The first final round of the 2021-22 college football season was officially canceled on Thursday as Hawai’i had to withdraw from its own title due to COVID issues during the Rainbow Warriors program.
The Rainbow Warriors were hosting a game against Memphis at the Hawai’i Bowl and were due to take on the Tigers on Friday night, but due to COVID, as well as transfers and injuries, couldn’t make it.
“The health and safety of our students-athletes was the most important part of this decision,” said Hawai’i athletic director David Matlin said in a statement. “The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has forced us out of the game. We’d like to thank the Memphis Tigers for making the long trip to Hawai’i. We’re disappointed we weren’t able to compete. on the football field.”
However, the reason why Hawai’i is so underrated is not only because of your factory transfer process.
The team’s starting quarterback, Chevan Cordeiro, and top driver, Dae Dae Hunter, both left the show as the headlines of a mass exodus after report emerges detailed allegations of verbal and emotional abuse by Hawai’i coach Todd Graham, who at his Other Division I Stopped by became known as a “disciplinarian.”
By not playing in the bowling game, Graham is missing out on a possible $60,000 bonus – $20,000 for competing in the game and $40,000 if Hawai’i wins the game.
Cordeiro committed to San Jose State and Hunter committed to Liberty after leading Hawai’i to a 6-7 record, with the previous signature win-No. 18 State of Fresno.
Memphis, meanwhile, finished 6-6 under Ryan Silverfield this year after finishing last season 8-3. His team was in Hawai’i when the announcement was made. The Tigers will be without defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre, who has left to take up a job as head coach at the FIU.
“We hope that Hawai’i players and staff get well soon,” Silverfield said in a statement. “I’m sad for our seniors and the rest of the team that fought this season to earn this chance. We had [a] wonderful time here in Hawaii as a show and we are so sad that our trip has ended this way. “
Among the men who will miss out is star receiving Calvin Austin III, who has been the Tigers’ top recipient in each of the last two seasons, also leading the meeting in yards last year and coming in at No. two this year.
To date, another 14 bowl games prior to the Hawaiian Bowl have been played without issue. However, Hawai’i became the second team to pull out of a bad game after Texas A&M 25 withdrew from the Gator Bowl against 17 Wake Forest. Aggies will be replaced by Rutgers in that bowl game.
Sixteen bowling games were canceled last year because of the pandemic.