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Puu Robinson transferring to Hawaii
May 14, 2012 - Robert Collias
Jordan Pu'u Robinson, a 2009 Baldwin graduate who was closing in on a starting BUCK linebacker spot for Washington State, told Washingtonstate.scout.com that he has been granted his release from WSU and is transferring to the University of Hawaii.
From an email JPR sent to the website:
"I made the difficult decision leaving WSU for personal, family reasons. I decided that being back home in Hawaii with my family is what was most important during this time. This was NEVER a football related decision and I am going home with the intent to help my family.
"I was told directly by the WSU coaches (this spring) that I was playing really well and was projected to be on the field a lot this next season. The decision was made in Mid-April to transfer and have been waiting for my release since then. As of yesterday I was officially granted my release. Regardless of any rumors you might have heard, I was never cut by WSU."
Here is the full link.
As far as I can read this, because he electively redshirted as a freshman — he also missed the 2010 season with an injury — Pu'u Robinson will have one season left to play at UH after he sits out the 2012 season as a transfer. I base this on the fact that both the freshman redshirt season and this transfer redshirt are "elective" in the minds of the NCAA, so there is no basis to extend JPR's five-year eligibility clock.
For example, former Baldwin standout Kai Maiava did not get an injury-missed season back at UCLA after he transferred to from Colorado and saw his five-year clock expire after the 2011 season.
If I have my NCAA rules correct, JPR could have played at WSU this fall, graduated, and then been immediately eligible to transfer and play at UH in 2013 as a graduate, ala Russell Wilson and Jeremiah Masoli.
In his lone season for the Cougs, JPR played in 10 games, started two, and his nine tackles, five of which were solo.
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