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New UH athletic director takes the field

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 10:57 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2013

Toting a cardboard box into a nearly barren office, Ben Jay officially took over as athletic director at the University of Hawaii this morning, vowing to help the department win back public trust.

Jay arrived shortly before 8 a.m. to an empty desk and new email account after spending six years as a senior associate AD at Ohio State.

Jay said he feels tasked with rebuilding the department's reputation in the wake of the so-called Stevie Wonder Blunder. "The department's reputation was seriously injured by the Stevie Wonder concert and I think there's a lack of trust and a lack of faith in our department and I want to make sure that I'm sending a message loud and wide (that) you will trust us again."

Jay said "we will bring back athletics at its best. We will operate at our best." Jay asks UH fans and alums to "keep on supporting us because we're gonna need each and every one of you. That (support) will certainly go a long way in terms of where we move forward."

UH has been without a full-time AD since July 11 when Jim Donovan was placed on indefinite administrative leave in the wake of an investigation into the failed Stevie Wonder concert. UH vice president Rockne Freitas had served as acting AD until Jay's arrival.

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dlum003 wrote:
Good luck Ben, sincerely. Hopefully the University and BOR don't thwart your efforts with their chronic stupidity, incompetence, and greed. Please think about the fans first, and get out there and learn about us like Jim Donovan did. He was and remains the first and only UH AD who ever gave a damn about the public.
on January 14,2013 | 10:23AM
mcc wrote:
Good luck with this dysfunctional University
on January 14,2013 | 10:46AM
Bdpapa wrote:
And State!
on January 14,2013 | 10:50AM
islandsun wrote:
Might need a new bball coach soon!
on January 14,2013 | 10:48AM
Sunny wrote:
USC fired their B-ball coach
on January 14,2013 | 10:51AM
inverse wrote:
Don't you mean football coach?
on January 14,2013 | 11:34AM
islandsun wrote:
Not yet.....
on January 14,2013 | 01:21PM
Muraoka wrote:
WHY? ARE YOU SERIOUS? UH is rated #255 in the RPI, playing over .500 ball with the #277 toughest schedule in the nation. He's doing fine. In fact, he's half way to a contract rollover at 9 wins. We are SOOOO fortunate to have him here. We season ticket holders are so fortunate to pay only $26 per game to see UH play against Houston Baptist, Maryland Eastern Shore, Chaminade, etc. etc.
on January 14,2013 | 11:44AM
islandsun wrote:
The thing I keep asking is that would Wallace have won with these same kids? And I mean beating these under and just above 500 teams and of course, all the div ii teams. Riley was let go in hopes of a better than mediocre program.
on January 14,2013 | 01:24PM
Pocho wrote:
You're gonna have to work on the State Legislature and private/public donation to get more money for the department. Gate receipts ain't cutting it. Good Luck!
on January 14,2013 | 11:12AM
inverse wrote:
There is only ONE way UH athletic department is going to get out of the red and that is WIN football games and not just beat teams that are at the Div 2 level or the perennial cellar dwellar Div 1A teams. Next season will not be much better than last season as previous team captains/leaders have all but given up as seen by all of their arrests for drinking and driving. Was in the news one player who had promise (punt returner or receiver?) will leave UH early and take his chances with the NFL draft or just to walk on. Watched a NFL playoff game and one announcer made a really great comment in terms of scoring in the red zone. He said to be successful a team has to either be strong and dominant at the line or really deceptive to their opponent. Same applies for college football as well. National champion Alabama is both strong at the line and deceptive. A team like Boise is never really dominates physically HOWEVER they consistently execute flawlessly and their coaches know how to deceive and outmaneuver the opposing coach and players. UH will NEVER be at the level of Alabama, however the level of which Boise has achieved is attainable. Unfortunately does seem Chow Fun can ever put together a team to reach the level of a Boise State. No choice but to give the guy one or two more years, however after that Jay better stop ordering Chow fun and find someone who does not to require 3 hour naps & Ensure, need to go on religious pilgrimages, have a brain that rivals a supercomputer built specifically for football, gain the confidence of young men as their fearless leader and can be so deceptive and crafty he would put all used car salesman to shame
on January 14,2013 | 12:05PM
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