Texas prep safety to join UH
Dany Mulanga, a safety from Trinity High (Euless, Texas), told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he has accepted a football scholarship from the Rainbow Warriors.
Mulanga said he is 6 feet 4 and 206 pounds.
He said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds a year ago, but "I think I'm faster now."
Mulanga received offers from Utah State, New Mexico, Louisiana Tech and Montana State.
He participated in the All-Poly camp at Euless this past summer. It was there, he said, when he received an offer from Lewis Powell, UH's defensive line coach.
"We worked on one-on-one drills," Mulanga said. "We talked. Coach Lewis offered me right on the spot."
Mulanga said he wanted to experience living outside of Texas. "My family got together and talked abot it," Mulanga said. "Hawaii felt like the right fit for me."
Mulanga is expected to compete at free safety. Safeties John Hardy-Tuliau and Charles Clay completed their UH eligibility in the regular-season finale against Army.
Here's Mulanga's highlights: Mulanga video
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June Jones yesterday signed a contract extension that ties him to SMU through 2018.
Jones received the offer a couple of weeks but signed it yesterday morning.
Jones will be returning to Hawaii, on Thursday, to visit. The NCAA is in a dead period for football recruiting through mid-January.
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Interesting story about Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick being sent home after being accused of urinating off a hotel balcony. In news accounts, Southwick denied committing that act, said it was another player, and claimed he passed a polygraph to prove his innocence.
On an unrelated flashback, during the 1986 NLCS series, a New York Mets fan urinated from Shea Stadium's upper deck into the visiting bullpen. Houston Astros pitcher Dave Smith was quoted as saying: "It was the first time I had ever been used for long relief."
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That tall fan at the Stan Sheriff Center is former UH basketball player Brad Pineau. His son, Dane, is a freshman for Saint Mary's. As a Saint Louis School post player, Pineau faced that thin player from Punahou known then as "Barry Obama."
Random thought: Whatever happened to Cat Soto?