One day after the University of Hawaii fired men’s basketball head coach Gib Arnold and assistant coach Brandyn Akana without cause, the program received yet another blow.
Acting head coach Benjy Taylor confirmed Wednesday that forward Issac Fotu is currently ineligible to play in the upcoming season due to a NCAA investigation.
In a press conference, Taylor said that the two-time All-Big West Conference junior can practice with the team, but cannot participate in games.
“All I know is we’re doing a reinstatement process with him, which, that happens all the time. We’ve had quite a few of those here and we’re doing the reinstatement paperwork with him and hopefully we’ll hear something back soon. They should make a decision soon because it’s close to the season,” he said. “Isaac’s been great. Nobody loves this place more than him and we’re hoping that he has everyone’s support. He’s a great kid and he wants to be here and he wants to play because he loves those guys in the locker room.”
Sources tell KHON2 that Fotu was under investigation for receiving improper benefits for a student-athlete.
In the wake of Arnold’s dismissal, Fotu’s status and the pending conclusion of a seven-month-long NCAA investigation, the program is also dealing with poaching attempts.
Taylor confirmed that several players on the team were contacted by other programs in an attempt to capitalize on the ongoing turmoil.
Fotu ineligible to play for UH, poaching attempts reported by players
KHOU.com | Oct 31