• “Ferd” has another interesting story on the future of UH’s pay-per-view. He is so good at working the freedom-of-information process it should be renamed Ferd of information. And as Garret and others have discussed on the previous post, the combination of Oceanic’s lone ownership rights, the loss of ESPN coverage and the Mountain West deal could impact the Warriors’ Mainland fans in the future. And UH’s deal with the Big West still hasn’t been addressed. Stay tuned.
• Not sure why, but the second year usually is a tougher adjustment than the first. At least the basketball Rainbow Warriors have the pieces in place for next season.
• The NCAA requires a football player to have non-pad practices before being allowed to participate in contact drills. Because slotback Miah Ostrowski did not attend any of the first five spring practices, he will have a limited role for the two practices following this week’s spring break. (The Warriors are off this week.) The sooner Ostrowski can practice at full speed, the better. Last season’s lesson, when Kealoha Pilares did not play, was that the four-wide offense is a scheme that involves the synchronicity of all of the receivers.
• During evaluation sessions this week, the coaches will decide whether there will be any movement to the depth chart. The Warriors entered spring break with these No. 1 players:
Offense — Left wideout Darius Bright, left slotback Corey Paclebar, left tackle Clayton Laurel, left guard Brett Leonard, center Matagisila “Godsila” Lefiiti, right guard Chauncy Winchester-Makainai, right tackle Levi Legay, right slotback Billy Ray Stutzmann, right wideout Royce Pollard, quarterback Bryant Moniz, running back Sterling Jackson.
Defense — Left end Liko Satele, left tackle Vaughn Meatoga, right tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu, right end Paipai Falemalu, strongside linebacker Aaron Brown, middle linebacker George Daily-Lyles, weakside linebcker Art Laurel, left cornerback Tank Hopkins, free safety Kenny Estes, strong safety Richard Torres, right cornerback John Hardy-Tuliau, nickelback Kamalani Alo. (Linebacker Corey Paredes has not practiced while recovering from shoulder surgery.)
* One of the perks of the NFL lockout is that more NFL head coaches will be attending UH’s Pro Day March 31 in Carson, Calif. UCLA, USC and UH are holding their combines on consecutive days. Word on the boulevard is Colt Brennan has been invited to throw to the Warrior receivers during UH’s pro day.
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