Hawaii football: Robert Anae withdraws name, Todd Graham in play for UH coaching job

Then-Tulsa head coach Todd Graham, bottom right, and his Golden Hurricane players hoisted the Hawaii Bowl trophy with a 62-35 win over Hawaii in 2010. / Star-Advertiser file photo by Jamm Aquino

Most of the following appears on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s breaking news.

Virginia offensive coordinator Robert Anae has withdrawn as a candidate for the Hawaii football team’s head coaching job.

“After careful consideration, I am withdrawing my application for the University of Hawaii head football coach position,” Anae said in a news release today.

Anae, 61, had been seeking to become the successor to Nick Rolovich, who resigned at UH last week to become Washington State’s head coach.

Todd Graham has emerged as one of the more well-known candidates for the UH job.

Graham had been head coach at Arizona State (2012-2017), Pittsburgh (2011), Tulsa (2007-2010) and Rice (2006).

In 12 seasons as head coach, he has compiled a 95-61 record with 10 bowl appearances. He led Tulsa to a 62-35 victory over UH in the 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

Here’s a piece on Graham by AZ Central back in 2018.

Also, UH linebackers coach Mark Banker would appear to be out of the running for the head job. Defensive line coach Ricky Logo is on his way to Pullman, as well.


  1. 808bowler January 21, 2020 3:42 pm

    sorry I don’t want graham. that d line coach from usc is intresteting. Coach Chad K. local boy. maybe keep batoon dc bring in chang as oc?

  2. H-Man January 21, 2020 4:50 pm

    If Cal Lee applied, them maybe…

  3. Polyknight January 21, 2020 5:30 pm

    We don’t want Hawaii football to become a stepping stone for aspiring coaches who wants to move to a better paying gig somewhere else. Hire a coach who was born and raise here that understand the culture and with great recruiting skills…example…Rich Miano …Cal lee…etc…

  4. H-Man January 21, 2020 6:29 pm

    Todd Graham announced as new head coach. OK. Looking forward to those big linemen from the Long Horn State, including fast DBs and RBs. Those are the two areas Rolo’s team struggled to recruit. JMO.

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