Texas prep safety to join UH

December 23rd, 2013

Dany Mulanga, a safety from Trinity High (Euless, Texas), told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he has accepted a football scholarship from the Rainbow Warriors.

Mulanga said he is 6 feet 4 and 206 pounds.

He said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds a year ago, but "I think I'm faster now."

Mulanga received offers from Utah State, New Mexico, Louisiana Tech and Montana State.

He participated in the All-Poly camp at Euless this past summer. It was there, he said, when he received an offer from Lewis Powell, UH's defensive line coach.

"We worked on one-on-one drills," Mulanga said. "We talked. Coach Lewis offered me right on the spot."

Mulanga said he wanted to experience living outside of Texas. "My family got together and talked abot it," Mulanga said. "Hawaii felt like the right fit for me."

Mulanga is expected to compete at free safety. Safeties John Hardy-Tuliau and Charles Clay completed their UH eligibility in the regular-season finale against Army.

Here's Mulanga's highlights: Mulanga video

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June Jones yesterday signed a contract extension that ties him to SMU through 2018.

Jones received the offer a couple of weeks but signed it yesterday morning.

Jones will be returning to Hawaii, on Thursday, to visit. The NCAA is in a dead period for football recruiting through mid-January.

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Interesting story about Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick being sent home after being accused of urinating off a hotel balcony. In news accounts, Southwick denied committing that act, said it was another player,  and claimed he passed a polygraph to prove his innocence.

Serious claims.

On an unrelated flashback, during the 1986 NLCS series, a New York Mets fan urinated from Shea Stadium's upper deck into the visiting bullpen. Houston Astros pitcher Dave Smith was quoted as saying: "It was the first time I had ever been used for long relief."

* * * * *

That tall fan at the Stan Sheriff Center is former UH basketball player Brad Pineau. His son, Dane, is a freshman for Saint Mary's. As a Saint Louis School post player, Pineau faced that thin player from Punahou known then as "Barry Obama."

Random thought: Whatever happened to Cat Soto?

102 Responses to “Texas prep safety to join UH”

  1. UHfan808:


  2. UHfan808:

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

  3. UHfan808:

    Okay, I guess JJ is out for sure

    Are you planning to do an interview with him, ST?

  4. Ipu Man:

    Glorious morning to all and Merry Christmas.
    Best wishes to JJ and his staff.
    Maybe Texas was thinking of hiring him...

  5. Honu888:

    Wonder why he took a couple weeks to sign the extension. Was he waiting for another offer elsewhere?

  6. truegreen:

    Yeah, here

  7. Last Call:

    It's call a golden shower and I hear it can create beautiful rainbows .

  8. (Jesse)James:

    Good morning Tsaikos....

    Hope all is well.

    JJ staying at SMU so maybe we can get over the "If JJ comes back" talk... :-)

  9. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    or contemplating enjoying more golf. in the end, $8M+ sounds better.

  10. Stephen Tsai:

    (Jesse) James:
    JJ is coming back. But only to play golf on the Big Island.
    It doesn't matter. (Jesse) James is the only JJ who matters here.

  11. kifi:

    Great hire by Army. Good luck to Jeff Monken.

  12. Stephen Tsai:

    Always hear good stuff about Jeff Monken.
    For some reason, I don't remember him when he was a UH GA.

  13. Stephen Tsai:

    It seems the NCAA's condensed recruiting schedule — three weekends in January — helps provide a little more balance for new coaches and non-BCS schools. Each player is allowed a maximum five visits, but there doesn't seem to be any time to take more than three.

  14. (Jesse)James:

    #10....Bwahahahahaha ST....Thanks, I think... :-)

  15. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Finding a coach with triple option background at the div 1a level is probably not very easy. Good luck to Army.

  16. RedZone:

    Army should go after Ivin Jasper.

  17. (Jesse)James:

    #16...My thoughts are that Ivin Jasper is coach in waiting at Navy...if Kenny is going to retire after this contract is up....

  18. markazulu:

    Wyoming vs Hawaii on OC sports right now

  19. tommui:


    Got some good comments about my Rainbow (University of Hawaii) polo shirt including the kelly green color.

  20. boya_jr:

    Regarding $$$-men & women, UH should wake up and see that their rainmakers are being poached by HPU. In business, that's weakening your competitor and learning their playbook. My crystal ball sees darker clouds in Manoa Valley if UH doesn't try to expand the financial pie.

  21. pu'uwai:

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  22. Boolakanaka:

    21. Boya, I unfortunately concur. From my best I can tell, the business model for a UH athletics, has two consistent features: it's not solvent; and it's not sustainable.

    These are not the descriptors you want tethered to your program. The reality of the situation is that the vast majority of D1 programs are not profitable, when you field a football program. When you couple in a small tax base and exorbitant travel costs, well, the picture is murky at best. Being a director of some programs at a top-end b-school, I can see that somber discussions well be forthcoming for the indefinite future.

  23. Slugger:

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

    Hope we can find a couple of good coaches.

    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy News Year! Back to last minute gift prepping... :)

  24. graham:

    Please stephen give us at least one candidate or name to watch for defensive coordinator job...the lack of news is killing me

  25. graham:

    Or at least a date when the hire is expected to be completed

  26. kifi:

    What's interesting is that some in the Dallas/Ft. Worth have accused June Jones of not being an aggressive recruiter. Several SMU boosters are asking for a bigger commitment from June in the area of recruiting. Don't really know what his compensation is, but some are asking for a bigger bang for their buck. It's difficult when reporters in the area are comparing the Mustangs with the Longhorns and the Aggies. A more accurate comparison would be with the Horned Frogs of TCU.

  27. kifi:

    Lots and lots of out of work coaches. Very few coaching positions open. Quite possibly Norm Chow not in a rush.

  28. Whats up:


    We know the December 27th is the closing date that is listed for applications for DC and Asst coach jobs per the website. But beside that most of us don't know anything more. Tsai probably knows about incoming coaches, but he not telling. Don't want to tip off other Universities or Football teams at any level about Hawaii interest in coaches. Could end up in a bidding war.

    But we know that Norwood, Akina and some others are not coming back to Hawaii due to low pay. Money thrumps all for the most part.

  29. Boolakanaka:

    26, great points Kifi! Even a comparison to Baylor would be lofty.

  30. Boolakanaka:

    I still like, and I know I'm on soapbox on this one, of brining a guy like Ink Aleaga, currently at UW as supervisor of academic advising , as a director if football operations. Frees up Chow, sends the right message to the kids about academics, and he could be had in the 125-150k range.

  31. Derek:

    Interesting that Jones has a contract extension. From what I heard on the radio that people at SMU wanted a change. Yeah, I had heard about his lack of personal recruiting. Some guy on the radio, a think an SMU beat writer said that from the time Jones was at SMU he only made 2 home visits to a recruit. When I heard that I was astounded and I also figured that the beat writer didn't like Jones either. Still, he's won 2 Hawaii Bowls with SMU, and went to another bowl (lost to Army) and they were one win away from being bowl eligible this past season also (lost to UCF in the final game). He was never going to come back to the Univ. of Hawaii. When he returns to the islands he's just going to retire and live the good life, maybe do some football clinics or camps, and do some charity work.

  32. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    BJ says NC is his HFC. That being said, yes, there's only one JJ round here that matters.

    Whats up and Graham - The Tsai usually keeps things on the down low til it becomes official. Between Boola, kifi, and Tsai, we might have three wise men on the blog today. j/k. Lotsa nice posts.

    Merry Christmas to all! Let's hope Christmas will bring coaches everybody can be happy with. ;)

  33. Fan:

    Well ST I know there is not much in the way of news to share but for me I'm tired of hearing about June Jones. He left and moved on to what he perceived as better opportunities. I don't buy his love of Hawaii much. Yes maybe he loves certain things that suit him but when you love somewhere or someone you love the whole package. Those of us who stay and contribute are faced with some frustrations we may not encounter other places. But you stay and contribute. If you choose to go don't confuse this with love. So when the story lines of "I had to leave so things could change....it was for your own good....but I really do love you" emerge I must admit to nausea. I don't wish the man ill and he contributed some exciting and interesting seasons. He put his self interest ahead of Hawaii's. At the time of his leaving he had more leverage for change than will probably ever happen again. He chose not to use it. I have no disrespect for a person who does this. That's life and life can be tough. But "I really love you and left so things could get better for you" I just don't buy. It is a patronizing position from where I sit. Why not just be honest and say I got a better job.

  34. Boolakanaka:

    Punchbowl that is very kind and keeping with the season, a generous thing to say. However, as my wife often reminds me, that is to say, I much more resemble in looks and brains, one of the dull glazed farm animals, standing behind the 3 wise men. Hee-haw, hee-haw...

  35. Hodad:

    Kids can take official visits anytime after the season started. Some would rather take it during a big game weekend.

  36. whitey:

    DPK, long time no see. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Boola - no worry brah - you look and sound good on da soapbox. Some of us would fall and break a leg before we even got on.

    whitey-san - nice to see you as well, Merry Christmas to you folks as well.

  38. AHouse:

    me no sabe, me no tell,.
    all me wants is a coach who is knowledgeable, has experience, and can TEACH
    no more assistant GAs promoted to assistant coaches - limited knowledge, even greater non-experience and no can teach (players are saying, who dis guy trying to teach me when he lacks knowledge and experience)

    conversely, Coach Soichi Sakamoto could not swim, but he was knowledgeable and could teach - relate to his students who went on the win medals at the Olympics - his methods were unorthodox - such as swimming against the water in cane field ditches for strength and stamina - guess a lot of outside island kids did the same without ever thinking that it served a specific purpose when training - we did it for fun and one of my friends nearly got sucked into a 250 yard pipe that went under a reservoir - luckily, there were iron "gates" before the opening and we were able to grad him just before the gate

  39. NorthShoreFan:

    #10...yup...Merry Xmas to da Grill Master

  40. DoubleB:

    @Fan I disagree with your assessment. I remember an incompetent H. Fraser was the AD, spent that B'S money frivolously, and drug his feet re - signing JJ... but he did re - sign Bola whom was a joke of a coach, and by all accounts a worse human being.

  41. NorthShoreFan:

    den...Merry Christmas to all Tsaikos around da world..

    pretty soon time fo make mochi...

  42. DoubleB:

    I also believe JJ did not recruit as well as hard or as well as NC. JJ did get results though.

  43. NorthShoreFan:

    #26...kifi...fo sure..dey need to remember where the program was before jj got there.....but den again....money is supposed to work miracles...want a return on investment..NOW

  44. Fan:

    DoubleB......I certainly am no Herman Frazier fan and am not saying JJ was/is not a competent mid major coach.....I just am done with the glamorization of a guy who split for greener pastures while professing his love for Hawaii......I also am not really interested in what he is or is not doing....his SMU program is not all that interesting nor is he to me anymore.....but I'm not the only reader of this blog.....if others like keeping up with the "Jones" that's fine with me.....I just find it boring.....at least Norm Chow is here.

  45. Kevin:

    December 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Why not just be honest and say I got a better job.

    Cause you cant sell books by saying that.

    Personally I could care less why he left.

    My issue is how he was in touch with SMU during our preparation for the Sugar Bowl and the results showed an unprepared shell shocked team with players running out of the tunnel with camcorders capturing the moment as if they were fans.

    Pretty clear Jones threw in the towel.

    From the in-game adjustments Jones made to win the Washington game and slow down their pass rush to the inept team that played in New Orleans, its obvious to me.

    Granted Georgia in 2008 was a monster of a team but to have looked ill prepared like that? Nah. Its B.S.

    If you're gonna leave, fine. Just at least finish the f**king job with some effort.

  46. Boolakanaka:

    I will say that I am neither a JJ sycophant or detractor. That said, his responsibility back to UH, does not go over and above any employment arrangement. To say he was self-serving is the posture we should have for most any employment.

    Jobs in general, are not set up to meet our spiritual, familial or personal needs. If we are lucky, we find work that we are passionate about, that serves both our personal goals, and lends to our community. JJ may be arrogant and walking with a hitch in his step that we don't appreciate, however he more than fulfilled his side of the bargain.

    Did egos and agendas conflate to create what one would call a cluster-f&@k, yes--indeed. But, at the end of the day, we are the only ones who have responsibility to watch our backsides. In short, in one way or another, as we are all compensated for our employment, there is always an element of being self serving.

  47. Bowwar:

    #45: I agree with Kevin, that's been my beef with JJ and his legacy...

  48. Stephen Tsai:

    There is a lot of interest for both defensive positions. Face it, there are only 123 FBS DC jobs. There are a lot of good coaches out there.

  49. jm2375:

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Wonder if the incident with the BSU qb would have happened if Peterson was still around.

    Hodad - #35 - remember the kids are still playing football. Not too many weekends to visit schools, and have school.

  50. Stephen Tsai:

    Like I said before, a middle man looked into whether Brian Norwood would be a fit here. But the numbers just didn't work out. While UH pay would be great for most of us, it's not very much for a coach to relocate.

  51. RedZone:

    As I recall Junes Jones in an interview before said that he had a contract in hand that he would sign later. So she has signed it. I also remember him saying that one on the reasons he wanted to remain at SMU is that he had started some kind of ministry there. He made is seem like SMU would be his last coaching job and that he will indeed come back here one day but not to coach. But then what if we start to see Konawaena using the R&S?

  52. Bowwar:

    Too bad we couldn't get the Pineau kid to come to UH.

  53. Old School Dave:

    Boise State players pointing fingers at each other over who when shi shi off the balcony - they should kick the entire team out of the hotel and put them up at IHS in Iwilei.

  54. Fan:

    46...Boola.....agree completely.....I don't expect anything from a person but fulfillment of their side of the contract.....I think JJ did that.....it was his rhetoric that was spiced with love for Hawaii....leaving so change here could be made and the like.....that's the part that I find disingenuous....he cashed in at an intelligent time......this is the mark of a savvy business man.....but not of some sort of saint

  55. RedZone:

    What about Lane Kiffin?

  56. PurpleMaple:

    ST, Are we now in the recruiting dead-period? So that means there is no communication allowed between the coaches and the prospective players until mid-January. But can a recruit send communication (one-way) to inform schools/coaches of their decision to commit?

  57. Boolakanaka:

    54--Spot on! I'll say his W and L record, here and in Dallas speaks for itself. I do remember bumping into JJ late night at the Maunalani back in 2007, and Bruddha was more than a bit jaunty. Nice enough, he bought everyone at the bar a round, let's say there were more wahines than kanes that night--but, you could tell he liked the spotlight. Bigger Q here, is what was Boola doing at the Maunalani, late night????

  58. Boolakanaka:

    On the Lane Kiffin watch, recently reported seen in Alabama speaking with Saban. Word is he will consult for the program for a year.

  59. Wes'side Warrior:

    Howzit, Gang!

    Good that Coach Jones re-upped at SMU. Now, can we concentrate on our own business? Can't wait to hear who we hire to fill da pukas, and why.

    In the meantime, you all be safe out there... and watch them random checkpoints too!

  60. Stephen Tsai:

    A team can contact a player once a week, through phone call, during the dead period. The key is not to make call on the Pali Highway or in Best Buy, where the line can jam. Not sure if you're allowed to call right back following a dropped call.

  61. Stephen Tsai:

    Re: Dane Pineau
    Saint Mary's follows a basic plan of breaking in players. Freshmen get a few minutes per game. By the time they're juniors, they're playing full time.

  62. RedZone:

    So I was at the market this morning and headed for the express checkout. A lady with a shopping cart beat me to it. She had a lot of items. I said nothing. Then when came time to pay she took out her check book. I said nothing. After she left the cashier said thanks for waiting. I said nothing. I left after paying for my four items.

  63. st. anthony trojan:

    merry x mas red zone....she surely had much aloha.. but not for 2 day ho ho ho

  64. papajoe2:

    It's getting more and more crowded here with much less aloha, and I don't mean Aloha Stadium. Traffic is already bad even before they build all those condos in town and homes in Waipio. 5 years from now, we won't be able to drive anywhere at any time of the day. Sorry for my rant. Back to The WB.

  65. jm2375:

    Looks like Romo is No-mo (if he wasn't already :lol: ).
    Go anyone but Cowpukes.


  66. tommui:

    Welcome Dany Mulanga!

    A great Christmas gift for UH!

  67. Marleysdad:

    That's a nice sized safety.

  68. ai-eee-soos:

    Good size - and speed.

    Mulanga said he is 6 feet 4 and 206 pounds.

    He said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds a year ago, but "I think I'm faster now."

    Recruit, Recruit, Recruit - way to go coaches.

  69. BonDancr:

    Welcome Dany!!! Yay, we need to shore up the D-fense!
    #45 Kevin: My friend stood in line at KTA (Hilo) for several of
    JJ's books then 2-3 weeks later he (JJ) is wearing an SMU cap!!!

  70. jm2375:

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana, Mr. Mulanga!

  71. Former UH Athlete:

    Malanga looks like a pretty good player. He could be an amazing OLB if he puts on some weight. Not sure if he's got the acceleration or speed to cover the wide area a safety is responsible for in cover 2.

    I like his big frame, but his tall frame takes a little longer to change direction

  72. NorthShoreFan:

    Looks like some of these recruits could be "hybrid" type position players. Good size and speed.

    49er - Falcon game was totally enjoyable. tot Falcons was gonna do it but....

  73. NorthShoreFan:

    Dane more mobile than dad?

  74. clyde:

    Would have been nice to get Brad Pineau's son here, but would have been even better to get Tony Webster's son (I believe he's starting at Nebraska). Brad and Tony; two great guys.

    Finally, a player from Trinity. Isn't that the school with many Polynesians whose football team also does the haka?

  75. kapakahi:

    Christian hits the game winner!

  76. whitey:

    The recruit space for 2014 is getting smaller as each day passes. There will be some disappointments, but when had chance to be a warrior and kept straddling the fence, i don't think the warriors will be looking behind. Forward and no regrets appear to be the direction.

  77. Bugaz:

    Congrats men's bball

  78. Bowwar:

    Hope the men's bb team continues excel...Surely takes our minds off a dismal football season. Let's hope they continue winning and maybe, get to the DANCE in March!

  79. ai-eee-soos:

    ... the long and winding road - for some football coaches.

    Ray Perkins - remember him?

    Jones County (JC - MS): Sources tell us head coach Ray Perkins has resigned. Perkins, 72,

    formerly served as head coach of Alabama, the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, etc...

  80. al:

    mr. ahouse...i must strongly disagree with your pre-requisite for a successful coach. for example, one great example of going from record speed is chris naeole. his prior coaching was limited to high school ball and yet he really turned around the oline play this year with the same guys from last year.

  81. al:

    okay...somebody say, joe seumalo.

  82. al:

    74...true dat clyde. we were actually in the hunt with pineau.

    ...and yah about time we crack the shell at trinity. hawaii could be a great placee for some of their athletes to land. a home away from home.

  83. al:

    love the way this bball team is playing...for each other as a team for the team. and they scrap.

    love the way standhardinger fought back after being in a funk the night before.
    great first seven with davis and smith coming off the bench.
    love the way the gibber is weaving in valdes and thomas.
    love the way he has more guys who can come in and contribute meaningful minutes.

    and as reggie jackson once said that he was the straw that stirred the drink so is the sham to this team.

  84. al:

    love the way this bball team is playing...for each other as a team for the team. and they scrap.

    love the way standhardinger fought back after being in a funk the night before.
    great first seven with davis and smith coming off the bench.
    love the way the gibber is weaving in valdes and thomas.
    love the way he has more guys who can come in and contribute meaningful minutes.

    and as reggie jackson once said that he was the straw that stirred the drink so is the sham to this team.

  85. clyde:

    82 ... i know dane played here in the punahou tournament a couple years back. he didn't show much tonight, but i think he's got a big upside. his kid sister, and fotu's kid sister, are pretty darn good players, too. hopefully, beeman gives them a look.

    yup, basketball 'bows coming along nicely. fun team to watch.

  86. clyde:

    ok. nuff hoops talk. don't want to upset stephen even though it was his beat back in the day.

  87. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    Merry Christmas Eve!

    Look forward to seeing everyone supporting post-season CFB in Hawaii!

  88. 3-Prong:

    Bball team winning, half day work today, gorgeous weather on a picture postcard day. Come on gang! What more can you ask for living in paradise!

    Happy Holidays to All!

  89. UHfan808:

    Whoa, yesterday's (this) post sure grew up taller!

    Good job, ST!

  90. UHfan808:

    Welcome to the Warriors and thank for coming to play, Dany!

    How did your first name find just one n!?

  91. UHfan808:

    81 - al

    Okay: Joe Suemalo


  92. A-House:


    me tinks one example, Naole, is not a solid foundation to stand on as far as being successful

    me tinks that the "jury" is still out on his "success" - only one year and I don't tink the OL did that well in 2013

    when I graduated Officer Candidates from the US Armor School in 1966 and 1967, they kept telling me how successful I was in training them to become officers - my response was, if you are successful in 30 years and if you feel I contributed to your success, then I may accept a little credit for your success - don't be so quick to judge

    same goes for being a parent - any success will show itself when the children are grown - "Kodomo no Tame Ni" - """all for the sake of the children"""" - if their outstanding or exceptional character is judged to be just like their parents, then we were successful in raising them

  93. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    In anticipation of the blog being closed tomorrow for holiday, let me take this time to wish the host with the most Mr. Tsai, and all of the bloggers (naughty and nice) a very Merry Christmas.

    Be safe, Be Merry!

    Falalalalalaaa la la la laaaaaa

  94. papajoe2:

    What a beautiful morning. Good morning everybody!

  95. kapakahi:

    Dany not the only Trinity HS defensive player being looked at......by Powell.


  96. tommui:




  97. al:

    ahouse...I guess I was watching the jayvee team then.

    anyway, merry Christmas sir and may God bless you and your family.

  98. al:

    tom...hope you and the wife have a great and blessed Christmas!
    let's have a burger next year sometime soon.

    got a little mui for mui.

  99. wafan:

    Good Christmas Eve!

  100. wafan:

    Go Beavs!

  101. el burro sabio:

    How does an assistant coach get training to obtain his first job? Often by being a GA. So if no one hires a GA how does he get any experience?

  102. Boya_jr:

    Seasons greetings from Warrior Nation (Northern California division)! Welcome to the ohana to the new recruits and assistant coaches in waiting. Congrats to the graduating seniors. Wishing you life success and thank you for being a Warrior. I'll drink a few for our fallen comrads, you will not be forgotten.