Cold front

January 28th, 2009
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UH coaches Ron Lee, Cal Lee, George Lumpkin and Nick Rolovich are on the Mainland making home visits to prospects who have given verbal commitments to the Warriors. (Ron Lee's flight was snow-postponed yesterday in Oklahoma City.)
What's more, assistant coach Brian Smith is heading to American Samoa.
And Greg McMackin has visited prospects on O‘ahu.
This is a hectic time heading into the final weekend before the Feb. 4 signing date.
Washington, UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State are among the schools that have been making strong pitches to local recruits the past two weeks.
Buckle up. It could be an interesting ride.

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Best wishes for a speedy (and painless) recovery to our Queen Diana (King Kekoa's beautiful and brave-hearted wife).
She heroically diverted two pit bulls from entering the Kapolei High property. Unfortunately, the dogs attacked her, biting her legs and hand. She was treated at emergency and released yesterday. I'm sure the King is providing the best home care.

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Happy birthday to a great guy and C&K's No. 1 fan — Addahknowjoe.

267 Responses to “Cold front”

  1. Stretch:

    copying from previous blog

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090127/NEWS01/901270351/-1/BACKISSUES

    I read this article yesterday and thought that something needs to be done since these animals have attacked people over the years. Then yesterday’s incident happened. I am very thankful that Aunty is home recovering but it could have been worse!!


  2. SAWARRIOR:

    Good Luck to our coaches!


  3. SAWARRIOR:

    ... get well soon Diana!


  4. Garret:

    Best of luck to the coaches! This last weekend is huge and all of their hard work will show on NLI day!


  5. Garret:

    Happy Birthday Addahknowjoe!


  6. Garret:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Diana!


  7. Garret:

    They are still comparing Colt to Texas Tech's Harrell. This is an article about the QBs at the Senior Bowl.

    Graham Harrell
    Man was he awful. Harrell was underthrowing guys left and right. He made one good throw the entire game in going 4/13 for 40 yards. I could be wrong, but I don't even think it had to do with moving under the center for snaps. As Mayock kept pointing out (and he did it A LOT), he never seemed to really drive his throws. Even on his completions, receivers had to drop to the ground, thus negating any YAC. They did make a good point about how awful Colt Brennan looked in last year's Senior Bowl and he ended up having a very solid training camp with the Redskins, so maybe he'll turn it around. However, he definitely cost himself a nice chunk of change Saturday.


  8. whitey:

    Happy Birthday Addahknowjoe


  9. lava:

    Let's not give up on Noa.


  10. whitey:

    Speedy recovery Diana. know you are in pain, but there is a small bright side to this. kekoa will do all the cooking, laundry, housecleaning, shopping, and be your chauffeur and you can rest and get better soon.


  11. lava:

    I heard Doman of BYU was just here trying again for Manti and Jray.


  12. lava:

    On the dog front, my thought is if you can't outlaw them, then require hefty insurance, since these violent accidents happen with predictable frequency.

    If the law doesn't do its part, there is always the last resort, since we seemingly live in the wild wild west, and people can resort to tossing a few bad apples over a fence to put the dogs down.


  13. whitey:

    lava, it looks like either noa de-committed or scholie was retracted. his name does not show on the commit list. also c vasconcellas appears to have done the same thing. don't really know, but they might walk on or may have accepted offers from other schools.


  14. XxFaithxX:

    Morning all..

    Kekoa and Diana....have not had the pleasure to meet the 2 of you, but take care and its a new day...the worst is over.

    To the UH FB coaches...bring home the goods...leave nothing on the table and if you gotta do it, do it. Question the recruits morals and that of their parents...esp this recruiting season with all the flip-flops (and we not talking "slippas") that is going around. And, if you see any of the opposition (coaches that is...) this is not the time to be friends, its WAR!...yeah, I'm talking to you and the rest of your Pac-10 buddies... ..not to mention ...time and place for everything coaches....DEFEND what is ours and no back down!!

    ...this is what happens when I gotta get up early to take my woman to work and I have a day off!!...


  15. NYUH:

    Best wishes to Diane. Pit Bull dogs should be driven into extinction.

    Didn't Colt have an injury in the Senior Bowl?


  16. XxFaithxX:

    I guess I did some funky HTML stuff and post didnt come out right, oh wells...there, all betta...

    And, if you see any of the opposition (coaches that is...) this is not the time to be friends, its WAR!...yeah, I'm talking to you (BEAVER CAV) and the rest of your Pac-10 buddies...(I'm going to act local CHOW , but I neva live in the islands foreva and his pocket pal the WEASEL) ..not to mention (I'm a Shark Sarkisian who no follow da rules)...time and place for everything coaches....DEFEND what is ours and no back down!!


  17. whitey:

    most dogs if you let them associate with people from when they are still a puppy will usually have a good disposition with people. the problem with pit bulls is that most of the owners will not let them play with people when they are young and many of them think that this would hurt their "macho" image. how many dogs do you see wearing spiked collars or how many pit bull do you see wearing ordinary collars???


  18. 808Chef:

    Good Morning from good 'ole Cali! Best wishes and luck our Coaches. Now's the time to see who really WANTS to be Warriors. Go get 'em fellas!!


  19. midnight:

    Diana: prayers for your speedy recovery!

    Happy Birthday to Addahknowjoe!


  20. whitey:

    good morning tsaikos. on the 8th day of recruiting, my friend sent to me, 8 coaches working hard, meeting the recruits and families outside of hawaii.


  21. djmitcho:

    Good Morning Tsaikos! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far.

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Queen Diana.

    Happy Birthday A-Joe!


  22. TOM:

    happy birthday Addahknow!

    Diana and Kekoa - take care!


  23. 702WarriorNation:

    From previous thread.

    Kekoa-
    Great news on Diana’s recovery - what a special gem.
    Plz take care of yourself too!

    RE: Mike Wadsworth
    Any news/comments on why Rivals shows him as ’soft verbal’?
    Thought he was a ‘firm’ commit?
    Offer from AZ, visited in Oct and UNR visit in Dec. but nil offer to date.


  24. 702WarriorNation:

    Gomenasai
    Good morning all
    Happy birthday A-Joe!


  25. lava:

    Whitey, Noa accepted a full ride to Portland State. When the dust cleared, UH did offer again. All I'm suggesting is that we do what we can to sway him to stay. We're making a mistake if we don't do our best to keep him.


  26. TOM:

    Still wondering what caused the smoke from the HECO substation. Was breathing smoke fumes late into the night and early morning even though our building is air conditioned, filtered etc. Had a nice view of it though as it was right next door!


  27. Jay:

    Morning Tsaikos,

    Speedy recovery to Diana. A brave soul indeed. I did not know that was Kekoa on the tele.


  28. Kapolei Doc:

    Its not the breed of the dog.

    Dog owners need to take responsibilty and know what they are getting into when they bring a dog into their family.

    You can't just throw the dog into the backyard or a cage and take them out when you decide to play with them. They are not toys.

    I am sure they are a lot of pit bull owners that have taken the time to ensure that their dogs are properly "balanced" and are socialized.

    One of these owners can be seen regularly on TV as the Dog Whisperer. In his own words powerfull dog breeds are not for everyone. The owner of a powerfull breed needs to be willing to commit themselves to properly socializing their dog so they don't present a threat to the public as well as other dogs.

    That is unless their intention is to create a problem dog in the first place. In that case maybe they should be banned from owning dogs altogether.

    I suggest everyone who wants to get a dog or already has one take the time to watch the Dog Whisperer or read his books to better understand what it takes to be a responsible dog owner. It certainly gave me a different perspective with my own dog. Which by the way is not a pitbull.

    Here's to speedy a recovery Diana and thanks for your unselfish commitment in trying prevent even a more serious problem. You are my hero.


  29. (Jesse) James:

    Good morning Tsaikos....

    Have to Esme today...was at work until very, very late last night....and going back again....

    Just wanted to say a speedy recovery to Aunty from the ceded lands....great to hear you're doing okay....

    ...and a very happy B-day to Addahknowjoe....maybe DPK will call you and sing in his Donald Duck voice...he does that for special people...MWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

    Okay...gotta whooosh........


  30. Jack Flash:

    Kekoa- best wishes from my 'ohana to yours.
    Looking forward to LOI day next week. Hopefully i'll see some of you at Murph's. Take care everybody! Back to lurking...


  31. 808ike:

    Kekoa---Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Queen Diana. She's
    in good hands with Pops and you. Keep us abreast on her progress.


  32. Tombo Ahi:

    Best wishes to Diana and Kekoa.


  33. FloridaTed:

    I've said my piece about Pit Bulls on the last blog. I still shudder, thinking about what could have happened to Diana. It was a very fortunate outcome, thank God.

    I don't like any pets, who can actually kill me, period.

    Down the stretch they come, Coach Mack & crew have a slight lead, by a half length, but other contenders are driving hard toward the finish line.

    Can they hold their lead to the finish? The crowd is on their feet, cheering and screaming along the home stretch, stay tuned.......


  34. homey ℞:

    Diana & Kekoa - ♡ ❤

    Let's hope the home visits refocuses the recruits.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY A-JOE


  35. A-House:

    Bugle is blowing (picture the calvary charge), Coaches are moving at light speed - go getum Coach Mack and staff - no skaid - tel'um Hawaii is one good place to place to play, live, and take the step to da nex level.


  36. d1島:

    Hoping that the coaches have a successful final push.

    lava,
    Isn't Noa already in Portland?


  37. rog:

    Iuta Tepa said in a recent interview that he is no longer looking at Hawaii and will be a Bruin most likely.


  38. Garret:

    Here is a link to SportsHawaii with the Tepa news.

    Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Iuta Tepa (6-2, 240) said he no longer considers himself a commit to Hawaii, and that he’s no longer considering the Warriors.

    “With Hawaii, it was my first time visiting there,” said Tepa. “It’s nice out there. It was humid but still nice. They have the whole city thing going on and they have the beach right there.”


  39. A-House:

    ST, good neighbor:

    In football, what is the difference between a scholarship and a "full ride" scholarship?

    Every now and then, articles print one or the other.


  40. mano1:

    Kekoa...praying Diana will be up an sprinting around again....tell her a Lanai boy sends his best wishes to the Molokai girl...she no skaid two pit bulls for save people...what a woman....you one lucky man. No Kai Oi her ! I still get couzins and friends over Molokai..more plenty on Lanai.

    As for Mac and the rest of the coaching staff...you guys putting a lot of effort...no can talk bad about you guys trying to get da best we can to be Great Warriors. Thank you for all you efforts...the Warriors represent so much more than FB to the Warrior Nation....you Go Guys....Go Fo Broke !


  41. A-House:

    Strategy:

    Is it better for UH coaches to bring in recruits early or later in light of all the decommits?

    Expense remains the nearly or the same if they bring in players from the mainland, but $$$ savings possible if early commit decommits.


  42. Garret:

    whitey,

    You can read this thread if you want to catch up on how Noa's grayshirt offer was apparently pulled by UH after he sat out the Fall semester. The quick summary: UH offered the grayshirt last year after Portland State offered him a full ride for last fall. Noa took the grayshirt from UH, but after sitting out the football season he didn't have a scholarship anymore to UH. His family was quite upset and I'm sure he was also...but Portland State offered him a scholarship again for this Fall and he committed to them.

    The funny thing is that UH apparently offered Noa a scholarship for the Fall after Portland State offered...


  43. Garret:

    d1shima,

    Doris just wrote in this thread that Noa will be signing with Portland State at their big gathering on NLI day. So, he isn't at Portland State right now.

    It is nice that Billy Ray gets to participate in that day even though he's already enrolled at UH.


  44. Garret:

    A-House,

    In football, all scholarships are full rides. In other sports like volleyball, baseball, soccer, etc., the scholarships are split among players.


  45. Garret:

    A-House,

    UH's big advantage this year was giving early offers to recruits. If UH approached players like Tepa after he already got offers from UCLA, Oregon, etc., then they wouldn't have a good shot at all. Trouble is, UH will lose out on some of their early offers...but they wouldn't get as much attention from the recruits if they offered late.

    The big problem with this is that bringing in so many players early costs more money, especially since other players may be brought in after decommits. Also, some players openly talk about how they take recruiting visits just for free trips, so it is hard to avoid that sometimes.

    However, if you look at how UH coaches can fly all over the mainland (and even to Samoa) to visit with recruits in the summer, during the season, and in this recruiting period, you'll see that the recruiting budget has been increased significantly and recruiting spending isn't a worry right now. My worry is if the program will be able to afford this after this year if the AD revenue (see: basketball and volleyball ticket sales) and donations drop.


  46. homey ℞:

    Gee, I thought not all football scholarships are full-ride...


  47. curveball:

    homey ℞:
    Is it lunch time yet??????


  48. homey ℞:

    curveball - Anytime is lunchtime! Or breakfast time or dinner time or snack time.


  49. Bigislandkurt:

    Happy Birthday to my Ka'u bradduh.....Ahdaknowjoe.....

    Still young. Still can punt, pass, and kick.

    BIK


  50. Garret:

    I think that Mark Sanchez made the right decision to enter the NFL draft (especially after Bradford, McCoy, and Tebow stayed in school, I was sure that Bradford was going to be the #1 pick), however I'm not sure he made the right decision when he chose his brother as his agent. His brother hasn't had any sports clients before--his new sports agency will have Sanchez as his first client.

    Mark Sanchez has reportedly hired his brother, Nick Sanchez, as his agent. Nick was a quarterback at Yale, earned his law degree at USC, and works as a business litigator for Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman in Costa Mesa. According to the Orange County Business Journal, "Mark is the first client of Nick's new sports consultancy at the law firm."

    Nick Sanchez knows about college football and has a solid legal resume, but no known experience as an agent

    This move might answer nagging questions about who actually encouraged Sanchez to turn pro. Trojan coach Pete Carroll strongly disagreed with the move, and it seems that there was also dissension within the Sanchez family.


  51. Garret:

    This sports agent blog questions the hiring of a family member as an agent.

    Myself and others at SportsAgentBlog.com have also been critical of people acting in a sports agent capacity for their family members. Which leads me to this story..

    Mark Sanchez, former QB for USC, is being represented by his older brother Nick Sanchez, a business litigator with Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman in Costa Mesa. Not only is Nick a family member, but he has no experience in representing professional athletes in contractual negotiations. Do you really want to jump into that role with a family member who some believe could be the #1 overall pick before you have any experience in the industry? To Nick’s credit, he does have a ton of work under his belt in a variety of other legal practice areas and seems to have a strong educational background. I still seem to have an issue with a sports agent being a family member.


  52. UKU@LA:

    bradduh Midnight, howzit! see yu in LV for game.

    MANEO !!!


  53. labrat:

    I have a neighbor who has had pitbulls for as long as I can remember. I just keep a baseball bat in my garage. I never had to use it.

    I can remember only once that one of his dogs got loose and walked into my garage where I was sitting. The dog walked straight up to me and I patted his head. He rolled over on his back and I rubbed his stomach. I grabbed him by his collar and took him home.

    The thing is I used to feed this dog little biscuits thru the fence dividing out properties. I guess he remembered.

    The only thing I worry about are the neignborhood kids who play outside that sometimes drives the dogs crazy. I hope they never get loose.


  54. A-House:

    Garret:

    Your point on "recruiting dollars". Hopefully, Hawaiian Airlines will continue to offer the "free rides" to Coach mack and his staff to ease the dollar drain from his budget. This is a source that Jim D and Coach Mack must keep as Hawaiian Airlines is a major donor to UH athletics.

    Also hope that Coach Mack can still have the same budget for 2010-11 from Jim D and this is going to be a tough one. Agreed that "donations" to Na Koa may go down, but maybe a "silent" donor(s) will step forward with $$$ (many small ones = big $$) to keep the recruiting going in years to come.

    Another point to consider is if Jim D can get donations of labor and material for most, if not all, lower campus repairs, maintenance, etc. he can allocate the actual $$$ savings toward recruiting.

    Many ways to eat a french fry - be innovative!!!


  55. jojo ®:

    Happy Birthday to you, Addahknowjoe!


  56. NorthShoreFan:

    Garret, Mahalo for yesterday's explanation on the recruiting and creation of positions for recruit coaches. TonyT's position is something college programs have. Coordinator's positions are common. Some of these other positions seem rather "thin" as far as whether it is needed or not.
    Also, luv the off topic stuffs.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Diana (aka Aunty Pitbull?). With your toughness, I know you going be all good in a few.

    Some problems Warrior recuiting face is not knowing if a recuit is serious about playing here. Some want to trip Hawaii during this time of the year to get away from the weather. It offers a chance to bring them in but if they've been offered by a higher profile program then it makes things harder.
    Offer early and then Tsai-ko analyze the kid if they really got the stuff we want in a Warrior. Heart, integrity, drive, morals, academics, etc...
    This should be ongoing for potential Warriors from Hawaii.

    Seriously waiting for LOI Day!


  57. al ™:

    Happy Birthday addahknowjoe!


  58. Rob25:

    Happy Birthday Addahknow Joe!!! Party up...you deserve it!

    Best Wishes and a speedy recovery to Diana!


  59. mctruck:

    Vicious dogs are a reflection of their masters who allow them to attack or intimidate people or pets. It's a shame.
    Having been bitten on my face,(which just barely missed my eye), by a dog when I was just a little kid (thinking it was a friendly animal), I can sympathize with Kekoa's wife, Dianna.
    My uncle had a pit bull mix which he used to go hunting for wild pigs way back when; the dog's name was, "bazooka" and yes, he was as mean and vicious as they come. He had to be heavily chained,(big-chains), to a large tree to restrain him from attacking people or anything he saw moving. Now that was one mean dog which really struck fear in my heart. Then again, I've known some very friendly pit bulls as well.

    I watch, "The Dog Whisperer" on TV and he has a woderful touch with dogs. One thing which I appreciate about that program is that it teaches dog owners the need to invest in spending "time" with these animals.


  60. al ™:

    take care ms. diana.


  61. al ™:

    reminder

    chinese cattle call
    (in honor of chinese new year)

    buffet 100 - ward warehouse
    12:00
    today

    RSVP (to ensure a seat)
    respond on the warrior beat by posting this reply:

    ccc i’m in


  62. expat:

    It would be refreshing if one of the decommits was just honest about their decision.

    "I committed when I thought it was the best or only offer and when what I thought was a better offer came around, I took it. I know I said that it had always been my dream to play Hawaii and whatnot but what I really meant was that I was just happy to have someone to offer to pay for my college education."

    Wouldn't that be nice?


  63. LizKauai (down under):

    G'Day Mates!
    No time to read comments- Prayers for Aunty Diana... our HERO!!!

    Hauoli Lahanau, A-Joe!

    Australia is in the middle of a huge heatwave- railroad tracks buckling, melting tires sticking to the roads when you drive. Wow.

    Hawaiian Air is the bestest. I knew it was going to be a long flight when they had THREE movies scheduled. And the food was hot and delicious... and later, just when I was wishing I had a cup of noodles, they passed out sandwiches and chips.

    Today is another "wasted travel day" but I hope to pass through customs faster than last night so I can make it to an evening Rotary meeting. Last night, I got the full search experience when I arrived. Australian officials are very professional and gracious and actually charming ;-)

    Just from my one night at the Ibis Hotel, I have to say that the Aussies have it together for energy efficiency and sensibilities. My room was like a stateroom on a ship. You have to insert your room key in a slot on the wall to turn on the power to the room- including the lights. You know who was wandering around in the dark for a few minutes....

    A hui hou!


  64. homey ℞:

    This is one cc where I don't have to wear smoke protection.


  65. Buffoman:

    Is there any "leak" in the information pipeline with regard to movement on the coaching staff? The departure of two coaches amy or may not trigger movement, but there are times when the quality of the replacement may merit a reexamination of the current situation.

    Just checking to see if there are rumors, tidbits and the like.


  66. Ralph:

    happy birthday a-Joe.......join us with ccc today...


  67. Kazz:

    Best wishes for a speedy (and painless) recovery to our Queen Diana (King Kekoa’s beautiful and brave-hearted wife).
    She heroically diverted two pit bulls from entering the Kapolei High property. Unfortunately, the dogs attacked her, biting her legs and hand. She was treated at emergency and released yesterday. I’m sure the King is providing the best home care.

    Behind every good man is a GREAT woman.


  68. al ™:

    kazz....
    the boss said that we had a great woman in the house.
    i searched for days.
    finally, i asked her, "where was she hiding?"
    now, i am building a doghouse.


  69. Garret:

    Rey Maualuga is hosting Manti during his official visit to USC starting tomorrow.

    Linebacker Manti Te'o is scheduled to arrive Thursday for his visit to USC because he cannot stay until Sunday due to religious reasons. Rey Maualuga is scheduled to help host Te'o.


  70. MeiLing:

    Diana,

    Get well soon! I'm sure Kekoa is taking good care of you.

    Happy Birthday Addahknowjoe!

    Good luck to the coaches.


  71. YpoWarrior:

    Is Rey Maualuga still enrolled at USC? If not, can he or any other former player serve as host to a prospective recruit?


  72. 808Chef:

    maybe rey can show manti how to do the erin andrew "dance". hehehe


  73. Kazz:

    HEY!

    I've seen elsewhere that Nobriga just de-commited from Colorado.


  74. g-nalo:

    Speedy recovery to Diana.

    Happy Birthday A-Joe! eh if i knew your BD was coming up, would've raised ANOTHER bottle in Makaha. haaa


  75. owen-16:

    hey kazz

    any links, thanks, hope that de-commit there means a re-commit here


  76. Mrs. A-House:

    Diana & Kekoa -

    My prayers and best wishes to you, Diana, for a rapid and complete recovery. Hard to put into words how we feel about your injuries, Diana. Profound sadness but lessened by the knowledge that it could have been so much worse, that you are at home in the care of Kekoa and the rest of your family, and on the road to full recovery. Wow, all I can say, is from the bottom of my heart, mahalo for being there at the right time, for springing into action immediately, without regard for your own safety...and very possibly perhaps saving the life(ves) of the initial victim(s). You have gained additional respect and admiration of not only your Tsaiko friends who already knew you to be the exceptional person you are, but also of strangers around the State who marvel at the courage and selfless concern for others that you possess. I will add you, Kekoa and the family to my daily prayers...my dear friend.


  77. Kazz:

    al ™:

    January 28th, 2009 at 11:40 am
    kazz….
    the boss said that we had a great woman in the house.
    i searched for days.
    finally, i asked her, “where was she hiding?”
    now, i am building a doghouse.

    Al,

    I no undastan why yo do this to yourself.... :shock:


  78. Just Saying:

    Kazz, how about putting a link up when posting something like that. jeez.


  79. Daikon Fut:

    Tepa seems as good as gone. Nobriga really seems on the fence and someone we can still possibly get to Manoa. I hope Destin Stewart stays commited.


  80. owen-16:

    hope we can find a way to get/keep nobriga, lopati, and stewart...


  81. Takuan Fut:

    yep, let's find a way to get/keep all our recruits. I hope Lopati stays with his commitment to UH. I am looking forward to seeing this guy in Green and Black.


  82. Mrs. A-House:

    Addaknowjoe -

    A lot of excitement generated around the A-House ohana yesterday when Midori7 made the announcement about your birthday today. Just want to add my best wishes to you...a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! A-Joe...another one of my dearest friends...who BTW happens to possess the rare communication skill of providing me with undivided attention, listens thoughtfully to my issues, and makes me feel valued and knowledgeable about what we're discussing (even though many times I'm just trying to make conversation, usually without substantive value). That makes you extra precious to me. A-Sports, lucky you...and A-Joe lucky you to have A-Sports by your side. I understand good food is on the menu tonight. ENJOY!!


  83. Kim Chee Fut:

    What's the word on Zach Masch?


  84. Natto Fut:

    Kazz,

    where did you read that Nobriga decommited from da buffs?


  85. Stephen Tsai:

    I wouldn't consider anything Rivals puts out as an official list.
    There are a lot of back stories that they don't know about.


  86. Kazz:

    Natto,

    Rivals, but as ST says take it with a grain of salt. Which is the case anyway before Feb 4th... I dunno why I never learn ... Football withdrawls I guess.


  87. rog:

    any chances of getting Liloa back?


  88. Stephen Tsai:

    btw, a key to any breakup is how much one pursues the other afterward. UH and Tepa remain in contact; UH hasn't pursued Makaula, who wants to play tight end at Washington.


  89. Stephen Tsai:

    Rog:
    I didn't know Nobriga was gone.
    UH certainly doesn't. A coach is visiting him as we speak.


  90. rog:

    That's good! Is anyone visiting this weekend? Can't wait till Feb 4th passes but then we have to start all over again.


  91. kama krab:

    ST

    Is Tepa totally gone or do we still stand a chance against UCLA.

    I'll take your comments of the air. j/k


  92. Kazz:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY A-JOE!!!

    A... joe... watcha doin' with dat guitar in your hand???

    Sorry... I couldn't resist.


  93. Stephen Tsai:

    The way recruiting works is UH asks a recruit: Are you committed, or do we look elsewhere? If a guy doesn't want to commit, that's fine, but then they move on to the next person. So when a guy verbals, then the scholarship is held. As far as I've know, Nobriga hasn't asked them to move on.
    With some of the grayshirts, one of the clauses is that the offer is subject to eligibility, in the fall. That's because the player needs to be brought in for the spring semester. The cutoff for declaration for a high school player is late October, I'm told. That's because there needs to be some leeway for the records to be approved by the Clearinghouse. A JC transfer doesn't need such leeway because an AA overrides everything. With an AA, a player's SAT score and high school records don't matter as much.


  94. jm2375:

    Howzit Mrs A-house! Long time no see. How you?

    off to next meeting.

    esme and out. whoooosh.


  95. Stephen Tsai:

    Re: Tepa.
    UH believes it's in the running, so I imagine it's in the running.
    I can't read a person's thoughts, or heart. Sometimes it's like a virus. You can't detect the source, but the presence is known because of the antibodies (the reaction). The echo appears he's still interested in UH.


  96. Stephen Tsai:

    So, is anybody going to ask A-Joe about the C&K reference?


  97. kama krab:

    Thanks Stephen,

    Will be looking forward to Next Week Wensday for all the good or bad news. Either way I am so very happy with the direction this program is going. Hopefully we are able to increase recruiting budgets and bring some of the best athletes in the near future. Thank you Coach Mac and staff, keep up the good work.


  98. Just Saying:

    re: Tepa

    so what's up with the quotes from the link posted on comment #38?


  99. Kazz:

    A-Joe,

    What's the deal with you and C&K?

    Also what size helmet did Henry Kapono wear while at UH?


  100. FloridaTed:

    Goodness me, I'm glad we have the Tsai-Meister to keep our equilibrium in balance.

    The closer we get to LOI, the more frantic the rumor mill begins to spin.

    I take my queue from ST, sit back and wait, because at the end it will be a great recruiting class, one way or the other.


  101. Stephen Tsai:

    Tepa:
    I think I've told people what I know. If they want to know why UH considers him still to be a prospect, I guess they should call a UH coach and ask why.


  102. Sam Se Fut:

    Whoaaaaaaaa too many futs around here. I guess we should have gotten some *burps* by now.


  103. Stephen Tsai:

    Florida Ted:
    Hey, I keep track of prospects like everybody else.
    If I hear somebody commits, I call and ask the prospect: Did you commit?
    That's why every recruiting story usually contains a quote like: Yes, I'm a Warrior. With every verbal, I ask to make sure. I also ask them to give me their height, weight and 40 times. I'm not going to measure anybody, so I just go by their word.
    Besides, I went to the NFL combine last year and three Pro Days. If a person runs a 40, there are as many results as there are stopwatches.
    That's why it irks me when somebody says: Naw, he can't be 5-11. I feel like saying, well, you go ask him what his height is. But I'm trying to be polite these days.


  104. Bruddah Cuz:

    No worry about da recruits.
    Jus like da puppies at da store. I like dat one, dat one cute, dat one look healthy... Which one good for my house? Which one good wit da kids? Which one like come wit me? Da one for me is da one for me. I hope he no make on da carpet. Auwe.


  105. (Jesse) James:

    Hey gang...taking a quick break....

    I'll save all my recruit joy/disappointment until Feb 5.

    Anyone going to watch the SB anywhere other than home on Sunday???

    Any reports from the CCC??? or is it still going on???? MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHA


  106. A-House:

    I must agree with Florida Ted that no matter what happens, 2009 will be a great recruiting class for UH and, hopefully, just the beginning of many great things to come.

    Coach Mack has set a new "standard" for all his successors.


  107. owen-16:

    any1 familiar w/ the san francisco airport

    is 1.5 hours enough b/t scheduled arrival and scheduled departure to get from united (arrival) and hawaiian (departure) or from us airways (arrival) and hawaiian (departure)


  108. warriorfanny:

    nothing like a good fight--hang in there warrior staff n kick butt, it speaks volumes for our program when BCS poachers are bird-dawging our loot. I agree with #100...one way or another, this has been a great recruiting year.


  109. bstunna2002:

    if Nobriga did indeed decommit from us then commited to CU then decommited from them I'll give you one guess where he might end up... I'll give you a hint his best friend just commited there...this is all hearsay of course until Feb 4th.... Mahalo ST for the inside scoops without you the days wouldn't go by fast enough... I haven't even watched the news since the Hawaii Bowl...


  110. FloridaTed:

    Well said, Tsai-Meister (103),

    sometimes the fans expect you to be omniscient, they don't understand that it just seems that way.

    A-House (106),

    I consider 2009 to be the real ground zero for the BigMack era.


  111. labat:

    I hope nobriga won't end up on CUs hall of shame.


  112. Chez:

    bstunna2002:

    January 28th, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    if Nobriga did indeed decommit from us then commited to CU then decommited from them I’ll give you one guess where he might end up… I’ll give you a hint his best friend just commited there…this is all hearsay of course until Feb 4th…. Mahalo ST for the inside scoops without you the days wouldn’t go by fast enough… I haven’t even watched the news since the Hawaii Bowl…


  113. chawan_ct:

    recruiting must've been hard for UH before the internet, youtube, cell phones & text mesaging, email, dvds, vhs, beta???.
    how'd we get any body to come here? word of mouth? fax? snail mail? friend of a friend of a cousin of the sister to the HS coach's uncle?
    i mean, if our recruiting budget was soooo small under JJ, i can't imagine it being any bigger previous to that. you can only take so many trips off the island before that all dries up.


  114. Chez:

    Washington?


  115. FloridaTed:

    2008 was more like the shoring up of a crumbled house after an earth quake.

    2009 = new house, new frame, reinforced walls and a nicely landscaped garden. Let's go Warriors.


  116. chawan_cut:

    oops, missed a 'u' there in my name.


  117. A-House:

    Florida Ted:

    Roger that - out!


  118. SailorBlue:

    Diana best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    Kekoa you take good care of that woman, eh mon!


  119. TOM:

    JAMES:

    I left at about 1:45 and Al, Pride, SteveM among others were still there. Curveball left perhaps at around 1:20 but Jason left relatively early - class, I think!


  120. labratatouie:

    I was at dentist last week and office girl came running into the room when I was talking to hygenist about football. They are both from the mainland. Office girl started talking about football teams and asked me which teams I liked. I told her there is only one team in Hawaii.

    I have will always support those who choose to play for the University of Hawaii. as for those who choose to go away you will find your fans there. I am a UH fan. Period.


  121. kama krab:

    Eh A-joe,

    Happy Birthday my brother and many more to come.


  122. homey ℞:

    (J)J - What's mentioned at the ccc stays a secret...until Feb 5th.

    One thing I can mention to koakane is that the ice cream machine was working.


  123. homey ℞:

    A-Joe's last name is Krab?


  124. las vegas:

    A-joe,
    Happy Birthday!

    Queen D,
    Wishing for a speedy recovery


  125. Mauiboy:

    Looks like a big Hawaii crowd going to Las Vegas for the UH vs UNLV football
    game in September. Tried booking a room but Cal,Main and Fremont sold
    out for that weekend. Trying to call my casino host to see if she can get me
    a room. I remember 2007's game where I joined Rich and the rest of the Tsaiko's.


  126. homey ℞:

    I wonder who keeps asking ST about the recruits height?


  127. jeezy:

    Stephen, do you know if Noel Grigsby will visit this weekend??? Hawaii has offered this DB but doesnt kno if he wants to visit Hawaii or New Mexico St. looks like a solid prospect


  128. Chez:

    homey ℞:

    January 28th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    I wonder who keeps asking ST about the recruits height?

    size is not everything, right? main thing is they are football players.


  129. curveball:

    CCC report..great conversation,good food...now I need a nap..and yes all conversation was sworn to secrecy ;-)


  130. Kazz:

    labratatouie:

    January 28th, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    I was at dentist last week and office girl came running into the room when I was talking to hygenist about football. They are both from the mainland. Office girl started talking about football teams and asked me which teams I liked. I told her there is only one team in Hawaii.

    I have will always support those who choose to play for the University of Hawaii. as for those who choose to go away you will find your fans there. I am a UH fan. Period.

    (throws a shaka to "labratatouie") dey u go... :mrgreen:


  131. homey ℞:

    Chez - yep, size isn't everything but you can't teach height.


  132. homey ℞:

    Obviously I wasn't taught height... :(


  133. SteveM:

    Happy Birthday Addahknowjoe !!!


  134. Buffoman:

    If this was stated before, I apologize.

    I believe that one of the best reasons someone of M.T.'s talent should give his home state a harder look than he has is this.

    It was stated on the talk radio show that he was contemplating playing a year then going on his 2 year mission. You know, "rust never sleeps". Places like SC and ND and their respective coaches are under so much pressure to succeed they simply will not wait and hold a place for anyone for 2 years. They look at prospects every year for every position and if they can get the top person in they get 'em and if they turn out stellar they keep the position. So, when M.T. gets back, if there's a hot prospect freshman "manchild" in his position there's no way M.T. is going to simply say, I'm back, I'm ready to play again, and the position gets handed to him. Now, if he's unafraid of competition and is willing to take that chance all the power to him.

    Now the case for Hawaii. We know the kid, we love the kid, we want the kid and let's face it, we don't get 5 star folks knocking down our doors to come play. So if he goes away for 2 years, I can almost guarantee you that when he gets back and says, I'm ready to play, the position will open like Moses parting the Red Sea.

    That to me is one of the biggest reason he should give greater consideration to his home state if he indeed wants to play, make an impact and is loved doing it.


  135. homey ℞:

    Buffoman - I don't know but in 3 years the incumbent playing LB for UH may be hard to beat out.


  136. roysan16:

    http://hawaiiathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=11&path=football

    I looked at Tony Tuioti's bio. And it's impressive. Education wise he has a BA in sociology, and two master's degrees-educational administration and special education. His path football wise he was a GA for UH in 2000-2001, head H.S coach for Kalaheo 2003-2005 and DC at Silverado HS in Nevada. Currently Director of Football Player Personnel
    at UH.

    As you can see every step of the way he has met success. As a player and as a student at UH. And at every opportunity he had at coaching he had success, including this past year where he has received many mentions of doing a good job.

    In my opinion, Tony Tuioti should be going up the ladder. And his stock should be rising. For I pause, shudder and think of what a big void it would be if he departed and was lured to go off to another program that allowed him to get on the field and coach. I know I'd be disappointed.

    If only there was an opportunity for Tony Tuioti coaches should consider him. In my opinion, if there's ever an opening at UH he should be highly considered...hmm.


  137. SteveM:

    owen-16:
    January 28th, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    any1 familiar w/ the san francisco airport

    is 1.5 hours enough b/t scheduled arrival and scheduled departure to get from united (arrival) and hawaiian (departure) or from us airways (arrival) and hawaiian (departure)

    owen-16 -- that time is sufficient for moving between gates. However, it might be marginal if you have checked luggage. Best to check with the airline as to their minimum times for luggage moving between carriers.


  138. Buffoman:

    Homey, true, but we've never landed a 5 star player and somehow I have to believe that there are new rules when one like that comes along just given the overall benefit to future recruiting that could come when that individual eventually succeeds.


  139. (Jesse) James:

    homey...dang, the ice cream machine was working??? That's usually broken when I go there.....


  140. SteveM:

    Mauiboy:
    January 28th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Looks like a big Hawaii crowd going to Las Vegas for the UH vs UNLV football
    game in September. Tried booking a room but Cal,Main and Fremont sold
    out for that weekend. Trying to call my casino host to see if she can get me
    a room. I remember 2007’s game where I joined Rich and the rest of the Tsaiko’s.

    Mauiboy -- Rich and las vegas are doing it again this year. Please utilize the survey below if you would like to repeat. Note you will be dealing directly with Rich2176 for the tickets as before...the survey gathers preliminary info for him.

    Tsai-kos in Las Vegas September 18-19, 2009

    las vegas needs to know the numbers for the Saturday tailgate venue and buses. Planning is also underway for a Friday night Get-together Party for all mainland and HI Tsai-kos! Rich2176 needs to know who and how many tickets are needed. Survey requests for tickets will be turned over to Rich2176 at the end of February or when he asks.

    I will continue to collect ticket requests until Rich2176 is ready (and tailgate and FRIDAY night party RSVPs indefinitely) via the survey at:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2b0TEhRn0xTX82JQRdJ2gyQ_3d_3d

    If you cannot get into the survey or have subsequent changes or ETA & lodging info, please email me at: stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com

    A summary of the data and plans are posted at:
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~smurashi/tsai-kos/las2009.html
    Please check if your listed info is accurate. This listing also serves as your visual assurance that your ticket/tailgate requests were received.


  141. Kazz:

    I think over the past few years UH has a good claim to call themselves "Linebacker University" in WAC play at least.


  142. d1島:

    Thanks to al for setting up the ccc...

    ...and what's said at the ccc does indeed stay at the ccc.

    In fact, I won't even mention which end of the Lion homey performed! :shock:
    All those firecrackers were really loud!


  143. d1島:

    Good thing no one brought a camera today!


  144. owen-16:

    thanks stevem


  145. 99club:

    Happy birthday A-joe!


  146. al ™:

    LAS VEGAS 2009

    spaces available for complete packages at the Cal
    via Vacations Hawaii

    as a result of some decommits
    i am holding some openings for the UNLV geme

    however tomw is the last day and then they will be turned back to
    Vacations Hawaii.

    a deposit of 250 each is requred

    email me at islandestate@hotmail.com if interested
    after tomw there will be none left,


  147. al ™:

    (Jesse) James:

    yes the ice cream was working. an interesting combo of vanill and banana. kind of like senior citizen's banana split.

    tom wanted me to count if they actually had 100 items on the buffet.
    i asked him, "what you like discount if no more?" ah, the pake' blood was coming out.


  148. curveball:

    al ™:
    great ccc..food was great. The information exchanged was amazing and it will be very difficult to keep secret. I think Ralph had a tape recorder..............


  149. Jason:

    Huh? Did I miss something after I left? (Yeah, I had class at 1:30. Boo.)

    al: I did want to count, but I had to eat before I had to leave. :-D

    And thanks again for lunch. When I start working, we're going out for dinner or something. Bring an appetite. ;-)

    addahknowjoe: Happy birthday!


  150. al ™:

    curveball

    you can tell anybody, but, ralph. he got loose lips and we know that they sink ships.


  151. Stephen Tsai:

    By popular demand, I had a few chats, and here are the latest recruiting odds for some of the ones most mentioned. I'll use the injury format. "Probable" is the best level, since nothing is a certainty.

    Probable: Wadsworth, Daily-Lyles, Lopati, Graves, Stewart, Alofipo.
    Questionable: Nobriga.
    Doubtful: Tepa.

    Nobriga is definitely 50-50. He's expected to make a final announcement Monday.
    Tepa still hasn't told UH that it's out of the picture. I think that's the assumption, but he won't make the notification.


  152. Jason:

    Just saw Diana with her neighbor on KITV, talking about what happened yesterday.


  153. curveball:

    Just saw Auntie on TV..Looks like the dogs did a number on her legs..very brave lady


  154. al ™:

    know this....

    when it comes to recruiting there is no better source than tsai. i dubbed him "the truth" years ago.

    why?
    because he tells no lies.
    he quotes only what he heard from the horses mouth.
    if the horse lies then its on themselves.
    so believe what you hear here.

    ...nuff said


  155. wafan:

    A very happy birthday Addahknowjoe!


  156. addahknowjoe:

    Aloha `auinala to our island Tsaikos!
    Aloha ahiahi to our Tsaikos abroad!

    Mahalo for all the well wishes from everyone. I'm overwhelmed and humbled by the Tsai-ko 'Ohana. You guys are truly the bestess!

    Small kine favor: keep our prayers and thoughts flowing for auntie D and Ronnie's Pops.

    Malama pono my friends.

    OK. I going out n go eat. =)


  157. Manoa Mist:

    Appreciate the recruiting updates Stephen. It's almost over. Even if we lose a few, still get plenty good guys coming.


  158. Manoa Mist:

    Appreciate the recruiting updates Stephen. Even if we lose a few, still get plenty good guys coming.


  159. Huskies Fan:

    I hear Oregon State coach Mike Riley was on Maui yesterday meeting with Mana Rosa and is off to Oahu to talk to prospects for Oregon State.


  160. Kazz:

    Huskies Fan:

    January 28th, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    I hear Oregon State coach Mike Riley was on Maui yesterday meeting with Mana Rosa and is off to Oahu to talk to prospects for Oregon State.

    If you could pass along the info on what hotel he is staying at, what room #, the make, model and license plate of the rental car he is driving some people will greatly appreciate it.


  161. WreckinEyez:

    I must be the last one to know but I just wanted to send my best wishes to Aunty Diana.

    Also Happy B-Day to A-Joe...


  162. (Jesse) James:

    Holy Cow....it's WRECKINEYEZ.....wassssuuuuppp????


  163. not far away anymore:

    Get well soon Diana. Your bravery is an inspiration to us all.


  164. WreckinEyez:

    Sup James...


  165. Jason:

    Howzit Wreckineyez!


  166. SteveM:

    Hey, WreckinEyez -- Karaoke Call...

    BTW, how are you? :) :lol:


  167. al ™:

    holy cow!

    its like running into an old girlfriend!
    howzit wreck?!


  168. al ™:

    lemme guess....

    Stephen Tsai:

    January 28th, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    By popular demand, I had a few chats, and here are the latest recruiting odds for some of the ones most mentioned. I’ll use the injury format. “Probable” is the best level, since nothing is a certainty.

    Probable: Wadsworth, Daily-Lyles, Lopati, Graves, Stewart, Alofipo.
    Questionable: Nobriga.
    Doubtful: Tepa.

    Nobriga is definitely 50-50. He’s expected to make a final announcement Monday.
    Tepa still hasn’t told UH that it’s out of the picture. I think that’s the assumption, but he won’t make the notification

    rolo went to see graves
    cal went to see wadsworth and nobriga
    ron lee went to see stewart
    lumpkin visited with gdl and tepa
    mack went to kapolei to see the lopati's
    not sure about alofipo since some say he is in utah?


  169. Stephen Tsai:

    Oh, my.
    I don't think we should call Wreck an "old girlfriend."
    It might scare him away.


  170. al ™:

    times kaimuki
    sam's club

    still no goteborg sausage.
    the search continues.
    may be i'll go to whole foods kahala they should have it. albeit at an inflated price of course.

    at least i get rice, aji nori, and furikake. i might slip in some best foods, too.


  171. al ™:

    but, he's such a sweetheart.


  172. al ™:

    i'm kidding!


  173. al ™:

    seriously, here's the kitv news video with diana..........

    http://www.kitv.com/video/18591628/index.html


  174. al ™:

    somewhere out there two wr's names have surfaced recently. both 3star quality one from butte cc and one from crenshaw hs.

    any word on these two fine looking wr's?


  175. al ™:

    back to the kitchen.....baked clam dip salmon.


  176. lava:

    I wonder if people are confusing T.J. Alofipo with L.T. Filiaga, who also plays mlb and is a Utah commit?


  177. Stephen Tsai:

    I do know the coaches are coming back today and the next couple of weeks.
    Basically, the message was this: You in or out? If you're out, let us know, so we can fill the spot.


  178. JaM:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Diana..

    Please call me me if I can help.

    Wreck..nope you're not the last to know. I just read about it. Great to see you on the blog!

    Hopefully I will be able to keep up with the blog now.

    Whitey/Duffer...drove past Tiffany's on Tuesday on the way to the airport!

    Happy Birthday to Annahdajoe..Have a great celebration with A-Sport!


  179. al ™:

    yah this is crunch time.
    the good thing is that i am sure that we have a contigency plan for any dropouts.


  180. Bulla:

    WOW :cool:

    the one and only wreck in the house....unreal.....stop the presses, call 911, the world reknown Wreck


  181. Bulla:

    diana, a speedy recovery for you

    happy bday to Ajoe, long time no smell bruddah

    and is it me or what's wrong with this picture....

    brian smith to american samoa

    ron lee in oklahoma city

    is that like a double negative ST?


  182. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Howzit gangeez! My 'Puter is down so I'll be offline for a couple of days. I hopped my son's rig to stop and wish braddah joe the happiest of birfdays and to wish the regally beautiful Diana all the best. I saw her on the news on two stations tonight, and she was so wonderful and forgiving. God bless you auntie, you make this Hawaiian proud with your grace and aloha.

    I spock errybody else bum-bye. :)


  183. Kazz:

    Under Armour updated their "Collegiate" sections to include UH and Utah now.

    Not too many items available yet as UH and Utah were just signed to UA deals I guess.

    UA only has a Green hoodie with "HAWAII: PROTECT THIS HOUSE" on the front, a Black hoodie that says "HAWAII FOOTBALL" on the front in a different style than what the Rainbowtique has, and a pair of athletic shorts that the Rainbowtique already has.


  184. roysan16:

    Posted Jan 28, 2009
    Scout.com 2009 West Hot 150 (Final Rankings)

    Players from Hawaii

    2-- Manti Te'o LB Honolulu (Hawai'i) Punahou 6-2/225/4.55
    24-- Stan Hasiak OT Kapolei (Hawai'i) Kapolei 6-6/340/5.8 California
    50 Simione Vehikite LB Kapolei (Hawai'i) Kapolei 6-1/243/4.6 USC
    65-- J'ray Galeai S Kahuku (Hawai'i) Kahuku 6-0/170/4.5 BYU
    76-- Wade Keliikipi DT Waianae (Hawai'i) Waianae 6-4/280/5.0 Hawai'I
    77-- Mana Rosa DE Wailuku (Hawai'i) Baldwin 6-3/245/4.9 Oregon State
    92-- Dalton Hilliard RB Honolulu (Hawai'i) Punahou 5-11/193/4.50 UCLA
    101-- Veni Manu DE Mililani (Hawai'i) Mililani 6-4/227/4.7 Hawai'I
    114-- Kapua Sai OG Honolulu (Hawai'i) Saint Louis 6-5.5/300/5.7 Utah
    119-- Roby Toma WR Honolulu (Hawai'i) Punahou 5-10/160/4.45 UCLA
    120-- Billy Ray Stutzmann WR Honolulu (Hawai'i) Saint Louis 6-1/170/4.45 Hawai'I
    131-- Semisi Tokolahi DT Hilo (Hawai'I) Hilo 6-3/290/5.2 Washington

    Players going to the WAC

    34-- Derek Carr QB Bakersfield (Calif.) Bakersfield Christian 6-3/190 Fresno State
    37-- John Michael Davis WLB Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro 6-1/220/4.59 Boise State
    45-- Travis Brown SLB Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 6-1/210 Fresno State
    54-- Malcolm Johnson RB Gresham (Ore.) Sam Barlow 6-1/185/4.5 Boise State
    56-- Joe Southwick QB Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley 6-1/185 Boise State
    66-- Kirby Moore WR Prosser (Wash.) Prosser 6-2.5/197/4.6 Boise
    State
    68-- Iuta Tepa DE Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 6-3/248/4.7 Hawaii (doubtful)
    76-- Wade Keliikipi DT Waianae (Hawai'i) Waianae 6-4/280/5.0 Hawai'I
    87-- Jeff Manning QB Logan (Utah) Logan 6-4/185/4.8 Utah State
    94-- Charles Leno OT San Leandro (Calif.) 6-5/265 Boise State
    101-- Veni Manu DE Mililani (Hawai'i) Mililani 6-4/227/4.7 Hawai'I
    120-- Billy Ray Stutzmann WR Honolulu (Hawai'i) Saint Louis 6-1/170/4.45 Hawai'I
    123-- Gabe Linehan MLB Banks (Ore.) Banks 6-3/205/4.65 Boise State
    140-- Trevor Peterson TE Placerville (Calif.) El Dorado 6-4/220 Boise State
    143 Lars Bramer OT Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan 6-5/250 Fresno State
    145-- Corey Nielsen QB Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr 5-11/195 Hawaii
    149 Nikko Motta DE Sanger (Calif.) Sanger 6-3/265 Fresno State
    150-- James Orth WR Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic 6-2/185 San Jose State

    Tentatively-
    18 of 150 going to the WAC, 4 of the top 150 going to UH
    16 of 150 going to the MWC

    12 players from Hawaii
    98 players from Calif.
    14 players from Utah
    4 from Nevada
    6 Oregon
    3 from Idaho
    12 from Washington
    1 from BC

    Notes of interests.

    As Hawaii succeds on the field. And the high schools coaches likewise copying the run and shoot and pressuring defense, and along with the saturation of camps (on all youth levels), clinics, interests and exposure the high school football players are receiving-- it only fitting that we are seeing more and more Hawaii players in the top 150 list.

    But truly what I see, moreso, is that 1-2 generations from now all the high school kids that leave for the mainland and play ball up in Washington, Oregon, Utah and California-- some of them I'm hearing stay up there and integrate in the communities of those states and start families who's children someday will be competing with the mainland kids on the playgrounds and in the high schools. It's hard to say definitively how the Hawaii transplant's kids will do. And what impact they'll have in their athletics on the mainland. But if I had to guess-judging on their father's temperment, wanting to be the best and having good pedigree I predict we'll be seeing a few of our boy's children doing well in the high schools up there, too.


  185. lava:

    With all the coaches going every which way, who is talking to Jray, or is that pau?


  186. Bulla:

    DPK

    hope all works out with your computer, no fun being down and out with no connection....ouch.

    diana, you are the epitome of aloha, the spirit of old hawaii that is not found much in today's world. your grace humbles me, but i do wish a speedy recovery to you, and may your neighbors be ever so thankful that you are 'their' neighbor and not some blood sucking, lawyer grabbing, back stabbing, home wrecking normal person that we find more and more of every day.

    kekoa, you are truly blessed my brother


  187. bighilofan2:

    Howzit Tsaikos everywhere.

    AJoe,
    happy birthday bradda Gomes. have many more and enjoy this one.

    Hi Diana,
    prayers and best wishes to you.
    Kekoa, get back in da kitchen and make da lady one plate! :D

    XxFaithxX
    Keep the peeps motivated!

    Go Warriors!


  188. FloridaTed:

    Thanks, Al, for the video link.

    Lady Diana represents everything that is wonderful and special about Hawaii.

    It gives me severe goose bumps of fear to see those babies with the Pit Bulls. I don't care how gentle these animals are MOST of their lives, their genes still say 'attack', that's what they're bred for, sorry.

    Same with Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Doberman Pinchers, etc. Especially if they're overbred, as is often the case, with some breeders.


  189. bighilofan2:

    seeing who Coach is sending here and there gives me a good clue about how this coming season is gonna be coachin wize.

    wishin us luck.

    Go Warriors!


  190. lava:

    Interesting post Roysan.

    La Tech, which doesn't really recruit out west, stands to end up with as good of a class as any in the WAC.


  191. UKU@LA:

    TAKE YOUR TIME, JUST COMMIT! K!

    MANEO !!!


  192. Bulla:

    i was following the Noa story and UH, and the bottom line is that someone dropped the ball.....in Manoa.

    nuf sed, he is going on to bigger and better things, mahalo to Portland State for giving him a chance......and for UH to come in after the fact and offer a scholie for the Fall semester in response to Portland State.......ahhhhhh, shibai.......


  193. Bulla:

    good luck to all the future warriors

    may all of your dreams come true, and may you wear the green and black with pride.

    Imua Warriors


  194. bighilofan2:

    sure sounds like UH dropped the ball on Noa. and to offer him a schollie after Portland State offered, under the circumstances, it really is a shibai on UH's part....

    learn from the experience coach!

    coachin is an learned art. proper prior planning prevents poor performance.


  195. bighilofan2:

    hard to tell which coach dropped the ball.


  196. bighilofan2:

    but just maybe no coach dropped the ball. maybe it was a calculated risk. for me the main thing is that Noa gets a schollie and ends up happy in life we want that for all those that want to be a Warrior if they can. the emotions of the players are involved in these things. like Bulla's kid, i'm glad he's having a great experience in Utah. i could tell by the way he played last September that he wanted to play here. he was a beast on the field. Noa would do that too.

    but you never know. Feb 5 is still along way away. lets keep wishing the players and our coaches well, and also hope all goes well for us, Warrior Nation.

    come on coaches, do a great job for us!


  197. Stretch:

    Good Evening Tsaikos!!

    I think that players and coaches need to take care of their own personal business to make sure that eligible players are able to enroll in school and play football.


  198. Kekoa:

    To: the Tsaiko Ohana
    From: Aunty Diana

    You are making it difficult for me to read these comments. My head is spinning with all kine thoughts of being someone I don't feel I am. I don't consider myself a hero. I merely reacted to a situation that could have been very dangerous to many school kids.

    The Security Guards were able to stop the children from coming off the school grounds while I was trying to herd the dogs back inside their yard. They deserve credit for taking care of the kids also.

    Thank you all for your good cheer and best wishes for my recovery. It helps to ease the pain knowing that my ohana from the family of Tsai is filled with so much Aloha.

    Malama Pono, Aunty Diana


  199. Kekoa:

    A Special Thanks to BarryM for making me feel comfortable about doing this interview. Most of you know I not to Ma'a about this kine stuff.

    So when you look the video from KITV, it's all about his hardwork putting me into the picture. Dats hard you know!

    Barry made my neighbor feel at home, and you can tell she was pouring her heart out after that. -Aunty Diana.


  200. d1島:

    Bless you Diana.
    A white light for your healing.


  201. curveball:

    Aunty Diana
    your statement again proves what a great person you are


  202. brew808:

    Diana - It's so nice to see you on video - a bit bit "dinged" , but otherwise, seemingly well. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery! Please take care. Aloha! :D

    Kekoa - So... you're not the only royalty in the hale. You certainly have a queen of a spouse & partner! How's Pops? :lol:


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  204. brew808:

    Continued prayers and best wishes for Ronnie's Dad, and all of Ronnie's 'ohana! :D

    Same goes for Kristen & curveball. :D


  205. brew808:

    Regarding NLI.... --> Next week can't come soon enough! :shock: :D :shock:


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  207. al ™:

    bulla...
    re: post #192
    refer to post #93


  208. labrat:

    Diana you the best. Take care.


  209. mp:

    I am nomally just a lurker, but what Diana (Mrs Kekoa) did, makes me want to say something to ackowlege her heroic deed. And so, Diana, although I have never met you (but I hope to meet you and your husband one day) I would like to thank you for your unselfish action because it makes me feel so good to know that there are human beings like you. Beautiful people. I wish you a speedy recovery.

    Go Warriors! Looking forward to what we got on Feb 4.

    ps: Kekoa, you one lucky bugga.


  210. Kekoa (iPhone):

    Mp ~ we look forward to meeting you and several other lurkers who have never had a chance to join us at a Tsaiko Tsanctioned function.

    Brew, that's your cue!


  211. Garret:

    Diana,

    Thank you for letting Kekoa pass along your wonderful post. I hope to someday meet you and thank you in person for your selfless act and obvious character.


  212. momotaro:

    # NorthShoreFan:
    Garret, the thing about the school “creating” a position and paying the kids coach to “bring” him over. Kinda stinks. I’m not familiar with NCAA rules and regs but it’s like these schools are just laughing at the organization and controlling them with money. I guess that is the American way huh?

    NorthShoreFan, the schools are not creating any new positions. In the case of Beasley, his AAU coach was an assistant coach (albeit a very highly compensated assistant coach). In the case of Harden, his high school coach was director of basketball operations for a year and became an assistant coach. It is a similar path that Eran Ganot took to become an assistant coach at UH.


  213. Garret:

    NorthShoreFan,

    Thank you for your post. I agree that Tony Tuioti was an excellent hire for UH--he had the perfect credentials, the perfect personality (I'm going by the time he spoke at the Na Koa lunch and by what I've heard), and UH's recruiting seems so much more organized and effective now--I credit him for at least part of that. I hope that he doesn't miss coaching too much and decide to seek another position...but if he does, I hope UH hires him instead of letting him go somewhere else!

    By the way, every time I see your blog name I think of the summer that I taught summer fun at Haaula. That was probably the most fun summer I've ever had...outdoors (I taught sports and games), with those wonderful kids was so rewarding! So, your blog name always brightens my day a little...


  214. jm2375:

    Hi Kekoa!! Hope you, Diana and Pops are taking it easy. Hope to see you soon.

    mp - welcome to the blog. no be afraid to post. I'm just a clueless wahine.

    howzit brew!! what no dig at me tonite? i know, i know, GU lost AGAIN! grrrrr.


  215. Garret:

    momotaro,

    I don't think that the positions were wrong...but the timing and the salaries could definitely be questioned.


  216. OldDiver:

    I got the impression after reading ST's comments both sides dropped the ball. Let's move on.


  217. Garret:

    Remember the LA Times article I posted yesterday about teams recruiting some players to help them with star recruits? It turns out that U-Dub actually committed the recruiting violation in that article!

    It is too bad that this violation and the other one (simulating how the recruits enter their football stadium on a game day) are considered minor by the NCAA and nothing will happen to U-Dub.

    University of Washington compliance officials are investigating whether football Coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt violated NCAA rules by allowing a reporter and a high school junior to attend a recruiting meeting that was detailed in a story by The Times.

    Sarkisian and Holt last week met with Los Angeles Jordan High senior James Boyd, a quarterback and defensive end who has committed to USC, along with Jordan Coach Elijah Asante, senior Delvon Purvis and junior Deshawn Beck. The focus of the story, published Wednesday, was how colleges, in an effort to land star players, often offer scholarships to their more lightly regarded teammates.

    NCAA rules forbid coaches to allow media representatives to be present during recruiting contacts. They also forbid off-campus recruiting contacts with players before July 1 after the completion of their junior year of high school.

    John Morris, Washington's director for compliance, said "there's a couple of statements in the article that could mean we broke the rules.

    "It's not some huge violation, it's definitely secondary."

    This is the second time in two weeks that the Washington football program has come under scrutiny regarding recruiting.

    Last week, Washington reported to the NCAA that it had committed a secondary recruiting violation related to game-day simulations while recruits are on campus.

    The violation came to light after Desmond Trufant, who has orally committed to the Huskies, described to a website a simulated game-day entrance during his on-campus visit last weekend. An NCAA bylaw prohibits prospects from participating in any type of "game-day simulations" during a visit, but the violation is considered minor.


  218. Garret:

    I watched every season of the Amazing Race until skipping the last one...but it was a great idea for them to include Miami Dolphins cheerleaders on the race. They sound competitive and intelligent, so they should do well.

    Jaime Edmondson worked at getting people fired up for six years as a Dolphin cheerleader. The experience came in handy when she had to talk a cheerleader colleague into helping her pursue a dream, which could pay off big for both of them.

    Edmondson must be convincing. Rosenthal came on board even though it meant putting off life plans of her own. "Cara deferred law school on blind faith," Edmondson said. "I don't think I could have looked her in the face if we hadn't been chosen."


  219. momotaro:

    Garret,
    Sarkisian sure is pushing the envelope at UW.


  220. Garret:

    Interesting study that went over star ratings and the chances that a player becomes an All-American. It kind of shoots down stats that other people bring up every year.

    Of the 79 different players (excluding kickers and punters) were voted in some capacity to one of the five NCAA-recognized All-America teams last year, only 13 came into college as five-stars, the cream of the crop. By contrast, more than three times as many of those All-Americans -- 43, to be exact, more than half of the total -- were rated three stars or lower. The top three or four recruiting teams in the country usuallydo better than thatbring in stronger hauls than that, according to the gurus.

    If you didn't know any better, you'd think those recruiting stars didn't correspond to future success at all, a theme you might become familiar with over the next week or so.

    If you didn't know any better, you'd think those recruiting stars didn't correspond to future success at all, a theme you might become familiar with over the next week or so.

    To summarize the stats, these are the chances a recruit becomes an All-American:

    5-star: 1 in 14
    4-star: 1 in 67
    3-star: 1 in 159
    2-star or less: 1 in 943


  221. Garret:

    momotaro,

    Sarkisian (and Lane Kiffin, who violated the same "game-day simulation" rule at Tennessee on the same weekend Sarkisian did it) is doing all he can to turn U-Dub around quickly. I agree he is pushing the envelope and I think he's going to keep doing that...I hope the NCAA is watching him closely.


  222. Garret:

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want the off-topic stuff.

    62% of prescription medicine sold over the internet are fakes, with potentially fatal consequences. Not only are those purchasers risking their lives, but they may also be funding terrorism.


  223. Garret:

    It is shameful that the peanut plant that has caused deaths and massive recalls of peanut products throughout the US knew about the problems 2 years ago. I cannot understand how they could test their own products, find that there was a salmonella problem, and then instead of fixing the problem they just could keep testing their product over and over until one test passed their peanuts!


  224. Garret:

    A mathematical model created to win the board game Clue has inspired a technique that could help robot mine sweepers.


  225. Garret:

    It is pretty cool that the 3rd generation Prius that will be at Toyota dealerships in the Spring will have an optional solar panel on its roof.


  226. Garret:

    The drum major that was suspended because he nodded towards Obama during the inauguration has now quit his band.


  227. Garret:

    Free play links pau.


  228. SteveM:

    Unless there is a coincidence in initials and names, I think...
    mp is an infrequent poster who first appeared in June last year.
    OldDiver first appeared in February last year.

    Nice to see you posting again. Please join us at any announced Cattle Call, Karaoke Call, or similar gathering!


  229. jm2375:

    Just saw the Ch 9 interview with Diana and her neighbor. Kekoa, you got one classy lady there. But, of course, you knew that.


  230. whitey:

    the bottom line on coach sark and udub, what is the ncaa going to do??? imho, the ostrich.


  231. mp:

    SteveM

    Yes, that's me. I usually only post with Pomai to guess the final score of Warriors games. I do that now I gave up playing for "Entertainment Purposes". Nah, jk.

    I just enjoy reading what people say on this blog, and hopfully, I get a little more educated in regards to football. Aloha.


  232. Bulla:

    al,

    got it, but still, there's the rest of the story, as we both know. and we'll discuss over lunch as agreed.

    sorry about today, got swamped with employee reviews, only 53 left as of 10:30 pm tonight, haha. not due for couple of days, but you always need a 'cushion'.

    hope all went well with ccc today.....that diana, i don't know if i could have the same composure...but she's had a lot of practice living with her pit bull for the last umpteen years, hee hee.... :wink:


  233. Bulla:

    AURYTE

    TOP 233


  234. momotaro:

    whitey:
    the bottom line on coach sark and udub, what is the ncaa going to do??? imho, the ostrich.

    Yes whitey, Sarkisian and Kiffin learned at USC that the NCAA does nothing to its football cash cows.


  235. al ™:

    no worry bulla...

    jason ate enough for you.


  236. SteveM:

    hwnstln, (another ox and classmate of Al and I) has shared his last-minute Valentine's Day cruise plans. Nice!

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  237. al ™:

    momotaro

    but, oh they can take away a vb title witha blink of an eye.
    or
    cross their fingers and hope that no one remembers the reggie bush incidents.
    or
    "{He has been linked to several recruiting and other NCAA violations during his time at Colorado and Washington Universities." wikipedia on rick neuheisel.


  238. al ™:

    by the way....
    wouldn't a recruit be concerned about going to ucla?
    i am sure that coach rick has already violated some recruiting regulations. one day he will get caught (again) with his hand in the cookie jar.

    will they place sanctions? no bowl games, etc.

    how would you like to be that recruit? forever infamous for all the wrong reasons.

    i know there were some concerns over kevin craft's switch to ucla in the 11th hour.

    hmmmmm


  239. Bulla:

    al

    i feel sorry for these kids....it's a meat market, worse than chinatown on new years eve.....who do they trust....most coaches care about one thing.....winning......tough to find the good 'ol 'players coach' in today's world.

    sometimes all the tinsel and glamour is not worth the price of sanctions and penalties.....as it has been, it shall be

    good luck to all of the student-athletes, remember, academics before athletics.....and you'll be a success. :cool:


  240. Bulla:

    a lot of times it comes down to a family decision, but more often than not, and this is the truth......the kid is a DII or DIII player, but has a DI dad.....you know, my boy is so strong.......you know my boy is so fast........... you know my boy is so smart................... the coaches have heard everything in their career, and billy joe bob can leave it at the door.

    parents have to let go, and let their kids experience life.....we had our chance, and we cannot live through our kids....it's their life for better of for worse......you ask any kid, and the vast majority will tell you the same thing......i just want to play....i just want a chance......

    not all athletes have the determination and grit to wait 3 years and then be a starter on a Top 5 team, thank you mr maiava........blessings to you for your diligence and patience. a lot of kids will get lost in the shuffle, some even before the process begins, thank you to UH's recent snafu with a gifted receiver from east honolulu.

    kids just want to play, get an education and grow up......everything else is hype.

    ok, enough for now, back on the streets of waikiki to make sure my guys are protecting the natives from the tourists, haha


  241. Pride.:

    You're right Al. If I were a recruit, I wouldn't touch UCLA with a ten foot pole. Colorado and Washington still haven't recovered from the shenanigans that Coach Neuheisel pulled while coaching at those schools.

    I found it very interesting when former Hawaii offensive line coach Ed Kezirian up and retired when Neuheisel became the head coach at UCLA. Ed was the UCLA AD in charge of academics for the football program, when he surprisingly filed for early retirement about a week after Neuheisel's hiring.


  242. al ™:

    pride.

    i wonder?

    would ed be interested in a coaching position in paradise?


  243. al ™:

    i've been watching leslie wilcox's "long story short" with ed "skippa" diaz. the legendary lineman at farrington in the early sixties who went on to oregon state only to return to farrington to teach and coach.

    great story about a great man.

    his mantra to his footbal teams:
    you gotta have HEART

    H - humility, be humble at all times
    E - education, without it you get nowhere
    A - attitude, must have a positive attitude
    R - responsible, be it
    T - team, its a team sport you play for your team

    chicken skin this segment.


  244. NorthShoreFan:

    Momo and Garret, Mahalos for the info.
    I do hope maybe Tonyt might be able to coach in some capacity. Would be a shame to waste his talent.

    Garret, one day maybe you can return to the NorthShore. The weather is great and the people even better over here!

    GO WARRIORS! Feb. 4 right around the corner!


  245. Ralph:

    my raiders hire Hackett as qb coach, strange move, al davis didn't make a decision on who the Head coach will be in 09...hire the assistant before the head coach....


  246. wafan:

    Good morning everyone!


  247. wafan:

    Odd. Did everyone go to sleep early last night?


  248. wafan:

    Last day of the semester!!!

    A one day semester break, tomorrow. Then it is back to school on Monday for 2nd semester!

    That means we are just about halfway there!!!

    Yahoo!


  249. bighilofan2:

    Good morningTsaikos everywhere.

    Ralph,
    cart before the horse. Al Davis is the loser because he is the head coach. colors and an eye patch won't change that.


  250. Ronnie:

    Good Morning Tsaiko Family!

    Happy Birthday A-Joe!!! (sorry it's a little late)

    Diana, my boys and I will continue to pray for your full and speedy recovery.

    Thank you to everyone who has been praying for my dad. He's home now and doing really well, but will be going back on the 13th of February to have another stent inserted into a blocked artery.


  251. bighilofan2:

    have a great day everyone. i love reading and catchin up every evening. wishin our recruiters and us, Warrior Nation, great success Monday. keep studying and making yourselves better people and players, Warriors.

    esme woossshhhh


  252. brew808:

    Hiya Ronnie! Wishing for cracked seed and boiled peanuts for your Dad! :lol: :shock: :D


  253. bighilofan2:

    Hiya Ronnie,
    prayers to your dad.

    Curveball, Kristin,
    continued prayers for you two.

    Diana,
    hello beautiful. great video and great tribute to you! very heartwarming that there are people that practice caring for others in a very positive way.

    see you all next week.

    esme..............


  254. brew808:

    Good morning BHF2! Re: #249 - and Al Davis. That's not a horse - it's a donkey! :lol: :shock: :D


  255. brew808:

    ~~~•~~~~•~~Good..Morning..Tsaikos..and..Warrior..Nation!!!~~•~~~~•~~~
    Okay..... only six more days to go. Maybe we should hand another stocking and trim the bottom of the tree for some "extra" presents..... :lol: :shock: :D


  256. brew808:

    :oops: ...hang another stocking.... :oops:


  257. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    hey brew, what happened to da blue imps last night, hmmmm?

    Anyone going to vb tomorrow? Thinking about going, we'll see.


  258. JaM:

    Good morning!


  259. d1島:

    Great Morning All!

    wafan,
    Congratulations! It's all downhill now, eh?

    bulla,

    most coaches care about one thing…..winning……tough to find the good ‘ol ‘players coach’ in today’s world

    Boy, you got that right!
    Ahhh...whaddu I know? :roll:


  260. d1島:

    btw,
    Gotta a tweet from LizK from kiwi kountry. She's busy going to Rotary Mtgs.
    Hope she no get too dizzy! :lol:

    HiHo...


  261. Garret:

    I'm guessing that this player is the reason why UH is sending a coach to Samoa this late in the recruiting season...

    Beck, a standout athlete in whatever sport he’s playing — was approached by coaches from overseas colleges, including SMU in Texas, University of Hawaii at Manoa, San Jose State and Oregon to play for their college teams.

    He has not decided yet what college to attend, but he told Samoa News that UH would be ideal due to his many relatives and its proximity to Samoa.

    After picking up his grades in the first semester, it was too late in the season for a comeback so Beck sat out the most important season of his high school career.

    He is working hard to get his Grade Point Average (GPA) up.

    Beck normally plays middle linebacker for Leone High School. In his freshman year, he played quarterback. As a sophomore he played utility in many positions.

    He is an all-around athlete and plays softball, baseball and rugby.

    Currently, he plays rugby for Nu’uuli village in the American Samoa Rugby Union (ASRU) 15’s rugby tournament. He started the league playing for Nu’uuli’s second team, but due to his strong performance in busting tackles and bone crunching hits, he was immediately promoted to the first team as the team’s center. This position, center, is the same played by the famous Tana Umaga and Frank Bunce.


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