Hawaii Basketball Gets Three Year Probation

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An NCAA investigation found that former University of Hawaii men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold violated conduct rules and provided misleading information to the governing body, earning the program three years of probation.


The punishment also includes the loss of two scholarships over the next two seasons, a 2016-2017 postseason ban, and a fine equal to 1 percent of the program’s budget over the previous three years. The NCAA also approved a $10,000 fine the university imposed on itself. 

According to USA Today, the investigation, which began in March 2014, started after the school reported that a former assistant coach had altered and submitted a fraudulent financial document on behalf of a recruit.

Hawaii athletic director David Matlin has said that the university does not plan to appeal the decision. In response to the situation, Matlin said that the athletic department has added a rules education staff position, and has informed boosters and student-athletes of the rules they must follow.

Arnold was fired in October 2014 amid the investigation, and hired Eran Ganot as the team’s new coach in April.

“While we are disappointed with the postseason ban, and the impact on current student-athletes and our great fans, we accept the penalties and continue to move forward with Eran Ganot at the helm,” Matlin said. 

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