Glanville, Mumme matched wits
You think Saturday's 49-28 Hawaii win over New Mexico State was a chess match?
You have no idea.
"It's fun to coach against (Hal Mumme) because of his intelligence," UH defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville said.
Glanville went on to describe wearing wristbands for the first time so New Mexico State's Mumme couldn't steal Hawaii's hand signals, while simultaneously trying to steal Mumme's signals. And Mumme whistling to his quarterback to change the play at the last second, based on how Hawaii was lined up.
"And so then our defense changes (and so on). It was probably the only time I'd been with a winning team that I went home and went to bed," Glanville said.
"If everybody knew what we knew it would have been fun to watch. The offensive play maybe changed two or three times before the snap, and the defense changed. And the defense changed again when he changed. Now, they did have a couple of delays because I think we caught them with our change when they changed."
Glanville said so much was going on he and his players never got to watch Hawaii's offense.
"I heard a lot of cheering," Glanville said.
Meanwhile, the defensive adjustments that helped hold the Aggies to seven second-half points were being drawn up right on the sideline, on the fly.
"We ran things in the second half that we never practiced, never talked about, never mentioned," Glanville said.
He put them on the greaseboard and the players pulled it off.
"And that's how far we've grown in the last month."
He praised the intelligence of his players in picking it up, especially linebackers "45" (T.J. Moe), "1" (Kila Kamakawiwo'ole) and "41" (Solomon Elimimian).
Of course, in the chess match with Mumme, it didn't always work.
"We called a defense that we knew would really hurt them, and he came back with a brand new thing," Glanville said. "And they haven't snapped the ball. Rich Miano was right next to me, I says, '40's wide open right down the middle. Can you holler?' And, boom, they snapped the ball, 40 right down the middle. You know on the sideline when he's got you. And he had me. You've got to cheat a little bit to have success, to get after them. And he caught me, he figured out what we were doing. Boom, that was the end of that. We didn't play that any more. But we got away with it three or four times."
Singletary doing fine: Now that he's feeling better, some might joke that it was the offensive shootout that gave Hawaii's defensive line coach Vantz Singletary what has been called an "anxiety attack."
Singletary was treated, then hospitalized after collapsing in the coaches booth during Saturday's game.
But Singletary said yesterday that it was a lifelong trouble with heights and enclosed spaces that got to him in his first game up in the booth in his coaching career.
"Just seeing the view from up top kind of shook me up a great deal," he said.
Singletary was thankful for all the support he'd received, and said he'll coach from the sideline again, "doctor's orders."
Brennan looking good: UH quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison said the staff was excited about the arrival of Colt Brennan, but has still been pleasantly surprised with the speed of Brennan's progress in Hawaii's run-and-shoot system.
"He's just a baby," Morrison told the Honolulu Quarterback Club. "He's just growing into this thing."
Brennan has grown enough to be named Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his 515 passing yards, 46 running yards and seven touchdown passes against New Mexico State.
Fresno State corner Richard Marshall and kicker Clint Stitser won the WAC defensive and special teams awards for their play in the Bulldogs' 53-21 win over Utah State.
Rolo rolls on: Former Hawaii quarterback Nick Rolovich has signed a two-year contract with the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush.
Rolovich, in his second season as a student manager with the UH football team, spent the last two years as a backup with the San Jose SaberCats.
"We plan on him competing for our starting job," Rush coach Mike Hohensee said in a press release.