Rainbow Warrior football team could add Australia game to 2016 schedule

Rainbow Warrior football team could add Australia game to 2016 schedule

At a distance of 4,500 miles, the University of Hawaii's trip to Columbus, Ohio this week to take on Ohio State will be the farthest any team in the NCAA travels during the 2015 football season.

The Rainbow Warriors could be in for an even longer road trip in 2016.

University of Hawaii athletics director David Matlin says the school is in ongoing negotiations about the possibility of playing a sporting event in Australia next year, with several media outlets indicating the game would be a football match-up with the University of California's Berkeley campus.

"We've been approached about a potential game in Australia, which is a very exciting opportunity for the University of Hawaii athletic department, as well as the university and the state," Matlin told Hawaii News Now on Wednesday. "If it's in the best interest of our student-athletes and our program, we'd be very excited to consider it."

Members of the University of Hawaii football team regularly rack up more frequent-flier miles than any other college football program in the country, but the 5,000 mile journey from Hawaii to Sydney would be the farthest the team has ever traveled to play a competitive contest.

Matlin says that his staff is continuing to explore the possibility of the game, but did not indicate a timetable on when a decision would be made.

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