Playing the Hawaii Warriors on the road is tough. A long flight across the Pacific is required to get to the islands, and the heat and humidity can be physically and mentally draining.
If that isn’t enough, the Arizona Wildcats are getting less time than usual to go through their pregame routine for Saturday’s Week 0 opener because of some help (intentional or not) from the local authorities.
Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star is reporting that the UA arrived 45 minutes late to Aloha Stadium because the police escort for its team buses was “mysteriously canceled.”
The #ArizonaWildcats just got to Aloha Stadium - about 45 minutes later than planned. I’m told the police escort for the team buses was mysteriously canceled.— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) August 25, 2019
This forced officials to consider pushing back the scheduled 7:36 p.m. MST kickoff time—and they did! By five whole minutes.
Arizona at Hawaii kickoff will only be delayed 5 minutes despite Wildcats arriving 45 minutes late. Kickoff set for 10:41 p.m. ET— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 25, 2019
The Wildcats had trouble starting fast on the road last season, so surely this is not the way they wanted to arrive to a game that is widely viewed as a must-win for their bowl game aspirations.