The AD search apparently has come down to two very qualified and likable guys: Keith Amemiya and David Matlin.
Both work hard. Both are nice guys who also aren’t afraid to make tough calls. Both work well with others. For Amemiya, that meant dealing with the politics of high school sports and UH’s Board of Regents. For Matlin, that meant dealing with the politics of college football and basketball and ESPN. (Random trivia: Matlin’s father, Lew, was the Hawaii Islanders’ general manager in 1963 and 1964.)
Amemiya or Matlin?
Matlin or Amemiya?
In a perfect scenario, the answer would be: All of the above.
They actually have complementary skills and personalities. If UH could blow up the rules, take a walk outside the box, hiring both would be a start to fixing things that have been too wrong for too long.
But there’s only room for one. This time, there’s no wrong answer.