Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors football coach Todd Graham resigns amid allegations of mistreating players

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Todd Graham resigned as the football coach at the University of Hawai'i after two seasons.

The decision by Graham comes a week after a state senate hearing in which former players gave testimony about the culture of the football program. Despite the allegations and the departures of 17 players via the NCAA's transfer portal since November, David Matlin and other administrators remained supportive of Graham.

Graham said in a statement that he was not asked to step down after two seasons. He had three years left on a five-year contract and was making $800,000 annually.

Graham said that the staff made a difference in the lives of the players. I could not have asked for more from them. It is clear to me that I need to step away and do what is best for my family and my health. I am honored, value and love my players and I wish you the best. The University has not asked me to leave. I am leaving for my family and health. We have laid a strong foundation for future success, and I will always be cheering you on.

During the senate hearing, former players called Graham a "tyrant" and a "Hypocrite", while Graham said no players were abused and that he operates with a demanding coaching style. Donna Mercado Kim told KHON-TV on Tuesday that the state could pay Graham's remaining buyout.

Several players spoke out against Graham in a story on SFGATE.com, after allegations against him first surfaced on Dec. 1.

Graham has a career record of 106-72 and has previously served as head coach at Arizona State, Pitt, and Rice.

Matlin said thatTodd's efforts as a coach have made a positive impact on many student-athletes. He has taken this action so that the football program can thrive moving forward, and we have talked at length about it.

The search for Graham's successor will begin immediately.