Utah receiver commits to UH

December 13th, 2013
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Mack Richards, a multi-skilled receiver/returner from Utah's Alta High, has accepted a scholarship offer from the Rainbow Warriors, according to his father, Bill Richards.

Richards will be on a delay route to Manoa. He plans on serving a two-year church mission after his Alta High graduation in June. After that, he will join the Warriors in time for the 2016 season.

Richards is a little taller than 6-1 and weighs 190 pounds. Despite an injury, he finished the 100-meter sprint in 10.9 seconds at Utah's state track meet this past spring.

Richards has 125 catches and 26 touchdowns in his Alta career, including 62 receptions for 1,096 yards and 13 TDS this past season. He also scored on four returns — two each on punt and kickoff returns.

Richards and UH receiver Ammon Barker, who redshirted in 2013, were Alta teammates in 2012.

Richards had been in "conversations" with Washington State, Oregon State, Utah State, Utah, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado and Arizona.

"(Hawaii coaches) came really early," Bill Richards said. "They came last year. Coach (Lewis) Powell has developed a good relationship  with Mack. They understand missions. He's planning on serving a mission after graduation. And they like to throw the ball. As a receiver, that's a big thing."

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Coach Norm Chow confirmed that the quarterback competition is wide open for spring training, which opens in April. That means Taylor Graham, who started three games before suffering a shoulder injury; Ikaika Woolsey, who started two games, and Jeremy Higgins, who started a game in 2012, will get equal reps for most of spring training.

There is  a possibility Graham will have surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. If he were to undergo a procedure, he would be ready for the start of spring training.

The Rainbow Warriors are expected to sign Punahou quarterback Larry "Tui" Tuileta, who can't put his commitment in writing until Feb. 5. (He could not sign during the early period for volleyball, which he also will play, because his UH scholarship will be covered by football.)

But Tuileta is preparing to be a Rainbow Warrior. He told the WB he has cut his long hair.

159 Responses to “Utah receiver commits to UH”

  1. tom mui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    Hair today, gone tomorrow!


  2. Bugaz:

    Aloha kakahiaka


  3. Bugaz:

    There's a good group of guys returning on offense and I think if the one keeps improving, those QBs will be fine.


  4. Bugaz:

    One= oline


  5. AlaWai:

    Five Big Fat Pig


  6. AlaWai:

    Jameis Winston case not over. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/12/13/family-of-accuser-statement-jameis-winston-case/4008855/


  7. Ipu Man:

    Happy Friday everybody and go Rainbow Warriors, past, present and future!


  8. AlaWai:

    Here's a thought for Dr. Chow and his staff. Hire a Game Management Coach as his Offensive Coordinator. He/She needs to be a cerebral student of the game and its flow.
    Studies and analyzes our teams and opponents strengths and weaknesses. Develops a game to game plan e.g. Hurry up offense, Ball Control, Blitz or cover, optimum use of time outs, substitution patterns, penalties. Half time adjustments. etc. Lots of charting, data collection and numbers crunching. In football preparations makes the difference in winning and losing. Maybe our problem is not how much preparation, but "how are we preparing." At this stage of his career, Dr. Chow needs an edge. Instead of sniping him, maybe we should be trying to help him.
    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Its-time-for-teams-to-hire-game-managers.html


  9. PurpleMaple:

    I just hope the current coaching "dismissals" does not affect the recruiting effort. It's on defense where recruiting has to really succeed this season, so losing two coaches on D will be felt.


  10. Marleysdad:

    Seen Tuileta at the Army game, his supercut must have been since then. Must look much older now.


  11. Derek:

    Only 3 QBs in the spring! Not enough. Gotta get a JC guy in there to compete. That's one position you don't want to be short with. Guys get hurt all the time. Sh*t happens. You don't want a depth problem, not to mention a talent problem.


  12. Honu888:

    Good morning! TGIF! Is there any buzz going around on the street of any other transfers that might be signing with the with the Rainbow Warriors in a few days besides Fermin?


  13. Inyoface:

    The scout QB should get a shot too, never know.


  14. Manoa2:

    Congratuations to Jordon Wynn, but I would rather have someone more like Jordon Wynn's coach and offensive coordinator-- look at the job he is doing at Fresno-- scoring more than 20 points a game more than us. We are handicapping ourselves by not improving our coaching staff to match the rest of the conference-- coaching makes a difference and it is why the other teams are doing better than us-- look at the other coaching staffs in the Mountain West and and their new hires and you see former NFL and BCS coaches, you see a head coach who was offensive coordinator for two of Saban's championship Alabama teams (the Colorado State Head coach), one head coach who was the head coach at Notre Dame, look at the new head coach and his staff at San Jose, look at the defensive and offensive staffs at Utah State, San Diego State, and San Jose State. Coaching makes a difference-- it takes more than recruiting players.


  15. Marleysdad:

    Well, fresno did have that Carr guy. I'm sure if we had a talent like that we'd have been much better off. Who's the ex-ND coach?


  16. Former UH Athlete:

    Speaking of surprise transfers.... I do remember Tsai teasing us with some transfer news, but haven't seen anything since.


  17. Former UH Athlete:

    Speaking of surprise transfers.... I do remember Tsai teasing us with some transfer news, but haven't seen anything since.


  18. sofaking_blk:

    They gotta go out and get some JC QBs. They can't put all of their eggs on what they have right now. I'm not gonna automatically assume that Tuileta is gonna light it up next year and neither should you. EVERYBODY knew that TG was gonna do great things last year, how'd that turn out? The way I see it, they have no choice but to find some JC starting QBs who are ready right NOW. If they don't then this team will struggle again.


  19. Whats up:

    #15

    Yep, lets see Fresno, SJSU and other teams that lose a Derek Carr or a David Fales do without them? Remember what happened to Hawaii Football when Colt Brennan graduated?


  20. Marleysdad:

    ex-ND coach @ New Mexico. Forgot...


  21. mo808:

    Good Morning Folks!
    Looking forward to hearing more good recruiting news!
    Condolences to the Fuddy Ohana!


  22. Marleysdad:

    19, I agree. having a very good/great QB is the key. It make coaches look so, so much better.


  23. A-House:

    I must be really DENSE cause people are still congratulating Wynn on his promotion to QB coach, but I read the sports page this am and did NOT see any announcement of this

    can someone help me understand or you all want me to be dense forever!!!!!!


  24. vailima:

    QB competition will be open...and settled within one week of spring by TGraham. Don't Ikaika and the others will overtake him at this point.


  25. A-House:

    Great to hear that Tuileta will sign with Hawaii - maybe grad early like BRS and enroll in Spring semester and really heat things up in spring ball


  26. Manoa Mist:

    Agree with #18. We don't have a QB. And the schedule next year is tough as well. Can't see Chow making it past next year. Can't see any good OC or DC wanting to coach under a lame duck coach. UH football is washed up on the shore, with waves crashing all around.


  27. LizKauai (mbp):

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Go, RAINBOW WARRIORS!


  28. Haleakala:

    Great! I'm looking forward to seeing Tui in Rainbow Warrior uniforms - volleyball and football.


  29. Andrew:

    14.

    Why are you congratulating him? Nothing has been announced yet.


  30. Marleysdad:

    Why isn't OC16 showing the UH vs Chaminade game tomorrow? I know it's on Kauai, but there isn't anything else going on.


  31. A-House:

    #19:

    that is so true, but when other teams, such as the ones you mentioned, had their senior QB grad and they found "true freshman" QBs that kicked our okoles in the past 2 years

    or, the opponents DBs were lousy and they played the best game of the year against UH

    UH does not have the neck of finding such players or the athlete decides another school is were they belong

    also, its been a long time since UH recruited a black QB - last one was Mickey Carter and he grad in 1992 - curious thing is that most of the BCS schools all have a great black QB including the SEC


  32. Andrew:

    31.

    I don't think ethnicity has any correlation with that.


  33. A-House:

    #30:

    I believe it has to do with the number of games that the contract calls for and this one is not one of the major ones - so UH and OC16 must decide which ones they will televise


  34. st. anthony trojan:

    Hey....kifi... maybe you are right..but every time he opens his mouth...n talk football..you alwaya hear it..."we want to stay close in the fourth quarter etc"...so 4 me..if it walks like a duck...n quacks like a duck...

    Ne way.. Dino played for him.... but seems like EI.... loves to light up the scoreboard.. n not want to allow their opponents to get close in the 4th...wonder where he picked up that mindset (philosohpy)...from...??? ....good luck to him n his panthers today...should be a very good game...

    Lets look it at this way... one says.. "we want to stay close in the 4th"...the opponent says "we want to light up that scoreboard..n not want ne one close to us in the 4th quarter".....which one is the positive one...n which is the negative one...

    And by the way... Mr. Lopes played for him also....


  35. A-House:

    #32:

    was not hinting on ethnicity - just the fact that there seem to be a lot of very good black QBs and UH HC is not interested or at least does not seem to be interested.

    for example, Keeton@ USU would make a great QB for UH running the "abbreviated spread" offense


  36. Boolakanaka:

    Having been on many a Tomey team meeting, I can assure you "keep it close", was neither his mantra or philosophy. He wanted to punch people in the mouth, have an especially gritty defense and the expectation of big plays from special teams. While not an offensive juggernaut, he certainly wanted to beat up on people.


  37. Kaimiloa:

    35. I think coach is going for the best available qbs that are interested in Hawaii. If it makes you feel better, we have offered an African American QB from Louisiana.


  38. jonj:

    35 A-House in 2011 Mack them Got the Walk-on Stump Goddfrey. Who was the freshmen Starter for Wyoming in 2010. Was supposed to be a good one to compete with DG. But we all know what lame duck we got next.


  39. gobows:

    ...


  40. Kaimiloa:

    Godfey started 4 games for UNM in 2010.


  41. NotNasti:

    25. A-House: For the last time, Tui will be playing volleyball for Punahou in the spring. The state tournament is in May. He WILL not be graduating early to enroll at UH. Sorry, not to pick on you, but every day on this blog, someone asks, "I wonder if Tui will be enrolling early at UH like BRS?"


  42. Kaimiloa:

    ...now at Navarro JC. Not picked up by any DI school after he left UH.


  43. Bowwar:

    Chow created the "mess" he's in, so I'm sure he knows or has an idea on how he'll be able to get out of it by hiring replacement coaches. The writing is surely on the wall however, that Chow needs some Ws on the board next year or he's gone. Realistically, that equates to 6 wins and a Hawaii Bowl appearance...anything short of that will be hard for UH officials to justify keeping him on further.

    My guess is Chow will "circle the wagons" and promote from within, since they all have a vested interest in the outcome of next season. The new replacements will likely be for position coaches from the grad assistant pool or someone from the outside looking for a safe haven for a year. One person Chow might consider is the recently dismissed St. Louis coach, Matt Wright, who might be a good hire for linebackers, since he was one at the UH and seems to have the right pedigree to assist in recruiting locally.


  44. gobows:

    bob davie went 4-9 last year, 3-9 this year. i don't see him doing much better than that, since he stunk it up at notre dame.

    don't see any benefit from hiring a bcs coach, chow is a former bcs and nfl coach.

    id rather see a good young coach like eastern washington's beau baldwin have a shot at turning the hawaii program around.


  45. gobows:

    #43

    it appears chow has difficulty getting coaches to come out here. ga's are always welcome. wouldn't be surprised if he hired al noga.


  46. madeinhawaii:

    maybe the boosters will get involved in the search for a DC/associate coach.


  47. Old School Dave:

    This guy might be a good candidate to coach up the linebackers. Don't know if he's interested in returning home or if he's even on Chow's radar, though.

    http://www.gosycamores.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15200&ATCLID=206054460


  48. NotNasti:

    47. Cabral was known to wear a lava lava while at Boulder.


  49. Whats up:

    Jonj

    I thought Stump Godfrey played for New Mexico and he walked on and left Hawaii in like 2 months. New Mexico didn't release him from his scholie or something like that, but he left early.


  50. NotNasti:

    45. Gobows: Al Noga will NOT pass a background (criminal) check.


  51. Old School Dave:

    I've read that Brian Cabral is very "old school" mentality, being a former linebacker himself at CU and with the Bears. I even remember him when he played for St. Louis on that team that beat Punahou (twice) with Mosiula Tatupu back in 73.


  52. Boolakanaka:

    51--Old school mentality--hmmmn. Wonder to what extent? Bullring -Oklahoma drill all day? Gassers til you puke? A little "man to man" talk in locker room. Curious to what extent, as we live in an entirely different generation.


  53. Marleysdad:

    41, I think it was just him & I that mentioned that.

    50, If anybody were to receive an exemption, it should be Al Noga.


  54. cocobean:

    boola. In regards to the useage of the term Punahou Mafia.

    When I use the term it's always in jest. It's a running gag that I'll use whenever I think it fits a certain situation. Like if Chow needs booster funding to augment the pay scale of a coordinator.

    The term popped up when Gib Arnold was hired. Gib was not the choice of a few basketball insiders like Riley Wallace. They wanted a St. Mary's assistant. People started grumbling on this blog that it was his connection to Punahou and some Punahou alumni that influence the decision. The term Punahou Mafia was coined to put a name to this unknown group of people.

    Since then this shadowy organization has been ruputed to be behind such dastardly deeds as getting Obama elected, Norm Chow selected and the influx of Poly athletes to PHS.


  55. NRGY1:

    QB open competition too little too late, Norm.

    Here's what I don't understand - as a state, Hawaii wasted $1 million on a loser. The justification now is that Hawaii doesn't want to spend another $1.5 million to rid itself of this loser. Doesn't make sense. Keeping Chow is more costly to the state and the program over the long haul. The damage done to the reputation of the program, in terms of future recruiting and attracting decent coaches, is hard to calculate. It's safe to say a program with a reputation for losing is not a program top quality players and coaches are interested in playing for or going to, especially if they have any goals for playing or coaching at the next level.

    Hawaii should write it off - the entire $2.5 million - as a lost investment. Just like the wonder blunder, and treat this Norm chapter as a learning moment.

    Next coach should not get a 5 year contract, period.

    2 year contract with option to extend for two. Minimum salary with opportunity to earn more based on total number of wins. Base salary of $200k, with incentives each season allowing the coach to earn up to $400 - $500k.

    If coach loses a lot, like chow, then he only gets base salary of $200k, commensurate with his losing season and program.

    If he loses a lot, like chow, after 2 seasons, state fires him, without any payout clause.


  56. boolakanaka:

    Coco--thanks for the clarification. Although I would not disagree with any of the items you mentioned in the last paragraph.

    No doubt that the buff and blue, have more than just a little say so on a great many things in Hawai'i....


  57. Rodney:

    Miano for HC at saint Louis??????


  58. jeezy33:

    Maybe a Walk On will come in and win the starting job.... Seems to happen more often than not....

    Not really liking the options.... Needs to be more competition.....

    This is what it must feel like to be a Vikings fan going into next year.... Open arms race... Ponder, Freeman, Cassell... Is Peterson gets hurt, their screwed... If Iosefa gets hurt, were screwed....

    PRAYING for a solid recruiting class...


  59. boolakanaka:

    Oh, any see the article in the USA Today, this morning? I usually don't read it, but was on some business and it was delivered at the hotel. Anyway, it talked about the potential bidding war between Alabama and Texas for Saban. What was really interesting, is the amount of money involved with the programs, both in excess of 160 million annually, and their backup funds. The backup fund is the profit margin they have received from net profits, exclusively from their respective athletic programs.

    In short, they both return net profits between 16-20 million annually. Furthermore, UT had an "athletic backup fund" close to 60 million and Alabama was closer to 90 million. These funds are exclusively for purposes related to the athletic department--staggering sums!


  60. cocobean:

    BTW boola. Heard that this organization is not above giving out $10000.00 handshakes to Ivy League recruiters for a good recommendation for one of their students.


  61. Old School Dave:

    #52: Whoa brings back some (bad) memories. Old time high school football practice back in the day - 3 hour practices with NO water break (coaches used to bring water jugs and drink in front of the players), take a hand full of salt tablets (just salt, no fancy electrolytes like today) before practice. Coaches who ruled by a slap on the helmet, and yank of the facemask, and kick (literally) in the butt. Pretty much bordered on (if not) criminal by today's standards. Just the way it was back then. Went to watch my first UH practice back in the early 70s as a high schooler and it seemed so.....civilized.


  62. Former UH Athlete:

    54... I kinda remember Wallace being in the anti-Gib Arnold camp.... but then I remembered that his protege was the worst BB coach in UH history (right up there with Arnold's dad). Plus I think Donovan might have noticed also. Gib has done a fine job in rebuilding the team and they are really fun to watch right now. Just too bad fans are too lazy to show up. I do think the DHC attendance should be pretty good.

    DHC Rd1 Boise vs UH will be a high scoring, entertaining game.


  63. boolakanaka:

    60_Coco buddy, you know I am above reproach when it comes to boola U. Unfortunately, that does not extend to Alan Wong...any takers, anyone-anyone??


  64. cocobean:

    #58. Jeezy you got to have faith someone is going to step up. Rolo is the example people use as a QB that didn't "get it" his first time around but "got it" on his second go around. You could update that example with Schroeder between last season and this.

    Graham and Woolsey have the size and tools to get it done. Chow supposely has the expertise to develop QBs. If all else fails I can see with Joey, Lakala, St. Juste and Wiley running behind an imporoved O line that Higgins could manage a game quite well.


  65. Stephen Tsai:

    I think every UH coach has difficulty getting people to come out here.
    For instance, on JJ's first staff, his "OC" was an NAIA assistant and his special teams coach was running a car wash.
    People might like Aranda and Rolo now, but when Mack hired them, one had a resume from Cal Lutheran and the other had to work in construction to supplement his JC pay.
    Even look at Rich Miano. He was essentially out of work for a few years before JJ picked him up.
    Archie Andrews once said it's the thought that counts. To which Veronica Lodge responded: "You have cheap thoughts."


  66. Stephen Tsai:

    Woolsey has the tools to be a star. He's, what, 20? When he matures a little bit, he'll be very good.
    I hope all of you were immature at 20. Because it would be freaky-weird if you weren't.


  67. Stephen Tsai:

    I remember Dan Morrison was bouncing around coaching jobs (after Punahou) when he was approached by JJ. Morrison sought advice from Cal Lee, who said: Take the UH job.


  68. jeezy33:

    64. You are right... I just gotta see it before I get optimistic...


  69. jeezy33:

    67. I think 100's of QBs have the "tools" to be stars..... Which is why they get 4-5 star ratings coming out..... Very few live up to it though... Which is why the term potential and tools are tossed around all the time...

    For the most part, I am still a believer that with most good QBs, you see signs and flashes of greatness very early on... But the inconsistencies are what separate them from when they gain experience...

    I have the most respect for SS bouncing back this past season. He improved a lot... But by no means do I think he is a QB that would lead us to a bowl game..

    I stand by my statement that he played well enough to win 4 games for us...


  70. boolakanaka:

    61--Old School---My position coach in HS was Ben Ronquillio's younger brother, Tommy, who walked on at UH in the mid 70s, and I still have much aloha for him, but he was a Tasmanian Devil and crazy. Running up red dirt hills for 45-60 minutes, with no water at lunch. Forearms to the chest and face at practice. Pissed off about a scrimmage at PC high, and getting a 7 mile jog back to school, after we just scrimmaged for 2 hours.

    Although he did save my butt one day, he use to have all these ex-UH types come to practice, like Cliff Laboy or in this story Mike Perkins, (ex kamehameha great and UH starter at safety). Anyway, I think I was still a junior in HS, and we use to play 7 on 7 every day in the summer. I did not know Mike Perkins, and he come across the middle, I use to be very cocky, and I clock him in the chest, without pads, and he falls to ground sort of startled. I see Tommy talking to Mike for like 3-4 minutes, later learned he saved me the easy whipping of my life.


  71. al:

    mike perkins truly a gentleman and fine person. and yes, what a great athlete.


  72. BigWave96744:

    A-House, I hear you and you are far from DENSE....

    But hey it seem lots of misinformation gets throw out, so why stop at Congratulating Jordan Wyn. Let's add to the party...

    Congrats to Daronte Jones, new DC
    Congrats to Richard Torres, new DB Coach
    Congrats to Kurt Gouviea, new Linebackers Coach
    And it's Friday the 13th, so there has to be a Jason.... So congrats to Jason Gesser new OC


  73. boolakanaka:

    72...Al--indeed, Mike Perkins is a class act.


  74. al:

    23...you must learn the power of subliminal message. in fact, coming from your neighbor should surely have tipped you off.


  75. al:

    31...correction "Michael "mike" carter that is. not a Disney character.


  76. Old School Dave:

    Boola: Brings back memories. I remember those "tink you tough" days as a young kid. Usually brought back down to earth when pulled aside and told by by a messenger, "Eh, you betta say 'sorry' to _____, or else..."

    Ben Ronquillio had some good teams when he was Waipahu High's coach in the early 70s(?). I think he had some kind of falling out with the AD at the time, Masa Yonamine (?) and was let go. Too bad, as he was a good coach.


  77. Old School Dave:

    Waipahu High had a quarterback in the 70s with the greatest name; Marco Minn. I think he went on to play at Linfield.


  78. Buffoman:

    I think if Raphael Cherry played in today's college read option game, he would have been a star. The guy had a great arm and could run the rock. His skills were a bit ahead of the times. he would have also made Anthony Edgar a star running back that would possibly have had a look at the next level.


  79. al:

    31...http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Ricardo-Johnson%20III-122163


  80. al:

    33...wrong. after the mwc tv contractors select the games after, if we lucky, espn plucks any games. we get to broadcast what is left over. we don't have choices. we just are left with the second rose games.


  81. boolakanaka:

    77--Old School Dave...actually know Marco pretty well. He actually started at Linfield. Waipahu had some really good players in the 70s. Ben Apuna (wayne's older brother) Andrew and Michael Moody, to name a few.

    Oh, Boffoman, AE actually did play on sunday for a couple of years with the Eagles. Bugga was real quick, but saw Mike Akiu, take him a couple of times.


  82. al:

    31...http://hawaii.scout.com/a.z?s=219&p=8&c=1&nid=7082876


  83. Marleysdad:

    80, we're talking about the MBB game tomorrow on Kauai, not football or MWC.


  84. Derek:

    Unless we have a "good" QB by opening the season we will be blasted by UW and Oregon St., against Peterson and Riley. Sorry, that's real. The definition of "good" to me is efficiency, making solid decisions, and taking care of the football. Don't have to be flashy, don't have be a 4.5 speed guy, don't have to have a strong arm. Just be fundamentally sound. We had such a QB before, Jason Whieldon. Remember him, he beat Alabama here when they were on probation and Shula was the coach.


  85. al:

    the dream backfield of days long ago at the old termite palace...

    qb...mike vasconcellos
    hb...ben ronquillo
    hb...howard peralta
    fb...steve kuna

    possibly the most explosive backfield in the early 60's.
    speed, power, shake n bake, passing.

    awesome sight for a young paperboy.


  86. al:

    83...my bust.


  87. UHfan808:

    Good afternoon, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers! :)


  88. boolakanaka:

    85--Al, don't forget about Eddie Chung, all state out of Kailua, went on to Boise State. Almost married his step-daughter.


  89. UHfan808:

    8 - Ala Wai

    I like that approach


  90. jm2375:

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Are the people calling for Chow's head the same ones that were calling for Gib's head a couple of years ago???????? jus' asking.

    I need my Rainbow Warrior volleyball fix. Any insights, beat writer ST?????? Who's redshirting? I heard they were rethinking redshirting Kupono Fey, so that leaves Nesi and Dane Keckin. How do the redshirts and other freshmen look? 3 weeks till the start of the season!!!!!!


  91. Derek:

    Dino Babers' team, Eastern Illinois, on the tube this afternoon in a playoff game with Towson State. Check it out. He might be our next Head Coach someday. I believe the game is at 3 pm.


  92. Ed:

    I always like the way Pat Hill coached, hard nosed no nonsense coach. He loves Hawaii how about Hill for DC ?


  93. cocobean:

    #85. Nostalgia at it's best. The old HNL stadium, the T formation and Fred Antone on the PA system...." Ronquillio with the ball...."


  94. DancingBear:

    The snap is down, the kick is up, and it is good.


  95. al:

    88. 93...no get me started. ed chung. yah quite a player/ back then Kailua always had speedy backs.


  96. markazulu:

    @93 it would be cool but isnt Pat hill an offensive guy. Right now he is coaching up the o line at atlanta


  97. Derek:

    Pat Hill was the guy who used the term "butt whipping". I liked his approach of willing to play all comers, especially the big BCS schools, and win their share of them.


  98. Ed:

    #96 My bad on coach Hill, so how about OC ?


  99. Boolakanaka:

    95... Eddie was a helluva of softball player, hitting balls in parks across the street from where his team was playing. And strong canoe paddler...


  100. gobows:

    #57
    miano has too much loyalty, doubt he would go, but you never know when money talks.

    #59
    problem at the UH, no slush fund exist in the UHAD.

    wonder how much the texans have to offer saban.

    #77
    also Losoloso Lualualo


  101. papajoe2:

    FYI~Local boy Brian Ching testimonial game stream lined on Houston Dynamo sight at 3:30 pm today. The Dynamo is doing this because Brian is retiring. Made the USA World Cup team. Won 3 MLS championships, mvp, goal of the year, and many more awards. Their stadium in Houston is known as "The House That Ching Built." For those of you who don't know, this is Major League Soccer.


  102. papajoe2:

    sight=site.


  103. Old School Dave:

    Ah, Mike Akiu from Kalaheo High. He had some wheels. Akiu went to Washington State on a track scholarship. He wanted to try out for the football team, but the track coach said no, so he walked on at UH. Read that he later ran something like a 4.2 40 for some NFL scouts which got him drafted in the 7th round by Houston (when they had something like 12 rounds).


  104. postmanke:

    Wow lots of drama going on in twitterverse re Mack Brown. Thumb getting a good workout. Need to get some popcorn.


  105. papajoe2:

    Akiu blocked a lot of kicks at UH. "Speed kills."


  106. Sofaking_blk:

    7-0 EIU


  107. RedZone:

    Mike Akiu was the fastest player on the Houston team.


  108. gobows:

    wtf, another school shooting…in colorado.
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/13/us/colorado-school-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    blame the parents, they should be held responsible.


  109. RedZone:

    Process for hiring coaches so slow. By the time we get a chance to pick one all the good ones are gone.


  110. Truman:

    St. Louis HS coach-Cal Lee again?


  111. Sofaking_blk:

    14-0 EIU in the 1st


  112. Marleysdad:

    Wow, I like EIU. I am on that bandwagon now.

    Dino for OC/ast. HC


  113. postmanke:

    Akiu was absolute joy to watch - art in motion


  114. Sofaking_blk:

    Hopefully we can get him next year.


  115. gobows:

    #112 & 114

    babers will be the next hc at illinois when they fire tim beckman next year. surprised he wasn't fired this year after going 1-15 in the B1G.


  116. Sofaking_blk:

    #115
    Babers is sick of the cold, he want to go somewhere warm, like Hawaii.


  117. postmanke:

    Guess Saban decides to keep the Tide rolling


  118. papajoe2:

    BYUH women volleyball team made it to the finals of the DII championships with their 3rd straight 5 set win.


  119. Whats up:

    I'm watching the E Illinois vs Towson game, lets see what Babers offense is all about.


  120. Marleysdad:

    Haha!! Looks like Mckinley vs Kapolei


  121. st. anthony trojan:

    nice to see post of ei is up.. hope they go on to win..


  122. gobows:

    everett golson re-admitted to notre dame
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1887461-everett-golson-returns-to-notre-dame-how-george-whitfield-built-a-better-qb?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial&hpt=hp_t2


  123. gobows:

    #116
    hope you are right


  124. gobows:

    10.9 100, thats allen sampson type speed


  125. gobows:

    i guess 'bama won't be coming after chow.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1884200-nick-saban-signs-contract-extension-with-alabama-crimson-tide


  126. Rodney:

    Ikaika is the future !!!!
    He can spin it !!!!!
    If he can leadership up.Then I think he'll play
    Then Chow can throttle up the O!!


  127. dannyp:

    Whoa Mack Richards is a huge get. Kid can straight ball.


  128. Jeezy33:

    Stud... But if he goes on mission, not that confident he comes back


  129. NorthShoreFan:

    Last play I saw, Towson 21-EIU 14......EIU defense don't look so good...


  130. RedZone:

    I like Mack Richards. He reminds me of Greg Salas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6mKjpVmBmI


  131. al:

    110...did you see my subliminal message a day or two ago?


  132. gobows:

    #130

    wth, they should have gone hard for the qb, chipper lucero. did you notice how many passes were bad…none of them.


  133. NorthShoreFan:

    21 - 21..


  134. 3-Prong:

    Clips make him look like second coming of "Golden" Richards!
    It's Pau Hana Tirsty Time. To "Golden"!


  135. d1shima:


  136. Marleysdad:

    131, I did. Not sure what it hinted to then. Then I posted that Matt got fired yesterday. I wonder if he can still recruit as good as he did in the 80's & 90's.


  137. 3-Prong:

    Aaaah, da firs sip is always da bes!


  138. whitey:

    Speed and stri........iiide. Aloha Mack.


  139. Sofaking_blk:

    Towson 49- EIU 39


  140. 3-Prong:

    whitey: .....and breaks tackles too!


  141. Derek:

    That Towson St. running back, Terrance West, looks like an NFL type player, maybe in the 3rd to 4th round. But he's only a Jr. so he might go or maybe not. These FCS players are good players too. Romo, former Eastern Illinois alum.


  142. Former UH Athlete:

    Anybody else laughing at ESPN for going balls deep with the Mack Brown resigning and Saban going to be the replacement?

    Brown is still the UT coach and Saban has just been locked up at Bana for $7M-$7.5M per year.

    I see the "College Football Insider" leading the reporting for the last week has been spinning Brown's banquet speach any way he can.

    That's what you get when you fly with a "make a wish" story from a biased blog site and unnamed sources.

    Brown may retire after the bowl game but to think Brown was going to step down and abandon his team before a big bowl game is just dumb. Same applies to Saban... He's got enough brains to not ditch Bama with their psychotic fan base.

    I applaud Saban and his agent for milking ESPN's lack of journalistic integrity to negotiate a HUGE extension.


  143. Former UH Athlete:

    Landing Richards is a great get. But like all LDS mission boys, gotta hope they stay true with their commitment


  144. Former UH Athlete:

    With Saban locked up... I guess that means Jim Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin are the next choices. Or at least that what orangebloods blog would suggest as they listed Harbaugh and Tomlin as targets for Brown's replacement the other day.

    Orangebloods is the website ESPN was basing their coverage on.

    At least our blog host gets his info from solid sources vs the unnamed sources and apparent google searches big media ESPN and Yahoo use.


  145. kev-1:

    Sorry. Good prospect but remind me in two years. Not really interested in guys that "might" play here in a couple of years.


  146. kev-1:

    I'd be really interested to see statistics of success rates for players that go on missions.


  147. Buffoman:

    On a totally different topic. That was a very good 5-0 episode.


  148. Former UH Athlete:

    Just hilarious... ESPN's cover story on the NCAA football page say Texas should keep Mack Brown.
    Way to stick to your guns.

    McMurphy looked like somebody stole his lunch money when ESPN brought him on to get his reaction after Brown's banquet speech.


  149. 3-Prong:

    Buffoman: Agreed.


  150. HiloBilly:

    Former UH Athlete:
    December 13th, 2013 at 8:29 pm
    Landing Richards is a great get. But like all LDS mission boys, gotta hope they stay true with their commitment
    ___________________________________

    Just curious: does anyone know how many UH recruits, roughly, who've gone on LDS missions & returned to play for us, & who they are? Who are some who decided to decommit once they returned from missions?


  151. Dino:

    also recall that eastern illinois brought a team with then future dallas cowboy qb tony romo to the islands. a june jones coached hawaii team beat them.


  152. jjay:

    Oh great another Utah prospect, not impressive and not immediately to contribute, got to wait two years, forget it . No scholies to guys going on missions, by the time they come back , out of shape, lost skills , forget it. Chow won't be around in two years. count on it!!
    Fire Chow!!


  153. Derek:

    We had to wait 2 years for John Ursua. Well, that 2 years is next year so he's either enrolling in January or this summer. Haven't heard that he's going elsewhere. He played some QB in HS so maybe he can compete. Otherwise, he was projected to be a WR or slotback. Hellava basketball player too. Point Guard.


  154. Fei Jai:

    With a budget over $2 billion annually, why pinch pennies with chow's buyout of only $1.5 million? Jeff portnoy, new regent, please push for a buyout of chow's contract, now, instead of later. You are good at settlement of potential claims. Settle this claim. Get chow out of here and into retirement so we can start the search for a new coach. Thank you.


  155. ai-eee-soos:

    139. Sofaking_blk:
    December 13th, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    Towson 49- EIU 39

    Dino Babers might be headed for warmer climate ....

    FAU: College coaches around the nation are wondering why the process at FAU has moved so slowly considering the job opened during the season.

    Keep an eye on Eastern Illinois head coach Dino Babers, who withdrew from the Eastern

    Michigan search earlier in the week. Eastern Illinois plays in the FCS playoffs tonight on ESPN2 against Towson at 8pm ET.


  156. NorthShoreFan:

    Interesting 5-0 tonight. No "book um Daniel"...


  157. wafan:

    Good morning!


  158. Sofaking_blk:

    #141
    Babers offense is not suited for the snow, fortunately for us it doesn't snow in Hawaii.


  159. Wes'side Warrior:

    Morning, Gang!

    Always excited to hear recruit news.

    Busy day for us...

    Services and funeral for an uncle starting at Star of the Sea at 9am, with burial in Kaneohe at 2pm...

    Kahala Mall Center Court for a concert at 4pm...

    Pick up daughter after another modeling gig at the HIC sometime tonight...

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Be safe out there in the shopping traffic.