HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii will vacate 36 wins, reduce scholarships and place its self on one year of probation for violations in its men's basketball program.
The university also will reduce practice time and pay a $10,000 fine as part of its self-imposed sanctions detailed in a report filed Friday with the NCAA, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://is.gd/jgze4B).
The NCAA in January issued its Notice of Allegations against the university, citing seven severe violations. The NCAA has 60 days to reply before scheduling a hearing.
The university is vacating wins from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, when the Rainbow Warriors went 17-15 and 20-11, respectively. The university will reduce one scholarship — going from 13 to 12 — for each the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
The self-imposed one-year probation does not include the post season, a university spokesman told the newspaper.
The NCAA alleged in January that Hawaii violated several rules, including impermissible tryouts, improper benefits, dishonest conduct and using operations people as coaches.
"For the most part these violations involve either intentional or careless failure to follow well-known bylaws that members of the men's basketball coaching staff understood but failed to obey," the university said in its 64-page reply filed Friday.
"The coaches compounded the adverse impact of these poor decisions when they (1) failed to report to the university's compliance department their own or other violations in the program; (2) instructed or encouraged staff members and student-athletes to conceal or not report the violations or; (3) provided false or misleading information during the investigation rather than admit the violation occurred," the report says.
Hawaii fired head coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana "without cause" on Oct. 28, just weeks before the start of the last season.
Eran Ganot was hired last month as the Rainbows' new coach.
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