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Warrior football fans support Chow's departure, but 'wish him the best'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Most football fans had their minds on the NFL on Sunday, but word of the firing of Norm Chow as the head football coach for the University of Hawaii spread quickly. And the news, while expected, still took some of those fans by surprise.

"As a local boy you want him to succeed, but hey, the proof is in the pudding, and there's pretty bad pudding right now" said Rob Tada, taking in an afternoon of pro football at Side Street Inn on Da Strip. 

Tada is a longtime UH season ticketholder, but didn't go to any games this year. He was among the thousands of fans who stayed away as the losses mounted and the calls to toss Chow got louder.

It was expected that Chow would be gone, especially after Saturday night's drubbing at the hands of Air Force. But fans didn't anticipate it happening in the middle of the season.

"Even though many people expected it or even asked for the change, to see the change actually happen is a big difference, especially with U.H., which has always been very patient," said Side Street Inn manager and football fan Brandon Takahashi. 

"I think the program has much more issues than just Norm Chow, and I think it hurts the program overall getting rid of him in the middle of the season," said football fan Rye Kim.

Some fans already have a good idea of who they want as coach -- including the name of the coach that led the Rainbow Warriors to the Sugar Bowl in 2008.

"I think they did the right thing," said Stanley Okada. "They got Chow out and they should bring back June Jones. He's good."

I want Rich Miano back as a recruiter, at least," said Tada. "I think Rich Miano, once they lost him, that's when they started going downhill in the recruiting."

So Chow Time is over, and fans are ready to move on.

"I think it's a bummer," said Kim. "I think Coach Chow was a good coach, but it's too bad it didn't work out for him here."

"I wish Coach Chow the best of luck," said Side Street Inn manager Takahashi. "He's like family here."

"I think like everyone else in Hawaii I had high hopes for him," said season ticketholder Tada. "I wish him the best."

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