Hitting pay dirt

July 27th, 2012
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Head coach Norm Chow made the suggestion, acting athletic director Rockne Freitas went to quick work, and chancellor Tom Apple apparently gave his blessing, according to school officials. The result is UH student-athletes are expected to receive fatter scholarship checks each month; one estimate is it will increase by about $140 a month.

Part of the calculating the size of a scholarship stipend is the cost of housing. UH apparently had been using a lower average figure. The adjusted figure — all based on dorm costs and within NCAA guidelines — will lead to an increase in the scholarship amount.

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The WB has learned the Warriors will be adding these linemen to the roster:

• Toli Ilaoa — He's the younger brother of former Warrior Nate Ilaoa. He played at Kalaheo before going on a mission. He is 6-3 and 285 pounds.

• Brenden  Urban — Credit UH center Ben Clarke in helping to land a former Chatfield High teammate.

• John Nihi Jr. — At  6-2 and 285 pounds, Nihi played the o-line for ... pause, pause ... the Rough Riders.

* Dale Haretuku — He recently completed a stint in the military.

All four will be competing in training camp.

All wil be walk-ons.

The UH active roster is now at 99 players. It will cap at 102.

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She was dazzling as a UH baton twirler and dazzling as a Miss Hawaii runner-up. Today is Shannon Dresser's birthday. We wish her a great day.

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