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.