The Washington Times - December 16, 2008, 10:46AM

It strikes me as a little unusual that I haven’t written a whole lot about Nevada since the Wolf Pack was announced as Maryland’s opponent in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Then I thought about it a little deeper. There was 12 hours of decompression, the witnessing of a 62-point beatdown between Georgetown and Savannah State, three days of Maryland football practice, basketball at Maryland and Georgetown on Friday and Saturday (also known as the Bryan Kersey double, named in honor of the referee who worked both games) and then a stay-at-home Sunday.

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Toss in a little Maryland soccer (some bloggable bits coming later) yesterday, and the time to start really doing some homework on the Wolf Pack began this morning.

And there’s two significant pieces of news from the last week.

* First, senior center Dominic Green lost his scholarship after his arrest for DUI on Friday. I usually roll my eyes at “team captain” and “senior leader” and all those silly descriptors, because those things don’t keep people from doing (or purportedly doing) dumb things. And this would qualify as a dumb thing.

It’s an interesting spot for Nevada coach Chris Ault, whose offensive line is thin and had pretty much no leverage over Green other than making him pay his own way to school next semester.

In the same Reno Gazette-Journal, it is noted quarterback Colin Kaepernick (strep throat) and defensive end Daryll Hill (head) missed practice Sunday but should play in the bowl.

* One guy who won’t play against Maryland is linebacker Joshua Mauga, another four-year starter who suffered a torn left pectoral muscle and will have surgery this week.

Mauga ranked third on the Wolf Pack with 54 tackles. He had 7.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks.

Patrick Stevens