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NCAA probing Hawaii point-shaving allegations

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The NCAA says it's taking point-shaving allegations involving University of Hawaii football players seriously The NCAA says it's taking point-shaving allegations involving University of Hawaii football players seriously

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The NCAA says it's taking point-shaving allegations involving University of Hawaii football players seriously and has been in contact with the school since early this month.

The association says in a statement Wednesday it's "extremely concerned" about the allegations. The NCAA says such a crime threatens the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of intercollegiate sports.

UH says the admissions office received an anonymous letter Nov. 3 accusing unnamed players of intentionally playing poorly to affect the final score as part of a gambling scheme.

Honolulu police and the NCAA were notified. However, police say they don't have enough information to launch an investigation.

University of Hawaii head football coach Greg McMackin says he won't discuss point-shaving allegations.

He spoke to reporters after Wednesday's practice only to say he's directing questions to university spokeswoman Lynne Waters.

Waters would not comment on whether the university will conduct a probe despite police saying there's not enough information for a criminal investigation.

The Warriors won 10 games in 2010 but have five wins and six losses this year with two games left in the regular season.

NCAA statement on point-shaving allegations

We are extremely concerned by the point-shaving allegations involving University of Hawaii football student-athletes and have been in contact with the school since early November. We take any allegation of point shaving very seriously as it is a crime that threatens two core NCAA principles - the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport.

The threat of sports wagering is real and no campus is immune. For this reason, the NCAA and its members conduct forward-leaning national and targeted educational outreach, as well as strong enforcement efforts for all divisions and sports. In addition, the NCAA is regularly in contact with local, state and federal law enforcement and Nevada gaming officials to identify and rout out sports wagering and point shaving wherever it may occur.

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