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Hawaii head coach Norm Chow halts media interviews at spring practice

Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 1:34 p.m. MDT

Head coach Norm Chow of the Hawaii Warriors talks with backup quarterback Taylor Graham during Hawaii's loss to Utah State in NCAA football in Logan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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Hawaii head football coach and former BYU and Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow abruptly ended a press conference Tuesday after seeing a reporter who had been critical of a hiring decision, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii is in the middle of its spring camp, and members of the media were interviewing quarterback Taylor Graham when Chow noticed Dave Reardon of the Star-Advertiser among the media. Chow yelled that Reardon was not welcome and abruptly ended all interviews for the day. According to the report, Reardon was willing to leave the field, "out of respect for media cohorts," when the incident occurred.

Chow later released an apology about the incident, the article said. "I'm extremely sorry that my actions this morning deflected attention away from a very good beginning to spring practice."

According to the Star-Advertiser, Chow was upset at Reardon for criticizing the hiring of defensive coordinator Kevin Clune. Chow is already under fire for his 4-20 record over the past two seasons at Hawaii.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.

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