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Former Hawaii men’s basketball coach’s violations upheld by appeals committee

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A finding that a former University of Hawaii, Manoa, head men’s basketball coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules was upheld by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. Because the appeals committee upheld the violation, the former head coach must serve the three-year show cause order prescribed by the Division I Committee on Infractions panel from Oct. 28, 2016, through Oct. 27, 2019. During that time, if he works for a member school, his athletics duties may be restricted.

In 2015, a Division I Committee on Infractions panel found that the former head coach provided false or misleading information during the investigation, allowed his director of operations to participate in coaching activities and failed to report a possible NCAA violation. Additionally, the panel found the former head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules and did not promote an atmosphere for compliance.

In his appeal, the coach asked the Infractions Appeals Committee to set aside the panel’s finding that he violated NCAA ethical conduct rules because he did not believe it was warranted. The former head coach admitted the findings might show the lack of head coach control over this program, but did not support a determination of a knowing, intentional violation of NCAA ethical conduct rules.

After its review, the appeals committee noted that ethical conduct rules cover more than the concept of knowingly furnishing or knowingly influencing others to furnish false or misleading information during an investigation. It also found that when a Committee on Infractions panel is faced with contradictory information, it must look at all case material and testimony to decide the correct facts of the case. In this case, the appeals committee did not find grounds for overturning the panel’s finding of the unethical conduct violation.

Members of the Infractions Appeals Committee are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members who reviewed this case are David Williams, committee chair and vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics and athletics director at Vanderbilt University; Ellen Ferris, associate commissioner for governance and compliance at the American Athletic Conference; W. Anthony Jenkins, attorney in private practice; and Patti Ohlendorf, vice president for legal affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.