On Jan. 7, at 2:30 pm, the state Senate will conduct an online briefing about the University of Hawaii football program.
According to an announcement by the state Senate Ways and Means and Higher Education Committees, there will be agenda items: Budget and costs related to coaching staff contracts and Issues regarding the transfer of players.
This hearing is taking place amid intense criticism of the Warriors head football coach Todd Graham. More than 10 players who have remaining eligibility have entered the transfer portal. this includes two captains and other starters.
Graham was hired in 2020 and is currently in the second year a five-year contract, which pays him $800,000. The contract includes a guaranteed buyout
Although it has not been confirmed, but David Matlin, athletic director of UH is expected to attend.
It is not unusual for state legislators to hold hearings on matters relating to the University of Hawaii’s athletic departments.
A Senate committee looked into the “Wonder Blunder” in 2012 when $200,000 was paid to the school by con artists who claimed they were organizing a Stevie Wonder concert to raise money for the athletic department.