Spring in my step … Our version of “Cover 3″

March 29th, 2008

I have to admit I used to hate spring football practice. I always thought of it as a waste of time.

But after covering UH football as the Star-Bulletin’s beat writer the past seven seasons, I’ve grown to appreciate its value — especially for the players and coaches.

Everyone can easily tell who the very best players are on a football team, but even for the trained eyes of a Greg McMackin or a Ron Lee, it takes time to evaluate most players and determine how they will mesh as part of a team.

And for the players, fall camp isn’t always enough time to make an impression, or to learn, by doing, the offensive or defensive schemes.

With a new coaching staff and nearly every job on offense up for grabs, these next few weeks will be even more interesting than the spring of 2005, when the search for Tim Chang’s replacement began, and the Warriors began developing the core of a team that went 23-4 in 2006 and 2007.

So with that mindset, I’m genuinely looking forward to the start of spring practice Monday.


Jason Kaneshiro, Brian McInnis and I ran triple coverage on Greg McMackin and grilled the coach at Eastside Grill the other day. Between bites of, appropriately, “Mack” salad (double-order), the new UH coach sated our hunger for information. The result is a two-part Q and A, first part tomorrow. Our Sunday coverage on the eve of spring practice also includes Jason’s feature on the Lee brothers (I think our page designers are going to use some cool photos from their Kaiser days), capsules on each position group, and sports editor Paul Arnett’s column on the changing of the guard.

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  • Manoa Fan March 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I can’t wait.
    Enjoy reading your blog– keeps getting better and better.

  • Paperchampion March 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Great stuff as usual Mr. Reardon, straight to the point and don’t have to wade thru any garbage for the information.

    Looking forward to the Q and A article with Coach Mack.

  • hammer March 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    really looking forward to reading sunday’s paper with all the football sports goodies…..like many on the islands i can never seem to get enough of UH football even when it’s not football season…..any insights into whats up and any info on what’s up with our team is much, much appreciated for us diehard warrior fans…the other day i got to talking to a flight attendant friend of mine who worked the aloha airlines charters for the 2007 season……..she had never followed football but being exposed to the players on the aloha charters she totally went ga gas over the team and is now their number one fan…..she’s become a convert and the players all call her aunty……warrior football is contagious…….anyway, mahalo dave & staff for keeping us abreast of things……..can’t wait for sunday!!!

    • wes March 30, 2008 at 5:38 pm

      Hey Hammer, Wasn’t it worth our wait!And the best part…it’ll keep getting better, starting tomorrow with 2nd half of Q&A’s followed by Dave & staff’s insightful reporting/coverage. Go Warriors!

  • Shelimzabivla Shostakovich March 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    sounds awesome, dave. looking forward to these articles and upcoming spring training coverage.

  • Kyle (kshakak) March 29, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    You the man Dave!

  • wes March 29, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Super job yet again Dave and staff. Thanks for keeping fans everywhere in the know. Really looking forward to the Q&A & pics!!!!

  • Taielua March 30, 2008 at 3:43 am

    aloha dave, enjoyin your great reads!

    FANactic !!!

  • hilo fan March 30, 2008 at 5:58 am

    great job Mr. Reardon

  • RedZone March 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Great articles today Dave. I really liked the postion by position outlook. I also thought that the calendar was a nice touch.

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