Congratulations to basketball coach Bob Nash, who received a contract extension. Nash is entering the final year of an original three-year contract. He received a rollover for the 2010-2011 and an option for the 2011-2012 season.
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ESPN or ESPN2 will televise the Dec. 5 football game between UH and Wisconsin. The Sept. 30 game between UH and Louisiana Tech will be shown on ESPN2.
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Linebacker Blaze Soares said he is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree this summer. He was a non-qualifier out of high school, and attended Hawaii Pacific his first year. He was injured all of last year. Because he earned a degree in four years (and has only played two seasons), he will apply for a hardship to allow him to play in 2010.
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Sorry, fellas. Marissa Bonilla is engaged to former UH defensive end Melila Purcell III. The wedding will be next February.
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Chris Black appears to the No. 1 left cornerback.
Black, who barely played last year as a JC transfer, has only one year of eligibility remaining.Black was inelgible the first few games of 2008 while his transcripts were evaluated. He made three road trips, but did not play in any because of an injury.
Unfortunately, his situation is not unique. The process of verifying grades and transferrable credits is not an easy one for players coming from junior colleges. Some wind up sitting out training camp. Erik Robinson’s eligibility, for instance, wasn’t approved until a few weeks after the 2007 season started.
It would have been nice to see Black have two full seasons.
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UH accepted the best available options for the 2009 football schedule.
But, c’mon, as the school in the most isolated state, there had to be better choices than a schedule that includes a 36-day gap between home games.
Sure, the trouble is linked to ESPN’s Wednesday night game, which requires a team to burn two bye weekends. But since ESPN offers UH a sweet bowl arrangement, that relationship must be respected. It would have been nice for UH supporters if the Wednesday game were scheduled later in the season, when the byes would have been more useful.