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Monday musings

July 28th, 2014

It's Monday, time to empty to notebook.

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The Warriors' first practice is a week away, on Monday, Aug. 4.

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The Warriors should have a better understanding of the potential transfers. The NCAA limits training-camp rosters to 105, but they may expand on the first day of  UH's fall semester (Aug. 25).  The Warriors will not be adding too many after training camp. There are only 110 lockers. Plus, the new all-you-can-eat meal plans make it costlier to add walk-ons.

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A booster seeking anonymity is hosting a fund-raiser dinner this Thursday. The 80 seats are sold. The donor will match the amount raised. Proceeds go to Na Koa, the football team's booster club.

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Revenue from football ticket sales and accompanying premium fees goes to Koa Anuenue, the umbrella fund-raising group, to pay for scholarships. Na Koa, which does not receive a cut of the ticket revenue, has to generate revenue on its own to pay for summer school and supplement training-table meals, among other expenses.

There were 750 Na Koa members the past academic year.

Those interested in joining Na Koa or attending the Aug. 21 Pigskin Pigout should log on to:

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Leftover pictures from the MWC media days:

Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo and defensive end Brock Hekking:



Hawaii's Joey Iosefa:



"Team Leaf" bracelet in honor of  San Jose State linebacker (and former UH fullback) Jared Leaf, who was seriously injured in an apartment fire:



San Diego State offensive lineman Terry Poole's size-18 shoe:



And here's a video of Rocky Long interviewing his players:


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Former UH safety Charles Clay said he's enjoying the Green Bay Packers' training camp.

Or, as Clay texted: "Mhhmmm definitely."

Apple fallout

July 27th, 2014

Hawaii News Now's Keoki Kerr reported that Tom Apple will be removed as UH-Manoa chancellor, an action that will impact the athletic department.

Apple has been a supporter financially (absorbing the department's eight-figure accumulated debt a year ago) and emotionally (he's the first to greet the Warriors at Aloha Stadium). He's backed projects, OK'd contracts, and didn't send in the collectors when the budget was stained with red ink.

In these difficult financial times, it's always good to have friends.

Apple was a friend to the athletic department.

Meal plan

July 26th, 2014

The Warriors might have what seems like 99 problems, but a lack of food won't be one of them.

The Warriors will open their proverbial dining tables — and wallets — at least three times daily this year.

Financial concerns were raised nationally when the NCAA changed legislation to allow schools to provide unlimited meals to student-athletes, including walk-ons. In the past at UH, the one training table each day was open only to scholarship football players.

It is not known how UH will pay for the meals, whose tab could run more than $300,000. But the football coaches have promised the players will be fed.


Empty pit

July 25th, 2014

During football practices, the area where injured players work out is called the "pit."

The goal for the coming training camp is to have an empty pit.

This summer, only players who are healthy enough to practice will be invited to the Aug. 4 opening of training camp. Players recovering from significant injuries will be added after they receive medical clearance. The next week will determine whether such players as Samson Anguay, Jamie Tago and Kawika Borden will be ready for camp.

The Warriors will be under the training-camp limit of 105 players as they await results of players seeking to transfer. There are at least five transfer players still awaiting admission into UH.

Eight candles

July 24th, 2014

Happy anniversary to us.

The blog turns 8 today.

Thanks, everybody.

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With minimal notice — a single line in the media guide — it was confirmed  that Daronte' Jones has been promoted to assistant head coach.

Jones will continue to coach the Warriors' defensive secondary.