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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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Report: Hawaii expects former USC QB to join team

Max Wittek

The Hawai’i Warriors have plenty of experience at quarterback, but the team is still lacking in talent at the game’s most important position.

Max Wittek, a USC transfer, wasn’t able to enroll at Hawai’i earlier in the process due to a delay in his graduation, but the team anticipates he’ll be enrolled in the program soon.

The University of Texas was Wittek’s first choice after he decided to transfer, but the Longhorns backed away from the quarterback once they discovered the academic and timing issues involved.

Hawai’i then moved into the driver’s seat, particularly after Wittek visited the school.

“I feel great with coach (Norm) Chow,” Wittek said a month ago. “He’s awesome. He’s been so helpful through this whole process.”

If Wittek does eventually enroll at the University of Hawai’i, the graduate transfer should immediately enter a competition with sophomore Ikaika Woosley and senior Taylor Graham. Wittek will have missed precious practice and instructional time, but he’s a former four-star recruit with a big-time arm. If the Warriors’ staff can get him up to speed quickly, the team may have dramatically upgraded at quarterback.

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