The NCAA Committee on Infractions “has met several times” in reconsidering sanctions against the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team, the NCAA said today.
In its first public comments since Oct. 28, when it announced the issue was being sent back to the COI for reconsideration, the NCAA pledged a final decision “will come in the near future,” a spokeswoman told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in an email this morning.
The Rainbow Warriors leave for California today for their final two regular season games. The Big West Conference said it needs to have a decision on UH’s post-season eligibility from the NCAA by Saturday if the ‘Bows (14-13, 8-6 BWC) are to be included in the eight-team conference tournament that begins March 9 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
UH received a post-season ban, scholarship reductions and a fine in sanctions handed down Dec. 22, 2015 by the COI. The school subsequently appealed the severity of the penalties to the Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, which announced Oct. 28, 2016 that it was sending the penalties back to the COI for reconsideration.
In the email, the NCAA said, “Generally speaking, there is not a specific timeline for cases that are sent back to the COI hearing panel by the appeals committee. However, the panel has met several times to appropriately consider the case on remand and the decision will come in the near future.”
“We’ve gotta keep handling it like we have,” head coach Eran Ganot said after Monday’s practice.