September 26, 2007

Sipili expected to return next spring

BOULDER, Colo. - When CU's Office of Judicial Affairs suspended Michael Sipili from school for the fall semester, some feared the sophomore linebacker might decide to transfer.

Buffs' head coach Dan Hawkins said after Wednesday's practice that Sipili will be back.

"We are going to get him back in the spring," Hawkins explained. "It is just a question of what transpires between now and then.

"He is still working on his options a little bit. He hasn't made a real decision about what he is going to do for the next three months."

Although Sipili is not allowed on campus this semester, Hawkins would prefer for him to stay close by in Colorado.

"I think a lot of it just depends on the fact he has to get a job and get that stuff worked out," Hawkins said. "I think he has some options out here but he also has some options at home (Hawaii)."

Sipili was slated to start at Mike linebacker this season before his involvement in a fight over the summer which led to his suspension.

Sipili still has his redshirt available so he will have three years of eligibility remaining next year.

Additional notes from Wednesday's practice

*** A week after making his college debut, freshman offensive lineman Kai Maiava will make his first start. Maiava recorded an eye-opening 11 knockdown blocks in just 40 plays last Saturday against Miami (Ohio). Coach Hawkins said Maiava will start at left guard against the Sooners.

*** Hawkins was very pleased with the Buffaloes' practices a week ago leading up to their 42-point win over the RedHawks. How have the practices gone this week in preparation for Oklahoma?

"Good," Hawkins stated. "I think our guys are really starting to figure out how to practice, particularly the 'Scouters'. Really good yesterday, thought our tempo was really good; execution was really good the last two days. I think their focus has been awesome to see, just to see their consistency and continuity. We kind of get after them and get hard on them, but really there were only three or four plays we had to repeat the whole practice offensively so that was pretty good."

*** Jordon Dizon racked up 55 tackles in the non-conference portion of the Buffs' schedule. The senior linebacker currently ranks first in the country in total tackles and tackles per game. "When I took him out of the game the other day [against Miami (Ohio)], he was going, 'No, I need to stay in'," Hawkins recalled. "I go, 'Look, we don't need you to break your leg here in the last two drives. We're not going to let that happen'."

Has Dizon's amazing tackle total early on this season surprised his head coach?

"No," Hawkins said. "Anybody that knows that kid, he is just so consistent. Both he and T-Wheat (Terrence Wheatley). I just think it is very impressive when you have a guy that shows up every single day, does what he is supposed to do and more, allows people to coach him. So it doesn't surprise you when those awesome things happen. We're blessed to have a couple guys on the team that are that good that also set the example for what else you're supposed to do."

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