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

About the blog host

Dave Reardon is a sports projects reporter 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. Dave has also launched a side career in teaching. Follow him on Twitter @dave_reardon

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Hawaii football: Todd Graham’s team put up a lot of points at Aloha Stadium, but that was a while ago

By Dave Reardon on January 21, 2020

Here’s the thing I most remember about Todd Graham, a “defense” coach: I remember his Tulsa team winning 62-35 against Hawaii at Aloha Stadium, in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl. The Golden Hurricane also beat Notre Dame that year AT SOUTH BEND, 28-27. It was one of seven consecutive wins to close out the season, as Tulsa went 10-3. The Rainbow Warriors won 10 games, too, and had been ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll before bowl season started. […]

Hawaii basketball: UH women and men both hang close, then efficiently finish off their foes

By Dave Reardon on January 19, 2020

Fear is a word that is never supposed to be uttered by a coach or athlete, an emotion never to be admitted to. You don’t “fear” your opponent, you “respect” him or her. Still, for our purposes here, both University of Hawaii basketball teams were “Fear Factor” contestants on Saturday. And both conquered those fears that they must describe in different words. The women beat Cal State Fullerton 79-72, and the men topped UC Santa Barbara 70-63. They both came […]

Hawaii football: Will a UH offensive guru, Brian Smith or Craig Stutzmann, succeed Nick Rolovich as head coach?

By Dave Reardon on January 14, 2020

The game of pick the new coach started even before the old one had left. Speculation began regarding Nick Rolovich’s replacement even before the Mountain West Coach of the Year’s departure from the University of Hawaii to Washington State was confirmed Monday. If you’re looking for a hint by who is now the interim coach, you are out of luck; there was none as of last night. Most of the assistants were still at a national convention where this was […]

Who were the most notable Hawaii sports figures of the decade?

By Dave Reardon on December 31, 2019

Ten years ago, I wrote that Michelle Wie was the most notable sports figure with Hawaii ties of the just-completed decade. The list for the years 2010-2019 is quite a bit different — and Wie, who was a PGA pro in her prime years, only makes this one as an honorable mention. 10. Gerald Oda spent the entire decade — and many years prior — teaching youngsters the right way to play baseball and handle themselves on and off the […]

Hawaii football: Cole McDonald’s Hawaii Bowl MVP showing adds to resume, but is just one factor in weighing pro future

By Dave Reardon on December 25, 2019

It was a question that had to be asked. After an MVP performance in the Hawaii Bowl that included a game-winning drive in the final two minutes, had UH quarterback Cole McDonald changed his mind about making himself available for the NFL Draft? On Oct. 29, McDonald had this to say: “I intend to stay in school and come back next year.” Back then, he was in the middle of a second-consecutive monster season, stats-wise, including third in FBS passing […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Rainbow Warriors learn that not all zone defenses are a shooter’s delight

By Dave Reardon on December 23, 2019

Usually, just at the thought of going up against a zone defense an outside shooter’s eyes light up like, well, like a kid’s in anticipation of opening Christmas gifts. But there’s the passive zone defense lazy, fat and/or old guys play at the park or the Y, and then there’s the Syracuse 2-3, made famous by coach Jim Boeheim. That scheme is now used at Washington by head coach Mike Hopkins, a former Syracuse shooting guard and assistant for more […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Bernardo da Silva ahead of schedule, needed against Washington in Diamond Head Classic

By Dave Reardon on December 23, 2019

Projects almost always take way longer to develop than promised in Hawaii. Maybe if we’re lucky that rail thing will be done 75 years from now, in time for our yet-to-be-born children to ride when they get too old to drive. But University of Hawaii freshman forward Bernardo da Silva showed he is way ahead of schedule Sunday. While he also showed he is far from being a finished product, UH’s electrifying 67-63 comeback victory over UTEP in the first-round […]

Sports director Brandi Higa leaves KITV to join Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office

By Dave Reardon on December 21, 2019

Brandi Higa has left her position as KITV sports director to be an information specialist with Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office. Her last day with KITV was Friday. Higa, 32, starts with the city on Jan. 2. She will report to new public information officer Alex Zannes, who was named last week as replacing Andrew Perreira. Perreira and Zannes are also former local TV newscasters. “I’ve been looking for a while to expand my career,” Higa said today. “I’m very grateful […]