Hawaii, under NCAA investigation, dismisses men's basketball coaches

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Hawaii fired men's basketball coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana on Tuesday.

Arnold was entering his fifth season with the Rainbow Warriors.

The program has been under NCAA investigation since March when the university self-reported a situation where a coach "submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes," as reported by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

"These painful but critical steps are being taken in an effort to strengthen our athletics program and to do right by our student athletes and students in general," athletic director Ben Jay said in a statement. "We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future."

The university has been in the process of deciding on approrpiate self-sanctions while awaiting a decision by the NCAA.

An interim coach has not been named, but the Star-Advertiser tabbed associate head coach Benjy Taylor as a likely short-term replacement.