UPDATE: Police: No criminal probe into Hawaii allegations

HONOLULU (AP) — An anonymous letter has raised allegations that University of Hawaii football players are involved in a point-shaving scheme, but police said Tuesday that they don’t have enough information to launch an investigation. University President M.R.C. Greenwood said in a statement that the admissions office received an anonymous letter Nov. 3 that accused unnamed players of intentionally playing poorly to affect the final score as part of a gambling scheme. Officials immediately alerted Honolulu police and the NCAA, the statement said. Greenwood said she and board of regents Chairman Eric Martinson met with Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha to offer the university’s full cooperation. The university released the statement Tuesday after KITV was the first to call asking about the probe. The Honolulu Police Department said in a statement later that it became aware of the allegation in early November but “at this time there is not enough information to open a criminal investigation.” When asked whether the university or NCAA would investigate regardless of the police’s decision, university spokeswoman Lynne Waters said she couldn’t immediately comment. The National Collegiate Athletic Association

<a href=”http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2011/november/ncaa+statement+on+point-shaving+allegations”>issued a statement</a>

about the point shaving allegations on Wednesday. “We are extremely concerned by the point-shaving allegations,” the statement says and indicates the NCAA has been in contact with the school since early November. “We take any allegation of point shaving very seriously,” the statement continues, “as it is a crime that threatens two core NCAA principles – the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport.” Earlier, Waters declined to say whether the anonymous letter was referring to current members of the football team or incidents alleged to have happened in previous years. The Warriors won 10 games in 2010 but are 5-6 this year with two games left in the regular season. They’re 3-7-1 against the point spread and have failed to beat the spread in nearly two months.

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