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Hawaii receives postseason ban, loss of scholarships for actions of former coach Gib Arnold

The Warriors will lose out after its former coach violated multiple NCAA rules.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

So much for that 7-1 start to the season. It won't mean anything, even if Hawaii can continue its strong start into the Big West season.

An NCAA infractions committee found that former coach Gib Arnold violated several rules, and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance at the school. He lied to the committee during the investigation and failed to report possible violations.

Hawaii will be banned from the postseason this year, and will lose two scholarships in each of the next two seasons. The school will also have a restriction placed on its recruiting ability. Hawaii had already vacated wins that came under Arnold, and pledged to reduce one scholarship next year, along with paying a $10,000 fine.

The committee also imposed a penalty of 1 percent of the school's basketball budget for the next three years.

Arnold will have a three-year show cause penalty applied to him. He is currently a scout with the Boston Celtics.

This ban certainly hits the Warriors hard in this season. They are expected to contend for the Big West title this year, and are currently projected at KenPom.com to tie with UC-Irvine for the title. The good news is that they return almost every major contributor next year, provided that nothing happens because of the reduction in scholarships.