University of Central Arkansas athletic director Brad Teague tells David McCollum of that the I-AA UCA Bears will open their 2009 season in Hawaii.

The University of Central Arkansas will begin the 2009 football season with an aloha.

After several weeks of negotiation, UCA has signed a contract to play the University of Hawaii at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. The time will be announced, but Brad Teague, UCA athletic director, expects it to be about 6 p.m. Hawaii time, which will be about 11 p.m. (CDT).

Hawaii, a Western Athletic Conference team that played Georgia in last year’s Sugar Bowl, will pay the travel expenses for the UCA team and furnish at $125,000 paycheck for UCA to play the game.

“It’s another landmark game for our program, one that’s just another step in what we’re trying to build here,” said UCA coach Clint Conque. “It’s good for the school and our conference.”