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Utah Utes football: Chow rumors swirl, nothing confirmed yet

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  • MichiganCoog Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Mr. Shumway,

    Norm Chow went to NC State after he left BYU, not the Tennessee Titans. You might want to get your facts straight...oops the editor screwed up too...OOPS!

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 13, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    As A Bruin Fan I am angry at "Slick Rick" he should have been fired. He is a sweet talker always addressing crowds after games they lose "Oh stick with us, thanks for your support, we will not stop working until we win, players are trying" blah blah. Chow is the same great coach he always was but Slick Rick wants the control. Many of us Bruin Fans go to fewer games and it stinks because the tickets cost under $20 for GA and Rose Bowl is great atmosphere with free shuttles to and from games. Brad Rock has been there covering Utes where I met him once.

    If Utah can get Norm RUN AND DO IT

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Jan. 13, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Time to hange them up, Norm! What has this guy done since he left USC, other than collect millions of dollars in salary for offensive programs that have been woefully bad. Then again, as a Cougs fan, I'd LOVE to have Chow direct the Utes offense! Great pick if they can get him. Looks at the offensive energy in so many programs in the NCAA. Chow is way past his prime. He should enjoy retirement & family!!

  • NKAWTG Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    I wonder if Whitt had a meeting with his offensive staff to give them a heads up that changes might be coming?

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    This is a smart move by Utah. Chow is being handed his hat UCLA and Utah is about to join the PAC where Chow has led the offenses of both USC and UCLA and has all kinds of knowledge and experience playing against other PAC teams, not to mention NFL experience and the 27 years he spent at BYU producing one of the most prolific offenses in college football. My guess is he will brought in for a few years to mentor other coaches and then he will retire. Good for him, and good for Utah.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 13, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Big get for the Utes... make it happen!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    After hiring Chow Utah can go get Austin Collie as recievers coach (he is done with the NFL because of injuries) and then Whitt with all these ex BYU guys the Utes can go win a national championship!! Yes, Yes. Go Kyle. And all you guys who say Chow is washed up I wonder what South Carolina fans say about Steve Spurrier now as their head coach? He didn't pan out with the Washington Redskins but I think South Carolina will keep him gladly. A lot of success in coaching is who you work with. Chow probably doesn't work well with Nuehisel or with the HC at the Titans. But he was great with Pete Carol at USC. And don't forget Kyle played and was a graduate assistant coach at BYU when Chow was there. Come to Utah Norm!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    @NKAWTG

    I wonder the same. Did whittingham have the same integrity Mendenhall had and inform his offensive coaches ahead of time so they can look for other jobs or else decide if they wanted to accept a demotion?

    I wonder if Roderick and that other guy whose name I can't remember are happy with this? Now obviously both stunk it up last season and probably deserve a demotion/firing but since clowns like wedgie, christina b, howard s and other ute "fans" thought it was such a huge display of classlessness when Mendenhall actually warned his coaches and gave them the opportunity to look elsewhere it is perfectly legit to ask those trolls if they think whittingham blindsiding his guys is somehow a better way to handle things?

    I don't really care if any of them answer since it will just be hypocritical attempts at justification anyway.

    LOL

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 13, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    UCLA's problems are Neuheisel and not Chow. Slick Rick is a very appropriate nickname. He's a Totalitorian micro manager and he destroys programs almost as if he's doing it on purpose. At Washington allegations of possible game fixing still linger and were dropped unsubstantiated when he left. He had previously undermined and wound up destroying Colorado in similar fashion... so I can understand Chow's relunctance to run a poorly modified shotgun like the pistol. I wouldn't trust the guy either. For you younger zoobies...rest assured. Chow still is the Master...and this Cougar never has settled with the way that The Edwards Transition ended up going. The Right man never got the job.

    Scoobie

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    I'll say it again. I would glady take Chow and his years of experience over an inexperienced guy like Doman any day. Keep talking all you want Zoobs you know it's true!!

  • WhoAmISir Holladay, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    You are assuming something that may or may not have happened. Based on everything Coach Whit has done as head coach - let's just say he is a class act and leave it at that. I think you layed a Quack - er Egg.

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 13, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    I do think its funny that the Utes have so many former Cougars on their coaching staff now.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Re: Barack Obama

    Get your story straight. First and foremost Chow is a UTE!! He played for the UTES and went on to coach the Koogs.

  • J.Newey Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Wow, Great get for the Yewts! Take a look at UCLA offensive stats the past 3 years! Are you sure Kyle? Its no wonder "Slick" Rick wanted to change the Offense with what's happened the past few seasons! Your going to get rid of the spread offense that got you to 2 BCS Bowls! Oh and by the way, Jake Scott doesn't have a clue. "stability for the Offense" and "Over there head" come on Jake, you can come up with something better than that.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    @ Dave S

    He's a COUGAR has his Masters Degree from BYU.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 13, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Ducky,

    Get used to Utah taking what they want from the tds ( both recruits and coaches). You see, Utah has now entered the "conference of Champions" pay scale.

    Again, Utah will take what they want from the tds because money talks.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 13, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    I'd say 27 years coaching and having a tremendous impact at a Nationally recognized progrm plus getting a Masters from BYU while he was there all those years does somewhat offset 4-5 years playing for the Utes back in the U's Dark ages and a Bachalors. It would be a good thing for Utah if the rumors come true...and I hope they do. But most of us real BYU fans understand that you can't blame him if he has a bad taste for a certain Adminstration which will never admit that it made a mistake.

    Scoobie

  • ute alumni Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Chow was booted from the y because his play calling became so predictable. good guy. hope utah gets him. tun will need all the help they can get. the good news is that the rivalry is gone.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 13, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Norm Chow does not become a dummy overnight, he is still sharp and can coach the heck out of football. Rick is a micro manager with insecurity. He is disgusting, I found out couple months UCLA had no recruits signed in the top 100 High School Seniors for 2011. The reality is UCLA had had pedestrian receivers not a ton of speed and no lighting quick runner since Drew was there. That is reality. Give Norm the players and he will produce trust me

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    re: MichiganCoog | 3:25 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011

    Since when have facts mattered on the DN... or journalism in any format in 21st century America.

    re: BluCoug | 5:36 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011

    Spin it any way you want; I knew Chow possibly returning to the U would send zoobie nation into a tizzy & in record time too.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    It's a compliment that even byu fans are trying to claim Chow as their own. He is a living legend and the Utes would be very fortunate if they could sign a contract with him.

    That increase in revenue from joining the PAC needs to be invested somewhere and I think Norm Chow's pocket book is a great place for some of that cash to go!

    Fingers crossed - Go Utes!

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Jan. 13, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter & NkAWTG
    FYI Utah's OC and O'line coach are already gone. One of them retired, the other one took a job elsewhere.
    No Need to talk to them a bout it.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Jan. 13, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    59-0. Nuff said.

  • catram North Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 13, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Good point Pavalova!! Chow is a great, great man. But, I just dont see, at his age, being of much great use to the Utes.

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Chow is an excellent offensive mind. He doesn't suddenly become otherwise because of age, he just has even more experience. Nice story news. Nice to read news rather than regurgitation.

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    @solcalute----so your OC is gone where did he go? when did he go? i have not seen this anywhere and I work up on the hill

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Jan. 13, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    The great thing about Chow is that you always know who will play and what plays will be run. There's no surprises with Norm.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    All Cougar fans are hoping this deal happens. Chow had athletes at USC and marginal athletes everywhere else.

    Utah has marginal athletes...Chow's offense is old and well known.

  • Slim Shady 801 Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    @Pavalova

    31-17 UCLA over Utah in Pasadena the year before 59-0 and a BYU loss the year before that,,,,,nuff said.

  • B Logan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    Utah ought to worry about getting a QB.

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    Hay all of you ute fans that like the hiring of Chow. it looks to me that whit is pulling a bronco and looking to replace his OC behind their back this is a quote from another article I have seen "Its unknown how the hirings would affect Aaron Roderick and Dave Schramm, who served as co-offensive coordinators in 2010. Roderick, who was promoted to co-offensive coordinator for the 2010 season, called the plays from the booth." so please give the wonderful spin on how this could not happen on the hill come on.....all I am hearing is the sound of silence

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 14, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    Wow, the tds trolls are out in force.

    Articles like this seem to hit a nerve with the tds.

    Utah is stealing the NATIONAL limelight once again and it's hard to tds to except their place.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Jan. 14, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    Right and they call me a troll for making fun of their savior jimmers. You are mocking and degrating a former o coordinator who helped your program throughout your glory years what kind of fans are you? Wait you are the same ones that said fire everyone this year, Anae helped your team over last couple years but he has one medicore season and you say can him.
    Whitt will find room for his coaches he has a great staff. I hope Chow comes to the U but if he doesnt they will still have plenty of great coaches.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    Chow was a great OC for BYU and he was a integral part of helping BYU win its first National Championship, but he was hardly perfect.

    He had problems getting along with the other offensive coaches; he didn't relate well to alot of his players; and many questioned whether he had the skill set to be a head coach.

    Norm would be a great addition to Utah's coaching staff and help enormously with Utah's transition to the PAC 12, but he's no panacea, and the Utes take a serious risk of losing Aaron Roderick and Dave Schramm if Chow is brought in to replace them as OC.

    btw, BYU fans couldn't care less about Utah getting a little off-season national limelight.

    The word is "accept," hedgehog, as in, accept Utah's future of perennial middle of the PAC obscurity.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Jan. 14, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    You Ute fans crack me up. It seems you've been locked in a time maching. The Chow you're describing seems to be the one for his BYU days, not the 65 year-old who has been VERY unproductive in his last 2 stints. Also, interesting the issues you say he's had with Slick Rick and Fisher. Same thing he had with Carroll at the end of his term at USC. That's Chow! He's a OC, NOT the head coach. He's the hard headed one who simply is way beyond his prime. Ute fans really think he'll resurrect your offenstive program? Laughable!

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    It's so funny that hedgehog, the biggest troll this side of Chris B, should be calling out trolls.

    With Jimmer-mania sweeping the nation, BYU fans couldn't care less if Utah gets a brief mention in the national media over a coaching change. Chow is just another one of dozens and dozens of coaching changes currently in the works.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Jan. 14, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    Funny your being a troll yourself, but whatever troll it up! Were all trolls right? I would like to be more of a goblin myself or maybe a garden gnome.
    tds fans get mad at them when they are on byu articles but yet you and your buddies do the same thing on Utah articles. Stop acting like your above it dude you and swoop, sammy and quensatass verriattas always are hating on the Utes.
    The fact is Utah is improving and it makes you mad take your b ball season this year for what its worth. Come next year the Utes will be playing in PAC while byu will be facing new mexico st. Again why are people dissing Chow, he was a part of your glory days if you like it or not. He would be a great fit for the U if not who cares but dont hate his great ability to be a coach. He obviously is if he is pulling down that much money at his age.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    "The fact is Utah is improving..."

    Three humiliating defeats and three lucky wins in their last six games proves otherwise.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Jan. 14, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Dude the y barely had a winning season and you beat the bingham miners in a bowl game congrats! Whats your logic?