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Tuesday, August 1, 2000

U. H. _ S P O R T S

UH athletic director
gets a pay raise

By Paul Arnett

University of Hawaii athletic director Hugh Yoshida received an unspecified salary increase from the board of regents in June, a university spokesman confirmed yesterday afternoon.

While most of the attention of that meeting in Hilo centered on the draft proposal for Mauna Kea, Yoshida's raise was discussed in executive session and was part of a line-item increase.

"In that case, the increase would be confidential," UH spokesman Jim Manke said yesterday.

Yoshida's contract was extended to Dec. 14, 2002, in January 1998. At the time, he was making slightly less than $100,000 a year.

Western Athletic Conference officials recently said they heard that UH President Kenneth Mortimer wanted to give Yoshida an increase before he retired next summer. Yoshida also wanted something in place before a new president was hired. The increase also helps Yoshida procure a better retirement package. He will be in his early 60s when his current contract runs out.

"I know Dr. Mortimer told me he wanted to do something for Hugh after the Rainbows' turnaround last year," league commissioner Karl Benson said at WAC football media day. "He felt like Hugh deserved it."

Yoshida replaced the late Stan Sheriff after his death in 1993. There were several rough seasons after Yoshida hired Fred vonAppen as head football coach in 1996.

In 1999, the athletic department reportedly lost $1.1 million, but turned that around in one season to earn $470,000 this past year.

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