University of Hawaii appeals men’s basketball postseason ban

The University of Hawaii will fight National Collegiate Athletic Association sanctions against the men’s basketball program that were announced in late December.

UH filed an appeal with the NCAA’s infractions appeal committee on the 2016-2017 postseason ban for the Rainbow Warriors.

“The university has readily accepted the majority of the penalties handed down by the NCAA,” said UH athletics director David Matlin in a statement released Wednesday. “We acknowledge that mistakes were made and offer no excuses, but we must support our student-athletes who had absolutely nothing to do with this unfortunate situation. They should not be punished for the mistakes of others.”

The university also said in its release:

Historically, the NCAA has banned schools from postseason play when it was determined that there was a “Lack of Institutional Control” or “Failure to Monitor” by an institution. The NCAA enforcement staff did not charge UH with either violation and the Committee on Infractions recognized, in its findings, the university’s “prompt acknowledgment and acceptance of responsibility and imposition of meaningful corrective measures and/or penalties.”

Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell has stated that he is in full support of the appeal, the university said.

UH will have 30 days to state its case and submit findings in support of appeal to the NCAA, after which the Committee on Infractions will have 30 days to respond.

A final decision is expected by early summer 2016.

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