The University of Hawaii football team is being investigated because accusations of point shaving have been brought to the attention of HPD. School officials announced that there have been anonymous allegations that the players have been involved in a point shaving scandal.
A brief statement by UH President MRC Greenwood said that on Nov. 3 the UH Manoa Office of Admissions received an anonymous letter alleging point shaving by unnamed players of the Warrior football team. She said UH officials immediately notified HPD and the NCAA of the allegations.
Greenwood and UH Board of Regents Chairman Eric Martinson met with HPD Chief Louis Kealoha “to offer UH’s full cooperation with HPD’s inquiry.” This is not good, as point shaving is a felony, and brings with it some very hefty sanctions.
“UH has alerted the NCAA about the anonymous letter and its contents and, in discussions with them, has been informed it is ‘doing exactly what you need to be doing’ in this situation,” Greenwood said.
UH officials will not comment further because of the ongoing investigation, Greenwood said.
UH Athletic Director Jim Donovan was not immediately available for comment, so no statement from him has been released at this point. Head football coach Greg McMackin was in a coach’s meeting and has not released a statement either.
At the time the letter was received on November 3rd, UH was 5-3 and sat in second place in the WAC. Since then, the Warriors have lost three straight games and now sit at 5-6, having to win their last two games just to get a bowl bid.
So here are the issues.
- How many players are involved in the point shaving scandal?
- Are any of the coach’s involved?
- Was it any of the major players?
- How deep does it go, if indeed this is true?
- What does that mean for University of Hawaii football in the future?
These are all burning questions that will need to be answered, and I guess we will start to get answers in the next few weeks..
This would explain why Hawaii has lost to several teams this year that they should have run over with no problem, including losing to UNLV, considered by many to be the worst team in the nation. Plus, that game was in Vegas?? There are just so many questions.
It was clear for a while that something was not right within the football program, and it should be interesting to see what develops with this situation.
The official statement released by the University of Hawaii is below. More to come!
UH StatementStatement to Media Dr. MRC Greenwood, University of Hawaii President November 22, 2011
On November 3, 2011, the UH Manoa Office of Admissions received an anonymous letter alleging “point shaving” by unnamed football players of UH football games.
Recognizing the seriousness of these allegations, UH leadership acted promptly and responsibly by immediately alerting the Honolulu Police Department and providing the letter to them.
Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson and President MRC Greenwood met personally with Chief Louis Kealoha to offer UH’s full cooperation with HPD’s inquiry.
UH has alerted the NCAA about the anonymous letter and its contents and, in discussions with them, has been informed that it is “doing exactly what you need to be doing” in this situation.
Out of respect for the police investigation, UH will not comment further at this point.