Norm Chow's apparent departure from the University of Utah to become Hawaii's head coach certainly raises some questions about the future for the Utes and what motivated him to look beyond a position that seemingly would be the last stop of his career. Yet anyone's initial reaction should involve good feelings for Chow, who waited a long, long time for an opportunity like this.
Assuming the contract details get worked out with UH, Chow's going home to Honolulu which, of course, is pretty much what he said in February on arrival at Utah, having played for the Utes in the mid-1960s. So it's worth wondering why he would leave after one season, even for a true homecoming.
Chow, 65, undoubtedly is deserving of a head coaching job, and he's probably overqualified for Hawaii, even with the Warriors moving into the Mountain West Conference. Whether racial bias held him back as an Asian-American or he simply was perceived as one of those successful offensive coordinators who was not necessarily suited to become a head coach, he should not have had to wait this long.