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< Eligibility case causes Hawaii to vacate volleyball title

Sep 15, 2003 3:36:14 PM

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The University of Hawaii, Manoa's championship win in the 2002 National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship has been vacated because of the use of an ineligible student-athlete.

The record of the team's performance in the championship also will be deleted and the team's trophy, as well as individual awards received by the ineligible student-athlete, must be returned to the Association. Hawaii also must pay a $5,000 fine to the Association, which will be used to fund student-athlete welfare programs.

The NCAA enforcement staff informed Hawaii of a possible infraction in the men's volleyball program. The institution subsequently conducted an internal investigation and self-reported the violation to the NCAA.

In accordance with NCAA procedures, the institution has 30 days to appeal the actions to the full NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

It is the second time in a month that an ineligible player has been the focus of a violation that has caused an institution to vacate a championship finish. Kentucky Wesleyan College's second-place finish in the 2003 Division II Men's Basketball Championship was vacated in August after the institution self-reported the use of an ineligible player.

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