Warrior Beat

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


Tail of the Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on February 14, 2017

To spice the offseason workouts, the Warriors played a game of “tails.” Each player had a rolled-up shirt hanging from the rear waist, like a tail. If a player’s tail gets pulled out, that player is out. Last player with his tail intact is the winner. Strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds came up with the clever […]

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Baseball ‘Bows retire Wong’s No. 14

by Stephen Tsai on February 13, 2017

During last night’s Grand Slam event in the Stan Sheriff Center, baseball coach Mike Trapasso announced that Kolten Wong’s jersey No. 14 would be retired. It was an appropriate and well-deserved tribute to one of the program’s best hitters and most decorated alumni. Wong could not attend the event because he is training with the […]

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Poly highway

by Stephen Tsai on February 12, 2017

This weekend in American Samoa, head coach Nick Rolovich and defensive coordinator Legi Suiaunoa are meeting with 2017 signees Blessman Ta‘ala and Penei Pavihi. This is the NCAA’s quiet period, which allows coaches to have off-campus meetings with 2017 prospects who already signed letters of intent. The Warriors have strengthened the Samoa-Hawaii pipeline. This coming […]

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“We’ll be aggressive in all we do”

by Stephen Tsai on February 11, 2017

The root of new defensive coordinator Legi Suiaunoa’s promotion goes to a football camp in Seattle in 2014. Nick Rolovich, who was Nevada’s offensive coordinator at the time, and Suiaunoa, who was a Montana assistant, met while working with the same group. They talked about football, family, and former Nevada coach Chris Ault. (Rolovich coached […]

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Lempa resigns; Suiaunoa named defensive coordinator

by Stephen Tsai on February 10, 2017

Legi Suiaunoa, who coached the defensive line this past year, has been named the Warriors’ defensive coordinator. Suiaunoa replaces Kevin Lempa, who resigned, presumably to become a non-coaching defensive analyst at Michigan. Lempa interviewed at Michigan the past weekend. Suiaunoa will continue to coach the defensive tackles and nose tackles. Mayur Chaudhari, the special teams […]

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Friday Morning Lights

by Stephen Tsai on February 10, 2017

It was dark at 6 a.m., when the Warriors began workouts this morning, but it also was bright thanks to the UH maintenance workers installing new lightbulbs at Ching Athletic Complex. Strength/conditioning coach Bubba Reynolds mixed some fun with the intensity. In one activity, a player stood in the middle of a square, with a […]

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Final push … and pull … and lift …

by Stephen Tsai on February 9, 2017

For the penultimate workout of the intensive offseason conditioning program, the Warriors ran, ran while carrying weights overhead, jumped, and pushed and pulled weighted sleds. The Warriors will taper next week, performing in testing drills, ahead of the opening of spring training. The first of 15 spring practice is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 20, although […]

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Warriors add 3 walk-ons

by Stephen Tsai on February 8, 2017

From last week’s walk-on tryouts, the Warriors have extended spring-training invitations to: > Kayson Smith Bejgrowicz: He was named the state’s 2015 Gatorade athlete of the year in track and field after winning the high jump (6-6) and triple jump (46-1.5) and placing second in the long jump (22-5.75) in the state meet. The 2015 […]

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UH football: A fresh start

by Stephen Tsai on February 7, 2017

A few Warriors are sporting new looks: Before: Wideout Kumoku Noa After: Kumoku Noa * * * * * Before: Slotback John Ursua After: John Ursua * * * * * Before: Slotback Dylan Collie After: Dylan Collie * * * * * The amazing, gravity-defying Keelan Ewaliko * * * * * On to […]

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Lempa is a candidate for Michigan job

by Stephen Tsai on February 6, 2017

Defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa is a candidate for a non-coaching job at Michigan. Lempa met with Michigan officials this past weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. Lempa and his wife own a home in Maryland. He became a grand-father this past fall. Lempa had worked under Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown at Boston College for three […]

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