Arnold removed as UH basketball head coach

UH Manoa chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman and athletics director Ben Jay said Tuesday that men’s basketball head coach Gib Arnold and assistant coach Brandyn Akana have been relieved of coaching duties and are departing employment from the University of Hawaii.

Pursuant to his contract, Arnold will be employed through Jan. 26, 2015, and will be paid a lump sum payment for the remainder of his contract term, set to expire June 30, 2015.

Akana will also be employed through Jan. 26, in accordance with his contract. He will not be entitled to any additional compensation.

“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,” Jay said in a press release. “We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future.”

University of Hawaii System president David Lassner and Board of Regents leadership have been informed of these actions and stand behind the athletics director and chancellor as they make these difficult decisions, the release stated.

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