Wednesday, March 19, 2014

UH basketball to be investigated

The NCAA will conduct an in-person investigation of the University of Hawaii men's basketball program by the end of the month, multiple sources told the Ho­no­lulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday.

The circumstances of the school's apparent suspension of assistant coach Brandyn Akana is the basis for the forthcoming investigation. Sources with knowledge of the situation indicated that an NCAA representative will personally go through rec­ords at the Manoa campus.

UH coach Gib Arnold gave the Star-Advertiser the following statement:

"I wish I could talk. Believe me I'd scream as loud as I could in support of my guy. But there is a process with such matters and we are following the process. I am confident when all is said and done and the correct information is shared Brandyn will be just fine and will be able to continue being the great Assistant he is."

UH athletic director Ben Jay could not comment and has said since this matter first surfaced Feb. 6 that it was a personnel issue. The school has not officially acknowledged its self-imposed suspension of Akana, but sources said the suspension was over with the completion of the 2013-14 season, although he is not currently allowed to recruit.

His absence for the final third of the season was said to stem from an inquiry into an "addition" to a document said to have been sent to UH concerning a recent recruit. Missouri transfer Stefan Jan­ko­vic was the only player UH officially added in the spring semester.

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