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An update on past news

Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Charles Tharp scored 11 touchdowns in
two seasons as a UH Rainbow.

Tharp is a star
running back at
Western Illinois

Question: Whatever happened to Charles Tharp, University of Hawaii running back who quit the year June Jones was hired as coach?

Answer: Tharp is a senior at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., where he transferred in 1999.

He rushed for 149 yards against Southwest Missouri State on Saturday, moving him to fourth on the school's career rushing list. He has gained 2,240 yards in 18 games at WIU.

He also is fifth in school history in all-purpose yards with 2,684.

He has a chance to end his career second in both categories.

Tharp is 15th in the nation in rushing in NCAA Division I-AA, averaging 132.7 yards per game.

Western Illinois is 6-1 on the season and is ranked sixth in the latest I-AA poll.

Tharp was UH's leading rusher when he was suspended by Jones in March 1999 for breaking an athletic department rule.

Tharp transferred because the UH offense was not conducive to his style of play, the Star-Bulletin reported at the time. He finished his UH career with 11 touchdowns over two seasons.

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