UH today made official what was known for a while: Jim Bolla will no longer coach the women’s basketball team. The process was extensive while UH tried to go through “due diligence” steps. A search/screening committee for Bolla’s successor is being formed, but the timeline certainly will hinder recruiting.
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• In the past 10 years, UH’s four-wide offense had a basic alignment: if the ball is in the middle, there are two receivers on the left and two on the right of the formation; if it’s on the right hashmark, there are three receivers to the left; if it’s on the left hash, there three receivers on the right. But this spring, the Warriors are mixing it up. And that’s where receiver Greg Salas fits in. Last year, the Warriors tried to motion Salas into the slot. “Now, if we want, he can start off there,” coach Greg McMackin said. “We have a lot of options.”
• Salas saved the best for last today, making a diving catch off a long pass from Greg Alexander. After that, the horn sounded, signaling the end of practice. Really, there was no need to continue.
• Running back Inoke Funaki is expected to be the holder, succeeding Tim Grasso. But quarterback Shane Austin worked out there today.
• Safety Kenny Estes, a former All-State soccer player, practiced his field-goal attempts today. “I don’t want to jinx anything,” said Estes, who declined to elaborate on his audition.
• Vili Nauahi is looking more comforable as an outside linebacker. Even though he sometimes makes the wrong reads, his effort is very good.
• Coaches continue to gush about running back Leon Wright-Jackson’s workouts and play in practices. Wright-Jackson deflected the praise, saying, “I’m just trying to have fun.”
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