The Warrior Beat

Wednesday ramblings

April 27th, 2011

• Two former Warriors — linebacker Brashton Satele of the New York Jets and center John Estes of the Jacksonville Jaguars — are training in Arizona while awaiting a permanent resolution to the NFL labor dispute. While camps might or might not be open because of the injunction, the two players have been instructed to stay put.

• Offensive lineman Kainoa LaCount also is working out in Arizona. He was contacted by the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons.

• Offensive lineman Adrian Thomas, who was training in Arizona, had to return to his native Australia to renew his travel visa. Thomas, who was on a student visa while playing for the Warriors, earned a bachelor's degree in December.

• The volleyball Warriors will suffer a significant loss with the  expected departure of student assistant Robyn Ah Mow, who earns her bachelor's degree next month. Ah Mow, an Olympic medalist, was a key member of Charlie Wade's coaching staff, offering keen observations, fiery competitiveness and administrative efficiency. Wade expects Ah Mow to be hired to a college coaching staff.

• After missing 20 school days because of travel in 2010, the football team has been exploring the option of returning to Hawaii between the road games Sept. 10 at Washington and Sept. 17 at UNLV. As Ferd Lewis reported in today's paper, seats on commercial flights to Vegas are filling up. Instead of mulling — and this has been discussed since November — why not just book as many Vegas seats as possible now. The entire team doesn't have to travel together. The main thing is that everyone is present for the walk-through practice.

• If I were in charge of a university in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I would give my head football coach a two-year extension at $1 million per. But the payout would be  stretched over eight years. The coach would get his money and, at $250,000 per year, would have a smaller tax bill. Consider it an IRA plan: After the contract extension expired, he would receive a quarter million a year for the next six years. The per-year savings for the first two years would help get the school through these difficult financial times. And part of the savings could be put into a CD, of which the interest could help pay for the remaining contract. What I wouldn't do is, say, reduce his salary with the difference to be made up by meeting incentives. If, say, an additional $400,000 or $500,000 could be earned by winning a certain number of games, that money has to be held aside should the team meet those goals. What's more, it puts the school in the position of rooting against the team to save money. That's never a good idea.

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