(Denver-AP) -- The Western Athletic Conference issued a public reprimand Tuesday against the University of Hawaii for violating new academic policies. The WAC also fined the university for failing to certify that football players had completed the conference-required six credits during last fall term before the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Day.
The WAC adopted the six credit rule in June of last year. It requires student-athletes to pass a minimum of six credit hours in the semester that ends immediately before the date of the postseason competition.
The WAC didn't disclose the amount of the fine, but university officials say it was for five thousand dollars. Commissioner Karl Benson said the conference understands Hawaii had a hard time complying because of the timing of its final exams and the date of the bowl game.
UH Manoa Chancellor Peter Englert says there should be a provision for schools to seek a waiver from the rule if it's impossible to comply. Englert says the WAC didn't offer UH that option in December.
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