Archive for October, 2009

UH loses sixth in a row

October 31st, 2009
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RENO — It was a familiar theme for the Warrios: too many mistakes, too many missed opportunities. The 14-0 lead was written in smoke, especially with the Colin Kaepernick-led running attack.

There were short punts. Fumbled punt returns. A touchdown nullified by a penalty. A touchback nullified by a penalty. Good field position nullified by a penalty.

And when the Warriors needed to make a defensive stand, they could not prevent a 6-minute drive that culminated in an insurance-padding field goal.

Walk-through

October 30th, 2009
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RENO — OK, the first thing play-by-play announcer Bobby Curran noticed about today's walk-through: Parking at UNR is a quarter for 10 minutes. We only had 30 cents, which bought us about 12 minutes. But I wasn't worried. The rental is in Ferd's name.

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It's Friday, so coach Greg McMackin wore slippers to practice:

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Here's the stadium:

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And here's where the Iceman delivered the winning kick two years ago:

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And, of course, Chevy's famous cranberry margarita:

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Seasons like this make reporters long for the good ol' days, when sport media relations directors published media guides, set up interviews and, in general, were somewhat helpful.

By choice, four WAC schools didn't print football media guides this year; by rule, none will next year. Boise State doesn't make its players available to media from an upcoming opponent's area, and this year, it staged the one and only teleconference with its head coach at the same time Hawai‘i print reporters were on planes returning from a road game. Problem? Tough taters.

Which is why local (and out-of-state) media appreciate UH's Derek Inouchi, although we would never dare tell him that. Last week, he set up interviews for Idaho Statesman reporters. He also keeps fans up to date with tweets and Facebook reports. And he has been instrumental in allowing head coach Greg McMackin to keep practices open to the public. Certain fans might gripe about the Warriors' record, but UH is probably one of the few Division I-A schools that allows open practices. They even tolerate an old-timer who once yelled at the offensive linemen during practice. For that freedom, give thanks to Inouchi.

Shutter on travel roster

October 29th, 2009
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RENO — As insurance, Cayman Shutter was brought along as the fourth quarterback, behind Bryant Moniz, Brent Rausch and Shane Austin. Shutter will be used only in an emergency situation. The Warriors would like to redshirt the freshman; appearing in any game, even for one play, would jeopardize that.

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The team practices at a local high school today. I think the temperature is in the 40s right now. It's supposed to dip into the 30s. Robert Kekaula and Bobby Curran are wearing shorts. The Warriors will go about 90 minutes. Tomorrow will be a walk-through in the Wolf Pack's stadium.

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This might be the most awesome hotel. OK, aside from the casino — and I'm up $13.50, thanks to Wheel of Fortune slots — the rooms are spacious and gorgeous. Each room has a huge couch, long desk, fridge, microwave and flat-screen TV. There's a second TV in the bathroom. And the shower is huge, too. Boise State and Fresno State can ditch the WAC. We need to keep Nevada.

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The hotel. The Wednesday departures. The 2 a.m. flight after the game (following dinner at Circus-Circus). Let's just say travel accommodations aren't the Warriors' problem.

Ornellas steps in

October 28th, 2009
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Kawika Ornellas is getting the first shot to replace Jeramy "J.B." Bryant at right cornerback. Bryant will not play against Nevada because of an injured left biceps. Bryant said one doctor told hm there was a tear, another said the muscle was stretched.He said he is "week to week."

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Quarterback Bryant Moniz was cleared to practice today. He suffered a mild concussion in Saturday's game against Boise State. Moniz will start against Nevada.

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Yes, the exercise bikes have arrived:

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Jeramy Bryant out with biceps injury

October 27th, 2009
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Greg McMackin announced on his coach's show that starting right cornerback Jeramy Bryant has a torn biceps and will not play against Nevada. Bryant was seen holding his left arm after today's practice. Another blow for the Warriors.

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If Bryant Moniz is cleared to practice tomorrow — and all signs point to that — he will start against Nevada, McMackin announced today.

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Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga, who has missed the past two games because of a sprained right ankle, said he will play against the Wolf Pack. Yesterday, he competed in the 200-yard relay race between the offensive and defensive linemen.

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Wideout Royce Pollard said he will learn next week whether he will be cleared to play. He will miss his third consecutive game because of a hairline fracture on his left fibula. He continues to wear a light-weight brace.

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Happy birthday to Long Time UH Fan.