Former players blast Hawaii coach Todd Graham at state senate hearing: 'Worst guy I've ever met in my life'

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Several erstwhile and existent players testified against Hawaii manager Todd Graham during a Hawaii Senate gathering connected Friday, accusing him not lone of verbally abusing players but besides of destroying the program's culture.

According to Honolulu TV presumption KITV, the two-hour gathering — consisting of questions from the Ways and Means and Higher Education committees directed astatine Graham, assemblage president David Lassner, diversion manager David Matlin and committee of regents subordinate Randolph Moore — reached an affectional crux erstwhile calling successful grounds from erstwhile players.

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"I effort to spot the bully successful everybody and springiness radical chances, but helium is hands down the worst feline I've ever met successful my life," erstwhile Hawaii linebacker Leonard Lee said (via KITV).

Justin Uahinui, a erstwhile Hawaii quarterback, shared akin sentiments: "This programme was built with a peculiar civilization that you can't find anyplace else," helium said. "Graham killed that civilization and passionateness and thrust successful galore players similar myself."

Some of the astir damning grounds came from the parents of erstwhile Hawaii lineman Michael Eletise, who had to medically discontinue successful June owed to concussions suffered from playing football. They claimed the assemblage has not offered immoderate aesculapian assistance to their son, who they assertion is dealing with slump and intelligence unwellness arsenic a effect of his clip astatine Hawaii.

Graham has a 107-62 all-time grounds astatine Hawaii and his 4 erstwhile coaching stops (Rice, Tulsa, Pitt and Arizona State). Hired successful 2020, helium has led the squad to an 11-11 grounds done 2 seasons. Per aggregate reports, 19 Hawaii players person entered the transportation portal from this year's team. Graham denied the allegations of maltreatment against him but did instrumentality work for the aboriginal occurrence of the program.

"I can’t talk for idiosyncratic else," Graham said, according to Warrior Sports Network. "I tin lone talk from my cognition and my acquisition of what our programme has been about. I can’t talk for the radical who person talked contiguous and the comments that person been made. All I cognize is that successful our program, nary 1 has been verbally abused.

"I’ve tried to cleanable up immoderate of the connection things. We’re not cleanable and don’t assertion to be. All I tin archer you is my acquisition with successful that locker country and with our team, and those things person not happened. We person been demanding and worked with our kids and coached them hard, but person loved them hard arsenic well."

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Despite the grounds of erstwhile players, Matlin said helium would not bargain retired Graham's contract, adjacent if the programme had the wealth to bash so. He and Lassner some said the grounds of players had been "cherry-picked" to beforehand a lawsuit against the second-year coach.

Fox assemblage shot newsman Bruce Feldman reported connected Friday that the testimonials against Graham matched others' opinions of him successful assemblage shot circles:

Have heard from respective coaches contiguous reacting to the Todd Graham concern astatine Hawaii. This was from 1 of them: “He’s a atrocious quality being. The information is yet coming retired connected him.”

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 8, 2022

The Hawaii Senate placed the onus connected what to bash with Graham — if thing — connected the assemblage committee of regents. The aboriginal denotation is that nary enactment volition beryllium taken, per KITV, but that the committee would see the authorities of the programme during its regularly scheduled gathering successful precocious January.

"I bash not spot an urgency successful the adjacent 2 weeks for the committee to bash something," Moore said.

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