Graham, Matagiese to promote UH

June 18th, 2013

Head coach Norm Chow confirmed that quarterback Taylor Graham and defensive tackle Siasau "Saui" Matagiese will represent the Rainbow Warriors at next month's Mountain West Conference media preview in Las Vegas.

Graham's selection was not surprising even though he has yet to start an NCAA game. Graham was at Ohio State for three semesters before transferring to UH in January 2012. He redshirted in 2012, but exited this past spring training as the No. 1 quarterback.

Graham will be a fourth-year junior this season. Matagiese will be a senior.

The head coach and two players from each of the 12 MWC teams will participate in multi-media interviews at the July 22-23 preview at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

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Former UH cornerback/returner Mike Edwards made a significant step in his attempt to make the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. Edwards has been invited to participate in cornerback Antonio Cromartie's workouts in California this week. The Jets finished mini-camp last week. Cromartie was named to this past year's Pro Bowl.

81 Responses to “Graham, Matagiese to promote UH”

  1. tommui:


    Good selection for our representatives!

  2. Buffoman:

    Top 5 again?! What were the chances? I agree with #1.

  3. mo808:

    Good Morning Folks!

  4. 3-Prong:

    Good Morning from Paradise. Beautiful day out there today.

  5. mo808:

    Great picks to represent, Coach! Best Wishes for Edwards with the Jets!

  6. PolyMom:

    Good Morning Hawaii fans!

    Happy Tuesday.
    Go Warriors.
    Beat SC!

  7. Shoko:

    Mountain Pacific Sports Federation?

    Is that what they're calling it?

  8. Shoko:

    Pretty sad when you get robbed on Father's Day. Just as bad, if not worse, then getting robbed on Christmas Day.

  9. sjmacro:

    Good Morning and Mahalo Tsaikos: Thank you for the bday wishes yesterday. Some of you may want to check your email also for pictures of my King Vulture who likes chicken meat. :) sj

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Top Ten! Hiya mo, PolyMom, Shoko, 3-Prong, Tom and Buffoman!

  11. koakane:

    morning yu'all

    cloudy day but still a supa place to be

    kope perking so play nice now and be good to each othet

  12. Loa:

    morning gang!

    sjmacro - thanks for the pics

  13. papajoe2:

    Good morning everybody!

  14. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Why the MPSF?

  15. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    ST - got volleyball on your mind? :roll: It's football time!!

    Go Mike Edwards!

  16. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Does anyone know what Edward's draft projection was?

  17. Stephen Tsai:

    Thanks for the "MPSF" catch.
    This is what happens when you try to write a blog item on 2-hour's sleep.

  18. tom-warriornation:

    50 YARD LINE SEATS for the Reno road game on Sept. 21; about 10 rows behind our Warrior team. $32. Hurry; seats going fast. email me at:

  19. jimmy the lock:

    Edwards ---> Projected as a mid-round pick as high as the 3rd...

  20. jimmy the lock:

    His combine numbers weren't exactly dazzling.

  21. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Crappy to read this morning that USC may no longer be interested in returning to the islands. Lets hope Ben Jay can work some magic.

  22. Stephen Tsai:

    I actually was thinking of volleyball. Son-in-law's brother might be joining as a walk-on. He's 6-9.

  23. A-House:


    walk-on for 2013-14 season?

    2 weeks ago at Windward Mall theater we saw a tall local kid - mom said he was going to attend HPU - he was about 6' 9" tall - wonder if same kid, but changed choice to UH?

  24. wafan:

    Good afternoon!

  25. wafan:

    The WB is a good example of having too much grease . . . you get the runs.

  26. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Thanks for waking up early Fake Oakleys!!!

  27. A-House:

    Holy molly Andy, where did we get all this spam!!!!!!!

  28. wafan:

    Spam must be from the gigantic tins in Korea.

  29. Brad:

    I hope Taylor Graham is practicing his interview speaking skills. He gotta stop saying "Ummmm" before every sentence. It's worse that Colt's "Ummmm's" But i'll say this Taylor if you can produce like Colt did, you can say "Ummmm" all you want.

  30. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    I have only heard Taylor on a couple interviews and he sounds quite articulate. I guess I did not notice the umm-ings.

  31. wafan:

    Um, ah, you know, like, you feel me, aaaaaaand, know what I mean . . .

    Went to a college graduation where the college president said um, ah, like, aaaaaaand 13 times in the first 1.5 minutes. It was funny at first. Then it got irritating because he spoke for 23 minutes . . . it never got any better. At least, though, he did not make up his own words. He needs to take a speech class.

  32. Brad:

    This is an interview when he was at OSU.

  33. Jesse(James):

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!

    Aiyahh, was looking to get apple bottom jeans and not shoes.... :-P MWAHAHAHAHA

  34. Stephen Tsai:

    TG is an amusing guy.
    This is a mostly entertaining team.

  35. Stephen Tsai:

    The players are fine.
    It's the coaches that can get a little windy.
    Chris Ault was usually pretty good. One year, he decided to do a filibuster. He spoke about second- and third-string punters. Yikes. I wonder how his successor will be.

  36. jimmy the lock:

    The blog was buried in spam. ST dug it out, now where is Hoffa?

  37. Stephen Tsai:

    The MWC has a good format. There are interview rooms and stages and all sorts of good things.
    I suppose the MPSF would be good, too.

  38. Stephen Tsai:

    Bruce Almighty found Hoffa.

  39. Stephen Tsai:

    The long spam is easy to snip. It's the short ones that slip past.

  40. Stephen Tsai:

    On the one hand, spam is bad.
    On the other, it does increase the views. We don't count comments, we count views. So all of the trackbacking and stuff boost the "popularity."

  41. wafan:

    I found jimmy . . . oh wrong one.

  42. Shoko:

    interesting bit reported by the Idaho paper.

    According to State Board documents, BSU athletics funded 79 percent by program revenue. 57 percent for Idaho. 33 percent for Idaho State.

    Rest of athletics revenue is student fee-state support-institutional support. Boise State at 10-10-1. Idaho at 16-22-5. ISU at 24-37-6.

  43. Shoko:

    Phil Steele Bowl predictions.

    BCS National Championship Alabama vs Ohio State
    Rose Oregon vs Nebraska
    Fiesta Texas vs USC
    Sugar Georgia vs Notre Dame
    Orange Florida State vs Louisville
    Cotton Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State
    Peach/Chik Fil A VT vs South Carolina

    Gator Michigan vs Mississippi
    Outback Florida vs Michigan State
    Cap One Wisconsin vs LSU
    Heart of Dallas Tulsa vs Iowa
    BBVA Houston vs Vandy
    GoDaddy Monroe vs N Illinois
    Liberty Ark vs Marshall
    Sun MiamiFL vs Oregon State
    Independence Auburn vs NC State
    Holiday TCU vs Arizona State
    Alamo Oklahoma vs Stanford
    Armed Forces Colorado State vs Navy
    Music City GT vs Tennessee
    Buffalo Wild Wings Northwestern vs Baylor
    Belk Cinci vs North Carolina
    Pinstripe Rutgers vs Texas Tech
    Russel Athletic UCF vs Clemson
    Texas bowl Indiana vs Kansas State
    Kraft Fight Hunger Washington vs BYU
    Military Maryland vs So Miss
    Little ceasers Bowling Green vs Minnesota
    Poinsettia Boise State vs Air Force
    Hawaii Bowl Rice vs San Diego State
    Beef O Brady Missouri vs East Carolina
    Las Vegas Fresno vs UCLA
    New Orleans Louisiana vs Tulane
    Famous Idaho Potato San Jose State vs Ohio
    New Mexico Utah State vs Arizona

  44. Shoko:

    Might have missed it, but anyone know of the status of Gib's contract?

  45. LizKauai:



  46. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Ohio State is going to be a force for sure.

  47. A-House:

    Predictions are just dat - a guess as what will occur; final teams will be based on injuries, academics, crimes, upsets, etc.

    or, is it an educated guess based on past records, current schedule.

    yet, Phil Steele has been good on his early "guesses" - especially how well Hawaii will do.

    UH get chance for Hawaii Bowl - go coaches! go Warriors! go fans! go Gov A.; go legislature; go new UH president; go Ben Jay! go Tsaikos!!!

  48. A-House:

    One must wonder how much, if anything, how UH autonomy affected the minds of our esteemed legislative representatives.

    They have been reluctant in spending/allotting $$ for UH be it academic or athletics - perhaps the only exception was when the late Gov Burns was in office.

    The old adage of got only so many $$, so many wanting more (especially the unions), the rise and fall of tourists, etc.

    Can someone explain why tax dollars are used to fund State, City, and county employee retirement funds - read in the paper about 2 weeks ago where the legislature must set aside millions to bring retirement funds up to par. Did I misread/understand the article? Will those employees contribute to my retirement fund so I can give more $$ to UH?

  49. Inyoface:

    That's good Graham is amusing, better to have a loose quarterback playing.

  50. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Anything that includes Alabama in the title game is more than a good guess, it is a wise one haha. Saban has turned that Red Tide into a well oiled machine. Pretty nuts when you think about what he has accomplished in so little time.

  51. jimmy the lock:

    That's the benefit of working in State and local government. Go to the ERS website and look at the benefits for State workers.

    Also, State workers can also set aside their own money for retirement in the Island Savings Plan.

  52. Buffoman:

    #50 That's what a strong booster system can do for you. It's all about the dollars one has to spend to create the product. Although Alabama and Hawaii have the one thing in common, no pro football team, it ends there. "bama folks really support the Tide; Hawaii, well when low tide (winning) people will wade out to see what the landscape looks like, when high tide (things get ugly) people run for high ground. Tide fans, they no care, it's always "roll Tide!!"

  53. Derek:

    Maybe Ben Jay wants Hawaii to be the Ohio St. Of the West!!!

  54. Slugger:

    Warriors will be well represented with Taylor &Saui.

    Yay! for Mike Edwards!

    Hiyah, gangees!

  55. d1shima:

    Can someone explain why tax dollars are used to fund State, City, and county employee retirement funds - read in the paper about 2 weeks ago where the legislature must set aside millions to bring retirement funds up to par.

    Really? Research: "Unfunded liability" and "Executive Order 10988"

  56. whitey:

    basically the state stole money from the employees retirement fund. ask cayetano!!!!

  57. tommui:

    dishima #55

    As I understand it, every state/city/county worker contributes x% of their salary to the retirement system for their individual account. It ranges roughly from 8-12% of their salary. As part of their compensation, the state/city/county pays a certain percentage to that individual's account.

    That is why the tax dollars goes into the retirement fund. It is not unlike Social Security.

    Another way of looking at it is that the worker is getting x% more than his salary but he doesn't get that amount until retirement time.

  58. d1shima:

    My company hasn't made a 401k contribution in over 3 years...

  59. Stephen Tsai:

    Snip, snip, snip.

  60. Stephen Tsai:

    Good guys 1, Alcoholic 0

  61. Stephen Tsai:

    Actually, it should be thwack, thwack.

  62. Shoko:

    Kind of hilarious seeing all 250 plus spam. What's even funnier is imagining ST swearing as he cleans up this blog!

  63. Shoko:

    The spam that came after post 58 had to be auto-generated. Can't imagine someone posting over 200 spam in two minutes time.

  64. Stephen Tsai:

    I don't swear.
    It's not a biggie. I just have to go into a program, and hit "spam" one by one.
    I might get carpal tunnel, but it's not difficult.

  65. Stephen Tsai:

    I got to watch the "7-on-7s" today.
    That ASU transfer looks pretty good at receiver. He's a one-and-done, unless he gets a year back after missing all but three games as a freshman at Mount SAC.

  66. Shoko:

    Occupational hazard, I guess. Got to be annoying, nonetheless.

  67. Stephen Tsai:

    I think the offensive line is going to be better than expected.
    The linemen appear to be in good shape. The tackles are leaner, and center Ben Clarke has added bulk. It should be interesting.

  68. Shoko:

    So, that receiver doesn't have to sit out a year?

  69. Stephen Tsai:

    There are a few who are responsible. One we know, and he does have a problem with the bottle. That's an illness, so I have some empathy. Well, except when I point it out at the end of every post.

  70. PurpleMaple:

    Saui's pick was unexpected. Congratulations to him. I gather from his selection that he must have really picked it up in the off-season. Looking forward to seeing him play.

  71. Shoko:

    Hope the O-line is improved. Last year it started there and reverberated back to the QB and receivers.

  72. Stephen Tsai:

    Nope. He can play right away. It's the walk-on exemption. He was a walk-on at ASU, so he can transfer without sitting out if he walks on at another school. If he were to receive a scholarship, then he'd have to sit out. He doesn't even count as an initial.

  73. mo808:

    sj @ 9, thank you,for the photos! Awesome!

  74. Stephen Tsai:

    I think it was really close with John Hardy-Tuliau. JHT is the unquestioned leader of the secondary. He's also vital on special teams. JHT is smart, a leader, and a very responsible and respectful young man. He would have been a good choice.
    But Saui has personality, as well as an expected large role.

  75. Stephen Tsai:

    Graham pointed out something interesting: He has spent more time at Manoa than at The OSU.

  76. Shoko:

    Ah, okay. That makes sense.

  77. Stephen Tsai:

    Can you e-mail me your address. I've still got your T-shirt.

  78. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    From what you have seen so far, is there another college team that resembles the spread offense we will be running? Will it basically be what UTEP ran when Price was their OC?

  79. Stephen Tsai:

    I'm not really familiar with everything UTEP did.
    But it's going to be a wide-open offense. That was the intent last year, but there were a lot of breakdowns that led to the very conservative approach. That won't be the case this year.

  80. Stephen Tsai:

    We'll be back in business tomorrow morning. Had to do some maintenance while Scott M figures out the problems.

  81. Stephen Tsai:

    Apologies to Huh, Al and Momo.
    I hit the "spam" button so quickly i inadvertently killed their posts.
    But, yes, we're all in agreement. Lonely Boy is indeed in need of medical attention.