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Last-ditch proposal could make 13th game a reality

By Stephen Tsai


Temple and Hawaii officials were closing in on a deal in which their football teams would meet in a game next month.

Earlier this week, a proposal that would have allowed the Warriors to add a 13th game this season seemed dead.

But Temple, which initiated talks, is willing to make considerable concessions, including waiving an appearance fee that could have been as high as $250,000.

If the game materializes, it would be played Friday, Dec. 7, at Aloha Stadium. That would avoid scheduling conflicts the next day involving the UH men's basketball game at the Stan Sheriff Center and a Pop Warner festival and swap meet at the stadium.

"I hope we can make it happen," said Manoa chancellor Tom Apple, who addressed the Warriors before Thursday morning's practice. "It would be a great thing for our players to play another game. Temple is a pretty big-name place coming from the East Coast."

The so-called "Hawaii exemption" allows teams playing a football game in Hawaii to exceed the NCAA limit of 12 regular-season games. The Warriors are scheduled to play 12 games this year. Temple has an 11-game schedule and is desperate for a 12th game.

Temple made the initial proposal to UH in July. But with UH's season tickets and pay-per-view subscriptions sold, and the administrative distractions following the botched Stevie Wonder concert, the proposal could not gain traction.

The deal was pronounced dead earlier this week only to be resurrected when Temple made counterproposals. In one scenario, UH would not charge season-ticket buyers for the extra game.

"If we can play this game, it would be for the players' benefit," UH coach Norm Chow said. "Everything we do is for the players."

The Warriors, meanwhile, were scheduled to depart Thursday afternoon for Saturday's game at Fresno State. They spent the night in Los Angeles. They are scheduled to travel by bus to Fresno.

Hawaii will travel with 60 players. Receiver Chris Gant, cornerback Tony Grimes and safeties Bubba Poueu-Luna and Leroy Lutu Jr. did not make the trip.

Owens breaks mark for all-purpose yards

Former University of Hawaii standout Chad Owens caught three passes and returned four kicks to set pro football's record for all-purpose yards in a season Thursday night.

The Toronto Argonauts speedster entered the game with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats needing 73 combined yards to break Michael "Pinball" Clemons' 1997 record of 3,840. Owens set the mark with a 29-yard kickoff return against Hamilton midway through the second quarter of the Argos' final game of the regular season. Owens finished with 95 yards to raise his single-season total to 3,863 yards.

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frontman wrote:
There us no way it can have "0" zero costs to the taxpayers. For the players???
on November 2,2012 | 02:53AM
bleedgreen wrote:
I am excited for the players to have this opportunity to close the season against a Big East school. I'll definitely be at the game.
on November 2,2012 | 05:21AM
joewilly wrote:
Oh pleeeze!! Another loss!! Chow said he's doing it for the players? B.S., he's doing it to try to validate and resurrect his awful debut masquerading as a head coach.The players would probably rather call it a season then get hurt in some meaningless game. Anybody ask them!! Tom Apple addressing the team? That's even worse! That gives it the appearance that the school wants to do it for financial reasons to cover their a** from the Wonder Blunder. Nobody cares about the players. NOBODY!! SHAMELESS!
on November 2,2012 | 05:57AM
allie wrote:
We don't want this game. It is all a bore. The season is over
on November 2,2012 | 06:28AM
McCully wrote:
Too bad nobody will be at the game. Another loser.
on November 2,2012 | 07:32AM
Sunny wrote:
Why is it being scheduled on a Friday? Is Sataurday already booked? The attendance will probably be much less than 20,000 (real attendance numbers) not the ones announced by the Stadium. I don't see how the UH is not going to lose money on this game, assuming they give free tickets to all season ticket holders, the walk-up crowd will be very small.
on November 2,2012 | 08:05AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Aloha Stadiium is already booked for Saturday. And I will be at the game if scheduled. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, whatever.
on November 2,2012 | 10:22PM
lunalilohi wrote:
Playing Temple in basketball would be of great interest, they are always good. In football not so good. 1 - 12 or 2 - 11 who really cares in December?
on November 2,2012 | 10:02AM
BigOpu wrote:
Even if Temple was on the schedule at the begining of the year it would be of little interest. The fact that UH is trying to tack it on at the end of a losing season to benefit a hidden agenda, interest me even less. Especially when the visiting team is really pressing this game to get bowl eligibility. For them to waive the appearance fee when the game was a dead issue seems desparate.
on November 2,2012 | 10:53AM
smehara wrote:
Makes no sense to play this game. Attendance will be poor. I do not see how this will benefit our football program. UH will not be favored in this game. It is likely that we will suffer another blowout loss. The game only benefits Temple. . They get a vacation in Hawaii and a victory will possibly make them bowl eligible. Have them pay all their expenses also and give US an appearance fee and maybe it would be worth it financially. . Perhaps it can pay for the Stevie Wonder fiasco. Call it a season, lick our wounds and regroup for next year.
on November 2,2012 | 11:21AM
kennie1933 wrote:
No no....here's an idea! We play the Temple game and JD, in his new position, can get Stevie Wonder to play at half-time to draw in fans! That would work, right? (wink-wink)
on November 2,2012 | 12:20PM
64hoo wrote:
i feel its a good idea maybe we can take are fustrtions out on them and blow them out. GO WARRIORS.
on November 2,2012 | 11:37AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Sounds good to me another tailgate another game season ticket holders love it we paid the same price for 7 games last year but only got 6 so adding another game is good. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE IT DON'T EVEN GO TO THE GAMES.
on November 2,2012 | 11:54AM
NotNasti wrote:
Good one!
on November 2,2012 | 04:00PM
saltiseaman wrote:
Should have taken the game plus 1 million from OSU.
on November 2,2012 | 12:03PM