Hawaii Bowl canceled after Hawaii pull out due to Covid outbreak in crew
The Hawaii Bowl modified into canceled Thursday on the eve of the sport after Hawaii withdrew due to Covid-19, season-ending accidents and transfers.
“We're disappointed our season has to total this vogue,” Hawaii coach Todd Graham said in a assertion. “As competitive as we're and as worthy as we need to play the sport, we are able to't put the health and safety of our student-athletes in wretchedness.”
The game modified into scheduled for Friday at the Clarence TC Ching Athletics Advanced.
Hawaii athletic division spokesperson Derek Inouchi said about 30 gamers and workers lately examined determined for Covid-19. Cases were surging in Honolulu for the past two weeks. Oahu’s seven-day moderate of most modern cases modified into 11 times better on Thursday as compared with 8 December.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes is the supreme allotment of this choice,” Hawaii athletic director David Matlin said in a assertion. “The sizzling surge in Covid-19 cases has compelled us to now not participate within the sport. We're disappointed for our gamers, coaches, and followers. ESPN and the EasyPost Hawaii Bowl workers did every thing they'll for us and we be pleased their valiant effort throughout the week. We need to thank the Memphis Tigers for making the very prolonged time out to Hawaii. We're disappointed we are able to’t compete on the soccer self-discipline.”
The Hawaii Bowl is one of plenty of postseason games ESPN owns and operates.
“Whereas we're disappointed that the bowl could well per chance now not be performed with out reference to substantial efforts from our many stakeholders, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to rep this sport a truth, we thank the College of Memphis and its followers for making the very prolonged time out, and we hope they were in a situation to bask within the uncommon abilities that this match presents within the Aloha say,” ESPN said in a assertion.
Hawaii done the season 6-7, getting into into the bowl on story of there were no on hand 6-6 groups. Memphis done 6-6.
“We're very disappointed to hear that Hawaii could well per chance now not be in a situation to participate,” Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield said in a assertion. “We hope that Hawaii gamers and workers gain wholesome quickly. I’m upset for our seniors and the the relaxation of the crew that battled this season to rep this chance. We’ve had terrific time right here in Hawaii as a program and we're unhappy our time out ended this vogue.”