Delay of game

December 18th, 2012
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Quarterback Aaron Zwahlen of Thomas Downey High (Modesto, Calif.) will sign a letter of intent with the Warriors on Feb. 6, but will delay the start of his UH career until 2015, when he completes a two-year church mission.

Zwahlen initially wanted to attend UH for a year before going on the mission.

In October, the Mormon church lowered the minimum age, from 19 to 18, for a man to begin a church mission. Zwahlen said he will go on a mission after graduating in June. He said he expects to join the Warriors in the spring of 2015.

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There are two views to the Warriors' local recruiting:

• They received commitments from five of 11 players who were offered scholarships.

• They received commitments from three of the top five on their list.

Defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii of Waianae, offensive lineman John Wa‘a of Kahuku, linebackers Ualesi Sale of Aiea and Rashaan Falemalu of Kahuku, and quarterback Keelan Ewaliko have made oral commitments to the Warriors.

It appears Punahou linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea and Saint Louis offensive lineman Reeve Koehler will sign elsewhere.

Defensive back Kawe Johnson turned down a grayshirt offer from the Warriors to commit to New Mexico State.

216 Responses to “Delay of game”

  1. 3-Prong:

    1?


  2. Will-I-Am:

    Awesome. So what is our whole recruiting class look like this year.


  3. jeezy33:

    Does that mean we are actively recruiting another QB?


  4. A-House:

    Hello - Goodbye!


  5. A-House:

    Pomai:

    Authograhped Gerald Ako baseball done!!!


  6. al:

    3. my thoughts exactly. i would say that we were/are.


  7. Bugaz:

    He will come back a better person. Congrats to him and see him in 2015


  8. Stephen Tsai:

    UH will not be recruiting another quarterback for this class.
    But apparently there are some whispers about a quarterback inquiring about transferring.


  9. Stephen Tsai:

    There actually are a few potential bounce-back players. It could get interesting in January.


  10. al:

    that extra 20-25 lbs that a.z. will pick up over the next two years will be a good thing. hopefully he packs a football and a wr or two with him.


  11. Stephen Tsai:

    2013:
    Seniors — Sean Schroeder, Cayman Shutter
    Juniors — Taylor Graham, Jeremy Higgins
    Freshman — Ikaika Woolsey


  12. al:

    it is interesting because every year there are a handful of worthy
    transfer eligible players, especially qb's.

    now that chow is here we've become a more highly sought after choice by these young men.


  13. oldie:

    Morning Tsaikos!

    While its important to find the right successor to fill the rest of Inouye's term, I think it's equally important to find the appropriate memorial to honor the man.

    John Burns has his Medical School.

    William Richardson has his School of Law.

    Les Murakami has his Rainbow Stadium.

    How about 'Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu'? It will keep his name forever alive throughout the world.

    Any other suggestion?


  14. Stephen Tsai:

    The Warriors also have been looking at Punahou running back Ryan Tuiasoa.


  15. al:

    yes, fill in the blanks.

    we don't have a soph qb and only one frosh qb. it would be good to have a body or two. i hear good things about woolsey.


  16. azwarrior22:

    Tell Isaac and Reeve they have a chance to be part of a new beginning and something very special and represent the home state and family...why would you want to play for Kansas or Arkansas? Nobody will know you over there. And it will be a culture shock. If their recruiting visits are in January, it's going to be very cold...maybe that will change their minds.


  17. Stephen Tsai:

    Tigi Hill and Charles Tua‘au can be considered local commitments.


  18. Stephen Tsai:

    It appears that UCLA has emerged as the favorite for Savaiinaea.


  19. al:

    tuiasoa has often been overlooked by recruiters in general becaus of his forty times which are a tad lower than the standard for his position. others want him as a linebacker.

    however, recently ucla has taken up an interest in him which could start the bandwagon.

    i like the way he is a gamer and has improved by leaps and bounds each year as a power back with great vision as well. he could challenge iosefa in a year or two.

    having he and lakalaka would be a great pair back there.

    we've had great success with local boy running backs, so why not?
    besides wily will go on a mission soon after he graduates.


  20. here:

    Usually I do not learn post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice post.


  21. al:

    thought for the day...pair az and wily on a mission.


  22. al:

    yes, ucla has taken a recent interest in reeve as well as the pun lb'er. there are a few more local boys high on the westwood campus' list, too.

    hopefully, we can safeguard our potential assets.


  23. Stephen Tsai:

    Big picture, I think the grayshirt offer would have been better for Johnson. Gives him an extra year to develop, adjust to college. Plus, UH is in a better conference. Heck, it is in a conference.
    But, hey, bird in hand. He gets to play in 2013. And all praise to anyone who can get a free college education.


  24. al:

    note to pun lb'er parents. it will still cost a lot of money to travel back and forth to the west coast and elsewhere to follow the son's developement over the next four years.

    just tossing it out there...
    12 games at $1500 for two air only. hotel for two nights plus incidentals add another $500. that would sum up to no less than $24,000 per year or around $100k for four years.

    and this is without frequent stops to "inn and out burger".

    whereas the price of gas is much more affordable than flying the friendly skies.


  25. A-House:

    I belive it's laughable that the Star Advertiser says that Hawaii "could" lose dollars with the demise of Senator Inouye.

    COULD???? why kid yourself when the members of the Senate will think of many ways to divert $$ destined for Hawaii in the future to their own home state.

    No, I say WILL!!!!!!!


  26. Stephen Tsai:

    I think it's Kansas or Arkansas for Koehler.


  27. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez!

    Its the most wonderful time of the year! *winks at al*

    Great news on the recruiting front - definitely the Chow factor in play - and the snowball keeps rolling and getting bigger!

    Woulda been nice to see that "Sly Mongoose" in a Warrior uni...


  28. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    The joint is really jumpin' especially considering this is a "dead period" in recruiting.


  29. d1shima:

    al,

    I can attest to your assessment of those mainland trips...you should see my credit card statement! :shock:


  30. PONO:

    Koehler who? Next. I'm a fan of UH athletics not Kansas or Arkansas. Wish him the best but I could care less where he ends up if it's not the Warriors baby.


  31. tommui:

    #26 ST - as I said before, these guys that go to play out-of-state, how many of them will be remembered should they return to Hawaii after their playing years?

    The running backs that went to Idaho and Cal - are they back in Hawaii? What are their names to the casual football fans? Yet the guys that have played for Hawaii are still remembered - even if they dropped a pass in the endzone against BYU! :-)


  32. Kekoa:

    ST ~ Are you still answering the call for the Blue Light holiday specials available at your local stores?

    I understand that powerful members of the media are exempt because they are held to a higher calling.


  33. Kekoa:

    ST ~ Are you still answering the call for the Blue Light holiday specials available at your local stores?

    I understand that powerful members of the media are exempt because they are held to a higher calling.


  34. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    A-house: the passing of Sen Inouye was dreaded by all local Federal employees. Look for reporting jurisdictions to change. Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean DIVISION (HI, AK, AS, GU, Far East) may become a DISTRICT under the Western DIVISION based in California.

    al & tommui - check your emails.


  35. Chee Hoo:

    Whatever happened to Soloman Koehler? What's that ole saying, "out of sight of mind!"


  36. Whats up:

    al and d1shima,

    I 3rd that with Hawaii Warriors road trip expenses! Lucky my wife is a Warrior fan or she would cut up my credit card already.


  37. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    #25 -You got that right, Colonel A-house -

    But look at the bright side of things - NOTHING gets done by the Senate or the Congress these days. Except a lot of posturing and outrage (real or imagined) across the aisles.


  38. A-House:

    I am in accord with Pono - good luck to all local athletes who go elsewhere, but I am strictly a UH fan only.

    tom mui: #31 - Midori 7 still steams when recalling that dropped pass in the endzone against BYU. ah, such is life as it took many years thereafter before Garret Gabriel and team mates were able to complete a solid "back-to-back" lickens of BYU.


  39. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    "I understand that powerful members of the media are exempt because they are held to a higher calling."

    Yes... so powerful that even Santa Claus will do them favors.


  40. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Col. -

    I'll betcha every hard core UH fan remembers where they were and what they were doing when that pass was dropped. I was baby sitting a bunch of intermediate school kids with former UH tight end Chris Fife, watching the game on the tube. That was the first and last time I ever heard Chris utter a profanity, albeit, under his breath. ;)


  41. A-House:

    DPK:

    right you are on the current do nothing Congress!! - should we blame the President or Republicans? - I vote for the latter as their sole purpose from 2008 was to limit the "local boy" to a one-term President and therefore blocked every attempt to have the nation climb out of the severe recession - the "jobs bill" would have been a blessing to hundreds of thousands of Americans - employed or unemployed.

    yet, jm2375 has a very valid point - we may never realize the breath and depth of Senator Inouye's influence, but for sure it will come upon us in the next 5 years.


  42. A-House:

    DPK:

    we were sitting in Mauka Blue, section NN, row 39, and all I could do was put my head down and place my hands on my ears - silently saying what the ______!


  43. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    I here Jingle Bells ringing... gotta run!


  44. PONO:

    ST is right, anytime you get a free education you cannot complain. However, my allegiance is with the Warriors so if you ain't playing for them I don't have enough time to follow local boys who have chosen to play for other teams unless they are relatives.


  45. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    41 - A-house -

    jm is a smart lady. She should write a book called "Facebook for really Dumb Dummies".

    Believe what you see with your own eyes. My eyes see the approval ratings polls for the Pres and the Congress. Nuff said. Okay, gonna run before I start a fist fight here...

    Merry Christmas all! :)


  46. tommui:

    #38 A-House

    I was there - suffering the curse of 10,000 cuts!


  47. tommui:

    jm2375 #34

    You are a living doll!!!

    I like that place - perhaps too much!


  48. tommui:

    AL - are you back in town with all your gains?


  49. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Federal workers and contractors that deal primarily with federal projects should be a bit worried.

    While post-Ted Steven's Alaska did not suffer severe reduction in federal monies overall. A lot of this may be attributed to having native Alaskan tribal recognition that require federal support and federal land holdings in Alaska. It is worth nothing that military spending in Alaska dropped nearly 90% after the passing of Stevens.

    There is good reason to be worried but I pray that Inouye treated the most senior members well and in turn they will help out our junior delegation during the appropriation process. Don't kid yourself though, things will change in due time. :(


  50. Former UH Athlete:

    Savaiinaea and Koehler would be bonuses if they commit to UH. There's too many high profile schools after them for UH to have a decent shot at either of them. UH would need to be extremely lucky to get either of them. I think Chow has done a great job for UH just to be considered one of the final choices for Savaiinaea and Koehler.

    Hopefully Zwahlen, will return in 2015. Presumably, that means he'll be in open competition for the starting QB job after Graham graduates. You can count on BYU actively recruiting him during his entire 2 year mission, starting during his training through his return. I wouldn't be surprised if they slip a few pictures and words of encouragement from Steve Young or Ty Detmer in his Book of Mormon.


  51. jm2375:

    DPK - #45 - but u wen figga 'em out all by yourself! I not dat smaht, I jus spend way too much time in da great time suck AKA Facebook.


  52. azwarrior22:

    #50 - I don't consider Kansas (bottom dwellars) and Arkansas as high profile schools. Only that they are BCS. So again why would you go there? UCLA is west coast and a good school, but LA smog and traffic...no thanks !


  53. (Jesse) James:

    Good morning Tsaikos!!! Hope all have a great day!!!


  54. jeezy33:

    Anyone with scoops on Ath. Shaun Kagawa? I feel like getting him is every bit as important as was getting Brandon Hardin a few years back. Unfortunately he chose OSU and got drafted.


  55. BigWave96744:

    the Mormon church lowered the minimum age, from 19 to 18, for a man to begin a church mission..

    can women go on lds missions?


  56. cincodemayonnaisse:

    I think with this class you focus on who we got rather than what we don't. Not putting down the St. Louis or Punahou boy but we got some very talented HS recruits as talented or maybe even better upside in athleticism.

    Wa'a
    Sale
    Ekuale
    Satakielu (spl?)

    Throw in the JC guys like Hill, Allen, Tua'au etc.....and we got a pretty talented class on paper. Maybe the top class player for player in a very long time. If these guys perform on the field as much as their hype and film precede them we got a bright future for Hawaii Warrior football.

    One thing I can say....I commend and thank both boys for giving UH a consideration, the St. Louis boy took an official visit and the Punahou boy was a regular at home games on the sideline. They kept their options open and if UH wasn't a good fit then god bless them in their selection, all the aloha and success to them.


  57. BigWave96744:

    RE #8... This dude, perhaps????

    48. Bigwave96744: December 17th, 2012 at10:05 am

    Stephen, I remember Big Wednesday!!!

    Anyway, not that we need another 4* QB, but Andrew Luck's backup last year Brett Nottingham has left Stanford & looking for someone who needs a 6'4" Pro Style QB.

    Brett is very similar to 6'5" Taylor Graham. Both grad in 2010, redshirted in 2010, was a primary backup i


  58. Slugger:

    Hi, Oldie!


  59. wowlaulau:

    Let the kids and family make their decision on where they want to attend school and play ... not sure how many of us would like someone telling us how we should live our lives...


  60. jeezy33:

    Hawaii to play Northern Iowa in 2014..... doesn't seem too exciting..


  61. azwarrior22:

    I thought we rid of D-IAA schools :-(


  62. RILIMIAI:

    In response to #14 and #19, I am glad that Ryan Tuiasoa is getting some recruiting attention. I don't know all the details, but wasn't he a linebacker last year who changed to RB to help his team out, going into his senior season no less? Obviously, he put up huge numbers and also showed that he could be a productive receiver coming out of the backfield. Helping out the team by changing positions and showing ability and playing a key role in getting to the State Championship game hopefully will be rewarded with a D1 offer?


  63. azwarrior22:

    University of Kansas in Lawrence - avg temp in January H/L: 39 18 Lawrence

    University of Arkansas in Fayetteville - avg temp in January H/L: 46 26 Fayetteville


  64. Bugaz:

    I don't think anyone here is really telling family members or student athletes where to go to school, just trying to persuade as a hard core Hawaii fan. To do any less...would be uncivilized.


  65. Bugaz:

    I am with PONO though. I would love to cheer on any player in a Warrior jersey. If you choose to go elsewhere, then elsewhere will cheer you on. Go Warriors!!!


  66. azwarrior22:

    Average temp in Phoenix in January H/L: 67/46 :-) If you want snow, just take an 1.5 hr drive north to Flagstaff. West Coast beaches in SD/LA about a 5/6 hr drive. LV about 4.5 hrs.


  67. koakane ip5:

    morning

    #13 just saying how about renaming Punchbowl to Daniel Inouye Memorial

    imho seems appropriate to me


  68. tommui:

    #60 Jeezy:

    We could schedule Western Kentucky or Western Carolina in lieu of Northern Iowa if that will peak your interest.

    The two "Westerns" were on Alabama's schedule this year.


  69. koakane ip5:

    yes ahouse must agree #23 .... 808 needs to tighten up this coming decade


  70. jeezy33:

    Western Kentucky is a very good mid major D1 team. I'd much rather play them.


  71. koakane ip5:

    ooops #23 = #25


  72. whitey:

    Nothern Iowa = Stan Sheriff = UH


  73. quality hawaiian shirt:

    Great for the post. Very informative, keep up with the good work!


  74. maui warrior:

    Northern Iowa is one of the top D1-AA schools aren't they? They could probably beat a lot of D-1 teams...........


  75. Warrior4Life:

    A certain USC lineman is available.


  76. genneryk all:

    i COULD NOT FIND WHERE TO ENTER THE CODE NUMBERS


  77. MattyBoy:

    Is Abe Markowitz any good?


  78. tommui:

    #67 Koakane - Punchbowl is the National Cemetery of the Pacific and probably can't be changed.

    Oldie' suggestion #13 for the airport seems to be an excellent suggestion.
    I don't know whether the airport code can be changed like Idlewild was to JFK - HNL to DKI?


  79. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    ...taking advantage of the slow blog clock again. :|


  80. Independent Thinker:

    Dan Inouye

    Naming the airport after Dan is a good idea. Other good ideas might include the renaming the East West Center, or the Hawaii State Capitol, or the Rail, or some other major structure or institution.

    Next senator

    Ed Case is a good choice. Neil will likely nominate another haole like himself, and this is okay with me, but I highly doubt he will nominate Hanabusa. If he did nominate Hanabusa, we would have an all-female congressional contingent. Imagine that.

    Recruiting

    Nice recruiting class. Now, let's see what chow does with these chess pieces.

    Coaches

    We need a Brian Te'o-like coach. Now. For the reasons I previously stated.

    Guys who choose mainland schools

    More power to you, young men. We will continue to cheer for you nonetheless. Hopefully, chow will do a good job of winning games and this will give future prospects a better reason for choosing UH over some other school. Best of luck to Savaiinaea and Koehler.


  81. Independent Thinker:

    Correction. Neil would appoint, not nominate.


  82. BigWave96744:

    Abe finished his eligibility. He was a 2008 grad :)


  83. MattyBoy:

    Um..are you sure?

    http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=219&f=1136&t=11077688


  84. MattyBoy:

    Seems like he's going transfer....with eligibility still left


  85. Bryson:

    If Hawaii is gonna be short on QB's after this year they should extend an offer to a prospect they were recruiting before....There a 6"4-6"5 Kid In Florida who just had his offer pulled by an SEC school due to coaching changes....


  86. Kevin:

    Dave Reardon tweets that there WILL be a press conference this Thursday at 2pm HST to formally introduce the new UH AD Ben Jay.


  87. Tanks Ah!:

    #55 - BigWave - Yes women can go on missions. Their timeframe to serve is slightly shorter - only 18 months. The Church also lowered the age for women to serve missions from 21 to 19.


  88. BigWave96744:

    Tanks Ah! Much mahalos for your updates. I'm not sure if there was ever a wahine athlete at UH who went on an LDS mission. I guess the age requirement made it more difficult for women student athletes in the past.


  89. koakane ip5:

    #78 why not. it represents the whole pacific region which Inouye represented during his life time. if its a federal thing shouldn't matter he served with dignity.

    thought of the state capital but still feel Punchbowl is more appropriate


  90. A-House:

    koakane:

    unsure if I would want a "cemetary" named after me!

    Honolulu International Airport gets me vote because all inbound passengers to Oahu, foregin or domestic, must go through the airport - only exception is the "cruise liners", but they come today and gone tomorrow.


  91. BigWave96744:

    Abe must have been granted his 6th year eligibity for his foot injury that sidelined him for 2010 & 2011.
    I read where Lane didn't have any scholies left for Abe if his 6th year was granted.
    Since he already graduated he could play immediate


  92. A-House:

    New UHAD should have been introduced the day it was decided, but alas, only in Hawaii, do we go through all the "hoops" before anything can be done.

    Some must have the moral courage in the Legislature to look at and recommend changing our "hiring laws" so we don't continue to look so "paternalistic". Heavans, the 40s and 50s are long gone and we have a long memory of what it was like back then!


  93. A-House:

    I vote for Ed Case being appointed to fill Senator Inouye's last 2 years of his current term - he knows his way around Congress and, hopefully, made many friends while in the US House. This would make him the "senior" Senator from Hawaii as Mazie does not move over until January. Like the military, even a single day of seniority makes a BIG difference.

    I supported him in his quest to unseat Senator Akaka so we would not be in the situation Hawaii is in now for Senate seniority - believe the old Demo establishment wanted to give Akaka a last shot at passing his bill, but, the Republican party would never allow that - in the House and Senate - they would fillabuster it to death.

    History will record how Hawaii will fare without Senator Dan - I will be long gone when the results are known unless I become a "centarian" ( and in good health ).


  94. A-House:

    Although Abe M would be available, I prefer UH continue to allow the young Oline to mature and make significant contributions in the next 2-3 years.

    At first I thought Shigematsu would be a good LT, but watching his slow feet makes him a better candidate for a "guard"; this may occur with the new recruits from 2012 and 2013 - much like Ituapati from Idaho now with the 49ers.

    The other player who I thought would make a good tackle is Loefner (sp) from Hilo. Is he still injured? can be ready for Spring ball?


  95. jimmy the lock:

    I would think Abercrombie will appoint someone who will have the best chance of winning the 2014 election for the remainder of Inouye's term (ends in 2016). This gives Hawaii continuity in the Senate for at least 4 years (same person).

    Looking forward to see who signs on Feb. 6, 2013.


  96. Former UH Athlete:

    As I said the other day... 2 of the major recruiting websites have UH as the top recruiting class in the MWC at this point. Nothing is for sure until the LOI is signed, but so far, Chow is doing an outstanding job in his first full recruiting cycle.


  97. oldie:

    Hi Slugger!

    Independent Thinker, Glad you agree about the airport. When someone says they're landing at Kennedy, you immediately know theyre talking about John Kennedy and New York. If the airport is named after him, hopefully, everyone will associate Inouye International with Dan Inouye and Hawaii.

    Sorry to be off topic.


  98. jimmy the lock:

    If they do rename the airport I hope it doesn't take long for people to notice the name change. I still refer to Macy's as Liberty House and Don Quijote as Daiei. But no matter it would be an honor to have the airport renamed.


  99. jimmy the lock:

    @Former UH Athlete

    Since you have been doing the research, what do the other major recruiting sites say about the Warrior's recruiting class?


  100. Bowwar:

    I agree with the idea of an Inouye International airport...As for a successor, I'd like to think that Dan's recommendation of Hanabusa is what we should go with. That leaves the congressional seat open for an election next year and I'm sure Lingle will run for it.

    For really important stuff...I think we should actively recruit a "game breaker" type runner versus a QB at this point. The kid from Florida looks like a good get, but we need speed...and lots of it.


  101. jimmy the lock:

    100th battalion


  102. jimmy the lock:

    Ah shucks, missed it. Carry on ladies and gentlemen.


  103. jeezy33:

    96. Defensively we are much improved.

    Offensively, still have a few holes. No real pass catching TEs. Long is a JC transfer that is more of a blocking TE. 3 JUCO WRs is not really the answer to our troubles to me. 1 quality one would have been perfect. I think Haynes is the right guy. We still need to bring in a All Purpose type RB in my opinion. I'd hope to get a pass catching TE or FR WR. And you're only as good as your QB play and as of right now, we dont have much at the QB spot. We have 1 unproven QB with a lot of upside. But he only has 2 years so we need to add one.


  104. HawaiiMongoose:

    #74, yes, Northern Iowa is a strong FCS program that has had some wins over FBS programs.

    So UH's 2014 out-of-conference schedule looks like this:

    8/30 Washington
    9/06 Oregon State
    9/13 Northern Iowa
    9/20 @ Colorado

    Some tough competition, but it's good to open with three at home.


  105. 104:

    ^^^
    Don't forget BYU


  106. BigWave96744:

    Lakalaka reminds me of Nasti Nate. Strong & shifty runner with goods hands..


  107. Former UH Athlete:

    If Chow can land one more immediate upgrade on the Offensive line, UH will be a good team next year and for years to come.

    The secondary is very solid (probably UH's best unit assuming Edwards stays).

    The LBs will be good if the freshmen add size. This may be the most competitive position battles in spring and fall camps with the new comers and improved returnees. Competition will lead to higher quality play.

    DL has several upgrades coming in plus everybody will be healthy. UH will be better on this unit.

    That means all three defensive units should all be improved.

    On the offense...
    One upgrade recruit at OL so far (Griffin). Clarke will be very good. The others are still questionable (OL is UH's weakest unit heading into 2013)

    RB is very solid and deep (best unit on offense)

    WR should be improved... I see at least one immediate upgrade in this class. Have to wait and see

    QB will be vastly improved... Graham has a real D1 arm and Woosley looks to be solid also.

    The offense will be vastly improved in 2013. The main question mark is still the OL... Can it protect the QB?


  108. Derek:

    I would recruit another freshman QB or a JC QB, preferably someone who can run the spread offense.If you get a transfer from a DI school, that player has to sit out the year. My feeling are that Schroeder, Shutter, and Higgins are probably not the answer to backup Graham. Woolsey hasn't seen action yet so we are not sure if he can be the backup. Graham is clearly the favorite for the starting job, but he's been 2 years removed from playing a game also. Real experience is the big question. So, get a frosh or JC and let em compete. Who knows maybe we'll get a gem! You never know. Recruit a player who is an athlete who can run and throw, a dual QB. There are a lot of guys like that, but the key thing is, does that player makes plays and is that player has poise, the intangibles. You can probably sell the recruit on the opportunity to have playing time right away if he makes an impression in camp.

    Remember, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton went the JC route too. So did Jeremy Masoli.
    And Nick Rolovich.


  109. al:

    naming the airport after senator dan would be nice or renaming the punchbowl memorial to the daniel k. inouye national veteran's memorial would be nice too.


  110. oldie:

    jimmy the lock, Bowwar, al -

    Glad you guys agree. Thinking of writing a letter to the editor. Got to figure out how to sign in to SA.

    Does anyone know who is responsible for the naming of the airport? Is it at the State or Federal level, or is there some other international organization?


  111. al:

    jm411...yup burgers is good.


  112. al:

    tommui...yes got back on sabado sans any gains other than pounds,


  113. d1shima:

    SCam went to Blinn after leaving Florida where he was in the hunt to be heir apparent to the newly-named 3rd string J-E-T-S QB


  114. al:

    allen is a frosh.

    tigi hill is a 1/2 jc'er with 3 yrs to play.


  115. al:

    did you forget THE jc qb aka colt brennan?


  116. al:

    oldie...send an email to neil.


  117. jm2375 (Infuse):

    Jtl - no feel bad. Sometimes I still refer to Donki as Holiday Mart.


  118. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    many things will be named after Inouye. I'm all for Punchbowl and the airport. I also think one high school should be named after him.


  119. oldie:

    al, Good idea. Will do.


  120. HiFlyer:

    Isn't the HNL already named after someone by the name of Rogers?


  121. d1shima:

    Good ting Santa still taking entries on his Wish List. If not for the comments here the coaches seemingly wouldn't know what the team needs!

    So far get requests for:

    - A spread QB with a golden arm
    - A future Canton enshrinee RB
    - A mobile, agile, hostile Space Eater DT/NT
    - A coupla gazelle-like WR's with 15" hand spans
    - A "Blind-side" quality OT
    - A 80-catch TE who can pass pro, run block and sell hotdogs at halftime....

    ...but, eh. No try tell me da guys on da team last year wasn't good enough for ween! Was da dang coach's fault! :roll:

    Sheesh!


  122. koakane ip5:

    not liking case as replacement understand ahouse rational but must have others with similar age and experiences. his earlier over eagerness turned me off. I think senator Dan must have felt the same.


  123. koakane ip5:

    :cool:


  124. Annoddah Dave:

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    I don't know about the rest of you but for a war hero and medal of honor recipient, I would rather that either Schofield or Shafter be renamed for Dan. Schofield and Shafter had little connection with the Pacific theater. Their medals were from the Civil War. At least Dan was born and raised in the Pacific.


  125. Annoddah Dave:

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    Forgot to mention that Schofield's Medal of Honor was a self nomination.


  126. tommui:

    A-House #93 if seniority is your concern, it would seem that only Ed Case and/or Brian Schotz would be the more prominent ones, age-wise.

    It takes maybe three terms to get up there in seniority (18-years). Representative Hanabusa is 61 (or so) and would be 79 before she gets up in the ranks!

    Unfortunately, seniority comes only with age and not necessarily with ability!


  127. jimmy the lock:

    They should change the name of the Pacific to Dan's Ocean. It was only named because of an explorer. Time to change it to more current history.


  128. d1shima:

    So much of his Congressionally related praise is focused on his ability to "work across the aisle" to get things done for the nation and Hawaii.

    Certainly the power he wielded had much to do with the "reasonableness" that his opponents displayed in working with him but DKI seemingly had true statesman abilities when it came to consensus building.

    Of the possible successors discussed here it seems to me that only Ed Case comes close to displaying that same ability.

    IMO the team of Hirono and Hanabusa would only brand our Senate delegation as true Blue party hacks.


  129. tommui:

    #118 IWWTHM:

    Hate to bring up problems/controversy and offend people who revere black and gold. But McKinley was not the world's greatest president. His claim to fame was he was assassinated while in office.

    Dan was a graduate of that school so it may be fitting to name that school after him


  130. BigWave96744:

    Or was the inquirying QB, former UDub and Mt.SAC dude, Nick Montana, son of Joe?
    If so he committed to Tulane, with 2-to play-2


  131. jimmy the lock:

    Certainly DKI has a reason why he wants Hanabusa.


  132. BigWave96744:

    BTW when Nick was on the Dela Salle JV team, some dude named Justin Clapp was on the varsity squad


  133. Annoddah Dave:

    @#127, jimmy: No can do cause the Portuguese community would be "up in arms"!


  134. Will-I-Am:

    I like the airport idea. We would be hard pressed to find someone from Hawaii that deserves it more. I am sure some people will want it Obama international though. And by the way, DKI is taken by Dunk Island Australia.


  135. BigWave96744:

    I doubt it was former Virginia QB Michael Rocco, who has granted a release from the Cavs, last week.


  136. cocobean:

    Senority is good but over rated.

    Senator Dan made his bones because of ability and senority. He commanded respect from waaay back. Our girls in Congress may have the ability but they don't garner the type of respect Senator Dan got almost from the beginning of his Congressional career.

    His peers understood the rags to glory journey he took to get there. They knew he wasn't a popularity contest winner like many of them were. They recognized early on that beneath that one armed, dimunitive Asian exterior beat the heart of a fighter and the will of a champion.

    Hanabusa is probably in the lead--see her as a Patsy Mink "lite". Mufi and Case know their way around DC but are ofter times blinded by ambition. Shatz is a "good soldier", given the LG job because of his years of service and loyalty to the Party.

    DIK International AP sounds good to me also.


  137. jm2375 (Infuse):

    Will-i-am- doubt the airport code would change. When they renamed Washington National Airport to Reagan National Airport, the code remained DCA. (Still can't get used to calling it Reagan National, since he was president when I lived in the area.)


  138. Bleed Green and White:

    (#107 Former UH Athlete)

    Aloha!
    I agree with your take 100%.....Great read!


  139. Bleed Green and White:

    Thoughts:

    NO! - To airport being named after Dan Inouye. There is nothing wrong with Honolulu International.

    NO! - To Hanabusa being named to replacement. I have had enough, in fact I am sick of the "Old Boy" non-sense, and Hanabusa, along with Mazie were the two little sister that were allowed to play with the big boys. That's my wish, but I know Abercrombie is card-carrying member of the "Old Boys".
    Makes me sick!


  140. kifi:

    ***2013 Hawaii Football Recruiting Progress

    *Transfers:

    Terrance Polk / WR / 6-0 180
    Stacey Howard / WR / 6-3 185
    Vasquez Haynes / WR / 6-2 205
    Josh Long / TE / 6-4 240
    David Griffin / OL / 6-6 320

    Charles Tua’au / DT / 6-4 265
    Iuta Tepa / DE / 6-2 255
    Julian Gener / LB / 6-0 230
    Tevita Lataimua / LB / 5-11 230
    Tigi Hill / DB / 6-3 225

    *Freshman(2013):

    Keenan Ewaliko / QB / 5-11 175
    Marcus Kemp / WR / 6-4 180
    John Wa’a / OL / 6-3 279

    Daniel Etuale / DT / 6-5 295
    Kennedy Tulimaseali’i / DT / 6-2 275
    David Manoa / DE / 6-4 225
    Ualesi Sale / DE / 6-2 230
    David Miller / LB / 6-2 210
    Rashaan Falemalu / LB / 6-2 210

    *Mormon Mission(2015 Freshman):

    Aaron Zwahlen / QB / 6-3 195
    Keti Salakielu / DT / 6-5 295

    *Mormon Mission(2014 Freshman):

    Gus Lavaka OL 6-4 305
    John Ursua WR 5-10 180

    *Possible Additions (Pending Academic Obligations)

    David Moala / DT / 6-2 305
    Dejon Allen / DE / 6-3 265
    Quenton Brown / DE / 6-3 220
    Penitito Faalalogo / LB / 6-0 220
    Anthony Pierce / DB / 5-9 170
    Simeon Thomas / DB / 6-3 195
    Ronald Fields / DB / 6-2 190


  141. TChahng:

    Dear Neil,

    Please consider the following gentlemen to succeed Senator Daniel Inouye:

    Arnold Morgado, Antonio Taguba, Eric Shinseki.

    Mahalo,
    TChahng


  142. Buffoman:

    If they change Sen. Inouye's alma mater, McKinley HS to Inouye HS, they got to change the statue in front. Too much work and complicated for the DOE. Go with the airport.

    Someone to replace Senator who is young, Billy Kenoi. Young, smart Hawaiian, kinda on the wild side, but smart.


  143. Gsky:

    Boise State with 15 3 star commits. Ugh! That makes me sick. I don't know how they came so far so fast, but hell, if they can do it we can. Right?


  144. oldie:

    HiFlyer -

    You are right. The airport was originally named John Rodgers Airport after the WW1 veteran. Renamed to Honolulu Airport in 1947, then to Honolulu International Airport in 1951. All this according to Wikipedia. I believe there is now a terminal honoring Rodgers.


  145. WarriorMojo:

    koakane, et al.:

    When you guys talk about renaming "punchbowl" in tribute to S.S., are you referring to:

    1. Punchbowl Street,

    2. the Punchbowl neighborhood,

    3. the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or

    4. something else altogether?


  146. al:

    140...kifi did you forget about hasiak?


  147. kifi:

    #147 - No. Figured that would be a longshot. I think it would be good for both parties if he is in football shape though.


  148. Derek:

    John Ursua could be our savior at point guard, in my opinion. We have to wait until 2014 however. I saw his highlights on film and he's terrific. Definitely, can play ff and bb like Miah.


  149. Derek:

    Al, must be brain lock or senior moment. How can I forget my all time favorite UH football player, Colt Brennan.
    70% completion pct., 177% passing efficiency, 3rd in Heisman voting in 2007, 12-0 season, Sugar Bowl, 58 touchdown passes in 2006., The announcement to return. It was the best of times in Uh football history.


  150. koakane ip5:

    #147 my choice is #3 for reasons I already mentioned


  151. koakane ip5:

    ooooops 146 = 147


  152. koakane ip5:

    :roll:


  153. Kekoa:

    Imagine the Hawaii Bowl fans from SMU landing and instead of hearing the traditional "Welcome to Honolulu International Airport," they hear the Senator's name. They would prolly suffer a mild panic attack as they think perhaps they boarded the wrong flight and ended up in Japan!

    My point is, the airport brands who and where we are. We shouldn't change that.

    I would much prefer the planned construction of the Military Multi-operational Center to be named in his honor. It would be like the JFK Special Warfare Center named for President Kennedy. An appropriate choice since it was the Senior Senator who ear marked the funding for it.

    Other considerations:

    A Law library...yes!
    The next new UH Pan Pacific building...yes!
    The new VA hospital planned for the Ewa Plains...very appropriate!


  154. Kevin:

    Screw the fans from SMU, let them have their panic attack. :mrgreen:


  155. el burro sabio:

    #146, WM, they mean option 4. They want to rename a blogger Da Inouye Kid.


  156. nanakuli:

    Rename Ala Moana shopping center the Dan Inouye shopping center. He was raised and went to school in the Mccully area. He brought in millions for Hawaii, we should all spend millions at "The Dan".


  157. Bleed Green and White:

    (#155 - Kekoa)
    Well said my friend, well said. Exactly what I was thinking, or trying to say earlier, but your words a far superior.


  158. Bleed Green and White:

    (#155 - Kekoa)
    Well said my friend, well said. Exactly what I was thinking, or trying to say earlier, but your words a far superior.


  159. jm2375 (iPad):

    Most logical entity to be renamed in honor of Sen. Inouye would be the East-West Center.


  160. WarriorMojo:

    So Hawaii Bowl tweets that their new sponsor is Counter Burger. Don't know it, but always willing to patronize Hawaii Bowl and UH sponsors. Anyone eat there?


  161. Kekoa:

    Thanks Kevin! You made my day.

    BG&W ~
    There are many projects DKI was responsible for, both civilian and federal. Choosing the right one to memorialize him with will be difficult.


  162. wafan:

    So is that similar to an anti-burger . . . whatever that might be.


  163. ai-eee-soos:

    test

    http://www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.edu/


  164. Bryson:

    I think The Coaches have some commitments that they are keeping under wraps I guess we'll find out for sure in Feb. but I just have a hunch that this may be one of the best recruiting classes ever at Hawaii....


  165. WarriorMojo:

    An anti-burger would be a... hot dog?


  166. ai-eee-soos:

    U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga's name is associated with the East-West Center.

    http://www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.edu/


  167. wafan:

    WM . . .

    Bwah-ha-ha-ha!

    Costco, anyone?


  168. jm2375 (iPad):

    WM - The Counter is guuud, but a little pricey, around the price range of Islands at Ala Moana. Build your own burgers, with pretty good fries and onion strings. Used to be part-owned by Daniel Dae Kim.


  169. al:

    167...tossed salad with oil n vinegar.


  170. WarriorMojo:

    Okay, did a goo goo and it's called The Counter - Custom Built Burgers. A number of locations on the mainland and some foreign locales too. In Hawaii, located in Kahala Mall.


  171. WarriorMojo:

    Thanks, jm. I'll check them out with the fam.


  172. al:

    wm...the counter is a good burger. after all it is the customer who builds it.


  173. WarriorMojo:

    So if UH is on skeleton staff this week as ST said, I hope someone remembered to check the fax machine. I heard that tomorrow might be Big Wednesday, but no can if no fax.


  174. WarriorMojo:

    al, so does The Counter make the list of best burgers in Hawaii?

    Hmmm, seems we had this conversation before now that I think about it.


  175. al:

    derek...you did say you were a senior didn't you?. i understand because my mom does that too.


  176. al:

    I'd say they were top five replacing wm burger.


  177. tommui:

    The Counter makes pretty good burgers. Been there a couple of times with Don Weir and other suspects. Unfortunately, I was late with JMxxxx suggestion of getting Groupon for The Hamburger Company.

    Should eat at one place and the other the next day to make a valid comparison. But I like them both.

    AL, being the expert on burgers, probably can give a better take on the burger scene in Honolulu (and Las Vegas).


  178. Old School Dave:

    Wow! USU's Gary Andersen takes the Wisconsin HC job. Didn't see that coming. I thought he was content where he was.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/55491765-77/andersen-state-wisconsin-aggies.html.csp


  179. Janusz smyczynski:

    WOW Gary Andersen says aloha to Utah St for Wisconsin.Dave Aranda has a big choice.Go to Wisconsin, Cal, or Texas Tech.


  180. Old School Dave:

    Utah State's Gary Andersen said that he will be taking most of his staff with him, including DC Dave Aranda, who turned down jobs at Texas Tech and NC State.


  181. Old School Dave:

    Gary Andersen was earning a base salary of $330,000 at USU. He could be earning upwards of $2 million a year at Wisconsin. Probably an offer and opportunity that he couldn't refuse, particularly for his family's future. Big time move. Big time money.

    Feel bad for the USU players, though. This is almost a complete gutting of USU's program with most of the assistants leaving for Wisconsin.


  182. jm2375 (iPad):

    Tommui - wow, that was quick!


  183. Bryson:

    Utah State Maybe The Perfect Opportunity for Rolo to get his head coaching start....


  184. kapakahi:

    Warriors now might wanna check out CB Jeremy Morris.....teammate of David Griffin and Tigi Hill....at Mesa Community College (Arizona)......who had verbally committed to Utah State.

    http://utahstate.scout.com/a.z?s=208&p=8&c=1&nid=6594149
    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1285490/#highlights/16349401


  185. jeezy33:

    I wonder if Norm will try sway a couple Utah St recruits over here. Tyler Fox is a 5-11 slot who plays with Marcus Kemp and Jeremy Morris is a Juco DB at Mesa with Tigi and Griffin.


  186. laulau head:

    Mike Edwards is one of 3 finalists for the Jet Award given to college football's top return man. The others are West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Missouri's Marcus Murphy.

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=big12&id=61598


  187. kapakahi:

    #187,

    Looks like Fox and Kemp are best buds.....

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/54992672-190/kemp-layton-fox-davis.html.csp


  188. BigWave96744:

    Renaming Ala Moana, HIA, Punchbowl Street, etc????? Why? What does it have to do with Dan.
    More better you name the new Rail system after Dan Inouye. That was something he really pushed for and lived to see the Mayoral candidate, who favored it, to get elected.
    Plus who would talk stink about the Dan Inouye Express?


  189. gobows:

    #82 & #83 i believe abe is petitioning the ncaa for a 6th year because he sat out 2 years with injuries. it was reported usc would welcome him back if he was successful, but as a walk-on. his scholarship would not be renewed.


  190. gobows:

    #185 i still would like to see rolo's version of the rns...too bad mack had the handcuffs on rolo, because we never got to see what rolo wanted to do with the offense.


  191. kapakahi:

    ST,

    Any word on whether Warriors still actively recruiting Kealakehe HS ILB Manase Hungalu (6-2, 225)? Hungalu recently named BIIF Division 1 Defensive POY and reportedly has already tripped to and supposedly been offered by Oregon State.

    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/sports/local-sports/talented-seniors-expected-lead-rush.html
    http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/sports/local-sports/all-biif-football-lists.html


  192. cocobean:

    Again be happy with the coach you have.

    Dirk Koelter would've been outta here in a flash if he put up JJ like #'s.

    The "Committee" made the right call in over ruling JD's 1st choice. There's a lesson to be learned from SJSU, USU and LaTech when selecting a new head coach. Money usually trumps loyalty in the coaching business.

    At this point in his career money is less of a factor for Chow. Building something his Home State can be proud of is his biggest motivation. He hasn't asked for much from the school and fans other than PATIENCE.


  193. kapakahi:

    Warriors still in play for Titus?


  194. BG:

    oldie
    Pls call me (381-9334)
    bg


  195. gobows:

    looks like gary anderson will also take utah's dline coach chad kauha'aha'a to wisconsin.


  196. Stephen Tsai:

    With the long hair, Josh Long sorta-sorta resembles Jeremy Shockey.
    Not saying he plays like that. But he does have the long hair.


  197. Stephen Tsai:

    In case anyone is wondering, it is Phil Rauscher's job to stand by the fax machine tomorrow.


  198. Stephen Tsai:

    So after recruiting the Florida guys, UH is expected to hold up to three scholarships for late signees or transfers.


  199. SteveM:

    tommui:
    December 18th, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    #118 IWWTHM:

    Hate to bring up problems/controversy and offend people who revere black and gold. But McKinley was not the world's greatest president. His claim to fame was he was assassinated while in office.

    Dan was a graduate of that school so it may be fitting to name that school after him.

    As a graduate of McKinley high, I was outraged when there was suggestion that McKinley be renamed for President Obama. Nothing against Obama, but what did he have to do with MHS?

    Now, Senator Dan Inouye... I am not convinced, but I am not outraged at the suggestion. His high school too, and it known as "Japan High", as Al could tell you. Inouye's work and support for his fellow nisei and our generation was lifelong. McKinley High made 100 years old when I was there, so if a new building or complex should be added to this historical site, it should be named after Inouye.


  200. SteveM:

    200?

    I'll take it. :)


  201. Ryan Azada:

    I wouldn't be surprised if the rail system is named after Senator Daniel K. Inouye-Daniel K. Inouye Rail System! Someone mentioned earlier that Honolulu International Airport should be renamed to "Daniel K. Inouye International Airport!" Hawaii's recruiting class is very impressive, but I'm praying that these young men do meet their admission requirements for The University of Hawaii altogether! Also, I can't wait to see them in the Warriors uniform in 2013 as well! Let's go Warriors!


  202. 99club:

    Changing Joint Base Hickam Pearl Harbor to Joint Base Inouye would be my choice for honoring Senator Inouye. Or one of the army posts.

    A lot of seniors leaving Utah St. to go with the coaching staff. We should be playing them at home next season if they stick to skipping Wyoming on the schedule. That's a winner!


  203. draw something cheat:

    I Am Very Happy To Read Of Your Blog.Really Great Post.Its brilliant.


  204. Rodney:

    We need to recruit play makers!!!!!!!!!


  205. mo808:

    Happy Hump Day Folks! Great job recruiting Coaches! The Warriors will be terrific next year!


  206. Keva Silacci:

    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!|


  207. 3-Prong:

    Let the faxing begin!


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  209. Chicken Grease:

    cocobean:
    December 18th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Senority is good but over rated.

    Senator Dan made his bones because of ability and senority . . .

    Heh, cocobean . . . the correct spelling should be "seniority." [emphasis mine.] Your use of "senor" reminded a Grease of "si señor," heh. Just FYI'g. here ;) .


  210. Chicken Grease:

    SteveM:
    December 18th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    As a graduate of McKinley high, I was outraged when there was suggestion that McKinley be renamed for President Obama. Nothing against Obama, but what did he have to do with MHS?

    Now, Senator Dan Inouye... I am not convinced, but I am not outraged at the suggestion. His high school too, and it known as "Japan High", as Al could tell you. Inouye's work and support for his fellow nisei and our generation was lifelong. McKinley High made 100 years old when I was there, so if a new building or complex should be added to this historical site, it should be named after Inouye.

    Not sure why you -- and your classmates -- would be in favor of keeping "McKinley" upon being offered to change the school's name to "Inouye [High]," SteveM; I mean, there's gotta be a bunch of schools on the Mainland also named "McKinley." Ya'll's be the ONLY school in U.S. called "Inouye High School." Yes? Yes.


  211. gobows:

    #206
    Keva Silacci:
    December 19th, 2012 at 4:27 am
    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!|

    what state/country are you in?


  212. tommui:

    #199 STEVEM

    "Toyko High"? I didn't want to promote debate on it - but someone mentioned naming a school after Senator Inouye! My late father-in-law probably would lambast me for such a suggestion - his picture is hung in the school's "whose that".

    (Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln should not be touched. There is always the "geographical schools" like Kailua, Aina Hina etc but there is no real connection between the Senator and those schools).


  213. laulau head:

    Damn...I'm all antsy! I can imagine how coach Rauscher must feel!


  214. PONO:

    Hope they double checked to make sure the fax machine is on and working. I've seen it first hand that someone was waiting for an important fax for hours before realizing the fax machine was not on. Haha.


  215. wafan:

    Happy Hump Day!


  216. 3-Prong:

    Yes Happy Hump Day. As the faxes come in, we will be getting over the "hump" and on our way back to a successful program. Go Warriors!