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Ohio State official seen as top candidate for UH athletic director

By Ferd Lewis


Ohio State senior associate athletics director Ben Jay is said to be the leading candidate to fill the athletic director's position at the University of Hawaii, according to several people who have met him at UH.

But there was no indication today whether UH-Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, who is overseeing the hiring process, will pick Jay or the other finalist, University of California-Berkeley deputy director of athletics Solomon "Solly" Fulp.

UH had listed Thursday as the deadline for naming a new athletic director. A spokeswoman for the Manoa Chancellor's office declined to say whether an announcement would come today or Thursday.

People who have met the candidates said Jay, an Ohio native, "came across very well" in meetings and benefited from "wide experience."

Jay has had oversight of finance at operations at Ohio State since 2006, according to the school's website.

He served as Pac-10 associate commissioner for business and finance for more than 12 years before returning to Ohio State. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's in athletic administration from Ohio State, Jay was the general manager of a minor league baseball team and director of operations for the Cleveland Indians. He was also assistant athletic director at Fairfield University.

Fulp is a University of Oregon graduate and has a masters degree from Sacramento State where he was an assistant and associate athletic director. Fulp also worked in multi-media marketing with ISP Sports and IMG College, specializing in the Pac-10.

Both Fulp and Jay have been in town this week meeting with UH officials and others.

Jay's email account said, "I am out of the office  Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7.  I will return to the office on Monday, December 10."

Neither Jay nor Fulp returned phone messages left for them. 

UH said the 11-member search advisory committee received more than 150 applications, including an additional 50-plus contacts that the Atlanta-based search firm made with prospective candidates. The search firm conducted talks with some candidates who applied and with others who declined to submit applications, UH said.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Good ting Ben's last name isn't Joe or he could never work in this town. If you don't understand that, knock on your Uncle Masa's door and shout, "Eh, Uncle, wea stay da Ben Joe?"
on December 5,2012 | 11:55AM
frontman wrote:
If selected, he'll soon learn how a third world country does things.
on December 5,2012 | 02:29PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
If you don't like this third world country, you can kindly leave.
on December 5,2012 | 09:47PM
lee1957 wrote:
Just remember, the only difference between a luau and lua is U.
on December 5,2012 | 05:34PM
CnDnM wrote:
Did the Ohio State person have any involvement in their football program's sanctions?
on December 5,2012 | 11:57AM
kainalu wrote:
Whoever the new AD is, he's going to be asked to squeeze blood out of a nickle.
on December 5,2012 | 12:00PM
OldDiver wrote:
Or jelly out of a pebble. And he will have Greenwood and Freitas, the BOR and the downtown money guys telling how to do his job. One can hope unlike Jim Donovan he won't be saddled with someone else's assistant athletic directors.
on December 5,2012 | 02:06PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Isn't Ohio State on some kind of post game sanctions? This doofus should fit right in with the UH cable.
on December 5,2012 | 12:00PM
Hodad wrote:
What an ignorant post. The head football coach and tatoogate got them on probation. Ohio State has more sports than anyone but Harvard. Also has the largest or close to the largest athletic budget in the country. This guy is a finance guy. Just what UH needs IMHO.
on December 5,2012 | 12:56PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Black kettle. If what you say is true, why in the world would this doofus want to come all the way to our third world country to work... lolo.
on December 5,2012 | 01:22PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Is the salary range for UH athletic director increasing?
on December 5,2012 | 12:01PM
Tenatwelve wrote:
Apple gotta ask Rockne and Greenwood for permission first.
on December 5,2012 | 12:03PM
Sunny wrote:
No local candidates were qualified for the AD position?
on December 5,2012 | 12:14PM
CAHAOLE wrote:
I'm disappointed no local applicants were chosen. Many mainlanders just don't understand "local culture" !!!!!
on December 5,2012 | 12:22PM
false wrote:
Too busy doing Pancho Solar commercials.
on December 5,2012 | 03:43PM
allie wrote:
might be the right guy
on December 5,2012 | 12:24PM
bumby2day wrote:
i hope the new athletic director can do something about NCAA in making UH wahine volleyball to host.
on December 5,2012 | 12:30PM
kauailawyer wrote:
What a great idea, someone from a school with serious NCAA sanctions.
on December 5,2012 | 12:38PM
Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
Hope we get the CAL guy as AD. Who knows, he might have some influence on having Hawaii added to PAC-16 in the future. I know for sure that Hawaii is better than one team in the PAC-12, Colorado. I need to wake up now from this dream.
on December 5,2012 | 12:58PM
Ulalei wrote:
First question on the interview should be, "so do you think you can get Stevie Wonder to perform?"
on December 5,2012 | 01:03PM
kainalu wrote:
on December 5,2012 | 01:30PM
Venus1 wrote:
We need to 'lighten up'!!!:)
on December 5,2012 | 02:16PM
false wrote:
Correct answer: I'll need 200K to start the process.
on December 5,2012 | 03:45PM
ejkorvette wrote:
I just cannot believe that a Local Candidate is not in the top candidancy for the UH AD job! Holy Cow!!! I refuse to believe that a UH Grad, with strong ties to the Athletic program is not even honorably mentioned, but someone from across the pond without no knowledge of Hawiiana gets top billing!! If I were associated with any facet of UH Management and/or Administration, I would be profoundlty insulted. It's bad enough there are way too few local representatives at most level of Hawaii business, this just Smacks of a total lack of confidence in Hawaii homegrown talent. I would boycott and protest.
on December 5,2012 | 01:54PM
OldDiver wrote:
The mentality at UH is people on the mainland do things better. You think after countless mainland hired failures they would learn something.
on December 5,2012 | 02:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Where do Grabauskas and all those PB consultants come from?
on December 5,2012 | 02:45PM
false wrote:
France. LOL
on December 5,2012 | 03:49PM
false wrote:
Yup. That's the mentality here. Educate you children at the UH but you will never be good enough to be an upper level administrator here. So come to think of it we shouldn't even have local Board of Regents eh? LOL
on December 5,2012 | 03:48PM
nitpikker wrote:
so...how much of the moon is he demanding??
on December 5,2012 | 03:11PM
false wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on December 5,2012 | 03:20PM
false wrote:
You mean Heisman Fraiser?
on December 5,2012 | 03:50PM
blackmurano wrote:
My goodness!!! These two leading candidates for the UH AD position, are like company executives - don't know anything about whose who in football. They just don't know when to fire a coach because of a couple bad seasons, and most likely they just don't know who to hire as replacement - especially Warrior football. Why Tom Apple is making the selection? Why not Rockne Freites, someone with Athletic backbround who played football an knows the sport!!!!! These two leading candidates will be busy looking at the financial numbers of their budget while neglecting how the football what's on the football field. If it comes to a point to replace Norm Chow as Warrior football head coach because of losing record, these two most likely don't know whose who in football??????? A real disapointment for our University of Hawaii Athletic department.
on December 5,2012 | 04:41PM
Kapaho wrote:
Why can't someone from Hawaii be selected as the next AD? I'm sure there must a lot of qualified applicants.
on December 5,2012 | 05:02PM
ejkorvette wrote:
We always feel better when we know that someone has strong "Hawaii Ties". Whether it be from family, long association with the islands and our culture. To pick someone that has no idea of Hawaii other than it represents a huge and quick payday should not only be criminal, but deeply insulting. I am personally and professionally saddend and offended that the UH Administration would do this, then turn around and talk about Hawaiian Pride, Live Hawaii, when they turned their collective Empty Heads in the opposite direction of hiring a Hawaii bred Athletic Director. They basically said, Hawaii Candidates do not have the Intellectual, Sports Savvy, Business Acumen and Motivational Expertise that is required to run the Program. Shame on all of the Board members. I would protest Loud and Clear!!!
on December 5,2012 | 07:54PM
usahwn wrote:
Why would a guy making bucks at a big 10 school apply at Hawaii for 200000 ? Was he part of a NCAA investigation?
on December 5,2012 | 09:22PM
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