Ben Jay, Athletics Director, University of Hawaii
Ben Jay, Athletics Director, University of Hawaii
Ben Jay, Athletics Director, University of Hawaii

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Athletic Director acknowledged May 17 that there is an ongoing investigation into the school by National Collegiate Athletic Association of potential rules violations.

Ben Jay, Director of Athletics, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, acknowledged the investigation after local media reported NCAA officials are coming to Hawaii to investigate its basketball program, likely tied to a recent recruit.

Jay would not release details about the investigation, but issued the following statement:

“Amid current media speculation, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Athletics acknowledges that there is an ongoing NCAA investigation of potential rules violations.

“As a member institution of the NCAA, we have an obligation to monitor and control our athletics program, a duty to report all instances of noncompliance with NCAA rules and cooperate fully with and assist the NCAA enforcement staff.

“Our responsibility also requires that our institutional representatives and student–athletes protect the integrity of the investigation.

“Under NCAA enforcement rules, a failure to cooperate could lead to an independent allegation and/or be considered by the NCAA as a factor when determining potential penalties.

“In light of the ongoing investigation and our obligation to state and Federal laws, we are not able to discuss or share information about the investigation.

“Our Department considers any alleged violation of NCAA rules to be a serious matter and we have, and will continue to, fully cooperate with the NCAA staff in this matter.

“Thank you for your understanding, respect and your continued support of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Athletics. GO BOWS!”

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