By Stephen Tsai
Offensive linemen Kiha Sai of Kamehameha Schools said he has accepted a football-scholarship offer from UH head coach Norm Chow.
"He asked, and I said, 'Hell, yes,'" said Sai, who is 6 feet 4 and 315 pounds. "I want to stay home and get that Chow legacy started, with the Hawaii boys staying home."
Sai had previously made an oral commitment to Utah. He said he was not recruited by UH until after Chow was hired on Dec. 22.
Here's his highlight video: Kiha Sai.
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Tony Tuioti was born and raised in Orange (County), but he bleeds green.
"I moved to Hawaii when I was 18 years old," said Tuioti, a former UH defensive tackle. "Hawaii is a big part of my life. The person I've become today, as a father and a husband, a lot of those things happened when I was at the University of Hawaii."
Yesterday afternoon, Norm Chow announced he was retaining Tuioti on his coaching staff.
Tuioti was recruited by Bob Wagner, played for Fred vonAppen and June Jones, and served as director of player personnel and, the past two years, defensive line coach under Greg McMackin.
Chow said he has not decided on a position for Tuioti to coach.
"I always look at myself as being a team guy," Tuioti said. "I want to put the team first. Whatever I'm asked to do, I'm going to try to do to the best of my ability."
Chow and Tuioti had never worked together. But they had a meeting in Los Angeles last week. Tuioti received strong endorsements from several in the coaching fraternity.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with coach Chow," Tuioti said. "I want to continue to help build this program. Coach Chow talked about chasing championships, and I want to help the program continue to do that. I'm grateful he trusts me enough to be retained, and work with these young men. I love the program so much. I want to do everything I can to help."
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Whoops. Forgot to mention wideout Royce Pollard also will be playing in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game.
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Happy birthday wishes to Paul Cole and Norine Kekuaokalani.