Aug 28 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; General view of Aloha Stadium before the NCAA football game between the Southern California Trojans and the Hawaii Rainbows. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Scholarship delays force Hawaii football players to sleep in locker room

At a time when the NCAA is under a constant barrage of negative press about money and student-athletes, the last thing they need is s story about Hawaii football players having to sleep in the locker room because of delays in their financial aid.

So, guess what?

Yes, you guessed right. That’s exactly what happened, according to a report from Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay told the Associated Press that “clerical problems” delayed scholarship funds at the school.

These funds are designed to cover about six weeks of expenses for students going to summer classes and living off campus, and were delayed nine days due to the paperwork snafu. Without those funds, seven of Hawaii’s football players were forced to sleep in the locker room.

“When it comes right down to it, we need to plan better,” Jay told the AP. “This should never happen again. We have a responsibility for these kids to make sure they’re taken care of. That’s what their parents expect of us.”

File under: Duuuuuuh!

As for the students needs, the school didn’t provide groceries or spending money because of potential NCAA violations, which, had they checked, wouldn’t have probably applied in this situation because the school could have probably easily received a waiver in this case.

So let’s see….feed and house our students and potentially endanger their eligibility, or let them survive on sunflower seeds and energy bars in the locker room.

This is exactly why the NCAA is in the mess they find themselves.


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