UH Announces a Four-Game Series with Army

UH = Official UH Athletics site

UH Note: “The series begins on Sept. 11, 2010 in West Point, N.Y., and continues Nov. 30, 2013 in Honolulu, Sept. 15, 2018 in West Point and concludes on Nov. 30, 2019 in Honolulu.”

About scheduling Army, JD said:
“We’re very pleased to have this home and home arrangement with Army put in place. With Rich Ellerson being a former UH football player and now head coach at Army, it adds even more to this series besides the fact that its an academy school and those programs always draw well in Hawai‘i. I’m glad we were able to get it done and we’re looking forward to some great games.” (UH)

About scheduling the four-game series with UH, Army Athletics Director Kevin Anderson said:
“We’re very excited to announce this four-game series with the University of Hawai‘i. We have a very strong following in the state of Hawai‘i and we look forward to giving our soldiers at Schofield Barracks an opportunity to see their football team in person. Having those late games in 2013 and 2019 also help fill a void that was created when we elected to move the Army-Navy game back one week in the calendar. It is very important that we add a game after Thanksgiving in certain years. This series helps us avoid a three-week layoff heading into the Navy game in those years we travel to Hawai‘i.” (UH)

UH Note: “The teams’ only meeting was Nov. 22, 2003 in Honolulu with the Warriors prevailing 59-28 at Aloha Stadium. The series will be a homecoming of sorts for Army head coach Rich Ellerson, a former Warrior linebacker (1974, ’76-77) and defensive coordinator (1987-91).”

About bringing his Army team to Hawaii, Army coach Rich Ellerson said:
“Obviously there is a tremendous military presence in the state of Hawai‘i and I have a connection with the University of Hawai‘i. We’ve talked about having a presence west of the Mississippi and Hawai‘i is about as far west of the Mississippi as you can go and still speak English. This is an opportunity for us to engage in a part of the country where we aren’t as well-known. Three weeks off before the Navy game is just too much of a layoff. When the calendar presents that situation, it’s very important to try and schedule a game after Thanksgiving. We’ll have a bye coming off the trip in both years we travel to Hawai‘i. That’s something that I think is important when you play there. This will help to provide a little extra continuity between the regular season and the Navy game. I think this an opportunity, and it’s healthy for a lot of reasons.” (UH)

About playing Army, Mac said:
“We’re excited about this opportunity to play Army. I’ve got the utmost respect for their program. I’ve known Rich Ellerson for years and he’s an outstanding coach. With the large military presence here in Hawai‘i, it seems like a natural fit to schedule those programs like we’ve done with Navy this upcoming season.” (UH)

http://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2009/5/19/FB_0519090401.aspx

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