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Meeting Norm Chow to clear the air

By Dave Reardon

LAST UPDATED: 03:28 p.m. HST, Apr 02, 2014

After the incident at University of Hawaii football practice Tuesday morning, I was asked by UH sports media relations director Derek Inouchi if I'd be willing to meet with coach Norm Chow to "clear the air."


KKEA 1420-AM

I agreed, and we met this morning for about 40-45 minutes in Inouchi's office. We shook hands, we talked story and we shook hands again and went on with our days.

It was an amicable meeting. Most of what we discussed will remain among the three of us, at least for now, but the most important thing is that we all agreed to communicate better and to move forward.

I will be welcome at open practices, and I will be allowed to interview coach Chow and players, as other media members will, of course.

I submit this at around 1:30 p.m. About an hour ago, I learned that Chow has agreed to be a radio guest on the Sports Animal Show this afternoon, a show which I happen to be guest co-hosting, with Chris Hart, on KKEA 1420-AM. Chow is scheduled to join us at 3:35 p.m.

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ellinaskyrt wrote:
In other words: JOURNALISM WINS!
on April 2,2014 | 02:00PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
I didn't know it was a contest. I'm glad Coach Chow and Reardon were able to meet as true gentleman to clear the air. Enough with this kukai and get back to football.
on April 2,2014 | 02:26PM
Nevadan wrote:
Reardon is selling papers ..... to the delight of SA. He will get a raise.
on April 2,2014 | 07:30PM
Eradication wrote:
Actually, A sports writer who doesn't have access to the players and coaches isn't much use to the newspaper so it was important for the reporter to do some damage control as well. It's good that they had a meeting and I salute Coach Chow for agreeing to do so. Many coaches who have issues with the local beat writers aren't as amicable as Coach Chow to resolve their issues. Now hopefully, people can get back to focusing on how this football team can get back on track starting this fall.
on April 2,2014 | 02:39PM
hunebasami wrote:
No Reardon was doing his job of telling what he think and not KA like Tsai. Chow's job is to win games and bring back the fans. Who was doing their job? We are 4-20 and fan base droped by about 10,000. Reardon writes what he thinks. Chow shouldn't get mad but do his job.
on April 2,2014 | 02:43PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Chow was protecting his family aka his team and staff from undue criticism, in this case, Reardon's critical article of Kevin Clune back in January as the newly hired DC. I agree with Chow that Reardon was unfair in his assessment of Clune as DC and should have waited to see how the newly hired DC handle his job during game time. By doing what Chow did, he showed his team and his staff that "he has their backs and will battle any outside interference or criticism of a player and or, staff member" and this should go over well with his team and staff knowing that their head coach is there for them no matter what the trials and tribulations are confronted by the team and staff and that, to me, showed the head coach's profile in courage and standing up for his team and staff knowing the criticism that would be directed at him which it has these past 24 hrs. This has nothing to do with wins and losses and I felt it was unfair to have Reardon's article printed on the front page and it surely slanted its views against Chow as people are misinterpreting Chow's antagonism against Reardon....think about it.....if someone criticized your family wouldn't you be a little upset at that person......think about it...i know i surely would and if i was a player or staff member under Chow, I would definitely feel good that my head coach has my back...nothing more and nothing less.
on April 2,2014 | 04:57PM
hon2255 wrote:
I wouldn't call it that . come on. get some thick skin , you're a head coach Mr Chow. It's part of your job description.
on April 2,2014 | 05:41PM
kailua000 wrote:
Undue? you want fluff stories, read Tsai. Big city in America has columnists, they are there to express their opinion. Any other city would have laughed Chow off the field after his actions. This does not show his players he has their backs. It show them how to be a bully and not play nice and not get along. Criticizing family? Really, I dont get paid $500,000 a year to watch my family. Coaches come and go, they go were the opportunity is the best and the money is the most. Family my rear end.
on April 2,2014 | 06:25PM
kk808 wrote:
Hossana: Well said.
on April 2,2014 | 07:24PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Please point out the parts of the article that you feel is "unfair" to Clune.
on April 2,2014 | 10:03PM
hunebasami wrote:
Chow starting the season 0-1. He has one lost already and the season hasn't started.
on April 2,2014 | 03:28PM
gsc wrote:
It's Time to move on and get ready for some Football....
on April 2,2014 | 02:03PM
WarriorMojo wrote:
See, the thing is, Mr. Hack, that you shouldn't be reporting on the news if you is the news. Identify your "source", base COWARD.
on April 2,2014 | 02:11PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Nice of Dave to try and move on. Whether coach Chow will be able to keep his temper and reported part in this, time will tell. Sure makes sense for coach Chow and UH to try and smooth things over. After all, UH as a governmental entity isn't supposed to be suppressing and restraining the press and free speech in such a targeted way, if that's what happened. WarriorMojo, hypothtically, you think violating constitutional rights while on the job is a ground to cancel a UH coach's contract?
on April 2,2014 | 02:21PM
Fergster wrote:
If I were Chow I would leave it be and move on. However I would not and could not trust the media anymore. If something bad comes up I'm sure Chow will let them know.
on April 2,2014 | 02:43PM
kailua000 wrote:
could you imagine if we still had 2 news papers and there were 2 opinion columnists that didnt suck up to Chow like Tsai does? boo hoo
on April 2,2014 | 06:26PM
Eradication wrote:
This isn't about suppressing free speech to me. Reardon wrote his article. It was a poorly written article with bogus "anonymous sources" and he was held responsible for it. We, in this country, have the right to free speech. We also are responsible for what we say and must be willing to accept the consequences of our words.
on April 2,2014 | 02:46PM
brb905 wrote:
Chow was either told or he realized how he over-reacted yesterday. This is a good sign.
on April 2,2014 | 02:18PM
moki wrote:
This probably went all the way up to the Chancellor, UH gets enough criticism from the Legislature and don't need to give the newspaper another reason to get after them for wasting our money. .
on April 2,2014 | 09:35PM
ARCH_808 wrote:
This is all Rich Miano's fault. If he recruited has good at UH as he does at Kaiser he would be the head coach now.
on April 2,2014 | 02:18PM
Rite80 wrote:
Norm Chow is thinking the same thing.
on April 2,2014 | 02:25PM
hunebasami wrote:
wasn't our record better then, remember he wasn't head coach and Mac made the decision. But as head coach he does well.
on April 2,2014 | 02:47PM
false wrote:
Nah, Rich Miano has his eyes on being the next carnival meister.
on April 2,2014 | 02:49PM
marine38 wrote:
What Norm didn't know yesterday, he learned today. Mark Twain said it first: "Don't get into an argument with anyone who buys ink by the barrel."
on April 2,2014 | 02:18PM
gobows wrote:
Sell dem papers! Sell dem papers!
on April 2,2014 | 02:19PM
gobows wrote:
I wonder if Ben Jay got involved. LOL
on April 2,2014 | 02:20PM
ryan02 wrote:
Are news articles supposed to be written in the first person narrative?
on April 2,2014 | 02:28PM
Venus1 wrote:
Reardon ... You suck!!!
on April 2,2014 | 02:35PM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
Rearend pouted like a baby. You would never see this at an established newspaper. This is tabloid stuff. SA, get rid of Rearend.
on April 2,2014 | 02:48PM
keahialoha wrote:
As I recall, Dave didn't pout. He left when Norm Chow started ranting.
on April 2,2014 | 04:44PM
Eradication wrote:
Typical "hack" journalism.
on April 2,2014 | 02:47PM
User 4 wrote:
"Further Review" is a sports column, ryan02.
on April 2,2014 | 03:46PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Sure, it was labelled "Further Review" but this is being presented as a NEWS STORY. It was listed with the top news and the title was originally written in the 3rd person. "Chow and Reardon Meet to Clear air." It was intentionally presented as a news story.
on April 2,2014 | 04:57PM
Fergster wrote:
Thanks Dave for working this out. Us UH football fans don't get enough coverage of our team. It is great to read that everything is a go from here on out. Cooler heads prevail. Move on and support the program. That is where we fans start to make the program better. For you bitter fans, all I have to say is, take a deep breath five times holding the last one in for about a minute. Slowly release with a calm mind. Think "Support the program, all will be well." That is when the wins start coming. We show them our support and they will show us their appreciation. Your bosses give you that opportunity every year or after every mistake. Think about it.
on April 2,2014 | 02:40PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:

Why, yes, if only the citizens of Hawaii would unite and hum "om!" or sing Kumbayah or send out positive thoughts while all wearing green, our teams will start winning! That's exactly how June Jones, Colt Brennan, et al won the Sugarbowl that time!

Oh, wait....

on April 2,2014 | 02:48PM
4mahealani wrote:
I would send positive energy if chow was like the type of boss u describe, but he's not from personal experience with him myself.
on April 2,2014 | 03:05PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on April 2,2014 | 02:47PM
User 4 wrote:
Comment deleted for veiled profanity.
on April 2,2014 | 03:43PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Ok.... Who's runs this paper? Letting one of the subjects REPORT ON THEIR OWN SITUATION! SA seems more like a tabloid blog everyday. Pop up ads, audio ads and stories that you can't turn off, constant misprints and incomplete articles...
on April 2,2014 | 04:48PM
boshio wrote:
SA does what ever brings in the most money, same as our honorable politicians.
on April 2,2014 | 06:23PM
4mahealani wrote:
Time for a new UH football coach!!!!
on April 2,2014 | 03:00PM
Wazdat wrote:
WHO cares ?
on April 2,2014 | 03:26PM
jkjones wrote:
Nothing has changed until we win more than we lose.
on April 2,2014 | 03:29PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Dave. thanks for meeting with him and handling it correctly.
on April 2,2014 | 03:29PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
on April 2,2014 | 04:49PM
toad103410 wrote:
Chow showed us his true colors with his temper tantrum the other day. Unbelievable behavior from a supposed leader of young people. I will continue to support the team but not the coach.
on April 2,2014 | 03:39PM
Opelu wrote:
I really think this program and players deserve better. Old Dog - Big Ego and laughing all the way to the bank with a large pay check in his pocket - Awful !!
on April 2,2014 | 03:52PM
cardoc wrote:
Yeh Reardon is "entitled" to his "opinion" and he got the "power" as the reporter. Chow ain't exactly having a "great time" with his losing record. Reardon got the power of the pen so he can see the glass half empty or half full, he chose the half empty, kinda easy beating up on someone with 2 broken arms. Reardon chose to flex his muscles and beat um up.
on April 2,2014 | 03:56PM
boshio wrote:
off with Reardon's head.
on April 2,2014 | 06:22PM
oxtail01 wrote:
None of the fans are having a "great time" and unlikely to have one as long as Chow is here.
on April 2,2014 | 09:57PM
lokela wrote:
Just play football already. I don't care if Chow is our coach or not. For now he is so let's just give the football team some support. Looks like they have a better team this year.
on April 2,2014 | 03:58PM
oxtail01 wrote:
What you get with Chow is not Div.1 football.
on April 2,2014 | 09:55PM
cardoc wrote:
Wow! Count the number of "I's" Reardon used in his article----7--- to be exact. I guess this is all about Reardon- he showed em who is DA BOSS. Only thing Reardon missed in his article --"I" won
on April 2,2014 | 04:06PM
toad103410 wrote:
Norm Chow showed us his true self with his juvenile temper tantrum. He is not fir to be a coach and teacher of young people. The major colleges who did not hire him for their head coaching job may have known something.
on April 2,2014 | 04:07PM
cardoc wrote:
Looks like my comments on Reardon got censored, Chow ain't so lucky cuz he don't got the ink
on April 2,2014 | 04:08PM
kainalu wrote:
Just notice that myself. It doesn't change the fact that the majority of the people, while they don't approve of Chow's behavior, think it unfair that Reardon has a canvas to spew his crap on.
on April 2,2014 | 04:51PM
uhsportsfan wrote:
Much better behavior from Coach Chow. What he did yesterday was childish and immature. He embarrassed himself. He embarrassed his players. And more importantly, he embarrassed UH. Let's get back to football, shall we?
on April 2,2014 | 04:27PM
oxtail01 wrote:
He's been an embarrassment for over two years already. Only way to clear the air is to get rid of him and all the foul air surrounding him.
on April 2,2014 | 09:54PM
amela wrote:
I'm glad everyone got together fast and settled their issues the right way, also for the players, coaches and fans. Hunebasami 0 and 1, sorry not what you wanted.
on April 2,2014 | 05:06PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Issues didn't get settled - Chow is still the head coach, which still means UH football will continue it's downward spiral.
on April 2,2014 | 09:52PM
environmental_lady wrote:
It's funny and ironic that they will meet again at the Sport Animals radio program. Makes it sound like football players are like animals. So athletes behave like animals?
on April 2,2014 | 05:10PM
kailua000 wrote:
apparently you've never listened to the hosts on that show to know why they call them that. has nothing to do with athletes being animals. ridiculous remark
on April 2,2014 | 06:29PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Putting the controversy on the front page of SA was really poor taste. SA and Reardon needs to put their personal grudge against Chow aside and act more professional.
on April 2,2014 | 05:38PM
boshio wrote:
on April 2,2014 | 06:20PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
I hate to see this little spat come to an end. There are precious few moments of interest in the S-A's Sports section these days that I'm going to miss the tempest in a teapot. Has everyone read the Clune column? If that very mild critique is enough to drive Norm into a tizzy then maybe he needs his medication altered.
on April 2,2014 | 05:58PM
boshio wrote:
Reardon has no class, and SA has no class either. I must agree Chow has real problems as HC due to his win record, however, it does not mean that SA can attempt to ruin Chow's reputation on the front page of today's edition, no matter what. SA has no class, and will not read anymore Reardon articles going forward. The ink has as much power as a slimy attorney. Not fair to Chow.
on April 2,2014 | 06:19PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Reardon - you and SA totally blew UH football. Publicly ridiculing (on front page of SA) the head coach will result in demoralizing him and possibly the team. No matter what you say about "clearing" things, these are human beings and hurt feelings just don't disappear. I now look for another losing season after which Coach Chow will retire on his big-time salary and tell you to put it you know where.
on April 2,2014 | 06:39PM
Enough already!! This is getting too much press coverage over 2 people disagreeing over something so trival.Way over blown and time to move on.
on April 2,2014 | 06:59PM
Venus1 wrote:
I know who Norm Chow is.... Who is Reardon?
on April 2,2014 | 07:00PM
mikaele1 wrote:
keep it all aloha, it takes two to make it happen. lets all hope Coach Chow can gain all of our support so he can make the money machine role which will help the university support women's water polo and other sports. if you stay negative stay home already.
on April 2,2014 | 07:32PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Where have you been? Only way to to have the money machine roll again is to fire Chow, not support him.
on April 2,2014 | 09:49PM
Slow wrote:
Money machine? Is that what collegiate sports is ultimately about?
on April 3,2014 | 07:56AM
Hank13 wrote:
Alzheimer anyone?
on April 3,2014 | 02:57AM
PMINZ wrote:
Sounds to me like Mr. Reardon has Thin Skin. Try listening to the Rough Language of a 1950s or 1960s Boot Camp Drill Instructor! Now that is something Rough!
on April 3,2014 | 01:47PM