Gambling Scandal: Point Shaving Allegations Rock University of Hawaii Football

| by Alex Groberman

Tales of a new, sordid gambling scandal surrounding the University of Hawaii football program are catching the eye of the sports world.

According to the Associated Press, an anonymous letter sent to the school’s admissions office on November 3 noted that unnamed football players were intentionally playing poorly to alter the final scores of games. The admissions office, in turn, passed the information along to the NCAA and Honolulu police.

The process of players intentionally playing in a way which affects the score one way or the other (up or down) for gambling purposes is known as “point shaving.” It has been a central point of numerous gambling scandals both within the college and professional ranks for decades.

M.R.C. Greenwood, University President, said in a statement provided to the AP that she and the board of regents chairman Eric Martinson had met with Honolulu Police to discuss the matter. However, it was also pointed out that police felt as though there wasn’t enough information for them to launch an official investigation.

"At this time there is not enough information to open a criminal investigation," the Honolulu Police Department said in a statement.

The University of Hawaii football team is 5-6 this season, and 3-7-1 against the point spread. As it stands, they have not beaten the spread in almost two months.

In 2010, the team won 10 games.