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Hawaii named former USC graduate QB Max Wittek starter.

While you probably haven't heard Wittek's name in some time, he has actually been with the Warriors since last fall. He was unable to play last year because of a timing problem regarding his USC graduation. The former Trojan is an interesting fit for Norm Chow's pass-happy offense. We've always loved his big arm, but Chow must figure out how to make Wittek more accurate. Wittek and Hawaii host Colorado on Thursday, September 3 to open the season.
Jun 4 - 12:15 PM

NFL Media ranks Hawaii HC Norm Chow as the No. 5 college football coach on the hot seat.

The longtime successful offensive coordinator has struggled since taking over as boss on the islands, going 8-29 in three seasons. "Chow turned 69 earlier this month, and you wonder if he has the stomach for what looks to be a long rebuilding process," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "One advantage: The Mountain West is not that strong top to bottom. But Hawaii has won just four league games in his tenure, and two of his eight wins have come against FCS opponents. In addition, Hawaii is 1-17 away from home under Chow." This is a very tenuous situation: Hawaii's AD, who has since resigned, said last season that the football program could be disbanded.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 1:29 AM

Bucs selected Hawaii RB Joey Iosefa with the No. 231 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Iosefa (6'0/247) was a four-year starter at running back in Hawaii's spread offense, parlaying 512 career carries into 2,218 yards (4.33 YPC) and 21 TDs, with 60 receptions. He missed big chunks of time with foot injuries as both a junior and senior, and three games in 2014 due to suspension for a DUI. A plodding downhill runner, Iosefa ran 5.02 at the Combine with a 9-foot-2 broad jump. Barring Matt Asiata-level luck, Iosefa will need to learn to lead block and cover kickoffs to last in the NFL.
May 2 - 5:42 PM

Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay will resign, while the school with retain HC Norm Chow, reports the Honolulu Advertiser.

The program will make both announcements official at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. It was doubtful that both Jay and Chow would co-exist for another season, so this news isn't surprising. Jay did himself no favors by suggesting in August that Hawaii might fold its football program. Over three seasons, Chow is 8-29 and 4-20 in conference play.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 06:22:00 PM

Hawaii announced Tuesday that senior RB Joey Iosefa has been suspended for three games following a weekend drunken driving arrest.

"I spoke with Joey early this morning and he is contrite, embarrassed, and remorseful for his actions," head coach Norm Chow said. "We have a set of core values and obviously he did not abide by them. After meeting with other members of the staff, the leadership council, and Athletics Director Ben Jay, Joey will be suspended immediately and stripped of his captaincy." The 6-foot, 245-pound senior has missed the last four games due to a fractured right ankle. Prior to that, he led the Warriors in rushing with 197 yards and three scores. "I apologize to my coaches and teammates, to my family, to the university and to our fans," he said. He can return on Nov. 8 when Hawaii visits Colorado State.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 07:43:00 PM

Hawaii announced in a press release that sophomore LB Jerrol Garcia-Williams tore his ACL versus the Beavers, and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound linebacker started 14 games for Hawaii, including both of the Hawaii's games this season. Garcia-Williams was fifth on the team in tackles with 67 total tackles, including 3.0 for loss, and one sack in 2013.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 03:22:00 PM

Hawaii is considering dropping its football program.

Warriors' AD Ben Jay told the school's board of regents on Monday that the athletics department is facing a $2.1 million budget deficit. "There's a very real possibility of football going away," he said. Hawaii might become a victim of autonomy, as they don't have enough money to cover the cost-of-attendance stipend. "We're going to have to generate more revenue," Jay told a reporter. "There's no doubt about that." Not so long ago, Hawaii played in the Sugar Bowl. They are 33-45 since June Jones left the islands.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:28:00 AM

Hawaii expects former USC QB Max Wittek to walk on to the football team, reports CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

The Warriors, however, are "taking believe-when-see approach since Texas thing didn't work out," Fowler added. Wittek planned on completing his degree over the summer, but that process has been delayed until December. If he transferred to an FBS program prior to earning his bachelor's, Wittek would be forced to sit out a season of football to fulfill NCAA requirements. Some believe Wittek will be granted immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer at Hawaii, and join a competition with sophomore Ikaika Woosley and senior Taylor Graham for the starting gig. But that isn't assured: A newspaper on the islands reported last month that Wittek would need to sit out the 2014 season since he did not graduate from USC in the spring. "I feel great with coach (Norm) Chow," Wittek said last month. "He’s awesome. He’s been so helpful through this whole process."
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 01:57:00 PM

Hawaii redshirt junior DT Calen Friel is "large, mobile and forces the action when focused on the task at hand," writes Tony Pauline.

"I have a feeling it's going to be another ugly campaign for Hawaii which is sad," Pauline lamented as a preface to discussing the one intriguing prospect he found on the Warriors. "It's always nice to see the team from paradise be competitive." As for Friel, whom Pauline mentioned caught his eye during a review of game film, the analyst currently grades him as a UDFA. Friel, of course, has two seasons of eligibility to make good on his potential.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 02:14:00 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek is in the process of applying to Hawaii for the 2014 school year and says there is a "good possibility" he will walk-on the football team.

Wittek pointed out nothing is official yet and he still has to have conversations with his family along with the acceptance of his application, but everything is headed in the right direction. The Star Advertiser notes Wittek would need to sit out the 2014 season since he did not graduate from USC last spring.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 01:31:00 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek will not transfer to an FBS school this summer.

Wittek planned on completing his degree this summer, but that accomplishment has been delayed until December. If he transferred to an FBS program prior to earning his bachelor's, Wittek would be forced to sit out a season of football to fulfill NCAA requirements. He previously visited Hawaii and Texas. Hawaii was reportedly holding a scholarship for the quarterback, while Texas stopped recruiting him for "unknown reasons," which have now been revealed.
Mon, May 19, 2014 09:42:00 AM

The Austin American-Statesman is reported that Texas is "backing away from offering" a scholarship to former USC QB Max Wittek "for undisclosed reasons."

It's a surprising development, as Wittek visited Austin on multiple occasions, most recently for the Longhorns' spring game. With Texas out of the picture, Wittek could turn to Hawaii, whose campus he has also visited. Louisville and Pittsburgh have also been discussed as options for the former USC signal-caller, a four-star member of the 2011 recruiting class.
Wed, May 14, 2014 09:02:00 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek visited Texas for its Saturday spring game.

This was the third time Wittek has been on the Austin campus. He's finishing up his degree at USC this spring, so he'll be eligible to play next year wherever he goes. With David Ash suffering from a foot fracture and sophomore Tyrone Swoopes unproven, the Longhorns provide a logical fit for the big-armed Wittek.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 05:44:00 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Hawaii DE Tavita Woodward's "best chance to make it in the NFL is as a 3-4 linebacker."

Woodward (6-foot-3 3/8, 250 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.70 seconds at Hawaii's pro day; he wasn't invited to the combine. Those are some pretty good measurables for an OLB projected to be a priority free agent. He needs a ton of work, however. "Developmental prospect with the heart and desire to take a chance molding," reads NFL.com's scouting report. "Would be best with simplified assignments where he could be unleashed to attack."
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:33:00 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek "has taken multiple visits to Texas" and "is expected to make his decision in the near future," ESPN.com reports.

Starting QB David Ash just fractured his foot, and talented sophomore Tyrone Swoopes is untested, so new coach Charlie Strong is undoubtedly gunning for the former Trojan. The big armed Wittek is scheduled to graduate next month, so he should be eligible to play immediately in 2014. Ball placement has been a concern.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 06:15:00 PM


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