Readers weigh in on Arnold's contract extension

July 23rd, 2014

Howzit, Dave! I liked your editorial about the pay package for U.H. basketball coach.
Did you see the old movie “The Gauntlet” starring Clint Eastwood? I like comparing the main character (Clint) to Ben Cayetano who ran against Caldwell to stop the rail and corruption. The floodgates to uncontrolled development has been opened.
Anyway,I’m starting to compare you to Ben. Kinda like the Ben Cayetano of U.H. sports.
Keep up the good work!

Name withheld by request

Thank you for speaking out on what many of us out here are also scratching our collective heads about re. our basketball coach's new contract and extension. We should all have such powerful, influential and, apparently, well-heeled friends. For all the reasons you so aptly listed, the reasons for the contract are highly questionable, especially in light of the ongoing NCAA investigation of the program. And if the finding of the investigation are negative, are we put in the position (again!) of having to buy yet another coach or administrator's contract out or do we just suffer the embarrassment of yet another UH black eye?
Is it little wonder that we as taxpayers and sports fans are worn out by the ongoing saga of our University's debacles and apparent lack of judgment? Enough already!

Douglas Miki

Your commentary on Coach Arnold seems correct to me. It’s sort of a mystery to me why he has “downtown” support. The only thing I can think of is that he went to Punahou. But I don’t see how that particularly relates to basketball.
As a true mid major yet being considered the flagship campus of the state, the University of Hawaii is limited by the size and resources of us being small state. The financial crunch looms ahead, and I don’t know how it will play out.

Hank Chapin

(NOTE: The following letter was addressed to athletic director Ben Jay and chancellor Tom Apple and I was cc'd)

There is much criticism about Gib Arnold’s extension…I think people forget how badly the program was doing prior to Gib coming on…yes, I think Gib can do better but that is a topic for another day.

In order to have teams that are competitive, the coaches make a difference (I like the new hire’s resume’ under Arnold) but I think being competitive starts from the top…what are goals? do we get there?...where are we? do we get to where we want to go?...I think you are working hard to elevate UH to a place of excellence and for that I salute you!...thank you for coming to Hawaii to assist us….and I know that there are substantial road blocks to overcome when someone wishes to upgrade our culture…there is so much good about Hawaii that why change? anyone that wants to improve has an attitude to overcome…I think you will succeed, at least I hope so since you are here battling.

Improvement starts at the top with the Regents but at EVERY level some improvement can be made. Keep at it requesting the $’s to make improvements…it is a development syndrome…will you increase revenue before you can make improvements or do you have to make improvements in order to increase revenue?!...I think it is a boot strap effort where you ratchet up a bit here which allows upgrades there…you need good committed people in order to achieve this and hopefully the community will come along.

In order to have a first class university, a first class athletic program is necessary (athletics provide education and some of the esprit de corps of the school which bring the school together on a consistent basis and allows the community at large to participate…if we are to keep athletics and wish to be a first class institution, we should remain in division I…I do not think division 2 or 3 will reduce “losses”, and losses are against budget which if we want to be where we are, we have to change the budget and then find the resources within our community to fund the budget.

Change the budget and then assign various parts of the community to fund our share.

Leroy Y Uyehara

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