According to ESPN.com/newyork, former Warrior Chad Owens is negotiating with the New York Jets. Here’s the link: Chad Owens
Upon viewing a T-shirt Royce Pollard was wearing in a picture published yesterday, J went to the files and wonders if the player on the right is Pollard:
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Apparently that is nothing new to the volleyball Warriors, who have been paying them for years.
The Warriors provide a stipend to each visiting team, an amount — “less than a million,” according to coach Charlie Wade — that can be used for travel or expenses.
For the Outrigger Invitational, according to Ball State coach Joel Walton, each visiting team receives eight free rooms for four nights at an Outrigger Hotel property. Including the stipend from UH, Walton said, it is as affordable for his Indiana-based team to play in Hawaii than in California. That’s a key for a Cardinal program that has an operating budget of $20,000. (They raise the rest on their own, and have only one paid assistant coach; UH has two.)
The volleyball Warriors compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which consists of teams from the WAC, Pac-10, Big West, West Coast, and Mountain West. When UH joins the Big West in several non-football sports in 2012, look for a similar travel-subsidy package that would include a stipend and travel/hotel discounts with UH corporate sponsors.
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The days of extended Mainland stays are probably over for the UH football team. In the past three seasons, the Warriors are 0-5 when they have reservations in the same hotel for at least five nights. This coming season, the Warriors have back-to-back road games against Washington and UNLV. They will return to Hawaii between games, allowing them four more school days than if they were to remain on the Mainland.
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Happy birthday to Pops (Kekoa’s dad).