UH Hires Former Star QB as Head Coach After Graham Scandal | Athletic Business

UH Hires Former Star QB as Head Coach After Graham Scandal

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa has chosen its new leader for Rainbow Warriors football.

The university announced Saturday that Timmy Chang, who was a four-year starter and previously set records as the Warriors quarterback from 2000-2004, would return to coach. 

Chang, 40, will replace Todd Graham, who resigned Jan. 14 after accusations that Graham created a toxic program atmosphere and after multiple players voiced complaints to a state Senate committee. At least one lawmaker is still urging for an investigation into the program.

Chang has spent a decade working in collegiate assistant roles following a professional playing career.

Athletics Director David Matlin said Chang will be formally introduced as the 25th head coach in program history at a news conference next week. 

On Sunday, Chang tweeted that he was honored to take on the position, and that he considers UH home.

“I'm back. I'm home. In my heart, I've never left,” Chang’s tweet said. “Like I've always done, I'm ready to give my all for Hawai'i. The highest privilege in coaching is the right to represent an institution as a head coach. This is beyond indescribable. I get to do it here in Hawai'i, where I am from. I am so proud to represent MY school and state. I'm honored to lead the BRADDAHHOOD."

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In a news release, Matlin said he’s excited to welcome Chang back. 

"Timmy made a name for himself throwing the football as a young quarterback and has continued his legacy in the collegiate coaching ranks over the past decade,” Matlin said. “The time has come for him to take over the program that developed him into the coach, father, husband and leader he is today."

Chang set the NCAA's all-time passing (17,072) and total offense (16,910) records, the university said. The Honolulu native finished his career with 117 total touchdowns, which ranked third at the time. A two-time Hawai'i Bowl Most Outstanding Player, Chang led UH to three bowl appearances and a program-record 29 wins as quarterback.

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