There was some drama yesterday when it appeared that a starting receiver was short the minimum credits the past semester to play in today’s bowl. After checking, it was discovered the grades were not inputted. The player, who is a good student, actually received straight Bs. The situation was corrected.
Every UH player is academically eligible to participate.
Give credit to Upper Campus and the UH academic advisers who were able to track grades quickly. The last final exams were administered the past Friday, yet the athletic department was able to verify grades immediately.
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When you do recruiting stories, you learn of a player’s background and reason for choosing UH.
But it takes a while, sometimes years, to learn about his personality.
I remember my first interview with Keala Watson, when he confirmed he was committing to UH, and how shy he seemed. And five years later, Watson is knocking over chairs and service carts while leading a ha‘a that he co-wrote.
Or how Solomon Elimimian had such a difficult time deciding whether to choose UH. Four years later, he’s the school’s career leader in tackles. He also became the spiritual leader of the Warriors.
Or how Keao Monteilh just seemed to appear one day. He had the Bobby Brown-My-Prerogative haircut. When asked what he ran in the 40, he joked: “Four … ever.” Now he’s a team leader, husband and father, and still a good jokester.
As this chapter ends, it will be interesting to see how the coming recruiting class will turn out.
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UH considered having a White-Out Day. But then, officials reasoned, that it was important for other schools to know that this is not supposed to be another UH home game.
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As the “visiting” team, the Warriors will wear their white jerseys today.