Archive for March, 2012

Saturday ramblings

March 31st, 2012

Pass the remote. This is what I want to see:

A greeter: The Warriors have a setup where fans attending spring practice enter through a designated gate. It would be good p.r. — and a way to interact with fans (and potential donors) — if an administrator could thank each fan entering. What's more, the greeter could pass out rosters. (Marketing tip: Put Na Koa's number on the roster.)

Autograph session: After each practice, the Warriors should stage a meet-and-greet with fans. Again, it's another chance to interact with the public, and it won't be much of an inconvenience because there's more free time during the spring. Besides, this is one of the opportunities because fall practices are expected to be closed to the public.

Open house: UH teams always talk about how they play for the state. Why not have a day when the public can visit the lower campus? There could be behind-the-scene tours (the football office has wonderful pictures that few get to see). The open house would serve two purposes: 1) Bonding the community and the school, and 2) showing what the programs have and don't have. People have more of an emotional attachment to a program when they feel involved.

Movie night: Sunset at the Beach is a hit because of the price (zero) and location. Well, UH has the state's best movie complex — the Stan Sheriff Center. Why not have a free movie night? UH would have to spring for the popcorn, staffing and cleanup, but goodwill is a great investment.

Highlight the band: The intent of the band is to maintain the enthusiasm during timeouts. But that's changed because of the requisite announcements. UH's musicians are talented, so let them be entertainers during timeouts. It would be cool to see the band add electric and bass guitars. It also would be fun to see more band members get solos, as well as the national anthem singer sticking around to sing with the band.

Here's the remote. What would you like to see?

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It's senior night for the volleyball Warriors. It's the last chance to watch, in person, Steven Hunt's power game. There have been better outside hitters, but few have had Hunt's intensity. Maybe Tony Ching? Hunt will be missed.

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Raise a green bottle in a birthday toast to Mrs. C.

Acronymity: JC DC to UH GA

March 30th, 2012

Jared Vanderbeek, the defensive coordinator at American River College, will be joining the Warriors as a graduate assistant for defense.

He officially starts this summer.

Vanderbeek was a stand0ut defensive back at Granite Bay High who then attended California for two years. He then transferred to American River for a year before finishing his college-playing career at Sacramento State. He played professionally in Europe.

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It wasn't an easy day for Jim Donovan yesterday. En route to the mainland, a passenger had a medical emergency. The plane made a U-turn, then headed back to Hawaii. After dropping off the ill passenger, the plane went back to the mainland, turning a usual 5-hour trip into a 9-hour one. Somewhere along the way Donovan learned of the quarterback's DUI arrest.

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Wishing the wife a speedy recovery from her knee injury.

Shutter might face suspension following arrest

March 29th, 2012

Cayman Shutter, regarded as UH's No. 2 quarterback, faces a possible  suspension following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving early this morning.

Shutter was released after posting $500 bail.

UH's code of conduct for student-athletes calls for disciplinary action following an arrest.

UH released this statement from Norm Chow:

"We are aware of the incident involving one of our student-athletes. We are in the process of gathering all the facts. We have a code of conduct which our student-athletes are to adhere to and we expect them to represent both the university and football program to its highest integrity. We will make a follow-up statement at a later date after we gather all of the information.”

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It's spring break this week, and UH is essentially closed.

Sort of.

Those deemed to be "essential" are required to report to work. Topping the list are parking-booth attendants, custodians, the Stan Sheriff Center crew (led by Rich Sheriff) and the weight-room staff.

What's interesting is the Warriors have been told they have the week off. But that hasn't stopped many Warriors from participating in their own "unsupervised" workouts. There are inspirational signs posted throughout the lower campus. One of them is about working hard when nobody is watching. It appears many are taking that message to heart.

Flag day

March 28th, 2012

A flag football game involving former Warriors will precede the Warrior Bowl on April 27.

Asked why it will be flag and not tackle football, organizer Tony Tuioti, a UH coach and former defensive tackle, said: "We're old."

Still, passions don't die away, and it should be competitive.

Interested participants need to call Tuioti at the UH football office: (808) 956-6508.

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Quarterback Danny O'Brien has decided to transfer from Maryland to Wisconsin.

What the heck does this have to do with UH?

O'Brien will earn his bachelor's degree in four years and, under NCAA rules, he may transfer to another FBS school without sitting out a season. O'Brien strongly considered the Warriors. After the new UH coaches evaluated their quarterback situation, they were impressed enough with David Graves and Cayman Shutter to withdraw from pursuing O'Brien.

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Birthday wishes to LizKauai and PapaJoe.

Playing all the angles

March 27th, 2012


When the Warriors resume practicing next week, there is some hope that an end-zone platform for videos will be placed on the Diamond Head side of the grass practice field.

Last year, the company that leased the video platforms decided to dramatically limit their liability. That forced UH to look for other ways to video practices on the grass practice field. It wasn't a problem at the Ching complex, where practices could be shot from the roof of the athletic complex.

While most coaches rely on two views — end zone and sideline — head coach Norm Chow wants end-zone shots of all drills. That means adding a third camera. On the grass field, there is a video platform on the gravel road behind the mauka sideline, a portable end-zone platform on the field, and a shooter on the hill behind the Diamond Head end zone. The last spot is where UH would like to place a platform.

At the Ching complex, a third camera has been placed at Murakami Stadium.

This has led to some creative maneuvers during practices. Because the platform is only lowered at the end of practice, video coordinator Dory Kong has found a way to use a long cord to move a briefcase to ground level.

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There is some good news for members of the past Warrior coaching staff. Because of pay legs and delays and other things, the coaches will continue to draw checks for at least another month after their contracts expire March 31.

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How come they don't take team pictures like this anymore?


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How is it possible that Kurt McGraw is 42 today?

Congrats to one of the memorable walk-ons.