UH Manoa can’t repeat mistakes after ex-football coach quits

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The fallout from the resignation of former University of Hawaii football coach Todd Graham continues on Saturday, January 15. It came as one of the program’s top players, Khoury Bethley, became the 19th Rainbow Warrior to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal. .

Now the rebuilding process begins as the university searches for a new football coach.

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It’s unusual in the world of college football to see head coaches resign on their own without the golden parachute of a buyout. Graham is giving up $1.275 million in a buyout for the final three years of his contract at UH.

Hawaii State Trail. Glenn Wakai (D) said the resignation wouldn’t have happened without the Senate’s heated hearing with UH on Friday, January 7.

“What happened last night was the best outcome that could have happened, and it was kind of like a divorce yesterday by Graham deciding he was going to leave, it was an amicable divorce. Because he could have chosen the long fights for months, even years, until the very bitter end of his contract.

GLENN WAKAI, HAWAII SENATOR

Graham has already been paid $12.8 million by his former employer, Arizona State University, to walk away, despite Graham being one of the most successful coaches in ASU football history.

“I think it depends on the personalities, it depends on your ability to please the community around the program, and that’s where there was a disconnect,” said play-by-announcer Kanoa Leahey. Play from Spectrum Sports. “I don’t think you can argue with the resume. I don’t think anyone would even dispute the craftsmanship of footballers X and O.”

As UH considers making a new hire, Sen. Wakai says athletic director David Matlin should be given a mulligan — a second chance.

“I don’t think Matlin can be judged by just one rookie. I think he hired a lot of good people. And you also watch the other programs. Volleyball is booming. We have a new opportunity with a new baseball coach,” Senator Wakai said.

To help this next hire, Sen. Wakai wants the state administration to expedite the launch of the new Aloha Stadium entertainment district, which has seen two delays in a request for proposals, the latest pushing the project back to July.

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“You might see legislation this upcoming session that overhauls the process because we can’t wait for things not to come up for sale,” Senator Wakai explained. “Labour costs won’t go down, the price of steel is only going up, so the more we kick, the more the dream fades, we have to go for it.”

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