The Hawaii Exemption, as it’s commonly known, is a rule enacted by the NCAA that allows Division I football teams that play at Hawaii to schedule a 13th regular-season game. The rule also allows the Warriors to play an extra game each season.
The addition of the 13th game, usually a home game, means extra revenue for those teams which is used to offset travel costs. But teams are not obligated to schedule the extra game.
Hawaii announced their 2012 football schedule in March, but this year it only consists of 12 games. UH athletic director Jim Donovan said at the time that the Warriors may add a 13th game, but nothing has materialized.
Of Hawaii’s 12 games scheduled in 2012, six are at home. Listed below are each of their home opponents and their own “Hawaii Exemption” status:
The NCAA Bylaws that govern the “Hawaii Exemption” are listed below (NCAA Division I Manual):
17.27.2 Alaska/Hawaii, Additional Football Contest
Member institutions located in Alaska and Hawaii shall be permitted to exceed, by one, the maximum number of football contests permitted under Bylaw 126.96.36.199 but otherwise shall conform to the same maximum number of contests and dates of competition permitted other members of the Association.
188.8.131.52 Annual Exemptions. [FBS/FCS]
The maximum number of football contests shall exclude the following:
(j) Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico. [FBS/FCS]
Any football games played in Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico, respectively, either against or under the sponsorship of an active member institution located in Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico, by a Division I member institution located outside the area in question.