The Big West Conference issued a public reprimand to University of Hawaii guard Roderick Bobbitt for “unsporting behavior” Thursday night and UH apologized to UC Riverside and the conference.
Commissioner Dennis Farrell issued the reprimand in the wake of a contentious finish to UH’s 77-71 loss to the Highlanders at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH declined to say if it will impose its own sanctions, saying any further sanctions against Bobbitt, “are between the coaching staff and the student athlete.”
In a statement Farrell said, “Bobbitt was reprimanded for being assessed an unsportsmanlike behavior technical foul with seven seconds left in the Rainbow Warrior’s loss at home to the Highlanders. In addition, immediately at the conclusion of the game, Bobbitt aggressively attempted to engage UCR head coach Dennis Cutts during the handshake between teams.”
The statement said, “The Big West Conference takes sportsmanship very seriously and Mr. Bobbitt’s actions were contrary to the standards expected of our student-athletes.”
In a subsequent statement from UH athletic director David Matlin and men’s basketball coach Eran Ganot, the school said, “We accept the reprimand handed down by the Big West Conference. Roderick takes full responsibility for his actions during Thursday’s game and he understands those actions do not live up to the standards we expect of our student athletes.”
UH said, “Rod let his emotions get the best of him and he will learn from this and be a better leader of this basketball team. We apologize to UC Riverside and the Big West Conference.”