SUMMERLIN, Nev. — It was long practice today — 2.5 hours — but the Warriors were able to implement their defensive schemes for this game.
• Linebacker Aaron Brown resumed practicing this morning after being held out of yesterday’s workout because of a head “ding” incurred during the Army game. He did not suffer a concussion. Although Brown practiced with the safeties last week as part of a special defensive plan, he is back at linebacker and not being considered as an injury replacement for strong safety Spencer Smith.
• There was a little scare when punter Alex Dunnachie was walking around with an ice pack on his right leg. Not to worry. “Prevention is better than the cure,” Dunnachie said. There’s nothing wrong with him.
• Yes, Jake Heun will indeed have an expanded role this week.
• Kawika Ornellas is looking solid as a cornerback. He broke up two passes today. He said he’s feeling much better since conquering the tendinitis that bothered him last year.
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In 1999, when the Warriors defeated Fresno State to clinch the WAC football title, the son of a well-known local personality and his two friends decided to jump onto the field and take down a goal post in celebration. But while running on the field, the guy noticed his friends did not follow. The guy was tackled by stadium security.
Which leads us to UH’s football future. There seems to be growing support for UH to secede from the WAC and go independent in football. One of the key obstacles is scheduling. It would be in UH’s best interest to get written pledges from possible opponents as part of its due diligence.
The reason the WAC — and UH — is in the current plight is because Fresno State did not honor a commitment it helped craft. UH should make sure it has solid commitments before making any jump.