Archive for May, 2009

Doris Sullivan makes sure UH gets the info first on PIAA recruits

May 31, 2009

About how some UH fans think that her efforts with PIAA hurt UH’s recruiting, Doris Sullivan said:
“I get that all the time. But ask the coaches, UH gets the dibs, gets the information first. Sometimes kids want to go away. If they want to go to UH, they’ll go to UH. I don’t get the kids scholarships, they get it themselves.” (HSB)

About PIAA’s need for more donors, Doris said:
“If we were helping 100 ballerinas or 100 violin players, we’d probably get enormous amounts of grants. But because they’re athletes, people assume they’re getting full scholarships to go to college. That’s not the case 90 percent of the time.” (HSB)

Corey Nielsen started summer school and UH’s offseason conditioning program

May 31, 2009

HSB Note: “Nielsen started summer school on Tuesday and said he’ll join in the team’s offseason conditioning program this coming week. He’s finished his requirements at Gahr High in California and will return for graduation on June 16. A 4.0 student, he’ll be one of the class valedictorians.”

About starting early at UH, Nielsen said:
“It’s good to get a head start on everything.” (HSB)

Preseason forecasts predict a 5th or 6th place finish in the WAC for UH

May 31, 2009

About picking UH to tie for 6th place with Utah State, Phil Steele wrote:
“My main concern is just two returning starters (fewest in the WAC) on defense with 11 of their top 13 tacklers gone. UH will be potent offensively but after finishing first in the WAC in 2007 and second last year, it looks like a bigger step back in 2009.” (HA)

About picking UH to finish 5th in the WAC, Lindy’s wrote:
“Hawai’i will be hard pressed to remain in the upper tier of the WAC. This team is still in transition as it tries to redefine run-and-shoot approach.” (HA)

About picking UH to finish 5th in the WAC, GamePlan Magazine wrote:
“Hawai’i fans have grown very accustomed to winning in recent years, but this looks to be the weakest team this school has fielded in several seasons.” (HA)

About picking UH to finish with a losing record, GamePlan wrote:
“We may be out on a limb here, but we feel Hawai’i is headed for their first losing season in several years.” (HA)

Timmy Chang is returning to UH to get his degree

May 31, 2009

About retiring from pro football and returning to UH this fall to complete work on his bachelor’s degree, Timmy Chang said:
“I’m hangin ‘em up.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Chang will also work as a student assistant in the athletic department’s compliance office.”

HSB Note: “Former Hawaii quarterback Tim Chang, the nation’s all-time leading passer, said he’s hanging it up after playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League the past two seasons.”

HSB Note: “Chang finished his Hawaii career in 2004 with 17,072 yards and 117 touchdowns and had training camp stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. He also played with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe.”

UH could get lower Aloha Stadium costs for large crowds

May 30, 2009

About giving UH a lower clean-up fee if they hit attendance targets, Aloha Stadium Authority Chairman Keven Chong Kee said:
“The more fans — and revenue — they bring into the stadium, the more relief they could see.” (HA)

HA Note: “UH was not charged rent for the 2008 season but paid $778,592 in so-called “out-of-pocket” expenses, including $104,846 in combined clean-up and refuse disposal charges, according to the parties.”

About their need to get a better deal with the stadium, JD told the Authority:
“it is imperative we get some (financial) help.” (HA)

HA Note: “The school is expected to run a $2.5 million to $3 million deficit for the current fiscal year that closes June 30 and has an accumulated $5.4 million net deficit over the past five years.”

About how they want to help UH, Chong Kee said:
“We’re looking for ways to help the university out. We want to be part of the solution.” (HA)

About how UH will be grateful for any help they can get, JD said:
“We’d be appreciative of anything they could do. In my 14 months (as UH AD), the level of cooperation we’ve enjoyed in all regards has been fantastic.” (HA)

Pisa Tinoisamoa signed with the Bears!

May 29, 2009

CT = Chicago Tribune

CT Note: “Tinoisamoa visited Halas Hall on May 20 and chose the Bears over the Bills. He also visited Buffalo and New England. The former Ram reunites with Lovie Smith, his defensive coordinator in St. Louis during the 2003 season. Tinoisamoa is likely to start at strong-side linebacker, joining stars Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.”

About signing Pisa to a 1-year contract, Chicago GM Jerry Angelo said:
“He’s been a real productive player. We don’t, at this point, need any position. But any time we have a chance to add a good football player, we’re going to look at all positions. We don’t necessarily need more production as much as we’re just adding another good football player. It’s not an indictment on our linebackers. We like our (strong-side) linebackers. If this works, great. If it doesn’t work, we’re still fine.” (CT)–the-bears-and-free-agent-linebacker-pisa-tinoisamoa-have-agreed-to-terms-on-a-one-year-contract-accord.html

UH’s Athletic Department is worst in the WAC for Revenue minus Expenses

May 28, 2009

From madeinhawaii on the Warrior Beat blog:

Revenue minus expenses for Athletic Departments in the WAC

1. Fresno State $1,340,790
2. New Mexico State University $213,682
3. Boise State University $60,615
4. University of Idaho $28,624
5. Louisiana Tech University $13,098
6. Utah State University $502
7. San Jose State University $-871,376
8. University of Nevada $-1,800,138
9. University of Hawaii $-2,157,665

Feature article on Jake Ingram

May 28, 2009

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P Note: “He surfs. Jet-skis. Spear fishes. Enjoys the outdoors and the company of others, who seem uncontrollably drawn to his fun-loving personality. Those who know him best say he is blessed with what Hawaiians call the “Aloha spirit.” When it is time to work, however, few are as serious-minded as Ingram. If the Patriots wanted a carbon-copy replacement for long snapper Lonie Paxton, they may have found one. The popular Paxton beat out a competitor to make the Patriots roster as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2000 (Bill Belichick’s first season as head coach in New England). His snow angels in the playoffs and Super Bowl ingratiated him to Patriots fans the following year; his gregarious persona had a similar effect on both teammates and the media. But it was his machine-like consistency on the football field that won over his coaches.”

About how he was surprised that the Patriots drafted him after signing Arizona’s free-agent long snapper Nathan Hodel, Ingram said:
“Yeah, I was a little surprised. I talked to [Patriots special teams coach Scott] O’Brien weeks earlier, but I didn’t expect to get drafted. I knew it was a possibility, but when he called me and told me they were going to take me, I was surprised. But it’s a huge honor. I’m excited for it.” (P)

About drafting Ingram to compete with Hodel, Bill Belichick said:
“We thought that Ingram would be in competition for the position with Nathan. He’s an athletic guy, a little bit smaller than some of the snappers in the league, but a little bit more athletic than most of the snappers in the league. I think his athleticism versus his size is kind of the comparison or where the competition will be. He’s an experienced guy. He’s done that. He can block. He can cover pretty well. His snaps are accurate, they had good velocity. So, I think that he will be competitive for that position. I felt like he was a top player for his position in the draft.” (P)

About how JJ had to convince him to be a long snapper, Ingram said:
“Coach Jones told me from the start, but I was young and thought, ‘ Nah, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.’ But I started looking at other long snappers in college, and it hit me that maybe I could do this, maybe I did have a shot [at the NFL]. That’s when I put my head down and went full-bore with it. Learned as much as I could. I’m thankful to Coach Jones.” (P)

Praising Jake’s work ethic, Rich Miano said:
“I tell people that the two hardest working guys in this program during my time here were Davone Bess [now a receiver for the Dolphins] and Jake Ingram. Jake’s the first one at practice, and the last to leave. He gets really upset when he makes a mistake. He’s not a specialist, he’s a football player and a true good guy. He loves the Hawaiian culture, and the people love him here. He gets along with everybody and lives life to the fullest.” (P)

P Note: “Ingram, who has worked in construction, says his perfectionist attitude on the field is a product of his parents’ hard-working influence. Miano believes Ingram could add a little bulk to help boost his NFL credentials, but Ingram is clearly his own harshest critic.”

About how he expects every snap of his to be perfect, Ingram said:
“I feel like, when something goes wrong with a snap, I’m letting my whole team down. So, that’s why I get down on myself.” (P)

About trying to win the long snapper job with the Patriots, Ingram said:
“I’m just here doing my thing. I just want to take my place and show them that it was a good choice to take me in the draft.” (P)

Quotes from a feature article on Jeff Ulbrich

May 22, 2009

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49 Note: “As a kid growing up in nearby Morgan Hill, Jeff Ulbrich idolized the 49ers defensive units of the 80s and 90s with linebackers like Hacksaw Reynolds, Matt Millen and his favorite player of all, Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott. Wishing to follow in their footsteps, he played at the University of Hawaii to pursue his dream of playing professional football and soon after, he was selected in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the late Bill Walsh, the team’s vice president and general manager at the time. Presently, he’s coming into his tenth season with his beloved 49ers and will soon earn a spot at the conclusion of the ’09 season amongst the players he grew up idolizing, as a member of the 49ers 10-Year Wall.”

About Ulbrich (who they nicknamed “Brick”) playing 10 seasons for the 49ers, 49ers special teams coordinator Al Everest said:
“For a guy to be going into his tenth season with the same team, going through free agency with him making the decision to stay and for the Niners to keep him is a great tribute to him. He is what football is all about. He prepares well, he has fun, and he’s a great learner. He learns his techniques and plays with those techniques. He knows his assignments and has fun doing it. He’s a real pleasure to coach.” (49)

49 Note: “Everest has had no problem relying on Ulbrich over the last few seasons to be a standout on his special teams units. Last season after he started the first two games on defense, Ulbrich was a starter on five of the 49ers special teams units and was named “Top Gun,” an honor bestowed upon the Most Valuable Player on special teams.”

About how his special teams involvement has increased under Everest, Ulbrich said:
“I think when coach Al (Everest) came here, he breathed new life into me and it has just been a blast playing for him. Some guys unfortunately look at special teams as an after-thought, but he keeps it competitive with the Top Gun award. He also demands that you play with the same sort of fire and competitiveness as a special teamer as you would play at offensive and defensive positions.” (49)

49 Note: “Prior to being a standout on Everest’s units, Ulbrich had a number of responsibilities over the past nine seasons and has totaled 486 tackles (357 solo), 5.5 sacks and two interceptions as a starter and as a key figure on special teams.”

About how his role with the 49ers has changed over the past decade, Ulbrich said:
“My role has definitely changed. When I came in I was just a first and second-down inside backer – a run ‘backer. And then that progressed into becoming an every down ‘backer. Then I became just a third-down backer, suddenly I turned into a cover guy. From there, I transitioned to a special teams guy. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’ve enjoyed every role that I’ve been given.” (49)

Asked for his secret to becoming a staple of the 49ers over the past decade, Ulbrich said:
“You could ask my wife, I always took things one year at a time. I’ve approached every single year like this is the year they’re going to release me. Maybe that’s been the secret?” (49)

About being in awe of the locker room when he entered the NFL, Ulbrich said:
“I just remember walking in the locker room the first day and seeing Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ken Norton Jr., and all these guys who I grew up watching. To be a part of that, it took some time to settle in for me to realize that I was actually a part of it.” (49)

About how veteran LBs Norton Jr. and Winfred Tubbs helped him transition to the NFL, Ulbrich said:
“They were two guys who weren’t the type of veterans that were so threatened by me that they wouldn’t share their secrets. They took me under their wing and taught me a whole lot of stuff.” (49)

About being in awe when he faced Marshal Faulk as a rookie, Ulbrich said:
“It was like a surreal moment. I just remember lining up, calling the huddle and then looking across the line of scrimmage and seeing him back there. It was pretty cool, but also pretty intimidating at the time.” (49)

About how they made the playoffs in his 2nd and 3rd seasons but never got past the Divisional Playoff round, Ulbrich said:
“Those experiences were good and bad. The two losses that we had were pretty devastating. I thought we had the type of team that could have won it all. We had a ton of play-makers and a good nucleus, a good locker room and everything. We had all the components I think you need to be a Super Bowl-type team. It was brutal to lose to Atlanta (’02) and Tampa Bay (’03). Although I think the win we had against the Giants in (’02) was up there in terms of the best games our franchise has played. It’s always replayed on NFL Network as one of the best comebacks in playoff history. That was a very cool game to be a part of.” (49)

49 Note: “After the frustrating playoff loss to the Buccaneers, the 49ers made several coaching and personnel changes. Ulbrich however, stayed with the ball club and remained in the teams plans as a key player on defense.”

About how he remained with the 49ers despite all of the roster and coaching changes, Ulbrich said:
“I never thought about leaving. It’s been the sort of thing where I understand the business so I know there’s going to be personnel changes, there’s going to be coaching changes. In my perspective I want to be a coach after I’m done playing. That’s been my ultimate dream. The fact that I’ve been exposed to so many great coaches and so many different players, only will help in the long run. I’ve had the opportunity to pick up a lot of stuff and hopefully that will translate into being a pretty good coach.” (49)

49 Note: “Over time Ulbrich became a player-coach who has helped the development of several players on the 49ers defense. One of those beneficiaries of Ulbrich’s wisdom has been Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis.”

About how Ulbrich has helped him, Patrick Willis said:
“His whole work ethic has rubbed off on me. I think it’s very good for him being included on the 10-Year Wall with those famous names from the 49ers past; because those guys are the ones who helped build our organization. For him to have his name up there, it just lets you know that he’ll forever be a part of this organization’s history. Ten years, that’s a long time to play. You have to be a great player to achieve that.” (49)

Not wanting to take credit for helping Willis, Ulbrich said:
“I can’t take much credit for him, he came out of the womb pretty good. He’s been fun to be around. In the offseason program he keeps me young. I try to line up against him every time I can and compete against him. There’s no guy who works harder, so he definitely helps me. He says I help him, but believe me, it’s a mutual deal.” (49)

About doing mixed martial arts training as part of his specialized offseason training at Train for Life (gym in Morgan Hill owned and operated by his friends), Ulbrich said:
“I’m a huge fan and I was always into wrestling growing up. You can only do so many 40-yard dashes and so many linebacker drops. MMA training is just a way to stay in shape and keep things interesting. At TFL, we do some MMA stuff, we do judo and wrestling and they have the old-school training which I’m a big fan of. They do the tractor tire flipping and some work with sledgehammers.” (49)

About spending time in the offseason with his wife Cristina and their daughter Sammy and sons Jax and Jace, Ulbrich said:
“Our kids are really into their sports right now, so just being able to go to their practices and games and being a part of that has been fun. This has probably been the best offseason because our kids are getting to that age where you can go to their games and cheer them on.” (49)

About his NFL future, Ulbrich said:
“Just like I’ve always taken it, I’m going to take my future year-by-year. I’m focused on making the team this year. When I make it, I’ll worry about it next year. I want to play as long as I can. I love this game and I’m not going to be one of those guys who retires gracefully. I’ll leave when one wheel is off and one wheel is flat and a couple of spokes are missing.” (49)

Greg Salas talks about moving from wideout to slotback

May 21, 2009

About moving from left wideout to left slotback, Greg Salas said:
“Wherever I can help the team, that’s what I want to do. It helps that I knew the outside so well. I knew what the inside (receiver) was running on my routes (as a wideout). It wasn’t too hard of a transition. It’s good. It’s nice. It’s different. It’s better for me.” (HA)