New coach Greg McMackin isn't waiting to start recruiting. Six players visit UH this weekend.
Brennan off to Senior Bowl
Colt Brennan leaves his home in California tomorrow for Mobile, Ala., and what basically amounts to a week-long series of job interviews followed by a football game.
The former Hawaii quarterback is headed for the Senior Bowl, where many NFL coaches, GMs and owners get their first extended look at top pro prospects.
Brennan, who said he just got over a nasty flu that caused him to lose weight, has been working with trainer Doug Hix to gain strength and bulk.
"I'm trying to get my size back, I don't even want to say what my weight is now," said Brennan. "Dude, three meals a day and three snacks. Food constantly."
Brennan spent most of his three years at UH in shotgun formation. He's been working on taking snaps under center and dropping back.
"All that matters is when I meet up with my center and developing the relationship," he said. "At Mater Dei and Colorado we were in the West Coast offense, so I know how to take the snap and drop back. Plus we did it two days a week (at UH)."
He said he's glad former defensive coordinator Greg McMackin was chosen to replace June Jones, who left as Warriors head coach for SMU last week.
"I'm extremely excited about him. The program has been left in good hands," Brennan said. "The more I think about it, our defense will be awesome, and the guys in that offense will continue to progress. It's Tyler's (quarterback Graunke) time to shine."
First recruiting weekend
Six potential recruits will visit UH this weekend.
"We'll make some offers to some guys and we hope to get some commitments," McMackin said.
The new head coach said the UH recruiting system will be reorganized, with more emphasis on face-to-face interaction.
Chris Banjo, a safety from Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas, committed to the Warriors last fall, but said he will visit SMU next week.
"I'm still very interested in Hawaii, but Coach (Jeff) Reinebold made a big impact on me and I would like to follow him," Banjo said in a phone conversation yesterday. Reinebold went with Jones to SMU.
Punahou defensive end J.J. Autele said he was offered a UH scholarship by Reinebold, but doesn't know where he stands now. He said he also has an offer from San Diego State.
Running back Mario Cox
and safety B.J. Fruean
were removed from the team last season for rules violations. McMackin said he'll review their situations for possible reinstatement.
"They're not on our team, they were dismissed. I'll talk to them and see where they are academically and make a decision in the coming weeks," McMackin said.
Singletary to Buffalo
Former UH assistant Vantz Singletary
will coach the defensive tackles at the University of Buffalo.
Singletary coached the Warriors defensive linemen from 1999 through 2005. He was at Tennessee-Chattanooga the past two seasons.
Frazier interviews at Miami
, fired last week as Hawaii athletic director, was scheduled to interview today for the AD post at Miami, according to the Miami Herald.
Kentucky deputy AD Rob Mullens and Washington executive associate AD Jeff Compher interviewed at Coral Gables earlier this week.
Former UH wide receiver Jason Rivers
plays in the East-West Shrine Game in Houston tomorrow. ... Also in Houston last night, Kansas coach Mark Mangino
won the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award as the college football coach of the year. Jones was a finalist. ... McMackin said he is still going through applications for assistant coach positions and is not ready to announce his staff yet. "We're going through the process," he said.