Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann is not among the candidates for University of Hawaii athletic director.
“I did not apply and I am not a candidate,” Hannemann told me in a phone conversation Sunday evening.
Sources had said Hannemann was interested as far back as December, when it was announced Ben Jay would be leaving the position, and some of his supporters urged him to consider it.
Current UH associate athletic director John McNamara is the only of around 70 applicants to publicly acknowledge he applied.
Interviews started last week, and a source said UH has whittled contenders down to around 12.
Keith Amemiya and Rick Blangiardi have also been considered possibilities since January, but neither has confirmed or denied applying for the job.
Former UH football coach June Jones has also said he would not apply for the position of athletic director.
David Matlin‘s name has been mentioned as a potential candidate in recent weeks by sources. Matlin is the executive director of the Hawaii Bowl and the Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament.