The head coach of Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s first opponent in the upcoming men’s basketball season has been fired.

The head coach of Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s first opponent in the upcoming men’s basketball season has been fired.


The University of Hawaii announced Tuesday that Gib Arnold and assistant coach Brandyn Akana were relieved of their coaching duties. The move comes less than three weeks before Hawaii opens its season against UAPB in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic on Nov. 14 in Honolulu.


Hawaii did not announce the reason for the coaches’ firing, but according to KHON-TV in Honolulu, the university self-reported a violation to the NCAA. Citing sources, KHON reported that Akana submitted an altered document used for admission purposes and was suspended for 30 days. The NCAA began a probe in March, but Hawaii has not received notice of allegations, the station added.


Hawaii did not announce Arnold’s replacement on its website, but KHON reported associate coach Benjy Taylor will take over the Rainbow Warriors program in the interim.


Arnold and Akana will be employed through Jan. 26, the school announced. Arnold will be paid a lump sum for the remainder of his contract, which is set to expire June 30. The payment is reportedly worth $344,000. Akana will not receive any additional compensation.


Arnold went 72-55 in four seasons at Hawaii, with a 20-11 record last season. The Rainbow Warriors are 2-0 all-time against the Golden Lions, winning their last meeting 81-54 on Nov. 11, 2012.


— I.C. Murrell