Thursday, August 21
(Honolulu, HI) -- A key member of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents is trying to throw cold water on the thought that the football team might become a thing of the past. Jeff Portnoy is the regent who is chairman of the committee that oversees athletics. He tells "Hawaii News Now" the public shouldn't be worried about UH football "going away," but says more money is needed to make the athletics department solvent. On Monday, UH Athletics Director Ben Jay told regents the school could need up to three million dollars to erase a budget deficit for the department. He said in a worst-case scenario, the school would have to cut some of its 21 sports programs, including potentially its Division One football team.