By Stephen Tsai
The Mountain West Conference yesterday approved an appeal enabling quarterback Beau Reilly to join the Rainbow Warriors.
In February, Reilly made a commitment to join the Warriors. The snag was that Reilly, who returned from a two-year church mission this past fall, initially signed with Colorado State in 2011. A player transferring between MWC schools needs league approval to receive a scholarship in his first year at the second school.
In the appeal, it was noted that UH was a member of the Western Athletic Conference, not the MWC, when Reilly signed with CSU. CSU coach Jim McElwain, who approved Reilly's transfer request, also wrote a letter supporting Reilly's appeal.
Peter Nicholson, UH's faculty representative, presented Reilly's case during a teleconference yesterday.
The MWC voted unanimously to approve Reilly's appeal. He is eligible to compete with the Warriors when he enrolls at UH this summer.
Reilly then signed with the Warriors yesterday afternoon.
Reilly, who is from San Diego, will move to Hawaii in April. He will pay his own expenses until he goes on scholarship this summer.