The SMU football program starts its offseason conditioning program tomorrow — under former UH strength/conditioning coach Mel deLaura.
June Jones told the Warrior Beat that deLaura will be in charge of SMU’s overall strength and conditioning program with an emphasis on football. The offer came after 1) Vic Viloria left SMU, 2) it was learned that deLaura had been reassigned from leading UH football’s conditioning program.
Delaura will earn “close to six figures” annually, Jones said.
“He’s been the best I’ve been around,” Jones said. “He gets players ready, and he gets results on the field.”
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The Warriors, meanwhile, begin their weekly Super Games Wednesday. The games, such as dodgeball and water polo — are designed to build camaraderie.
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It’s not always easy to get things right the first time. We all make mistakes (which, I suppose, is why the NCAA created men’s volleyball officials.)
And if you can’t correct it — there were 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution in 23 years — then you get innovative.
If I’m running Boise State, I declare the undefeated Bronos national champions, order title rings and hang banners where recruits can see them. Who’s going to argue? The NCAA? The NCAA doesn’t even control its football postseason. The BCS? It doesn’t care as long as it cashes the TV checks. Just put a spam filter on the key word “Alabama.”
And that’s the same with UH’s Circle of Honor. We’ve heard the debates and reasoning and blah, blah, blah. But another class has been announced, and I still don’t see the names Garrett Gabriel, Anthony Carter, Alika Smith, MIchael Carter, Allen Allen, Niko Noga or Al Noga.
So, from now on, I’m declaring an amendment to the Circle. So, welcome aboard the late and great Patsy Mink. It doesn’t matter if she didn’t suit up; apparently that’s not a requirement. There’s a law named after her, and she’s the reason UH is fielding soccer and track teams. Welcome Garrett Gabriel for sticking it to BYU twice. Welcome Michael, Anthony Carter and, if we get really annoyed, Dwight Carter, Jason Carter and June Carter Cash. (Sorry, I’m a Reese Witherspoon fan.) And, yes, the Circle is extended to the Noga brothers. Al Noga was a a first-team All-America and, more importantly, he made one of the greatest plays: knocking out two players on one play.