Warriors star QB criticizes school's athletic facilities
HONOLULU -- Warriors star quarterback Colt Brennan sharply criticized conditions at the University of Hawaii's athletic facilities and said he returned for his senior season largely to spark change.
Brennan complained there has been no soap in the football locker room showers for months and student athletes must pay for campus parking to attend practices, workouts and study sessions.
"We spent all spring with no soap in our showers," Brennan told The Honolulu Advertiser. "Half of the soap dispensers are broken. How hard is it for us to have soap in our lockers? Isn't that something that should be a health issue?"
Brennan told the newspaper he has racked up as much as $800 in parking fines at the Manoa campus, and his car has been towed twice.
"I would love for somebody to show how much we've made for the school last year and then show how much kids owe for parking going to practice every morning," he said.
"We're not asking for multimillion-dollar facilities," he said. "We want some upgrades. ... People don't come to Hawaii for our facilities. They come for the experience and, in our case, the coaching staff. Imagine the possibilities if our facilities and resources were dramatically improved."
Brennan, who attended Colorado for a year, said the facilities and resources in Boulder were "galaxies away" in comparison.
"When we're winning, we get compared to big programs like Ohio State and USC," he said. "I wonder how analysts would look at our achievements if they realize what we have to overcome through facilities, resources and traveling."
The record-breaking quarterback, who finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting last season, said he was hesitant to voice his opinions, which may affect recruiting, but felt compelled to speak out.
"I want to see change. I want to see this school way better off when I leave," he said. "That's a big reason why I came back. When the seniors leave, we want to know our younger teammates will be taken care of. And I'm not just talking about football. I want to see the entire sports program become better."
Hawaii athletic officials were not immediately available for comment.
Brennan set an NCAA record with 58 touchdown passes last season, leading the nation in passing yards (5,549), passing efficiency (186) and completion percentage (72.6). He withdrew from the NFL draft to return for his senior season at Hawaii.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press