Norm Chow was introduced as the next head coach at Hawaii yesterday., and with the hire, became the first Asian American to lead a major college football program.
Chow has been assistant for almost 40 years, and had trouble holding back emotions as talked about the opportunity to return home for his first opportunity to lead a program. His first game as a head coach will come against Lane Kiffin and USC, where Chow tutored two Heisman winners.
Lane Kiffin sat down during an interview with the Sporting News and fielded questions ranging from his thoughts on the national title game to giving Urban advice on the NCAA sanctions at Ohio State.
When Kiffin was asked if he was concerned about eventually getting burnt out of the coaching profession Kiffin responded "It's all I know. My dad, to this day, he sleeps right there at the hotel during the season, and his house is only 25 minutes away. He leaves here at 2 a.m. and comes back at 5:30. I was just kind of raised this way, not really knowing anything different'
He went on to say that they sometimes hire coaches from other staffs that are blown away at the hours that the USC staff puts in, and often reaches out to other coaches to find out how they structure their schedule, but always has the fear that "someone's outpreparing us; my fear is to hand our kids a plan and the other team's got something better."
Then Kiffin touched on the secret that he may have over some other guys by saying "The only thing I have going for me is I don't do anything else. When I'm not here, I'm with the kids. I don't play golf, I don't fish...I don't have any hobbies at all. So that's the only thing going for me".