Running back Alex Green of Butte College told The Warrior Beat he has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors. Green said he is 6 feet 2, 220 pounds and runs 40 yards in under 4.5 seconds. “I love the program and the coaches and the players,” Green said.
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Let”s play word association:
Allen Allen … Yuval Katz …
Answer: UH men’s volleyball.
Anthony “A.C.” Carter … Nani Cockett …
Answer: UH basketball.
Garett Gabriel, Michael Carter, the Noga brothers, Rich Miano …
Answer: UH football.
Wuh? … Missed the boat …
Answer: UH Sports Circle of Honor.
Yes, another class of inductions came and went, and, once again, those names were not included.
It can’t be because of time.
A.C. and Cockett last played at UH in 1998.
It can’t because of academics. Almost all have their degrees. And, besides, not everyone in the Circle has a degree.
According to a Circle release, one member “is remembered for providing off-campus housing for football players.” 1) Such an admission would get UH three years’ probation now. 2) So what? A.C. donated $100,000. Can’t that buy him an arc?
And it can’t be because of post-UH accomplishments. These aren’t lifetime achievement awards. Besides, Miano’s 11 years in the NFL and his contributions to the UH community deserve consideration. Yet, every time I mention that to a key member of the selection committee, the person says Miano is still active in his sport — uh, that requirement would be news to some of the volleyball Circle members — and, “how’s your family doing?”
How’s the family?
They’re ticked because Gabriel isn’t in the Circle.
Al Noga deserves admission just because he once knocked out two players on the same play. Besides, he was an AP All-American.
Michael Carter played an entire season with a broken rib, which would be remarkable even if he didn’t play in a run-option offense. And he was the MVP of the 1992 Holiday Bowl.
Actually, I wasn’t too riled until I got my annual call from Robert Kekaula, who was “puzzled” by the omissions.
So, let’s start another hall of honor. The ones mentioned on top are automatically entered. Any other suggestions?