by: Darren Pai
(KHNL) - Hawaii is one of four teams from the Western Athletic Conference headed to bowl games.
Payouts from those games could lead to an infusion of cash for the University of Hawaii's athletic department.
"The success is obviously going to bring a very tangible benefit to the department which will be financial and the intangible of course are exposure and the goodwill in the community," said John McNamara, UH associate athletic director.
Each conference team will receive a share of the money paid out by those games. UH officials haven't calculated how much they expect to receive, but it could range in the hundreds of thousands.
"That's going to mean significant dollars again significant exposure," McNamara said. "So the benefits to UH and the entire conference are tangible because of the financial benefits."
Boise State is headed for the largest payday of any team from the WAC. After its undefeated season, the broncos are expected to play in a game in the Bowl Championship Series. Those bowls pay out between $14-17 million.
Still, UH would rather have beaten Boise.
"Winning is always better," McNamara said.
The university hopes this year's success lead carries over to next season.