Mulivai Pula is a difficult guy to reach. Fortunately, we were able to talk to him in California over the weekend and ask him about his plans now that he has left BYU.
For those who might not know, Mulivai was a non-qualifier who signed with Brigham Young last February. Due to an acute learning disability, BYU waived an institution policy of denying non-qualifiers, hoping that Mulivai could earn a waiver from the NCAA based upon his disability. Unfortunately, the request for a waiver was turned down and Mulivai headed back home to Hawaii.
Since that time there have been many rumors regarding what Mulivai was likely to do. Hawaii coaches contacted him immediately, and assured him that he would be welcome on the Manoa campus. His high school coaches were quoted in local newspapers as saying that Mulivai wanted to attend Hawaii. But according to Mulivai, that simply wasn't true.
In fact, Mulivai is back on the mainland hoping to enroll at a junior college, probably Long Beach City College, where he could live with relatives, play football and earn an Associate's Degree. If he is able to do all of that then he would love to return to BYU. In addition, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of serving a church mission, but at the moment he's trying to focus on getting back into school.
Mulivai is a very talented running back who helped lead the Red Raiders to a state title during the 2001 campaign. Hopefully everything will work out for this young man because it is still a difficult road ahead.