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Utah State expects on-time kickoff for UH football game

By Stephen Tsai & Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 02:50 p.m. HST, Nov 01, 2013

LOGAN, Utah >> Utah State officials said Saturday's game against the University of Hawaii will go on as scheduled despite the Rainbow Warriors being delayed in Los Angeles after an airport shooting.

Doug Hoffman, Utah State associate athletic director said, "All indications are that they (the Rainbow Warriors) will get into Logan, Utah, tonight, it is just a matter of when." 

"With that being said, there are really no alternative plans in place right now," he said. "We're expecting Hawaii to get in tonight and (the game) to start at its original time."

The Mountain West Conference confirmed that statement this afternoon.

Kickoff for the Mountain West Conference game to be aired nationally on the CBS Sports Network is 10 a.m., Hawaii time.

UH coach Norm Chow earlier today had said that Mountain West Conference and CBS Sports officials had been negotiating to possibly delay the game.

The Warriors, who departed Honolulu Thursday afternoon on a 10-day, 10,000 mile road trip that will also take them to the U. S. Naval Academy Nov. 9, stayed overnight in Manhattan Beach, a close drive from LAX.

The charter flight was scheduled to depart for Ogden, Utah, at 10 a.m Pacific time. But UH officials were told the flight would depart, at the earliest, at 10 p.m. With the travel time by bus to Logan and time difference, the Warriors might not arrive at the hotel until about 2 a.m. (Mountain time) on Saturday.

Chow said he was told part of the problem is the charter flight was re-routed to Arizona this morning.

UH athletic director Ben Jay, whose flight from Honolulu landed at LAX this afternoon, was stuck on the runway, but did send a text message to the Star-Advertiser.

"Yes, we intend to play at 2 p.m. (Mountain time) assuming we can get out of LAX on our Southwest charter at 10 p.m. (Pacific time and) get to Logan at 2 a.m. We are Hawaii tough and we will show up and play."

UH spokesman Derek Inouchi said several options were considered, including taking buses to Utah. But Inouchi said UH's equipment is stowed at the airport.

Inouchi said the players are passing the time with additional film study, meetings and lunch at the hotel. "All we can do is wait," he said.

Hoffman said the Aggies expect a crowd of about 20,000 for the game.

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Descartes22 wrote:
They could charter a bus to Logan. But that may prove difficult as Ciao only likes to throw his players under buses.
on November 1,2013 | 08:11AM
Morimoto wrote:
Yeah, that could give Chow more excuses for a loss, "Oh we had to bus it from LA to Logan, which caused the players to be tired and lose the game"
on November 1,2013 | 10:28AM
allie wrote:
mo' bettah delay da loss
on November 1,2013 | 11:10AM
Morimoto wrote:
I thought you were from North Dakota? They speak pidgin there? Or are you just trying to fit in with the locals you despise so much?
on November 1,2013 | 12:13PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Hey allie, say that phony pidgin to a wrong person, at the wrong time, and you may get a slap on your head.
on November 1,2013 | 12:30PM
walaau808 wrote:
Either way, arriving at 2am with a 10am kick-off will give them only a couple of hours to sleep at most. Hard to win no matter who you are...
on November 1,2013 | 01:13PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Arrive 2am Utah time. Game at 10am Hawaii time.
on November 1,2013 | 01:40PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Game in Logan UT starts at 2pm Utah time?......therefore there is 12 hrs between 2am and 2pm? Time for a short nap or two?
on November 1,2013 | 05:44PM
allie wrote:
on November 1,2013 | 11:10AM
hunebasami wrote:
Don't worry we can't do worse. 0-7. We didn't win when he did everything right.
on November 1,2013 | 08:24AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Yup. 0 - 8, and an excuse already in the hand. You can bet your life, he will use that excuse.
on November 1,2013 | 06:16PM
hunebasami wrote:
Is a team that is 4-4 23 points favored over UH. What do all the Chow supporters say now. Mac did better with less, And Mac wasn't that good.
on November 1,2013 | 08:34AM
islandsun wrote:
I wanted to give Chow a chance. But its obvious he aint got it and I don't need to be stubborn about like he is. He should resign and he can still hang with the locals. Otherwise he leaves on a terrible note and then what?
on November 1,2013 | 06:35PM
hunebasami wrote:
When you tell the truth it need to be approved. What about a lie.
on November 1,2013 | 08:36AM
KAHUNA1 wrote:
Should pack it up, go home and call it a season.
on November 1,2013 | 09:12AM
SY808 wrote:
Having the game cancelled would not be a bad thing!
on November 1,2013 | 10:49AM
inverse wrote:
I think everyone agrees ben Jay should cancel UH first upcoming road game and cite the delay at LAX, which was beyond UH's control, where UH would NOT have adequate time to prepare for the game. Therefore UH would not be penalized for the cancellation. UH still has to play one away game and most likely lose but at least UH will end up 0-11 and not 0-12 for the season
on November 1,2013 | 11:26AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Yeah, what time is normal bed check? Is it reasonable to make the players fly when they should, by policy, be in bed?
on November 1,2013 | 11:50AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Cancel the game. UH has no upside playing it. No revenue from tickets at Utah St. No revenue from any TV (UH has no risk dependant on whether or not the game is shown on Oceanic PPV), UH is not playing for bowl eligibility, and it eliminates the possibility of a record tying 0-12 season.
on November 1,2013 | 10:56AM
allie wrote:
all too true...and we need to start playing big-time competition. Enough of the cream puff schedules UH plays
on November 1,2013 | 11:11AM
gobows wrote:
disagree...unless you asking for bodybag games for $1mil payouts?
on November 1,2013 | 12:26PM
kiragirl wrote:
Huh? Just when I thought their first W was about to happen. Go Bows.
on November 1,2013 | 11:03AM
Ewa808 wrote:
So much negativity. We get that all you regular complainers dont like the coaches and the team, but how about directing that energy to something more productive? Nothing better to do? If it bothers you that much, DONT WATCH! The team and the rest of us fans dont need you...
on November 1,2013 | 11:12AM
inverse wrote:
You know why many of us seem to be so negative? It is because the FACTS of UH football under Chow lead to only one logical but HONEST conclusion; and that Chow had no business being named head coach after MacMakin. Many of us knew that he was chosen in the similar manner as how Yoshida chose Von Appen, because of Yoshida's friendship to college teammate Von Appen (Linfield college?). More importantly if people do not voice their honest opinion, based on facts. Without the growing complaints about Chow, in all likelihood UH will look the other way and let coach his full 5 years of his contract. If UH does that, in all likelihood UH athletics will NEVER recover. Many of refuse to drink the UH ko ol aid.
on November 1,2013 | 11:49AM
inverse wrote:
PS As someone else pointed out us taxpayers, with UH students, are REQUIRED to pay for Chow and the rest of the coaches salaries. When UH athletics go into a deficit into the millions, like they are now, Hawaii taxpayers will be forced to financially bail them out, so yes we have every right to voice our opinion on the pathetic leadership and handling of this hawaii taxpayer sponsored football team. Also Koa sponsorship does not come close to paying for the full cost to support UH athletics
on November 1,2013 | 12:00PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Ewa808, I'm with you. I get tired of reading these anonymous posts from haters. True fans don't write hese things. Successful people don't write these things, only losers do. True fans would be making contributions to improve the team, not try to take tem down.
on November 1,2013 | 12:42PM
islandsun wrote:
True fans like you bend over and say thank you! No passion. True fans have passion and don't like to see their team and program suffer.
on November 1,2013 | 06:39PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
I honestly believe that many, including yours truly, who post comments on this thread are neither pessimists or optimists but realists. Sarcasm--even when sugar coated--is a bitter pill to swallow.
on November 1,2013 | 07:17PM
dweir wrote:
Should have gotten on a bus after it happened. Would have been half way there by now.
on November 1,2013 | 11:31AM
toobn wrote:
The team's equipment is still it LAX and not being released. What do you expect them to do with no equipment?
on November 1,2013 | 11:40AM
ha_oleboy wrote:
Shoots! I think we still have a shot at winning. Ciao just needs to take aim and fire up the team. Maybe we should switch to a shotgun formation for this road game, but let's not get too hasty and rifle through old playbooks without considering the limited skills of our top gun, Schroeder. Winning and losing doesn't revolve around our mode of transportation; for a speedy trip, the team should jump in the bus and gun it.
on November 1,2013 | 11:44AM
Dawg wrote:
I guess UTAH is really worried and want to win at any cost to the warriors. IMUA Bows!!!!!!
on November 1,2013 | 11:57AM
roninsensei wrote:
Dino Babers, Brian Norwood (or any other coaches being mentioned to take over for Norm Chow): Take note of all of this. This is how you'll be treated by so called UH fans at the first signs of adversity. Save yourself the aggravation and hold out for a job that pays you a decent salary, at a school with resources, and fans that will appreciate your efforts, and support you and your players through thick and thin.
on November 1,2013 | 08:26PM
inverse wrote:
You actually hit the nail on the head. As referenced by Sean Connery in Hunt for Red October, Cortes scuttled his ships when he reached the Americas to send a message to his soldier there will be no retreat, no return. The next coach after Chow has to be FEARLESS. He should not care one bit whether fans will like him or not because he knows he is successful in raising the team out of the gutter he will be a hero and if he fails then he will be despised. A REAL coach who is extremely confident but NOT arrogant would welcome the challenge and make dang sure he will prepare and choose his players that will be winners but off and on the field. He is NOT expected to win all games his first season as the new head coach HOWEVER he will prepare, coach and lead the team both on and off the field to always maximize the potential for success. Under those conditions, there will be close games but this coach will begin to win more games than lose. Success breeds success and create a snowball effect of attracting more blue chip and impact players from Hawaii and beyond to want to play for Hawaii. This coach is realistic and know UH will never reach the level of an Alabama, HOWEVER realizes UH can reach the level of a Boise State and under those conditions UH will be just fine and he will be rewarded AFTER showing what he has accomplished in turning around the team. This new coach will NOT be afraid of having just a 3 year contract instead of an automatic 5 yr contract like Chow. You are 100% correct UH should never hire any coach who is a AFRAID of what fans think of him or needs to be validated by UH football fans. This new coach will have the attitude that if he cannot turn around the UH nosedive in a few years time (NOT 5 years) that he would agree he deserves to be fired for his failure. Appreciate you for making sure UH does not choose another clueless wimp who is only coaching for the MONEY and for personal validation.
on November 1,2013 | 10:30PM
Nevadan wrote:
10 day road trip? How about classes?
on November 1,2013 | 09:13PM
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