College football coach abruptly resigns overnight
Todd Graham has resigned as the head football coach of the University of Hawai’i after completing just his second year of a 5-year contract.
Graham finished his Hawai’i tenure as 11-11 in 2 seasons.
“Todd informed me of his decision to resign,” said UH Athletics Director David Matlin, via a university release. “We enjoyed many successes under his leadership even as he faced pandemic conditions, the withdrawal of Aloha Stadium, and the prohibition of any fans for nearly all his time with us. Todd’s tireless efforts as a coach have made a positive impact on many student-athletes. We have talked at length, and it is clear he has taken this action so that the football program can thrive moving forward.”
Graham wrote a letter, saying that he has to “do what is best for his family and his health” by stepping away.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as the Head Football Coach at the University of Hawai’i for the past two seasons. After much prayer and reflection with my family, I have come to the conclusion that I will step away as head coach of the Rainbow Warriors, with a very heavy heart. I want to give my thanks and appreciation to the players, staff and coaches who persevered through all the challenges of 2020 and 2021. It wasn’t easy, but they all fought the good fight and we did things the right way.
Our staff poured our hearts and souls into our players and truly made a difference in their lives. I could not have asked more of their commitment, work ethic and love for our players and football program. But it is clear to me that I must step away and do what is best for me and my family and my health. I honor, value and love all of my players and coaches and I wish you the very best. The University has not asked me to step down. I am leaving solely for my family and my health. We have laid a strong foundation for future success, and I will always be cheering you on!
May God Bless You, Coach Todd Graham
Graham’s resignation comes after some Warriors players expressed their discontentment with the head coach, saying that he has “killed our love and passion for football.”
Graham’s own son became the 14th player to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal from Hawai’i in late December.