Hawai'i Football

The Mountain West (MW) will postpone fall sports programs according to Brett McMurphy of Stadium.

This comes after a weekend of student athletes coming together to ensure better testing protocols and other demands as well under the #WeStandUnited  #WeWantToPlay.

This means UH’s football team will be waiting for the spring to lace up for any competition. 

The Mid American Conference made the same decision to postpone fall sports this weekend, and the Big 10 is expected to make a similar move.

In a press conference today, UH officials elaborated on the MW’s decision to postpone and what it means for UH athletics. 

Head football coach Todd Graham reinforced that he fully supports the MW decision and prioritizes the safety of the players first and foremost. 

“At the end of the day, it’s important that we lead and do what's best for our players,” Graham said.

Graham said the postponement is an opportunity for growth and that he is proud of the way the Rainbow Warriors have handled the situation

“We have such a special football team...How we’ve communicated, how we’ve learned, this has been a learning process...I’m very proud of how they’ve pulled together,” Graham said. 

Concerns around the financial aspects of fall sports being postponed were also addressed surrounding the loss in revenue this will bring, 

However, UH athletics and officials have been preparing for this particular circumstance with the constant changes the pandemic presents. 

“Obviously football is a loss. I’ve worked with UH administration on different scenarios and now we have more information…We are going to have to be incredible stewards of our resources,” Athletics Director David Matlin said. 

The new MW guidelines will be reviewed to decide on any future decisions regarding workouts and continued activities for the Warriors.  

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Tanner Haworth is a sophomore majoring in Journalism. His goal is to become a sports journalist and have dinner with Adam Schefter one of these days.