Archive for September, 2008

Kajiyama: No harm intended

September 30th, 2008

From Brian Kajiyama:

"I appreciate the piece that E:60 produced that shared my life story. However, I was disappointed in any instances which coach Greg McMackin and the University of Hawai‘i program were negatively portrayed. That was not my intention. I appreciate the opportunity that Coach McMackin has provided me to continue being a part of the Warrior ‘ohana. I will continue to remain loyal to the University of Hawai‘i and will do my best in my new capacity."

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The Warriors have re-opened the Poly Pipeline, receiving a commitment from George Daily-Lyles.
Daily-Lyles is a 5-foot-11, 220-pound linebacker from Long Beach Poly, the school that produced former UH standouts Michael Carter, Chris Roscoe and Mark Odom.
Daily-Lyles has been compared to Pisa Tinoisamoa and Solomon Elimimian.
Poly is the defending CIF champion. Last month, Poly defeated 2007 national champion Northwestern High (of Miami) in Florida.
As the middle linebacker, Daily-Lyles makes all of the defensive calls for the Jackrabbits.
Here's his highlight video:

Monday report

September 29th, 2008

Quarterback Inoke Funaki said he "understands" the criticism he has received, and that he also is a harsh judge of his play.
He said he is trying to do his best, and that he feels responsible for the Warriors' recent setback.
Funaki is expected to start against Fresno State Saturday in Fresno.
• Linebacker Blaze Soares said he expects to return for the Boise State game in three weeks. Soares is recovering from a calf injury.
• Running back Kealoha Pilares and wideout Malcolm Lane said they will play against Fresno. Both suffered concussions in the first half against San Jose State.

Mourning after

September 28th, 2008

If anything, the Warriors should be credited with being accountable.
After losses, they accept responsibility.
Tyler Graunke and Inoke Funaki each took the blame for last night's second-half collapse.
Kicker Dan Kelly did not dodge questions about his missed field goal.
And linebacker Adam Leonard, peeved over the loss, still showed up for the K5/pay-per-view's postgame news conference.
There is a sign outside the UH locker room: "Character is what you are in the dark."
it also is evident under the spotlight.

Game day: Funaki to start

September 27th, 2008

Inoke Funaki has been announced as the starting quarterback.

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The UH administration remains committed to the Warriors.
Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw attended yesterday's walk-through in the drizzle. She gave a pep talk at the end of the 45-minute workout.
The Warriors closed with a cheer of: "Chancellor!"

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Equipment specialist Al Ginoza is one of the power brokers on the UH campus.
The distribution of everything from jerseys to gloves goes through Ginoza.
The reason nobody is wearing No. 15 or No. 14 is because of Ginoza, in conjunction with associate head coach Rich Miano. (Of course, that's also why three players are assigned No. 58, too.)
Most important, Ginoza selects the quarterback who picks the game balls. Teams supply the six balls they use on offense, punts and placekicks. There also is a backup supply of six balls that are used in case of wet conditions.
Quarterbacks can't gripe about the grip since they're the ones choosing the footballs.

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It was interesting that USC head coach Pete Carroll attended yesterday's Punahou game to watch linebacker Manti Te‘o.
It would have been even more interesting if Oregon State coach Mike Riley showed up, too.
Conspiracy theorist insist the announcement of the two-game UH-BYU series was made with Te‘o in mind.
If so, now is the time for UH to try to sign up Stanford , UCLA and Notre Dame, too.

Ticket giveaway; UH, BYU to meet in 2012, 2013

September 26th, 2008

LizKauai has an extra ticket for tomorrow's football game. Pretty good seat, I'm told. Post No. 300 gets it.

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It was announced today that UH and BYU have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013. The teams will play Sept. 8, 2012 in Provo, and Sept. 14, 2013 at Aloha Stadium, according to a news release.
UH's Future Non-Conference Schedule:

Sept. 4 — Central Arkansas
Sept. 12 — At Washington
Sept. 19 — At UNLV
Nov. 21 — Navy
Dec. 4/5 — Wisconsin
Sept. 4 — USC
Sept. 18 — At Colorado
Sept. 25 — UNLV
Sept. 3 — Colorado
sept. 10 — At Washington
Sept. 17 — Charleston Southern
Sept. 24 — At UNLV
Nov. 26 — Washington State
Sept. 8 — At BYU
Sept. 22 — UNLV
Sept. 14 — BYU
Sept. 20 — At Colorado
Sept. 5 Colorado

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Unlike most football teams visiting Hawai‘i, San Jose State arrives this morning, a little more than 30 hours before tomorrow's kickoff.
But don't question Dick Tomey's methods.
Tomey has spent a great amount of time studying game preparation. When he was UH's head coach, his teams tried to remain on Hawai‘i time when they traveled. June Jones adopted that travel strategy when he was UH's head coach.
He also believes in morning practices.
Tomey's current travel plans allowed the Spartans to practice four times at home this week. They will have a walk-through session at Aloha Stadium today.

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Through the efforts led by Brother Pomai and I Believe, the Rainbow Wahine softball team will receive their WAC championship bracelets Oct. 10. Stretch is compiling a list of those interesting in attending the ceremony, which will be conducting during an intermission of the UH-Louisiana Tech volleyball match. If you're interested in joining us, just write: "I'm interested."

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Happy birthday to UHfan808, one of The Twins.

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And birthday wishes to Abe Markowitz.

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Times are hard on the Boulevard. In our news building, they removed one of the two paper-towel dispensers from each bathroom. At the UH athletic complex's first-floor men's room, there are two dispensers, but only one is filled. Well, things could be worse. I remember a line in a story about a possible dock strike a few years ago: People might have to make do with less toilet paper.