After days of churning around in the rumor mill, the announcement has been made: Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow will be the next coach at Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
UH athletic director Jim Donovan has been authorized to negotiate a contract with Chow. A press conference announcing Chow as head coach is planned for Thursday.
Chow was one of over 30 applicants for the Hawaii job left open following the “retirement” of Greg McMackin. A Hawaii native, Chow emerged as the top choice after a meeting Monday night, a source familiar with the hiring process told the Advertiser.
Other candidates for the job included Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker, associate Hawaii head coach Rich Miano and Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
The move, of course, becomes juicier with the knowledge that Hawaii will meet USC in 2012-13. You can bet there will be more than a few eyes on the pregame meet-and-greet between Chow and Lane Kiffin, who succeeded Chow as offensive coordinator with the Trojans.