Ben Jay can be nice. He can be well-meaning. He can have good intentions.
But he can’t be the UH AD.
Not today. Not for the next six months. Not ever again.
When he opened his feelings about the UH athletic department that he oversees, he opened the door to his exit.
His comments in today’s Star-Advertiser were not about honesty or honor. They did not read like explanations on his inability to get the job done; they read like excuses. After receiving an under-par evaluation, he was allowed the dignity of what amounted to an honorable discharge, effective at the end of the fiscal year. It allowed him to seek other employment — it’s easier to find a job when you have a job — and save face.
But as the face of the athletic department, which relies largely on donations to fuel its program, Jay’s uncertainty whether he would have taken the job had he known the full conditions, sabotages fund-raising efforts. This is America, land of the brave and free speech. A person is free to say he does not like Diet Coke, he just can’t be the CEO of Coca-Cola.
And, yes, he didn’t know then what he knows now. But now that he knows, why does he want to stay around for six more months?
He didn’t raise substantial money before, he won’t raise it now. If he felt he didn’t have a bond with the chancellor before, I’m sure they’re not Facebook friends now.
It’s time to say goodbye. This time, for real.
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For the second time this recruiting period, the Warriors have secured a commitment from a player coming off a church mission.
Sione Kauhi, a tight end/defensive end, completed his mission in November. He signed a scholarship agreement this week. He will join the Warriors in January, participate in the offseason conditioning program and spring training, and have five years to play four seasons.
Kauhi is 6-5 and 260 pounds.
His father is from Hawaii, and the family moved back here following his graduation from Wilsonville High in 2012.
Here’s the highlight video: Kauhi video
Dylan Collie, a receiver, returns from his mission next week and also will join the Warriors in January.