UH cleared to play — How about that?

Hawaii coach Eran Ganot, seen here after the 2015-16 season, had something else to smile about today. (Photo by Craig T. Kojima / Star-Advertiser)
Hawaii coach Eran Ganot, seen here after the 2015-16 season, had something else to smile about today. (Photo by Craig T. Kojima / Star-Advertiser)

Pack your bags, diehards.

Those of you with the flexibility and financial wherewithal to fly to Anaheim on a moment’s notice just heard the magic words: UH basketball has been cleared by the NCAA to play in the postseason.

Here’s this morning’s breaking story, which has been updated with quotes from UH athletic director David Matlin and coach Eran Ganot.

This was a big win for the university after such a prolonged process — nearly right down to the Big West’s Saturday deadline. In addition to now playing in the Big West tournament next week, UH got its scholarship penalty reduced from a total of four over two years to two over two years. That means the three UH served/is serving (one last year and two this year) is sufficient to restore UH back to its full complement of 13 for the 2017-18 season.

You can imagine the scene at the Sacramento airport when the team was told of the decision by the UH coaches. What a huge lift it was, coming off a tough loss at UC Davis and heading to the season finale at Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon.

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, in its announcement this morning, maintained that the right penalty structure was used in its initial announcement back on Dec. 22, 2015.

But the COI actually used the tardiness of the Infractions Appeals Committee (IAC) — which sided with UH in its release on Oct. 28 — as a primary reason it agreed to reduce the penalties. Yikes.

Here’s a segment from a deep dive into the NCAA’s full, final release on the matter.

“Upon remand, the panel noted that over a full year elapsed from the time the institution filed its appeal to the time that the IAC issued its final directive to the panel. Throughout that time, the institution has been awaiting final resolution of its case. The panel considers this passage of time as an additional mitigating factor for the institution in this case. The panel initially determined that the case was Level II – Aggravated for the institution, former head coach and former assistant coach 1. The violations remain Level II –Aggravated for the former head coach and former assistant coach 1. However, after reweighing the aggravated and mitigated factors for the institution, the panel classifies the violations as Level II – Standard for the institution.”

I’m sure you, the good people, have some thoughts on the matter. Feel free to share them below.

As for me, I’m packing my bags for Los Angeles. Let’s see if UH can make the tournament as interesting as they did last March, shall we?


  1. hilorain March 3, 2017 1:01 pm

    Brian: So, UH was at 11 scholarships in 2015-16 & 2016-17. NCAA gave back one in each season. If so, seems like we are getting back something that had already passed? Like getting a free ticket to Senior Night game today, got the ticket but cannot attend the game since its pau.

    Can UH give Brocke the one scholarship we got back for 2016-17?

    If not, only thing we got back is postseason and shortened probation.

  2. Brian McInnis March 3, 2017 1:09 pm


    UH will attempt to use a waiver to apply the extra scholarship on a guy retroactively for the full 2016-17 season. If successful, it could help for APR purposes as well.

  3. Moscamed March 3, 2017 1:23 pm

    Finally! At last, justice is served. I’m so happy for the players and coaches who have endured so much and have played hard all year, greatly exceeding expectations. And I’m happy that the COI left the Aggravated Level II insult intact on Coach Arnold!
    May the Force be with the team now!

  4. hilorain March 3, 2017 2:03 pm


    thanks!! So, if the waiver is not approved, UH would have been penalized 2 scholarships in 15-16 & 16-17, in effect making today’s ruling all for show…

  5. islandman March 3, 2017 2:49 pm

    UH self imposed only one for 2015-16 and one for 2016-17. In the original COI decision, NCAA added one more for 2016-17 and two for 2017-18. So UH is getting back the two for 2017-18. ( In the revised decision, NCAA penalized UH one each for 2015-16 and 2016-17). So UH lost 3 as per Brian. One for 2015-16 and two for 2016-17, with one possible retroactive coming back to UH.
    UH had 12 scholarships for 2015-16, Dyrbe was given one for the spring semester of the season, per Brian earlier.

  6. cocobean March 3, 2017 8:42 pm

    Does Ganot use a schoie for Steptueau? A hard decision to make.

  7. islandman March 3, 2017 9:28 pm

    That’s right, if one to Brocke, then only 1 more left for 2017 -18 ?

  8. locomoco March 3, 2017 11:26 pm

    I don’t think the Stepteau decision is tough. He should get scholied if one of the other scholarship players who doesn’t get in the game elects to transfer. Otherwise, Coach Ganot needs to use the available scholies for a legit D1 point guard and a very big guy.

  9. islandman March 4, 2017 7:28 am

    UH wouldn’t want too many transfers, if any, because of APR effects.

  10. tako March 4, 2017 8:08 am

    IMO think team wants and needs two additional quality bigs. Think Drew Buggs will fill the need as another PG, he’s a gamer.

  11. cappie the dog March 7, 2017 8:37 pm

    Sheriff Drammeh is not a point guard.

    Stepteau did a nice job.

    I hope he gets a scholarship.

  12. cappie the dog March 7, 2017 8:38 pm

    Islandman, do you remember Rick Domonkos?

    This is who Zigmars Raimo reminds me of.

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