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Hawaii gets a win off the field with another commitment

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 01:34 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2012

Although the Hawaii football team has struggled on the field, it earned another victory in recruiting, this time securing an oral commitment from tight end Josh Long of Riverside Community College.

"I chose Hawaii for a number of reasons, but mainly because I like the coaches and what they've done in the past," Long said.

Long said a couple of the Riverside coaches have had longtime ties to some of the UH coaches.

"That helped (in the decision)," Long said. "They shared some good things about Hawaii and the coaches. It helped me get to know (the UH coaches) better."

Long said he is 6 feet 4 and 240 pounds. He said he hopes to enroll at UH in January, which would allow him to participate in the offseason conditioning program and spring training.

"I like the way Hawaii uses the tight ends," Long said.

Long played basketball and football at Norco High School in California. During one of the football practices, a Norco coach noticed Long's pass-catching abilities.

"They stuck me at receiver for a couple of games," Long recalled. "Then they wanted me to block and catch. Naturally, the tight end position worked out."

Long suffered a broken collarbone during the third game of his senior season. He missed six games, then caught a touchdown pass in his return game. But with dwindling options because of the injury, he enrolled at Riverside.

"I love it here," Long said. "We have a winning mentality at RCC. We lost only one game in two years. We have a hard-working mentality."

Riverside went 11-0 last year and is 7-1 this season.

Bright off team

It appears that receiver Darius Bright is no longer part of the Hawaii football team.

"The guy disappeared on us," Chow said. "He didn't show up for practice one day. He's not part of the team anymore, I guess."

Bright, who is nearly 6 feet 5, was a promising prospect at City College of San Francisco who was recruited to be the type of tall, physical receiver who presented mismatch problems for the opposition.

But Bright redshirted in 2010 and was limited because of a one-game suspension and a variety of injuries in 2011. This year, he struggled to a move to tight end and switched back to receiver. He suffered a shoulder injury on a touchdown catch in UH's second game. He has been used sporadically ever since.

"He's a young man with unlimited talent," Chow said.

Schroeder still the man

The day after UH's mistake-filled road loss to Colorado State, Chow said: "We're going to keep working. I have nothing else to do but keep working. I'm not in any kind of a panic, by any means."

Chow said he remains supportive of quarterback Sean Schroeder, who accepted blame for the loss. He was intercepted three times, with two returned for touchdowns.

"I'm taking responsibility (for the loss)" Chow said. "(Schroeder) took a licking. He took an absolute licking. It wasn't all his fault, but he's the one who looks bad."

Schroeder was hit 20 times in 53 pass plays.

Chow said he is not locked into any offensive system. The Warriors used a no-huddle, hurry-up offense against CSU.

Chow said he believes hard work eventually will be reflected in the standings.

"I see the hurt in the kids' eyes," Chow said. "They get on the plane and they're sore and tired, and I don't know what else to do except keep working hard."

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Infamous_Hawaii wrote:
Sounds like Long hasn't see Hawaii play yet lol. Heads up kid you would be better off at a D2 school over Hawaii with chow at the helm.
on October 29,2012 | 01:58AM
allie wrote:
NAIA player
on October 29,2012 | 11:41AM
frontman wrote:
If this is what they have resorted to to have a "win" drop the program...
on October 29,2012 | 02:54PM
frontman wrote:
He either doesent have the grades or the talent to get into a real D1A school or a criminal record and rejected by others.
on October 29,2012 | 03:24AM
allie wrote:
honest assessment. Clearly no good player with eyes on the NFL would come here with such a weak division and media blackout. It is just a deadend.
on October 29,2012 | 11:37AM
buds4life wrote:
The last line in this article says it all. As a lifetime Warrior fan and longtime Coach Chow fan I'm keeping the faith but........
on October 29,2012 | 03:27AM
bigtaiho wrote:
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on October 29,2012 | 04:36AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
We neva could stop anybody but at least in the past we could score. Hey Norm...June Would Throw.
on October 29,2012 | 04:51AM
hunebasami wrote:
Rolo would throw, too. We need a Qb that cam pass.
on October 29,2012 | 09:22AM
allie wrote:
Why keep identifying Chow's race? It is irrelevant. He is a man of integrity. I respect him. He makes his players go to class and study! Be patient. Chow is da man!
on October 29,2012 | 12:32PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 29,2012 | 12:42PM
allie wrote:
on October 29,2012 | 01:45PM
Bdpapa wrote:
How's about some big defensive and offensive line guys?
on October 29,2012 | 06:02AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 29,2012 | 07:40AM
hunebasami wrote:
Then beg Rolo.
on October 29,2012 | 09:24AM
jm2375 wrote:
This is a "Notebook" article and should have been labeled as such. The webmaster should have bolded the titles like it is in the print edition. Stephen Tsai is one of the best writers the S-A has on staff. Do not confuse his writing with the other columnists.
on October 29,2012 | 10:56AM
allie wrote:
on October 29,2012 | 11:38AM
allie wrote:
true enough
on October 29,2012 | 11:39AM
bigpapa wrote:
Coach, give your players a treat and give them a quarterback who will give them a better chance to win. Besides the physical pain you see, this team is feeling totally demoralized and embarrassed. Give them a chance to regain some pride by at least being competitive. The rest of the season is going to be unbearable to watch.
on October 29,2012 | 08:43AM
joewilly wrote:
True dat. Chow is an awful head coach. He's stubborn. Hard head. The players quit long time ago. They don't believe in his game plan. He's finding out the hard way that calling plays from the booth is much easier then being head coach.
on October 29,2012 | 09:20AM
hunebasami wrote:
Just quit and save us the heartache.
on October 29,2012 | 09:21AM
cigaripo wrote:
Schroeder threw into double, even triple coverage...three interceptions, luckily that was all, there were numerous times he threw into coverage and got away. How much worse can the other QBs do? Chow throws his clip board in frustration on one interception, which seems like Schroeder didn't follow his orders. Either Schroeder didn't like Chow's play selection and did what he wanted or just didn't read the defense and made things worse by throwing into covered receivers. Also, hit 20 times? Maybe the O-line and backs don't want to block for him anymore. Can't come out and say it to Chow, but you can see that the effort is fading game by game. That's from the demoralization of knowing they have someone else in mind to give their effort to and Schroeder is Chow's man and they can't change it. They'll be going thru their motions for the rest of the season unless theirs a QB change, or at least they'll see that Chow is right and Schroeder is the man if whoever come in doesn't do any better. Their spirits need to be lifted and a QB change hasn't even been tried. Auwe!
on October 29,2012 | 09:57AM
allie wrote:
Chow knows he lacks a credible QB. He is going with the best of a bad bunch. Why blame him?
on October 29,2012 | 11:38AM
Anonymous wrote:
Poor kid doesn't know what he's getting into!
on October 29,2012 | 10:06AM
nj24 wrote:
I'm not posting any negative comments on the football team. It's a 2 year learning experience but in 2014 season it better be our PAY BACK season.
on October 29,2012 | 10:42AM
shcole wrote:
Anyone who knows anything about football could look at this roster before the year started knew this team wasn't going to be very good. Add to that key injuries, a young offensive line, and a new system and this year was going to be rough. I thought maybe 4 wins, and even that might be optimistic. Having said that, you HAVE to give this staff a recruiting class or two before you can truly judge them. There should be improvement over the next two years, if not, then we need to consider options. I hate losing as much as anyone, but if we switch coaches every year, then we will have to get used to losing....
on October 29,2012 | 12:21PM
allie wrote:
yup..chow is not to blame
on October 29,2012 | 01:46PM
Ripoff wrote:
Growing pains...
on October 29,2012 | 02:25PM
frontman wrote:
By 2014, the MWC will be the old WAC with all of the top tier teams moving to the Big East and other competitive conferences. UH should be able to at least hold its own and qualify for the toilet bowl created just for them.
on October 29,2012 | 02:58PM
ricekidd wrote:
Yes thank you!!
on October 29,2012 | 04:38PM
scooters wrote:
Why would any player want to play for a loosing team???
on October 29,2012 | 03:19PM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
We don't need more TE's, we need more offensive lineman and a less stubborn 66-year-old coach who either has the biggest ego or doesn't see what we see watching Schroeder. I think even SS wants someone else to QB after throwing those 3 picks. he's a tough kid so maybe he should play TE and let Graves in; he's got that Tebow spunk, can run and make plays with his legs and arm. Works for Notre Dame and U of Oregon with local boy Marcus and the Bennet kid. Gotta try something offensively.
on October 29,2012 | 04:08PM
KamaainaUH wrote:
Maybe Chow should quit working the kids "hard" according to him and back off and let all these injuries heal. John Garigaldi never even had tackling practice and he won more games than any football coach in history. Chow is too old school and it's not working, obviously. I bet there will be more players quitting and transferring before seasons end. Armstrong is already gone too. Next?
on October 29,2012 | 05:54PM
SOLID3 wrote:
Keep your head up Schroeder you are one tough QB. I don't care how good the QB a team has, he is only as good as the recivers he's got and the protection he has. All you haters of Schroeder aint got a clue to the type of QB he is, who can bounce up off the ground after taking all kinds of hits. Great QB's have bad games too. God Bless!
on October 29,2012 | 08:30PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Bright leaves the team. I don't espouse quitters, but I'm wondering if that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as Coach Mac recruits are concerned. I'm also wondering about how David Graves feels. Inquiring minds want to know!
on October 29,2012 | 11:16PM
Eradication wrote:
Interesting how the same folks who were screaming for Coach Mac's firing are now doing the same thing with Coach Chow. I never supported firing Coach Mac but since it happened I support Coach Chow and the men on his team. Times are tough right now and only true UH fans continue to support this team. To the folks on UH football team I say, keep your head held high. Don't let these folks who post ignorant comments bring you down. Those of us who haven't jumped off the bandwagon know that you leave it all on the field. All anyone can ask is that you do the best you can and represent yourself and the University in a positive way. Continue to work hard and play hard. The true fans still support you.
on October 30,2012 | 12:06AM
debo wrote:
To Infamous_Hawaii and Frontman and all the nay sayers... The heart of a young man who remains humble and dreams is far greater than those who create lies and unwarrented and baseless criticisms. Their hostile and hateful statements only represent the jealousy within them or the desire to bring down those who succeed and dare to work hard and sacrifice. Hawaii University football may be stuggling right now but living in Hawaii, studying at the university, being coached by a man with integrity who sustains an honorable reputation such as Norm Chow, is far more worthy than what you post on this blog. I wish Long well and look forward to what next week and the future hold for the Warriors!!
on October 30,2012 | 06:18AM