UH Chancellor talks about NCAA probe

University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman
University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While some of the perks allegedly given to UH basketball players may appear to be minor, University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman said he's bothered by the allegations of a cover-up.

"When you see words like lie, conceal, create an atmosphere of contempt ... those are really bad and we need to change that atmosphere," he said.

"The disturbing violations are the ones at the end, the Level I violations because they strike at heart of what it means to have integrity."

On Saturday, the university released the details of the NCAA's 11-month investigation of the UH basketball program.

The most serious charges are that former Coach Gib Arnold knowingly influenced staffers to provide false information to the NCAA.

The NCAA also accused former Assistant Coach Brandyn Akana of several instances of "unethical or dishonest conduct." The report alleges that Akana lied about giving a broken iPad to former player Isaac Fotu.

There were also four Level II allegations including impermissible tryouts for recruits and illegal benefits such as a booster loaning a Porsche to a student for a weekend.

Attorney Michael Green, who has represented several student-athletes in NCAA investigations, said that based on the findings, he expects the NCAA to come down hard.

"Generally when you see those things, you're looking at scholarships, post-season play, you're looking at how long the post-season play will be disallowed," he said.

"The lies and cover ups are much worse than the infractions."

The UH has 90 days to respond to the NCAA's report, which means that if the basketball team qualifies for post season play, it will be able to participate.

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