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Former UH defensive back Brian Clay Jr. has fulfilled his redshirt/transfer requirements and is eligible to play for Washington this year.

Clay Jr. transferred back to the mainland to be closer to his mother, who is suffering from MS. “It’s not California, but it’s closer,” said his father, Brian Clay Sr.

The elder Clay said Washington has a strong reputation in treatment of MS. He said his wife will go there several times a year for treatment.

Clay Sr. said UH coach Norm Chow wrote a letter of support for his son. The release and letter allowed Clay Jr. to immediately receive a scholarship from the Huskies.

“We have nothing but love for coach Chow,” Clay Sr. said. “My son is crazy about him. We love coach Chow and coach Mack and even TK (former UH defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer).”

Clay played eight games as a true freshman in 2011. He redshirted in 2012. He transferred after the start of UH’s 2013 fall semester but before the start of Washington’s fall quarter. He redshirted with the Huskies this past season, practicing but not playing in any games.

UH opens against Washington this season.



  1. Ipu Man January 22, 2014 7:39 am

    Good morning to all…

  2. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2014 7:40 am

    Good mornin’ all.
    Everybody ready for the Pro Bowl draft?

  3. 3 January 22, 2014 7:51 am


  4. tommui January 22, 2014 7:51 am


    Hope the recruiting trip to the Mainland proves successful!

  5. boolakanaka January 22, 2014 7:55 am

    Aloha kakahiaka! As to the NfL draft, I find it intriguing it that Houston is in the position to team JJ Watts up with Jadeveon Clowney. The NFL has become a league of such parity that one year turn-arounds are becoming common place….

  6. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2014 8:05 am

    If you’re the 8-8 Jets, does a one-year turnaround mean … 8-8?

  7. boolakanaka January 22, 2014 8:12 am

    ST–many so-called experts, have cited the past Jet’s season as a success. I think if Geno makes some strides in his second season, and they can another offensive weapon, couple with another person in the secondary–i think 9-10 wins or doable. On the other hand, I have a contrarian view on Sanchez, and think, they keep him, and at the very least, they a somewhat proven backup.

    The way his contract is written, they would still eat most of his contract, thus, unless they are actually a going to get value for him, and proven backup is a rare blue diamond in the NFL.

  8. papajoe2 January 22, 2014 8:17 am

    Good morning everybody!

  9. PurpleMaple January 22, 2014 8:22 am

    ST, nice story. There are things more important that football. Still, I am anxiously awaiting the opening game against Washington to see what improvement DC Clune’s 3-4 defense + joker looks like.

  10. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2014 8:40 am

    Do they use the BowZooka at the stadium?

  11. NorthShoreFan January 22, 2014 8:41 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…another wet and wild windy day..stay away from da beach…

    Good fortunes to Brian Clay jr. Mahalo for being a Warrior!

  12. Traitmanz January 22, 2014 8:42 am

    I guess no Tigi Hill then

  13. NorthShoreFan January 22, 2014 8:46 am

    NFL….no extra point try? not sure what they trying to do..get more guys injured?

  14. Warrior Dave January 22, 2014 8:50 am

    Beautiful story ST. Good luck Mr. Clay in all your future endeavors.

  15. boolakanaka January 22, 2014 9:04 am

    14 NSFan–There were only five missed all season and four of those were blocked. But that begs the question, what would the NFL do to replace extra points?

    Basically, under Roger Godell’s proposal, you’d get seven points for a touchdown unless you decide you want an eighth point. If you go for the eighth point and fail, you’d only get six points for the score.

    Someone who’s probably on board with this proposal is Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who said earlier this month that extra points were becoming too easy.

  16. jm2375 January 22, 2014 9:09 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Best wishes to Mr. Clay in your future endeavors.

    ST – #10 – they try to use it. Not sure if it goes past the orange section.

  17. rage777 January 22, 2014 9:20 am

    I thought you could only redshirt one year. Of course I know nothing about all these NCAA rules.

  18. boolakanaka January 22, 2014 9:23 am

    17–Redshirt is a delay or suspension of an athlete’s participation in order to lengthen their period of eligibility. Typically, a student’s athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, a number derived from the four years of academic classes that are normally required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at an American college or university. However, student athletes may be allowed to redshirt for up to two years, so they can spread those four years of eligibility over five, or sometimes six years. In a redshirt year, student athletes may attend classes at the college or university, practice with an athletic team, and dress for play but may not compete in games. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has up to five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus becoming a fifth-year senior.

    A special case involves the eligibility of a player who loses the majority of a season to injury. Popularly known as a medical redshirt, a hardship waiver may be granted to athletes who appear in fewer than 30% of team competitions (none after the midpoint of the season) then suffers a season-ending injury. Players granted such a waiver are treated for the purposes of eligibility as though they did not compete in that season.

    On rare occasions, players may be allowed to play in their sixth year of college—if they suffered a serious injury that kept them from playing for more than one season. Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jason White is perhaps the best known example of this, as he had redshirted his freshman year, then subsequently tore the ACL in both knees, causing him to miss nearly two years of eligible playing time.

  19. Former UH Athlete January 22, 2014 9:26 am

    17… Clay redshirted 2012, but by transferring to another FBS school, per transfer rules, he had to sit 2013. You can redshirt once without losing a year of eligibility, but if there’s a second “redshirt” then the player burns a year of eligibility. The exceptions for extra years are if the player is granted a medical redshirt (if season ending injuries before a certain point of season) or LDS Mission.

  20. Former UH Athlete January 22, 2014 9:28 am

    18.. nice call on Jason White. But man, I can’t imagine having both knees blown out and still get back to playing shape.

  21. boolakanaka January 22, 2014 9:33 am

    20FUHA–Sometimes, it does amaze me what guys do to keep playing. I remember back in my day, Danny Lei, a transfer from UCLA, was getting some knee surgery and well, they initially scoped the “wrong knee”. Danny, was like, “sole, when they start operating on the wrong knee–its time to start thinking about hanging it up”

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2014 9:34 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Best wishes to Brian Clay Jr. and his family.

  23. Former UH Athlete January 22, 2014 9:40 am

    7. I’m not a Geno Smith believer. He was receiving too much hype for the type of offense he was running at WV. He played in the quick passing offense similar to Fresno’s version of the Air Raid with a ton of easy horizontal throws and most of the work being done after the catch by the WRs. Versus better defenses, Smith struggled badly at times when he had to throw down field. Geno has a chance to be decent if the Jets can get some playmakers at WR, but his ceiling is limited and I don’t think he the potential to lead a team to the Super Bowl, which is the ultimate goal.

    I think Smith was sort of a desperate draft pick by the Jets. 2013 was an incredibly weak QB draft and the organization felt pressure to get a QB with Sanchez floundering and Rex desperate to save his job. If they wanted to build for the future, they would have stuck with Sanchez, use Smith’s pick for another defender or WR. Then they still would have been no better than 8-8, with a much better QB draft coming this year and 2015.

  24. jeezy33 January 22, 2014 9:46 am

    Looks like Mike Riley made his round in Hawaii and came away with Lamone Williams and didn’t poach any of Hawaii’s recruits in case anyone was worried. Aside from Devan Stubblefield and Tui Eli, I don’t think the other commitments are really being targeted and arent Pac 12 caliber recruits so we should be safe. Tuileta is the wild card who could be really good but don’t know really what to expect yet being a pocket passing QB from Hawaii..

  25. Former UH Athlete January 22, 2014 9:51 am

    boola- It wasn’t that long ago that ACL tears were career ending. Gotta thank advances in medical world. My best friend from high school is now doing his residency as an orthopedic surgeon.

    I figure he’s the perfect candidate for that field because, I kid you not, was the most injured athlete I ever knew….
    Get this: 8th grade – season ending broken leg (soccer);
    9th grade – season ending broken jaw (soccer);
    10th grade – season ending broken foot (football 2nd game of season);
    11th grade – season ending torn ACL (football 1st game of season).
    12th grade – injury free amazingly

  26. Boolakanaka January 22, 2014 9:53 am

    23 I will say this, although I think Sanchez has regressed some, I’m still not entirely sold on Geno. I don’t know if you caught this, but assume you already have, as you are a real film buff, but Geno has a super stiff left set-up leg, when he throws (say compared to a Brady) and it really effects his velocity and accuracy. Rather ironic as he is always touted as this really athletic QB. And don’t get me into some of his decision-making.

    In short, he is no better than Sanchez, at least at this point, and I would like to see a straight-on QB competition this summer. However, it then begs the Q, if they did not draft Geno, would they have gone after a QB in this draft ….and then whom?

  27. Boolakanaka January 22, 2014 9:58 am

    25-/FUHA many ortho-pods are ex-athletes. I have 3-4 guys I know, that played some of college ball. They also all say that their all just really high-priced plumbers….lot of sawing, and jiggling things into place. But, wait a minute, plumbers are already high priced??!

  28. cocobean January 22, 2014 10:18 am

    Leonard Peters comes to mind as a Warrior who played 6 seasons. He was the team’s best “last line of defense.” He chased down many a speedy opponent.

  29. Boolakanaka January 22, 2014 10:27 am

    28–another guy that was great at that was the oft mentioned Rich Miano. Despite having just above-average speed, he did not get beat much, and was incredibly disciplined in taking backside pursuit angles, to provide a last line of defense on plays that have broken into the 3rd level. It’s something many players today, especially DBs, are not well practiced. Probably one of the reasons he had a 11 year plus career, playing on Sundays.

  30. Pete Jek January 22, 2014 10:38 am

    #6, Jets fans shouldn’t have any high expectations as long as Belichick/Brady are in the same division.

  31. Former UH Athlete January 22, 2014 11:22 am

    Holy moly…. Notre Dame just entered into a sweet deal with Under Armour…

    ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that the value of the new deal, which kicks in during the 2014-2015 athletic season, is worth about $90 million over 10 years.

    The only question is, does Under Armour have the authority to design special ND Football uniforms or are they forced to stick to the classic design.

  32. Bryson January 22, 2014 11:25 am

    Anyone know if Iuta Tepa is eligible for a medical redshirt I remember he was often injured while at UCLA…

  33. ai-eee-soos January 22, 2014 12:23 pm

    Cal’s DC job has been filled …

    Cal: Former Cincinnati defensive coordinator Art Kaufman has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Cal.

  34. st anthony trojan January 22, 2014 1:14 pm

    33… u tagalog or

  35. ai-eee-soos January 22, 2014 2:02 pm

    Bontoc !!!

  36. gobows January 22, 2014 2:25 pm

    Hawaii 6th year players… Nt lui fuga, wr/rb nate ilaoa, and a qb named june jones.

  37. st anthony trojan January 22, 2014 2:29 pm

    me not know that one.. before on maui only know i sus… japanese version he he he

  38. NorthShoreFan January 22, 2014 3:29 pm

    #15 boola…yup Godell’s proposal looks interesting but I’m not sure why.
    If extra pts are too easy, as belichick opines, could it be that most do not make much of an effort to block the darn try? After watching some games, I’ve concluded that it’s like a gimme..hardly any teams try to block the extra pt and will only try to do so if it’s a crucial point.
    so…score 7 and walk away or try and get 8 or 6….hummmmm..
    more “all out effort” plays and more injuries?….not much injuries on extra pt kicks huh?

  39. NorthShoreFan January 22, 2014 3:30 pm

    anyhoo, ocean looking like whip cream right now

  40. kapakahi January 22, 2014 3:56 pm


    At this point, the best-case scenario would be if TH is able to qualify by next Fall.

  41. kapakahi January 22, 2014 3:57 pm


    All pau!

  42. st anthony trojan January 22, 2014 4:14 pm

    strictly for fan entertainment..they should have like basketball…3 point play..if touch down is scored from ur own 1 yard to 50 yards.. count as 14 points..if no extra point…that would have more teams going for the bomb..n less running plays from ur own side of the field…then punters would be premium commodities..that be so much fun to watch.. jj would be licking his chops i think if was like that he he he but still have a running game from opponents side of the field..strategy would be so even junky teams..would still have chance..but me thinks vegas would go crazy.. with spread n over under…

  43. kapakahi January 22, 2014 4:14 pm


    Meant… this coming Fall.

  44. lowtone123 January 22, 2014 4:31 pm

    I like moving back the PAT try to the let’s say…25 yard line and make it a 42 yard PAT attempt. No so garanz then.

  45. Boolakanaka January 22, 2014 4:48 pm

    44 I like that idea, and it places a greater emphasis on the kicker.

  46. al January 22, 2014 5:09 pm

    word is that TH is on his last gasp to make it through.

  47. gobows January 22, 2014 5:33 pm

    michigan st to pull skolie from 4star qb…opens the door for alabama.

  48. ai-eee-soos January 22, 2014 5:51 pm

    San Jose St has an opening for DC – anyone on this island interested?

    Vanderbilt: San Jose State defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson will join Derek Mason’s staff.

  49. Numba 1 Son January 22, 2014 7:26 pm

    Since the blog host tiltled the blog “Seattle Times” one quick question for the 49er faithful (which I am one). It appears the team has a plethora of talent at most of its positions. That being said, we (they) have come up short in either reaching the Super Bowl or (YIKES) losing it. What does anybody think is the missing ingredient(s) to get over that hump?

    Go Warriors

  50. kapakahi January 22, 2014 7:35 pm


    Yup! Even if TH somehow gets the AA, still faces uphill battle to meet new NCAA qualification requirements as a JC transfer.

  51. Warrior Dave January 22, 2014 7:36 pm

    #49, your QB is not accurate.

  52. wafan January 23, 2014 3:34 am

    Good morning!

  53. 808Fringe January 23, 2014 5:33 am

    #49 & #51

    Agree with Warrior Dave. Anyone can blame the refs but bottom line, you can’t commit 3 turnovers in the 4th quarter and expect to win a game like that. Kaep has to improve on his decision making and trust his athleticism. Dude can run it and he can gun it but what’s the use if you’re not accurate or go through your progressions.

  54. boolakanaka January 23, 2014 5:37 am

    53….You are right on-point. His awareness is still not elite. Does not get to 2nd and 3rd receviers enough.

  55. jonj January 23, 2014 7:53 am

    49 what kap lacks in progressions he makes up in athleticism! They should have kept the game plan and ran with kap alil more in the 2nd half. 1st half he had I believe a 100yds rushing. They designed run plays just for him and in the 2nd half they didn’t.

  56. boolakanaka January 23, 2014 8:00 am

    However, they didn’t, and he didn’t. And if pure athleticism were the highest premium, then Michael Vick and Vince Young would have Lombardi trophies. That said, Colin, may get there, but he is clearly not there yet.

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