The way former UH corner/returner Mike Edwards figured it, playing experience — any playing experience — is much needed this year. That was the thinking behind signing a short-term contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League rather than wait for a free-agent invitation to an NFL training camp.
The CFL has two rookie offers: 1) A one-year contract with a team option for a second year, or 2) a two-year contract with a team option for a third year. Agent Michael Hoffman said Edwards chose the one-year deal, a decision that could lead to a quicker transfer to the NFL if he has a breakout season in 2014.
Edwards relinquished his senior year at UH to apply for the 2013 NFL draft. He was not selected, and ended up signing a free-agent contact with the New York Jets. But an injury limited his playing time, as well as provided little video evidence of his skills. After being cut by the Jets, he was invited to work out for a few teams. None of the auditions resulted in an offer.
"He needs to get on the field and play," Hoffman said. "He understands that. He didn't want to take the chance of not playing this year."
With the CFL's wider field, Edwards will be able to demonstrate his coverage abilities in space.
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In the early days of the Stan Sheriff Center, when it was known as the Special Events Center, there were two locker rooms — one for the home team, one for the visitors. The home locker, which was initially designed for women, did not have any urinals. Phase II included the construction of locker rooms. There are now eight locker rooms, including one for officials. (There are no locker rooms for coaches, though.)
The Sheriff Center's start is a lesson in patience — a virtue that is useful as the Ching athletic complex takes shape. While offices and locker rooms have been certified, there is one glitch. There's no locker room for the male assistant soccer coach. On the bright side, he gets more exercise using the locker room in the UH athletic complex across Ching field.
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Anybody else notice the forecast calls for rain every time UH plays a home men's volleyball match?
The Rainbow Warriors take on UCLA tonight and tomorrow night in the Sheriff Center. First serve is at 7:05 p.m.