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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, July 28, 2007

For right price, your name can be put on UH athletics

By Michael Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Picture, if you will, the Island Termite June Jones Office. Or maybe the Diamond Head Video Football Video Room. How about the Hawaii Fence Supply Defensive Conference Room?

Under a new initiative approved Wednesday by the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents that allows the athletic department to sell naming rights for various sections of a new addition to the athletics complex, almost anything is possible if the price is right.

According to UH athletic director Herman Frazier, the board's action paves the way for the construction of a $3,500-square-foot football office complex with a reception area, 11 individual offices, a video room and two conference rooms completely covered by private donations.

The board also approved a new schedule of salary ranges for 12 coaching positions, including the head coaching positions for football, baseball, women's volleyball, softball, soccer, water polo, men's and women's tennis and cross-country/track and field.

Frazier said he expects that selling the naming rights to the new facility will generate 110 percent of the total cost of renovation, which he projects at about $1 million. The surplus would be used to establish an endowment to cover the cost of maintenance.

"That's the minimum we would expect," Frazier said.

Frazier said naming rights would be available starting at around $50,000 for a single assistant coach's office.

"The football video room might be somewhere around $100,000 to $200,000," he said.

Jones' office?

"If someone wants to give us $1 million to have his name on June Jones' office, we would be able to do that," Frazier said. "This enables us to do renovations and construction and put a plaque on the wall the name of the individuals."

The new facility would be on the third floor of Health and Physical Education and Recreation building on the Manoa campus.

The most notable change in the salary ranges for coaches provided for a range between $329,1423 and $935,544 for Jones, up from a range of $99,996 to $199,992. Frazier characterized the shift as a "housekeeping" move, noting that no adjustment had been made the last time Jones negotiated a contract.

Frazier also emphasized that the ranges approved aren't necessarily a hard cap on what Jones or the other coaches could potentially make.

"(The ranges) the board of regents approved are for the athletic director and chancellor to take to the president for approval, without the president having to go to the board," Frazier said. "The president has the flexibility to go above that ceiling is he sees fit, but that would require board approval.

"It gives us a lot of leeway," he said. "We know what our sandbox is, what we can do and the kind of people we can attract to come here."

Boise State coach Chris Petersen got a new contract earlier this year that included a base salary of $850,000 a year, plus an additional $161,500 if the Broncos win 12 games. Another $100,000 will be added if the team plays another Bowl Championship Series game.

The Broncos, a member of the Western Athletic Conference along with UH, went 13-0 last season and was the only NCAA Division I-A team to go undefeated.

Frazier said he was pleased but not surprised that the board approved both measures.

"This has been in the works for a long time," he said. "Things don't just happen. We needed to get approval and the timing was right. We've had good success with the board in taking proposals to them successfully because they understand everything we're doing."

Reach Michael Tsai at mtsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.

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