There won’t be any first-day clumsiness when Rockne Freitas begins his job as acting athletic director today. Freitas will be filling in for Jim Donovan, who is on paid leave while the circumstances leading to the canceled Stevie Wonder concert are investigated.
Freitas should be making a forceful debut — in part because of his quick-acting personality, in part because he comes from a position of power.
In Donovan’s 4-plus years as AD, it appeared he had to operate within the constraints set by Upper Campus and downtown Honolulu powers. There will be fewer obstacles for Freitas because 1) He is doing the school a favor by taking on this role, and 2) Few rank higher than Freitas in the hierarchy of the UH system.
Freitas’ presence will be felt. As he noted yesterday, “an absentee landlord is a recipe for disaster.”
Freitas already has a 4-point plan. It shouldn’t take long before he begins implementing it.
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Happy birthday to Big Island Kurt.