Rainbow Warriors’ postseason ban lifted
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team will be eligible to play in the Big West Conference tournament and beyond this season after the NCAA lifted the team’s postseason ban Friday.
The NCAA also announced that the university’s probationary period is reduced from three years to two. The governing body is also changing imposed scholarship reductions — the Rainbow Warriors will lose one scholarship instead of two.
The reconsidered decision comes after UH appealed a 2015 ruling that instituted the penalties. An investigation found former head coach Gib Arnold violated ethical conduct rules and provided false or misleading information to investigators.
Arnold was fired shortly before the start of the 2014-15 season.
“We are glad to be able to finally put this episode behind us,” UH athletics director David Matlin said. “We have been fully committed to uncovering and correcting any wrong-doing from the very first day we self-reported our initial concern. And throughout this entire investigation we have cooperated fully, including openly acknowledging the mistakes that were made.”
Despite losing all their starters from last season’s NCAA Tournament team, the Rainbow Warriors are 14-14 this season, their second under head coach Eran Ganot. They conclude regular-season play today at Long Beach State, and the Big West tournament starts Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.