Archive for December, 2012

Farewell, 2012

December 31st, 2012
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Well, it wasn't dull.

If it felt like a long year, well, that's because it was a leap year.

But it also was because it consisted of the Wonder fiasco (and for his own sake, Stevie Wonder should just put on a concert so his last name won't forever rhyme with "blunder"), Norm Chow's first UH season, and the arrival of the Ben Jay era (he's due here any week, right?).

The year's about to expire, and it's time to pound the mochi.

We made it this far, so if you're going to drink, don't drive. And if you're going to drink, in honor of the Koakane, Stretch and the Coloma Ohana, make it a green bottle. (Ginger Ale comes in a green bottle, right?)

Take care, folks.

Feat of Clay

December 30th, 2012
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Charles Clay, who made a successful transition from receiver to safety, has been awarded a scholarship for the spring semester.

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Clay is a 2009 Hilo High graduate. He was at SMU for two years, redshirting in 2009 and appearing in 12 games in 2010. He then transferred to UH, where he was granted immediate eligibility because of his status as an initial un-recruited walk-on transferring between schools. Clay began his UH career as a receiver before moving to defense in the middle of the 2011 season. This past year, he played in all 12 games, recording 29 tackles, four deflections and four breakups. He was key down the stretch when the Warriors went primarily with a nickel defense.

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The Warriors will see if the transition can go the other way when Bubba Poueu-Luna moves from safety to wide receiver in the spring.

Poueu-Luna, who has endured several ailments in his five semesters at UH, was the starting safety in the 2012 opener against USC. With the emergence of Clay and Marrell Jackson, the Warriors would like to see if Poueu-Luna is a better fit on offense.

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Former UH defensive end/linebacker Paipai Falemalu will play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game on Jan. 11 in Tucson.

He joins former UH punter Alex Dunnachie.

Also, California defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti, a Word of Life graduate, will participate in the game.

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Word on the boulevard is offensive lineman Stan Hasiak, a Kapolei High graduate who played at UCLA and Mount San Antonio College, remains interested in the Warriors. Hasiak still needs to clear eligibility hurdles to play anywhere in 2013. He would be a one-and-done player.

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Linebacker Kendrick Van Ackeren, fullback Jared Leaf and defensive back Mike Sellers are expected to learn by next weekend whether they will be transferring. Each requested a release to explore other options.

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By the way, it's Peter Pale's birthday today.

That's two mention in two days (or two in 20 years).

Happy birthday, Mr. Pale.

Rolo to Temple

December 29th, 2012
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Congrats to Nick Rolovich on becoming Temple's offensive coordinator.

He'll make more money and have a chance to run the four-wide offense.

While Rolo had the OC title at Nevada, his input was limited. He'll get to run the offensive show with the Owls.

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Dismantle the "snooze" button.

The Warriors will be moving spring practices to the morning in 2013. It will be part of what head coach Norm Chow describes as "an experiment" in alertness and energy. If it works out, then the fall practices also will move to the morning. The Warriors practiced in the afternoon this past year.

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Mark your calendar: Spring training opens on Wednesday, March 20. There will be another practice two days later before the Warriors go on hiatus because of UH's spring break.

There are no plans yet on the spring scrimmage, but the WB previously announced there will are tentative plans to have a practice/scrimmage/clinic on Kauai on April 20.

As of now, the spring practices will be open to the public.

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Happy birthday to the 1992 Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP, a triple-option quarterback who played an entire season despite a broken rib, and a man who should be in UH's Circle of Honor.

Click here: The man, the myth, the legend video.

Strength in numbers

December 28th, 2012
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When the new year begins, the Warriors are expected to address the shortage of strength and conditioning coaches for the athletic department and football program.

Since Mel deLaura's departure in 2010, the Warriors have been without a fulltime football-only S&C coach. Of the 10 Mountain West football teams in 2012, UH was the only one without a FT S&C coach.

School — Number of teams — FT S&C coaches — FT S&C coaches for football

Air Force — 27 — 6 — 1

Hawaii — 21 — 2 — 0

New Mexico — 19 — 4 — 1

Fresno State — 18 — 4 — 1

San Diego State — 18 — 3 — 1

UNLV — 18 — 3 — 1

Boise State — 17 — 5 — 1

Nevada — 16 — 3 — 1

Wyoming — 15 — 5 — 1

Colorado State — 14 — 6 — 1

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It was pretty surprising to hear of Chris Ault's (third) retirement at Nevada. Good coach, better rival.

With Pat Hill gone, Dennis Franchione long gone, and Chris Petersen soon to be gone, maybe, UH is running out of good rival coaches.

Dunnachie gets all-star invite

December 27th, 2012
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Former UH punter Alex Dunnachie has been invited to play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game in Tucson on Jan. 11, 2013.

Dunnachie leaves Hawaii today to train in California. He still has not selected an agent.

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This year, the volleyball Warriors will have "VASTEC" on the back of their practice jerseys.

Translation: Volleyball, academics, strength, teamwork, effort/energy, choice.

The Warriors opened training camp today.

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There is a 50-50 chance that opposite attacker Jonas Umlauft will return to the volleyball Warriors for the 2014 season.

After completing his sophomore season in May 2011, Umlauft spent the next 19 months attending school in his native Germany. He is scheduled to complete work on an engineering degree this coming summer.

In e-mails with the UH coaches, Umlauft has indicted he would consider returning to UH to pursue a master's degree.

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Construction continues on the Nagatani academic center:

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