Badgers built to grind on ground
Wisconsin has a history of running over UH’s defense
Now, Brian Calhoun.
Who: Wisconsin at Hawaii
Where: Aloha Stadium
Time: 4:05 p.m.; gates open at 1 p.m.
TV: Live nationwide on ESPN2
Parking: Lot gates open at 12:30 p.m. Parking is $5. Alternate parking at Leeward Community College (free, $2 shuttle), Kam Drive-In ($5, free shuttle). Shuttles are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and approximately one hour after game ends. Parking also at Radford High School ($3, no shuttle). No tailgating at alternate parking sites.
Stadium security: No weapons, backpacks, coolers, umbrellas or megaphones allowed in the stadium. Fanny packs, purses and handbags will be subject to check.
Tickets: Prices range from $5 for students to $38 for sideline. Available online at hawaiiathletics.com, by phone at 944-2697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (only today), or tomorrow at the Stan Sheriff Center, Aloha Stadium (opens at 9 a.m.), UH Campus Center (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and RainbowTique in Ward Centre.
When the Wisconsin Badgers come calling at Aloha Stadium, they tend to have an incredible talent ready to roll at tailback.
Dayne rushed for 339 yards -- still a Hawaii opponent record -- when Wisconsin pounded the Rainbows 59-10 on Nov. 30, 1996.
In 2000, the Badgers beat UH 34-18 as Bennett rolled for 218 yards behind a huge offensive line.
Now it's Calhoun, a 5-foot-10, 194-pound junior transfer from Colorado. He's a multiple threat with 1,274 rushing yards, 556 receiving and 22 touchdowns.
"He's got some speed, he's got some make-you-miss-ability," UH safety Lamar Broadway said. "We played against Reggie Bush and I believe he's right up there with him. Reggie Bush has more explosion and other things, but Brian Calhoun, I bet you he's in the first round, second round (of the NFL Draft)."
That may be a moot point, as Calhoun said Tuesday his intention is to return to the Badgers for his senior season. He also said a defense that focuses too much on him will be hurt in other ways.
"We're explosive, more than people give us credit for," he said. "We bring a lot to the table and our different looks can expose a defense."
Quarterback John Stocco (17 touchdown passes) and receiver/returner Brandon Williams (1,844 all-purpose yards) are also threats.
"But probably the thing I enjoy watching the most are their tight ends," UH defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville said. "Both tight ends (Owen Daniels and Jason Pociask) are good football players and fun to watch."
Purcell won't start: UH coach June Jones said whether defensive end Melila Purcell will play will be a "game-time decision" due to his elbow injury. Purcell has been out of team practice drills since he hyper-extended the joint against Utah State on Nov. 12.
Purcell's backup, junior Renolds Fruean, will start regardless of Purcell's availability, Jones said.
Glanville wooed: The old alma mater has come calling for Glanville.
Northern Michigan, where he played linebacker more than 40 years ago, is looking for a head coach after firing Doug Sams.
He said he had a conversation with alumni about the opening, but nothing serious at this point.
"I just visited that's all. I asked five questions," Glanville said yesterday. "At this time I'm just trying to figure out how to stop Wisconsin. I said I can't go now."
Glanville, former head coach of the NFL's Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, said last month he plans to remain at UH as long as June Jones is head coach.
Glanville, who was out of coaching for 12 years, started work at UH on April 1 of this year. Like the other Warriors assistants, he is on a renewable 1-year contract. His deal, which includes associate head coach duties, pays him $125,000 per year.
Bhonapha done: UH graduate assistant Keith Bhonapha completes a seven-year stint as a Warriors player and coaching intern with next week's game against San Diego State.
Bhonapha hopes to find a coaching job at a mainland college.
"That's the plan right now. Maybe something will come out of the (national) coaches' conference in January," the former Warriors defensive back and special teams standout said.
Short yardage: As of yesterday, 32,700 tickets had been distributed. ... During pregame, UH athletic director Herman Frazier will present a courage award from the United States Surfing Association to Bethany Hamilton, the Kauai surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack two years ago.