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.