Todd Graham’s tenure as a Hawaiian footballer has ended after two seasons. Graham resigned Friday night.
“After many prayers and reflections with my family, I have come to the conclusion that I will resign with a very heavy heart as the head coach of the Rainbow Warriors,” he said in a statement issued by the university.
The decision to leave came a week after two state Senate committees heard harsh testimony from former players who accused Graham of rude behavior and creating a toxic culture within the program. Graham denied the allegations, and UH athletic director David Matlin, who also testified at the meeting, expressed support for the coach.
Hawaii was under Graham 11-11. She qualified for bowling matches in both seasons, but decided not to play the Hawaii Bowl in 2021 with reference to problems with COVID-19 and the roster.
Why did Todd Graham resign as Hawaii coach?
Graham has been under pressure to quit or be fired since the end of the Rainbow Warriors season. The players accused him of being a verbally abusive “tyrant” who created a toxic culture as part of the program. Seventeen UH players, including defender Chevan Cordeira, have entered the transfer portal since the end of November.
A group of former players made an incriminating statement during a testimony at a Graham meeting on January 7, chaired by the Hawaii Senate’s Ways and Means and Higher Education committees.
“I try to see the good in everyone and give people a chance, but he’s the worst guy I’ve ever met,” former linebacker Henry Lee told Graham, according to KITV.com. Lee was fired from the team after initial criticism of Graham, mwwire.com said.
Graham testified that there was no verbal assault.
“I’ve tried to clean up some language things. We’re not perfect and we don’t claim to be. All I can tell you is my experience in that locker room and with our team, and things like that haven’t happened.” “We were demanding and worked with our children and trained them hard, but we also loved them hard,” he told KITV.
Graham expressed a similar feeling when he announced his resignation.
“Our employees poured our hearts and souls into our players and really made a difference in their lives. I couldn’t wish for more from their commitment, work ethic and love for our players and the football program. But it is clear to me that I have to step back and do it. “What is best for me, my family and my health. I respect, respect and love all my players and coaches and wish you only the best,” he said.
What is the status of Todd Graham’s contract?
Graham resigned three years from a five-year contract for $ 3.96 million. In his statement, UH pointed out that he did not owe Graham any more money because he had resigned. The Star-Advertiser of Honolulu said that Hawaii would have to pay Graham $ 1.275 million to buy his contract, although Matlin said last week that he would stay with Graham even if the redemption money was obtained.
Graham was to earn $ 800,000 a year between 2022 and 2024. His contract also included incentives.
Who will replace Todd Graham as Hawaii’s coach?
Linebackers coach Jacob Yoro has been appointed temporary head coach. Yoro has been coaching Rainbow Warriors since 2017. UH said in a statement that the search for a full-time coach would begin immediately.
In the first moments after Graham’s resignation in Hawaii, there was pressure on Twitter to bring back former head coach June Jones, who led the program to a record 75:41 between 1999 and 2007 and placed in the Sugar Bowl in the 2007 season.