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Carl Clapp said he would welcome the opportunity to have the acting and interim titles removed from his current position.
Interim AD applies
Clapp submits name for consideration, while other likely candidates take their time applying
Applications for University of Hawaii athletic director were to be reviewed starting at the end of this week. Yesterday many possible contenders didn't seem to be in a hurry to officially enter the fray.
Interim AD Carl Clapp is the exception. Clapp said he turned in his application Monday afternoon.
"I'm always interested in leadership opportunities in intercollegiate athletics and I'm particularly interested in this one," said Clapp, who has been acting or interim AD since Herman Frazier was fired early last month. "I think it's a terrific place to be. Great people. A wonderful, wonderful opportunity. That being said I continue to be excited to serve UH in whatever role the chancellor and others want me involved."
Two sources said UH associate athletic director Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano had applied. She did not return a call yesterday.
Hilo Community College chancellor Rockne Freitas is considered a prime candidate, but Freitas said yesterday he had not applied. "I'm still thinking about it," the former associate UH athletic director said. "I honestly haven't decided yet."
Others sang similar tunes yesterday, including Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Amemiya, Hawaii Bowl executive director Jim Donovan and Kamehameha-Hawaii athletic director Bob Wagner. All have expressed at least some interest, but none had applied when contacted yesterday.
"I'm real interested, but I have not officially applied," said Wagner, a former UH football coach who will be inducted into the school's Circle of Honor on Saturday.
Several other potential candidates have surfaced, including KGMB executive Rick Blangiardi, Aloha Stadium authority board member Marcia Klompus and San Jose State football coach Dick Tomey.
UH was to announce a selection committee by the end of the week and hopes to have the job filled in a month.
Staff writer Cindy Luis contributed to this story.