Its official, the University of Hawaii and the powers that be up at Manoa have offered the head coaching football job to Norm Chow. Hawaii is prepared to pay Norm Chow $600,000 – $800,000 per year for up to five years to become its new head football coach, according to sources. Chow and UH have inked a deal and a press conference is scheduled for later today.
If made official, Chow would be the successor to Greg McMackin, who “resigned/retired a few weeks ago after UH suffered another losing season. McMackin was making a salary of $1.15 million, which everyone knew was too high, especially for what type of win/loss output Hawaii was putting out under McMackin.
A person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak for either party said “the salary for (Chow) won’t be the hold up. Talks are more about what the assistant (coaches) will get. He’s focused on trying to put together a staff.”
Friends said the 65-year old Chow wants to finish his coaching career here. He is a native of Palolo and Punahou School graduate. Chow currently receives $275,000 as Utah’s offensive coordinator, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Opinions currently vary on this hiring, many are excited, while some think Chow is too old. However, no matter what you think, it is time to get behind the new coach and the football program, as a fresh start for everyone is desperately needed.
Chow beat out four other candidates. They were University of Texas assistant Duane Akina, Baylor associate coach Brian Norwood, Oregon State assistant Mark Banker and Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Is it the right choice? Many thought Brian Norwood was going to get the job, however, as usual, most everyone was wrong. Only time will tell if this is a good hire or not. Chow comes with an impressive resume, and with UH moving to the Mountain West in 2012, expectations will be high, and Chow will have his plate full.