Not signing Jones costs Hawaii AD

HONOLULU -- The University of Hawaii fired athletics director Herman Frazier on Tuesday after he failed to re-sign football coach June Jones.

It came a day after Jones, the winningest coach in school history, accepted a five-year deal worth about $2 million a year to coach at SMU.

Frazier, who had been under fire for a series of widely publicized missteps, wasn't available for comment. He came to Hawaii in 2002 after serving as AD at Alabama-Birmingham.

A couple days before accepting the coaching job at SMU, Jones sent Frazier a 1,500-word e-mail expressing his frustrations over how his negotiations were handled at the last minute.

"The way my contract talks have been handled ... is kind of the reason I am tired and why I just need to go," Jones wrote. ...

Former UCLA basketball coach Gary Cunningham, the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara since 1995, will retire next summer.


A group of Seattle women, led by former Deputy Mayor Anne Levinson, will buy the WNBA Seattle Storm from SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett for $10 million. The purchase option was finalized in the last few days, ensuring the Storm will remain in Seattle, while Bennett continues his push to move the SuperSonics to his hometown of Oklahoma City.

"How big is the smile on my face today?" Storm CEO Karen Bryant asked. Bryant, who is not part of the ownership group, will remain with the Storm in her current role.

One current and one former Microsoft Corp. executive, and an entrepreneur round out the purchase group, calling itself Force 10 Hoops. It has until the end of February to close the sale and would need approval of the WNBA board of governors for the stand-alone franchise.

Horse Racing

The California Horse Racing Board approved allowing some or all of Santa Anita's racing dates to move to Hollywood Park on Tuesday if the drainage problem at Santa Anita is not quickly resolved. Heavy rain on Santa Anita's new synthetic Cushion Track forced racing to be canceled for three consecutive days. The track hopes to resume racing Thursday.

College Sports

Female athletes will have the chance to compete in two new women's sports teams at Fresno State University, starting next year. Fresno State announced Monday it was adding a women's lacrosse team and reinstating its women's swimming and diving team in an effort to resolve an old dispute over gender equity.


Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins accepted sponsor exemptions to play in the Champions Tour's season-opening MasterCard Championship next week at Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. The addition of the foursome brings the winners-only field at Hualalai Golf Course to 42. The three-day event, which begins Jan. 18, is the first of 29 official Champions Tour events.


Andy Roddick wasn't "losing sleep" about an illness that will cause defending champion Roger Federer to miss his normal tuneup for the Australian Open, which starts Monday. Federer has a serious stomach virus and withdrew from the Kooyong exhibition tourney in Melbourne.

"None of us will be losing sleep over it," Roddick joked at a news conference Tuesday, looking across at the other seven players on the panel with him who are in the Kooyong field.

Roddick beat Federer in the Kooyong final last year, two days before the Australian Open. Federer went on to defend his Australian Open singles crown. He also won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and now has 12 Grand Slam titles.