Dick Harmon: The Norm Chow-Utah marriage is comfortable for both parties

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  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 26, 2011 9:22 a.m.


    Not bad, not that you really care. According to rivals Utah is out recruiting UCLA, Oregon St, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona St and of course Washington St. Also, BYU but I don't really focus on them anymore.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Jan. 25, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Having the insight to the PAC-10.2 is one thing, having the talent to compete in it is another.

    How's recruiting working for you lately?

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 25, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    Chow is no home run but he does know the PAc and has a lot of experience. The Utes will struggle either for a while or forever but Chow won't hurt a thing.

    I'm happy for his success. Did he get hit by the downturn in the market? If not, I might see if he will manage my portfolio for me.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 25, 2011 1:44 p.m.


    Outside of BYU's positive exposure in basketball your other national exposure for a 7-6 football team and a men's volleyball team under NCAA sanctions again is not so good. Maybe the BYU administration will follow Utah again as they do so often and set up an assistant coach in LA in a house where he can generate some positive PR.

    Anyway, hiring Chow would be like Eisenhower hiring Rommel. Sure, Eisenhower new all about Rommel's tank tactics, afterall Rommel wrote an entire book on tank warfare and every American and British General read it. But getting Rommel to bring over his entire cache of knowledge of every German General and all their strenths and weakenesses and how they would strategically set every battle would have been worth all the gold in Ft. Knox. That is what Chow is worth to Utah in terms of football in the PAC 12.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 25, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    No need to be sorry Dutchman; BYU fans couldn't care less how much exposure Utah gets. BYU has all they need and then some. I for one, am happy NC is coming back to Utah. I hope he is successful in the PAC.
    Also; You say that hiring coaches to fill vacancies is the best way to show your new conference your serious about winning. What is the alternative? Not filling coaching vacancies?
    I see some of you are excited about having Chow in Utah because he knows all about the PAC. He has been running his offense in the PAC (with mixed success) for several years. All the PAC teams have seen his offense for years. He ran the same one at every school he has been at. Doesn't this give the defenses in the PAC an advantage while playing against Utah? Just saying....
    I guess you can put any spin on anything you want depending on what color your glasses are.
    Anyway; Good luck coach Chow.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Jan. 25, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    Utah will have a great coaching staff with years of experience. From now on I am just going to focus on positives with the Utes. I think they need to go in to the Pac 12 with a chip on their shoulder. Granted they have lost some players and have a lot to improve on but hiring good coaches is the first step to build a successful, competitive program. They might struggle there first year they may not. The teams that will give the Utes problems are in the Pac North. Stanford and Oregon. As for the others Arizona is good but Utah has beaten them, USC, UCLA, Colorado they arent great. ASU will be decent but dont see the Utes not being contenders. Chow has been in the Pac for a while now he will help the Utes Offense improve. I am excited for September!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 25, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    You got to give Kwhitt and Hill credit for getting their arms around the situation. They realize that the fastest way to winning in the PAC12 is to bring in a coach who's forgot more PAC12 information than most coaches know.

    It appears Roderick see's the forest from the trees as well. Having Chow mentor him will only make him a better OC in the future.

    As far as that team down south? well their going with the "no experience need" route..... and thier delusion is predicting a 10-2 season next year..LOL!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 25, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    This hire for the University of Utah just keeps getting better all the time. Not only do the Utes get a yearly game in Los Angeles to play either UCLA or USC, a coveted prize by any team in the PAC 12, but now they have an assistant coach who will be living in Los Angeles (at least part time) and maintain a home there. I don't know how Chow will split his time between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles but having a home in LA obviously gives him access to the fertile recruiting ground there, he can keep a pulse on happenings in the middle of the PAC 12 and have access to national radio shows like the Jim Rome show to increase Utah's national exposure. Sorry, BYU fans, I know you wanted to monopolize the exposure for yourselves.
    Chows hiring sends a positive message to Commissioner Larry Scott and the rest of the coaches and administrators in the PAC 12 that this new member upstart Utah program is serious about competing and being successful in the PAC 12 conference. Im loving it.

    Jan. 25, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Strategy and timing are crucial to having a successful football program. The Utes have shown the fully understand and appreciate this fact with the hiring of Chow....Can't wait till August!

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    Kudos to you BYU fans that have enough class to wish Chow success.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 25, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    Chow was a great pick up for the yewts. He will be the driver of the train as they enter the PAC-12. Coach Whit will have little to do with any success once the season starts.

    The yewts better appreciate what they have in Norm.. I'm a coug fan but I'll enjoy watching you enjoy some success on the West Coast.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Jan. 25, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    I think Utah made a great move to pick up NC. Being coached and mentored by one of the greatest football minds is a win-win situation.

    @Johnny Triumph

    That mediocre Ute team is 33-6, FIVE loses to top 12 teams (4-5 vs ranked teams). You only wish you were that good (1-7 vs ranked teams). Just be happy your playing a WAC schedule.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Jan. 24, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    mr harmon, this was a smooth article, written in that harmon-style. always love your news. good day.

  • B Logan, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    RE: I will Be Till I Die

    What are you talking about? I only saw one comment that might have been a jealous fan. I think it's fair to say that most BYU fans aren't jealous. BYU had Chow for 27 years with some great success. But that was then. The game has changed. I don't know of any BYU fans who were anxious to get Chow back to Provo.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 24, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    Good luck to Coach Chow! He's made a great name for himself during his career. Cougars everywhere wish him the best!

  • I Will Be Till I Die Holladay, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    !What in Tucket: you say BYU is not jealous, but as evidenced above, a whole slew of your fans sure are!

  • supainthehills Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    I hope that Norm has incredible success with Coach Whit up on the hill!!

    I'll be honest and say that I was one of the loudest voices in the BYU student section yelling for them to replace him in the 90s because the 'trap draw' seemed to be the only play on his call sheet. It didn't matter the down or distance, that was his go-to play WAY too often!

    However, when he left BYU I was happy to see Coach Chow have the amazing success he did at NC State and USC. There's no doubt that getting more explosive athletes helped him as much as anything to find his creativity in his play calling again. Fortunately he'll continue to get good athletes at Utah (that should catch the ball better than they did at UCLA) and he should be able to find that momentum again.

    Although I really detest the abuse I take as a BYU fan at the games at Rice-Eccles, the University of Utah is a great school...with a great student body...and I hope that it represents our state well every single year in the PAC 12!

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Coach Chow pehaps should have been chosen as BYU's head coach in the past. Since they did not he was not going to come to the Y now. Utah should enjoy having such a good man and coach. BYU is not jealous.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    As a BYU fan I am happy to see coach Chow return to Utah. This is probably very emotional for him. Who doesn't want to "come home" as a conquerer. He is well respected in college football. His success level has been mixed since leaving the Y but I hope to see him have success at Utah. It would be great to see him retire here.
    Good luck coach

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    john boy

    That "mediocre" team just beat your less than "mediocre" team. You guys kill me!

    Welcome back Dr Chow. Glad to have you back in the fold.

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    Jan. 24, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Good insights, Dick. From strictly an X&O's perspective, this hire had me scratching my head, but your points about 1) the knowledge he brings from the Pac10 (specifically USC and UCLA) and 2) Norm-as-mentor-to-the-next-OC put it in a different light -- maybe it actually makes a bit of sense....

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Jan. 24, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Good luck Norm.

    BYU fans hope you'll have a great time at the U, except for one particular September game each year.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Jan. 24, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    "Not sure how working for a mediocre team in a competitive conference is a Win for Chow..."

    It certainly isn't any worse than where he was.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Not sure how working for a mediocre team in a competitive conference is a Win for Chow...