Chow Wins Award for Top College Assistant

Dec 11, 2002

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Southern California offensive coordinator Norm Chow waspicked Wednesday night as winner of the Broyles Award, given to the topassistant coach in college football.

Chow, 56, was the first assistant to be named a finalist for the award attwo different schools. He also was a finalist in 1996 when he was with BrighamYoung.

The No. 5 Trojans (10-2) play Iowa (11-1) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2. Chowput together the nation's 10th-ranked offense at 440.8 yards per game in hissecond season with USC.

In Chow's offense, quarterback Carson Palmer set seven Pac-10 records and 23Southern Cal passing and total offense marks. This season, the Heisman Trophyfinalist completed 62.9 percent of his passes (288 of 458) for 3,639 yards and32 touchdowns.

Chow was presented with the award by the Major Sports Association during abanquet at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Before going to Southern Cal, Chow, a former All-Western Athletic Conferenceguard at Utah, spent the 2000 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbackscoach at North Carolina State. Before that he was at BYU for 27 seasons.

Other finalists for the award were Notre Dame defensive coordinator KentBaer, Ohio State defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio, Boise State offensivecoordinator Chris Peterson and Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

As the Broyles winner, Chow receives a cast bronze statue of former Arkansascoach Frank Broyles with longtime assistant Wilson Matthews standing at hisside worth $5,000. Every finalist received a set of golf clubs and apersonalized golf bag.

Matthews, who died in May at 80, was honored with a special ceremony at theLittle Rock banquet.

Previous winners include Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews(1996); Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann (1997); former Tennesseeoffensive coordinator David Cutcliffe (1998); former Georgia Tech offensivecoordinator Ralph Friedgen (1999), Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mark Mangino(2000) and Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon (2001).

The award is in honor of the Arkansas athletic director and former Razorbackfootball coach.

Former Broyles assistant coaches have combined to win six Super Bowls, fivenational collegiate championships, more than 40 conference titles and more than2,000 games. More than two dozen of Broyles' assistants went on to become headcoaches at the college or pro level, including Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson,Joe Gibbs, Hayden Frye, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Doug Dickey.

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