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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Tevita Finau will not play at West Virginia in 2008

Phoenix College defensive lineman Tevita Finau will not attend West Virginia this fall. Finau, a Kahuku graduate, has not finished his degree requirement at Phoenix.

"Finau, the highly regarded Hawaiian defensive end from an Arizona junior college, won't be able to complete the requirements for his degree. West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said on Friday that Finau will remain in junior college to complete the four hours he needs and then is expected to enroll in January."

As for Finau, his road to West Virginia was just too academically rocky. He was trying to complete a two-year associates degree in just one year and couldn't do it. Stewart said Finau will complete his degree this fall and then enroll in January. But because he didn't enroll this fall, Finau's letter of intent no longer binds him to WVU, although there is no immediate reason to believe he will change his mind.

"He just couldn't graduate. It's tough. He was basically trying to complete 19 hours a semester,'' Stewart said. "But in truth, he would have been a bonus. You don't get many junior college kids with three years of eligibility.''

While Finau was highly regarded, Stewart downplayed his absence this fall, saying it would have been difficult for him to become acclimated to Division I football and contribute right off the bat after just one year of junior college.

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