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Norm Chow fired as University of Hawaii head football coach

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MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Norm Chow has been fired as the head coach of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team, according to a statement released by the school's athletic department on Sunday morning.

The move comes just hours after Hawaii lost its sixth straight game. The Rainbow Warriors are now 2-7 on the year, including an 0-5 mark in the Mountain West.

“I’d like to thank Coach Chow for his dedication to our football program for the past four years,” University of Hawaii athletic director David Matlin said in a statement. “Ultimately, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the University and Athletics Department and we need to move in a different direction. Coach Chow should be commended for helping our football program achieve all-time highs in APR scores and graduation rates.”

Chow, the heralded local boy and long-time offensive coordinator who returned home four years ago to become a head coach for the first time, was never able to generate traction with the Rainbow Warriors. He went 3-9 in his first year in Manoa, succeeding former head coach Greg McMackin, before a 1-11 campaign in 2013 that saw the ‘Bows go winless in their conference.

Hawaii was 4-9 overall last season.

Offensive line coach Chris Naeole, a Kahuku alumnus and former NFL offensive lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints, has been named the team's interim head coach. 

Early Monday morning, Chow addressed the team, as did athletics director, David Matlin, and interim coach, Chris Naeole. During his brief meeting with the team.

"He talked about how none of us should be sad about it. College coaching is a tough job, and he's been fired before. He made that clear, and it's not the end of the world." said senior offensive lineman, Ben Clarke. 

According to linebacker, Julian Gener, while some of the team's performance this season may have been forgettable, the life lessons they learned under Chow are not. 

"He was just preaching to us about always being a good person, a better man in life. You can't just worry about football." said Gener. 

Chow’s position has been posted online, and the deadline is on Friday. Sources say some potential replacements for Chow include former UH defensive coordinator Rich Miano, former Rainbow Warrior quarterback and offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, former UH assistant Duane Akina and former UH head coach June Jones.

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