- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii’s athletics director plans to cut about $4 million from wish lists of coaches and staff to get the sports operating budget to around $30 million for the coming fiscal year.

Athletics Director Ben Jay says there are things the department won’t be able to fund, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1uZaEWo).

Jay said department and staff requests total about $34 million in its latest draft budget.

“The figure is huge right now,” Jay said. “A lot of people threw their wish lists in there. It is kind of a gross budget in that, I mean, it includes everybody’s requests.”

Hawaii is ending its current fiscal year June 30 with a $2 million deficit, with total spending of more than $30 million. The athletics department has lost money 10 of the past 12 years.

“I have to cut through it,” Jay said.

Jay said he plans to review the budget during a travel day from a meeting of the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors in Orlando, Florida.

Hawaii athletics includes 21 teams. The fiscal year starts July 1.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com