POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2010
The Hawaii football team will learn today if all of its players are eligible to compete in tomorrow's Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
Amanda Paterson, the school's compliance officer, will certify the players who have met the NCAA requirements to participate in a postseason bowl.
Each player needed to earn at least six credits during the fall semester that ended Dec. 17.
Paterson is verifying the grades, as well as reviewing the results of the drug tests administered to randomly selected players.
Grade-wise, there reportedly are a few players on the bubble.
Receivers coach Mouse Davis said he "definitely" will be involved with the Warriors during the spring semester, but he has not decided whether he will return to coaching for the 2011 season.
"We have to play it out and see," Davis said. "I don't have a timetable (for deciding). I'm enjoying myself. We're winning, and winning is important."
Davis is an inventor of the modern run-and-shoot offense, which is a blood ancestor of the Warriors' current four-wide passing attack. He served as UH assistant coach for three years through 2006, then went to Portland State as the offensive coordinator. He resigned from PSU at the end of the 2008 season, content to enjoy retirement. But in June, he accepted an offer to return to UH.
Davis has served as a mentor to Nick Rolovich, who is in his first season as UH's offensive coordinator. The Warriors are No. 1 nationally in passing, averaging 387.77 yards per game.
Yesterday's one-hour practice was the last full workout for the Warriors this season. They have a short walk-through scheduled for this afternoon at the school's Ching Athletic Complex.
"It's sad," said defensive end Kamalu Umu, a senior. "It didn't really hit me yet. I'm sure it will after the game."
Slotback Kealoha Pilares, also a senior, said the Warriors have been focused on the bowl game.
"I'm not really into sad thoughts right now," Pilares said. "We have a game to play."
This has been a hectic time for several mainland-raised players. The fall semester ended Friday, and the Warriors checked into a Waikiki hotel the next day.
Senior slotback Greg Salas said he had to clean his off-campus apartment. He leaves for California after tomorrow's game.
Slotback Dustin Blount and running back Alex Green also have reservations on red-eye flights tomorrow. Blount packed his possessions into a large suitcase that he was rolling around yesterday.
Green said he will spend the holidays with his family in Portland, Ore. After that, he will sign with an agent, then likely train in Los Angeles. He is expected to be invited to the NFL's Scouting Combine in April. He will participate in UH's Pro Day in February in Carson, Calif.
The Tulsa coaches probably didn't have to dig very far to find their notes on defending the run-and-shoot.
The Golden Hurricane faced the four-receiver system on Oct. 10, when they traveled to Dallas to face SMU and former Hawaii head coach June Jones. SMU, last year's Sheraton Hawaii Bowl winner, threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns and pulled out a 21-18 win over the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa hasn't lost since, reeling off six wins to close the regular season. Head coach Todd Graham ranks Hawaii's personnel a notch ahead of SMU's and said defending the Warriors' version of the system will "be a lot bigger challenge for us."
Graham last coached against the Warriors in 2003 and '04 as Tulsa's defensive coordinator when the school was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
"You can see the past they've had with the run-and-shoot, they haven't missed a beat," he said. "As a matter of fact they've even, I think, taken it to another level.
"I've prepared against it for a lot of years; doesn't make it any easier. I think it's one of the hardest offenses to defend."
The Star-Advertiser's Jason Kaneshiro contributed to this report.