America's team

November 27th, 2009

From today's practice:

Head coach Ken Niumatalolo:


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Today's motto:


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Everything is neatly labeled:


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Each Friday practice concludes with a hit-the-crossbar competition. It's offense against defense. Niumatalolo chooses the passers:



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Here's what I like about Navy:

• It traveled by commercial flights, from Maryland to Dallas to here.

* It is staying at a regular hotel in Waikiki.

* It brought 74 players. Not sure why UH limited its travel roster to 66 for last year's Florida game, or this year's Seattle-Las Vegas trip.

* It practices hard (in a driving rain) and lets its players enjoy themselves (several were seen lounging on Waikiki Beach yesterday).

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If  a player misses at least two seasons because of injuries, he usually is a candidate for a sixth year.

It is well documented middle linebacker Brashton Satele missed the 2005 season, his first at UH, because of various injuries. And, yes, he would have played if healthy. June Jones tried to play many of the freshmen that year — Fonoti, Fruean, Leonard, Elimimian, Davis, Letuli, Cox, etc..

And it is well documented that Satele had season-ending surgery this past August.

Here's the dilemma: Satele is set to earn his bachelor's degree next month. UH has not even started the process of pursuing an exemption that would allow him to play as a sixth-year senior.

If he has a strong case, he needs to enroll as a graduate student for the spring semester. If not, it would benefit UH if he ceded his scholarship, allowing the team to give it to a mid-year transfer. While many believe he has a strong case, his family hasn't received any indication either way.

What to do?

And if anybody knows the answer, let Blaze Soares, Rocky Savaiigaea and Laupepa Letuli know.

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Happy birthday to Mahina Chillingworth.

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