I really wasn’t expecting to hear from Ben Jay last night after being told he was on his way back to Ohio. And UH’s press release on his acceptance of the athletic director job didn’t even have a quote from him.
So it was a pleasant surprise when he did call in response to my e-mail, at about 11 p.m. his time after a long flight and whirlwind several days.
You can read about him in today’s column; we talked about UH’s finances, repairing the damage stemming from the Wonder Blunder, the NCAA and a bit about his personal background and philosophy. We will all get to know Jay more beginning later this month; the tentative plan is that he will return to Hawaii the week before Christmas. He said he hopes to start work at UH in early January.
Jay said he has been to Hawaii a few times, going back to when he worked for what was then the Pac-10, and to visit his cousin, Yulee Okazaki.