Scott wrote: ↑Tue Aug 29, 2023 3:36 pm
I find it interesting that the QB Guru Norm Chow chose the wrong QB to start the season, almost every year. Awesome list Bigwave!
No shame to admit that I was a Chow Fun.
1. Chow did not know what HC job was hard, and not every football guy is cut out for it. Got to worry about the soap in the showers. With all his connections, it seems hard for him to bring in his coaches. Would have been better to just press the Easy button answer to keep both the OC and DC. The R&S was already established in Hawaii-UH, just ride it like Mac.
2. I think Chow finally found his guy in Max Wittek. He looked awesome in the beginning. I recall it was in the same game, he got a mean hit, and never looked the same. Max was all USC so that's exactly what Chow wanted. Max lost one year, had to sit out because of transfer rules, so I don't know...if Max could have started in his Junior year, have two playing years, maybe things would be different?
3. The landscape of football changed IMO (or maybe changed long before that). The honeymoon period is 2 years. If not winning, bowl games, etc, fans would call for your firing. (This is what I fear for Timmy Chang.) Chants to fire often start after year 2, and get's loud very fast.
4. Chow's wife. Football is football. I forget exactly now, but his wife suffered a stroke, or some sort of brain issue. He was on an away game and flew to be there. Or the other way, his wife was still living in CA, and flew to the mainland. With something personal as that, football does not really matter in life's big picture.
5. The Ghost of JJ. Some fans still want JJ instead of XXXX (insert name). IMO, I think that boat has sailed too. Most of all, I'm glad JJ is not back with UH, so he can preserve his GOAT status. Nobody will measure up the JJ, and always "suck" with no love given.
Chow is a good man, IMO a good position coach (one of the best), but just wrong time. Or perhaps like everyone else, ages catches up, and the best Chow years were with BYU, USC, UCLA, Tenn, etc.