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UH's Donovan among finalists for Cal State Fullerton's AD job

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:30 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2012

Former University of Hawaii Athletic Director Jim Donovan is one of four finalists for the director of athletics job  at California State University Fullerton, the school said on its website.

Donovan will be on campus on Nov. 28 for meetings with coaches, administrators and boosters.

The other finalists are Vincent Otoupal, the director of athletics at California State University Monterey Bay; Jamie Mullin, the associate athletic director at Syracuse University; and James Sarra, the deputy director of athletics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Cal State Fullerton is an NCAA Division I school and a member of the Big West Conference and offers six men's and nine women's sports, including men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.

The baseball team has won four national championships and 20 conference championships in the last 30 years.

Donovan was reassigned to a new marketing job in the UH Manoa Chancellor's Office in August after the Athletic Department lost $200,000 in the Stevie Wonder concert debacle. Donovan approved the concert, but turned over much of the negotiations for the concert to Stan Sheriff Center manager Rich Sheriff.

The administration cleared him of criminal wrong-doing. But UH President M.R.C. Greenwood decided not to return him to the athletic director's job after the alleged concert fraud was discovered.

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