Quick Reads

Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.

Time for a change?

by Dave Reardon on November 30, 2014

… And who will decide if a change is to be made? Athletic director Ben Jay will meet with football coach Norm Chow this week to discuss the season just completed and the future. No major decisions at UH are made by one person these days, and it’s no secret that Jay is on the […]


The .8 percent solution

by Dave Reardon on November 29, 2014

Many of us probably agree that one of the allures of sport is the occurrence of the improbable, the Cinderella story come to life, beating all odds for a victory. Chaminade toppling Virginia in basketball for the greatest upset in college basketball history is perhaps the greatest example of that with a Hawaii connection. If […]


Hoping your training table is full today

by Dave Reardon on November 27, 2014

As I was driving my friend Wynn Silberman to the airport the other day, I asked him what training table was like for a Northwestern football player. “If we beat Michigan or Notre Dame, we’d get steak and lobster,” said Silberman, who was a receiver on the 1996 Big Ten championship team. “If we lost, […]


Yes, if the University of Hawaii were like other Division I football programs, Norm Chow would be fired and his $750,000 buyout would be absorbed — and it would’ve been done already. But UH isn’t like other schools, and we can continue that discussion forever and ever (or you can). Meanwhile, one of the more […]


No Respect Bowl, except for displaced Hawaii folks

by Dave Reardon on November 14, 2014

When I arrived at the San Jose airport and went to pick up the rental car, the agent asked what I was doing here from Hawaii. Me: “I’m here for the football game.” Agent: “Oh, Cal or Stanford?” Remember, this is at the SAN JOSE airport. The Spartans have always been an afterthought in their […]

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It’s warm in Fort Collins … for now

by Dave Reardon on November 8, 2014

Three words we are very happy about right now: enclosed press box. Sunny here at Hughes Stadium, but when the sun sets it will get very cold. Temperature on field is 57 degrees 15 minutes before kickoff, but the mercury will go down fast. While the Rainbow Warriors have had their problems on the road […]

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A mile-high with ‘Bows, CSU, Jahmai, LeBron

by Dave Reardon on November 7, 2014

It’s not too cold here in Fort Collins, Colo., but the sun goes down early and it will definitely be chilly for tomorrow’s 5 p.m. kickoff when Hawaii plays Colorado State. No snow expected in the area until next week. The Rams (8-1) are one of the best teams in the country and few people […]

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CSU quarterback looks good, coach says

by Dave Reardon on November 5, 2014

Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson looked good in practice Tuesday after getting banged up against San Jose State last week, according to Rams coach Jim McElwain. That and other notes as CSU prepares to host Hawaii from Kelly Lyell of The Coloradoan.

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Behind the curtain

by Dave Reardon on November 4, 2014

Ferd Lewis’ column today provided a peek at where much of the power might really be with major decision-making at the University of Hawaii athletic department. The answer to who is in charge at UH sports? I think it is “no one, and anyone.” A power vacuum and hack politics allows anyone with connections, money […]

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Time for change?

by Dave Reardon on November 3, 2014

Saturday’s 35-14 loss to Utah State was the first game this season where it looked like the University of Hawaii football team showed signs of lack of intensity and even strong parts of the team seemed fractured. In today’s column, I propose that barring an unlikely strong finish to the season a change at head […]

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