The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors hired Norm Chow in hopes that he would improve upon Greg McMackin’s average of just over 7 wins per year the previous four years at the school. Chow’s averaged 2 wins his first two years.
Last year’s 1-11 season for the Rainbow Warriors brought Chow’s record to 4-20 at Hawaii, and he is on a sizzling seat out in
Honolulu. Now, faced with the task of replacing his quarterback, leading receiver, and three leading tacklers, that hot seat could turn into a volcanic eruption.
However, looking back at last year’s record, things weren’t as bad as you might think. The Warriors’ first loss was to USC. Nothing wrong with that. Then they lost on the road to Oregon State. Again, nothing wrong with a mid-major losing at a Pac 12 school with a winning record. Okay, so they followed it up with a blowout loss at Nevada, but then there was a quarterback switch, and following that was a 5-point loss to a Derek Carr-led Fresno State team, a 2-point loss at 7-6 UNLV, a touchdown loss to 8-6 Colorado State, and heartbreaking overtime losses at 8-5 San Diego State and 5-7 Wyoming.
With only a few breaks, Hawaii easily could have been a 6-6 team, and if the schedule had been a bit easier a couple more wins might have been added. With losses in the skill player department, Chow’s got his work cut out for him, but there is some decent talent on this squad.