Archive for March 26th, 2008

JD says the budget deficit is worse that he thought

March 26, 2008

HA Note: “University of Hawai’i athletic director Jim Donovan began his first day on the job yesterday with the sobering realization that the financial situation “is a little worse than I thought it would be.”

JD spent his weekend looking at balance sheets and said he was dismayed to discover:
“with just three months left (in the current fiscal year), it doesn’t look like we’re on an even keel. There’s an (overall operating) deficit, which everybody knew about, but I’m still working to figure out exactly what it is. It is somewhere between $4 million and $6 million.” (HA)

HA Note: “Donovan said the current fiscal year, which closes June 30, would add to the deficit if not for the expected Sugar Bowl receipts that will have to be used to balance the books for the year. UH had hoped to use much of the Sugar Bowl proceeds to help make a dent in the $4.2 million net operating deficit auditors said the department carried into the current fiscal year.”

About the Sugar Bowl money, JD said:
“We’re also looking at the on-going budget for this (fiscal) year. The Sugar Bowl funds will be a nice shot in the arm (but) the reality is it looks like there is an operating deficit if we didn’t have those funds.” (HA)

HA Note: “UH is expected to receive at least $4 million from its share of the Bowl Championship Series appearance money and may realize $2 million to $2.5 million after expenses. UH is responsible for its travel, hotel, meals and other bowl expenses.”

JD said that hte amount of deficit he inherits will be determined:
“after I meet with the Manoa chancellor, the chief financial people and some of our own (athletic department) people. I’ll be able to put an exact figure on it. Until then, I’d rather not name a (precise) figure.” (HA)

Asked if he eventually could put the budget back on solid footing, JD said:
“We have to. That’s the way I look at it. It is gonna take some time for those issues. It (the deficit) didn’t get here overnight and it is not going to be fixed overnight, either.” (HA)

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UH will have a spring football game

March 26, 2008

HSB Note: “For the first time this millennium, Hawaii will have a spring football game. The Warriors will be drafted into two teams to play each other at the Ohana Football Festival closing spring practice April 26, coach Greg McMackin told the Star-Bulletin yesterday.”

About having a spring football game, Mack said:
“We’re still formulating, but we’ll have a game where we keep score.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “While a spring game isn’t unusual for most college football teams, UH didn’t have them under former coach June Jones, who left for SMU in January after nine seasons with the Warriors. Jones worried about teammates injuring each other. McMackin said there will be safety precautions: There will be no special-teams plays and the top players won’t be put in harm’s way of full contact for more than a few plays, if any. Same for quarterbacks, McMackin said.”

About how the Spring game will be for the younger players, Mack said:
“The guys we already know about, we don’t need to have them out there. We have a lot of younger guys we need to evaluate.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The teams in the spring game will be coached by Ron and Cal Lee, the UH offensive and defensive coordinators, McMackin said. Cal Lee said he can’t remember a previous time the brothers coached against each other. They were on the same high school staffs for decades at Kaiser and Saint Louis.”

About having the Lee brothers coaching against each other in the game, Mack said:
“We’re going to have to have them wager a pizza or something. The draft should be a lot of fun.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Spring practice begins Monday. Twelve of the 15 sessions are at the UH grass practice field on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 7. Scrimmages are scheduled at UH for two Saturdays, April 12 and 19. All practices, as well as the spring game/Ohana Football Festival (which includes autograph and photo opportunities as well as activities for children) are open to the public with free admission. Parking is free for the Aloha Stadium event.”