• Not exactly sure of the name, which is why UH’s football clinic for male fans is a one-of-a-kind event. Can you imagine any other school taking fans, step by step, through the process of going through a game plan? And using lectures, “playbooks,” and on-field Q&A sessions with coaches and and players? All of this nine days before the season opener? The clinic starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with registration at 6 p.m. at the UH athletic complex. Fee is $20, but it includes refreshments and the playbook. For information, call 956-6508.
• On Wednesday, it’s the female fans’ turn with the third Heather McMackin football clinic for women. This version will have the same outline as the first two — presentation, Q&A with coaches and players, on-field demonstration — but will include different topics from the first two years. Clinic is at 7 p.m., registration at 6 p.m.
• Many were disappointed the Warriors did not “scrimmage” during the recently completed training camp. Sure, I suppose, a sneak preview would be fun for the fans (and critics). But the point of training camp was to prepare for the season — and to limit injuries. The Warriors did go “live” on in drills involving the secondary, where most of the open-field tackling takes place, and on placekicking. The performance in the first three games — USC at home; Army and Colorado on the road — will determine whether this was the correct strategy. At least, unlike the previous two camps, there were no season-ending injuries (Rocky Savaiigaea, Blaze Soares in 2008; Brashton Satele in 2009).
• With tomorrow’s first day of the fall semester, the roster expands. Welcome back Mike Maracle, Cory Daniel, Mike Maracle, Kahai Choy? Leroy Lutu, who watched yesterday’s practice, said he joins tomorrow.
• UH, we’re told, continues to do “due diligence” as it explores options in the wake of the announced departures by Fresno State and Nevada. Polls have been taken, calls have been placed, and future calls and meetings have been arranged. But no action will be taken, we’re told, until BYU decides whether, 1) it will go through with a plan to go independent in football and join the WAC in other sports; 2) go independent in football but remain in the Mountain West in other sports; 3) do nothing at all. It should be interesting to see if Louisiana Tech opts to make a move, too. LaTech probably would love to join C-USA, as much as Koakane would love to be Budweiser’s official taster. But, nope, no invitation yet. LaTech certainly would not want to go to the Southland, although, hey, at least that’s an option.
• Judging by training camp, this class of newcomers might be the best since 2005. Cornerback John Hardy-Tuliau, who also is excellent on special teams, is going to be a star. Cornerback Dee Maggitt and safety Bubba Poueu-Luna will be contributors for a long time. Line coach Gordy Shaw is raving about the five freshman linemen — center Kody Afusia, guards David Lefotu and Frank Loyd Jr, and tackles Jordan Loeffler and Sean Shigematsu. Siaki Cravens might be the next Featiagogo Fonoti. Linebackers T.J. Taimatuia and Dustin Elisara were playing well before suffering nagging injuries. Add in kicker Tyler Haddon and wideout Darius Bright, who enrolled in January. The bonuses ere the freebies — safety Darryl McBride, running back Sterling Jackson and defensive end Kamalu Umu, who transferred from Charleston Southern. Well, Umu, who earned a scholarship three days ago, now is on the books. Too bad one of the top newcomers in spring practice — defensive lineman Josh Manupuna — is no longer on the team.