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Stutzmann leaving for Portland State


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POSTED: Monday, August 03, 2009

Less than a week before the start of fall camp, the Hawaii football coaching staff will have to call an early audible.

Warriors' offensive coordinator Ron Lee and quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich could have more on their plates this season with the expected departure of graduate assistant Craig Stutzmann.

Stutzmann, a former UH slotback who coached the Warrior receivers last season, flew to Oregon last night and is expected to join the Portland State staff as receivers coach.

“;This all came up rather suddenly so we'll talk about it (today),”; Lee said.

“;Hopefully things work out for the best for him, but we're sure going to miss him. Big loss. He was like another full-time assistant.”;

Lee was Hawaii's receivers coach for nine seasons before being elevated to offensive coordinator last season. Lee would likely have a more direct role in coaching the receivers in Stutzmann's absence with Rolovich also assisting.

“;We'll work it out somehow,”; Lee said.

The Warriors report for fall camp on Wednesday and have their first practice on Thursday.

This would have been Stutzmann's last year as a graduate assistant and he described the last week as a whirlwind as he pursues a full-time coaching job. He was to meet with Portland State head coach and former UH defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville this morning.

“;(Glanville) wants to run the run-and-shoot, so it's a good fit for me,”; Stutzmann said. “;It gives me an advantage.”;

Stutzmann's younger brother, Billy Ray, is a freshman receiver with the Warriors.