Hawaii coach Todd Graham resigns


Todd Graham finished with an 11-11 record in two years as Hawaii head coach. (Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Todd Graham has stepped down as Hawaii’s head football coach after two seasons.

The school made the announcement at around midnight ET on Friday night, about a month after a report surfaced about players accusing the coach of abusive and disrespectful behavior.

Graham denied the report, which included current and former players claiming the coach verbally assaulted them and demeaned them regularly.

In the weeks that followed, Hawaii saw its bowl game canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team and several prominent players then left the program.

Graham blamed the exodus on the transfer portal.

Eventually, Graham also decided to split town. He was just two years into a five-year contract, and the school in its statement seemed to indicated he won’t be receiving any buyout.

Graham resigned so aside from normal reimbursements and compensation earned, no additional monies will be owed to the coach.


He finished his tenure with an 11-11 record, guiding the Rainbow Warriors two bowl games in each of his seasons. Graham, 57, has also served as head coach of Rice, Tulsa, Pittsburgh and most recently at Arizona State.