Bows didnt thinkBy Paul Arnett
BC acted funny
University of Hawaii football players didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when they opened the season against Boston College.
Some were aware of the gambling scandal that has rocked the Eagles' campus the past several days. According to the Boston Globe, three players confessed to athletic department officials of gambling on games.
Early news reports also indicated that several players bet against Boston College in certain games, something that prompted an FBI investigation.
Boston College was favored by 12 points in the Hawaii game. Although the 4-5 Eagles rallied late for a 24-21 victory, they did not cover the spread.
"But I didn't think there was anything suspicious," UH quarterback Glenn Freitas said. "They played us fairly hard, but we just caught them off-guard with the kind of plays we were running.
"They didn't know how to stop the option. They were up-and-up. We should have won it. I didn't think they tried to give it to us. As an athlete, I can't imagine going out there and throwing a game."
UH head coach Fred vonAppen was surprised to learn that Boston College players had admitted to the serious NCAA violation.
"I know (Boston College head coach) Dan Henning is a man of integrity," vonAppen said. "I can see where fixing a game could happen in basketball because there aren't that many players, but I can't imagine it in football.
"I didn't notice anything suspicious. Their wide receivers weren't dropping easy passes and their running backs weren't fumbling the football. I guess that's what you would look for."
Several UH players were disgusted with the idea that players might bet against themselves.
"It's sick," receiver Dillan Micus said. "It just shows you how corrupt the game can get with all that big money floating around."
UH senior safety Doe Henderson was even more emphatic against it.
"For somebody to do that, you just have to be a noncompetitor," Henderson said. "You shouldn't even be playing the game. First of all, you're not only hurting yourself, but your teammates and everybody around you.
"But they were playing hard. They came back and won the game. If they were into point-shaving, they wouldn't have tried as hard as they did to come back and win the game.
"It wasn't like they were dropping passes or doing stuff like that. We were knocking passes out and doing stuff to stop them. They weren't stopping themselves."
UH players are told about the perils of gambling at the start of every season. They know it's not only an NCAA violation, but is against the law as well.
"We know what the rules are," center Shane Oliveira said. "But I don't really believe the Boston College guys bet against themselves. They played too hard."
Wide receiver Josh Hawkins put it this way, "They looked pretty happy to me when that guy kicked the winning field goal."
Oliveira had season-ending surgery performed on his sore ankles last week and is lost for the season.
"I feel like I'll be back for spring football," Oliveira said. "I'll just be glad to be pain-free again."
Oliveira had bone spurs removed that caused slight tears of his Achilles tendons. He had both feet in boot casts during yesterday's workout and was relegated to crutches.
"Losing a player of Shane's capabilities hurts you in many ways," vonAppen said. "Not only is he our best center, but our best offensive lineman who has a lot of leadership skills on the field."
Oliveira saw his 22-game consecutive starting streak come to an end at San Diego State. He went on the recent Air Force trip as an emergency center, but did not play.
"I've just got to stay focused and do my rehab work, stay in shape as best I can," Oliveira said. "It's been tough because I haven't been able to play up to my capabilities."
Despite the bye week, there were plenty of other injuries to go around.
Defensive end Ellie Kapihe is out for this week's game against San Jose State with a groin problem, and linebacker Rufus Ayeni is lost with a sprained knee he suffered in the 34-7 loss at Air Force.
Defensive end Brian Chapman has an infection in his leg, but should be ready by Saturday. Two players who won't be ready are reserve offensive lineman Michael Anderson and freshman receiver Robert Kemfort. Both had season-ending shoulder surgeries.
Anderson was sidelined in 1994 with a ruptured Achilles heel. The sophomore has played sparingly since joining the team from Auckland, New Zealand.
"We're also losing (starting defensive lineman) Tony Tuioti for this game," vonAppen said. "His grandfather died in Western Samoa and he needs to go home."