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Ching athletic complex will meet NCAA deadline

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 03:18 p.m. HST, Jan 08, 2014

Construction of a key part of the Clarence T. C. Ching Athletic Complex will meet an NCAA-mandated completion date this month, University of Hawaii officials said today.

Both Stephen Meder, assistant vice-chancellor for physical, environmental and long-range planning, and athletic director Ben Jay said they have been advised that the Jan. 28 deadline for readiness of first-floor locker room, offices and meeting facilities will be met.

The complex will be home to several sports, most notably women's track and field and soccer.

The NCAA had several times allowed UH to push back deadlines for completion of the $13.39 million facility that had originally been scheduled for completion in 2013. Completion had been tied to UH's Title IX plan to achieve gender equity in athletics.

But last year the NCAA threatened to withhold certification of the UH athletic program unless the complex met a Jan. 28 deadline for the first-floor facilities. UH said it had been warned that sanctions could include having its teams banned from NCAA championship events.

The UH Board of Regents ordered an audit of the project. That report has yet to be issued, UH said.

While the first floor is to be completed by Jan. 28, much of the rest is due to be finished by the end of March, UH officials said.

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Hodad wrote:
UH can't do anything right. Incompetents at every level.
on January 8,2014 | 02:59PM
Pot calling the kettle black-INCOMPETENCE-
on January 8,2014 | 03:34PM
Mana07 wrote:
on January 8,2014 | 07:09PM
hon2255 wrote:
Jeff Portnoy, now that you are a powerfull regent maybe you can get rid of the incompetent people in charge of the Ching Mess. Totally unacceptable timeline it took for this Manini project !! This is not. A forty story condo. Helloooo!
on January 8,2014 | 03:18PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Thats good news! Lets move forward. Go Rainbow Warriors!
on January 8,2014 | 04:03PM
Oahuan wrote:
on January 8,2014 | 06:22PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Isn't this like 6 or 7 years later?
on January 8,2014 | 06:29PM
Mana07 wrote:
So glad we spent 13 million dollars on non-revenue producing sports!
on January 8,2014 | 07:09PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
UH administration is incompetent, they all need to be replaced ... even the assistant vice chancellor for physical environment and long range planning. I can't even believe such a position exists, there's a facilities manager and staff, and a director of capital improvements already. What exactly do all these people do besides collect a paycheck?
on January 8,2014 | 07:12PM
Wazdat wrote:
AGREE. But it is happening in every dept in the city and state, not just UH. This island needs some serious HELP.
on January 8,2014 | 08:45PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
PATHETIC! as expected. empty promises. they give the athletics small amount of budget and pathetic effort on building facilities and its maintenance, yet they expect the coach to go beyond expectation and compete in competitive sports in D1 level. they expect fans to show up and waste money to watch disappointing and depressing seasons and season to unfold before them. why do they always do these BS. start building but can't even finish on time or at all. when they actually finish the project, they can't even afford its maintenance. look at UH West Oahu, took them years to even make it come true and when it's finally open, its already having financial problems. 10 years from now, building will start to show its age and start to rust and fall apart. i bet it would take them years to replace the door. these institution is meant to teach our kids for them to learn but yet it seems like they're the one that needs more education. And for the government, if you guys want take the UH its autonomy y'all better fix these problems ASAP.
on January 8,2014 | 09:15PM
ISCREAM wrote:
on January 8,2014 | 10:14PM
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