Clune news conference; volleyball sand trap

January 16th, 2014

Here's the link to the opening of Kevin Clune's  news conference:

Click on link: Clune video.

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Word on the street is the sand imported for UH's practice court is too rough. There were reports of too many scrapes and cuts.

The sand is expected to be replaced.

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There will be five  football recruits in town this weekend.

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This would be a nice backup sport for Isaac Fotu: Fotu video.


75 Responses to “Clune news conference; volleyball sand trap”

  1. 1:


  2. papajoe2:

    Good morning everybody!
    Top 5.

  3. Former UH Athlete:

    5 recruits coming in... lets lock'em up (verbally).

  4. al:

    names. we want names.

  5. al:

    of course .the new dc is here to also welcome the recruits.
    i hear he is a great recruiter as well.

  6. haka:

    Would be nice if one was named Holy Grail!

  7. al:

    i was thinking standhardinger would make a nice middle blocker/hitter, too.

  8. boya_jr:

    Go Warriors!

  9. tommui:


    "Fotu video"? Bad, really bad Stephen! Too much reading "Pearls before Swines"?

  10. NorthShoreFan:

    Guud Morning Tsaikos...da Pacific Ocean is really humping today....Coach Clune, stay out of da safe you water peeps...respect da ocean!

  11. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Typical, typical. Bet they went with the cheapest one available. *tsigh*

    Welcome to Hawaii, Coach Clune!

    Too bad the vb and bb seasons overlap. Maybe once his bb eligibility is done?

    GO WARRIORS!! Beat the Beach!
    (Don't get the 49'ers reference for Long Beach in So Cal)

  12. Stephen Tsai:

    I think Fotu could play tight end.

  13. NorthShoreFan:

    Hope they take em down Northside...see da waves...and traffic jam...

  14. Stephen Tsai:

    Apparently there was a little too much coral.
    A UH person described it as a "cat litter."
    That's one of those visuals that's hard to forget.

  15. NorthShoreFan:

    must be wen get some home made sand....da one down da beach not like dat

  16. papajoe2:

    How deep must the sand be for the court? Get plenty sand in Waimea bay if they will replace it with what they are using now but make sure they clean it first. I remember they filled Fort Derussy beach with sand from New York. The water at the beach became milky for years and the fish ran away. I don't know how it is now though.

  17. Former UH Athlete:

    12... Would Fotu need to wear a helmet?

    I think if they strap on a facemask, put the "H" logo above his ears and he'd be good to go with the fro as protection.

  18. Stephen Tsai:

    I know nothing about sand except when I come home from the beach, I can't get it out of my shorts.

  19. Inyoface:

  20. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Agree with Ferd's column today regarding Duane Akina. Make a go at it, nothing to lose.

    With the money we are "saving" from the reduced salary for DC and OC, we may be able to bump up the package a bit.

  21. 310Dude:

    UH should go to bellows beach get the sand there, it is some of the softest sand around.

  22. dannyp:


    Majority of the recruits visiting already committed.

  23. jimmy the lock:

    I wonder what the specs were for the sand and who wrote it? Amateur. Lose money.

  24. jeezy33:

    Darrian Josey, Corey Turner, Jerrell JAckson, Daniel Lewis, Nick Nelson, Marquis Fairchild are visiting....

  25. jonj:

    Watched some of the NFLPA practice last night and they are raving on schoeder! He's making all the right reads in practice. But as we all kno the announcers are saying he's the smallest QB and doesn't have a strong arm. But he is making up for it with his football IQ.

  26. jeezy33:

    Aaron Glover was scheduled but not sure if he's coming for sure

  27. Turfwar:

    When attending men's volleyball games I always thought Fotu would be a difference maker in that sport but I also think Davis Rozitis would make a heck of a middle blocker. That sand at UH is exactly that - crushed coral. Somebody didn't do their homework. What they need to get is a sand called "Maui Gold" from yes Maui. There are veins of this sand in Wailuku and other areas and it has a brown or gold tint to it thus the name. I used it take care of Kailua's baseball infield and it is excellent to topdress the grass or around the bases for sliding. Refined and smooth. Got it from a parent who works for I think Ameron. Waialae CC used to use it too but it has become increasingly harder to acquire according to a another parent who works with the grounds crew at Waialae.

  28. Turfwar:

    jonj good stuff. Thanks.

  29. Warrior Dave:

    #24, thanks Jeezy33 for the names.

  30. Pete Jek:

    What time is the news conference? I dont think Standhardinger has the vertical needed to be a good MB in the MPSF.

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! ;)

    "Navigating the coarse?" Really, Stephen? That's rough! :)

  32. sdbowfan:

    Coaching staff has connections with the state of Utah? Shocking!! (sigh....)

  33. sdbowfan:

    How is this for a news story Tsai.

    "Recruiting will be difficult than ever because the lack of TV broadcasts on the major networks. Losing and a boring offense would scare any network trying to bring in viewers."

  34. Boolakanaka:

    A couple of comments on Ferd's article this morning. First, Duane is 55, not 52, and this is the most basic fact about him, he was born in 1958. It irks me that a professional writer either did not take the time to fact check, such a simple fact, or is just careless in his writing.

    Second, unless someone is going to move over, I can't imagine someone who has coached on the winning side of a national championship game, and has placed more pro players than I have fingers and toes, is going to be satisfied to merely coach DBs. Duane is arguably the best DB coach in college, and certainly the best teacher of man-on techniques in the country, bar none. Look at any number of boards that focus on college coaching, and his praise is long and consistent.

    Thus, if UH wanted him, they should have gone full board to offer him the DC position. However the little birdies I speak to, said he was too rich for UH taste, has no history with Chow, has a decided preference for almost exclusive man-on schemes, and was getting more than a few upper margin BSC programs, plus a couple of NFL teams. But, then again, just my piddley 2 cents.

  35. bowwar:

    Any QBs amongst the visitors?

  36. hawaiian:

    Please, no more "coaches" with Hawaii ties. I don't care who coaches these kids/young adults, as long as they can coach! We don't need any high-priced coaches with "ties" to Hawaii. If he don't want to be here...we don't need him!

  37. gobows:

    30 peter jak

    at 6-8, its more about quick hops than it is about vertical. net is about 8 feet.

  38. d1shima:

    Schroeder qb'ing at practice on the U now

  39. d1shima:

    Threw a pik. UNLV QB came in and threw a dime for a TD.

  40. A-House:

    IIRC, it is illegal/crime to "mine" sand from Hawaii's beaches up to the high water mark.

    this is a result from some people taking sand from a particular Molokai beach that faces Oahu and selling them - excellent grade of sand!

    surely, there must be some specification, UH or NCAA, of the 'grade' of sand used for VB

  41. haka:

    AVCA Sand Specifications

    Sand specifications required for all FIVB beach (sand) volleyball competitions. This sand is very soft, won't compact (won't need to be tilled) and produces very little dust (which is especially important for indoor beach facilities).

    A minimum of 40cm (16 inches) of soft sand is required throughout the entire Free Zone (18m x 26m - the court is 8m x 8m) and the player areas and scorer's table must be outside the free zone. The FIVB requires the following sand specifications:

    Name Particle Size Spec (% Retained on Sieves)
    Fine gravel 2.0 mm 0%
    Very Course sand 1.0 mm - 2.0 mm 0%-6%
    Coarse sand 0.5 mm - 1.0 mm min of 80%
    Medium sand 0.25 mm - 0.5 mm max of 92%
    Fine sand 0.15 mm - 0.25 mm 7%- 18%
    Very fine sand 0.05 mm - 0.15 mm not greater than 2.0%
    Silt and Clay below 0.05 mm not greater than 0.15%

    These requirements related to the particle sizes allow for excellent drainage and must absolutely be considered in order to successfully face all different weather conditions. The sand must also be free of any organic material.

    Particle Shape: The recommended sand requirements for Beach Volleyball court installations have the following: physical properties:
    • be naturally weathered;
    • be sub angular/rounded;
    • not be acquired from a crushed rock source.

  42. Dan-O:

    I find it extremely funny that every time there is a coaching opening at UH, people assume that other coaches with "Hawaii ties" are even remotely interested in the positions.

  43. RB:

    Another QB looking to transfer.

  44. Kama Krab:

    Howzit Everybody,

    Would be great to have Duane on staff but the only way he'll come is if he is the head man. Don't get me wrong, he does want to come back but that's the only way.

  45. ai-eee-soos:


    New York Jets: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rex Ryan has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Jets.

  46. aaron:

    Dan-O, I find it funny when people make assumptions about assumptions, especially when they go out of their way to sound condescending.

  47. Whats up:

    If one thing we learned this year? Is recruiting in Florida is important if you want to raise the talent level of your program.

    Florida State of the ACC just showed the high and mighty SEC and its high maka maka fans how its done in with mostly Florida recruits. And those Florida recruits won Florida State the National Championship and undisputed #1 in all polls.

    Go get those Florida recruits Hawaii coaches!

  48. st anthony trojan:

    i guess no one up there... ask questions.. about ne thing..when there is a job or project to be we build this softball stadium.. will all be able to see from where they sit...
    or where is the key for the locker for the visitors ...or well take your pick.. surely they must be others like the so called "concert"....even the basic of questions should be... lets talk to the volleyball coach.. surely he must have some ideas on what we need ? did not Mr. Les
    import dirt for his infield from Molokai...just one here know what the word is in Hawaiian for "backwards" is ??? so can say...IMUA two steps.. n backward 5 steps... great progress they are making up there...

  49. Former UH Athlete:

    21... good call on the Bellows beach sand. Been there once, and was very nice.

    Maybe take some sand from Lanikai while they are at it.

  50. Former UH Athlete:

    No doubt that Schroeder is the smartest QB at the NFLPA game.

  51. azwarrior22:

    For some reason, I can't get any volume with that Clune video. Can't read lips. Do you have a transcript?

  52. Rodney:

    Ferd is typical Ferd!!!!

  53. el burro sabio:

    Better put up a good fence around the practice courts to keep out the stray cats.

  54. NorthShoreFan:

    gotta scoop net da court and find da sand crabs befo da game...

  55. John Fitzgerald Byers:

    53.el burro sabio:

    January 16th, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    Better put up a good fence around the practice courts to keep out the stray cats.

    cannot that is a proactive stance and uh policy is reactive

  56. sdbowfan:

    JJ had a staff with Hawaii ties = Wins

    Chow has a staff with Utah = Losses

    If you follow formulas that work, you will be successful.

    Examples are NFL teams that continually hire coaches from the Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Bill Belechik coaching tree.

    BTW, Florida recruits has yet to shine brighter than any other recruit.

  57. kev-1:

    What the hell is going on with Bess? You think he would have learned from the first controversial picture. What a shame.

  58. Warrior Dave:

    It makes me laugh when people post that so and so is looking to transfer from their current school and follow it up with "Do you think they would be a good fit for UH or that UH should go after them ".

  59. UHfan808:

    Hi Tsaikos and Lurkers!

    Happy day after Hump Day!


  60. UHfan808:

    Interesting news today...

    A little of this...

    ...And a little of that


    Welcome to Hawaii, Mr. Clune! We are hoping praying and wanting lots of good things :)

    Hope that sand issue gets resolved the right way. Sounds like there was some lack of communication and or misunderstand in what needed to do. Just no do that again or that kind of thing again, please, everybody at UH.

    Hoping we arm our offense and defense with the best possible for our situation!

    Regarding Fotu, wow, what an arm attack! Ka-POW!!!

  61. wafan:

    A super Aloha Friday, everyone!

  62. Inyoface:

    Bess got arrested this morning

  63. 3-Prong:

    Just another beautiful Aloha Friday in Paradise!

    .......and as always, LET'S GO BOWS! Turn the table at the Stanley Tonight!

  64. 3-Prong:

    Davone meeds some help.

  65. Boolakanaka:

    64-My man Davone, maybe communing a bit too much with Haile Salissey, if you know what I mean.

  66. Former UH Athlete:

    Just saw the Bess headlines... Doesn't sound good. Wouldn't be surprised if this is the start of the end for him. A lot of guys start to crumble a year after signing a nice contract. I think the agents need to emphasise to their clients that NFL contracts are voidable and the money can be taken away at any time.

  67. Former UH Athlete:

    correction... non-guaranteed money can be taken away at any time. Which for Bess, is most of it.

    The main reason why Cleveland acquired him was to mentor the young WRs they had. Pretty sure thats out the window now, and his production isn't worth hanging onto at his current salary. I believe the next Cleveland HC cuts Bess as he cleans house and installs his system. The arrest and charges will certainly be the main factor if this is the case.

    Looking at the silver lining, if Bess gets cut, there's a chance Belichick might throw a lifeline because Bess would fit perfectly into the Patriots offense should Edelman, Amendola, or Collie not return next season. With the arrest on his record, Bess won't have any suitors unless someone takes a chance with him at league minimum salary. Belichick has thrown plenty of lifelines to questionable character players and some have worked out very well. Some not so much. The main point is that he throws lifelines.

  68. Inyoface:

    I think the publicity he got over the pictures might have gotten to him. June might need to reach out to him.

  69. Former UH Athlete:

    RE Bess' contract, just saw that $5.7 of the $8.8 is guaranteed... so not as bad as I originally thought. Actually, Bess' agent did a nice job locking up that much guaranteed.

  70. mo808:

    Good Morning Folks!

  71. mo808:

    Sad news about Davone...praying for him to recover from this slide!

  72. Shoko:

    Not sure what's going through Bess' head these days. Might want to revisit the hard times growing up prior to given that second chance at Hawaii to get a little perspective in life before it gets worse.

  73. Jeezy33:

    Mistake on visitors. Looks like Jackson and turner are on 31st. Which is good. Last chance to seal deal.

    Do the 5 should be daniel Lewis, darrien josey, Aaron glover, nick Nelson, and marquis Fairchild .. All commits except josey. Need josey because he's a speed guy

  74. Former UH Athlete:

    Whoa... just saw Bobby Hauck's new deal at UNLV. $700k per year + incentives. Although I gotta say, incentives are a extremely weak.

    Seriously... only $15k if they get 11 wins. Only $100k if UNLV makes a BCS-level game (in other words national playoffs)????? Bobby will need to head to the craps table to turn that into a real bonus for those accomplishments.

    Hauck's salary is broken into 3 parts... $250k base pay, $225k media appearances, and $225k public appearances.

  75. Former UH Athlete:

    73... last minutes are always good. Need to send the recruits home with a fresh image of the state of Hawaii (not just the university).

    Somebody should "recommend" a nice bento box for the plane ride home. Giving a recruit a bento box would be a no-no according to NCAA rules.