Archive for March, 2010

Roving reporters

March 31st, 2010
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The Warrior Beat is taking it outside with today's live coverage from UH's first practice of spring training.

We'll probably start at 8:30 a.m., then do live interviews at about 9.

Please join us.

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Cornerback Tank Hopkins will miss spring ball because of an injury. Plans are for Hopkins, who started a few games as a junior last year, to redshirt in the fall. Hopkins will provide experience help in 2011.

Donovan will answer your questions

March 30th, 2010
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The budget? Gib Arnold? Rainbows or Warriors?

Athletic director Jim Donovan will answer your questions and more as today's guest on the Warrior Beat Show, which begins at about noon.

Questions may be posed — glitch-free — on this blog or the show's Cover It Live section.

Please join us.

Manoa makeover

March 29th, 2010
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Yep, the word on the boulevard was true. So adjust your lineup cards for these football coaching changes:

• Nick Rolovich will be the offensive coordinator in charge of quarterbacks.

• Ron Lee will be the assistant offensive coordinator working mostly with the receivers.

• Dave Aranda will be the defensive coordinator in charge of linebackers.

• Cal Lee will be the assistant head coach in charge of defensive ends.

• Tony Tuioti will be an assistant coach in charge of defensive tackles.

• George Lumpkin has been recommended as the director of player personnel (a positioned funded by Na Koa).

As part of the established pay ranges set by the Board of Regents, Rolovich, Aranda and Tuioti will receive pay raises.

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Several years ago, the NBA figured out that it takes a minimum of 0.3 seconds to catch an inbounds pass and shoot.

In that vein, I would love for the math geniuses — Jason? — to get together and come up with a formula in which a trailing team cannot catch up by fouling. I bring this up because Duke is up by eight, and Baylor keeps fouling. And that's how a great sport like basketball takes five minutes to play the final 40 seconds. There has to be a mathematical point where it really is over before it's over.

Thoughts?

Senior moment

March 28th, 2010
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Sunday ramblings:

• I just noticed a quirk in the men's volleyball schedule. The Warriors play their final regular-season home matches, against UC San Diego, Friday and Saturday. But wait. The following week, April 10, is the alumni match. So when does UH celebrate Senior Night?

• With last night's sweep of Pepperdine, Charlie Wade has to be the leading contender for Coach of the Year. Sure, the Warriors were expected to be better with the addition of Jonas Umlauft, who was recruited by Mike Wilton and Tino Reyes. But as we've learned, having promise isn't the same as keeping a promise. Wade has done an excellent job of keeping the players motivated and focused. What's more, the Warriors have played better in the road rematches, adjustments made by watching videos projected on hotel walls. That's good coaching.

• Kelly Majam's pursuit of Kate Robinson's single-season home run record is not exactly the McGwire-Sosa chase. It's better. Majam is an amazing player.

• It also is fun to watch the Rainbow Wahine's infield. They might not be the most artful defenders, but they are gritty and they make plays. Watching Amanda Taualii dive for a ball — in foul territory — shows this team's passion.

• I need to start paying more attention. Apparently, the coaches were raving about defensive end Kamalu Umu's play against the first-team offense in last year's practices. Umu should be one of more intriguing players to watch when spring training opens Wednesday.

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Happy birthday to our lady of love — Liz Kauai.

A new direction

March 27th, 2010
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With Don Weir leaving as Na Koa's executive director and great samaritan Don Murphy taking a break from hosting the Pigskin Pigout, the football booster club will be challenged to find revenue-raising avenues.

Or not.

Maybe it's time to re-think some of the expenses.

First, there are things that should not be changed. Tuition for summer school and fifth-year students are a must. The club's most basic purpose is to help the student-athletes. In that regard, how about limiting the training table only to players? It would save a lot of money — and wasted food. On the road, every meal is catered. How about catering two meals a day, and giving the players a small per diem for  the extra meals and snacks? It will save money, and give players a little more independence.

Also, maybe the director of football operation's position should be fully paid by the athletic department. It is clearly an important position.

What it comes down to is, as one Upper Campus official said, the athletic department is "under-funded" by the school and the state. A university does benefit from successful intercollegiate athletic programs — through increased enrollment, stature, jobs created and opportunities for women. If more of the necessary expenses — summer school, key positions — can be placed on the athletic department, it would help in its requests for more financial help through subsidies or student fees.

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Belated congratulations to Inoke Funaki, who recently got married.