The Pac-12 conference announced today that they will keep their football schedule within their conference for the season. This is a massive turn of events for the football season in Hawaiʻi, as three of the four first games all included the Pac-12.
This news comes after the announcement from the Big 10 conference to do the same, as well as the Ivy League deciding to cancel all fall sports and to reevaluate whether or not sports can be played during the pandemic.
https://twitter.com/ESPNHonolulu/status/1281748442809659393 (David Matlin Statement)
“Obviously with three Pac-12 teams on our football schedule, today’s decision affects us more than others,” Athletics Director David Matlin said.
“The decision was made in the best interest of student-athlete health and wellness and we support that and will move on accordingly with the rest of our schedule.”
The Rainbow Warriors planned to open the football season at the end of August at the University of Arizona, hosting UCLA for the first time in 80 years, as well as playing against the University of Oregon in Eugene.
With Fordham cancelling the week three game last week, the University of Hawaiʻi is looking to start the season all the way in October against Nevada. However, we have seen many California universities start to make the decision to move to full online.
Looking at this, it will be hard to judge whether or not a season can be played this year due to the lack of opponents as well as safe travelling options.