I’m sure by now everyone has heard the news that Hawaii basketball head coach Gib Arnold and assistant coach Brandyn Akana have been removed from their positions by the university.
Associate head coach Benjy Taylor is now the acting head coach, effective immediately. It’s unclear how long he will hold that position.
The team engaged in a closed-doors practice Tuesday evening. Players did not speak to the media going in or out. Taylor was the only coach present; first-year assistant Senque Carey has been out recruiting for most of the preseason.
“I still thought it was important for them to be in there and sweat a little bit, and get used to moving forward,” Taylor said afterward. “I’m sure tomorrow they’ll be some other frustrations and conversations with the kids, and I’m sure those might go on for a while. But as I told them, BYU-Hawaii could care less about what’s going out with us in the (closed-door) scrimmage on Saturday. HPU could care less about that next (in the exhibition next) Thursday. Certainly the teams coming in for the Rainbow (Classic), they could care less about anything that’s going on here. They want to get a win, and these kids want to win. We worked really hard for this program to get this particular team in place. We worked really hard to get this team in place. We’ll just have to see if we can get some things done.”
As of yet, UH has not specified why it has taken this action, or revealed what specific infractions the NCAA discovered that might have led the university to make these dismissals.
What was your reaction to the news today?