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

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


Worst of times?

by Dave Reardon on October 31, 2014

People have been asking me if I can think of a darker time for University of Hawaii sports. I cannot. When the football team was on its way to 0-12 in 1998, the basketball program was not under NCAA investigation. In the mid-1970s when basketball was also investigated, football wasn’t very good, but it was […]


AD Jay voices support for Coach Chow

by Dave Reardon on October 27, 2014

As we head down the stretch of the UH football season, the biggest question regarding the program’s future is that of the coaching staff. Head coach Norm Chow is in the third year of a five-year contract. UH is 2-6 (1-2 Mountain West) this season and his overall record is 6-26 (2-17) with five games […]


Homecoming, key matchup

by Dave Reardon on October 25, 2014

>> Great turnout of former players for UH football homecoming tonight. >> One of the most popular figures in the program’s history, Nick Rolovich, still gets excited about Aloha Stadium … even as offensive coordinator of the opposing team. Got to chat with him a few minutes before the game. “The main thing I’m concerned […]