(Saturday, October 30, 2010)
SHERATON HAWAI'I BOWL INVITES HAWAI'I
HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – The University of Hawai‘i has accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL, Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director David A. K. Matlin announced tonight following Hawai‘i’s 45-10 victory over Idaho, which secured the team’s seventh win.
The Warriors (7-2, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) will meet a team from Conference USA, in the Christmas Eve bowl game. It marks the earliest UH has secured a bowl invitation in school history.
“The University of Hawai'i football team earned this invitation with their stellar play on the field,” Matlin said. “It is with great warmth and Aloha that I am able to extend a SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL invitation to Coach McMackin and the University of Hawai‘i Warriors to represent the WAC in the 2010 SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL.”
“We are thrilled to accept an invitation to the SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL,” said Jim Donovan, UH Athletics Director. “This is a first-class bowl game with tremendous people supporting it, most notably Executive Director David Matlin and Starwood and Kyoya hotels and resorts. Each time we look forward to participating in the festivities and events surrounding the game and this year will be no different.”
“We are proud to represent the Western Athletic Conference and state of Hawai‘i in the SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL,” UH head coach Greg McMackin said. “One of our goals each year is to make a bowl game and we’ve accomplished that. Another of our goals is to win the WAC and we have put ourselves in position with the final month of the season left to try to make that happen.”
The Warriors have participated in the SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL five times since the bowl’s inception in 2002 and have won three of those games (2003, ’04, and ’06). The SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL offers UH an automatic spot if it wins a minimum of seven games.
Kickoff for the 2010 SHERATON HAWAI‘I BOWL is set for Friday, December 24 at 8 p.m. EST/3 p.m. HST, live on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Tickets are available by calling 808-548-BOWL or online at www.sheratonhawaiibowl.com.
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