Ikaika Malloe … “Super Games”

January 29th, 2008

I remember what a great player this guy was at Kamehameha, and then his versatility and had-nosed attitude at Washington.

Another guy with strong local ties … and experience in several different areas on the mainland, and playing and coaching several different positions.

He’s also bounced back from some misadventure long ago, and has a good attitude about it.

Read more about UH’s new defensive tackles coach in Jason’s article today.


Head coach Greg McMackin has a way to take away some of the drudgery of off-season workouts. It’s called “Super Games.”

He’ll have 10 captains draft teams on Friday, and the teams will compete in lifting, speed and quickness and the classroom.

McMackin said “Super Games” met with great results at Texas Tech.


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  • Bowzooka January 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    He was definitely a hard nosed player back in HS and translated well to UW. He walked on to UW which at the time was a big time program so that says a lot about his persistence and ability. I think they went to 3 consecutive Rose Bowls. Would be interesting to find out if he will continue to recruit the south and texas which were the areas he was working for UTEP. Doesn’t Mac also have some recruiting ties in that area (Miss, LA, FL)?

  • RedZone January 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Dave I was just thinking. Maybe to much but I was wondering. If you are a local and choose to go away how do you recruit locals and ask them to stay?

    • Dave Reardon January 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm

      If you’re honest, you tell every person you’re recruiting that you do what’s best for your own situation, and you mean it. Just because Ikaika Malloe went to the mainland for college 15 years ago doesn’t mean he can’t honestly sell staying home at UH to local players … maybe not all of them, but at least some of them. He can also point out some of the negative aspects of choosing to go away with first-hand knowledge.

  • Warrior Dave January 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Welcome back Dave, hope you and your visitors are having a great time. Good article by Jason!

    Actually it’s good to have Coach Mack and other coaches attact the south and Texas to recruit. The area is so big and loaded with talent.

    Coach Mack’s decision to visit Kahuku and other local schools to recruit may not pay dividends this year, but I feel it opens the flood gates for next year and beyond.

    Anyone who thinks we should use all our scholarships for only local talent is mistaken. We need the mainland kids to supplement our needs.

  • Omah January 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Would have been great if we could have gotten more of our former NFL players, who now live in Hawaii or who still have homes in Hawaii, to coach at the UH, including

    -Maa Tanuvasa – Defensive Coordinator
    -Chris Fuamatu-Maafala – Backs & Offense
    -Al Noga – Line and Backs
    -Falaniko Noga – Assistant Coach
    -Jessie Sapolu
    -Mike Ulufale

    Except for Miano, seems no one else on the current coaching staff has been to the “Show”. Miano has real credentials. Probably would make a great head coach. Anyone who has played at the highest level would make a better coach than someone who only played at the college level.

    If the UH football organization were a medical office, then the way we have things right now, in terms of the recent hires and changes on the coaching staff, would be the equivalent of having physicians assistants perform surgery, like having dental hygenists perform oral surgery, like having a maintenance worker perform the work of an electrician.

    • Dave Reardon January 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

      Not sure I agree with the medical office analogy. Also, I know for a fact that great players don’t always make great coaches.

    • J-DOG January 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm

      Seriously. Get real.

    • Ata January 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm

      I would rather have Kurt Gouveia as LB coach.

    • Terry January 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm

      Wow, that comment is absurd! First of all your “medical” examples are far off. I don’t think you get it.
      Second of all, what on earth make you think that these former players can coach? Magic Johnson, argueably one of the greatest b-ball players sucked at coaching. While I think the former pros might be good for GA positions, I wouldn’t want them as coaches in college. It’s one thing to play, it’s another to coach. Coaching is a skill, that not everyone has.

    • G January 30, 2008 at 8:19 am

      Bill Belichick only played high school football, and I believe it was only one year.

      Are you saying that he’s a bad coach?

  • gumby January 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Good suggestion about NFL players with Hawaii ties coaching the Warriors. However, I have to agree with Dave–great players don’t always make good coaches. Coach Mack is a good coach and is assembling a very solid staff. Defensively, Hawaii will be solid coaching-wise. Offensively, we will drop off some. But overall, this will be a good coaching staff. JJ was one of the greatest offensive minds ever. If the defense can play outstanding and the offense can score 32 to 35 points a game instead of 43-48 ppg, the Warriors will do well. All that to say that as Coach Mack embarks on his tenure as UH coach, his team will look and feel different from JJ but there will be winning results. There are other intangibles that Mack brings to the table–recruiting, discipline, empahasis on total team play (Hawaii will not just be recognized for being an offensive power–it will be strong defensively), and silent strength that he will instill in the players…. This will all pay off on the field.

  • Old Coach January 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Some of those guys are not qualified to coach and at least one does not want to coach– he is a terrific and very articulate guy, but he has told me and others he has too much to do to want to learn how to coach.

    From my experience, many great players never really had to learn how to play and they just did things naturally with their great gifts. Therefore, they cannot explain the technique required to rush by an offensive tackle, because they never had to watch hours of film trying to learn how to do it, or they never learned to motivate someone because they were always motivated.

    Coaching is an entirely different thing from playing and you have to learn how to do it– some of those guys have tried to learn, I think, but many really have no serious interest in it. It is a profession, like any other and you need to learn a lot of things a player does not. A coach is more like a teacher than a football player and not every football player wants to be a teacher, believe me.

  • 808 warrior January 29, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I was listening to Ikaika’s interview on the Sports Animals on the way home and one question to him was since he was recruiting for UTEP just before he accepted the UH position, would he consider trying to sway those recruits to Hawaii? His answer? “Absolutely not, it would be unethical”. He went on to say it wouldn’t be fair to the student athlete as well as the former school. Now, how great is that to have someone with such ethics coaching/influencing our boys? I’m sure that kind of stuff happens where a coach knows he’s leaving and then influences recruits to follow him however it’s nice to know there are still some coaches out there that feel otherwise. Hats off to you Ikaika! Good man.

    • Kaimuki boy January 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks for the info 808 warrior. Ikaika’s morals makes me think he is another right guy for Mack’s staff. I like Ikaika already. Welcome home Ikaika.

  • uhwarriors January 29, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    The “Super Games” concept is very interesting. I really like the academic component as it puts the academics in a competitive and teamwork context.

  • KonaWarrior January 30, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Dave, thanks for today’s updated story on Rausch and Trudnowski. I wonder if the limited amount of available scholarships is putting the coaching staff in a bind as far as trying to determine which QB will be offered. It seems as though Rausch may have a slight edge and this weekend’s visit to UH will either cement the deal with him leaving Trudnowski on the outside or Rausch choosing to go elsewhere allowing Trud to be offered a solid scholarship. If there were enough scholarships to go around, would UH offer both of them? It will be very interesting to see how this weekend plays out.

  • rocker January 30, 2008 at 8:04 am

    if rausch commits , how many more scholarships uh have left to give?

  • Kaimuki boy January 30, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Dave, good to have you back. I don’t think that being a pros makes you a good coach. Take TO. If he retired, I don’t think he would be hired to be a coach. He still would be too much of a distraction. I think how you relate to kids, your knowledge of the game, being a quality person, being positive, caring about the kids, enthusiasm, and how you relate to the Head Coach and staff is very important. In fact, I think the not so talented guy who over achieved with great technique and huge heart could be a better position coach, than a gifted guy who made it to the pros. Also, gotta love Mack, going to Kahuku with Cal and trying to land Paipai and Alema, and super games. UH football is definitely going in the right direction. Who are the recruits going to UH this weekend?

  • wes January 30, 2008 at 9:14 am

    thanks Dave for appearing on Jeff P’s show to set the record straight. Jeff says he brings things up on his show to stimulate discussion and address different points of view. It just seems that when it comes to football he gets off on the low road/negatism. Another example of negatism toward the football, he said that he felt McMackin was being paid too much. Here is my comments back to Jeff:

    Dear Jeff,

    This is in response to your question/position yesterday regarding McMackin salary. I strongly believe that $1.1M over 5 years was the right thing to do. In fact that seems to be the consensus opinion as it’s been supported by about 2/3 in favor and 1/3 against in various non-scientific polls put on by the Star Bulletin, KHOHN 2, etc.

    My reasons are as follows:

    1. When determining what is fair one needs to look market implications. Since we do know that June and SMU were very interested in Mack, we can only assume that his contract would have been at minimum 5 years like June’s + the increase would have been substantially more than what UH was paying him. Texas Tech offered him $300-400K back in 2000 so getting that kind of offer or more would be a reasonable assumption. Thus had UH offered only $500-700K for one or two years with the potential for more, any reasonable person would have taken the longer term offer. At $400K for 5 years…that’s a guarantee of approx. $2M. Plus you have to realize that Mack’s family resides in Texas and any offer that he would even consider had to compensate for that consideration too. Bottom line we would have lost him at a lower price for a shorter term. I know you can relate to market pricing too. As an attorney your fees are usually justified by what other attorneys are also charging:-).

    2. Had the offer been only short term, potential recruits would probably have gone elsewhere since the “uncertainty factor” would still remain. The offer had to be at least 5 years to give the perception that UH is committed long term.

    3. Had the selection not been made swiftly…the recruiting situation, fan/community interest in the program, legislative support, etc. would have been adversely affected for many moons to come. We needed to strike while the kettle was hot. Just look at things currently going on. They now have wooden floors, taken recruiting trips to the mainland, etc.

    4. Had we waited…we may have landed Norm Chow, however, I believe he too just like June, would have gotten totally frustrated over time. Imagine coming from USC, BYU, NC State,the NFL and then experiencing UH/Legislature…I think he would not have lasted 1/2 as long as June did:-).

    That’s all for now,


    • Tony Francis January 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm

      JP is still mad because he’s not on the “official” fan phones anymore. I agree that JP always takes the backdoor shot at UH football in some form or another. Mack deserves the 1.1 mil he’s getting and it seems he’s earning it more that the guy who was recently made $800,000. If I made that kind moolah I would have been driving myself out to Kahuku on a regular basis. Its kind of like fishing..if you keep at it on a consistent basis the fish will come.JJ must think the fish will just follow him to SMU ?

  • PBS Hawaii guy January 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Tonight’s scheduled guest on Leahey & Leahey for Jan 30, 7:30pm – Vince Manuwai. Just found out a few minutes ago. Thanks.

  • longrice January 31, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Practice makes perfect; coaches need the practice as well.

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