Add Georgia Tech's Sun Bowl opponent to the many, many programs working with a piecemeal staff during bowl season. Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow will become the next head coach at Hawaii, according to multiple reports, leaving his status of O.C. for Utes against the Yellow Jackets in question.
Chow told the L.A. Times on Tuesday that if head coach Kyle Whittingham would have him, he would "be honored to stay" and coach against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl December 31. Whittingham echoed Chow's sentiments in a quote to the Associated Press:
"In this profession, nothing's ever a done deal until it's a done deal. Right now he's our offensive coordinator," he said. "I plan on him coordinating the bowl game and if and when there's anything new to report I will get that conveyed."
Whittingham said he would want Chow to coach the bowl game.
"He's done a great job for us. We're fortunate to have him here," he said. "If he leaves then I will be indebted to him for what he did for the program while he was here and if he stays that's great too."
Chow is a Hawaii native with a long resume as an offensive assistant, coaching at both USC and UCLA, BYU, and NC State,as well as the NFL's Tennessee Titans. Former Rainbow Warriors head coach Greg McMackin was fired after a 29-25 record in four seasons at Hawaii. Chow's Utah offense has suffered in a move to the Pac-12 this season, finishing 110th nationally (308.67 yards) in total offense.