Hawaii's Flight for Utah State Game Delayed 12 Hours by LAX Shooting

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 2, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Sterling Jackson #28, Ne'Quan Phillips #20, Tyler Hadden #27, Joey Iosefa #7, Jared Leaf #35 and Tony Grimes #2 of the Hawaii Warriors makes their way to the field before the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The University of Hawaii football team is planning to play its 4 p.m. ET game against Utah State in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday despite being affected by delays at Los Angeles International Airport after a fatal shooting on Friday morning, per Stephen Tsai and Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The Rainbow Warriors’ charter flight from L.A. to Logan, Utah, was one of many delayed after a 23-year-old man killed a security agent and wounded at least one other person in an LAX terminal.

The team waited 12 hours to take off. Per Tsai and Lewis, they "likely" did not arrive at the hotel in Logan until 4 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. 

Utah State associate athletic director Doug Hoffman informed Tsai and Lewis that the contest was still slated go on at that time, even after the delays: "We're expecting Hawaii to get in tonight and (the game) to start at its original time.”

Hoffman noted that there were no immediate plans to reschedule the game, even though the Mountain West Conference and CBS Sports Network—which will air the game nationally—had been in discussions about a possible delay.

Oct 12, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Hawaii Rainbow Warriors head coach Norm Chow listens to an explanation of a call from a referee during an NCAA football game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels won the game 39-37. Mandatory Credit: St
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Hawaii head coach Norm Chow told Tsai and Lewis that the delay wouldn’t impact his team and that they would be ready to go for the upcoming contest:

Yes, we intend to play at 2 p.m. (Mountain time) assuming we can get out of LAX on our Southwest charter at 10 p.m. (Pacific time and) get to Logan at 2 a.m. We are Hawaii tough and we will show up and play.

The 4-4 Aggies are favored in this contest by 24 points over the 0-7 Warriors, per ScoresAndOdds.com.