Parting advice

January 14th, 2014

Quarterback Sean Schroeder, like his former football team,  absorbed a lot of hits the past two years. But Schroeder, who completed work on his master's degree and his NCAA eligibility this past November, predicts a hopeful future for the Rainbow Warriors. The other day, Schroeder said this:

"The (2013) seniors take pride in laying the groundwork for the younger guys for next year. I know coach Chow has the program moving in the right direction. I know that for a fact. I've had the opportunity to be at multiple programs. I was at Duke, and we struggled during my early years there, too. But if you stick to the course, if you stick to the plan, good things happen. I think coach Chow has the program moving in the right direction. It might be tough to end with a 1-11 season. But from a guy being behind the scenes and being there every day, I know he has the program moving in a positive direction. I think that's definitely going to equate to a lot of wins in the future."

51 Responses to “Parting advice”

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  2. Marleysdad:


  3. jeezy33:

    Too bad he completed his Masters. Would think he would be a solid Grad Assistant considering his knowledge of the offense should be pretty good by now and could help out with Woolsey and Tuileta.

  4. papajoe2:

    Good morning everybody!
    Top 5.

  5. BigWave96744:

    Sean has the heart of a warrior, he will go far in life

  6. tommui:


    Sean Schroeder - definitely a class act!

  7. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Thanks, Sean Schroeder, for your positive statement. You are a class act. Best wishes to you in your future endeavors.


  8. haka:

    In the end, it may all come down to wins and losses, but Sean's parting words should be respected and appreciated in the form of support for the coaching staff and players. Belief, by all, can be a powerful intangible towards achieving everyone's goals. Let's support the program and all of UH athletics. Let's all make a difference!

    Let's Go Bows!

  9. Steve P:

    Sean is one of the huge success stories that came out of UH. If we wants to stay in the Islands I for one would be glad to have him...he has great character.….and there is always room for that.

  10. 3-Prong:

    Mahalo Sean and your fellow Seniors.

    Let's Go Bows!!! Onward!!

  11. hilosupaman:


  12. Inyoface:

    Hopefully they laid the foundation for the younger guys to step up.

  13. Haleakala:

    All the best to Sean in the future.

  14. Fei Jai:

    Ss is a class act, as is true for most of the young men on the team.

  15. Buffoman:

    That young man has true character. Must also have terrific parents. Whether he makes to the NFL or not does not change what his trajectory in life could be. He has the attributes any future employer would seek in an employee.

    We were just fortunate to have him as a Warrior. Best of luck at the game and in life.

  16. Slugger:

    Good morning, gang!

    Thanks for the insight, Sean. Good luck in Saturday's game & in your future.


  17. Hank:

    Class, maturity, toughness and hard work is what Sean is all about.

  18. Warrior Dave:

    I hope that Chow has learned from SS that some players are more ready than someone who may have the ideal size and pedigree. You never know how someone performs till the lights go on.

    Much success SS in all your future endeavors.

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    One component in measuring the success of a program is the quality of the players it produces. Sean Schroeder has done the UH well as both a player and a person. Enough athletes like him, and we'd be in great shape.

    It's also nice to read an athletes unfiltered views of the UH program and its Coach. I too believe that a great foundation has been lain, thanks to guys like Sean. Best of luck to him. It would be wonderful to see him emerge as a diamond in the rough in the Pro ranks.

  20. Turfwar:

    To Sean Schroeder. Thank you for always fighting and believing when others were losing faith. The mark of a program the size and scope of Hawaii's will always be measured in the never say die attitude of the players that represent the school and state. The wins and loses change year to year but the will of the student athletes who persevere through the trying times are valued by all who follow the program. Play with heart, play with passion and your time here will be remembered for a very long time.

  21. Honu888:

    I would agree with everyone that SS has the heart of a lion. He's been through a lot of adversity while here at UH but he refused to let anything get to him including physical punishment. I give props to him and all the seniors for never giving up!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  22. UHfan808:

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

  23. UHfan808:

    Good to hear Sean's view about the program!

    I agree we are going in the right direction, too.

    Just have to give it time for the right thinking to be fully and completely embraced and practiced.

  24. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    A-House's comment yesterday about the low numbers because the regulars are not posting got me thinking...awright, that's a dangerous thing ...but the regulars (many still with us from 2007) are still around and lurking. 7 years now. In about a week we will have the 7th anniversary of the blog exploding when Al, DPK, and Bulla were blog hosts for the day.

    Rather then recapping our antics from 7 years ago today, I thought ST's blog entry back then would give a snapshot of our concerns back then. Note the "old blog" posts are no longer available.

    Stephen Tsai blog entry
    Posted on: January 14, 2007 at 10:53:16 am
    Graunke: "I'm ready"

    Quarterbacks Colt Brennan and Tyler Graunke are best friends.
    Graunke said he has nothing but the best wishes when Brennan tomorrow announces whether he will apply for the NFL draft or return to UH for his senior season.
    But if Brennan were to leave . . .
    "I'm ready," said Graunke, the likely successor to Brennan. "I've been ready."
    Graunke, who will be a fourth-year junior, has been in UH's four-wide system a year longer than Brennan. It was Graunke, not Brennan, who started UH's first two games of the 2005 season.
    "I feel real confident in everything," Graunke said. "I'm ready for pretty much any situation. I feel physically and mentally ready."
    Graunke, who is 6 feet and 190 pounds, said he wants to gain back the 10 pounds he lost during the 2006 season.
    "But I want to get that back in all muscle," Grauke said. "I want to get my legs a little bigger and my arm a little stronger."
    Even if Brennan were to return, Graunke will not concede the starting job.
    "I want to try and give hiim a little scare, even though he's probably coach (June) Jones' favorite right now, and Hawai‘i's favorite, everybody's favorite," Graunke said.

    * * *
    Nate Ilaoa said he is appreciative that Brennan wore the Ilaoa-produced "Nasti Nation" T-shirt during yesterday's live interview on ESPN News' The Pulse.
    "That's my quarterback," Ilaoa said. "He's taking care of me."
    Brennan, who was on the Mainland yesterday, said he tried to call Ilaoa before leaving for the show.
    "I wanted to tell him what I was going to do," Brennan said.
    Ilaoa said: "I guess that was him at 5 in the morning."
    Brennan has one immediate goal.
    "I've got to make it up to Sam," Brennan said of center Samson Satele, who also distributed personalized T-shirts to teammates and friends.

  25. Vball-Fan:

    ST, do you still cover UH Men's Volleyball? I haven't seen you mention anything about it lately.

  26. Former UH Athlete:

    I still think it's awesome SS got his Degree and Masters in 5 years. Took me 5 years to get my Bachelors.

  27. justsomeguy:

    #26: And at Duke University no less, quite the achievement.

    I'll be honest. As someone who has watched and studied football for nearly all of my life. The film on Schroeder in his first year left me wanting. Poor arm strength and shaky decision making at best, I had very little confidence in the man. His footwork and hip position were sub-par. I just didn't have faith in you Sean.

    That being said, the growth you have shown in the past year is phenomenal. You performed better than I ever thought you could, and thus you've earned an apology. I'm sorry for doubting you when I didn't know you personally, a fool's mistake.

    Whether it be in football or not, your future is undoubtedly bright, much like yourself. I wish you the best of luck in whichever path you decide to take. You're as tough as they come man, a Warrior till the end.

    Aloha Sean, and thank you for coming to Hawaii.

  28. whitey:

    congratulations to coach gordy shaw on his new position with u of houston

  29. sofaking_blk:

    SS & Gant were the main reason we were in alot of games til the end last year, mad props to "TIMEX", good luck dude.

  30. gobows:

    What, gordy's back at UH...

  31. old808:

    Mahalo SS and Gant and to all the seniors.

  32. bowwar:

    In many ways, Sean reminds me of Rolo...Towards the last few games, SS was absolutely "unconscious" in his passing and made some remarkable throws. Like Rolo, SS has a tremendous football mind, so I'm sure he'd make a good GA if he chooses to do so.

  33. jimmy the lock:

    Superferry service happened in 2007. Too bad all the t's and i's weren't crossed and dotted.

  34. jimmy the lock:

    At halftime fill the field with kids and set a Guinness world record with the most kids doing a kendama trick at one time. That should increase attendance by at least 2,000.

  35. jimmy the lock:

    But seriously, good luck SS!

  36. Inyoface:

    Is there any lefty QB's in the NFL right now?

  37. tommui:

    STEVEM in #24 reminded me of Colt and his hopes for the future.

    His video as a Washington Redskin is on the LA KISS (Arena football) site.

    I'm sure everyone wishes him well and that he will make the team.

  38. Ipu Man:

    Go Bows!

  39. gobows:

    36 inyoface

    michael vick, tebow???

  40. gobows:

    ...kellen moore

  41. Numba 1 Son:

    Remember when Colt and Chase Daniel were on the same team (Redskins)? Colt gets cut or traded or waived (whatever) and Chase stays. Chase then spent some time in New Orleans getting mentored by Drew Brees and the moved onto Kansas City. Still can't fathom why Chase is still in the NFL and Colt isn't.

  42. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    I was thinking the EXACT same thing Numba 1 Son.

  43. Jm2375:

    Gee, kinda sounds like UH.

  44. Stiguy808:

    Sean Schroeder...a warrior and a gentleman. Thank you. Unfortunately, the things that really matter in life don't appear on a stat sheet. Wish you had another year of eligibility my friend.

  45. wafan:

    Good morning!

  46. al:

    3...he could do volunteer work.

  47. mangoman:

    #41 Daniels was cut first while Colt was put on injured reserve for the 2009 season prior to being cut. A healthy Daniels that was cut found a job on the Saints practice squad until injuries to Drew Brees' backups allowed them to bring Daniels up to the active roster prior to them winning the super bowl and stayed on for another three years. I can't help but think about what if Colt wasn't hurt and the Redskins cut him right away, would he be the fortunate one to have a job and a super bowl ring with the Saints.

  48. A-House:

    hello, hello out there - are you sleeping, are you sleeping, not for me, not for me
    gotta to go to work now, gotta go to work now, soon retire, soon retire -

    yes, I wish!!!!!!!!!

  49. 3-Prong:

    Don't worry about former UH Coach Miano. He's part of the $765M concussion lawsuit. Seems the judge wants more info to convince her that the award is sufficient. Payout could grow, increasing his share of the pie.

  50. 3-Prong:

    Guess what day it is, come on......guess what day it is! Hehe
    That commercial cracks me up.

  51. Kekoa:

    Aloha Kakahiaka Tsaiko Village people! Pehea oe?

    Just peeking in on the WB for a minute. I've been lurking about and trying to stay positive about our Warrior teams. Lots of negativity surrounding the attendance at the stadium & the SSC as well as the mounting cost of maintaining our Warrior Sports Programs.

    What concerns me most is when rumour control whispers "cut" and "fb" in the same breath. Let's hope that 2014 will bring positive changes to improve our programs and facilities. No harm in asking for deep pocket donations from certain individuals who have relocated and now call these islands "home!"

    Have a great day everyone!