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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa filed a lawsuit on June 10, 2015 against former UH men’s head basketball coach Gibson Arnold. The lawsuit seeks a court declaration that Arnold’s interpretation of his contract—that he is required to get paid twice as liquidated damages for his termination—is impermissible as a matter of law and public policy. The lawsuit also seeks tort and equitable claims against Arnold for his actions and inactions while he was head coach of the men’s basketball team.

These claims are separate and apart from matters being addressed in Arnold’s pending grievance, which was filed in February 2015 in response to his termination without cause in October 2014.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) initiated an investigation into the UH men’s basketball program in March 2014 and issued its Notice of Allegations on January 31, 2015.

UH submitted its official response to the Notice of Allegations on May 15, 2015.

The NCAA is expected to issue its final ruling on the investigation after an NCAA Committee on Infractions hearing scheduled for July. UH has fully cooperated with the NCAA and will continue to do so.

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