Hawaii fires head coach Gib Arnold after four seasons at helm


HONOLULU — Hawaii announced Tuesday it has fired basketball coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana.

In his first Division I head coaching job, Arnold compiled a record of 72-55 in four years, including 20-11 last year.

The school has been under investigation by the NCAA since March. The university earlier this year self-reported Jan. 9 situation in which “a men’s basketball coach submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes,” according to information obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

School officials did not list reasons for the dismissals of Arnold and Akana, a four-year assistant.

A statement issued by Arnold said he was being fired “without cause,” which means that the university did not have to prove a reason to fire him.

Athletic director Ben Jay named associate head coach Benjy Taylor as acting head coach.