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The University of Hawaii was renamed the Rainbow Warriors in 2013 after spending 13 years being known as the Warriors.It was originally named the Rainbows after a rainbow appeared on the field after an upset win over Oregon State in 1923. The school competes in the Big West for all sports except for football. Swimming, diving and volleyball teams currently play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Their football team competes in the Mountain West Conference, and it was the third team from outside of the BCS conferences to participate in a BCS game.
That occurred in 2008 when Hawaii played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Since 2002, it has also appeared in the Hawai'i bowl seven times having won four of those appearances. Hawaii last appeared in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2016 when it won its first tournament game in school history. That year, the Rainbow Warriors defeated California 77-66. The school has made two other appearances in the NCAA tournament since 2001. Additionally, Hawaii has appeared in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) nine times with the last appearance coming in 2004 when it reached the quarterfinals.
Rick Pitino is perhaps the most recognizable coach the team has ever had, and he coached the team for six games during the 1976 season. The Hawaii baseball team is most notable for its appearance in the 1980 College World Series when it finished second to Arizona. It last made an NCAA regional after winning the WAC conference tournament in 2010. The team would transition to the Big West prior to beginning play in 2013.