HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Players and coaches within the University of Hawaii football program have been informed that the Mountain West Conference has postponed the 2020 season ― and that the team will not play football this fall.
The decision was made Monday, due to the continued complications brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Today is a heartbreaking day.” UH Athletic Director David Matlin said in a press conference. “Today is a sad day for our football players, just like the Big West postponement announcement was heartbreaking for our soccer, cross country and volleyball teams.”
Last month, the Big West Conference postponed their entire fall sports season, leaving football as the only remaining fall sport at Hawaii that was still planning on competing in this year. Hawaii’s women’s volleyball and soccer teams play in the Big West.
The Rainbow Warriors are a football-only affiliate of the Mountain West and were not affected by the decision by the Big West.
Despite the setback, new head coach Todd Graham, wants to focus on the development of his players beyond the football field.
“Even though the season has been postponed, were full steam ahead on our players and the educational process and their pursuit of a meaningful degree.” Graham said. “Teach them what it means to live a championship life, so were looking forward to the future and i’m excited about the bright future that we have.”
Earlier in the summer, at least four of Hawaii’s opponents for the now-canceled upcoming football season called off their games against the Rainbow Warriors as they attempted to craft their schedules in a fashion that would allow them to play this year.
Three of the PAC-12 opponents Hawaii was initially scheduled to play this season may also soon be in the same boat as the ‘Bows, as that conference is reportedly on the cusp of canceling its season as well, according to media reports.
The decision also comes as the Big Ten Conference also prepares to postpone their 2020 football season, according to multiple media reports.
This is the first time the ‘Bows won’t field a football team since 1945 — at the end of World War II.
This story will be updated