Archive for September, 2009

Picking against the road underdog

September 30th, 2009
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Does anyone remember the last time Hawaii won a football game as a road underdog? I can’t. I think the record in that situation is not very good.

I have to stick by my preseason predictions (since they’re right so far) and LaTech wins tonight. Here’s why: UH has not proven it can stop the run; Central Arkansas, Wazzu and UNLV all ran on the Warriors. Why won’t LaTech? Fonoti can’t play both sides and is rusty, and Falemalu will be a great player, but right now he’s a relatively light pass rushing end. UH’s lack of depth at tackle could also tell on it late in the game. Were 10 days enough to cure UH’s red zone offense woes? LaTech’s losses are to Navy and Auburn, so throw the records out the window. Two very good UH teams (2003 and 2007) barely escaped from Ruston with wins, and the 2005 team led by Brennan was crushed. It is a tough place to play at for Hawaii, although the Warriors have won 2 out of 3 there, they’ve been outscored overall.

–By Dave Reardon

Iceman Talketh … Big preps donation

September 28th, 2009
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Dan Kelly, the self-styled “Iceman,” completed his UH football career as the program’s third-leading scorer. He will forever be remembered for his game winning kicks at Nevada during the Sugar Bowl season. He will also be remembered for speaking his mind. Many of you will think this soccer player turned football kicker turned soccer player has put his foot in his mouth after reading this:

blogs.pe.com/collegesports/2009/09/dan-kelly-football-took-toll-o.html

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The McInerny Foundation made a $100,000 donation today to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s fund, Save Our Sports. SOS is an initiative by the HHSAA to try to make up for the state budget shortfall in funds for interscholastic sports through private donations.

A check presentation was made today at the Bank of Hawaii building.

–By Dave Reardon

From Call the Coach Show

September 23rd, 2009
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Couple of notes from Greg McMackin’s radio show on 1420.

>> Defensive end John Fonoti told McMackin he will be ready to play at LaTech a week from today (Wednesday).

>> McMackin has given freshman linebacker George Daily-Lyles  the option of playing instead of taking a redshirt year. He said Daily-Lyles can give the special teams a big boost

“It’s up to him, but I think he can help us win.”

>> McMackin admitted that jamming the UNLV receiver on the line on the last tourchdown might have been the way to go.

“Don’t get me wrong. I like our corners. But they’re young and they’ve got to learn the game.”

McMackin said he is considering putting wide receiver Royce Pollard in as a safety in third-down situations, as well as using two other receivers, Greg Salas and Rodney Bradley, to jam opposing receivers at the line in certain situations.

–By Dave Reardon

Questions?

September 21st, 2009
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I’ll be headed out to the Greg McMackin weekly media conference in a couple of hours. If anyone has a burning question, let me know what it is and I’ll try to ask it.

Weigh in on big plays

September 19th, 2009
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HENDERSON, Nev. >> Tell me what you think were the biggest plays in UH’s loss tonight to UNLV.

>> The Warriors return home tomorrow morning, completing 11 days on the road. They head out to play at LaTech in a game a week from Wednesday.

>> Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga and wide receiver Jovonte Taylor both suffered sprained ankles. Thy are day-to-day and both are expected to be ready for the LaTech game.

–By Dave Reardon