Jones puts Warriors on Sugar Bowl time
METAIRIE, La. » It's 3 a.m. Hawaii time. Do you know where your football team is?
The Warriors were getting ready to start Sugar Bowl practice at that time (7 a.m. Central Standard Time) yesterday, and were scheduled to do so again today.
It made sense in a couple of regards: It is a good test to see which guys did not break the 11 p.m. curfew installed Friday night, and the dawn patrol practice allows the Warriors to get their work done early, giving them the rest of the day to enjoy New Orleans (when they aren't busy in meetings or other activities).
But the early wake-up call wasn't necessarily popular with a team that didn't have a curfew the first two nights here.
"We're still on Hawaii time, and some of us are still used to sleeping at 12 or 1 (a.m.) A lot of us went to sleep at 3," center John Estes said. "(Coach June Jones) does everything for a reason."
Defensive line coach Jeff Reinebold declined comment when asked if anyone had missed curfew.
"I'm Sgt. Schultz from 'Hogan's Heroes'," Reinebold said. "I know nothing."
Grading out strong
UH spokesman Gregg Takayama
officially reported what Jones told the Star-Bulletin a couple of weeks ago: The Warriors have no academically ineligible players for Tuesday's game.
All of the 100-plus players earned at least a C average while taking at least 6 credits in the fall semester. A total of 66 players (55 percent of team members) earned a 2.8 grade-point average, while 50 (42 percent) were at 3.0 or above.
Takayama said moving study halls from lower campus to Sinclair Library was a positive move.
What's in a name?
A lot has been written about freshman running back Knowshon Moreno
since Georgia landed in New Orleans on Wednesday. He addressed his penchant for carrying the football between the tackles, how much he likes to make people miss in the secondary and his love for bowling in the offseason.
He answered most questions about his prep days at New Jersey, but was a little reluctant to address how he got a first name like Knowshon. So here's the story: His mother's name is Varashon. When her son was born, she named him Knowshon. Know is short for knowledge.
Good Works program
Georgia strong safety Kelin Johnson
is part of a growing list of athletes nationwide who have organized a group called the Good Works team. There are only a dozen or so players taking part in the program, but Johnson is hopeful that once the word is out, more players will join in.
"The Good Works team is an organization of athletes around the nation," Johnson said. "We do service in the communities. Just giving back to the community, being a leader on and off the field. It is a wonderful opportunity to go out to different schools, churches, hospital visits. Just whatever you can do to give back to the community.
"Personally, this is a very important honor for me. This is unbelievable, as this was the greatest gift I have ever received. This is something I can tell my kids and they can tell their kids. My father always said that it was important to give back and that's what I have tried to do in my life."