For several years, the NCAA has allowed a partial qualifier to gain eligibility by first attending a four-year college that does not offer football. After a year of earning credits, the prospect could transfer. Blaze Soares, Mana Lolotai and Brad Kalilimoku were among several who followed that path to Manoa.
But the Mountain West Conference, of which the Warriors will join on July 1, has a rule requiring a partial-qualifier to sit out two years if he goes to a non-football-playing school. The rule won’t affect such a prospect from enrolling at UH — the school, after all, sets the admissions standards — but will impact when the player will be allowed to compete in a game.
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The Warriors had a team meeting last night in which the program’s goals and expectations reportedly were spelled out. The journey is underway.
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Did we mention that Jeff Reinebold is now with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League?