Ferd Lewis’ column today provided a peek at where much of the power might really be with major decision-making at the University of Hawaii athletic department.
The answer to who is in charge at UH sports? I think it is “no one, and anyone.” A power vacuum and hack politics allows anyone with connections, money and/or chutzpah to bully his way in and throw weight around, appropriately or not.
And the public loses as egos and special interests are served more than the overall good of UH and the community.
Remember the last times there were coaching changes for football and basketball? Both hirings involved behind-the-scene moves by special interests to get “their guy” in.
One of the reasons I’ve encouraged a crowd-funding movement combined with an organized protest by disgruntled fans is that it will get the attention of upper campus. Emails, letters, etc. … even not buying tickets doesn’t seem to be having any effect as the UH party line now is that coach Norm Chow will be evaluated at the end of the season instead of a change being considered prior to conclusion of the season.
Some UH fans at hawaii.theinsiders.com are looking into the possibility of crowd funding.
Another reason is that it could help take the power out of a big-booster funded buyout that often comes attached with the wink-wink of “hire my guy.”
Maybe it’s a long shot, but if the passion of the unhappy fans is channeled into an organized effort, maybe you can get results … A group protested the nickname change; you can debate all that went into how the result came about, but Rainbow was restored, as the group wanted.