What year is it? I just tagged this entry with “Chuck Amato” and “Norm Chow”!
Don’t know if you’ve been able to follow some of the news over the holiday week that also included the bowl game, but there have been some interesting developments in the world of college football recently.
=====> Over at UNC, it appears Larry Fedora will announce his entire staff at a press conference on January 3rd. The speculation appears that he will bring about half his staff from Southern Miss to be complemented with some other hires, including Vic Koenning
=====> We couldn’t be happier for former NC State offensive coordinator, Norm Chow. Chow finally got his shot as a head coach at one of the best possible fits for him – Hawaii. This link discusses Chow’s emotional introduction at Hawaii.
After five schools, four decades and three national championships, Norm Chow’s career has come full circle.
A tearful Chow was introduced Thursday as the new coach of Hawaii in an emotional news conference surrounded by old friends, including a high school teammate.
“I’m honored, I’m humbled and I’m awfully excited to be here to stand before you as the next football coach of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors,” Chow said, using the mascot name that was shed more than a decade ago under former coach June Jones.
The 65-year-old Chow was born and raised in Honolulu and got his coaching start in the islands. Today, Chow is being looked upon to revive the struggling Warriors football program that failed to make the postseason this year.
“How many people are fortunate enough to go full circle? I’m blessed. I’m honored. I know that,” he said. “I say my prayers every morning and I’m grateful for that. I started at Waialua High School in 1970 and to have this chance to come back home all these years later is just a treat. It’s a privilege and I’m never going to ever forget that.”
Chow has become an instant island icon in this football crazed state with no professional team sports. He was scheduled to attend a reception hosted by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Thursday night before returning to Utah, where he is in his first season as offensive coordinator. The Utes are preparing to face Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
=====> Over at FootballScoop.com we find that
Akron: We hear Terry Bowden has offered the defensive coordinator job to Chuck Amato. John Pont (Miami Ohio defensive intern / linebackers) will have a spot on the staff and we hear Ben Murphy, director of football operations at North Alabama, will serve as his director of football operations.
WOW!! A Bowden & Amato coming together again? At…AKRON?!?! Of all places? Surely the Zips can’t be too thrilled to have a guy on staff who publicly criticized their academics 6 or 7 years ago?
=====> Ken Browning is no longer a Tar heel. It truly is a new era. Â Expect there to be a lot of debate from different factions of Wolfpacknation that will have very diverse opinions on Browning and his potential value to NC State. Â I am staying out of the conversation for a while.
North Carolina: Longtime UNC assistant Kenny Browning was officially released today after 18 seasons in Chapel Hill. Browning has spent the last 40 years coaching at two high schools in North Carolina and at UNC.
=====> Related coaching news is not just limited to college programs. There is the buzz about Bill Cowher potentially coaching Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. (Link) If that happens, my Texans better go get me a few more Wolfpackers to help the balance of my allegiance!