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Is Chow's time at Utah up?

Published December 13, 2011 8:42 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2011, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Last week Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow was talking about everything he felt he and the Utes must do to improve next year, from building depth to getting back to a more balanced offense. Question now is, will Chow be around to oversee all that work? Chow is one of 30 applicants for the head coaching position at Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. He did not return messages Tuesday. The Salt Lake Tribune has learned the school also reached out to Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake, but he has not applied.Chow signed a two-year deal with the Utes in January that pays him $275,000 in base salary. However, the possibility to be a head coach at Hawaii likely is more about opportunity than money for the 65-year-old Chow, who boasts 38 years of coaching experience. Chow is originally from Honolulu and began his coaching career at Waialua H.S. from 1970-72 before joining BYU's staff as a graduate assistant. So could Chow be gone? It would be hard to imagine a better job situation for Chow. The question is would Hawaii want to invest in an older coach? Chow is one of the more experienced coaches around, so maybe the school feels it needs that experience and stability now after a disappointing season in which Hawaii was favored to win the WAC but went 6-7, leading to coach Greg McMackin's departure. If Chow does leave Utah, it would mean yet another adjustment for Utah's offense, which has had four offensive coordinators under coach Kyle Whittingham.