Archive for July, 2009

Satele back at linebacker

July 30th, 2009
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After shedding 26 pounds this summer, Brashton Satele will be back at middle linebacker heading into fall camp. Greg McMackin had moved him to defensive end after spring practice, but said Satele’s work this summer convinced him to move him to linebacker. McMackin said Mana Lolotai will compete at both inside and outside linebacker.>> John Estes’ All-America campaign begins in earnest today. UH has set up a Web page for him and he’s posting updates on Twitter.

Early notes from WAC media days

July 29th, 2009
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 SALT LAKE CITY >> Toward the end of WAC commissioner Karl Benson’s session with reporters this morning at the WAC Football Preview, Fresno State head coach Pat Hill raised the question of possibly moving kickoff times for games in Hawaii earlier in the day to give visiting team a chance to return to the mainland that night and save on expenses.Hill said leaving the night of the game could save between $12,000 and $15,000. San Jose State coach Dick Tomey also said leaving the night of the game would help the California schools, which are facing deep budget cuts.Benson said setting the game times is up to Hawaii. The game times for this season have been set, but Hill said he’d look at pursuing an earlier start for future trips. >> Benson touted the stability of the WAC over the last five years, and anticipates having the same lineup for the next five years with no plans for expansion.>> Representatives from the Humanitarian Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl and Rose Bowl are attending the WAC preview.>> The UH contingent arrived this morning. They meet with the media tomorrow. 

Coaches going camping

July 27th, 2009
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Hawaii coaches Dave Aranda and Rich Miano are getting a taste of NFL coaching by participating in training camp internships this week.
Aranda began his week-long stay with the Denver Broncos today. Miano will attend camp with the Cincinnati Bengals later this week.
Aranda arrived in Denver today and went straight into a day of meetings with the Broncos staff. He was invited to the internship by defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and will work with defensive line coach Mike Nunnely.
“Just to go from one meeting to the next and talk about schemes is a neat experience,” Aranda said.
Miano leaves Wednesday and will start working when the Bengals open training camp on Thursday. Dr. Edison Miyawaki, a part-owner of the Bengals, helped arrange the internship.
“Being around the pro guys and being around the team when they’re getting ready for the season will be exciting,” Miano said.
Like the Warriors, both the Broncos and Bengals run 4-3 systems, giving Aranda and Miano a chance to pick up some notes to bring back to Manoa.
Both coaches will return to Honolulu in time for the start of the Warriors’ fall camp next week.

Condolences to Dave Shoji on the loss of his mom

July 22nd, 2009
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Chiz Shoji died Monday at home. She was 87. Such a sweet lady. My best memory was of her and Kobe, her late husband, driving Ann Miller and me around Stockton when we were up there for some regional. We ended up ‘Stuck in Lodi” literally.

The one and only

July 17th, 2009
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While some professional athletes apparently can’t get enough of social networking, former Warrior now Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan is content to maintain a relatively low profile online. He doesn’t Tweet nor does he have an official presence on MySpace or Facebook. His official Web site — coltbrennan5.com — “is the only thing that represents and reflects my views and opinions,” he said.
>> For those looking to get a head start associating names with numbers, Hawaiiathletics.com has an updated roster that includes the number assignments for most of the newcomers. And yes, No. 15 remains vacant.
>> They’re calling it the “camouflage stadium” in Halawa. The roof covering the upper level at Aloha Stadium is being replaced in phases, with the new green sections joining the existing brown sections. The first stage of the three-year project is nearly complete.
>> Central Arkansas, UH’s season opening opponent, is ranked eighth in the FCS by Lindy’s, 11th by The Sporting News and 16th by Athlon in their preseason publications. The Bears went 10-2 last year and visit Aloha Stadium on Sept. 4.