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Chow says he talked with Tide before firing
Titans offensive coordinator says the two sides had discussions

By Michael Wetzel
mwetzel@decaturdaily.com· 340-2462

NASHVILLE — You can scratch another name off the list of possible candidates to fill the vacant Alabama head football coaching job.

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow told The Daily he is not looking for another job and the vacancy in Tuscaloosa doesn’t excite him.

“I’m not interested in the Alabama job,” he said minutes after the Titans upset the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 on Sunday. “I am very happy right where I am now. I have a job to do here, and we’re getting better each week.”

While Chow did say the university has not contacted him since Mike Shula’s departure, he added both sides had discussions before the firing.

“I had some talk with the school before Shula left,” said Chow, who would not elaborate while on his way to a talk-show appearance.

In his second year with the Titans, Chow is best known as the offensive brain behind the University of Southern California’s two recent national championship runs and as a longtime coordinator at Brigham Young.

As the offensive coordinator at USC from 2001 to 2004, Chow directed the Trojans to top 20 rankings in total offense in his final three years at the school.

The 60-year-old Hawaii native shaped Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart into Heisman Trophy winners in his four years at USC. Before taking the USC position, Chow spent the 2000 season as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State, where Athens High product Philip Rivers worked in his system as a freshman.

As a 27-year assistant at Brigham Young, Chow tutored Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer, Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Marc Wilson.

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