Some leftover notes from yesterday’s practice:
• Barring unforeseen circumstances, John Hardy-Tuliau and Tank Hopkins will exit spring practice as the No. 1 cornerbacks. Kawika Ornellas, who’s still a walk-on, has been a solid third corner. Mike Edwards gets added to the mix for training camp in August. Dee Maggitt has played well, and moved “into the conversation,” as they say.
• Steve Christian, a former cornerback has been making the adjustment to safety. It should get interesting in the fall, when Brandon Leslie joins, and Jordan Gomes and Bubba Poueu-Luna are fully healed.
• Expect limited contact for Saturday’s scrimmage in Hilo. The Warriors have been practicing with only seven healthy linebackers — George Daily-Lyles, Aaron Brown, Art Laurel, Darryl McBride, Jordan Monico, T.J. Taimatuia and Aulola Tonga.
• Hilo residents Jordan Loeffler (left knee) and Hogan Rosehill (stinger) are back. But defensive end Marcus Malepeai has a sprained ankle. Malepeai hopes to make the Hilo trip.
• Running back Will Gregory of Dominguez High has met UH’s entry requirements. He arrives in June.
• Wideout Cecil Doe, who started training camp on the left side, is now practicing at right wideout. Also on that side is Terence Bell, who was a No. 1 slotback for the first two spring practices.
• It appears the quarterback depth chart goes like this: 1) Bryant Moniz. 2) Shane Austin. 3) David Graves. 4) Cayman Shutter.
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In the beginning, UH created the sports information department to provide stats, set up interviews, and drum up interest in its athletic programs. That department morphed into media relations, which basically meant providing stats, setting up interviews and drumming up interest.
But times have changed. There’s one daily newspaper on Oahu covering UH sports, and television newscasts, down from four to three, often are content to share interviews. With the growth of social networks, UH is now going with the 21st century’s equivalent of direct mail: Its version of information and promotions being sent directly to the consumer, which is no longer primarily the media. The athletic department’s Web site, once as cluttered as a race car’s exterior, is used for providing stats, archives of stats, and various announcements. Now UH is going further, providing its own video features. The message is this: Why go to a messenger when you can be your own messenger? That theme will be expanded when UH starts its own cable channel this fall. It should be interesting to see the program schedule.