The 2012 and 2013 UH vs. USC games were officially announced

UH = Official UH Athletics website

UH Note: “The University of Hawai‘i and Southern California have agreed to a two-game home-and-home football series in 2012 and 2013, UH Athletics Director Jim Donovan and USC Athletics Director Mike Garrett announced on Wednesday.
In addition, the 2010 contest at Aloha Stadium originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4, will be moved to Thursday, Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. HT to accommodate ESPN, which will pick up the game on one of its stations. The teams will meet again Sept. 1, 2012 in Los Angeles and Aug. 31, 2013 in Honolulu.”

Happy to extend their series with USC, JD said:
“I’m very pleased that we’re able to extend this series with the University of Southern California. As associate A.D., I worked with (USC senior associate A.D.) Steve Lopes on the current three-game series which ends in 2010 and we were able to agree to a home-and-home extension. This series is positive for us because USC has always been a perennial Top 10 team and the fact that playing in Southern California appeals to our West Coast fans and alumni and is an area we heavily recruit.” (UH)

Excited about the scheduling of USC, Mac said:
“We’re really excited about this series and for the opportunity to play a perennial national championship contender. It’ll be good for our fans to be able to see us play one of the top teams in the country which will be an indication of where our program is at. Also it’s an opportunity to play a West Coast team, where the travel won’t be too hard. Our fans on the mainland will get a chance to see us play in person and it’ll really help us recruiting-wise.” (UH)

Happy to add UH to their schedule to open their 2012 and 2013 seasons, USC head coach Pete Carroll said:
“We’re excited to be able to add some more games against Hawai‘i to our schedule. It’s a great way for us to open our seasons in 2012 and 2013. This is a match up of two fine programs that have a history dating back nearly 80 years. I know our players and fans enjoy traveling to Honolulu for the game, and we get good crowd support from the many Trojan fans living in Hawai‘i who get to see us play. And it works out well for Hawai‘i coming to the Coliseum, because they have such a strong fan base in Southern California.” (UH)

About how moving the 2010 game to Thursday gives them extra days to prepare before their back-to-back road trip to Army and Colorado, JD said:
“In addition to being able to play on national television, which is important for our program, we’ll have extra days to prepare for the Army/Colorado road trip. We won’t run into problems about not having enough practice days due to the long flight to New York.” (UH)


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