Years ago

Coach fired and Fotu ineligible at University of Hawaii

NZ's Isaac Fotu has been ruled ineligible to play NCAA for the 2014/15 Season and Head Coach Gib Arnold has been fired.

Apparently Fotu received improper benefits as a Student Athlete.
An investigation is underway but at this stage Fotu is ineligible to play for the University of Hawaii.

The school is currently being investigated for questionable eligibility information.

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Years ago

Fotu in, Ibekwe out?

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Years ago

Fotu is talent. He did very well at the world cup especially at such a young age.
FWIW this is why Scott Fisher left to coach another school in California.

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Years ago

No wonder Scott Fisher got outa there.

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Years ago

UPDATE - Reports have emerged that Fotu's improper benefit consisted of being loaned a laptop.

That's bloody ridiculous, NCAA need to get realistic about things, he's a student surely they can loan him a laptop if his isn't working, for goodness sake. This is just taking things too far if this is all it's about!!!

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Years ago

that does sound pretty ridiculous anon

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Years ago

There are more severe infringements out there that I believe the NCAA is "sweeping under the carpet". Look at when a player from UK sits out - they are sitting courtside with what looks like designer jackets, gold and silver chains, fresh kicks.

But they've gone after UH because they're an easy target:

1. they don't have the systems in place like bigger programs to circumnavigate the rules

2. they have past indiscretions

3. Fotu is an easy target having played for the TBs, fielded professional offers and had offers from bigger D1 programs

4. Its Hawaii and not on the mainland.

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Years ago

So breaking the rules is okay then...

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Years ago

No it's not okay.

Its just slightly ironic.

NCAA promotes education i.e. the student comes before athlete.

But a decision like this = Fotu will leave, go back to NZ and probably not continue/finish his education.

I think he will certainly go back if UH can't overturn his season long ban.

It doesn't make sense sitting out a year to go back for one more year, when he can already command a nice salary with the Breakers.

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Years ago

It's not ok to break rules, but it's also not ok to have nonsensical rules.

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Years ago

Totally agree with Macdub and Paul.

While breaking the rules is not OK, there appears to be no consistent approach in applying them across the board. And yes, there are some pretty ridiculous ones out there too.

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Years ago

Not to get started on the whole NCAA thing but the whole way they do things is ridiculous. They just signed a 10.8 billion dollar TV deal and kids aren't allowed to be loaned a laptop.... Until recently they couldn't even have food bought for them.

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Years ago

Ok so they can't "loan"him a laptop , but colleges can be sponsored by the likes of nike, athletes can be supplied shoes training gear and very other thing they need associated with the sport, they can get medical cover, physio,and travel paid, BUT they can't get anything that assists with their education..........makes no sense at all

Sometimes you have to wonder is college really worth the effort

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Years ago

Breakers as expected have once again let Isaac know that they want him in their program if he decides to turn pro.

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Years ago

rumours circulating that Fotu's about to turn pro, Breakers....

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