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Offensive line coach is no longer part of UH football staff

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    University of Hawaii offensive line coach Chris Naeole is no longer a member of the coaching staff. Naeole has not attend practices the past two days.

University of Hawaii offensive line coach Chris Naeole is no longer a member of the staff as of this morning, although his departure has not been made official.

Naeole did not attend practices the past two days. He is not expected to be part of the travel party for Saturday’s road game against Nevada in Reno. The Rainbow Warriors are scheduled to depart Honolulu this afternoon.

UH coach Nick Rolovich declined to comment on Naeole’s status following this morning’s practice.

Naeole is in his fifth year as a UH coach. After Norm Chow was dismissed as head coach during the 2015 season, Naeole was named interim head coach.

Naeole is a 1992 Kahuku High graduate who went on to play at the University of Colorado. The New Orleans Saints selected Naeole 10th overall in the 1997 National Football League Draft. He played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Saints and then the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This year, he was inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Offensive coordinator Brian Smith and graduate assistant John Estes coached the offensive linemen the past two practices.

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