University of the Virgin Islands President David Hall said he felt it was in the university’s “best interests” to shake up its athletic department by removing its athletics director and head coach of the men’s basketball team.

However, Hall also “categorically” denied Tuesday that UVI’s athletics program has been penalized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for using ineligible athletes.

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