The audit was triggered by a firestorm of protest about Jim Donovan’s high-paying reassignment and the subsequent scrutiny about what's really going in the athletic department.
Regents were told the findings flagged a need for additional checks and balances to ensure discretionary spending of private and public money was in line with UH policy.
In some cases, it wasn’t.
There are new questions about why coaches were advanced large sums for tournament travel but did not return the excess money in a timely fashion.
In one case, more than $4,700 left in a sports office vanished in a break-in.
“Prior to it being returned, it was sitting in a coach’s safe, and it was stolen,” said UH internal auditor Glenn Shizumura.
The auditor also noted that excess money from sports banquets or sports camps was later doled out to the coaches as a bonus.
It’s a practice that is covered in language in some coaches' contracts.
"Clearly it’s questionable as to the appropriateness to pull it out of foundation accounts, and then transferred as additional compensation to the coaches," Shizumura said.