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My Q-and-A session with Norm Chow

April 19, 2012 - Robert Collias
I had the pleasure of being the first Neighbor Island journalist to talk to new University of Hawaii head football coach Norm Chow today and will have a story from my 11-minute interview on Friday.

UH will hold its second spring practice here in four years on Saturday morning, from 9:30 to 11:30 with an autograph session to follow, all at War Memorial Stadium. It is free and get there early because it is going to be packed with season-ending MIL baseball games going on at the same time, sharing the same parking lot.

Until then, here is my first three questions from my talk with Chow — a sort of bonus to Roblog readers (some cool stuff, read on):

Maui News: "Coach, how good does it feel to be home guiding the University of Hawaii football program?"

Norm Chow: "Well, to be real honest, Rob, I really haven't had that much time to think about it. I mean this was never — a lot of people say that this is a quote-unquote a dream job. It was really, in the profession that we are in, you never set your sights to any particular job, if you will. You know, you work hard every day and you do the best you can and wherever it is that the profession takes you. But, when there was the opportunity to come home, and to be a part of a program that is trying to make its mark, if you will, you know, upping their level to the Mountain West (Conference), that kind of thing, it has been fun, but it has been a lot of work and you really don't have that much time to reflect back on how fortunate we are to have a job like this."

Maui News: "Coach, that leads in to my next question. How tough is the Mountain West going to be for a team that is clearly coming off a disappointing (6-7) season last year?"

Norm Chow: "Well, I think it is going to be extremely tough and that is what I am trying to impress upon our players, is that this is a step up. That is certainly not a knock on the WAC, the teams that we are leaving, the league that we are leaving. I mean, I have coached in them all, but this is a step up. The schedule is extremely challenging, the non-conference games are as tough as the conference games, but if you are in this profession, you get in this profession, you enjoy challenges, and you enjoy the week-by-week work that goes with those challenges, so we are all very excited about it."

Maui News: "Coach, I know you are deep into spring. How has spring (drills) gone for you guys?"

Norm Chow: "We just finished practice 10 and it is like we finished practice 10. We have a long ways to go, the guys have bought in, they are working awfully hard. We have tried to change a little bit of, not a little, you know, both the offensive and defensive schemes. So, it's all new for them, it's all new for us on the coaching staff, the first time we have all been together. It has been a lot of work, but the encouraging thing is our young guys have worked hard at it and bought in if you will and they are trying to do the best they can. We tell them all the time, as long as they give that effort, you know, we can't ask for any more."

Come back for more tomorrow.


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