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Wednesday, August 16, 2000

U H _ F O O T B A L L

UH Football

Flint injury
leaves UH with
six quarterbacks

Head coach June Jones says
the junior college transfer has
a tear in his rotator cuff and
is out for the season

Football Notebook

By Paul Arnett

Jared Flint has known something was wrong with his throwing shoulder since the spring. He just didn't know how bad it was until the team doctors told him it would likely require season-ending surgery Saturday.

The junior college transfer still held out hope after yesterday's practice he could rehab the shoulder and return in a couple of weeks, but University of Hawaii head coach June Jones said there was a tear in the rotator cuff and he was lost for the season.

Jared Flint
"Started to notice pain last spring."

"It's been bothering him through the spring and the summer," Jones said after yesterday's morning workout. "He has a tear in there, so he'll have it operated on this weekend.

"We're disappointed and he is, too. He was right in there with everybody else. He had a good spring game, but we can't worry about that now. We've just got to move on with the six we've got."

Hawaii opened fall camp with eight quarterbacks. Freshman Chad Kapanui opted to move to linebacker at Monday's opening workout, but could compete at quarterback next spring.

Flint and Mike Harrison were probably one-two coming out of spring with Nick Rolovich also right there in the mix. Rolovich missed several practices in the spring with a bad thumb.

By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin
Warrior linemen went nose to nose Monday,
the first day of practice.

Harrison and Rolovich are probably the top two quarterbacks with Kevin Gilbride, Shawn Withy-Allen, Timmy Chang and Matt Manuma rounding out the six still standing. As for Flint, if he is lost for the season, he could apply to the NCAA for a medical hardship. He does not have a redshirt year available to him.

"The NCAA is more humane than it used to be," Flint said. "So maybe something good can come from this. I started to notice the pain last spring, but it was something I was able to play through.

"It got worse over the summer and that concerned me because I was trying to do some rehab. It felt pretty good the past three weeks, but last Thursday, I made a couple of throws and felt a sharp pain right in there (rotator cuff)."

Flint had an MRI done and was hopeful it was only tendinitis, but members of the UH medical staff said that was unlikely.

"I'll find out at the end of the week what action will be taken," Flint said. "Hopefully, it's not something I'll have to sit out for the season. If it is surgery, hopefully, it's a limited one. But any kind of surgery will be devastating to me because it's a tight quarterback race."

Harrison said he felt badly for Flint, adding, "You want to be the starting quarterback because you beat out everyone else, not because a guy goes down with an injury. We all feel badly for Jared and what he's going through."

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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