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Chow lends support to UH leaders in wake of Wonder fumble

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 10:25 a.m. HST, Oct 23, 2012

University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow today praised the school administration saying the Stevie Wonder debacle "has put some of our leaders in positions that I don't think they deserve to be in."

They are the first public comments by Chow or any of the UH coaches on embattled UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and the administration in the wake of the three-month fallout over the failed concert. The subject of Greenwood's future is currently before the UH Board of Regents.

Chow's comments came on the Mountain West Conference coaches teleconference this morning in response to a Colorado reporter's question about the state of the UH football program.

Chow was following up on statements by the previous coach on the call, Colorado State's Jim McElwain, who expressed appreciation of CSU leadership and support.

Chow said, "That's a tough question. Well, I heard Jim's comments about that. I think, for the most part, for the most part, we have great support (at UH). A lot of things need to get in place. You know, we have an interim athletic director (and) we have a situation that you have probably heard of," Chow said.

"There was a contract for a Stevie Wonder concert that turned out to be a little bit of a scam," Chow said. "It has put some of our leaders in positions that I don't think they deserve to be in so there is a lot it that is unsettled here unlike Jim with the comments about his leadership"

Chow said, "Now, if we can continue to keep these people in place, we do have leadership, great leadership, people with vision that want to get us somewhere. So it has been a process. It has been tough."

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serious wrote:
Surprised that Coach Chow didn't comment on June Jones team scoring 72 points last week. I think that's more than the Warroirs scored all season.
on October 23,2012 | 09:27AM
allie wrote:
JJ is a disgrace with his gimmick plays and minor league victories in a nothing conference. Same as when he was here I am told
on October 23,2012 | 09:50AM
SandBar wrote:
Commenting without knowing anything about what you're talking about I see.
on October 23,2012 | 11:35AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
What do you know, pray tell? Sandbar. Are you in the UH? In the Athletic Department? Or do you shoot yo' mo' off?
on October 23,2012 | 04:52PM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Sandbar: my bad - I thought you were talking about Chow, not Allie.
on October 23,2012 | 04:56PM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
And I agree with you about Allie, who never suffered self-doubt.
on October 23,2012 | 05:12PM
hunebasami wrote:
Lots of the pro teams use the spread offense. You live in the past. Believe that things improve as time goes on. Do you still ride a horse to work. Do you fly prop or jet? Things have changed unless you stay in a box. Think outside the box.
on October 23,2012 | 12:06PM
frontman wrote:
Some one that watched the debate and mimics obama......
on October 23,2012 | 12:35PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Sistah please get yourself checked for chronic depression. These postings ripping on everyone and everything - life is short you need to cheer up: read it's Prozac for you to be able to see the sun.
on October 23,2012 | 12:13PM
frontman wrote:
Mr. Chow, please stick with trying to make your failed football program better as Hawaii politics will eat you alive. You have more than you can handle on the football field. Teach them to tackle, block and not that sissy dance before games.
on October 23,2012 | 12:33PM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Actually, frontman, Mr. Chow showed characture. And uncommon sense. Would that the kids on his team learned that first and foremost. This is a university where the mission is education. Think about it. Don't be such a sore loser that you lose sight of the big picture
on October 23,2012 | 04:54PM
Shh wrote:
Allie I think you are confused as to who they are talking about. You can't be negative about everyone at UH. Some of them are and were good people. Please try not to be so negative even though you hate UH so much. Thank you.
on October 23,2012 | 02:16PM
Nevadan wrote:
Shh. I agree with allie. Your charge that she hates UH is undeserved. She has been concerned about the damage done to UH students, as she should be. UH management is hurting UH students, big time. She has been vocal about that, as she should be. My hat off to this young lady.
on October 23,2012 | 04:17PM
turbolink wrote:
This is a case of an alleged student hurting students. Allie has appointed herself as their SA spokesperson, but her immature and non-credible comments do not represent them in a positive manner.
on October 23,2012 | 05:16PM
frontman wrote:
As when he was at UH ...jj beatup a AA team and proclaimed himself GOD.
on October 23,2012 | 02:53PM
turbolink wrote:
Allie, do you ever find anything you won't comment on? Careless remarks like this ensure no one will take you seriously. Your thoughtless, immature snapshot remarks gain you nothing but contempt.
on October 23,2012 | 05:07PM
Venus1 wrote:
Thoughtless, immature remarks are easy...running a major university and coaching are hard jobs...Thank you Coach Chow...!!
on October 23,2012 | 06:30PM
frontman wrote:
As when he was at UH ...jj beatup a AA team and proclaimed himself GOD.
on October 23,2012 | 01:09PM
Dragonman wrote:
Not a very good idea to go on record with comments about Wonder fiasco, he has enough problems with the football program. All the other coaches know better than to comment on that mess.
on October 23,2012 | 09:38AM
OldDiver wrote:
I agree. No comment would have been a better reply.
on October 23,2012 | 09:43AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Disagree! Mr. Chow showed characture, standing up for those who are getting beat down by politicians... Would that the kids on his team learned to be independent thinkers first and foremost. This is a university where the mission is education. Think about it. Don't be such a sore loser that you lose sight of the big picture.
on October 23,2012 | 04:58PM
CriticalReader wrote:
did you mean "character" or "caricature" or a little of both?
on October 23,2012 | 06:58PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Uh .... Norm how about some defense this week? We're making everyone look like a BCS contender. I support you but that support can only go so far. The losses I can take but the blowouts?
on October 23,2012 | 09:48AM
hon2255 wrote:
OK coach Norm,enough with the brown nosing, just coach the team, to date , we have been performing consistantly worse . Our defense is atrocisious, we need to show at least a little improvement in each category every week and not to regress.
on October 23,2012 | 09:54AM
uhsportsfan wrote:
Know what, Norm? You're wrong. The leaders you praise so much are in this mess because they put themselves there when they went public about suspending Jim Donovan and Sheriff, implying that the Stevie Wonder fiasco was their fault, obviously trying to cover something up. If they were as good as you say they are, they would have launched an investigation and kept their mouths shut. Something stinks in Manoa and, unfortunately, you just joined the smell. Sorry end to an otherwise stellar career. Good luck, brah, after your losing season.
on October 23,2012 | 09:57AM
hunebasami wrote:
Liked your comment.
on October 23,2012 | 12:09PM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Actually, the truth is that Donovan blew it, then threw his boss under the bus rather than take responsibility. Chow called it right. Sorry you're such a sports fan that you miss the big picture. What stinks is the politicians calling hearings, beating up on the top leadership, then acting like they were doing us all some good. When really they were running a popularity contest, called running for office.
on October 23,2012 | 05:02PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 23,2012 | 10:03AM
Imagen wrote:
It is always easier to criticize from the sidelines. My question to ALL of you neg people is; "where is your support for OUR coach? You ALL were estatic when he was chosen. We all knew that this season would be one of rebuilding. Certainly winning games is obviously great, but building a reputable program is what will attract future quality players. Rome was not built in a day (or season), neither is our UH football program.
on October 23,2012 | 10:27AM
Tenatwelve wrote:
If the coach is going step out his lane and get political, he opens himself up to criticism. The previous coach couldn't talk, now this coach doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. Just focus on your team and coach.
on October 23,2012 | 10:42AM
walaau808 wrote:
All you armchairs obviously know better, and know it all too! Hilarious!
on October 23,2012 | 11:37AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on October 23,2012 | 12:08PM
sidneyho wrote:
Your comments are too wordy. Why the long winded responses? Just get to the point.
on October 23,2012 | 01:06PM
hunebasami wrote:
We put our money where our mouth is. So you?
on October 23,2012 | 12:18PM
Tenatwelve wrote:
Six season tickets and there every game. I was there way before for the 0-12 season and will be there after Chow is long gone. Embarsassing loses are not hillarious to the 20,000 season ticket holders who come back year after year. All most of us ask for is that the team be competitive, until that happens just shut up and coach.
on October 23,2012 | 01:04PM
hunebasami wrote:
Talk is cheap. Action speaks louder then words. Chow is a good talker but bad coach. Our record speaks for itself.
on October 23,2012 | 12:17PM
Shh wrote:
I think he was doing great until he opened his mouth huh! LOL He needs to keep his head focused on the team!
on October 23,2012 | 02:19PM
hunebasami wrote:
I was one of the old fans that went to UH football in the old stadium. After 40 years I gave up my 12 seats. I hope you took up the slack and bought my tickets. They were over $6,000. After June left I gave up 10 more seats. I paid over $12,000 a year to watch UH football. I put my money where my mouth is. Do you. How much do you pay to see the blowouts?
on October 23,2012 | 12:14PM
Venus1 wrote:
And the university....
on October 23,2012 | 06:31PM
willman wrote:
Norm Chow should concentrate on coaching his team who may win two games this year. He should stay out of the politics of the shameful UH athletic program. How can he refer to the Wonder blunder "a little bit of a scam"?
on October 23,2012 | 10:37AM
Alamosakid wrote:
You mean the Warriors are going to win a 2nd game? Hey, I gotta hand it to you, you are one optimistic person. I'll be happy if we are actually competitive in any of our remaining games and not in the Bottom 25.
on October 23,2012 | 11:38AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Have to agree I can't see UH beating anybody other than Lamar this year.
on October 23,2012 | 12:18PM
false wrote:
Those who have said Norm Chow should have said nothing about the Wonderblunder and UH administration are correct. It seems to me he has enough to deal with as it is without wading into an area that really shouldn't concern him. Stick to coaching, Norm, until you get it right.
on October 23,2012 | 10:54AM
Anonymous wrote:
Norm has been here for a short period of time and he inherited a difficult program. Everyone wanted him. He and the players are playing hard and remaining positive despite the negative comments of some here. They are a college team....I am proud of all of them.
on October 23,2012 | 11:24AM
walaau808 wrote:
I concur! Your negative comments indicate that you'll only support a winner. I suppose you all could do a better job, but since you're sitting behind computers spewing negativity I'm sure you aren't as good as you think. Too bad we couldn't talk bad about you doing whatever trivial job you do. Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you!
on October 23,2012 | 11:39AM
hunebasami wrote:
If you think that when I buy $12,000 worth of football tickets a year is trival than how much money do you spend on UH football to make you mean something.
on October 23,2012 | 12:25PM
SandBar wrote:
AGREE!!! Everyone's a critic. They've never been a college football coach before but they know seem to know everything about it.
on October 23,2012 | 11:53AM
hunebasami wrote:
The New Mexico team that beat us and has a winning record, he was never a coach before. That is better then being old and not learning new tricks.
on October 23,2012 | 03:07PM
Alamosakid wrote:
You're right about Coach Chow. He is a "class act", which is more than I can say about UH leadership. If you are familiar with what goes on at UH Manoa, then you would know that something is not quite right on that campus with the people who lead the State's university. That being said, although I like Coach Chow as a person, it may become obvious that coaching successfully at the college NCAA level is different than coaching at the NFL level. Success coaching at the NFL level doesn't necessarily translate to successful coaching at the collegiate level, where boys need to be nurtured into young men.
on October 23,2012 | 11:55AM
hunebasami wrote:
Look at San Fransico 49ers. First year at coaching them. Coaches that know what they are doing win from the beginning.
on October 23,2012 | 03:10PM
Alamosakid wrote:
I actually agree with you; what I'm saying is that Chow is not suited for NCAA football as a head coach. He hasn't been able to put an effective coaching team together or mentor college players. Unfortunately his skill at the NFL level as an assistant coach doesn't translate to success as a head NCAA college coach.
on October 23,2012 | 04:10PM
hunebasami wrote:
Remenber VonApple. He must have had you by his side.
on October 23,2012 | 12:21PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I consider that a voice of support. He took an unpopular stand. This guy got character and I am very pleased to have him leading OUR University of Hawaii Football Team.
on October 23,2012 | 11:34AM
hunebasami wrote:
You must be a Bin Lauden supporter.
on October 23,2012 | 12:26PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Nah, I kinda like Ghadaffi! :)
on October 23,2012 | 02:06PM
hunebasami wrote:
Need a change. Even down to a new football coach that is old. Young and new are our future and old are our past. Hope we get Rich, Rolo, and Dave back so I can come to watch football, again. They made it exciting. Will never buy tickets if Chow is there. I guess I'm not the only one. Attendense is down. Maybe more people feel this way. Nobody asked us that paid.
on October 23,2012 | 12:02PM
akuman808 wrote:
I wasn't sure about coach Chow's teams poor performances this year if it was attributed to him directly, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. However, with his full support of the UH President, administration and BOR, as good leadership inspite of not only the Wonder debacle but many before this; Chow is out of touch on the UH politics and football. I like coach Chow but would have preferred he remained focused on the football program rather than the politics. Bad decision coach!
on October 23,2012 | 01:03PM
hunebasami wrote:
Now go somewhere and learn how to coach. Not just make excuses and talk.
on October 23,2012 | 03:11PM
LizKauai wrote:
It's about the kids. GO WARRIORS!
on October 23,2012 | 01:12PM
joewilly wrote:
Go where?
on October 23,2012 | 04:56PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Here is a story that needs to be followed up: A Boston ex-con dropped dead this past weekend on a New York train platform with a backpack stuffed with $180,000. His family told investigators he had been delivering the money for a company called 180 Entertainment, which listed a Philadelphia home as its business address. Another Massachusetts ex-con named Joseph Burke filed legal papers claiming the cash. A partner in 180 Entertainment, Anthony Fedele, said Burke had been working on a concert-promotion deal, but it had fallen through, and he was trying to return the cash to a North Carolina business associate. Could this be UH’s money? Here is the link to the full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/william-coyman-cash-haul_n_1975390.html
on October 23,2012 | 01:21PM
joewilly wrote:
Dude, relax, the UH money is spent already. Invested, digested, gone.
on October 23,2012 | 04:55PM
Sandmandoo42 wrote:
Everybody has this all wrong. Coach Chow made the comments with the hope that he could get Stevie Wonder to play quarterback here.
on October 23,2012 | 02:02PM
haolecrab wrote:
Mr. Chow: Please stick to the locke room/lower campus and stay out of the boardroom and mauka of Dole St. They will take you down faster than a loosing season!
on October 23,2012 | 02:32PM
mrluke wrote:
This is something that Norm should have just stayed out of.
on October 23,2012 | 02:45PM
hunebasami wrote:
Doesn't know any better.
on October 23,2012 | 03:13PM
rytsuru wrote:
What happened to the good old days when a smart guy just said "no comment" at left it at that? A reporter can keep asking....
on October 23,2012 | 03:04PM
busthalfnut wrote:
The team sucks. Who cares what this old fuut has to say.
on October 23,2012 | 03:25PM
gobows wrote:
Silence is Golden
on October 23,2012 | 03:57PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Maybe Norm should lay off the politics and focus on explaining the benefits of lateral pursuit to his linebackers and cornerbacks.
on October 23,2012 | 03:59PM
hawnpunch wrote:
Concentrate on football Coach!
on October 23,2012 | 04:07PM
nep51a wrote:
The true problem is Coach Chow inheriting previous years players who are not adjusted to his new scheme.
on October 23,2012 | 04:20PM
Nevadan wrote:
I was delighted when Chow was picked as the head coach. My respect for him now vanished, win or lose.
on October 23,2012 | 04:23PM
joewilly wrote:
Hey, Norm, concentrate on winning football games and stay out of things you know nothing about.
on October 23,2012 | 04:53PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Yo, Chow, the team stinks. Pay attention to your job.
on October 23,2012 | 05:09PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Maybe this is to shift the focus from the football program to other UH problems, take the pressure off Chow and his staff and the team?
on October 24,2012 | 06:07AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
I'm glad he spoke up. He should be concerned. How does a scam like this blow up into throwing out the UH president? Looks like he just said the king, or the critics, have no clothes. He's right. Politicians and their hearings. Reporters and their stories. WHat happened to looking at this, analyzing it, learning and moving on?
on October 23,2012 | 05:10PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Shame on you,Norm. It is time for the President, Chancellor,Board of Regents, et al, to resign. It does not bode well for you that you stand up for them after they fumbled the ball on this one.
on October 24,2012 | 06:04AM
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