The Warrior Beat

Salas gets agent; No surgery for Pilares; no boos party?

December 28th, 2010

Greg Salas told the Warrior Beat he has signed with agent Kenny Zuckerman, who also represents Davone Bess, David Veikune, Ryan Mouton, Wayne Hunter, Isaako Sopoago,  and Brashton Satele. 

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Slotback Kealoha Pilares said he has been diagnosed with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee, an injury that will not require surgery. He suffered the injury while trying to return a punt in the first quarter of the Hawaii Bowl. 

Pilares has started a rehabilitation program at UH. He is awaiting word on whether he will be invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February. 

This week, PIlares will meet with two agents.

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A couple of Tulsa players said that when they walked into the bowl banquet, they heard booing of their highlight video. 

But David Matlin, executive director of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, said he does "not remember" that incident occurring. He said he was emcee of the banquet, and if the incident  did happen, "Where was I?" He wondered if this was a story that grew to be a "mountain out of a molehill."

True or not, it did appear to serve as some sort of motivation for the Golden Hurricane. 

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From Ferd's excellent story today comes UH's acknowledgement that it will pay between $150,000 and $175,000 in travel subsidies for Mountain West football teams. Interesting paragraph: 

For MWC football teams, the numbers are set to approximate the cost of a charter flight for a travel party of up to 130 people. The roster limit for MWC football travel squads is 64 players, with the remainder made up of coaches, support staff, broadcasters and officials.

Charter flights?

UH will pay for charter flights for visiting teams, but not for its own team? 

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Dave Reardon also wrote a good column about those who have passed away in the past year. 

Add to that list:

• John Strickland, who holds HPU's single-season record for points and rebounds. Strickland died of a heart attack in October. 

• Rodney Toyoma, viewed as the ambassador for the UH basketball program for more than two decades. Toyama helped prepare food for the post-game spreads, and served as a guide on the ways of local etiquette to Mainland-raised coaches. 

• Chief Justice William Richardson, always known as "C.J.," who was a big UH basketball booster. He was the last of the old-time breed, who wore a coat to sporting events, but yet would participate in the wave. 

• "Florida Ted," our faithful blogger from the Sunshine State. Great fan. Great man. 

* Long Time UH Fan, also known as LTUHFan, another great and generous guy. 

• The Honolulu Advertiser.


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