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University of Hawaii athletic program gets NCAA certification

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 03:43 p.m. HST, Feb 27, 2014

The NCAA notified the University of Hawaii that it has granted the school's athletic program full certification after a two-year wait for the completion of key portions of the Clarence T. C. Ching Athletic Complex on campus.

The NCAA's Division I Committee on Institutional Performance made the determination last week with a joint UH/NCAA announcement expected Thursday.

In 2012 UH was the only school among 13 in its cycle to be placed on a "certified with conditions" list after Manoa was deemed not to have fulfilled portions of its self-study relating to gender equity.

The NCAA had given UH several deadlines by which it was to have finished locker room and coaches' offices for its women's teams in the $13.39 million Ching Athletic Complex, the last one Jan. 28, 2014, or face sanctions. The sanctions could have included barring UH teams and athletes from NCAA championship events, the school said.

UH was required to furnish photos of the completed sections to the committee.

In its notice of certification to UH this week, the NCAA said, "this classification means that your institution is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the association's Division I membership and that any problems identified during the course of the self-study have been corrected or were not serious enough to affect your institution's certification status."

The remainder of the Ching Complex should be finished by the end of April, UH officials said.

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islandsun wrote:
Certified with conditions list. UH Administrators are only fooling themselves mostly.
on February 27,2014 | 05:34AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Based on the state of construction and construction activity, there is no way the contractor will finish by the end of April.
on February 27,2014 | 07:59AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I don't see that either but I wish them the best of luck!
on February 27,2014 | 08:34AM
This story exhibits the main reason so many schools across our country are in dire straights when it comes to revenue and its s budgets. Unfortunately, the idea of equality thru title IX has created a financial burdent that no school (other than the big boys, ie: Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, PAC 12, ACC..) are able to maintain their athletic programs while being successful in generating enough income to keep these athletic programs in the black. It is only a matter of time before you see the Big Boy conferences increase their earnings and the small colleges falling by the wayside with the inability to maintain. It is not a Division 1 or 2 dilemna, as much as an equality measure implemented by Patsy Ming in her efforts to create a equal playing field for all of college athletics. Unfortuanately, it will be the demise of college athletics that are unable to keep up and will eventually be shut down.
on February 27,2014 | 09:40AM
Sorry, Mink.
on February 27,2014 | 09:42AM
Anonymous wrote:
The architect is too well connected. There will be no repercussions. SA should dig a little deeper. There's a story here.
on February 27,2014 | 10:59AM
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