Because Cooke/Ching field won’t be officially available until Jan. 12, or 19 days after the Warriors’ season ends, UH head coach Greg McMackin decided to allow his seniors a test run. The Warriors had a walk-through on their grass practice field. Then they went to Cooke/Ching to run one play on the new turf. It was a nice parting shot for the seniors who will never get to practice on Cooke/Ching. Here’s Laupepa Letuli:
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Cornerback Jameel Dowling has been overlooked this season. But he’s made progress while adjusting to the Warriors’ defensive scheme.
Dowling, who transferred from Oregon in August 2007, was not allowed to practice for most of last season. But he picked up the schemes the past spring, and stayed in Hawai‘i the entire summer.
Best of all, Dowling has excelled in school.
He was on track to earn a bachelor’s degree in May 2009. But after consulting with academic adviser Trina Kudiaccek, they crafted a schedule in which he could earn a degree this month.
That meant taking 18 credits the past summer, and a heavy load during the 2008 season. With head coach Greg McMackin’s blessing, Dowling sometimes was allowed to skip practices to work on school projects.
One of the classes he took was sign language, which fulfilled a language requirement.
“It’s harder than people think,” Dowling said. “You have to read faces, and you have to show a lot of expression. If you’re just signing, you’re not just doing it. It was a good class, pretty humbling.”
Dowling was a frequent guest at the Hawai‘i Center for the Deaf and Blind.
The past Saturday, Dowling earned his bachelor’s degree and participated in UH’s commencement ceremony.
“I had a lot of help from the tutors and advisers,” Dowling said. “I’m very thankful.”
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I guess Notre Dame is helping the local economy:
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Guess who visited our newsroom yesterday? That’s a Wahiawa quarterback on the left and some private school guy on the right:
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Yesterday also was the last day of work for entertainment editor Wayne Harada: