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Hawaii, Wyoming can't find Hawaii-Wyoming trophy

Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:49 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 5:01 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Attention college football fans: do you live in Honolulu, Hawaii, or Laramie, Wyoming? Have you seen a trophy that looks like this?

If so, please contact the athletic departments at either Hawaii or Wyoming. That's the "Paniolo Trophy," created by a group of Hawaii fans with Wyoming roots in 1979, when the then-Rainbows-now-Warriors joined the WAC and began playing Wyoming on an annual basis. Informally known as "the Cowboy," the trophy was awarded to the winner of the Hawaii-Wyoming game for nearly 20 years until the WAC-Mountain West split in the late '90s.

With the Cowboys and Warriors due to be reunited under the MWC banner in 2012, the two teams would like to start playing for the Cowboy again.

There's just one little problem: no one knows where it is:
Wyoming, which won the last five meetings, was thought to have had it. But Wyoming associate athletic director Kevin McKinney said, "We have looked everywhere for it here and it is not to be found. (We) were talking about it and we seem to remember that it had been damaged and was in a shop over there for repairs."

But, McKinney added, "(we're) not totally sure about that."

Neither is UH, which said it has conducted its own search without success.

This is the sort of thing that has sometimes happened in the annals of college football. But usually it's back in the early 20th-century when 112-year-old equipment manager Adolphus Buttlifson got confused and threw the trophy in the river and put the dead cat in the trophy case, or something similar. Was it that hard to keep track of a heavy, sculpted cowboy used as an award for winning a college football game in 1997?

Apparently, it was. Since Hawaii seems committed to finding trophies for its resumed series (the "Kuter Trophy," given to the winner of the annual meetings between the Rainbows and Air Force, has been located and seems on its way to being returned to service), though, maybe "the Cowboy" will turn up.

To the pawn shops!

HT: Mountain West Connection.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Hawaii, Wyoming can't find Hawaii-Wyoming trophy

Ok. But still, other than Boise State and Nevada and maybe Air Force being factors in 2012, Hawaii with good recruiting should still go to a bowl game but Wyoming may not be seeing the light of a bowl game until they try to go independent or go to an easier conference or try to get a better winning coach.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:52 pm

Hawaii, Wyoming can't find Hawaii-Wyoming trophy

Yeah, you are right for this year.........But in my post I mentioned the 2012 season....when the Warriors are in the Mountain West probably playing a tougher schedule than in the WAC.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:30 pm

Mom! I can't find Hawaii-Wyoming Door Stop.

Look in the garage.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:16 pm

Hawaii, Wyoming can't find Hawaii-Wyoming trophy

Not true. Last year, Hawaii won 10 games with Bryant Moniz and went to a bowl game (although losing). Unlike Wyoming who lost 9 and couldn't even go to a bowl game. Hawaii doesn't need to find wins because they already found wins with returning Bryant Moniz.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:57 pm

Hawaii, Wyoming can't find Hawaii-Wyoming trophy

Let me help out on this: I believe the trophy got blown away in one of those Wyoming snowstorms back in 91',92',93'etc....It was supposeably last seen between Laramie and Cheyenne on Curt Gowdy Highway in the vincinty of the Vedauwoo Forest. But other than that, both teams need to "find" a way to win games in 2012!

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