Forget search committees and screening committees and such.
The finalists for the UH athletic director’s job should be the first three people who have legitimate administrative and fund-raising experience, no criminal history, and declare: “I want to be the AD.”
That third qualification is as important as the first two. UH deserves an AD who not only wants the job, but is willing to admit publicly to wanting the job. To do so, it takes courage. It takes leadership. It takes belief in the product.
Dating to class elections in elementary school, few people want to nominate themselves. Maybe it’s humility. Maybe it’s the fear of losing. But it’s always this whisper:“You nominate me for president, and I’ll nominate you for vice-president.”
And that’s the way it is in the search for the next UH AD. There are people who want the job, but don’t want to announce they want the job. So they have friends or associates drop their names.It’s the equivalent of someone saying: “My friend likes you but is too shy to ask you out.” Having deniability is necessary if, say, you’re Stanford’s AD and don’t want anyone to know you’re looking for a job. But that’s not a problem because no current FBS AD is seeking the UH job.
Still, the UH job is a good job. You get to live in Hawaii. You get paid nearly three times what a stevedore earns each year. You get to run the state’s biggest sports program. You get to travel, socialize and socialize while traveling. And if doesn’t work out, hey, you still could live off the savings of being paid more than 99 percent of Hawaii workers. If people say it’s not worth the headache, I’d disagree. For nearly $300,000, you can buy Tylenol.
Which brings us to UH’s three associate athletic directors. Financially, professionally and everything else ending in “-ly,” being an AD is better than being an associate AD. It’s just a better job. So shouldn’t each of the three say, “I want to be AD.” That’s leadership. That’s go-get-’em-ness (is that a word?). The first step to getting a job is letting people know you want the job. UH shouldn’t have to ask or beg someone to apply.