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UH is bowl bound


    Hawaii players perform the ha’a prior to a college football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

The University of Hawaii football team is in the postseason, awaiting only a formal announcement from the NCAA.

“Hawaii is in — they’re in,” Wright Waters, executive director of the the Football Bowl Association, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser today.

The FBA is a non-profit association representing postseason college football bowl games.

A conference call is scheduled for Thursday involving the FBA and NCAA, after which the NCAA could clear up its most muddled bowl picture.

The Rainbow Warriors concluded the regular season Saturday with a victory over Massachusetts for a 6-7 record.

Normally teams must achieve a winning record or, at least a 6-6 mark, to be bowl eligible. But because there will not be 80 bowl eligible teams to fill the slots for the 40 bowls, as many as six teams will have to be added. And UH, with six victories, is high on the NCAA list of criteria for additional selections.

Pending final games the next two weeks, the only issue for UH is whether the Rainbow Warriors will go in as No. 75 or No. 77 team.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and this is the craziest year I’ve ever seen,” said Waters, a former conference commissioner and past member of the NCAA Executive Committee and chair of the NCAA Bowl Licensing Committee.

While UH will appear in the Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl the choice of an opponent is up in the air.

The Hawaii Bowl has agreements with the Mountain West and Conference USA but because of the chaos this year might be able to go outside its contracts to secure an opponent for UH.

“Tell (UH athletic director) David Matlin I’m not waiting up until 2 a.m. (central time) for his score anymore,” Waters said.

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    • Nope. All this means is that fans of college football get to see more games after the regular season is done. For a lot of fans watching a game like Old Dominion play Texas State does not sound appealing, but if I’m home and the alternative is reruns of “Las and Order” I’m happy to watch that game. Heck if this means that the seniors on 80 football teams get one more game then I’m all for it.

    • Yes, we all do. It just extends another bad season full of embarrassment aND EXPENSE. tOO MANY weak conferences, too few skilled players and coaches, too many city boosters full of hot air and nonsense, too many manufactured “bowls” have attenuated the game.

        • Allie, truth is in the eye of the beholder. You be holding a serious grudge against what most people here in the aina consider the HOME TEAM.
          Hawaii may not be an Ohio State, Michigan or Alabama, but, it is OUR team. You can reside at your university, study your books, go to your classes and even graduate. But, until you learn what it means to SUPPORT your university and all that it entails, you will grow to be an old pessimistic troll that THINKS she is speaking the truth but never realizing how important Football, BBall, and any of the other organizations that cater to developing a mature human being really are. I feel sorry for you.

      • 80 teams competing in postseason play does seem like a lot. However, I don’t hear anyone complaining about how the NCAA’s basketball tournament fields 68 teams, while their baseball championship fields 64 teams.

        • Speaking of pizza?, I just ordered from Dominos for a 12noon delivery. It’s now 9:40am here in Texas.

  • Was an incredibly good game on Saturday. Our hopes and support will get extended for another game.
    Nice to see some positive movement for the football team.
    Winning, like losing is almost a learned habit. Nice to see then in moving the right way.
    Go BOWS! Imua Warriors!!

  • ““Tell (UH athletic director) David Matlin I’m not waiting up until 2 a.m. (central time) for his score anymore,” Waters said.” What is Waters problem????

    • I think he was just joking because he’s wanted to get UH into the Hawaii Bowl and he would wait as long as it took to get the final score to see if UH was bowl eligible. This time, he doesn’t need to wait till 2 a.m. to find out the score. He believes Hawaii will be bowl eligible.

  • From a purely logistical perspective, Hawaii’s bowl participation helps the Warriors’ program a bit to keep pace with all other bowl-bound programs. If I understand things correctly, bowl season allows teams extra days of permitted practice days, if they want that time, along with the experience, at the end of a regular season. Practice days, after all, are regulated during the year. For perennial bowl-bound teams, multiply this extra time, say, four times over four years. The overall experience is good for seniors, but can be very beneficial for underclassmen.

  • CHHHEEEE HOOOOO!!! Whether you consider this season a success or not, there’s no doubt it’s a vast improvement from any of Chow’s seasons. That was my hope coming into this season. Look forward to next season and the bowl game.


  • So happy for the Warriors! It’s been a tough four/five years for the Seniors and even the underclassment other than freshmen.
    It’s been tough years for fans, too. Win or lose they get my dough and support. GO WARRIORS!

  • There are definitely too many bowl games. I remember when there were only four, Rose, Sugar, Orange, & Cotton. Hawaii at no. 75 or 77 and still bowl eligible? But I guess it’s all about the money. That’s why UH played Michigan, to get $1 million.

    • Only four bowl games, 8 teams. Hmm. Interesting you say this because the first NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament held back in 1939 consisted of 8 basketball teams. This tournament has ballooned to 68 teams. So begs the question: Are you implying that March Madness should only involve the elite eight? And what about other NCAA sports tournaments such as the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship which features 64 teams? Why should only 8 college football squads participate in a post season game when the other major NCAA sports field dozens of teams during post season play? Go Warriors!

  • Thank you Coach Rolo for returning our program to the post-season! Even with a 6-7 record, it means a lot to go to a bowl game that was made for our Warriors during the holiday season! We’ve returned back to what we used to be and will only get better! Hopefully….. Happy Holidays Warrior Faithful and see you on Christmas Eve! Hawaii 42 UCF 41 (2OT).

  • Congrats to the Warriors! Proud to see the reward for the hard work the team and the coaches put in to turn the program around. Kudos to Coach Rolovich who is capturing national attention.

  • Yes, too many bowl games, but I’ll take it since UH is bowling. 6-7 is a stepping stone. Next season Coach Rolo and the Rainbow Warriors will leave no doubt about its record and be bowling for many years to come

  • Congratulations to the Rainbow Warriors!!! The bowl experience will motivate the players in wanting to improve and get better. Nothing but the best in the coming weeks and finish this season at 7-7. Cheering you guys on.

    • Back in 2007, all throughout the football season–and subsequent years to follow–UH fans and pundits alike were complaining more about Hawaii’s weak strength of schedule than being appreciative that this was the first squad to ever go undefeated during the regular season. Flash-forward nine years later and we have UH playing in a tougher conference in addition to playing 3 teams from Power Five conferences, including #5 ranked Michigan and we’re hearing numerous complaints about how the Warriors shouldn’t be in a bowl game despite having 6 wins. Go figure. Go Warriors!

  • “Normally teams must achieve a winning record, at least a 6-6 mark, to be bowl eligible.”

    Such a statement is technically inaccurate and feeds into the misconception that UH isn’t deserving of playing in a bowl game because they have more losses than wins, when in fact NCAA bylaw changes in 2012 would allow teams with outright losing records (5-7) or in Hawaii’s case (6-7) to be invited by a particular bowl’s sponsoring agency. There were however, NCAA bylaw changes in 2010 that required teams to be at least 6-6 to be bowl eligible, which I’m guessing is the reason why this SA article specifies a 6-6 record or better to be bowl eligible. In other words, UH being invited to play in a bowl game isn’t unprecedented like many commenters on these threads would like us to believe–for just last season, fellow Mountain West Conference member San Jose State, who went 5-7, beat Georgia State in their bowl game. Bottom line: Based on the economic model of supply and demand as well as the mathematical reality that with 80 bowl slots and 128 FBS teams, 62.5 percent of the teams would have to win 50 percent of their games in order to fill up all the bowl slots with break-even or better teams, which is more improbable than probable. ‘Nuff said! Go Warriors!

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