Offensive lineman Kainoa LaCount said he will grayshirt this season and join the Warriors in January.
LaCount had fallen behind, missing the Warriors’ first week of training camp while he took classes at College of the Canyons.
LaCount has a redshirt year available, so he still have two seasons to play for the Warriors.
Meanwhile, receiver Dustin Blount is scheduled to arrive in town this afternoon.
Cornerback Chris Black arrived last night. He attended today’s three-hour practice but must observe the mandatory waiting period before being allowed to participate in team drills.
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Give credit to coach Greg McMackin for living up to his pledge of emphasizing academics.
During last night’s team meeting, he awarded scholarships to cornerback Ryan Perry, wideout Royce Pollard and safety Mana Silva. All were based on their strong performances in the classroom.
What’s more, McMackin chose not to give a scholarship to a potential starter because his GPA was too low.
From these scholarship awards to benching a top quarterback, McMackin is indeed serious about academics.
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Practice has been moved up an hour. It will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
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Happy birthday to Midnight.
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It’s also offensive line coach Brian Smith’s birthday today. His girlfriend’s birthday was yesterday.
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Every other day or so, for the past two decades, I would pass a woman in the hallway who always offered a smile and a shy “hello.”
I never gave that much thought. I never gave her much thought.
Yesterday, she wore a lei — the same type presented to the other 53 Advertiser workers whose jobs were terminated. Their last work day was yesterday.
Either I was too busy or too into myself, but I never learned this woman’s name until yesterday.
When I went upstairs to the office, I found a bento on my desk. There was a short note of thanks for the memories and friendship. One of the names on the note was Irene’s.
These days, our newspaper appears to have a deficiency of aloha. People tow motorcycles off our lot for no apparent reason. Some who are programmed to use catchphrases such as “ohana” and “talk story” still believe that our printing press is in CAP-oh-lay. They simply don’t care about the correct pronunciation.
And that’s why I’m saddened that Irene won’t be around. She brought grace and kindness in an increasingly impolite world. And on what should have been one of her saddest days, she thought of others.
Best wishes to the 54.
And I’m sorry it took so long to say thanks for a job well done.