STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford will talk to Southern
California offensive coordinator Norm Chow and Pittsburgh coach
Walt Harris this week about the Cardinal's head coaching vacancy.
Chow told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday that he would go to
Stanford on Wednesday, where he will meet with athletic director
"We'll see when we find out the specifics," Chow said when
asked if he was interested in the job. "I'm sure they'll interview
a whole bunch of other folk."
A Stanford source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told
The Associated Press that Leland would also discuss the job with
Harris. The two coaches are the top candidates to replace Buddy
Teevens, who was fired Nov. 28 after three losing seasons.
Leland wants an offensive minded coach after Stanford struggled
to score during Teevens' tenure. The Cardinal went 4-7 the past two
seasons, losing their last five games this year. They were 0-13
down the stretch the past three seasons.
Chow has directed the top-ranked Trojans' offense for four
years, and coach Pete Carroll is anxious to see Chow be recognized
for his accomplishments by becoming a head coach. Unbeaten USC will
play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the national title.
The 58-year-old Chow hasn't been a head coach since 1970-72 at
Waialua High in Hawaii. After that, he was an assistant coach at
BYU for 27 years and North Carolina State for one before coming to
He has tutored some of the top college quarterbacks, including
Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Robbie Bosco at BYU, Philip Rivers at
North Carolina State, and Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC.
Chow has a doctorate in educational psychology from BYU, which
would probably be a plus at a school that places as much emphasis
on academics as Stanford does.
Chow, who is of Chinese descent, has talked about wanting to be
the first Asian American to be head coach at a major college.
Chow also said he probably would not be interested in the
opening at Utah and has talked to BYU about the opening there but
has not been offered a job.
Harris, Pitt's eighth-year coach, has the 19th-ranked Panthers
in the Fiesta Bowl against Utah on Jan. 1 and was named Big East
Coach of the Year last week.
Pitt hasn't offered Harris an extended deal at more money than
the estimated $600,000 a season he currently makes, though
sophomore quarterback Tyler Palko has campaigned for the school to
bring him back.
Harris, 58, has connections to the Bay Area. He grew up in South
San Francisco and attended college at Pacific in Stockton. Leland
was Pacific's AD when the school hired Harris as coach in 1989.
His college coaching career began at his alma mater as a
secondary coach from 1971-73. He coached the linebackers at
California from 1974-77 and made stops at Air Force, Michigan
State, Illinois and Tennessee before becoming Pacific's head coach
from 1989-91. The school eventually dropped the program.
Harris was Ohio State's quarterbacks coach in 1995-96 before
going to Pitt.
Leland was traveling Monday and has said he won't speak publicly
about the coaching search.