Sources: Extension granted for UH response to NCAA allegations

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Sources tell KHON2 that the National Collegiate Athletic Association has granted a two-week extension for the University of Hawaii to respond to its letter of allegations.

In January, the NCAA cited the university’s men’s basketball team for seven violations, which occurred under the tenure of former head coach Gib Arnold — three Level I violations and four Level II violations. Arnold was fired without cause last October.

The original deadline for the university’s response was April 30, however, sources say Arnold requested the extension in order to resolve a dispute over attorney fees.

UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl declined to elaborate on the situation, and simply released the following statement: “The university will have a public statement very soon regarding the NCAA briefing and hearing schedule once the deadlines are confirmed.”

Level I violations are regarded as a “severe breach of conduct,” intended to provide a competitive advantage. Level II violations are considered “significant” in nature.

The most flagrant: Assistant coach Brandyn Akana providing former star forward Isaac Fotu with an iPad, and knowingly altering a document of then-prospect Stephan Jankovic.

Akana was removed from the program while Fotu left to pursue a professional career.

Former head coach Gib Arnold was singled out for influencing staff and team members to fabricate stories or refrain from reporting to NCAA investigators. He previously said he plans to “fiercely defend” two of the Level I allegations.

If proven true, the team could potentially lose scholarships and be banned from post-season play.

The university could also choose to self-sanction and eliminate itself from post-season play in the hopes of heading off a stiffer penalty.Click here to read the redacted report in full.

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