HONOLULU -- Two Hawaii players were ruled academically ineligible to play in Thursday's Hawaii Bowl against Houston, athletic director Herman Frazier said Tuesday.
The players failed to meet the Western Athletic Conference rule,
implemented last year, that requires student-athletes to pass at
least six credit hours in a semester leading up to a postseason
"Unfortunately, we do have two players who did not make it,"
Frazier said in a statement. "Although we wish we could've
certified all players, 105 out of 107 sure isn't too bad."
Hawaii officials did not identify the two uncertified players
citing school privacy issues.
However, defensive end Travis LaBoy has said he would not be
certified for the Hawaii Bowl.
LaBoy, the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the
year, had 76 tackles and led the WAC in quarterback sacks (13) and
tackles for loss (22). He also intercepted two passes and recovered
two fumbles for Hawaii.
Hawaii athletics spokeswoman Lois Manin said the other
uncertified player is a nonstarter.
"We're glad the process is over," Warriors coach June Jones
said. "Everyone worked hard to get these guys cleared, and we are
appreciative. It's unfortunate for the two players who didn't make
it, but the good news is we've got 105 players ready to take on
Houston in a few days."
Jones earlier threatened to pull his team from the Christmas Day
game unless administrators made sure that all players were
academically eligible. Jones later said he was confident he got his
message across and that the Warriors (8-5) would play in the bowl
game against Houston (7-5).
Last year, university officials said they were unable to
officially certify that players had met the requirement because of
the short time between the posting of grades and the Hawaii Bowl.
After grades were submitted Dec. 28, 2002, starting quarterback
Timmy Chang was found to have been ineligible after he received an
incomplete in one course. The conference publicly reprimanded
Hawaii, suspended Chang for this year's season opener and fined the
A new computer program was created to post the grades earlier