The following statement was released to Hawaii News Now on Wednesday afternoon:Statement of Russell Kaupu, Contract Agent for Gib Arnold:
I, like many UH basketball fans and supporters, am surprised and disappointed in the University's decision to terminate Coaches Arnold and Akana. The closely watched NCAA investigation isn't even complete and we haven't been told by the NCAA what the allegations are or been given an opportunity to review the evidence. There hasn't been any due process. These coaches have been loyal employees of the University and they deserve better.
Specifically for Coach Arnold, it is premature to conclude that his termination is solely, or even directly, attributable to any allegations the NCAA may eventually make. The University's termination notice is clear that Coach Arnold was terminated without cause. Given Coach Arnold's win/loss record, successful recruiting efforts, demonstrated fan support and high player academic achievements, it is clear that considerations other than job performance are at play. This picture will undoubtedly become clearer in the coming days.
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