The goal of the Warriors’ first week of practice was to set the tempo (fast), rules (strict) and evaluate the players. There is enough information for the Warriors to begin making personnel assessments. Observations:
• David Graves remains as the No. 1 quarterback entering spring break, but the coaches have opened the competition. Ikaika Woolsey received extended playing time in the second 11-on-11 drills yesterday, and when he is in system, he appears to be very good. Last year, Woolsey was recruited as a grayshirt who would join the Warriors in the second semester. Most grayshirts enroll as part-time students for a semester at the school where they eventually will play. Woolsey found a unique — and legal — path. Woolsey attended City College of San Francisco during the fall semester, and under NCAA rules, he was allowed to practice with the Rams without triggering his eligibility clock. For his efforts as a scout quarterback, he received a ring commemorating the Rams’ 2011 championship. CCSF head coach George Rush wanted Woolsey to play for the Rams in 2011. But that would have meant delaying his enrollment at UH. Woolsey declined that offer because he wanted to “come home.” He was raised in California, but both of his parents are from Hawaii.
• Good move awarding a scholarship to defensive tackle Siasau “Saui” Matagiese. He actually was promised a 2012 scholarship this past fall, but that unwritten offer did not carry over with the coaching change. Norm Chow also has honored unwritten offers to grayshirts Woolsey and linebacker Lance Williams.
• One of the fun drills is the one-on-one competitions. Instead of matching only linemen, there are pairings between middleweights and lightweights. The defense won yesterday, 9-8.
• In past years, walk-on berths were awarded after a one-day tryout. Now, the tryout gets a player into the two-week trial period. There are three players competing for walk-on berths. Unfortunately for them, the spring break is included in the two weeks, meaning they only had this week’s three practices to prove their value.
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It appears UH posts its job openings on the USC campus.
Laura Beeman’s hiring means both UH basketball coaches are former USC assistant coaches. (Three years ago, a USC coach was a finalist for the job that went to Dana Takahara-Dias.)
It was nice of Beeman’s rep to tweet the hiring last night. Today’s expected news conference comes at a bad time publicity-wise. Spring break begins tomorrow — and what campus worker can really wait that long? — and the Stan Sheriff Center is busy with the invasion of the Sheldon-Leonard-Howard-Raj robotic show.
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Punahou’s Mike Taylor apparently was not a finalist. He did not meet the minimum requirements for the position.
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Speaking of SC, the football Trojans scrimmage in the Coliseum tomorrow.