Purcell declared ineligible
By Danny Cup Choy
Thursday, July 25 2002
Defensive lineman Mel Purcell Jr. has not qualified academically to play for the Warriors this season, and will be forced to sit out the 2002 football season. While Purcell had a 3.6 G.P.A., he did not get a high enough score on the SAT. He will look to retake the SAT and enroll as soon as January.
Purcell, a 6'5, 230-pounder, was one of the best recruits in Hawaii's 2002 class. He chose Hawaii over Oregon and Fresno State. Purcell hails from American Samoa.