Prolific RB commits to UH

September 18th, 2013
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Harris "Home Run" Ross, a running back from Pittsburg (Calif.) High told the Warrior Beat he has accepted a scholarship offer from the Rainbow Warriors.

Ross, who is 5 feet 11 and 198 pounds, rushed for 464 yards and seven touchdowns in a game this past weekend. The performance exceeded his goal of a 300-plus yards and seven touchdowns

Ross has received inquiries from schools, including Washington, the past few days. But he said he remains faithful to the Warriors. He also praised assistant coach Lewis Powell, the point recruiter.

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It was a scene reminiscent of when Dorothy walked into a land of Technicolor when the Rainbow Warriors yesterday entered the renovated football locker room.

What was thought to be a fiscal and bureaucratic impossibility became a reality.

Pastor Joe Onosai, a former UH football player and Dallas Cowboy draft selection, led the blessing ceremony.

locker1

Then head coach Norm Chow thanked UH facility administrators Teri Chang and Sis Finau, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, the engineer, and past players and coaches.

Chow then told the current players: "You've earned this."

Chow reminded the players to keep their lockers clean and organized.

After that, the players were divided into groups. The senior scholarship players were given first choice of lockers. That was followed by the juniors, and so forth.

The selection system rewarded the players who had invested the most in the program. Fifth-year senior George Daily-Lyles sat in his locker, absorbing the moment.

locker5Daily-Lyles, Craig Cofer

The players were told they could wait until today to move their belongings from the rustic locker room they had used since the start of training camp. Few waited.

locker3Beau Yap

After the locker was selected, each player received a personal plate with his name and hometown.  There will be re-orders because three players want "Honolulu" switched to "Kalihi."

Jim Rodden, a former Warrior, is donating furniture for the shared-space area.

And here's Ryan Nakamura, the project manager who helped lead the renovation:

locker2

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A photo tour of the locker room will be made available following a formal news conference in two weeks.

150 Responses to “Prolific RB commits to UH”

  1. koakane ip5:

    morning

    first in a loooong time


  2. koakane ip5:

    Jim Rodden a blast from the past, ST you got any update on him, appreciate it thanks


  3. Buffoman:

    Beautiful! Maybe not quite Oregon, but very nice.


  4. koakane ip5:

    oops my bad morning everybody

    looker room looking good can't wait to get a look at it

    have a fine day yu'all


  5. Stephen Tsai:

    Rodden runs a building supply company.
    Very generous guy.
    He was one of the guys who worked out the grant to allow KCC to feed UH players on the eve of home games.


  6. Stephen Tsai:

    I like that the players aren't grouped by position.
    Center Ben Clarke's locker is in the middle of the defensive linemen's lockers. He liked the spot, and declined offers to move.


  7. PONO:

    Very nice upgrade for the football boys.


  8. Stretch:

    Good morning Tsaikos! I was able to get a sneak peek of the locker room the other week and it's a HUGE upgrade from what we had before. So glad that it's finally done and the players can move in. This will now be part of the tours that are given to recruits!!

    The architecture firm for this project is Next Design. Some of you might know Sleez who is a partner in the company. Last year, while in Utah for the BYU game, Coach Chow arranged for a few of us to check out the locker room being built at Utah and the locker room at BYU. It gave Sleez ideas what Coach Chow wanted. One of the important features was having an area where the football players can hang out and relax. I think they got the most out of the limited space. Congratulations to Next Design for a successful project.

    One interesting/funny story about the tour at BYU. It was scheduled for a few hours before the game. We were walking around their athletic complex and taken into their locker room. While in there, the BYU players just finished their pregame walk thru and returned to find 3 guys wearing UH shirts in there. I am sure some players didn't appreciate it being so close to game time but they were cool about it.


  9. 99club:

    Nice new digs!

    Pomai,

    UH 24 UNR 21

    UH goes 4-1 through the next five games.


  10. boolakanaka:

    Very very nice. Having had not only the old metal lockers of yesteryear, but also on the other side of the locker room designated for walk-ons and freshmen, it provides a stark reminder of how thing once were, and where we are now.


  11. haka:

    Unbelievable! Sweet!
    Hope it's just the beginning of many improvements to all the facilities!
    Mahalo to all contributors of the project!
    Go Warriors!


  12. tommui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    Thanks for the report STRETCH!

    GO WARRIORS!
    GO BOWS!
    GO WAHINE!


  13. Naks8:

    How sweet it is. Nice job crew


  14. Cheyah!:

    Cool! Go Warriors!


  15. NotNasti:

    Nice! A step in the right direction.


  16. NotNasti:

    They boys looked happy.


  17. boolakanaka:

    In the spirit of the intellectual debate that goes on daily on this blog concerning football, I want to frame a question to everyone that might perhaps provide the underpinnings for a robust discourse: or what is the appropriate place for football in Hawai'i and our society in general?

    Three recent articles make interesting suggestions and posits on both the value and placement of football in our current society:

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/09/have-sports-teams-brought-down-americas-schools.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/sports/football/would-i-let-my-son-play-football.html?_r=0

    and a recent piece in "The Atlantic" entitled, How Sports are ruining High School" (as it is in the current issue it is not available online yet)

    Just to get the debate started, consider the following: the US spends more tax payer money on on high school athletics than it does on math, which is counter to most industrialized countries in the world (we also lag contemporary countries in math and science);

    that a recent study of 30,000 students at the U of Oregon found that when the football team does well, the grades for males goes down in the same semester;

    that in school districts that have had to eliminate football, GPAs and college applications went up;

    or all of the rather disturbing information and data that has come to the surface in the last decade, about the long-term cognitive effects on both college and NFL players.

    The article that is most interesting is that of long time NFL linebacker, and CAL alum, saying knowing what he knows now, if he had a son ( he has three daughters) he would not allow him to play football. When you read the article you can obviously can tell he is torn with his decision, and that his is the proverbial love-hate relationship.

    My point of this exercise is not to convince anyone to any particular perspective, but to illuminate some facts about the game we all love. I played football my entire life into my early 20s, and make no mistake about it, I was not a star of any kind. In fact, the highlights of being at UH were being on the 3rd team for a number of practices, and once being on the 2nd team because of a rash of injuries. That said, I too also have very mixed feeling about the state of our game.

    One can tell by my recent and frequent postings, I love two things: Hawai'i and football. But, my own experience living through many phases of my life has started me to question the great priority I lend to football--the great past-time. Just from the guys I played with, I know several folks who have served long federal sentences, who have died quite early in life, been murdered, faced addiction,or just have had a difficult time finding their niche in their professional life. So, I sort of asked myself, the same question Scott Fujita contemplated--would I allow a child of mine to play football?

    And I am torn with my own response. Many a day, a nephew or even a niece has seen old UH practice pictures of me or ones at big games at Aloha Stadium, (of course all dressed up on the sideline picking my nose, or looking for oranges on the bench) and still I can see their pride--they glow and speak about you in such hushed tones. And the friendships are ones only sweating, puking, drinking and bleeding can provide--they are and were meant for a lifetime. But, in the end while I never had children, my answer, to the question of what would I think about my child playing college football--although it would be his decision alone to make--is sadly, I would prefer not.

    I am most fortunate that I found myself and the best part of myself after football...and so, like with any hindsight, which has a remarkable ability to be always clairvoyant, minds is a perspective knowing that I had still great things to look forward to as a husband, uncle, lawyer, professor, mentor and friend. And to risk the potential of such events for a loved one would be too painful.

    Now this is, as I always say, just my own two cents---but, curious to see where other folks are on the priority of football as it applies to both society and education.


  18. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    Waytago! Sleeze and all others who made the locker room dream come true...Well Done!


  19. d1shima:

    Have a terrific day erryboddy.

    HiHo....


  20. Whats up:

    This locker room upgrade was long over due and only step one. UH needs to keep on improving the rest of the Althletic facilities too!


  21. Haleakala:

    What else is needed for the players? Is there a non-profit that we can donate to that will use the money towards improving facilities for the football program? However I would like to have assurance that the money would not get squandered through bureaucratic rigmarole.


  22. oldtimer808:

    boolakanaka mahalo for your thoughts regarding the priority of football in our society and education. As we all know, the game of football is an extremely physical game. Unfortunately so many individuals have struggled after leaving the game but the games will continue because society will not allow that to happen. The important thing at all levels from youth leagues, high school and to college is that education is stressed as a top priority. Our youth and high school coaches should always make this a priority for each student/athlete. Shame on high school coaches who allow a student to slide by because of the greater need to win games. I have witnessed top all-state high school players who can only read at the 8th grade level receive college scholarships and unable to make it. Despite some of the short comings, there are others who have gone on to succeed as a productive individual and embraced the educational opportunities from playing the sport. I commend Coach Chow for trying to instill discipline and commitment towards education.


  23. Ipu Man:

    Kudos to Ryan Nakamura, the project manager...
    and to all who helped to get it done.
    Now, win, guys, win.


  24. boolakanaka:

    22--oldtimer 808--As always, you provide insightful and respectful mana'o to the conversation-Mahalo nui!


  25. Ipu Man:

    ST, do you know what they will do with the old locker room?


  26. hossana:

    Geezus, the football team could certainly use more players like JOE ONOSAI when he was in his hey days...he was certainly one of the best linemen UH ever had.......Tough, Resilient, Tremendous Character, Fortitude, Perseverance........


  27. papajoe2:

    #21 Haleakala, which is the result of the Bob Nagatani Academic Center (sorry, I don't know the true name of the place). He wanted a hand in where his large donation to the University goes so it wouldn't get lost in UH's or State's "bureaucratic rigmarole".


  28. PONO:

    ST what's up next on the athletic dept facilities improvement list? Great job on this project but on to the next one. Continuous improvement has got to be the norm to compete with the big boys.


  29. Stretch:

    Ipu Man - this is a renovated locker room, not a brand new one. They are using the same space. The old lockers will be donated to local high schools.


  30. Stretch:

    Ipu Man - this is a renovated locker room, not a brand new one. They are using the same space. The old lockers will be donated to local high schools.


  31. Stretch:

    PONO - The football meeting rooms are next.

    Haleakala - Na Koa is the booster club that supports the football team. The biggest expense is summer school. It allows the players to be on campus, take classes and continue training through the summer.


  32. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Nice pictures, ST.

    boola - there's been a number of reports on "HBO Real Sports" about the concussion issue in sports, especially football. A researcher they interviewed a few months ago, found that there's a threshold of the number of hits a player receives in a season before it affects him mentally. Last night, they had a story on the NFL lawsuit. Didn't realize that there's an increased incidence of ALS among football players.
    I'm glad I didn't have to make that decision about whether or not to allow my son to play football.


  33. Former UH Athlete:

    This was 15 years overdue, but it's great to see upper & lower campus finally get their act together to improve the locker rooms.

    Nice morale booster before the road trip to Reno.


  34. kapakahi:

    Hopefully an electronic security surveillance system was also installed with the renovated locker room......to mitigate against the property damage and theft problems that were previously being experienced.


  35. Ipu Man:

    Thanks Stretch...
    Thanks Stretch :>)


  36. Kathy Sato:

    Hope the locker rooms have soap so Colt can rest easy.


  37. Warrior Dave:

    Look good, feel good, play good. Time will tell but I am very happy for our football players. Play up gentlemen!!


  38. Former UH Athlete:

    From the RGJ...

    Junior quarterback Cody Fajardo’s availability for Nevada’s football game against Hawaii will be a game-time announcement, coach Brian Polian said Tuesday, and if he is unable to go, redshirt freshman Tyler Stewart will make his first start.

    -- QB 2 Combs has torn ACL and is out indefinitely.
    -- Fajardo not cleared for practice as of yesterday, but participated in drills.
    -- RB 3 Solomon will get the start even if the top 2 RBs are ready. Their system is RB friendly, so doesn't really matter... Much like the QB in the RnS under JJ.


  39. haka:

    I hope the Wahine Softball facility upgrades are next as they are much needed and very deserving. Of course, I am sure all the programs feel they are deserving and have been in line for a long time.


  40. gobows:

    im guessing coach chow will be showing the locker rooms to potential recruits.


  41. Marleysdad:

    That's a good guess.


  42. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Awesome - simply awesome! Much mahalo to all who made this possible! And yes, the Warriors earned it!

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  43. Jun Tao:

    when are they going to open it up for "tax payers" to preview this tremendous addtion to the athletic department?

    is there a bigger "H" logo somewhere in the center of the room?


  44. Johnny Manziel is a War Criminal:

    boola: I'm not sure. I think with anything, With anything, there needs to be a balance (even high school sports, there are cases like friday night lights. where the kids are football gods, peak at age 18, and then work the rest of their lives at walmart reminiscing about almost winning state). using sports to augment the student experience to produce well rounded people is one thing, making football the de facto core mission of the university/school is something else.

    The vast majority of athletic depts in the FBS are running in the red (because of football) and are being subsidized by the academic side of the house, with coaches getting paid significantly more than professors (even though the core mission of the university isn't to play football, but to educate minds). It's complicated. big time college football is a big business. It's semi-pro football played under the flag of amateurism and "student-athlete" and I would guess that the average person associates schools with the success of their football and basketball programs rather than their academics. for example, everyone knows about university of florida and tim tebow, not very many people know about harvey mudd and the claremont colleges.

    you could make the argument that football is bad for universities (at least at the FBS level) and I wouldn't necessarily disagree. but then again, football, for all its flaws in the big business BCS era, does give opportunities for an education that players from certain socioeconomic and racial backgrounds may not have simply because of lack of opportunities otherwise, but there are also a lot of reports of these players, going to a football factory school because they were sold the dream of the nfl (even though soething like only 1% of college players actually make it to a mini camp), and aren't provided the guidance to maximize their opportunities to get an education (or probably shouldn't have been accepted into the school to begin with), use up four years of eligibility, and are cast out on the street bagging groceries or working at walmart after making the university millions of dollars.


  45. kapakahi:

    Football Locker renovations apparently bid out in 2 separate phases and awarded to 2 different contractors (4/24 & 6/14) totaling approx. $1.4M construction cost.
    http://www.hawaii.edu/oprpm/award/
    http://www.hawaii.edu/oprpm/ifb_results/pdf/130367.pdf
    http://www.hawaii.edu/oprpm/ifb_results/pdf/130452.pdf

    Both phases already completed? Hmmm???


  46. Warrior Storm Brewin:

    Thank you, everyone who took part in the locker room renovations and especially those donated either time or money or whateva. Props to the unsung heroes.

    Locker room looks real nice.

    Any kudos for Ben Jay?
    Honolulu Mag article link below.

    http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/September-2013/University-of-Hawaii-Sports-2013-Go-Bows/Can-Ben-Jay-Save-UH-Sports/index.php?cp=1&si=0

    Also, curious how the Gov was involved. I hope he can help fix the mess with the Stadium Authority reaming UH Athlet


  47. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Nice lockers!

    For those that want to see extra pictures of the lockers should add Pastor Joe Onosai to their Facebook. He has about a dozen pictures of the space. Saweeeet!


  48. 3-Prong:

    Looking Good! Go Bows!


  49. Former UH Athlete:

    40... Yes, it's nice that the coaching staff doesn't have to avoid showing recruits the locker room.

    Now... if we can only renovate Klum Gym into a football specific weight room/training facility. I know Klum is going to get worked on at some point, but it's a good size for a two story weight room and training room.


  50. gobows:

    polian was smart to hold out fajardo. he'll play this week.


  51. kapakahi:

    #46,

    Design and construction funds appropriated by State Legislature before this year.....before Ben Jay joined UH.


  52. Former UH Athlete:

    43... I'm with ya... The "H" logo on the floor is way too small.

    Take a look at this weight room...

    http://www.maxpreps.com/news/article.aspx?articleid=2b2090c9-ad97-4aff-9c2b-7c8954ac71e8&page=1

    This is not Boise St's weight room... this is Bishop Gormon High School in Las Vegas.


  53. kapakahi:

    Some kind of civil engineering design apparently now ongoing for construction of a new "Football Video Platform" for UH Football program.

    Hmmm......


  54. kapakahi:

    GDL showing his Rainbow Warrior pride by displaying the Rainbow!


  55. Former UH Athlete:

    gobows... I'm sure Fajardo will play. He was reported wearing a heavy knee brace and was still limping around yesterday. I doubt he'll be 100%. Dual threat QBs with leg issues typically lose a ton of effectiveness.

    I highly doubt Polian wants to trot out a RS Freshman QB that's clearly not ready yet. A 70% Fajardo will be much better than a QB seeing his first D1 start.

    I'm thinking Polian will instruct Rolo for more called handoffs. It'll still look like read-option, but I'm sure Polian doesn't want Fajardo taking any unnecessary hits.

    RE 52... there's slideshow on that link


  56. Wes'side Warrior:

    Morning, Gang!

    Nice new "Home"! Seeing progress on another front. Feels good.

    Doctor's appointment in an hour. Hoping for positive news...

    Have a great day, everyone!


  57. ai-eee-soos:

    GO WARRIORS !!!

    GO KALIHI !!!

    " ... three players want "Honolulu" switched to "Kalihi." (on their nameplates) ... "


  58. Bugaz:

    Nice to see facility upgrades for those that play for us. Mahalo gang you definitely deserve it. Aloha


  59. Leahi2:

    Thanks to all those who helped to install a new wing in the Locker Room. Congratulations for your all your efforts have become a reality! But now I would print a few words about another comment I read here a few days ago. Someone printed info about the good stuff they have at Boise State and suggested that Maybe if we continued to pump more money in the Rainbow Warrior program we could have better recruits and a winning season like that of Boise's. Whoa! Lets not put the cart before the horse. We got to get behind our team first. WE have a lot of good local talent here in Hawai'i. Chow's been recruiting a good number of them. Remember back in the days when a good big high school player, 6' 4" and 280 lbs, would most always go to a mainland school. It seems that the tide is changing and hopefully it continues that way.

    Some would say that our baseball stadium is the house that Derek Tatsuno built. Chris Peterson did wonders at Boise State. Okay but Dave Shoji is Simply remarkable and how about Bob Coolen? And how about new coach NaGAMINE? When Dave Shoji goes recruiting the potential recruits say "Hawaii Calls"! And with all due respect! Got some good stuff here. Root for the pride of Hawai'i! Lord let it be the envy of the athletes on the mainland. Go Rainbows Warriors!. Amen.


  60. gobows:

    'bows going to camp randall in 2015 and 2022.

    http://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2013/9/18/FB_0918133950.aspx?path=football


  61. NotNasti:

    The "H" logo you see in the pictures is not a single, central logo, but interspersed throughout the facility (in the carpet). Not exactly Brazilian hardwood with inlaid design (ala Oregon Ducks), but better than what was there before. UH Football Lockerroom renovation = $1.6 mil. Oregon football facility = $68 mil. We have a ways to go.


  62. Bigislandkurt:

    If it is Fajardo, he can best believe that UH's defense will pin their ears back and come after him. I personally don't think he will play.

    BIK


  63. gobows:

    On its future schedules, Hawai'i will play notable non-conference games at Colorado (2014), Michigan (2016), Kansas (2016), UCLA (2017), Army (2018), Washington (2019), Arizona (2020), and Oregon State (2021).


  64. koakane ®:

    morning again everyone

    kudo and cheers to sleeze and his company...mighty fine job, coach chow owes you a few beerus bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


  65. kapakahi:

    #60,

    Anyone think Wisconsin would be willing to use "neutral" Pac-12 officials for any of the games? NOT!!!


  66. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Great designin', Sleez! Long time...


  67. gobows:

    kapakahi

    wouldn't they use mwc officials?


  68. madeinhawaii:

    gobows,

    I think Kapakahi is referring to the Arizona State - Wisconsin game last weekend that ended in controversy when the officiated crew didn't take control of the situation in the last 24 seconds and denied Wisconsin the opportunity to win the game on a FG attempt by letting the clock run out.


  69. Stephen Tsai:

    Hey, there, I appreciate the well-meaing posters, but please don't post Facebook links unless you get the person's permission.
    Now if you want to just steal a picture, well ...


  70. A-House:

    lordey lordey lordey - now I have a reason to visit Big 10 country in 2015 - of course, if $$ and health will allow - can start saving now by eating a lot of P&B sandwiches which I dearly love - cost of Navy trip already paid in full.

    dangly, dangly, dangly, the "new" football locker room looks just very sweet and beautiful - use Hawaiian 'style" to design Hawaii facilities - way to go Sleeze ( BTW, hope you are doing better in Vegas ) - this past trip was a DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!


  71. Kevin:

    Forget a tour of the football locker room...

    Perhaps "tax payers" would like a closer look at the $30,682.00 project no. 12-1007-601 for the BACHMAN HALL FLAGPOLE REPLACEMENT.


  72. Warrior Dave:

    I hope Fajardo plays. I don't want them to use that as an excuse for losing. Like the previous poster said, defense needs to go get um if he's limping.


  73. BigWave96744:

    Ok, last year it was assistant coach Rolo who places 2 Rolo candies in the shape of an X in the middle of Aloha Stadium.

    When we win the Saturday, I would LOVE to see assistant coach Tony Tuioti place a bag of Skittles in the middle of the field.
    Taste the Rainbow!!!!!


  74. RedZone:

    Nice.


  75. RedZone:

    Would be cool if they could put their high school names on their lockers.


  76. RedZone:

    I think Beau Yap will have a huge game in Reno.


  77. Buffoman:

    would we possibly see a jumbo package on some running plays now that Joey is back (and he is not lined up as the FB)?

    Should be fun to see.


  78. Bugaz:

    "taste the rainbow"...nice


  79. bowwar:

    73: Sounds like Rolo disrespected us...Not good.


  80. kapakahi:

    #67 & #68,

    Yup......definitely referring to the incompetent Pac-12 officiating crew totally blowing it......denying Wisconsin the FG attempt to win the game over ASU this past Saturday. Their ineptness reminded me of the phantom fumble that was called against SB Gerald Welch on a dropped pass that instead got returned for a gift-wrapped TD for USC at the Coliseum back in 2003. Even the SC fans that I sitting next to at that game thought that the call was totally bogus.

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_24112543/wisconsin-badgers-barry-alvarez-still-livid-about-blown

    Also, referring to former Badger HC and still AD Barry Alvarez......demanding and getting
    "neutral" then Pac-10 refs to officiate the 2005 and 2009 games when Wisconsin played UH at Aloha Stadium......after 2 fellow Big-10 teams (Northwestern and Michigan State) went home crying about the "home cooked" WAC officiating after both lost to UH in back-to-back games at the end of the 2004 season.


  81. Jack Flash:

    "Taste the Rainbow!!!" should be the teams motto now. Classic- thanks BigWave96744


  82. bowwar:

    Football drives the train...The more money we place there will benefit all "non-revenue" programs in UH. The other revenue generating programs: MBB, Women's VB, & UH Baseball could also use an upgrade to bring better quality players and bottom-line, more wins...


  83. Jack Flash:

    Pomai-
    I'm not making another prediction until we WIN. And after we win, i probably won't make any predictions for fear of bachi the rest of the season...
    GO WARRIORS!!!


  84. Traitmanz:

    ST: Have we made a decision with Colorado yet?


  85. bowwar:

    Pomai:

    UH 24 - Wuffs 14

    We're gonna grind this one...


  86. Warrior Dave:

    #79, Rolo explained its was a private moment with friends. One of them opened their mouth and it became a big deal and died over time. I say let it go as Rolo apologized already and may be back coaching Hawaii one day.


  87. Warrior Dave:

    #81, IMHO, I would prefer "Fear the Rainbow Warriors!!!" Or "Feel the Rainbow Warriors Wrath!!"


  88. Bigislandkurt:

    So....Colorado game in October.....on or not?

    BIK


  89. Warrior Storm Brewin:

    Nevada knows how to have fun...or OTA's?
    http://vimeo.com/62909762

    Nevada Strength and Conditioning Facility (can turn your volume down)
    http://vimeo.com/72931179


  90. UHfan808:

    Good after lunchtime, Tsai-kos (Tsaikos and Tsaikettes) and Lurk-ers (Lurkers and Lurkettes)! Lol

    Hope everyone is having an easy time getting over their weekly hump day!

    My spirits have definitely risen reading, seeing, and realizing that the locker rooms have really been lovingly and thoughtfully resuscitated!

    It's good to know where you came from and while I kinda don't really wanna know how badly things were or looked in that locker room, I am pretty curious. (Eeks - Pictures anyone?)

    Good work and thank you to those who generously contributed their loving efforts toward the success of the Warrior Football Team via this project!

    "Little" things like this (= a comfortable functional locker room to be proud of) go a long way to making players feel welcome, cared for, loved, appreciated, and respected, and go a long way to helping them feel like putting their heart and soul on the field.

    All of the changes in the pics are gorgeous and beeeeeutiful and finally a feature the athletic program can be proud of :)

    Ahhhhh :)


  91. UHfan808:

    83 - Jack Flash

    Uh..so are you saying that it's all your fault?

    Heehee j/k


  92. UHfan808:

    Pomai -

    UH 36 : Nevada 14

    Warriors - Crush Nevada!!!

    36 = 3227777

    20 = 3377

    Prolly have to change my picks since I have not remembered everyone else's above guesstimates :p


  93. LizKauai:

    Mahalo, Sleez and company! Let the days of soapless showers and ghetto locker rooms be a permanent thing of the past.
    Go, Rainbow Warriers!


  94. UHfan808:

    Pomai - sowee :(

    UH 36 : Nevada 20


  95. Slugger:

    Great to see the locker room refurbish! Mahalo, Sleez, for the Kokua with the design.

    GO RAINBOW WARRIORS!!!

    Love the Skittles idea. LOL


  96. rage777:

    Was there any money or favors exchanged to change lockers?


  97. Warrior Dave:

    As for playing Colorado this year, I'd hold out for the 1,000,000 payday. They will generate $4 million for a home game. They can afford to pay.


  98. 3-Prong:

    71 Kevin: sounds like a typical State "No Bid" contract.


  99. Kekoa:

    Good job Sleeze!

    I just realized that I haven't seen you since we crashed landed in the Dark Side on Maui! Continued success in your profession and you may now take all those Quarters away from the Golden Boy of the Golf circuit.


  100. Ipu Man:

    Hyaku?


  101. Maddog50:

    99club, we met last year at CSU....love your optimism just want this one now!!!!! Go Warriors


  102. Ipu Man:

    Beat the skunkpack. Go Rainbow Warriors!


  103. Old School Dave:

    I like the fact that Coach Chow is reaching out to many former UH players such as Joe Onosai (many of whom he coached against when at BYU).


  104. SteveM:

    I would be for the UH-Colorado game and a $600,000 payday provided they charter a jet round-trip for us--like we do for the rest of the MWC. :-(


  105. kapakahi:

    RIP.....Ken Norton Sr.

    At his best.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzfCZeePz-w


  106. kapakahi:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzfCZeePz-w


  107. kapakahi:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTVB_ytUgLM


  108. kapakahi:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXFBWPDNXJk


  109. Shoko:

    I think 600k to play Colorado is on the low side considering how far the Warriors have to travel. If not mistaken, Nevada got paid 600k to play UCLA and that's just a short trip. I think the Colorado might be lowballing UH.


  110. kapakahi:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKPe5QqyngI


  111. kapakahi:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IupyEYB-27c


  112. Shoko:

    By the way, great news that the locker rooms are completed. :)


  113. Shoko:

    Story about Graham via phone interview by the Reno paper.
    http://blogs.rgj.com/packblog/2013/09/18/hawaiis-ohio-state-transfer-quarterback-making-no-excuses-for-slow-start/


  114. Bigislandkurt:

    One mil and charter flights.

    CU needs the game more than we do.

    BIK


  115. Shoko:

    Polian on his radio show today said that Fajardo is 50/50 at this point and will be a game day decision. Tyler Stewart will be ready if Fajardo can't go. Also said Dante Mayes may burn his redshirt if needed.


  116. Shoko:

    Polian got annoyed when he heard supporters saying that he should have pulled out Devin Combs if he knew that the injury could be a torn ACL instead of a sprained knee.

    Well, welcome to the world of head coaching where anything that goes wrong is you fault.


  117. Shoko:

    Anyway, here's Coach Polian's weekly press conference from Tuesday. Discusses injuries and upcoming game against the Warriors. Sort of disappointing that Chow doesn't do those weekly media sessions anymore because of $$$.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZg2aHPUZh0


  118. oldtimer808:

    Pomai my sharing of my scores is not a prediction but an affirmation of my support to the Rainbow Warriors win or lose....I know there are some games if I was a betting man that I would truly do a predictable score but being that I support Hawaii than here is my score Hawaii 20 Nevada 13.


  119. markazulu:

    Taylor graham not turning the ball over against Oregon state was huge in my opinion


  120. tom-warriornation:

    Thanks to Tom Mui, I will be meeting with Ben Jay in Reno this Saturday at 2pm. Let me know if you can join us; email me at: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

    We got a group of 50+ Hawaii fans sitting together at the 25 yd line behind the team. Go WARRIORS!


  121. observation only:

    i think having daley back and the addition of iosefa and stutz2 will help a young offense. i say with nevada's injuries and Hawaii at full strength, we have chance.


  122. NYUHTX:

    boolakanaka: Yes, we need a robot football league with geeks running the plays.


  123. jeezy33:

    Harris Ross RB to Hawaii!


  124. jeezy33:

    Just put up 460+ yards and 7 Tds last weekend


  125. jeezy33:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s825NJ3Q1vA&feature=youtu.be


  126. AllG:

    124...Great stat line but that's probably a bummer for us because I'm sure the offers from the PAC 12 schools are gonna start coming in. We will see how loyal he is


  127. jeezy33:

    126... Yeah. I think it's always the case when we get early commits. He plays in the Bay Area too so it will be hard to fly under the radar for much longer. Oregon St. scares me the most.


  128. gobows:

    hawaii received a verbal commit from harris ross, 5-11, 195, rb, pittsburgh ca.

    he has 63 carries, 778 yds (12.35 avg), 12 td.
    as a jr he rushed 71 for 828 (11.66 avg), 5 td.

    http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/harris-ross/tvOjfvTwEeKZ5AAmVebBJg/gendersport/football-stats.htm
    http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Harris-Ross-148309
    http://www.prepsbythebay.com/harris-ross.html


  129. Old School Dave:

    I like this coaching staff's unrelenting recruiting efforts. Very impressed with the talent they are bringing in. There's no doubt that PAC-12 schools will now come into the picture. They always do with many UH verbal commits.


  130. nanakuli:

    Norm Chow is like Gib Arnold, non stop terrific recruiting. Tough time coaching.


  131. Ipu Man:

    Heard that stutzman will not travel to Reno with the team on this afternoon ESPN...


  132. markazulu:

    Wonderful grabbing but the more talent the better.


  133. dannyp:

    Stoked about Ross but he's still gonna take his OV's to other schools. He listed his 3 dream schools as Cal, UCLA and Oregon State. Hope we can hold on to him.


  134. Ipu Man:

    Stuzman maybe should consider transferring somewhere he could get playing time...


  135. gobows:

    #131 nanakuli

    gib arnolds recruiting sucks. period. if you haven't noticed, most of his guys are projects that nobody else wanted. his good recruits come from other countries. half his recruits never make it to school.

    gib is nowhere near coach chow in recruiting to hawaii.

    gib is the exact opposite of nc. he doesnt get results from his recruiting, but he's able to win some games. and now he finally has a ball handler, expect another 18-20 win season.


  136. d1shima:

    Nice get.

    The last HS RB I heard of who scored 7 TD's in one game was last seen hitting paydirt against the Vols...


  137. d1shima:

    Seniors are unlikely to transfer


  138. NotNasti:

    I don't think Stutz is completely out of the picture. He really only has had a week and a half of practice. I think he'll work his way into the rotation. Especially with the performance (or lack thereof) of the current crop of receivers.


  139. Derek:

    Harris Ross, 4.44 speed, squats 454, smooth as silk, changes direction at high speed, uses blockers very well. Good size at 5'11" and 195 lbs. He might be a steal if he progresses each year.


  140. Bowwar:

    Let's hope we keep Ross...It's a shame if Stuts doesn't play...


  141. 3-Prong:

    Not sure if it was for personal or a business recruiting trip but my daughter and her boyfriend were on a flight back from LA last weekend with Coach Chow.


  142. Derek:

    Now we need to look for the Holy Grail!


  143. RedZone:

    I would take 3 qbs and Stuz.


  144. RedZone:

    I think he already visited Cal.


  145. kev-1:

    Did the Browns really just trade Trent Richardson to the Colts? Not that this is Hawaii related, but . . .


  146. Warrior Dave:

    #135 Gobows,

    It's been a couple of years since Gib had a 18-20 win season. But I think this will be a strong year with a true PG and next even stronger with Chan-Webster and the other redshirt.


  147. markazulu:

    Wily, St Juste, Lakalaka, ross and iosefa we are DEEP at running back now its a matter of can they pass block and if the o line can create a lane for them to run through. Highly impressed St-Juste, wily, and ross having me looking forward to the future but as of right now glad to have iosefa back hope our offense catches a spark this week.


  148. Johnny Manziel is a War Criminal:

    18-20 wins for UH basketball this year is a pretty bold prediction.


  149. A-joe:

    Oregon football facility = $68 mil.

    UH Football Locker room = $1.6 mil.

    National Football Championships-

    Oregon = 0

    Hawaii = 0

    Big deal.

    I want athletes with character who believe in making a difference in Hawaii. These are the men and women I want to represent and carry our name well.

    Shallow kids who wanna play for a team because a facility looks nice or cool uniforms can go somewhere else.


  150. SteveM:

    RE: #149
    A-Joe -- most times you real profound, bruddah. You got 'em this time too, I thinks!