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Hawaii offensive coordinator no longer with team

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:13 p.m. HST, Aug 02, 2013

University of Hawaii offensive coordinator Aaron Price is no longer with the team, Rainbow Warriors head coach Norm Chow announced today during the opening football practice of the season.

"It was a difficult decision to make," Chow said in a UH press release. "The timing is unfortunate as we begin fall camp. Some issues have arisen and we've decided to move forward without Aaron."

Price joined the program in February after serving as offensive coordinator at Texas-El Paso.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Wow, that was sudden. I wish Coach Price well.
on August 2,2013 | 11:01AM
OldDiver wrote:
The poor guy wasn't given much to do. It's gonna be the Norm show again and Price wasn't going to take the blame for it.
on August 2,2013 | 11:56AM
Eradication wrote:
You know this because....?
on August 2,2013 | 10:17PM
droid wrote:
It’s common sense? Price was (supposedly) the offensive coordinator and yet Norm Chow was still going to call the plays? I would think that would obviously mean Price would be following Chow’s playbook, which would mean why do you even need an offensive coordinator if Chow is doing most (if not all) of the coordinating? This is college football and in a mid-major conference, no less.
on August 2,2013 | 11:36PM
allie wrote:
on August 2,2013 | 01:17PM
usc wrote:
Not a very auspicious beginning to year two of the Chow regime. His QB seems able and the O-line should do better. Those are the two most important factors of a successful Chow offense. Hope the coaching staff problems does not hinder the development of the team.
on August 2,2013 | 11:17AM
brucepati1 wrote:
This is a pretty big blow to the team. Hurts the team not only from a strategic standpoint but also morale wise. UH badly needed some new ideas in their offensive philosophy and now its gone right before the start of fall camp. This is an example of Norm Chow at his finest, the soon to-be-end of a spiralling downward coaching career........
on August 2,2013 | 11:26AM
beachbum11 wrote:
I agree chow must go. His ego is no good for the team. Retirement coming soon
on August 2,2013 | 12:49PM
allie wrote:
Punahou boy
on August 2,2013 | 01:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
oh allie, you are something else
on August 2,2013 | 01:58PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Please explain your comment, if you can
on August 2,2013 | 04:21PM
Eradication wrote:
This comment coming from someone who calls themself "beachbum"?
on August 2,2013 | 10:18PM
allie wrote:
agree..even with our weak schedule and bottom of the barrel league this is bad news
on August 2,2013 | 01:17PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
The schedule is not weak (USC, Oregon State & Boise State are top 25 teams). In addition, the MWC is the best of the non-BCS conferences.
on August 2,2013 | 03:22PM
hanaboy wrote:
Oh, Allie, you never have anything good to say about UH, but yet chose to study there. The majority of yours posts are negative towards the people, culture, education system, government, but you still remain. It must a be a very dreary existance to live in a place you seem to detest. Pity!
on August 2,2013 | 04:53PM
atilter wrote:
to use a "deep-seeded", character revealing, erudite, well-worn, all-purpose, single-word mandan "phrase" - yikes!
on August 2,2013 | 07:49PM
dlum003 wrote:
Price probably wanted to open up the offense and Chow said "NO!". Losing your OC in August? That's just great. FAIL
on August 2,2013 | 11:27AM
Yukio wrote:
"Some issues have arisen..." I hope the S-A digs further. What happened? The issues must have been pretty serious.
on August 2,2013 | 11:34AM
HCSSC wrote:
Indeed, Let's have the facts Coach Chow...
on August 2,2013 | 12:10PM
BonDancr wrote:
Devastating to us fans...
on August 2,2013 | 11:37AM
Sunny wrote:
Perhaps Norm Chow was not comfortable with more current offensive schemes and "opening up" the playbook. We'll have to wait and see...
on August 2,2013 | 11:49AM
fka wrote:
I agree with you Sunny. I feel there was differences in offensive philosophy between Chow and Price. Chow's play calling, in my opinon, is too conservative and predictable. Too bad we needed a change in our offensive scheme.
on August 2,2013 | 06:40PM
akuman808 wrote:
They need a coach that knows and understands the "read option" scheme. Up tempo and attack. Locally how about Vince Passas @ St. Louis...
on August 2,2013 | 11:50AM
eros_et_logia wrote:
He's a great QB coach, but that's supposedly in Chow's wheelhouse. I don't think he has the chops for OC.
on August 2,2013 | 12:07PM
akuman808 wrote:
hahaha, really??? Marcus Mariota perhaps the best QB from Hawaii in a long time; credits Vince for molding him into who he is today. Reading defenses and making the right decisions is what Vince teaches. That my friend is what an offensive coordinator is.
on August 2,2013 | 01:07PM
false wrote:
Cal Lee
on August 2,2013 | 12:08PM
SandBar wrote:
Cal Lee is a defensive coach
on August 2,2013 | 12:46PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Larry Price for OC. 3 handoffs off guard and punt.
on August 2,2013 | 01:15PM
Sunny wrote:
Bring back the Hula T ???
on August 2,2013 | 02:03PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You guys crack me up. You been around too long. Hehehe.
on August 2,2013 | 07:20PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Here we go again - the "local" hypocrites calling for "local face" no matter how inexperience/incompetent they may be. It's the same crowd that clamored for "Chow" because he has the "local connection". PLEASE, don't reinforce the stereotype about "locals" being "small and narrow-minded". You guys/gals give rest of us a bad name!
on August 2,2013 | 04:31PM
Slow wrote:
I hope we get more information. For now, this looks bad.
on August 2,2013 | 12:02PM
HCSSC wrote:
"Some issues have arisen and we've decided to move forward without Aaron." Oh, do tell, Coach Chow...
on August 2,2013 | 12:08PM
waverider808 wrote:
I guess he is kinda like his dad. his dad got fired before his first game at Alabama for using school funds to pay strippers. maybe the apple don't fall to far from the tree.
on August 2,2013 | 12:14PM
Pocho wrote:
Coach really burning bridges if you ask me.
on August 2,2013 | 12:20PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Go chow go.Back home
on August 2,2013 | 12:51PM
fairgame947 wrote:
No judgment until the facts are known!
on August 2,2013 | 12:18PM
allie wrote:
on August 2,2013 | 01:18PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Then explain your above comment "Punahou Boy"
on August 2,2013 | 04:26PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Whut da hell??
on August 2,2013 | 12:57PM
hon2255 wrote:
Bad news for the program, Chow may be gone by the end of the season !
on August 2,2013 | 12:58PM
allie wrote:
I tried to warn you all this would happen! Let us get back to our important academic mission
on August 2,2013 | 02:51PM
DAGR81 wrote:
We should weed out slackers and deadbeats like you. Who the heck takes over ten years to graduate. How long does it take before your credits do not count towards your degree?
on August 2,2013 | 05:26PM
twitter6 wrote:
Easy Tigers. Decisions are made for a reason. Let it play out first before jumping to conclusions.
on August 2,2013 | 01:08PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
What's going up in Manoa??
on August 2,2013 | 01:13PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
What's up with you know it alls. How do you folks come up with all these conclusions without knowing the facts. Support the team and stop with all your negativity. Things happen for a reason and one coach leaving is not going to be the down fall of the team. Geez get a life.
on August 2,2013 | 01:36PM
anniebananie wrote:
on August 2,2013 | 02:16PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Supporting the program and the team means pointing out personnel that may harm the program and the team!
on August 2,2013 | 04:33PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Well OC is a pretty important position. Let's see if everything is dusted under the rug or they actually tell us what is going on up there. They certainly don't have a problem asking for our money.
on August 2,2013 | 05:09PM
paintslinger wrote:
Why do some people automatically view this as a tragedy....you dont know what is what! Perhaps this is a win win for both the team and the late OC. Perhaps unity is being reestablished....I mean wait until the facts are out..then still be cautious about your conclusions.
on August 2,2013 | 01:44PM
hon2255 wrote:
so does anyone of players parents reading this blog know the INSIDES of this situation !! What the heck is going on?
on August 2,2013 | 01:54PM
anniebananie wrote:
very well stated!
on August 2,2013 | 02:15PM
mishtah wrote:
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on August 2,2013 | 02:08PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
It's breaking news. Newspapers and online sources nationwide report information before the fact, thus, breaking news. They report more facts as they develop.
on August 2,2013 | 02:16PM
anniebananie wrote:
yikers!!! what the heck happened?! for a decision of this magnitude to be made this late in the game...something was off. And of course with all the "Sunday morning pundits" out there who seem to think they know everything and more than a coach of 43 years...these so called "fans" of UH do nothing but complain...they are never happy. If it's not the coach they're unhappy with, it's the QB, if it's not the QB then it's the AD....and the list goes on and on. JUST SUPPORT THE UH TEAM!! IT'S THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE!!!! And the kids DESERVE our support.
on August 2,2013 | 02:13PM
inverse wrote:
You realize opposite of love is NOT hate, it is indifference. When football fans stop criticizing Chow for questionable decisions and occurrences, that would be the time UH has to give up its athletic program. Just before the season starts, a running back breaks his foot (again?), the coach and his attorney son gets scammed hundreds of thousands of dollars from a con-man and a get rich scheme and now the offensive coordinator is fired/leaves just right before the season starts. It like getting on an airplane and you watch the pilot stumble into the cockpit. What do you do? DON'T complain and just cross your fingers that you don't crash and burn or make big noise and complain to anyone who will listen to you and other passengers that many have concerns that the pilot is impaired. In that scenario maybe it is better to make noise earlier than later and get a another pilot immediately instead of waiting until after the plane takes off. In terms of fighting for the kids, you are correct, fans should support and fight for the kids and that INCLUDES making big noise if the coach leading the kids can't get his act together NOW rather than later when the negative consequences for the kids, team and program will be much more severe.
on August 2,2013 | 02:57PM
UhhDuhh wrote:
So if UH crashes this year, we're all gonna die?
on August 2,2013 | 05:56PM
inverse wrote:
No, just makes it that much harder to bring UH back to a competitive level AND reduce the massive deficits run up by the UH athletic department when they field a dysfunctional, losing team.
on August 3,2013 | 12:08PM
808comp wrote:
Whats next ?
on August 2,2013 | 02:53PM
BigOpu wrote:
Ho! And Graham was just beaming as he was being interviewed on 1420 am about how he was loving the possibility of slinging it with Coach Price. Can't wait for the full story.
on August 2,2013 | 03:03PM
jaluasa wrote:
It might be off field issues that surfaced. After all, you know who his dad is...
on August 2,2013 | 03:19PM
F8TH wrote:
You can't have 2 offensive coordinators, and Chow did say he is calling the plays. It would be a step backwards for Price, he'd be better off somewhere that is willing to hand him the reigns to the offense. Too bad though, It was said earlier that the offense was going to experiment with some different formations. Chow may be the head coach, but he is still an offensive coordinator in heart. JJ did this, but JJ was way ahead of the times with offensive schemes. Too bad we can't have Rolo back as OC. Looks like it will be a "Jr." OC in training to fill the position.
on August 2,2013 | 04:02PM
BigOpu wrote:
For sure a "Yes Man" to Chow time.
on August 2,2013 | 04:15PM
BTO wrote:
Texas AM changed their offense to suit Johnny Football..... Maybe would have worked out if we suited our offense for the personnel we had. David Graves was like a Johnny Manziel,
on August 2,2013 | 04:22PM
Wiggs wrote:
Agreed. Graves was the best QB that UH had last year and Chow squandered his talent. What a shame.
on August 3,2013 | 04:36AM
jussayin wrote:
As others have said, can't have two offensive coordinators. Was looking forward to some changes on offense but I guess Chow won't let that happen. Need the reason for the very sudden and untimely decision. With what info, seems like Chow didn't like Price's ideas; he wants a 'yes' man. Not good.
on August 2,2013 | 04:24PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Beginning of the end or Chow, as I predicted. He won't be around next year! A guy Chow hand picked to assist him on offense - a guy with a heavy baggage of his father's sins that was conveniently swept under the rug. That's what Mormons do - sweep bad things under the rug - let Chow go back to his fatherland in Utah and disappear!
on August 2,2013 | 04:27PM
fshnpoi wrote:
you're the expert on what mormons do? sounds like you've got a personal grudge w/chow..or just mormons in general?
on August 2,2013 | 05:52PM
oxtail01 wrote:
First hand experience with the lot!
on August 2,2013 | 08:19PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on August 2,2013 | 04:43PM
OldDiver wrote:
That was a great pun.
on August 2,2013 | 07:58PM
inHilo wrote:
Agreed .Priceless!
on August 11,2013 | 07:39AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Let's hope Price was dismissed "for cause" or quit, otherwise, his contracted pay and benefits (or, what UH has become famous for - buy out) stays on the books.
on August 2,2013 | 04:51PM
kailua000 wrote:
I hope he was not. Then it limits his opportunities to get hired again. Chow just changed his mind and wasted $100k down the drain.
on August 2,2013 | 06:25PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
One bad apple.spoils the whole bunch? Wonder what Tom thinks?
on August 3,2013 | 02:03AM
inverse wrote:
The paid a heavy Price for one bad Apple
on August 3,2013 | 12:03PM
busthalfnut wrote:
It looks bad from any angle.
on August 2,2013 | 05:03PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Why is kicking Aaron Price to the curb a "devastating blow"? I don't recall thinking of Vince Lombardi or Knute Rockne when Price got the job in the first place. Give Chow credit for cutting his losses. That said, I hope the S-A will abandon its kid gloves coverage and get to the bottom of this.
on August 2,2013 | 05:22PM
joyce1 wrote:
on August 2,2013 | 05:29PM
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on August 2,2013 | 05:39PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Yeah, last year proved that AND this year so far!
on August 2,2013 | 08:21PM
niimi wrote:
Chow needs his 5 years in the state system so that he can get that 2% / year pension. 10% of your highest 3 years pay, or $70,000 a year pension for $700,000 a year salary.
on August 2,2013 | 06:15PM
kailua000 wrote:
I heard someone else say its because Price was not LDS, didnt fit the new mold of the new staff. may or may not be true but the make up of the staff seems to agree with the statement
on August 2,2013 | 06:23PM
CriticalReader wrote:
OOOOH! cool! Now we can learn about religious discrimination from the various lawyers hired to investigate, redact, defend and spin this thing. I know all about concert promotion, UH autonomy, Employment laws, the role of the Legislature, etc., etc., etc. They should just make kids read the sports section for social studies.
on August 2,2013 | 09:34PM
Anonymous wrote:
What? The Price wasn't right?
on August 2,2013 | 06:57PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Not to bring this up for debate again, but the national news refers to Hawaii as the Rainbow Warriors, which is officially correct. But, you should read comments by people from around the nation. They don't even care about the actual story....just that we're the RAINBOW Warriors. We're a national laughing stock.
on August 2,2013 | 11:28PM
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