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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
NCAA “Extremely Concerned” about UH Point-Shaving Allegations
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 6414 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

NCAA statement on point-shaving allegations

From NCAA 11-23-11

We are extremely concerned by the point-shaving allegations involving University of Hawaii football student-athletes and have been in contact with the school since early November. We take any allegation of point shaving very seriously as it is a crime that threatens two core NCAA principles – the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport.

The threat of sports wagering is real and no campus is immune. For this reason, the NCAA and its members conduct forward-leaning national and targeted educational outreach, as well as strong enforcement efforts for all divisions and sports. In addition, the NCAA is regularly in contact with local, state and federal law enforcement and Nevada gaming officials to identify and rout out sports wagering and point shaving wherever it may occur.

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SA: No specifics said to be in UH letter

The anonymous letter that alleged point-shaving by members of the University of Hawaii football team is described as two pages of sometimes rambling, handwritten innuendo.

People familiar with the case but not authorized to speak for the Honolulu Police Department or UH say the letter does not carry the name of its author and did not have a credible return address.

Moreover, they say, it contains suppositions drawn from the Warriors' current season about "unnamed football players" but offers few concrete specifics or details that investigators would be able to confirm.

HNN: Point shaving allegation gets national attention

Colin Cowherd, a host for ESPN Radio who is heard in cities across the nation, discussed the story on the air Wednesday.

"There have been money bets against Hawaii that have moved the line three or more points four times this year. The big money betters have won three and lost none. So there is a point shaving allegation with Hawaii football," Cowherd said.

(Cowherd also said UH players had told university police about teammates involved in point shaving. There is no information from the university or players to support that claim.)

KHON: Joe Moore's commentary on UH point-shaving allegations

AP: Hawaii coach won't discuss point-shaving reports

McMackin directed questions to university spokeswoman Lynne Waters (Clayton Hee’s wife), who wouldn't comment Wednesday on whether the university would conduct a probe. On Tuesday, she declined to say whether the anonymous letter referred to current members of the football team or incidents alleged to have happened in previous years.

SportsMemo: Anonymous letter triggers point shaving allegations at Hawaii, police not buying it

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Related: UH Point Shaving? Blown Leads and Significant Movement in Money Line

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