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Does aloha mean goodbye for Hawaii’s football program?

Seven years ago, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors were 12-0 and set to play against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl. That moment is the pinnacle of Warriors’ football.

Hawaii was eventually trounced by Georgia 41-10. And it’s been downhill ever since the deflating loss.

It’s reached the point where Hawaii football could cease to exist in the near future.

“There’s a very real possibility of football going away,” University of Hawaii Athletics Director Ben Jay said at a Board of Regents meeting Monday.

Since head coach Norm Chow took over the program in 2012, the Rainbow Warriors are 4-20 overall. In 2013, the team finished 1-11. And the team’s lack of competitiveness isn’t the biggest concern surrounding the program.

According to Jay, the university’s athletic program will operate at a $2.1 million deficit this season and it has done so 11 of the past 13 years.

“We’re going to have to generate more revenue,” Jay told Hawaii News Now Thursday. “There’s no doubt about that. We’ve always had to do that. People want to support football and basketball and baseball and all of our other sports, so it’s going to come down to how are we going to get that support financially from our fan base and from all the folks who love UH athletics.”

(Hat tip: KITV 4 ABC)

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16 Responses to “Does aloha mean goodbye for Hawaii’s football program?”
  1. dirtydrew says: Aug 18, 2014 8:38 PM

    Get rid of the Rainbow.

  2. manik56 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:45 PM

    Let’s pay the players! lol

  3. scbaby2013 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:51 PM

    Hope they don’t get rid of football that would be sad

  4. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Aug 18, 2014 8:56 PM

    That would be a bummer for Hawaii fans, I think I watched them play in a bowl a long time ago. Hope they can raise enough doe to stick around.

  5. irishlad19 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:14 PM

    I’ve always wondered why they tried to maintain a Div 1 program with all the constraints of distance and recruiting?
    Time to pull the plug, too many other things going for a school in paradise to be an also-ran in CFB.

  6. mikefoxtrottango says: Aug 18, 2014 9:20 PM

    The only football that needs to be killed in Hawaii is the Pro Bowl.

  7. irishlad19 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:26 PM

    I thought they already killed the Pro Bowl in Hawaii?

  8. mikefoxtrottango says: Aug 18, 2014 9:31 PM

    Apparently the game returns there in 2016.

    It’s only half dead.

  9. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 18, 2014 10:07 PM

    But…..I thought these programs made millions of dollars…..and were keeping it from the players because they’re sooooooooooooooooooo greedy.

    Good work, liberals. Now you’ve even ruined college football.

  10. mogogo1 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:57 PM

    Sad state of affairs but it’s going to become more commonplace. The power conferences now will have their own set of rules and will put an even greater hurt on the smaller conference teams. The big boys will soon have more money going to their assistants making more per year than the likes of Hawaii can afford for their entire program. There’ll probably be players earning more than Hawaii’s coaches.

  11. jb24fan says: Aug 18, 2014 11:59 PM

    I hope they never go away. There’s nothing better than that 11pm kickoff in middle america so I can have one last game to bring the night in.

  12. ducknichols50 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:06 AM

    I’ve always been amazed that kids didn’t flock to Hawaii to play football. If La Tech and Hawaii were recruiting me, I know I’d be a “Rainbow” Warrior

  13. seminolez says: Aug 19, 2014 2:50 AM

    It’s either fbs or nothing for Hawaii. If they can’t bring in enough money at fbs level how can they at fcs? Geography is just too much of a challenge. Maybe if they somehow got invited to PAC12 they could survive?

  14. 35longmiles says: Aug 19, 2014 6:26 AM

    But what about those awesome contrived Samoan dances? Shit!

  15. kaspauf says: Aug 19, 2014 8:36 AM

    jb24fan said it best, the late night game for the East coast or anywhere else in the U.S. to watch, they used to be some competitive games but Hawaii needs help, who is the next Timmy Chang or Colt Brennan?

  16. mogogo1 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:28 AM

    I’ve long wondered why the PAC 12 hasn’t looked at Hawaii. Having them in your conference would be an awesome perk. Coaches could sell that to recruits the same way they brag about bowl trips. And you can’t tell me the coaches/administrators wouldn’t love having all their meetings and conferences in Hawaii.

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