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Utah's Kauhaahaa on Maui to nail down Tasini

January 25, 2012 - Robert Collias
Chad Kauhaahaa told me last night he had an offer from former University of Utah associate Norm Chow to join Chow's football staff at Hawaii.

Kauhaahaa, the former Baldwin football and basketball standout and Bears head football coach, said he would have "jumped at the chance" a few years ago "if I were still at Utah State." Being at Utah, his alma mater where he was an all-WAC defensive end, as the defensive line coach is simply a different matter — as in the Pac-12 Conference vs. the Mountain West that UH is headed to this fall.

Kauhaahaa, wearing a bright red Utah shirt, was on Maui to confirm an official recruiting trip to Salt Lake City for Baldwin basketball center and all-state defensive lineman Pasoni Tasini. Kauhaahaa watched the Bears' 53-37 win over King Kekaulike at Na Alii gym and Tasini confirmed to me he is leaving for SLC Thursday night.

Tasini did not notice Kauhaahaa in the stands until told after the game of his presence by me.

Tasini said his decision on which school he will sign a football letter of intent with next week is down to Utah and Oregon State, which he visited last week. Kauhaahaa cannot comment on recruits until they sign. Tasini also has offers from UNLV and Hawaii.

Here is an excerpt from my basketball gamer from Tasini after his seven-point, nine-rebound performance that was eerily reminiscent of what Kauhaahaa used to provide for the Bears 20 years ago:

“No, I had no idea,” Tasini said of Kauhaahaa's presence. “I haven’t made a decision yet, but I plan on taking my visit this upcoming weekend to Utah, check them out, and I’m excited about that. It is hard, those are two really good schools. . . . I enjoyed my visit to Corvallis, it was really nice, nice campus, nice students, nice everything. ”

That means the Bears will be without Tasini this weekend when they host Lahainaluna (5-3) and made clinching the regular-season title and state berth perhaps more important on Tuesday. Tasini missed a win over Maui High last weekend, but he helped the Bears to a 25-15 advantage on the boards Tuesday.

“When I go all I think about is the boys,” Tasini said. “I don’t want to let them down because it is my last season. I love playing with them, so it is hard for me to leave. It feels good to clinch.”

Here is a link to my basketball gamer.

Here are some other quotes from Tasini that didn't mak my gamer:

"I called him (Kauhaahaa) and I asked him about it (the recruiting trip) and he told me I am set up for this Thursday night, so I am going to take my visit this weekend and see what Utah's like."

On leaving his basketball teammates, which he will do for Thursday night's Lahainaluna game: "It is hard to leave them behind, but I gotta do what I gotta do because college is where comes first."

On his school decision: "Obviously right now it is hard, they are both good schools, to make a decision between those two . . . I have been talking to my mom, asking her for help to make the best decision, but she said it is up to me. So, hopefully, when the time comes I make the right decision."

Utah and Kauhaahaa have been on Tasini for a couple years, but it is obvious in talking to him that OSU has come on strong late. Stay tuned, we will stay on top of this.


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