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UH-Colorado still negotiating to play extra football game

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:02 p.m. HST, Sep 17, 2013

The on again, off again negotiations that would send the University of Hawaii football team to Colorado next month to play a school-record seventh road game are apparently on again.

UH athletic director Ben Jay said Tuesday night that negotiations are back on the table and a decision on whether to play could come as soon as Wednesday.

Colorado was forced to cancel its nonconference game against Fresno State last Saturday due to severe flooding in Colorado. When the Buffaloes were unable to work out a makeup date with Fresno State, they contacted several schools, including UH, about a possible replacement game.

Colorado's proposal to UH centered around an Oct. 19 game in Boulder, a mutual open date.

The Buffaloes, who had predicated their budget on six home games, stand to have a $1.8 million-$3.1 million shortfall, without a game, according to estimates by the school.

UH, which had an opening since it is scheduled to play 12 of a possible 13 games, was reportedly hesitant about adding a seventh road game, especially since the Rainbow Warriors play Oct. 12 in Las Vegas. But the financially-challenged 'Bows discussed several possible arrangements.

On Tuesday afternoon, Jay said the deal was off. But that changed later in the evening.

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AhiPoke wrote:
Show UH the money!!!
on September 17,2013 | 02:07PM
allie wrote:
UC does not have much of a team so this may have been an easy road win.
on September 17,2013 | 05:26PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Wait, isn't Boulder, Colorado a disaster area right now? Are they going to fix the place up before October 19? Or is the team going right in the tail end of the rainy season to be visiting a place in third world condition due to flooding? : Is this a "safe" trip to make?
on September 17,2013 | 11:59PM
islandsun wrote:
Why not play. Especially if they pay. Too late to be worried about another "L".
on September 17,2013 | 02:11PM
Too late? We have played a total of 2 games this year and already given up on this years result. How pathetic!
on September 17,2013 | 02:28PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I guess 0-12 is better than 0-13.
on September 17,2013 | 03:02PM
Btrader wrote:
I think an additional PAC game is good for UH, it's about recruiting and more exposure. Short term money less relevant than long term objectives.
on September 17,2013 | 02:32PM
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on September 17,2013 | 02:51PM
allie wrote:
on September 17,2013 | 05:27PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
on September 17,2013 | 04:28PM
hunebasami wrote:
on September 17,2013 | 04:58PM
hunebasami wrote:
Short term coach with short term ideas.
on September 17,2013 | 04:57PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I thought playing road games were to toughen players.
on September 17,2013 | 03:01PM
hunebasami wrote:
tough coach played all over the mainland.
on September 17,2013 | 04:58PM
kainalu wrote:
His reasoning is sound: you're asking the STUDENT/athlete to do a lot of traveling. Let's not forget the academics part about being a student/athlete.
on September 17,2013 | 03:01PM
atilter wrote:
that being a most relevant point, student athletes and academics, it was never mentioned as part of the equation except the $$$. i guess all that double speak about matching the budget to the "academics" was not totally truthful.
on September 17,2013 | 03:14PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
The best studying I ever did was on an airplane. Practically locked up in a study hall with food and drink brought to you.
on September 17,2013 | 04:29PM
hunebasami wrote:
Gee all the other coaches could do it. And check if Mac lids all grad.
on September 17,2013 | 05:00PM
hywnsytl wrote:
It would of meant UH playing 10 weeks in a row and from what I hear not that much finacial help. I think we should have traded straight up for next year with UH playing at CU at home two years in a row with CU the option to buy out year 2015. THat would have given us 3 PAC 12 teams at home in the first month of play. Talk about season tickets, 8 home games!!!!! sacrifice this year for next year when we are better. Give our recruiters something to show the JC boys we want that can play right away. Prove to the MWC the we can pull our weight on TV.
on September 17,2013 | 03:22PM
Muraoka wrote:
Where was this reasoned logic when Mr. Gay decided to extend the Giblet's basketball season? Did he finally decide to bust out the calculator and make decisions analytically instead of emotionally? Wow! Hallelujah!
on September 17,2013 | 04:36PM
thanks4reading wrote:
Remember when universities were about education?
on September 17,2013 | 04:40PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Universities are about education but the paying public likes football!
on September 17,2013 | 08:03PM
hunebasami wrote:
yes we don't need the lost added to our list and we don't need the money
on September 17,2013 | 04:55PM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
Whose fault is this that this didn't happen? And why wouldn't anyone want this game to happen?
on September 17,2013 | 05:15PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Colorado already sold the game and probably had to pay full fare to Fresno St. for it's appearing ready to play (at least travelling costs, and probably any "guarantee". Colorado's just trying to mollify its season ticket buyers with a game. My guess would be that it offered a portion of any "profit" it was going to make from the Fresno St. game (after paying off Fresno). It's pool of opponents are very limited to those having that week of, having only 11 games or playing a team that gives them a 13th game exemption and no 13th scheduled, That doesn't leave many options AT ALL. Colorado has three choices, refund their season ticket holders got that game, pay what that limited pool of teams wants, or don't refund the season ticket holders and act like Oceanic Cable. Maybe Jay is negotiating in the media.
on September 17,2013 | 06:29PM
CriticalReader wrote:
on September 17,2013 | 07:58PM
wizard417 wrote:
why could they not come here t play??
on September 17,2013 | 06:04PM
Rok888 wrote:
I agree with Ben....7 road games is too much...it would mean that the kids will be in a hotel room for 3 straight weeks...that's asking too much for a young student...
on September 17,2013 | 06:58PM
alohabrian wrote:
Smartphone alerts today from Star Advertiser: Arson suspected in brush fires = 0. Police escapee arrested = 0 Dismembered body identified = 1. Baby found abandoned at beach= 1. Warriors football scheduling= 3.
on September 17,2013 | 08:04PM
palolo2001 wrote:
Show Ben Jay the MONEY. I hope we beat Colorado to teach them a lesson that we are not a body bag game.
on September 17,2013 | 08:08PM
808warriorfan wrote:
And make it on TV so we all can watch w/out having to pay for god sake
on September 17,2013 | 08:17PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Play the dang game, it's not like the game is going to make this season any worse. The money more than makes up for any loss - what's the difference between 8 losses or 9 losses - it still stinks. Besides, the extra money makes it easier to buy out Chow's contract.
on September 17,2013 | 08:55PM
Rok888 wrote:
Unless, Colorado is going to pay UH over a $1 millions, its not worth it because we will take a financial beating. Almost all teams that participate in post season bowl games, end up losing money. Only the BCS bowl teams actually make money during the post-season. I doubt if Colorado will pay for all the hotel and meals that UH will have to pay out to stay on the mainland another week. They play UNLV the week before.
on September 17,2013 | 09:44PM
IkaikaClothingofHNL wrote:
Remember the wish to be a member of the Pac 12 Conference? If you can beat their teams, you'll eventually get a second look down the road! Do it for the fans! And don't charge us no PPV price. Throw it on OCSports for free!
on September 17,2013 | 10:04PM
humuhumu wrote:
Nothing is free. Since UH doesn't have many rich boosters, we all got to pay to fund a Div 1 program (win or lose). Everyone I know wants UH football to stay in Div 1A. In our state, football is king. Let's support it and not complain about having to pay a bit.
on September 17,2013 | 11:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ikaika Clothing of Honolulu? Omg
on September 18,2013 | 05:29AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ben Jay I would hope that u would not run your negotiations through the media. u know what happened when The Boston Celtics and LA Clippers were in the midst of trading Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to the Clips for DeAndre Jordan and others right? The deal caught the attention of David Stern, who ruled that a coach cannot be part of a trade. Hence the Clippers got Rivers, however they missed out on the lynchpin of the deal KG. Ben, if u give morsels of info to HSA, who would release the info for HSA's own gain, i.e., more clicks means more ad revenue, Ben u may wind up holding nothing in your hand except your wife's hand.
on September 18,2013 | 12:03AM
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