|Sunday, July 7
Jones puts his foot down on players and mopeds
HONOLULU -- University of Hawaii football coach June Jones has banned his players from riding mopeds during the season, citing injury risks.
''They're too dangerous,'' Jones said of the motorized scooters used by many of the Warriors. ''I wouldn't do this unless there was a problem. In the last few years, we've had a lot of moped accidents.''
Mark Tate, a junior wide receiver, suffered a knee injury from a recent moped spill. Tate had surgery last week to repair the ligament damage, but is expected to miss the start of the 2002 season.
Last year, quarterback Nick Rolovich, defensive tackles Brett Clowers and Lui Fuga, and defensive end Travis Laboy were injured in moped accidents.
Jones said he understands players regard mopeds as an affordable transportation option, but he says the accidents have become too much of a problem.
''We had to do something,'' he said.
Players don't like the ban but understand why Jones started the policy, middle linebacker Chris Brown said.
''We're tired after (morning) practice, and sometimes we're running late to class,'' Brown said. ''The mopeds save a lot of time. We don't like the ban, but we understand why we need to have it. The whole thing is about safety.''