Archive for January, 2013

Shutter gets CFL combine invitation

January 31st, 2013
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Quarterback Cayman Shutter has been invited to compete in the Canadian Football League's combine on March 21 in Toronto.

Shutter was born in Canada and lived there until he moved to Hawaii on Jan. 1, 2001 — 1/1/01.

Shutter has met the CFL's requirement as a "non-import" as a Canadian citizen who lived in the country for at least five years. A non-import is draft eligible four years after graduating from high school regardless of the player's eligibility status in college.

Shutter will earn a bachelor's degree in May. He actually has one remaining NCAA season because he redshirted in 2009. He has maintained his amateur status by not signing with an agent. If he participates in the CFL combine, as expected, he will end his NCAA eligibility.

Duane Forde, who is considered the Mel Kiper Jr. of CFL drafts, has been helpful in Shutter establishing contacts in the CFL.

"I'll always be a fan of Hawaii," Shutter said.

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Volleyball Warriors had a wonderful fund-raiser last night.

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Looking ahead . . .

The Rainbow Wahine softball team's first banquet in more than 10 years is set for May 5 at Treetops Restaurant in Manoa.

There is limited seating available. The cost is $45 per person; $500 for VIP tables of eight. VIP tables include signed softballs, photos and other souvenirs. There also will be a silent auction. Proceeds go to post-game meals and purchasing of additional equipment.

For details, email kevin@nawahine.com or call (808) 343-0661.

Observing the 25 limit

January 30th, 2013
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An NCAA amendment apparently limits a team to sending out 25 letters of intent for next week's signing day.

The rule was intended to prevent schools from trying to over-sign.

It should be interesting to see what happens with grayshirts or players going on church missions. In the past, a player had to wait until his 19th birthday to go on a mission, enabling him to attend college for a year. Now a mission can begin a year earlier. At least one UH recruit is expected to go on a mission; at least two others will grayshirt.

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The UH coaches are in Florida today doing home visits with prospects and their families.

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The Warriors will wait until after the recruiting season to fill the offensive coordinator's position. There also is no rush to fill the vacant graduate assistant's job.

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It's still not too late to get a seat at tonight's volleyball Warriors' scholarship dinner.

Unique auction items.

Click on the line for the info: Volleyball dinner.

B-Y ... who?

January 29th, 2013
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When it comes to the UH-BYU series, to quote the woman in Red: "We are never, ever, ever, getting back together."

The aura of the rivalry had long faded. When every trivia list about the series involved references to Dick Tomey as a UH head coach, well, this one had gone the way of Kona jackets and gold-dipped leaves. And after Kahuku running back Aufaga Wiley makes his decision between the schools, what's left to discuss?

The series' revival was reborn out of necessity. BYU was going independent and needed games; UH had the Hawaii exemption and a fondness for nostalgia.  But  what ended the first marriage — scheduling conflicts, dying interest — resurfaced in the reunion. That was apparent when the 2012 game had to be pushed back a couple of weeks. And that was apparent this time, when the MWC's expansion and creation of a championship game forced members to clear Dec. 7 plans.

There might be discussions about bringing the series back again. But with the narrowed window, this drain is unplugged.

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It will be interesting to see if UH can ever have a 13-game schedule. Knock off the annual regular-season game in December, and it will be squeeze to play 13.

Not sure why there's a need to play a MWC title game, anyway. Twelve teams have to leave open a date that only two can use. And the championship game's winner is not assured a berth in a megabuck bowl.

For all of the naysayers who thought it would be too difficult to stage a game against Temple last year, how is preparing for a title game on, maybe, a week's notice any different?

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Two Canadian Football League teams have inquired about quarterback Cayman Shutter, who will earn his bachelor's degree in May. Born in Canada, Shutter would have a roster edge. Of the 46 players on a CFL roster, 27 must be "non-imports." Shutter is expected to compete in UH's pro day on March 19 in San Diego.

Bee effort

January 28th, 2013
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Norm Chow and a couple of assistant coaches are in the Beehive state — Utah — meeting with recruits today.

They are making home visits with their four UH commitments — Ammon Barker, Marcus Kemp, Drake Miller and Elijah Tupai.

UH also is believed to be recruiting two other Utah players.

The Utah prospects are scheduled to visit Hawaii this weekend.

Tomorrow, the UH group heads to Florida.

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Happy birthday to A-Joe.

Home stretch

January 27th, 2013
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The Warriors today complete the penultimate recruiting weekend before entering the home stretch. There were nine prospects in town this weekend.

Overall, the Warriors are awaiting decisions from about four prospects.

They recently received a commitment from linebacker Jamie Tago of American Samoa. Tago, who is 6 feet 3 and 205 pounds, will sign as a grayshirt and join the Warriors in January 2014.

There is a possibility that wide receiver Stacey Howard of San Bernardino Valley College might not project to meet the requirements in time to play for the Warriors in 2013. If it appears he will need more time, he probably will not sign a letter of intent on Feb. 6, the first day of the signing period.

The UH coaches depart this evening for home visits on the mainland. They will go to California, Utah and Florida.

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One of the things the volleyball Warriors do best is put on good dinners.

There's a fund-raiser this Wednesday, with pretty unique silent-auction items. It's affordable, too — $50 a head. (That's $50 per seat. They're not actually auctioning heads, although that would be pretty unique.)

Here's the link: Volleyball fund-raiser.