According to a piece in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, it could be the nuclear option for an athletics program that is facing a $3-million shortfall for the upcoming season.
Hawai'i AD Ben Jay and president David Lassner are facing the Board of Regents asking for some state help to keep athletics alive in some form or fashion. Jay maintained that, in the meeting, the university has operated at a deficit 11 of the last 13 years.
And this is the down side to all those bowl games and being as geographically separated as they have been in the Mountain West Conference.
Ferd Lewis' piece in the paper has the details:
"I think, in my mind, it has to come from the state. In part, I'm asking this board, President (David Lassner) and the UH-Manoa leadership to support and ask the legislature for direct for direct funding support for the athletic program," Jay said.
But, if football (the biggest money maker for the program) goes away, the other programs could be worse off more than currently.
More when we know more, but, in the interim...
Here's highlights from the 2014 Warrior Bowl on campus- the spring game for the Warriors