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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 17, 2007

Legislature to hear Frazier on state of UH

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer

The state Legislature will hold an informational briefing on what it terms, "the state of the University of Hawai'i (Manoa) athletics department" Monday at the state Capitol, it was announced yesterday.

"If we don't know what the athletics department's problems and concerns are, we are not able to address them," Rep. Jerry Chang, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, said in a press release.

The 2 p.m. meeting before the combined House committee and Senate Education Committee is scheduled for room 309. It will be open to the public but will not allow public testimony, officials said.

The statement said athletic director Herman Frazier, "UH-Manoa administrators and coaches in their respective sports" would be involved.

Frazier said through a spokeswoman that he "has not yet determined exactly who from the athletic department, besides himself, will be going to the briefing."

The meeting comes in the wake of recent controversies over facilities and scheduling. Two weeks ago UH quarterback Colt Brennan blasted the state of some facilities and leveled other complaints about operations of the school, comments that prompted national headlines.

In addition, UH has yet to announce the final two games of its 2007 football schedule, which is due to open in less than four months.

Reach Ferd Lewis at flewis@honoluluadvertiser.com.