Not a junket

I encourage feedback in almost any form. And I encourage questioning authority and how our shared resources are expended. But please, please, come at least somewhat informed before taking a shot.

A reader (or, maybe non-reader, or non-understander) sent me an email claiming athletic-director-to-be David Matlin is already wasting the University of Hawaii’s money by going to the Final Four.

This ignorant person couldn’t be farther from the truth. If he made even a minimal effort to be informed he would know that Matlin is making that trip as part of his duties as executive director of the Diamond Head Classic, the job he is finishing up.

So it’s actually the opposite: UH is getting free labor out of Matlin, who isn’t on salary with UH until April 27 as AD and the benefit of him being able to interview new basketball coach candidates without UH paying for the trip.

The Final Four is where the job seekers and those hiring are congregating. It is also were relationships are forged leading to scheduling and sponsorships.

Even if UH were paying for the trip, it likely brings back much more in revenue than its expense — especially this year.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Matlin doesn’t even have time to attend any of the games. This is not a junket; and even if it were, it’s not at taxpayer expense.


  1. Chicken Grease March 30, 2015 12:33 pm

    Heh. Educate him, Dave . . . there are a # of us with misguided or unintended ignorance, so to speak. We enjoy the sports thing, but, we don’t have the time to know the ins and outs of — especially UH’s (yes, yes, other post-secondary/higher educational institutions have them too), with a Democrat-heavy milieu, no less — what goes on, sometimes.

    And with the last two or three ADs leaving under less-than-‘let’s have a party’ circumstances? People are going to be skeptical.

  2. March 30, 2015 1:21 pm

    Youre right Dave, this will be a critical week of interviewing candidates on the mainland , that’s where it’s all happening and where all the D1 coaches will be . Matlin will get the job done.

  3. tom March 30, 2015 2:08 pm

    A lot of people have opinions with no facts to back them up.

    Facts, we don’t need any stinking facts!

  4. Hodad March 30, 2015 4:21 pm

    Facts do not matter to many of the commentators on UH sports, Hawaii politics, rail, everything. why do these people open their mouths when they are so ignoranta?

  5. Warrior Dave March 30, 2015 6:35 pm

    OMG AD Matlin said on KITV news that he is on the Search Committee for a new HC. I know they are trying to fill the position before his official start date… Guess the Chancellor will be the one to approve it. After the contract is finalized late next year, Matlin can sign I guess.

  6. chawan_cut March 31, 2015 7:43 am

    The ignorant usually don’t like to be informed and educated. They like to remain ignorant.

  7. Manoa Mist March 31, 2015 11:34 am

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  8. pollypicador March 31, 2015 3:21 pm

    This ignorant person couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    Third paragraph.

    “A” is wrong, mistaken, has his foot in his mouth.

    “B” is wrong for calling “A” ignorant.

    “C” (presumably most of the readers) look at this exchange and laugh and think “B” is cool, highly renowned writer for this newspaper.

    “D” looks at the use of the word ignorant, directed at another person in the form as an adjective as an insult, slur, attack. There’s a big difference-use of the word as an adjective and noun. “D” is me.

    Personally I think the SA should have a better policy on how it’s employee act in the public’s eye.

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