By Stephen Tsai
The UH president is retiring.
The UH-Manoa chancellor is being, well, like someone who needs a self-editing button.
So what's next for the UH athletic department?
It would be in the best interest of the department and the school to hire a sports-friendly president. Division I sports is good for a community that does not have a pro-sports team. It's helpful in increasing enrollment and raising money for the school. For all of the controversy, MRC Greenwood had the athletic department's interest. She was the babysitter who let the children play and then yelled: "OK, time to clean up." She helped UH find landing spots when it appeared the WAC was ready to implode. She made her share of mistakes, but she was quick to realize the best podium for all things UH was through sports.
The chancellor was correct that an athletic program that is seeking a financial pardon cannot continue to operate in the red. But that is a message best delivered in meeting rooms. It won't make sponsors donate more or recruits feel any more assured.
What's more, the chairmanship of the Board of Regents is set to expire this summer. The direction of the university — and the athletic department — will be shaped in the coming months.
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Two of the top football recruits — Tigi Hill and Vasquez Haynes — said they are set to join the Warriors for the start of training camp.
Haynes said he is finishing work on his AA degree. He said he is enrolled in UH's Summer Session II.
Hill said he needs to complete work on four classes. Taking them online will allow Hill the flexibility of returning to Hawaii early and participating in unsupervised workouts with future teammates.
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Happy birthday to Avis.