the repair and maintenance of UH facilities. Authorizes and appropriates $50,000,000 in general obligation bonds for the repair and maintenance of UH facilities. (HB2521 HD2)

    Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

    Persons wishing to testify should submit testimony in one of the following ways at least 24 hours prior to the hearing:

    In person: 1 copy of their testimony to the committee clerk, Room 230, State Capitol.

    By fax: Testimony may be faxed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Office at 586-6659 or 1-800-586-6659 (toll free for neighbor islands), at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. When faxing, please indicate to which committee the testimony is being submitted and the date and time of the hearing.

    By Email: Testimony may be emailed if less than 5 pages in length, to testimony@capitol.hawaii.gov.

    Please indicate to which committee the testimony is being submitted and the date and time of the hearing. Email sent to individual offices or any other Senate office will not be accepted.

    If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk 24 hours prior to the hearing so arrangements can be made.

    Public Folder. A folder labeled “Public Folder” containing the measures and testimonies for the hearing will be available for shared use by members of the public.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE CLERK AT 586-6842.

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    Back to work for another couple of hours or until the caffeine wears off. That's the trouble with being sleep-deprived - I keep sucking coffee and Red Bull to stay awake until I begin to vibrate. Then when I do want to go to bed, I can't fall asleep.

    Any suggestions for boring books to read?


  2. wafan [Visitor]:

    1st!!!


  3. Chicken Grease [Visitor]:

    FIRST! full post : )

    Welcome, Coach Smith!!!! Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to answer our questions!

    If you had three wishes that were limited to them being granted for U.H. football only, what would those wishes be?


  4. wafan [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith . . .

    The OL looks to be pretty good this year. How will it be better than OL's of the past several years?


  5. YpoWarrior [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith, what's your take on the type of player you want playing at the Tackle position? Do you want the tall, long-arm type?


  6. Chicken Grease [Visitor]:

    My 2nd question:

    What do YOU think about the new football uniforms?


  7. YpoWarrior [Visitor]:

    What was your thoughts on the OL play in the Sugar Bowl?


  8. homey ® [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith

    Is this a dream job or what! Good to see you back in Hawaii.

    I'm sure you'll be bringing your own flavor to the o-line but what coaches have influenced the techniques you'll be passing on to the Warrior o-linemen?


  9. Kazz [Visitor]:

    Aloha Coach Smith!

    Welcome back to UH and thanks for taking time to chat with us here.

    If you could indulge me a bit, what are the different little nuances that an o-line must excel at when performing under a run and shoot offense as opposed to "opening the lanes" for a running offense?

    Thanks,
    Kevin


  10. Kazz [Visitor]:

    My second question for Coach Smith,

    Coach,

    I have heard quite a few fans always "dogging" the UH o-line for years now and how we never seem to land the "PAC10-ish or SEC-ish" linemen that are 6'5" 300+ lbs'ers.

    Through your coaching and playing experiences, do you feel that this size discrepancy can effect a team as the level of competition increases?


  11. Ralph [Visitor]:

    who are the candidates on the o line you see as possible tackles, include the scout team and incoming transfers and HS recruits.


  12. YpoWarrior [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith, when going to the Swamp in August, are you expecting to go on a silent snap? If so, please change up the timing so that we're not too predictable. Seems like that was 1 of the problems against GA.


  13. Bigbuttsarecool [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    What is is like to have another "Brian" on staff? Do you folks have unique nicknames?


  14. Ralph [Visitor]:

    what are the expected times in the 40, cones, and laterals (events in the combines) that you want from your o line.


  15. Chicken Grease [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith, how would you characterize, thus far, the post-Sugar Bowl mood amongst the returnee Warriors?


  16. alex [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    What will you being doing differently from last years coaching on the OL?


  17. WreckinEyez [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith

    What technical changes do you want to make to the O-line after watching the sugarbowl performance?


  18. homey ® [Visitor]:

    Have you looked at any local high school recruits yet?


  19. Ralph [Visitor]:

    was it poor technique, footwork, and/or lack of speed of our tackles that got Colt knocked out of the Fresno state and Georgia game, or something I missed?


  20. momi [Visitor]:

    How important is the Center/QB relationship?


  21. ltm [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,
    Do you see any problems that the UH line might have against Florida's speed?


  22. diesel [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    when you left hawaii for the mainland what was the type of local food did u miss the most?


  23. d1shima [Visitor]:

    Hi Coach,
    Thanks for being here today.

    Will we see the OL set in a 3-pt stance or up next season?


  24. Kinipopo [Visitor]:

    What is more important, strength or technique...


  25. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Hello everyone


  26. Ralph [Visitor]:

    What is your impression of Hisatake, Kia and Letuli getting more PT this season


  27. chawan_cut [Visitor]:

    wow, the princess drives fast! she just said she was headed out in the other blog and now she's already up at UH for the chat!


  28. kshakak [Visitor]:

    What XOs/schemes/splits are you planning to keep and change relative to previous coaches, namely McKnight?


  29. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Chicken Grease [Visitor]

    FIRST! full post : )

    Welcome, Coach Smith!!!! Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to answer our questions!

    If you had three wishes that were limited to them being granted for U.H. football only, what would those wishes be?

    1. New locker room for the players.

    2. On campus stadium

    3. expanded recruiting budget


  30. bumbuchaMusubi [Visitor]:

    Hi Coach! Welcome Home! What do you want accomplished in Spring Training from your point of view?


  31. diesel [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    What types of challenges will you be facing in the swamp other than the typical they're bigger, stronger, and faster road blocks?


  32. d1shima [Visitor]:

    chawan_cut,

    The wonders of high-speed internet!
    haha


  33. YpoWarrior [Visitor]:

    What's your thoughts on the JC recruit Lacount? Can he start with only 3 weeks of practice in August?


  34. diesel [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    zippys or dennys?


  35. wafan [Visitor]:

    Chawan-Cut . . .

    Dignitaries always have police escorts.


  36. Nick Rolovich [Member]:

    Aloha Coach Smith!
    Quick question. How does it fell to be reunited with your qb. He is so fine!


  37. Chicken Grease [Visitor]:

    Man, with you and Stutzmann alone, Coach Smith, ONE of the wishes is for an ON CAMPUS STADIUM [!] All I have to say hooooray!!!!

    Not a dream, not a dream!! Hope it happens . . . before RAIL!


  38. kshakak [Visitor]:

    Mahalo for agreeing to do this.


  39. Ralph [Visitor]:

    Do you rotate o line during the game to keep them fresh or at least bring a guy out that is losing the battle at the line to make some type of correction to do better or do you wait until the offense comes off the field to make corrections?


  40. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: YpoWarrior [Visitor]
    Coach Smith, what's your take on the type of player you want playing at the Tackle position? Do you want the tall, long-arm type?

    Yes I do want tackles that are a taller with long arms and that have range but I do not want to compromise athleticism and flexability just for height.


  41. YpoWarrior [Visitor]:

    Since you're a Coach Cav disciple, will you be using his colorful language in coaching the OL?


  42. d1shima [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    Coach Mack stated that the UA contract can make a difference on the field by helping UH win games. Is there any specific UA equipment that you feel would give your guys an edge?


  43. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: homey ® [Visitor]

    Coach Smith

    Is this a dream job or what! Good to see you back in Hawaii.

    I'm sure you'll be bringing your own flavor to the o-line but what coaches have influenced the techniques you'll be passing on to the Warrior o-linemen?

    Yes coming back to Hawaii is a dream. Once I left it was always a goal of mine to come back and coach at UH.

    That is easy my biggest influence has been coach Cav. He has been a great mentor for me as a player and as a coach.


  44. shootnrunner [Visitor]:

    Howzit Coach Smith!
    You the bomb - represent 1000 Oaks!!!

    How wuz Big Island?

    The G-reg


  45. G ('nalo) [Visitor]:

    many many big logistical problems placing a stadium in Manoa campus.

    so build a stadium Westside and move the campus.

    hehe


  46. Bowzooka [Visitor]:

    What is it about Coach Cav that gets players to want to play for him and how would you compare/contrast your style to his?


  47. momi [Visitor]:

    The boys must be still geting over the loss at the Sugar Bowl. How do you prepare them mentally for another SEC opponent? Are we ready for them?


  48. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Kazz [Visitor] · http://home.hawaii.rr.com/smurashi/tsai-kos/tailgate.html
    My second question for Coach Smith,

    Coach,

    I have heard quite a few fans always "dogging" the UH o-line for years now and how we never seem to land the "PAC10-ish or SEC-ish" linemen that are 6'5" 300+ lbs'ers.

    Through your coaching and playing experiences, do you feel that this size discrepancy can effect a team as the level of competition increases?

    As far as dogging our lines I can only think of 1 or 2 senior starters that have not signed NFL contracts when their career was done. We recruit for our style of offense which is a more athletic offensive lineman which has lead to a lot of our lineman getting opportunities at the next level but our tackles have traditionally turned into guards at the next level because they lack the height.


  49. G ('nalo) [Visitor]:

    Coach, is John Estes going to remain at Center and is he an NFL caliber Center?

    the 49ers could use him.


  50. WreckinEyez [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    Unlike previous years, How much more are you going to focus on opening running lanes verses a large emphasis on pass blocking?


  51. P.D.D. [Visitor]:

    Welcome back home and may the team have a great 2008!
    Pass-Pro question? Count to four any O-lineman can call the blocking schemz. Being in a pre set read (2)two point stance with verticle (kickslide/steps) sets (like special team/ punt protection) compared to two point stance attack/zone pass pro. Will you be doing more NFL Kick slide techniques for our struggling O-line Tackles to prepare for Florida or SpeedRushing Teams(UG)? NFL Patriots had similar problems in the SuperBowl because Tackles took an outside step 1st instead of a verticle kickslide/step. On the Max Protection with the RB going opposite sliding of the Oline, the On-side-slide OT was still taking a outside step 1st. OL step out-towards Defensive player and that d-player taking his 1st step up field...difficult to recover, even from a pre set(2) Two Point stance. Do we just change the count? Do something like Kansas(KU) just to disrupt the Defense? Bless You and Our UH Football Family!


  52. Bowzooka [Visitor]:

    How complicated are the pass-protection schemes in your offense?


  53. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Chicken Grease [Visitor]

    Coach Smith, how would you characterize, thus far, the post-Sugar Bowl mood amongst the returnee Warriors?

    The team is very hungry and is working hard.


  54. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: WreckinEyez [Visitor] · http://WreckinEyez.com
    Coach Smith

    What technical changes do you want to make to the O-line after watching the sugarbowl performance?

    My emphasis will always be put on the players fundamentals. We will also work on being firmer up front.


  55. uw bow fan [Visitor]:

    which challenges are you most concerned about this season? level of talent? communicating effectively with your players? shaking the image of the o-line left from the sugar bowl?


  56. al [Visitor]:

    so coach brian, how will this work with coach gerke and you both handling the oline?

    will you be the one in charge of the line, sort of like the oline coordinator, you know, who starts, who plays where, what technique will be taught, and the like with coach gerke to assist you and handle the running backs as well?


  57. Bowzooka [Visitor]:

    I remember Coach Cav would always stress the importance of technique; "trust your technique". During the heat of the game I would think technique might suffer at times. How often are the in-game adjustments about the technique individual lineman are using and how often are they just blown assignments? Rough percentage.


  58. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: momi [Visitor]
    How important is the Center/QB relationship?

    It is very important that the center and QB have a good realationship just look at me and Nick.


  59. d1shima [Visitor]:

    P.D.D.

    Please submit ONE question per post, although you may post multiple times


  60. PIAA DS [Visitor]:

    Glad to see the coaches clinics are back! Will you also be working the camps for the athletes this summer?


  61. d1shima [Visitor]:

    eh al, you too, you buggah!


  62. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: diesel [Visitor]
    Coach Smith,

    when you left hawaii for the mainland what was the type of local food did u miss the most?

    all kinds katsu, poke, shave ice the pork chops at any place. coach cav and I had many conversations at OSU about the grinds that we missed.


  63. Paniolo [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith, will our offensive line be ready for the Florida Gators who I think is a tad faster than the Georgia Bulldogs. In my opinion, the Bulldogs manhandled our offensive line hands down unfortunately


  64. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Kinipopo [Visitor]
    What is more important, strength or technique...

    definitely technique


  65. Kazz [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    Reading the post about missing local grinds, I assume that Coach Cav still misses Uncle Danny's Kim Chee Fried Rice at Big City Diner?


  66. Bowzooka [Visitor]:

    This past recruiting year I believe we signed 2 prospects to the OL. How many scholarship O-linemen would you want to carry and how many total to be sure you have sufficient depth?


  67. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Ralph [Visitor]
    What is your impression of Hisatake, Kia and Letuli getting more PT this season

    I have been impressed with all three of them athletically. They all still need work but as far as playing time it is up to them. they need to trust the technique and work their butts off.


  68. shootnrunner [Visitor]:

    Coach - send some Ono grub back to the mainland!!!


  69. ralvic [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith

    I've watched the OL look
    good early on in games
    last year,but I've noticed how
    winded an out of shape they
    are in latter part of games.
    Have you've noticed this,too?


  70. G ('nalo) [Visitor]:

    eh Coach Smith,

    you typing pretty fast, those years of playing Center are paying off eh? :-)


  71. al [Visitor]:

    d1
    thats one question, i swear. just got plenty commas to clarify my question.


  72. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: homey ® [Visitor]

    Have you looked at any local high school recruits yet?

    Yes we have but we have been spending more time on preparing for spring. Recruiting will really pick up once we are out of spring ball.


  73. d1shima [Visitor]:

    al,

    eh, ahm not da judge..only da messenger.

    heheheh


  74. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: d1shima [Visitor]
    Hi Coach,
    Thanks for being here today.

    Will we see the OL set in a 3-pt stance or up next season?

    We wont change to 3 point stances except on short yardage & goaline situations.


  75. Bowzooka [Visitor]:

    Are you allowed to watch potential recruits compete in other sports? (e.g. basketball, wrestling, track) I would think you could get a good sense of an O-lineman's athleticism when seeing them compete in these other sports.


  76. MoOgooGuypAN [Visitor]:

    Coach B,

    Do you think you can prepare the line for a conference like the SEC?


  77. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: bumbuchaMusubi [Visitor]
    Hi Coach! Welcome Home! What do you want accomplished in Spring Training from your point of view?

    I want us to improve our fundamentals and our understanding of the scheme. I also want to establish our best 5 and develop depth.


  78. WreckinEyez [Visitor]:

    One more coach...

    Are you planning on rooming together the starting QB and the starting Center like how you and Rolo were?


  79. P.D.D. [Visitor]:

    d1shima-my bad


  80. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Ralph [Visitor]
    Do you rotate o line during the game to keep them fresh or at least bring a guy out that is losing the battle at the line to make some type of correction to do better or do you wait until the offense comes off the field to make corrections?

    Yes rotating lineman can help if you have great depth. You will rarely pull a player mid series (hopefully you corrected any problems inbetween series) and yes a lot of corrections and adjustments will take place on the sideline.


  81. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: YpoWarrior [Visitor]
    Since you're a Coach Cav disciple, will you be using his colorful language in coaching the OL?

    My language is colorful but not quite as colorful as Cav's


  82. Laua'eGouveiaPukalaniMaui [Visitor]:

    Welcome home Coach Smith!

    What did/do you like about Kainoa LaCount specifically and do you think he can fill a void at tackle and become a "prototypical" LT?


  83. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: shootnrunner [Visitor]
    Howzit Coach Smith!
    You the bomb - represent 1000 Oaks!!!
    How wuz Big Island?

    The G-reg

    very hospitable


  84. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: momi [Visitor]
    The boys must be still geting over the loss at the Sugar Bowl. How do you prepare them mentally for another SEC opponent? Are we ready for them?

    One bad game is not going to keep this group down. we will be ready.


  85. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: G ('nalo) [Visitor]
    Coach, is John Estes going to remain at Center and is he an NFL caliber Center?

    the 49ers could use him.

    John is smart and has a lot of natural ability. He will be staying at center.


  86. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Coach Smith,

    What are you doing to emphasize the quickness aspects of the Oline game?


  87. kapakahi [Visitor]:

    Hey Brian,

    Welcome Back!!!

    What's your assessment of how redshirt frosh #61 Austin Hansen is progressing? at what OL position?

    Mahalo!


  88. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: WreckinEyez [Visitor] · http://WreckinEyez.com
    Coach Smith,

    Unlike previous years, How much more are you going to focus on opening running lanes verses a large emphasis on pass blocking?

    We are planning to run the ball more which will require some more time in practice but our emphasis will continue to be on protecting the QB.


  89. hwnstln [Visitor]:

    Coach, living here on the west coast I constantly read about the pipeline of linemen from the PAC 10 going to the pros. Do you see UH competing for those quality O-linemen in the near future?


  90. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    What are your hobbies outside of football?


  91. G ('nalo) [Visitor]:

    We are planning to run the ball more which will require some more time in practice but our emphasis will continue to be on protecting the QB.

    "run the ball more", i like....


  92. Esme [Visitor]:

    Coach, I've got keiki clamoring, so I can't linger, but just wanted to send out a sincere thank you for spending time answering the questions of the rabid fans here. As you probably can tell, we are deeply proud to call the Warriors our own, and profoundly excited about the possibilities of the 2008 season. Thanks for the commitment and sacrifices.


  93. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: P.D.D. [Visitor] · http://Jeah
    Welcome back home and may the team have a great 2008!
    Pass-Pro question? Count to four any O-lineman can call the blocking schemz. Being in a pre set read (2)two point stance with verticle (kickslide/steps) sets (like special team/ punt protection) compared to two point stance attack/zone pass pro. Will you be doing more NFL Kick slide techniques for our struggling O-line Tackles to prepare for Florida or SpeedRushing Teams(UG)? NFL Patriots had similar problems in the SuperBowl because Tackles took an outside step 1st instead of a verticle kickslide/step. On the Max Protection with the RB going opposite sliding of the Oline, the On-side-slide OT was still taking a outside step 1st. OL step out-towards Defensive player and that d-player taking his 1st step up field...difficult to recover, even from a pre set(2) Two Point stance. Do we just change the count? Do something like Kansas(KU) just to disrupt the Defense? Bless You and Our UH Football Family!

    I am impressed with all of the O line questions I thought everyone just cared about the QB's. As far as our tackles sets they set to the technique of the End so a tight end will require a quick set and with a wide end we will use an angle set. We also change up our sets by using a jump set or aggressive shuffle set. we do not use a traditional vertical set on the front side of our pro because of the QB's roll. I hope this answered your question


  94. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    Since your playing days, what physical improvements have you seen at the athletic complex compared to before?


  95. LizKauai [BELIEVER] Asus [Visitor]:

    Mahalo, Coach Smith!
    Looking forward to another miracle year for the Warriors. Nobody will be pointing at our SOS this year, eh?

    All the best for a truly fantastic season - we'll be there cheering for you!!!


  96. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Bowzooka [Visitor]
    How complicated are the pass-protection schemes in your offense?

    Yes and No. It is not complicated because we do not have 20 different protections like a Pro style team. We only have a few schemes but they are all adjustable to every look that we see so we have to be good at defensive recognition


  97. d1shima[PMS3435] [Visitor]:

    Liz,

    Nobody will be pointing at our SOS this year, eh?

    Only in awe!


  98. oxymoron [Visitor]:

    Coach- we sure didn't protect the QB in the Sugar Bowl. How much of that is Georgia's superiority on their d-line, and how much of it was scheming or poor execution on Hawaii?


  99. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    I'm leaving all the technical questions to the expert.

    I was a big fan of Coach Cav and when he left, I thought our O-line may have dropped a little despite having talented players. I feel hopeful, that you, as one of his disciples is back. I'm sure some of your coaching style maybe similar to Cav's but I know its important to establish your own approach. What would that difference be that would set you apart from Cav?


  100. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: al [Visitor]
    so coach brian, how will this work with coach gerke and you both handling the oline?

    will you be the one in charge of the line, sort of like the oline coordinator, you know, who starts, who plays where, what technique will be taught, and the like with coach gerke to assist you and handle the running backs as well?

    Coach Gerke will first be the running backs coach. Because we spend so much time with the running backs in practice it only makes sense to have a coach that has the experience to help with Line during practice. If I can steal him for a few minutes in individual to help with the large number of lineman that I have then that will be great. Coach Gerke will help me as an extra set of eyes during group and team periods and will be a huge help with game preparations and being my eyes from the booth on game days. So far we have been working very well together and are on the same page with scheme and fundamentals.


  101. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: PIAA DS [Visitor]

    Glad to see the coaches clinics are back! Will you also be working the camps for the athletes this summer?

    absolutely! 4 of us were just on the big island this last weekend for a youth clinic


  102. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Bowzooka [Visitor]
    This past recruiting year I believe we signed 2 prospects to the OL. How many scholarship O-linemen would you want to carry and how many total to be sure you have sufficient depth?

    15-18 and around 20 total


  103. L. Luna [Visitor]:

    Coach, I have a great recruit for the team. Last year, he was one of the top prospected offensive lineman on the west coach, but he got into argument with his high school coach, and now finishing up his degree with at home. His name is Adam Ajoub of Henderson, NV. If you look him up on Scout.com. He's still available, and looking at UH as a school he likes to play for. BTW, he's 6'5 and a solid 350 lbs.


  104. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Kazz [Visitor] · http://home.hawaii.rr.com/smurashi/tsai-kos/tailgate.html

    Coach Smith,

    Reading the post about missing local grinds, I assume that Coach Cav still misses Uncle Danny's Kim Chee Fried Rice at Big City Diner?

    Ohhh one of his favorites


  105. kapakahi [Visitor]:

    Brian,

    Under JJ, UH primarily recruited OL prospects from the high school ranks...instead of the JC ranks.

    Other than recent JC signee Kainoa LaCount, is that still the same plan with Coach Mack...for UH to primarily recruit OL prospects from high schools?

    Mahalo!


  106. al [Visitor]:

    thanks coach...it was the answer i was looking to hear.

    we, the fans aka tsaikos are already frothing at the mouth. we have seen so many positive changes to a situation we thought was already perfect.

    the influx of new ideas, new coaches, and new administrators has been so such a high for us. i am sure that the players are feeling it too.

    thanks for being a huge part in this, the next great era of warrior football.

    ...nuff said


  107. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Bowzooka [Visitor]
    Are you allowed to watch potential recruits compete in other sports? (e.g. basketball, wrestling, track) I would think you could get a good sense of an O-lineman's athleticism when seeing them compete in these other sports.

    Yes going to basketball and wrestling matches are common it just depends on what period we are in on our recruiting calender


  108. al [Visitor]:

    d1,

    you see it was only one question.

    pdd, too.


  109. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    Do you have any plans to do youth clinics on Maui? We sorely need it!


  110. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: MoOgooGuypAN [Visitor] · http://www.moogooguypan.vox.com
    Coach B,

    Do you think you can prepare the line for a conference like the SEC?

    yes or I wouldnt be here


  111. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    OK al,

    good job.
    You too pdd. :-)


  112. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Laua'eGouveiaPukalaniMaui [Visitor]
    Welcome home Coach Smith!

    What did/do you like about Kainoa LaCount specifically and do you think he can fill a void at tackle and become a "prototypical" LT?

    I liked Kainoa's lateral movement, his toughness, and flexibility. He will get an opportunity to compete for a spot but he will have to earn that spot if he wants it. One of the most exciting things that I am anticipating about spring and fall camp will be the competition on the O line it will make us a lot better.


  113. WarriorMojo [Visitor]:

    Coach, welcome back to the Warriors! I think this o-line group has as much talent and depth as any position on the team. Seriously, there is so much talent there. I believe our O-line is going to DOMINATE this year.

    At this point have you got the linemen assigned to positions yet? I'm most interested to see who is in the group to start at the LT money position. I predicted last year that Letuli would be a 3 year starter for us at LT. Didn't happen, then, but maybe this year. Of course it depends where you have Hisatake and LaCount playing.


  114. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: hoohikimaui [Visitor]
    What are your hobbies outside of football?

    golf


  115. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: Esme [Visitor]
    Coach, I've got keiki clamoring, so I can't linger, but just wanted to send out a sincere thank you for spending time answering the questions of the rabid fans here. As you probably can tell, we are deeply proud to call the Warriors our own, and profoundly excited about the possibilities of the 2008 season. Thanks for the commitment and sacrifices.

    You're welcome

    thank you for the support


  116. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    Ok Coach,
    Since we put other guests on the spot, do you have a W-L prediction for next season?


  117. BigWave96744 [Visitor]:

    Hey Coach,
    In the past it is common knowledge that our Oline made calls in Samoan.

    Do you understand the Samoan Dialect a lot, a little, or nothing?


  118. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: kapakahi [Visitor]
    Brian,

    Under JJ, UH primarily recruited OL prospects from the high school ranks...instead of the JC ranks.

    Other than recent JC signee Kainoa LaCount, is that still the same plan with Coach Mack...for UH to primarily recruit OL prospects from high schools?

    Mahalo!

    Yes I am a believer that you have to develop your O lineman. You recruit JC guys for need and we wanted someone that we thought could come in and compete right away.


  119. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: hoohikimaui [Visitor]
    Do you have any plans to do youth clinics on Maui? We sorely need it!

    I hope that we can get to all of the outer islands.


  120. Kaimuki Boy [Visitor]:

    Coach, we are so very pround you are back as a coach, and willing to let the fans pick your brain. Thank you.


  121. WreckinEyez [Visitor]:

    Bigwave,

    I was hoping someone asked that question... I already asked too much and tried to stop myself from finding out...


  122. kapakahi [Visitor]:

    Hey Brian,

    What's your assessment of how redshirt frosh #61 Austin Hansen is progressing? at what OL position?

    Mahalo!


  123. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: WarriorMojo [Visitor]

    Coach, welcome back to the Warriors! I think this o-line group has as much talent and depth as any position on the team. Seriously, there is so much talent there. I believe our O-line is going to DOMINATE this year.

    At this point have you got the linemen assigned to positions yet? I'm most interested to see who is in the group to start at the LT money position. I predicted last year that Letuli would be a 3 year starter for us at LT. Didn't happen, then, but maybe this year. Of course it depends where you have Hisatake and LaCount playing.

    I am hoping to have players in set position after the first couple practices so that they can get comfortable with their position and compete for it. I think if you constantly move guys around you can slow down their development.


  124. BigWave96744 [Visitor]:

    Hey Wreck,
    You, Bulla, Al, and the other B.E.T. Tsaikos gotta turn Coach Smith on to Camelia's


  125. G ('nalo) [Visitor]:

    Wreck - let me know your question, i no shame ask.

    haaa

    :-O


  126. al [Visitor]:

    for sure. you too bigwave.


  127. WreckinEyez [Visitor]:

    I got all things answered that I wanted to know thanks G...

    BigWave... Yah you got to go along too...


  128. BigWave96744 [Visitor]:

    I'm still training my Opu..

    I Full, I Hungry
    I Full, I Hungry


  129. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Comment from: BigWave96744 [Visitor]

    Hey Coach,
    In the past it is common knowledge that our Oline made calls in Samoan.

    Do you understand the Samoan Dialect a lot, a little, or nothing?

    I took 2 years of samoan at UH


  130. kapakahi [Visitor]:

    Brian,

    Since us diehard fans feel that we already something about you, please share something on new RB/OL assistant coach Alex Gerke (from Weber State).

    How will Alex Gerke be assisting you with the OL practices this coming spring & into next season?

    Mahalo!


  131. Brian Smith [Member]:

    Thank you for coming online and asking some outstanding questions. I am sorry I did not respond to all of them. We appreciate all of your support. Thanks again.

    Brian Smith


  132. djmitcho [Visitor]:

    Mahalo for all your time Coach Smith.


  133. WreckinEyez [Visitor]:

    YAH! A coach that can make calls in Samoan! This is going to be an awesome year!


  134. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    Wow! Great questions and answers, gang. Thanks!


  135. kapakahi [Visitor]:

    Brian,

    How would you describe or categorize your coaching style for the OL?

    Mahalo!


  136. Garret [Visitor]:

    I am impressed with all of the O line questions I thought everyone just cared about the QB's.

    Brian,

    We Warrior fans know how important the OL is! Without your group doing their job it doesn't matter who UH picks for QB. Thank you for what you did in the past for UH and for all of the hard work you will be putting in as a coach for the Warriors.


  137. WreckinEyez [Visitor]:

    Thanks Coach... I feel a little better that we are going to go back to basics and all the positions are up for grabs by the players who work for it.


  138. Garret [Visitor]:

    Shoots...I thought Brian was still here when I had a chance to post.


  139. Garret [Visitor]:

    Because we still remain without a new contract, the six unions representing The Honolulu Advertiser request that none of our loyal readers serve as a "Super Blogger." If you are contacted by a manager from our newspaper, the unions' preference is for you to decline the offer.

    Anyone here contacted about this? I hope that everyone sees ST's comment before they are contacted.


  140. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    Right on Coach!

    GO WARRIORS!


  141. Stephen [Member]:

    Garret:
    Basically, some people I've never met will go through the blogs and identify the prolific posters. Then they're going to offer them their own blog. They want these bloggers to be the scab bloggers if we were to go out on strike.


  142. Kazz [Visitor]:

    Comment from: WreckinEyez [Visitor] · http://WreckinEyez.com

    YAH! A coach that can make calls in Samoan! This is going to be an awesome year!

    03/12/08 @ 17:40

    Wideout looks at coach for a play call:

    Eh! No look ack me! Cash a paul! CASH A PAUL!!!

    Linebacker looks at coach if he will blitz or or not:

    EH! No look ack me! Take 'em outside and hit wit da tree!!!

    Wreck, I couldn't resist...

    FA.


  143. Kazz [Visitor]:

    ST,

    What typically happens in the last two days of Spring Practice prior to the Football Ohana Festival?

    I should have asked either Coach Rolo or Coach Smith this question...


  144. al [Visitor]:

    kazz
    the noga's are looking for you.


  145. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    kazz,
    LMAO. Too funny, brah.

    the noga's are looking for you.

    It was nice knowing you.


  146. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    To Al and others who believe in Al's words -- YAH, RIGHT! lol


  147. al [Visitor]:

    i am kidding. just kidding.


  148. Kazz [Visitor]:

    First it was Siuaki Livai, now the Noga's?!?!?!


  149. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    Al got deleted? lol


  150. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    Wow, dat was quik!


  151. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    Anyway, I'm not as "prolific" as I used to be. Too busy with life right now.


  152. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    gigi,
    When are you leaving for your "vacation"?


  153. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    I forgot how time-consuming and demanding babysitting an infant is. My first grandkid is just 4 months old and believe me, she wants my attention!


  154. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    D1Shima, I leave for Waikiki tomorrow. Will call the hotel tomorrow morning regarding an early checkin.


  155. Koauka [Visitor]:

    ST, negotiations not looking good?


  156. Maverick [Visitor]:

    Pssst Kazz -

    L & L Tonight. Gonna be a good one tonight

    Wiki Wiki


  157. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    gigi,
    Have a nice time. We'll miss u.


  158. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    aw, thanks, d1.


  159. Garret [Visitor]:

    ST,

    That is a weird strategy by management--setting up "scab bloggers". I'm not crossing the blog picket line, if you move the site temporarily to somewhere else then I'll post there instead. Or we can do what we did the last time the blog went dark.

    Is there some deadline coming up that we should know about? It doesn't sound too good if management is looking for scabs.


  160. Kazz [Visitor]:

    Mav,

    NO! I'm staying late in the office tonight!!!

    Any hints sir?


  161. Stephen [Member]:

    The contract expired last June.
    The company made a take-it-or-leave-it offer in early February.
    Then we had a strike vote. Then we had a blog/byline strike that made national news. Then the company withdrew the offer and said it would resume negotiations.

    So far, no offers.
    Now the company is trying to recruit blog readers to serve as reporters in the event of a strike, the union tells us.


  162. Garret [Visitor]:

    Article about how TCU has done so well on the field (bowl games, 10-win seasons, etc.) but it hasn't seemed to improve their recruiting. UH is mentioned.

    But as much as I've heard about TCU's winning streak against the Big 12, number of 10-win seasons in the past decade, number of bowl trips, etc., etc., I would've expected that on-field success to result in better recruiting.

    It hasn't.

    I don't (and never will consider) Rivals' recruiting rankings the be-all, end-all, but Rivals is seemingly right more often than it is wrong. Rivals ranked TCU's 2008 class 95th best in the country. North Texas and SMU were in the list of 94 classes Rivals ranked better than TCU's.

    Last year ('07 class) TCU ranked 80th. And that was on the heels of another 10-win season. Granted, sometimes Rivals puts too much emphasis on quantity, and TCU has signed sparse classes in recent years.

    Caveat time: Classes that haven't measured up to Rivals' standards obviously haven't prevented TCU from achieving on the football field. Gary Patterson and his staff have developed the players they have signed.

    But imagine if Patterson had lured in one class that ranked closer to what UT gets than what UNT gets. Or heck, imagine if TCU had even cracked the Top 50. It might've been TCU -- and not Utah, Boise State and Hawaii -- busting the BCS party.


  163. d1shima[PMS1225] [Visitor]:

    Now the company is trying to recruit blog readers to serve as reporters in the event of a strike

    Testament to the popularity of the medium- at least certain parts of it anyway.


  164. Garret [Visitor]:

    ST,

    I thought management meant it when they said they would resume negotiations after the previous blog strike. Nobody contacted me and I'll bet there aren't many others who post more than me to Advertiser blogs.


  165. Garret [Visitor]:

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/football/pro/dolphins/sns-ap-fbn-broncos-sundquist,0,6328732.story

    I checked the Advertiser breaking news and didn't see this there. Someone new will be making the calls for Denver's draft.

    Ted Sundquist is no longer the Denver Broncos' general manager. In a brief statement Wednesday, head coach Mike Shanahan said it was time for the organization to move forward and look at new directions.

    Details of Sundquist's departure weren't immediately released. A call to his office was not returned.

    "I am grateful to Ted for all his hard work and efforts on behalf of the Broncos for the past 16 years," Shanahan said.


  166. Garret [Visitor]:

    Great quote from Ray Lewis. This really applied to the Warriors last season and without it their comebacks would not have happened.

    Yesterday I was watching an NFL Network documentary on Baltimore Ray Lewis and something he said really stuck with me. I found it so telling I wrote it down to share with you in hopes that this will be the philosophy of the new Dolphins because it certainly didn't fit the old.

    "I know you'll fight with me when we're winning. But I want to know if you'll fight with me when we're losing?," Lewis said. "If I was to ever be a scout, a 40 (time) or vertical jump would only go so far with me. I want to see the fourth quarter of a game when your team is losing by 10, or losing by 15 and you know you are going to lose. I want to see if you'll still fight with me," Lewis continued. "In this sport, if you don't have team chemistry, there's nothing else left! There is no need to walk out onto that football field because there is no trust. Team chemistry is everything in this business."


  167. Garret [Visitor]:

    Both of the QBs Miami likes more than Colt in the draft lost to App. State last season! Interesting that Miami is looking to take a QB in the 2nd round.

    The more I think about that statement from Lewis the more I want to see Delaware's Joe Flacco and Michigan's Chad Henne during their losses. Especially both of their losses to Appalachian State.

    Based on the level of interest the Dolphins have shown in Flacco and Henne I fully believe the Dolphins will end up with one of these two quarterbacks with one of their second round selections, and I need to know how they fought in the bleakest of games.


  168. Garret [Visitor]:

    It would also be a wise idea for us all to check out how Ohio State's Vernon Gholston performed during his losses because I hear he's overtaken Virginia's Chris Long as the front-runner to be the Dolphins selection at No. 1. However, my money is still on Michigan OT Jake Long.


  169. Garret [Visitor]:

    Looks like Miami will look to build their OL through the draft. Possible Hercules destination? I'd love to see two Sateles side-by-side in the NFL.

    It has become increasingly clear that Miami will assemble its offensive line through the draft. Aside from signing guard Justin Smiley, the unit has yet to be replenished since the team cut four tackles in February while deciding against re-signing guard Rex Hadnot.


  170. ralvic [Visitor]:

    test test test test test test

    (still 6 words per line)

    Anyone?
    How can I get more words per
    line?


  171. Garret [Visitor]:

    Article about the Pro Days for other schools and the importance for certain highly rated players to do well on their Pro Day.

    On March 14, which is Friday, Michigan will hold its pro day. And the Dolphins will have a full contingent of scouts and coaches and likely even general manager Jeff Ireland on hand to watch Jake Long do his thing in front of EVERYONE for the final time.

    Long is expected to lift and go through pass blocking drills at the Wolverines' pro day in hopes of improving his draft stock.

    Four days later on March 18, both Boston College and Virginia will conduct their pro days. And a split squad (baseball term) of Miami folks will be at both places to focus on BC quarterback Matt Ryan and Virginia defensive lineman Chris Long.

    The pro day event will be particularly important for Ryan because, well, he hasn't really shown much so far in leading up to the draft. He passed on playing in the Senior Bowl and didn't provide a complete workout at the scouting combine. So he'll have to go through all the paces at BC to show scouts he's worthy of being mentioned as a top 5 selection and possibly THE top pick.

    Now I don't think he'll be the top pick because, call it instincts, I don't see the Dolphins making that investment on a quarterback with so many question marks about him -- such as decision-making and mobility for starters. But again, Ryan is being thoroughly scrutinized by Miami.

    At Virginia, Long is considered the most likely No. 1 overall pick. He's good, he's got a great motor, he comes from Pro Football Hall of Fame stock being Howie Long's kid, and his college coach is Al Groh, who is very, very, very tight with Bill Parcells.

    So every sign is pointing to Long as the guy if Miami keeps its No. 1 overall pick. But ...

    Long has to show he's getting better physically as the draft draws closer because many of the other guys certainly are. Ohio State's Vernon Gholston, for example, improved his combine 40-yard dash time from 4.67 to 4.6 and even 4.59 on some stopwatches. His vertical jump at his workout was a winged 42 inches.


  172. Tony [Visitor]:

    >>Comment from: Stephen [Member]

    Garret:
    Basically, some people I've never met will go through the blogs and identify the prolific posters. Then they're going to offer them their own blog. They want these bloggers to be the scab bloggers if we were to go out on strike.

    So basically, they are looking for people familiar with the blog but maybe who have no loyalty to anybody and who don't care if they are ostracized from the core members of the blog as long as they are willing to fill the space....hmmmm
    Hmmmmmmmmmm....Where do I apply?
    LOL!
    Just kidding ST! This kind of scabbing would be more trouble than it is worth, since managers would have to spend time editing for content, appropriateness, absence of slander and libel, etc. Otherwise it would just look bad and collapse on itself. I wouldn't have time or desire to participate anyway cuz I get new girlfriend.


  173. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Ray Lewis' analysis inspires me for our team.

    "I know you'll fight with me when we're winning. But I want to know if you'll fight with me when we're losing?," Lewis said. "...a 40 (time) or vertical jump would only go so far with me. I want to see the fourth quarter of a game when your team is losing...and you know you are going to lose. I want to see if you'll still fight with me," Lewis continued.
    "In this sport, if you don't have team chemistry, there's nothing else left! There is no need to walk out onto that football field because there is no trust. Team chemistry is everything....

    Mana,
    You go make da speech. I saw your mama today. Yep, us fans are taking this season as seriously as you are.

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  174. BowsForever [Visitor]:

    What's a scabblogger?

    Sounds very strange that one of the higher-profile Tsaikos would be asked to do such a thing -- and using our e-mail addresses to contact us, I assume? For shame! If anything, you might want to tell Tombo Ahi about it so he doesn't unknowingly "scabblog" (don't see him post here much), though I'm sure chawan_cut has that covered.


  175. Stephen [Member]:

    it's kind of interesting how I get asked to be the spokesman. People send me e-mails asking me to speak up. I'm like, can anybody else say something? But, alas, no. So I get to be the rabble rouser. It's cool, though. That's a lesson for my kids to speak up for others.


  176. Stephen [Member]:

    Actually, the proper response should be: "How much are you going to pay me?"

    That should kill that.


  177. Stephen [Member]:

    Anyway, enough about us.
    I'm getting excited about spring ball. It's less than three weeks away.


  178. jasonk [Visitor]:

    ST, how come no news about the prospective audit?


  179. BowsForever [Visitor]:

    ralvic, you're sure to get a kick outta this, but I always thought your posts were written in freestyle poetry format. And it worked, too. =)

    Sorry, I don't have a clue why you're limited to 6 words a line. What browser do you use? Firefox doesn't have that problem.


  180. Stephen [Member]:

    Re: Audit.
    1. Doc and Mark Takai have been filling us in.
    2. It has a way from being finalized.
    3. As we've said for more than a year, the books were creative and the athletic department's cumulative deficit is north of $4.3 million. (Or is it south when referring to a deficit?)


  181. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Know what time the BoR meets to officially announce Mr. Donovan as our new Athletic Director? Are they going to interrupt live radio broadcasts to announce the breaking news? Anybody?


  182. jasonk [Visitor]:

    Thanks a lot ST. Really appreciate your openness and willingness to keep us fans "in the know".


  183. ralvic [Visitor]:

    test test test test test test test test test test

    firefox is in

    tks bowsforever-it works


  184. ralvic [Visitor]:

    not exactly


  185. BowsForever [Visitor]:

    Just to clarify, ST -- $4.3 million is the AD's number? So, if, say, I guessed that the true deficit is more like $5.3 million, how hot or cold would I be? Just trying to get a sense for how Enron-esque the accounting is, if possible.


  186. Stephen [Member]:

    JasonK.
    I don't know much. But my father was a CPA, and he used to come home at 11 at night after trying to untangle some of his clients' creative book-keeping.
    As he used to say, "No matter who's at fault, it's the accountant who always ends up going to jail."
    The only thing I know about the UH situation is it spent more than it earned.


  187. Stephen [Member]:

    $4.4 is one of the numbers we've seen in past audits. But Takai has said it could be between $4 million and $6 million.


  188. Stephen [Member]:

    Again, if I understand this correctly, the accumulated deficit doesn't go away. It's like a credit card bill. While UH is making payments, the debt doesn't go away until it's fully paid off. You can't ask a credit card company, hey, is it OK to forget the balance? Well, you could, but the commpany might send the moving vans to your house.


  189. jasonk [Visitor]:

    If the audit reveals that the deficit is bigger than what was originally reported or that there was any type of wrongdoing, what happens?

    Although HF isn't directly in charge of the finance type stuff, wouldn't he have to be held accountable since it all happened under his watch?


  190. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    To Tom Mui and others who questioned whether a donation to Na Koa was tax deductible, here's Ben's response to my letter:

    Yes, your donation of ____ is tax deductible. Thank you for your
    donation and interest in Warrior Football Program.

    BEN


  191. Koauka [Visitor]:

    And it will be real interesting to find how this deficit built up.

    And the formers AD's legacy follows.


  192. Stephen [Member]:

    Deficits can always be worked down, but not by $7,000 a year. Success in the arena sports and baseball would be a start.


  193. ralvic [Visitor]:

    test test test test test test test test test test


  194. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    ST

    that was awesome you got to spotlight da Panaewa kid Mana today. His parents are really proud, bought a bunch of HA. Told them about your blog too. Thanks from us.


  195. Tony [Visitor]:

    >Although HF isn't directly in charge of the finance type stuff, wouldn't he have to be held accountable since it all happened under his watch?

    JasonK,
    How much more accountable can you be held besides getting fired for doing a crappy job?


  196. A-House [Visitor]:

    Any one know if HF received his $15,000 bonus for being in a "surplus" financial position?

    If yes, and the audit finds otherwise, must he return the $15,000 with interest?


  197. Garret [Visitor]:

    Some draft news...with 3 UH WRs at the combine I wish they would be mentioned in articles like this. I know that they aren't in the top category, but I hope their Pro Day performances move then to the top of the next tier.

    With pro timing day at Texas coming up next week, NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock lists former Longhorn Limas Sweed as the top wide receiver available, ahead of Early Doucet (Louisiana State), Devin Thomas (Michigan State), DeSean Jackson (California) and Malcolm Kelly (Oklahoma).


  198. Tombo Ahi [Visitor]:

    no super blogging for me. and i wish i could think of a question during these chats. al had a good one -- i was wondering about the chemistry between smith and gerke, and it sounds like it's gonna work out great.


  199. whitey [Visitor]:

    ST, seems like you are getting closer to striking. If you do, will avoid posting anything until the strike is resolved. My best to you and all your compatriots.

    Thank you Coach Smith for taking the time to spend with us.


  200. Garret [Visitor]:

    A-House,

    If HF took that bonus that due to the "surplus" that was actually a deficit, he really got away with something. It appears that UH cannot say bad about him anymore due to the buyout agreement...with the standard clauses in those type of contracts I'd be surprised if UH could go after him for money from the past.


  201. Garret [Visitor]:

    I was looking for a story on Florida and saw this tidbit.

    Two-sport stars have become increasingly rare in college, thanks to specialization and the accompanying year-round demands.

    Cornell's Jeomi Maduka, a former Arlington Martin standout, is even more unique, as USA Today reports. She will be competing in the long jump at the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships in Arkansas.

    But she will then fly to New York City to rejoin her Cornell basketball teammates, who are playing for the Ivy League title Sunday and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. That's two high-level events in two sports more than 1,000 miles apart on one weekend. "I never thought the two would come together," said Maduka who averged 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds this year en route to Ivy League player of the year honors.


  202. BowsForever [Visitor]:

    In the event there is a strike, do you want _us_ to stop posting altogether as well, ST? Or just not to take blogging offers from strangers.


  203. Garret [Visitor]:

    Looks like Florida has a big-time RB to pair with Tebow now. This USC transfer was very heavily recruited out of high school and his highlight tapes (both from high school and from USC) are amazing.

    For the past two seasons, Florida's best running back has also been its best quarterback -- Tim Tebow. Despite Tebow's gifts, it's not a longterm solution.

    But Emmanuel Moody might be. Rivals.com takes a look at how the one-time Coppell standout and Southern California transfer might jumpstart the Gators running game. The story also details a distinct Texas flavor at the position with Kestahn Moore (Mansfield Summit) and Mon Williams (Mesquite Horn).

    Even Florida coach Urban Meyer wonders if Moody is the answer. "I walk by him every day and I don't say hello. I walk by him and say, 'I hope you're really good,' " Meyer said. "I don't know what else to say. ... I hope he's really, really, really good. I don't know if he is."

    Here's a clip from a game where Moody ran for 130 yards against Arizona that shows his potential:


  204. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    I wonder if Brian Smith has a Harley Davidson? Then he and Gerke could really bond.


  205. Garret [Visitor]:

    Some soccer stuff for the Princess and other soccer fans. Sorry Guava.

    Five players from Cuba's team that tied the U.S., 1-1, Tuesday night in a qualifying game for the Beijing Olympics have disappeared from the Tampa, Fla., hotel where the squad was staying and are believed to have defected.

    The five include standout goalkeeper Jose Manuel Miranda and defender Yenier Bermudez, the team's captain, according to ESPNDeportes, which is televising the tournament and first reported Wednesday that the players were missing from their rooms.

    Also unaccounted for were defender Loanni Cartaya Prieto and midfielders Erly Garcia Baro and Yordany Alvarez.

    If the five have left to seek asylum in the U.S., it would leave Cuba Coach RaulGonzalez with 13 players for the team's remaining first-round matches -- against Honduras on Thursday and against Panama on Saturday.


  206. Garret [Visitor]:

    Look for Spain's two powerhouse teams, defending champion Real Madrid and archrival Barcelona, to be playing as many as three games apiece in the U.S. this summer, with the majority of the matches against Major League Soccer opponents.

    The league was close to finalizing details of Barcelona's visit, or visits, by Coach Frank Rijkaard's squad. Real Salt Lake earlier had confirmed that it would be one of Real Madrid's opponents, and the Galaxy could be another.

    If so, it would provide David Beckham with the unique chance of having played for Real Madrid against the Galaxy and for the Galaxy against Real Madrid.


  207. Garret [Visitor]:

    Sad that Daly's irresponsibility got 2 other players disqualified.

    One day after being fired by his swing coach, John Daly missed his pro-am time today at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and was disqualified from the tournament.

    Daly, invited to Bay Hill on a sponsor's exemption, told tournament officials he thought his tee time was 9:47 a.m. instead of 8:40 a.m. He was on his way to the golf course when told there was no point in showing up.

    His disqualification wound up knocking two other players out of the tournament.

    Ryuji Imada and Nick O'Hern thought they were alternates for the afternoon session of the pro-am. Neither was at Bay Hill when Daly missed his time, so they also were disqualified from playing this week.

    Imada was among those who tied for second last week at the PODS Championship, and at No. 68 in the world, he is trying to crack the top 50 to qualify for the Masters.

    O'Hern was furious to learn he had been disqualified, especially because he lives only five minutes away at Isleworth.

    "When I should have been on the tee, I was giving my girls breakfast," O'Hern said. "I thought common sense would have prevailed. This is a tough one to take. Unfortunately, we got caught up in John's snowball effect."


  208. Garret [Visitor]:

    I've got a zillion free play links, but I'll try to keep it to 5. Please skip my next 5 posts if you do not want the off topic links.

    Specialized camera being demonstrated this week can see through clothing from 80 feet away, great for security scans in high traffic areas...but I do wonder if this could be misused also.


  209. Garret [Visitor]:

    The GAO says that Lockheed's Joint Strike Fighter program is over budget and behind schedule, with the total cost of the program projected to increase to $337 bil (45% over what it was supposed to cost when the program began). Our government asked Lockheed to refocus some attention on the program...the government is going to pay Lockheed $337 BILLION and has to tell Lockheed to pay more attention to the program?


  210. Garret [Visitor]:

    Startup company is looking to commercialize University of Maryland's breakthrough technique to turn trash into ethanol via a bacteria.


  211. Garret [Visitor]:

    YouTube is making it easier for people to put videos into other applications. It is also cool how TiVo just announced a deal that will also TiVo DVRs to play YouTube videos...easy access to play them on TVs instead of just computer screens!


  212. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    ST

    some of us are hicks from da bushes. gotta spell real slow. if we strike, we strike. just let us know where we can call to keep in touch. i love the company of the people here, even if i don't know the real names
    Great bunch of people with lots of wit


  213. Garret [Visitor]:

    After this cell phone reseller ended his marriage in China, his soon-to-be ex-wife gathered his more than 400 cell phones and set them on fire on their bed.


  214. momotaro [Visitor]:

    Hey Garret, regarding junior days - UCLA has two, one this past weekend (that's where QB Josh Nunes was), and one in April to coincide with spring practice. While it seemed to go well, some in the program worry that it can be used against UCLA because only selected juniors were invited to the first junior day, while the second junior day is supposed to be huge. So for those not invited to the first junior day, opposing schools can say "UCLA is not that interested in you, otherwise you would have been invited to the first junior day."

    So, if UH decides to have a junior day, (1) only hold one junior day or (2) invite all the same people if there will be multiple junior days.


  215. Garret [Visitor]:

    Free play links pau. This article is kind of on topic, regarding the possible strike.

    The biggest newspapers in this country have seen major decreases in subscribers over the past 4 years! LA Times down 20%, SF Chronicle down 30%, and the Boston Globe down 20% are the biggest decliners. Other papers have actually increased circulation or decreased much less.


  216. Garret [Visitor]:

    momotaro,

    I agree with your analysis on the Junior Days. Texas invited a group to their 2 Junior Days--they could choose to attend the first or second or both. That makes sense to me...you don't want to make recruits feel like they are not wanted. The whole point of the Junior Day is to make the recruits feel wanted and feel like the school regards them highly!

    By the way, JJ is having 1 Junior Day with SMU and from what I read it is scheduled for their Spring Game. So, SMU is doing your first suggestion and Texas did your second suggestion.


  217. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Garrett,

    you've learned a special camera can see thru clothes from 80 feet away, and you are wondering if its going to be misused? KAATOIIINNK! Pal, sit in da front row of the class or you going miss da action.

    bwaahaaaahaaaaa :)


  218. ralvic [Visitor]:

    test test test test test test test test test test test test


  219. Tony [Visitor]:

    Garret, come on, the biggest story of the day, the governor of New York forced to resign because of a sex scandal, gets no play in the free plays? This is worthy of the stuff that took down various Hawaii senators and Bishop estate trustees. They have even run photos of the call girl the governor was with.


  220. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    Congratulations on your new girlfriend, Tony!


  221. ralvic [Visitor]:

    test test test test test test test test test test test test


  222. Jason [Visitor]:

    ralvic: Are you hitting Enter on your keyboard when you type your posts? Cause you don't need to; the text automatically wraps — that is, it starts a new line automatically when needed. You just type your post, hitting Enter only when you want to manually start new lines.

    Tony: I think the sex scandal story is big enough that it doesn't need mentioning. :-p

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/080312

    Here's a good article worth reading for all those Knicks and Pacers fans. I am a sad fan of my beloved Pacers. IDK what's going on anymore.


  223. Tony [Visitor]:

    Hoohikimaui:

    she's so hot, believe me, you never believe it at the time, but 10 times nicer than the previous, brah. haole again, though, LOL.


  224. ralvic [Visitor]:

    today is wedneday today is wednesday today is wednesday today is wedneday today is wedneday today is wedneday today is wedneday...test


  225. ralvic [Visitor]:

    ok ive been pressing enter ive pressing enter ive been pressing enter when i change lines i think this is working i
    hope last test


  226. al [Visitor]:

    watch some 2007 highlights courtesy of kapoleicoug.


  227. ralvic [Visitor]:

    now i came full circle. thanks jason for your help.


  228. al [Visitor]:

    all this time i thought you were doing this on purpose.

    hahahaha.

    is "ralvic" some kind of word scramble?


  229. Jason [Visitor]:

    There we go, ralvic. Yeah, you only need to hit Enter when you want to manually insert line breaks; normally, we just hit Enter twice, and start a new paragraph.


  230. Jason [Visitor]:

    all this time i thought you were doing this on purpose.

    Haha, I always thought the same thing.


  231. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    yeah, I thought he was pressing enter a lot to look like a poet.


  232. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    Ralvic...I have to comment, seeing you've been trying so hard to remedy your text problem...but sometimes, I had to just gloss over your post because it was difficult for me to read. I honestly thought you were writing poetry with meters and all....rap even sometimes, but when I took the time to really read it, I found you made some very interesting and insightful comments. I could tell you had an extensive vocabulary, but I couldn't understand why you would choose to write in such condensed fashion. I thought you were some guy trying to break convention. I'm so glad you resolved the problem.

    Looking forward to your "normal" lined posts. ;0)


  233. ralvic [Visitor]:

    honest,i wasn't. others on other sites though i was,too
    couldn't figure out what was wrong-tried different text sizes
    and screen resolution.Even switched to firefox tonight.
    Not until jasons help was i able to figure it out-don't
    laugh. Even my wife is holding in her stomach from laughing
    so much.


  234. ralvic [Visitor]:

    what happened,i pressed enter again,gees what em i thinking
    oh brothers


  235. al [Visitor]:

    gigi
    i thought that too. only thing he couldn't rhyme up the words.

    see how polite everyone is.


  236. diesel [Visitor]:

    whitey,

    i heard you were going to vegas? i'm currently on oahu but i will be in vegas for a week in the beginning of april. hope that falls around your stay time there.


  237. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    Firefox? I never have problems with Internet Explorer.


  238. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    I don't care for poetry and except for some haiku in high school, don't write it. So because it looked like poetry, I never bothered to read ralvic's posts.


  239. al [Visitor]:

    so did anyone think that brian smith has lost a lot of weight since his playing days?


  240. Esme [Visitor]:

    ralvic, funny, but I kind of enjoyed reading your posts in the old format. It gave your words a sort of zen / free prose feel. In regular format, it's like you had a makeover. :D


  241. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    Esme,

    I hope you don't mind me asking..but how old are your kids? I have young ones of my own and I am impressed with how your days seem so organized.


  242. Jason [Visitor]:

    hoohikimaui: I turn 21 in May, but I'm adopted. Yes, Mama Esme, I've known for a long time.

    Did I mention I stopped by the Advertiser today to pick up my book? Esme indeed signed it "Nanay." Also got Juju and THE Leila Wai. She thanked me for being a Tsaiko! I can die a happy man now.

    Eh, but where's Stephen's autograph? And Mike's? And "Ferd"'s? Wait a minute...


  243. Jason [Visitor]:

    Oh yeah, and some dude named Greg signed it too. Took up one whole page; who does he think he is... ;-)


  244. al [Visitor]:

    jason
    are you done with our book yet?


  245. SteveM [Visitor]:

    Hi everyone! Following long established list (and blog) rules and etiquette I do not want to be perceived as promoting a business establishment owned and operated by a relative on the blog. So please see my personal web site above for an announcement under "Tsai-ko Events Calendar".

    Diesel -- if you are in town, check the above out. Sorry I missed you at the Sept 1 Tsaiko-Gate last year.

    ...and ralvic, I thought you were a song writer too. :-)


  246. al [Visitor]:

    stevem
    i thought you had shares?


  247. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    Hubby's boss offered to pay for our steak dinner at Ruth's Chris tomorrow night. When asked, I told the restaurant that yes, tomorrow is my husband's birthday. I wonder if they will give him a free dessert.

    At any rate, it won't cost us a penny.

    I think hubby has a very generous boss.


  248. SteveM [Visitor]:

    Al -- shares? No. I think she only let's me in if I'm with someone else ☺


  249. Jason [Visitor]:

    So I'm flipping through the pages of The Perfect Season. At first, I'm just glancing at the photos, going through the early games. Then I decide to jump ahead, and I can't help but read Stephen's stories on the Boise State and Washington games. I can hear his voice in my head while I'm reading, and I can hear the roar of the crowd as the Warriors drive down the field, and I can feel the adrenaline flowing through my body as the clock ticks down, and I can see the plays unfolding before my eyes again. It almost brought tears to my eyes — but I didn't want to get the book wet. :-)


  250. al [Visitor]:

    jason click this link for kapoleicoug's 07 highlights if you like to cry.


  251. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    I liked the section about the coaches in the HA book. The photos and captions were outstanding.


  252. al [Visitor]:

    posted earlier....

    Comment from: al [Visitor]
    eh what's up doc?

    okay, who do you work for?

    03/12/08 @ 08:45


  253. Jason [Visitor]:

    Alright, Al, you got me. :-)

    * * * * *

    You know, people say, "It's just sports..." Well, if it's just sports, then how can you explain such tears of joy. How can you explain the need to kiss the sky. How can you explain anything...

    How can three little words mean so much — Because Colt Stayed. How can one little word carry so much meaning — Believe.

    Yet how can any words describe the magic of the 2007 Warriors season. It was unreal — yet it happened. Before our very eyes. Eyes that now glisten with teardrops.

    But "It's just sports..."


  254. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    Too bad the HA didn't include ST's long story about Colt in the book. That story brought tears to my eyes when I read it online.


  255. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    Miller's "Hawaii Warrior Football" was a tear jerker, too, and very well written.

    We bought 2 copies, 1 for us and 1 for hubby's boss.


  256. gigi-hawaii© [Visitor]:

    We might also buy a 2nd copy of the HA book for hubby's boss, who has season tickets and really liked the Miller book.


  257. Esme [Visitor]:

    Comment from: hoohikimaui [Visitor]
    Esme,

    I hope you don't mind me asking..but how old are your kids? I have young ones of my own and I am impressed with how your days seem so organized.

    Permalink 03/12/08 @ 22:58
    __

    I'm proud to say that they're 3 and 5. But you know, if I truly ran an organized day, I wouldn't be posting on this blog at 12:42 a.m. I'd be asleep.

    Heh. ;)


  258. Esme [Visitor]:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

    Just watched the highlights video link provided by url.

    Now I'm tearing up AND my adrenaline is pumping.

    And it's 12:49 a.m. in the middle of the night ... in MARCH.

    Ohh.

    * sniff *


  259. Esme [Visitor]:

    whoops

    provided by url = provided by AL

    (sorry, eyes blurred by tears)


  260. al [Visitor]:

    no prob. how did you know that url's my brother in tennessee?


  261. Esme [Visitor]:

    Re: Jason's post at 23:54
    __

    Now, that's my boy!

    *Nanay smiles proudly through tears.*


  262. al [Visitor]:

    what is nanay?


  263. Esme [Visitor]:

    al, "Nanay" = "Mom." In Tagalog.

    Jason has been trying to get me to adopt him.


  264. Esme [Visitor]:

    And with that ... we pause for one last station identification, and a scratchy playing of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Hawaii Pono'i" as the images of the jets and the waving Old Glory play on the TV, and then ... static snow. *

    Good night, Tsaikos! Sweet dreams of victories to come.

    Oh, and of spring ball.

    Oh, and of karaoke.

    Oh wait, never mind, don't dream of karaoke if it includes "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." ;)

    * Whoo, that dates me.


  265. Mike [Visitor]:

    Esme's dating herself? I thought she was married...


  266. TChahng [대장입니다] [Visitor]:

    누나! ...showing her age.


  267. myki [Visitor]:

    Good Morning Tsai-kos!!!

    It's going to be a great day, one full of promise of things to come. Don't forget to take time out of your busy day to smell the roses!!


  268. Garret [Visitor]:

    Tony,

    I only do links for things that I figure people might not have seen. I saw that pretty much every news site and newspaper had stories on that NY Governor, with the papers even having photos of the woman on their front page.


  269. Loa [Visitor]:

    good morning tchahng/myki/garret!

    its "Jim Donovan" day

    great chat yesterday, gotta love those olineman.

    also looking forward to the ice man today.


  270. LizKauai [Treo] [Visitor]:

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Daughter's water broke and we are on the way to the birthing center.
    Now back to our regular programming!


  271. myki [Visitor]:

    Good morning LizKauai,

    My prayers for you and yours for an "uneventful" safe and wonderous delivery of your first grandchild!

    Don't forget to send lots of pictures.


  272. Loa [Visitor]:

    morning Liz!
    wow, exciting, congrats and good luck, please keep us posted


  273. LizKauai [Treo] [Visitor]:

    Oh yeah- I am wearing my Tsai-ko shirt for the occasion :-)


  274. Pomai [Visitor]:

    Right on LizK, hope all is well!


  275. Mei Ling [Visitor]:

    Aloha kakahiaka!

    LizK, safe sailing/birthing to your daughter. Congratulations, tutu!

    ...and the cheers go out as the UH BOR confirms JD...


  276. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    Good morning LizKauai.
    Good morning ChickenGrease.
    Good morning Al, AHouse.

    Its going to be a wonderful day in da neighborhood!
    Only thing can mess up our day is a slo w moving BoR

    Have a nice day my friends!

    :o)


  277. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Good morning Lei Ming,

    Howzit at NAU. my #2 grand daughter not going NAU now, she going UH, water polo.
    she looks cauc. like Ben, hard to figure since she's half 'neesee. So much like me. Curses....

    bwaaahaaaahaaaa

    Hi to da family! : >)


  278. Mei Ling [Visitor]:

    Eh, bighilofan2,

    NAU has a good swim/diving team, but I don't think they compete in water polo. At one of the Lumberjack Luaus in the Natatorium, the girls were beating up on the guys playing water polo.

    Uncle Benny looks like a hapa kanaka. K, I'll pass on the aloha when I see them on Sat.

    Have a good day in Hawai'i Nei!


  279. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Howzit Tsaikos.

    Great article in today's HA about Word of Life's new football team & Onosai their coach. I'm amazed at the positives that emanate from that small school. Good for us.


  280. Mei Ling [Visitor]:

    At NAU, we have/had 4 girls from Hawaii on the swim team: Tami Binek & Kim Kopra from the Big Island, and Meredith Egloria from Kapolei. Cassie (sorry, I forget her last name) is graduating.

    I believe we competed against UH a few meets ago.


  281. bulla [Visitor]:

    Aloha Tsaikos,

    what a day!!! Liz with her daughter, JD waiting for confirmation, Word of Life having their own football team, ST practicing his vocal chords......ok, 3 out of 4 is still pretty good.

    have a good day one and all, choose to be happy, and you will find what you search for....if you look for good, you shall find good, if you look for bad...get away.

    a hui hou, off to protect the natives from the tourists....book 'em Danno....book'em yourself Steve.....always wanted to hear that..haha


  282. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Mei Ling,

    I remember Kopra, awesome kid. Good to see you energized for us this year.

    Anyway, Rap wudda had sumfun wit da name Athletic Director Donovan. ADD. hehehe

    ok bighilo, make nice. :)


  283. bighilofan2 [Visitor]:

    Good morning bulla.

    Visions of a nice day ahead. Too bad I gotta go see da judge. bwaahaaahaaa

    hiho hiho


  284. Stretch [Visitor]:

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!


  285. homey ® [Visitor]:

    Comment from: Capitol -ist/WassupDoc [Visitor]

    Any suggestions for boring books to read?

    KARAOKE HANDBOOK - Secrets Revealed to Karaoke Cash $$$ by Chris Roberts and Susie Rose

    Jeffrey Allen's Guide to Karaoke Confidence by Jeffrey Allen

    Karaoke In Da Hood by Traci Gaines


  286. Loa [Visitor]:

    homey - speaking of books, i picked up the perfect season yesterday at costco, just under $19.
    they also had angels and demons in paperback for under $6.


  287. homey ® [Visitor]:

    Loa - I'm done reading books. I like coloring now.


  288. Loa [Visitor]:

    homey - they had plenty coloring books at costco too. the perfect season was good for me since had a lot of pictures.


  289. Rep. K. Mark Takai [Visitor]:

    Dear Tsaikos:

    One of the bills that will provide much-needed funds to the University of Hawaii for repairs and maintenance is up for a hearing tomorrow, Friday, March 14 at 2 p.m.

    Testimony is requested for HB 2521 to help the senators understand the situation with the lower campus facilities.

    HB 2521
    HB 2521 sets aside at least $50 million each year for UH repairs and maintenance until at least June 30, 2014. Although there is no specific amount targeted for athletics, this would be a significant step to address the needs of the University.

    HB 2521 HD2 (current draft):
    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2008/bills/HB2521_HD2_.pdf

    Here's the information that you will need to draft your testimony:
    Persons wishing to testify should submit testimony in one of the following ways at least 24 hours prior to the hearing:
    • In person: 1 copy of their testimony to the committee clerk, Room 230, State Capitol.
    • By fax: Testimony may be faxed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Office at 586-6659 or 1-800-586-6659 (toll free for neighbor islands), at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. When faxing, please indicate to which committee the testimony is being submitted and the date and time of the hearing.

    • By Email: Testimony may be emailed if less than 5 pages in length, to testimony@capitol.hawaii.gov. Please indicate to which committee the testimony is being submitted and the date and time of the hearing. Email sent to individual offices or any other Senate office will not be accepted.
    Public Folder. A folder labeled “Public Folder” containing the measures and testimonies for the hearing will be available for shared use by members of the public.

    Hearing Notice:
    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2008/hearingnotices/EDU-AHW-ENE_03-14-08_.htm

    Additional update: HR 43/HCR 43 passed out of the House Higher Education Committee and will be moving on to the House Legislative Management Committee.

    These resolutions call for a management and financial audit of the UH athletic department. The resolutions request Auditor Marion Higa to look at the fiscal years from 2003 to 2007.

    I’ll inform you if and when a hearing is scheduled for these resolutions.

    Mahalo, K. Mark Takai


  290. LizKauai [Treo] [Visitor]:

    Baby Update: Looks like tonight. We are shopping - did Costco. Going to eat Indian fuud, catch a nap and get ready for da action!
    After days of sunshine, it is raining a nice soft ua.


  291. Stretch [Visitor]:

    I guess everyone is working hard today...


  292. Jason [Visitor]:

    TChahng: No, no, Princess Leila is 누나. Esme is 어머니. :-D

    Will someone please post this during the Dan Kelly chat today, thanks:

    Dan,

    I just wanted to congratulate you on a great job of fundraising for Relay for Life. We should team up for a competition next year, you and Sports Hawaiʻi vs. me and the Tsaikos. It helped with some last-minute donations from both sides. This year, we ended up in a tie — $1,830 each. :-)


  293. las vegas [Visitor]:

    Pi$$ed off the wife last night, she was so mad she took out her frustrations by cleaning the house.
    The spare bedroom was full of boxes and junk and so was the garage.
    Now both are clean, shiney

    and have room to move around.

    I'm on my way back upstairs
    to make her madder,maybe she'll
    wash the two cars tonite.


  294. Stretch [Visitor]:

    las vegas - no lie, you did it on purpose!! maybe I should try that...

    BTW - going to be in LV over the weekend.


  295. myki [Visitor]:

    Stretch, some of us are hardly working. Watching the Bows against the Broncos. We're ahead 35-27 at the half. Coach Nash is substituting offense and defense players judiciously. Hope they keep playing well in the second half.


  296. Stretch [Visitor]:

    myki - only able to listen on the radio and sounds like they are doing pretty well.


  297. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    Just heard that UH men's basketball team is beating Boise at halftime by I think 7 points with decreased minutes from Gibson because of foul trouble. Apparently, UH's defense is stepping up after 6 straight losses and giving the best offensive team in the WAC a run for their money!


  298. hoohikimaui [Visitor]:

    Can you imagine if they beat Boise after being handed 2 losses in the regular season and going all the way and winning the WAC tournament? I hope Boise doesn't adjust too much in the second half and UH continues the intensity.

    Anyway, just in case someone else was interested in something else while waiting for football season to commence.


  299. Rich2176 [Visitor]:

    Good Morning Tsaikos:

    I spoke with Terry Brennan this morning and among other things, he says Colt is working out extremely hard and has gained more weight. I think everyone will be pleased with his progress when his Pro-Day weight is announced.


  300. Stephen [Member]:

    Hey, new post is up.


  301. myki [Visitor]:

    UH BB: Have to give credit to K5 and how they spoil us with their telecasts. Don't know who the WAC has providing today's "services". We have the radio on and TV volume turned down. Lighting is poor in the arena and looks like they had dirty lenses on their cameras. The camera angles of the play by play guys make their hands look like they have Marfan's syndrome. Extra big looking hands like Mickey Mouse. 2nd half starting up --laters-- sj-macro & myki


  302. las vegas [Visitor]:

    Stretch,
    If you got the time give me a call, off on Saturday.


  303. chawan_cut [Visitor]:

    wanted to say thanks to midori7 and uhfan808 for their UH baseball tickets!

    the team has a 2 game win streak!


  304. Stretch [Visitor]:

    chawan - I hope those two girls stay away from the baseball games from now on and give you the tickets. They must be the dark cloud over Murakami Stadium.


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