Viane Moala, a defensive tackle who played two seasons for the University of Hawaii football team, has transferred to the University of Utah.
Moala, who is 6 feet 7 and 290 pounds, requested — and received — his release from UH last month. He also withdrew from classes this spring semester.
As part of the conditions of his release, according to people familiar with the situation, was Moala would not be allowed to sign with a team on UH’s schedule. That clause prevented Moala from transferring to another Mountain West school. The Mountain West also has a rule that requires a player to sit out two seasons when transferring between member schools.
Moala still would have to redshirt this coming season in according to NCAA transfer rules. He also would have to be in good academic standing in order to be eligible for a football scholarship during his first year at Utah.
In two seasons, Moala played in 24 games, making eight starts at defensive tackle. He has blocked four kicks, including two this season.