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Hawaii considers college football game in Japan

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:22 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2011


TOKYO >> The University of Hawaii is moving forward with plans to play a regular-season football game in Japan within the next few years.

Jim Donovan, the school’s athletic director, revealed the prospect while in Osaka over the weekend for a men’s basketball game. Hawaii was finishing up a 15-day tour through China and Japan.

The Rainbow Warriors could play a football game in Japan as soon as 2014. Donovan said he met with executives of the Osaka Dome, where the proposed game would take place.

Donovan said Hawaii would consider opponents in its Mountain West Conference, which includes national powerhouse Boise State, and the Pac-12 Conference.

The story was first reported by The Japan Times.


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honokai wrote:
Dear Mr. AP Staff Writer in Tokyo, The football team is no longer known as the Rainbow Warriors. I know it can get a bit confusing because we still do have rainbow teams. It is just that the men on the gridiron no longer carry the rainbow flag. But thanks for the international coverage. And I will let the Star Advertiser know that we are paying for them to have someone read the wire stories before they put them up so that such local nuances are picked up before they post the story. Aloha.
on August 23,2011 | 05:58AM
honokai wrote:
The football team is no longer known as the Rainbow Warriors. I know it can get a bit confusing for international reporters because we still have rainbow teams. I hope the Star Advertiser is having someone read the AP wire stories before they are put up so that such local nuances are picked up. Maybe that was done and this was just a slip up. Aloha
on August 23,2011 | 06:06AM
Loki wrote:
Headline to photo: "I thought of another way to rip off these locals."
on August 23,2011 | 06:52AM
cbie808 wrote:
Wouldn't it be cheaper to bus loads of Japanese tourists to Aloha Stadium on gamedays?
on August 23,2011 | 07:59AM
go4it wrote:
Hawaii is looking at that long term advantages of getting into the Asian markets. Even though its a longshot, the only way Hawaii will be asked into the PAC-12 in the next 10 years is if can tap into the large revenue of the Asian Countries. If the PAC-12 can see the money and exposure of expanding to the far west, there could be a win / win with Hawaii. This could be the start of something big. It still is a longshot but worth the try. It's better than sitting back and complaining that we cannot get into a BCS conference. GO FOR IT.
on August 23,2011 | 08:23AM
PMINZ wrote:
Isn't there enough Money being Thrown at the UH Sports Dept? Dang Where will this Wasted Money Supposedly come from?? Who the Heck Dreams up these things ? Are they going to Personally Pay for this? Or will the UH students be Ripped for more Bucks? When do UH students Spend time in class LEARNING Something?
on August 23,2011 | 09:17AM
hilopango wrote:
All of a sudden I imagined our huge, beefy Warriors playing against a team of Japanese football players...
on August 23,2011 | 09:26AM
entrkn wrote:
I go back far enough to still have a soft spot in my heart for the name, Rainbows, but times and circumstances have changed and now it is time to retire the Rainbows name and move the whole school to what all the students and athletes call themselves: WARRIORS!
on August 23,2011 | 10:01AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
I think my alma mater should go back to Rainbows too, because it is unique and because it fits in our Island home. Warriors is pretty "common" and when I hear "WARRIORS" on the news, I assume they are talking about a team from the Kamehameha Schools or California, etc.
on August 23,2011 | 04:10PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Maybe this is the right time to rename the sport. Now that millions of Americans watched the USA women vs. the gals from Nippon in the World Cup finals for futbol, many realize that what we call "football" is really not a "foot" game at all. It's "throw" ball or "carry" ball, but not football. The only kicking is the kickoff, extra point and punting when all else fails. Futbol is an international game; what we call football is an American invention and misnomer.
on August 23,2011 | 04:08PM
honokai wrote:
Nope Haugen, you are not correct. You left out the drop kick, the regular field goal and the free kick field goal. In a free kick field goal ---- after a fair catch, an NFL team has the right to take a free kick from the line of scrimmage on the next play. If the kick goes through the uprights, the kicking team scores 3 points. You are correct about soccer football however. It is an international game. Yawn.
on August 23,2011 | 06:07PM
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