Jerry Glanville, newly hired head coach of the UFL’s Hartford Colonials, called the Warrior Beat to say he is interesting in stocking his roster with some former Warriors. Among those on his wish list are former UH defensive end Melila Purcelll III, defensive tackle Michael Lafaele, linebacker Blaze Soares, safeties Jacob Patek, Leonard Peters and Lono Manners, and … current offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich.
Two years ago, Purcell received a medical buyout from the Cleveland Browns. But he has expressed an interested in making a comeback, and will participate in UH’s Pro Day next week in Carson, Calif.
Soares, who had two tryouts with the Chicago Bears after not being selected in the 2010 NFL draft, has been working out while running a music business. Glanville and Soares were in contact yesterday, and Soares is expected to receive a tryout with the Colonials.
Peters is a member of the U.S. rugby team. Lafaele works for a positron emission tomography (PET) scan company.
Rolovich, a former UH quarterback, has been on the Warriors’ staff since 2008. He has called the offensive plays since the second game of the 2009 season, but was officially named the offensive coordinator in February 2010. The Warriors led the nation in passing and passing touchdowns in 2010. Rolovich and Glanville were never part of the same UH team. Rolovich was a UH quarterback in 2000 and 2001. Glanville was UH’s defensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006. Glanville then went to Portland State, where he hired Mouse Davis as offensive coordinator. Davis is now UH’s receivers coach. Portland State’s offensive line coach in 2007 was Brian Smith, a former UH center. Smith then was hired as part of Greg McMackin’s first UH coaching staff in 2008. Smith has coached the UH running backs the past two seasons. Smith and Rolovich were roommates when they played for the Warriors.
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Avis has selected gmahoney as the winner of the volleyball pin.
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Sad but true. A guy eventually has to grow up and get rid of his cards. (Nature helps him lose his marbles.) And, so, it is time to toss cards of former UH athletes — Kaulana Noa’s 2000 NFL draft card, and Trevor “Real Deal” Ruffin’s NBA rookie card. (Ruffin was known for his quick cross-over dribble and earning I’m-not-worthy salutes from Syracuse’s John Wallace during the 1994 NCAA Tournament. The nickname came from former UH basketball/baseball player Chris Walz.)
So to the bin the cards go. Unless … oh, wait … I guess they are now blog prizes. To enter, post: Ruffin for 3!
Avis picks a winner tonight.