Archive for October, 2007

View from the Big Island: Bob Wagner on the (UH) Warriors/ESPN picks up Fresno game

October 31st, 2007
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Harris Poll voter and former UH head coach Bob Wagner is now the athletic director at Kamehameha-Hawaii, on the Big Island. He graciously agreed to share some thoughts with UH Sports Extra.

It’s great to see UH having an outstanding season. It’s also interesting to see that despite all the criticism of their soft schedule it may have been a blessing for them. You would think that if they had opened at Florida instead of LA Tech that they would barely be in the top 25 or maybe not even be ranked right now. I think what is happening with their season and also that of Ohio State and Arizona State is going to make a lot of people question how they should do their non conference schedule if they want to get to a BCS game. All three were accused of having soft non conference schedules but look where they are in the rankings.

When I did my football/family sabbatical the fall after I left UH I remember visiting with John Cooper (the OSU head coach at the time) during an Ohio State practice about scheduling. At that time he mentioned that the last Ohio State team that won a National Championship was in 1968. He said no one could tell him who they played non conference. He mentioned at that time that they were planning to play the Bowling Green’s, Kent State’s, etc., in state D 1 teams that could benefit financially and that were as good as a Rice or an SMU but were very beatable. It looks like Jim Tressel may have inherited one of his schedules this year. Also, with teams playing more regular season games (more non conference games) softer non conference schedules become more important in keeping people healthy for league play.

Getting back to UH in hindsite it probably couldn’t have been set up any better for them. The extra bye(s) gives them a chance to get people healthy for their stretch run, they can polish up areas that they think need extra work, they can get the back ups some good work (help their depth), give the scout team players a chance to play (scrimmage) their own offense and defense (great for overall team morale), everyone can get a little more mentally refreshed, they can spend a little more time preparing for something that one of the remaining teams does that may be unique, and they can put in some new wrinkles in their O, D, and special teams that they may need to win a game down the stretch. They certainly have a wonderful opportunity.

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WAC commissioner Karl Benson said (on The Bobby Curran Show this morning) a deal has been struck for UH’s Nov. 10 game against Fresno State to be shown by ESPN.

It does not affect the local pay-per-view broadcast, nor the 6:05 p.m. Saturday kickoff.

This means all five of UH’s remaining games (including a bowl game) will be on national TV.

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Topic for discussion: Desmond Thomas will move in as the starting free safety now that Keao Monteilh is out for the year. Who do you like for No. 3 safety … Spencer Smith, Erik Robinson, Dane Kealoha Porlas or somebody else?

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National Perspective: Mike Huguenin

October 30th, 2007
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Mike was my boss at the Gainesville Sun and is now the college sports editor at Yahoo. Here’s his quick take on the Warriors:

I like watching Hawaii play because I like high-scoring games, and both the
offense and defense do their parts to make sure it’ll be a high-scoring
game.

As good as Brennan and that offense can be, I don’t see Hawaii finishing
12-0. I see one loss because of that defense.

But if Hawaii does run the table, it will be in the BCS — just not the
title game.

UPDATE: Mike Huguenin has been booked as a guest on the Leahey and Leahey radio show, Monday morning during the 8 a.m. hour.

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responses from sunday posts & ?s

October 29th, 2007
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first a big mahalo to UH sid Paka Bello, who let me borrow his password so i could us the wireless at the arena. we are on a four-week access and it ran out after Friday’s match.

As for Ferrell, she was not cleared to play this weekend. Percentage wise, she is still eligible to request a medical hardship. since she has played, she cannot redshirt.

Saole and Monteilh may be out for season

October 29th, 2007
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Jason Kaneshiro reports that the big items from June Jones’ news conference today are that Rustin Saole and Keao Monteilh could both be done because of injuries.

Saole, a backup linebacker and special teams stud, hurt his knee and Monteilh injured his shoulder Saturday. Tests are still being done on Monteilh, who is UH’s starting free safety. Saole is a senior, and Monteilh is listed as a junior, although records indicate he may be a senior in eligibility.

Linebackers coach Cal Lee is holding out hope that Saole is not out for the year. “The medical people haven’t told us yet,” Lee said. “But it may be an ACL (in which case, Saole needs surgery and is out for the season).”

More on these injuries and other UH football topics from Jason in tomorrow’s Star-Bulletin.

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Bye-bye, again.

I’ve got this week off, burning off the rest of my vacation in anticipation of a very busy last two months of the year overflowing into January that could include documenting a Heisman finalist, perhaps an undefeated season and maybe even a BCS bowl. Yes, a lot of things have to fall into place, but they all could happen.

You will be in the capable hands of Jason Kaneshiro, Brian McInnis and Billy Hull this week in the newspaper, and I’ll try to get them to provide some insight on the blog, too. I might sneak away to Vegas for a day or two, but will be home most of this week and will probably have a comment or two to make.

Couple of corrections: Ryan Grice-Mullins has 27 receptions for 370 yards in the last two games. I typo’d 270 in today’s paper. And Jason Rivers now has catches in 45 games in a row to lead the nation, not 44 like I wrote in Warrior Replay.

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Today’s a double-good day for Colt Brennan. He got WAC Player of the Week, and just got an e-mail announcing him as a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award.

sunday at the arena

October 28th, 2007
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Very nice ceremony before the match, unveiling the sculpture of Dr. Donnis Thompson. The alumnae match was fun to watch as well.