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What's the vision for UH athletics?


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 01, 2012

~~<p>Reeling from losing $200,000 for a scam Stevie Wonder concert and buying out Jim Donovan from his previous job as athletic director to avoid a lawsuit, the University of Hawaii has decided to conduct a nationwide search for the position &mdash; but there's concern that this will be yet another wasteful move since top officials seem to be in serious disarray over what they're seeking. Increasingly, it seems the choice for athletic director for the near-term should be Rockne Freitas, and UH should waste no time or money in searching further until it gets its bearings after mishandling so much of this debacle.</p>
<p>Nearly all of the university's coaches for its 21 teams have signed a letter to the UH leaders recommending that UH &quot;consider immediately&quot; hiring Freitas as the athletic director. It is a job he sought only four years ago after serving as associate athletic director in the 1980s and is now assigned as interim director after Donovan's ouster. Freitas, the UH's vice president for student affairs and university/community relations since 2010, has said he is not going to apply for the permanent AD job, but remained mum on whether he could be persuaded.</p>
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Reeling from losing $200,000 for a scam Stevie Wonder concert and buying out Jim Donovan from his previous job as athletic director to avoid a lawsuit, the University of Hawaii has decided to conduct a nationwide search for the position — but there's concern that this will be yet another wasteful move since top officials seem to be in serious disarray over what they're seeking. Increasingly, it seems the choice for athletic director for the near-term should be Rockne Freitas, and UH should waste no time or money in searching further until it gets its bearings after mishandling so much of this debacle.

Nearly all of the university's coaches for its 21 teams have signed a letter to the UH leaders recommending that UH "consider immediately" hiring Freitas as the athletic director. It is a job he sought only four years ago after serving as associate athletic director in the 1980s and is now assigned as interim director after Donovan's ouster. Freitas, the UH's vice president for student affairs and university/community relations since 2010, has said he is not going to apply for the permanent AD job, but remained mum on whether he could be persuaded. Login for more...



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