Hawaii sues former basketball coach Gib Arnold
Hawaii filed the lawsuit Wednesday, accusing Arnold of fraud and negligence and seeks undisclosed compensatory and punitive damages.
The NCAA investigated Hawaii after Arnold “submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes.” He was fired without cause on Oct. 28, weeks before the 2014-15 season was set to start.
Hawaii says Arnold failed to report NCAA violations as required under his contract during his four seasons at the school and claims that Arnold failed to use a travel advance to pay for the team’s stay at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in 2012 for Hawaii’s game against UNLV in November.
Court documents state that Arnold was reimbursed for most of the stay in Las Vegas and Hawaii was told that Arnold deposited the check, worth $2,345.
Arnold says he paid the bill in late 2012, but the Palms Casino Resort reported it did not receive payment and sent the issue to a collection agency. The Palms said that debt is still outstanding.
The school has asked Arnold twice through his attorney for proof of payment, but Arnold has not responded back.
The NCAA issued a Notice of Allegations in January, charging the school with three Level I and four Level II violations, accusing Arnold of obstructing an investigation or attempting to conceal violations and influencing basketball staff members to “furnish to the institution false or misleading information or to conceal information.”
Arnold says he is owed double the amount of damages payable under his contract when he was fired last fall. The school paid Arnold $148,545, 30 days after his last day of employment on Jan. 26, 2015, per his contract.
Hawaii went 22–13 last season and missed the postseason under interim coach Benjy Taylor. The school hired St. Mary’s assistant Eran Ganot as its new head coach in April.
- Scooby Axson