- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow has accepted the job as Hawaii’s new head coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because all the details of the move have not yet been formalized.

“I don’t know what the reports are saying but there’s nothing been finalized,” Chow said after practice. “I haven’t signed a piece of paper. … I’m not trying to be coy. I’m here coaching football for the University of Utah. We have a nice game to play in and I’m real excited about that. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

When asked whether he plans to coach in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech on Dec. 31, Chow replied, “If Kyle (Whittingham) would have me, I would be honored to stay.”

University of Hawaii officials referred all inquiries to the university athletic office, which declined to comment.

Chow said his future and job situation will not be a distraction for the Utes.

“I’m here and I’m coaching and it’s all about (the players),” he said. “They know that. Kyle addressed it little bit prior to practice. If I am a distraction I will leave immediately. I plan on being at practice tomorrow.”

He had “no idea,” on when the deal could be completed.

Whittingham said Chow was “very interested in the job” and called it a “good opportunity” for him.

“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.”

Quarterback Jon Hays said he hadn’t talked with Chow, but said the coach had a big impact on him.

“He’s the one who brought me here. I can’t thank him enough for the opportunity he’s given me,” Hays said. “He’s a great coach and great person. That’s all I can really say.”

Chow would be leaving his alma mater after just one season.

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