No one was looking forward to saying goodbye to October more than the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Early last week it was announced that Gib Arnold and an assistant had been let go after self sanctions from the school for an NCAA investigation. Now new head coach Benjy Taylor found out that he'll be without All-Big West forward Isaac Fotu.
This is part of the result of the NCAA investigation. Fotu averaged nearly 15 points and 6 rebounds per game a year ago. Fotu will continue to practice while waiting for an appeal from the NCAA.
Apparently Taylor's concerns may go deeper than just the Fotu news as well according to KHON2:
Taylor confirmed that several players on the team were contacted by other programs in an attempt to capitalize on the ongoing turmoil.
"I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know if I’m going to be the head coach. I know I’m the acting head coach but I don’t know what that means, so we’ll just have to wait and see," Taylor said. "The people of Hawaii deserve a really, really good product. This is a really good team. This is a good group of guys. It takes time to build a team, build a program and that’s what we’ve been doing. This is our fifth year and we feel like this is it. This is our year."
Hawaii kicks off it's season November 14 versus Arkansas Pine Bluff.