NCAA says panel has met several times on UH sanctions

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…

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