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UH’s self-imposed sanctions won’t be tough to overcome

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Well, at least this time there’s no banner to take down, no national championship to pretend never happened.

As part of the University of Hawaii spanking itself for the misdeeds of two of its former basketball coaches alleged by the NCAA, the school is proposing to vacate 36 victories.

Of the self-imposed sanctions, this one deserves the biggest "So what?"

It’s not like men’s volleyball, which had to pretend it didn’t win the 2002 national championship.

And this might even turn out to UH’s benefit in its legal battles with fired coach Gib Arnold. He had a contract that guaranteed an extension with 20 wins in a season — now, if the NCAA agrees with UH (and I think it actually already has) those wins never happened.

Is it enough to counteract the poorly written contract language that gave Arnold’s camp the idea the school owes him $1.4 million? We shall see.

Speaking of vacating, only one rotation player is leaving the premises, due to expended eligibility. The Rainbow Warriors will miss guard Garrett Nevels and his solid all-around game.

But, barring academic woes or dissatisfaction with the new sheriff in town — Eran Ganot replacing Benjy Taylor as coach — everybody else is back.

Is the loss of a scholarship for two years unfair to Ganot as he gets started? Sure it is.

Let’s not forget, though, that he’s been dealt a pretty sweet hand in the level and depth of talent he inherits.

By Big West Conference standards at least, UH is loaded and has a good core for even two years down the road.

Guard Roderick Bobbitt led the nation in steals with 100. Isaac Fleming was the most talented backcourt freshman at UH of this millennium. The wings are solid, and Hawaii just needs another dirty-work banger for down low.

Barring a rash of injuries, one lost scholarship for two years is not going to make or break this team, so let’s pre-empt the obligatory transition whining that has come with every recent coaching change.

If we were talking bottled water and Spam instead of quality basketball players, Taylor left enough for any number of false-alarm hurricanes. A little bit of growing up and the Rainbows should improve on the 22-13 ledger of last season.

Reduced practice time? Shouldn’t be a problem, as the 2014-15 team never came close to the weekly limit of 20 hours anyway. Ganot probably wants to work them harder than Taylor did, but he’s going to have to transition them into it.

As for the operations staffer not being at practice? His job is logistics and administration. He doesn’t need to be in the gym.

Lots of teams cheat that way. UH just got caught. If the NCAA made logical rules, one would be that the ops guys are never allowed at practice for any team.

Sorry, I slipped there — one of the important things in making sense of what the NCAA does is remembering that sense rarely has anything to do with it.

Reach Dave Reardon at or 529-4783. His blog is at

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