Archive for March 23rd, 2008

Impressive numbers from the UH strength tests last week

March 23, 2008

HA Note: “Defensive end David Veikune and linebacker R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane each bench pressed a maximum 455 pounds. While matching last year’s total, Veikune’s lift was impressive because he had lost 30 pounds and now weighs 250. He wanted to be faster to play in the 4-3 alignment UH implemented last year.”

Unhappy with his 455 pound bench press, David Veikune said:
“I was disappointed (in the bench total). I didn’t feel 100 percent that day.” (HA)

HA Note: “Veikune, who once benched 495 pounds, seeks to break the 500-pound barrier. He will attempt a lift of 465 pounds this week. This year, 13 Warriors bench pressed at least 400 pounds. Mel deLaura, who coordinates the offseason workouts, believes another 12 should be able to reach that bench mark. For instance, linebacker Brashton Satele, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, and center Matagisila “Sila” Lefiti did not bench press this year. Both have benched 400-plus pounds in the past.

Weakside linebacker Adam Leonard, who played all of last season despite a broken right thumb, benched 405 pounds. The injury had prevented him from lifting most of last season. Kiesel-Kauhane, who is 5 feet 11 and 225 pounds, also bench pressed 225 pounds 40 times.”

About his weight training, Kiesel-Kauhane (who lifts 6 days per week) said:
“I kind of do heavy reps and heavy weights to get my endurance up. I kind of focused on getting my body into better shape. As you do that, you get stronger at the same time.” (HA)

HA Note: “He missed the team record of 42 reps of 225 pounds, set by Chris Brown, now a student assistant who assists the lifters. Brown also had the power clean record for a linebacker. He watched his record of 304 pounds go down with Blaze Soares’ 318-pound clean.”

About how Blaze broke his power clean record for a LB, Chris Brown said:
“He definitely let me know he broke my record. I’m glad it was by a local boy from the East Side. He’s from Kane’ohe. I’m from Kahalu’u. Records are made to be broken. I told them, ‘Go get it.’ ” (HA)

HA Note: “The power clean is a discipline in which the lifter brings the weight from the floor to a racked position across the deltoids. The gold standard is considered to be 300 pounds. Twelve Warriors power cleaned more than 300 pounds, with center Clarence “Lafu” Tuioti-Mariner, left tackle Ray Hisatake and running back Daniel Libre matching Soares’ top lift.”

Impressed with Daniel Libre’s lifting, Brown said:
“For his size (5 feet 8, 185 pounds) and strength, Daniel Libre is the most impressive guy in the weight room. He lifts what a lineman should be lifting. He’s a warrior in the weight room.” (HA)

HA Note: “Leonard had a power clean of 308 pounds. He started at 296 pounds, then moved up. The power clean is considered to be one of the best measurements of strength for a football player. It combines power, lower- and upper-body strength, and leverage.”

About how Lafu Tuioti-Mariner did 610 pounds in the squat, 110 pounds more than the second place lifters, Brown said:
“That was really impressive to see the six plates go up.” (HA)

HA Note: “Former UH player Houston Ala has the team record with a 625-pound squat lift.”

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UH is fighting the Daniel Smith lawsuit

March 23, 2008

HSB Note: “Legal precedent could be on the side of the University of Hawaii in a suit filed by a high school football player’s family, attorneys for the university told the Star-Bulletin. The suit alleges UH illegally revoked a scholarship offer to defensive back Daniel Smith of Boise, Idaho. In 2006, a Kentucky jury ruled against Louisville walk-on offensive lineman Ryan Holifield. Holifield had claimed that then-Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino promised him a scholarship if he paid for his first semester of school. Ryan Akamine, UH’s lead lawyer on the Smith case, said the Louisville verdict could have bearing on this one.”

About how the Louisville verdict could be a precedent that helps UH in the lawsuit, Ryan Akamine said:
“This case is similar to the Petrino case in the claim that a scholarship was promised, and Petrino claimed that a scholarship was not promised.” (HSB)

Note: Akamine noted that the Louisville trial was held before a jury and the UH trial will be in front of a judge.

HSB NotE: “Greg McMackin replaced Warriors coach June Jones when Jones left to coach SMU in January 2008. UH and former assistant coach Jeff Reinebold (also now at SMU) are named defendants in the suit filed in circuit court last month.

HSB Note: “The university’s response requests that the complaint be dismissed, and that the school be awarded attorney fees and costs.”

HSB Note: “Akamine said Reinebold is a “central figure” in the case. Smith said Reinebold told him to not entertain any offers from other schools after he made his oral commitment to UH in the summer of 2007. Smith said he agreed, thinking that UH would honor its commitment.”

About the lawsuit, Smith said:
“I kept my end of the deal. I want the university to keep its end of the deal.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Oral commitments, however, have never been considered binding in college sports recruiting. Players often “de-commit” when a better offer comes along, and schools do the same if they “overbook,” or find a better player. In a phone interview yesterday, Portland State coach Jerry Glanville confirmed that he had offered Smith a scholarship in 2007, which Smith said he turned down after he accepted an offer to UH from Reinebold. Smith said he tried to find a scholarship somewhere else after he learned UH didn’t have one for him, but was unsuccessful. Glanville said it is common knowledge that oral commitments are not binding in recruiting.”

About how oral commits are not binding in recruiting, Glanville said:
“I had a kid commit to me, and then he commits to Washington State four days before signing day, so now I don’t have a defensive end. Am I suing him? No. It works both ways.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “McMackin has declined comment, other than to say that Reinebold was not on the UH staff while McMackin was putting together his first recruiting class in late January and early February. UH general counsel Darolyn Lendio said the defense will try to “narrow” the case, but it could last “anywhere from a minimum of a year and a half to three years.” Akamine and Lendio said the next step is deposition, where both sides attain more information.”

About what they want from the deposition process, Akamine said:
“We’re going to request that they clarify what they claim. We do know that all they’re alleging will not stand up to the facts. We believe we have a good case and the allegations will not be all correct.” (HSB)

About the Smith lawsuit, Lendio said:
“They’re not specific in the complaint. They’re very general about the allegations, unclear.” (HSB)

About how “it will be a while” before a trial date is set, Akamine said:
“In about two months we’ll have a lot more information.” (HSB)