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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.

About the blog host

Dave Reardon is a sports columnist for the Star-Advertiser. The Honolulu native and alumnus of Pearl City High, Northwestern University and the University of Hawaii started as a copyboy and prep football stringer at the Star-Bulletin in 1981 and has covered the island sports scene uninterrupted since, except for college and two years at the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. A former competitive runner, Dave now jogs and aims for the elusive 10-minute mile. Follow him on Twitter @dave_reardon

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More run-and-shoot: Mouse’s offense clicked

By Dave Reardon on August 19, 2018

Warning: This “Quick Reads” entry is not a quick read, it’s pretty long. Our three-day inspection of the run-and-shoot starts in today’s Star-Advertiser, and in researching it, I found an incredible amount of interesting stuff that we couldn’t fit into the print stories. Here’s more background about Mouse Davis’ role in changing football — in Hawaii and everywhere else — from Mouse himself, and one of his high school players in Oregon 50 years ago who without the run-and-shoot would […]

VIDEO: Walk-on QB makes most of his reps

By Dave Reardon on July 31, 2018

Like several of the other University of Hawaii quarterbacks in camp, Justin Uahinui is learning his third offensive system in as many years. The second-year freshman walk-on from Farrington played in a version of the West Coast offense as a Govs senior and learned the RPO (run-pass option) last year at UH. Now, it’s the run-and-shoot. “We were run-heavy (in high school),” he said. “A lot of people were surprised I continued at quarterback (in college), but I get a […]

Holly says this is the right place … and this could be his time

By Dave Reardon on July 27, 2018

Freddie Holly III is gone … sorry, didn’t mean to scare you. It’s just that the University of Hawaii running back with loads of potential would like to be known as Fred from now on rather than Freddie. After an off-season of discontent for some (former) Warriors, Holly’s happiness to be here never waned — and on Friday he was elated with the start of practice. “When I talk to my family I always say there’s no place I’d rather […]

Recent concussion research allows many to get moving sooner

By Dave Reardon on March 31, 2018

David Matlin remembers being dazed when he was hit in the head by a pitched baseball in a game nearly 40 years ago. He didn’t know then he’d just incurred a concussion. All he knew was he wanted to stay in the game. Back then, the closest thing to the baseline testing of today was someone, often a coach and not a trained medical professional, asking you how many fingers he was holding in front of your face. “I guessed […]

Mariota to attend Poly Hall events

By Dave Reardon on January 15, 2018

For fans of Marcus Mariota in Hawaii, there’s a silver lining to his Tennessee Titans losing their playoff game against the New England Patriots on Saturday. Since he doesn’t have a game to prepare for this week, Mariota can return home in time to attend the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame ceremonies. The Titans quarterback from Honolulu is scheduled to attend the enshrinement celebration dinner Friday, and the Polynesian Bowl Saturday at Aloha Stadium, according to PFHOF spokesman Phil Hetu. […]

My vote: Bama No. 1, UCF No. 2

By Dave Reardon on January 8, 2018

I considered it briefly, but was not one of the four Associated Press College Football Poll voters to put the only undefeated team in FBS at No. 1 in the final poll. I put UCF at No. 2, right after the winner of the four-team playoff to which it had no access. I was tempted to put the Knights at No. 1 to make a statement that the tournament really should be an eight-team affair. But I am convinced that […]

Update: Cavanaugh won’t be rejoining UH staff

By Dave Reardon on December 18, 2017

I spoke briefly with Mike Cavanaugh this morning. I asked him point-blank if he might be returning to the University of Hawaii football coaching staff. “I’m not talking about all that stuff, any of that business stuff,” Cavanaugh said. “But I love all of you. Mele Kalikimaka.” A couple of hours after this initial post, a source close to the situation told me Cavanaugh will not be joining the UH staff. Too bad. While it was a longshot, it would’ve […]

Mata’afa named Polynesian college player of year

By Dave Reardon on December 12, 2017

Hercules Mata’afa became the second Polynesian College Football Player of the Year from a Hawaii high school in the four years of the award’s existence today. Mata’afa, a defensive lineman from Lahainaluna who plays for Washington State, joins Marcus Mariota (Saint Louis School/Oregon, 2014), Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame, 2015) and Sefo Liufau (Colorado, 2016) as a recipient of the award given by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The fourth-year junior was named the Pac-12 conference’s Defensive Player of the […]