Everybody wants to be Santa.
But it takes seemingly unlimited resources, volunteer elves, people willing to open their hearts and homes, chartered sleighs …
AD Ben Jay is a nice guy who had a hard time saying no. He was willing to open his financial books. He would greet critics and frenemies with a handshake. He would extend contracts. He was accessible — by cell phone, by Twitter — to reporters, to fans, to critics. He was willing to sit in an apparel store for an hour to talk UH sports. He had the best intentions.
He was the athletic department’s CEO when the chancellor wiped out a $13 million accumulated deficit, when construction projects were initiated or completed, when the H Zone was created, when the NCAA launched an investigation into the athletic department.
In the end, he did not have enough juice with the Legislature, with the hidden powers, with Upper Campus. In the end, he could not get enough needed subsidies from the Legislature, hidden powers and Upper Campus. In the end … there was the end.
Today, Jay is expected to announce he will resign as AD effective in six months.
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Lost in all this is Dylan Collie, the younger brother of Austin Collie, will be joining the Warriors in January.
He already secured a release from BYU, where he redshirted in 2012 before going on a two-year church mission. At 5-10, 180, he is expected to be slotback.