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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Return of Rolo, Recruits, Tickets, Senior Bowl Coverage

Dave Reardon writes that Nick Rolovich is officially the new UH quarterbacks coach.
Yesterday was his first day on the job. Rolovich met with his two veterans -- senior Tyler Graunke and junior Inoke Funaki. He already knew them from a student assistant stint at UH in 2004 and 2005 -- Tim Chang's last year and Brennan's first.
"I'm really excited that he's joining us. I've watched his career and have always been proud of him and knew that he had an inner strength and would be a great coach," McMackin said. "He's going to bring us a lot of power."
Stephen Tsai talks to Rolovich about his love for coaching.
"As much as I love throwing touchdowns," he said, "and as much as I enjoy getting hit and coming up with something clever to say to the guy who hit me, working with young players and seeing the light go on, that's a greater feeling of satisfaction."

The past two years, Rolovich moonlighted as the quarterback coach at City College of San Francisco, which won a 2007 national championship.

During one game, he was set to signal an audible.

"Something caught me," recalled Rolovich, who decided to allow the quarterback to make the call. "I thought, 'Let me see if you can do it now. This is your chance.' And he got it, and we scored a touchdown, and we went on to have a great year.

"It's a different satisfaction," Rolovich added. "You almost have 100 times the effect. Maybe what I teach them, they're going to teach to somebody some day. I like to call it 'good football morals.' Good football stuff is passed down. For one, it's the greatest game in the world. It should be played and taught with football morals. There's a right way to teach things, and a right way to approach players."
Great to have Rolo back!

Chawan_cut here. Gotta add in the Princess Leila's exclusive first interview with our new coach:

Advertiser's Princess Leila's Rolo interview

...also adding UH's official announcement of Rolo's hiring.

Stacy Kaneshiro writes about the local recruits visiting UH this weekend. They include Robert Siavii, Art Laurel, Cody Kamakana, Steven Donohue, Alema Tachibana, Kahai Choy, Terry Kamalamalama Jr. and Aaron Dudoit. There's also some news about the weekend after that:
Si'ilata and linebacker Paipai Falemalu are scheduled to visit Oregon State this weekend. Falemalu and defensive back Shiloah Te'o are scheduled to visit UH next weekend, Torres said.

Kamehameha offensive lineman Daniel Kaanana will visit UNLV this weekend and UH next weekend, coach David Stant said.
Ferd Lewis writes about UH's push to sell more season tickets this year.
Thankfully, unlike what has too often been the case in the past, UH isn't just sitting back and, in a posture that has smacked of arrogance, said, in essence, take it or leave it. No longer is it curiously trying to raise money by charging fewer people much higher prices.

This time UH is finally trying to win back fans and grab new ones, putting plenty into the push beyond the usual contest drawings, etc. Prices are frozen at 2007 levels and an additional eighth home game added. UH officials also are pledging to get season-ticket holders pay-per-view road games either free or at a significantly reduced price.
And below are some links for continuing Senior Bowl practice coverage:


NFL Draft Countdown's Senior Bowl HQ

Rivals.com Senior Bowl coverage

Sportshawaii.com Senior Bowl/Colt Brennan Thread

WSN's Senior Bowl Practice Reports Thread

ScoutNFLExperts.com Senior Bowl Tracker (subscription)

ESPN.com's College Football page

Please let me know if there any other pages I can add to this list.


  • At Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:09:00 PM HST, Anonymous K said…

    Tombo, I see that you took Colt and Bess off the heading. For now how about putting coaches Rolo and football-kicking Stutzman if he gets in to UH. Ha, ha, ha.

  • At Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:09:00 PM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki boy said…

    Tombo, I see that you took Colt and Bess off the heading. For now how about putting coaches Rolo and football-kicking Stutzman if he gets in to UH. Ha, ha, ha.

  • At Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:10:00 PM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki boy said…

    sorry for the mistake in posting.

  • At Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:20:00 PM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Not looking good.

    From Fox Sports:
    Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii: Was not impressive again Wednesday, pushing the ball in early drills and being wholly inaccurate during scrimmages. When he's pressured, or thinks he's pressured, Brennan drops into a sidearm motion, which takes a considerable amount of pace off the ball. Corners like Dominique Rodgers or Cromartie jump those routes quickly in the pros.


  • At Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 10:03:00 PM HST, Anonymous wallstkid said…

    Here's some things I found looking for Senior Bowl Info:
    Draft Blog by Scott Wright

    SUNDAY: January 20th, 2008

    • 4:00pm - No rosters yet but I did see Heath Benedict, Red Bryant and Justin Forsett in the lobby and Colt Brennan is actually sitting right next to me eating and watching the game as I type this. You can tell he's definitely a "Type A" personality and he seems extremely nice and personable. He even put his cell down right in the middle of a call to sign a couple of autographs and take a picture with some fans. He also killed two plates of food so he must be either real hungry or he's trying to bulk up.


    JANUARY 22, 2008
    Tuesday South Practice
    When the players did get down to some serious business, it appeared that the South defense was ahead of the offense. Certainly none of the three South QBs - Colt Brennan of Hawaii, Kentucky’s Andre’ Woodson and Erik Ainge of Tennessee - had afternoons that that they will necessarily want on their pro job applications. Brennan did really gun the ball at times and showed nice touch on the very short stuff, but he really had to wind and step into medium and deep passes. He was also really leaning into many of his throws such that the release point appeared to be very low. As a result, many of Brennan’s throws were wild high or wide. On the other hand, Kentucky’s Woodson looked more like a prototype pocket passer with a high release point and an easy motion. Like Brennan, though, Woodson wasn’t all that accurate, although he was 5-for-5 passing in a seven on seven drill. We didn’t get quite as good a read on Ainge, who worked in a couple of drills with other units while Brennan and Woodson were working pure passing drills; however, the former Vols’ star, a late replacement for Louisville QB Brian Brohm, wasn’t that accurate either when he did get to throw the ball.

    JANUARY 22, 2008
    Tuesday South Practice
    • The headliners of the South team are the quarterbacks so why don't we start there. To be honest nobody stood out, although if you put a gun to my head I'd say Hawaii's Colt Brennan looked the best, although just by the narrowest of margins. I actually found a spot on the sideline where the quarterbacks were throwing 20 yard outs right in my direction to try and gauge arm strengths and it was almost too close to call. Kentucky's Andre Woodson and Tennessee's Erik Ainge seemed to float their throws a bit whereas Brennan gets them there on a rope. Brennan also showed the ability to fit balls into a tight spot although he seemed a bit indecisive at times.

    JANUARY 23, 2008
    Wednesday South Practice
    • Hawaii quarterback caller Colt Brennan had some trouble in 1-on-1's, underthrowing a deep ball. Later he showed excellent zip on his short passes but also had some issues with ball handling. Brennan isn't have a great week but he hasn't been nearly as bad as some people are making him out to be either

    JANUARY 24, 2008
    Thursday South Practice
    by Scott Wright
    Once again the South quarterbacks continued to disappoint and in my opinion none of them have lived up to the hype. Woodson looked a little better today but he certainly hasn't played like an elite prospect this week and even Colt Brennan struggled a bit this afternoon. It will be interesting to see if these guys can get the ball to the South playmakers in the game on Saturday. Other than that it was a pretty good day and some guys who hadn't done much the rest of the week flashed and made some plays, which was nice to see. All of the real practices are finished now with only the walk-through and the game left but while most have gone home I am still in Mobile and will continue providing you with the best coverage of the 2008 Senior Bowl out there, all 100% FREE.



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