Hawaii football coach cancels interviews after spotting a Honolulu Star-Advertiser columnist

In early January, Honolulu Star-Advertiser sports columnist Dave Reardon questioned the selection of a University of Hawaii assistant football coach; it wasn’t a splashy hire, he wrote.

Columnist (left) and coach

Columnist (left) and coach

Three months later, Hawaii head football coach Norm Chow apparently is still angry about the opinion piece. On Tuesday, Chow abruptly halted reporters’ interviews at spring practice – open to the public – when he saw Reardon among the media.

The Star-Advertiser reports:

Television reporters were interviewing quarterback Taylor Graham when Chow yelled that Reardon was not welcomed at the practice.

Reardon said he was prepared to leave the grass practice field when Chow began yelling and then ordered a halt to the media’s interviews with players and assistant coaches. Graham, who was about to answer a question from television reporters, apologized and then joined teammates in sprinting off the field.

“Out of respect for media cohorts, Reardon said he was willing to leave the field when the outburst occurred,” reports the Star-Advertiser.

The coach later said in a statement that “I’m extremely sorry that my actions this morning deflected attention away from a very good beginning to spring practice.”

Reardon writes on Twitter: “I’m humbled by and appreciative for all the support from so many friends and colleagues after today’s bizarre incident at #hawaiifb practice. … was weird but not totally unexpected.”

* University of Hawaii football coach cancels interviews because of columnist’s presence (staradvertiser.com)
* Reardon’s column today: See you at practice, Coach Chow (staradvertiser.com)
* Read the comments on the Star-Advertiser’s Facebook page (facebook.com)