The NCAA’s allegations are out. Former coaches Gib Arnold and Brandyn Akana were heavily implicated in the notice given to the university this week, accounting for all of the three Level I violations charged.
Meanwhile, the 15-8 (3-4 Big West) Rainbow Warriors continue to play on under Benjy Taylor, who was named very few times in the lengthy document. The most notable instance was in a section detailing one of the Level II violations, in which an unnamed recruit said he played in a scrimmage with UH players during a recruiting visit with Arnold and Taylor being present, something which is not allowed. But Taylor was not found at fault there or anywhere else in the Notice of Allegations.
Taylor also comes out looking good in another Level II allegation, of a student-athlete (reported by the Star-Advertiser as Davis Rozitis) borrowing a Porsche for two days. Taylor is only mentioned in that section in the context of bringing up the fact that it was an NCAA rules violation.
The other two Level II violations involved how the director of operations position was being used, and lastly recruits’ access to a lounge room at the Sheraton Waikiki. Arnold was faulted in each Level II allegation. (We are still awaiting on a response from Arnold, who did not comment on the document on Saturday but indicated he may have one in the coming days.)
There’s a lot that remains to be resolved. UH has just inside of 90 days to come up with a response beyond their firings of Arnold and Akana and suspension of Isaac Fotu back in late October. After that, the NCAA has up to another two months to offer a final rebuttal, then mete out punishment. That could include a postseason ban, reduction of scholarships and practice time, reduced recruiting visits and more.
But, for the most part, it seems UH deflected the worst of the allegations off the institution with some proactive moves. It would be surprising (in this corner, anyway) if the university used all of its 90 days before making a move. There’s a coaching situation to consider and student-athletes who need to make decisions on their future.
What was your reaction to the news of the last couple days? What would you like to see happen next?
Enjoy the Super Bowl. Biscuits and gravy.