Archive for February, 2012

Warrior auditions

February 29th, 2012
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Head coach Norm Chow said he has not decided how many walk-ons will be added to the roster following yesterday's tryout session at the Ching complex.

There were more than 90 UH-Manoa students who participated. Assistant coach Phil Rauscher was the on-field coordinator.

"Obviously, it's tough to make (the roster) because we already have our guys in place, but you never know," Chow said.

The criteria, according to Chow, is: "Anybody who fits."

Chow said the most pressing need is linemen.

Several Warriors attended the tryouts in a show of support. One of them, Darryl McBride, even ran the 40-yard dash. McBride, who had joined the Warriors as a walk-on in 2010, was placed on scholarship last summer.

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Cornerback Mike Edwards has made strong progress following off-season surgery, but he will not participate in contact drills during spring training.

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Miah Ostrowski will be answering questions during a one-hour chat, beginning at 11 a.m., on the UH athletic site.

Lee services set; Colt to CFL

February 28th, 2012
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The memorial service for Thomas Lee Sr. is set for March 7 at Diamond Head Memorial Park.

He was the father of football coaches Tommy Lee, Ron Lee and Cal Lee. He would have turned 95 on March 8.

Deepest sympathies to the Lee family.

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Colt Brennan called the WB to say he was grateful for the opportunity to continue his football career.  He signed a two-year contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (great name, by the way). He said he is finally healed from the car accident in November 2010.

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This afternoon, the Warriors will be conducting tryouts for football hopefuls.

The combine-like event is limited to undergraduates who already are enrolled at UH-Manoa. The prize is a walk-on berth on the spring roster.

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John Wa‘a's early commitment gives the Warriors three members of the 2011 All-State first team. Running back Steven Lakalaka of Punahou and linebacker Benny Fonua of Kahuku join the Warriors this summer. Wa‘a, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman, will be a Kahuku senior in the fall. Wa‘a has drawn comparisons to UH lineman Dave Lefotu, not just in talent — both are agile and bruising blockers — but in their willingness to make their commitments early. Lefotu, who will be a third-year sophomore in the fall, committed to UH before the start of his senior year at Pearl City.

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Former UH d-lineman Vaughn Meatoga's strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine gives him some breathing room for next week's UH pro day in Carson, Calif.

After reviews, these are Meatoga's official combine bests:

• 40-yard dash — 4.93 seconds.

• Vertical jump — 30 inches.

• Broad jump — 9 feet.

• L-drill — 7.12 seconds.

• Pro-agility drill — 4.21 seconds

• 225-pound bench press — 27 reps.

He also had a good score on the Wonderlic exam, which isn't surprising. He was named the scholar-athlete at the Warriors' postseason banquet in December. Meatoga most likely can stand on his speed and jumping results to focus on position drills at pro day. Meatoga is projected as an every-down lineman who can play nose tackle, defensive tackle or defensive end.

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Former UH receiver Royce Pollard also has signed up with Beyond Wealth Sports, a sports-representative company. NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia is part of the group. Shane Austin, a former UH quarterback, also inked with Beyond Wealth.

That's Austin (far left), Pollard (third from left), Garcia (third from right) and Pollard's father, Anthony (far right):

Royce, Shane, Jeff, David, Frank, Me

Short break

February 24th, 2012
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Hey, because of family events, the blog will be on a break for a few days.

We'll re-open for business Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

Have a great weekend, folks.

Last call

February 23rd, 2012
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Norm Chow said he will fill the last vacancy on his staff — the director of football operations — by mid-March.

Chow said Olivia Vea will be a graduate assistant working under newly hired video coordinator Dory Kong. Inoke Funaki is the other GA.

UH had hoped to hire Bobby Gray, a long-time high school coach, as a graduate assistant. But a new NCAA rule restricts a GA to a seven-year period after earning a bachelor's degree. Gray earned his degree outside of that window.

Chow said he will hire the other two GAs this summer.

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Chow said the Warriors will open spring training on March 21. The original plan was to start March 17. But the NCAA has a 35-day window for spring training, necessitating the delay. The Warriors will practice March 21, 22 and 23, then take a week off for spring break. They will resume with practices Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The weekday practices begin at 4:10 p.m.; the Saturday practices start at 10:40 a.m.

The next chapter

February 22nd, 2012
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George Lumpkin owns a custodial business and works in real estate. On Wednesdays, he is involved with a ministry that works with inmates. He also has accepted an offer to join the Kamehameha football coaching staff.

After nearly 40 years with the Warriors as a player and coach (and the past two as director of player personnel), Lumpkin was not retained when UH changed head coaches. Lumpkin did not spend any time lamenting. Instead, he decided to  become involved in other activities.

Lumpkin is a man of faith, wisdom and kindness. Wishing him the best in all of his endeavors.

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Congrats to Michele Inouchi for her success in the Great Aloha Run. Wishing her husband a speedy recovery.

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Happy birthday to the wonderful Bobbie Omoto. She is the heart of the Rainbow Warrior basketball program.