Wednesday, June 5, 2013

KU football, Hawaii to play home-and-home series starting in 2016

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis meets with media reps on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, to talk about his latest recruiting class.

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis meets with media reps on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, to talk about his latest recruiting class.


The Kansas football team will play a home-and-home series with Hawaii starting in 2016, the schools announced Wednesday afternoon.

The 2016 home game for the Jayhawks is slated for Saturday, Sept. 24, in Memorial Stadium. KU will travel to Honolulu for a return game at Aloha Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017.

"We are very excited to announce this home-and-home series with Hawaii," KU coach Charlie Weis said. "We recognize Hawaii and the Islands as a fertile recruiting territory. Both our current players and prospects are excited that these two games are official.”

Kansas leads the all-time series with Hawaii, 1-0. The Jayhawks defeated the Warriors, 33-27, on Aug. 31, 1985 in Honolulu.

This will mark KU's first trip to the Islands since defeating UCLA, 51-30, in the 1995 Aloha Bowl.


clevelandjayhawker 5 years ago

Time to start saving up for that away game!

Tim Orel 5 years ago

Sadly for the Freshmen this fall, they'll only get the trip to Hawaii if they redshirt. It might help for recruiting for next year's class, however.

Jeff Coffman 5 years ago

So are you predicting an increase in the number of redshirts by Freshman?

ohjayhawk 5 years ago

This also means we get to schedule an extra game for the 2017 season.

hawk316 5 years ago

This is not at all a "gimme" game. They are nuts about their football in the Islands, so when the team travels to Hawaii, they had better be ready to do more than surf.

texashawk10 5 years ago

Hawaii hasn't been very good the past 2 seasons so I would take KU over Hawaii if if they were playing this season. Of course these games are 4 and 5 years down the road so a lot can change in that timeframe.

blindrabbit 5 years ago

In the past the Nebraska Huskers thrived on this arrangement with Hawaii, did it many years. It was so popular with the residents that Boeing actually had to build more jets to accommodate for the de-population of the State of Nebraska tripping to the Aloha State for the game and whatever else there is to do over there. RCJH!

David A. Smith 5 years ago

The thing that I get out of this is that the coach is excited about an event that he is setting up to be a part of personally 3 and 4 years from now.

killabees 5 years ago

Bout time we renewed our rivalry with Hawaii.

ahpersecoachingexperience 5 years ago

Awesome. I have an Internet girlfriend that lives in Hawaii an this will give me an excuse to fly there and see her.

Ludwig Supraphonic 5 years ago

Unfortunately, she says she can't meet in person and anticipates having a motor vehicle accident or terminal illness that weekend.

VaJay 5 years ago

The first truly LOL I have had on this blog in a while. Thanks!

jgkojak 5 years ago

Brilliant move - this could keep a couple key kids at home or sway some of those 3 star recruits who have a dozen choices.

Dirk Medema 5 years ago

And keep the 4*'s rolling this year.

blindrabbit 5 years ago

ahpers: Hope this is not a Manti Teo like relationship for your sake!

Phil Leister 5 years ago

I'm pretty sure that was precisely the joke.

actorman 5 years ago

But how could it be a joke, HawkOverseas? Aren't jokes supposed to be funny?

RockChalk0808 5 years ago

"Supposed to be" doesn't mean "always."

Ludwig Supraphonic 5 years ago

Mizzery has a home and home series with the Toledo Rockets. How can we hope to compete for top athletes?

Robert Brown 5 years ago

A game in Hawaii is not going to help recruiting that much. Historically, MU has played a much tougher non-conference schedule than KU.

Ludwig Supraphonic 5 years ago

I guess you noted the sarcasm, though I do think recruits would favor a trip to Hawaii over Toledo.

CrystalJones 5 years ago

"Fertile recruiting territory?" Well okay, but I think that might be truer of Somoa. Regardless, Charlie is scheduling for the long term, and I think we can now be certain that one of college football's top coaches will be here for a while.

actorman 5 years ago

Let's hope he does indeed turn out to be one of college football's top coaches, but it's a HUGE stretch to say he's there at this point.

BringBackMark 5 years ago of college football's top god what are you smoking? He's not proven anything anywhere other than that he can collect a big pay check from the school's he's been fired from. Add up his college record and he's getting paid millions of dollars per win. He'll never see the trip to Hawaii.

Jack Jones 5 years ago

By George ~ you've topped the Manti Teo joke. HA-HA-HA Good one LOL

Kyle Seiwert 5 years ago

" of college football's top coaches". OK.

Robert Brown 5 years ago

I really wish we would upgrade our non-conference schedule. Nothing to really get excited about by playing Hawaii. We really should play one BCS type school every year and no longer play schools in the FCS division like South Dakota State and Southeast Missouri (who we play in 2014). I'm not saying we should schedule Alabama and Ohio State, but what about Purdue, or Indiana or Cal-Berkeley or Kentucky?

We had Georgia Tech a few years ago. That is a nice opponent. If you win, it means something; if you lose, it is not a big deal. I see we have scheduled Rutgers which will be a Big 10 school at the time. That is also, good.

I think you will see us being forced to play tougher non-conference opponents if we end up with schedule alliances with other power conferences which would be great. You get more money for a Kansas-Purdue game than Kansas- South Dakota State.

Foster Coburn 5 years ago

Your example of a Kansas-Purdue series being more money than a Kansas-South Dakota State game is not necessarily correct. If you play a BCS opponent, like Purdue, it will have to be a home and home series. So you only get to sell tickets to one of them. With South Dakota State, there is no return game and you simply pay them a flat fee to show up and play (hopefully a big loss for SDSU). Home games also fall into the Big XII television package where a game at Purdue would fall under the Big 10 television package. Most likely there are some stipulations about how much inventory each school should provide each season. In the case of 3 non-conference games, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a requirement for 2 of them to be home games. The nice thing about a road game against Hawaii is that it is exempt from the 12 game total and allows us to play an extra game that season.

David Leathers 5 years ago

I'm not doubting the fact, but why does playing @ Hawaii allow for us to still play 12 games?

Foster Coburn 5 years ago

The NCAA considers playing games outside of the continental 48 an exempt game. With travel costs for mainland teams getting to Hawaii being high, making such a game exempt gives them more incentive to travel there.

David Leathers 5 years ago

Thank you! I could have looked it up, but this website > Google.

Brian Skelly 5 years ago

Im not sure if the rule still applies, but for years the NCAA allowed that anyone who played a non-con game AT HAWAII because the travel (both cost in dollars and time and energy) would be allowed to schedule one more game. My guess this has to do with recouping revenues for the trip.

While everyone thinks 'playing at Hawaii would be great', the reality is UH has a lot of trouble getting home and home deals because of this. And it's rarely anyone other than a West Coast team. From what I understand it's even difficult for them to get home games outta conference. I just costs a ton to do it. This rule allows them to do it, and schools willing to go out there a chance to hopefully pick up revenues from an extra game.

TxJyHwk 5 years ago

Apparently, the NCAA enacted a rule in 2010 that allows a team that travels to Hawaii to schedule an extra game (to offset the cost).

I would guess that Hawaii had a hard time getting enough schools to agree to travel that far for a game :)

Ludwig Supraphonic 5 years ago

Decades ago KU quit scheduling non-conference games with Pac10 schools because the fans turned out the same for a Tulsa game and we didn't have the expense of a return visit. I was disappointed but apparently the economics worked out better.

Robert Brown 5 years ago

But that seems to be changing. We now have home and home with so called mid majors. In recent years, we have had road trips to UTEP, Southern Miss, and Northern Illinois. We are going to Rice this year and have future trips to Memphis, Ohio ( not Ohio State) and Central Michigan.

Kyle Seiwert 5 years ago

I'm sorry, but in one paragraph you said "I really wish we would upgrade our non-conference schedule" and then proceeded to say "...but what about Purdue, or INDIANA or Cal-Berkeley or KENTUCKY?" Indiana and Kentucky, regardless of what conference they play in (and the Big 10 is terrible in football, if you recall), is not upgrading the non-conference schedule. Honestly, it would be like Washington saying "Boy, we need to upgrade our schedule with Kansas." You don't upgrade by playing teams that routinely finish in the cellar. No, not every game needs to be Bama or tOSU, but games against North Carolina, Ole Miss, Syracuse, or yes, Cal-Berkeley would qualify as upgrading the schedule without setting the team up for a massacre.

Robert Brown 5 years ago

I think we are saying the same thing you are just trying to get argumentative. Our current non conference schedule is a joke. In the next six years, there is only one reasonable competitive opponent and that is Rutgers.

Kyle Seiwert 5 years ago

Not trying to be argumentative at all. We are saying the same thing, except you happened to choose two of the worst football programs in D-1, so I don't think it was unreasonable to think that someone saying a BCS "name" team as an upgrade would indicate they thought that would be an upgrade over say, a Rice team that plays in a smaller conference.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 5 years ago

...Just when I thought our shame and embarrassment would be confined to the continental US.....

Ludwig Supraphonic 5 years ago

I remain optimistic and hope I will always have opportunity for shame and embarrassment.

texashawk10 5 years ago

Hawaii is not as fertile a recruiting ground as Texas, Florida, SoCal, or eastern Ohio/western PA, but Hawaii does churn out it's fair share of quality college football players and KU did sign a kid from Hawaii in this past recruiting class. Exposure to different recruiting areas is not a bad thing and who doesn't want to go spend a few days in Hawaii if you're in college?

CrystalJones 5 years ago

Okay, but I don't know that playing one game in Hawaii is likely to sway a quality prospect to KU. It's really more about the novelty of a Hawaii trip for the fans and recruits who join the program prior to trip. I guess Charlie can try to use the Hawaii game as a carrot.

Hawk8086 5 years ago

I'll have to decide whether I want to save my money for the road trip to Hawaii or the road trip to Central Michigan in a few years.

Robert Brock 5 years ago

Tad more fun going to a road game there than, say, Ames.

Dirk Medema 5 years ago

Who are Colton's underclassmen teammates?

blindrabbit 5 years ago

KU has done well in Hawaii in the past with Aloha Bowl wins against UCLA and BYU in the early 1990's.

Kay Jensen 5 years ago

See you in Honolulu. Rock Chalk!

milehighhawk 5 years ago

Shouldn't it be the "Kansas University football team"?


Reuben_J_Cogburn 5 years ago


i'll mark this one on my calendar.

By that time, I'm sure we'll have more wins than arrests........pretty sure.

tophawk87 5 years ago

"Fertile recruiting territory?' Yeah right...because so many Islanders are dying to come to Kansas to play football?

Unless Weis starts winning four or five games a year, he won't be here then...

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