Offensive tackle commits to UH

December 14th, 2012

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David Griffin, a 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman from Mesa College, has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.

Griffin will sign a letter of intent on Wednesday, then enroll at UH in January. He will have two years to play two seasons.

Griffin is from Tallahassee, Fla., where he was a standout in basketball and football. With only one Division I offer in basketball, he opted to focus solely on football. He attended Coffeyville College in 2010, where he redshirted, then attended Mesa the next three semesters.

He is regarded as an athletic lineman, with good footwork (thanks to basketball). He is capable of benching 360 pounds.

Griffin's highlight video: Griffin.

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Coach Norm Chow said there were about 40 applicants for the vacant graduate-assistant positions.

The application deadline was this week. Chow said he is not in a rush to name successors to Inoke Funaki and Daniel Bukarau.

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This is the final in-person recruiting weekend of the year.

Beginning on Monday, recruiting enters a dead period in which the coaches may call a prospect once a week. Contact opens for the first weekend in January, then closes the next weekend because of the coaches' convention.

125 Responses to “Offensive tackle commits to UH”

  1. Chee Hoo:

    Top 10!

  2. Bugaz:

    Get after them recruits!!!

  3. WarriorNY:

    Darn, so close to #1!

  4. Chicken Grease:


    One more time . . . pray for Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  5. gobows:

    sandy hook elementary is located in newtown which is in the south west of ct, approximately 80 miles from nyc. it was considered among the safest towns in america.

  6. WarriorNY:

    This situation is horrifying... At least 10 children dead... My thoughts with the parents... This is unbelievable...

  7. Annoddah Dave:

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    Hopefully, this will not involve a search committee and approval by the Chancellor and President....

  8. tommui:


    And once more: guns kill people? Something did.

  9. Whats up:

    Top 10

  10. gobows:

    40 applicants for 2 positions, is that normal? or is it saying something about job opportunities for college grads on oahu.

  11. PolyMom:

    Hub called me from studio. 18 children dead. Unknown number injured. 27 so far dead. Seems like this guy went to his kids class and shot all the kids. Latest info.

  12. Old School Dave:

    Thoughts and prayers to all of the victims.

    Parents - don't forget to hug your keikis everyday.

  13. PolyMom:

    Shooter was 24 year old Ryan Lanza. Shooter dead in classroom.

  14. PolyMom:

    Body of woman found dead off campus. Not sure who yet. Could be Mom of shooter.

    Pray for these lost innocent souls.

  15. Bleed Green and White:

    I gotta ask.
    Am I missing something with all the "lovie-dovie" stuff toward JD and his new gig at Fullerton.
    All the goodbye, the aloha, we will miss you....?
    Am I the only "beat it" guy among us?

    I mean he failed miserablly!
    Increased the debt, none of his coaching hires are worth discussing, spent more money and his last fail was epic.
    The Stevie Wonder Blunder starts and stops with the AD!

    Did I miss something?

  16. haka:

    I think you are missing respect, compassion and love; that although it may not have worked out, JD was, is and always will be a part of the Warrior Ohana.

  17. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    So sad today. They were just little kids damnit.

  18. Chicken Grease:

    # 15, Bleed Green and White.

    You are not the only one, BG&W. A Grease quotes himself from earlier today, yesterday's blog:

    Chicken Grease:
    December 14th, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Good morning all.

    And good bye Donovan [Apollo Theatre clown sweeps a Donovan off stage.]

    Additional comment regarding today's events in Connecticut: if we're gonna talk about banning guns in America, let's also consider banning 20 year olds here, too. (remember Colorado, anybody?)

    # # #

  19. Abunai:

    That's just plain crazy stupid!! the kind of world we live in now.. Anybody remember at one point in time we could leave the front door unlocked and car doors unlocked at your house? Damn how time and things change for the worst!! I hope this coming new years it'll get a whole lot better.

  20. wowlaulau:

    ok, you made the following points, now provide some facts to support your opinion....
    "Increased the debt, none of his coaching hires are worth discussing, spent more money and his last fail was epic."

  21. Bleed Green and White:


    Respect is a two way street.
    In my opinion, respect should've been shown to the school and it's supporters.
    Why let an arena manager be front man for negotiating a potential $2M dollar deal for Stevie Wonder concert (if they would've done a second show), when his expertise is changing out the floor between teraflex and hardwood.
    Are you kidding me?

    AD should take responsibility for his people making the judgement call to "wire" $200k to somebody they don't know.

    Why was UH dealing with Stevie Wonder's alleged "international" agent? Aren't we part of the United States?
    Are you kidding me?

    Dana Takahara-Dias hired as women's basketball coach.
    Are you kidding me?
    She never had one day's worth of experience in her career at the college level. ANY college level.
    Do your homework my friend...they hiring process for Takahar-Dias was in fact flawed, and should have been rescued / taken over by upper campus if anybody up there had a sack.
    Takahara-Dias in fact was eliminated as a candidate on the first day, because she did not meet minimum requirements.
    JD was talked into, boondoggled into allowing her back into the mix....
    Leaders can never do that!
    Are you kidding me?

    Take over a program already in major debt, then 4 years later upon your exit, the debts increased by about $2m.
    Are you kidding me?

    Want me to keep going?
    I can!?!?!?!

    The kids need to heard and respected more that anything!

  22. Kevin:

    Not going to agree with the "Beat it JD, good riddance" mantra BG&W has for Jim Donovan, BUT BG&W's post at #21 raises FAIR questions and points.

    It does.

  23. Kevin:

    December 14th, 2012 at 8:47 am
    Shooter was 24 year old Ryan Lanza. Shooter dead in classroom.

    Good. No one should be praying for that piece of crap.

  24. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!
    Happy Aloha Friday!

    Best wishes to Joey Estrella, UHH baseball coach on his retirement after the upcoming season. Didn't realize he's been around as long as Dave Shoji has.

    re: GA hirings - IIRC and the process is the same for the Athletic Dept, GAs are hired by the supervising faculty member. They must be enrolled in a graduate degree program (full-time, I think).

    JD's hirings - Wade, Takahara-Dias, Arnold, Beeman, Nagamine, Chow, water polo coach. Except for DTD, tell me how bad it's been? Jury is still out on those hirings.

    The $200K wiring should have been stopped at Upper Campus. The Athletic Department is not solely responsible for the blame.
    *getting down off my soapbox*

  25. gobows:

    #15 donovan didn't have the power to hire any coaches at UH. the AD position at UH is a useless puppet.

  26. Kevin:

    When Dana Takahara-Dias was hired, it was a REAL breath of fresh air for a program that was ABUSED at the hands of some bully. So I, and many people wanted her to succeed, in the same sentimental way that people wanted Bob Nash to succeed.

    However, the continued issues on the court continued and I, like many, felt change was needed.

    But did she have to be fired minutes after being eliminated from the WAC tournament like that? Was that "pono"? For a former Rainbow Wahine herself? From a former Rainbow Warrior? Where was the harm in informing her that her services were no longer needed when they returned to Oahu? Was she allowed to say "aloha" to her student-athletes with some dignity?

    That firing SUCKED and many others closer to the department felt the same way.

  27. kifi:

    Okay, getting up on my soapbox. Auwe, da buggah broke. Ah, no moa soapbox...sorry, no moa nothing foa say. I'm not smart enough to have an intelligent thought anyway.

  28. hossana:

    re: Bleed Green & White: You are a person replete with hate and intolerance and I am sure true "supporters" of the UH would not want to associate with a deranged individual as yourself. You may think otherwise but, in the eyes of the world, YOU NEED COUNSELING IN YOUR PSYCHO MIND that has no room for forgiveness but I, for one, can forgive your mental state because "true faith is loving a person even after he has hurt you." In essence, YOU REALLY NEED COUNSELING IN YOUR ATTITUDE AND OUTLOOK ON LIFE.

  29. Kris:

    I know its expected that the athletic dept is supposed to make money or break even. But is that really a realistic expectation?
    From what I understand that expectation is delusional.
    Athletic Depts. about this size almost never break even much less make money.

  30. Diogenes Sinope:

    Sheriff was the pointman and the one that contracted with Masini for the Ms Universe Contest, the rentals contracts for the LA Lakers, the Olympic Gymnastic Team, and the car dealership event for (I think) Toyota, among other events

  31. Kevin:

    PBS Insights: University of Hawaii Sports.

    An hour long discussion on the impact of UH athletics on the community and discussions on the Stevie Wonder Concert incident and more featuring Robert Cooney, PhD. Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Environmental Sciences, Dave Reardon of the Star Advertiser, commentator Jim Leahey, and UH Associate AD John McNamara.

  32. Kevin:

    While Jim Leahey's play by play calling isnt what it was before, Jim Leahey OWNED that discussion on PBS at the link above.

    Jim Leahey: The CONSCIENCE of Hawaii Athletics and interests.

  33. Wes'side Warrior:

    Howzit, Gang.

    Lots of sad news today. Prayers to those families affected by these tragic events.

    For those who subscribe to the "ban guns" position...

    What about this:

    Or this:

    Not like we are gonna ban knives too. (Yes, I know these happened in China, but these just popped up on my home page when the shooting did. Too busy at the moment to go searching for similar events here at home.)

  34. Wes'side Warrior:

    If I'm not mistaken, Garret had posted something about the financial problems of nearly every college Athletic Department in the US. There were only a handful of schools who actually make money in Athletics. The vast majority lose money, including BCS conference schools, with their lucrative deals. Hopefully, he'll chime in on this with the link to that article.

  35. koakane ip5:

    morning and howzit 808, not to sure about the day cause sun :cool: in out, drizzles and da kamakani whoosh

    :roll: did I read in last post ahouse is stalking tsai guy and doing peeping tom shots in da window

    any who good aloha Friday and safe weekend all, my patnah forgot to mention that the telephone poles move to the middle of the road between 11 and 2

  36. wowlaulau:

    #21 yes keep going ...

  37. wowlaulau:

    you are just digging yourself a deeper hole .....

  38. tommui:

    We operate the Athletic Department as a business - at least that was the mandate from Upper Campus and the Legislature.

    The Federal Government (and the State) insist that the athletic department also provide support for non-profit sports such as women's softball, basketball, soccer etc as required by Title IX.

    We also have non-profit men's sports as well not to mention various coed sports.

    Football generates the moneys not only to support itself but also the non-profit sports. I think that Wahine Volleyball generates more than enough income to support itself.

    Needless to add, if ticket sales are lousy and not enough moneys are allocated from the Administration (or State) there will be a deficit.

    If the Athletic Department did not have to fund the non-profit sports and to maintain the facilities devoted to that sport, we would not have had the deficit.

    The Title IX requires a balance between the men and women's sports but we get no funds for that. We cannot (and must not) abolish those activities.

    The Upper Campus/Legislature does not require the sociology department
    (or name your favorite department) to be self-sufficient and run as a business. Yet they burden the athletic department and still expect it to be run as a business?

  39. Kevin:

    Tom Mui,

    Pretty sure there are closet Title IX haters out there that would love to see it abolished. I wonder what they will tell their daughters to do if they cannot afford tuition and they cannot get a good education paid for despite being a great athlete?

  40. Bowwar:

    26: I haven't agreed with Kevin on alot of things, but I must admit that this post is "spot-on" in regards to the handling of Dana Takahara-Dias. Dana did bring a high-level of respectability and compassion back into UH women's basketball after the Bolla incident...In many ways, she recovered the program from the abyss.

    Was she "well-equipped" or qualified for the job??? Probably not, but she did bring a refreshing enthusiasm to the program. Like Kevin, I agree that change was probably needed...Like anything else, my heart would have given her another year, but you gotta go by results.

    I definitely agree that the way she was terminated was "wrong" and poorly handled. People have to remember that Dana left a good job with the C&C to take the UH women's bb job and being a true "Warrior" at heart, she should have been accorded a better departure.

    I seem to also recall that there was either a swimming or water polo coach that was also sent packing under JD's reign that was treated similarly...

    I admire JD's loyalty to the UH, but I don't feel sorry for his departure...It was time and he is afforded the same type of departure he has given to those under his tenure. Good-bye and good luck!

  41. Kevin:

    The release/firing of Michel Roy might have been a different situation.

  42. jimmy the lock:

    I'd like to express my deepest condolences and extend my heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the families and friends affected by the tragic event in Connecticut. ✝

  43. mikey:

    #26 Kevin:"That firing SUCKED and many others closer to the department felt the same way."

    I felt the same way and was in shock

    I was there at the Orleans WAC Tournament and told after the game they let Dana go was low class.

    They could have rather should have waited till Wahine team got home.

  44. kev-1:


    gun = knife???? really???? Come on man.

    Why can't a$$holes that want to kill themselves just do it before they kill innocent people?

  45. jm2375:

    Yahoo reporting that Davone Bess will miss Sunday's game vs the Jags due to a back injury. When did this happen? Fast healing to Davone!

  46. Kevin:


    The firing wasn't a shock, it was indeed the way it was done. Many displeased folks... MANY.

    Just as classless as the way whoever in the Star Bulletin at the time decided it was a good idea to print a photo of Bob Nash with his head in his hands with a headline saying "FOULED OUT" on the day he was fired.

    Just no respect to former UH student-athletes that tried to contribute to the program.

    Yes both didnt give the results that were needed, but both were classy and respected people that treated fans and others with respect and didn't need to be shown the door that way.

  47. haka:

    Obvously you have all the facts. I don't, but I guess if you want to parlay what I said earlier into a gangstah rap, then please, by all means, keep going. No one's kidding you.

  48. kitsunegari:

    #28. Who does Steve think he is to forgive people on the blog for what they say?

  49. hilosupaman:

    #44 Kev-1 I like that.. stop killing innocent.. just kill yourself! We are talking about keki here... senseless!

  50. Bulla:

    There is evil in the world....period. There is no other explanation than just that. As for me and my house, we shall lift everyone in prayer and I hope that for those of us that are blessed to have loved ones around us...please....please....give them a hug, tell them you love them, just make memories, make memories, make is too short and too fragile.

    This incident, this catastrophe......really puts it all in perspective, this thing called life we continue to chase day after the song says "What The World Needs Now, is Love, Sweet Love..."

    Bless all of you, love on your ohana, your friends and your neighbors and appreciate all that we have....... I ke Akua ka ho'onani ia / To God Be The Glory

  51. tommui:

    #39 - Kevin: As you know, Title IX is a Federal mandate and is the law.
    What I was trying to point out is simply that there are deficits in the athletic program that is being paid for by football sales; that if football weren't carrying the load for most of the athletic programs, it would not be in deficit and so don't blame the AD for having a deficit.

    Of course I could also mention the other handicaps that the athletic department has, such as sales of athletic items that goes elsewhere and not to the athletic department; the sales of stuff at Aloha Stadium and SS auditorium and so forth.

    And as you know, and maybe others do not, I contribute $ and get others to contribute to women's sports. I agree - Title IX is extremely important.

  52. Annoddah Dave:

    @#31 Kevin: Thanks for the link. I missed this show and it was very interesting. Too bad Dan Boylan did not invite a student rep to the show as Prof. Cooney had mentioned was lacking in the search committee for an AD.

  53. oldtimer808:

    Before you start putting down the shooter, you have to get the facts straight. The wrong information was given out thru the confusion and the actual shooter was Adam Lanza, 20 years old. His older brother is Ryan Lanza who was not at the scene and is 24 years old. Adam had Ryan's id on him. I think we should all wait until all the facts are revealed. In any event this was horrific as we have grand children and I can feel for all the families who are suffering. One last thing don't believe everything that is written by reporters until all the facts are in. Reporters are submitting just bits and pieces to get whatever info out to the public and not always correct.

  54. Former UH Athlete:

    #51 - just to add to your point, UH would be in even worse shape if not for both volleyball teams. At most other schools, volleyball is a money loser. Just hope Rainbow Wahine BB can step it up to start selling some tickets.

  55. Chicken Grease:

    How many applicants from the Mainland Tto get back to the main topic of this blog :) )

  56. Chicken Grease:

    December 14th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    . . . this thing called life . . .

    A Bulla quotes Prince, too (When Doves Cry) ;) .

  57. Chicken Grease:

    Wes'side has it right; you not alone, brotha'.

    Though, a Grease agrees w/kev-1, here:

    December 14th, 2012 at 10:40 am


    gun = knife???? really???? Come on man.

    Why can't a$$holes that want to kill themselves just do it before they kill innocent people?

  58. Chicken Grease:

    Sorry, heh, a Grease does NOT agree w/kev-1's "gun = knife???? really???? Come on man." but does agree with "Why can't a$$holes that want to kill themselves just do it before they kill innocent people?" to be clear :) .

  59. Wes'side Warrior:

    kev-1 and Chicken Grease...

    Who said anything about gun = knife? C'mon, man. That's stupid. I'm just responding to folks who blame anything other than the perpetrator of these senseless crimes. When I logged in earlier today, there were stories about these two killings involving knives. Then, this Connecticut event unfolds. Same thing with people who drink and drive... what? We going take away cars and alcohol? What next? Gotta blame the people who commit the stupidity. Gimme a break!!!


  60. Wes'side Warrior:

    Ok, got it, Chicken Grease. Thanks for the clarification.

  61. Wes'side Warrior:

    Not speaking for anyone else, but...

    I appreciate all that Jim Donovan has accomplished, and tried to accomplish, during his many years in Hawaii. From Student-Athlete years, to running the Hawaii Bowl, to staff at UH, he's given up the majority of his adult life to Hawaii.

    I wish him the best in whatever lays ahead in his future.

  62. cheepono:

    just saw rauscher and wiesehan giving a tour of the UH campus to some rather large looking individuals.

  63. Bugaz:

    Seen some rather large individuals at fundraiser drag show too.

  64. Bleed Green and White:

    (#28 hossana)

    Are you kidding me?

    Psycho, attitude, outlook on life....Really?

    So realistic and honest are bad traits?

    What did i say that was wrong, bad or of a bad outlook?


  65. al:

    i like it that the coaches all scattered acrpss the nation in an all effort.

    reminds me of the old barnum and bailey mantra of "bring em back alive".

  66. Ratbird:

    If I had the power, I'd fire the whole UH administration. June Jones could not wait to get away because of the administrations failure to upgrade the athletic facilities. He left of course. Now Jim Donovan. There wasn't a more loyal UH alumni. The administration screwed him over, made him the scapegoat of the Stevie Wonder fiasco. And now he's left. At the rate UH administrator's are screwing it's UH athletic employees, Fred von Appen would be the only one interested in being hired here. This is a disgrace. Governor Abercromie shoud do something if he really cared.

  67. kev-1:


    You did present the knife example to counter the anti gun opinion. That is what I am commenting on. There is no justification, gun or knife. By no means am I trying to sway you from what you believe about guns. Of course it is the person's fault, and not the weapon.

    But stupid things happen all the time too, that CAN be prevented.

    "A 7-year-old boy died on Saturday when he was shot by his father in an apparent accident outside a Mercer County gun shop, state police said. Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, was getting into his truck holding a .9mm Taurus handgun when it discharged. The bullet struck his son, Craig Allen Loughrey, 7, in the chest, state police said. The boy died at the scene."

    And I could care less if anyone agrees with me or not.

  68. mikey:

    There is No Gun Rule in both Japan and England.

    If I'm not mistaken Japan 2 and England 6 died of Gun shot.

    I don't believe UK Police carry any gun and I do know Japan Police carrys a gun.

    There was one incident in Japan where an police officer fire his gun and all the public around him pointed at the police officer like it was a 'NO, NO'.

  69. mikey:

    But there is a lot of death by knife in Japan, just ask any sushi chef.

  70. outlet:

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  71. Kevin:

    6'6" 320lbs?!?!?!?


  72. koakane ip5:


  73. oldie:

    Great news about David Griffin! Welcome, future Warrior!

  74. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Prayers for Sandy Hook. God be with all of us.

  75. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Nice recruit. Big and athletic, just what we need. Welcome to the Warriors, Mr. Griffin.

  76. WarriorNY:

    Wow, great get!

  77. jimmy the lock:

    Nice size but only bench 40#'s over his weight?

    *my best impersonation of being nit-picky*

  78. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Yes! Nice to finally see UH recruit some large and tall bulls for the OT position.

  79. Pomai:

    #50 - Bulla - Amen brother. I ke Akua ka ho'onani ia / To God Be The Glory

  80. Kevin:

    Hawaii News Now reports AD Ben Jay to make $293,000/year. Nothing said about how long his contract is.

    UH President M.R.C. Greenwood is the approving authority for Mr. Jay's appointment. Hawai‘i state law requires the university to give public notice of proposed salaries for executive and managerial appointments in an open meeting. The next scheduled Board of Regents meeting is January 24, 2013. Presidential action will follow the public posting.

  81. BigWave96744:

    The Florida Pipeline is growing....
    BTW, in 2010 Griffin went to Coffeyville College with Mike Edwards

  82. RedZone:

    Welcome David Griffin. Now that is one big boy but he is not the biggest on his team. They got some big bodies over there.

  83. Stephen Tsai:

    It's a three-year contract, with a UH option for two more.

  84. Stephen Tsai:

    If Griffin does well, as expected, look for Muir to move to left guard. Now that will be an imposing offensive line.

  85. cheepono:

    wasn't bukarau only been here one year? how come he's pau already?

  86. oldie:

    So which of the line is going to be the blindside?

  87. BigWave96744:

    Taylor Graham is a righty. LT will need to beast up!!!

  88. BigWave96744:

    Going into spring, I see the center as the only position locked down...

  89. lowtone123:

    Griffin will protect Graham's blind side.

  90. gobows:

    #51 the athletic departments "accumulated deficit" is bogus. if upper campus covered (by funding generated by the athletic department: H logo sales, arena parking revenue, etc.) the shortfall for the athletic department in a particular year, then why do they keep holding it over the athletic department. hey, if they picked up the tab, then move on. why they gotta keep the athletic department hostage. where'e the ALOHA? why doesn't UH show the ledger? how much is in the general fund? they seem to have no problem paying off lawyers a million bucks to find out what happened to $200k.

  91. oldtimer808:

    Good to see the great effort being put forth in recruiting and so far so good.

  92. BigWave96744:

    Who ever our 2nd team Oline is, they will be pretty darn good, too.

  93. Chicken Grease:

    Gettin' some fine names here -- recently "Sale" and now "Griffin." Yes, yes, get ya'll stadium placards and banners ready for next season, friends!

    Yeah, Bleed Green and White, I thought the comment about you leaned toward being a bit overboard as well:

    Bleed Green and White:
    December 14th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    (#28 hossana)

    Are you kidding me?

    Psycho, attitude, outlook on life....Really?

    So realistic and honest are bad traits?

    What did i say that was wrong, bad or of a bad outlook?


  94. gobows:

    #77 sounds similar to sean shigematsu...don't know what sean's work ethic is in the weight room, but he did manage to pack on some poundage.

    actually for a high school guy, 40 pounds over your weight is not bad, but after nearly 2 years after hs...that's weak. being a former basketball player, he probably wasn't able to lift his weight in hs.

    griffin also had offers from florida atlantic and SOUTH ALABAMA. he ventured out to mesa, az from tallahassee, fl.

  95. kitsunegari:

    Bleed Green and White, just another one of Steve Imai's fabrications, one of his many characters. While some will not agree with you on that topic, no sense paying attention to someone that is truly psychotic.

  96. al:

    I thought griffin visited last week?

  97. Chicken Grease:

    December 14th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    There is No Gun Rule in both Japan and England.

    A good example of two nations whose government-directed wanton, concentrated, evil use of firearms during watershed points in history (World War II for Japan; the Revolutionary War for The British) only ended up leaving them in a wasteland of their own making. (yes, their "no gun rule." Silly.)

    Our forefathers knew how essential the right to bear arms would be throughout the U.S.'s existence; the last front against tyranny. America gets it right. We can fine tune that by allowing -- responsibly, yes, of course -- concealed weapons permits in states that don't have them, until we get all 50 states are in.

    Give the evildoers their own Columbine and Sandy Hook Elementary School fears and worries.

  98. oldie:

    Interesting that Mesa's QB is a lefty. I'm sure coach will make Graham earn the starting QB position over Shroeder (although most of us are guessing that he will).

  99. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Ben Jay hasn't even been hired as athletics director and already people are hating on him in the comment section regarding his salary.

    So funny.

  100. Kekoa:

    Thanks for the reminder Bulla. We all need to step back, hug our Keiki, and hold the rest of the 'ohana a little bit closer.

    Prayers to all of those who lost loved ones in the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

  101. tommui:

    "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" was the amendment to the Constitution that was ratified by the States.

    The "forefathers" knew that the right to bear arms was a collective right i.e. reserved to the militia which was to protect the country and protect our citizentry. It was not an individual right to bear arms.

    It was only thirty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to bear arms was really an individual right.

  102. jm2375 (iPad):

    Athletics may be one of the only depts in a university where the dept chair is paid less than other "full" professors in the dept.

  103. gobows:

    dave aranda may be on the move

    Pete Roussel ‏@coachingsearch
    Sources tell me Utah State DC Dave Aranda has been offered the DC job at Cal and Texas Tech.

    don't care what anybody says, coach aranda is better than anyone on chow's staff.

  104. al:

    do you get the feeling that st is holding out on a couple of commits?

    I know how he likes to save the headlines' so as to spread limelight out over a few days...

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  106. wafan:

    Sad day.

  107. wafan:


  108. Old School Dave:

    Welcome David Griffin!!

    Over the last 48 hours, it looks like Reeve Koehler has received an offer from Arkansas. The former O-Line Coach at Tennessee, Sam Pittman, who was just hired at Arkansas in the same capacity, has been following Koehler for a while. New Arkansas HC Brett Bielema has also hired the former OC at Tennessee. I wonder if this means the linebacker from St. Louis School might not be receiving an offer from the Razorbacks?

  109. Bleed Green and White:

    Sometimes change is good.
    Sometimes change is difficult.
    I get that.

    But sometimes moves made during change is just crazy!

    Really UH? And this is nothing against Ben Jay, nothing at all. But to jack-up the AD salary to $293K, isn't that crazy?
    I mean JD earned $240K, before he took the voluntary pay cut that brought him down to around $216K.....


    Like idiot Hinshaw offering McMackin $1.2M, when he was making $110K.
    Not smart at all.

    And I'm not psycho! I'm just saying.

    Don't have a bad attitude or outlook on life.....just sayin'
    ha ha ha ha ha

  110. Old School Dave:

    That should be: "I wonder if this means the linebacker from St. Louis School MIGHT be receiving an offer from the Razorbacks?" Chance to play in the SEC.

  111. PONO:

    Another exciting prospect to the '13 class. We definitely needed some immediate depth on the OL and this looks like it fits the bill. WELCOME MR GRIFFIN!! Good thing Taylor Graham is 6'5 so he can see over his bigger line.

  112. mo808:

    Welcome to the Warriors, David Griffin! OL at long last! Keep'um coming!

  113. Old School Dave:

    Local people complaining about the salary of the new UH AD. Talk about crabs in a bucket.

    The MWC AD salaries from 2011 looks like this:

    Paul Krebs, New Mexico, $409,391
    Jim Livengood, UNLV, $350,000
    Jim Sterk, San Diego State, $295,000
    Paul Kowalczyk, Colorado State, $284,875
    Curt Aspey (interim), Boise State, $252,810
    Tom Burman, Wyoming, $214,884
    Hans Mueh, Air Force, $165,300
    Chris Del Conte, Texas Christian, $115,639

    The Pac-12 looks like this:

    Dan Guerrero, UCLA, $688,296
    Scott Woodward, Washington, $553,000
    Bob De Carolis, Oregon State, $540,356
    Rob Mullens, Oregon, $500,000
    Greg Byrne, Arizona, $500,000
    Sandy Barbour, California, $460,997
    Bill Moos, Washington State, $455,000
    Lisa Love, Arizona State, $448,000
    Chris Hill, Utah, $400,000
    Mike Bohn, Colorado, $253,500

  114. laulau head:

    Nice to have a bit of good news on this sad is precious. Love hard!

  115. jm2375 (iPad):

    OSD - any guesses on how much the ADs at USC and Stanford make, since their salaries don't have to be disclosed?

  116. laulau head:

    Congratulations to the UH students graduating tomorrow!

  117. Old School Dave:

    jm2375: I read that since Stanford and USC are private universities, they don't release such information. However, I'm sure that info is somewhere out there.

    Surprised that the Colorado State AD makes more than the CU AD.

  118. Old School Dave:

    For what it's worth, if you earn $175K in Columbus, Ohio (Mr. Jay's reported salary at OSU), a comparable salary in Honolulu would be $315K based on COLA adjustments. Ouch!!

    This is from CNN Money's website.

  119. kapakahi:


    Coming off his knee injury and surgery from the 2011 season, Sean gained some extra poundage while rehabbed his knee since he couldn' do much off-season running until Summer.

    However, Sean looked quite a bit leaner at the end of this past season compared to Fall Camp.

  120. 3-Prong:

    ......prayers for the children and their families.

  121. 3-Prong:

    That's what I call a Left Tackle......Wow. Great Feet and a bit of a Mean Streak!


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