UH AD Ben Jay releases statement on NCAA investigation

Published: May. 18, 2014 at 1:06 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A month and a half after the NCAA was believed to have launched an investigation into the University of Hawaii men's basketball team, the brass of UH's athletic department finally opens up about any speculation.

Athletics director Ben Jay released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming that NCAA reps did in fact come to Manoa and the university is the subject of an ongoing investigation.

This stems from an issue that started in the middle of the men's basketball season when the team reported a potential recruiting violation involving a player transferring to Hawaii.  The school then self-imposed a punishment by suspending assistant coach Brandyn Akana from the team.

Shortly after, it's believed the NCAA came down in March to look through the school's records.

At this time, its unknown if or when any sanctions from the NCAA will be handed down to the university.

Below is Jay's full statement:

Amid current media speculation, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Department of Athletics acknowledges that there is an ongoing NCAA investigation of potential rules violations. As a member institution of the NCAA, we have an obligation to monitor and control our athletics program, a duty to report all instances of noncompliance with NCAA rules and cooperate fully with and assist the NCAA enforcement staff. Our responsibility also requires that our institutional representatives and student–athletes protect the integrity of the investigation. Under NCAA enforcement rules, a failure to cooperate could lead to an independent allegation and/or be considered by the NCAA as a factor when determining potential penalties.

In light of the ongoing investigation and our obligation to state and Federal laws, we are not able to discuss or share information about the investigation. Our Department considers any alleged violation of NCAA rules to be a serious matter and we have, and will continue to, fully cooperate with the NCAA staff in this matter.

Thank you for your understanding, respect and your continued support of University of Hawaii at Mānoa Athletics. GO BOWS!