About $100K raised in UH football fundraiserUPDATED 7:41 AM HST Aug 22, 2014Video Transcript
Some die hard UH football fans kicked off the annual Pigskin Pigout tonight at Murphy's. But this year, plenty of talk amongst fans after UH athletic director suggested earlier this week the school could cut teams if their budget woes can't be solved. There was plenty of pig and extra meat on the bone for these football fans. NATS/SOUND 14:16 It tasted fabulous," 16:35 the flacvor the extra fat and pickled onions," But it's extremely lean times for the UH athletic department. A projected deficit in the millions this year, and a deficit in 11 of the last 13 years has forced UH athletic director Ben Jay according to him-- cut the budget to the bone. SOT JAY: 10:42 we've gone to every revenue line trying to get as much as we can. We have goals for the deparment, but will end up in a shortfall this year, it's been a chronic problem. It's a problem we finally have to deal with, Jay's headline making remarks about the football team's future didn't phase any of these fans, who paid $100 dollars each to eat, drink, and support the team. SOT ED CHU 15:27 I didn't think much of it.. been hearing it for years, it's business as usual. we'll do best to move forward and do best we can to support the u and football team. SOT NORM CHOW 12:55 I talked to the players. They knew. With social media everyone knows everything. Our focus is on uw game. Can't worry about decisions made way above my level," Jay has already secured some cuts.. one coming from coaches who volunteered to trim the fat with a 5 percent operational budget cut that does not affect salaries or student athlete scholarships. UH regent Chuck Gee today said the trimmed budget may not be large enough for a division one program. SOT JAY 11:19 he has surmised maybe we're not supporting divison 1 athletics the way we should be. That was his message to rest of board. Appreciate that thought and that's the same message we have," Organizers of tonight's event say they expect to make roughly $100,000 to support the UH football team through dinner ticket sales and a silent auction.