NCAA inconsistency could hurt UH appeal

NCAA inconsistency could hurt UH

The University of North Carolina has been accused of fixing athletes grades for nearly two decades, yet today they competed for a national championship.
Meanwhile the University of Hawaii athletics department is preparing their appeal on the post season ban the Rainbow Warriors could face next year for infractions that pale in comparison.

"All we can do is prepare and then once we know what the situation is, react to that and um obviously we're trying to be proactive as much as we can." said athletics director, David Matlin, regarding the appeal.

According to university officials, UH will submit an appeal on April 11th requesting the NCAA lift only the post season ban, while accepting both a reduction in scholarships, and a fine for violations committed under former head coach, Gib Arnold.

But, according to NCAA compliance expert, David Ridpath, no matter what case UH makes it may not be enough.

"Appeals are a tough bar to meet because you really have to know that committee misapplied the rule or the sanction was potentially excessive or not appropriate. The only thing consistent in NCAA penalties is their inconsistency. Look at what UH admitted to and was accused of; you look at North Carolina and the clear concerted effort to try to keep athletes eligible went on for two decades. The NCAA, at one point in time said, they were not going to investigate North Carolina. It wouldn't even shock me if they got a lesser punishment than Hawaii." explained Ridpath.

So why the discrepancy? According to Ridpath, it all comes down to the bottom line.

"Nothing against Hawaii Manoa, but Hawaii Manoa is not as important to the NCAA. I mean Hawaii is a mid-major. Hawaii is not North Carolina. Hawaii is not Alabama. You're not going to look at Hawaii as a cash cow." added Ridpath.

The NCAA has 90 days to respond to UH's appeal. But, with delays the process can take longer.