Due to COVID-19 issues within the program and along with season-ending injuries and transfers, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Warrior football team will not be able to participate in the EasyPost Hawaiʻi Bowl against the University of Memphis.
“We are disappointed our season has to end this way,” Head Coach Todd Graham said. “As competitive as we are and as much as we want to play the game, we cannot put the health and safety of our student-athletes at risk.”
UH Mānoa Athletics Director David Matlin added, “The health and safety of our student-athletes is the most important part of this decision. The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has forced us to not participate in the game. We are disappointed for our players, coaches and fans. ESPN and the EasyPost Hawaiʻi Bowl staff did everything they could for us and we appreciate their valiant effort throughout the week. We want to thank the Memphis Tigers for making the long trip to Hawaiʻi. We are disappointed we can’t compete on the football field.”
The EasyPost Hawaiʻi Bowl was scheduled for Friday, December 24 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. It was supposed to be UH’s 10th appearance in the game.