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Norm Chow's career could come full circle

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By Mike Cherry

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Norm Chow's roots in Hawaii sports span a lifetime, most notably they began at Punahou as a multi-sport star out of Palolo.

Chow's success on the football field earned him a scholarship to Utah where he was named an All-American at guard.

From there, it was on to the Canadian football league, but an injury cut his career short.

In 1970, Chow returned to the islands to coach at Waialua High School. That stint lasted just two years before he was offered a job on the sidelines of Brigham Young University as a graduate assistant.

For the next 27 seasons, Chow worked his way up from positions coach to offensive coordinator.

In Provo, Chow racked up a national title and coached Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

Following a brief stop at North Carolina State, Chow took his highest profile job at USC. With the Trojans, he added another pair of national titles and two more Heisman winners.

In 2002, Chow won the Broyles Award given to the nation's top assistant. That same year he turned down the chance to be Kentucky's head coach.

From 2005 to 2007, Chow tested the NFL waters with the Tennessee Titans, helping them reach the playoffs in 2007.

In 2008, Chow was a candidate to replace June Jones.

Since then, he's spent time in the PAC-12 Conference between UCLA and Utah.

Now, it appears his days of being a coordinator are done.

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