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Norm Chow approved as UH Football head coach

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Norm Chow. Photo courtesy: University of Utah. Norm Chow. Photo courtesy: University of Utah.

By Chris Tanaka

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Once terms of his contract are finalized, which is expected to pay in the range of $600,000 to $800,000 per season, Norm Chow will officially be the next football coach at the University of Hawaii.

This will be Chow's first head coaching position in a storied career that began at Brigham Young University in 1973.

While there is a celebratory nature to this announcement, Hawaii News Now has learned that there was some contentiousness behind the scenes in the selection process.

According to sources close to the situation, UH Athletic Director Jim Donovan pushed hard for Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, as did three members of the search advisory committee.

However, UH President MRC Greenwood was not satisfied with Koetter's background at Arizona State which involved numerous student athletes being charged with crimes, and thus, the committee moved towards the hiring of Chow over another finalist, Baylor offensive coordinator Brian Norwood.

Chow was the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Tennessee Titans, UCLA, USC, North Carolina State and BYU.

The 65 year old has won national titles at BYU and USC, and has developed Heisman trophy winners including quarterbacks Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

He also received the Broyles Award in 2002 as the nation's top assistant coach in college football.

Chow could be introduced as early as Thursday depending on a number of factors. He stated Tuesday that he would like to remain on Utah's staff through the conclusion on the Sun Bowl which will be played on Dec. 31.

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