Football player’s case costs thousands

A $17,000 scholarship that the University of Hawaii refused to grant football player Daniel Smith three years ago has so far cost the school nearly $200,000.

Smith, a defensive back from Boise, Idaho, said he committed to the Warriors, who offered him a scholarship, told him to refuse other offers and then reneged on their promise, leaving him without a scholarship on national letter of intent day in 2008.

A lawsuit was filed soon after and the parties reached a settlement agreement in 2010, nearly 2 1⁄2 years after the case began, in which UH paid Smith $41,500 “in order to avoid further controversy and the time, expense, risks and costs inherent in litigation,” according to documents released by the school under the state’s open records law. According to the settlement, “this agreement shall not be construed as an admission of liability.”

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