University of Hawai‘i Athletics Director David Matlin announced on Sunday that effective immediately Norm Chow would be relieved of his duties as the Warriors head coach. In his place will be offensive line coach Chris Naeoloe who will serve on an interim basis for the rest of this season.
"I'd like to thank Coach Chow for his dedication to our football program for the past four years," Matlin said in a released statement. "Ultimately, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the University and Athletics Department and we need to move in a different direction. Coach Chow should be commended for helping our football program achieve all-time highs in APR scores and graduation rates."
Chow had struggled quite a bit in his first ever head coaching job and went just 10-36 in his three-plus years on the sideline of the Warriors. There was some optimism this year as the team was hanging tough with Wisconsin, Ohio State and actually beating Colorado, but the team never took off offensively with USC transfer Max Wittek. At the end, this Hawaii team is now looking like every team that Chow was in charge of on the islands.
Not much went right for Chow in this position with offensive coaches stepping down right before fall camp and the former offensive guru had very little success in what made him famous at BYU, USC, N.C. State the Tennessee Titans and other places.
Chow's contract was through the 2016 season so there is still some sort of buyout to be paid out. Also, this past year former athletic director Ben Jay that dropping football could be a real possibility, but he later back tracked on that statement.
Finding a new head coach will be difficult since there are already 10 head coaching positions available and nearly all are more attractive than the Hawaii job. There is hope for this program that did win 10 games as recently as 2010.