Nobody likes to wait.
We don’t like to twiddle our thumbs at the doctor’s office. We don’t like to circle the airport until somebody arrives curbside with the bags. We don’t like to keep refreshing the home page until the blogger decides to get off his wallet and post an item every morning.
But sometimes waiting is good and purposeful. For all the manure some give to the folks in Manoa, the thing UH does correctly is vet potential hires.
There’s always a feeling, accurate or not, that somebody landed a job because they “knew” somebody. Maybe that’s accurate, maybe not. But at UH, even if a person has an “in,” there can be weeks between when a job opens and when it is filled. There’s the mandatory 10 working days that a position must be advertised. The finalists must be interviewed, often by at least three people. And that’s not just for high-profile jobs. Student applying for part-time campus jobs also must face a selection committee. After that, for full-time jobs, an independent investigation service does a detailed background check. After that, there’s the mandatory tests for TB, drugs, etc.
For instance, if a head coach were to select, oh, let’s say an offensive coordinator, it will take at least a few weeks to finalize the hire. In the grand scheme, that’s not a bad thing. At the least, it gives the appearance that the hiring process is fair. A UH official might want to hire his brother-in-law, but that guy better have an accurate resume and a relatively clean police abstract.
There are no exceptions. Luke Matthews had to go through the extensive process to be hired as a graduate assistant for the football team two years ago. He then had to go through the same process to move to full-time assistant coach. Logic would dictate that he already has passed an initiation test, why do it a second time?
Fair is fair. And fair also is why UH still must wait to name the next offensive and defensive coordinators.
Here’s today’s story on the coordinators: Coordinators