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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:02 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2006

UH cornerback dismissed from team

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Second-string cornerback Ryan Keomaka was dismissed from the University of Hawai'i football team Monday for missing study-hall sessions.

"He knew about it all week; he knew about it last week," UH coach June Jones said. "He's a good kid. He plays hard for us. But life's too short. We have more guys."

Keomaka said he mistakenly believed he needed to log a certain amount of time in study hall, and not attend nightly. The UH athletic department has study sessions throughout the day. The football coaches monitor the evening sessions.

"It's my fault because I didn't ask," Keomaka said. "I just, you know."

Asked if Keomaka could rejoin the team in the spring, Jones said: "Right now, he's not coming back. It's too bad."

Keomaka was a part-time starter last season. He said he was dismissed from the team in March after he missed two class checks.

He averaged a B-minus during the spring semester.

He was allowed to rejoin the Warriors on Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester, when the NCAA lifted limits on Division I-A rosters.

He was the No. 2 left cornerback for last week's game against UNLV.

Reach Stephen Tsai at stsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.