The season is just over two weeks away at this point and now the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are in total disarray to begin the year. Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay releaved head coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana from their duties.
"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. We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future." Jay said in a release from the school.
The Rainbow Warriors basketball program has been under NCAA investigation and according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser the university was looking to impose self sanctions before NCAA action.
Akana was suspended for 30 days last year and missed 12 games down the stretch for Hawaii.
Current assistant and former Chicago State head coach Benjy Taylor is supposed to take over the program on an interim basis but multiple outlets are also reporting their is a strong chance former Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace may step in as well.
Hawaii's season begins November 14 when they kick off the Rainbow Classic against Arkansas Pine Bluff. The event also features High Point and Cal State Bakersfield.