Reactions on UH Athletic Director’s resignation announcement

Updated : Nov 08, 2019 in Articles

Reactions on UH Athletic Director’s resignation announcement


at UH Manoa. The change takes effect next June. Jay’s announcement set the internet on fire and lit up local airwaves… KITV4’s Brenton Awa sat in with a local “sports radio” station and has those reactions. SONNY TAPE – 646 – 656 “I’M DOING WHAT’S BEST FOR MYSELF AND FOR MY FAMILY AND FOR THOSE PERSONAL AND FAMILY REASONS I’VE CHOSEN TO RESIGN.” When Ben Jay made that announcement… The phone lines at ESPN 1420 lit up! 821 – 825 “TO THE PHONES NOW AND GET YOUR REACTION ON BEN JAYS RESIGNATION.” That’s Chris Hart manning the calls for the Sports Animals show.. 842 – 852 “NATURALLY UH IS GOING TO GIVE THEIR SPIN. WHAT ANYBODY WANTS TO TAKE FROM THAT THAT’S UP TO THEM.” Some callers were critical of the school’s past decisions. 855 – 905 “THE UNIVERSITY HAS LOST BIG BUCKS ON BAD HIRES YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN AND THE TAXPAYERS PAYS FOR THIS.” 1159 – 1201 “HI THERE GORDON.” 1201 – 1215 “ID LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT. WE’RE IN THE FINANCIAL RED. WHY DON’T WE LET UH BUSINESS CLASS STUDENTS RUN THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, WE CANNOT DO ANY WORSE. OH I THINK THEY PROBABLY COULD.” 1229 – 1240 I DON’T KNOW IF UH IS THE BIGGEST CORPORATION THAT WE HAVE BUT I WOULDN’T FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH 19 OR 20 YEAR OLDS RUNNING IT.” 1242 “HEHE YOU HAVE A POINT THERE BUT THINK ABOUT IT WE LOST MILLIONS ALREADY AND WERE STILL FORECASTED TO LOSE MILLIONS MORE.” More callers just wanted to know the real reason why Jay’s leaving. 931 – 934 “HUMPHREY THANK YOU FOR DIALING IN HELLO THERE.” 943 – 950 “WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON IT, DO YOU THINK HE JUST DIDN’T LONG FOR HAWAII AND WANTED TO GO BACK TO OHIO OR I’M JUST TRYING TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES.” 1034 – 1044 “WE WON’T GET DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF IT FROM NOW TIL SEVEN O’CLOCK BUT THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DO MOVE TO HAWAII AND IT’S NOT A PLACE FOR THEM.” Other callers — wanted to know what now? 1100 – 1103 “WE’VE GOT STEELER TIM, HELLO TIM.” 1140 – 1145 “WE’VE LOST MONEY IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT THE THING IS HOW WE GOING TO TURN THAT AROUND.” That’s the tough question Ben Jay had to deal with. At the last board of regents meeting — the athletic department was projecting a $3.5 million dollar shortfall in fiscal year 2015.

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