Shutter faces "significant suspension"

April 2nd, 2012

Head coach Norm Chow said quarterback Cayman Shutter will receive a "significant suspension" for his recent arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

Chow said he and Shutter had a brief telephone conversation yesterday, and they are scheduled to meet today. Specifics of the suspension will be announced at a news conference tomorrow. There is a possibility the suspension could extend well beyond spring training, which resumes with a practice tomorrow afternoon and continues through April 27. The Warriors were on hiatus last week because of UH's spring break. Chow was in China for a family trip, and returned this past Saturday. The Warriors do not practice today.

Chow said Shutter served as a host during the recruiting period and was instrumental in helping the Warriors sign several prospects. Shutter was a leader during the offseason conditioning program. But Chow said he takes "serious" the DUI arrest and it "is something I do not condone."

Shutter was arrested at 3:30 a.m. this past Thursday. He was released an hour later after posting a $500 bail, according to the police log.

David Graves remains as the No. 1 quarterback. Ikaika Woolsey, who joined the Warriors as a grayshirt in January, is expected to ascend to No. 2.

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Warrior volleyball

The situation: With two weeks remaining in the regular season — two road matches against UC Santa Barbara and a bye the following weekend — the Warriors already are eliminated from MPSF tournament consideration.

What went wrong: Injuries and inconsistency proved to be the Warriors' biggest aches in this season of growing pains. Setter Nejc Zemljak and outside hitter Joshua Walker completed their eligibility after the 2011 season, and opposite Jonas Umlauft opted not to return for his junior year. Further, middle blocker Shane Welch missed the first half of the season with a knee injury, and has been unavailable recently because knee inflammation. Ankle injuries marred opposite Johann Timmer's freshman season. In 2011, the Warriors' inconsistent passing resulted in fewer rallies. This year, the Warriors created rallies but did not always finish them.

What's going right: Maulia LaBarre's first collegiate serve did not reach the net. The next year, he was in the playing rotation and, a year after that, he was one of the MPSF's best middle blockers, as well as an effective server. LaBarre, a full-time police officer and volunteer UH coach, is an example of how volleyball is about repetition, and repetition leads to improvement. The Warriors took some hits with a young team, but should benefit from the game experience. Outside hitter J.P. Marks had a solid freshman season. Middle blocker Nick West was an offensive threat in his first UH season after transferring from UC Irvine. Timmer was the star of fall training before suffering the ankle injury. He'll be a factor next year. Brook Sedore, Scott Hartley, Stanley Hinkle and Taylor Averill will be counted on next year. The most intriguing is opposite Harrison Carroll, a crafty attacker. At 6-1, he is probably the shortest starter at a key blocking position. But his offense, particularly out of the back row, is too good to be ignored.

X factor: Men's volleyball teams are limited to the equivalent of 4.5 scholarships. Unlike some other sports, if a volleyball team loses a significant amount scholarship players (Zemljak, Umlauft, Walker) at once, it tries to re-invest over multiple recruiting classes to avoid a cycle of major rebuilding every four years.

The future: The MPSF will have a different look next year. Cal Baptist joins as the 13th member, meaning UH finally will have an even split of road and home MPSF matches. UCLA's Al Scates is retiring after this season, and most volleyball people expect UC Irvine's John Speraw to be the leading candidate  as Scates' replacement.

126 Responses to “Shutter faces "significant suspension"”

  1. Da Punchbowl Kid:


  2. Da Punchbowl Kid:


  3. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    In Chow we chrust.

    A teachable moment for Cayman, hope he learns and bounces back better than ever!


  4. Wes'side Warrior:

    Howzit, everyone.

    Lessons always being taught and learned.

    It's how we process and apply these lessons that's the main thing.

    Next one gotta be ready to step up.

  5. Slugger:

    Good morning, gang!

    Hope the whole team learns from Cayman's incident... and that they remember what happened last season with Darius and Aaron.

  6. mctruck:

    I was very impressed with film footage on Ikaika. Everthing still looks good to me.
    Guess having a herd of QB's helps.

  7. graham:

    I hope he comes back more motivated then ever and wins the job

  8. koakane:


    learning curve established ...... nuff said

  9. jkjones:

    No dancing around the issue with Coach Chow. Swift and immediate (considering coach was in China at the time of Shutter's DUI arrest). Chow sends an unquivocable message to players and public.

  10. Naks8:

    He has to lay down the law. Otherwise it would come back later to haunt him. Hopefully camen learns from this.

  11. jesse:

    Maar from canada is still committed hopefully? Any word on a new setter? I dont think Sam Biscaro is mpsf level setter, he's better as a backup.

  12. Ipu Man:

    Should Cayman Shutter be shut out he may become "Caveman" Shutter...

  13. Ipu Man:

    Hey, he could grow a beard and make no drive no drinking comercials for Gecko...

  14. Ipu Man:

    I jest and hope for the best for young Mr. Cayman.
    We all were drunk once in our lives, but we never
    got caught...except by my Mom one time...ouch!

  15. Stephen Tsai:

    Maar should be good to go.

  16. Stephen Tsai:

    I still can't figure out why the University of Kansas is KU.
    Did the United Kingdom have copyrights?

  17. Na Koa Mike:

    Article with photos of the clean up and newly painted locker room is now up:

  18. al:

    tough penalty to be imposed, however, it is necessary.

    tough to think that the suspicsion arrest will be overturned. the evidence gathered is usually cut and dry.

    tough lesson for anyone to experience for not only the consequences to be faced now. but, the dui hangs for at least 7 years.

    hopefully cayman shutter will learn from this and so to will his teammates and fans.

  19. tom mui:


    Na Koa Mike - thanks - looks good.

    DPK - up early again?!

  20. al:

    mvb needs to also shore up the middle and boy do we need a couple of terminators.

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good morning Tom. Yes, always.

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Mornin', al.

  23. Kendall:

    Charlie Wade is in over his head. It's difficult to go from Women's to Men's Volleyball. They should hired Sealy or Presho. Guys with Men's Volleyball coaching experience.

    Wade's got to get more creative with Financial Aid, Ethnic Scholarships, Grants, etc. Yes, Men's Volleyball only has 4.5 schollies but Wilton got it done. Men's Volleyball players tend to be good students so find academice schollies.

  24. Annoddah Dave:

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    Life's lessons usually very hard. Our resiliency makes us better and thus the term "Life is good".

  25. kruzen:

    maybe Kentucky has a copyright on UK.

    Then again there's UC and CU.

  26. Manoa Mist:

    Interesting report Mr. Tsai. Disappointed in The Cayman. Free country, but you'd think you'd be focused on the team when you have a great shot at being the team's No. 1 leader - not sucking 'em up on a Friday night bobbing and weaving all over the road.
    Oh well.
    UH VB: thought it was disingenuous at the start of the season to say we can go to any player this year and not just depend on the Giant German to finish rallies. There's a reason you go to the the Giant German, or any finisher in VB. That's because they end rallies.
    But I still like Charlie. When you're a simpleton, life is much easier.

  27. Liko:


    What ever happened to Stump Godfrey? I dont see his name on the roster anymore

  28. Bigislandkurt:

    The University of Colorado is still CU.


  29. kev-1:

    I think we all assumed a pretty stiff penalty was coming for Shutter. However, Coach Chow did give us a glimpse into the type of character that the young man has and the type of leader that he is.

    He will bounce back from this. The way he handles this will be an example of resiliency for others on the team.

    What young people need to understand is that these types of mistakes can have lifelong impacts. I made a mistake when I was 19 years old that still affects my life today.

  30. HawaiiMongoose:

    What does recruiting look like for men's volleyball? Is there a "finisher" lined up to join next year's team? Someone with the size, strength and skill to be a game-changer and terminate rallies? If not then I don't expect next year's result to be very different from this year's.

  31. (Jesse) James:

    Good morning Tsaikos!!! Hope all is well.

    Too bad for Cayman but hopefully, lesson learned, and we can move on. Take his medicine like a man and learn from it is the best thing. He'll be okay.

    Finally, asking for PRAYERS for my mom. She tripped at church and broke her patella. She is going to have knee surgery today to reset it.

    Thanks all.

  32. Steve:

    To bad they already had cleaned and painted the lockerroom. That would have been such a nice punishment for Shutter, having to do that. Would have helped strength his shoulders and wrists, sanding (big circle), and up-down (for paintint). Like in the "Karate Kid" movie.

  33. Stephen Tsai:

    Stump Godfrey is at a junior college, Navarro, I think.
    Not exactly sure why he left, especially since he didn't tell anybody. After the fall semester, he stopped returning the coaches' calls. Too bad. I liked him. He had a real live arm, too.

  34. Stephen Tsai:

    Maar might be that finisher for the volleyball Warriors.
    Marks had a decent year, but he sometimes got blocked because he would hit the same direction all of the time. But Joshua Walker did that early in his career, then became a pretty good all-points hitter. Marks will be better.

  35. kev-1:

    Great article about Saint Louis product Marcus Mariota and his the QB competition at Oregon. Pulling for the former Crusader of course.

  36. Stephen Tsai:

    I'm curious about the libero position. They're bringing in players from Kamehameha and Moanalua. Cheape will be back. If Gus Tuaniga can ever get cleared, he would be a good libero. So, too, would Scott Hartley. I don't think UH has had a tall libero since Matt Motter. That's always handy on tipped shots. Long Beach's libero is 6-5.

  37. Stephen Tsai:

    I met a reader at Foodland the other night. Turns out he's a former McKinley quarterback. I think I wrote about him when I was covering preps a long time ago. Small world.

  38. Stephen Tsai:

    Re: Presho.
    I don't think he met the minimum qualifications, according to the posted job specs.

  39. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Gotta agree with you on the volleyball team. IIRC, everyone was kinda high on JJ Mosolf. What's the current buzz on him? I haven't really talked to him, so I'm not sure how his rehab is going.

    Wade did say he expected there to be some "casualties" this year. Think Gus might be one of them?

    Libero - don't forget about Harrison Phelps and redshirt Daylan Chock. Gus' strength is his serve. He was supposed to be the serve sub for Lofy.

  40. Kevin:

    #16/18 Rainbow Wahine Softball team had their first practice in the state of Utah today at sub 37 degree weather (not counting the wind factor).

    They arrived around 1pm yesterday concluding another zig zag journey when they drove from Las Cruces to El Paso, then took a flight to Phoenix, and another to Utah.

  41. cheepono:

    crazy that woolsey will be the #2 qb as a freshman. if stump stayed he would've been right in the competition.

  42. Warriorbacker:

    I gotta say UH men's volleyball has a lot of talent returning so I am not to worried. However I agree they need a setter upgrade. The current setter makes too many location mistakes and is not good in transition on easy free balls.

  43. BigWave96744:

    Would have been interesting if Tate Forcier came here, AND STAYED.
    His brother, Chris, played under Norm at UCLA

  44. Steve:

    Warriorbacker - Concerning the talent returning for Men's Volleyball. What talent are you talking about?

  45. jm2375:


  46. wafan:

    jm . . .


  47. wafan:

    Hey, top 50!

  48. wafan:

    And a great afternoon, too!

    The sun is actually on.

  49. HawaiiMongoose:

    ST, thanks for the word on Stephen Maar. I just read a little about him and he appears to have a lot of potential. I agree he could be the difference-maker we need. Plus he turned down BYU to play at UH, which gives me even more reason to cheer for him.

  50. RedZone:

    Air raid!!! Run!!!

  51. Stephen Tsai:

    It was pretty apparent from the first week of practice that Woolsey is a pretty good quarterback. He can scramble, but I think Chow will personally tackle him if he leaves the pocket.

  52. Stephen Tsai:

    I think Nick West will be much improved once he goes through the offseason weight-training program.

  53. Mabuhai:

    Coach Chow = New Sheriff In Town!!!

    Man is going to lay down the law! Boys, remember that ole saying, "Go ahead and make my day!"

  54. Derek:

    Sorry, I can't get excited about men's volleyball. The only times I got excited was when Katz, Theoharidis, and Umlauft played and they are all European too. I'd rather watch baseball or wahine softball any day. In another year, Donovan might have to look for anothr head coach. Who knows, the way things are going. I think next year, significant improvement is a must, otherwise a red flag goes up.

    This is a big week. MLB starts and The Masters is so compelling. It will be so exciting with all the best players in the world and Woods playing well, along with McIlroy, Donald, Mahan, Mickelson, Rose, McDowell, Bubba, etc. I will be glued to the set for all the action beginning Thursday on ESPN.

    QB situation, you can never have enough players. In that position, injuries can crop up so fast. Higgins and Alo should work hard and get ready to step up. They are only a couple of plays away from being in there for playing time. How many times have we seen 3rd and 4th string QBs end up starting. More frequently than you think.

  55. Stephen Tsai:

    Unlauft last played last season. It wasn't too long ago you were "excited." (OK, that sounded Tebow-esque.)

  56. Steve:

    With their up-front schedule, it could be a lot sooner than later.

  57. Bowwar:

    Maybe they should let Kevin Spain practice with the team...It won't the Warriors and he may prove that they're making a mistake by letting him go...

  58. Bowwar:

    I think Chow would have make a better statement about Shutter by saying that he was "immediately and indefinitely suspended"...How long the suspension will be based on the severity of the infraction and the player's willingness to correct the situation. Afterall, Shutter is still a "student" and there is a lesson to be learned here.

  59. Couch potato:

    what? europeans? and all this time i thought Katz and Theoharidis were asians. Israel is in asia right?

  60. Dennis Halloran:

    As My family group awaits walking over to the SuperDome to cheer on My Daughters Jayhawks, a fierce Manoa type rain started out. Hope it stops before our one mile trek. Superdome is fun for Basketball with decent site lines even 20 rows from the top. Harrahs has provided free parking if I gamble for 30 minutes a day. I am ahead $5. for the week. Great foods as always here in the Big Easy. Have run into UH asst. Coach and a blog host from other Hawaii BB Blog. Before the game they scan the crowd and you can go on to id your pic and prove you were there. I'll forward when I get back to SoCal in a week. Only bummer was losing my day-timer wallet with all my ID in Harrahs. Will need a major upset to hear Rock Chalk Jayhawk in the Dome. But hey, you only need to win one game more at this juncture.

  61. Bryson:

    I understand handing out a severe suspension but really a news conference to announce it....If I was The Shutter Family I would have to consider possible legal action...I mean the HPD doesn't hold a press conference every Monday to announce the previous weeks DUI's....

  62. Dennis Halloran:

    Am I the only Tsaiko at Final Four?

  63. RedZone:

    I hope the best for Cayman. It must be tough times right now. I will leave punishment up to the coach. It is above my pay grade.

  64. Kevin:

    Right off the bat, was legitamately shocked about the drop in attendance to start this season for men's volleyball.

    Yes the Umlauft departure played a role as did the graduation of two other exciting/fav favorite players in Zemljak and Walker, BUT still the change in atmosphere since Wade's arrival led me to believe that the fans would still hang on and at least give the start of the season a chance.

    Was there a similar drop in attendance after the 2003/2004 season or gradual?

  65. madeinhawaii:

    A lot of people get DUI's but rare are those that get chastised in public like this. That's a pretty severe punishment. Right now, he's not Cayman Shutter, Warrior QB ... he's Cayman Shutter the DUI in trouble. Not a good place to be and probably feels he's been punished enough, not to mention the fines and whatever might be levied his way legally... and he still has to face what Chow will mete out.

  66. Derek:

    Nike is unveiling the new NFL uniforms tomorrow. Press conference at 11 a.m. eastern. Probably on ESPN, 2, or News.


    Chow's putting his stamp on the team. First one to screw-up gets hammered hard.

  68. Kevin:


    With an overall record of 29-3 and a WAC-leading record of 5-1, we managed to hang onto our high RPI listing. So far so good. Road wins help no matter how low your opponents RPI, but only to certain degree as you will see the rest of the WAC RPI standings for future opponents.

    HAWAII 11
    BYU 41
    FSU 51
    NMSU 74 (moved up since they played us, but got swept)
    SJSU 92
    UNR 175
    LATECH 191
    USU 192

    Upcoming opponents:

    Utah 61
    Utah Valley State 123
    BYU 41

    Gonna be BIG to take these games ON THE ROAD for our RPI which obviously plays a HEAVY role in the post season seedings.

    Utah will showcase what looks to be a very VERY talented pitcher on paper. Generra Nielson has 203Ks on the season. ERA doesn't look impressive, but ERAs alone aren't always favorable to the pitcher's true ability to attack weaknesses in their opponents. 203Ks… that's the # to be weary of.

  69. Kevin:

    It had to be in Louisiana…

  70. LizKauai:

    Dennis Halloran - REPRESENT!!! Have fun!

  71. d1shima:

    Chow's putting his stamp on the team. First one to screw-up gets hammered hard.

    Like a Coach once said, "Some days you're the wall, some days the hammer."

  72. A-House:

    A parable ( heard this one in 1961 while at a YMCA camp for Maui YMCA ):

    In a land far, far away, in a time long, long ago.
    There lived a wise old man; so wise that he was called the Wisest man ever born.
    Many came to seek his guidance. As many came to prove him wrong.

    One day, in their little village, 3 boys were playing under an apple tree when a young bird fell near their feet. As the wise old man passed, the eldest picked up the bird and told his friends that he will prove the wise old man is not the wisest at all. He told his friends of his plan to crush the bird if the wise old man said it was alive and let it live if he said it was dead.

    He ran up to the wise old man clutching the young bird is his hands. "wise old man, wise old man, I have a bird in my hand. Is it dead or alive". The wise old man stopped, studied the faces of the 3 young boys, looked at the oldest and said, "as you wish my son, as you wish" and walked away.

  73. kev-1:

    Thus, a camp full of confused YMCA kids in Maui.

  74. graham:

    Gordy Shaw is now at Idaho. Any news on Coach Smith

  75. Couch potato:

    so what did the boy wish?

  76. Kekoa:

    Col. A-House ~

    Do you recall the cadence song about that Yellow Bird, with a Yellow Bill?" There's your real answer to that question.

  77. koakane:

    kden gotta give my mana'o

    I not condoning or condemning Cayman Shutter action or choice. But I agree with coach Chow action on what he wants his players to be ( imho .. responsible and committed) while on this team and playing for UH

  78. Stephen Tsai:

    Derek Inouchi said it won't be a news conference but the punishment will be addressed in a gathering of reporters tomororrow afternoon.

  79. Couch potato:

    one cadence i sorta remember was the do wah diddy one in Stripes with Bill Murray.

  80. Couch potato:

    "gathering of reporters" sounds like a flash mob in the making.

  81. Old School Dave:

    Need to stay focused and not distracted by things out of our control. Coach will deal with the young man in an appropriate manner. There are still 12 more practices remaining. Lots of work to be done on the field. Jobs that are still up for grabs.

  82. Stephen Tsai:

    I have heard that at least two of the women's basketball assistants won't be retained. Not all stories end happily.

  83. Stephen Tsai:

    Whatever you want to call it, news will be announced in a scheduled gathering.
    Hmmm. I'm pretty sure the guv won't be making a visit.

  84. Stephen Tsai:

    I was told it will occur at the usual interview time before practice. I noted interviews have been conducted only after practices. I then was informed this is the new usual time.

  85. Couch potato:

    in football terms i guess you could call it a huddle.

  86. Stephen Tsai:

    Hey, I'm just the messenger.

  87. kev-1:

    and now you know, and so do we

  88. Couch potato:

    ok, the Hermes of the SA.

  89. Wes'side Warrior:

    A yellow bird, with a yellow bill
    was sitting on my window sill.
    I lured him in, with a piece of bread...
    and then I smashed his (foot stomp) *blankin'* head.

    Hahaha. Got me all teary-eyed, Kekoa! I used to call cadences during marches and PT.

    We advanced it to the point of actually singing songs during PT, like Glen Frey's "The Heat is On" and "ooga chugga, ooga ooga ooga chugga" (keep it going while I yell out --> "I can't stop this feeling, deep inside of me..."

    Ah, fun times!

  90. Wes'side Warrior:

    Couch Potato... is that
    "There she goes, just a-walkin down the street, singin'
    Doo wah ditty ditty dum ditty doo..."?

  91. Couch potato:

    Wes'side Warrior, das da one! and then get the boom shaka laka...that's a fact jack.

  92. Lanaiboy:

    The NCAA RPI has been updated today for softball. The Wahine remain at 11 and should be in a strong position to retain that ranking from now on. After all five top teams that they played are highly rated in the RPI, California, #1; Texas, #4, Texas A&M, #13; DePaul, #15; and Florida State, #17.

  93. PolyMom:

    FYI Hawaii fans! Hmmm...Matt Barkley taking no reps. MUST READ LA TIMES ARTICLE.,0,2648929.story

    Happy Monday!

  94. HawaiiMongoose:

    I frankly didn't expect any of the Wahine basketball assistants to be retained.

  95. Kekoa:

    Wes'side Warrior ~

    Half time looks mighty somber for Kansas....

    Like you, I really got into yellin' cadence. Diana still gets after me about the yellin' part. Maybe we should form up the Tsaiko's in a column of Aces in 2 places and march from the stadium parking lot back to the TG. The cabana would be ringing with Warrior cadence songs after each victory!

  96. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Thanks Polymom!

  97. chopsueyboy:

    90 minutes under viaduct to travel 3 blocks. Not good for gas mileage. not good going west bound

  98. Bryson:

    What time is practice tomorrow?

  99. duffer:

    Spammers getting long winded!

  100. mo808:

    Kentucky !!!

  101. duffer:

    Then again, I give no useful information. Is that spam? Or nonsense?

  102. Stephen Tsai:

    When's PolySon going to be ready to practice?

  103. Stephen Tsai:

    Practice starts at 3:30 p.m.
    The news-conference-like event will be at about 3:15.

  104. slenzi:

    #17 Na Koa Mike:
    Thanks for the great pics; you can see "pride" on every wall and locker.

  105. PolyMom:

    This month. Sorry he was stranded here. American Airlines two days of mess ups will be home tonight.

    Read the LA Times USC sports section very interesting articles on USC football.

  106. Stephen Tsai:

    Spring break is the most difficult time to travel.

  107. Dennis Halloran:

    Still raining on our way back from the Jayhawk loss. Some early lines were 8.5 points so some early bettors won. KU was just one big man short. Some great tshirts here. Fear the Brow..Bring Scissors with a pic of a net.
    Quite an event, well run and throw in a free Jimmy Buffett concert. My daughter and her husband took off with two friends driving 15 hours back to Wichita. My wife and I will meander the Blues Road of Miss., Memphis, Branson on to Wichita for Easter and my 73rd birthday with grandboys.

  108. d1shima:

    Very :cool: Dennis.

    Have a safe trip and a great time!

  109. Slugger:

    Safe travels, Dennis. Happy early birthday!

  110. UHHWN:

    Coach Wade and setter are not of mpsf grade.
    MB and OH rejects from UI starters at UH a joke
    and results in standings show.

  111. wafan:

    Good Tuesday morning!

    Day 4 . . . whoo-hoo!!!

  112. wafan:

    A new alias?

  113. wafan:

    Having spam and eggs this morning.


  114. wafan:

    Wishing the bst for Shutter.

    Be a Warrior!

  115. wafan:

    Good news about midnight. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

  116. wafan:

    It is National Find a Rainbow Day!

  117. mctruck:

    After reading ST's report this morning of coach Chow's warning his players at the end of spring practice before he took his trip to China with his family, NOT TO DO ANYTHING that would discredit UH.

    Two things are evident: First, no respect for the coach. Second, the "I do what I want to do" attitude.

    I'm still shaking my head....were there other members of the team drinking that night who were risking dui's??

  118. Kekoa:

    Mahalo for your Road to NOLA ReportDennis. Safe journey for you & the ohana back to the starting line.

  119. Kekoa:

    Mctruck ~ It does make you wanna say...hmmm. What's the headcount on the others?

  120. LizKauai (iPad):

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Happy travels, Dennis. Wichita... Ah yes... Tornado alley in the springtime... Keep safe!

    Happy gatherings, ST!

  121. whitey:

    Good morning Tsaikos. A most enjoyable basketball game last night.

  122. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    About time for the Warriors to spring back into action!

  123. Pomai:

    Listen to the game here:

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    I'm John. I like Pie. American Pie....

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