Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said it’s too soon to confirm a Honolulu Star Advertiser report that a possible game with Hawaii is off the table.
“It’s not over yet,” Bradshaw said Wednesday of the Owls attempt to schedule a game against the Warriors at Aloha Stadium on Dec. 8. “It would be premature for me to comment on a newspaper report at this time.”
But according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, there’s not enough time or interest in Honolulu for the game to occur. The paper reported that the Warriors were unable to resolve issues with Hawaii’s labyrinth of procedures, season-ticket holders and pay-per-view subscribers to make the game possible.
“It’s a shame,” Warriors coach Norm Chow told the Star Advertiser. “This was for the players. I feel bad for them.”
After rejoining the Big East in March, Temple (3-4) was left with only 11 games on this season's schedule. Since then, the Owls have been attempting to schedule a 12th opponent, to make it easier to get the six wins needed to become bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive season. The discussions with Hawaii have been on and off since July.
Under its current 11-game schedule, Temple would have to win three of its remaining four games to reach six victories.
A struggling team, the Warriors (1-6) would provide a great opportunity for the Owls to get a needed victory.
Temple was a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference during the previous five seasons.