As part of the Mountain West contract, the Warriors will make four appearances on national cable networks:
• Sept. 22 vs. Nevada, 4:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network.
• Oct. 6 at San Diego State, CBS Sports Network.
• Nov. 10 vs. Boise State, 2 p.m., NBC Sports Network.
• Nov. 16 at Air Force, ESPN2.
• Don’t get too excited. NBC Sports and CBS Sports are not NBC and CBS. Those are the cable affiliates. NBC Sports used to be known as Versus. Both stations are available in Hawaii.
• With the USC and BYU road games expected to be shown on other cable stations, only half of UH’s 12 regular-season games will be shown as part of the pay-per-view package.
• Early home starts for the Nevada and Boise games. The bad news is six days after playing Boise, the Warriors play a road game against Air Force. Not much time to adjust to the altitude and the spread attack.
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Head coach Norm Chow said defensive end Siaki Cravens and fullback Dustin Elisara face extensive rehabilitation because of injuries suffered during spring training. Cravens has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Elisara has torn ligaments in his right knee.
Cravens had worked his way into the rotation at defensive end before suffering the injury. Tavita Woodard, who had practiced at tight end for three weeks, was moved back to defensive end for the final two spring practices. It has not been decided whether Woodard will play tight end or defensive end in the fall.
Elisara, a converted defensive lineman, had practiced as the No. 1 fullback until suffering the injury during the scrimmage on Maui. Elisara was developing into a physical blocker. Chow said Justin Vele, who moved from linebacker for the final three spring practices, probably will stick at fullback. Ethan Watanabe, who was recruited as a tight end, also will compete at fullback. Chow said a fullback will be used between 15 and 20 plays per game.
Chow said he still is trying to find a spot for Brian Clay, who alternated between cornerback and safety in spring drills.
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Chow is back in Los Angeles working on the logistics for the USC trip.
L.A. is going to serve as the hub for all UH road trips this season.
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Nose tackle Vaughn Meatoga (Washington Redskins), middle linebacker Corey Paredes (Minnesota Vikings) and wide receiver Royce Pollard (New York Jets) are settling in for this weekend’s rookie camps.
Outside linebackers Aaron Brown (St. Louis Rams) and Liko Satele (Arizona Cardinals) and defensive lineman Zach Masch (Seattle Seahawks) report to their rookie camps next week.
Sam Fehoko, a Farrington High graduate and the son of The Warrior, has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.