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UH plans to announce new athletic director Friday

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 11:17 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2012

The University of Hawaii expects to name a new athletic director Friday, a spokeswoman for the Manoa Chancellor's office said today.

"UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple has met with the two UH Athletics Director finalists recommended by the A.D. Search Advisory Committee," Diane Chang wrote in an email to the Star-Advertiser. "Chancellor Apple is in the process of performing due diligence on this very important decision. We hope to issue a media advisory with the announcement of Chancellor Apple’s selection on Friday, December 7. No press conference is planned."

Ohio State senior associate AD Ben Jay and UC Berkeley deputy director of athletics Solomon "Solly" Fulp are the two finalists recommended by the 11-member search committee convened by Apple.

Jim Donovan was removed as AD on July 11 and UH vice president Rockne Freitas has served as acting AD since then.

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pgkemp wrote:
whether it's the cal or the ohio st. guy, he aint local, good news.....
on December 6,2012 | 08:45AM
Anonymous wrote:
Frazier wasn't local either....
on December 6,2012 | 08:49AM
frontman wrote:
are you????? loco or local????
on December 6,2012 | 11:28AM
false wrote:
He's LOCO!
on December 6,2012 | 12:33PM
false wrote:
Yes he was. LOCO.
on December 6,2012 | 12:32PM
nitpikker wrote:
you sound like the same people who brought in greedwood, apple & hinshaw!! oh no!! there's too many of you around!!
on December 6,2012 | 08:53AM
allie wrote:
Let us hope he can clean up the pig sty at the UH. Loads of corruption I fear. That said, why wasn't Donovan hired by Cal State Fullerton?
on December 6,2012 | 10:20AM
Graham wrote:
None of your business...if you need an answer ask Donovan...
on December 6,2012 | 11:53AM
false wrote:
You're LOCO too.
on December 6,2012 | 12:33PM
frontman wrote:
I hope it forces him/her to make it four years before their "golden umbrella" can go into effect. Most that leave UH make more money after they leave than the time they actually spent at UH going through the motions of their jobs.
on December 6,2012 | 11:26AM
false wrote:
What's wrong with local? Most of the people we get from the continent are LOCO!
on December 6,2012 | 12:31PM
ponowai wrote:
Are we supposed to be excited?
on December 6,2012 | 08:49AM
false wrote:
UH isn't Ohio State, but if the choice turns out to be Ben Jay we'll at least have someone capable of operating at a high level (if he can avoid having his wings clipped). Whether he can make a difference at UH remains to be seen. Ohio State generates a lot of money by selling 100,000 tickets to each home football game, tickets that go for $70 a pop ($32 for students.) But the stadium is not big enough to meet the ticket demand, creating another revenue opportunity. Potential new season-ticket buyers have a couple of options: obtaining membership to the Buckeye or Presidents clubs. Those require donations, but not always to the sports department. Fans paying a minimum of $1,500 a year to be part of the Buckeye Club receive the opportunity to buy two season football tickets at an additional cost of $980. The Buckeye Club money is used to pay for athletic scholarships. Outside the athletic department, membership to the Presidents Club can be obtained after making at least $2,500 in annual donations to academics, health sciences or the arts at OSU. Just like with the Buckeye Club, one of the benefits is the chance to buy season football tickets. "Demand for the tickets is great. Thank God it is," Jay said. "We would be in a tough position financially if the games were not sold out." That's because Ohio State has a huge bill to pay -- $123 million in 2009-10. By comparison, the six Mid-American Conference schools in Ohio spent a combined total of $130 million on sports the same year.
on December 6,2012 | 08:51AM
allie wrote:
Old man Rockne will cure him of any ideals he may have
on December 6,2012 | 10:21AM
serious wrote:
False, sounds good. But with an economy depending upon tourists--our service workers can't afford any of that. Not sure we have that many deep pockets around here, particularly after Obama taxes them!!! But, a winning team should turn the tide!!!
on December 6,2012 | 10:32AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ben Jay sounds like a muscle relaxant creme. Maybe UH should try the all new Ben Jay....relief in seconds, guaranteed.

The new motto: ""An Apple a day and a rub of Ben Jay..."

on December 6,2012 | 08:58AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Great post.
on December 6,2012 | 10:01AM
allie wrote:
on December 6,2012 | 10:21AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Herman Frazier brought a "big time" approach to UHAD. Did the premium seating thing, Did the corporate partners thing. Did the Cadillac aspirations with Hyundai compact budget. Look what happened. These guys from the mainland come in with "experience" in markets that are simply not like Hawaii. For both these guys, it will be like moving from managing a 3 star restaurant to managing a lunch wagon. Hope they are smart enough, willing, and able to adapt. To me, UH needs to hire an unpretentious "bulider" who's willing to get their hands dirty in the neighborhoods of Kalihi, Ewa, the West Side, Kaneohe and Mililani (forget about Kailua - those people like "hiking" not football). That's where the fanbase has to be built from. Hiring recent hires from well established programs means no obvious building experience. UH needs a builder. It also needs to give its AD a max 2 year contract with no buyout requirement.
on December 6,2012 | 10:10AM
sarahm808 wrote:
Hyundais are rated higher than Caddies these days! And, don't bring up Frazier's name again!
on December 6,2012 | 12:29PM
false wrote:
THey should hire the PRP guy.
on December 6,2012 | 12:38PM
kainalu wrote:
Here's your athletic budget, Mr. new AD - a nickle. Now squeeze some blood out of it. By the way, it's Sugar Bowl, or you're a bust. :)
on December 6,2012 | 10:14AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Graet! Get this done and let's move on.
on December 6,2012 | 10:30AM
lowtone123 wrote:
The best guy for the job may already be on the job.
on December 6,2012 | 11:07AM
CAHAOLE wrote:
on December 6,2012 | 02:37PM
islandsun wrote:
The program is at rock bottom. Can only get better. Hope the new pick is a dynamic, stand on his own leader.
on December 6,2012 | 12:04PM
MrMusubi wrote:
what a f***n joke
on December 6,2012 | 01:20PM
UhhDuhh wrote:
We should ask Stevie Wonder if he's interested in playing here to raise money to fund a due diligence committee to do due diligence on Greenwood to make sure she is doing due diligence on Apple doing due diligence on the search committee doing due diligence on the AD candidates. Its the diligent thing to do to prevent do do.
on December 6,2012 | 01:48PM
niimi wrote:
Two best ADs ever were Stan Sheriff and Ray Nagel. I would have loved to have seen Dick Tomey run Athletics for a bit.
on December 6,2012 | 03:52PM
FrankieT wrote:
Why would they want to bring in someone from Ohio State, Go Blue, Ha!
on December 6,2012 | 03:54PM
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