UH releases copy of NCAA Notice of Allegations against men's basketball team
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A day after the University of Hawaii received an official Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, Hawaii News Now has obtained a copy of the documents detailing 'severe' charges for the UH men's basketball team.
According to a redacted copy of the NOA, the program is being cited for seven violations -- three from level 1 and four from level 2.
Level 1 infractions are deemed the most severe by the NCAA.
Two of the three Level 1 violations are specifically against former head coach Gib Arnold, who is accused of providing false information to the NCAA and influencing others to do so on multiple occasions.
The third is on ex-assistant coach Brandyn Akana, who is charged with 'unethical and dishonest conduct on several occasions."
The report says he lied to the NCAA about providing a student-athlete with an iPad and altered a financial document for a recruit.
Sources tell HNN that former star player Isaac Fotu was the player that received the iPad and Akana altered the document for then-recruit Stefan Jankovic.
The NCAA phrases level 2 infractions as 'providing a minimal recruiting, competitive, or other advantage.'
Most of those accusations are also against Arnold.
He allegedly allowed the director of operations to participate in on court activities, which exceeds the number of coaches for the team.
Secondly, he's also charged with Arnold of holding 'impermissible' tryouts with five recruits.
Also, an unnamed booster is accused of providing an illegal benefit in allowing a player to use his Porsche Cayenne for the weekend at no charge.
When Arnold found out, the report says he "instructed men's basketball team not to discuss the issue with anyone because it was something the men's basketball coaches 'could lose their jobs over.'"
In addition to that, Arnold and Akana provided an impermissible benefit in the form of a hotel stay for a player and three recruits.
They reportedly provided rooms for them at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel.
UH has 90 days to respond to the allegations.
If the violations are upheld, potential sanctions include wins being vacated, a ban in postseason play, and loss of scholarships.
We'll continue to provide updates as they become available.