Hawaii Rainbow Warriors exit Hawaii Cup due to Govt-19 problems

Hawaii announced on Thursday night that Easypost had pulled out of the Hawaiian Cup against Memphis, citing Govt-19 issues in the project other than injuries and transfers.

The match was scheduled to take place in Honolulu on Friday.

«The health and safety of our student-athletes is the most important part of this decision,» Hawaii Director of Athletics David Modlin said in a statement. “The recent rise in COVID-19 cases has forced us not to participate in the game.

«We are disappointed with our players, coaches and fans. The ESPN and EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl staff did their best for us and we appreciate their brave effort throughout this week. We would like to thank the Memphis Tigers for making the long journey. We’re disappointed. «

Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield was also disappointed.

«We hope the Hawaiian soldiers and staff will recover soon,» he said in a statement. «I’m sorry for our senior players and the other team that fought this season to get this opportunity. [a] It’s been a scary time here in Hawaii and we’re sad our trip ended this way. «

Hawaii joins Texas A&M as teams that will not be competing in the bowls this season as a result of the Govt-19 issues.

«We are disappointed that the bowl will not be played despite the substantial efforts of many of our partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this game a reality,» ESPN said in a statement. «We thank the Memphis University project and its fans for making the long journey, and we hope they were able to enjoy the unique experience that this event offers in the state of Aloha.»

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Adam Rittenberg of ESPN contributed to this report.

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