Two of the main characters in what turned out to be a mini drama on Monday were absolutely correct:
Tua Tagovailoa was at practice Tuesday, just as his dad, Galu Tagovailoa, and his head coach, Cal Lee, said he would be.
There was a panic set in motion Monday, when Tagovailoa tweeted, “Farewell to the Lou.” Many people took it to mean the Saint Louis star quarterback with a full scholarship offer to Alabama was leaving the Crusaders.
It was a false alarm and everything is back to normal. But, discerning readers should know that more than a few people from high up in the Saint Louis football family hierarchy told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World that, at one point, Tua actually left the team before changing his mind.
Both Lee and Galu Tagovailoa said Monday that Tua never walked off the team, and who would know better than them?
So, there Tua was on Tuesday, doing what he’s been doing every day in preparation for this season, throwing the football at practice.
He was high-fiving and fist-bumping his teammates and patting them on the head after good plays.
Tua, the senior lefty, was also looking as sharp as ever, zipping the ball into his receivers’ hands and showing masterful footwork. He was sharing reps with juniors Chevan Cordeiro and Maika Bonner.
The Crusaders play Saturday at Hilo in a nonleague game. It will be the season opener for both teams.