Norm Chow to Hawaii: Long-Time Coordinator Finally Gets His Chance to Shine

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2011

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 05:  Offensice coorindator Norm Chow of the Utah Utes during the college football game against  the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Utes defeated the Wildcats 34-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In one of the feel good stories of the college football season, long-time offensive coordinator Norm Chow will finally get a shot at a head coaching job with the University of Hawaii.

Chow has been the coordinator at BYU, NC State, USC, UCLA and Utah, as well as spending a brief stint as the Tennessee Titans’ OC, but he is now returning home to his native Hawaii. At 65, he will be the third oldest active head coach in college football.

Chow has helped coach some great quarterbacks including Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Philip Rivers, Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

The Warriors have had no shortage of quality quarterbacks in recent years with Timmy Chang, Colt Brennan and now Bryant Moniz. While his eligibility is over at the end of this year, it shouldn’t be long before another great quarterback emerges with Chow at the helm,

"I am extremely honored to receive the privilege of leading the University of Hawaii football program; it is very humbling," he said in a statement. "This is a program with great history, and I feel excited and energized about creating a program that will make all of the people of Hawaii feel pride for the university and our state. I am looking forward to coming home, to family and friends, and I am going to do my best to contribute to the rich history of Hawaii and its progress."

He is the perfect fit for Hawaii because of his roots there as well as what the team has been known to do with the spread offense. This is a great move for Chow and the university.