Reports: Chow to leave Utah for Hawaii

Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow was negotiating a contract Tuesday to become the next coach at Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the Salt Lake Tribune. Utah will play Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.

Chow will coach at Utah, his alma mater, for only one season after being hired in January. The Hawaii-born Chow will get his first chance to be a head coach after 39 years as an assistant at the college and NFL levels. He is credited with the development of three Heisman Trophy winners – Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart – and also coached Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Philip Rivers. Tuesday, both Chow and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said their preference is that he coach the Utes against Tech.

Chow told the Deseret News that he “would be honored to stay” if Whittingham wants him to coach in the Sun Bowl. Utah defensive coordinator Siane Sitake is reportedly a possibility to join Chow in Hawaii. Whittingham said he would likewise hope that Sitake would coach in the bowl game.

As a recruiting dead period began Monday and runs through Jan. 3, Chow would not be able to get on the road to recruit if he were to leave Utah immediately.

Tech wide receivers coach Buzz Preston, a Hawaii grad and former assistant, applied for the position but was not a finalist.

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December 20th, 2011
11:58 pm

Just win baby… Tech needs this

The Bamboo Shaft

December 21st, 2011
12:35 am

It’s about time he got a chance to be head coach. Way overdue.

Ramblin Man

December 21st, 2011
3:14 am

Good for him. That has to be a tough gig.

Golden White

December 21st, 2011
4:44 am

^ What he said ^


December 21st, 2011
6:06 am

Win win win win no partying at this bowl game all business

Jacket Man

December 21st, 2011
6:19 am

Looking back at the teams he’s coached at as Offensive Coordinator, the only ones that actually showed any real scoring ‘threat’ were those from his days at USC with the high ranked recruits. At no other time have his offenses been considered prolific.

That being said, I wish him well. Now there’s a defensive coordinator at VA Tech (Bud Foster) whose paid his dues and also deserves a shot as well…


December 21st, 2011
6:33 am

Jacket Man………I think Bud Foster has had his chances to be a HC and for multiple reasons it did not happen. I would take a chance on Foster.

Chow’s decision to go back to Hawaii is understandable. Getting things set up before retirement. Nobody beating down the doors to be HC at Hawaii. School always in financial trouble and the worst facilities in Div 1 football. But the weather is nice!

High School

December 21st, 2011
8:06 am

Georgia tech has the best passing game ever. They all want our coaches and our scheme and want to be like us.


December 21st, 2011
8:18 am

Are you in high school or what?

William Casey

December 21st, 2011
8:29 am

I would guess GED.


December 21st, 2011
8:32 am

Are you crazy? South Gwinnett High School has a better team than GT. Who would want any of the GT coaches? They are high school at best.


December 21st, 2011
8:33 am

Good for him…he’s certainly paid his dues.

But of course we want to send him to Hawaii on a sour note.



December 21st, 2011
8:33 am

@Jacket Man – So, your saying that when he coached at BYU the offense wasn’t prolific. Yeah, he only coached a Heisman winner named Ty Detmer and that was about the time they won a national title. Oh wait! Just forgot that a NFL Hall of Fame QB played for him too. You are so completely wrong about what this guy can do with an offense.


December 21st, 2011
8:35 am

Classy of Vad Lee to donate all of his tickets to the soldiers.


December 21st, 2011
8:39 am

Hawaii’s offense is usually prolific…except that one night down in New Orleans. I’ll bet our brethren in Athens remember that one.

Good for Norm Chow. He has paid his dues…not a bad place to end your career as head honcho.

Now it’s time for Jackets to take care of business and send him with his tail between his legs all the way to Oahu.


December 21st, 2011
9:16 am

@Tech76 – Thank you for chiming in there – completely agree with your opinion and response.

Jacket Man will likely argue that Chow wasn’t officially the offensive coordinator for LaVell Edwards then, but he did call the plays and coach the QBs. The comment about Bud Foster is irrelevant for the UH position. They don’t want him and he wouldn’t want to be there.

IMO, Foster is loyal to Beamer and likes his job there. Could be a Mickey Andrews (former FSU DC) situation, great DC but not HC material.

Hope Chow gets it going at Hawaii, but not in his last game with the Utes…


December 21st, 2011
9:20 am

to whomever wrote this on the vent:

“I’m not a Georgia fan, and it might be an NCAA violation, but that’s pretty cool Richt paid coaches out of his own pocket because he thought they weren’t getting enough. How many of us would say they would do that”

you are the world’s biggest moron


December 21st, 2011
9:21 am

ponzi scheme pyramid handouts


December 21st, 2011
9:46 am

Well said JJ


December 21st, 2011
9:56 am

The way Tech has played in recent bowl games it really doesn’t matter if Utah has any coaches or not. Its about time we woke up and took the bowl game seriously.


December 21st, 2011
10:02 am

jj, Mark Richt has to do something with the bonus money that he gets for beating Tech like a drum. Its not like he earned it. 10-1 and counting. He can obviously beat Tech in his sleep. The only issue I take with what Richt did is that he should use that money to set up a charity for all the emotionally damaged Techies that he has abused over the past 11 years. That would be the right thing to do. It been a while since I’ve seen you clowns in such a state of despair. All that “New Sheriff In Town” tough talk didn’t work out so well, eh? Tough break Techies. Don’t blame us. You hired the guy and his freak show offense.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

Tokyo jacket

December 21st, 2011
10:43 am

It would be nice to see Tech play strong here. Hopefully, we should be running into a deflated, less talented Utah team that can’t score points anyway. I don’t see how Chow stays at Utah. Those two weeks are big!

Stinger 2

December 21st, 2011
10:44 am

dawgfan: sometimes people are thought of as being smart and wise when they do not say anything. Think about it.


December 21st, 2011
10:54 am

The ncaa is in the process of sending tek a list of rules violations concerning yet again illegal payouts to athletes.cheat,cheat,cheat!


December 21st, 2011
10:58 am

superDawg….go take another puff.

Stinger 2

December 21st, 2011
11:01 am

superDawg: see my 10:44 to dawgfan. I have the same message for you. Now run along and get mommy to fix your
peanut butter sandwich and milk for lunch. Then take your nap. After that she may let you watch your favorite afternoon cartoons.


December 21st, 2011
11:02 am

Well this will be another bowl loss then. I predict utah 27 tech 21

Coach Johnson

December 21st, 2011
11:05 am

I’m not paying a dime to any of my assistant coaches, they are the reason we are weak, not me and my manoobies.

If you will excuse me, I need to go yell at a player and complain at the NCAA for taking away the only trophy I ever “earned”.

After that, I am interviewing for the Jacksonville Jaguars HC position b/c the NFL is not ready for my prolific attacking offense.

Good day.

Paul Johnson fan

December 21st, 2011
11:11 am

I’m worried about GA Tech and how they’ll preform against Utah. Utah has a really good rush defense which, you can say what you want to say about execution, causes problems for Tech. UGA, Miami, Virginia, and Virginia Tech all had a really good rush defense. PLUS!!! THEY GET EXTRA TIME TO PREPARE FOR US.

On defense, they run the Pro style and so did VA TECH, UVA, MIAMI, and UGA!!
In the article above it talks about how that like to run the ball a lot. Talk about uh-oh…

Unfortunately, I sense another loss for the Yellow Jackets against the Utes. If Tech would be playing against a team that runs the spread like Clemson did then I would think that the Yellow Jackets would pull of the victory.


December 21st, 2011
11:29 am

I hope he goes and takes the D Coor w/him. It’s the ONLY chance we have at winning, I hate to say.

Technically Correct

December 21st, 2011
11:31 am

So the “story” for Tech fans is that the Offensive Coordinator at Utah will do his normal game preparation as Offensive Coordinator at Utah through the Sun Bowl? Tell me again just how that impacts Tech in the Sun Bowl?

bruce mac

December 21st, 2011
11:37 am

Did jj really just describe CMR as a ponzi scheme master and then call someone else a moron? Only a Yellow Belly could think that was a well balanced thought process. I guess another bowl loss will get all of the Yechsters to shut up for another year. Probably not though, they will still be living in the 60’s when Tech actually went to a major bowl game and won it. Long live Bobby Dudd.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 21st, 2011
11:39 am

zgoldatl, did you decide to go to El Paso? I think I remember that you were considering it a couple of weeks ago.


December 21st, 2011
11:40 am

I think we need this game more than Utah. I know CPJ does. If we expect to recruit this state for 5 star athletes like UGA, we really need this win. Go Jackets.


December 21st, 2011
12:00 pm

I would not under estimate Utah. They finished strongly, winning four of their five last games, averaging over 30 pts. a game.

Sour Old Man

December 21st, 2011
12:07 pm

Thank you, bruce mac, for remembering that we won bowl games in the old days. I am very, very old. It does hurt: we won six MAJOR bowl games in six consecutive years, while now we’ve lost five minor bowl games in five consecutive years.


December 21st, 2011
12:20 pm

Tech badly needs to win this bowl game. It’s getting embarrassing for our state when Tech loses the bowl game every year. Makes them look like they can’t play with anyone outside the ACC.

Paul Johnson fan

December 21st, 2011
12:28 pm


I agree, our defense will have to play really well especially since all of our losses this season have been to pro-style teams like Utah.


December 21st, 2011
12:44 pm

Chow has been a prominent offensive coach for years. If he was white, he’d have been hired as someone’s head coach a long time ago..

Tech All Time Record...

December 21st, 2011
12:46 pm

Winning % vs.
WAC= 0.333

And this is a Tech blog?

December 21st, 2011
2:03 pm

Nooorrrmmmm!!……what does Chow have to do with the beanie hats at tech?
That was about the least surprising coaching hire in history….Hawaiian guy, great resume, no real competition for position (especially someone from tech), and he wants the job. Hmmmm, did anyone not expect him to get the job?

Good hire

December 21st, 2011
2:07 pm

@Halsey, he can’t have preferential treatment over blacks!!!! They wouldn’t stand for that.


December 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

This will have little impact on the Sun Bowl other than MAYBE being an extra motivational tool for Utah’s players (ie. “Send the coach off with a big win.”) It really shouldn’t concern Tech other than for our players to just understand that Utah will come out fighting hard. But they were going to do that anyway. Utah’s been a dangerous little bowl opponent for anyone with a brand. Utah doesn’t have the history or national brand of most BCS-conference schools even though it’s one of them now, so my guess is they’ll still be a “chip on the shoulder” team for a long time. They’ve bitten Tech before, and that should be all the motivation our players need. Coach can go ahead and just remind the players that Utah fans would love to gloat one more time and make them look bad on national TV. I think if Tech comes out well-rested, well-prepared and with guns blazing they make this game look less like Duke and more like Kansas. Perfect opportunity to get the bowl monkey off our backs and get the warm feelings toward next season flowing on The Flats.

Tech Man

December 21st, 2011
2:34 pm

CPJ has got to go. He has made our school a laughingstock and hated because of our cheap shots and thug players. It would be different if we won with this style of play but we don’t. What is the point of lieing and cheating if it onlt results in having Championships taken away from us?

I would rather Ga Tech be the loveable losers that everyone liked, other than the pups of course, than thug tech which is what we are now.

Tech Man

December 21st, 2011
2:42 pm


I’m no mark richt fan either but the guy obviously cares about his coaches and players a lot more than than curmudgeon cpj does. Johnson has done nothing but lose, lie and cheat since he’s been here. richt gets into trouble for paying his staff out of his own pocket and buying food for a hungry 5 year old. Jounson gets into trouble for being a liar and a cheat.

Well, whoda thunk...

December 21st, 2011
2:55 pm

…any college would hire a 65 year old as their “new” head coach…color me flabbergasted, and wrong, for my previous comments about him not being seriously considered…


December 21st, 2011
2:57 pm

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Jacket Man

December 21st, 2011
3:03 pm

If you go back and check Chow’s resume as Offensive Coordinator; when he actually was responsible for running the show; you’ll see what I’m talking about. He wasn’t in that capacity at BYU…


December 21st, 2011
3:06 pm

Ok I think I got filtered out for my post being too long. Let me try it again and shorter: Tech Man, you’re wrong about Paul Johnson. He’s no liar or cheat. Yes, Mark Richt is a respectable person, but so is Paul Johnson. The NCAA thing was silly, and most serious fans of college football put it on par with what happened to AJ Green. Punishment just didn’t seem to fit the crime. As for losing, we’re poised to win 9 games in a year we weren’t expected to even make a bowl game. CPJ will be at Tech for a while.

1 4 GT

December 21st, 2011
3:19 pm

DesignerJacket—-Tech Man is just another in a growing list of headley lamar’s many hate filled garbage spewing blog ID’s.