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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Herman Frazier: UH didn't rig drug tests

By Michael Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

University of Hawai'i athletic director Herman Frazier yesterday refuted accusations by former UH football player Ian Sample that the athletic department manipulated drug testing to protect star players and said he and a review committee are leaving "no stone unturned" in looking into other allegations that Sample made regarding marijuana and steroid use and academic cheating.

Sample is the author of "Once A Warrior," a recently released tell-all book about the Warrior program. The allegations were contained in passages that were omitted from the book by Watermark Publishing but posted on Sample's personal MySpace page.

Included in the passages are anecdotes about players showing up for practice still drunk from the night before, sexual encounters with groupies, and marijuana and steroid use.

In a deleted section from a chapter titled, "All Kinds of Drugs," Sample accused athletic department officials of rigging the selection of players for random drug testing.

"When one of those 'random' ... tests comes around it's amazing that none of our valuable players are ever selected, especially the ones known for smoking weed," Sample wrote. "The players that are selected to go (urinate) in a cup are the ones less valuable and the ones that have become a nuisance to coaches or the team."

Frazier dismissed that allegation.

"The NCAA does random testing so nobody in our department chooses those people," Frazier said. "I can refute that right off the bat. Just knowing how that's handled, that's not an issue."

Independent of the NCAA's random tests, Frazier said the university also conducts its own drug testing of all new athletes during their first week of classes as well as periodic random tests throughout the year.

"I'm a big proponent of drug testing," Frazier said, citing his involvement with the Olympics and the selection of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to test U.S. athletes.

"I probably know more about drug testing than most people you would encounter," he said. "I speak nationally on panels about drug testing, so I would know if there are any irregularities within our testing program first hand."

Sample did not name any UH player specifically in the passages he posted on the site. Quotes included in his "Locker Room Talk" sections are also unattributed.

The vague reference to academic cheating was included in a response Sample posted to criticism from a visitor to his page.

Referring to fans who may be disillusioned by his depiction of the team, Sample wrote: "...what kind of world were they living in? (A) world that doesn't do drugs and drink alcohol? A world that sometimes doesn't take the easy way out and have a paper written for them here or there?"

Frazier, who is waiting to receive a copy of the book from Watermark, said he learned of Sample's allegations after receiving an e-mail directing him to the MySpace page last Friday. On Sunday, he convened a review committee consisting of himself, assistant athletic director for compliance and eligibility Bill Bryant, faculty athletics representative Peter Nicholson, and other administration representatives. There is no time frame for the review to be completed, he said.

While Sample's allegations have already been reported in national wire service stories, Frazier said it is too early to speculate about the potential damage they might have on the team and the department.

"I can't go by what's on a blog," he said. "Anybody can post on a blog. Anybody can say what they want on a blog. We have to deal with reality. Hopefully, with our review committee, we'll find the answers to reality. And that's what we'll deal with."

Reach Michael Tsai at mtsai@honoluluadvertiser.com.