October 2, 2014
HONOLULU (AP) - About 90 Hawaii scholarship athletes were delayed nine days in receiving their summer funds, prompting some to sleep in a locker room while waiting for checks totaling about $138,000.
Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay told The Associated Press on Thursday that clerical problems delayed processing of the funds from both the athletic department and the university's financial aid department.
Jay says the checks were paid by June 6 to the affected students, who are going to summer school and living off campus.
Jay says seven athletes slept in in a locker room last week, eating energy bars while he and other university officials fixed the problems. He says the university had to be careful to not break NCAA rules while helping athletes.
He says the delay should never happen again.