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Hawaii football to play Memphis in Hawaii Bowl

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Hawaii hoisting 2019 Hawaii Bowl Trophy

After initial reports from Brett McMurphy on Thursday, the University of Hawaii made the news official on Friday morning: the Rainbow Warriors are going to a bowl game. 

UH confirmed Friday morning that the team accepted an invitation to compete against the University of Memphis in the 2021 EasyPost Hawaii Bowl at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex in Manoa. 

The addition of Hawaii was made possible after the NCAA added another bowl game in Texas with two teams to be named later, leaving a space open for Hawaii to make a bowl game.

And although there was some conjecture that the Rainbow Warriors would miss out on the bowl game fun since they did not have a record .500 or above, senior defensive back Eugene Ford felt a higher power at work this week.

"I prayed the night before that I would get another game, another championship under our belt," Ford said. "I can leave here with three rings and when we heard, the locker room was lit. Everyone is excited for it."

Hawaii's bowl game announcement could not have come at a better time. 

This week, numerous starters (including star quarterback and local product Chevan Cordeiro) announced that they would be entering the transfer portal, essentially ending their tenure at the University of Hawaii. 

For head coach Todd Graham, he's simply excited to get back to business with the players that have stuck around.

"I guess that's the new way of life in college football is that it's an emotional roller coaster," Graham said. "But, bottom line is that we're here and we practiced last night and practiced today just trying to get our timing back and heal up a little bit...We're excited and very blessed to have this opportunity."

Tickets for the 2021 EasyPost Hawai'i Bowl are currently on sale at etickethawaii.com or at the UH Ticket Office.

All attendees must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative test and download the LumiSight UH app where they will upload their vaccination card/test results and complete the daily health check-in. 

Have a story idea or sporting event he should cover? Email Keith at kdemolder@kitv.com

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