Despite NCAA inquiry, UH hoops coach Arnold says 'no pressure' on team
An announcement from the NCAA is expected at any time
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
It's been seven months since the Rainbow Warrior basketball team has been on the court, but, the headlines haven't stopped as the program is embroiled in an NCAA investigation.
With speculation continuing to grow on what will happen, head coach Gib Arnold addressed the media Saturday morning.
The first game of the season is just a few weeks out, so the team returned to practice this weekend.
Aside from the X's and O's, the issue looming over the program is the current NCAA inquiry.
Hawaii News Now learned several months ago that the investigation has wrapped up and an announcement on sanctions could come at anytime.
Until something is handed down, Arnold says everything is business as usual.
"There's no pressure on these guys at all," Arnold said. "They are just here to play basketball and that's exactly what they are doing. Go to school, play basketball. they've done great. A great job in the classroom, great job on the basketball court. They are doing everything we've asked them to do."
UH junior forward Isaac Fotu says the team's solid chemistry has kept players focused on on-court matters rather than think about any investigation.
"We try to stay away from bad influences, but they already know, there's no bad guys on this team, so we're all good and whatever," Fotu said. "All the other stuff going on, we don't pay attention to that. That'll happen when it happens, and we're good."
The team is holding a scrimmage Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.