One day before the University of Hawaii football team leaves the islands for its season opener at Colorado State this weekend, Hurricane Lane strengthened, leaving Hawaii preparing for a pending storm.
UH is scheduled to leave for Colorado on a direct flight to Denver Wednesday evening.
Rainbow Warriors head coach Nick Rolovich told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello following practice on Tuesday morning that he will attempt to keep his team focused, but will be sensitive to their concerns for friends and family that they will leave behind.
“It’s the reality of life. Tough things happen. I know what we’ve seen from the floods on Kauai, the eruption in the Big Island. You really see that aloha spirit coming out with people taking care of each other so I just know there are a lot of Warriors on this island and all the islands that will help take care and make everyone safe,” said Rolovich.
“We get a lot of alerts on our phones, whether it’s KHON2 News or whatever, you know? With the hurricane alerts and it’s not too often we get something like this to this magnitude and you know, one thing to the people and the fans of Hawaii is to tell them to stay safe and prepare for it,” said senior wide receiver Devan Stubblefield. “As a team, we’ll be fine. We’re not thinking to much about it, but we still have that thought in our heads about our family and friends to stay safe, for sure.”
Twenty-six years ago, the Rainbow Warrior football team was in a similar situation when the players left for a road game at Air Force in Colorado Springs.
The Rainbows defeated the Falcons 6-3 the day after Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai as the most powerful hurricane to hit Hawaii in recorded history.
Kickoff between the Warriors and Rams is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. HST and will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.