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UH reports NCAA infraction


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POSTED: Monday, September 07, 2009

Hawaii has self-reported an infraction to the NCAA regarding the use of the likeness of two Rainbow Wahine volleyball players in ads run by the Honolulu Advertiser.

Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan confirmed yesterday that he was aware of the improper use of the likeness of two student-athletes in an ad for a car dealership in the volleyball program published by the Advertiser distributed at the Stan Sheriff Center. The ad also ran in the Advertiser on Aug. 29, although Donovan said he did not see it.

“;We have contacted the business involved and they immediately destroyed 18,000 copies of the program,”; Donovan said. “;There will be no penalties for the two student-athletes involved. We will do more education as to the NCAA rules so as to prevent this from happening again.”;

The NCAA prohibits the use of photos or likeness of current student-athletes. Although the ad in question used altered photos of two Wahine players, it is apparent the two are seniors Cat Fowler and Jayme Lee.

Both Fowler and Lee have signed paperwork documenting that the use of their likeness was without their knowledge or consent.

Hawaii coach Dave Shoji said he was not told of how the university had proceeded on the matter.