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Plans for 13th game off the table

By Stephen Tsai

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It appears plans are dead for the Hawaii football team to play a 13th game this season.

The Warriors had explored the possibility of adding an extra game, with Dec. 8 as the target date.

Temple had contacted UH about the proposal.

But the Warriors apparently could not resolve issues involving season-ticket holders, pay-per-view subscribers and UH’s labyrinth of procedures.

“It’s a shame,” UH coach Norm Chow said. “This game was for the players. I feel bad for them.”

The game would have been possible because of the so-called “Hawaii exemption” in which the Warriors and teams playing in Hawaii could exceed the NCAA’s limit of 12 regular-season games.

For the first time since 2007, the Warriors had scheduled only a 12-game regular season. Temple has 11 regular-season games.

Temple officials first contacted Chow in July about the possibility of playing the game. The Owls were willing to agree to a clause in which the Warriors could opt out if the game jeopardized their chances of qualifying for the Hawaii Bowl. The Warriors (1-6) can receive an automatic berth in that bowl if they are 6-6 in a 12-game season and 7-6 in a 13-game schedule.

The Owls continued to inquire. Herman Frazier, a former UH athletic director and former Temple official, tried to help in pairing the schools.

In the end, there wasn’t enough time or local support for the game to materialize.

“It’s disappointing, especially for a football team that’s used to having 13 games in one season,” UH cornerback Mike Edwards said. “I was hoping we’d get that game against Temple. It’s a Big East team. That’s a good football game to get. … Players love to play football games. That’s what we live for each week. We’re not in any rush to get this season finished, no matter how things are going. It’s fun and a blessing to go out there and play every week, especially in Hawaii. We love our fans and we would have loved to play one more game for them.”





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