UH stays the course as huge game looms
June Jones chased Colt Brennan off the field yesterday.
Boise State (10-1, 7-0) at hawaii (10-0, 7-0)
Tomorrow, 4 p.m.
Where: Aloha Stadium
Radio: KKEA 1420-AM
"You're out of here," the Hawaii coach told his quarterback two days before the WAC championship game against Boise State.
It wasn't that Brennan had done anything wrong. He was waiting to be questioned by reporters while Jones finished with them. In mid-answer, Jones noticed Brennan and told him to leave. Then the coach returned to answer a question about, of all things, distractions.
"It's a normal week for us. We've stayed plugged in the whole time," Jones said.
Bizarre? Yes. Unfortunate for the electronic media, which gets Brennan once a week? Certainly. Disrupting? Not at all. Brennan merely shrugged and went off to sign a few autographs on his way out.
Brennan has survived a sprained ankle and a concussion this season. A little detour in his schedule didn't hurt. A state's pride has been placed squarely on his shoulders, and tomorrow's game may be the biggest sports event in state history, as well as Brennan's life.
"I assume there will be some bigger ones down the line, but this is it now," said Brennan, who takes full ownership of the NCAA career record with his next touchdown pass.
The fact that the strangest thing that happened at practice this week had nothing to do with anything has to be comforting to UH fans. The routine is your friend when you're 10-0.
"We haven't really done anything different other than realize the importance of this game. We're probably a little more enthusiastic in practice," Brennan said. "I'm just getting used to the idea of lining up and playing regardless of who we play."