Several past and present players testified against Hawaiian coach Todd Graham at a Hawaiian Senate meeting on Friday, accusing him of not only verbally abusing players but also destroying the program’s culture.
According to Honolulu TV station KITVa two-hour meeting – composed of questions from the Grahamstown Methods and Higher Education and Training Committees, university president David Lassner, sports director David Matlin and regents member Randolph Moore – came to the fore as they called for evidence. from the old. players.
“I try to see the good in everyone and give people a chance, but he is the worst person I have ever met in my life,” former Hawaiian actor Leonard Lee said (via KITV).
Justin Uahinui, a former Hawaiian, also said: “The program is built on a unique culture that you can’t find anywhere else,” he said. “Graham killed that culture with that passion and drove as many players as I did.”
Some of the worst evidence came from the parents of former Hawaiian linebacker Michael Eletise, who retired in June due to the difficulties he suffered as a result of playing football. He also said that the university did not provide medical care for their son, who is said to be suffering from depression and depression as a result of his time in Hawaii.
Graham has a record history of 107-62 in Hawaii with four previous stops (Rice, Tulsa, Pitt and Arizona State). The recruiter in 2020, led the team to a record 11-11 over two seasons. According to several reports, 19 Hawaiian players entered the portal from this year’s team. Graham denied any wrongdoing but took responsibility for the success of the program.
“I can’t speak for anyone,” Graham said, according to the Warrior Sports Network. “I can speak from my own experience and experience from what our program has been about. I can’t talk about the people who have spoken today and the comments that have been made. What I do know is that in our program no one has been said to be abusive.
“I have tried to clean up some of the language. We are not perfect and we do not claim to be dead. All I can tell you is what I experienced in the locker room with our team, and those things did not happen. We have always wanted to work with our children and teach them hard,
Despite evidence from former players, Matlin said he would not buy Graham’s contract, even if the program had the funds to do so. He and Lassner both claimed that the players’ testimony was “selected” to support the case against the second-year coach.
Fox college football journalist Bruce Feldman also said Friday that the evidence against Graham corresponds to the views of others about him in college football clubs:
I have heard from several coaches tonight what is happening at Todd Graham in Hawaii. This was from one of them: “He is a bad man. The truth is out of him. ” https://t.co/EaBsxtMrpi
Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 8, 2022
The Hawaiian Senate placed a responsibility to deal with Graham – if anything – at the University of Regents. Which shows that nothing will happen, on KITV, but that the board will see how the program was held at a meeting scheduled for the end of January.
“I don’t see any urgency in the next two weeks for the agency to take action,” Moore said.