Seriously, who wouldn't want to schedule a game at Hawaii?
It's too expensive to make a habit out of it if you don't share a conference with the Warriors, but consider the benefits: you get to visit Hawaii. The NCAA's Hawaii scheduling exception lets you play a 13-game season, perfect for the young, developing team. The game will likely start late enough that it's certain to land on television somewhere, possibly even reach a national audience*. Also, you get to visit Hawaii.
So what kind of coach would not only turn down the Warriors, but do so by first reaching a scheduling agreement with them and then backing out just as most teams are finalizing their 2012 slates? Why, college football's old friend Dennis Franchione, now the head man at newly-minted FBS program (and 2012 WAC member) Texas State.
And no, as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports, the folks at Hawaii are none too thrilled with Franchione's decision (emphasis added):
To recap: Franchione could have given his fledgling program an extra week of practice and an extra game at the stage when it needs it the most; a likely television date for a team no doubt desperate for exposure; a home game against a nationally-recognized Mountain West opponent that won 11 games last year; and, oh yes, two visits to Hawaii. He turned it all down to spend one extra week recruiting (at a date on the calendar when most recruits have long since already decided their destinations), and turned it down in such a fashion as to eliminate all possibility of getting it back in the future.
After "five or six months" of talking, UH said an agreement was worked out to bring the Bobcats here, only to have Franchione scuttle it when contracts were to be sent out.
When Texas State asked for a better financial package, UH said it complied, upping the terms. When the Bobcats requested a home game, UH said it offered a two-for-one deal and would make a later appearance in San Marcos.
Texas State athletic director Lawrence Teis said the Bobcats were interested in UH when they found out they would not be eligible for a bowl or the WAC title in '12 and saw a trip here as "great." But Teis said "we also had not completed (scheduling) our other 12 games yet ... Ideally, if Hawaii would have been in September or October, we probably could have made this work."
Instead, as a 13th game in December, "Coach Fran was concerned that (date) would cut into recruiting, which we desperately need to do moving to (the FBS) level," Teis said ...
[I]t has been taken very personally in Manoa, where athletic director Jim Donovan said, "We won't be working with Texas State anytime in my tenure."
So consider us skeptical this is the best decision for Texas State. To be fair, Franchione has no doubt forgotten more about coaching college football (as the saying goes) than we'll ever know. But we're also pretty sure we'd have known enough to tell him selling a super-secret newsletter to big-money Texas A&M boosters wasn't such a great idea ... and this one doesn't seem all that hot, either.
*A national audience at 1 a.m. Eastern, but still.