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Published: Saturday, Jan. 22 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

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South Jordan, UT

Welcome Norm! We look forward to a great offense.

Payson, UT

Chow will bring an offense that will better compliment the Ute D. We play a professional style D that prepares the defensive players for immediate impact in the NFL, while our O has been lagging behind with reliance on one or two players succeeding in a great coaching scheme.

With a more professional style O, the Utes will develop their offensive players better for the NFL and will eventually lead to recruitng more talented players.

And Chow's salary will be public record as he is now a state employee.

GO UTES and welcome Norm!

Iowa City, IA

I'm not so sure about this move....

Houston, TX

Why didn't BYU let Norm become the head coach with Lavell retired? Anyone?

Phoenix, AZ

I have always loved Norm Chow. Go luck to the U in the PAC and Norm Chow. I wish you well in every football game, but one :)

Several co-workers are from NC ST and USC and, of course, they all love Norm Chow as much as I do.

I have always thought Norm Chow blossomed at NC ST and USC over BYU because he had better athletes at those schools to work with. The U generally gets better athletes than BYU, so I am thinking that trend will continue. I just think UCLA was far enough down that they were rebuilding from scratch, so it took that long.

Good luck and best wishes.

BTW, I had a soft spot for UCLA since Norm Chow was on staff, but now that he is gone, I can go back to disliking all things around Rick Neuheisal. I am not a Slick Rick fan. I sitll hold a grudge for what he did to Colorado when I lived there. Every program he leads turns to ashes.

Bluffdale, UT

Norm could have been head coach at a Div 1 school. A Whit/Chow team will be a real fun power to watch.

Salt Lake City, UT

Could be a sweet time for Coach Chow to come to Utah and beat the Cougars a few times at the end of his career. Still, this seems to me to be a strange hiring by the U. I would have expected a younger coach with an up and coming resume to relate to today's atheletes. The recruiting at UCLA has been dismal for the past three years and especially this year. Perhaps, that is more indicative of respect for the head coach than for Coach Chow, but it is still a concern. Anyway, good luck Coach Chow.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Makes you wonder why Norm Chow has never been a HC? Makes you wonder why he has been spotty as an OC?

Maybe it was a matter of what he was expected to do where.

I'm sure Kyle understands the reasons, and will place Chow in a position that they will use his strengths.

As far as his knowledge of the other PAC teams, his knowledge in that area will help the U.

Great PICKUP here. There is no arguing that point.


Uteology | 1:53 a.m. Jan. 23, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas

"Its funny how BYU fans call Norm a has been yet the best their program can do is DuPaix."

bradleyc | 5:57 a.m. Jan. 23, 2011
Layton, UT
"B Doman will innovate circles around N Chow."

The childish "my brother is bigger arguments" are getting tired and old in this rivalry.

Dupaix is a solid coach with ties to the state, and comes from an indie school.

Both are great pickups for their schools as both schools head off in their respective directions...

Good luck coach Chow. Love what you did for BYU.

Provo, UT

Will the Utes change their offense? Norm's not a spread offense guy.

Will the offense be pro-style? Will it attract quarterbacks who want to play in the NFL?

Will the Utes have to recruit tight ends?

Will it be a pass-first offense?

At Norm's last 2 stops, he did not have a single winning season.

All these questions will be answered in spring ball. Good luck to the Utes as they move into uncharted waters.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

As stated by Coach Neuheisel at UCLA:

"I've been looking to try and put back together what I feel will be a formidable staff," Neuheisel said. "One that will communicate with the players, one who will do a great job out recruiting and sharing the vision of UCLA and our football program and one that will get along really, really well with one another and check egos at the door. And we will fly as we go down the road. So I'm looking forward to if that can't be the case."

Now that Chow is with the Utes, will he "check" his ego in at the door, or will he continue his once every 2 or 3 year stints at each of his stops along the way in the past 10 years? not seeing eye to eye w/ the bosses he has worked under since he ran out of Provo pouting, after LaVell ended his tenure? Is it just me, or is this an unsettling trend here? 27 years at BYU, followed 5 others in the last 10yrs? Could it be exactly how his now former boss put it??? How long will he last here?

Salt Lake City, UT

Fun Stuff. If the Cougs got Norm back they would be besides themselves with Glee

Ann Arbor, MI


Chow is almost 65 years old. He is here to help the Utes transition into a BCS confernce and mentor the offensive coaches.

I'm sure his tenure is no more than 2 or 3 years.

It's a very smart hire for several reasons.

Mabye Heaps's publicist will be Domans mentor?

Corona, CA

This is on a whole new level of Y STUIDITY. Are you belittling Chow and saying he's a has been when he is known as an offense Guru in football? And now your trying to beef up Brandon Doman as this next great OFF coordinator? DOMAN is unproven same with that guy from Navy or whatever.Your not gonna have more strategy on the field come Saturdays with two unproven Coordinators.

hedge hoggs
Beverly Hills, CA

UtahGal | 1:07 p.m. Jan. 23, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT
Fun Stuff. If the Cougs got Norm back they would be besides themselves with Glee

It's my understanding that Chow inquired at BYU, and was asked not to apply.

Hank Pym

re: hedgehog | 6:09 p.m. Jan. 22, 2011

"I'm very interested to understand what type of offense Chow will run"

I am too. Will the pistol be incorporated. Whit IMO should let Norm do his thing.

Part of UCLA's problem is that Neuheisel thinks he's knows what he's doing.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

"hedge hoggs | 2:01 p.m.
Beverly Hills, CA
UtahGal | 1:07 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT
Fun Stuff. If the Cougs got Norm back they would be besides themselves with Glee"

"It's my understanding that Chow inquired at BYU, and was asked not to apply."

Even if Chow did apply at BYU, he would be bringing the BYU offense to BYU. What good would that really do?

BYU needs fresh ideas a twist to the offense.

Utah needs an overhall. Kyle knows a good offense when he sees it. If Chow can't check his ego at the door, Kyle will show the door to Chow, after picking his brain.

I'm not so sure that Chow had that many options anyway. I'm sure Chow comes in with his ego already checked.

K-Whitt needs someone that knows the PAC-10 teams, and this a a very good hire for Utah.

I'm glad they got him.

Beverly Hills, CA

Howard S. | 5:56 p.m. Jan. 22, 2011
Taylorsville, UT
Big time programs hire big time coaches.


So taking the cast-offs from a weak UCLA program is now considered a "big-time" move?


Go Utes...

We're now "Big Time"...

Any other fired coaches from failing programs we can pick-up?

Salt Lake city, UT

this is a good get for the utes because chow's body of work should bring a little stability to an offense that struggled big time down the stretch.

Payson, UT

WOW, there are quite a number of bitter cougar fans obsessed with the Utes. Childish.

Cali Coug
Visalia, CA

Hedgehog forgot to mention BYU has owned the u since 1970 and it still has a NC while the u has zero. He also forgot his signature statement...crickets, crickets,crickets

Nice job on getting Norm, I think he'll enjoy being back in Utah.

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