iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — The University of Hawaii has ousted men’s head basketball coach Gib Arnold. The move was the result of an NCAA investigation that centers on a document that was altered to benefit a player being admitted, according to ESPN.
Assistant Brandyn Akana also has been removed from the coaching staff.
“These painful but critical steps are being taken in an effort to strengthen our athletics program and to do right by our student athletes and students in general,” said Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay in a statement. “We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future.”
During his four-year tenure at Hawaii, Arnold compiled a record of 72-55, including 20-11 last season.
“I do know we have never paid any players or recruits, never committed any academic fraud, never had an off-court issue involving domestic violence or criminal behavior,” Arnold said in a statement on Wednesday. “We ran a program the people of Hawaii could be proud of.”
Assistant head coach Benjy Taylor will take over on an interim basis.
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