Warrior Beat

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

Harding off to Windy City

by Stephen Tsai on March 5, 2015

Former UH football player Scott Harding is set to arrive in Chicago today ahead of Saturday’s NFL regional combine. “Being in Hawaii, you don’t get a lot of publicity,” Harding said. “It’s another chance to get in front of the scouts and put up some good numbers.” If Harding does well, he might earn an […]


UH football: Auditions

by Stephen Tsai on March 4, 2015

There were 31 participants for today’s walk-on tryouts at Ching field. The minimum qualifications: 1. Full-time UH-Manoa student. 2. GPA of 2.5 or better. 3. Good health. 4. Good football skills. 5. Survive strength/conditioning coordinator Gary Beemer’s fitness quiz. One participant met requirements 1, 2 and 4 before suffering an injury to his quadriceps. He […]

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Fair play

by Stephen Tsai on March 3, 2015

Deal or no deal: Would you open against the defending league champion in exchange for playing the final three games against teams that were a combined 8-16 in league play last year? Of course. For all the angst over the 2015 schedule, the Warriors actually received a fair deal from the Mountain West Conference. The […]

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2015 football schedule

by Stephen Tsai on March 2, 2015

Here’s Hawaii’s 2015 football schedule: 9/3 — Colorado 9/12 — At Ohio State 9/19 — UC Davis 9/26 — At Wisconsin 10/3 — At Boise State 10/10 — San Diego State 10/17 — At New Mexico 10/24 — At Nevada 10/31 — Air Force 11/7 — At UNLV 11/14 — Fresno State 11/21 — San […]

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Three joining local sportscasts

by Stephen Tsai on March 1, 2015

Local sports television is undergoing a makeover. Brandi Higa, who has served as interim sports reporter/anchor at KITV, was offered the full-time job officially on Friday. She will continue to anchor on weekends. Higa fills the vacancy created when Jahmai Webster accepted a job in Denver. At Hawaii News Now, Taryn Hatcher, who has been […]

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Pizza supreme

by Stephen Tsai on February 28, 2015

A key football member is missing from the Warriors’ offseason conditioning program. Stephen Pizza didn’t throw a football or make a tackle during games. But as a graduate assistant strength/conditioning coach, he helped players with weight and fitness training, monitored the “Pit” for those rehabilitating from injuries and, without fanfare, did jobs that needed to […]

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Full staff

by Stephen Tsai on February 27, 2015

Newly hired defensive coordinator Tom Mason and defensive backs coach Abraham Elimimian are set to arrive in Honolulu this weekend. Jake Cookus, who will coordinate specials teams, began working for the Warriors this week. The additions complete UH’s full-time coaching staff. The Warriors are seeking to hire two interns. Lance Samuseva was promoted from intern […]

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Little gestures mattered

by Stephen Tsai on February 26, 2015

New-car owners are impressed with the new features, such as head-rest DVD monitors and hands-free smart trunks. It’s the standards, such as power windows, that are taken for granted. And so it was with former UH basketball coach Larry Little. The basic characteristics we expect in people — the standards — were what made Little. […]

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Warriors need Lance a lot

by Stephen Tsai on February 25, 2015

Word on the street is former UH defensive tackle Lance Samuseva — pending background checks, other red tape and hurdles— is poised to join the Warriors’ coaching staff. He was an intern the past three seasons. The likely hiring makes sense because: > He’s likable. Former d-line coach Lewis Powell, who worked with Samuseva the […]

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Hiring range

by Stephen Tsai on February 24, 2015

Nearly three months after Neal Iwamoto’s departure from the UH media relations department, Michael Stambaugh has been hired as his permanent replacement. Stambaugh, for now, is assigned baseball, a sport he handled in 5 1/2 years at Bethune-Cookman University. The hiring shows the lengths it takes to fill positions at UH. But UH also can […]

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