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Published: Thursday, Jan. 13 2011 4:00 p.m. MST

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Kaysville, UT

Tim Davis will be a great fit!!!!!

Go Utes!!!

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Well that half of the story turns out to be true...so one down and one to go.

Ann Arbor, MI

Sounds like an upgrade to me

Bountiful, UT

Great pick up by Coach Whit. We truly have a great head football coach.

Syracuse, UT

Good pick up.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Note the parallels between Chow and Brett Favre. Both left the teams that they made their names with under unfavorable conditions. Both bounced around other places with varing degrees of success before tying in with their home boys most hated rival.

In the end both will fail miserably with the hated rival and limp off to obscurity... Or Chow could turn the u down and maintain his sanity. You think you have a problem with Y fans now, just tie in with Wit and co! Don't walk all over your legacy! Stay in California.

Sandy, UT

@Real Bass. Wow, with those kinds of analogies you should go into politics. While I don't disagree that Chow would be better served just retiring into the sunset, the comparison seems a stretch. Chow went to USC (after a year with Philip Rivers) and ended up turning around Carson Palmer's whole career. He then took Matt Leinart and made him a star as they won an NC Both Palmer and Leinart credit Chow for their success. Chow arguably had more success with USC than at BYU. If anything your analogy applies when Chow went back to UCLA after being at USC. Coming back to Utah where he originally went to school and lived most of his life is a little different from Favre going to the Vikings.

Alexandria, VA

Good hire by the Utes.

springville, UT

Sounds like chow is going to take his chances at unemployment rather than coach at the newest door mat of the pac 11-1/2. . . .wise choice. Not much talent left on the hill...

Murray, UT

Most success in coaching is not only the coach's own ability but who he works for. Chow worked great with Lavell Edwards and Pete Carroll, not so great with Jeff Fisher (Titans) and Nuehisel (UCLA). Nuehisel wants to install a pistol offense and sent his offensive coaches to Nevada last summer to learn it first hand from Chris Ault. This must of come as a surprise to Chow who has always been a pro set type of coach. I think Nuehisel and Chow rubbed each other wrong but it is interesting that UCLA still signed Chow to a new contract extension just recently. Whittingham and Chow go way back to the days Kyle played and was a graduate assistant coach at BYU. As Humphrey Bogart said to Claude Reins in the movie "Casablanca", "I think this could be the beginning of a great relationship".

Ann Arbor, MI

And the tds trolls are praying Chow doesn't end up at the U.

Chow has forgot more about football than Doman knows about football.

If BYU could afford Chow, they would have went after him.

Salt Lake City, UT

Money is the main issue.

Chow is the highest paid assistant coach in the country making $640,000 per year with incentives, guaranteed. If he quits UCLA he loses all of that.

Utah's highest paid assistant makes about $140,000. Utah can't afford the $500,000 difference, so they'll have to wait until Norm is fired.

UCLA wants a 49ers coach as their new OC, but they can't afford to keep Chow on as a position coach.

It's a high stakes game of chicken with Chow and UCLA. Chows is not going to walk away from a $1 million ($500,000 for two years), so UCLA and Chow will have to come to some sort of compromise, or Norm will be staying at UCLA.

How long can Utah afford to wait with recruiting season in high gear?

Mesa, AZ

Instead of "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Perhaps one of these other Casablanca quotes would fit better for the Chow situation:

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, he walks into mine."

"I stick my neck out for nobody."

"Round up the usual suspects."

"Here's looking at you, kid."


"We'll always have Provo."

springville, UT

hedge, it doesnt matter how much a jockey knows if he has a slow donkey under him. The talent on offense at the U is very average and chow knows this.

South Weber, UT

I wish that the naysayers and false profits of the Y would look at their own program first. No DC , Doughman as OC and now no QB coach!
LOI signing day is close by and a disassembled staff does not bode well for the next year. Maybe we'll hear the old excuse of it being a rebuilding year again , and again, and again. They have a great Basketball team , but the football team is in shambles. 16 recruit with verbal commits, 12 from Utah and 6 from Utah County. They are and not even listed in the top 50 for recruits this year. That alone should keep their coconuts busy without subjecting themselves to the criticism that they spread about the Utes, Coach Kyle, and staff on the hill.
The blue bloods tell of all of the great money that they will earn by going independent, yet they can't afford to shell out a few clams for some newer , better, and seasoned coaches. What's with that ?
Like with Bronco's interviews it's hard to figure which side of their mouth they are talking from.

Salt Lake City, UT

USC won one BCS National Championship in 2004. In 2003 LSU was the BCS national champion.

Salt Lake City, UT

USC won the 2003 AP National Championship

Tarheel Ute
Colorado Springs, CO

I'd be surprised to see Norm Chow coaching Wittingham's offense. I am not drinking the Kool-Aid of BYU offensive coaches past, as the refreshing relief for Utah's current inconsistent, unimaginative play and coaching.

The Utes have always had a respectable and sometimes renowned defense. If Wittingham has a weakness, it springs from his greatest strength; his natural affinity for defense - and lets be fair, Wittinghams undefeated 2008 team was a defense oriented team. He does need a offensive coaching help.

But is Chow the answer? While Chow whould certainly upgrade the offensive IQ on the coaching staff, I understand there is good reasons for his current situation - personality, inability to inspire or connect, inability to coach speed, stuck in the 70s football mentality, outdated offensive schemes.

Regardless on your take on Chow, the Utes need immediate help on the offensive side of the ball, but I am not sure Chow is the end all to the Utes offensive woes. Not by a long shot. And while Chow is a interesting idea, Witthingham should not go backwards in time to solve the problems of the future.

Naked Truth
Salt Lake City, Utah

Look at hedgehog, calling out the trolls. Oh the irony...

I'm not sure why Ute fans are getting so excited about hiring Chow. Is it because he once coached at the Y and this is a chance to stick it to their rival? Well then that figures. Utah is going to have to pay through the nose to get him to come, like 300% more than they've ever paid an assistant. It's risky, especially since Chow could be on his last legs as an OC, given his recent track record at UCLA.

If so interested in former Y coaches, you coulda had Crowton before Maryland nabbed him. Actually woulda been a good hire. Gary is a great OC, just not so great a HC.

Idaho Falls, ID

The problem with Chow may turn out to be just how much he has forgotten!

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