NCAA Announces Sanctions on Violations at Hawaii

Sanctions on the University of Hawaii men’s basketball program were announced Tuesday morning by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The penalties stem from an investigation that began in January of 2014 after Hawaii self-reported several violations within its men’s basketball program.  Since the investigation started, Hawaii has released head coach Gib Arnold, and new head coach Eran Ganot has hired a new staff. The full 31-page report can be found here: NCAA Hawaii Infractions Decision.  A summary of some of the penalties can be found below.

  • A three-year probation period from Dec. 22, 2015, through Dec. 21, 2018.
  • A three-year show-cause order for the former head coach from Dec. 22, 2015, through Dec. 21, 2018. If the former coach seeks employment at an NCAA member school, he must be suspended from all coaching duties for the first 30 percent of the season, not counting exhibition games. He must also attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar during each year he is employed by an NCAA school during the show-cause period.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach from Dec. 22, 2015, through Dec. 21, 2017. If he seeks employment at an NCAA member school, both the school and coach must appear before the committee to detail why his athletic duties should not be restricted.
  • A reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by two for a total of 11 during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. The university may receive credit towards the scholarship reduction for its self-imposed one scholarship reduction for the 2016-17 season.
  • A 2016-17 postseason ban for the men’s basketball program.
  • A vacation of wins in which the men’s basketball student-athletes participated while ineligible. The university will identify the games impacted following the release of the public report.
  • A prohibition of the men’s basketball staff from conducting on-campus prospect evaluations for the first five official visits of the 2015-16 academic year (self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of the maximum number of countable athletic activity hours by one hour per week during the 2015-16 men’s basketball season (self-imposed by the university).
  • A $10,000 fine, self-imposed by the university, plus 1 percent of the total budget for the men’s basketball program over the previous three years, imposed by the panel.
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