When we last checked in with Hawaii, the Warriors were playing touch football on Waikiki Beach, where a rainbow had appeared to provide the perfect backdrop to a day working out in paradise.
According to Warrior Insider, the team had a tougher time getting used to training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where a drill instructor barked orders at the players wearing camouflage pants and made them do proper pushups.
"I might have to bring the staff sergeant in and put him on staff because he had them in line and he had them working," [coach Gib] Arnold said. "It was perfect. He was great. You can tell the guy does that for a living. He had them popping."
And then there was the dreaded obstacle course, where the Warriors put their bodies to the test. They had to hop over bars, logs and other barriers before finishing off with a rope climb and a run that left many completely exhausted.
"Very tough," freshman Shaquille Stokes said. "It's worse than the beach, I'll tell you that. I wish we were at the beach today."
It was yet another team-building exercise Arnold put together for a group that could very well contend for the WAC title in its final season before leaving for the Big West. The Warriors went on a preseason tour of Asia and should enter the season with momentum based off of that trip. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Arnold also stands to be rewarded with a pay raise after his first season landed the team in a postseason tournament.
The team might have had to sweat through an intense workout with the Marines, but if it pays off down the road with a championship, it'll be a day the players remember fondly.