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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Bryant Moniz's head injury, WAC wary of UH

Dave Reardon writes that UH is being cautious about Bryant Moniz's head injury.
If the official diagnosis is concussion this time, Moniz might not be medically cleared to play at Army or even get on the plane to fly to the East Coast. That's "maybe" because there would be nine days between the injury and the next game, and sometimes clearance for return to activity is a week.

We are also told now by doctors that there really is no such thing as a "mild concussion."
Meanwhile, Greg McMackin is requesting clarification from the WAC about why there was no penalty flag for the hit to the head Moniz received.
McMackin said he made a formal request for the WAC, of which UH is a member, to review that play, as well as a few others he felt needed "clarification." The WAC assigned the officiating crew for the nationally televised game.

McMackin insisted Moniz was struck on the helmet while scrambling toward the end zone.
And other WAC members are wary of what UH might do regarding its future.
An official in the WAC said, "(People) are nervous about what they (UH) might do."

With the announced departures of Boise State in 2011-12 and Fresno State and Nevada for 2012-13 for the Mountain West Conference, the WAC will be down to six members for 2012-13, unless new members are added. And, the reduction could come as early as 2011-12 should Fresno State and Nevada negotiate early releases.

The loss of UH, the senior surviving member in its 32nd season, or any other school would put the conference's NCAA automatic qualifying status in doubt and spell the end of the 48-year-old WAC.

Donovan has said UH will explore all its options, including staying in the WAC, considering other conference offers should they come, or going independent.


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