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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Green, UH-UNLV, Tiwanak, Ahmad, MWC

Congrats to Alex Green, who is the winner of the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week. Thanks for voting!

HawaiiAthletics.com and UNLVRebels.com have game info and notes for this Saturday's UH-UNLV game.

The Sports Network has a game preview.
Trying to find a positive for the UNLV offense is not an easy task as the team averages just 272.5 ypg overall. The run game has produced a mere 104.3 ypg and is currently ranked last in the MWC and 109th in the country. If not for the 87 combined points scored against the Lobos and Cowboys in the team's only two wins, UNLV's scoring offense would probably be the weakest in the country this year, given that they are currently 110th with only 18.2 ppg right now.

Stephen Tsai profiles Bronson Tiwanak.
Tiwanak, a Damien graduate, turned down scholarship offers from a few small schools to walk on at UH and said his kenpo training has some crossover benefits when warding off defensive tackles in the interior line.

"Balance is key, being able to hold your ground," he said, "and as far as your hand work, striking, being accurate with your punches."
Tsai has some news and notes about Alex Green, Tank Hopkins and Po'okela Ahmad.
Ahmad is asserting that he was a grayshirt in 2006, not a redshirt, meaning his eligibility clock did not start until 2007. He also is claiming he did not play in a game in 2007, and that season should be counted as a redshirt year. A grayshirt is a player who delays joining a team for at least a semester; a redshirt is player who is on the team but does not play in games.

Because Ahmad, who is listed in the UH media guide as a senior, is appealing his status, he will not participate in the "Senior Walk" following Saturday's game against Nevada-Las Vegas.
And Ferd Lewis writes that UH could be officially invited to the Mountain West Conference by Christmas.
"Everything is on track and going very well," an official briefed on the issue but not cleared to speak publicly said yesterday. Barring an unforeseen delay, "we hope to have more news before Christmas," the official added.

The assessment came a day after a UH delegation, including vice president Rockne Freitas and athletic director Jim Donovan, spent more than 2 hours with MWC commissioner Craig Thompson and some key conference officials in Colorado.


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