By Stephen Tsai
Norm Chow said he will fill the last vacancy on his staff — the director of football operations — by mid-March.
Chow said Olivia Vea will be a graduate assistant working under newly hired video coordinator Dory Kong. Inoke Funaki is the other GA.
UH had hoped to hire Bobby Gray, a long-time high school coach, as a graduate assistant. But a new NCAA rule restricts a GA to a seven-year period after earning a bachelor's degree. Gray earned his degree outside of that window.
Chow said he will hire the other two GAs this summer.
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Chow said the Warriors will open spring training on March 21. The original plan was to start March 17. But the NCAA has a 35-day window for spring training, necessitating the delay. The Warriors will practice March 21, 22 and 23, then take a week off for spring break. They will resume with practices Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The weekday practices begin at 4:10 p.m.; the Saturday practices start at 10:40 a.m.