HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii head football coach Norm Chow has stepped away from the team due to personal reasons, according to UH officials.
Chow did not fly back to Hawaii with the 'Bows following Saturday's game against Rice. Instead, he flew to California to join his wife, Diane, who had suffered a brain aneurysm on Friday morning in Los Angeles.
She is currently in the intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center.
According to athletics director Ben Jay, Chow was in Houston when he first heard the news and Jay gave him the option to leave the team before Saturday's game against Rice.
Hawaii News Now spoke to Jay this afternoon and he explained Chow's decision to stay and coach.
"He and I talked and he had updated me on Diane's condition and the family members felt that there really wasn't much that he could do, but stay in Houston and coach the game and he abided by that," Jay said.
Chow plans to return to the team for practice on Tuesday morning, but Jay says he's expressed to him that family should be his first priority.
"I've told Norm that his first and foremost thing is to be there and take care of Diane," Jay said. "We can handle matters here. His coaches are quite capable of prepping."
In Chow's absence, assistant head coach Daronte' Jones will oversee the team's administrative duties.