The University of Hawaii’s athletic director Ben Jay told the Associated Press that clerical problems delayed the processing of scholarship funds for both athletic and academic scholarships at the school. The funds — which cover roughly six weeks of expenses for students going to summer classes and living off campus — were delayed nine days, and as a result, seven of Hawaii’s athletes got by sleeping in the locker room. They spent their time eating energy bars and watching television, so it was just like daily life in your own apartment, except in a locker room.
Jay embarrassingly shared,
“When it comes right down to it, we need to plan better. 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.”
I know these things happen and I agree with Hawaii’s Athletic Director in that they should have done better. You certainly cannot expect happy campers, even if that means the locker room for the next week.