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Hawaii AD Jay resigns, Norm Chow retained for fourth season

Despite three straight losing seasons, Norm Chow will return to the school in 2015, while Athletic Director Ben Jay will not.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After just two years at the school, Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay is expected to resign from his position at UH. The decision will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday, along with the decision to retain Head Coach Norm Chow for a fourth season.

It's been an eventful couple of months for Ben Jay, starting with comments he made in August of the potential termination of the Hawaii football program, saying there was a real possibility of the program going away in a meeting with the UH Board of Regents. He would later backtrack on these statements, but the damage would be done, stamping Hawaii as a potential team that drops football in the future.

In October, men's basketball Coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana were removed from their positions by the school and Jay without cause, just a week before the Warriors kicked off their 2014 season. Arnold and the basketball team were under investigation by the NCAA for a self-reported incident where "a UH Men's Basketball coach submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes".

It is not known how long Jay will remain with the university (his contract runs until June), or when an interim/replacement AD will be found.

As for Chow, a 4-9 effort in 2014 keeps him at UH for another year, bringing his career mark at Hawaii to 8-29. He is in the final two years of his five-year contract that pays his $550,000 annually. He is guaranteed $750,000 of the $1.1 million owed on his contract, but there is a clause that states he can be bought out of his fifth year for $200,000.