Graham resigns from Hawaii football coach in controversy

Honolulu (AP) — Todd Graham resigned as football coach at the University of Hawaii on Friday and resigned in controversy after finishing the second year of the five-year contract.

Graham resigned after criticizing the coach’s management style and the relationship between the players after former players and some parents testified before the state legislature hearing. There are more than 12 players participating in the transfer portal.

“After a lot of prayer and remorse with my family, I came to the conclusion that I will resign with a very heavy heart as head coach of the Rainbow Warriors,” Graham said in a statement released by the university. .. “I would like to thank and thank the players, staff and coaches who have endured all the challenges of 2020 and 2021. It wasn’t easy, but they all had a good fight and we are right. I did things the way.

“Our staff poured our hearts and souls into our players and made a real difference in their lives. I am committed to their commitment, work ethic, and to our players and football programs. I couldn’t ask any more about love, but it’s clear that I have to go away and do my best for my health, my family and my health. I respect all the players and coaches. And cherish and love. The university does not ask me to resign. I leave only for my family and health. We have laid a strong foundation for future success. And I always support you! “

The 57-year-old Graham led Hawaii to a 6-7 overall record this season, scoring 5-4 and 4-4 overall at the conference in the first season, and then scoring a 4-7 mark in the mountains. .. He was previously the head coach of Tulsa, Pittsburgh and Arizona.

“Todd informed me of his decision to resign,” athletic director David Matrine said in a statement. “We enjoyed a lot of success under his leadership, even when he faced a pandemic situation, the withdrawal of Aloha Stadium, and a ban on fans almost all the time with us.

“Todd’s tireless efforts as a coach have had a positive impact on many student athletes. We have been talking for a long time and it is clear that he took this action to move the football program forward. is.”

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