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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Parking Lot, Billy Ray, Ellerson, WAC

Stephen Tsai writes that the Warriors had a walk-through practice in their hotel parking lot.
The parking-stall lines served as markers. Orange cones denoted the sidelines.

Several players wore socks but no shoes. Defensive tackle Haku Correa practiced in bare feet.

"I didn't want to wear my brand-new cleats," said Correa, who did not pack sneakers for this 13-day road trip.

Quarterback Bryant Moniz said the workout brought back memories.

"I played football on the streets of Wahiawa all of the time," Moniz said. "It's a little bit more windy than usual. It's a little cooler than Wahiawa. But I like it. The roads are paved better here, not like California Avenue."
Dave Reardon writes that receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann will have 143 friends and family in the stands on Saturday.
"That's got to be the record," said Yee, the longtime booster who makes it to every road game. "I think somebody else had 40 once. Not only is it an amazing number, consider where we're at. We're on the other side of the world, we're in New York."

Actually, the fact that the game is in the vicinity of Gotham is a big reason why the Stutzmann clan will be out in force. Billy Ray's father, Bill, is originally from Long Island. Billy Ray was born to Bill and Ramona Stutzmann in Garden City, N.Y., and the family moved to Hawaii when he was 1.
Sal Interdonato of The Record Online writes about Army coach Rich Ellerson's Hawaii ties:
"There's a bunch of guys on their staff that I've known over the years," said Ellerson, who also was a starting center at Hawaii. "The list goes on and on. It's 'old home week,' a little bit that way."

Miano recalled the days when Ellerson was a fiery defensive line coach. Ellerson would challenge his defensive ends to wrestling matches during warm-ups before practices.

"He was crazy," Miano said. "Rich was back there clawing and scrapping. You don't expect a coach to be wrestling. A lot of times when you looked back, he ended up being on top."
Matthew Ondesko of MetroWNY previews the UH-Army game.
It will be up to Army to control the time of possession with its running game - and to be able to put points up on the board after controlling the clock.

“That’s the one things that is nice about being able to run the football if you can; you can chew you some clock,” stated Ellerson. But, they (Hawaii) can get up on the ball and it doesn’t take them a lot of time to score. They’ll get their snaps in, but we can shorten the game a little bit if we can manage first some first downs.”
Ferd Lewis writes about Montana's decision regarding the WAC.
In the past, the WAC has plucked Big Sky graduates to fill out its lineup with ease, adding Idaho and Nevada in addition to Boise State.

But it is a sign of the tumultuous times for the WAC that not only is Montana not an automatic addition, but the Big Sky is putting up a fight to keep its marquee member.
Meanwhile, UH is asking U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye for some help.
The University of Hawaii has asked for the assistance of U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, in its bid to secure a conference home for its athletic program.

"(UH) reached out to the senator and he stands ready to help," said Peter Boylan, Inouye's press secretary.

Neither Boylan nor UH officials revealed specifics of what Inouye was asked to do, but the senator reportedly recommended that UH come up with a plan for its conference future and a strategy to get there, according to people at the school.


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