UH may play 2 on national TV in fall
The Warriors are also looking for a 13th game to fill the football schedule
One or two Hawaii football games will be nationally televised this fall on ESPN or ESPN2, according to a news release yesterday from the Western Athletic Conference.
UH's home nonconference games against Purdue (Nov. 25) and Oregon State (Dec. 2) are both candidates to be shown by the network.
2006 UH Football Schedule
||at Boise State*
||at Fresno State*
||at New Mexico State*
||at Utah State*
||SAN JOSE STATE*
* denotes WAC game
Home games in CAPS
UH also announced a 12-game schedule yesterday, but might add a 13th game within a week.
If UH does add another opponent, the game will be on Sept. 9. The Warriors open the season at Alabama on Sept. 2.
Hawaii coach June Jones said he'd prefer another game rather than a bye.
"Hopefully we'll have a home game," said Jones, who once considered an "on the way home" road game after the trip to Tuscaloosa. "I know Herman (athletic director Frazier) is working on a couple of things that could happen."
"We are investigating different scenarios for the Sept. 9 date," Frazier said. "We have several options out there, and we should have a decision in the coming week."
If the Warriors do play that week, they will have only one bye during the season.
UH will have tough conference road games at Boise State and Fresno State. The Warriors also make their first visits to new WAC schools New Mexico State and Utah State and will play five road games.
"You always just take what you get when it comes to conference games," Jones said. "We have four home games at the end of the season and that's a plus. Hopefully we'll be in a position to make those count."
After finishing up WAC play against Louisiana Tech and San Jose State, the Warriors complete the season with the Big Ten's Boilermakers and the Pac-10's Beavers.
UH finished 5-7 last year after four consecutive winning seasons.
Stadium search down to two: Two finalists for Aloha Stadium manager from an original group of seven will be interviewed next week by stadium authority board members, chairman Kevin Chong Kee said after yesterday's monthly authority meeting.
The vacancy was created when Eddie Hayashi retired last fall. The position pays $79,000 a year.
Yesterday, the board discussed options regarding locking the stadium into baseball or football configuration.
"We had a good presentation from Russ Saito (state comptroller) on the advantages and disadvantages of the possible choices," Chong Kee said.
Also, a state law has been changed, allowing the authority to negotiate with UH for a rent reduction for football games at the stadium, Chong Kee said.
"The rule is changed, the governor signed it. We can work with them now and adjust the (rent)," he said.
UH is charged 7 1/2 percent of ticket sales (not including premium charges), plus stadium operation costs for home games.
Chong Kee said he will discuss the stadium's projected budget for the next three years with the facility's administration office and come up with an offer for UH.