When in doubt, blame the transfer portal.

Since November, Hawaii has seen 12 players, including a half-dozen starters and two out of three captains, jump into the transfer portal.

You might think that was driven by players thinking head coach Todd Graham is a dick (to be fair, they’re not the first bunch to feel that way about Graham).

Multiple current and former Hawaii players are speaking out and alleging mistreatment and abuse at the hands of head coach Todd Graham, according to a report from SFGate.com’s Marc Delucchi.

Hawaii players who played under Graham alleged Monday that he is running a toxic program in which he demeans and verbally abuses players and coaches and ignores them completely.

Last week, leading rusher Dae Dae Hunter announced he was transferring, as he felt it was “best for my future and my mental health.” Starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro followed suit.

“Me and a lot of others can truthfully say Graham has killed our love and passion for football,” one player told SFGate on the condition of anonymity.

But, nah, that’s not it.  It’s the portal, man.  Just the portal.  Ask Todd.

Given how much Graham’s jumped around during his career, maybe it’s understandable that he’d try to chalk up the same mindset for those departing players.  But what it really illustrates is that if you’re a head coach who can’t adapt to the times by recognizing that players have options now they didn’t have before, you’re not going to have some of those players stay.  Or, in Hawaii’s case, a lot of those players.

The program’s record has been in decline since Graham’s arrival and that kind of turnover isn’t likely to arrest the trend.  Especially when the head coach has to answer questions about his behavior on the recruiting trail.


Filed under Transfers Are For Coaches.

15 responses to “When in doubt, blame the transfer portal.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Todd Graham is Frank Kush’s love child. He even coached at Arizona State.

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  2. originaluglydawg

    What a mess.


  3. Todd Graham is basically the Dollar General version of Urban Meyer—an arrogant, deceitful prick who is convinced the sun shines out of his own anus and slams a couple fresh rounds into his blame shotgun anytime something goes wrong. Yet he keeps getting hired because he “just wins.” Don’t know if he’ll retain that reputation once he’s cratered the Hawaii program, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

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  4. californiadawg

    Whoever type set that coach statement should be furloughed indefinitely. Chunky font against a busy background, why.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    Where’s June Jones when you need him?


  6. I think you’re missing the real cause of the exodus by players from this program. What normal, healthy, athletic young man wants to spend his college years in the hellhole that is Hawaii. You’ve got beautiful beaches within minutes of you at all times, usually filled with gorgeous, scantily-clad young ladies from all over the world. Who among us wouldn’t be appalled at that situation. If it was me, I’d be looking for the 1st plane out of there, preferably to somewhere in the upper midwest. Maybe Nebraska or the Dakotas. I hear they are lovely this time of year!

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  7. Hawai’i should hire Ted Lasso and be the most entertaining team in CFB.


    • If I coached at Hawaii, I would work to conceive the nastiest trick-play playbook in existence. Have 70-80 of them, and run them in literally any situation, just for fun… because why the hell not? I mean, a guy getting paid ridiculous amounts of money to coach football and live in Hawaii!?!? That’s the frikkin DREAM.

      Play solid defense, run trick plays always, kick onside kicks, and never field goals. Maybe never punt, but I’d allow myself room on that one.

      I might only get 1-2 seasons… but when life is a vacation, it’s worth it.

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  8. ASEF

    Remember when DJ Durkin’s program at Maryland killed a kid? I wonder how many of his players would have hit the bricks had the portal existed then.

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  9. Anon

    From what I read ucla let the players vote on cancelling their bowl game——-and they did. Wtf is in the water in California.


  10. The Truth

    Todd Graham is a guy who gets married and divorced.
    He and his spouse both remarry, her til death do us part and Todd gets another divorce.
    Todd and his third spouse divorce and both remarry, and he gets another divorce and she stays happily married TDDUP.
    Oh, and Todd wants you to know it’s always HER fault.