Possible $2M budget short fall for UH sports

HONOLULU (AP) - University of Hawaii Athletics Director Ben Jay says the department is looking at a $2 million shortfall.

Jay cites a disappointing 1-11 football season and an inability to fundraise $1 million that had been counted on.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that possible moves to help reduce the deficit include layoffs of hourly paid workers and raising student athletic fees.

Students currently pay a per semester fee of $50, that contributes about $1.4 million a year to athletics.

Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple cleared the department of a nearly $15 million deficit last summer and gave the department three years to balance its $30 million budget or face cutting sports offerings.

Jay tells the university's Board of Regents that he's determined to balance the budget.

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