Warrior football schedule on hold
Plans to announce the University of Hawai'i football team's 2007 schedule did not materialize yesterday, yet another delay to the campaign to launch ticket sales.
During a radio show and two interviews last week, head coach June Jones said he was told by athletic director Herman Frazier the list of 2007 opponents was finalized, and that an announcement would come as early as yesterday. Frazier returned yesterday from Philadelphia, where he spent three days addressing a personal matter. But an athletic department spokeswoman said late yesterday that no announcement has yet been scheduled.
The Warriors, who can play up to 13 games this year, have three vacancies remaining, at least one of which is likely to be against a Division I-AA school.
In addition to eight Western Athletic Conference games, the Warriors have announced signed commitments from Nevada-Las Vegas and Washington.
Frazier had promised a complete list of opponents would be finalized as early as last November. The promised announcement was pushed back to December, then January, then mid-February and finally to yesterday.
Sports information director Lois Manin said UH will not announce its schedule — even the non-conference portion — until the WAC schedule is released. She said she hasn't been told if Frazier has completed the schedule.
Several WAC schools, including Fresno State and Boise State, have announced their non-conference schedules in recent days. Boise State added games against Southern Mississippi and at Bowling Green to complete its schedule, leaving UH, Nevada and Idaho as the only WAC members without completed non-conference schedules, officials said. UH is the only one with multiple openings.
In the absence of an announcement from UH, rumors about prospective opponents continue to circulate. Most prominent of among them of late is Wisconsin, which lists an Oct. 20 opening on its schedule.
UH had been in contact with the Badgers about playing here, but indications in Madison, Wisc. this week are that the Badgers want a game at Camp Randall Stadium to fill the opening. Wisconsin has road games at Illinois and Penn State preceding the opening.
A Wisconsin spokesman confirmed the Oct. 20 opening but did not say if UH was a possibility. Frazier, through Manin, declined to comment on Wisconsin. The Badgers, who went 12-1 last season, played at Aloha Stadium in 2005 and are scheduled to return in 2009. UH last played in Madison in 1987.
UH has asked for help from ESPN to fill the schedule.
Last year, UH waited until March 6 to announce Eastern Illinois as the final opponent for the 2006 schedule of 13 games. The WAC schedule was set way before that announcement.