Word on the street is former UH defensive tackle Lance Samuseva — pending background checks, other red tape and hurdles— is poised to join the Warriors’ coaching staff. He was an intern the past three seasons. The likely hiring makes sense because:
> He’s likable. Former d-line coach Lewis Powell, who worked with Samuseva the past three years, had nothing but praise. Players past and present also appreciate Samuseva’s stern but wise approach.
> He’s a hard worker. In 2012, Samuseva re-joined the Warriors as a volunteer intern. He did the grunt work, willingly and enthusiastically. His reward was receiving a modest stipend beginning in 2013.
> He’s loyal. Since Norm Chow was named head coach, the one constant has been Samuseva. He stayed when he could have gone elsewhere. He’s loyal to Chow and to the program.
> He’s smart.
> He’s an alumnus. He understands the history of the program because he’s lived it.