U. H. F O O T B A L L

Wednesday, August 28, 1996

No sellout, so opening game
is blacked out

Barring some last-second barrage at the ticket window, Saturday's game between the University of Hawaii and Boston College will not be televised live by Oceanic Cable.

Officials of the cable company said yesterday that the only way they would carry the nationally televised game on ESPN2 live on Oahu would be if the game was a sellout 72 hours in advance of the kickoff.

UH athletic officials said earlier this week that they expect about 35,000 people for the season opener. Capacity at Aloha Stadium is 50,000.

There are about 17,000 subscribers for ESPN2, according to Oceanic's Kit Beuret. Those people will be shown alternative programming by ESPN during the three-hour time slot.

KFVE-TV will show the delayed broadcast on Channel 5 at 10:30 on Saturday night. The live radio broadcast will be on KCCN-AM (1420).


Senior tight end Ryan Green will rejoin the team officially this morning, UH head coach Fred vonAppen confirmed after yesterday's practice.

"Our athletic director (Hugh Yoshida) told me that today," vonAppen said. "It would have been a gross miscarriage of justice if Ryan hadn't been allowed to be with us this season."

Local attorney Dave Schutter took Green's case. He said yesterday that Hawaii was partly to blame for not filing papers on time on Green's behalf.

The Big West Conference recently ruled against Green after he was forced to drop out of school last semester at the University of Pacific because of hepatitis.

The Big West ruled that Green had to count that semester toward his academic clock. Because he missed his final exams, he didn't have enough credits to meet the 50-percent rule of the NCAA.

Students who have attended six semesters must have 50 percent of their core credits completed in their major. Green did not.

Hawaii appealed the decision to the Big West, claiming medical hardship. Once the paperwork was submitted, the ruling was overturned. Green, who transferred from Pacific last spring after that school dropped football, said he was glad it was all over.

"I just want to put this all behind me and concentrate on playing football," Green said.


Starting defensive lineman Ben Bright returned to practice after missing several days with a bad foot.

VonAppen welcomed the 6-foot-2, 259-pound left tackle to yesterday's workout at Cooke Field. Offensive lineman Shane Oliveira also appears fully recovered from back spasms.

"We're glad to have Ben with us," vonAppen said. "That foot injury is something that has been bothering him since last year.

"Overall, we're still pretty healthy. It's a sign the guys came back to school in good condition. Hopefully, it will stay that way because we're pretty thin at several spots."

As for Boston College, the Eagles will be without wide receiver Brandon King. The grandson of boxing promoter Don King broke his right foot on Aug. 15, and will be out for six weeks.

Junior kicker Chris Hackett also is sidelined with a strained right quad muscle. Redshirt freshman place-kicker John Matich has yet to try a Division I field goal.


It doesn't appear that any of the 16 UH players who flunked out since last December will be back with the team.

VonAppen said no miracles had occurred as the UH football players returned to school on Monday. He also said that Daniel Ho-Ching will sit this one out.

"He may still have to have some treatments for his cancer, so he won't be with us," vonAppen said. "His health is far more important to us. He needs to take care of Daniel first."

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