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Hawaii football accused of point shaving (updated Wednesday)

Update Tuesday 10:42 a.m. -- Here's the statement from the NCAA

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.The University of Hawaii and the  Honolulu Police Department received an anonymous letter of allegations of point shaving against the team earlier this month.  The school will continue to investigate it, but the HPD says there isn't enough to start a criminal investigation.

Still, it's an awful thing for any team or player to be accused of.

SB Nation has the best timeline of events.

If you were to believe that the Warriors were shaving points, you would have to look at the blocked extra point at the end of the UW-Hawaii game when Desmond Trufant picked up the ball and returned it for a two-point conversion. The spread was anywhere from 4 to 6 points on some boards, and that allowed UW to win by 40-32.

But I'm not a conspiracy theorist. Hopefully, it's not true.