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UH won't play Temple this season after football talks breakdown

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 8:21 a.m. HST, Nov 13, 2012

The University of Hawaii and Temple University football teams will not be playing each other this season after negotiations between the two schools collapsed.

The Warriors were hoping to add a 13th game to the 2012 schedule, while the Owls were looking for a 12th regular-season game. The proposal called for the game to be played Dec. 7 at Aloha Stadium. 

But officials said final negotiations fell apart Monday night.

"The numbers did not add up," UH acting athletic director Rockne Freitas said this morning.

Temple athletic director Bil Bradshaw said in a news release today, "Temple University went above and beyond normal procedures in an effort to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to play in a 12th football game this season. Unfortunately, that will not be possible as our negotiations with the University of Hawaii have ended. We felt we had an agreement in place with the University of Hawaii, but in the end, its administration was unable to fulfill it due to unforeseen circumstances."

Temple, which initially proposed the game in July, was willing to pay for its travel expenses and not accept an appearance fee. 

Despite Temple's concessions, Freitas said the UH would have faced a financial loss. 

UH usually pays Aloha Stadium a game-maintenance fee of about $100,000. In addition, UH's expenses would add up to about $80,000. 

Freitas said he would not have charged an admission fee to season-ticket subscribers. 

He said UH averages 3,600 walk-up sales for each home game this year. There were 440 walk-up sales for Saturday's game against Boise State. 

"The University of Hawaii is a public university," Freitas said. "I treat the public's money like it's mine. I cross every 'T' and dot every 'I."

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