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January 5, 2005

Written by C.N.

Congrats to USC and Norm Chow

If you follow college football, you know by now that last night, the USC Trojans destroyed the Oklahoma Sooners 55-19 in the Orange Bowl/BCS Championship game to repeat as national champions. It was a pretty impressive performance, and as more than one observer has noted, for example in this recent Sports Illustrated/CNNSI.com article, much of the credit goes to USC’s Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow.

Coach Chow is one of the most respected, well-paid, and successful (he has mentored several Heisman Trophy winners) assistant coaches in the game. At the same time, there’s been a little controversy about why he isn’t a head coach yet. Some would argue that it’s because he’s Asian. Others point out that it’s not entirely clear that he absolutely wants to be a head coach and/or that he doesn’t have any head coaching experience at this point. As the article points out,

Many feel Chow’s lack of comfort with the spotlight may explain why, almost inexplicably, he remains a coordinator while less accomplished peers ascend to the head-coaching ranks. Granted, Chow has pretty good gig as it is and therefore doesn’t pursue just any old opening. However, when Stanford came calling last month, Chow thought he’d finally found his match. He interviewed at length and was one of two finalists, but the Cardinal elected to go with Pittsburgh’s Walt Harris.

Then, when USC administrator Daryl Gross took the athletic director job at Syracuse and promptly fired Orange head coach Paul Pasqualoni, many assumed he’d take Chow with him. “I talked to Daryl [Wednesday] night,” said Chow, “and it’s not a situation either of us would pursue.”

Whatever the case may be, I have to take my hat off to Coach Chow and the incredible work that he’s done. The results speak for themselves and Coach Chow rightfully deserves all the accolades that he has received. Keep up the great work, Coach!


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