Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.


Warriors made the grade in the spring

by Stephen Tsai on May 27, 2016

Things are looking up for the University of Hawaii football team — in the class room. The Rainbow Warriors reported an overall 2.82 grade-point average for the recently completed spring semester, a jump from the past fall’s 2.56 GPA. Forty-one of the 83 players on the spring roster had a GPA of 3.0 or better […]

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Who wants to win a T-shirt?

by Stephen Tsai on May 26, 2016

We’re giving away two YOUTH-sized T-shirts — a medium and a large. To enter the drawing, please post: I want a Pride Rock shirt for my kid! Avis will pick the winners. The shirts are part of Na Koa’s new sponsorship endeavor. They are seeking donors whose company logos will be imprinted on T-shirts similar […]

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Gifford gets second chance

by Stephen Tsai on May 25, 2016

When Nick Rolovich was hired as head coach, he emptied the files, giving each Warrior a fresh start. Rolovich recently hit the refresh button, moving defensive end Ka‘aumoana Gifford from suspension to a version of probation. Gifford, who had been suspended from team-related activities since an arrest on April 12, will be allowed to participate […]

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UH does not overlook Punahou LB

by Stephen Tsai on May 24, 2016

Former UH football player Keith Ah Yuen is a Renaissance Man who has added a new talent: Visionary. Ah Yuen is predicting that his nephew, Punahou linebacker La‘akea Look, will develop into a top contributor to the Warriors’ special teams. “He’s not the fastest or the biggest, but he has an uncanny ability to make […]

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UH football: Back in session

by Stephen Tsai on May 23, 2016

Well, that was quick. Ten days after the spring semester’s last final exam, UH is back in session. That means the Warriors’ spring-roster players are back on campus today for the first of two summer sessions. Meanwhile, the incoming freshmen will begin attending classes next month. They are enrolled in the so-called bridge program — […]

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UH football: Leilehua DB mulling options

by Stephen Tsai on May 22, 2016

If Leilehua High defensive back Charles “Moku” Watson had to make a college choice right here and right now, he said: “It would be UH.” “I built a real strong bond,” Watson added. “For the most part, staying home and rebuilding the process is something I want to do.” But Watson, who lives with relatives […]

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“UH is getting a steal”

by Stephen Tsai on May 21, 2016

What was announced in January has become official: Mililani High’s Kaimana “Mana” Padello is joining the Warriors as a preferred walk-on. “He’s my guy,” Mililani head coach Rod York said, “but anybody would say: ‘UH is getting a steal.’ He’s walking on because he wants to stay home and he wants to play for the […]

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Condolences

by Stephen Tsai on May 21, 2016

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Cancer sucks. It doesn’t discriminate. It takes our young and our elderly; the tough and the innocent. Last night, it took one of the bravest and most honorable. Deepest sympathy to Robert Kekaula on the loss of his father.

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Kaiser’s Nic Tom set to join Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on May 20, 2016

One of Hawaii’s most versatile high school athletes — Nic Tom of Kaiser High — will be joining the Warriors as a walk-on this summer. “I felt like UH was the better option,” said Tom, who also received offers from Air Force and two Division II schools. Richard Torres, Kaiser’s defensive coordinator and a former UH […]

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UH football: Talent search

by Stephen Tsai on May 19, 2016

This recruiting period, the Warriors have tried to make a good first — and final — impression. This is the NCAA’s evaluation period (April 15-May 31) during which an FBS team’s assistant coaches may visit high schools, chatting with coaches, counselors and teachers. On the first day, April 15, the nine UH assistant coaches and […]

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